Twenty Kittilä councillors have been suspended by central government until the conclusion of their trial on charges of abuse of an official office, workplace safety violations and workplace discrimination.
An improvement of the ministry structure is needed in order to meet the requirements of the President, says Minister of Natural Resources Dmitry Kobylkin as he announces the establishment of a new Arctic department.
Luostari was once the Soviet Union’s nearest airfield to NATO territory. Now, the nearby ghost town of Korzunova could be one of the most lucrative private housing areas on the industrialized Kola Peninsula.
Smile for military cooperation: Chief Officer at «KV Barentshav» Frode Urke (left) and Head of the Northern Fleet's exercise unit Aleksandr Ulyanov (in the middle) are happy to work together in the Barents Sea. The scenario is realistic; missing people and people in distress at sea and prevention of oil spill pollution.
The number of people crossing the Norwegian-Russian border is shrinking. But some people, like Aleksandr, will continue to travel between the countries. «I have been doing my shopping in Kirkenes since 1995», he says.
Singer Vladimir Martynenko from Murmansk used to tour neighbouring Scandinavia with Russian ballades about faith and love. He was arrested and spent more than 2 years in Lefortovo after refusing to cooperate with the Federal Security Service.
The floating nuclear power plant «Akademik Lomonosov» now under tow towards Murmansk marks the start of a comprehensive utilization of nuclear energy in the Russian Arctic. New submarines, surface warships, icebreakers, seabed- and onshore mini-reactors as well as nuclear-powered military weapons are all queuing up in record speed. The Barents Observer gives you the overview.
Olenya Bay on the coast of the Barents Sea is home to a fleet of nuclear powered spy submarines and surface vessels which NATO now says are dramatically stepping up activities around undersea data cables in the North Atlantic.
These people do not make it to the cocktail receptions of regional officials, neither into the meeting agenda of government ministers or priority points of Barents action programs. Civil society is in danger of being sidelined in regional cross-border cooperation.