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 country is pumping billions and trillion into its armed forces. But not all new equipment looks like a lethal threat to the neighbors. Take a closer look at Russia’s new Army snowmobile.

The company which is to develop the grand infrastructure project in Murmansk is in deep trouble.

As Sovcomflot lays down the keel of its new Arctic super-tanker designed for the Yamal LNG, the company’s role in the project is increasingly unclear.

The environmental organization makes a second move against the tanker “Mikhail Ulyanov” as it enters the port of Hamburg.

Thousands of small-ship owners around the White Sea dispair as a new federal law restricts free sailing in their home waters.

Gas production in northern Norwegian waters is steadily making its way. But more discoveries and new infrastructure are needed for the region to become a major supplier to the continent.

Nationalist groups from Finland are boosting their influence in the Republic of Karelia, head of the Russian Security Council says.

The Melkøya LNG plant in 2014 had its best year ever.

Statoil finds additional resources near the Aasta Hansteen project, few kilometers north of the Arctic Circle.

Gazprom Neft starts the construction of a 96 MW gas turbine electric power station as part of its Novy Port project.