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A Russian Su-24 of the type shot down today at Welzow, Germany, January 2014. Photo: Rob Schleiffert via Fliclr (CC BY-NC).

Russia's shot down jet is sending us a powerful message: keep well out of Syria!

Oliver Tickell

24th November 2015

Turkey's shooting down of a Russian jet near its border with Syria has just revealed the real nature of the war, writes Oliver Tickell, and sharply illustrates the dangers of getting involved in a conflict that is driven more by a battle of two gas pipelines than a clash of ideologies. The message for the UK - keep well out! Or if we are serious about crushing IS, best join in with Assad and Putin. more...
Linevo and its water reservoir formed by a dam on Koinikha, a small river falling into Ob. The giant Novosibirsk Electrode Factory is on the background. Photo: Tatiana Bulyonkova via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA).

Russia - has the world's biggest country turned against the environment?

Lucy E J Woods

22nd September 2015

While other countries apply themselves to environmental challenges from climate change to nature protection, Russia - with its massive wealth of nature and natural resources - is stubbornly refusing to take part, writes Lucy E J Woods. And as the economy declines, the pressure is on: to ignore environmental regulations, and clamp down on environmental defenders. more...
The Indigenous Peoples of Russia's Siberian region are among those opposed to oil development in the Arctic. Is that why officials blocked their representatives from attending the indigenous summit in New York? Photo: Irina Kazanskaya via Flickr.

Russia: officials block indigenous leaders from UN Assembly

The Ecologist

26th September 2014

Why so few Russian representatives at the UN's World Conference on Indigenous Peoples? Officials prevented activists - some opposing Arctic oil development - from leaving the country, damaging passports and detaining them so they missed their planes. more...
Konstantin Rubakhin is currently in hiding. Photo: Konstantin Rubakhin.

Western sanctions could help Russia's environment - but will they?

Konstantin Rubakhin

19th September 2014

Sanctions against Russian natural resource tycoons could be good for the environment, writes eco-campaigner Konstantin Rubakhin - if only they would target the right people. But so far, the EU has been turning a blind eye to powerful Kremlin insiders with an open licence to pollute and destroy. more...
Crude oil seeps through the ground, poisoning the land the Khanty live off. Photo: © RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov.

Siberia - a Small People challenges Big Oil

Georgy Borodyansky

14th June 2014

Russia’s oil Goliaths have been devastating vast areas of natural landscape, and indigenous people’s lives, in their rush to extract the black gold that lies beneath. But as Georgy Borodyansky reports, a family of reindeer herders has taken them on. more...

Arctic 30 coming home

The Ecologist

26th December 2013

The Arctic 30 are leaving Russia. 14 have received exit stamps and all are due back home in time to celebrate the New Year. But their fight for the Arctic is only just beginning ... more...

Christmas amnesty for Arctic 30, Pussy Riot

The Ecologist

18th December 2013

The Russian Parliament has today granted amnesty to the Arctic 30. The Duma voted 446-0 in favour of the Kremlin-backed amendment that extends an Amnesty Act to those charged with hooliganism. more...
Gray whales

Russia's ambitions for oil off Sakhalin Island could wipe out whale species

Katharine Helmore

18th January 2011

The Western North Pacific gray whale is under threat of extinction, say WWF, as Russia plans a third oil platform off Sakhalin Island more...
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WWF-UK wins funding halt to Sakhalin II oil and gas pipeline


6th March, 2008

Lobbying by WWF UK to protect Arctic wilderness from a £11bn ($22bn) oil and gas project that threatened the Western Gray Whale with extinction has been successful after the UK and US governments withdrew backing. more...
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Black Sea


13th November, 2007

Russia was facing up to a ten-year clean-up operation after a major oil spill in the Black Sea region. more...

Judicial review launched as oil project threatens whales


17th August, 2007

Environmental groups have launched a judicial review into the UK’s support for an oil and gas project that threatens an endangered whale species. more...

Oil & Security

Jeremy Smith

1st April, 2003

The world lives under oil’s spell. Jeremy Smith reveals the extent to which the industry’s by-products have permeated our lives. more...

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