Geography Theme 2 – OIB Development Case Study of Russia

Russia, the largest state in the world, experienced significant economic and political changes during the 1990s caused by the transition for a centrally planned economy to one that is now market orientated. This shift created substantial inequalities that provide challenges for the government to manage today.

Short CNBC News report on the wealth gap in Russia (36s):

Copy and Paste this link for article with video:

https://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/01/russia-is-the-most-unequal-major-country-in-the-world-study.html

Article from 2019 about inequalities in Russia:

Copy and Paste link:

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/12/richest-3-russians-hold-90-of-countrys-financial-assets-study-a65213

Video (made by Gazprom, so be aware of bias) about Russia’s hydrocarbon reserves and shows how gas is transported via pipelines and ships to different countries (3m55):

Documents with exercises (Part 1):

Russia Case Stusy Part One

Russia Part Two

In this assignment you will learn how Russia is a continent which is rich in resources but remains at the mercy of fluctuations in their prices. It’s current population is just under 150 million inhabitants though it has lost population since the collapse of the Soviet Union (USSR) in 1991. You will also study, Norilsk, a town within the arctic circle, which has been a closed city since 1991 and is exploited for it’s mineral resources but pays a terrible environmental and social price.

Begin by watching the video tutorial which explains the work here:

 

Read the article under this link to learn about the closed city of Norilsk:

Norilsk: A Closed City in Siberia

Then watch this documentary about the city here:

The assignment documents and exercises are available here:

Russia case Study pt2

 

BAC PREPARATION

For T°OIB you will need to get used to writing long essays (approximately 800-1000 words) in the space of just two hours. Here is a OIB Bac style question for you to write an essay response to using the resources above and what you have learnt from completing Russia Case Study Pt 1 and Pt2:

Russia OIB BAC STYLE ESSAY ASSIGNMENT: 2° OIB BAC ESSAY RUSSIA

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