This is really great! Received a message from Antoine Corbisier-Baland. He is a a Belgian tutor, who teaches the French at North-Eastern Federal University (former Yakutsk State University). Antoine sent his black-and-white photographs of Yakutia. I think, his pictures are great! Interesting and captive! In the above pictures: 1. On the river in October. 2. Crossing the Lena River on the way to Amga.

This is relatively old news, but we would like to repeat it. So, here we go. On November 19, 2009, the republic’s parliament approved in the first reading law on obligatory ethnological examination of the projects that can change the indigenous peoples’ of the North environment. Members of parliament mean to protect the rights of the indigenous peoples in conditions of growing industrial development of their historical territories. The aim of the examination is to find out how such and such changes can affect the indigenous population’s life,…