Russian independent Lukoil brought some Yuletide cheer in the country's Yamal-Nenets region in a national holiday period that is far from over.

Just before Christmas, Lukoil president Vagit Alekperov and Dmitry Artyukhov, governor of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District in Russia, signed a multipronged agreement that will see Lukoil provide medical, diagnostic and rehabilitation equipment to gravely ill children and children with disabilities.

Lukoil will also support sports organisations, such as the district's volleyball team and its figure skating federation, as well as help in organising cultural festivals in the Tazovsky and Purovsky municipalities.

In addition, the Moscow-based major will help fund a charity catering for indigenous peoples of Russia's far north as well as Siberia.

Lukoil added that it will support Obdorskaya school in the city of Salekhard — which is the first educational establishment in the region to specialise in natural sciences, thereby giving locals the opportunity to study the basics of the oil and gas sector, including engineering.

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