2017

Day of Action 2017

In Moscow, the Andrei Rylkov Foundation came together with the community on the eve of the Day of Action  to discuss alternatives to punishment and produce graffiti art on the issue. On the following day, the Foundation organised a gathering near the Ministry of Health. Lucy, a participant, said: “Drug policy in Russia, especially when it comes to my peers, can be described as police terror. Young people in the eyes of law enforcement authorities become suspects under Article 228, which gives police people the right to treat young people with impunity, as easy prey, as second class individuals”. Olga, another participant, said: “I was glad to participate because I think it is important to talk about this problem and involve as many people as possible to support people who use drugs. I trust one day we will be heard”. Jerzy, also in the gathering, said: “It was important to come, even if the Ministry of Health does not seem to give a damn. But at least passer-by can be engaged and informed about the problem of repressive drug policy in Russia. We hope this will encourage people to reflect, having seen us with posters and having read them”. Anna said: “Beyond it being a civic statement, for me, this gathering is a valuable opportunity for dialogue with society, and particularly political representatives who might never encounter us. THe words of support from passing young people is inspiring and makes me hope for change. In the absence of spaces to discuss these issues publicly, I want to believe that even small actions like this one contribute to translating to society the concept of rights and the principles of humanism, for all, as an alternative to repression against drug users”.

In Kaliningrad, members of the community of people who use drugs produced posters and shared leaflets to encourage people to advocate for humane drug policy, effective treatment and support, an end to discrimination and violence, and for the abolition of persecution and punishment against people who use drugs.

2016

Day of Action 2016

OHI and ARF coordinated actions in Moscow, St Petersbourg, Ivanovo, Irkutsk, Ekaterinburg, Tolyatti, Samara, Alemetyevsk and Kaliningrad. Actions included social media outreach and a photo project, as well as sensitisation and outreach activities to provide information about human rights and the campaign to people who use drugs, and to gather their opinions about drug policies. An additional event took place in St Petersburg to provide HIV testing and consulting services with mobile laboratories, distribute t-shirts and take photos. A training on human rights was also held for clients of the City Narcological Hospital.

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2015

Day of Action 2015

For the third year in a row, the Andrey Rylkov Foundation organised a Support. Don’t Punish event in Moscow. They mobilised participants of their “harm reduction project” in Moscow, they created a Facebook group to collate photos from across Central Asia. An audio track was also recorded in support of the campaign, and activists gathered in front of the main building of the Federal Drug Control Service. The picketing in front of the Federal Office was inspiring, with nine activists holding signs with different slogans in support of humane drug policies, along the whole street in front of the Office, making sure that there was a 50 meter distance between each of them – in accordance with Russian law.

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2014

Day of Action 2014

The Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice coordinated a media release and photo shoot in Moscow – featuring members of the infamous Russian punk group “Pussy Riot”. Their engagement in the campaign helped to grab the attention of the media around the world.

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2014

Day of Action 2014

The Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice coordinated a media release and photo shoot in Moscow – featuring members of the infamous Russian punk group “Pussy Riot”. Their engagement in the campaign helped to grab the attention of the media around the world.

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2013

Day of Action 2013

 

In Moscow, the “Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice” and partners held an action in front of the Federal Drug Control Service. The event aimed to highlight the harsh drug policies in Russia – with participants bringing placards, pretend skulls and instruments of torture as presents for the Russian drug police.

Activists also filed a petition based on a report in the Health and Human Rights Journal and calling for the development of more humane drug policies.

Lead organisation: Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice

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