Artificial ice on the driveway made the playground for the polar bear activists, while the banner posted the clear message “Save the Arctic.” Moscow police arrested 10 of the activists, including the four dressed as polar bears. One of them was carrying a sign saying “Miller – Your driller is Arctic Killer.” Alexei Miller is top chief of Gazprom, the Russian state own company operating the Prirazlomnoye rig in the eastern part of the Barents Sea.
Two weeks ago, activists onboard the Greenpeace vessel “Arctic Sunrise” boarded the Prirazlomnoye rig in a protest against all arctic oil drilling.
Half a million people are supporting the campaign Greenpeace runs to protect the Arctic, reads the portal of the organizations Russian branch office.
“The only way to precent a catastrophe is to prohibit any drilling here and around the North Pole and create a global nature reserve, turning it into an area of peace and science,” says Vladimir Chuprov, head of the energy department of Greenpeace Russia.
Greenpeace has posted a video from Wednesday’s protest on YouTube.
A step-by-step increase up to SEK 5,5 billion will be added to the annual defense budget following the Ukraine crisis. The cash will partly come by cutting spending on environment and nuclear safety cooperation with Russia.
The president warns against hostile action and terrorism in the Arctic and says regional oil installations must be protected. At the same time, he signs a law, empowering oil companies to establish their own armed forces.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
More than 900 reindeer die of hunger on the Russian Arctic island of Kolguyev following a critical lack of available local pasturelands. The reindeer stocks in the area are too badly managed, regional authorities admit.
Three days processing of visa-applications is history. “Always apply at least 15 days prior to scheduled departure. Our processing time is 10 days,” says Marit Egholm Jacobsen, head of the visa section at Norway’s Consulate General in Murmansk.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.