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JOURNAL: Volume 11, No. 2, 2021, p. 254-265

HEADING: The quality and standard of living of North Indigenous Peoples

AUTHORS: Samsonova, I.V., Potravny, I.M., Pavlova, M.B., Semyonova, L.A.

ORGANIZATIONS: Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)

DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2021-2-254-265

UDC: 338.14:330.15:332.36

The article was received on: 02.02.2021

Keywords: indigenous minorities of the North, Krasnoyarsk Territory, anthropological expert review, losses, diesel spill, Norilsk, Taimyr, compensation

Bibliographic description: Samsonova, I.V., Potravny, I.M., Pavlova, M.B., Semyonova, L.A. Assessment of losses caused to the indigenous peoples of the North in the Taimyr Dolgano-Nenets District of the Krasnoyarsk Territory due to the diesel spill at TPP-3 in Norilsk. Arktika: ekologiya i ekonomika. [Arctic: Ecology and Economy], 2021, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 254-265. DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2021-2-254-265. (In Russian).


The authors consider the issues of assessment and compensation of losses caused to the indigenous peoples of the North due to the diesel spill on May 29, 2020 at TPP-3 in Norilsk. They carried out the assessment of these losses within the framework of the public ethnological expertize of the contamination consequences of the native habitat of indigenous peoples in the Taimyr Dolgano-Nenets District of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, initiated by the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation. According to the authors’ estimates, the amount of losses due to the impact of the diesel spill on traditional cropping, primarily on fisheries, will amount to 175.2 million in a lump sum. Compensation is due to 699 people from among the indigenous peoples of Taimyr, their tribal communities.

The Norilsk Nickel Company has considered measures to support indigenous peoples and their traditional cropping, ethnic groups, including the implementation of programs for socio-economic development of the territory inhabited by indigenous peoples, the development of the settlements’ infrastructure. In the paper, the authors for the first time have applied the calculation of losses to indigenous peoples not for planned economic activities, but for assessing the impact of environmental pollution in emergencies on the territory of the traditional residence of indigenous peoples of the North.

Finance info: The article was prepared with the financial support of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), project No. 19-010-00023a Methodology and mechanisms for the distribution of benefits in the industrial development of the Russian Arctic.

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