Governors will be cautioned about microblogging and urged to only write “proper” messages on Twitter in order to avoid scandals and misunderstandings, several sources in the Kremlin say to Izvestia.
If that doesn’t work, the presidential administration could ban governors from using Twitter altogether, the sources said.
Dmitry Medvedev created a Twitter account in June 2010 when he was President of Russia. Many governors followed his example and now 33 of Russia’s governors have microblogs and many of them tweet regularly. Kirov Governor Nikita Belykh has written over 24,000 tweets, Ivanovo Governor Mikhail Men over 11,000 and St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko about 5,000, Izvestia writes.
Governor of Murmansk Oblast Marina Kovtun opened her microblog in January this year and has so far published more than 1100 tweets.
The move to control the governors’ online habits comes after a number of Twitter scandals involving senior government politicians. Among the most prominent gaffes, Krasnodar region Governor Alexander Tkachyov in February responded to a highly qualified hospital employee’s complaints about his miserly salary by telling him “not to whine and go look for a more highly paid job.”
A step-by-step increase up to SEK 5,5 billion will be added to the annual defense budget following the Ukraine crisis. The cash will partly come by cutting spending on environment and nuclear safety cooperation with Russia.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
More than 900 reindeer die of hunger on the Russian Arctic island of Kolguyev following a critical lack of available local pasturelands. The reindeer stocks in the area are too badly managed, regional authorities admit.
Three days processing of visa-applications is history. “Always apply at least 15 days prior to scheduled departure. Our processing time is 10 days,” says Marit Egholm Jacobsen, head of the visa section at Norway’s Consulate General in Murmansk.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.
“Young journalists are the future of cross border communication in the North. We feel it is important to give them a possibility to network and learn about new media”, says Virpi Komulainen, project coordinator of the Barents Mediasphere.