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.
Russia is prepared to protect its interests in the Arctic with military means if necessary, says Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu, pointing to the increasing interest in the region’s resources by countries with no direct access to the Arctic.
Europe’s third-biggest low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle is facing its biggest crises as a strike by pilots grounded almost all of its domestic flights in Norway, Sweden and Denmark since Wednesday.
Development of tourism is one of Russia’s prioritized areas to secure its presence on the archipelago of Svalbard. The state company Trust Arktikugol is now registered as a tour operator and could welcome its first guests to the Arctic wilderness.
The UK needs to up its game in the Arctic or risk being «outmaneuvered” by other states, and should start by appointing an ambassador to the region, according to a report by the House of Lords Arctic Committee.