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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.

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.

Norway has not frozen all political contacts with Russia, as a Ukraine newspaper reported after an interview with Prime Minister Erna Solberg. “Sloppy translation,” the Prime Minister’s office claims.

Canadian ambassador to Norway, David Sproule, sat down with BarentsObserver on a recent visit to Kirkenes to talk Arctic relations, Canadian-Norwegian cooperation and future projects between the two countries.

Prime Minister Alexander Stubb says Finland needs to stay close to the European Union but also maintain good ties with Russia as the Ukrainian crisis stretches on.

The powerful party is revoking the member ticket of Vasily Shabir, the former regional Duma chairman, now locked up in jail suspected of fraud.

With the appointment the Arkhangelsk Governor becomes one of the most influential advisors to President Putin.

Norway’s Prime Minister says it is important to thank Russia for their liberation of Finnmark 70 years ago, but calls on Moscow to respect international law today.