From the point of growth to a remote area: the socio-economic problems of the northern settlements

Liskevich N.A. (Tyumen, Russian Federation), Porshunova L.S. (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russian Federation)


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In this article, we aim to determine the dynamics of the position of a territory in the structure of communication network, the transport system of the region, to assess the degree of accessibility for the settlements located in the borderzone in the basin of the Lyapin and Nadym Rivers (North-Western Siberia), and to identify the problems related to the low accessibility of residence areas. The sources for the research were the authors' fieldwork materials, acquired during the expeditions to the Berezovsky district of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region of Ugra (2012, 2018, 2019) and Nadym district of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region (2017, 2019). It has been revealed that, during the 20th century, there was a gradual change in the status of the settlements they ceased being transit centres on important for Siberia trade routes. Despite the qualitative change in travel technologies from the beginning of the 20th century, residents of remote settlements are limited in their movements, which is associated with the inaccessibility and cost of travel. The reason behind this is the lack of roads, railways, permanent navigable waterways, and distance from transport hubs. The transportation network, linked to industrial settlements and cities, creates conditions for territorial inequality, socio-territorial stratification and socio-economic asymmetry. An important resource for inhabitants of these poorly accessible areas are waterways and frozen soils, which allow building and using of the so-called winter roads that can be operated only in winter conditions.

Key words: Berezov district, Nadym district, Saranpaul, Nyaksimvol, Kutopiyugan, Nyda, Nori, transit centre, transport potential, automobile road for a winter period (zimnik), social fears.


Funding. The study was financially supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project 18-49-860006 _ Icy heart of the Urals: glaciers and permafrost in the life support system of the indigenous population of the Nether-Polar Urals) and State Project -17-117050400150-2.


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Accepted: 07.09.2020

Article is published: 27.11.2020


Liskevich N.A.

Tyumen Scientific Centre of Siberian Branch RAS, Malygina st., 86, Tyumen, 625026, Russian Federation

E-mail: (Liskevich N.A.)


Porshunova L.S.  

Museum of Nature and Man, Mira st., 11, Khanty-Mansiysk, 628011, Russian Federation

E-mail: (Porshunova L.S.)