Andrey Rylkov Foundation
for Health and Social Justice
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Voices from Russia

In this section we are publishing the personal stories of those people who became the witnesses or the victims of the human rights abuse in our country.


January 16th, 2017

The Andrey Rylkov Foundation distributes sterile needles to people who use drugs on the streets of Moscow. Now they are facing the Ministry of Justice which is accusing them of being “foreign agents”. Ivan Varentsov explains the case.


December 14th, 2016

«We are totally left without any financial or moral support to fight not only the epidemic, but also a government, which sabotages the health protection of their citizens».


November 17th, 2016

Text of a speech given by the representative of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice on 16th November 2016 in London (UK) at the launch of the '"Global State of Harm Reduction 2016" report


September 7th, 2016

Despite a growing HIV epidemic in Russia, groups working to prevent the spread of the virus are worried they will be blacklisted for taking foreign funding.


December 3rd, 2014

Anya Sarang's speech at the Second World Human Rights Forum in Morocco


October 27th, 2014

In today's Russia, it is still very difficult for NGOs that argue for health policies backed by scientific evidence and human rights to advance their agendas openly. With increasing levels of repression, few organisations are challenging the state. In the area of drug policy and treatment and AIDS, the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice (ARF) has been one of the few to take up this challenge.


October 14th, 2014

Anya Sarang provides the story of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation in Russia, which started as an initiative to protect the health and rights of people who use drugs.


August 22nd, 2014

If we tell other people stories we usually tell stories of our drug using participants. But today we decided to share a story of our medical volunteer Pavel. For me this story was really moving – sometimes we just take the greatness of our team members for granted and we dont notice how we change as we do our work […]


July 21st, 2013

Interviews with patients of the Yekaterinburg TB clinic which is known as "one way clinic" among its patients. Interviews were conducted in December 2012 to understand if anything had changed since 2010 when complaint was submitted to the Special Rapporteur in 2010 with regard to the alarming situation with Tuberculosis treatment in HIV positive drug dependent patients in the Tuberculosis clinic in Yekaterinburg, located at 620050, Yekaterinburg, ulitsa Kamskaya, 37.


April 9th, 2013

The Andrey Rylkov Foundation supports people who use drugs and people living with HIV in protecting their rights and dignity. And we are more and more convinced that in order for us to protect our own rights, we do not always need expensive lawyers or large human rights grants. Sometimes commitment, perseverance, faith in justice and the help of friends is enough. This story is told by Natalya Vershinina of Togliatti on how she managed to secure the release of an unjustly convicted drug user, a woman from Togliatti---a success story, and a joyous confirmation that with strong will and some remote technical legal support (from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network’s Mikhail Golichenko), you can succeed even in Russia's repressive "justice" system.