In last year’s rating Kovtun was ranked number 73, Flash Nord writes. The rating, which is made by Ekho Moskvy, Ogonyok and Interfax, has Speaker in the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko on first place, Governor of the Bank of Russia Elvira Nabiullina on second place and Head of Russia’s Account Chamber Tatyana Golikova on third.
Marina Kovtun, who has held position as Governor of Murmansk Oblast since April 2012, is one of only three female governors in Russia. The others are Natalya Komarova of the Khanty-Mansiisky autonomous region and Svetlana Orlova of Vladimir Oblast. Valentina Matviyenko was Governor of St. Petersburg in the period 2003-2011.
The Murmansk Economic Zone was presented as a miracle cure for regional development and as key facility for the Shtokman project. Today, five years on, regional authorities put their faith in the fish industry.
Renowned Norwegian actress Gørild Mauseth is in the leading role when actors and producers from the Gorky Dramatic Theatre in Vladivostok come to Harstad to present a unique version of Tolsoy’s classic play Anna Karenina.
Nuclear safety projects in the Murmansk region wouldn’t be the same without her contribution. Finnish European Parliament Member Heidi Hautala is today one of 89 Europeans barred from Russia in response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine.
Wistleblower Edward Snowden is winner of this year’s recognized Bjørnson Award, but Norwegian authorities are unlikely to guarantee his safe travel to the award ceremony. The former CIA employee should instead be handed over the award in Pechenga, the Russian borderlands to Norway, a Norwegian university lecturer suggests.