A court in Murmansk has approved the investigative committee’s request to have Shambir temporarily removed from his position while the investigation against him is going on. Shambir has two different criminal cases against him. He is accused of fraud of 42 million rubles (€872.257) from the joint stock company KOMZ (Kandalaksha Developmental Engineering Plant) while serving as General Director of the plant from 2007 to 2009, as BarentsObserver reported. Later he was accused of stealing 26 million rubles (€539.968) from Barentsbank in the same period.
The ruling will come into force in ten days. According to Shambir’s lawyer, the court ruling will be appealed, B-Port reports.
“The procedure of temporarily removing a leader from performing his official duties while an investigation is ongoing is stipulated by the current legislation. The court will make such a decision if it believes the investigators’ arguments are warranted”, Shambir commented but added that he did not agree with the grounds the decision was based on:
“I really tried to protect my good name and the reputation of the legislative branch of power in the region. I stood up against the complete breakdown of law and order that is happening here in Murmansk”, Shambir said in a comment on the Duma’s web site after the court meeting.
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.