Reindeer Herder Awarded by President Medvedev

January 3, 2011 • Philip Burgess

President Dmitry Medvedev awarded the reindeer herder Vitaly Kemlil (pictured on the left with the President at the Kremlin last week) a special award at the Presidents annual awards for Russians who have made a special contribution to the nation. The award is entitled ‘Order of Merit of the Fatherland IV degree’ – the same as the  tennis player Elena Dementieva, who won gold for Russia in Beijing (!).

Vitaly was born in 1967 and lives in the village of Nizhnekolymskiy in the Kolyma district of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). He was awarded the medal in recognition of his efforts to save his reindeer from the attacks of a bear – he managed to save his reindeer and not kill the bear, which of course is a sacred animal. Watch the video below – Vitaly and his reindeer are at 2.31

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President Medvedev Given a Reindeer

January 16, 2009 • Philip Burgess

(Source: Russia Today) A large Evenki family, recently awarded with the ‘Parents’ Glory’ award on Tuesday in the Kremlin, decided to present Dmitry Medvedev with one of their reindeer. The Maksimov family’s decision was announced by the representative of the committee on family and childhood affairs for the President of Yakutia.

The Maksimovs, who live in the reindeer-breeding village of Iengra in the south of Yakutia, have handed to the President presents from the craftswomen of the village, and a symbol of power – a type of board with carved symbols.

However the most important gift waits for Medvedev in Maksimovs’s native village. It’s a reindeer, a symbol of happiness and prosperity of the Evenki people. The animal will live in the Yakutian village until its owner arrives personally to take it away.

There are 15 people in the Maksimov family. The head of the family, hunter Vladimir, his wife Olga, their five children, three grandsons, two nephews and three daughters-in-law.

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Medvedev Visits Reindeer Herders in Chukotka

September 27, 2008 • Philip Burgess

President Medvedev with Chukchi Herders outside their Yaranga. Photo: Anatoly Zhdanov

This week, President Dmitry Medvedev became the first Russian President in history to visit Chukotka. Accompanied by current Governor Kopin and former Governor Roman Abramovich, Medvedev also visited Kanchalan (site of EALAT Information workshop earlier this year) and a brigade on the tundra.

Komsomolskaya Pravda had an article about the visit by Yelena Kriyakina – reproduced below.

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Finno Ugrians – Where Would They Be Without Reindeer?

June 30, 2008 • Philip Burgess

(Source – The Kremlin) Many Finno Ugric Peoples are reindeer herders – Sami, Komi, Khanty, Finns, Nenets, to name a few. While reindeer were not on the agenda at last weeks Finno Ugric Peoples congress in Khanty Mansisk last week, reindeer were not too far seen in this picture with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Finnish President Tarja Halonen. Medvedev promised to visit to Finland in the near future – perhaps Reindeer will feature then?