As the same time as the Agreement on Delimitation of the Barents Sea and Polar Sea was signed between Norway and Russia, the Norwegian and Russian director generals of public prosecutions signed a protocol on cooperation on investigations and prosecution in common cases, like for instance the Elektron incident.
The incident with the Russian trawler “Elektron” is one of the most dramatic events in the history of the Norwegian Coast Guard. In October 2005 a Norwegian Coast Guard vessel caught the trawler in illegal fishing in a protected part of the Barents Sea. The captain refused to be subjected to arrest and took two Norwegian fisheries inspectors hostage and headed for Russian Economic Zone.
More than two years have passed since the two higher prosecution authorities came to an agreement, but still no concrete measurements have been taken. According to Director of the Regional Public Prosecution office in Troms and Finnmark Lars Fause a “hotline” to his Russian colleagues is highly needed:
“There is a big need for operational cooperation. As public prosecutor of Norway I have to be able to call the public prosecutor of Arkhangelsk or St. Petersburg if an acute situation should emerge”, he says to Nordlys.
Fause believes that the Elektron incident in 2005 marked a change of course in the realm of law enforcement, towards a more restrictive practice in the disputed waters. Illegal fishing in the area has been reduced significantly.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.