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Trude Pettersen is associate editor of BarentsObserver and is based at the desk in Kirkenes, Northern Norway. She has been working for the Norwegian Barents Secretariat since 2008. 

Trude graduated from the University of Tromsø in 2000 with a MA degree in Russian. She has also studied International Politics and Russia and Eastern Europe Area Studies. 

Content by Trude Pettersen

More than half of the pollution in Murmansk Oblast comes from Europe, and especially Norway, a representative from the regional ministry of ecology claims.

Russia plans to build four icebreakers for naval forces in the Arctic and Far East. Construction of the first vessel, “Ilya Muromets”, started in Saint Petersburg on Thursday.

A majority of the people living in the Arctic wants to continue cooperation with Russia despite the conflict in Ukraine. Norwegians are most in favor of diplomatic and cooperative approaches, a new survey shows.

Russia’s first floating nuclear power station for use in the Arctic will be ready by October 2016.

The environmental organization Bellona Murmansk has been fined 50,000 rubles for failing to voluntary register as a foreign agent.

As iron ore prices reach a ten-year low Swedish mining giant LKAB has to start discharging workers.

By threatening to restrict entry to Svalbard for certain individuals, Norway is acting in defiance of the Svalbard treaty, the Russia’s Foreign Ministry says.

The results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Finland show a clear, expected win by the opposition Centre Party. The party’s leader, 53-year-old millionaire Juha Sipilä from Oulu in northern Finland is poised to succeed Alexander Stubb as Finland’s next prime minister.

The Northern Fleet’s destroyer “Severomorsk” is heading home after a five month long mission to the Mediterranean. On the way, the vessel will be conducting drills in the Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will not be present in next week’s Ministerial Meeting in Arctic Council, where the United States will take over chairmanship from Canada.