The North is intrinsic to the way most outsiders imagine Russia: snow, long winters and the endless Siberian forests. This inhospitable land contains immense natural wealth that is both a burden and an asset. Today's Russian authorities face the challenge of negotiating the North's obsolete, mono-industrial towns and its largely untapped natural resources.
Helge Blakkisrud is Head of the Centre for Russian Studies at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. Geir Honneland is Director of the Russian and Polar Program of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway.
Chapter 1 List of Figures Chapter 2 List of Tables Chapter 3 Preface and Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Map of the Russian North Chapter 5 The Russian North- An Introduction Chapter 6 What's to be done with the North? Chapter 7 Economic Geography: Dispersion and Centralization Chapter 8 Transport Infrastructure: Continued Federal Involvement in the North Chapter 9 Whose Fish: Federal Property or Northern Asset? Chapter 10 Hydrocarbon Resources and Northern Development Chapter 11 The Ups and Downs of Environmental Governance Chapter 12 The Evolution of Federal Indigenous Policy in the Post-Soviet North Chapter 13 The Burden and Blessing of Space Chapter 14 Index Chapter 15 About the Contributors