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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

Western sanctions will not hamper construction of nuclear icebreakers, but can have negative consequences for other Russian civilian shipbuilding.

Greenpeace’s icebreaker «Arctic Sunrise» left Murmansk last night, after having being arrested by Russian authorities for nine months.

A Russian military aircraft will be conducting an inspection flight over Norway later this month as part of the Open Skies Treaty.

Some 1000 parents and children in the Komi Republic have received help through the Barents cooperation program “Children and youth at risk”.

Statoil did not discover oil in the controversial Apollo well near Bear Island.

Norway and Russia launches a joint expedition to determine the condition of a sunken nuclear submarine and containers of radioactive waste dumped in the Barents Sea.

Severodvinsk can soon get rid of one of the town’s potential nuclear threats. The battle cruiser “Admiral Ushakov” is to be scrapped. Money for the project has been allocated in next year’s budget.

The Norwegian Armed Forces want to cut down on the number of soldiers at the world’s northernmost fortress Vardøhus from four to zero.

China is accelerating its pace in Arctic exploration by publishing its first guide to sailing through the Northern Sea Route.

Russia is conducting an air force exercise involving more than 25 fighter jets and fighter bombers of different types in the Barents Sea area.