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The archiv of the articles of 2002 (62 Kb)
December 13, 2002
| Pushcha’s law suit was rejected. Former general director is to stay in Kamenyuki village
Elena TRIBULEVA, Vecherniy Brest» (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, #100
The administration of the National Park intended to evict Smoktunovich’s family from his departmental apartment in Kamenyuki. On Wednesday the court of the Kamenetz district ruled this civil action and rejected the request of the State National Park. The court was faced with arguments from the plaintiff according to which Mr. Smoktunovich supposedly deceived the park’s administration and due to this he illegally received a departmental apartment in Kamenyuki. This decision can be appealed by the plaintiff within a term of 10 days in the Regional Court. On our information, that’s what the administration of the reserve is going to do. To all appearances, it will rather keep getting on the nerves of the family of former director of the reserve.
December 12, 2002
| Belovezhskaya Pushcha Park is the World Heritage of Mankind
Anna MISHCHIKHINA, «Birzha Informacii» (The Information Exchange) Newspaper, #253
What do we know about Belovezhskaya Pushcha? Some history. Stuff shifts, ecological school and problems of «aboriginals». About VIPs, director-driver and Soviet regime. About tourism in Belarusian and Polish ways. Facts and fiction about Viskuly. The motto of «Belovezha» is non-interference with nature.
December 08, 2002
| Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Yahor MAYORCHYK, «Radio Svaboda» (Liberty Radio)
“Talibans” live in the center of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park. The approximate number is around a hundred. No, they are not from Afghanistan. This is local people call temporary workers as “Talibans”. They are a peculiar symbol of current situation in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Since Nickolai Bambiza is the director of the National Park he has fired dozens of local specialists and employed non-locals for vacant jobs. It is very easy to explain. Those who have worked or lived in the Pushcha for a long time will never cut the live forest, even by order of the administration. Non-locals will do it without any questions.
December 07, 2002
| “Hunting was great here!”
Gennadiy ANUFRIEV, «7 Dney» (7 Days) Newspaper, #49
They are extracts from the diary of Fiodor Saevich, biologist and hunting-expert, forest warden in heredity, who had worked in Belovezhskaya Pushcha for many years. They describe events connected with the stay and hunting of the Russian tsar and Soviet leaders of high rank.
December 04, 2002
| The administration of the famous reserve evicts former director from departamental apartment
Elena TRIBULEVA, «Vecherniy Brest» (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, #97
A civil action hearing took place in the Kamenetz district court. The administration of the National Park is going to evict former general director Evegeny Smoktunovich (predecessor of Nickolai Bambiza and employee of the park for more than 25 years) in legal form from the departmental apartment. He was fired from the National Park as he opposed the new director’s policy of large-scale fellings in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. And the matter concerns not only methods of settling disputes with the people that raised objections. Many of former experts of the Pushcha tell about real persecution and that they eventually had to urgently look for other jobs and master new professions. Some of them tried to come to terms with the park’s management in order to get reemployed. The others gave up their hopes of getting back a bad job anyway.
November 21, 2002
| Under the same roof: the main treasure of the country
Vladimir DOVZHENKO, «Narodnaya Volya» (People’s Will) Newspaper, #232
The article is about the problems of the Pripyatski National Park. Cuttings in Belovezhskaya Pushcha are mentioned for comparison.
October 01, 2002
| Safari at the green cordon
Dmitriy PATYKO, «Respublika» (The Republic) Newspaper, #215
Are protected territories ready to host tourists? The columnist of «The Republic» asked this question Aleksandr Luchkov, the head of the Department of Protected Natural Territories and Nature Use at the Property Management Department of the President. Matters of profit from tourism, wood harvesting within protected sites, struggle against poachers are discussed.
