Hemp instead of taiga: how long will we destroy the forest to please China


At the end of the year, the Accounts Chamber calculated the damage caused to the country by illegal deforestation. The numbers are impressive: from 11 to 12 billion rubles annually settle in the pockets of the "black loggers" and all involved. Is it possible to put an end to this outrage?


In the Russian taiga, the sounds of working saws and the knock of axes do not subside. An age-old Russian forest is cut down under the root: cedars, spruces, pines, firs and other valuable species fall. Last year alone, 1,3 million cubic meters of timber were harvested. The most affected by this, so to speak, “business” is the Irkutsk region. The damage for her was estimated at 4,4 billion rubles. Who is to blame and what to do?

As the main culprit, it is customary for us to nod to neighboring “predatory” China. Despite the fact that Beijing was prudently prohibited from cutting down Chinese forests, the PRC broke ahead of the rest in exporting timber to the European and American markets. It is clear that the Chinese are buying up Russian forests for nothing, they are processing wood, loading their industry, and they make good money on it. We can talk about the "bad Chinese" who are tearing down our taiga. But are they the only problem? Or in those who allow it to them?

Honestly, it is not Chinese citizens who are engaged in illegal logging, but the Russians themselves in favor of China. Domestic “black loggers,” officials and law enforcement officers who turn a blind eye to their criminal activities, are profiting quite well from this. They do not pay any taxes, they are not involved in reforestation, moreover, they hide the traces of their "business" in arson, which is why millions of hectares are burned out annually.

The blow to the Russian forest was not inflicted from Beijing, but in Moscow. In 2006, the Parliament adopted, and the President signed the new Forest Code of the Russian Federation. This normative act destroyed the Soviet system of forest protection. Until 2006, there was a single organization with offices throughout the country, funding, a staff of tens of thousands of professional foresters and materialtechnical part that allows you to quickly solve any problems. Now it is destroyed, and the number of forest guards has been reduced to several hundred people throughout the country. Forest protection powers have been transferred to the regions, but without proper funding.

Many experts even then spoke out extremely sharply about such an “initiative” of the authorities, but their opinion was ignored. Political analyst Nikolai Platoshkin comments on the situation as follows:

In 2006, the Forest Code was adopted, the meaning of which is that the one who is given a lease for 49 years is responsible for the forest. Formally, these tenants should engage in forest plantations, forest protection. But they do nothing of this, but simply cut it down. They store money abroad and go there too.


In fact, that’s it. The results of such actions by our authorities are evident: every year, starting in 2006, millions of hectares of forest are illegally cut down and burned out. Special cynicism was added to the official instructions, according to which the burning forest can not be put out at all if the cost of this is higher than its cost.

13 years have passed since the adoption of the LC of the Russian Federation, everything has long been clear to everyone, it is impossible to deny a causal relationship. But instead of canceling the Forest Code that he himself signed and restoring the destroyed forest protection system, the president prefers to heroically fly the Be-200 and put out individual fires under cameras.
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  1. Afinogen Offline
    Afinogen (Afinogen) 5 December 2019 11: 48
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    the president prefers heroically flying the Be-200 and putting out individual fires under cameras.

