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.

Environment Minister Ville Niinistö has taken to social media to defend comments he made to the influential business daily Financial Times, where he charged that Finland has been kow-towing to Russia in its foreign policy.

The acting governors in the Komi Republic and the Nenets Automous Okrug both secured new terms with more than 75 percent of the votes in Sunday’s elections.

Acting Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun won 64,7 percent of votes cast in Sunday’s Governors election where the voter turnout was record low 31 percent.

Russian government management of High North developments, indigenous peoples and cross-border cooperation faces a reshuffle as President Putin abolishes the Ministry of Regional development.

Arkhangelsk Governor Igor Orlov says developing the good interaction between people in the Barents Region is beyond big politics.

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 three northern Norwegian counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark establish a joint cooperation council, which is to help promote key issues for the region.

Murmansk has seen its first demonstration against Norway’s adoption of EU’s sanctions against Russia. On Monday a dozen people gathered to protest against foreign influence on Norwegian policy.

Former Speaker of Murmansk Duma Vasily Shambir was arrested on August 12 at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, trying to leave the country while under investigation.

“The Government will support the EU’s new restrictive measures against Russia. Norway has since the start of the crisis in Ukraine stood together with the EU and neighboring countries in our reactions to Russia’s violation of international law. We will do the same this time,” says Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

Russia should review its international treaty obligations, and reconsider those that fall out of line with Russian law, deputy chairman of the Federation Council’s Committee on Constitutional Legislation Konstantin Dobrynin says.

As a response to the sanctions from the international community, Russia is creating a list of ”aggressor states”, in which all EU countries will be included.

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