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Sergei Mitrokhin to President Medvedev: felling of forest in Khimki is fire hazardous

Press Release
August 5, 2010

YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin urged Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to establish a moratorium on the felling of forests in the Khimki area "at least until the end of fires and lifting of the of the emergency situation regime in the Moscow region."

The photographs attached to the letter show the signs of fire-hazardous activities in the work of woodcutters and securities protecting them, in particular, a fire they had made in their camp and cans with fuel for chainsaws simply scattered throughout the clearance.

"In spite of the order by the Moscow Region Governor Boris Gromov on limiting access of citizens to forests in the Moscow region, dozens of voluntary assistants to the Teplotekhnik company are supporting felling of the forest and their work can also contribute to fire development, runs the statement.

Mitrokhin also reminded Dmitry Medvedev about a "scandalous fact" lack of documentation on cutting in the Khimki Forest. "Yet the public has not been shown neither a permit for the highway construction nor a statement of the use of forest or a felling permit", writes Sergei Mitrokhin.

In addition, according to Mitrokhin, "the fight for the saving forests from fires is morally incompatible with simultaneous felling of these forests for commercial purposes."


See also:

YABLOKO conducted a picket in support of Yevgenia Chirikova. Press Release and a Video. July 4, 2010

YABLOKOs picket: Heads of the Khimki police to trial!. Press Release. July 3, 2010.

Court ruled out Sergei Mitrokhin guilty of disobeying police orders. YABLOKOs protest action. Press Release. July 3, 2010.

The riot police breaks the rally of the defenders of the Khimki Forest, YABLOKOs leader detained. Press Release. August 2, 2010

More activists detained in the Khimki Forest. Press Release. July 31, 2010.

Police begins persecutions against the defenders of the Khimki Forest. Press Release. July 30, 2010.

Sergei Mitrokhin applied to Prime Minister Putin and Public Prosecutor General Chaika in view of unlawful cutting of the Khimki Forest. Press Release. July 30, 2010.

Police breaks into ecologists camp. Press Release. July 28, 2010

Off with your hands from the defenders of the Khimki Forest! Statement by the YABLOKO party. July 23, 2010

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Press Release
August 5, 2010