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Protestors target Ikea over primeval forests

Published lördag 28 april 2012 kl 14.10

Demonstrations are taking place outside Ikea department stores across Sweden today to protest against the company’s alleged destruction of primeval forests in Russia.

The environmental group Protect the Forest says Ikea's subsidiary, Swedwood, is clearing ancient forests in the Russian Karelia, a region bordering Finland.

"Swedish forests are already impoverished, and now the same thing is happening with valuable forests in Russian Karelia," says Linda Ellegaard Nordström at Protect the Forest. “This is nothing but a scandal.”

A spokesperson for Ikea told news agency TT that the company is open for dialogue.

The company has previously denied that it’s logging practices are unsustainable or that it offers the cheapest goods “at any price” as protestors have claimed.

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