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Gazprom wants to build a gas pipeline through a unique nature reserve

Blog entry by Irina Kozlovskikh | 5 December, 2017 1 comment

As if fossil fuels weren’t bad enough already. Now Gazprom wants to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline through the unique  Kurgalsky Nature Reserve .   We can’t let that happen. Over 38,000 people in Russia have...

The mysterious radioactive cloud—why the ruthenium-106 story matters

Blog entry by Jan Haverkamp, Andrey Allakhverdov | 27 November, 2017 8 comments

A week ago, the Russian meteorological service, Roshydromet, reacted to a month-long standing request for information from Greenpeace. It triggered extraordinary interest among journalists world-wide in a rather unknown bit of nuclear...

Big oil is destructive in more ways than one

Blog entry by Bunny McDiarmid | 10 November, 2017

This September I took my first trip to Russia to join the celebration of Greenpeace Russia’s 25 Year Anniversary. In big cities like Moscow, oil powered transport is a major source of pollution and greenhouse gases emissions. This...

Greenpeace hopes to make air clean in World Cup cities

Blog entry by Richard Cassons | 31 October, 2017

As football fans already know, next year is the World Cup. And this time, it’s Russia’s turn to host the world’s most popular sporting event.  With the countdown now underway to the opening match, Greenpeace supporters asked us to...

The world is on fire

Blog entry by Konstantin Fomin | 14 August, 2017 9 comments

A huge wildfire is raging in Greenland. 150 km from the Arctic Circle and just 50 km away from Greenland's ice sheet, large swathes of tundra have been burning for over a week . Nobody has seen anything like this in recent times.

When reindeer have nowhere to run

Blog entry by Konstantin Fomin | 17 March, 2017

For hundreds of years the Khanty people of Western Siberia have lived in harmony with nature. But as the oil industry seizes more and more of their land, their animals perish in oil spills and reindeer herders are losing their last...

Reindeers in Moscow: Saving the sacred lake

Blog entry by Konstantin Fomin | 7 March, 2017

It’s very unusual to stumble upon reindeer on the streets of Moscow. But it can happen when authorities give oil company permission to drill on the sacred lands of Siberian Indigenous peoples. Reindeer herders who are opposing...

I don’t want to be a part of the problem

Blog entry by Khalimat Tekeeva | 6 March, 2017

My name is Khalia, I have been working with Greenpeace Russia for more than three years to try and make our planet a better place. I love The Great Northern Forest for its wild beauty, for the inspiration it offers to anyone who...

Too long to wait: Russia’s Dvinsky Forest could be lost in a decade

Blog entry by Erika Bjureby | 12 December, 2016

Home to eagle-owls, wolverines, brown bears, rare plants and animals, the Dvinsky Forest is one of the last remaining Intact Forest Landcapes in the European part of Russia. Intact Forest Landscapes (IFL) in Russia are huge...

Russian gas in the EU: How consumers threaten an international nature reserve

Blog entry by Evgeny Yusov | 11 November, 2016

The Kurgalsky nature reserve, which traverses the shallow waters of the Gulf of Finland, numerous islands, and the Kurgalsky Peninsula between Russia and Finland, is home to a great diversity of flora and fauna, supporting numerous...

If you're left without reindeer, there is nothing else

Blog entry by Tatiana Vasilieva | 16 September, 2016 2 comments

“You feed a reindeer and step away - and it suddenly drops dead. Within a day it swells up like a ball ready to burst. We thought the heat was to blame, as they were still in their thick winter coats. A neighbour lost 50 of them.” ...

#WorldOnFire: Forest-fire smog has no borders

Blog entry by Khalimat Tekeeva | 28 July, 2016 3 comments

The vast, lush, green of Siberia’s forests is black and smouldering. The fires rage on, already scorching an area the size of Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands combined - seven million hectares. I can see the haze 4500km away...

