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Atle Staalesen is BarentsObserver staff writer and Adviser in the Norwegian Barents Secretariat. He has a degree in Russian from the University of Oslo and has studied journalism at the Moscow State University. He has worked with BarentsObserver since its establishment in 2002.

Atle Staalesen is editor of the Barents Review and also responsible for the Barents Secretariat’s Cross Border Cooperation (CBC) activities in Slovakia and Bulgaria, a part of the Norway Grants financial mechanism.

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The North Atlantic Drilling Ltd is requesting permission for a continued cooperation with Rosneft.

The state-owned company PetroVietnam strikes a deal with Gazprom-Neft on the development of the Dolginskoye field in the Pechora Sea.

The biggest new navy vessel in almost two decades is ready to be handed over to the Northern Fleet.

Russia’s leading icebreaker yard, the Baltiysky Zavod, is more than two years behind schedule in the contruction of the country’s new generation diesel-engined icebreakers.

Governors’ elections will be abolished and the governance of Arctic territories is likely to be transferred to a new Ministry of the Arctic.

The “Saturn” lost one of its lifeboats and got its helipad destroyed in last week’s Arctic storm, pictures of the rig show.

Russia deploys its newest and most advanced anti-aircraft missile system, the S-400, near the borders to Norway and Finland.

Drilling rig ”GSP Saturn” arrives in Murmansk after a troublesome voyage through stormy Arctic waters.

Despite improved road standards, lethal car accidents continue to haunt travellers in the Barents Region. More than 600 people will die on regional roads this year.

Despite sanctions and an aggravating economic crisis, unemployment in Russia appears to be on the decline.