Pamela Anderson Visits Russia, Raises Cash for Charity

Pamela Anderson

She reportedly raised $44,000 by auctioning off a buoy from the 'Baywatch' TV series.

Despite U.S. sanctions slapped on Russia, Pamela Anderson reportedly visited the East Economic Forum in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok to discuss environmental issues and sold a buoy from the TV series Baywatch at a charitable auction.

On Thursday, Anderson discussed environmental issues, including keeping whales in oceanariums, with Russia's natural resources minister Sergei Donskoy, the Russian news agency TASS reported.

According to the report, Anderson gave to the minister a film on animal protection that she produced, while he presented her with a porcelain statue of a polar bear.

Later on the same day, the actress sold a buoy from Baywatch at a charitable auction held to raise money for environmental- and animal-protection causes.

Russian entrepreneur Ildar Neverov bought the lot, which was offered at a starting price of 250,000 rubles ($3,700), for 3 million rubles ($44,000), the Russian new agency RIA Novosti reported.

Cash raised at the auction is to be spent on projects for supporting Far East's endangered species, including Amur tigers and Far East leopards.

Russian authorities invited Anderson to visit the event after she published an open letter to President Vladimir Putin on the organization Sea Shepherd's website, calling on him to take measures to prevent the passage of a cargo vessel carrying more than 1,700 tons of endangered fin whale meat from Iceland to Japan through the Northeast Passage.

Anderson was quoted by Russian News Service as saying that U.S. sanctions slapped on Russia last year over Ukraine did not stop her from accepting the invitation.