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Russia: Government to Examine Possibility of Removing HIV-Specific Criminal Law and Broadening Prosecutions to All Serious Communicable Diseases Under General 'Bodily Harm' Laws

The high-level discussion on removing Russia's HIV-specific criminal law is taking place at the same time as a number of other policy decisions relating to HIV.

By Edwin J. Bernard for HIV Justice Network

Analysis: How Is Russia's HIV-Specific Law Being Used to Prosecute Women Living With HIV?

"Russia's Article 122 was introduced into the Criminal Code, in particular, to protect women from HIV infection, but it is clear from our research that the law has been applied against women in Russia," Evgenia Maron writes.

By Evgenia Maron for HIV Justice Network

Russian Drug Policies Fuel Europe's Worst HIV Epidemic

"HIV is in retreat almost universally -- but not in Russia," Tanya Cooper writes. "As infection rates drop globally, Russia has seen increases of 8 to 10 percent annually over the last decade."

By Tanya Cooper for Human Rights Watch

Russian NGOs Fear Fate of HIV Harm-Reduction Programs as Planned Exit of Global Fund Occurs

The Moscow Times examines a potential shift in Russia's public health priorities as programs funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria begin to phase out. "While the Global Fund's eight-year presence in Russia was long expecte...

By Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Reuters Examines How Russia's "Drug Problem" Has "Become an AIDS Problem"

Reuters, in a piece exploring the issue of heroin use in Russia describes how the country's "drug problem has now become an AIDS problem."

Despite having what Reuters refers to as "one of the world's biggest heroin problems, with up to three million...

By Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Chechnya Says Couples Must Be HIV-Negative to Marry

Any couples planning to marry in Muslim Chechnya must prove they are not infected with HIV, the region's spiritual leaders declared this week.

"Any potential bride or groom is obliged to receive a medical certificate proving they are HIV-negative," ...

By CDC National Prevention Information Network

Russia: Numbers of HIV-Infected Women Increasing in Russia

On Tuesday, Russia's chief sanitarian officer told reporters the number of HIV-infected women in on the rise. Gennady Onishchenko said doctors are currently tracking approximately 40,000 children born to HIV-infected mothers. Russia is working to red...

By CDC National Prevention Information Network

Russia Launches Five-Year, $2.9 Billion Plan to Combat Diseases, Including HIV/AIDS

The Russian government has approved a five-year, $2.9 billion draft program to combat diseases, including HIV/AIDS, in an effort to improve the country's life expectancy, a spokesperson announced on Thursday, the AP//Guardian reports (AP//Guardian, 2...

By Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Russian AIDS Conference Organizers "Express Concern" Over Ability of Local NGO Consortium to Administer Global Fund Grant

Organizers of the 12th AIDS, Cancer and Related Problems Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, have issued a joint statement "express\ing] concern" about a consortium of nongovernmental organizations that was awarded a five-year, $88 million grant f...

By Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Half of All Prostitutes in St. Petersburg, Russia, Have HIV

Of nearly 260,000 registered HIV-positive Russians, 26,000 people -- one in 10 -- live in St. Petersburg, said Northwest Region AIDS Center Director Tatyana Smolskaya, citing research conducted jointly by the St. Petersburg Pasteur Institute and nong...

By CDC National Prevention Information Network