Pavlov, a lawyer who advocates for freedom of information in Russia, was hospitalized for a week. The men who attacked Ivan Pavlov waited beside his car outside his home. They knocked him over from behind and stomped and kicked his head. None of them spoke. They stole nothing. As Pavlov curled defensively on the street, they trotted away. Then they tried to run him over with their car.
The police later told him the attack appeared to be related to his work, a mission to pry open stores of government information that he says are essential to Russian public life and by law should be in the public domain, but are kept from view by corruption and a lack of interest.
He graduated from an electro-technical university in Leningrad in 1992, and finished his law studies in 1997. From 1998 until 2004 he was a director at Bellona, the environmental organization that has fought with Russia about nuclear secrecy and pollution. In time he decided to set out alone and widen his campaign.
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Russia, a quirky country to say the least, (see EnglishRussia.com)covers 1/6th of the world’s land area. Information on its environment isn’t easy to come by as the above article points out. A lack of interest and corruption have led to this uneasy situation. Without a change of attitude and real democracy in Russia it will remain difficult to improve the environment within a very important and large part of the world.