Sarah Palin & Vladimir Etylin – The Chukotka Connection

October 4, 2008 • Philip BurgessBlog
Vladimir Etylin, Sarah Palin, and a dead caribou…

While much has been made of Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s lack of international experience (especially after a poor performance in an interview with CBS’s Katie Couric), it should be noted that what experience she does have, has a reindeer herding connection…

One of the few politicians she actually has met from Russia (Putin’s rearing head notwithstanding), is former Vice Governor of Chukotka, the renowned Vladimir Etylin. Not only was Etylin born into a reindeer herding family on the tundra in Chukotka, he is a trained scientist, politician, and lifetime advocate for the Chukchi people. He is also on the board of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR), the publishers of this blog! Mr. Etylin is currently in the field in Chukotka. When he returns to phone contact we will endeavour to follow this story up! The picture above shows Vladimir Etylin presenting earlier this year at the EALAT Information seminar in Anadyr, Chukotka pointing out the best known dead caribou for many years, lying beside Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

According to the Seattle Times, Etylin invited Governor Palin to Chukotka (in 2007), an offer she has yet to take him up on,

“She seemed very modern and forward-thinking and was open to the idea,”
Yetylin said in a telephone interview. “Absolutely, I think she should
come.” (Seattle Times)

Watch this space….

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  • Rauna

    Are you suggesting that the meeting between Ms. Palin and Mr. Etylin gives her experience and/or understanding of reindeer herding issues in Russia? If that’s the case, perhaps she should’ve elaborated that in her disasterous interview on CBS with Katie Couric – because she clearly doesn’t have a clue about anything else about Russia or Russian relations. I think the Reindeer Blog readers should be given an insight of Palin’s experience with Russia. This is the transcript of what she says:
    COURIC: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

    PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land– boundary that we have with– Canada. It– it’s funny that a comment like that was– kind of made to– cari– I don’t know, you know? Reporters–

    COURIC: Mock?

    PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that’s the word, yeah.

    COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.

    PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our– our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They’re in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia–

    COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

    PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We– we do– it’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is– from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to– to our state.

  • Philip Burgess

    Thanks for that Rauna..Yes I think if Governor Palin actually had taken up that invitation to visit Chukotka, she might have learned something about reindeer herders, her neighbours, the people that live there, the lack of any military bases and the fact that Putin has never even been in Chukotka. I think only inhabitants of Palin land, a small space inhabited by the true believers actually think she would make a good Vice President. Today we get to hear whether the Alaskan Supreme Court rules on her abuse of power case called Troopergate..see

  • Travel Now

    Thank God she never got elected to Vice Presidency, what a sheer disaster that would be and to think we almost as Americans let it happen. And to think there were people that really believed in her. We don’t get it–