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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.

Gennady Oleynik

There is a 20 percent lack of workers in the Russian North, Head of Federation Council’s Committee on the North, says.

Illustration: Barentsphoto.com

All municipalities in Arkhangelsk Oblast have been requested to establish local youth parliaments. The local assemblies will help raise focus on social and economical problems among young people, regional authorities say.

47 percent of Russians believe worsening relations with the West will be short-lasting, a new poll shows.

Matti Ahtisaari (Wikipedia)

Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari is the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Mr. Ahtisaari was born in what today is Russian Karelia, he studied in the northern town of Oulu and has in his political career repeatedly argued that the European Union’s primary responsibility is to be patient with Russia and help it achieve democratic stability.

The city of Arkhangelsk

Most of Arkhangelsk city was yesterday left without drinking water supplies as the city’s main water pipeline ruptured.

Meeting with representatives of the Russian Olympic Fund yesterday, President Dmitry Medvedev said only 15 percent of Russians do sports. That is threatening the health of the nation, he underlined.

The regional administration of Arkhangelsk is actively seeking to turn main regional newspaper Pravda Severa into a more government loyal newsmaker, the newspaper staff believes.

"50-let Pobedy" (Baltiiskii Zavod)

Sailing from Murmansk on Friday, the nuclear powered icebreaker 50 Years of Victory will head to the North Pole with tourists in its cabins.

Patriarch Kirill

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill today arrives in Arkhangelsk Oblast for a three-day visit, two of which will be spent on the holy Solovki islands.

Finland

Finland’s Foreign Minister, Alexander Stubb, will deliver a speech at Murmansk State Technical University in Murmansk.

Russian Federal Districts

All state services in the Russian regions are to be made available electronically by 2015, President Dmitry Medvedev underlined in a recent State Council session.

Unemployment in Russia in January increased to 6,8 million people, or 9,2 percent of the work force, the country’s statistical service informs.

OMON police forces in Kondopoga in August 2006.

Five North Caucasus residents were sentenced last week on charges ranging from homicide to hooliganism.