The Russia That Putin Does Not Want The West To See - The HIV "Scourge"

Tyler Durden's picture

As Vladimir Putin proudly shows off his holiday vacation spot - Sochi - to the world and proclaims it clean, safe, and accepting of homosexuals ("just don't tell the kids"); there is a considerably darker side to Russia that he would very much like the outside world not to know about. As Bloomberg reports, hidden from the outside world and abetted by policies that critics say promote infections rather than curbing them, the HIV scourge plaguing Russia is one that even the poorest countries have begun to subdue. With an estimated 2.4 million users of injected drugs and 1.3 million of Putin's countrymen with the life-threatening virus that causes AIDS; among the top 20 global economies, only India, with a population almost nine times bigger than Russia’s 143 million, has more people living with HIV.



As Bloomberg notes,

At the root of Russia’s woes is an unchecked outbreak among addicts: 21 percent of the world’s HIV-positive injecting-drug users live in the country, compared with 15 percent in the U.S. and 10 percent in China, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime says.


Russia’s surging epidemic runs counter to the global trend. Worldwide, annual HIV infections dropped by almost a third to 2.3 million in 2012 from 2002.




Russia trails in curtailing HIV infections because it forbids or refuses to fund approaches that have worked elsewhere, says Michel Kazatchkine, the UN secretary-general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.


The country bans methadone, a treatment the World Health Organization recommends to curb heroin use and thus prevent infection from contaminated needles, under a 1998 law that prohibits addictive drugs.




There is a climate of suspicion about everything that comes from the West -- and the U.S. particularly,” Kazatchkine says. “I don’t see much progress coming in Russia unless it changes quite radically. It’s so shocking. The nation’s HIV policies result in death and suffering that could be avoided.”




Instead of funding heroin-substitution and clean-needle programs, Russia is trying to curb HIV with measures designed to fight drug use and addiction.




Pokrovsky, the Russian AIDS center director, disagrees. He says anti-drug efforts don’t stem HIV... efforts to stop heroin abuse in the 2000s prove his point. A government crackdown pushed addicts onto intoxicants such as krokodil, which users inject more frequently than heroin, increasing infection risks. The concoction is based on the pain reliever codeine mixed with gasoline, iodine, acid and phosphorus, according to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.




Russia has also stymied international aid groups that fight HIV.

Suddenly, everything was wrong,” recalls Cantau, who says the challenge was ideological, not medical. “Everything that the Global Fund had supported was not good; harm reduction didn’t work. We ran into a closed door.


Putin enraged AIDS and gay-rights activists in June when he signed a law that prohibits distributing to minors “propaganda” on homosexuality. While no more than 2 percent of reported HIV cases in Russia originate from gay sex, the law will make it harder to prevent infections among gay men, Pokrovsky says.


As the following graphic images suggest:

The situation is really serious,” Pokrovsky says softly. “We have no effective prevention measures. We can only expect the most negative scenario.”


On the outskirts of Yekaterinburg is a grim illustration of the unchecked consequences of Russia’s AIDS epidemic: a hospital on Kamskaya Street for HIV and TB patients that locals call the Last Way.


It doesn’t have this name for nothing,” says Ivan Zhavoronkov, a consultant with local charity Chance Plus. “Every day, someone dies.”

A drug user prepares a batch of krokodil in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.

Irina Maptynenko, an HIV-positive drug user in Ukraine, shows a wound from injecting krokodil.

Russian youth watch television in a rehabilitation center in Yekaterinburg called City Without Drugs.

Ruslan Rotar became addicted and infected with HIV in Russia. He fled to Ukraine in 2012 to seek treatment

So, while Putin assures the West that Russia is all fresh pow-pow and snow-bunnies... it appears reality is somewhat different.


Source: Bloomberg

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dick cheneys ghost's picture

I blame the rothschilds for this, but of course I blame them for all the worlds woes......

TBT or not TBT's picture

Um, the Russian people, culture, and language are not on a mere glide slope to dissappearance, they're in a power dive. The birth rates and life expectancy over the last several decades have written this in stone. They're done except for what muscular antics they can manage to put on. It's a bluff to fake out the rest of the world. They're paranoid in international affairs and have been for centuries. Communism killed them dead decades ago and they ain't comin back.

