Strengthening Collaboration of the Indigenous Peoples in the Russian Arctic: Adaptation in the COVID-19 Pandemic Times

Elena Bogdanova, Konstantin Filant, Medeya Ivanova , Tatiana Romanenko, Ludmila Voronina, Kamrul Hossain, Praskovia Filant , Sergei Andronov, Andrey Lobanov

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The article presents the challenges of the Indigenous peoples’ interplay with the key actors (Indigenous communities, Indigenous associations, regional governments, corporate businesses, and scientific institutions) in the Russian Arctic. Invoking actor–network theory offered knowledge to analyse how the effectiveness of this collaboration may lead to Indigenous peoples’ social adaptation in the COVID-19 times. It revealed the main problems increasing their vulnerability and making barriers to meeting sustainable development goals (SDGs). The primary sources included the data collected from expert interviews in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, and the Murmansk region in 2020–2021. The main findings proved the gaps in the interplay of Indigenous peoples with key actors in the Russian Arctic due to insufficient interregional and international cooperation, indirect communication of governments with Indigenous peoples via Indigenous associations and communities focused mostly on supporting elites, and the lack of systematic feedback of all key actors. This collaboration must be focused on meeting SDGs and guaranteeing their economic, social, and cultural rights to maintain a traditional lifestyle and livelihoods, involving them in natural resource management, improving quality of life and well-being, increasing access to ethnocultural education, reducing inequality, and promoting Indigenous peoples’ self-government.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3225
Number of pages27
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2022
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • indigenous small-numbered peoples
  • actor–networking theory
  • sustainable development
  • OVID-19 pandemic
  • Western Siberia
  • Nenets Autonomous Okrug
  • Kola Peninsula
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Indigenous small-numbered peoples
  • Actor–networking theory
  • Sustainable development

Field of science

  • Law
  • International political science


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