Olesia Krivtsova

The agreement with the "Defenders of the Fatherland" foundation was signed by Rector Elena Kudryashova with the Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NARFU) in Arkhangelsk.
February 09, 2024
Mikhail Avdonin from Arkhangelsk in northern Russia was detained by FSB officers in September 2023. Investigators claim he sneaked into a military unit to set fire to military facilities on instructions from the Freedom of Russia Legion. His parents say that after Mikhail’s arrest the young man was beaten and charged with “attempted terrorist attack” and “preparation for treason”. The Barents Observer spoke with the young man's parents and also learned about possible provocation by the FSB.
January 30, 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
The incrimination of the independent media outlet was initiated by member of State Duma Andrei Lugovoi, the man involved in the killing of Putin-critic Alexander Litvinenko.
January 25, 2024
Ruslan Akhmetshin, an activist and photographer from Arkhangelsk in Northern Russia, who was sentenced to 2.5 years in October 2022, was released from prison on December 15. The reason for his conviction was several comments and shared posts on social media in which the activist did not agree that Victory Day is a holiday of fun. In an interview with The Barents Observer, Ruslan spoke about his feelings on his first day of freedom, prison life and plans for the future.
January 09, 2024
The president’s self-nomination is supported by the Arkhangelsk-based Northern Federal University (NArFU) and Northern State Medical University, as well as by the Murmansk Arctic State University.
January 08, 2024
As soon as Finland announced the reopening of its border to Russia, migrants started to move towards the border-crossing points. Videos show a significant number of migrants preparing to cross the border from Russia to Finland by bicycle.
December 14, 2023
18-year-old Nikita Goldin from Arkhangelsk was interrogated by FSB officers twice for running a telegram channel in which he talked about the language and culture of the peoples of Komi and Pomorie, and for talking to his buddies who actively supported Ukraine. Godin was detained right at the Northern Arctic Federal University, an educational institution that has repeatedly demonstrated its loyalty to the authorities and cooperated with the FSB. The security agents threatened Nikita and also took away his equipment and documents. The political pressure forced the young man to leave Russia. His is safe now. The Barents Observer tells the story of Nikita's persecution.
December 01, 2023
Storskog on the Norwegian-Russian border is the last land checkpoint where Russians are allowed into the Schengen area on tourist visas. Now that Finland has decided to close all of its land border crossings many are worried about possible closure of Storskog. The Barents Observer spoke to people who regularly cross the border between Russia and Norway.
November 30, 2023
"Our services came and picked them up,” a receptionist with the motel in Kandalaksha said when called by the Barents Observer on Tuesday. A few hours later, 41 migrants crossed the border to Finish Lapland at Salla checkpoint.
November 21, 2023