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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. 

Content by Trude Pettersen

Sport plays and will continue to play an important role in the people-to-people cooperation in the Barents Region, top sports officials from all four countries say.

Russia’s strategic nuclear-powered submarine «Vladimir Monomakh» has for the first time launched a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile. According to official sources, the missile hit its target on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Far East.

Murmansk Fish Combinat has filed a claim with Russia’s Supreme Court against the country’s government over the ban on fish imports – a step the Federation Council calls ‘unprecedented’ and ‘welcome’.

Tromsø International Film Festival tours Northwest Russia with a unique film concert – the classical Soviet silent film The House on Trubnaya set to new original music played live.

Norway will gain on having a stable and predictable relationship to Russia and should driving force in keeping up the political track in the West’s dialogue with the superpower, Jonas Gahr Støre says.

The value of exports of Norwegian seafood to Russia in August fell NOK 444 million (€54,7 million), or 82 percent, compared to last August.

Although the rise seems to be flattening out, the number of people crossing the border between Norway and Russia is still going up.

According to local Murmansk media, three soldiers killed in fights on the border to Ukraine have been brought to their military units in Pechenga.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that will relieve the settlement of Roslaykovo outside Murmansk of its status as closed military town. Rosneft has ambitious plans for the local shipyard.

One of Russia’s largest fish processing companies, Murmansk Fish Combinat has had to shut down because of lack of raw materials due to the ban on import of fish from Norway. The company threatens to sue the Government if problems aren’t solved.