Russia

Country Details

  • Joseph House (Abundant Rain) has worked in Russia since March 1999
  • Population: 143,700,000 (2014 estimate)
  • Currency: Russian ruble
  • Calling Code: +7

Our Strategy

We've worked with distribution through food administration. Spoke in drug rehabilitation centers and women's groups. Performing arts in public schools through music and drama.

The Context

On the surface, Russia seems to be a nation on the march. However, Russia's Slavic population is dwindling, eaten away by declining life expectancy, rampant drug and alcohol abuse, and low fertility. By mid-century the population could shrink 25% from its current 143 million. Russia's minimum wage is about 4,600 rubles ($155) per month, while the minimum cost of living per capita is around 6,200 rubles ($210). Income disparity is becoming a bigger problem as the earnings of the riches Russians being 16 times higher than those of the poorest citizens. Russia has the largest population of injecting drug users (IDUs) in the world. More than a third have HIV; in some regions, the proportion is nearer to three-quarters. Astonishingly, an estimated 90% of Russian IDUs have hepatitis C and most patients co-infected with HIV and tuberculosis in Russia are drug-dependent.

Our Work

We've worked with distribution through food administration. Spoke in drug rehabilitation centers and women's groups. Performing arts in public schools through music and drama.

All stories and links about Russia.

  • drugwarfacts.org