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Trude Pettersen

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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. 

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For the first time since 1947 Norwegian and Russian authorities are adjusting the 196 kilometers long border between the two countries. 

Three of Russia’s newest strategic nuclear submarines will start combat training in Arctic waters this year. 

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has approved a new maritime doctrine that focuses on naval presence in the Arctic and the Atlantic. 

So far this year 58 asylum seekers have crossed the border from Russian into Norway. 55 of them came from Syria.

Renowned Norwegian actress Gørild Mauseth is in the leading role when actors and producers from the Gorky Dramatic Theatre in Vladivostok come to Harstad to present a unique version of Tolsoy’s classic play Anna Karenina.

Ambassadors from the 28 EU nations have agreed at a meeting in Brussels to extend sanctions on Russia until next January. 

The 30th edition of the Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankylä, Lapland broke all prvious audience records. More than 30 000 visitors watched films around the clock in the heart of Lapland.

Swedish ore production reached an all-time high in 2014. Base metals and precious metals increased most, while iron ore production remained at the same level as the year before.

Western sanctions have made drilling in the Russian Arctic difficult, but seismic works continue and will be completed according to plan, says Russia’s Minister of Energy Aleksander Novak.

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved a plan for development of the Northern Sea Route. The aim is to increase capacity by 20 times over the next 15 years.