Tag: Arctic

Moscow Forced to Intensify Efforts to Find New Natural Resource Deposits

October 24, 2014

Staunton, October 20 – Vladimir Putin has approved plans to step up exploration for new natural resource deposits in Russia, a move that reflects his earlier failure to support such explorations, his effort to respond to declining domestic production, and his plans for long-term autarchy without any fundamental change in the Russian economy. On the […]

Russian Military Activities on Wrangel Island Threaten Arctic Ecology and Violate Moscow’s Commitments

September 25, 2014

Staunton, September 24 – Moscow’s decision to conduct a military exercise on Wrangel Island (map) and its dispatch there of soldiers from the Eastern Military District threatens the delicate ecosystem of that island and violates Russian law and Russian promises to protect that UNESCO-listed world wildlife site, according to Greenpeace Russia. In a statement released […]

Putin Draws His Own ‘Red Lines’ across Post-Soviet Space

March 27, 2014

Staunton, March 27 – The Western powers have long talked about “red lines” in Syria and elsewhere: actions or events that they say have suggested underscore their concern and indicate where they will act. Now, Russian President Vladimir Putin has done the same, and his “red lines” underscore that his moves in Ukraine are part […]