Association No. 2 – North Korean loggers in Russia


The BBC ran an interesting video story on North Korean loggers felling trees in Russia.  Of course this has been going on for a long time. However, this is the first video footage of the logging facilities that has appeared in the Western media.

According to the video, North Korea’s logging concessions are managed by a company called “Association No. 2,” which is housed in a compound in northern Tynda, Russia.  According to the story, Association No. 2 receives 35% of proceeds of logging (appx $7m) some fraction of which is repatriated to the DPRK’s Ministry of Forestry.  Using the video, I located the Association No. 2 compound on Google Earth. Here is an image:


(Click on image for larger version.  You can see it in Google Maps here.)

Additional Notes:

1. I have not been able to locate the other North Korean logging camps in Russia.  If any readers can find them, please let me know.

2.  The DPRK appointed a new Minister of Forests last October.

3. Bertil Lintner on North Koreans working in Russia.

4. Andrei Lankov on the loggers.

5. Claudia Rosette on the loggers.

6. YouTube video on NKs in Russia.


4 Responses to “Association No. 2 – North Korean loggers in Russia”

  1. Gag Halfrunt Says:

    It’s surely worth noting that Association No. 2 is working in partnership with a UK-Russian joint venture called Russian Timber Group. This is also mentioned in the web article accompanying the video.

  2. Werner Says:

    An old 1994 report (also from England) about NK loggers along the Chegdomyn-Urgal-Tynda rail-line:

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