Georgii Chentemirov

A non-profit called the Directorate of Social and Infrastructure Projects is modernizing boiler houses, renovating residential buildings and changing water supply networks in the occupied Ukrainian city. It is all tacitly funded by public money from the Arkhangelsk regional budget.
April 24, 2024
Renowned theater producer Yevgenia Berkovich and scriptwriter Svetlana Petreychuk face up to seven years in jail.
April 16, 2024
The death (more precisely, murder) of Aleksei Navalny has deprived the Russian opposition of an informal leader. However, this tragedy reverberates far beyond politics: some Russians, who wanted change for their country, perceive this as a personal loss. There also are those who still see Navalny as a “Kremlin project” – even after the three hundred days the politician spent in a segregation unit. The Barents Observer spoke with opponents of the Putin regime who remain in Russia about how they feel after the death of the opposition leader and whether they are ready to accept his wife as the new leader of the protest movement.
February 23, 2024
Alexei Navalny died in high security penal colony in northern Russia on Friday. The day before, the exhibition “Faces of Russian Resistance” opened in Kirkenes. The Barents Observer spoke to people who came to pay tribute to the politician after hearing of his death.
February 18, 2024
The Barents Observer spoke to those collecting signatures for Boris Nadezhdin, the only Russian presidential candidate who promises to end the war in Ukraine and free political prisoners. The police are interested in activists, people travel from other cities to sign for Nadezhdin, and the procedure itself is called a legal way to protest against the war and the Putin regime.
January 25, 2024
Russia, especially its “depressed” regions, is suffering from a labor shortage. The decline in the workforce is evidenced by both employers who are unable to find workers and updated statistical data. Statistics, among other things, show a decrease in the number of men – but the war may not be the only one to blame for the development.
January 10, 2024
The head of the Cabinet of Ministers of Finland believes that the opening of the checkpoints on the eastern border still threatens the national security of the country.
January 10, 2024
Thousands of Russian women whose husbands have been sent to the war with Ukraine are demanding the return of their loved ones home. They create petitions, write to lawmakers and take to street protests. They are ignored and bullied on social media, while their husbands on the front line receive threats from commanders. Barents Observer spoke with a wife of a mobilized soldier and tried to understand how people in Russia support the state, knowing that it is deceiving them.
January 09, 2024