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.