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On the creation of a pro-Putin pseudo-green party

Statement by the Green Russia faction of the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO

February 16, 2012

On February 12, 2012, Russia's environmental movement The Green decided to once again form an environmental party. Its first public action was the decision to support Vladimir Putin's candidacy at the presidential elections in Russia. Also prior to its self-liquidation this party had already declared its support to Vladimir Putin. This party had also supported the decision to import foreign radioactive waste into Russia. Obviously, the revival of the party is aiming at supporting the government in their fight against ecologists, rather than change of antiecological policies in Russia. The newly released governments report "On the Situation with Environmental Protection in the Russian Federation in 2010" confirms that the quality of environment in Russia has been deteriorating, and respectful international ratings give Russia one of the lowest ratings in the world as of the trends of its environmental changes.

Damage to the Russian nature and people from the short-sighted and hawkish use of natural resources in some regions exceeds the GDP growth, and urban gardens, parks and suburban forests are converted into trade malls and office centres; and other protected conservation areas are given under construction or are transformed in a dangerous way; the number of environmentally hazardous industries has grown rather than shrunk. Environmental legislation as been weakened on purpose for these goals. Russia has been lagging behind the international effort targeted at saving the planet from irrational economic activities.

Only destruction of the authoritarian and oligarchic regime and establishment of independent and publicly controlled branches of power will allow to push Russia away from its de-ecologisation path. The new-old Green Party supporting Vladimir Putin and his teams anti-environmental policies will hamper improvements in Russias environment rather than facilitate them.

Alexei Yablokov,
Chairman of the Green Russia faction,
Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO

February 15, 2012


See also:

Presidential Elections 2012





Statement by the Green Russia faction of the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO

February 16, 2012

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