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.

Content by Thomas Nilsen

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The United States new round of sanctions on Russia could force Exxon to alter its ongoing drilling in the Kara Sea by September 26.

Acting Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun won 64,7 percent of votes cast in Sunday’s Governors election where the voter turnout was record low 31 percent.

Arkhangelsk Governor Igor Orlov says developing the good interaction between people in the Barents Region is beyond big politics.

Tourists-visas issued by Russia’s Consulate General in Kirkenes are down a quarter. Tour operators blame the Ukrainian crisis.

More than a dozen navy vessels and submarines sail out from the Kola Peninsula on Tuesday. From the White Sea, a Bulava missile is likely to be launched.

Gazprom Neft platform Prirazlomnoye

The oil subsidiary of Russian gas giant Gazprom was granted exploration rights in the Barents Sea the very same day as EU sanctioned the company.

Weapon tests are completed and the submarine will soon sail towards her new homeport, less than 60 kilometres from the NATO border in the north.

A consortium of research, education and other organizations is established with the aim to “ensure the Russian presence on Svalbard.”

STAVANGER: Bellona’s Frederic Hauge says Statoil can’t continue its current Barents Sea drilling since the appeal period for the permission has not yet expired.