Dmitry Berezhkov, former Vice-President of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North - was arrested in by Norwegian Police yesterday and detained on a request from Russian authorities, demanding that he gets extradited to Russia.
The Norwegian police has confirmed it is detaining a Russian citizen who is wanted by the Russian authorities, but has given no information about the criminal charges upon which the extradition petition rests.
Having begun with jubilantly announcing the appointment of the first Director of the Arctic Council Secretariat, the first day of the 2-day Haparanda Senior Arctic Officials meeting ended on a sombre note with the Swedish Chairman reading a statement on the worsened situation of RAIPON.
Immediately prior to the Arctic Council meeting, it was announced that RAIPON – the Russian Association of Indingeous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East, a Permanent Participant since the establishment of the Arctic Council – had had its activity suspended by a directive of the Russian Ministry of Justice. The directive suspends RAIPON’s activities in the period 1 November to 20 April 2012.
Pressing internal issues like the upcoming Congress in March next year as well as external relations such as representation in the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples were on the agenda when RAIPON council members from all regions of Russia met on Friday, September 21, in Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka, Russia.
RAIPON president Sergey Kharuchi and 1st vice-president Rodion Sulyandziga chaired the meeting. Among other things, they informed about preparations for the next Congress that will take place in Salekhard, the capital of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
The Inuit Circumpolar Council celebrated the 20th anniversary of ICC Chukotka, the Russian branch of the international organization, "the Inuit Circumpolar Council" (ICC), in the district capital, Anadyr. The foreign delegation of ICC, representing the Inuit of Canada, the United States and Greenland, arrived with a charter flight from Alaska to Anadyr.
For four days, from 26 to 29 July, the Arctic town enjoyed the visit of many guest and many activities arranged for this occasion. The Russian Inuit arrived from local communities of Provideniya, Eultinsky and Chukotsky regions.