24 August 2016

    The event will take place at the initiative of Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev.

    The HelpRussianNature charity auction will take place from September 2–3, 2016 at the booth of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and also at the official HelpRussianNature website.

    A wide variety of items will be offered at this year’s auction. Bidders will have the opportunity to spend a day on set with Danila Kozlovsky, attend master classes for martial arts fans conducted by Konstantin Tszyu, Batu Khasikov and Nikolai Valuev, and receive autographed boxing gloves.

    One of the most extraordinary opportunities being auctioned is the chance to give a name to a 136.24-carat diamond presented by the company Alrosa, one of the largest stones discovered in the company’s history. In addition to naming the diamond, the winner will also be able to give names to Far Eastern leopards as the symbolic custodian of a leopard from the Far Eastern Leopards autonomous non-profit organisation.

    Several lots consist of fascinating tours of nature reserves in the Far East. Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoy will travel to any of the Russian nature reserves with the person who acquires the corresponding lot. Sculptures of Far Eastern leopards and Amur tigers in their original colour, which were produced as part of the Wildcat Parade environmental project, will be offered as special lots at the auction.

    The lots are being offered by the heads of regions of the Far Eastern Federal District, nature reserves and national parks of the Far East, environmental non-profit organisations as well as prominent cultural and sports figures such as Danila Kozlovsky, Konstantin Tszyu, Ilya Lagutenko, Batu Khasikov, Nikolai Valuev, Pelageya, Anatoly Karpov, Boris Eifman and Yulia Chicherina, among others.

    The first auction took place at the inaugural Eastern Economic Forum. The money collected was spent on a programme to protect Amur tigers and Far Eastern leopards.