For Russia's Arctic troops, four legs are better than two

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For Russia's Arctic troops, four legs are better than two
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade on an armoured vehicle during military exercises near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade riding snowmobiles during military exercises near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade skiing during military exercises near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade riding snowmobiles during military exercises near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade conduct military exercises to learn how to ride a reindeer sled at the reindeer farm near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade conduct military exercises to learn how to ride a reindeer sled at the reindeer farm near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade conduct military exercises to learn how to ride a dog sled near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade conduct military exercises to learn how to ride a reindeer sled at the reindeer farm near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade conduct military exercises to learn how to ride a reindeer sled at the reindeer farm near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade conduct military exercises to learn how to ride a reindeer sled at the reindeer farm near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade conduct military exercises to learn how to ride a dog sled near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade hold military exercises near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade conduct military exercises to learn how to ride a reindeer sled at the reindeer farm near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade conduct military exercises to learn how to ride a dog sled near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade warm by the fire during military exercises on how to ride deer and dog sleds near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade warm by the fire during military exercises on how to ride deer and dog sleds near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade conduct military exercises to learn how to ride a reindeer sled at the reindeer farm near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade during military exercises to learn how to ride reindeer and dog sleds at the reindeer farm near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade conduct military exercises to learn how to ride reindeer sleds at the reindeer farm near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade conduct military exercises to learn how to ride dog sleds near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION. RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Reconnaissance unit members of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade warm by the fire during military exercises on how to ride deer and dog sleds near the Lovozero settlement. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
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Reindeer pull Russian soldiers across the vast, freezing landscapes of Murmansk.

The men are from the Arctic Motorized brigade of the Northern Fleet .... in training exercises designed to give soldiers a handle on working with reindeer as well as dogs.

Russia is an uneasy Arctic neighbor with the United States, which trains its own ground troops in the Arctic.

Surveyors believe the Arctic seabed could contain hundreds of billions of barrels of oil.

And nations like Russia and U.S. -- each with territorial claims in the Arctic -- are beginning to make their presence felt.

For Russia's Arctic Troops, Four Legs Are Better Than Two
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