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Friday, February 16, 2018

The Ministry of justice has considered HIV a threat to Russia’s political activities

The Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation made the list of non-profit organizations (NPOs) that performs the functions of a foreign agent, “the Fund named after Andrey Rylkov”, engaged in projects for humane drug policy and fighting the spread of HIV among drug addicts.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

According to the Ministry, which leads TASS (the Ministry of justice website the list of registered as a foreign agent information is not updated), the fact of work as noagent was installed in the course of carrying out of planned documentary check”. Recall that for the recognition of NGOs in Russia, the foreign agent must follow two conditions: she, first, needs to engage in political activity, and secondly, at least once to obtain foreign funding.

The Ministry did not explain the reasons for the inclusion of the Fund in the list, however, a standard motif in such cases is the wording of “shaping public opinion”. A similar case happened recently with the Saratov organization of “Society”, also involved in “prevention of HIV/AIDS among infectious drug users. “Society” acts in Saratov, while the “Foundation’s rylkova” in Moscow.

“Society” put the blame that he “conducted the interviews of injecting drug users in the city of Engels with the goal of assessing the risk of HIV infection” and “brought about the threat of the disease among drug users to the city administration for the improvement of preventive work among risk groups.

Head of the “Fund” Anya Sarang in an interview with “Open Russiaexplained that her organization is four times applied for Russian grants but never were able to, so was forced to subsist on funds from private foundations and donations. This Russian grants, according to Sarang, it demanded a 30% retracement.

She cited statistics according to which, thanks to the activities of the Fund in 2014 survived 223, and in 2015 — 194. However, she noted that hospitals often do not take on treatment of drug addicts, causing them to “rot alive.”

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