Russia Should Get Behind Arctic Ban on Dirty Fuel

In recent years, Russia has emerged as a global leader in the production and transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG).  The projects are highly innovative, mighty impressive, and very expensive.  However, Russia’s strides in switching to LNG in the Arctic will be hindered by their reliance on heavy fuel oil (HFO). HFO, known also as bunker fuel or … Continue reading Russia Should Get Behind Arctic Ban on Dirty Fuel

Russia’s indigenous peoples are in the crosshairs of COVID-19

In recent weeks, COVID-19 cases in Russia have surged. On October 21, Russian officials announced a record daily death toll of 317, but ruled out a strict lockdown. The pandemic has laid bare and exacerbated the inequalities of societies the world over, and Russia is no exception. Now activists have raised concern for the fate of 250,000 people belonging to … Continue reading Russia’s indigenous peoples are in the crosshairs of COVID-19

Window on Eurasia: Ussuri Activist, Now in US Exile, Recalls First Real Elections in His Home Region in 1987

Paul Goble Staunton, November 8 — It is easy to forget if one lives in a country where voting in multiple candidate elections have taken place for decades or even centuries how new that idea is in the Russian Federation where the first genuinely competitive voting took place less than 35 years ago in 1987. … Continue reading Window on Eurasia: Ussuri Activist, Now in US Exile, Recalls First Real Elections in His Home Region in 1987

Aborigen Forum response to the “Development strategy for the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation and ensuring national security through 2035”

Open Statement Aborigen Forum is an informal alliance of independent experts, activists, leaders, and community organizations representing indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East. Aborigen Forum expresses extreme concern about the approval of the Arctic zone development strategy through 2035, which, in essence, is an updated state program for national economic development … Continue reading Aborigen Forum response to the “Development strategy for the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation and ensuring national security through 2035”

Nornickel is “cynical, corrupt and socially irresponsible”, says Russia’s top legislator

Following a parliament visit to the far northern company town of Norilsk, the Federation Council and its Speaker Valentina Matvienko expresses shock and outrage about company mismanagement and massive pollution in the Arctic. After decades of massive ecological destruction in the Russian North, federal officials appear to have decided that time has come to slap … Continue reading Nornickel is “cynical, corrupt and socially irresponsible”, says Russia’s top legislator

Another smoggy Sunday in the town with factories owned by Russia’s richest man

Nornickel’s pollution cloud covering the fragile taiga forest on the Kola Peninsula comes only a few days after CEO Vladimir Potanin said a company that pays high dividends to shareholders must be able to spend serious funds on ensuring sustainable development. People driving the Kola highway have seen it before. Like in late July when … Continue reading Another smoggy Sunday in the town with factories owned by Russia’s richest man

Organization Sign-On Letter to Tesla: Respect Indigenous Peoples in your Supply Chain

Dear Elon Musk, CEO Tesla, Inc. It has come to our attention that Tesla is actively seeking to establish long-term contracts with nickel producers. In this regard, we, the undersigned representatives of Indigenous Peoples, environmental and human rights organizations, experts and representatives of academia reiterate a call from Indigenous Peoples of Russia urging Tesla NOT … Continue reading Organization Sign-On Letter to Tesla: Respect Indigenous Peoples in your Supply Chain

Tesla urged to respect indigenous rights in supply chain by not sourcing from Norilsk Nickel

Over 70 NGOs have signed on to a letter urging Tesla to respect Indigenous rights in its supply chain, by not sourcing nickel mined by Nornickel (Norilsk Nickel), until the company makes effort to address the minimum standards set out by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This request comes after major … Continue reading Tesla urged to respect indigenous rights in supply chain by not sourcing from Norilsk Nickel

Investors Shrug as Tesla Promises $25,000 EV in Three Years

While Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk promised a US$25,000 electric vehicle within three years, driven by dramatic production cost reductions and performance improvements, for battery cells, his highly-touted Battery Day event earlier this week ended up disappointing investors looking for a bigger announcement and faster results. Tesla’s plans add up to a 56% reduction … Continue reading Investors Shrug as Tesla Promises $25,000 EV in Three Years

How Nornickel Became the Arctic’s Biggest

One Russian company releases more sulfur dioxide into the air than the whole of the U.S. Ecologists often joke that Europe owes its clean skies to the dirty sky of Norilsk — and there’s more than a shred of truth in this assertion. The Nornickel mining and metallurgical company supplies metals to 37 countries, where … Continue reading How Nornickel Became the Arctic’s Biggest