Andrey Rylkov Foundation
for Health and Social Justice

ARF at Occupy Abai (Moscow, May 2012)

ARF is proud to have organized several events at Occupy Abai (Moscow’s Occupy camp).

First, On May 12-15, reacting to President Putin’s aide’s remark about the need to “smash the protesters’ livers”, our outreach team highlighted the importance of liver health by arranging hepatitis C testing for Occupy members. We provided test kits, condoms, and information materials. In addition, dozens of activists were tested for HIV.









Then, on May 15, ARF organized a seminar on harm reduction, called “Alternative approach to drug use in an authoritarian state”.  The event was a success, and about 100 Occupy members took part. ARF activists Arseniy Pavlovsky, Maxim Malyshev, Alexander Delphinov spoke about harm reduction basics, discussed drug policy, and held a questions and answers session. In addition, Tania Evlampieva from Focus-Media’s Dance for Life project also shared her positive experience 0f working at the harm reduction program in Irkutsk.









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