Andrey Rylkov Foundation
for Health and Social Justice

Opioid substitution treatment:  Russia and OST

Currently there is no access to substitution therapy is Russia. This is due to legal prohibition and the lack of support for substitution therapy by drug treatment specialists and law enforcement. ARF is the key national organization to advocate for the introduction of the evidence-based substitution treatment (ST) of drug dependence which is prohibited in Russia

January 25th, 2015

Emergency medical support needed to prevent deaths of HIV and OST patients in Donetsk and Luhansk

April 3rd, 2014

54 networks of people who use drugs, harm reduction, drug law reform, HIV professionals, and human rights organisations call the attention of UN and Global Fund to a largely overlooked aspect of the catastrophic situation currently unfolding in the Crimea.

March 24th, 2014

If upheld, Crimea's vote to split from Ukraine to join Russia could leave one clear winner: HIV.

November 13th, 2013

Quote from the interview G.M.Gatilov (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia) to the Russian news agency 'RIA Novosti', October 8, 2013 (on the closing of the UN Council on Human Rights session)

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."

May 9th, 2012

We believe that the Andrey Rylkov Foundation should try to become as independent as possible from the whims of the government. And for this we need your support. We've started a campaign on to collect $60,000 for a mobile harm reduction clinic that would exchange needles, provide HIV and hepatitis tests, and refer drug users to other specialists. The mobile clinic is especially needed during the long and harsh Moscow winters; in Anya Sarang’s words, “last winter was so freezing we couldn’t even perform the rapid tests [for HIV] as the buffer was freezing right away!” In the first few days of the campaign, we collected over $5,000. But much more needs to be done to make mobile outreach a reality in Moscow. We count on your support. Please tell your friends and colleagues about the campaign, and please donate on Together we can help vulnerable people who use drugs, and turn the tide of misguided Russian drug policy.

April 17th, 2012

On 2 April 2012, for the first time in Russia’s history, an appeal was lodged with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) claiming that Russian Federation obstructs the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress.

April 16th, 2012

The Lancet has just published an article that uses the example of the ARF website ban to illustrate the challenges that public health and human rights organizations in Russia face when advocating for evidence-based approaches to drug treatment and HIV prevention among drug users: "Russia’s response to the twin epidemics of HIV and injecting drug use has puzzled some experts. The country’s repudiation of substitution therapy is a case in point."

February 9th, 2012

9 February 2012, Geneva, Switzerland. Given its long-standing interest in the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA), the IAS expresses its profound concern towards the abrupt decision of the Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) Moscow Department to close down the Russian language website of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation (ARF), a […]

February 8th, 2012

(Moscow) – Th’e Russian government’s anti-drugs agency has ordered the blocking of the website of a public health organization, the Andrey Rylkov Foundation, for discussing the addiction medicine methadone, human rights groups said today. The move is an assault on freedom of expression in the midst of pro-democracy protests, the groups said. The order from […]