Komi Calls for Preserving Federal Forestry Service
(IPR Strategic Business Information Database, 27 July 2000)
Komi Republic head Yurii Spiridonov has sent a telegram to federal Prime Minister Kasyanov urging that the decision to abolish the federal forestry service, Rosleskhoz, be revised, Interfax Northwest reported on 22 July. That decision was taken by the Ministry for Natural Resources in a resolution dated 13 July 2000.
Spiridonov argued that the abolition of Rosleskhoz will mean the loss of control over the forestry sector, which, he maintained, is “significantly more difficult to regulate than the fuel and energy complex.” In his opinion, the Ministry for Natural Resources, to which the service was subordinated, is unlikely to be able to effectively deal with the issues facing the sector.
Spiridonov was addressing journalists on the subject of the forest fires that have been raging in various part of Russia this summer on account of unusually hot weather. He revealed that almost 10 million rubles ($ 360,000) have already been allocated from the republican budget to deal with such fires in Komi so far this year.