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The BarentsObserver crew of reporters has vacation period and our updates will be in slow-motion until August 1st.

The drilling rig is on its way towards far-Arctic Russian waters as part of the controversial cooperation between ExxonMobil and Rosneft.

A Norwegian seismic vessel has started mapping of the disputed shelf around the Svalbard archipelago.

The Norwegian oil company did not discover much-desired hydrocarbons at the Atlantis structure in the Barents Sea. Meanwhile, the Austrian OMV is drilling with success at its neighboring license areas.

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Map from Igarka to Dudinka to Norilsk Russia.

The 2014 International Field School in Siberia this July studies the effects of permafrost thaw on Russian cities.

Elena Larionova worked relentlessly to promote cross-border journalism cooperation in the Barents Region and was one of the founding-mothers of the journalism network Barents Press.

Effective eradication techniques and robust monitoring of invasive species in High North waters are still elusive to some of the researchers studying them.

Nikel, Russia is home of a nickel smelting plant.

Norilsk Nickel should move to a functioning, upgraded plant to stop pollution from Nikel.

From October, Russia switches from permanent summer time to permanent winter time.

Russia’s development of new air force bases in the Arctic are linked with the country’s growing oil and gas activities in the region and the upcoming delimitation of the Arctic shelf, an analyst says.

Hammerfest, a former struggling fishing community, is now a gateway to the world’s northernmost liquefied natural gas facilities.

Low energy prices are giving a turbulent situation for the biggest wind power project Europe, the Markbygden plant in northern Sweden.

While foreign countries over the last 20 years have cashed out for scrapping Russia’s Cold War fleet of nuclear submarines, Moscow puts its money into building new advanced vessels for underwater warfare.

IMF says Russia’s GDP risks to fall starkly to the downside this year. However, June had a 10 percent increase in travel from Murmansk region to Norway.

In a last-minute decision, the Russian Customs extends the TIR Agreement in the country, thus averting major truck jams at border-crossing points. However, the extension is only temporary.

Former KGB bodyguard, now parliament member, Andrey Lugovoi is among the lawmakers now introducing a bill requiring foreign internet companies to store personal data inside Russia.

Five fields are up for geological exploration this summer, included one area near the ice boundary east of Svalbard where Statoil is partner.

Gazprom Neft is spending $230 million on the drilling of one well in the Pechora Sea. The Dolginskoye oil will have better quality than oil from the nearby Prirazlomnoye, the company says.

Weak satellites in the Northern Sea Route area and poor sea maps are among the bottlenecks preventing a massive Arctic transit system.

We need more time to decide how to develop the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea, Statoil CEO Helge Lund says.

Company Gazprom Neft is unfolding an extensive drilling program at its Yamal field of Novoportovskoye and will soon be able to ship out million tons of additional crude through Arctic waters.

Researchers drill into the ice near RV Lance during the N-ICE test cruise in February 2014.

When spring 2015 approaches, sun spilling the landscape will find a group of scientists adrift at sea on “RV Lance” – once a top-of-the-line seal hunting boat, now turned research vessel.

Russia’s state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, confirms a training program is in full swing aimed at extending the life-time beyond 2018.

PASVIK: See the quick response of the Norwegian border guards. BOTV got a chance to film an alarm exercise.

Land heated by 3 degrees will test the effects of climate change.

Climate change is a hot topic, and the issue is even “hotter” in the arctic since vast carbon stores make the north more sensitive to rising global temperatures.