Support The Moscow Times!

Shoigu Wants the Forests

The forests of the Moscow region should be transferred from the jurisdiction of the Federal Forestry Agency to regional authorities, said Sergei Shoigu, who has been confirmed as governor, Vedomosti reported Monday.

According to the former emergency situations minister, the Moscow region is the only constituent of the federation in which forests are managed by the agency.

The Moscow region has "more than 2 million hectares of forest that do not belong to it," Shoigu said. "Transfer of the forest area is an absolutely logical decision. I think it will be one of the first steps and should be done fairly quickly."


Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.