The first person in the Siberian region of Buryatia was punished for grilling outdoors during the forest fire season.
In recent years, large-scale fires have increasingly ravaged Russia, especially in Siberia and the Far East. They are driven by low rainfall and severe heat stroke, which scientists believe are related to climate change.
This is why the government of the Russian Republic of Buryatia passed a law requiring that fires in the open air are not allowed during the season, and its responsible person violated this rule.
“The ministry punishes me for setting fire to the barbecue. I can’t oppose anything because they are right,” Tsidenov wrote on Instagram and posted photos of the barbecue and punishment. It is equivalent to 3000 rubles, which is approximately 250 kuna.
Zidnova was appointed Governor of Buryatia by Vladimir Putin in 2017.
In recent months, officials in the mountainous areas along Lake Baikal have recorded 78 fires per 1,000 hectares, and law enforcement officials have imposed 1,200 fines for violations of fire safety, totaling 2 million rubles.
The Russian State Forestry Administration announced that last year’s fire destroyed 9.1 million hectares of forest, which is about the same size as Portugal.
Greenpeace claims that this number is too small because it does not include low-vegetation fires in the tundra.