Watching the World: Putin’s word on ecology

Oil prospectors in Russia’s West Kamchatka region are breathing easier after a favorable decision by the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy city court.On Aug. 9, the court upheld an appeal by the regional prosecutor’s office to cancel an Oct. 23 referendum aimed at preventing oil development on the West Kamchatka shelf.The prosecutor’s office said the court had supported its claim that “lawmakers are not authorized to resolve this issue as it is under the jurisdiction of federal bodies of power.”In particular, the court agreed that questions included in the proposed referendum did not comply with Article 12 of Russia’s federal law “on the basic guarantees ...

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