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Press release, Kirkenes, Murmansk, Luleå, Oulu, September 29th 2015

On Monday 28th of September, Thomas Nilsen was fired from his position as chief editor of the online news site BarentsObserver by the owners of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat, the three Northern Norwegian county administrations.


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Mar 18, 2015
More than a hundred journalists from Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia are to meet tomorrow in the city of Oulu, Finland, to discuss their professional matters, to consider the development processes in the Barents region and just to have friendly talks.
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Polar Lights — international Arctic film festival

Apr 26, 2010

Dear Colleagues! The First International Arctic Film Festival “Polar Lights” is to be held for the first time in the Murmansk region on 24-30 May 2010. It was established by the Government of the Murmansk region and the Polar Lights company. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as Ministry of Culture of the RF expressed their support for the coming Film Forum.

The Honorary President of the Festival is Dmitry Dmitrienko, the Governor of the Murmansk region. The General Producer is Yuly Malakyants. The objective of the Film Festival is to develop cultural exchange among the Arctic. Cinematographers from Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Canada, the USA, Denmark and Iceland are to take part in the Festival. Movies made by such famous western directors like Mika Kaurismäki, Anastasia Lapsui, Markku Lehmuskallio, Suzy Yoonessi, Lukas Moodysson and the Russian ones – Vera Glagoleva and Larisa Sadilova have already been included in the Competition program of the Film Festival.

The Festival is not ethnicity, but the organizers intend to pay a special attention to movies devoted to small indigenous people of the North. They are to be screened within the Non-competition program. Furthermore, retrospective screenings of the World and Russian Cinema Masters, round tables and workshops are included in the Festival's program. The prominent cinematographers like Knut Erik Jensen, Alexandr Adabashyan, Ingrid Veninger and Vladimir Grammatikov are members of Jury.

All necessary information about the Film Festival can be found at the site

We are glad to accredit you to our Festival. We kindly ask everyone interested in our offer to provide us with your details (name of the Media, given names of a correspondent, passport No., date and place of issuance; foreign journalists are to have Russian visa and accreditation form to work in Russia) and send them to e-mails: or We are ready to discuss conditions of your stay at the Festival when having your application.

Looking forward to getting your letters! Thank you!

Yulian Malakyants,
Producer General

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