Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) is featured in the 1st episode of BBC2’s Arctic with Bruce Parry. It’s called in a short way, «Siberia». In this episode, Bruce Parry is celebrating Ysyakh, the Yakut summer solstice celebration, in Central Yakutia and traveling to Even reindeer camps in the Verkhoyansk Range. Finally, here is the video. It’s more like a teaser. Unfortunately, the full version is not available for the Russian area yet. But… What a fun clip! Hilarious! Below see the second vid as well.

In former Soviet days only secretary-generals and astronauts were given the honor of having sculptures when they were alive. Nowadays, even a dog, of remote taiga, can admire its own sculpture. Nevertheless, the monument dedicated to a faithful companion is the first experience in Yakutia. How did a shaggy haired hero deserve such high recognition? In short, by faithful, self-denying service to his master – Nikolay Kalitin, an Evenk writer, whose ancestral farm has hosted that unique sculpture work. That’s the very way Nikolay decided to celebrate the…

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,…