"Working as a journalist in the borderland to Russia has always been refreshingly thrilling. But never easy. And over the last years, it has become outright difficult." This report from the Barents Observer gives a picture of ruling media trends and developments in the Barents Region.
Initiators pinned to the wall of the dilapidated downtown building a plate devoted to Ignatii Bessonov, a man murdered by Stalin’s NKVD in 1938. That was not well perceived by the regional Cultural Heritage authority.
Following the recent anti-corruption rally in Murmansk, self-made political activist Sergei Ivanov was fired from his job at the Murmansk airport. He was an airport baggage handler. He is 38 years old and has two children.
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.