Central and Eastern Europe

April 13, 2018, Belovo district court decision annulling coal mine authorization

On April 13, 2018, a court in the Belovo district of Russia’s Kuzbass region nullified the authorization of a new open-pit coal mine that allowed for the expropriation of private agricultural lands in order to conduct the coal mining activities.  Ecodefense brought the case with four landowners and the legal support of Team 29, a group of Russian human rights lawyers.  The district court of Belovo rejected the defendants’ arguments about the importance of coal mining in comparison with agriculture and decided the government failed to adequately show a governmental need to expropriate the ag

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