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.

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...

Courage Trumps Fear

Blog Post | January 30, 2017 | Domenique Zuber
Aleksei Gribkov defies government pressure and wins landmark legal victory for Russia’s environmental movement. Aleksei Gribkov did not back down when Russia’s state security agencies harassed him and his...

Saving Russia's Forest Starts with Protecting Its Big Cats

Blog Post | January 30, 2017 | Domenique Zuber
Sergei Berezniuk’s fight to protect the endangered Siberian tiger helps save an entire ecosystem. In the summer of 2012, eight Siberian tiger skins, including those of little tiger cubs,...

Special Ops Soldier Turned National Park Ranger

Blog Post | January 30, 2017 | Domenique Zuber
Eugene “Zhenya” Stoma is fighting two of the biggest threats to endangered Siberian Tigers and Amur leopards: poachers and forest fires. Zhenya grew up in southern Siberia, which is...

Protecting Russian Rivers from Illegal Mining

Blog Post | December 21, 2016 | Jennifer Castner
People have been searching for gold for thousands of years. It’s an enduring dream that anyone can strike it rich by sieving river mud in search of that big...

Indigenous Leader Fights to Save Her Lands from Coal Devastation

Blog Post | December 16, 2016 | Jennifer Castner
From North Dakota to Siberia, indigenous communities are fighting dangerous fossil fuel projects that threaten their water and sacred sites. Valentina Boriskina is a member of the Shor people...