Al Jazeera -- 'In Russia, Indigenous land defenders face intimidation and exile'
Article by Brenda Norrell
Saami at Oceti Sakowin camp in 2016 joined the global force of Water Protectors. Today, Saami in the far north in Russia risk their freedom and safety to protect their ancestral lands from mining and oil and gas drilling.
Saami living in Russia’s Murmansk region near Norway are battling platinum and palladium mining, reports Mansur Mirovalev at Al Jazeera.
“Extraction of natural resources is Russia’s key business, and Indigenous people are its competitors, unwanted witnesses, they stall it,” says activist Berezhkov, who was granted asylum in Norway in 2013 after years of threats, surveillance, interrogations and alleged fraud charges.
Read the article at Al Jazeera:
|Saami at Oceti Sakowin Camp in 2016 joined Water Protectors as a global force at Standing Rock.|