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Some 1000 parents and children in the Komi Republic have received help through the Barents cooperation program “Children and youth at risk”.

Alexander Stubb, famous in the Barents Region for branding the north as the world´s most sexy region, is put on track to take over after Jyrki Katainen.

Oslo asks Moscow for an explanation after BarentsObserver earlier today reported that Russia’s sanctioned Deputy Prime Minister suddenly appeared on Svalbard.

When Natalia Kolesnik left work this evening, she closed the doors of Murmansk’s only independent youth house behind her for the last time.

Russia and the WTO (illustration by BarentsObserver)

Russia is unlikely to succeed with its much-announced intention to become member of the World Trade Organization in the course of 2011.

Conservative leader Erna Solberg forms a minority government with the Progress party with parliament backing from the Liberals and Christian Democrats based on an agreement not to open for controversial Arctic oil drilling.

The current economic crisis will affect Murmansk Oblast harder than the one in 2008, warns Governor Marina Kovtun.

Four governors from the Russian part of the Barents region have become members of the newly established Arctic Commission.

Russia continues to tighten the screw on foreign influence. A draft law suggests the state could ban international organizations or firms believed to be harmful or unpleasant.

The former Barents Secretariat leader wins local elections in Kirkenes with landslide.

Dmitrii Medvedev inaugurated (kremlin.ru)

In his inauguration speech today, Dmitrii Medvedev highlighted that people’s freedom, the rule of law, economic prospering and the development of civil society will be main keywords for his presidential rule.

More than 20 contributions were submitted in a competition on the new official hymn of Murmansk Oblast. The winning contribution is named “Be Proud, Murmansk Oblast!”, and is composed by a civil servant in the regional administration.

Foreign Minister Stшre (Barentsphoto.com)

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre will in today’s meeting with Russia’s Sergey Lavrov propose the establishment of special cross-border travel permissions for the people living in the Norwegian-Russian borderlands.

Photo: Kremlin.ru

A new federal law proposes to transfer more than 400 new powers to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his government, a press release from the President’s office says.

The United Russia party

The powerful United Russia Party is elaborating a list of efficiency demands for its party representatives in the regions. The rating might mean trouble for the party offices in Northwest Russia.