STATEMENT TO THE ATTACK ON ANDREY RUDOMAKHA
The media disseminated information that the attack on environmentalists occurred after they visited one of the land plots in the Gelendzhik area, where they investigated the legality of construction on the lands of the forest fund. Three unknown persons sprayed pepper gas on the activists, after which the coordinator of the “Environmental Watch on North Caucasus (EWNC)" A. Rudomakha was violently attacked. Currently, he is in hospital with serious head injuries. Backpacks with the equipment, documents, photo and video cameras were stolen from the car of the activists.
This crime is far from being the first one committed against public figures in the territory of the Krasnodar Territory. So, on the night of September 8-9, 2016, unidentified masked men were attacked by voluntary firefighters of Greenpeace Russia, who were engaged in combating wetland fires in the Primorsko-Akhtarsky district. And although the police operatively arrived at the crime scene, the criminals did not only suffer punishment, but were not even found. Moreover, in the regional mass media, a campaign was launched against environmentalists who were accused of arson. It is obvious that both behind the attack and the ensuing harassment in the media, there are influential customers who are absolutely not afraid of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Similarly, the situation develops after the attack on A. Rudomakha.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) of Russia, Greenpeace Russia, the Socio-Ecological Union, the Wildlife Conservation Center and the Russian Bird Protection Union, in this regard, declare:
In the Krasnodar Territory, a significant number of environmental violations occur, many of which must be qualified as crimes committed by officials. These include illegal logging (including in the territory of federal protected areas), illegal construction, poaching. On the facts of this kind of crimes, public organizations and individual activists repeatedly informed law enforcement agencies, but they did not actually take any measures to eliminate violations. Instead, the environment was created in the Krasnodar Territory, which is extremely dangerous for the activities of public organizations. Criminals remain unpunished. And the crimes against activists testify to the low efficiency of the law enforcement system and the authorities of the Krasnodar Territory, their inability to protect their own citizens in reality from the arbitrary rule.
In connection with the above, we demand:
- Give due legal assessment to the attack on A. Rudomakha, find and bring the perpetrators (executors and customers), irrespective of their position to the liability established by law.
- Ensure public order in the Krasnodar Territory by taking measures to prevent crimes against civil organizations and activists.
a comprehensive audit of the implementation of environmental legislation in the
territory of the province (including on facts released by public organizations)
and take measures to curb the violations found.
Evgeny Shvarts, Director of/for Conservation Policy, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Ivan Blokov, Campaign Director, Greenpeace Russia
Askhat Kayumov, co-chairman, Russia-wide Public Organization “Social-Ecological Union”
Alexey Zimenko, Director General, Wildlife Conservation Center
Elena Zubakina, The Russian Bird Conservation Union
Photo in the announcement: Andrey Rudomakha’s personal page on VKontakte