Half of the respondents in a recent poll by the Russian analytical bureau Levada-Center knew nothing or very little about the arrest of the 30 Greenpeace activists. Of those who know the story, more than half approves the authorities’ reactions: arrest and charges.
The criminal case against Murmansk-based blogger Aleksander Serebryanikov, better known as Blogger51, has not been accepted by the prosecuting authorities in Murmansk Oblast and has been returned to the investigators for further investigation.
Russia is reconstructing abandoned Soviet airfields all over the Arctic, including in the Franz Josef Land, the Novaya Zemlya and New Siberian Islands. In addition, the Northern Fleet`s Severomorsk-1 is getting a facelift.
INARI: Forest expert Trude Myhre with WWF Norway says protecting the unique taiga forest is a key to fighting biodiversity loss and climate change. Recommendations for expanding protected areas were given at the Barents Enviro-Ministers’ meeting.
Expansion of the zone for visa-free border-crossing, cooperation in the Arctic, closer contact between the parliaments of the two nations and the situation for sexual minorities in Russia were among the issues up for discussion.