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RuNPUD (Russian-speaking Network of People Who Use Drugs)


Who we are

RuNPUD (A Russian-language network of people who use drugs) is an international nongovernmental charitable membership organization of a network nature. Geography of representation: the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (former Soviet Union countries).

Our membership is free and open to all people who use drugs, have been incarcerated, are currently incarcerated, and are at risk of being incarcerated at any time because of their drug use, and who support our mission, guiding principles, code of ethics, and safety net.

Our Organizational Structure

RuNPUD (hereinafter the Organization) consists of associate members (without voting rights) and full members (with voting rights). The highest governing body of RuNPUD is the General Meeting of Members (hereinafter referred to as the Meeting). The Meeting approves the general activities of the organization, the annual financial reports, elects the Board.

The Board accepts new members of the network, approves organizational strategies developed by members of the network, exercises general control over the financial and economic activities of the organization, appoints the Executive Director. The Executive Director manages the network: optimal financial management, execution of the strategic goals and objectives of the Organization, operational planning, as well as human resource management.

Our Mission

Protecting and enforcing the rights and freedoms of people who use drugs, including in prison and aftercare.

Our External Vision

In the RuNPUD countries, national and international drug policies are based on the principles of humanism, human rights and security, social inclusion, public health, and civil society development and participation. 


Our internal vision

RuNPUD is an influential organization with sustainable funding, working to ensure that people are no longer confined and imprisoned for using drugs and that everyone has the opportunity to fulfill themselves.

Our Values

A human life, a human dignity and the protection of human rights are RuNPUD’s highest values. They use in their work only the evidence-based approaches generally accepted by most countries with humane drug policies. RuNPUD provides equal opportunities for all members.

Trust, transparency, clear procedures within the organization, and inclusiveness are the network’s priorities. RuNPUD members are tolerant and respect each member’s opinion.

RuNPUD creates a safe environment for people who use drugs, prisoners and ex-prisoners, and for human rights defenders who defend the rights of people who use drugs. Our members are committed to systemic change, improved performance, and a positive image for the organization.

RuNPUD values and values the trust of its partners and uses effective ethics and communication. RuNPUD values development and professional growth. Without putting expert snobbery at the forefront, moving away from grant fashion, network members are focused on selfactualization.

our advantages

RuNPUD is a young human rights organization registered on a neutral territory, not tied to a stationary office and conducting all its work remotely. RuNPUD members are representatives of the community of people who use drugs and experts from different countries of the EECA region, which allows us to effectively share successful and negative experiences, conduct a generalized analysis of international work and international legislation, as well as the results achieved.

Trust and low conflict prevail among members. RuNPUD members have a good understanding of internal and external security issues and define their own security boundaries. RuNPUD has reliable partners, the effective cooperation with whom is confirmed by realized projects and common activities.

RuNPUD, like the rest of the world, is now working in the spirit of the 2030 Agenda and in accordance with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Governments, and ultimately humanity as a whole, are responsible for making such ambitious goals a reality. But without many small contributions from civil society organizations and even individuals, the 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs will remain a beautiful theory.

Focusing the future of the organization on the SDGs provides opportunities to describe effective stakeholder engagement, the ability to demonstrate the value of its activities and competent stewardship of resources, and a commitment to shared global values.

During the strategic planning session, network members were able to relate RuNPUD’s purpose and goals to the Global SDGs.

SDG 3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

SDG 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” – eliminate all forms of violence and exploitation against women and girls.

SDG 16: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and participatory institutions at all levels.

All of the above Sustainable Development Goals are reflected in RuNPUD’s 2021-2024 Strategic Plan.

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