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Tbilisi, Georgia
Joined January 2022

Russian-speaking network of human rights activists from former prisoners and people who used drugs in EECA, defend in courts, the ECHR / UN, contribute to the reform of legislation

Presence in: Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine
Focus: Community Organizing, Community Paralegals, Criminal Justice, Education, Health, HIV/Aids, Policy Advocacy, Protection & Safety, Right to Information

The goal of RuNPUD is to create an enabling environment for full realization of human rights and freedoms, justice for people who use/previously used drugs, prisoners/ex-prisoners. For security considerations, RuNPUD was registered in Georgia on September 7, 2020. RuNPUD includes representatives from Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. We have open membership, elected bodies and democratic principles of governance.

Members of RNPUD provide legal assistance to prisoners/ex-prisoners, drug addicts and their relatives who have a high level of trust  considering the “peer to peer” approach. All members of RuNPUD are successfully socialized people with lived experiences (prison, criminal prosecution, including for drug use).

RuNPUD activities: documenting cases of violation of rights, media activities, judicial representation in countries, as well as submission of complaints to the ECHR, submission of shadow reports to the UN committees, promotion of the discussion on reforms in the countries we are present.

RuNPUD is made up of members of the minority. We train people like us, we give them basic knowledge on how to use the law, mentor them in protecting their own rights, the rights of their loved ones, help them master the tools to influence the legislation of their own countries.

People Associated With This Organization

Aidana Fedosik

Joined January 2022
Interests: Children's Rights, Community Organizing, Community Paralegals, Criminal Justice, Education, Financial Sustainability & Fundraising, Health, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, Protection & Safety, Women's Rights
My name is Aidana, I am a citizen of Russia, I live in a beautiful country - Georgia, Tbilisi, I am 46 years old, I am a happy mother of many children, a lawyer, an economist and the head of the best team in the world - RuNPUD. But it was not always so.
At the age of 20, as a law student in a small provincial town Orenburg in Russia, I started using drugs. A poor, plundered, corrupt city where the criminal drug business was owned by the police. There was no information about drugs in the public domain, I became addicted very quickly, I could not get effective treatment, because it simply does not exist in Russia

But in Russia there is a criminal liability for the use of drugs, and therefore, at the age of 25, I was first sent to prison. I was beaten and tortured by the police, I confessed to crimes that I did not commit, if only the torture would stop, lawyers did not help me, doctors did not help me, and therefore I ended up in prison again and again. In total, I spent almost 9 years in prison and realized that no one needs minorities (dependent, socially vulnerable, marginalized). If I do not start to defend, to defend my rights myself, then I have nowhere to wait for help

In prison, I began an active human rights work and continued it after my release. In 2016, we created an initiative group of former prisoners, in 2018 we registered the local NGO Everyone's Right, in 2018 we joined the PHRC consortium under the leadership of the European Prison Litigation Network, and in 2020 we registered RuNPUD, an international network organization with open membership, with democratic principles of governance, giving the opportunity to learn, gain strength and the ability to influence the laws to people like me - prisoners / ex-prisoners who have been persecuted and tortured for using drugs

In October 2021, together with my children, I was forced to urgently evacuate from Russia due to persecution by the FSB

Many of my fellow human rights activists remained in Russia and continue to fight police and judicial arbitrariness with all available legal methods. Unfortunately, each of them is under constant threat. It is important for us not to be left alone with lawlessness in our countries.

It is important for us to make our experience useful for human rights activists from countries with totalitarian regimes. It is important for us to learn from the civil society of countries that have won the struggle for democracy in their countries. It is important for us to understand that our efforts are our contribution to the achievement of the global goals of all mankind.
Aidana Fedosik is the network champion (main point of contact) for RuNPUD.

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