The Environment Comes Second

At the recent meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Alexey Yablokov, the distinguished Russian Scientist who is a member of AWI's International Committee, and was an advisor to former President Boris Yeltsin, presented a letter, with several other scientists, to President of Russia, Vladimir Putin protesting his termination of the State Committee on the Environment.

According to the report in The New York Times (May 24, 2000), there is a deep seated belief in the Kremlin that the wide-spread pollution is not important and that economic recovery must come first, and afterwards, the environment can be given attention.

Yablokov has testified before the U.S. Congress on the radiation, as well as air and water pollution, that desperately needs to be addressed in Russia. President Putin said he will think about it.

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