News from the Region

800,000 people are enslaved worldwide

This was stated by Enrico Ponziani, director of the Moscow branch of the International Migration Organisation, at a press conference at RIA Novosti (Russian Information Agency) timed to coincide with the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, observed every…

HIV/AIDS: Russia bucks world trends

As 2009 comes to an end Russia is expecting that the count of new cases of HIV will amount to around 60.000, which is approximately 5,000 greater than in 2008 and 11,000 greater than a year earlier.   These figures…

Poverty has a child’s face

    The results of research on families living in poverty in Moscow commissioned by the president’s ombudsman on children’s rights, Alex Golovan, were the subject of a presentation at the School of Advanced Economics of the State University. Mr…

Does Russia need a Foundation for the Elderly?

A report by the voluntary organisation “A Happy Old Age” about the Yamm home for elderly people and people with special needs, published on the Internet, was discussed by the Social Chamber of Russia. The Chamber’s Commission for Social and…