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Russian who urged Arctic conservation is unbowed after Putin's insult
Russian who urged Arctic conservation is unbowed after Putin's insult

MOSCOW — Political science professor Sergei Medvedev, a longtime lover and explorer of the Arctic, drew the ire of Russian President Vladimir Putin when he recently called for international protection of the icy northern region in the face of economic development plans. Last month, Putin called Medvedev, who teaches at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, "a moron." The incident prompted a nationwide discussion of the Arctic and coincided with the arrest of 30 Greenpeace activists protesting a Russian oil drilling project in the region. Medvedev, 46, who anchors popular television shows and studied and worked for 15 years in the West, spoke to The Times last...

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