Khanty–Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug

Getting ready for the 7th World Reindeer Herders Congress

February 4, 2019 • Alena Gerasimova

Delegation from the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra (KhMAO), the host of the next World Reindeer Herders Congress of 2021, held a work trip to Norway to participate in the Arctic Frontiers 2019 in Tromso and visited headquarters of the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) in Kautokeino. The delegation was composed of Sergey Filatov – Director of the Department of Subsoil Use and Natural Resources, and Alexander Komissarov – Deputy Director of the Department of the Subsoil Use and Natural Resources, Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra. 

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The Last Camping Ground – Khanty Herders Struggles With Lukoil

March 30, 2014 • Philip Burgess

Extensive article by Georgy Borodyansky, an Omsk-based correspondent for Novaya Gazeta which looks at the difficulties facing reindeer herders in the Khanty–Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug (KhMAO) in western Siberia which is a major oil producing region.

Executives at petrochemical giant Lukoil are accustomed to conquering time and space from their computers in their glass and concrete skyscrapers. But they have encountered an unexpected problem: a family of reindeer herders is resisting the corporation’s takeover of its ancestral camping ground in the Khanty–Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug (KhMAO) in western Siberia. From the window of their skyscraper, it’s just about the end of the earth.

The Aipin family, like most of northern Russia’s indigenous peoples, live on top of the so-far inexhaustible mineral resources that literally underlie the prosperity of not only the oil companies but of Russia itself, with its Olympic Games, summits, forums and Forbes List ratings. The area produces over half of Russia’s oil, but the Khanty themselves have no need of this black gold gushing from below the land where their ancestors have lived for more than a thousand years. What they need is the forests and the white snow that, as the great Kola Beldy, himself from the Nanai indigenous people, used to sing, ‘melts on the horizon into the white sky’; lichen for their herds in the winter and berries and mushrooms in the summer.

Read the full article here on Open Democracy Russia