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.

Bjarne Håkon Hanssen

-Russians are welcome to Norway, the Norwegian Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion said when presenting the new Norwegian white paper on work immigration today. The new Norwegian legislation might mark a historic point in Norwegian-Russian cross-border relations

EU and Russia

It would be in the West’s interest to include Russia in its political, economic and security plans, researcher Michael Emerson from the Centre for European Policy Studies writes in a new paper. He believes the next EU-Russia treaty should include emphasis on visa-free travel, free trade in goods and services, as well as rules relating to energy investments

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Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg says he is proud about what his government has achieved in the High North. He underlines that the High North focus now will be reflected in national infrastructure plans.

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President Dmitry Medvedev today came to Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, where he chaired a session in the State Council. He also met with regional Governor Sergey Katanandov.

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A court in Arkhangelsk this week announced that election results from two polling stations in this May’s local city mayor’s elections were incorrect, but left the overall election results undisputed. Election loser Tatiana Bazanova now says she will bring her case to an international court.

Sinikka Bohlin, Nordic Council

In their meeting with Arkhangelsk Governor Ilya Mikhalchuk this week, representatives of the Nordic Council highlighted the importance of a continued strengthening of cross-border cooperation. Governor Mikhalchuk on his side stressed the joint interests of the parties.

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Larisa Bazanova, the opposition leader who sued the Arkhangelsk Election Commission in the wake of the May 25 local city mayor’s elections, has lost her appeal case in the Arkhangelsk regional court.

The state and the market

The Russian government is increasing state ownership stakes in all sectors of the Russian economy, but still underlines that it has no plans to change its economic policy or nationalize large parts of the economy. Also in Norway, the government is increasing its ownership in companies, among them energy giant StatoilHydro.

The European Union

The new EU Communication on the Arctic downplays potential security challenges in the Arctic and instead highlights the importance of stability, cooperation and a sustainable marine environment, Gunnar Sander from the European Environmental Agency said at a conference in Kirkenes, Norway, today.


Sergey Subbotin was last Friday sworn in as the new city mayor of Murmansk. His first move was to dismiss the whole administration of former mayor Mikhail Savchenko.

Photo: Pete Souza

-I think we have an excellent opportunity to reset the relationship between the United States and Russia on a whole host of issues, U.S. President Barack Obama said after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov yesterday.

Valentina Pivnenko

The Barents Cooperation helps create trust and is useful for both the national and regional levels of power, Russian State Duma representative Valentina Pivnenko highlighted in this week’s Barents Parliamentary Conference.

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Murmansk will over the next years be a Russian key region for transport and infrastructure development. This week, the region fired its minister of transport.