Having lost the space race, and the cold war Russian officials know that they can ill afford falling behind in the field of yeti research. To ensure they reach an accord with the hairy giants before the next ice age, a new yeti research institute has been proposed
. From the article: "...some believe Russia also holds a population of yetis, which it calls Snow Men, in remote areas of Siberia such as the mountains in the southern part of Kemerovo around Tashtagol. Kemerovo officials cited yeti researcher Igor Burtsev as saying that around 30 Russian scientists are studying yetis and could work together at the planned institute."