MeMadMax's picture

You fail to comprehend the shear SIZE of russia...

A slowdown in birthrates means a pile of crap...

Say What Again's picture

That just means more wealth for those that survive.

Gankfest's picture

More like 1% of the survivors... :P

Anusocracy's picture

If people make bad choices, they can live - or die - with them.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Dear me madmax, I'm not saying the landmass upon which Russia is located is disappearing. It is indeed big and will persist for many more tens of millions of years. The Russian people on the other hand are disappearing fast, and there's no precedent, in professional demographers' view, for a people in the state the Russians have gotten to surviving. They will be replaced of course, but mostly not ny Russians.

El Tuco's picture

You seem to understand something about Russia, it's rare to see that here on ZH. This is Putin's largest group of cheerleaders.

They are trying to rebuild their population through conquest.  During their invasion of Georgia they were handing out Russian citizenship to anyone who would take it. Now they are trying to do the same in Ukraine.

Russia is disappearing and they know it.

Antifaschistische's picture

If the Chinese would switch to a "controlled" 2 child policy then it would all be over...they could buy Siberia and Alaska

...."controlled" meaning, the privilege to have a second child goes to families who are healthy and have the propensity to raise an educated child (just like they require for adoption).

NihilistZero's picture

Since when are Siberia and Alaska for sale?  Last I checked the Chinese have several issues including pollution, a emerging middle class they don't know exactly what to do with, and said middle class could never replace the demand for their exports if the west is diminished.  And their economic might is built on IOUs from the US.  On top of that their foreign holdings in the US would become null and void the minute their was any type of armed conflict (see the Executive Order).  As much as Russia may be falsely praised, Commie China is given this bullshit Sun Tzu aura of wise invincibility wat to often.

aerojet's picture

It's obvious to anyone who looks at it.  Soviet Communism killed them, it's just taking a long time for the final act.  The Roman Empire limped along for hundreds of years.  These things don't just end abruptly.  My concern is that the west is only slightly behind Russia--the socialist antics in Europe and the US have sealed our fates, too, but it will play out over decades.  

One thing is certain--the US is not going to be able to keep going with 100 million people all trying to collect pensions and cash out 401ks.  It doesn't have a chance in hell of ever coming to be like that.  The Baby Boom was our suicide pact.  Everything has been over-promised and will now be under-delivered one way or another.

s-logic's picture


sad as I am to say that.

max2205's picture

Injecting gasoline....fuck....that shit is expensive. ...unleaded or premium? 

aerojet's picture

Why not just hang yourself?  The lower half of the bell curve of humanity is insane--having limbs with flesh eating whatever dissolving your body.  WTF?

Karl von Bahnhof's picture

Birthrate was just reversed in 2013. Just check.

Remember Stalingrad?

TBT or not TBT's picture

It's a bitch being a former empire. A lot of the places you have colonized colonize you back. Do you think the bright spots in Russian demography are ethnically or culturally Russian? Think again. Same deal in France.

michael63636's picture   It is the Muslim invasion, stupid.   Remember Medina?   622 AD.   Mohamed moved his followers there and bread like rats.  10 births per woman. They raised an army through rapid breeding. Then they conquered the city.   The same tactics and strategy Muslims have used for 1400 years.   Islam declared war on Russia, in 622 AD. Their strategies, tactics and logistics have been used since 622 AD. Islam is carrying out an organized extermination of Russians. They enter countries and use the wombs of their women as weapons to breed an Army within. 1. "We will conquer you through the wombs of our ... - Bare Naked Islam  He has said the swollen Muslim population would be enough to conquer Britain from inside Google "Islam domination by immigration" and Imam speeches verify their plan. Every 5 minutes a Swedish woman is raped by a Muslim.     They beat, rape and kill our women. And post videos of their crimes on the internet:     If they kill you they will cut your heart and liver out and eat them raw:     They commit massive welfare fraud.  This has cost Europe 800,000,000 USD form 1990 to 2010.  There are 50,000,000 Muslims in Europe.  80 percent are on welfare, bearing 10 children per woman.  If allowed to continue there will be 500,000,000 Muslims in Europe in 10 years.   The same is happening in America, Dearborn Michaigan:  
The.Harmless.Who's picture


Oh dear...  It is times likes these where you really do wonder if "freedom of speech" adds any value to humanity.  


