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.

Authorities unsuccessfully banned Sunday’s rally in memory of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down and killed in Moscow Friday night.

“Whatever the pressure, Rakurs will continue to support LGBT community, to provide legal and psychological help. And we are going to challenge this wrongful decision in the court,” says Tatiana Vinnichenko, head of the organization.

Murmansk based organization providing legal support to victims of homophobia continues to work and will appeal decision.

Fronts are sharp and political disagreement touch. But Norwegian and Russian politicians fully agree about Barents regional cooperation.

“We are in dialogue, not confrontation,” says Aleksandr Zelenov from the Foreign Ministry in Moscow. A regional indigenous peoples summit are in pipe.

EU leaders will decide whether to move ahead on more restrictive measures against Russia at a mid-March Summit. Meanwhile, Bildt and Brende will speak at the Kirkenes conference about relations with Russia.

The current economic crisis will affect Murmansk Oblast harder than the one in 2008, warns Governor Marina Kovtun.

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ office in St.Petersburg has suspended or postponed many of its planned activities in Russia after being included on the list of NGOs considered as foreign agents.

Erna Solberg Alexander stubb and Kristian Persson

TROMSØ: Erna Solberg, Alexander Stubb and Kristina Persson outlined strategies for growth and cooperation in the north. No attention was given to the man sitting directly in front of the on the first row; Putin’s former special envoy for the Arctic Artur Chilingarov.

St Petersburg

After 20 years of supporting people-to-people contacts with Northwest-Russia, Nordic Council of Ministers’ St. Petersburg office got a surprise letter from the procurators office.

United Russia’s Mikhail Ilinykh is elected as Speaker of Murmansk Regional Duma.

The regional parliament in Murmansk on Thursday removed Vasily Shambir from the post as chairman. The politician is in custody suspected of fraud.

The Russian President expresses his hope that the good relations between Norway and Russia will continue.