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Siberia's black market logging

Date : 9th April 2008, Source : BBC Link to News Story

The vast forests of Eastern Siberia, known as the Taiga, are a goldmine for Chinese wood traders, who send raw logs over the border to serve their home country's booming economy. But much of the wood trade is illegal. With its barbed wire fences, smashed windows and crumbling apartment blocks, the border town of Zabaikalsk looks like an abandoned army garrison. The only splash of colour is the pale yellow Stalinist tower of the railway station. A seemingly endless procession of freight trains rumbles past, south towards China. Some trains are 30 wagons long, all heavily laden with Russian wood. Much of this pine, larch, aspen and birch has been cut without a licence and is smuggled out of the country.

Document last updated on Tuesday 30 August 2011

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