The loyal opposition

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Science  15 Jun 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6394, pp. 1175
DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6394.1175

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Russian government officials who speak critically about their leadership often find themselves out of a job—or worse. Vadim Pokrovsky, who heads the Federal Center for the Prevention and Control of the Spread of AIDS in Moscow, blasts his government for its lackluster response to HIV/AIDS and even says Ministry of Health officials routinely play down the epidemic's severity. Pokrovsky says the Russian Orthodox Church holds too much sway, and he thinks the federal government needs to provide much more substantial funding if it hopes to slow the rampant spread of HIV and help more infected people. And for whatever reason, the government tolerates this lone official voice of dissent.