Vitaly Milonov, a Russian government politician notorious for anti-gay and antisemitic remarks, has found a new enemy: The Andrey Rylkov Foundation, a harm reduction organisation in Moscow.
Ivan Anoshkin’s life is a chronicle of the state’s crimes against human beings and his path to strength, truth, and freedom.
On February 10 the deputies of the Russian parliament adopted, in the third and final reading, a bill to increase the sentence for “inciting use of drugs” on the Internet to 15 years.
In today’s episode of the oral history of the movement of people who use drugs, we travel to three Eastern European countries, where activists fight very restrictive drug policies.
The struggle of people who use drugs for survival, dignity and harm reduction in three counties in the COVID-19 era. Read the intriguing report of our intern, Hannah Taylor!
On Russian YouTube, there are videos of alpha-PVP users, acting in bizarre and uncontrollable ways. It’s just one small sign of a vast, hidden epidemic. Read this report from Sam Iravani!
NONEXISTENT? We Exist!
A documentary on the inspiring efforts of communities
working on the streets of Russia to try and halt the HIV epidemic.
About the Film
‘Nonexistent? We Exist!’ is a documentary film about the communities of people living with HIV in Russia.
It tells the story of how the members of the most vulnerable communities affected by the HIV epidemic, such as drug users, sex workers, and LGBTQ people, struggle for survival and dignity in a hostile cultural and political environment. Through their eyes, it shows the successes and challenges civil society organisations face when they implement HIV prevention, treatment, and care services in 7 Russian cities: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Naberezhnye Chelny, Almetyevsk, Kazan and Kaliningrad.
The movie is not only about these communities - it was produced by the members of the same communities.
Created in partnership with Drug Users News and with support from Rights Reporter Foundation, the film reveals street outreach work, interviews with clients, personal success stories, and the continuous fight for one's life - all sides of the Program which are not often shown in official reports, yet remain some of the most important.
The film summarises the life saving efforts funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. One of the main issues regarding this work is the lack of mechanisms for continuous funding of these vital efforts, which needs critical attention from Russian and foreign donors. Our film allows you to find out exactly what funding can go towards for the continuation of this work, which is so important for the preservation of services and support for people whose right to health is not always fully upheld due to various barriers.
Camera: István Gábor Takács and Alexei Kurmanaevskii
Editing & post production: Igor Kuzmenko
Screenplay: Alexei Kurmanaevskii and Igor Kuzmenko
Titles & posters: Igor Kuzmenko
Narration: Alexei Kurmanaevskii
Translation: Pоlinа Tal Meltzer
Producers: Peter Sarosi, István Gábor Takács, Michail Golichenko, Alexei Kurmanaevskii, Igor Kuzmenko, Maria Jakovleva, Victoria Dollen, Alena Asaeva and Katherina Zinger.
This film – produced by the Rights Reporter Foundation, supported by AFEW International – features activists and civil society organisations who are being increasingly targeted by repressive governments in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Cruel treatment and inhumane methods of rehabilitation centres in Tatarstan are revealed and discussed by doctor of medical sciences and former residents. Watch the video of Drug Users News, member of the Drugreporter video network.
We are glad to publish our documentary movie featuring one day in the life of people who use drugs from seven cities around the world!