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By Aliya on Jan 22nd, 2009

SFBayTimes.com, USA
January 9, 2009

The Web site GayRussia.ru posted its list of the top news stories of 2008. Domestically, the portal cited the end of the ban on blood donation by gay people, Moscow’s third gay pride events, and the aborted gay film festival in St. Petersburg.

By Aliya on Dec 19th, 2008



Russia St Petersburg - Irina Maslova of "Humanitarian Action", one of SWAN members in Russia, took part in public discussion on prostitution on Russia. A 65 min long TV discussion, where to a question "Do you consider prostitution a kind of profession?" 4299 of viewers voted YES and 4294 voted NO.

By Aliya on Sep 16th, 2008

Representatives of two organizations, members of SWAN Network, participated at the Mexico conference: Irina Maslova from Humanitarian Action in Russia and Gulnara Kurmanova from Tais Plus in Kyrgyzstan. Here is a short report on the conference, written by Irina exclusively for the SWAN News. More

By Aliya on Mar 11th, 2008
By Aliya on Feb 5th, 2008
By adam on Oct 1st, 2006

A recently established service center in Kazan is at the moment the only institution in Russia providing anonymous and free complex medical, psychological and social assistance to sex workers
Exclusively for SWAN News by Lilia Taisheva and Nebojsa Radic
KAZAN, RUSSIA, October 2006 – Kazan, the capital of the autonomous Russian republic of Tatarstan, and its inhabitants have many reasons to be proud. Kazan is one of the largest economic, scientific, cultural centers and ancient cities of Russia. Situated some 800 kilometers to the east from Moscow, on the edge of Siberia, it has a long and rich history dating back to the Middle Age and the time of the Volga Bulgars. In the beginning of the 19th century Kazan State University (KSU) and Printing Press were founded here by Alexander I. Among others, Lobachevsky, the founder of the non-Euclidic geometry studied at KSU and was it rector from 1827 to 1846. Lev Tolstoy and Alexander Pushkin, who both lived and wrote here, immortalized the city which lays on the intersection of eastern and western cultures and boasts some of Russia's oldest architectural masterpieces. Music lovers will know that Fyodor Chaliapin was born here, and that one of the greatest 20-th century dancers, the ballet genius Rudolf Xämätulı Nureyev was Tatar.
In 2005, when Kazan celebrated its millennium, several outstanding events put the city again into the Russian media and on the world map. The 200th anniversary of the founding of the KSU was introduced into the UNESCO anniversaries list for 2004-2005. A single metro line with five stations was opened and the largest mosque in Russia, Qolsharif, was inaugurated in the city center. But the establishment of the Service Center Simona - providing anonymous and free complex medical, psychological and social assistance to sex workers – was a single event that made the city an avant-garde in dealing with contemporary social and public health issues in Russia. More

By adam on Jul 31st, 2006

Representatives of various organizations supporting sex workers in 9 cities in the Russian Federation (Astrakhan, Lipetsk, Syktyvkary, Tomsk, Izhevsk, Krasnoyarsk, etc.) met in St. Petersburg on July 27-29. The visit was organized by “AIDS Infoshare” (Moscow), within the program “HIV Prevention Activities among Paid Sex Workers”, which is a part of the “National Priority Health Project 2006”. The meeting was hosted by “Humanitarian Action” and “Stellit”.

By idoru on Apr 5th, 2006

Siberian Initiative has been active for more than 10 years. Today, the organization works in three main directions: primary prevention of HIV and drug use (primarily among the youth); cooperation with the specialists in charge of monitoring and treatment of socially significant epidemic diseases; and development of non-commercial sector and civil initiatives. In ten years time various foundations and organizations have funded some 40 projects. During the last six years the organization has been carrying out the harm reduction program for the injection drug users and sex workers, first such program in the Altai region.  More