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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 Barents Council is a great example of international cooperation on regional level, Arkhangelsk Governor Igor Orlov underlines to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Russian state nuclear company Rosatom signs deal on construction of an icebreaker for the Yamal LNG project.

The oil company will this year spend 764 million rubles (€13,2 million) on seismic mapping in the Kara Sea.

Norway must ramp up its military capacities in order to meet challenges from neighboring Russia, a new government-commissioned report recommends.

Borey-class submarine “Vladimir Monomakh” will be included in Russia’s Pacific Fleet one year after schedule.

The border delimitation agreement for the Barents Sea demonstrated that Russia is playing according to the rules in the Arctic, former Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre says. It is five years since the two countries announced the deal.

A €60 million government loan will keep Norway’s Arctic coal company afloat for another couple of years.

The government proposes the adoption of a Norwegian-style license model for the shelf, but encounters fierce protest from state companies Rosneft and Gazprom.

UPDATE: The launch of a missile from the Plesetsk Space Center flops. The weapon landed near a local village.

Hurrah, we did it! One of the youngest ever expeditions makes it to the North Pole point.