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 three northern Norwegian counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark establish a joint cooperation council, which is to help promote key issues for the region.

Gazprom Neft is ready to ship out 80,000 tons of Novoportovskoye oil through the Ob Bay and towards western markets.

The oil servicemen involved in the ongoing drilling in the Kara Sea commute up to 5000 km to and from the drillsite.

After pressure from the oil industry, a formerly closed area along the Kola Bay is opened up for regular civilian traffic.

An import ban on cars, medical equipment and technology for the aviation and shipbuilding industry will be Russian response to additional sanctions from western countries.

Rosneft President Igor Sechin suggests that his company gets a number of additional offshore field licenses, as well as better oil export tax conditions.

The region strikes deal with federal authorities over the development of ports facilities in Indiga and Naryan-Mar. That will prepare the ground for more out-shipments of Arctic oil and gas.

The Norwegian state might ultimately have to take its part of the bill for major oil and gas infrastructure projects in the Barents Sea.

The Russian Chess Federation looses its court case against the organizers of the Tromsø Olympiad. And Norway’s World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen decides to leave the championship.

The fish industry in Murmansk in 2013 boosted catch to a post-Soviet high. But the lion’s share of it was sent abroad.