October 01, 2002
| The history of a fire
Heorhi Kazulka «Brestski kur'er» (Brest Courier) Newspaper
On May 5th 2002, a fire broke out in Belovezhskaya Pushcha at the place where forest falls created by a hurricane in February were exploited. Approximately 15 hectares of forest area were burnt, including about 5 hectares of the best and oldest coniferous trees. The fire was so strong that there was a danger of turning into a top-crone fire. Fortunately, it was successfully put out. Old people from the Belovezhskaya Pushcha do not remember a similar fire created by human fault. Facts and evidences show that the cause of the fire was the burning in the open of remains from timber cutting, in conditions of dry and hot weather which are very favourable to bush-fire. Ignorance showed to ecological discipline, to rules of nature use, and to scientific recommendations, as well as the violation of the existing technological discipline have all been causes of the above described fire. A change of the situation in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is possible only if normal methods of management will be applied in the famous reserve, as it is normal for the whole civilized world.
September 25, 2002
| Tsar hunting in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
M.OSORGIN, «Sovetskaya Byelorussia» (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #226
This is the extract from recollections of Mikhail Osorgin, Governor of Grodno, with lots of interesting information from the history of Pushcha in times of Russian tsars, which hunted in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
August 31, 2002
| Belarusians are between heaven and earth: Kobrinskaya Pushcha
Anatoliy KOZLOVICH, «Narodnaya Volya» (People’s Will) Newspaper, #174
I can only speak with sorrow about the future of Belovezhskaya Pushcha — if consumer extermination of Belarusian nature continues for at least 10 years the National Park will repeat the fate of Kobrinskaya Pushcha. Reader, don’t you know this Pushcha? I know! It existed not a long time ago. I grew up in Kobrinskaya Pushcha, that sides with Belovezhskaya Pushcha. I will tell when, how and why Kobrinskaya Pushcha disappeared. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is the perfect world miracle. This is because it restores itself. Grant it a hundred years of respite, of absolute reserve conditions and you will get the model of eternal life. But killers of the Pushcha do not want eternal life. We live only once! We lived without Kobrinskaya Pushcha, we will live without Belovezhskaya Pushcha too!
August 15, 2002
| How to turn quantity into quality?
Zdislav MURAVYEV, «Belorusskaya Lesnaya Gazeta» (The Byelorussian Forest Newspaper) Newspaper, #31(385)
Belarusian officials always understood the importance of specially natural protected territories. This is way these have been created avoiding serious problems. Six republican partly reserved territories appeared in 1998, seven in 1999, five in 2000. Unfortunately our understanding of environmental issues turned out to be not ready for adequate reaction to changes in the situation. Problems of national parks are analyzed. The National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha is of special interest. The only way to keep the remnants of this unique forest massif is to grant the status of&nbst;the Nationel Rewerve to the origin territory of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
August 01, 2002
| Triumph of profanation
Nil GILEVICH, «Narodnaya Volya» (People’s Will) Newspaper, #150
It is the view of the most problematic questions of our life, about barbaric attitude to nature. Referring to Belovezhskaya Pushcha we actually talk about the bitter lot of all Belarusian forests, including reserves that are being mercilessly atrociously inhumanly annihilated.
