Tag: Yevgeny Vitishko

One Russian Ecologist Released from Prison, a Second Still Inside, and a Third Likely Headed There

December 25, 2015

Staunton, December 25 — Following an international campaign, the Russian courts have released from prison camp Yevgeny Vitishko who was serving a three-year sentence for his exposure of official violations of the Russian environmental law in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Not surprisingly and despite both the outrageousness of the charges against […]

Imprisoned Russian Environmental Activist May be Near Death

December 12, 2015

Staunton, December 9, 2015 Yevgeny Vistishko, an environmental activist who was put in prison by the Russian authorities for exposing the abuse of the environment by senior officials in the run up to the Sochi Olympics, is now in failing health after having declared a hunger strike on November 23. Vitishko who was supposed to […]

Russia Losing 468 Square Kilometers of Territory Every Year – Not to China But to Global Warming

November 9, 2015

Staunton, November 6 – Many Russians are upset that their country lost 4.7 square kilometers last week as a result of Moscow’s handing over of a border parcel to China, but so far at least, they have expressed less anger that their country is losing 100 times as much territory every year to global warming […]

Russia Update: Moscow Security Firm Doubts US Claims Russian Hackers Infiltrated White House

April 8, 2015

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. UPDATES BELOW Russia This Week: – What Happened to the Slow-Moving Coup? – Can We Be Satisfied With the Theory That Kadyrov Killed Nemtsov? – All […]

Bellona Environmental Group Classified as a ‘Foreign Agent’

March 23, 2015

Staunton, March 20 — Bellona-Murmansk, the Russian branch of the international environmental monitoring group, has been declared a foreign agent nominally because it receives funds from abroad but in fact because it has exposed the Russian government’s complicity in destroying the environment in northwestern Russia. On March 19, the Russian justice ministry updated its list […]

Russian Environmentalist Continues To Fight For Ecology and Human Rights From Behind Bars

November 26, 2014

Staunton, November 25 – Yevgeny Vitishko, who is currently serving a three-year sentence in the Russian camps for exposing Moscow’s destruction of the environment around Sochi in the run-up to the Olympics, has continued his fight by releasing a new on-line book about the lives of prisoners and the fate of Russia’s much-despoiled environment. Vitishko’s […]

Moscow Continues Crackdown on Environmental Activists

October 9, 2014

Staunton, October 5 – The Ecological Watch on the North Caucasus, which attracted the attention of the Russian authorities for its exposure of Moscow’s violation of environmental legislation in advance of the Sochi Olympics, has suffered yet another attack: Last week, police in Krasnodar arrested one of its members, Tatyana Borisova. Elena Malina, a rights […]

Not Satisfied with Jailing Environmentalist, Russian Prison Bosses Setting Other Prisoners Against Him

June 10, 2014

Staunton, June 10 – Apparently not satisfied simply with sending Yevgeny Vitishko to a prison camp for three years for his exposes of environmental depredation by the authorities in advance of the Sochi Olympics, the commanders of the facility where he is serving his sentence are seeking to set other prisoners against him and thus […]

Russia’s Environmentalists ‘Who are Still Free’ Mobilize to Free Vitishko

June 4, 2014

Staunton, 4 June – Saying that it is a very good thing Russian environmental activists are “still free” to meet, Yeveniya Chirikova, a leader of the movement for the Ecological Defense of Moscow City and Region says that Moscow’s repressive actions have created the need for a new term analogous to “prisoner of conscience” –“prisoner […]

Sochi Liveblog: Hot Environment and Jailed Environmentalists

February 12, 2014

Welcome to The Interpreter’s Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Liveblog. Here, we will be covering the news away from the ski jumps and ice rinks, where activists are being arrested, corruption looms large, and the terrorist threat is very real. See all of our Sochi coverage here, and read Tuesday’s Sochi Liveblog: The Winter Olympics Are Warmer Than Texas. […]