Three of Russia’s newest strategic nuclear submarines will start combat training in Arctic waters this year. 

The Russian Besovets airport near Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, is made capable of handling all kind of military and transport aircrafts.

Consequences for cross-border traveling and cooperation could be dramatic as Schengen countries and Russia tit-for-tat introduce biometric visas.

The Northern Fleet has established a special unit which is cleaning up the huge amounts of scrap metal left rusting along Russia’s Arctic coast.



French company Total’s failed adventure in the Barents Sea comes to end as Gazprom buys its 25 percent stake in the Shtokman Development AG. 

Since June 2015, distribution of many everyday goods, such as toothpaste and cleaning products, is a complicated case in Russia. New federal regulations on alcohol consumption state that products containing over 0.5 percent alcohol are subject to licensing.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has approved a new maritime doctrine that focuses on naval presence in the Arctic and the Atlantic. 

The two companies’ first ever joint drilling operations could result in the development of a major new Arctic oil field. 

The “Yuri Ivanov” will patrol in the Arctic and keep a close eye on neighbor and NATO member Norway.

So far this year 58 asylum seekers have crossed the border from Russian into Norway. 55 of them came from Syria.

A new law might force shipping companies to sail in the Arctic only under Russian flag.

Even though most diplomatic contacts are on freezing level between Norway and Russia, there are no changes for the annual Norwegian-Russian search and rescue exercises in the Barents Sea.


The number of murders in northern Russian regions has decreased threefold since the 1990s.

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.

Another well will be completed by the end of June, Gazprom Neft Director for offshore projects Andrey Patrushev says.

The two companies might carry out their first joint drillhole in 2016.

Ambassadors from the 28 EU nations have agreed at a meeting in Brussels to extend sanctions on Russia until next January. 

For ten weeks the nuclear powered icebreaker “Yamal” brought a major team of researchers practically all along Russia’s Arctic coast.

Maximum, the support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Murmansk feels offended after the largest hotel in town cancelled their conference hall booking. We wanted to protect them, says the management.

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.

The Polish energy company PGNiG aims for Norwegian Arctic licenses in areas near the maritime border to Russia.

A court in Murmansk convicts activist Irina Paykacheva for her participation in an unsanctioned public commemoration of late Boris Nemtsov.

The company gets a 3-year time extension in seven Arctic offshore licenses.

The 30th edition of the Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankylä, Lapland broke all prvious audience records. More than 30 000 visitors watched films around the clock in the heart of Lapland.