13 Sep 2019 18:04

Putin instructs Prosecutor General's Office to give legal evaluation of compliance with Baikal nature protection laws

MOSCOW. Sept 13 (Interfax) - The Prosecutor General's Office, the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Interior Ministry have until March 1, 2020 to give a legal evaluation of the work of organizations and officials on the Baikal natural territory, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

The inspection will cover the work of organizations' employees and officials, executive authorities of every level including auditing and oversight bodies, according to the presidential instructions published on the Kremlin's website.

The Prosecutor General's Office, the FSB and the Interior Ministry must verify compliance with the Lake Baikal protection laws, including a relevant federal program which runs until 2020.

Additionally, an evaluation will be given of landslide and flood prevention, how a register is being maintained of highly and extremely highly polluted assets, and the handling of negative ecological effects.

The law enforcement agencies will also inspect how tourism is organized in the Baikal natural territory.

A separate line of inspection will focus on waste management at the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill.