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In Russia’s South, Ecologists, Cossacks Team Up To Protect Nature Reserve

15 May

The Interior Ministry says a criminal investigation has been opened against the security guards.

by Tom Balmforth and Svetlana Pavlova, Cross Posted from RFERL

Ten activists were savagely beaten by private security guards this week, with three of them hospitalized, as confrontation ramped up over contentious plans to mine nickel in Russia’s southern Voronezh Oblast.

It was the latest confrontation in a local grassroots struggle that has united ecological activists and local Cossacks in a movement to protect a nature reserve near the Khopyor River in the fertile region.

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