Alexey Yablokov (1933 - 2017)

While filming our documentary, The Witness Is a Whale,  we had the privilege of interviewing Alexey Yablokov. He accomplished much throughout his scientific and political career, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, acting as President Boris Yeltsin’s environmental advisor, founding Russian Greenpeace, and leading the Green political party Yabloko.  He defended nature and those who worked for it, never compromising his principles.  Even though we only spent a couple of days with him, he left an indelible impression on us.  His passionate idealism was truly inspiring.  Out of two full days of interviews, here are some moments that we hope capture his spirit.

“If we don’t have reverence for nature, for life, we will become extinct.”  Alexey Yablokov, 2016