Sunday, April 9, 2023

Climate Change in Far North Sparking Apocalyptic Expectations among Indigenous Peoples, Rakhmanova Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Apr. 4 – Lidiya Rakhmanova, a St. Petersburg anthropologist who studies the attitudes of Northern peoples, says climate change is prompting many in these communities to move to larger settlements because warmer weather leaves them more isolated but also leading to the spread of apocalyptic attitudes that what is happening presages the Second Coming.

            She has conducted ground-breaking research on this topic in Denmark’s Faroe Islands and in Russia’s Khanty-Mansiisk and Yamalo-Nenets autonomous districts, published research on her work (, and now given an extensive interview about it (

            Rakhmanova focuses on the indigenous peoples of the Russian North, but her findings likely apply to ethnic Russians and others who have moved into the region. If that is the case, then it is likely that climate change which is hitting Russia harder than almost any other country will spawn more of the kind of apocalyptic movements that have long characterized Russia. 

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