About two years ago the Pavlovsk Experiment Station of the Vavilov Research Institute was in grave danger of being plowed under by a housing development. The Station's acreage holds valuable varieties of berries and fruits and the Station is important to the maintenance of genetic diversity. I try and follow up on these sorts of things, especially if I encourage people to sign a petition like the Drummondville, Quebec petition a couple of days ago.
I ran across this today:
AN ORDER OF THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT
April 17, 2012 The Russian government issued an order № 521-р sanctioning a conveyance of land plots with a total area of 195079m2 714286m2 (Pavlovsk town) for use by the Pavlovsk Experiment station of VIR to conserve collections of plant genetic resources under conditions precluding their inappropriate use, including housing construction. However, the Federal Property Management Agency and Ministry of Agriculture of Russia should ensure control that these areas are being used for conservation of plant genetic resources. In addition St.-Petersburg Government is recommended to make amendments to relevant regulations assigning these lands to areas for the purpose of agriculture.
Here is a Vavilov site.