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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.

Over the next three years the government is considering doubling the minimum vodka price.

Law enforcement authorities in the Komi Republic have detained Mikhail Yevseyev, the former policeman who reported about serious law violations conducted by the regional police force.

This year’s world index from the organization Reporters Without Borders shows that Russia remains unable to improve its bad record on press freedom.

The "Mikhail Somov" research vessel (photo: sevmeteo.ru)

A fleet of new research vessels and the establishment of a Russian Arctic satellite system are on top of the wishing-list of Leonid Vasiliev, leader of the Arkhangelsk-based Northern Service on Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring.

Charlotte Kalla wins gold in women`s spint relay in the Oslo World Championships 2011 (photo: Oslo2011.no)

Skiers from the Barents Region are grabbing a big number of medals and top positions in the ongoing Nordic Ski World Championships in Oslo.

young journalists

The Barents Region may as well be a wasteland to young journalists.

Ivan Moseev wants the Pomor culture to be acknowledged as the most important factor for developing the Russian north. In this interview with BarentsObserver the head of the Pomor movment in the White Sea area explains the importance of linking northwest Russia with northern Norway.

Visa boom to Norway as northern-Norway, the fjords and Oslo allures Russians.

The Norwegian Barents Secretariat will over the next three years grant €18 million to people-to-people projects in the Barents Region. “This gives us a unique possibility to develop even better cross border relations in the north,” says Secretary General Rune Rafaelsen.

With initial capital from Kirkenes and logs from Karelia the construction has begun of a new church in the border town of Nikel.

The flesh-eating drug Krokodil has been found in Tromsø. The drug probably comes from Russia.

Solovki: Scrap metal, oil-barrels, chemicals leaked into the soil and various waste. This is what meets tourists at the newly opened cruise port at Solovki. Here, Arkhangelsk authorities hope to boost international tourism.

The non-governmental organization Kola Ecological Center in Apatity believes they are under watch as Russia’s new NGO-law enters force from November 21.