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