Independent election watchdog Golos continues to update its Map of Violations ahead of the September 18th State Duma elections. Arkhangelsk is among the regions with the biggest number of registered offenses.
While neighboring Arctic regions experience massive population decline, the Yamal Nenets has been through a five-fold demographic increase in less than half a century. «It is unprecedented», says regional Governor Dmitry Kobylkin.
Oleg Drozdov with the Yabloko Party in Murmansk runs for a seat in the State Duma, but is not allowed to do street campaigning, gets limited media coverage and zero access to the closed military towns where nearly 100.000 voters live.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, emphasised her country’s historic and ongoing connections with the High North in the first keynote speech at the 4th Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavík on 7th October 2016. Scotland is determined to deepen and strengthen these ties, according to Sturgeon.