Shoigu Sees Forests as Income Source

Aug 27, 2012 — 23:00
Aug 27, 2012 — 23:00
Governor Sergei Shoigu said money earned from selling off forest land would go on solving the Moscow region's social problems.

Moscow region Governor Sergei Shoigu said it doesn't make sense to turn "every tree" into a big political matter as was the case with the Khimki Forest, in an interview with Kommersant.

"I don't understand why it's forbidden to touch the forests. We have 2 million hectares in the Moscow region. In your view we should do nothing on that territory? Not build any roads, not set up any power lines?" Shoigu said.

The governor confirmed that as a result of the expansion of the city into the region's territory, his budget is losing 34 billion rubles ($1.06 billion) a year, which has to be replaced somehow.

"Ecologists are right when they say this is a recreation area. This means there should be plots for individual construction or for building recreational facilities, small hotels and tourism facilities. This would mean that only for those purposes could such territory be sold. And we will sell them, since we need to get money from somewhere to solve our social problems. We don't have oil or gas," Shoigu said.

Yevgenia Chirikova, a candidate for mayor in the Moscow region town of Khimki and leader of the Protect Khimki Forest movement, is concerned by what the governor said.

"The situation with the statement by Shoigu has me scared. I understood that he is an adherent to the concept of using the resources of the region, which is not right. Construction is a flawed way of development," Chirikova said.

Related articles:

Exhibition

Katie Mitchell. Five Truths

British director Katie Mitchell’s renowned exhibit Five Truths, originally created by the London National Theatre and 59 Productions for London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. It consists of ten video monitors, on which videos of Ophelia's scene of madness from Shakespeare's Hamlet are projected. All the scenes are performed by Michelle Terry in the style of five major theater directors of the 20th century: Konstantin Stanislavsky, Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook. Read more

The Diplomatic Life of Vitaly Churkin

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations for more than a decade, died suddenly in New York on Monday.

see more

Nemtsov, Epitaph to the New Russia

Two years after the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow, a documentary film about his life titled “The Man Who ...

Russians Learn to Love the Army

For the third straight year in a row, the majority ...

Nemtsov, Epitaph to the New Russia

Two years after the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow, a documentary film about his ...