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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kalmyk AIDS Relief

ELISTA, Southern Russia -- Lawmakers in the region that spawned Russia's first major AIDS outbreak have approved a sweeping bill guaranteeing the rights of HIV-infected people and giving them generous government support.

Itar-Tass said Tuesday that the measure approved by the parliament of Kalmykia guarantees free medical care, priority housing, education and employment. It provides lifetime stipends for HIV-infected children equal to five times the minimum monthly wage and makes it illegal to fire HIV-infected people or refuse them jobs or education.

Kalmykia is a republic in southern Russia north of Dagestan and Chechnya.