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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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Norway is modernizing its border guard service. This week construction of the country’s second new border guard station on the border to Russia began.

Russian authorities are considering establishing a ‘reindeer police force’ to help combat crime in the Yamalo-Nenets tundra region.

The Russian Children’s Rights Commissioner accuses Norway for terror against Russian families living in the country and claims that Norwegian child welfare authorities have taken 55 children away from Russian mothers in course of the last three years.

Gazprom Neft has so far shipped 200,000 tons of oil from its platform in the Russian Arctic.

Norwegian aquaculture equipment supplier AKVA Group has concluded a NOK 63.2 million contract with Russian Sea Group on delivery of salmon farming gear.

Former Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre has been appointed manager of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Arctic. -

“We cannot live with the stigma of being traitors and will appeal this decision,” says Tatiana Kulbakina, member of Humanist Youth Movement, which is the first NGO in Murmansk to be decleared as foreign agents.

The Norwegian Air Force has for the first time intercepted Russia’s newest jet fighter, the Su-34 off the northeastern coast of Norway.

Russia’s Supreme Court has dismissed Murmansk Fish Combinat’s claim over the ban on fish imports. The factory shut down production after the ban was imposed in August.

Russian oil major Lukoil is going to invest 35-40 billion rubles yearly in oil field development in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug.