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.
Regular military relations between Norway and Russia have been halted for more than a year, but the two countries’ Coast Guard Services continue cooperate on protection of borders and resources in the Barents Sea.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
Norwegian business leaders and academics interviewed by Yle’s Swedish-language news service say they are disappointed in the overall level of Swedish language skills among its job applicants from Finland.