What a disgraceful post, shameful and more importantly full of lies.  As a Semite, I do not want to be associated with such crap, anymore than wishing to be grouped with the same trash that is Greenspan, Fischer, Yellen and Bernanke. 


My only regret here on ZH, is having to lower my contempt to a level as to having to respond to such hate-filled lie-speak.



Bendromeda Strain's picture

All effective propaganda contains kernels of truth. Since you claim it is full of lies, maybe you would take a moment after your attack of the vapors subsides to post an informed takedown. By the way, as a Semite, what do make of Paideia? Looks to me like "someone" disagrees with you about the future of Europe.

The.Harmless.Who's picture

First of all Neo-Nazi Cum-Strain (couldn't resist, too much fun!),


Paideia is a ZIONIST backed body - so yeah, they will have a different opinion to myself, being an Non-Zionist Semite. 


2nd of all, if you look at the sources provided by your vermin spreading mate, you'd see there's no credibility - follow the money, motives, and intent... I mean "Islam's agenda" - REALLY?  Pleaaaaaaaaase!  


3rd of all, are you seriously backing the statement that "a swedish woman gets raped by a muslim every 5 minutes"?  I mean really?  If so, then you're a stain on ZH's membership. 


Much love, 


The Harmless Who. 

p.s. that post could have been written by Enoch Powell (back in the 60s), or a grizzly nazi (back in the 40s)




Bendromeda Strain's picture

I don't believe I said I was backing any specific statement. Let me check. Nope, I didn't. Since I am apparently engaged with a self righteous hypocrite, I will leave you with a Swedish kiss (couldn't resist too much fun).

The.Harmless.Who's picture

So what did you mean by your proclaimation your "all propaganda..."  remark?  Were you not referring to the hateful poster's nonesense set of so-called citations - did you even check out them out to see for yourself?


Furthermore, since I'm no hypocrite, and since you appear to be a geniune jerk-off, let me wish you a life of misery and pain (asshole) - I'm sure you life is filled with it, so long may it continue. 


Now piss-off as you're polluting the ZH site, but how I'd like to leave you with a "glasgow kiss" (tosser).


Laters you douche net-warrior troll :-)







aerojet's picture

Oh whatever, this isn't the middle ages.  While I detest religion, especially Islam, you can be completely backwards technologically, but if your group doesn't espouse vices such as drinking and smoking, the long-term chances of success go up considerably.  I don't know anything about these people, really.  I just know the west is in decline because we as a culture refuse to do anything about the vice and the rot other than be tolerant of it.  That is not the way to set standards in any civilization.  I blame leftism, and I blame stupid religious zealot Christians for this.  Either you have the will to survive and lay down how it is going to be, or you don't.

Scarlett's picture

If you like Irina's legs, you can keep Irina's legs.

matrix2012's picture

@ Scarlett, who's the Irina btw? :-)

Nassim's picture

It is so easy to stop sexually-transmitted infections, if the internet is used the way it should be:

You should see how many infections young Americans have:

Over one million cases of (curable) chlamydia per annum. Wow.


debtor of last resort's picture

Just sign in for Obamacare and whipe that snow off your nose. We are one world now.

q99x2's picture

I blame the Rothschilds for most everything terrible but in this case I throw in with them the Kerry/Forbes oligarchy.

Scarlett's picture

Isn't this the fault/profit center of the CIA?

aerojet's picture

It's the wealth disparity, not particular actors.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

The more important metric is how much has heroin usage increased since Poppy Bush's useful idiot of a son shrub sent troops into Afghanistan in the same time frame....

