Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to stop uncontrolled export of untreated timber following a meeting on the development and decriminalization of the timber industry. "I ask the government to prepare a legislative and regulatory framework for solving the following tasks: it is necessary, finally, to put a rigid barrier against uncontrolled export of unprocessed timber," the president said. Instead of timber processing, Russia is exporting raw materials, "smuggling them out," the president elaborated. "There are obvious imbalances in the development of the Russian forestry complex. The ...
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