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.
You could easily believe you met Russian soldiers wearing winter uniforms with the tricolor flag on the chest. The two were stopped by the police and requested to find more suitable clothing when onshore in Norway.
Consul General Nikolai Konygin had invited to commemorate the Red Army’s liberation of Kirkenes. Environed by Ukrainian flags, the 78th anniversary became very different from previous ceremonies in the Norwegian border town.
The meddling of Russian authorities in Norwegian musician Moddi’s concerts in northern Norway does not pose a threat to cross-border cultural cooperation, says Luba Kuzovnikova, leader of curator group Pikene på Broen.
A new book tells the story about how a popular movement gathered the whole community of Kirkenes in a joint protest against heavy pollution from neighboring Nikel. More than two decades later, the winds still bring poisonous sulphur across the border.
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