The Russian Arctic region in 2012 experienced a serious decline in industrial production. In total, industrial output in the region dropped 11,2 percent in the first nine months of the year, the latest Barents Monitoring report informs. Oil production, the by far most important part of the region’s industry, fell 11,7 percent, the report reads.
Also the construction industry saw a major drop (-47,3%) along with cargo transport (-2,1%).
Meanwhile, the region continues to deliver positive economic results. Salaries in the period increased by 16,6 percent to a total of 56596 rubles, which is among the highest regional averages in all of Russia. According to the monitoring report, unemployment continues to drop and now amounts to only 2,2 percent of the labor force.
At the same time, as previously reported by BarentsObserver, the regional balance account for the first nine months the year showed a surplus of one billion rubles (€24,5 million).
The population in the region increased by 174 individuals growth, mostly due to in-migration. The total regional population totals 42437.
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.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
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.