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Seed Advocates Tap Twitter to Save Russian Seed Bank

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, August 10 2010

International seed advocates are making the most of the fact that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed up for a Twitter account during a recent tour of Silicon Valley. At issue is the possible destruction of the Pavlovsk seed bank outside St. Petersburg, home to more than 5,000 varieties of seeds. The Pavlovsk facility stands in the way of a proposed housing site, and so advocates for biological diversity are launching a campaign to get @KremlinRussia_E -- or, in other words, Medvedev, to step in:

It may be just a start. But if we can get enough tweets, we're hoping that someone at the Kremlin will take notice and help us save Pavlovsk Station and protect our food supply for future generations.

More on the threats to the Pavlovsk seed station here. Has the Russian president responded to the tweet campaign? Nyet, not yet.