Luckily, a Russian documentary on this topic called "BORN FREE" is under way.
I asked the movie's director and producer, Gayane Petrosyan, what she hoped to accomplish with this movie.
"For us it will be a great victory if the film will cause a wave of public debate in Russia, which in turn will help change state laws to protect the rights of animals. But the most important thing is to reach the hearts of people in Russia, to help them realize that freedom is a right, not a gift, and we have no right to deprive other creatures of freedom just to entertain ourselves. We shouldn't take our children to dolphinariums if we want them to grow into kind and humane individuals. This is our goal - to change the minds of people in Russia with regards to keeping marine mammals in captivity.
The main thing that the average Russian can do, to help put an end to the wild capture of Belugas, is to not buy tickets for shows at dolphinariums; do not support this cruelty financially. Unfortunately, social movements in defense of animals are not supported by society in Russia as a whole, like, say, in the UK. But there is another problem: As long as the foreign oceanariums - SeaWorld, some ocean parks in China and many others - buy the captured Belugas from Russia, captures will continue. Because it is money, lots of money. And in Russia the Beluga is not considered endangered. Therefore, the problem should be solved from both sides and we are happy that the film has such strong international support."