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.
On my visit to Franz Josef Land yesterday, I saw photos which indicate that climate change is not necessarily triggered by human activity, the Russian President described in today’s round table talk in Arkhangelsk.
Leader of the regional party office in Murmansk, Andrey Kapitonov, was recruited by Russian agents as part of a plot involving liberal Parnas and the Norwegian secret police. Then it all backfired on the Russian security service.
The Sámi Parliament of Finland is starting a series of public hearings on the Nordic Sámi Convention. In Utsjoki, locals are both for and against the convention, which unifies Sámi rights and culture in the Nordic region.
Expedition cruise vessel "Island Sky" in the White Sea. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Walrus on an icefloe east of Spitsbergen. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Foreigners on board cruise vessels can now visit ports like here in Arkhangelsk for 72 hours without holding a Russian visa. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
There are close very few people living on the remote islands in the Russian Arctic. Here a small hut on the Vaygach Island. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Murmansk is Russia's largest Arctic city with a growing number of tourists. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Tourist guide Sergey Arzumanov in Murmansk is waiting for more foreign cruise vessels to make port call to the city's brand new pier. In the background, icebreaker "Lenin". Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Port of Kirkenes with "The World" and Hurtigruten's "Trollfjord". Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Commissioned in 1969, "Explorer" became the first purpose-built expedition vessel for icy waters. Here from the Magdalene fjord on Svalbard. In 2007, she hit an iceberg in Antarctic and sank. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Walrus on an ice floe in the Arctic. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Polar bear on the ice in the Hinlopen Strait. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Polar bear on the ice. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Longyearbyen on Svalbard is the turn-around port for many expedition cruises in the European part of the Arctic. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
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.