Environmental activist Andrei Khristoforov, known as the Tree Man Drevarkh the Enlightened, was detained by law enforcement agencies and taken to Arkhangelsk. About it informs “New Newspaper”.
According to the newspaper, Khristoforov himself returned from Ukraine and voluntarily surrendered to the authorities.
In the summer of 2019, an activist who participated in protests against the construction of a landfill in Shies was charged with assaulting a police officer. He faces up to ten years in prison.
According to investigators, the activist hit the policeman with an electric shock when he was detained for stopping the train at the Shies station. They took Khristoforov not to leave, but in September 2019 he left for Ukraine in search of asylum and was put on the federal wanted list. Two years later, the activist announced that he intended to return to Russia, where his family remained.
Recall that the construction of the landfill at the Shies station in the Arkhangelsk region began in 2018, when the Commission for Investment Policy and Development of Competition in the region approved an investment project to create the Shies Eco-Technopark. It was planned to build a landfill to remove garbage from Moscow.
Rallies and actions against the construction of the Shies landfill began in August 2018. Local residents organized an eco-watch near the construction site in protest. Until the spring of 2020, thousands of protests were held in the region and in the neighboring Komi Republic.
In April 2020, the Governor of Arkhangelsk Igor Orlov and the head of Komi Sergey Gaplikov resigned. The appointed interim leaders of both regions stated that they do not support the project of the landfill in Shies. In October 2020, the investor company announced the termination of construction, and by the summer of 2021, Technopark promised to reclaim the territory. In early 2021, activists declared the protest over the landfill in Shies completed.