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A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AGAINST A LUMBERMAN STARTED IN THE KARACHAY-CHERKESS REPUBLIC

04 february 2019
The Karachay-Cherkesia police has stopped illegal logging in Arkhyz forestry thanks to the WWF-Russia’s official appeal. A criminal case has been initiated against the offender.

Supporters of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) of Russia, who were on a tourist route on the way to the Sofia waterfalls in December 2018, revealed a suspicious logging in Arkhyz forestry.

There were found traces of continuous cutting of healthy trees of the Caucasian fir in 1 km from the Taulu glade, in the Sofia river water protection zone. There were no signs of legal removal of trees. Activists immediately wrote a letter about it to WWF-Russia.

Logging in Arkhyz forestry
(c) WWF-Russia

In accordance with the Decree of the Government of Karachay-Cherkess Republic №323 from 06.12.2016, commercial logging in Arkhyz forestry is prohibited and information about planned sanitary logging in this area was absent. Therefore, WWF-Russia sent appeals about the revealed facts to the Republic’s police and to the Department of Forestry in the Southern Federal District.

As a result, the police opened a criminal case against a resident of Zelenchuk district on the grounds of the crime under article 260 part 2 of the Criminal code.

Logging in Arkhyz forestry
(c) WWF-Russia
«The volume of illegally harvested timber amounted to 21,09 cubic meters with the damage caused 144 507 RUB. However, the amount of damage calculation seems to be underestimated, since this area falls within the boundaries of the Arkhyz state nature reserve and the border of protective forests, and therefore the damage coefficients should be increased several times. In addition, the coefficient increases when logging coniferous trees occur in the period from November to December. An additional request for the need to revise the amount of damage was sent to the Department of Forestry in the Southern Federal District», - Elena Cherkasova, Forest Projects Coordinator at the Russian Caucasus Office of WWF-Russia says.
Logging in Arkhyz forestry
(c) WWF-Russia
WWF-Russia reminds activists, supporters and concerned people that everyone can independently check the legality of forest logging in the Krasnodar region, the Republic of Adygea and Karachay-Cherkessia on our website hvcf.ru in the regional section. The information on the website is regularly updated.
Website HVCF
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