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News from Khimki

Sunday 1 April 2012

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Russian activists and journalists have survived beatings, arrests and intimidation during our campaign to save one of Moscow’s last old-growth forests from destruction. Our movement to reroute the toll highway that would cut through Khimki Forest has become Russia’s most inspiring and largest activist movements in a long time. MAKE A DIFFERENCE

It is about more than just a forest.

We are fighting a legacy of corruption and bribery among government officials, law enforcement and industry that has allowed this project to move forward. Last year, after thousands of citizens protested in Moscow’s center, we won a huge victory when President Dmitry Medvedev temporarily halted construction. One of our lead organizers, Yevgenia Chirikova, is a mother of two who lives in Khimki and who has bravely spearheaded this campaign since 2007 at direct risk to her family’s safety.

Now construction is set to begin again.

As soon as this month, the French multinational construction company Vinci is authorized to begin the first phase of the highway.

This is the best chance for us to stop the project before construction crews arrive. We are turning to you to increase our international support.

Since the Russian government has failed us, we are targeting Vinci, which could make a huge profit from this project. It is the only Western company involved in the construction.

We ask all of you to spread the appeal to support the campaign for the Pussy Riot on April 15 and April 21! More information: I think the more thorough appeal I will spread later in a separate mail..

As promised, I send you the links with more information on the topics. English Française Deutsch Español Русский

Brief description of the problem

Videos from the forest:

Direct Action. Stopping machines in the Khimki forest.

’The Symbolic Road’

The Battle against the Road

Khimki forest, 2010, nazi coming One of the girls, standing with hands wide against the clearing, is Nadejda Tolokonnikova, or Tolokno, who is now arrested for taking part in the action of Pussy Riot.

Pussy Riot

The incredible story in English Française Deutsch Español Русский

Pussy Riot on the Red Square

Pussy Riot on the roof

Pussy Riot in the Cathedral, St Virgin deliver us from Putin

The other questions in contemporary Russia mentioned during the discussion.

Nizhny Novgorod anti-fascists need your solidarity and support!

5 years in prison for cutting a piece of fence of an illegal residence of Krasnodar region governor