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Winners of a competition to collect and preserve the folklore of local indigenous Arctic ethnic groups have been selected in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area.

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Members of an expert council on the folklore of the indigenous Arctic ethnic groups have awarded six 25,000-ruble prizes for efforts to preserve and collect folklore and to pass it on to the younger generation. Valentina Vello from Nori in the Nadymsky District won the competition in the Soul of Yamal Ethnic Groups category. Yelena Rodyamova from Tarko-Sale won the competition in the Cultural Heritage of the Khanty Ethnic Group category. And Anna Andreyeva from Krasnoselkup in the Krasnoselkupsky District won in the Cultural Heritage of the Selkup Ethnic Group category.

Svetlana Nyadangi from Nori in the Nadymsky District won in the Nenets Ethnic Group’s Family sub-category of the Yamal Ethnic Groups’ Family category. Valentin Valgamov from Salekhard won the event in the Khanty Ethnic Group’s Family category. And Svetlana Sankevich from Tarko-Sale won in the Selkup Ethnic Group’s Family category.

Photo by Tabyldy Kadyrbekov

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The index of industrial production in the Tyumen region in April this year reached 103.9% compared to the same period last year. Such data was cited by the regional department of investment policy and state support of entrepreneurship.

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The increase was achieved thanks to processing industries which rose to 104.9%. Good dynamics is shown by wood processing and production of wood products – over 115%, paper and paper products production – almost 117%, food production – 106.8%, metallurgical production – 109.7%, etc.

Coefficients of electric power, gas and steam supply, air conditioning and water supply, water disposal, organization of waste collection and utilization, pollution control activities are equal to 109.4%.

We add that in the Tyumen region over the past decade the industrial production index has grown three-fold. In fact, new industries appeared in the region, represented by new industrial enterprises with modern technologies and high labor productivity – oil refining, oil and gas chemistry and large-scale production of polymers and their processing, ferrous metallurgy for the construction and engineering industries, glass production, biotechnology production.

The volume of investments in fixed assets for 10 years has grown more than 3 times. In the last three years alone, 25 new large industrial enterprises have been opened, 7 of which – with the participation of foreign capital, several hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses have appeared, with the support of the regional government created about 10,000 jobs.

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Governor of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area Dmitry Kobylkin came up with the idea of state contracts for manual labor needed to implement projects in the Arctic. The idea was suggested by Kobylkin at the United Russia’s Supreme Council Bureau meeting and recommended for inclusion in the national youth policy strategy, the local government website reports.

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“Future projects, particularly infrastructure projects, will attract a large number of young people with vocational occupations. One hundred thousand jobs created in the Arctic means 1.4 million jobs elsewhere; 1 million jobs means 14 million jobs in Russia. This is a huge potential that must be used,” he said.

The project gives priority to personnel recruitment for the region, where industrial and economic growth is planned. State contracts for Arctic manual labor are of importance in this connection. Federal laws and regulations and Arctic development programs should be amended with norms and terms of cooperation between the authorities, enterprises and educational establishments in providing personnel for Arctic investment projects.

According to the regional government press service, new facilities in the region are manned mainly by young people. Workers are recruited from all over Russia, and they take corporate training or retraining courses.

“I know that it is difficult to redistribute labor resources from big cities to the North. But I think that this is inevitable. Whether we can do that on a systematic basis or not depends on us. Future projects, particularly infrastructure ones, will attract a large number of young people with vocational skills and highly skilled workers,” Kobylkin said.

The Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area proposal will be submitted to State Duma deputies for consideration at thematic sessions.

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At a regular meeting of the Okug’s Government, which was chaired by the acting Governor of Ugra Alexei Shipilov, special attention was paid to socio-economic development of Ugra in 2016, as well as administration of budget.

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Alexei Shipilov instructed his colleagues that every step of Ugra’s budget policy should be focused on creating a new economy in order to make the region less and less dependent on any oil shocks.

“It is important not to obscure the identified indicators that would reduce the socio-economic development and quality of life in the region. It is necessary to thoroughly analyze the causes of the decline, to seek for effective solutions and to correct our actions, programs, strategies if necessary,” he said.

Alexei Shipilov also added that the work of the Ugra team was aimed at creating a new regional economy as one of the main components of the Governor’s long-term strategy. The results are assessed as positive, which is confirmed by the indicators of socio-economic development and evaluation of the residents of the Autonomous Okrug. Thus, according to the results of the surveys conducted by the Federal Guard Service of the Russian Federation, the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug took the 3rd position among the regions of Russia in assessing of the work of government bodies by the residents.

“These are good indicators, but it is necessary to work further,” the Acting Governor addressed the colleagues.

It was noted that this result directly affects the social policy of the Okrug. Birth rate in Ugra in 2016 exceeded the death rate by 2.5 times, and according to the results of the last year, the number of residents of the region has increased by 19.3 thousand people, so now there is 1 million 646 thousand population in Ugra.

