Since registration of HIV infections started, there have been detected a total of 4000 cases of infections in Murmansk Oblast. In 2011 there were 275 new cases of infection – 116 fewer cases than in 2010, B-port writes.
Also in 2010 the number of new infections went down in the regions. The positive trend has been made thanks to the introduction of successful prophylactic and medical measures, the authorities say. Murmansk Oblast was in the 1990s among the regions in Northwest Russia with the strongest growth in HIV cases.
When it comes to Russia as a whole, the picture is not so positive. 62 000 new cases of HIV infection were detected in Russia last year, which is 5 percent more cases than in 2010. The regions with most new cases of HIV are the Sibirsky, Privolzhsky and Uralsky regions.
The main cause of HIV is still infection through the use of non-sterile intravenous injections.
A step-by-step increase up to SEK 5,5 billion will be added to the annual defense budget following the Ukraine crisis. The cash will partly come by cutting spending on environment and nuclear safety cooperation with Russia.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
More than 900 reindeer die of hunger on the Russian Arctic island of Kolguyev following a critical lack of available local pasturelands. The reindeer stocks in the area are too badly managed, regional authorities admit.
Three days processing of visa-applications is history. “Always apply at least 15 days prior to scheduled departure. Our processing time is 10 days,” says Marit Egholm Jacobsen, head of the visa section at Norway’s Consulate General in Murmansk.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.
“Young journalists are the future of cross border communication in the North. We feel it is important to give them a possibility to network and learn about new media”, says Virpi Komulainen, project coordinator of the Barents Mediasphere.