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.

chapter |8 pages


Contested Russian Arctic
ByVeli-Pekka Tynkkynen

part 1|55 pages

Energy and economy

chapter 1|16 pages

Economic development of the Arctic regions of Russia

ByShinichiro Tabata, Tomoko Tabata

chapter 2|16 pages

Perspectives on oil and gas development in the Russian Arctic

ByMasumi Motomura

chapter 3|21 pages

Northern Sea Route (NSR) shipping, current status, and feasibility

ByNatsuhiko Otsuka, Toru Tamura, Masahiko Furuichi

part 2|61 pages

Diplomacy and security

chapter 4|17 pages

Planning for a sustainable Arctic

Regional development in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (Russia)
ByDaria Gritsenko, Elena Efimova

chapter 5|12 pages

The twofold development of the Arctic

Where do the Arctic states stand?
ByLassi Heininen

chapter 6|17 pages

Potential transboundary maritime energy disputes in the Arctic

The Russian perspective
ByValery Konyshev, Alexander Sergunin

part 3|62 pages

Business and environment

chapter 8|18 pages

Russian Arctic development and environmental discourse

ByMasahiro Tokunaga

chapter 9|15 pages

Are Finnish firms willing to explore the Russian maritime and offshore industry?

Perceptions of Finnish SMEs of the Russian market and export collaboration
ByHanna Mäkinen, Eini Haaja

chapter 10|11 pages

Cutting through channels

Local entrepreneurship of indigenous actors in Arctic Russia
ByMasanori Goto

chapter 11|16 pages

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
ByYuka Oishi

part 4|55 pages

Identity and community

chapter 12|15 pages

Telling domestic and international policy stories

The case of Russian Arctic policy
ByDaria Gritsenko, Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen

chapter 13|10 pages

Simulating sovereignty

The role of the Arctic in constructing Russian post-imperial identity
BySergei Medvedev

chapter 14|12 pages

The Arctic in Russia’s Fin-de-Siècle imagination

The paintings and writings of Aleksandr Borisov
ByOtto Boele

chapter 15|16 pages

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

ByDmitry Baranov