July 11, 2002
| Bark beetles in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Heorhi Kazulka, The «Belorusskaya Lesnaya Gazeta» (The Byelorussian Forest Newspaper) Newspaper, #26(380)
In 2001 after the outbreak of the mass spreading of the bark beetle the new administration of the Park tried to conduct clear sanitary cuttings in the protected territories without official permit. Special State Commission, organized after the scandal and exposure, prohibited such cuttings. The article refutes the reasons of the administration of the National Park for the cuttings as the basic method of pest control. World experience of the bark beetle control is described. The fact that the bark beetle affected trees are not cut down abroad is mentioned. The articles proves that it is the administration of the National Park, grossly violating environmental legislation and principles of reserve management, that is guilty in the crisis and the scandal around it. Today the timber processing system of the National Park is the major threat to preservation of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
July 06, 2002
| Pushcha (Interview with V. Dranchuk)
Anna ARTYUSHKEVICH, «Narodnaya Volya» (People’s Will) Newspaper, #131
Interview with Valery Dranchuk, the author of publicistic articles for defense of our nature. If I do not visit the Pushcha for one or two months, I start to feel ill, Valery says. And he expresses his view on the problems and prospective of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
July 06, 2002
| Belarusians between heaven and earth: Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Anatolij KOZLOVICH, «Narodnaya Volya» (People’s Will) Newspaper, #131
The essay of famous Belarusian columnist about Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the newspaper «Belovezhskaya Pushcha», destruction of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The major secret of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is that it has never been a reserve, although it was called so almost always. Belovezhskaya Pushcha, being a playground for princely follies, became a utility area. The current government, exceeding all the previous hardheads in engineering developments, roots us out of our native land, extirpates our ancient roots, robs of our future. Mister Matsuura from UNESCO, help the Belarusians to save Belovezhskaya Pushcha from themselves!
June 24, 2002
| Eltsin in Viskuli: with a shotgun to the problems of the union
Natalia SUVOROVA, «Belorusskaya Gazeta» (The Byelorussian newspaper) Newspaper #340
In June 23–29 Boris Eltsin, former President of Russia, is having rest in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, in the state residence Viskuly, where he signed the declaration that abolished the USSR and created the CIS 10 years ago. Naina Eltsina has come to Viskuly for the first time, that’s why it was she who planned the fifth visit of Boris Eltsin to Belarus. On Sunday the Eltsins pair went to angle to Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The stay in Belarus of the major grave-digger of the USSR — Boris Eltsin — coincided with a very difficult stage in the development of the union between Belarus and Russia. And again we don’t know whether we will participate in the fate of our own country.
April 09, 2002
| Special attention for the most precious
Vladimir PAVLOVICH, «Vecherniy Minsk» (The Evening Minsk) Newspaper, #72
The conversation with Aleksandr Luchkov, the head of the Department of Protected Natural Territories and Nature Use at the Property Management Department of the President is about the system of specially protected natural territories and about the role of the Department of Protected Natural Territories and Nature Use within this system.
April 08, 2002
| Natural desire to earn from horns and hoofs
«Belorusskiy Rynok» (The Belarusian Market) Newspaper, #14
As Vasiliy Sudas, the vice-manager of the President’s Property Management Department, said in his conversation with journalists, last year the National Parks of our country were not unprofitable or not sufficiently remunerative. But he has «normal, natural» desire to increase profits. Except for the support and enlargement of material resources they also have to support natural resources.
March 19, 2002
| We need a pact on the protection of Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Valery DRANCHUK, «Narodnaya Volya» (People’s Will) Newspaper, #50
The text of appeal of the Belarusian community to the European Council was published on January 18. Its gist: key rules of nature protection are being violated in the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha that possesses the encouraging European Diploma, increasing power of industrial use of nature. The Government provokes chaos in the people’s mind and as we say stirs troubles out of nothing. The more the society argues about the spreading of bark-beetle in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the more possible and more massive the cuttings will be. I hope that Belarus accepts the unique law that concerns one specific territory and is called «Belovezhskaya Pushcha law».
March 14, 2002
| The fire in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Sergei YERSH, «Den» (The Day) Newspaper, #27
The hunting house, the former tsar’s residence, burnt in Belovezhskaya Pushcha at the Polish side of the border in night from 23 to 24 January 1962. This accident happened at the time when the Soviet leader N. Khrushchev came there for hunting. Local citizens saw this fire as the attempt upon the leader’s life. In September of 1964 the hunting house was built anew.
