"We want to create a database on every region, including a computerized forest harvesting information exchange system," Agency Deputy Head Mikhail Giryayev said.
The pilot projects are currently being implemented in six Russian regions as part of a plan to combat illegal forest harvesting and illicit timber trade.
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The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.