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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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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.

As Russian space industry pulls out of foreign collaboration, the importance of the Plesetsk cosmodrome takes off.

The Prirazlomnaya platform is packed with Norwegian technology and is likely to soon feel the consequences of the western export ban on oil and gas equipment.

The mapping of the disputed Arctic waters is a nasty and unnecessary attempt to open a very vulnerable area for the oil industry, Greenpeace says.

Murmansk is pushing for an additional lifetime extension of the ageing reactors at the Kola NPP.

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.