February 14, 2002
| Aleksa: White Tower is his creation
Mihas YANOVICH, «Narodnaya Volya» (People’s Will) Newspaper, #29
This narration is about Prince Vladimir Volynsky and his craftsman Aleksa, who built the tower Kamenetz Tower (Belaya vezha — White Tower) situated in the vicinities of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
February 09, 2002
| You can feed the wolf so much but the character of hare is better
Fiodor MUKHA, «Sovetskaya Byelorussia» (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #41
This is the story about wolves, their life and behavior. Interest and reverence of the people to this predator sometimes instigates us to a courageous experiment — to grow a loyal friend from a blind wolf cub. There are many of those who dared for it. The author of this article was himself convinced in that when he recently wrote about Natalia Diachenko, an employee of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park. She has grown two wolves — Ram and Rich — in her village Kamenyuki.
February 01, 2002
| Belovezhskaya Pushcha becomes the reserve for the rich
Sergei KLIMENKO, Valentina KOZLOVICH, «Brestski Kuryer» (The Brest Courier) Newspaper, #9
Today it is the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha, not even Brest Hero Fortress, is the tourist center of our region. However something odd is happening with tourist service in the National Park since last year. In the summer at the very height of the tourist season the National Park forbad to enter Pushcha on cars. Those who wanted to see the National Park could only visit the museum of nature and also enclosures. After the New Year there was one more surprise for tourists. The administration of the National Park set exorbitant prices for visitors. It seems like the administration does everything possible that to stop visiting the Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
January 26, 2002
| SOS from the Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Lilia KHLYSTUN, «Sovetskaya Byelorussia» (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #25
Recently passions are raging around the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park. Some nervous newspapers from Minsk, the capital of Belarus, and the politicians who only care about self promotion interpret sanitary clear cuttings of trees that have been affected by the mass population of bark beetle in the reserve as the «felling of the living forest». Last week the team of scientists, writers and public figures appealed to the Council of Europe to delay the extension of the Diploma granted to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha by this international organization before. Yesterday the «SB» editorial office received a letter signed by the Deputy Manager of the Property Management Department of the President Mr. V. Sudas which contain the explanation what kinds of measures are undertaken for the preservation of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The employees of the Park are also worried. Regarding myself and my journalist colleagues who have actually visited multiple sites of the Pushcha including the most reserved areas, I have been unable to discover any «industrial harvesting of living forest».
January 24, 2002
| «Zubr»: the fight goes on
D. YEGOROV, «Birzha Informacii» (The Information Exchange) Newspaper, #206
Approximately forty people hold a meeting in Belovezhskaya Pushcha a year ago to unite for the struggle for democracy. Half a year later the unregistered movement «Zubr» (Bison) already amounted thousands of members.
January 22, 2002
| You can feed the wolf much…
Marina ZAGORSKAYA, «Byelorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta» (The Byelorussian business newspaper) Newspaper, #1098
A wolf grew in a family from Kamenyuki village, Kamenetz district. He lives in a shed, walks with the lead, adores sweets and freedom but he rashes to her through the Pushcha’s thickets at her first call. The wolf is good and trustful. All the people are brothers for him. Nevertheless a month ago the management of the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha almost lashed out at the animal and its owners. They demand to give the wolf to them.
January 19, 2002
| Rich is Ram’s heir
Fiodor MUKHA, «Sovetskaya Byelorussia» (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #17
Around twenty years ago a scientist of the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha Natalia Diachenko took a wolf cob brought from the Pushcha by hunters. Ram turned into a beautiful wolf and became a fruitful friend of the family.
January 18, 2002
| The guests from “Mikhailovskoye” were not shown Viskuly
Svetlana DEMCHUK, «Brestski Kuryer» (The Brest Courier) Newspaper
Shortly after the New Year the tourist agency «Open World» in Brest city received a letter from the state memorial museum-reserve of history, literature, nature and landscape of A.S. Pushkin «Mikhailovskoye» expressed their gratitude for «excellent organization of methodic trips around Brest and Brest region for a group of our employees, for tactful cordial attitude, for efficient settlement of arisen problems». But employees of the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha treated the Russians somewhat coldly without a visible reason and the director of Pushkin’s museum-reserve reminded so tactfully about that in his letter of gratitude: «settlement of arisen problems».
