Officials in Siberia's Yamal Peninsula are planning a large-scale cull of 100,000 reindeer, which they say are suffering from overpopulation. Local reindeer herders object to the cull and are looking to Moscow for support.
Vladimir Putin has talked about global warming's toll as Siberia's Irkutsk region struggles to recover from floods. But there's a simple reason why Russia won't get behind climate protection policies, says Andrey Gurkov.
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?
The recent Ukraine-Russia flare-up adds potency to US claims its gas is a safer, cheaper bet than Gazprom's. But as the Kremlin adjusts to meet new gas demands, the US gas revolution could be far from plain sailing.
Russian gas will be piped direct to Germany from November despite the project's detractors, a project engineer has asserted. Critics have said Europe will be left vulnerable and climate goals will be undermined.
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