Andrey Rylkov Foundation
for Health and Social Justice

Posts with tag «torture» 

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....

March 21st, 2013

Life and health do not count when the Government is tough on drugs. The Moscow pre-trial detention center fails to attend to Margarita Charykova’s needs for medical assistance since the day of her arrest in December 2012. 24 year old Margarita suffers from a severe health condition and her life is at stake. Mikhail Golichenko, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network: “No substantive changes occurred in the area of medical help in pre-trial detention since the death of Sergey Magnitsky.” Anya Sarang, Andrey Rylkov Foundation: “State demonstrates a particular merciless attitude towards Charykova due to the fact that the young lady is accused of drug crime.”

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.

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?

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 12th, 2011

This report was prepared by the Public mechanism for monitoring the drug policy reform in the Russian Federation, chaired by the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice (, in cooperation with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network ( and the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network ( The full text of the report you may find […]