BarentsObserver Newsletter 2011-02-25

25 02 2011

1. Russia boosts rearming budget
==============================

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
=================================================================
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
=================================================================
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
=================================================================
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
=================================================================
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
=================================================================
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
=================================================================
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
=================================================================
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

Advertisements




BarentsObserver Newsletter 2011-02-17

18 02 2011

1. Sweden makes Arctic Strategy
==============================

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says it is crucial that the sensitive
environment in the Arctic is protected.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4886102

2. Yara: Mining in Lapland, enrichment on Kola
=================================================================
Fertilizer giant Yara says it is favourable to ship ore tailings from its
coming Sokli mine in Finnish Lapland to existing concentrator plant in
Kovdor, just cross the Russian border.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4885926

3. Thorvald Stoltenberg: “Ja – Pomor”
=================================================================
ARKHANGELSK: Thorvald Stoltenberg, the founding-father of the Barents
Cooperation, was yesterday appointed Honorary Doctor of the Arctic
University in Arkhangelsk.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4885947

4. Shtokman will come with LNG part
=================================================================
-I can’t even imagine in the scariest dream that Shtokman will be built
without LNG, Gazprom?s head of export Aleksandr Medvedev told journalists
in London today.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4885708

5. Will not ratify Convention on Sami rights
=================================================================
Despite repeatedly critics from UN and EU, Finland has no intention to
ratify ILO-Convention No. 169.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4885259

6. F-f-f-freezing Barents
=================================================================
Frozen ?ice-free? port and 100 days of sub-zero temperatures ? the
Barents Region is experiencing an unusual cold winter.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4885300

7. World’s first cross museum on Solovki
=================================================================
Over 1,000 crosses will be on display on Solovki in the White Sea.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4886293

8. Bildt wants open trade with Russia
=================================================================
Russian membership in the World Trade Organization will give cooperation
based on mutual commitments, says Carl Bildt.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4886284

9. Parliamentary committee to Murmansk
=================================================================
The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence in the Norwegian
Storting will visit Murmansk in March.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4886275

10. Eco-groups protest Yara’s cross-border plans
=================================================================
Finnish and Russian environmentalists say they are amazed that Norwegian
fertilizers company Yara can push environmental arguments for why they
place enrichment of ore in Kovdor instead of in Lapland.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4886153

11. Visa-free traveling to the test
=================================================================
The EU and Russia might agree to make Kaliningrad Oblast a test region on
visa-free traveling.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4886095

12. Total want to drill Barents with Rosneft
=================================================================
Cooperates with Gazprom on Shtokman gas ? wants cooperation with Rosneft
on Barents oil.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4886032

13. Ratification hearings in mid-March
=================================================================
Barents Sea delimitation treaty with Norway will be discussed in Russia?s
State Duma next month.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4885694

14. Visa-free traveling by 2018?
=================================================================
I believe that a visa-free regime between Russia and the EU could be
introduced in 2018, Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb says.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4885592

15. Russia, Norway discuss military cooperation on high level
=================================================================
The Head of the Russian General Staff Army General Nikolay Makarov today
started a two days long visit Norway to discuss future military cooperation
with Norwegian military and political leaders.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4885491

16. Russia opens up for yachting
=================================================================
Russia aims at drawing more sailing tourists and opens up Russian waters
for sailing boats and yachts under foreign flag.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4885169

17. Every fifth Russian man dies of alcohol
=================================================================
The Russians drink an average of 15,76 liters of pure alcohol every year,
which makes them the fourth most-drinking country in the world, a new
report from the World Health Organization reads.
http://www.barentsobserver.com/newsletter.x/10396/820618/4884999








%d bloggers like this: