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

Alexander Stubb, famous in the Barents Region for branding the north as the world´s most sexy region, is put on track to take over after Jyrki Katainen.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed former chief of Olympstroy Sergey Gaplikov as Acting Governor of the Komi Republic. 

The question about who should be accepted as Sámi is under debate after the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland accepted nearly 100 new people as Sámi against the will of the Sámi Parliament.

While election turnout in the neighboring countries is in serious decline, the Swedes still go massively to the polls.   

The onslaught of the political elite in the Komi Republic expands as regional police arrests the mayor of Syktyvkar.

Prosecutors say Governor Vyacheslav Gaizer and 13 other high-ranking politicians are detained on suspicions of serious fraud. Experts believe the arrests rather are linked with political intrigues and controversies between powerful economic interests.

Vyacheslav Gaizer is detained by police suspected for leading a organized crime group in the Komi Republic.

Russia’s leading party United Russia won 79 of 144 seats in local elections on the Kola Peninsula. 

The former Barents Secretariat leader wins local elections in Kirkenes with landslide.

Arkhangelsk Governor Igor Orlov secures clear election victory amid record-low voter turnout.

The elections for the next Sámi Parliament began on Monday. Yle, Finland’s public broadcaster, has launched two new online services to provide information on the elections.

One of the most liberal representatives in the upper chamber of parliament is ejected from his post.

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

Nuclear safety projects in the Murmansk region wouldn’t be the same without her contribution. Finnish European Parliament Member Heidi Hautala is today one of 89 Europeans barred from Russia in response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine.