The following article by Al Jazeera says Russia enshrines indigenous rights in law but is that another myth of Putin’s Russia? The fact is, the UN Human Rights Committee made the statement this year: “Russia: Denial of indigenous peoples’ rights concerns UN Human Rights Committee.” Even around September2014, as global indigenous rights summit convened in New York, Russia’s top delegates were kept away (source). Russia under Putin, is a totalitarian and authpritarian regime, and not only indigenous people who are having difficulty with Putin’s Russia, other people, such as the Tartar people, are also having problems with Putin.
The following is by Al Jazeera (Source):
Country’s indigenous people’s biggest challenge is the spread of the oil industry through their homelands. Russia has 40 recognised groups of what it calls “small numbered indigenous peoples.” Many have managed to hold onto traditional lifestyles, despite the efforts of the former Soviet system to make them conform. These days, their biggest challenge is the spread of the oil industry through their homelands. Although Russia enshrines indigenous rights in law, in resource-rich areas the interests of the oil-dependent state are often in direct conflict with the people who lived there long before Russians ever arrived.
The following is from IWGIA (source)
Russia: Denial of indigenous peoples’ rights concerns UN Human Rights Committee
The UN Human Rights Committee, which oversees compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights (ICCPR) recently concluded its 113th Session, adopting, among others, its concluding observations regarding the situation of civil and political rights in the Russian Federation.
In paragraph 24, the Committee expresses its concern at “insufficient measures being taken to respect and protect the rights of indigenous peoples and to ensure that members of such peoples are recognized as such.” The lack of recognition particularly concens the situation of the Izhma Komi or Izvatas, who are denied recognition as indigenous peoples, exluding them from decision-making over their territories, which are ever more devastated by oil exploration and extraction.
It also concerns indigenous peoples in the Far East of Russia and other places, who are frequently penalized for fishing or hunting on their ancestral land, because they are unable to produce documentary proof of their indigenous identity. Such proof is unavailable since Russia abolished the entry from the passports denoting “nationality,” leaving indigenous peoples vulnerable to arbitrary denial of their inaliable rights.