Cover Osteuropa 2-3/2011

In Osteuropa 2-3/2011

Round-Trip ticket, “Earth” and Back
Population Movement in Russia’s Far North

Florian Stammler, Elena Khlinovskaya

Deutsche Fassung


In comparison with other Arctic regions, Russia’s Arctic is considerably more densely populated. This is the result of a population policy that served industrialisation first and foremost. In the Soviet Union, deportations, subsidised resettlements, and the sedentarisation of nomads were the instruments of this policy. Today, Russia is pursuing other political and economic goals and is trying to disband unprofitable settlements in the north. However, the process of settling people back to subarctic zones is encountering resistance. People who were once resettled to the north are still, or once again, living in the region’s new ghost towns.

(Osteuropa 2-3/2011, pp. 347–370)