Nikolay Patrushev believes environmental security will be critical for the international community in the years ahead and especially voices concern about the situation in the Arctic. Talking with newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta, the Security Council Secretary underlines that the increasing intensity in Arctic oil extraction will ultimately lead also to higher environmental risks in the region.
“We are carefully assessing these risks and envisage a system for risk neutralization”, Patrushev says. According to the high-ranking official, a set of new procedures on state examination of industrial projects and possible environmental hazards could be introduced.
The national security leader at the same time underpins Russia’s close cooperation with foreign countries in the area. “The Arctic region is becoming an utmost important arena for interaction between Russian and its foreign partners in the area of international, military, energy and information security”, he highlights.
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.