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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Illegal Logging Report




MOSCOW -- The environmental group Greenpeace said Friday it estimated that around 20 percent of timber logged in Russia was illegal.


Timber is one of the country's top five exports, in a bracket of natural resources including oil, gas, minerals and metals that account for 75 percent of all its foreign earnings.


Greenpeace Russia said in a report that forestry legislation was on paper very sophisticated, but the country lacked inspectors who could travel far to check up on logging companies' activities.


"According to Greenpeace's report ... at least 20 percent of timber logged in our country is done so either illegally or in a manner that seriously violates [some] legislation," Greenpeace said in a statement.