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Can East-West relations be repaired as easily as this gas pipeline? Photo: Matthew Thorn via Flickr.com.

Russia, Ukraine, EU tied by gas dependency

Jack D. Sharples

18th April 2014

The need for cooperation over Russia's exports of gas to the EU via Ukraine was an important reason for the tentative peace deal struck in Geneva yesterday. But as Jack D. Sharples writes, gas will also be a source of East-West tensions for a long time to come. more...
On 10 March 1943 Hitler visited Army Group South's headquarters in occupied Ukraine. Photo: Heinrich Hoffmann / German Federal Archives / Wikimedia Commons.

Ukraine - the corporate annexation

JP Sottile

21st March 2014

As the US and EU apply sanctions on Russia over its annexation' of Crimea, JP Sottile reveals the corporate annexation of Ukraine. For Cargill, Chevron, Monsanto, there's a gold mine of profits to be made from agri-business and energy exploitation. more...
A rainy day in Berezniki. Photo: Andrew Giba via Flickr.com/

Chemfest and collapse in the heart of Russia

Ola Cichowlas

2nd March 2014

As Russia looks like extending its dominion into Crimea and East Ukraine, Ola Cichowlas finds that Vladimir Putin cares rather less about the the heart of Russia itself - places like Berezniki, the country's very own chemical alley. more...
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Russian eco-activist gets 3 years in penal colony

The Ecologist

17th February 2014

Evgeni Vitishko fought against the illegal occupation of protected forest and shore line by Krasnodar's governor Alexander Tkachev, who used the land for construction of his private estate. Now he is paying the price. more...
Construction waste from the Sochi Winter Olympics construction is dumped in the Mzympta River. Photo: SochiWatch.

Sochi - an Olympiad of environmental destruction

Igor Chestin

17th February 2014

The winter Olympics at Sochi have trashed the National Park that contains Russia's richest biodiversity, writes Igor Chestin. Worse, the gutting of key environmental laws means that it can happen all over again, and again. more...
Participants of a protest against nickel production were brutally beaten by security guards of the LLC Mednogorsky Copper and Sulphur Plant in 2013.

Mining Russia - thousands join the protests

Konstantin Rubakhin

2nd January 2014

Protests at the proposed mining of nickel and copper in the heart of Russia's Black Earth belt have been escalating - as has the smear campaign against the protesters. Konstantin Rubakhin sees this as a positive sign ... 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...
July 2012 - Filling the reservoir Boguchan HPP.

Siberia: Sold down the river

Margarita Baranova, from Krasnoyarsk, Russia

9th November 2013

The Angara, the only river draining Lake Baikal, might disappear by 2020, as it is progressively dammed for massive hydroelectric schemes designed to aid the development of ... China. more...
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Hands off our Russian Arctic!

Elena Racheva

28th October 2013

Russia's seizure in international waters of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise has provoked worldwide outrage. But what are the reasons for Moscow's heavy-handedness? And why has the official western response been so muted? more...
Evgenia Chirikova, Goldman Prize 2012

Evgenia Chirikova: 'Putinomics' the biggest threat to Russia's environmental movement

Ecologist

19th April, 2012

'We all live in Khimki Forest' has become the rallying cry of a local forest defense campaign. Goldman Prize winner Evgenia Chirikova describes what it's like to be green in Russia the why a culture of impunity and corruption risks destroying the country's natural heritage more...
Arctic ice

Putin’s Russia will lead a ‘new era of Arctic industrialisation’

Tom Levitt

19th October, 2011

The isolation of the white wilderness is coming to an end. Scientists and activists are urging caution but Russia is leading an urgent rush to exploit the Arctic’s oil and gas reserves. Tom Levitt reports more...

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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...
Hasankeyf in Turkey

Turkish dam project scrapped, but pipeline gets go-ahead

Ecologist

13th July, 2009

Turkey's plans for a hydroelectric dam on the Tigris have been scrapped as Europe withdraws funds for a failure to meet environmental obligations, while plans for the trans-Europe Nabucco gas pipeline are ratified more...
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WWF-UK wins funding halt to Sakhalin II oil and gas pipeline

News

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

News

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

News

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...

Football’s cold war

Jon Hughes

1st August, 2007

Football used to be a sport. A great one. Exciting, all-consuming – heck, we played, talked, lived and breathed it. Now it’s another commodity, traded among the super-rich. And, laments Jon Hughes, the Yanks have bought ‘my’ club more...
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Nuclear waste dump on brink of rupture

News

4th June, 2007

Tanks holding nuclear waste in the Russian Arctic are in danger of exploding in a spontaneous chain reaction, an environmental group has warned. more...
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I'm dreaming of an orange Christmas...

News

5th February, 2007

Large areas of Siberia experienced a foul-smelling, oily orange snowfall last week, in what is suspected to be a large-scale case of industrial pollution. more...
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The Road to Nowhere: Russia’s 10 years of war in Chechnya

Sebastian Smith

1st March, 2005

They’ve a big new sign by the road announcing GROZNY, each man-sized Cyrillic letter fresh and neat. Only the city itself is no longer there. more...
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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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The Wild Wild East: Russia's Zapovedniks

Paul Webster

1st February, 2003

Russia’s zapovedniks are some of the world’s most pristine wildernesses. For 70 years they were protected ruthlessly by the Soviet system, but recently they have fallen prey to Putin, the World Bank and ecotourists. Paul Webster reports on their plight more...

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