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.
Tourists will be replaced by soldiers and scientists on the North Pole this spring. Instead of the traditional Barneo ice camp, Russia is about to establish two bases – one for scientists and one for the military.
The overall goal for Norwegian Arctic Policy is to ensure that the current geopolitical tensions do not spill over and pose a challenge to peace and stability characterizing the region, says Foreign Minister Børge Brende.
How come that the Barents and the Balkan regions have nearly the same average life expectancy, but their GDPs are dramatically different? BarentsObserver compares two border regions trying to find an answer.
Terrorism fears, with police and soldiers likely targets, is the reason for the special decision to allow Finnish Border Guards to be armed when on patrol in the normally relaxed town of Kirkenes in Norway’s northeastern corner.
Eva Biaudet, Finland’s Non Discrimination Ombudsman says to BarentsObserver the rejection of the ratification of ILO Convention No. 169 was a step backwards for the political efforts to strengthen Sami rights.