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Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union$
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Julian Agyeman and Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012669

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012669.001.0001

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Thinking Globally, Limited Locally: The Russian Environmental Movement and Sustainable Development

Thinking Globally, Limited Locally: The Russian Environmental Movement and Sustainable Development

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Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union
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Laura A. Henry

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012669.003.0003

This chapter investigates the reasons behind the adoption of sustainable development in Russia in the early 1990s. It identifies the features of Russia’s cultural, political, and economic landscape that facilitate and limit the advancement of a sustainability agenda and discusses the impact of Russia’s strategy for recovering from the post-Soviet economic crisis and its growing political centralization on the practical application of sustainable principles. This chapter also argues that focusing on environmental issues at the expense of widespread economic and social justice concerns may have limited public acceptance of the sustainability agenda.

Keywords:   sustainable development, Russia, sustainability agenda, post-Soviet economic crisis, political centralization, sustainable principles, social justice, public acceptance

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