The results of the region’s socio-economic development were also commented on by the Director of the Department for Economic Development, Deputy Governor of Ugra Pavel Sidorov: “Stability of socio-economic indicators is confirmed by the ratings of the agency “RIA rating”, where Ugra maintains a leading position on the quality of life of the population among the regions of the country, and ranks 8th.”

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In continuation of the rule of the Tyumen region, the policy of favoring investment and business cooperation, the Deputy Governor Vadim Shumkov held several meetings with German businessmen in Berlin. About fifty companies and organizations of Germany met here with the investment and industrial potential of the Tyumen region. Contacts will continue in Tyumen.

The Deputy Governor of the region also held individual negotiations with the participation of more than twenty enterprises. A number of companies are offered specific projects. As a result, several of them expressed their wish to visit the Tyumen Region, Tyumen, at a business visit in late May and June this year.

Representatives of the consulting company Axandis GmbH arrived in the region on May 24 and will take part in the “Innovation Week in the Tyumen region”. They plan to enter the market of the round table “Day of the exporter”. There is an agreement on the plans for business visits of other enterprises – Hartmann GmbH (equipment for the AIC), Grossmann Group (oil and gas engineering, oil and gas chemistry, power engineering).

The delegation of the Tyumen region also took part in a business reception at the Russian Embassy in Berlin, where Vadim Shumkov held talks with a number of companies, including Knauf Gips KG, Solvay and others. Meetings were also held with the Russian ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany Vladimir Grinin and the president of the German-Russian Foreign Trade Chamber Rainer Seele.

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The Forum “Investments in Innovations” will be held in Tyumen on May, 25. The event, organized by the regional branch of “Business Russia” with the support of the government of the Tyumen region, will be held in the Tyumen Technopark. Participation in it will be received by the Governor Vladimir Yakushev.

“Innovation is always a risk, but an even greater risk is to ignore the need for their implementation. How to make a well-considered decision, let your business get a new sound, what instruments of innovation support exist today at the regional and federal level – we will talk about all this at the forum, “says Larissa Nevidailo, chairman of the Tyumen regional branch of Delovaya Rossiya, We are pleased to provide Tyumen entrepreneurs with the opportunity to communicate with experts who have experience in implementing innovations, including in small and medium-sized businesses. ”

The speakers of the forum will be international and federal experts. The founder and CEO of Neutron Interactive Dan Keffi, the President of JSC “Pharmasynthesis” Vikram Singh Punia, the manager of the investment portfolio of the Frii Sergey Negdoyaev, the General Director of the group of companies “InfoWatch”, the co-founder of Kaspersky Lab company Natalya Kaspersky, the General Director of the company “Cognitive technologies” Andrey Chernogorov, director of the federal real estate company “Etazhi” Ildar Khusainov will share their knowledge with entrepreneurs.

For the first time the event will be held in a new discussion format. Within the framework of the forum, participants and guests will discuss the issues of the need for timely investment in innovations, determine the list of areas where their implementation is a vital necessity, will receive information on how to gain access to innovations and evaluate their value correctly. Recall that the forum “Investments in Innovation” will be held within the Innovation Week of the Tyumen region – InnoWeek-2017. “It’s nice that large companies supported the initiative to hold such a large-scale event,” says Anton Mashukov, head of the Enterprise Development Department of the Department for Investment Policy and State Support for Entrepreneurship of the Tyumen Region. “Gazprom Neft” became the general partner of the Innovation Week as well as “KNAUF Insulation ” and ” Zapsibcombank “. Thanks to their support, we make this event free for all entrepreneurs, simply register on the site innoweek.ru ».

Within the framework of the forum, it is planned to sign agreements between the government of the Tyumen region and representatives of the innovation sphere – the InfoWatch group of companies, the ExoAtlet company, engaged in the creation of a medical exoskeleton and ASBK, the leading integrator of information systems and platforms for the public sector of the economy.

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In Russia was created a class of professional skilled investors who have own capital and who want to move further. It is important that they are ready to make investments in startups and look for perspective projects. Some of these investors could arrive to the forum “All-Russian Fair of Investments” in Tyumen, the governor Vladimir Yakushev told.

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At opening of a forum the head of the region emphasized that “A fair of investments” is a significant project which helps young businessmen to interact, they find new communications and get an opportunity to communicate and expand the horizons. “During various forums information on leader positions of the Tyumen region in various ratings sounded more than once, but nevertheless the main mark of a condition of investment climate is given by businessmen. If they feel protected in the territory of the region, if they see interest of the authority in business development, in reduction of barriers, then this work is conducted correctly” – the governor emphasized.

Vladimir Yakushev noted that it is very important to create culture of communication, to adjust communications between enterprise community and all cheking departments, institutes, designer to help business development: “If the enterprise community doesn’t create for itself a culture of interests protection throught created business institutes and public organizations, then to build fast and effective dialogue with the resource organizations and the cheking state departments will be difficult. And they in turn need to understand that one of the main conditions of successful development of each region and country in general is to increase a number of businessmen and jobs”.

