Oleg Mitvol

Oleg Lvovich Mitvol (Russian: Олег Львович Митволь) (born October 3, 1966) is a Russian environmentalist, businessman and government official, known for his activity in the chair of environmental protection department.

Oleg Mitvol
Oleg Mitvol by Anton Nossik.jpg
Born3 October 1966
NationalityMoscow, Soviet Union
Political partyRussian Ecological Party "The Greens"
Green Alliance (Russia)


Media tycoon (1997-2003)Edit

In 1997 - 2003 Mitvol was the chairman of the JSC newspaper Novye Izvestiya.

As media tycoon Boris Berezovsky, owner of the newspaper, had fled from Russia to London, Mitvol obtained a 76% share in the newspaper from him, but Berezovsky effectively continued to support the newspaper financially. However, on February 20, 2003, Oleg Mitvol, citing a decision of a meeting of the board, kept secret from the journalists despite their 24% share, accused Director General of Novye Izvestiya Igor Golembiovsky of misappropriation of funds and fired him. The publication was suspended.[citation needed]

Berezovsky claimed that Mitvol's move was politically motivated,[1][2] as the newspaper was opposed to President Vladimir Putin and on that very day had published an article by Vladimir Pribylovsky about the allegedly emerging cult of Putin's personality.[3]

Environmental regulator (2004-2009)Edit

In April 2004 he was made Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Service for the Oversight of Natural Resources. He soon became attracting media attention with environmental crimes investigations.

One of the famous campaigns by Mitvol was "Dacha war", against elite cottage settlements that were illegally built in the gallery forest area on Istra River shores. The "Piatnitsa" cottage settlement was ordered to be deconstructed. It was followed by protests of cottage owners.[citation needed]

Another of his activities was about Pacific Sakhalin island environment and its possible damage by oil-gathering companies. In September 2006, he threatened to revoke environmental authorisation for Royal Dutch Shell's Sakhalin II oil and gas production project. Mitvol was known by some in the UK press as "the Kremlin's attack dog" as a result.[4]

On 14 December 2006, Sergei Sai, Head of the Service, tried - and failed - to fire Mitvol from this position.[5] The next day, Mitvol brought in London lawyer Mark Stephens to take proceedings to preserve the Russian Far East.[6]

On 18 January 2008 tendered his resignation of his position of deputy head of Rosprirodnadzor. This was rejected by minister of natural resources Yury Trutnev. After what can be termed several attempts by his superiors at his constructive dismissal, in April 2009 Mitvol resigned again.[7]

Accusation of plagiarismEdit

According to examination performed by Dissernet, both doctoral (2002)[8] and higher doctoral (2004)[9] theses of Mitvol contain gross plagiarism from several doctoral and higher doctoral theses.[10]

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ "Новые известия" больше не выйдут. www.gazeta.ru (in Russian).
  2. ^ "КТО ЗАКРЫВАЕТ "НОВЫЕ ИЗВЕСТИЯ"". www.mn.ru (in Russian). Archived from the original on October 27, 2006.
  3. ^ "?". www.anticompromat.org (in Russian).
  4. ^ Parfitt, Tom (4 October 2006). "Kremlin attack dog vows to take on Shell in the battle Sakhalin". Guardian News and Media Limited.
  5. ^ Глава Росприроднадзора инициировал увольнение Митволя. www.rian.ru (in Russian). 14 December 2006.
  6. ^ "Greenpeace lawyer prepares case against Shell-Russians hire British legal firm for Sakhalin case". Guardian. 2006-12-15. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  7. ^ "Oleg Mitvol, Prefect of Northern administrative district of Moscow". Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  8. ^ Published results of the expertise of Oleg Mitvol’s doctoral thesis on Dissernet server
  9. ^ Published results of the expertise of Oleg Mitvol’s higher doctoral thesis on Dissernet server
  10. ^ Театр одного Митволя // Echo of Moscow

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