Last year 224 families from the Komi Republic, the easternmost part of Barents Russia, received housing certificates to move out of the region, the republic’s official web portal informs.
The federal program for moving people out of Russia’s northern areas is expected to increase considerably in 2015. The local authorities in the Komi Republic are expected to then get 859.4 million rubles (app €19 million) to these aims.
The Komi Republic had 889,837 inhabitants on January 1 2012. The population reached its peak in 1989 with 1,250,847 inhabitants and has been steadily declining since then.
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.