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Two hundred kilometres above the Arctic Circle hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers are finding a new life in northern Norway, but recently the doors have been shutting on those desperate to start fresh in the High North.

Head of the Barents Institute Marianne Neerland Soleim on Saturday will receive President Putin’s letter of appreciation for her effort to identify Soviet prisoners of war who died in German camps in Norway.

Thousands lost their lives on the battlefields on the Kola Peninsula before the Red Army in October 1944 liberated Eastern Finnmark. Today, Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun laid down wreaths together with Norway’s Defense Ministry.

Kirkenes, Norway, is strangely uniform for a 150-year-old town.

Thousands of people in Norway have lived with a secret for almost 70 years. German war children in the High North are an important voice in remembering the liberation of Finnmark and a poignant lesson in history about misdirected anger and the damage it can cause.

The autumn of 1944 large parts of Finnmark and northern Troms were burnt and destroyed by Nazi German forces retreating from onrushing Soviet troops. The civilian population was forced to evacuate or hide.

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A narwhal tusk has been stolen from Svalbard, a popular, protected Arctic tourist destination. The governor’s office has asked for the help of expedition cruise ship visitors in identifying the culprit.

In the coming weeks towns on both sides of the Norwegian-Russian border will be marking the 70th anniversary of Soviet troops’ liberation of Pechenga and Eastern Finnmark from Wehrmacht’s forces.

Most Russians are against broadening restrictions on travel abroad, but half of them believe this will happen anyway, a survey shows.

After five years of renovation, the Murmansk landmark hotel reopens its doors.

NRK journalist and veteran in the Barents Press network Arne Store died Wednesday at age 69.

Murmansk Oblast has so far received more than 2700 refugees from Eastern Ukraine and more are coming. They receive help from Murmansk Red Cross.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedyev on Friday signed and order prohibiting anonymous access to Wi-Fi in public places.