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In a time where freedom of information is on decline all around the world, the Nordic states remain on top of the list over countries with the highest level of press freedom.
Hundreds of Norwegians and Russians arrived in the first week of February in the town of Kirkenes on the Russian-Norway border to see the spectacular installations, to visit unusual exhibitions and to speculate about the future of the Arctic territories at the international art festival Barents Spektakel.
Discrimination on national basis
As a result of reforms which will occur in the Karelian publishing house «Periodika» since January, 2011 the magazine for children «Kipinä» ("Sparkle") will be puplished not only in Finnish, but also in Vepsan and two dialects of the Karelian language. Russian-speaking children and teenagers of Karelia may lose a similar edition financed from the budget.
Not so long ago in the publishing house which exists on tax money there was a discussion about publishing «Kipinä» in Russian as well. But this initiative did'n meet support among the magazine's founders.
Also since the new year the cultural-educational newspaper "Licey" its appendix for children and teenagers «My newspaper +» will be closed.
As a result of all these reforms Russian-speaking children and teenagers of Karelia - who make the overwhelming majority in comparison with Karelian and Vepsan coevals — will be deprived of the possibility to read and publish journalistic and literary works. I consider that it is purposeful discrimination of Russian children on national basis.
Nikolay Abramov, journalist of Vepsan newspaper 'Kodima',
writer, international literary award winner
Translated by Tatiana Polkova