Today 23 reserve officers from the Northern Fleet received state diplomas at a ceremony in Murmansk. They have been retrained for business administration.
People like these ex-officers are in demand at the labor market, says Konstantin Berezhny, Head of the Murmansk State Employment Center: “These are people who are used to discipline and to take responsibilities. They have strong voices and will probably become managers”.
The program for reeducation of Russian reserve officers is a joint project between the Murmansk Employment Center, the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service and Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The program has been running since 2000 and was initially run by the two countries’ ministries of defense.
699 of the 727 former officers that have been reeducated have found new jobs or started their own business, GTRK Murman reports.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.