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Oct 29, 2014

Nine Norwegian journalists crossed the boarder to learn about Russia. Russian society may be no less foggy for us now, but at least we understand the limits of our understanding.

 

Oct 14, 2014

Musical theatre of the Republic of Karelia (Petrozavodsk) and Barents Press International invite 15 journalists from the Barents region to participate in the program "School of theatre journalist" from 27 November to 1 December.

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St. Petersburg human rights organization "Citizen Watch" and the Guild of court reporters announce first judicial School of journalism and invites journalists from North-West Russia.

Jun 6, 2014
 

“Links” – this is about us…

Mar 4, 2011


Journalist from Murmansk, Dmitry Ermolaev, has written a book which is devoted to the people from the border area. It is called “Links” and tells about the people’s life neatr the borders in the North over centuries and how the past reflects our reality.

 



Journalist from the archive

I worked with Dmitry on the Murmansk regional radio for many years. Even at that time he had a kind of investigative or philosophical potential. Now he is a member of the archive body that is why he was the best to select carefully a unique historical material about the people’s life from the border area. However, the book is not just a simple academy publication, but a vivid story about real people.

Dmitry Ermolaev

Picture from Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper

Lenina Street in Bjørnevatn

Do you know why the tsar official while dividing the border between Norway and Russia in 1826 gave rather a big territory to the neighbour? How did the Russian Kozyrev family live on this Norwegian land? Why do people jokingly name one of the streets in Bjørnevatn Lenina Street? How many Russian people live in  Finnmark and what do they do?

The main thing is how we imagine that people lived nearby in these places for centuries, and went through different situations.

Chains of memory

Introduction opens with:

“Dmitry Ermolaev’s book is an attempt to unite the links of the broken apart chain. The chain of the generations. The book is for those who love their motherland, big or small”.

It is nice that Dmitry Ermolaev describes in his book meetings with the Norwegian colleagues and his positive impressions he got due to the Barents Press seminars.

 

The most interesting historical information is given in the form of the author’s itinerary about his today and past journeys.

Elena Larionova

Translated by Irina Bykova

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