Thomas Nilsen

Thomas worked for the Norwegian Barents Secretariat between 2003 and 2015. Between 2009 and 2015 he was the editor of BarentsObserver. Before that 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

The Russian navy’s “Pyotr Veliky” needs extensive modernization, according to Moscow-based expert.

Penalty for peak pollution is equal to net profit from 4,7 seconds of operation. 

The falling price of oil is also dragging the kroner and rouble down.

Slump in Russian tourists to Rovaniemi is bad news for Christmas-themed business. 

The most powerful weapon in history of humanity, the 58 megaton “Tsar-bomba” detonated over Novaya Zemlya in 1961, will be on display when Rosatom celebrates 70 years of nuclear industry.

Will be the first airline to offer scheduled international flights to Longyearbyen in the Norwegian Arctic.

Will be built east of the secret town of Olenogorsk-1 on the Kola Peninsula and outside Pechora in the Komi republic.

Maximum, the support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Murmansk feels offended after the largest hotel in town cancelled their conference hall booking. We wanted to protect them, says the management.

Can be the first direct intercontinental flight across the Atlantic from the Barents Region.

The old Russian bombers are frequently flying outside Norwegian airspace.