Harbanger's picture

It doesn't only end up in Russia.  A few months ago, Norway was considering legalizing the smoking of heroin, injecting it would still be illegal.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Spikes in heroin usage almost always go hand in hand with increases in HIV cases, there is usually a direct and unmistakable correlation. The heroin still needs to be refined from the poppy plant before it gets to Norway. Someone has to be buying the poppy now don't they since it is not being refined in Afghanistan (not on the scale necessary to feed the market). Official watchers usually job that one out to the criminal elements because it is easier to just sell raw material. Norway isn't known for drug production so hence they are buying it from a refiner first who happens to be....

aerojet's picture

The governor of Vermont spent his entire state of the state addres talking about heroin.  In Vermont!  Something is defintely up.

kaiserhoff's picture

Good place to point out that AIDS is not a venereal disease and never was.  It is a catch all term for blown out immune systems, mostly as a function of specific types of drug abuse.

See Peter Duesberg's work to understand what it is, and why heterosexual aids never happened, not even in Africa.

The whole thing was media hype, bad science, and politics.

shepherd's picture

If HIV would be what they made it out to be, half of Africa would be dead.

AIDS is a terrible disease but mostly restricted to drug users and homosexuals.

kaiserhoff's picture

and always will be so restricted.

Sperm is a blood product.  Lots of sperm, injected into the rectum creates an immune response.  The body sees this as a foreign invader.  So, just as hemophiliacs have immune impairment from multiple transfusions, gays need to be careful of exposure.

Also, there are plenty of gays who treat drugs as an all you can eat buffet, but that's another set of disasters.

Papasmurf's picture

Sadly, you're mistaken. 

Headbanger's picture

Congratulations kaiserhof!!   

You just won the Official ZH Wanker of the Year Award for 2014!!

You will enjoy all the benefits of that title all year which include being ridiculed endlessly !

And we will enjoy the many laughs you will give this forum!

And thanks for letting me know you have gladly accepted your award by your down arrow here you fucking idiot!

Now go play on the highway !

TBT or not TBT's picture

In Africa, heterosexual anal sex is a pretty common birth control approach, which results in lots of heterosexual HIV transmission.

Dr Benway's picture

I just cannot believe you got upvotes for that comment. Has this site gone full retard?

kaiserhoff's picture

See Inventing the Aids Virus, by Peter Duesberg, or better yet, just think it through.

There was a headline in the Washington Post in the eighties


Didn't happen, now did it, but it would have happened.  Hell the ghettos would have been wiped out entirely if aids were anything like the clap.  Aids is not contagious, nor is cancer.  Some of Peter's best work is on the fundamental cellular nature of what cancer cells have to be.

Dr Benway's picture

HIV is contagious, and causes AIDS. You are a lunatic. And that's all.

shepherd's picture

Bullshit, why is Africa not dying off?

They use no condoms. They have lots of children with multiple partners. Yet they become more and more.

Something stinks here, and it's your lies.



Aussiekiwi's picture

Dr Benway is correct, AIDS is a virus, it has been identified by independent research in every country in the world, it is far easier to pass it on via anal intercourse than vaginal, hence rates amongst the homosexual population will be a lot higher than the heterosexual population, that's just a fact. Like many blood borne diseases it can be passed on with syringes. All very simple to understand.


Initial estimates for the death toll in Africa were massively inflated for political and health reasons, they were just guesses, often by people who had a strong commitment to a political agenda.


Out of the 34 million HIV-positive people worldwide, 69 percent live in sub-Saharan Africa. There are roughly 23.8 million infected persons in all of Africa.


71 percent of the HIV/AIDS-related deaths in 2011 were people living in Africa.

kaiserhoff's picture

You have learned your government and media propaganda very well, but the real science now in medicine, astronomy,  and physics is in the contrarian stuff.  ZH is a good format to show truth to power.

Some people are interested in learning.  You can lead a horse to water...

PS  Not big on credentials, but long before AIDS, Duesberg was a world class authority on retroviruses, and a member of the National Academy of Science.  Telling the truth cost him big chunks of his career.  He thought it was that important.  Some of us still do.

Dr Benway's picture

Haha I love it! So the consensus on ZH is now that HIV doesn't cause AIDS?!? LOL.


Look, I'm not even gonna argue with lunatics. You are too insane for reason to work on you.