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Mar 15, 2018

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders

Russia holds a presidential election on Sunday but voting has already begun in the flat, snow-covered expanses of the Siberian Arctic, which are home to the nomadic Nenets people who herd reindeer.
Why bother, just give it Putin again.

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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A woman from the indigenous community "Yamb To" (Long Lake) looks out a tent at a reindeer camping ground, about 450 km northeast of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 1, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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A herder of the agricultural cooperative organisation "Erv" pets a reindeer at a reindeer camping ground, about 250 km north of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 8, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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People are seen near a tent at a reindeer camping ground owned by the agricultural cooperative organisation "Erv", about 250 km north of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 8, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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Local electoral commission members leave a weather station during the early voting in remote areas ahead of the presidential election, in the settlement of Cape Konstantinovsky, about 250 km north of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 8, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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A dog walks by a tent at a reindeer camping ground owned by the agricultural cooperative organisation "Erv", about 250 km north of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 8, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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A member of the indigenous community "Yamb To" (Long Lake) walks with a dog at a reindeer camping ground, about 450 km northeast of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 1, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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A herder of the agricultural cooperative organisation "Erv" walks in front of a helicopter at a reindeer camping ground, about 250 km north of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 8, 2018. The helicopter was carrying local electoral commission members during the early voting in remote areas ahead of the presidential election. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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A sledge covered with reindeer skin stands at a reindeer camping ground owned by the agricultural cooperative organisation "Erv", about 250 km north of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 8, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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A herder of the agricultural cooperative organisation "Harp" takes part in the early voting in remote areas ahead of the presidential election, at a reindeer camping ground, about 250 km south of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 4, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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A herder of the agricultural cooperative organisation "Harp" casts his vote into a mobile ballot box during the early voting in remote areas ahead of the presidential election, at a reindeer camping ground, about 250 km south of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 4, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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Children from the indigenous community "Yamb To" (Long Lake) are seen at a reindeer camping ground, about 450 km northeast of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 1, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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Herders of the agricultural cooperative organisation "Erv" are seen during the early voting in remote areas ahead of the presidential election, at a reindeer camping ground, about 250 km north of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 8, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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Members of the indigenous community "Yamb To" (Long Lake) look through a broadsheet with information about presidential candidates during the early voting in remote areas ahead of the presidential election, at a reindeer camping ground, about 450 km northeast of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 1, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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Members the indigenous community "Yamb To" (Long Lake) take part in the early voting in remote areas ahead of the presidential election, at a reindeer camping ground, about 450 km northeast of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 1, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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Members the indigenous community "Yamb To" (Long Lake) look through a broadsheet with information about presidential candidates during the early voting in remote areas ahead of the presidential election, at a reindeer camping ground, about 450 km northeast of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 1, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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Herders of the agricultural cooperative organisation "Erv" wait as a local electoral commission member fills documents during the early voting in remote areas ahead of the presidential election, at a reindeer camping ground, about 250 km north of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 8, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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Memebers of indigenous community "Yamb To" (Long Lake) sit inside a tent during the early voting in remote areas ahead of the presidential election, at a reindeer camping ground, about 450 km northeast of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 1, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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A herder of the agricultural cooperative organisation "Harp" rests inside a tent at a reindeer camping ground, about 250 km south of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 4, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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A herder of the agricultural cooperative organisation "Harp" rests inside a tent at a reindeer camping ground, about 250 km south of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 4, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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A child from the indigenous community "Yamb To" (Long Lake) is seen at a reindeer camping ground, about 450 km northeast of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 1, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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Members the indigenous community "Yamb To" (Long Lake) take part in the early voting in remote areas ahead of the presidential election, at a reindeer camping ground, about 450 km northeast of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 1, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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A herder of the agricultural cooperative organisation "Harp" feeds reindeer at a reindeer camping ground, about 250 km south of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 4, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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A herder of the agricultural cooperative organisation "Erv" stands in front of a traditional tent at a reindeer camping ground, about 250 km north of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 8, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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Pieces of reindeer meat hang at a reindeer camping ground owned by the agricultural cooperative organisation "Erv", about 250 km north of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 8, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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A herder of the agricultural cooperative organisation "Harp" walks with reindeer at a reindeer camping ground, about 250 km south of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 4, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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Members of the indigenous community "Yamb To" (Long Lake) greet a helicopter carrying local electoral commission officials during the early voting in remote areas ahead of the presidential election, at a reindeer camping ground, about 450 km northeast of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 1, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

Russian voting starts early for reindeer herders
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Children from the indigenous community "Yamb To" (Long Lake) run to a helicopter carrying local electoral commission officials during the early voting in remote areas ahead of the presidential election, at a reindeer camping ground, about 450 km northeast of Naryan-Mar, in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, March 1, 2018. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

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