TalkingDrugs Updates from Eastern Europe & Central Asia [May 2020]

  1. Russia: “drug propaganda” could result in 12-15 years in prison. TASS reports on the prospects of the new change in drug legislation (Rus.)
  2. Psychologists at the Andrey Rylkov Foundation held a “Fulcrum” webinar for people who use drugs and are in need of techniques of support and self-support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Webinar video available here (Rus).  
  3. Ukraine: working with adolescents who use drugs: “Bridging the gaps”, published by AFEW International (Eng). 
  4. Chronicles of harm reduction: Women and COVID-19 - video by DUNews studio is available here (Rus).
  5. “We are human beings” - drugs and homelessness in the pandemic, published by  Filter magazine (Eng.),  translated to Russian by TalkingDrugs (Rus). 
  6. Eurasian Harm Reduction Association: review of harm reduction programs during the coronavirus pandemic in 22 CEECA countries. See full report here (Eng).
  7. Follow the money: review of latest report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, by TalkingDrugs (Rus). 
  8. “One to one with your own head”: the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Russian outreach services, published by “Meduza” media ( Rus).  
  9. Armenia: the people are against legalization, but don’t mind smoking cannabis. Why the authorities are ok with that, Lenta.ru investigates (Rus).  
  10. Feminism on drugs: suffragist, benzodiazepine and biopolitics. How the feminist fight for sobreity shifted to resistance - story by the “Knife” media (Rus).