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Thomas Nilsen

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Thomas Nilsen is editor of BarentsObserver and is based at the desk in Kirkenes, northern Norway. He has been working for the Norwegian Barents Secretariat since 2003. Before, he worked 12 years for the Bellona Foundation’s Russian study group, focusing on nuclear safety issues and general environmental challenges in northern areas and the Arctic.

Thomas has been travelling extensively in the Barents Region and northern Russia since the late 80’s working for different media and organizations. He is also a guide at sea and in remote locations in the Russian north for various groups and regularly lectures on security issues and socio-economic development in the Barents Region. Thomas Nilsen studied at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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Eva Biaudet, Finland’s Non Discrimination Ombudsman says to BarentsObserver the rejection of the ratification of ILO Convention No. 169 was a step backwards for the political efforts to strengthen Sami rights.

Iron-ore miner in Kirkenes has secured finances for another three months period, but warns about closure after June if situation doesn’t improve.

The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has decided not to participate during the military parade at the Red Square and celebration of the 70th anniversary of World War II victory.

RAAHE: Development Manager Juha Miikkulainen doesn’t think the current disagreements between EU and Moscow will affect Finland’s plans for Pyhäjoki nuclear power plant where Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom is heavily involved.

Anna Kireeva says Bellona Murmansk can not continue to work like before after her organization was placed on the “Foreign Agent” list by Russia’s Ministry of Justice.

“Crimea is ours” – “Crimea is Russia” The slogans on the central square of Arkhangelsk had the same clear messages as similar rallies in most major cities around Russia Wednesday evening.

Government’s Pension Fund Global has bond investments worth NOK 89 million and owns shares worth NOK 1,13bn in Sberbank and NOK 2bn in VTB Bank.

The Kremlin has invited 68 world leaders to participate during the military parade at the Red Square and celebration of the 70th annivers

Crew members get stressed and limits are pushed when the alarm bell calls for snap combat readiness exercises like the ongoing one with the Northern Fleet. History tells us that submarine accidents happen when tensions are high, says Nils Bøhmer with Bellona.

The Government Pension Fund Global is now worth more than 7.000 billion kroner (€796 billion). If divided on the 5,2 million Norwegians, each one would have 1,35 million. That is five times the annual net income of a Swede.