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“Dmitry Kiselyov is a propagandist for President Putin and well known for his anti-Semitism and hate speech,” says Secretary General Bjørn Engesland with the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.

“Dmitry Kiselyov is a propagandist for President Putin and well known for his anti-Semitism and hate speech,” says Secretary General Bjørn Engesland with the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.

Putin’s chief propagandist and television host had already booked his fishing vacation to Gjesvær in Finnmark when EU included him on the visa sanction list, also followed by Norway.

The official visit from Murmansk was to strengthen relations between Norwegian government and the neighboring Russian region. Instead, it all ended up as another example of the current east-west chill.

Amidst raising tensions between Russia and western countries, the regional people-to-people contacts across the Norwegian-Russian border continue to develop. Severomorsk and Sør-Varanger are now renewing their agreement on cooperation.

Norway’s Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft has canceled a planned trip to Russia next week as a reaction to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

But analysts believe the region’s high debts and budget deficit ultimately will lead to the dismissal of regional governor Marina Kovtun.

Barents Regional Council adopts Climate Action plan, first to be implemented in Barents Russia. Plans for better cross-border transportation are also in pipe.

US lawmakers adopt a non-binding resolution urging Barack Obama to impose visa, financial, trade, military and other sanctions against Russia unless the Kremlin changes its position on the Crimea crisis.

Murmansk Oblast Governor Marina Kovtun has climbed to number 55 on a rating over the 100 most influential women in Russia.

“We can not with indifference look at the events unfolding in Ukraine,” the city mayor of Murmansk says in a letter addressed to his counterpart in the Crimea.

Igor Koshin is appointed new regional governor of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

Chairman of the Murmansk regional Duma Vasily Shambir was today removed from his position by a court in Murmansk.