Between Freedom and Energy
Edited By Galina Michaleva and Andrey Ryabov
Alexej Yablokov - The De-Ecologization of Russia: Causes and Effects - 103
Alexej Yablokov The De-Ecologization of Russia: Causes and Effects The present review is not a detailed list of all environmental prob- lems in Russia but a mosaic showing that environmental problems are one of the most disturbing issues. However, in almost all cases, they receive insufﬁcient attention by the authorities. A more detailed description of all Russian environmental prob- lems as well as the references to concrete sources of given ﬁgures and facts can be found in A. Yablokov’s report “Russia: health of nature and people” (in the series “Ecological policy”, published by “APPLE”. Moscow, 2007, 224 pages; in the Internet http://www.rus-green.ru). 1. Introduction In Russia, according to the Constitution and a number of laws, the ecological information, information about environmental conditions, people’s health, ecological and other threats cannot be kept secret. However, a number of people – not only experts but ordinary citizens as well – are pointing out with increasing alarm that the ecological information that is reported in Russia has become less detailed and unimportant. Instead of the analysis of tendencies in the development of oncological and other ecology-dependent diseases, the mass-media are ﬁlled with messages about ﬁres and stings. It is difﬁcult to make correct administrative decisions without the knowledge of the true state of affairs. If one agrees with nuclear scientists that “it is time to forget Chernobyl”, then it is possible to sharply reduce the support of the affected territories and liquidators, but if it is known that the 20-year-old latent period for...
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