Giovanni Pigni

is an Italian freelance journalist based in Saint Petersburg writing mostly about politics and conflict in the post-Soviet space.


Cover for: In Russia’s coal country

The Russian region of Kuzbass is entirely dependent on the extraction and export of coal. But the environmental toll of coal mining there is heavy. Despite some resistance by local communities and indigenous peoples, there appears to be no will among the authorities to slow the spread of coal extraction, which has already devastated several towns and villages in the region.

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