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Indigenous Peoples Organisation Shuttered


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Russia’s Ministry of Justice has ordered the closure of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia, and Far East (RAIPON), BarentsObserver reported. The ministry announced that RAIPON’s statutes were not in line with federal law. The association has twice gone to court to dispute the ministry decision, but without avail. RAIPON is now reaching out to its international partners for help. The organisation plays a central role in international cooperation among indigenous peoples and other Arctic states. The Norwegian Barents Secretariat has signed an official cooperation agreement with RAIPON.

RAIPON Statement to the Arctic Council:


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