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.
The Murmansk Economic Zone was presented as a miracle cure for regional development and as key facility for the Shtokman project. Today, five years on, regional authorities put their faith in the fish industry.
Renowned Norwegian actress Gørild Mauseth is in the leading role when actors and producers from the Gorky Dramatic Theatre in Vladivostok come to Harstad to present a unique version of Tolsoy’s classic play Anna Karenina.
Nuclear safety projects in the Murmansk region wouldn’t be the same without her contribution. Finnish European Parliament Member Heidi Hautala is today one of 89 Europeans barred from Russia in response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine.
Wistleblower Edward Snowden is winner of this year’s recognized Bjørnson Award, but Norwegian authorities are unlikely to guarantee his safe travel to the award ceremony. The former CIA employee should instead be handed over the award in Pechenga, the Russian borderlands to Norway, a Norwegian university lecturer suggests.