Wildfires in Russia: much worse than you could imagine

Blog entry by Khalimat Tekeeva | 3 June, 2016 1 comment

According to analysis of recent satellite data, forest fires in eastern Russia currently cover more than 3.5 million hectares of forested land. An area larger than Belgium! And the fire season in Russia isn't over yet. This...

Recycling in Russia: The second life of old things

Blog entry by Violetta Ryabko | 29 April, 2016

Overconsumption is a big problem for some people in Russia. But they don't have access to a proper recycling system. Once a month, people have to carry their separate recyclables to a collection point that's run entirely by volunteers.

Twelve Nobel Prize winners, a Beatle, and the Pope can't all be wrong

Blog entry by Nick Young | 15 April, 2016 1 comment

On 18 September 2013, two Greenpeace International activists were arrested during a peaceful protest in the Russian Arctic. A week later, the entire 30-member crew of their ship was in a Russian jail awaiting trial on charges of...

Hope floats at heavenly lake

Blog entry by Elena Sakirko and Konstantin Fomin | 23 February, 2016

This month the fate of a Russian jewel will be decided in a small town in Western Siberia. The town is Beloyarsky and the jewel is the Numto nature preserve. The oil company Surgutneftegas already extracts oil from the park but now...

Here's why I'm celebrating Russia's fire ban

Blog entry by Anton 'Benny' Beneslavsky | 13 November, 2015

Today the Russian government has banned the burning of dry grass on agricultural land and conservation areas. This might sound somewhat trivial, perhaps for those who have never witnessed a forest fire or had a chance to stand in...

VIDEO: Watch Greenpeace prank Finland's prime minister

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 8 September, 2015 6 comments

See what happened when a Greenpeace activist turned himself into a representative of Russian nuclear company Rosatom and participated in a gala dinner with the Finnish prime minister. The Tsar Bomba our guy Dima speaks about...

The old man and the sea of oil

Blog entry by Maria Favorsky | 18 August, 2015 1 comment

Lake Imlor is nestled deep within the Russian taiga in western Siberia. More than half of Russia's oil production comes from the surrounding region. For the Indigenous Khanty people who live here, the lake is sacred. They have...

Natural heritage, that's more precious than oil and gold

Blog entry by Andrey Petrov | 9 July, 2015

It is was an honour to receive a World Heritage Hero Award from the World Heritage Committee. It was an acknowledgement by them for the more than 20 years of hard work Greenpeace Russia has done towards saving world heritage sites. ...

Count on the nuclear industry to have strange things happen

Blog entry by Brian Blomme | 7 July, 2015 2 comments

It has been said often on the Nuclear Reaction blog but bears repeating: the nuclear industry really can't be trusted. A good case in point is the bizarre antics in Finland right now. On June 30th, Fennovoima, a Finnish...

ROSATOM – the risks of nuclear politics

Blog entry by Jan Haverkamp | 21 October, 2014

The Russian state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, is aggressively pursuing export contracts throughout the world – pledging to offer an ideal all-inclusive solution to the huge problems and risks associated with nuclear reactors Even...

Floating nuclear power stations - history's warnings

Blog entry by Jan Haverkamp | 29 August, 2014 3 comments

After an unsuccessful try at selling floating nuclear power stations all over the world, including to Indonesia and Cape Verde,  Rosatom, the main nuclear operator in Russia, is now trying to tie up a deal with China . Russia is...

If it wasn't for us, the oil companies would be totally out of control

Blog entry by Laura Kenyon | 26 August, 2014

Come and spend two weeks traveling the oil fields of the Komi Republic and you can see two hundred different places contaminated in one way or another by the oil industry: rivers, swamps, forests, and green fields. Many of the...

FSC is failing to protect Russia's intact forest landscapes

Blog entry by Alexey Yaroshenko | 21 August, 2014

As one of the main contributors to our latest report on the role that the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has been playing in the destruction of some of Russia's last intact forest landscapes, I must respond to FSC's statement . ...

