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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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On the Run in Siberia

Rane Willerslev

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter, the author narrates how Slava Shadrin, director of the Teki Odulok obshchina (commune), was cheated by the people at Sakhabult, the Yakutian state enterprise which has a monopoly of the Russian fur trade. Shadrin signed a contract with Sakhabult to sell the obshchina’s 300 sable furs at the fur auction in St. Petersburg for a 10 percent commission. The furs were being sold as part of the Danish-Yukaghir Fur Project, in which Shadrin and the author were involved. Nikifor Petrov, president of Sakhabult, told Shadrin that their furs had been sold for an average price of 1,200 rubles, which was only half of what he was expecting. In addition, Sakhabult had wanted a 25 percent commission for having traded the obshchina furs at the auction, leaving Shadrin and his group with only 900 rubles per fur. The author, in collaboration with two young journalists at the local newspaper Ilken, Olga Ulturgasheva and Varvara Danilova, wrote an article accusing Sakhabult of cheating the Yukaghir hunters out of their money.

Keywords:   fur trade, Slava Shadrin, obshchina, Sakhabult, Russia, sable furs, Danish-Yukaghir Fur Project, Nikifor Petrov, Varvara Danilova, Yukaghir

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