Cousin of jailed Sakharov Prize winner Oleg Sentsov speaks

AFP speaks to the cousin of jailed Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, winner of this year’s Sakharov prize for human rights in October. Sentsov, who recently ended a hunger strike, is serving a 20-year sentence in a prison in the Russian Arctic.

Melting ice caps

Videographic on melting ice caps. A Danish vessel loaded with Russian fish and South Korean electronics arrived Thursday in Saint Petersburg, becoming the first container ship to navigate the Russian Arctic as the ice pack melts and recedes.VIDEOGRAPHIC

Indigenous Nenets hold annual reindeer race in Russia

More than fifty indigenous Nenets nomads took part in reindeer sled races during the traditional Reindeer Herders Days in the city of Nadym on the Yamal Peninsula. Each contestant made five deer race a distance of 1600 metres, and winners were given snowmobiles. About 40,000 Nenets live in the Russian Arctic region and many work in traditional reindeer herding.