A couple of weeks ago Commander of the Western Military District Colonel General Anatoly Sidorov said that an abandoned military base in Murmansk Oblast is planned to be reestablished in September this year, without mentioning which of the numerous former bases he had in mind.
According to Minister of Property Relations in Murmansk Oblast Oleg Mazunov, the base in question is located in Alakurtti, close to the border to Finland in the southwestern part of the oblast. Different army and navy units have been based here through the years, but since 2009 the town has been home mainly to civilians and border guards.
Murmansk regional administration and the Western Military District are cooperating on preparing housing blocks and infrastructure to house some 3000 soldiers and officers from the Northern Fleet,ITAR-TASS reports.
Norwegian state-owned coal mining company Store Norske on the Svalbard archipelago is in a serious situation because of low prices on coal. The company is now in dialogue with the State, employees and the bank to secure further operations in 2015.
What was the Barents Region’s only east-west flight, from Arkhangelsk to Tromsø via Murmansk, lacks permission and is no longer flying. Nordavia, however, hopes to see the Pskovaia operated aircraft soon landing in Tromsø again.
This abandoned polar hydrometrological station at Cape Menshikova on Novaya Zemlya can be declared a culture heritage site as Arkhangelsk authorities urge Moscow to include Arctic objects in the state register.
Industrialists in Finland eye the opening of a major trade and transport route with a projected railway connection to the Norwegian Arctic coast. Former PM Paavo Lipponen has been hired to get the Norwegians onboard.
Photographer Cristian Barnett traveled around the Arctic Circle, capturing life at 66° 33′ 44″ N. The result is his new book and traveling exhibition, Life on the Line. BarentsObserver spoke with Barnett about his impressions of life on the Circle and the decisions he made to capture it.
The Sami Council, which is an umbrella organization for Sami organizations in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, has agreed that there is a need for Sami to be present in the EU capital of Brussels and plans to establish an office there.