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Historical/political snapshot (Wikipedia): Russia, also officially known as the Russian Federation, is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic. At 17,075,400 square kilometres (6,592,800 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world.

Human Rights 2015: an overview by Amnesty International

HIV/AIDS rates: according to UNAIDS number of people living with HIV in Russia in 2014 is 850,000-1,300,000 (0,6- 0,9%). According to HIV-center Russia there are 907.607 people living with HIV in Russia (as of 31.12.2014)

HIV prevalence among sex-workers: The prevalence of HIV infection among sex-workers in various cities ranged from 3.8% to 11.6% (2012). Around 15% of indoors sex-workers and more than 60% of outdoor sex-workers in St-Petersburg are HIV-positive (2015).

Legal situation around sex-work: It is illegal to sell sex and to organise commercial sex in any place.

The Code of Administrative Offences prohibits 'engagement in prostitution' (Article 6.1.1) and 'Deriving Income from Engagement in Prostitution, Where This Income Is Connected with Another Person's Engagement in Prostitution' (Article 6.12).

The Criminal Code makes it illegal to keep brothels and organise prostitution. (articles 240 and 241)

The laws are rarely used and there is a large, open sex industry in many parts of the country due to widespread police corruption.

In May 2013, Russia's national organization of sex workers, Silver Rose, was denied NGO registration by Russia's Ministry of Justice. The Ministry declared that 'there is no such profession as sex work, 'accusing Silver Rose of 'campaigning and propaganda inciting social, racial, national and or religious hatred and enmity' (Article 29 of the Constitution) and 'organization of prostitution".

Although there is no formal provision for mandatory medical examinations, sex workers have suggested that local police and health workers together create and enforce rules aimed at removing infected women from the sex industry.

It is not illegal to buy sex.

Services for sex-workers:

Sex-workers' movement:

Latest news

Russia
By ekaterina on May 2nd, 2015

Even if you break the Administrative Code, it is not the reason to allow a crime against yourself.

Russia
By Aliya on Oct 10th, 2014

After an information campaign launched by Russia's "Silver Rose", Russian police officer Vladimir Sharapov who had beaten up a drug user sex worker to death in Saint Petersburg in July 2012, was sentenced to 8 years of prison and obliged to pay one million in rubles to the murdered sex worker's mother. 

Russia
By admin on Jul 10th, 2014

Silver Rose is now getting ready to submit an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg regarding the Russian court decisions.

Russia
By admin on Dec 18th, 2013

“Silver Rose”, the association of sex workers and their allies to protect health dignity and human rights, Russia  

Press-release

December 17 – International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers 
The Red Umbrella Action 

The event is organized to commemorate the International day to end violence against sex workers. It will take place on December 17, 11.00 –17.00 at the Sakharov center, Moscow, Zemlianoi val street, 57, stroenie 6. Organizer: “Silver Rose”, the Movement of Sex Workers and Their Allies to Protect Dignity and Human Rights.

Russia
By admin on Dec 6th, 2013

Curated by Vika Begalskaya
Below is an invitation to visit the “For bread and freedom” exhibition which will take place on December 17, International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers, at the SAKHAROV CENTER, Moscow, Zemlianoi val st. 57, building 6 between 1and 5 PM (Sakharov center’s web-site: http://www.sakharov-center.ru/call.html ) .
The visitors will have a chance to acquire some of the art work.
 

Russia
By admin on Sep 25th, 2013

Ananstasia Kouzina
Moskovskii Komsomolets
I don’t know where to start from. I was talking to the mother of a drug-using prostitute, who was kicked to death by a policeman. No, not from here. I talked to a woman, who knew that her daughter Tanya is sick and there was nothing she could do about it. She saw Tanya doing her best to live on, but failing again and again. She wanted her daughter to live and to return home every day. Yes, this is a right place to start from. All the rest are stereotypes of no relation to this story.

 

Russia
By admin on Sep 5th, 2013

Open Information Agency
The district court of the Oktiabrskii district of St-Petersburg set aside the appeal of the NGO’s leader, since it concluded that the appeal does not specify the rights that are violated by a denial to register the Non-commercial partnership of sex-workers and their allies for the protection of health, dignity and human rights “Sivler Rose”.

Russia
By admin on Apr 29th, 2013

 26.04.2013 [reposted from www.colta.ru/]

An interview with an ex sex worker and Irina Maslova, advocate for sex workers' rights.

Read below in Russian, use on-line translator.

Russia
By admin on Apr 29th, 2013

 By SWAN Secretariat
On May 24, 2013, Silver Rose, the activist group advocating for sex workers’ human rights in Russia is planning to apply for official registration number for their organization. The proposed name will be: Silver Rose - Non-commercial partnership of sex workers and their allies to protect sex workers’ health, dignity and human rights.

Russia
By admin on Sep 26th, 2012

“Why Do They Take Our Condoms, Do They Want Us to Die?”

by Rachel Thomas, Public Health Program, OSI

Several years ago a sex worker in Macedonia told me that she'd had condoms with her when she was taken into custody by law enforcement, and that the police refused to return her money or condoms when she was released. It was late, and home was too far away to walk, so she had unprotected sex with a client in order to afford the bus. Over the years, I've heard similar stories from sex workers around the world. Criminalizing Condoms, a 6-country report released today by the Open Society Foundations, documents the legal and illegal confiscation of condoms by police and the grave repercussions on sex workers' lives and health.

