Russia: Moscow wildfires fanned by Soviet legacy of neglect

Guardian: Some have cited the reform of forest law, initiated by Vladimir Putin in 2007, as a possible explanation for the scale of the forest fires in Russia. Is this justified? Indeed, but the changes to forest law were just the last step in the dismantling of measures to protect Russia's forests. The Soviet Union had a large body of highly skilled, specialist foresters. With the collapse of the regime and the economic crisis that followed, they were allowed to sell the timber they felled. ......

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