Native 'land claims', Russian style

Gail Fondahl, Olga Lazebnik, Greg Poelzer, Vasily Robbek

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    In Russia, as in Canada, Native peoples are attempting to gain greater control over their homelands. In the last decade, legislation at both the federal and sub-federal (provincial, republican, etc.) level has sanctioned the transfer of land to Native 'possession', though not ownership, for the pursuit of traditional activities. This paper surveys the legislative basis that authorizes the creation of Native 'communes' (obshchinas) and their territorialization. After examining how the process works in theory, it examines the paths taken, and obstacles met, in establishing obshchinas in three Native communities in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)545-561
    Number of pages17
    JournalCanadian Geographer
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jan 1


    • Aboriginal
    • Indigenous
    • Land claims
    • Law
    • Native
    • Russia

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Earth-Surface Processes


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