Russia
By admin on Dec 21st, 2011

Individuals and groups from the CEE/CA, as well as other regions,were invited to submit testimony about the impact of different laws and HIV. SWAN submitted a submission that tried to include experiences from all across the region. Many other SWAN groups individually submitted such as HOPS (Macedonia), Lega-Life (Ukraine) and HESED (Bulgaria).

In the end, Odyseus (Slovakia), SZEXE (Hungary), TAIS PLUS (Kyrgyzstan), Association for Assistance (Russia) and SWAN were accepted to present in front of the commissioners at a regional meeting in Moldova in May, 2011.

With the generous help of the Open Society Foundation, presenters from the various groups including Katerina Jiresova, Irina Maslova, Gulnara Kurmanova, Mariann Bodzsar, Stasa Plecas from Serbia who was representing SWAN and Aliya and Anna-Louise from the SWAN network met in Chisinau, Moldova to strategize.

The group decided that the strongest strategy was to brainstorm 4 key issues as they affected groups across the region and to present as a block. One person per issue and one person to summarize and spell out the recommended actions groups were calling on the Commission to endorse.

Read the statement in English

Read the statement in Russian

Russia
By admin on Dec 15th, 2011

By Anna-Louisa Crago
What is the Global Commission on HIV and the Law (GCHL)?
It is a commission put in place by the UN to study the impact of different laws on HIV-prevention, treatment and care. It also studies the impact of laws on discrimination and violence against people living with HIV or at high-risk of HIV.

The commissioners are a group of highly respected individuals and experts from around the world and include former heads of state, judges and policy experts. They are advised by a committee of technical experts with extensive knowledge about HIV and the law.

The commission is particular because it is independent of the UN. That means that the commissioners can come to their own conclusions, even if coutries within the UN or UN workers disagree with these.

What does the GCHL have to do with SWAN?

Individuals and groups from the CEE/CA, as well as other regions,were invited to submit testimony about the impact of different laws and HIV. SWAN submitted a submission that tried to include experiences from all across the region. Many other SWAN groups individually submitted such as HOPS (Macedonia), Lega-Life (Ukraine) and HESED (Bulgaria).

Russia
By admin on Jun 23rd, 2011

Fontanka.ru

May 25, 2011 - After being through with Sergei Mironov, the Legislative Assembly are interested now in prostitutes: they had prepared draft amendments to the Administrative Code, under which the penalty for sexual services is proposed to increase from 1500-2000 to 5000 rubles, and also introduce the possibility of arrest prostitutes for a period of 10 to 15 days. At the forefront of fighting the first oldest profession is St. Petersburg deputy of the faction "United Russia" Svetlana Nesterova: she will be lobbuing the amendment at the State Duma.
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Whole article in Russian

Russia
By admin on Jun 16th, 2011

June, Barnaul – It has been ten years since the regional public organization "Siberian Initiative", a member of SWAN in Russia, held its first volunteer summer school, which has become a unique forum for volunteers from Russia and other countries. The school is a space, where volunteers from different organizations and regions learn, share experiences and knowledge, communicate and relax.
At different times the Volunteer Summer School hosted volunteers not only from Russia, but also Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, USA, Sweden, Italy and Canada. Over the years the Summer School trained over 1,000 young people representing more than 300 state, municipal and public organizations from 47 Russian regions. Volunteers increase their energy, improve their knowledge, help organize productive cooperation and promote their further development. This is an excellent opportunity to promote and develop further the movement of volunteer service to the society.

Russia
By admin on Mar 7th, 2011

By Marija Tosheva, HOPS, Macedonia

On July 20, 2010, the second day of Vienna conference, SWAN organized an oral session on Sex work, mobility, migration and human rights in Europe and Central Asia. 6 experienced activists from the region, members of SWAN and TAMPEP networks, had a chance in front of an excellent audience to challenge and start a discussion on vulnerabilities and structural barriers faced by mobile and migrant sex workers to better health and human rights.

Russia
By admin on Mar 7th, 2011

July 18-23, Vienna, Austria – This year sex workers and allies from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia had a chance to talk about barriers and issues that sex workers face in their countries, to show what groups and organizations have achieved in addressing the pandemics and violations in their region. The Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) was represented by 11 activists from Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia and Montenegro, a team of young and energetic volunteers from Odyseus, Slovakia and a performance group from Bliss without Risk, Czech Republic.

Russia
By Aliya on Jul 11th, 2010

March, 2010, Budapest – The beginning of March proved to be busy and full of events for some of SWAN members. SWAN representatives from Tais Plus (Kyrgyzstan), Legalife (Ukraine), Humanitarian Action (Russia) and the SWAN secretariat were invited to Budapest by the Open Society Institute to take part in an intensive 5-day hands-on training in creating advocacy films.

Russia
By Aliya on Apr 12th, 2010

Sex workers’ organizations across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia used the opportunity of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers to advocate SW’s rights. Below is a summary of the activities carried out be the organizations.

Russia
By Aliya on Dec 16th, 2009

Interview with Nata from Ukraine,who is involved in Lega-life,  the Ukrainian National Network of Sex Workers about her experiences of working in Moscow, Russia as a migrant sex worker. 

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