Two Russian TU-95 strategic bombers heading south from the Barents Sea triggered quick action alert by nations around the North Sea, but Norway decided not to scramble F-16s to identify the aircrafts.

“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.

Governor Marina Kovtun is putting up a fight with the federal government over plans to move 30 billion roubles of planned investments in the Murmansk Transport Hub to new projects in the Crimea.

The president warns against hostile action and terrorism in the Arctic and says regional oil installations must be protected. At the same time, he signs a law, empowering oil companies to establish their own armed forces.



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.

KARASJOK: Up and coming indigenous designers presented their newest collections at the spectacular show.

The Kremlin intends to establish a new state body responsible for national Arctic governance.

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.

The state oil company is considering to develop the Murmanskoye, a gas field located in waters near the Kola Peninsula.

Russia introduces Arctic oil brand as Gazpromneft has loaded to tanker the first oil ever produced in ice-covered waters north of the Arctic Circle.

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.

Construction of windmills worth €200 million start now at three wind parks in Kittilä, Sondankylä and Iin Myllykangas in northern Finland.

Canada’s environment Minister and Chair of the Artic Council Leona Aglukkaq says Canada is taking a “principled stand” against Russia by not attending an Arctic Council meeting in Moscow this week.

Norway should not drill for oil along the border to Russia in today’s political situation following the annexation of Crimea, says leader of Parliament’s Energy Committee.

The state nuclear power company Rosatom is about to reach a deal with United Shipbuidling Corporation on the construction of two powerful icebreakers.

Having opened up for discussions on the Crimean crisis, newspaper editor Yevgeny Belyanchikov is confronted with extremism accusations from the regional prosecutors.

Russia plans to resume testing of the submarine-launched ballistic missile Bulava this summer. The country’s two newest strategic nuclear-powered submarines will start trials as soon as the ice conditions in the White Sea will allow.

The Norwegian Arctic town of Kirkenes is supplying aggregates to Russia’s grand port project in Yamal.

A monument devoted to the “creators of the Russian nuclear shield” is to be erected at Belushya Guba, the main settlement at the Novaya Zemlya.

Military paratroopers have have landed on the North Pole. See amazing video of 90 paratroopers with heavy gear jumping out in minus 70 degrees celsius.

Barents Institute Director Aileen Espiritu says the new journal certainty will highlight cross-border research in the Barents Region for an international audience.