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The Russian Navy’s Kirov class nuclear-powered battlecruiser “Admiral Nakhimov” is to undergo overhaul and modernization. When ready for service in 2018, it will become the most powerful surface warship in the world, the designer says.

Russia eyes huge new territories in the Arctic after comprehensive mapping of the North Pole area.

Norway’s most famous coastal cruise liner has agreed to a takeover offer from a British group of investors. The company now plans for expedition cruising to Russia’s White Sea region.

With some of the most beautiful of Norwegian, Russian and Latvian orchestra music on the repertoire, Arkhangelsk State Chamber Orchestra and the Norwegian saxophonist Ola Asdahl Rokkones are ready for a tour through Norway and Russia.

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Once touted as the saviour of Pajala, the loss of their iron ore mine has the town fearing for its existence.

What was the Barents Region’s only east-west flight, from Arkhangelsk to Tromsø via Murmansk, lacks permission and is no longer flying. Nordavia, however, hopes to see the Pskovaia operated aircraft soon landing in Tromsø again.

The four bombers and four tanker aircraft tracked by F-16s outside Northern Norway were not using on-board transponders or maintained any radio contact with civilian air traffic authorities.

Russia’s strategic nuclear-powered submarine “Yury Dolgoruky” on Wednesday test-launched a Bulava ballistic missile from the Barents Sea.

The Sami Council, which is an umbrella organization for Sami organizations in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, has agreed that there is a need for Sami to be present in the EU capital of Brussels and plans to establish an office there.

With the appointment the Arkhangelsk Governor becomes one of the most influential advisors to President Putin.

Winds are changing for state support to investments in Russia’s Arctic capital. Government reduces funding to Siva and more than hints that Norway’s industrial park in Murmansk will be terminated.

Norwegian state-owned coal mining company Store Norske on the Svalbard archipelago is in a serious situation because of low prices on coal. The company is now in dialogue with the State, employees and the bank to secure further operations in 2015.

ROVANIEMI: Amidst growing competition on the media market, twelve newspapers in Northern and Western Finland have established a joint newsroom to produce national and international content for nearly 2 million readers.

Norway’s Prime Minister says it is important to thank Russia for their liberation of Finnmark 70 years ago, but calls on Moscow to respect international law today.

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First ever opinion poll with more “yes” than “no” to membership to NATO.

64 percent of the respondents in a Levada poll think relations between Russia and the West always will be built on distrust.

Russia’s rearmament of its Arctic region continues with a further boost for the airforce and radar control. Aimed to safeguard the nation’s military security, a senior commander says.

Extreme climate, difficult ice conditions and lack of technical means to work year round forces the oil-major to ask for prolonged geological exploration period to 15 years.

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Børge Brende and Sergey Lavrov marked the 70th anniversary of the Red Army’s liberation of Norway’s northernmost county from NaziGerman occupation. See video of the press conference.

This abandoned polar hydrometrological station at Cape Menshikova on Novaya Zemlya can be declared a culture heritage site as Arkhangelsk authorities urge Moscow to include Arctic objects in the state register.

The Russian artist Aleksander Florensky has written his own ironic version of 19. century travelogues describing more or less curious facts about the places being visited and with drawings by the author himself.

“Whatever happens in the rest of the world, we must continue our cooperation,” said Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun when she on Saturday together with Arkhangelsk Governor Igor Orlov met colleagues from Northern Norway.

On the day where messages of thanks and remembrance are flying fast between the Norwegian and Russian peoples gathered in Kirkenes, the Sami felt excluded.

Rørbua, Norway’s first free administration building after World War II and the 1944 tunnel, where 3500 people were hiding during the last days of the war, were both declared preserved at a ceremony on Saturday.