Russia: crimes against orphans have risen 428% in five years

Crimes against orphans have risen by 428% in five years 31.03.2021 On 31 March, Anna Kuznetsova, the Federation’s Children’s Rights Commissioner, gave details of systematic abuses of the rights of children who have been left without parental care. According to Kuznetsova, orphanages are violating the rights of children to safety, with the number of crimes …

How surviving Russian CSOs have coped with a year of self-isolation

A year of self-isolating: How CSOs that managed to survive are feeling 30.03.2021 How many volunteers won’t be returning to work; terrible numbers recorded in Perm; and how the pandemic became a five-year event in three years. Exactly one year ago, on 30 March 2020, the first non-working week of future Covid isolation began with …

Transnistria’s vaccination campaign

Transnistria: Starting the vaccination campaign and prolonging the quarantine regime Published by Moldova.org  on March 28, 2021 By Maria Dulgher Transnistrian authorities announced that the vaccination campaign will begin in the region starting March 29. As following, any available COVID-19 vaccine, including 1810 AstraZeneca jabs, which were received as a donation from the Romanian Government at the beginning of …

Strengths and weaknesses of Russian CSOs, government and business in the pandemic

Strengths and weaknesses shown by CSOs, government and the business sector in dealing with the pandemic 26.03.2021 Solidarity, switching targets and resource centres like ladders in Hogwarts. What impact 2020 has had on the CSO sector. Dual online working The pandemic highlighted the flexibility shown by both government and CSOs in adapting to the new …

Tajikistan: the shame that perpetuates child sexual abuse

The culture of secrecy carries its own cost in trauma. Published by Eurasianet, Mar 25, 2021Fear of public judgement often keeps victims from speaking up. (illustrative photo by David Trilling) When Suraya returned home after an extended absence, her change of appearance was immediately noticeable. For eight months, the 13-year-old had been staying at her …

Russian CSOs calculate the cost of keeping a family together

CSOs calculate the costs of keeping a family together 24.03.2021 A study has shown that it costs almost half as much to support a blood-related family as it does to keep orphans in institutions. The Volunteers for Help to Orphans Foundation and the Evolution and Philanthropy CSO recently carried out research on the social and …

Launch of map of Russian palliative care institutions

Launch of a map of Russian institutions that offer palliative care 23.03.2021 The map has been produced by the hospice care charity Faith, and brings together 1,436 facilities across Russia that provide free support and pain relief services for children and adults. It can be accessed via the Pro-Palliative educational website: https://pro-palliativ.ru/institutions The interactive map …

How Russia glosses over its Covid death toll

A BBC report By Sarah RainsfordBBC News, Perm, Russia Published 20 March Protecting themselves for a shift on the Covid ward is a process the medics at Perm Regional Hospital have fine-tuned over months of practice. They climb quickly into disposable suits before strapping plastic masks tight to their faces. A colleague then helps them …

The Economist reports on drug policies in Eastern Europe

Research reveals that Russia could spend 42.8 billion Euros on keeping drug users in jail 18.03.2021 A study on drug policies in Eastern European countries was published on 10 March by The Economist magazine. According to the publication, HIV infections are increasing in countries where the research was conducted (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan) and is being driven …

As a possible new COVID-19 wave looms, Central Asia is napping

The region appears wholly unprepared for the latest rise in cases.  Published by Eurasianet, Mar 17, 2021 Many people in Central Asia have long since dropped their guard against the COVID-19 emergency. There are worrying signs, however, that the complacency is ill-founded.  In Uzbekistan, the Health Ministry on March 14 reported 111 new cases – the highest …