How do people live in Anabar, the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia/Russia

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

The government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) has a good habit. In each February, regional high officials travel across Yakutia, the biggest Siberian region with 3 million sq km, and give people a report on what was done in the course of the previos year. It is a sort of direct communication between ordinary people and authority representatives.

Frankly saying, I can’t remember when such practice started being exercised. Maybe, 7 years ago. In the beginning, people were sceptic to such sudden authority travels. They thought, «Well, it must be another form of telling people how good the authorities are, and, please, do a favor, vote for them in the upcoming elections.»

Irrespective of such attitude, people decided to take advantage of such direct chats with the repulic’s government officials, i.e. President, Prime Minister, Vice PM, ministers and deputy ministers. Dwellers of remote settlements started to share their own local urgent matters and problems. Like «Could you allocate funds for improving communal systems?», «Is it possible to construct a hospital in a village? Currently we need to find a car, pay for fuel and travel hundred of kilometres to the nearest regional hospital.» or «Would you say the government to give us a truck?» and so on, and so on.

Many issues are raised and, finally, included in the list of required actions for the republic’s government. If any of stated problems wouldn’t be resolved, following year people would say, «You didn’t do what you promised. What the hack do you do in Yakutsk? Just spending budgetary funds?» To avoid accusations, officials try to redeem all given promises.

Such tradition, certainly, is good. At least, officials must see, how people live in the far-away places, and check, if municipal ‘bosses’ say truth in their annual reports.

Oops. The current post is about to give brief insight into people’s life in Yakutia’s northernmost region of Anabar located in the Polar Circle. Below, please, see Nyurgun Stepanov‘s photographs. He visited Anabarsky Ulus as a member of one of the above described republic governmental delegations.

Anabarsky Ulus is the place of diamond miners and reindeer herders. It’s occupied with forest-tundra and tundra. See the map.

On the way to the settlement of Yuryung Khaya. As you see in the below picture, it was pretty cold.

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Driving from Saskylakh, the Anabar administrative center, to Yurung Khaya, reindeer herders’ base, takes 5 hours.

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

District hospital in Yurung Khaya.

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

The building of the village administration. Population of Yurung Khaya is 1152 people, including 450 children.

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

The monument dedicated to Ilya K. Spiridonov, the destinguished reindeer herder, who was honored to be a social labour veteran.

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

The hall of the village culture center.

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Going to reindeer herder’s camp…

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

When the ice road ended, the group continued its journey by the TM-130 caterpillar vehicle, a product of KurganMashZavod.

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

This man is not a driver. He was a group member, who was just excited to sit and hold the steering wheel.

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

A real driver in this picture.

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

When arrived to a mobile camp of reindeer herders…

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Hosts are sitting at a table overloaded with such delicacies as stroganina (slices of frozen Arctic fishes) and venisons.

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

It’s Anisim’s single house. It’s mobile. As Nyurgun says, a small island of life in boundless tundra under Aurora Borealis. Pretty comfortable accommodation with a generator, a laptop, a satellite phone, a DVD player and a LCD TV set.

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Back in Saskylakh, the center of Anabar ulus. Hereby Sergey Spiridonov, director of the local processing company, shows his production.

Frozen Arctic fishes become smoked…

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Reindeer meat are processed into tinned stewed meat.

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

Anabar is the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Chirurg

By the way, North-based companies demand new fish-n-meat processing technologies.

Via Nyurgun Stepanov’s blog.

4 Comments on “How do people live in Anabar, the Arctic region of Yakutia, Siberia/Russia

  1. Ashish, thanks for your comment! Right, they are pretty self sufficient :)

  2. Fascinating, the one thing that would make it better would be To have the company of Irina Sannicova!!

  3. Хороший репортаж, видела его в Дневниках на ЯКТ.
    Только вот ссылку на карту Анабарского района не лучше ли сделать на http://maps.google.ru/? Мне кажется, что так нагляднее и интереснее. Спасибо!

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