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.


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.


August 1st, 2012

One of the outcomes of the war on drugs is that drug users are treated as outcasts who are denied their basic rights. They have nowhere to turn for help. And those who are supposed to be protecting them--our so-called “law enforcement” officers--rape, abuse and kill them. The most vulnerable, powerless, and disparaged victims of this war are women. This is an interview with two young women from Yekaterinburg (Russia), whose drug dependency led them to do sex work. They talk about a vicious cycle that is impossible to break. And the most violent offenders are the police—those who are supposed to be looking out for our safety in the first place.


July 12th, 2012

"I dreamed of coming to Washington to speak at AIDS 2012. I had a message to deliver to those who have the financial and political means to turn the tide of the epidemic. I wanted to speak up because Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA)—the region where I live—is the only region in the world where HIV rates continue to rise while available resources for HIV prevention continue to shrink. Yet it’s not just an issue of funding or lack thereof. There is another reason—for millions of us, repressive drug policies and the stigma associated with drug use stand in the way of accessing HIV treatment and prevention. Russia’s drug users, second-class citizens in their own country, are denied basic human rights—the right to health and the right to life. The fact that Russia’s new national drug strategy through the year 2020 mentions HIV only once, while making no mention of human rights at all, is a case in point."


July 4th, 2012

On June 26, the Global Commission on Drug Policy presented its report, The War On Drugs And HIV/AIDS - How The Criminalisation Of Drug Use Fuels The Global Pandemic, at a press conference in London, UK. Participants in the press conference included Michel Kazatchkine, formerly of the Global Fund; Ruth Dreyfuss, a Swiss policymaker; and other speakers, among them Maria Yakovleva from Foundation Svecha and female network E.V.A. in St. Petersburg.


March 22nd, 2012

On 20 November 2008, a Russian newspaper, Novie Izvestia, reported that one of the courts in Karelia [a region in Russia's North-West] made a precedent judgment in a case to release a prisoner with a advanced AIDS due to his bad health condition. The prisoner was able to prove that he needed urgent treatment which he could only get outside prison. Many people, who read the news in the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition’s Russian listserv (ITPCru), sighed with relief: the prisoner referred to in the news, was Kostya Proletarsky


March 9th, 2012

At the end of last year, the authorities started to show a bit too much interest in our NGO, the “Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice” - interest of a rather strange nature. It all began with a phone call from a representative of the Head Department for Economic Safety and Corruption Counteraction under the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He told us that they had received a complaint concerning our organization.


January 27th, 2012

On July 27, Togliatti NGO Project April and the city’s human rights activists will make public the situation of drug user Ivan Anoshkin. Who, according to his lawyer Alexey Sibalakov, “appealed to the Ministry of Health of Samara Region requesting treatment, and the next day he was arrested for drug possession on fabricated evidence".