Despite hard talks about the strengthening of the Russian navy, the entire fleet of nine ballistic missile submarines only sailed five deterrent patrols in 2012, according to a report from the Federation of American Scientists.
This photo of the Russian strategic bomber with tail number 21 is taken from an NATO scrambled F-16 outside Norwegian airspace. On February 26 things could have gone really bad, when a fire broke out as the very same plane was taxing for takeoff.
Heavily armed forces guard the weapon-grade uranium from terrorists before departure, but such potentially deadly cargo can continue to be shipped northbound towards Murmansk when Norway’s radiation watchdog is sleeping.
KIRUNA: the Arctic Council’s biodiversity group today released the “Arctic Biodiversity Assessment”, a report containing the best available science on the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity and accompanying policy recommendations for biodiversity conservation.
After having been on the verge of bankruptcy, the Northland Resources now confirms that it has the funding needed for continued development of the great Kaunisvaara iron mine project in northern Sweden.
KIRUNA: The first indigenous chairperson of the Arctic Council said she will use her two-year term to raise awareness of how important the indigenous way of life is and will put the interests of northern people first when considering Arctic research, development and policy.
In a rapidly changing Arctic, the region's indigenous people are standing at the forefront of climate change and resource development – a situation that's putting them increasingly in the international spotlight and raising questions about their role in Arctic policy making.
10 Barents Spektakel festivals in a row in Kirkenes calls for a one year festival break for the organizers in the art curator group "Pikene på Broen". The next festival will probably be held in the winter of 2015.
Last Thursday people all over Russia celebrated Victory Day, which marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War. BarentsObserver brings you photos from the celebrations in Murmansk, Nikel, Arkhangelsk and Litsa.