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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.

By threatening to restrict entry to Svalbard for certain individuals, Norway is acting in defiance of the Svalbard treaty, the Russia’s Foreign Ministry says.

The results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Finland show a clear, expected win by the opposition Centre Party. The party’s leader, 53-year-old millionaire Juha Sipilä from Oulu in northern Finland is poised to succeed Alexander Stubb as Finland’s next prime minister.

Deputy Minister Dmitry Rogozin’s stay in Svalbard was exclusively connected with logistical purposes, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs underlines.

The Foreign Ministry wants an explanation from Russia’s ambassador to Oslo after minister visited Svalbard despite being on the list of people sanctioned after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. In Moscow First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Leonid Kalashnikov, is questioning Norway’s sovereignty of Svalbard.

Oslo asks Moscow for an explanation after BarentsObserver earlier today reported that Russia’s sanctioned Deputy Prime Minister suddenly appeared on Svalbard.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on Saturday posted several tweets from Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Rogozin is on EU and Norway’s sanction list of individuals not allowed entry.

Kåre Simensen, Member of Norwegian Parliament, dislikes the cold shoulder Western leaders give Russia by not going to Moscow on May 9 and mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory.

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s decision to skip the Red Square military parade on May 9 is now followed by both Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö.

President Putin warns that public and nongovernmental organizations can be used by Western governments to try to discredit and destabilize Russia.

Eva Biaudet, Finland’s Non Discrimination Ombudsman says to BarentsObserver the rejection of the ratification of ILO Convention No. 169 was a step backwards for the political efforts to strengthen Sami rights.

Four governors from the Russian part of the Barents region have become members of the newly established Arctic Commission.

The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has decided not to participate during the military parade at the Red Square and celebration of the 70th anniversary of World War II victory.

Anna Kireeva says Bellona Murmansk can not continue to work like before after her organization was placed on the “Foreign Agent” list by Russia’s Ministry of Justice.