As former interns at BarentsObserver and alumni of the High North Journalism Award offered by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Canada, we are writing to protest the firing of BarentsObserver editor Thomas Nilsen. We find this decision deeply troubling.
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.
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.