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Igor Shpilenok

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Igor Shpilenok Laura Williamsand husband Igor Shpilenok have been conserving Russian nature for two decades. Laura has a Master's degree in Conservation Biology from Yale and worked at WWF-Russia. Igor founded and directed the Bryansk Forest Nature Reserve in western Russia. Today they are a full-time conservation writer and photographer team, traveling around Russia to document its wilderness. Laura blogs in English and Russian at llorax.livejournal.com. Igor's photo blog is at shpilenok.livejournal.com.


Field of Dreams

Russian Life: May/June 2014
For years, photographer Igor Shpilenok has sought out the elusive wild tulips of Southern Russia and Kalmykia. Last spring he finally saw them. Sort of.
Author: Laura Williams
Illustrations/Images: Igor Shpilenok

The Bug that Brought Russia to its Knees

Russian Life: July/August 2007
Just under a century ago, a nefarious pest migrated (thanks to war and industrial farming) from the southwestern U.S. to the Russian heartland. Ever since, potatoes – a staple in the Russian diet also brought from the Americas –?have been under siege.
Author: Laura Williams
Illustrations/Images: Igor Shpilenok
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Bears in the Mist

Russian Life: Nov/Dec 2006
Exploring the wilds of Kamchatka, home to an amazing concentration of bears, geysers and natural beauty.
Author: Laura Williams
Illustrations/Images: Igor Shpilenok
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The Wonders of Kamchatka

Russian Life: Jul/Aug 2006
In the first of a two-part series, we explore the villages, geysers, volcanoes, flora and fauna of Russia’s wildest peninsula.
Author: Laura Williams
Illustrations/Images: Igor Shpilenok
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Saving the Desman

Russian Life: Jul/Aug 2005
For 30 million years, the desman and its ancestors have lived in remote Russian lakes. But in the last few decades, its numbers have dwindled by half.
Author: Laura Williams
Illustrations/Images: Igor Shpilenok
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The Bryansk Forest Sternly Stirred

Russian Life: May/Jun 2005
One of the most important fronts in the Great Patriotic War was the one in the forests, villages and fields behind enemy lines – where partisans took on the German War Machine.
Author: Laura Williams
Illustrations/Images: Igor Shpilenok
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Living with the White Storks

Russian Life: Sep/Oct 2004
It is the Year of the Stork in Russia. What better reason to hear about this majestic animal’s life cycle as played out in Western Russia?
Author: Laura Williams
Illustrations/Images: Igor Shpilenok
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The Bear Whisperers

Russian Life: Jul/Aug 2004
The Pazhetnovs rescue abandoned and injured bears, nurse them to health and train them to survive in the wild. Then they let them go.
Author: Laura Williams
Illustrations/Images: Igor Shpilenok
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Kalmykia: Reviving the Dusty Plain

Russian Life: Sep/Oct 2003
A huge expanse of desert and grassy plains, this southern Russian republic has an austere beauty all its own. Of course there is also Chess City and the horse races...
Author: Laura Williams
Illustrations/Images: Igor Shpilenok
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The Lure of Kunashir

Russian Life: July/Aug 2003
Off limits for eight decades, the Kurile islands are a treasure trove of natural history and geological wonders. We travel to the southernmost island, which is just a stone's throw from Japan.
Author: Laura Williams
Illustrations/Images: Igor Shpilenok