Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said
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Matviyenko says the law on the Arctic will respect indigenous people’s rights

Russia's Arctic regions should draw on the development experience of Yakutia, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said.

"Yakutia has accumulated positive experience in Arctic development issues, which other Arctic regions should consider. Yakutia has the largest number of small indigenous nations of the North, whose rights to develop the natural resources must be protected. We must use low-impact technology that will not adversely affect, but that will improve their lives," Interfax cited Ms Matviyenko as saying.

She said there would be a chapter on these issues in a bill on the special socioeconomic development conditions in the Russian Arctic regions. The idea is to help the indigenous nations feel protected.

"We need to coordinate these issues at the federal level. But this must not be a mere declaration. We have to consider the inclusion of practical provisions in the law to make it effective," the Federation Council speaker said.

Valentina Matviyenko added that they would most likely take Yakutia's experience into account when working on this law.