Thomas Nilsen is on a Russian so-called «stop-list» of individuals denied entry to the country, the Russian Embassy in Oslo confirms. A series of reports about Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and his controversial visit to Svalbard might have been what triggered the reaction.
A small group of activists assembled to commemorate the 2009 killing of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova. They were not allowed to stand long by Murmansk police.
International conference "Fishing in the Arctic" takes place in Murmansk this week. Senator Igor Zubarev, who is now a subject in an investigation by the tax and prosecutor’s office, will represent the Republic of Karelia.
No halt in cooperation on the border between Russia, Norway and Finland. On the contrary - we want more contact, says Vladimir Chizhov as he officially opens the new Visit Center of the Pasvik Nature Reserve.
Expedition cruise vessel "Island Sky" in the White Sea. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Walrus on an icefloe east of Spitsbergen. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Foreigners on board cruise vessels can now visit ports like here in Arkhangelsk for 72 hours without holding a Russian visa. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
There are close very few people living on the remote islands in the Russian Arctic. Here a small hut on the Vaygach Island. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Murmansk is Russia's largest Arctic city with a growing number of tourists. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Tourist guide Sergey Arzumanov in Murmansk is waiting for more foreign cruise vessels to make port call to the city's brand new pier. In the background, icebreaker "Lenin". Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Port of Kirkenes with "The World" and Hurtigruten's "Trollfjord". Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Commissioned in 1969, "Explorer" became the first purpose-built expedition vessel for icy waters. Here from the Magdalene fjord on Svalbard. In 2007, she hit an iceberg in Antarctic and sank. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Walrus on an ice floe in the Arctic. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Polar bear on the ice in the Hinlopen Strait. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Polar bear on the ice. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Longyearbyen on Svalbard is the turn-around port for many expedition cruises in the European part of the Arctic. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Representatives of Arctic nations and major fishing powers are meeting in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik to hammer out a deal on banning unregulated fishing in the international waters of the Central Arctic Ocean.
The meddling of Russian authorities in Norwegian musician Moddi’s concerts in northern Norway does not pose a threat to cross-border cultural cooperation, says Luba Kuzovnikova, leader of curator group Pikene på Broen.