The environmental organization Bellona Murmansk was on Monday dissolved as a NGO after it was declared a «foreign agent» by Russia’s Justice Ministry earlier this year. 

In their third major drill this year, Russia’s specialized Arctic soldiers fight terrorists in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.

”They tell me that you have very good bays with deep waters”, the President said to Marina Kovtun.

During his three years in the Federation Council, Konstantin Dobrynin became a vocal critic of current political trends in Russia. Opponents will sigh of relief as he now exits the legislative assembly.



Norway and Russia have agreed to protect the diminishing capelin stocks in the Barents Sea and set next year´s quota to zero.

A planned modernization of Gazprom´s Prirazlomnya platform will increase production capacity from 22,000 tons to 100,000 tons per day.

The Barents Region has some of the last large areas of intact natural woodlands in Europe. Scientists, bureaucrats and environmentalists from all four Barents countries cooperate on preserving the forest, but an international initiative is needed.

The number of people crossing the Norwegian-Russian border continues to drop.

Russia’s far northern Nenets Autonomous Okrug boosts debts to cope with a quickly growing deficit.

The situation around the Norwegian tanker that was reported to be adrift in the Barents Sea yesterday, is under control, ship-owner Marine Supply says.

A Norwegian tanker with nine people on board is drifting in the Barents Sea. A Russian tug has left Murmansk to assist the vessel, a Russian news website reports.

Arctic communities are among the most vulnerable to climate change. Still, the need for climate change adaptation in the Arctic region is not reflected in the COP21 pledges.

But all plans for expansion at the Severny-Gluboky mine are put on hold, company Kola GMK informs.

There is a clear need for transboundary conservation in the Barents Region, a new report concludes.

Russia will establish a major new media resource aimed at promoting Russian national interest in the Arctic.

Increase in methane emissions in the Arctic tundra is correlated to melting sea ice, a new study shows. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed former chief of Olympstroy Sergey Gaplikov as Acting Governor of the Komi Republic. 

The development of regional climate change strategies in the Russian member territories of the Barents Cooperation show little progress despite the centrality given to the issues during the Finnish chairmanship. 

The Novy Port will be ready for export of two million tons of oil in 2016.

The question about who should be accepted as Sámi is under debate after the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland accepted nearly 100 new people as Sámi against the will of the Sámi Parliament.

While election turnout in the neighboring countries is in serious decline, the Swedes still go massively to the polls.   

The infection which is haunting the aquaculture industry in the Kola Peninsula probably has its origin in Norway, a representative of Russian veterinary authorities says.

The company is closing down its biggest mine in the Kola Peninsula following plummeting raw material prices. Consequences will be dramatic for Zapolyarny, the industrial town located along the border to Norway.

More and more refugees from Syria and other countries choose to come to Norway via Russia. In the border town of Kirkenes a second refugee reception center is opening.

The last pipe has been laid at the 482 km long Polarled Pipeline, the first Norwegian pipeline stretching north of the Arctic Circle.