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State officialsТ poaching should be stopped!

Statement by the YABLOKO party
July 1, 2009

Mayor of Minusinsk (a city in the Krasnoyarsk Area) got drowned in the Podkamennaya Tunguska river on June 27. The circumstances of the accident showed that this accident took place during committing of a crime [by the Mayor] Ц unlawful fishing (fishing is prohibited in this part of the river until winter due to sturgeon spawning).

This has become the third case (of those released to the general public) of death of a top state official during poaching since the beginning of 2009. The first was the accident with Plenipotentiary of the President of Russia who died hunting [mountain goats from a helicopter] in the Altai mountains, the second was Governor of the Irkutsk region who died during his hunt at the Lake Baikal area.

After the Altai tragedy thousands of Russian citizens asked the President of Russia to give a moral assessment of such behaviour of representatives of the authorities. However, such assessment did not emerge neither that time, nor later after the death of the Irkutsk Region Governor.

We think that RussiaТs top leaders have to openly and firmly condemn state officialsТ poaching and adopt measures so that to curb such permissiveness to systematic violation of environmental protection laws by all the state servants.

Sergei Mitrokhin
Chairman of the YABLOKO party

See also:
Yabloko for Environmental Safety

July 1, 2009