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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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Production proceeds as planned, but parts of equipment and services will be replaced by Russian suppliers, a top leader of operator company Gazprom Neft says about Russia’s first offshore oil project.

The acting governors in the Komi Republic and the Nenets Automous Okrug both secured new terms with more than 75 percent of the votes in Sunday’s elections.

The new round of EU and US sanctions aims at Russian offshore Arctic oil and gas projects, and could put grand partnerships between Rosneft, ExxonMobil, ENI and Statoil in jeopardy.

As tensions in East-West relations mount, more than 150 representatives of NGOs, regional authorities and institutions meet in Tromsø, northern Norway, to discuss enhanced Norwegian-Russian cooperation in the Barents Region.

Russian government management of High North developments, indigenous peoples and cross-border cooperation faces a reshuffle as President Putin abolishes the Ministry of Regional development.

Environmental activists from Norway are successfully working for delays in Rosneft’s first project in Norwegian Arctic.

State oil company Petrovietnam gets stakes in two blocks in Russian Arctic waters as part of its new cooperation deal with Rosneft.

The Norwegian drilling company is taking over a share of Russia’s most polluting industry as part of its new comprehensive deal with oil major Rosneft.

The gas monopolist wants to stop Rosneft from getting LNG export permission for the Pechora LNG project.

The Northern Fleet is sending soldiers and firepower to the New Siberian Islands, Russia’s new base location in the Russian east Arctic.