Sakha Republic by Chris Hall

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Sakha Republic by Chris Hall

  1. 1. ETHNI CI TY i n RUSSI A The Sak ha Republ i c ( Yak ut i a)
  2. 2. Rus s i a’ s Ya kut r egi on
  3. 3. YAKUTIA and the YAKUTS
  4. 4. YAKUTI A | The Sak ha Republ i c• 1/5 of Russia’s land area• Region poorly linked to rest of world• Enormous resource reserves• Yakut/Sakha speak an Altaic (Turkic) language• Ethnic are concentrated in 10 urban areas• Sakha predominate in rural areas
  5. 5. Ri s i ng e t hni c de m nds as a nat i onal i s m gr ows• Events of 1990 – Declaration of “state sovereignty” – Elected president and parliament – Adopted coat of arms and constitution• Has obtained special rights – Controls mineral rights – Does not allow nuclear testing in Yakutia – 1997, withheld some tax revenue from Moscow• 1995 survey found most Yakuts more loyal to Sakha than Russia – Surprisingly – a third of all Russians in Yakutia felt the same• Russians continue to emigrate from the region
  6. 6. v oc ab RECAP

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