The situation of indigenous peoples was discussed in the State Duma
: 14/04/2007
: Indigenous Issues

Today the number of small indigenous peoples in Russia is 1 million 350 thousand people. Only for the last 3 years it has reduced on 200 thousand people or 14 %. This is what the deputy chairman of the Committee of the State Duma on Natural Resources and Landuse, Vladimir Kashin, told during the Round Table Talk Providing Rights of Indigenous Peoples of Russia on Traditional Living and Protection of Habitat when Developing and Exercising Legislation on Natural Resources held on 10 April. Especially intensive is the reduction of the population of small indigenous peoples in Altaisky Krai, Magadan, Sakhalin and Tomsk Oblasts and Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. In Chukotka Autonomous Okrug the population has reduced three times in comparison with 1990. The number of people dying 1.5 times exceeds the number of being born, and in some regions 2 and more times. Infant mortality in the majority of the regions many times exceeds the average rate in Russia.

The analysis of the indices of living standards shows that in the regions of residence of indigenous peoples most part of the population nowadays lives worse than in 1990 and worse that in other regions of Russia.
V. Kashin considers it is necessary to demand from the President, from the Government to pay the most serious attention on the distress of small indigenous peoples. We need to require to declare invalid the Federal Laws about enactment of anti-constitutional Forest and Water Codes and to gain making conceptual alterations for protection of rights of citizens.