16.12.2020How European firms fed a Russia tycoon's billion-dollar illegal logging scam.
Alexander Pudovkin is the Taiga King. The 59-year-old boss of timber giant BM Group, Pudovkin has overseen one of Russia's largest logging scandals.
Loggers used their powers to plunder precious taiga forests home to brown bears, wolves and lynx, harvesting illegal wood with a retail value exceeding €870 million ($1 billion). Much of the suspect timber was destined for Europe.