Atle Staalesen

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.


Content by Atle Staalesen

There might never be built a nuclear powerplant at Pyhäjoki, northern Finland, unless energy company Fortum gets control over the mighty hydropower resources in Northwest Russia.

Researchers fear they might never see their samples taken near the sunken nuclear submarine “K-159”. 

Oil company Rosneft is conducting seismic mapping of two of its key lisence areas in the Pechora Sea.

The Russian Besovets airport near Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, is made capable of handling all kind of military and transport aircrafts.

The Northern Fleet has established a special unit which is cleaning up the huge amounts of scrap metal left rusting along Russia’s Arctic coast.

French company Total’s failed adventure in the Barents Sea comes to end as Gazprom buys its 25 percent stake in the Shtokman Development AG. 

Consequences for cross-border traveling and cooperation could be dramatic as Schengen countries and Russia tit-for-tat introduce biometric visas.

The two companies’ first ever joint drilling operations could result in the development of a major new Arctic oil field. 

The “Yuri Ivanov” will patrol in the Arctic and keep a close eye on neighbor and NATO member Norway.

Wistleblower Edward Snowden is winner of this year’s recognized Bjørnson Award, but Norwegian authorities are unlikely to guarantee his safe travel to the award ceremony. The former CIA employee should instead be handed over the award in Pechenga, the Russian borderlands to Norway, a Norwegian university lecturer suggests.