A glimmer of hope?

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | 16 August, 2014 1 comment

Two years have passed since I last visited Komi, a region in the Northern part of Russia. Throughout my years at Greenpeace, very few places – if any – have left such a lasting impression on me. I am certain other places across our...

Why do oil companies in Russia waste oil rather than repair rusty pipelines?

Blog entry by Maria Favorskaya | 14 August, 2014

Oil companies have nothing to lose from spills in Russia according to Vladimir Chuprov, head of the Greenpeace Russia Energy Programme. "Fines are negligible while the legislation is full of loopholes. That is why it is easier for the...

Deforestation: A vicious cocktail for the climate

Blog entry by Dr. Janet Cotter and Sebastian Bock | 27 March, 2014 3 comments

Every few years, thousands of the world's most renowned climate scientists work together as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to present us with the latest scientific assessment of how we are doing in terms...

Gazprom is trying to conceal its oil catastrophe in Siberia

Blog entry by Maria Favorskaya | 22 January, 2014

In August 2013, activists from a local NGO reported an oil spill in the north of the Tomsk region, Siberia. Two months later, Rosprirodnadzor (Russia's environmental supervision agency) examined the area in Gazprom's Urmanskoe oil...

A small victory for the Arctic, a huge step for the Komi Peoples

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | 21 January, 2014

The Indigenous Peoples of Russia’s Komi Republic are celebrating a rare victory today, after one of the oil companies that has been polluting their traditional land , was finally held to account. Lukoil, one of the oil companies...

Getting the Arctic 30 home

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 2 December, 2013 9 comments

Australian activist Colin Russell has finally been released from a St. Petersburg detention center, the last of the Arctic 30 detainees to be freed on bail after the seizure of the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise more...

In Russia, the future of the Arctic is up for debate

Blog entry by Martin Lloyd | 6 November, 2013

The Russian public are far less sure than Gazprom about the question of drilling in the Arctic. In a poll produced by Russian research agency FOM , 42% said drilling and mining in the Arctic was not appropriate. Just behind the 45%...

Gazprom vs. Greenpeace Arctic 30

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 31 October, 2013 9 comments

Russia's overreaction to the Greenpeace Arctic protest — and their ludicrous waffling on the actual charges — will not work out well for Russia. Their extraordinary response will more likely help the global climate movement meet its...

Dear Alex

Blog entry by Amrekha Sharma | 25 October, 2013 3 comments

Alexandra Harris, activist aboard the Arctic Sunrise and member of the Arctic 30, has been in a cell in Murmansk for more than a month on charges first of piracy, and now of "hooliganism" in response to their non-violent protest...

Strong EU support for Arctic 30 does not go unnoticed

Blog entry by Joris den Blanken | 25 October, 2013

Parliaments in democracies the world over are places of vigorous discussion and sometimes fierce debate. Views on either side of the political spectrum are often radically divergent. With members from political parties in all of the...

Arctic 30 say thank you for your support

Blog entry by Birgitte Lesanner | 25 October, 2013 2 comments

Many of you, all around the world, have been kind enough to show your support for the Arctic 30 who continue to be detained in Russia with dark prospects. From the little news we get out of the Murmansk detention centre, one thing is...

Don’t believe the hype – hooliganism is hardly better than piracy

Blog entry by Jess Wilson | 23 October, 2013 18 comments

Earlier this evening Russian authorities offered the Arctic 30 — currently being held in a freezing jail in Murmansk — what looked like a legal olive branch by dropping piracy charges and replacing them with ones of "hooliganism."* ...

Dutch request maritime court to order release of Arctic 30

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 22 October, 2013 7 comments

The Netherlands lodged a lawsuit against Russia today at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, seeking the release of the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise and its passengers. This is an...

