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A several thousand kilometer long fiber optic cable is to be laid along the Russian Arctic coast as part of the Armed Forces’ building of a new closed internet.
March 14, 2019
The State Duma adopts a package of new laws that enables government to crack down on news regarded as «unreliable public information.»
March 07, 2019
The blocking in Russia of the Norwegian newspaper is lifted to diplomatic level.
March 06, 2019
His newspaper is banned by Moscow, but Thomas Nilsen and the Barents Observer continue reporting in Russian.
February 20, 2019
A Moscow rat race against the independent Norwegian newspaper leads to its closure on Russian territory.
February 19, 2019
The growing engagement of China in the Arctic is accompanied by independent Chinese-language news from and about the region.
February 12, 2019
Svetlana Prokopyova was detained by masked man who first raided her home.
February 07, 2019
Obey restrictions imposed by media regulator Roskomnadzor or risk being blocked in Russia.
February 01, 2019
You have 24 hours to un-publish this story. If not, the website will be blocked in Russia, state media watchdog Roskomnadzor makes clear in a letter to the Barents Observer.
January 30, 2019
Anatoly Veshchagin is fighting for his right not to serve in the military.
December 18, 2018
The human rights defender was due to be released from prison in Arkhangelsk before December. That did not happen.
December 04, 2018
The human rights expert Alexey Tsykarev from Russia has been refused a visa to Finland. The refusal was based on the Schengen agreement’s paragraph on diseases that concern public health.
November 13, 2018
Head of the ecological monitoring and consulting group POMOR, Timofey Surovtsev, wants to counter Norwegian media's negative reporting on environmental problems in Russia.
November 07, 2018
Additional limitations are in the pipe for Yandex and other Russian aggregators of up-to-date news coverage.
October 25, 2018
Director of the Medvezhyegorsk regional museum Sergey Koltyrin has for more than two decades been a key safeguarder of the Sandarmokh memorial complex in Karelia.
October 11, 2018
In Murmansk, politicians working in the shadows are trying to close an independent news agency
October 10, 2018
The situation for gays and lesbians in Russia is deteriorating, says journalist and writer Aleksandr Borisov. He foresees more persecution of homosexuals.
September 29, 2018
People of different ages and political views gathered in a peaceful rally that ended up on the doorstep of Governor Marina Kovtun’s office.
September 10, 2018
The sentence of blogger Savva Terentyev in 2008 was a violation of freedom of expression, the judges in Strasbourg say.
September 04, 2018
Regional news journal 7x7 has started a major crowdfunding effort after it was fined an unprecedented 850.000 rubles by Russia’s state media inspection agency.
August 31, 2018
The Ukrainian film director is on hunger strike for 88 days in the remote Russian Arctic prison of Labytnangi.
August 09, 2018
It is another crackdown on the Russian media, and it will make it even harder for Russian journalists to engage in cooperation with foreign colleagues.
July 05, 2018
Violetta Grudina organised a protest rally ahead of the inauguration of Vladimir Putin. Now comes the reaction from the authorities.
July 04, 2018
Arkhangelsk and Murmansk Oblasts are the part of the Barents region with sharpest drop in population, while both Northern Sweden and Norway get more people.
June 26, 2018
Russia’s media supervision authority Roskomnadzor fines 7x7-journal 800.000 rubles for a blog post.
June 21, 2018