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Dima was a musician and Program Officer with an international AIDS prevention program. It was with the Hari Krishna that Dima became a vegetarian, gave up his habit of stealing because he learned to de-emphasize material possessions and most importantly, Dima learned the importance of self-discipline for becoming the kind of person he wants to be. It was his decision to volunteer for Doctors Without Borders that really led to a change in Dimas life. Soon after joining this organization Dima quit heroin and started working full-time. Eventually this job led Dima to UNAIDS where he worked himself through the ranks. The so-called transition years of late-Soviet/post-Soviet Russia have also been a personal transition for Dima. This chapter quotes excerpts from Jarretts interview with Dima in February of 2003. Dima takes the restrictive burden of obshchenie onto himself.

Keywords: Dima; Doctors Without Borders; international AIDS prevention program; Jarretts interview; non-Western religion; obshchenie; post-Soviet Russia



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