Indigenous peoples call on Nornickel’s global partners to demand environmental action

Nornickel’s multibillion-dollar worth mining- and metallurgical plants on the Siberian tundra are key to deliver metals for the electromobility industry. The company produces one third of the global supply of nickel and has some of the largest factories in the world for copper and cobalt. All three metals are in growing demand as Europe, Asia … Continue reading Indigenous peoples call on Nornickel’s global partners to demand environmental action

Stop the terror against human rights organizations and civil society in the Russian Federation. Written statement submitted to the UN Human Rights Council

Human Rights CouncilForty-sixth session22 February 19 March 2021Agenda items 3 and 4Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development Written statement* submitted by Yakutia - Our Opinion, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status. The Secretary-General has received the following written statement which is … Continue reading Stop the terror against human rights organizations and civil society in the Russian Federation. Written statement submitted to the UN Human Rights Council

Vulnerable Communities: How has the COVID-19 Pandemic affected Indigenous People in the Russian Arctic?

By Pavel Devyatkin With the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the world has found itself in a global health emergency, which has caused a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and brought normal life around the world to a halt for the better part of a year. The Arctic Institute’s COVID-19 series offers an … Continue reading Vulnerable Communities: How has the COVID-19 Pandemic affected Indigenous People in the Russian Arctic?

In Russian tundra tragedy, up to 80,000 reindeer might have starved to death

Herders in the Yamal Peninsula despair as thick layers of ice prevent their animals from getting access to the indispensable lichen. Locals in the far northern Russian region believe between 60,000-80,000 animals might have died of starvation over the past few months. The tragedy follows the formation of a thick layer of ice across major parts of … Continue reading In Russian tundra tragedy, up to 80,000 reindeer might have starved to death

Russia Should Get Behind Arctic Ban on Dirty Fuel

In recent years, Russia has emerged as a global leader in the production and transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG).  The projects are highly innovative, mighty impressive, and very expensive.  However, Russia’s strides in switching to LNG in the Arctic will be hindered by their reliance on heavy fuel oil (HFO). HFO, known also as bunker fuel or … Continue reading Russia Should Get Behind Arctic Ban on Dirty Fuel

Russia’s indigenous peoples are in the crosshairs of COVID-19

In recent weeks, COVID-19 cases in Russia have surged. On October 21, Russian officials announced a record daily death toll of 317, but ruled out a strict lockdown. The pandemic has laid bare and exacerbated the inequalities of societies the world over, and Russia is no exception. Now activists have raised concern for the fate of 250,000 people belonging to … Continue reading Russia’s indigenous peoples are in the crosshairs of COVID-19

Window on Eurasia: Ussuri Activist, Now in US Exile, Recalls First Real Elections in His Home Region in 1987

Paul Goble Staunton, November 8 — It is easy to forget if one lives in a country where voting in multiple candidate elections have taken place for decades or even centuries how new that idea is in the Russian Federation where the first genuinely competitive voting took place less than 35 years ago in 1987. … Continue reading Window on Eurasia: Ussuri Activist, Now in US Exile, Recalls First Real Elections in His Home Region in 1987

Aborigen Forum response to the “Development strategy for the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation and ensuring national security through 2035”

Open Statement Aborigen Forum is an informal alliance of independent experts, activists, leaders, and community organizations representing indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East. Aborigen Forum expresses extreme concern about the approval of the Arctic zone development strategy through 2035, which, in essence, is an updated state program for national economic development … Continue reading Aborigen Forum response to the “Development strategy for the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation and ensuring national security through 2035”

Nornickel is “cynical, corrupt and socially irresponsible”, says Russia’s top legislator

Following a parliament visit to the far northern company town of Norilsk, the Federation Council and its Speaker Valentina Matvienko expresses shock and outrage about company mismanagement and massive pollution in the Arctic. After decades of massive ecological destruction in the Russian North, federal officials appear to have decided that time has come to slap … Continue reading Nornickel is “cynical, corrupt and socially irresponsible”, says Russia’s top legislator

Another smoggy Sunday in the town with factories owned by Russia’s richest man

Nornickel’s pollution cloud covering the fragile taiga forest on the Kola Peninsula comes only a few days after CEO Vladimir Potanin said a company that pays high dividends to shareholders must be able to spend serious funds on ensuring sustainable development. People driving the Kola highway have seen it before. Like in late July when … Continue reading Another smoggy Sunday in the town with factories owned by Russia’s richest man