On the coast of the Kara Sea, construction workers are in full swing with the building of the Kharasavey natural gas field. It will be one of the country's biggest projects of the kind. But the gas might have nowhere to go.
Regional Governor Vladimir Uiba says the warriors from his Komi Republic will be a an important "contribution to great victory." But the group of men that this week was sent to the battlefields in Ukraine did not look victorious.
The organization that normally engages in paramilitary training of kids and youth is to lead a new regional effort to prepare volunteers for combat in Ukraine. Contractors are offered big salaries and could end up serving mercenary Wagner Group.
Atle is journalist and Publisher of the Independent Barents Observer.
In 2002, he founded the Barents Observer. He was editor until 2009 and later worked as journalist and project coordinator for several European cross-border cooperation projects. In late 2015, following a conflict over editorial rights, he re-established the Barents Observer as an independent and non-profit stock company along with the rest of the newspaper crew.
Atle has a degree in Russian studies from the University of Oslo and studied journalism at the Moscow State University.