AIDS expert flays Kremlin, says Russia’s HIV epidemic worsening

Russia's top AIDS expert lambasted the Kremlin's increasingly conservative agenda, saying the HIV epidemic is worsening and at least two million Russians are likely to be infected in about five yearsRussia's top AIDS expert lambasted the Kremlin's increasingly conservative agenda Thursday, saying the HIV epidemic is worsening and at least two million Russians are likely to be infected in about five years. Vadim Pokrovsky, head of the country's state AIDS centre, said the Kremlin's policies promoting traditional family values had failed to halt the spread of the deadly virus. "It has not justified itself," Pokrovsky said, noting that the official number of Russians with HIV has grown to some 930,000 people from around 500,000 in 2010. President Vladimir Putin, who enjoys unstinting support from the Russian Orthodox Church, has over the past years been promoting increasingly conservative values in a bid to rally support from his core constituents of middle-aged Russians and blue-collar workers.



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