1st Edition

Russia's Far North The Contested Energy Frontier

    270 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Russian Far North is immensely rich in resources, both energy and other resources, and is also one of the least developed regions of Russia. This book presents a comprehensive overview of the region. It examines resource issues and the related environmental problems, considers the Arctic and the problems of sea routes, maritime boundaries and military build-up, assesses economic development, and considers the ethnic peoples of the region and also cultural and artistic subjects. Overall, the book provides a rich appraisal of how the region is likely to develop in future.

    Introduction: Contested Russian Arctic

    Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen

    Part 1: Energy and economy

    Chapter 1. Economic Development of the Arctic Regions of Russia

    Shinichiro Tabata, Tomoko Tabata

    Chapter 2. Perspectives of Oil and Gas Development in the Russian Arctic

    Masumi Motomura

    Chapter 3. Northern Sea Route (NSR) shipping, current status and its feasibility

    Natsuhiko Otsuka, Toru Tamura, Masahiko Furuichi

    Chapter 4. Planning for a Sustainable Arctic: Regional development in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (Russia)

    Daria Gritsenko, Elena Efimova

    Part 2: Diplomacy and security

    Chapter 5. The Twofold Development of the Arctic – where do the Arctic states stand?

    Lassi Heininen

    Chapter 6. Potential transboundary maritime energy disputes in the Arctic: the Russian perspective

    Valery Konyshev, Alexander Sergunin

    Chapter 7. Examining the execution of Russian military-security policies and programs in the Arctic

    Pavel K. Baev

    Part 3: Business and environment

    Chapter 8. Russian Arctic Development and Environmental Discourse

    Masahiro Tokunaga

    Chapter 9. Are Finnish Firms Willing to Explore the Russian Maritime and Offshore Industry? Perceptions of Finnish SMEs of the Russian Market and Export Collaboration

    Hanna Mäkinen, Eini Haaja

    Chapter 10. Cutting through Channels: Local Entrepreneurship of Indigenous Actors in Arctic Russia

    Masanori Goto

    Chapter 11. Disappearing White Fish and Remaining Black Fish in the Lower Ob’ River and Its Tributaries: Conflict over the Use of Fish Resources between Indigenous People and Non-locals

    Yuka Oishi

    Part 4: Identity and community

    Chapter 12. Telling domestic and international policy stories: The case of Russian Arctic policy

    Daria Gritsenko, Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen

    Chapter 13. Simulating Sovereignty: The Role of the Arctic in Constructing Russian Post-Imperial Identity

    Sergei Medvedev

    Chapter 14. The Arctic in Russia's Fin-de-Siècle Imagination: The Paintings and Writings of Aleksandr Borisov

    Otto Boele

    Chapter 15. The image of the Russian North in I.Bilibin’s creative work

    Dmitry Baranov


    Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen is a Professor in Russian Energy Policy at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

    Shinichiro Tabata is a Professor at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University

    Daria Gritsenko is an Assistant Professor at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

    Masanori Goto is a Specially Appointed Assistant Professor at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University