First time in history: Two Pacific fleet Akula-class submarines are now en route along the Northern Sea Route towards Severodvinsk in the White Sea for upgrades.

Russia plans to resume testing of the submarine-launched ballistic missile Bulava in September, after one year’s stop in the project.

The three northern Norwegian counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark establish a joint cooperation council, which is to help promote key issues for the region.

The oil servicemen involved in the ongoing drilling in the Kara Sea commute up to 5000 km to and from the drillsite.



NRK journalist and veteran in the Barents Press network Arne Store died Wednesday at age 69.

Gazprom Neft is ready to ship out 80,000 tons of Novoportovskoye oil through the Ob Bay and towards western markets.

Murmansk Oblast has so far received more than 2700 refugees from Eastern Ukraine and more are coming. They receive help from Murmansk Red Cross.

EU is taking over the market for Norwegian salmon after the Russian import ban. Last week the export went up 15 percent.

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.