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Russian HIV Surge Shows Scourge Sochi Swagger Can’t Mask


On a chilly September evening in Novogireyevo, a Moscow suburb of concrete apartment blocks about 16 kilometers east of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin compound, a young woman in an orange hoodie approaches Sasha Mazay with an offer that might save his life.

Mazay, 33, is one of Russia’s estimated 2.4 million users of injected drugs. The woman, a charity volunteer, is handing out clean needles, condoms and overdose treatments -- a small step in an effort to stem one of the world’s fastest-growing HIV epidemics, Bloomberg Markets magazine will report in its February issue.