17 Apr '12, 11pm

Beyond hugging trees: Russian forest activist puts her life on the line, inspires democracy movement

Beyond hugging trees: Russian forest activist puts her life on the line, inspires democracy movement

Evgenia Chirikova. (Photo by Goldman Environmental Prize.) In just a few short years, Evgenia Chirikova, 35, has transformed from a middle-class engineer raising her young family in a Moscow suburb into a nationally and now internationally recognized environmental crusader. On Monday, she was honored as one of six recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s most prestigious award for grassroots environmental activists. It all started in 2007, when Chirikova and her daughter went for a walk in Khimki Forest — 2,500 acres of federally protected parkland known as the “green lungs of Moscow,” one of the last old-growth forests in the region, and one of the main reasons Chirikova and her husband had moved their family to a suburb north of the city. They noticed trees marked with a red X for removal — and then found out about the government’s plan to build a road ...

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