Monday, September 28, 2015

Only Russians can plant a tree

Certainly not some Hollywood actor...they have their pride!
The Far Eastern representatives of the Sakhalin Environment Watch, which the Russian Justice Ministry has labeled as a foreign agent in accordance with legislation that declares any NGO that receives financing from abroad as such, have announced that the organization will voluntarily return any western funding it received.

First of all the organization will have to return the $159,000 to the foundation of Hollywood actor Leonardo Di Caprio, which it received in July for a project to preserve the Vostochny Wildlife Sanctuary and the surrounding wild salmon rivers.

Sakhalin Watch was founded in post-Soviet Russia. Recently it has published articles calling for more trees to be planted in South Sakhalin. Which the Russian Justice Ministry calls political activity. They probably have a point.

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