A remarkably bizzare twist to the Arctic tale: My good friend Sergei Medvedev posted a comment to a blog post, in which he argued that Soviet and Russian “conquest” of the Arctic had inflicted so much damage to the environment that all economic activity in the High North should be banned and a UN monitoring should be established. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who needs no introduction, suggested in a State Duma intervention, to expel Sergei Medvedev (who is a professor at the Higher School of Economics) from Russia. Yes, certainly, a rabid over-reaction from this sad political clown, but I cannot imagine how that blog exchange could have possibly come to his attention.

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