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.

Save Endangered Whales from Big Oil

Blog Post | April 25, 2013 | Doug Norlen
Sakhalin Island, sometimes called “The Edge of the Earth” lies off the coast of Russia and just north of Japan and looks out onto the vast Pacific Ocean. The...

RAIPON Reinstated: “A Collective Achievement”

Blog Post | March 20, 2013 | Galina Angarova
Rodion Sulyandziga was able to breathe a sigh of relief last week when Russia’s Ministry of Justice announced that the country’s leading indigenous organization would be allowed to operate...

Solar Power in Rural Siberia

Blog Post | February 28, 2013 | Evan Sparling
Thanks to Oksana Engoyan, traditional shepherds now carry solar cells instead of diesel generators to their summer pastures in Altai’s mountains. Sandwiched along the border with Mongolia and China,...

Ship Traffic Threatens Arctic

Blog Post | February 28, 2013 | Kevin Harun
Climate change is melting the Arctic ice cap at an alarming rate. As the ice recedes, it gives way to new new sea routes—setting the stage for a dramatic increase in...

The Curse of Crude

Blog Post | February 15, 2013 | Evan Sparling
At least since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008 it’s been a common refrain throughout the world that countries must crank up resource extraction projects to stimulate...

Russian NGOs Challenge “Foreign Agents” Label

Blog Post | February 8, 2013 | Evan Sparling
  Since late last year, Russian NGOs that receive support from abroad are required to register as “foreign agents” under new legislation aimed at discrediting NGOs by labeling them...