hirty-six year old Ilya is a recovering heroin addict with an unenviable cocktail of adversaries: HIV; hepatitis B; hepatitis C; suspicious bank managers; prejudiced employers. Now he finds himself facing an unexpected new opponent — coronavirus — and it, he says, is the thing he fears most.
“Neither the government nor society gives a damn about us or our illnesses,” says Ilya, who asked for his surname to be withheld. “This virus gives them the perfect opportunity to get rid once and for all.”
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