SVETLANA KNYAZEVA to the governor BORIS DUBROVSKY

SVETLANA KNYAZEVA to the governor BORIS DUBROVSKY

While we were fiercely fighting for our right for favourable environment and freedom of assembly, our indefatigable Svetlana Vasilievna acted in a manner that deserves our respect!

“To the governor of Chelyabinsk Oblast
B. A. Dubrovsky

In regards to the letters of Ministry of Ecology of Chelyabinsk Oblast
dated 06.12.2018: № 01/11030; № 01/11036;
№ 01/11037; № 01/11072;
dated 07.12.2018: № 01/11102; № 01/11135;
dated 11.12.2018: № 01/11229; №01/11230;
dated 14.12.2018 - № 01/11386
On the inadmissibility of the implementation of the Tomino GOK; illegality of the construction of type 1 hazardous production facility.
Aforementioned letters confirm the tendency of the Ministry of Chelyabinsk Oblast to play a role of a neutral observer in respect to the highly sensitive strategic issue – inadmissibility of the implementation of the Tomino GOK due to the risk of global ecological and social disasters. The content of these letters, broadly speaking, implies that it is none of their business.
Nevertheless, the government of Chelyabinsk Oblast must carry out its functions in strict accordance with the Constitution of Russian Federation and the Government of Chelyabinsk Oblast Act dated 17.12.2001 № 57-ЗО “in the interests of the people of the oblast”.
It must take steps in order to fulfill realization of rights of citizens: right to health protection, right to health and epidemiological welfare, right to ecological well-being.
By contrast, in the course of the last 5 years the government of Chelyabinsk Oblast neither protects the right of citizens to health and life, nor the nature and wildlife of the areas surrounding Chelyabinsk. What it does is it protects the commercial interests of non-Russian, offshore company RMK.
Even the terrible tragedy that has befallen the citizens of Ivdel, Sverdlovsk Oblast did not make the government of Chelyabinsk Oblast take all the necessary and urgent measures to cease the illegal construction of Tomino GOK, to put an end to the ecologically harmful and economically nonviable project.
The quote of the author of the letter № 01/11386 от 14.12.2018 directed as an answer to the demand by specialists, experts and citizens of Chelyabinsk – to not let there be another tragedy like the one that happened in Ivdel.
Quote: “The legislation does not prohibit the construction of a new facility in the event of violation of environmental requirements on similar facilities in operation”.
A true patriot of his homeland should strive towards making right decisions, whether he knows that they are right from his own experience of from other’s makes no difference.
Does the minister of ecology of Chelyabinsk Oblast needs a special law for that?
Once again the citizens of Chelyabinsk demand to:
- Stop illegal construction of Tomino GOK
- Put an end to the ecologically harmful and economically nonviable project in order to avoid a repetition of the tragedy in Ivdel
One should remember about the responsibility for the poisoning of the Human habitat stipulated in the article 358 of the Criminal Code of Russian Federation titled “Ecocide”.
On behalf of the public,
Independent expert,
Project designer with over 50 years of experience,
20 years of which were spent as a designer at Chelyabinsk State Institute for Metallurgical Plant Design,
S. Knyazeva”
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