The Russian Far East, Siberia and Altai boast vast wilderness and iconic wildlife: tigers, leopards, bears and salmon. Together with local and indigenous partners, we defend the region’s natural and cultural treasures against fossil fuel extraction, reckless gold mining and illegal logging. We also educate the public on coal’s dangerous health harms to curb mining and burning.

Not Sitting on the Fence: A Coal Check-in with Vladimir Slivyak of Ecodefense!

Blog Post | March 1, 2018 | Jennifer Castner, Russia Program Director, and Kesha Grekov, Russia Program Associate
Not Sitting on the Fence: A Coal Check-in with Vladimir Slivyak of Ecodefense! The people who live near Berezovsky coal mine are fed up. On February 17, local citizens took to the streets near the Siberian town of Novokuznetsk...

Our Top 5 of 2017

Blog Post | January 3, 2018 | Alex Levinson, Executive Director
The most powerful force on Earth is people power. Every day, people around the Pacific Rim who are finding new and creative ways to protect us all from climate...

Snow Leopard Conservation in Altai

Blog Post | November 27, 2017 | Jennifer Castner, Russia Program Director
Meet Khorgai—one of just 70 snow leopards left in Russia. A skilled hunter, he uses his long, broad tail to move with balance and stealth across rocky mountaintops. His...

Surprisingly, a Lot to Be Thankful for in 2017

Blog Post | November 24, 2017 | Alex Levinson, Executive Director
I’m sad about—and definitely resisting—the Trump administration’s attack on the environment, social justice, and the rule of law in the United States. But I also have a tremendous amount to...

Communities Stand Up to Coal in Putin’s Russia

Blog Post | October 7, 2017 | Jennifer Castner, Russia Program Director
Mass demonstrations are popping up all over Russia. Why? Because people are fed up with breathing, eating, and drinking toxic coal dust. Along the way, these protesters are disrupting...

Russian Partner Seeks Political Asylum in U.S

In the News | April 16, 2017 | Megan Doyle | Portland Press Herald
Once, as a young man in 1991, Pavel Sulyandziga hid in the trunk of a car to catch one minute on an airport landing strip with Boris Yeltsin, who...