Staunton, June 6 – Russian officials have fallen into a trap that many in other countries have as well. When they discriminate, especially in violation of their country’s constitution and laws, against members of particular ethnic communities, they only succeed in making the identities of these communities not only stronger but often directed against the state itself.
The Russian government has proposed rules that would prevent anyone not a member of a numerically small people of the Russian North from having fishing and hunting rights, a measure that might seem designed to protect them from outsiders but that in fact subverts their rights and the rights of others.
The draft is available online at http://regulation.gov.ru/Projects#npa=63627. It has been criticized by members of the communities of the Far North (csipn.ru/glavnaya/novosti-regionov/3270#.WTcTVMYpDIX). And it is the subject of an analysis by Anatoly Bednov on the AfterEmpire portal today (afterempire.info/2017/06/06/instructions/