Andrey Rylkov Foundation
for Health and Social Justice

Access to treatment in Russia

September 10th, 2018

In the article authors apply the concept of human rights in patient care to consider the narcologist’s role in punitive drug policy and human rights violations against people who use drugs

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.

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).

March 14th, 2016

The purpose of this paper is to analyze poor management of tuberculosis (TB) prevention and treatment and explore parameters and causes of this problem drawing on qualitative interviews with former prisoners and medical specialists in Kaliningrad Oblast in Russia.

January 26th, 2014

In The Lancet, Evgeny Krupitsky and colleagues report on the use of injectable naltrexone for treatment of opioid dependence. Their report comes some months after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved use of the preparation for opioid-dependent patients on the basis of the same findings. But a question is why researchers and institutional review boards deemed it ethically acceptable to expose some study participants to placebo.

March 15th, 2013

On 14 March 2013, at the doorsteps of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FDCS) activists of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation organized a one person picket to attract attention to the case of Margarita Charykova. 24-year-old Margarita has spent three months in the Moscow’s Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention center without adequate medical assistance for her severe health condition. Picket participants were holding a hand written poster: "FDCS is killing Margarita Charykova". Activists demand that the authorities release Margarita.

April 3rd, 2012

I am Anya Sarang, President of the Andrei Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice (ARF), and I need your help. Our project is called “mobile healthcare for 1000 people who use drugs inMoscow” and we aim to collect 60,000 USD to support the first mobile service for drug users in our city.

January 3rd, 2012

In 2011, Ivan Anoshkin, a drug user from Togliatti, Russia, sent a complaint to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health regarding the lack of evidence based drug treatment in Russia. Currently the complaint is being reviewed by the Special Rapporteur. Read Ivan's complaint and learn more about his story.

January 24th, 2011

In her one-room flat, as a small shelf of porcelain cats looks on and the smell of mold hangs in the air, Zoya pulls down the left shoulder of her black blouse and readies herself for her next hit. A friend and ex-addict uses a lighter to heat a dark, pebble-like lump of Afghan heroin in a tiny glass jar, mixes it with filtered water and injects it into Zoya's shoulder. The 44-year-old widow is a wreck: HIV-positive, overweight and diabetic. After 12 years of dealing and drug abuse, the veins in her forearms and feet are covered in bloody scabs and abscesses, too weak and sore to take fresh injections.