Preserving the wilderness

Director of the World Wildlife Fund of Russia, Igor Chestin

1962 - Born in Moscow
1979 - Joins biology faculty, Tver State University
1985 - Graduates, biology faculty, Moscow State University
1985 - Field research biologist, Moscow State University
1990 - Wins scholarship to Manchester University, England
1991 - Graduates with M.Sc. in pollution and environmental control, Manchester University, England
1991 - Defends Ph.D. in zoology, Moscow
1994 - Joins World Wildlife Fund of Russia
1996 - Director, World Wildlife Fund of Russia

Today we talk about the environment. This month saw an end to the standoff between environmentalists and the Russian Olympics Committee. The conflict arose when it emerged the Sochi Olympic plan included building on the unspoilt Grushevy Ridge, a buffer zone for the Caucasus Biosphere Reserve. The greens got their way this time. But how easy is it to protect the environment in Russia? Our guest today is the Director of the World Wildlife Fund of Russia, Igor Chestin.