(Everything that proves to be anti-ecological must be
The Gadfly's Russian Connection
direct involvement with Russian scholars and environmentalists
began, quite unexpectedly, in October, 1989. At the home of my late friend, Gregory Kavka, a gathering of southern
California philosophers hosted a group of visiting scholars from the
Institute of Philosophy of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. An
informal conversation concerning environmental philosophy led to an
impromptu invitation to present a paper the following
December at an international conference in Moscow on
"The Ethics of
Non-Violence," sponsored the Soviet Academy of Sciences.
At that conference a young scholar from the Buryat Republic (Lake
Baikal region), Zoya Morokhoeva, stepped out of the crowd, introduced herself,
and began to discuss quite knowledgeably some of my
publications concerning the responsibility to future generations. That conversation led to an
invitation to participate in a summer 1990 conference at Lake Baikal.
After a deliberation of approximately three pico-seconds, I accepted.
As of October, 1989, I had never ventured outside of the Western
Hemisphere. Since then I have visited Russia seven times -- most recently in the
summer of 1999, when I met with students at St.
Petersburg, presented a paper at Saratov on the Volga River, and renewed my
contacts with the Socio-Ecological Union at a transformed Moscow. I
have twice seen Lake Baikal, the second time following an
unforgettable journey on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. In 1995, with
two Northland College students, we visited the ancient cities of
Pskov and Novgorod, and carried on biological research at the Valaam archipelago
in Lake Ladoga.
However, memorable the
sight-seeing, we have been even more impressed by the people of
Russia and the former Soviet Union: most notably, scholars who have
kept the light of learning alive through seven decades of
ideological myopia, and ordinary citizens who, despite the censure
of non-official civic activity, spontaneously organized an effective
citizen-based environmental movement. Many of these individuals
remain, to this day, among my most cherished
Table of Contents
By Ernest Partridge
The Rule of Law Comes to Russia?
Do It" -- A Call for Citizen Initiative
Environment and Human Rights in Russia: Notes
From a Conference. (Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. 2001)
A Conversation with Sviatoslav
A Conversation with Oleg Yanitsky.
Responsibility: The Price of Progress.
(Conference, International Society for
Ecological Economics, Saratov, Russia, July, 1999. Earlier
version presented at St. Petersburg State University, 1997). )
Devouring the Seed Grain (August, 1999)
Two Lessons from Russia
The Libertarian Panacea -- A Critique,
(Revised and expanded as "With Liberty for
Some") (Conference, International Society for Ecological Economics,
Novgorod, Russia. July, 1997)
What if America Loses its Voice?
(Valaam, Lake Ladoga, Russia. 1995)
Russian Environmentalism: Conditions
(Nineteenth World Conference of Philosophy, Moscow, September, 1993).
Human Responsibility and the Global
(Conference, "Man at Baikal," Lake Baikal,
Russia, September, 1990)
"If Peace Were At Hand: How Would We Know It?" (1989)
Issues in War and Peace, Ed. K. Klein and J. Kunkel,
Longwood Press (Summer, 1989)
Toward a Truce With the Earth.
(Soviet Academy of Sciences, Moscow, November, 1989)
From the Socio-Ecological Union
(Moscow:): "The SEU TIMES."
About the Socio-Ecological
Union, Sviatoslav Zabelin
Alternative is Needed,
The Nikitin and Pasko cases --
Collected Articles from The SEU Times.
The St. Petersburg Society of Naturalists,
Alexander Karpov. (1997).
and Projections in Russia, by Alexei Yablokov (January, 2001).
Resolutions from the All-Russian Special
Conference for the Protection of Human Rights
(January 21, 2001).
Environment and Human Rights in the Russian
-- Summary Report of the Conference
Information Security Doctrine, A. Simonov, Glasnost Protection
Ecology and Human Rights in Russia, Alexey
A Letter to the Director of the Federal Security Bureau, E. I.
On the Formation and Development of Civil Society in Russia, (Twenty
The essential source of news of the environment of Russia and the former
republics of the Soviet Union is The
Socio-Ecological Union and The
SEU Times. Follow these links.
For additional timely information on the Russian environment, subscribe to
Environmental Digest -- the world's major English-language press on
environmental issues in Russia. To subscribe, send to firstname.lastname@example.org with "subscribe
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Additional information about the Russian Environment may be found at
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to be patient. Many English-language sites and pages are still "under
For additional websites regarding Russian environmental
issues, select this link.