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Horizons Shrink for Russian Nomads

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Published on Jun 29, 2011

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Out on the tundra far in the north of Russia, the pipes and towers used for drilling natural gas are shrinking the horizons of the indigenous Nenets people. The lake water they drank for thousands of years now tastes bitter; the raw fish they eat for dinner smells like petroleum. Day and night, the Nenets people pray for a miracle to make their tundra safe again.

The state has been making plans for resettling the reindeer herder families in local villages and towns. The Nenets elders have been told that about 165 families will be moved out of the tundra in the next year. The nomads say there is no land left for them or their reindeer.

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