The animated documentary is based on the true story of Kostya Proletarsky, a drug user and HIV activist who died as a result of mistreatment and torture at a Russian prison. The animation features original audio interviews with Kostya and his mother Irina, and aims to commemorate Kostya and many others who have not survived prisons around the world.
The Andrey Rylkov Foundation
The Andrey Rylkov Foundation is the only organization providing needle and syringe program for drug users in Moscow. Their mission is to promote and develop humane drug policy based on tolerance, protection of health, dignity and human rights. Please help the Andrey Rylkov Foundation to give hope! Learn! Support! Donate!
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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.
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.
A new education video series, a training for activists in Bangkok, filming the Canadian drug policy conference and advocacy at the EU Civil Society Forum on Drugs – 2018 was an eventful year in the life of the Rights Reporter Foundation and its drug policy website, Drugreporter. Please explore our activities in our new annual report!
You can either download the report by clicking on this link, or you can read it online with ISUU below!
The Andrey Rylkov Foundation, the only harm reduction NGO working in Moscow, has been declared a foreign agent by the Russian government.
Our movie features Mr. Yuri Fedotov, the head of the UN Agency on Drug and Crime (UNODC), making an ambiguous statement on harm reduction at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) this year
The best three projects get bonus grants from Global Giving, Andrey Rylkov’s project ranks on the 6th place now – your donation can make a difference by April!
Watch our movie on the Andrey Rylkov Foundation and support their fight for survival!
In our video we show how we asked the Russian drug czar to explain why he banned the website of a Russian NGO, the Andrey Rylkov Foundation – send an email and urge him to lift the ban!
Civil society organizations hope that the promising words of the new UNODC director will be put into action soon