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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Residents Leave Region

Nearly half the population of the far northern Chukotka region has migrated south over the past 10 years, driven from the Arctic area by unemployment and shrinking state subsidies, an official said Tuesday.

The population shrank from 180,000 at the beginning of the 1990s to 72,000 people today, said Larisa Ponomaryova, an aide to Boris Abramovich, a lawmaker representing Chukotka in the State Duma.

She said that officials expect the population to fall to just 15,000 within the next three years if conditions do not change.