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In the kalashny series

In the kalashny series

Athanasius Egorov

press secretary of the head of the republic of Sakha (Yakutia)

Afanasy Yegorov, spokesman for the head of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia):

- For a long time I have not heard such a clear, complete, built on concrete examples from people's lives, an answer to the question - why in general it is necessary to put a lot of efforts to develop industry in Yakutia? Why spend money on the presentation of the investment potential of the republic at all levels, including international? Why spend years overcoming misunderstandings on the part of federal officials, convincing them, proving something, and driving around the republic? Will anyone appreciate all these efforts? Wasted nerves, many hours of flights, tiresome walking around Moscow offices? Or will only the malevolent smirk of ill-wishers, annoyingly buzzing in everyone's ear, will remain in human memory: "But where are we, sivolapy, but in a Kalash row?"

In 10 evening 20 January, before that physically there was no time, brought journalists NEC, YSIA, Sakha Sire and Kyym with the head of Oleneksky ulus Alexander Ivanov. I hope my colleagues will finish, and the NBC will show the full version of Alexander Stepanovich's speech. Just because there is something to look at. Listen to it. And to think.

The head of the ulus did not say any special "beauty". He spoke in simple understandable language. Without hiding difficulties and problems. About what is being done in Olenka thanks to the presence of ALROSA, Almazov Anabar and Nizhne-Lensky. What they expect from the start of work on Tomtor.
How they support their reindeer herders at the expense of non-tax receipts from industrial enterprises. How they help the elderly and families in difficult situations. How they raise the minimum wage at their own expense and solve the issues of travel on vacation for family members of employees. How the first comfortable apartment buildings and social facilities were built in the ulus. What they plan and dream about.

And from a simple, seemingly narrative, the idea grew: thanks to the presence of a serious industrial base, the Olenek Evenk national district manages, at the expense of its own revenues, to preserve the traditional way of life of the indigenous population, its culture, crafts, traditions and customs. So, the people's self-awareness, understanding of their roots, community, unity and identity.

What made me happy: this understanding of the need to develop industry, the emergence of new industries for the self-preservation of the ethnos in the global world - is not only the head of the district. It is hardly by chance that during the three hours of meeting with the subsoil users of the Buranny site of the Tomtor rare earth metal deposit, none of the numerous speakers from among the local residents ever said that he was against the emergence of a new enterprise.
There were fears. The requirements for strict observance of the norms of environmental legislation are the same. But categorically - no one objected. On the other hand, there were many suggestions on how to establish relations between the ulus and the new subsoil user. Where, on what objects and businesses you can invest money from this production. How to find jobs for young people. Etc. etc.

I am with great distrust of those who publicly, sobbingly pity our "unfortunate poor" people. Because, having visited almost all corners of the republic, having seen our people in various, sometimes very difficult situations, I was convinced that our people are worthy not of pity, but of respect. And the reindeer of this once again convinced me.

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