BarentsObserver Newsletter 2011-02-25

25 02 2011

1. Russia boosts rearming budget
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Defense Ministry says $470 billion will be invested in rearmament by
2020.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10448/820618/4890057

2. Hunting high and low
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Lack of labor is the biggest challenge as billions are invested in
expanding the mining industry in northern Sweden.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10448/820618/4889978

3. Hope fades for missing sailors in the Antarctic
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Fear are mounting for three people who were on a yacht missing in
Antarctica.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10448/820618/4889971

4. Giant Arctic oil licenses for Bashneft
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Russian oil company Bashneft has won the tenders for development of the oil
fields Trebs and Titov in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10448/820618/4890027

5. Russian language will not replace Swedish
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The Finnish Ministry of Education has turned down applications from
municipalities in eastern Finland on the replacing the compulsory Swedish
language with Russian.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10448/820618/4889956

6. Suezmax ready for Arctic route
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A Sovcomflot vessel will this summer be the largest tanker ever to sail the
Northern Sea Route with condensate to Asia.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10448/820618/4889762

7. Finnish Border Guards solve more crimes
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More than 5000 cases of border violations are handled every year by the
Finnish Border Guard?s crime prevention unit
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10448/820618/4889726

8. Eco-trouble ahead for BP-Rosneft partnership
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Not only do the shareholders of TNK-BP dispute BP?s recent partnership
with Rosneft in the Kara Sea. Also environmentalists protest the oil plans,
saying that the license areas are located partly in a protected natural
park.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10448/820618/4889698

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