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

Relics of Russian Orthodox saints will from now on be on board Northern Fleet vessels on missions.

A string of regulatory alcohol laws might be about to change the relationship between Russians and booze.

The state-owned oil company in 2015 intends to conduct seismic mapping of seven fields in the Pechora Sea.

No more more Russian ships will be built abroad, Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin says, adding that a wave of new orders now will be placed in Russian yards.

Ship supply services are not included in the sanction regime against Russia, Norwegian authorities conclude.

A historical agreement between Fortum, Rosatom and Gazprom gives the Finnish energy major control over a lion’s share of hydropower capacities in Northwest Russia.

The Russian oil major is pulling out of a string of deals with Norwegian oil service companies.

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.