The Russian Far East, Siberia and Altai boast vast wilderness and iconic wildlife: tigers, leopards, bears and salmon. Local and indigenous groups defend the region’s natural and cultural treasures against fossil fuel extraction, reckless gold mining and illegal logging and educate the public on coal’s dangerous health harms.

Lake Baikal Loses a Critical Champion

Blog Post | June 20, 2018 | Jennifer Castner, Russia Program Director and Alex Levinson, Executive Director
Ecologist and indigenous activist Sergei Shapkhaev, who galvanized popular support for the world’s largest freshwater lake and protected it from industrial activities, has died in his native Buryatia in...

A Rare Win for Eco-Activists in Siberia

Blog Post | May 22, 2018 | Innokenty Grekov, Russia Program Associate
Something unheard of happened in Siberia last month: A district court canceled a permit for a new open-pit coal mine. The big winner? The environment. In 2016, the provincial...

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...