A first intact head of a gigantic adult wolf which died about 32,000 years ago and was preserved in permafrost has been found in the Russian Arctic.
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Despite the threat of sanctions, preparations are underway in the Russian Arctic for the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to start working, starting with the source that will supply the future pipeline: the Bovanenkovo gas field, on the Yamal peninsula, 400 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. The energy link between Russia and Germany has sparked concerns about Western Europe’s dependence on Russian gas.
A polar bear has been filmed walking into apartments in the Russian Arctic archipelago of Novaya Zemlya, where locals are facing a massive “invasion” of the wild animals. R
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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.
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
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.