Russian green: Environment ‘must be politicized’

April 15, 2009

The Wall Street Journal reported today that,

A prominent Russian environmental regulator known for his fierce campaign against Royal Dutch Shell PLC resigned to lead a political opposition movement, complaining that his bosses had lost their appetite for his high-profile attacks on environmental violators.

Oleg Mitvol, who was appointed deputy director of Russia’s Environmental Protection Agency by the government in 2004, said he was resigning to lead a new “green” movement that would challenge Kremlin candidates in local elections. He said he could focus on the same issues just as well from outside government, harnessing public concern about environmental issues.

The ecological sphere must be politicized,” Mr. Mitvol said. His new movement, Green Alternative, plans to field at least 100 candidates in municipal elections in October, he said. One Green Alternative candidate has already won the job of mayor of a town outside Moscow after thrashing the ruling United Russia party last month.

I guess there’s no red-green deficiency in Russia.

2 Responses to “Russian green: Environment ‘must be politicized’”

  1. bear865 Says:

    Russia has a continuous history of blowing its brains out, whether under the Czars, the Communists, or otherwise. It seems to be a national disease. It is not the people. It is lunoids like this idiot. Well, I guess old V.I. Lenin would still be happy to know that Russia is still producing plenty of useful idiots. Of course Mitvol could be a paid agent provocateur of TheAlGore of some of the rest of that ilk. Nothing is as it seems any more. Trust no one!

  2. cbullitt Says:

    What’s the over-under on how long before this guy becomes the victim of a freak traffic accident?
    Vlad don’t play that.


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