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May 20th, 2016

“The one thousand [dead] will become a hundred thousand. You will see the fish in Manila Bay getting fat. That is where I will dump you.” Those are the words, spoken on the campaign stump, of Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who will be sworn in for a six-year term on June 30....


October 31st, 2013

MOSCOW — With his glassy pale-blue stare, missing teeth, and emaciated frame, Igor knows all too well the damage heroin can do. But after a decade of using the drug, the 27-year-old Muscovite can’t imagine himself quitting. The descent into addiction began before Igor was even a teenager. His mother died when he was 12 […]


September 17th, 2013

Government reform of drug rehabilitation shifts focus from treatment to enforcement


June 1st, 2012

As of June 1, 2012, over-the-counter sales of medical drugs that contain codeine (pentalgin, nurofen, solpadeine, etc.) are banned in Russia. Those drugs are used to produce desomorphine (Krokodil), a home-made opioid. According to Evgeny Roizman, Russia's large-scale Krokodil epidemic has largely resulted from the government's inaction. Human rights activists do not think the new regulation will have a positive effect.


January 25th, 2012

Russian drug policy news past week was dominated by the police investigation at a female “rehabilitation center” owned by the notorious foundation City Without Drugs. The investigation resulted from the death of one of its patients. A question remains: will the investigation lead to changes in the foundation's practices?


January 1st, 2012

I was in Yekaterinburg for our women’s project when the news broke about the death of a young woman in the City without Drugs (CWD) center. People in Yekaterinburg got all worked up; everyone thought that the center would get shut down. I was sought out by a guy who got released from the center when it was raided by the police and who asked me to record an interview with him, because he knew that I do human rights work. He said that he wanted people to know about what happens in these centers. He wanted to do it for the parents who bring their children to these centers thinking they are going to get help.


December 23rd, 2011

The treatment center does not handcuff addicts to their beds anymore. But caged together on double-decker bunks with no way out, they have no choice but to endure the agonies of withdrawal, the first step in a harsh, coercive approach to drug treatment that has gained wide support in Russia.


December 15th, 2011

On December 16 2011 the trial against Evgeny Konyshev’s is set to resume in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Evgeny is a human rights activist representing community of drug users, as well as a volunteer in a local harm reduction project. The same day we are launching an international campaign in support of Evgeny!