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Like the many hundreds of memorials currently erected all over Russia, the new soldier statue in the far northern town of Lovozero embodies aggression and continued war.
July 05, 2024
Also languages of multiple ethnic groups in Russia are included in Google Translate’s update.
July 03, 2024
Russia’s Justice Ministry on Friday added the Put’ Domoi (The Way Home), a group consisting of wives, mothers and sisters of soldiers, to the list of so-called ‘foreign agents’.
June 02, 2024
Finland's newly elected President, Alexander Stubb, on Friday met with reindeer herders, citizens, municipality leaders and members of the Sámi parliament in Inari.
May 24, 2024
The Russian far northern border municipality is heavily militarised. But this year, there were only school kids taking part in the local military parade.
May 10, 2024
The award committee praised the recently renewed museum for its creativity, ethical conservation practices and fostering of cultural dialogue.
May 08, 2024
Most European states, as well as the US and Canada, decided to boycott the fifth inauguration ceremony of Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.
May 07, 2024
New churches are to be built at the heavily militarised Arctic archipelago. They will serve Russia’s 12th Main Directorate, the organisation responsible for nuclear munitions.
April 23, 2024
Renowned theater producer Yevgenia Berkovich and scriptwriter Svetlana Petreychuk face up to seven years in jail.
April 16, 2024
Andrei Kuznetsov gets 229,000 rubles (€2,320) from the Murmansk regional Reserve Fund for his efforts to recruit local men for the war of aggression against Ukraine
April 15, 2024
The population of the far northern Russian border municipality once counted almost 60,000. By January 2024, the number had dropped to below 30,000.
April 09, 2024
With patriotic fervour, schools and kindergartens across Russia put the recent so-called presidential election on their agenda. In a kindergarten in Polyarnye Zori, Kola Peninsula, the children even had their own vote.
March 20, 2024
While soldiers from the 61st Naval Infantry Brigade in Sputnik fight and die on the battlefields in Ukraine, their wives in the far northern home base hardly have access to hot water, heating and waste treatment.
March 13, 2024
The killing of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, who died in a Siberian prison camp last week, triggers strong diplomatic reactions.
February 20, 2024
The value of the shares owned by the Norwegian Oil Fund has dwindled to less than 5 percent of their former level. But the Norwegians still own shares in 52 Russian companies, among them several leading tech and communications companies.
February 02, 2024
The 61st Naval Infantry Brigade is believed to have several hundred warriors fighting in Ukraine. Among them is now also the brigade's priest, Sergei Cherichenko.
January 31, 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
"We are highly displeased with the head of our city administration that carries the flag of a NATO country," a group of Russian soldiers says in a video.
January 10, 2024
Lyubov Cherepanova is member of the Murmansk regional Duma and former leader of the Pechenga municipality. She is one of several leading politicians from the north Russian region that is commissioned to the occupied Ukrainian town of Primorsk.
January 04, 2024
Tracking data for balloons released by the Finnish Meteorological Institute in Sodankylä have been lost several times, jeopardizing weather forecasts for northern regions.
November 22, 2023
Following the announced closure of four border-crossing points in southern Finland, migrants are moving north to crossing points that remain open. Border police in northern Finland and neighbouring Norway is on high alert.
November 17, 2023
"The school program always has to meet the challenges of our time," Russian Minister of Enlightenment Sergei Kravtsov says.
November 16, 2023
The 30 year old ship that used to shuttle along the coast of the Kola Peninsula with fish food for local sea farmers ended its life on a cliff near a Russian naval base.
November 07, 2023
School No 10 in the north Russian Navy city has put up photos and memorial plates of the 1st rang captain that served many years in the Kola Peninsula before he was appointed to Deputy Commander of the Black Sea Fleet and was killed in the battles over Mariupol.
October 30, 2023
According to Sergei Lavrov's men in Moscow, the adjustment of a Russian wreath at the local war monument in Kirkenes, northern Norway, is an "act of vandalism" and an expression of "russophobia."
October 27, 2023

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