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

The state-owned company will hire 2000 people in connection with the development of its new Arctic base infrastructure in Murmansk.

The power and greatness of our Navy will multiply, Russian President Vladimir Putin underlined as captains of the country’s most lethal vessels greeted their head commander and fighter jets covered the Murmansk sky.

Phosagro, Russia’s biggest producer of mineral fertilizers, cuts costs and boosts profits, and now considers the construction of a new plant in the Kola Peninsula.

One of the youngest and most dynamic cities in the Barents Region is about to lose some of its best innovators.

The drilling rig is on its way towards far-Arctic Russian waters as part of the controversial cooperation between ExxonMobil and Rosneft.

A Norwegian seismic vessel has started mapping of the disputed shelf around the Svalbard archipelago.

The Norwegian oil company did not discover much-desired hydrocarbons at the Atlantis structure in the Barents Sea. Meanwhile, the Austrian OMV is drilling with success at its neighboring license areas.

Elena Larionova worked relentlessly to promote cross-border journalism cooperation in the Barents Region and was one of the founding-mothers of the journalism network Barents Press.

Russia’s development of new air force bases in the Arctic are linked with the country’s growing oil and gas activities in the region and the upcoming delimitation of the Arctic shelf, an analyst says.

Low energy prices are giving a turbulent situation for the biggest wind power project Europe, the Markbygden plant in northern Sweden.