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International Financial Corporation (World Bank subdivision focusing on the private sector) on the preparation of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities Development Plan:

‘Since most consultations took place during the winter months, a special focus was on enabling the most disadvantaged members of the local community, such as senior citizens, to attend. Vehicles were provided to those who needed them, and younger community members escorted the elderly. Where possible, the consultations were timed to start after the end of the day’s fishing trips. Time was allocated for the participants to share their problems and concerns. The organisers made sure that all those present were treated respectfully, and efforts were made to reach a consensus. As a result, the meetings turned out extremely long, but people felt that their presence mattered’.

See International Finance Corporation. Stakeholder Engagement: A Good Practice Handbook for Companies Doing Business in Emerging Markets 



Revelations of the Soul

On 8 February 2019, the Nogliki Library reading hall hosted the presentation of the Angela Muvchik's poetry book Revelations of the Soul.

The event had the aura of a cosy, friendly gathering. The poetry reading left a warm feeling in the audience’s hearts. The attendees described the poems as sincere and soulful verses on the nature, life, and issues that interest the debuting poetess. The author answered the questions of the event’s host Tatyana Sitnikova.

Three of the poems from the book were recited in the Uilta language. They had been translated by the great friend of the library, Elena Bibikova, who is always willing to lend a helping hand. This makes Revelations of the Soul relevant not only for the fans of poetry but also for the members of the Uilta people who wish to read in their native language and for those who study it.
During her speech, Olga Rozhnova, Director of the Library, called the book “tender, feminine, and really beautiful”. She stresses that there is very little literature in the Uilta language, and writers leave their mark on history by creating literary heritage of the Uilta and Nivkh peoples. She added, “No one can speak about us, our home and our traditions better and with more tenderness than us.”

Touched by the beauty of her poetry, event attendees asked Angela Muvchik to keep up the good work, continue writing and publishing books.

Both the author and the guests spared no kind words for the employees of the library, who are always eager to assist district residents that come to the library for help. Thanks to them, many exciting initiatives have become a reality.

At the end of the event, the attendees got the writer’s autograph in their copies of Revelations of the Soul they received as gifts.
Revelations of the Soul was published with the financial support of Sakhalin Energy under the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities Development Plan.


Печка весело трещит,
Рыбка жарена шкворчит,
На чугунной сковородке
Жарим нежную селёдку,
Чтоб румяная была!
Запах сводит нас с ума!
Запах детства, запах мамы,
Запах рыбки той румяной!
Солнце медленно садится,
Печка наша всё дымится,
Запах детства, запах дыма,
Запах бабушки любимой.
Вот прошла бы сейчас мимо
Наша бабушка любима!
Наклонилась бы над печкой,
И … царило б это вечно,
Бесконечно, бесконечно!
Вот что значит для нас – Печка!
Если наш очаг дымится,
Как у нивхов говорится –
Это значит, что наш род
Будет жив навек вперёд!
Так дымись, родная Печка,
Бесконечно, бесконечно!..

The materials and photos were provided by the Nogliki Centralised Library System

(Municipal Budgetary Institution of Culture)

Deputy Head of the Single Fund Arrangement and Use Department I.V. Krasilnikova

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/ Achievements

Received the main award in the all-Russian Corporate Philanthropy Leaders contest in nomination The Best Programme for Corporate Philanthropy Policy and Company’s Social Investments Principles

Winner of Vitus Bering International Award

Winner of social investments contestCorporate Donor of Russia – 2008”

First prize at the Far Eastern International Festival of Indigenous People