The governor is sure, that the Tyumen region a task number one for today is to create in each municipality large projects in the sphere of agricultural processing and a reinforcement these projects with small projects.

“Thus, in each area there will be the economic basis, employment, tax revenues in the budget and the qualitative production which is implemented on all region and beyond its limits” – he summed up the result.

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There are plans to bring a number of muskoxen from the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area to Yakutia between August-September 2017. Yakov Sivtsev, Head of the Biological Resources Directorate of the Natural Resources Ministry of Yakutia, said at a meeting of the organizing committee for the holding of activities of the Year of the Environment and the Year of Specially Protected Natural Areas in Russia.

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Muskoxen are to be released on the Chekanovsky Ridge (Bulunsky District), where groups of Anabar and Bulun muskoxen mix.

“The delivery of muskoxen from the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area will have a beneficial effect on the genetic heterogeneity of muskoxen and, consequently, on the elimination of possible undesirable inbred problems,” Sivtsev said.

Currently, a roadmap has been developed for catching and storing muskoxen in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, their transportation and resettlement in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), agreed upon by the Department of Natural Resources Regulation, Forest Relations and Oil and Gas Industry Development of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area and the Natural Resources Ministry of Yakutia and approved by Zapsibgazprom.

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Bewick’s swans, an endangered species listed in the Red Data Book, are returning to the Yamal Peninsula after spending the winter in China, according to an article on the government site of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area.

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The information was provided by the Bird Ringing Center of the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution.

Dr. Sofya Rozenfeld (PhD in Biology) said a two-year-old female that spent the winter in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China is now 1,300 kilometers from the Yamal Peninsula. The last time migration data was collected from her satellite ring, she was 6 km away from the village of Poltavka in the Novosibirsk Region.

Two other Bewick’s swans that wintered on Poyang Lake in China’s Jiangxi Province have reached the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area, 650 km away from their nesting ground. A swan returning from Uzbekistan is a comparable distance away. The distance between the Poyang Lake swans and the swan from Uzbekistan is 413 km.

“Considering the speed with which the swans are flying to Yamal, spring is approaching fast,” says the statement on the area’s government site.

Bewick’s swans are being monitored as part of a multiyear project monitoring rare Arctic birds, which was launched in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area in 2010. Apart from purely scientific goals, the project includes conservation and maintenance measures. The monitoring of the migration routes of the Yamal swans that were ringed in Baydarata Bay in 2015 and 2016 has shown that these swans spend the winter in places located thousands of kilometers apart: in the Greater Black Sea region (the Evros Delta), in the Caspian Sea area (the Volga Delta), in China (Xinjiang, Poyang Lake and Shanghai) and in Central Asia (Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan).

Photo by Vladimir Vyatkin

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Researchers from the Tyumen Science Center of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences have been studying the adaptation of Arctic indigenous children to urban life, the center’s press service said in a statement. The first part of the research was conducted in the Yamalo-Nenets Region in Russia’s Urals.

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“For nearly 100 years, boarding schools for indigenous children have existed in the far northern regions of our country,” the statement reads. “At first, only children, whose parents roamed from one place to another the whole year, lived and studied there, but lately, the number of kids who only attend classes and live at home with their parents has been growing. Researchers conducted a poll among 25 teenagers from the Kharampur village, including 14 kids who live in a boarding school and 11 youngsters of the same age who live with their families,” the statement adds.

The poll showed that kids who live in a boarding school adapt faster to urban lifestyle. “Boarding schools are comfortable which helps the process of adaptation, as kids become more independent, self-motivated and ambitious. At the same time, those who live at home grow more dependent on others, they are only interested in their close circle of relations and rely on it for help,” the press service explained saying that labor training was necessary to help kids raised in boarding schools lead a successful adult life.

“Although indigenous peoples have seen their levels of education and living standards increase, this has made them lose their skills to adjust to life’s hardships, which points to the deterioration in the ethnic Northerners’ health, since there is a strong link between their lifestyle and their health,” head of the Bioresources of Cryosphere Department at the Tyumen Science Center, Professor Sergei Petrov said.

As many as 42,000 people coming from various indigenous minorities reside in the Yamalo-Nenets Region, around 17,000 of them lead a traditional nomadic life. More than 3,600 kids, who live in the tundra with their parents, spend nine months every year at one of the 24 local boarding schools.

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The “Children of the Arctic” project, the first aimed at the indigenous children of the Arctic zone, involves five Russian regions, Norway and Finland. The project started from Russia’s Yamalo-Nenets Region. Researches who work there are meant to share their experience in framing education for nomadic children with other scientists involved in the project.

The “Nomadic School” project in the Yamalo-Nenets Region was launched six years ago. At present, 22 education facilities, including 17 kindergartens and five schools, provide education to more than 200 kids. To make the educational process easier, teachers either live with the reindeer breeders in their traditional Tipi-like dwellings and follow them wherever they go, or come to the camp several times a week to give classes.

In the past, children of indigenous herders and fishermen left their families at the age of seven, as every year they had to spend nine months at boarding schools.

Photo by Petr Shelomovskiy