Andrey Rylkov Foundation
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Opioid substitution treatment:  Russia and OST

Currently there is no access to substitution therapy is Russia. This is due to legal prohibition and the lack of support for substitution therapy by drug treatment specialists and law enforcement. ARF is the key national organization to advocate for the introduction of the evidence-based substitution treatment (ST) of drug dependence which is prohibited in Russia


January 30th, 2017

Providing methadone therapy to as few as 3.1% of adults with an OUD amounted to an estimated almost 50,000 DALYs averted over 10 years at a cost of just over USD 17 million. Further expanding service coverage to 55% resulted in an estimated almost 900,000 DALYs averted, at a cost of about USD 308 million.


November 7th, 2016

This week, an HIV epidemic has been officially declared in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, where the health department estimates 1 out of every 50 residents is a carrier of the virus. The government has been hesitant to recognize that Russia is experiencing one of the world’s fastest-growing HIV epidemics.


October 31st, 2016

“I had to abandon home, family and friends to a place where nobody was waiting for me.” Former injectable drug user Ivan spoke to me in Ukraine’s capital of Kiev late in 2014.


September 29th, 2016

A recent decision in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) could have significant implications for an upcoming challenge against Russia’s ban on opioid substitution therapy (OST).


September 16th, 2016

Substitution therapy for addicts is banned in Russia. Three activists are hoping to gain access to the treatment through the European court of human rights


April 19th, 2016

It is bad enough that the Russian government denies opium users one of the most effective dependency treatments – methadone. Now, Russia’s government is targeting drug users who sue for their health rights in court. Alexey Kurmanaevsky, a social worker, found this out the hard way.


March 13th, 2016

In October 2015 – January 2016, the European Court of Human Rights received the latest documents for the case Kurmanayevskiy, Abdyusheva and Anoshkin vs Russia. Both the plaintiffs and the authorities are now expecting the ECHR to name the date of its review of the case.


August 22nd, 2015

The Moscow Times about the consequences of termination of OST programs in Crimea and about ARF work in Moscow.


May 21st, 2015

Former UK Health Secretary Lord Fowler about HIV epidemic in Russia and the work of our Foundation


May 2nd, 2015

The acticle about how Russia is trying to suppress the "methadone" applications to the ECtHR at the domestic as well as international level by mounting its pressure on the three applicants.