Harassment, fines, and prosecutions are just some of the tactics authorities use across Russia to silence eco-activists. Whistleblower Aleksandr Peskov was detained for two days for filming at Shiyes, a proposed massive landfill project in Arkhangelsk region for trash from Moscow.
Assistance to the “sponsored” republics, payments to the mobilized and their families and the purchase of housing for Ukrainian refugees make up an incomplete list of expenses incurred by Russian regions because of the war in Ukraine. The Barents Observer has calculated that the northern regions earmark hundreds of millions of rubles in their deficit budgets for the “special military operation”.
The ultra-conservative member of Russia's upper house of parliament has threatened with pointing Russian guns against Finland following its inclusion in NATO. This week, Konstantin Dolgov got the President's Medal for Service to the Motherland.
The Russian Arctic region, whose governor is under international sanctions for abducting Ukrainian children, will this summer bring more than 230 school kids from the occupied town of Primorsk to Russia.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry says Stockholm has pursued a “confrontational course” and orders the closure of Sweden’s Consulate General in St. Petersburg. The Ministry also shows the door to five Swedish diplomats in Russia.
The big north Russian region will have to do with a small temporary airport for seven months as the runway of the actual main airport undergoes capital repair. Substitution airport Vaskovo can only handle small-size planes.
More than 14 months into Russia's war against Ukraine, the town council of Sør-Varanger Municipality unanimously decides to discard its friendship agreement with the Russian Navy headquarter city Severomorsk.
The Prosecutor General’s Office in Moscow on Tuesday said the Norwegian non-governmental ecological organization Bellona conducts activities aimed at undermining Russia’s economy and poses a threat to the constitutional order and security.