January 17, 2002
| One-year old bisons
Svetlana MARTOVSKAYA, «Den» (The Day) Newspaper, #4
One year passed since the youth’s movement «Zubr» (Zubr means bison in Russian) was created and started the activities on January, 14. A year ago forty patriotic boys and girls hold meeting in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, so that even the atmosphere of their symbol was real. Proclaimed their motto as «Honour! Fatherland! Freedom!» they created the organization that thousands of volunteers joined during a year. There are no valid pure bisons in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. They were killed, also during rulers’ huntings. Now bisons born in captivity live there. Are you not afraid that the same can happen to you? We are not afraid. There are too many of us already. However considering this way, we exist in half-underground conditions in order to protect our people.
January 17, 2002
| Cuttings in the Pushcha are going on…
Irina BURNOSENKO, «Den» (The Day) Newspaper, #4
That’s why scientists and the public appealed against prolongation of the European Diploma, which Belovezhskaya Pushcha received in 1997. Public figures also join them. However the situation with this award turned out to be much more difficult in reality. Several days ago the editors received a letter with the appeal of ecologists and public figures of Belarus to the experts of Council of Europe. The scientists explain their position in the matter of prolongation of the Diploma. Valery Dranchuk, the chief editor of the newspaper «Belovezhskaya Pushcha», comments: All of us realize the great importance of the Diploma for the prestige of the country but from the point of view of the most precious — safety of Pushcha — real incentives as implementation of conditions and recommendations for the sake of safety and salvation of the National Park are important.
January 16, 2002
| Consumers of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Marina ZAGORSKAYA, «Byelorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta» (The Byelorussian business newspaper) Newspaper, #1095
In the near future Council of Europe will consider the question of prolongation of the European Diploma to the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha. But on January, 14 representatives of democratic and scientific community of Belarus appealed to the specialists asking not to hasten with too optimistic decision, taking into consideration that the state of the Park has visibly become worse and the administration uses the prestigious award to conceal the activities directly opposite to the preservation of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
anuary 16, 2002
| So is it the Reserve or the timber enterprise?
Marina ZAGORSKAYA, «Byelorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta» (The Byelorussian business newspaper) Newspaper, #1095
There are only two protected territories in Belarus awarded by European Diploma: Berezinski Biosphere Reserve and Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park. European Diploma not only creates the uniform model of preservation and development for awarded territories, but it also promotes the changing an opinion to nature protection in relevant countries. The correspondent of «BDG» decided to clear up what is a progress of this business after five years come out since the Belovezhskaya Pushcha has been granted by this very responsible and encouraging award.
January 11, 2002
| To bison – with one cartridge…
Aleksandr GRACHEV, «Vecherniy Minsk» (The Evening Minsk) Newspaper, #4
People are interested in Belovezhskaya Pushcha for a long time. The Pushcha is unique as it is the oldest forest in mother-Europe. We have nothing older than Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Pushcha has remained through thirteen millenniums. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is one of 103 nature site that have no analogues in the world. Vyacheslav Semakov told this and many other things during our conversation.
January 08, 2002
| Fell bark beetle, fellows or peculiarities of the business in the National Park
Oleg CHERNOV, «Nacionalnaya Ekonomicheskaya Gazeta» (The National Economy Newspaper) Newspaper, #1
The problem at issue is «chopping down» of the bark beetle and the trees in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. A group of journalists were brought o the snow-covered forest — participants of the traveling press-seminar, organized by the Department of Protected Natural Territories and Nature Use at the Property Management Department of the President. Of course, we were called not for consultations about forest pests or technologies of wood processing. They wanted to convince representatives of mass media in the inevitability of using the axe and the saw in the National Park for them to bring this conviction to the broad public.
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