Putin meets Mongol in Khakassiya

No update about Mongol’s status unfortunately. Clearly there is a LOT of back-pedaling and damage control going on in a lot of places behind the scenes. UNDP/GEF took down its original piece from their site. No new info on the WWF-Russia or Severtsov Institute websites.

In the translated article below, we learn that Putin did in fact make a quick stop to see Mongol in Khakassiya, en route to Sakhalin.

In Khakassiya, Putin views a snow leopard – symbol of the Olympics in Sochi
20:50 19/03/2011

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, 19 Mar – RIA News Agency. The Prime Minister’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov reported that en route to Sakhalin, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stopped over in Khakassiya and saw a snow leopard.

“Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made a stop in Khakassiya on a Friday night-Saturday morning flight to Sakhalin,” Peskov told journalists.

According to Peskov, there Putin made the acquaintance of a snow leopard trapped several days earlier in Krasnoyarsk Krai. “The Prime Minister is actively engaged in wild animal conservation,” said Peskov.

The male snow leopard was captured several days earlier in Krasnoyarsk Krai. The snow leopard is one of the symbols of the Sochi Olympics. Putin controls several wildlife conservation programs for Siberian tigers, beluga whales, and polar bears.

In August 2008, Putin visited Ussurisky Zapovednik, located 100 km outside of Vladivostok, where he collared a Siberian tiger with a satellite-tracking collar. At that time, Putin and specialists from Kronotsky Zapovednik on Kamchatka participated in a scientific expedition to study gray whales. Putin shot a whale with a specialized harpoon used to collect skin samples from the gray whale. In summer 2009 in Khabarovsk Krai, Putin place a satellite-tracking collar on a beluga whale known as Dasha. In April 2010 during a trip to Franz Josef Land, Putin joined a scientific expedition to study and increase the population of polar bears in the Arctic and while there radio-collared a polar bear.

In May 2010, Putin released one of two female leopards from Iran from cages into exhibit spaces in Sochi National Park.

[omitted info about Mongol’s capture, clearly taken from the Severtsov Institute press release, including information about Mongol’s wounds]

[omitted general info about snow leopards in general]

Translation by Jennifer Castner