The Fire Within(contacts)
 
-- documents the evolution of Russian drug culture and it's relationship to HIV / AIDS;
explains the rational for harm reduction inside Russia and neighboring states.

Photographs by John Ranard and Text by  
Dave Burrows;
Moscow: Medecins Sans Frontieres / AIDS Foundation East / West. 2001

A gypsy village where liquid opium is sold and injected. Odessa, Ukraine - by John Ranard

Housing development in Odessa across the railroad tracks from "Palermo", a gypsy village where liquid opium is sold and injected. Odessa, Ukraine. 1997

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Natasha has just returned from prison. Odessa, Ukraine, by John Ranard

Natasha at home with her mother. Natasha has just returned from prison. Odessa, Ukraine 1997

A married couple tested HIV-positive while receiving drug treatment in a psychiatric hospital - photo by John Ranard

During the summer of 1996, a married couple tested HIV-positive while receiving drug treatment in a psychiatric hospital. They were from Svetlogorsk, a small out-of-work factory town of 70,000 in Belarus. The Svetlogorsk City council, expecting the worse, decided to force-test the town's suspected 5,000 intravenous drug users. In a period of six months, 900 more HIV-positive cases were discovered, equal to half the known cases discovered that year in all of Russia. Svetlogorsk, Belarus 1996

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Shooting area in Palermo Liquid opium is sold in a syringe. Odessa, Ukraine. -photo by John Ranard

Shooting area in Palermo. Liquid opium is sold in a syringe. Odessa, Ukraine. 1997