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Russian Village Cancels Evacuation Despite Radiation Spike
A missile exploded in the area last week, leading to a large spike in radiation levels.
Russia Deploys Missile System 70km From Norway’s Vardo Radar
Russia’s increased military activities in the vicinity of Norwegian territory come only days after the death of the INF Treaty.
Russia Delivers Weapons to New Arctic Garrison
Ships delivered 175 units of weaponry to the new air defense base in Tiksi in the Far East.
Russia Sends Mass Quantities of Supplies to Arctic Military Bases
Russia has significantly strengthened its presence in the Arctic and there are now more servicemen based in the region than at any time before.
Russia Establishes New Arctic Air Squadron to Protect Its Northern Sea Route
A fleet of Su-34 fighter jets is to be deployed across the region.
Russia Tests New Arctic Anti-Aircraft Missiles at Novaya Zemlya
The Tor-M2DT missile system has a vital role in Russia’s re-armament of the Arctic.
Struggling Murmansk Shipping Company Loses Control of Sole Passenger Line
The ship is a lifeline for Russians living in settlements on the White Sea coast.
Russia Eyes Own Arctic Cruise Liners
Murmansk and Barentsburg could become vital ports for a new series of Russian medium-sized luxury ships.
'We Want to Change the Course of History,' Northern Sea Route Operator Says
With new icebreakers, Russia's Arctic route could compete with the Suez Canal in shipping and trading.
Arctic's Biggest Air Polluter Distributes $3.7Bln Cash Dividends to Owners
Nornickel has tripled payouts to its shareholders over the last three years.
Super-Secret Russian Submarine Will Be Repaired and Returned to Service
The fire started in the battery compartment but did not affect the reactor, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Vladimir Putin.
Floating Nuclear Power Plant Will Be Key Element on Northern Sea Route
The Akademik Lomonosov power station has been officially handed over to the Russian state nuclear power company.
Chinese Oil Drillers Are Back in Russian Arctic
This is the third year in a row when the Chinese Nanhai-8 drilling rig has arrived in Russia’s Murmansk for drilling in Arctic waters.
Two Russian Warships Sail Into Norwegian Sea Ahead of NATO Drills
Their mission was to “demonstrate Russian naval presence” in the Atlantic Ocean.
Japan Teams Up With Russia in Big Arctic LNG
The deal gives Japanese companies a 10 percent stake in the major LNG project being developed on Russia’s Arctic coast.
Russian Kilo-Class Sub May Surface Through NATO Anti-Submarine Exercise
The Kilo-class Vladikavkaz is en route to St. Petersburg from the Kola Peninsula.
Demand of respect
Russia Proposes Punishing Foreign Countries for Disrespecting Russian War Memorials
Vandalism and "distortion of historical facts" abroad will have consequences, Russia's Defense Minister said.
Small Northern Russian Town Lands Key Role in Big Arctic Plan
Behind the decision lies a plan to boost shipments on the Northern Sea Route.
Russian Arctic Island Becomes Nature Reserve
The unique birdlife on the island of Kolguyev needs protection, environmental authorities say.
Russia’s New Arctic Missile Knocks out Targets in Massive Test Launch
The targets moved in different directions and at different altitudes. They were all successfully eliminated, the military representatives say.
FSB Makes Arrests at Norwegian Border
The two individuals allegedly tried to make it illegally across the border to Norway.
Russia Warns It Will Take Measures in Response to Norwegian Spy Radar in Arctic
Moscow fears the radar could be used to monitor the Northern Fleet's activities.
Russia’s High-Tech Nuclear Submarine Delayed By Design Flaws
The submarine is said to be both the most expensive and technically advanced in the Russian Navy.
Russian Radio-Electronic Shield Now Covers the Arctic, Officials Say
The new systems are able to jam foreign ships and aircraft from thousands of kilometers away.
Chinese Gas Drilling Rig Finds Deposit in Russian Arctic
The rig has found a total of 1.2 trillion cubic meters of gas in the Kara Sea.
Runaway Beluga Whale May Face Deportation to Russia
Hundreds of people from a small Norwegian town have enjoyed the acquaintance of the animal.
Russian Arctic Researchers Evacuate Station as Polar Ice Cracks
Scientists studying pollution had to be helicoptered to an icebreaker.
Belt and road
Putin Steps Up Talks With Beijing Over Arctic Shipping
Russia is aiming for more Chinese investments in Arctic LNG and growth of shipments on the Northern Sea Route.
Defense Chief Says Time Might Have Come for Reviving Stalin’s Arctic Death Road
Between 80,000 and 120,000 people are believed to have labored on the Transpolar Mainline. But for many, it was referred to as Stalin’s Death Road.
Along Russia’s Border to Norway, a Big Show of Military Force
It's not clear whether or not the Norwegian side was warned about this week’s exercise.
Russian Billionaire Buys First Private Icebreaking Expedition Yacht
With enhanced fuel tanks, the yacht can maintain autonomy at sea for up to 40 days.
Russia Is Building a New Arctic, With Private Money
A new system of tax breaks aims to lure private investors to place billions.
An Arctic Fight is Raging Between Russia’s Two Biggest Oil Companies
State oil producer Rosneft is challenging private company Lukoil’s control over a remote terminal.