Domestic Debates on Climate Change in Russia
The dramatic economic crisis of 1990–1999 during the transition from “planned/command” to more liberal-open economy created severe economic and social stress for Russian people. Many not “so urgent” issues such as the environment did not receive priority. Most of the population is still trying to cope with a myriad of other social and political issues. Development of social life in post-Soviet period has not been favorable to make Russia a leader in coping with climate change, however, as Russia emerges from its economic-social woes, and as its civil society gains greater visibility and strength it is bound to play a more active role in global environmental issues.