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Despite epidemic, Russia cracks down on HIV activists

Russian FrontAIDS activists display a large red ribbon, a sign of support for people living with HIV, during a protest in MoscowDespite a rising HIV epidemic in Russia, officials appear to be clamping down on the few organisations trying to fight the spread of the virus. In recent weeks, authorities added two leading HIV-prevention groups to a “foreign agents” blacklist, as a broader crackdown on independent civil society hits the battle against HIV. “What sort of foreign agents are we?” asked Maxim Malyshev, who heads the programme at the Andrey Rylkov Foundation.

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