Environment: Rescuing Russia

Let us not be very hopeful about our human conquest over nature. For each such victory, nature manages to take her revenge.

-Friedrich Engels

For years, Soviet leaders ignored the warning. Dams were built, new farm lands opened, and the five-year plans rolled on one after the other-all proving that a country can industrialize in a great hurry. But as in other industrial nations, the cost to Russia's ecology has been great. For years Russia maintained a news blackout about the relentless exploitation of its natural resources. When Western journalists tried to confirm infrequent...

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