Koshin replaces Igor Fyodorov, who has been heading the northern Russian region since 2009. A Presidential decree on the issue was signed on 22 February, a press release from the regional administration reads.
Igor Koshin comes from the post as Senator for the Nenets AO. He has also been heading the regional branch of the United Russia party since year 2002.
“All his career has been uninterruptedly connected with the Nenets Autonomous Okrug and in the latest years he has been representing the region in the Federation Council, Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Sergey Neverov says in a press note. “Koshin has experiences and authority not only from the region, but also from the federal level”, he adds.
Koshin started his governor period with the immediate dismissal of five deputy governors.
Commenting on the government reshuffle, Head of the regional Nenets Accounts Chamber Oleg Belak says that former governor Fyodorov did not manage to find a common language with the regional elite. “The governor immediately got the opposition from the population: in the small town of Naryan-Mar he only moved around with a car with blinking lights, something which was unprecedented for his predecessors,” Belak says to newspaper Kommersant. “He was surrounded by complete isolation”, he adds.
The Nenets Autonomous Okrug is one of Russia’s richest regions in terms of per capita incomes. The region is a major oil producer and the level of regional salaries are among the highest in Russia.
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.