In Siberia there is growing hostility towards China: illegal loggers are destroying the region's forests and selling timber to China. Demonstrations are taking place in Omsk in protest at plans to build housing for some 3,000 Chinese workers.
Almost half of Russia is covered with forests. However, much of the vast country's woodlands, which absorb millions of tons of CO2, are under threat from mismanagement, illegal deforestation and corruption.
Russian discount grocer Mere wants to conquer Germany with its low prices. The new supermarket is selling half a kilo of coffee for less than €2, almost half the price of Aldi and Lidl, but not everyone is convinced.
Cambodia's forests are being felled at a shocking rate, as poachers and corrupt officials profit from the black market trade in rare wood species, which is being exported to Vietnam — and beyond.
Russia is pushing for a new gas pipeline running through Bulgaria that could supply Western Europe with energy. But does the TurkStream 2 proposal threaten to strengthen the Kremlin's influence over the European Union?
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