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

IMF says Russia’s GDP risks to fall starkly to the downside this year. However, June had a 10 percent increase in travel from Murmansk region to Norway.

From October, Russia switches from permanent summer time to permanent winter time.

While foreign countries over the last 20 years have cashed out for scrapping Russia’s Cold War fleet of nuclear submarines, Moscow puts its money into building new advanced vessels for underwater warfare.

Former KGB bodyguard, now parliament member, Andrey Lugovoi is among the lawmakers now introducing a bill requiring foreign internet companies to store personal data inside Russia.

Five fields are up for geological exploration this summer, included one area near the ice boundary east of Svalbard where Statoil is partner.

Russia’s state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, confirms a training program is in full swing aimed at extending the life-time beyond 2018.

…while a €70 million brand-new, purpose built vessel aimed at the same transport job, is berthing at the same quay in Murmansk, without being used.

After 23 years of construction, the multi-purpose submarine “Severodvinsk” hoisted the navy’s flag today. Next mission is likely deep sea tests west of the Bear Island.

Gazprom Neft platform Prirazlomnoye

Russia’s largest private oil company turns away from last year’s statement not to invest in Arctic offshore.

Alexander Stubb, famous in the Barents Region for branding the north as the world´s most sexy region, is put on track to take over after Jyrki Katainen.