UN Office on Drugs and Crime for the Russian Federation (UNODC)

The UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the Drug Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices.

UNODC Regional Office for Russia and Belarus was opened in Moscow in July 1999 in order to assist Russian government in its struggle against drug abuse, illicit drug transaction, crime and develop international cooperation. In July 2009 UNODC office in Moscow changed its status and name to UNODC Office for the Russian Federation.

Ongoing projects

Scaling up and improving access to HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes for injecting drug users and in prison settings in the Russian Federation

The overall goal is to support efforts of the Russian Federation to address HIV among injecting drug users (IDUs) and in the prisons in Russia. The project sites are located in Chelyabinsk, Voronezh, Irkutsk and Moscow oblasts, Republic of Tatarstan and Perm kray. The project is implemented in close partnership with Netherlands non-governmental organization AIDS Foundation East West (AFEW), the Ministry of Health and Social Development, the Federal Drug Control Service, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Justice (the Federal Prison Service), UNFPA, WHO, and regional Governments.

Since its beginning in 2007, the project supports a number of services for IDUs and prisoners in the project regions: Drug Referral Schemes, medico-social support services for IDUs and ex-prisoners, pre and post-release programs for prisoners, Patient Schools aimed to increase antiretroviral (ARV) adherence among HIV-positive IDUs, low-threshold centers for IDUs, mobile outreach programs for sex workers/IDUs, peer-to-peer programs in prisons.

The project supports representatives of civil society and advocates for integration of comprehensive HIV prevention measures for IDUs in national HIV/AIDS and drug policies in the Russian Federation.

Support to HIV/AIDS and Drug Use Prevention Programs in Russia

The overall goal of the project to increase the access to effective HIV/AIDS prevention and drug treatment and rehabilitation services in order to heighten adherence to antiretroviral treatment and to reduce the impact of the injecting drug use driven HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Russian Federation. The project sites are the city of Saint- Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast, and the city of Orenburg and Orenburg Oblast.

In order to increase the access to effective HIV/AIDS and drug treatment and rehabilitation services for persons recently released from penitentiary institutions, the project applies an individual after-release case-management approach linking individuals to a wide range of available services: medical services, HIV testing and counseling, counseling on improvement of adherence to antiretroviral treatment, drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation, psychological and legal support, employment counseling, and peer support.

Establishing a regional epidemiological surveillance system for monitoring of extent, patterns and trends in drug abuse and HIV infection

The project started in Russia in October 2006 as a part of the Global Assessment Program (GAP) with activities ongoing in Northwest Region, as well as on the national level. The project aims at building the systems necessary for collecting reliable data, using sound internationally approved methods with focus on comparability of results, which will facilitate a better understanding of patterns and trends in drug abuse and HIV infection.

Paris Pact Initiative

A partnership of more than 50 countries and international organizations, the Paris Pact Initiative is aimed at combating Afghan opiates trafficking, consumption and related problems in the affected priority countries along the Afghan opiates trafficking routes. The illicit production of opiates in Afghanistan still represents a severe threat to the country itself, to neighbouring countries and to all transit and consumption countries along the main trafficking routes. Cooperation at the international level is essential to fight the illicit drug trade. The Paris Pact Initiative consists of three main components:

  1. A two-pronged Consultative Mechanism that facilitates periodical consultations at the expert and policy level between partners, in order to jointly discuss, identify and set in motion concrete measures to stem the increasing level of opiates trafficked from Afghanistan;
  2. The Automated Donor Assistance Mechanism (ADAM –www.paris-pact.net), an internet-based tool which provides Paris Pact partners with essential information to coordinate counter narcotics technical assistance in countries along the main opium trafficking routes from Afghanistan;
  3. Counter narcotics data collection and analytical capacity through a network of UNODC National Strategic Analysts based in priority countries, including Afghanistan, Central Asia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Pakistan, the Russian Federation.

Contact information

UNODC Office for the Russian Federation
9, Leontievsky Lane, UNODC, UN House,
125009, Moscow, Russian Federation
Tel. +7(495) 787 2121
Fax +7(495) 787 2129
E-mail: fo.russia@unodc.org
Website: www.unodc.org
Information on tenders www.undp.ru