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TalkingDrugs News from the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region [June 2021]

  1. Russian TV presenter Yury Dudy has become a defendant in an administrative case of drug propaganda because of his interviews with rapper Morgenstern and blogger Ivangay, Meduza (Rus) reports.  The court hearing of the case against Dud is scheduled for 23 July, Gazeta.ru reports.
  2. Russia: How Morgenstern became a pawn in drug policy intrigues. Article at the link (Rus).
  3. Russia: Maxim Reznik, an independent member of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, has been charged in the case of buying 18 grams of marijuana “for personal use”. Read the details of the case on MediaZone (Rus).
  4. Ukraine: as part of the international campaign “Support.Don’t Punish”, the All-Ukrainian Association of People Living with Drug Dependence “Volna” and Club “Yenei” held a street action-performance, in which they stated the need to reform repressive drug policy with a focus on women. Photos from the action are available at the link (Rus).
  5. Ukraine: the Parliament’s profile committee has supported the draft law on the legalisation of medical cannabis. After that, the document may be put to a vote of people’s deputies. Read more on the Hromadske (Rus) website.
  6. Belarus and Russia have officially abandoned the implementation of harm reduction and decriminalisation policies. This happened during the signing of the UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS 2021. Read the details on TalkingDrugs (Rus).
  7. The Drug Pragmatics podcast series was launched by EACV and the HIV Legal Network. The first episode deals with the issue of availability of opioid analgesics for palliative patients in the EECA region. Read the text version on TalkingDrugs (Rus) and the podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and ListenNotes.
  8. On 16-17 June 2021, the first face-to-face regional meeting of RuNPUD (Russian-speaking Network of People Who Use Drugs) General Assembly members was held in Batumi, Georgia. The meeting was attended by human rights defenders and activists from 4 countries of the EECA region – Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine and Russia. Read about the details of the meeting at the link (Rus).
  9. Belarus: The MDB claimed to have seized the tech-block of the country’s largest drug shop, which was responsible for about 70% of all traffic on the illegal Internet drug market. Details at the link (Rus).
  10. Educational videos “Drug Test” from DUNews studio are available at the link: Part 1 and Part 2 (Rus).


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