In Biysk (Altai territory), Vybor, a non-profit organization (NPO) of HIV, discontinued HIV prevention programs in the region due to lack of funds to pay a penalty judiciary, reports Kommersant.
The organization was found guilty of refusing to recognize itself as a foreign agent and voluntarily entering the relevant register. She was forced to pay a fine of 150 thousand rubles.
The court agreed with the version of the Ministry of Justice that Vybor received foreign funding in 2014 and 2016 for an amount of 147 thousand rubles from the non-commercial partner Esvero and 272 thousand rubles from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The court also recognized political events in which activists made free 600 rapid HIV tests, 41 of which showed a positive result and distributed over 100,000 clean syringes and 20,000 condoms.
As explained by the publishing partner of the "Lawyers for Equality of Rights" initiative, Maxim Olenichev, representative of the interests of NGOs in court, conducted a project of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in 34 regions of Russia together with the Russian government. The second organization, which sponsored Vybor in rubles, is not foreign based on the appropriate materials, the attorney said.
Previously, the WHO has called Russia the leader among European countries in the number of new HIV infections. More often, the virus was transmitted through the heterosexual relationship (59 percent) and the use of injectable drugs (30 percent).
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