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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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Representatives from seven countries have gathered in Tromsø this week to create a new set of standards for sustainable standardized solutions for international petroleum activities in the Arctic.

Norwegian scientists won the Ig Nobel Award for investigating how reindeer react when they see people dressed up as polar bears.

The U.S. Department of Defense has released a “Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap”, detailing plans to combat both “immediate” and future national security risks due to climate change.

In Arkhangelsk Russia has opened its third of ten planned search and rescue centers along the Northern Sea Route.

The nuclear-powered submarine “Yekaterinburg”, which was severely damaged in a fire in December 2011, will be put back in service in the Northern Fleet in December, Zvezdochka shipyard reports.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense wants to enhance ecological monitoring in the Arctic and plans to establish a regional environmental center operated by the Northern Fleet.

The autumn of 1944 large parts of Finnmark and northern Troms were burnt and destroyed by Nazi German forces retreating from onrushing Soviet troops. The civilian population was forced to evacuate or hide.

Norway and Russia on Friday signed a new fisheries agreement for the Barents Sea for 2015. Quotas on cod remain high, but are down from 2014 down, in accordance with scientific recommendations.

In the coming weeks towns on both sides of the Norwegian-Russian border will be marking the 70th anniversary of Soviet troops’ liberation of Pechenga and Eastern Finnmark from Wehrmacht’s forces.

Russia’s newest strategic nuclear-powered submarine «Vladimir Monomakh» has passed all state tests and will soon be ready to be handed over to the Navy.