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

  1. Reallocating state budgets from criminalisation to the expansion of harm reduction services in the EECA region can defeat the HIV epidemic by 2040. This goal can be achieved without additional funding, according to researchers from The Economist, TalkingDrugs reports. Kommersant also writes that decriminalisation of drug users will help the Russian economy. The full text of the report is available here. Read also expert opinions on the results of the study on the website of the Public Health Alliance (Rus).
  2. Drug policy and harm reduction in South Eastern and Central Europe – what has changed since 2018. Interview with Peter Szarosi, Director of the Hungarian organisation Rights Reporter Foundation. Read on the EACV (Rus) website.
  3. Watch the documentary video series “Good People” from DUNews studio. Second episode: an interview with Morgana Daniele, a harm reduction activist who became a member of the Lithuanian Parliament. The video is available at the link. Issue Three: Interview with Sherboto Tokombaev, one of the first harm reduction activists in Kyrgyzstan, video here (Rus).
  4. “Either we co-operate or you go to jail” How the drug policy system in Russia has outlived itself – read Novaya Gazeta’s investigation (Rus.).
  5. Russia: In Ekaterinburg a social performance “Diagnosis is an Article” about the life of people who use drugs was shown. Read the details here (Rus).
  6. Russia: a unique case – a Russian court recognised that the police planted drugs and awarded compensation to the victim. But at the lowest possible rate. Details at the link (Rus).
  7. Ukraine: How the process of legalisation of cannabis for medical use is progressing and who benefits from the proposed legislation – analyses the publication “Apostrophe” (Rus).
  8. Watch the first episode of the gonzo podcast “What Drug Dealers Dream of” at the link (Rus).
  9. “Cancellation Syndrome” – a documentary project of the online edition of “Such Cases” about the history of the Russian war on drugs. The video is available at the link (Rus).


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