The key question, of course, is about the land and resources. Indigenous peoples engaging in reindeer herding, fishing and hunting are involuntary contenders and unwanted competitors in the vast expanses of the Arctic, Siberia, and the Far East. These regions are full of untold wealth are the source of wealth for all the super-rich of Russia, without exception. This is both a source of power for indigenous peoples and a reason why there is such terrible pressure them from businesses, officials, enforcement agencies and repressive branches of government.
2012.11 Dmitry Berezhkov. Why the Russian Government shuts down RAIPON — background article