Battling extreme weather on Mt Everest to join the call to #FreeTheArctic30

Blog entry by Zhong Yu | 18 October, 2013 5 comments

I've been to Mount Everest thirteen times, mostly to climb, but twice to investigate glacial evidence of climate change. This year I thought I came back to ride. My friend Nancy and I rode 1,500 kilometres on bicycles over the course...

6 men in balaclavas break into grounds of Greenpeace office in Russia

Blog entry by James Sadri | 18 October, 2013 20 comments

Security camera footage from the Greenpeace office in Murmansk - where campaigners and lawyers are working to free the Arctic 30 - shows six men in balaclavas jumping the fence and breaking into the grounds of the shared building. ...

Award-winning photographer dedicates prize to Denis Sinyakov and Arctic 30

Blog entry by Daniel Beltrá, Freelance Photographer | 17 October, 2013 4 comments

It was a very special night for me: I received second place at the prestigious Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year. My prize was for a series of photographs I had taken for Greenpeace International as John Novis had commissioned...

30 things you can do for the Arctic 30

Blog entry by JulietteH | 16 October, 2013 26 comments

We continue to be overwhelmed by the amount of support, messages, letters, posters, sent to us for the Arctic 30. Many of you have written to us asking what more you can do to help them, especially when you are far away from cities...

Mothers of the disappeared want the Arctic 30 to come home

Blog entry by Dannielle Taaffe | 16 October, 2013 37 comments

Google them and the words 'bravery', 'audacity', and 'justice' are among the first to pop up. Thousands of articles, stacks of books and scores of songs – even one by U2 - have been dedicated to them. The Mothers of the Plaza...

WATCH: Thousands of people in nearly 50 countries stand in solidarity with Arctic 30

Blog entry by Cassady Sharp | 9 October, 2013

It’s a rare and beautiful thing when people all across the world unite in defense of peaceful protest and action on climate change. That’s what happened this past weekend when thousands of people took part in solidarity events for the...

We rebut Gazprom's absurd claims about the Arctic 30

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 8 October, 2013 1 comment

In a recent news item on the BBC , Artur Akopov, chief of operations on the Prirazlomnaya, made a number of absurd claims about the safety of the peaceful Greenpeace action on the side of Gazprom's giant oil platform. In a ...

An assault on the very principle of peaceful protest

Blog entry by Jess Wilson | 3 October, 2013 18 comments

It is bitterly ironic that as the world celebrated Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday as International Non-Violence Day, 30 non-violent, peaceful protestors sat locked up in jail cells in Russia. Yesterday, 13 activists and one freelance...

Faiza: "The uncertainty is driving me crazy"

Blog entry by Faiza Oulahsen | 2 October, 2013 81 comments

"I have no idea how this will end, how long it will take. The uncertainty is driving me crazy," writes Greenpeace Netherlands campaigner Faiza Oulahsen in a letter from her cell in Murmansk, Russia. She writes about her experiences...

Free the Arctic 30, and lock up fossil fuels

Blog entry by Truls Gulowsen, Head of Greenpeace Norway | 29 September, 2013 6 comments

On Friday, peaceful activists from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise  woke up in a freezing jail cell in Russia for trying to protect the Arctic and fight global warming. At the same time the UN panel on Climate Change released its...

One person stands with the Arctic 30 in Moscow

Blog entry by Alena Kislitsina, Greenpeace Russia | 28 September, 2013 15 comments

We have been standing in solidarity with our colleagues from the Arctic Sunrise here in Moscow since September 19th. All day, every day for nine days so far. We stand in a one-person picket near the entrance of the Moscow headquarters...

Arctic 30 to be held in Russian jail pending piracy investigation

Blog entry by Jessica Wilson | 27 September, 2013 53 comments

UPDATE OCT 2: Today, 13 activists and a freelance video journalist were formally charged with piracy under Article 227 of the Russian Criminal Code. The maximum sentence, if convicted, is 15 years in a Russian jail. Greenpeace...

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