China is accelerating its pace in Arctic exploration by publishing its first guide to sailing through the Northern Sea Route.

Greenpeace’s vessel «Arctic Sunrise» has been released after nearly nine months of detention in Murmansk, following the organization’s demonstration against Arctic drilling in the Pechora Sea last fall.

Oil company Rosneft scraps Russian manufacturers, acquires 160 copters from Italian manufactorer AgustaWestland for offshore Arctic projects. 

U.S. President Barack Obama will use his trip to Alaska later this month as the backdrop of a message to the world about climate change, he announced in a video message.

Norwegian authorities’ introduction of new travel regulations at Svalbard has stirred an outcry in Moscow.

It all depends on Russia’s and the other Arctic countries’ obligedness with the recommendations issued by the UN, an expert says.

An icebreaker sailed from Murmansk yesterday to pick up 17 scientists who have spent four months on an ice floe near the North Pole.

It might take up to 15 years to settle the Arctic delimitation issue, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

Improved computer simulations suggest that the Arctic will see its first ice-free summer in 2050, a decade earlier than previously projected.

The Russian continental shelf stretches beyond the North Pole, the Russian government asserts. The country this week submitted its renewed claims for the Arctic shelf to the UN Continental Shelf Commission.

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

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

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved a plan for development of the Northern Sea Route. The aim is to increase capacity by 20 times over the next 15 years.

As local policians in the Norwegian Arctic town catfight over alternative sites for new ports and maritime infrastructure, Chinese investors confirm their interest in the area.

Russia should immediately start substituting foreign equipment for use in the Arctic with Russian, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin believes.