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.

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...

Job Posting: Russia Program Associate

Job | July 21, 2017 | Domenique Zuber
Pacific Environment seeks an experienced and energetic Russia Program Associate with a demonstrated passion for the environment and social justice.  The Program Associate will be an integral member of...

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...

The U.N. Maritime Chief Visited Alaska—And This Is What Happened

Blog Post | March 24, 2017 | Sue Libenson, Senior Arctic Program Officer
Do you ever wonder what advocacy at the highest international levels actually looks like? Well, I’ve been working in this field for over 30 years and I can tell...

The Power of Partnerships

Blog Post | January 31, 2017 | Domenique Zuber
Nina Zaporotskaya created an unlikely alliance between park rangers and indigenous groups to protect wild salmon. Nina Zaporotskaya is a salmon defender. And she is one of the reasons...

Arctic Peoples and Mammals in Crisis

Blog Post | January 30, 2017 | Domenique Zuber
Eduard Zdor protects walruses threatened by climate change and connects indigenous youth with their cultural traditions. Scientists and indigenous peoples noticed a disturbing trend among walrus populations in Chukotka...