Following the establishment of a joint Russian electricity market, power prices in Murmansk Oblast are increasing and now approach the federal average. Regional authorities now call on Moscow to step up regional subsidies.
According to Interfax, Murmansk Governor Yuri Yevdokimov this week addressed Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with a request to allocate 2,6 billion RUB of federal electricity subsidies. The request comes as Russian authorities are reforming the national energy market with the introduction of harmonized and all-Russian consumer prices. In a transition period, the regions not benefiting from the reform among them Murmansk Oblast get subsidies from the state. However, this year, the federal government have failed to cash out the money, resulting in increasing impatience in regions like Murmansk. So far, Murmansk Oblast has enjoyed low energy prices because of its rich hydro power resources and its nuclear power plant. According to regional officials, Murmansk has until now been able to produce relatively cheap electric energy in an almost isolated energy system.
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.
People participating in culture-, sport and Barents cooperation projects can from October apply for visa to Norway without paying a single ruble, says Marit Egholm Jacobsen with the Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk.