Andrei Rudomakha. Photo: Mikhail Obozov,

18 January 2014, 04:46

Andrei Vladimirovich Rudomakha

Andrei Rudomakha is a social activist, a coordinator of the NGO "Ecological Watch for Northern Caucasus", Chairman of the Krasnodar Regional Branch of the "Yabloko" Party, a member of the international public organization "Network of Black Sea NGOs".


Andrei Rudomakhawas born on September 16, 1964, in the village of Loginovskaya of the Konosha District of the Arkhangelsk Region, RSFSR (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic), USSR.

He finished school in the village of the Oktyabrsky of the Severskaya District of the Krasnodar Territory.

Since 1995, Andrei Rudomakha lives in Maikop, the Republic of Adygea.

Environmental activities

Since 1987, Andrei Rudomakha is engaged in social activities in the field of environmental protection and environmental rights of citizens.

In 1988, Andrei Rudomakha was one of the leaders of the public campaign against the construction of the Krasnodar nuclear power plant (NPP) near the village of Mostovsky. As a result of the campaign, the NPP construction was cancelled

Gas-supply pipeline "Blue Stream"

In 2001, Andrei Rudomakha initiated the public campaign for compliance with environmental requirements during the construction of the gas-supply pipeline "Blue Stream" in the territory of the Krasnodar Territory. In particular, ecologists were fighting against the destruction of especially valuable forests in the territory of the natural monument "Arkhipo-Osipovskoe Natural Boundary of Crimean Pine" and in the Kudepsta canyon. The administration of the Krasnodar Territory supported the project2, and the ecologists' protest did not succeed the gas-supply pipeline was built without any change in the layout, woodlands were cut down, and the ecologists failed to reduce the negative impact on the nature of the region.

Ammonia terminal in Taman

In 2002-2004, Andrei Rudomakha actively participated in the protest campaign against construction of ammonia terminal by the company "Togliattiazot" on the Taman Peninsula.

In autumn 2004, the construction of the ammonia terminal "Togliattiazot" was stopped because of numerous violations of the law committed by the company.

2014 Olympic Games: ecological problems

Since 2007, Andrei Rudomakha is an active opponent of the idea to hold the Olympic Games in the territory of the Sochi National Park. He believes that the Olympic Games are largely an excuse for development of new protected areas.

In July 2007, Andrei Rudomakha spoke against the idea of building a port in the Imereti lowland. He argued that the construction of Olympic and Olympic-related facilities would destroy the only place in Russia where the wetlands of Colchian type were preserved, the habitat of many rare species of plants and animals.

In 2009, Andrei Rudomakha actively opposed the construction of Olympic facilities "Combined road of Adler-Krasnaya Polyana" and related destruction of valuable woodlands.

In the period from December 2010 till March 2011, Andrei Rudomakha took part in an unsuccessful attempt to save the unique natural complexes of Vidny Cape, on which territory officials planned to build Olympic facility "Single-track detour of Vidny Cape from seaside".

Struggle against construction in "Bolshoi Utrish"

In 2008-2009, Andrei Rudomakha became one of the organizers of the All-Russia public campaign against the construction in the heart of Utrish by the initiative of the Presidential Administration of a new state residence, disguised under the name of "Sports and recreation centre in the resort city of Anapa".

In late November 2008, officials launched the construction of the access road to the new residence as a "forest fire-fighting road". Andrei Rudomakha initiated a series of official letters to law enforcement bodies, and, as a result, the Azov-Black Sea Environmental Prosecutor's Office found the construction unlawful.

Nevertheless, the construction continued. Together with other activists, Andrei Rudomakha participated in actions of civil resistance held in January 2009, and they managed to stop the construction.3

In October-December 2010, Andrei Rudomakha became one of the organizers of a series of mass protests in Krasnodar, aimed to prevent the resumption of construction of the road in Utrish. On December 5 and December 12, he was detained by militiamen, when participating in those protest actions.

Political activity

In 2004, Andrei Rudomakha was a member of the executive committee of the organizing committee to create the "All-Russian Green Party".4

Since 2009, Andrei Rudomakha is a member of the political "Yabloko" Party and a member of the faction of the "Green Russia".

Since 2010, he participates in the activities of the Krasnodar Regional Branch of the "Yabloko" Party. Andrei Rudomakha is a member of the Federal Bureau of party faction "Green Russia".

Since May 2011, Andrei Rudomakha is Deputy Chairman of the Krasnodar Regional Branch of the "Yabloko" Party in the Krasnodar Territory. During the elections to the State Duma held in 2011, he headed the regional list of candidates from the "Yabloko" Party of the Krasnodar Territory.

In 2012, Andrei Rudomakha headed the list of candidates at the elections to the Legislative Assembly of the Krasnodar Territory of the electoral association "Yabloko"-United Democrats".5


On November 3, 2012, the criminal case was instituted against Andrei Rudomakha under Article 298.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation "Defamation of a judge".6

On October 31, 2013, in the Khosta District of Sochi, Andrei Rudomakha was detained by staff members of the patrol-and-post service (known as PPS) regiment because of failure to come to investigator concerning the criminal case on defamation of a judge. Several hours later, he was released. The court pronounced the pre-trial restriction measure against Andrei Rudomakha in the form of recognizance not to leave.

On November 13, 2013, Sergey Mitrokhin, the leader of the "Yabloko" Party, acknowledged to be the author of the phrase, which resulted in the criminal case against Andrei Rudomakha under Article 298.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation "Defamation of a judge".

In October 2012, the website of the "Yabloko" Party published the press release, highlighting the unlawful arrest of A. Mandrigelya, a party member, including the following phrase: "'Elena Zolotukhina is well-known as a judge of lawlessness, who willingly fulfils orders of the authorities for knowingly unjust decisions. The verdict against A. Mandrigelya confirms the information,' he notes."

Investigators treated the word "he" as the one referring to Andrei Rudomakha, who was mentioned in the text earlier.7

On November 25, 2013, Andrei Rudomakha, a coordinator of the "Ecological Watch for Northern Caucasus", was invited by Alexei Pshenichnikov, the investigator of the Investigating Division for the Western District of the city of Krasnodar of the Investigating Department of the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF) for the Krasnodar Territory. The website of the "Ecological Watch for Northern Caucasus" reports that the investigator has handed in to Andrei Rudomakha a new resolution on the pre-trial restriction measure against him in the form of recognizance not to leave and appropriate behaviour.8


1. Grigory Yavlinsky's Appeal. "Yabloko" Party. News of Belorechensk, 24.11.2011.

2. Administration of Krasnodar Territory retroactively adopts resolution to withdraw land plot from the natural monument "Arkhipo-Osipovskoe Natural Boundary of Crimean Pine". "Independent Ecological Service in Northern Caucasus", 23.08.2001.

3. D. Shevchenko. Utrish Blitzkrieg. "Izvestia-Kuban". 16.01.2009.

4. Press release of the Organizing Committee to create the "All-Russian Green Party". 26.09.2004.

5. At elections to Legislative Assembly of Krasnodar Territory, "Yabloko" Party is under flag of united democratic opposition. Official website of the "Yabloko" Party. 14.08.2012.

6. Coordinator of "Ecological Watch for Northern Caucasus" handed in recognizance not to leave. "Ecological Watch for Northern Caucasus". 11.10.2013.

7. Mitrokhin undertakes Rudomakha's "guilt". Website of the "Yabloko" Party. 13.11.2013.

8. Despite case against him falls apart, Andrei Rudomakha is under new recognizance not to leave. "Ecological Watch for Northern Caucasus". 27.11.2013.

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