“The activity of the international non-governmental non-profit organization Greenpeace International (an organization recognized as undesirable in the Russian Federation) poses a threat to the foundations of the constitutional order and the security of the Russian Federation,” the supervisory authority said in a statement.
According to prosecutors, Greenpeace’s environmental activities in Russia are accompanied by “active promotion of the political position, attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of the state and are aimed at undermining its economic foundations.”
In addition, the Prosecutor General’s Office pointed out that Greenpeace often prevents the Russian state from implementing its programs “through information campaigns and uncoordinated mass public actions” – in order to prevent “implementation of infrastructure and energy projects beneficial to the country.”
According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Greenpeace Foundation also finances the activities of foreign legal entities and seeks to change Russian legislation “to the detriment of the interests of our society and citizens.”
“Since the beginning of the special military operation of the Russian Federation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine, Greenpeace activists have been engaged in anti-Russian propaganda, calling for further economic isolation of our country and tightening sanctions,” the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a statement.
The agency has already sent information about the decision to the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation to include Greenpeace in the list of “undesirable organizations”.
Officially, Greenpeace in Russia has not yet commented on the message of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation. The latest publication on the Foundation’s Telegram channel at the time of publication of the material reads about bill No. 161119-8 in the State Duma, “which lifts the ban on clear-cutting around Lake Baikal” and allegedly threatens 68% of forests in the central ecological zone of the lake.
On November 8, 2022, State Duma deputies expressed their intention to apply to the Prosecutor General’s Office with a proposal to recognize the activities of the international environmental organization Greenpeace as undesirable in Russia. This was announced by the deputy Alexander Yakubovsky from the United Russia faction in his Telegram channel. The parliamentarian recalled that the organization is not subject to the law on foreign agents. In a conversation with Gazeta, Yakubovsky said that Greenpeace is 70% financed from funds from unfriendly countries, and its activists picket exporting enterprises and organize protests.
“We have faced and continue to face the fact that Greenpeace, which operates on the territory of Russia, is trying to manipulate public opinion and destructively influence public sentiment. Hiding behind good intentions, they mislead people, including real ecologists, social activists, volunteers who sincerely support their work. I note that we always support just such people.
But once again I emphasize that concern for the environment should not run counter to the interests of our state. In the case of Greenpeace, we see just such a picture. There is a long list of infrastructure projects that are important for our country, which Greenpeace is trying to slow down by systematically creating a negative background,” Yakubovsky explained his position.
The deputy also commented on the statement of the Russian branch of Greenpeace, where the attempt to deprive him of his legal status in the Russian Federation was associated with “the intentions of some entrepreneurs and their various lobbyists to cash in on the uncontrolled use of Russia‘s natural resources.”
“It is no secret to anyone that it is the natural wealth of our country that has been and remains in the zone of interests of transnational corporations. This is a tasty morsel for other states, for world capital. In my opinion, speaking about the development of Russia‘s resources, it is necessary that it be environmentally friendly, and if harm is done, then it must be compensated. By the way, I would like to emphasize that despite any international pressure and the current situation in the world community, our country has not curtailed any environmental project. We take our obligations very seriously. Therefore, if we talk about the Greenpeace commentary, this is ordinary populism and another attempt by the organization to pass off black as white,” he concluded.
The Russian branch of Greenpeace then commented on the initiative of the parliamentarians.
“Our opponents do not specify what the Russian Greenpeace threatens Russia with. For our part, we have repeatedly stated that we have always acted exclusively in the interests of Russia and its citizens, our main goal is to fight such challenges as climate change and threats to biodiversity, ”the statement says.