After pressure from the oil industry, a formerly closed area along the Kola Bay is opened up for regular civilian traffic.

Russia’s Government on Wednesday published corrections to the list over foodstuffs that are illegal to import to Russia.

Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development proposes to close the special economic zone in Port of Murmansk because of lack of demand. Since the zone was opened in 2010, not one single company has been registered as resident.

Murmansk has seen its first demonstration against Norway’s adoption of EU’s sanctions against Russia. On Monday a dozen people gathered to protest against foreign influence on Norwegian policy.



Norway’s Statoil and Russia’s Rosneft has started exploration operations in the Norwegian secotr of the Barents Sea.

China won the men’s title and Russia the women’s title in the Chess Olympiad which ended in Tromsø on Thursday.

Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk of team Belkin Pro Cycling became the second winner of the world’s northernmost international bike race Arctic Race of Norway.

An import ban on cars, medical equipment and technology for the aviation and shipbuilding industry will be Russian response to additional sanctions from western countries.

Rosneft President Igor Sechin suggests that his company gets a number of additional offshore field licenses, as well as better oil export tax conditions.

Former Speaker of Murmansk Duma Vasily Shambir was arrested on August 12 at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, trying to leave the country while under investigation.

The region strikes deal with federal authorities over the development of ports facilities in Indiga and Naryan-Mar. That will prepare the ground for more out-shipments of Arctic oil and gas.

Russia might soon soften the embargo on foodstuffs from Europe. The list will not be long, but crucial for Russian domestic production of salmon and potatoes.

The Russian Chess Federation looses its court case against the organizers of the Tromsø Olympiad. And Norway’s World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen decides to leave the championship.

The price of salmon in shops in Murmansk has gone up several times since the Russian embargo on fish from Norway came into effect one week ago.

The Norwegian state might ultimately have to take its part of the bill for major oil and gas infrastructure projects in the Barents Sea.

Northern Norway is preparing for the second edition of the Arctic Race of Norway. This year’s race goes through four stages from Alta to Tromsø.

Finland and Norway can probably expect a boom of shoppers from Russia as store shelves in neighboring towns on the other sides of the the borders start to empty of foreign goods.

The fish industry in Murmansk in 2013 boosted catch to a post-Soviet high. But the lion’s share of it was sent abroad.

“The Government will support the EU’s new restrictive measures against Russia. Norway has since the start of the crisis in Ukraine stood together with the EU and neighboring countries in our reactions to Russia’s violation of international law. We will do the same this time,” says Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

The country is in a state of recession, economists say.

The oil resources of the Kara Sea are comparable with the ones of Saudi Arabia, Rosneft’s Igor Sechin told President Putin in a televised call from the company’s first Kara drillsite.

Igor Ryshkel has been appointed new General Director of Kola GMK, mining and metallurgy giant Norilsk Nickel’s subsidiary company in Murmansk Oblast.

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has signed a contract for building of three icebreaking stand-by vessels for Russia´s largest shipping company Sovcomflot.

Norwegian fish exports will suffer. And Finnish industry will be hit hard. But the consquenses of the comprehensive Russian import ban are likely to be most serious for the Russians themselves.

Tromsø in northern Norway these days is host for the world’s fourth largest sports event – the Chess Olympiad. More than 3000 people from nearly 180 nations have come to Tromsø for the competition.