Dear reader. While the sanctions hit hard in some areas, there are loopholes for others. There is currently little standing in the way of Russian gas transport. We also cover Russia's interests in Svalbard and the business sector in the north in this week's newsletter.
This week's "Russia in the North" concerns both Svalbard, shipping, and Russian gas off the Norwegian coast.
High North News has put the spotlight on how recently re-registered Russian gas carriers utilize Norwegian ports when they carry gas from Siberia to Europe. A topic that is also the subject of Editor-in-Chief Arne O. Holm's commentary:
"Around 20 Norwegian businesses are under investigation for violating the sanctions against Russia. At the same time, Russian gas carriers anchor in Norwegian ports and fill up the Russian coffer with euros and dollars," writes Holm.
Russia is also maintaining activity on Svalbard, where the yearly coal production in Barentsburg is to be reduced from 120 000 to 40 000 tonnes. Instead, the focus will be on the development of independent infrastructure for tourism on Svalbard.
The Russian Arctic LNG 2 project clears a major, and possibly final, hurdle, and Russian officials announced that year-round exports of liquified natural gas from the Arctic to Asia will begin early next year.
The Arctic Federal University in Arkhangelsk will introduce Chinese as a second foreign language to further develop the NSR.
Life at boarding school
Barely two weeks after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will publish its report on the 1st of June, Norway's Arctic University Museum opens the exhibition "Always a stranger", which is about life in boarding schools.
On the right path
The business sector is flourishing in the north.
Thank you for following us. On behalf of the editorial staff, I wish you all the best for the weekend,
News Editor, Trine Jonassen
This newsletter has been translated by HNN's Birgitte Annie Molid Martinussen.