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

They first refused to give the newspaper editorial freedom. Today they followed up with the dismissal of Editor Thomas Nilsen.

Both Gazprom and Rosneft want the license to the Murmanskoye field in the Barents Sea. 

The onslaught of the political elite in the Komi Republic expands as regional police arrests the mayor of Syktyvkar.

We should quickly agree with the Swedes about the formation of a defence alliance, head of the Finnish parliament defence committee says.

Russia’s brand new frigate, the ”Admiral Gorshkov”,  is heading northwards to engage in test shooting in the White Sea.

Prosecutors say Governor Vyacheslav Gaizer and 13 other high-ranking politicians are detained on suspicions of serious fraud. Experts believe the arrests rather are linked with political intrigues and controversies between powerful economic interests.

Vyacheslav Gaizer is detained by police suspected for leading a organized crime group in the Komi Republic.

Security at Russian offshore installations is at risk as oil companies are unable to get hold of needed spare parts. 

Russia needs to produce more fish, the country’s new Food Security Doctrine states. At the same time, production in fishery region Murmansk plummets. 

Russian nuclear power company Rosatom proposes to turn retired nuclear-powered icebreakers into drifting research stations.