Departure from Murmansk towards the North Pole is set for October 15th after the flame first fly in to Moscow from Athens on October 7, reports Vesti’s regional TV news in Sochi.
The torchbearers will leave the icebreaker a few hundred meters from the North Pole and run the last distance on the ice. There, Russian Northern fleet’s navy orchestra will play and the ceremony will be attended by Rosatom, the State Atomic Energy Corporation that operates Russia’s fleet of nuclear powered icebreakers. Participating on the voyage is also Dmitry Chernyshenko, President of the Sochi 2014 organizing committee, reports Portnews.
Back in Murmansk later in October, the flame will continue to the other Barents cities of Arkhangelsk, Petrozavodsk, Syktyvkar and Naryan-Mar, as previously reported by BarentsObserver.
The torch will eventually be winding down to the Black Sea resort of Sochi for the Opening Ceremony on February 7, 2014.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
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.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.