Aboriginal land rights in Russia at the beginning of the twenty-first century

Gail Andrea Fondahl, Greg Poelzer

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    During the last decade, aboriginal peoples in Russia have sought to improve their legal rights, including their rights to their homelands and the resources of these lands. The Russian government initially responded to an aboriginal lobby by including discrete articles addressing aboriginal rights in a number of its lawls, including those on forests, sub-surface resources, and protected areas. More comprehensive laws, specifically addressing aboriginal rights to land, were finally adopted at the turn of the twenty-first century, in 1999, 2000, and 2001. This article summarizes the rights of aboriginal peoples regarding land ownership/tenure, access to natural resources (renewable and sub-surface), and protection of ancestral lands, in the light of the new federal legislation. It also notes how the federal laws' provisions concur with international requirements for aboriginal land rights.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)111-122
    Number of pages12
    JournalPolar Record
    Issue number209
    Publication statusPublished - 2003 Apr 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Ecology
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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