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Indigenous communities are not benefitting equally from oil and gas extraction in the Russian North

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20 juni 2017

ENP-postdoc Maria Tysiachniouk contributed to a theme issue on Oil company benefit sharing in the Russian North in the Russian Analytical Digest. The theme issue examines benefit-sharing agreements between oil companies and indigenous communities in the Russian North.

In her contribution Maria analyses the procedural and distributional equity of four different types of benefit sharing arrangements. She lays out four different types of benefit-sharing arrangements, pointing to the paternalism model in Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the corporate social responsibility model (CSR) in Khanti-Mansiiski Autonomous Okrug and the partnership model in Sakhalin Island. Her analysis demonstrates that indigenous communities are not benefitting equally from oil and gas extraction.

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Four types of benefit sharing arrangements

Paternalism model
Paternalism model
Corporate responsibility model
Corporate responsibility model
Partnerships model
Partnerships model
Shareholder model
Shareholder model

Other research make an interesting contribution to the theme issue as well. Minna Pappila, Soili Nysten-Haarala and Ekaterina Britcyna focus on Lukoil’s 2015 benefit-sharing agreement with an indigenous peoples’ association, which incorporates elements of local participation into their prevailing philanthropic and paternalistic CSR practices. Finally, Svetlana Tulaeva and Maria Tysiachniouk comparatively assess the impact on indigenous communities in Sakhalin Island of the paternalistic and partnership approaches adopted by Russian and transnational oil companies, respectively.

You can find the theme issue here.