IPA is a professional, non-governmental,
non-profit, human rights organization of Russian psychiatrists
devoted both to renewal of psychiatry in Russia and to revival of
its noble traditions.
IPA was established on March 9-11, 1989 as a reaction
to the absence of genuine changes in psychiatry. Since
October 17, 1989 IPA has been a full member of the World
The primary raison d'etre of IPA was the struggle with the
totalitarian inertia of official psychiatry. Now that the most
stubborn element of this inertia is connected with professional
matters, our main credo is that high professionalism provides
the best ground for the protection of human rights.
IPA and the Russian Society of Psychiatrists (RSP) are the
only All-Russian psychiatric organizations. The rest are the
regional ones. Unlike IPA the structure of RSP substantially
duplicates the administrative hierarchy.
The IPA of Russia is comprised of about 600 individuals and
member-societies (mental hospitals, regional associations and so
on). It has representations in 54 regions of the country from St.
Petersburg and Kaliningrad (Konigsberg) to Vladivostok and the
Tchukotka peninsula - on the level of chairs in medical
institutes and chief psychiatrists of the territories.
Within the structure of IPA, the Society of Clinical
Psychotherapy, the Society "Philosophy and Mental Health"
and the Engineering Laboratory have been organized.
The IPA is a charitable organization. Its services are free of
The IPA leadership:
- Yuri Savenko, M.D. President (since 1989) ;
- Kagan, M.D. (St-Petersburg). Vice-President (since 1994);
- Liubov Vinogradova, Ph.D. Executive Director (since 1994)
The IPA Honorary Members:
- Anatoly Koryagin (Russia);
- Alexander Podrabinek (Russia);
- Melvin Sabshin (USA);
- Wolfgang Kretschmer (Germany);
- Jean Ayme (France);
- Rey Freebery (Kanada);
- Richard Winslow (USA);
- Anatoly Anufriev (Russia);
- Nikolai Schakhmatov (Russia) .
- Identifying the scientific and practical priorities of
Russian psychiatry and promoting work in these directions;
- Establishing the new general scientific paradigm in
- Opposing anti-psychiatric tendencies;
- Contributing to human rights observation in Russian
- Rehabilitating victims of psychiatric abuse and errors;
elaborating new rehabilitation programs;
- Humanizing psychiatric service;
- Overcoming juridical illiteracy and nihilism in
psychiatry; providing guarantees for enforcing the Law on
- Promoting the professionalization of Russian
psychiatrists both in ethical and proper professional
- Regaining and reinforcing popular trust in psychiatry.
The main direction of activities:
Address: Russian Research Center for Human Rights, 4 Luchnikov
lane, Moscow-103982, Russia
Tel: +7 095 206 8639
Fax: +7 095 206-8853