Russia’s small ethnic group reps stopped from attending UN conference
There are reports that Russian nationals due to attend the UN Conference on Indigenous Peoples in New York have been prevented from leaving the country. . These come days after Nadir Bekir, a Crimean Tatar scholar also planning to attend the conference was attacked by 4 men who took only his passport and mobile telephone.
Rodion Sulyandziga from a Centre supporting indigenous small ethnic groups of the North, told Vedomosti that on Sept 18 his passport was taken away. He himself
Sulyandziga says that there were several other such incidents. He suggests that the reason may be a conflict of interests between the indigenous peoples of the North and those wishing to develop oil-digging in the Arctic. At the conference he was due to chair a roundtable on the development of the Artic and use of its natural resources.
Valentina Sovkina, speaker of the Saam parliament, was also stopped from getting to the conference.