Ukraine’s network for the blind shelters displaced people

‘Calls kept coming’: Ukraine’s network for the blind shelters displaced people One of country’s oldest-running organisations turns factory into accommodation for refugees Published by the Guardian Andriy Kit assists Anatoliy Savelevych, who arrived at the shelter for displaced people set up inside a factory in Dnipro, Ukraine. Photograph: Anastasia Taylor-Lind/The Guardian Isobel Koshiw,  22 Jun …

Meet the Russians helping Ukrainians stranded in Russia

Many Ukrainians have fled war to Russia itself, where they need help finding housing, work and schools – or leaving the country Published by Open Democracy Editors Of ODR 13 June 2022 While Russia’s military has decimated Ukrainian towns and cities, killing thousands in its attempt to take control of the country, some residents in …

National centre for blind schoolchildren opens in Moscow

National centre for blind schoolchildren opens in Moscow Gifted students who have passed competitive exams will study at the centre. The first students are to start there in Autumn 2022. 10.06.2022 The national centre for blind schoolchildren is to open on the site of boarding school No. 1 near the Alekseevskaya metro station. Children will …

Russia: homeless shelters to be built in new neighbourhoods?

Can shelters in new-build neighbourhoods help homeless people? Proposals have been made to update Russia’s town planning regulations that would make it compulsory to include homeless shelters in construction plans for new neighbourhoods 10.06.2022 According to Izvestiya, the homeless shelters building proposal was instigated by members of the State Duma committee for citizens’ housing rights, …

Russian volunteers seek permission to work in all residential homes

Volunteers ask authorities for full permission to work in residential homes The statement was made at a conference for volunteers who help adults and children under guardianship in residential homes for people with disabilities 09.06.2022 The Special Childhood clinical teaching centre (Osoboe detstvo) published the statement. “Every region and every head of a residence currently …

Duma approves law on non-enforcement of ECHR judgements

The Russian State Duma approves legislation relating to the non-enforcement of ECHR judgements   07.06.2022   This legislation will allow Russian courts not to comply with any rulings made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that came into effect after 15 March, the date of Russia’s decision to withdraw from the Council of …

Ozon customers raise one million roubles for charity  

Ozon customers raise one million roubles for charity   07.06.2022   The Circle of Kindness campaign, which was timed to coincide with Child Protection Day, came to an end at Ozon’s e-commerce company.   For ten days, people bought charity vouchers in support of children’s foundations, raising a total of 1,016,350 roubles. The money will …

Crises may force 70% of Kyrgyzstanis into poverty

UN warns crises may force 70% of Kyrgyzstanis into poverty Reliance on migrant remittances has left Kyrgyzstan especially vulnerable to the pandemic and Russia’s war. Ayzirek Imanaliyeva Jun 4, 2022 A United Nations-appointed rapporteur on extreme poverty has sounded the alarm about the grave threats posed to Kyrgyzstan by the twin impacts of COVID-19 and, …

Moscow post offices set up “safety islands” for people who are lost in the capital  

Moscow post offices set up “safety islands” for people who are lost in the capital   02.06.2022   People can contact any Russian Post branch for help. Staff will inform the Missing Persons Centre and offer help until relatives, the emergency services or volunteers arrive.   “Safety islands” have been established in all Moscow branch …