Discussing the usual divide, in studies on privatisation of agriculture in Russia, between the temperate agricultral zones of southern and European Russia, on the one hand, and, on the other, the tundra and taiga zones of Siberia, the author proposes an original comparative study of farm reorganisation between a ‘peasant’ village of European Russia (Paigusovo, in the Republic of Mari El, about midway between Moscow and the Ural Mountains) and an ‘indigenous’ village in the northern tundra (Snezhnoe, in the Chukotka Autonomous Region).  Her precise depiction of change, taking into account the specific past of each region, allows her to go beyond the ideological debate surrounding socialism and capitalism.

The Redaction
CER: I-8.2-700