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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.

Coat of Arms Arkhangelsk and Murmansk Oblast

Murmansk and Arkhangelsk will shortly sign an agreement on cooperation on the Shtokman development project. Both regions have high hopes for the huge gas field in the Barents Sea.

Mari Kiviniemi (photo: government.fi)

Finnish Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi will Friday go to Sankt Petersburg for her first meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Terje Riis-Johansen (Photo: Knut Falch/regjeringen.no)

Terje Riis-Johansen, couldn’t go to St. Petersburg and inform about the Norwegian strategy for exploring petroleum resources in the Arctic.

Lavrov, Støre meet in Kaliningrad (photo: gov39.ru)

The treaty on the delimitation of the Barents Sea will be ratified by the Russian State Duma in March, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirms to his Norwegian counterpart.

Jens Stoltenberg in Kirkenes

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg shared a Barents Sea cake with the border residents and promises full speed ahead with seismic activity from day one when the maritime border treaty comes into effect on July 7.

Arkhangelsk Oblast Governor Ilya Mikhalchuk

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev has threatened Arkhangelsk Governor Ilya Mikhalchuk with dismissal because of problems in the public utilities sector.

Alexander Igantiev (left) has ended his four year term as Head of the International Barents Secretariat, and is succeeded by Ari

Russian diplomat Alexander Ignatiev has finished his four years as head of the International Barents Secretariat. Ari Siren from Finland is the new head.

The new government team in Arkhangelsk includes a mix of former federal officials, United Russia reprentatives, FSB agents and shipbuilding engineers.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will assert her country’s interest in the Arctic when she visits the region on Saturday.