By Carol Hiltner - President, Altai Mir University
threatened Ukok Plateau -- "pastures of heaven"
Thank you for your continuing support for indigenous land rights in Altai. We continue to make progress on registering traditional inherited lands as necessitated by Russia’s overall land privatization laws, with on-going court cases to retrieve land that was fraudulently taken.
The need to support local (Altai) action continues: 1) Villagers are now working with archeologists to try to salvage the sacred sites that were bulldozed by the crew building a road through legally protected forest to the secret construction complex that locals understand to be a new summer home for Vladimir Putin. The legal requirement for prior archeological excavation of such sites was ignored, as was any consultation with the local people.
2) The latest word about the gas pipeline planned to go through the center of the extremely ecologically fragile and culturally sacred UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Ukok Plateau is that construction will begin next summer. Trusting in the power of group intention, we ask that you continue to imagine the plateau in its pristine condition.
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Project Leader: Carol Hiltner
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