| print this
Anonymous history in your area
was represented on Asia-Oceania Service meeting of AA in
Seoul, October 2001
is excerpt from report of our delegate.
year the AA Fellowship of Russian Federation participates
in the AOSM for the first time. At present more than 270
AA groups meet regularly in more than 100 cities and localities
of Russia including the Far east and Siberia.An Internet
Russian-speaking AA group has been working for two years.
Contacts with Russian-speaking AA groups in Belarus, Baltic
Countries, Moldova, Ukraine, Israel (Haifa), USA (LA and
SF) are strenghthening and developing.
Spring the General Service Foundation of AA in Russia was
legally registered to be our official body taking care of
legal matters such as taxation,banking, signing contracts,etc.
Our regional AA services,commitees and central offices continue
to form.Today we can tell you about eight general service
structures in varrious cities of Russia,including the GSB
of AA in Siberia, which was established this year in the
city of Tomsk.
Far East Region we have AA groups in Blagovestchensk, Khabarovsk,
Vladivostok, Yuznosakhalinsk and five of them in Magadan
and Magadan Province. To help bring AA strength and experience
from the cities to regions of early development,several
special teams of experienced AAs have been formed.These
groups travel there to conduct workshops sharing experience
of the Program of 12 Steps-a very effective activity. Also,a
Traditional All-Russian Convention is held each December,which
moves around the vast country to cities where AA is beginning
to grow.This year it will be in Omsk (Siberia).
new form of Automobile Convention ("Forum on Wheels")
has been started,which travels along the highways carrying
dozens of AA s to various cities to hold meetings and share
AA groups now meet regularly in prisons in St Petersburg,
Ryazan, Ekatherinburg and Chita (the last 2 in Siberia),while
soon it is hoped to have a meeting in a women's prison near
General Service Conference meets annually in Moscow for
three days.One delegate from each group and Intergroup meet
with members of theGSB and the GSO to discuss service problems
and share experience on general service topics. However,
at this stage not all delegates can afford the travel expenses
members, elected by the Conference, meet monthly in Moscow
while those unable to attend express their opinions by mail
or email. For more than three years Russia has been publishing
the Russian language Big Book, 12&12, Living Sober,
Came to Believe and several pamphlets.
Reflections is nearly ready for printing. There is also
a national magazine and newsletter.
GSO is located in Moscow and is carrying out all the functions
of AA GSO, with the groups gradually providing more financial
support. We communicate regularly with international contacts
and our members travel widely to international round-ups
and conventions. Whenever we are able we attend the WSM
and the ESM and we try to support the growing fellowship
in neighboring Eastern European and Asian countries such
it nears its 15 Anniversary the AA Fellowship in Russia
continuously grows in spite of difficulties and, we hope,
is coming of age.