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.
From melting sea ice to starving, isolated polar bears, it’s no secret that global warming has taken a heavy toll in the Arctic. But who’s in charge of protecting these vulnerable, northern lands and oceans?
The border delimitation agreement for the Barents Sea demonstrated that Russia is playing according to the rules in the Arctic, former Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre says. It is five years since the two countries announced the deal.
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.
Arctic indigenous leaders cautioned the circumpolar community that the continued intrusion of geopolitical tensions with Russia into the Arctic Council could negatively impact the wellbeing of Arctic peoples.