Preserving Traditions

Supporting the traditional lifestyle of native minorities in northern Russia, while ensuring their integration into the modern economic and social landscape, is an important social investment initiative for the Company.

In 2013, the Company sponsored families and communities of indigenous minorities in the north in order to facilitate the continuation of their traditional lifestyle. In particular, Gazprom Neft allocated funds to help the communities purchase equipment, fishing gear and lubricants; provided families with power plants, chain saws and snowmobiles, and helped them buy construction materials, work clothes and food.

In 2013, the Company helped organise a Reindeer Herder Day event, a traditional national holiday of indigenous peoples of northern Russia, in the town of Muravlenko, in the villages of Tolka and Khalyasovey (Krasnoselkupsky and Purovsky districts of the YaNAD), and in the village of Russkinskaya (Surgutsky district of the KhMAD-Yugra).

The celebration included a number of competitions: reindeer sled racing, running in traditional dress, throwing the Tynzyan (a traditional leather lasso) onto a driver’s pole, wrestling, and sledge jumping. Participants in the celebration – reindeer herders, fishermen, hunters, heads of national communities, and representatives of the Company, district and village administrations – were also able to visit an exhibition fair of artistic trades and watch performances by national folk bands. The Company awarded valuable prizes, including Buran snowmobiles, to all competition winners. In honour of the celebration, Gazprom Neft-Muravlenko provided material assistance to the Sugmuto-Pyakutinskaya community, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013.

In the reporting year, the Company continued its support for the construction of an ethnic daycare camp for indigenous children from northern Russia in the village of Russkinskaya (KhMAD – Yugra). Completion is scheduled for 2014.