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.
KIRKENES: Warmer temperatures at the bottom of the Barents Sea are of big concern to ecologists in the High North. Certain marine species are disappearing from the ecosystem while others are increasing in number. The impact on Russia’s fisheries sector is crucial.
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.
Thousands of people in Norway have lived with a secret for almost 70 years. German war children in the High North are an important voice in remembering the liberation of Finnmark and a poignant lesson in history about misdirected anger and the damage it can cause.
The autumn of 1944 large parts of Finnmark and northern Troms were burnt and destroyed by Nazi German forces retreating from onrushing Soviet troops. The civilian population was forced to evacuate or hide.