Zhanna Guzenko (23) graduated from the Murmansk State Technical University, majoring in international relations with English and German as foreign languages. “Already at school I knew for sure I wanted to be engaged in international relations. And not only because of the foreign languages – it always fascinated me to see how different issues could be solved in a peaceful diplomatic manner”.
Zhanna is a patriot of the Barents Region. In spite of the fact she was born in Krasnodar Krai, she considers herself being a true northerner. Her family moved to Murmansk when she was only five and has lived here ever since. “I belong here, I always feel as a guest when I’m in the South and more surprisingly I’m always freezing there!” – Zhanna says with a smile.
Being a Barents Regional Youth Council member for a long time and its chair afterwards, Zhanna has acquired a good expertise and a considerable network of contacts with youth organisations, governmental structures, NGOs, universities, students etc. She hopes it will help her make a valuable contribution to youth policy in the development of the region.
“It is very important to involve the youth in all aspects of life, irrespective of whether it is politics, music, culture or business”, Zhanna says. She is willing to actively promote youth cooperation and let the youth know about the possibilities of funding and support one can get in the Barents Region thus motivating them for a better change.
In return she awaits many more cool projects to happen!
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.