Matvienko instructed the Senator as an experiment to work the “black lumberjack”

Matvienko instructed the Senator as an experiment to work the “black lumberjack”

MOSCOW, July 13. /TASS/. The speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko has charged to Committee on agrarian and food policy and environmental management to understand how things work in Russia with the monitoring system for illegal logging, to hold parliamentary hearings.

She suggested that the Chairman of the Committee Vladimir Lebedev on time to pretend “the black woodcutter” and “pass the axe” in the woods to better understand the situation.

On Friday during the plenary discussion on the question of improving the reforestation and afforestation Matvienko drew attention of the head of the Federal forestry Agency Ivan, a Valentine to the problem of illegal deforestation.

“Only recently arrived from Zabaykalsky Krai. The people said, “Valentina, black loggers as it was, and is, the forest is cut down, the wood is taken out, artificial arson”. No reforestation. This is a huge problem,” — said Matvienko, referring to Valentino.

After the speaker of the Federation Council are unable to obtain from the Ministry the precise answers to the questions of who is responsible for illegal logging and how to improve the situation in this area, it is proposed to amend the agenda of the autumn meeting of the Committee the fight against illegal logging. “Let the bones analyze, go in Zabaykalsky Krai, to the other side and go through the legs with an axe. I mean try to illegally cut down the forest and let that you for it or will not take” — said Matvienko, referring to the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee Lebedev.

In response, the Senator has asked me to issue him a document stating that he was doing it as an experiment, and not with the purpose of violating the law. “We write you this letter. Just don’t get carried away”, said the speaker of the Federation Council.

Dissatisfaction With The FFA

According to, a Valentine, the state forest inspectors monitor deforestation, and their number today is about 23 thousand people in need in 39 thousand inspectors.

“I beg you, Ivan, take a trip to the TRANS-Baikal region, meet with people, see how is life going on. What are you telling tales? So divorced from real life,” protested Matvienko, referring to Valentino. She is convinced that the forest inspectors will never go where is illegal logging.

“You debug the system struggle. Should join the police and other agencies… place the order. It is more valuable than oil and gas”, — said Matvienko.

The Senator asked his colleagues from the relevant Committee following the consideration of the question to make a conclusion about conformity, a Valentine post. “And I was asked to make conclusions and proposals following consideration whether a colleague Valentine post. Does he have enough power, resources, desires, and vision problems. Our right — to Express their point of view,” — said the speaker of the Federation Council.

“The situation in industry is worsening rather than improving. You, as a leader, speak in General terms. Do not go on. Or let us, then, and point system right, or why would you sit there?” — said Matvienko Valentino.

The situation in TRANS-Baikal territory

In early July, Matviyenko called for Zabaykalsky Krai, where the meeting with the regional authorities drew the attention of law enforcement bodies of the region on the problem of illegal felling and burning of forests in the region. She urged local authorities to deal with this problem.

Zabaykalsky Krai every year suffer from wildfires: in 2014-2015, they led to human victims, this year of the forest in the region began to burn at the end of March, a state of emergency due to fires was abolished on 23 June. From illegal logging annually affects many regions of Siberia. Earlier, the Ministry of natural resources of Transbaikalian edge has informed that in 2017 in the region identified more than 1.1 thousand cases of illegal felling, damage from the actions of “black lumberjacks” amounted to 150 million rubles. During the year the region opened 660 criminal cases.