    The president prefers to give the whole forest to the Chinese, then there will be nothing to put out. And in general, they (the government) do not like being prerogated to them with all sorts of rubbish like wood, it is gas and oil, and they do not like being prevented from bathing in luxury, reminding that people are in poverty.
  2. gorenina91 Online
    gorenina91 (Irina) 5 December 2019 12: 33
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    - China has all the levers for governing Russia ...- in all areas ...
    - And these levers are only multiplying and becoming more and more potentially effective ...
    - This dreamer Archimedes, realizing the strength and influence of the lever, used to say: "Give me a fulcrum, and I will turn the Earth" ... -But this poor fellow had no leverage, no fulcrum ...
    - But China has ... - there is both a lever (s) and a fulcrum ... to turn Russia over ...
    - The fulcrum of China ... is the cliché devotion to Russia and the willingness to do anything for China ... -Russia has already proved it many times ...
    Well ... and China’s bulk of levers ...- but at least it’s the same “Power of Siberia” ...- something far to go ...
    -That if Russia suddenly has some "insight" (well, maybe this will happen suddenly) ....- and Russia will suddenly be enlightened by the understanding that - "what am I doing for China and why ...- why I'm doing it all ... it's time to end this "...
    - That ... now ... now ... now China can just lightly put pressure on the lever - "Power of Siberia" ..., i.e. to suspend (no ...- not to refuse completely ...- but just to suspend) the reception of Russian gas ...- Well, it will refer to urgent pipe repairs ... or preventive replacement of equipment ...- but whatever ... - And ... and ... and ... and ... and which began to doubt the necessity of its "loyalty" to China, Russia ...- will chase to China for nothing and round timber .., and any ingredients China needs and raw materials ... -all only to please him (China) ... -Only so ...
    - As it was in the old retro-comedy movie "Diamond Hand" ... - "And if they don’t take (lottery tickets) .., then turn off the gas .."
    - Here is China ...- if Russia becomes stubborn in concluding any production contracts with China; if it doesn’t supply wood, raw materials, ingredients (or the price ceases to suit China) ... etc ... then China will simply stop receiving gas ... -And this is not a movie or a comedy ... for Russia ...
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  3. 123 Offline
    123 (123) 5 December 2019 14: 45
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    As often happens with a respected author, there are a lot of cliches, a superficial analysis and no desire to understand the essence of the problem. laughing In general, propaganda of a certain direction.
  4. Marzhecki Online
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 5 December 2019 14: 58
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    As often happens with a respected author, a lot of cliches, superficial analysis and no desire to understand the essence of the problem laughing In general, propaganda of a certain direction.

    I believe that the essence of the problem is stated very clearly. The rest is demagogy on your part.
  5. Sapsan136 Offline
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 5 December 2019 16: 10
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    And how long will we destroy the forest of Russia to please Finland ?!
  6. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 5 December 2019 19: 16
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    The article is correct. More such articles with photos. The conclusion of the article is killer-correct! And fans have nothing to give links to. Until these and until 2024 will not reach!
  7. Gaersul Offline
    Gaersul 5 December 2019 19: 42
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    Let’s remember, the forest code was adopted in 2006, and when, in 2013, does it seem to be a forest policy? And why so, what kind of inconsistency is why one is earlier than the other? And it's simple, no one wants to engage in forest and no one needs it, so they take whatever they get, then Lestech and VNIILM stood on their ears, how many letters they wrote, all to no avail - they accepted this accursed forest code. In general, the situation with the forest is very indicative, because to competently conduct forestry is a long-term investment. We have a rotation of 60 years in some places. And who will be invested in Russia for such a period? To steal and dump, that’s all their truth.
  8. gorenina91 Online
    gorenina91 (Irina) 5 December 2019 19: 55
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    - That's right, but in essence ...- what a terrible hypocrisy ...
    - The forest is very sorry, but this is only a consequence ... - The pattern ... the final outcome ... a sad inevitable result ...
    - There is a saying ... - "Having removed their heads, they don’t cry through their hair" ...
    - In Russia, China simply and without any embellishment ...- unscrews its head ... -This requires urgent resistance, active defense, general defense ... -But instead of all this, there is only a righteous concern that the hairstyle on your head and that you’ll have to go to the hairdresser once again ... - Such a “serious concern” ... that it’s just scary ...
  9. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 6 December 2019 23: 17
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    How can the President be blamed, although liberals are to blame for everything ???
    Although .... he admitted it ....

    Money doesn't smell. And the forest will grow.
  10. Upmost Offline
    Upmost (Innocent) 7 December 2019 00: 20
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    how long will we destroy the forest to please China

    Until the authorities in the Russian Federation will remain corrupt and unpatriotic compradors of the gates and garbage spills.
  11. Roarv Offline
    Roarv (Robert) 7 December 2019 10: 02
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    Think about what China has to do with it.
    State Duma, Federation Council, Cabinet of Ministers, write laws, make decisions, determine the economic course ...
    Tell me the leaders of the country who create jobs for the neighboring state, and “tied their hands” to their citizens by tariffs, prices, and prohibitions.
    Why are lumberjacks black ??? Because the laws and the economic development strategy adopted in Far Moscow are adopted without taking into account their interests ..... and so in many sectors of the economy.
    What the joint venture counted is just the tip of the iceberg and it's easy.