Illegal Logging Cases in the Arkhangelsk Region

Forest inspectors in the Arkhangelsk region of Russia conducted over 6,000 raids in 2012 and identified 359 illegal logging cases. The value of the illegal timber that was cut down was estimated to be worth $12 Million (410.5 Million Russian Rubles).

In order to avoid authorities, “black loggers” conduct their logging activities at night, where a single night of cutting down trees can yield up to 100,000 Rubles worth of timber.

The illegal loggers have been reported to offer bribes such as cases of vodka, and have also burned inspectors cars in order to intimidate them.

Source:  Lena Smirnova, “Profit Motive Helps and Hinders in Illegal Logging Battle,” Moscow Times, July 10, 2013.