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On the Run in Siberia$
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Rane Willerslev

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676262

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676262.001.0001

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A long-awaited friend

A long-awaited friend

Chapter:
(p.122) (p.123) 8 A long-awaited friend
Source:
On the Run in Siberia
Author(s):

Rane Willerslev

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676262.003.0009

In this chapter, the author narrates his meeting with Slava Shadrin, director of the Teki Odulok obshchina (commune), as he was hunting in the Siberian taiga. The author at this point had been waiting for news from Shadrin about the state of the Danish-Yukaghir Fur Project in which he was involved. Shadrin said he had been arrested by the police in Zyryanka as he was about to boardd a plane to Yakutsk, from where he was to send the sable furs to Moscow and then on to Denmark. The police said he had broken the law and that they had been ordered to confiscate the sable furs even after he showed them the various permits he had. Shadrin had eventually been released. The author also discusses the Yakutian state enterprise Sakhabult and its monopoly of the Russian fur trade, the Yukaghirs’ relationship to power in the Kremlin, and the illness that befell Spiridon Spiridonov, a Yukaghir known for his hunting prowess, after eating rancid butter.

Keywords:   fur trade, Slava Shadrin, arrest, police, sable, Sakhabult, monopoly, Russia, Yukaghir, Spiridon Spiridonov

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