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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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Barents father and former Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thorvald Stoltenberg, says the current security situation is crying out for closer Nordic cooperation on defence and security.

Norway’s most famous coastal cruise liner has agreed to a takeover offer from a British group of investors. The company now plans for expedition cruising to Russia’s White Sea region.

What was the Barents Region’s only east-west flight, from Arkhangelsk to Tromsø via Murmansk, lacks permission and is no longer flying. Nordavia, however, hopes to see the Pskovaia operated aircraft soon landing in Tromsø again.

The four bombers and four tanker aircraft tracked by F-16s outside Northern Norway were not using on-board transponders or maintained any radio contact with civilian air traffic authorities.

64 percent of the respondents in a Levada poll think relations between Russia and the West always will be built on distrust.

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First ever opinion poll with more “yes” than “no” to membership to NATO.

Russia’s rearmament of its Arctic region continues with a further boost for the airforce and radar control. Aimed to safeguard the nation’s military security, a senior commander says.

With the appointment the Arkhangelsk Governor becomes one of the most influential advisors to President Putin.

Extreme climate, difficult ice conditions and lack of technical means to work year round forces the oil-major to ask for prolonged geological exploration period to 15 years.

This abandoned polar hydrometrological station at Cape Menshikova on Novaya Zemlya can be declared a culture heritage site as Arkhangelsk authorities urge Moscow to include Arctic objects in the state register.