As critical public debate is largely being forced out of Russian media, physical meeting places are assuming an increasingly important role in public discussion. Representatives from Sweden’s Embassy in Moscow and the Consulate-General in St Petersburg recently took part in a ‘BarCamp’ in the forest outside the city of Syktyvkar in north-western Russia.

I takt med att kritisk samhällsdebatt i hög grad tvingats bort från de ryska medierna har fysiska mötesplatser kommit att spela en allt viktigare roll för det offentliga samtalet. Sveriges ambassad i Moskva och Generalkonsulatet i Sankt Petersburg deltog nyligen vid ett så kallat ”barcamp” i skogen utanför staden Syktyvkar i nordvästra Ryssland.

Women and young girls are the hardest hit by HIV. It is twice as common for girls and young women (15– 24 years old) to contract HIV as boys and men in the same age group. This was one of the issues raised recently during a panel discussion in Stockholm on women’s sexual and reproductive rights.