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.
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.
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.
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.
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.