Magazine article Russian Life

Completing the Circle

Magazine article Russian Life

Completing the Circle

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ARKHANGELSK PHOTOGRAPHER and journalist Nikolai Gernet traveled back to the Kanin Peninsula to visit the nomadic reindeer herding families he wrote about in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Russian Life. He took along copies of the magazine to show the families what thousands of readers beyond Russia's shores read about them. Then Gernet sent us these pictures to complete the circle.

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After we received the photos, we asked Gernet how the remote, northern Arkhangelsk region is being affected by the global economic meltdown.

Arkhangelsk used to be called the "All Union Lumber Mill," since it was the largest source of lumber exports in the former USSR ... the forests remain the foundation for the economy here and comprise 51% of turnover and 84% of exports for the region. More than half of the residents of Arkhangelsk region are employed in the sector ...

With the decline in demand for building products in the U.S., Canada and Europe, factories have stopped working, and numerous enterprises are having trouble meeting their debt obligations ...

Take the example of STsBK, which primarily produces unbleached cellulose ... China outlawed plastic bags in the summer 2008, necessitating the production of brown paper bags and creating a huge export market for STsBK . …

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