Barents Press International Board had a meeting in Saariselkä, Finland on 7-8 November. The main issues to discuss were Barents Press Russia activity after the founder and many years leader Elena Larionova’ going away and the coming Annual Conference – 2015.
On November 27-29, 2014 in Murmansk will host the VII international festival The Northern Character. It is organized by TV company "TV-21"and Production Center "Northern Character" with the support of the Russian Ministry of culture, Government of Murmansk region, Norilsk Nickel company, the Administrative Board of Norrbotten (Sweden), the Barents Secretariat, the Center for journalism in the Nordic countries, Murmansk Union of journalists, Barents Press and others.
Arne Egil in colours
The picture is from www.nrk.no. Journalist, writer, the Chairman of Barents Press Norway Arne Egil Tønset.
We just live like that
Arne Egil tries to answer the question what Russia is like. He makes it in a warm and thoughtful way with a smashing sense of humour.
He had been studying Russian in Arkhangelsk, worked at the NRK’s Barents editorial in Vadsø, then was appointed as NRK’s correspondent in Moscow.
I think his reportages from our country, those that I could see, were penetrated by the sincere participation and huge aspiration to understand our life.
The book, in which Arne Egil reflects various sides of Russia’s reality, has the same spirit. In the introduction to the book is said that Arne Egil Tønset describes ”holidays and vodka, roads and saunas, hotels and Russian logic”, and that he tells about what Norwegians think of Russians.
I believe, Arne Egil has managed to see and understand something that we ourselves can hardly find explanation for in Russia, we just live like this.
Our reality moulded brightly and colourfully, like Arne Egil Tønset himself.
We heartily congratulate our colleague!