"Lesniki and Leskhozy: Life and Work in Russia's Northern Forests"

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Environment and History (journal)

Moran, Dominique. “Lesniki and Leskhozy: Life and Work in Russia’s Northern Forests.” Environment and History 10, no. 1 (Feb., 2004): 83–105. doi:10.3197/096734004772444423. This paper examines the history of forestry in the Russian North through a study area in the North Urals. The relationships between the local leskhozy (forestry enterprises) and the lesniki (forestry workers) and the environment are contrasted. The paper explores four key aspects: exile, planned production, decline in rural population and environmental problems which characterised the Soviet period, and links these to conditions in the region post-1991, drawing on archival sources, contemporary accounts from the Soviet period and fieldwork in the study area. All rights reserved. © 2004 The White Horse Press