The Russian Far East, Siberia and Altai boast vast wilderness and iconic wildlife: tigers, leopards, bears and salmon. Together with local and indigenous partners, we defend the region’s natural and cultural treasures against fossil fuel extraction, reckless gold mining and illegal logging. We also educate the public on coal’s dangerous health harms to curb mining and burning.

The Power of Partnerships

January 31, 2017
Nina Zaporotskaya created an unlikely alliance between park rangers and indigenous groups to protect wild salmon. Nina Zaporotskaya is a salmon defender. And she is one of the reasons...

Arctic Peoples and Mammals in Crisis

January 30, 2017
Eduard Zdor protects walruses threatened by climate change and connects indigenous youth with their cultural traditions. Scientists and indigenous peoples noticed a disturbing trend among walrus populations in Chukotka...

Courage Trumps Fear

January 30, 2017
Aleksei Gribkov defies government pressure and wins landmark legal victory for Russia’s environmental movement. Aleksei Gribkov did not back down when Russia’s state security agencies harassed him and his...

Saving Russia’s Forest Starts with Protecting Its Big Cats

January 30, 2017
Sergei Berezniuk’s fight to protect the endangered Siberian tiger helps save an entire ecosystem. In the summer of 2012, eight Siberian tiger skins, including those of little tiger cubs,...

Special Ops Soldier Turned National Park Ranger

January 30, 2017
Eugene “Zhenya” Stoma is fighting two of the biggest threats to endangered Siberian Tigers and Amur leopards: poachers and forest fires. Zhenya grew up in southern Siberia, which is...

Protecting Russian Rivers from Illegal Mining

December 21, 2016
People have been searching for gold for thousands of years. It’s an enduring dream that anyone can strike it rich by sieving river mud in search of that big...