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A Murmansk-based environmental organization Bellona, recently named a “foreign agent”, reports that a claim was made by the deputy minister of the environment of the Murmansk oblast Vladimir Khrutsky that cross-border pollution from Norway is responsible for 52% of all industrial pollution in the Kola Peninsula. Quite consistent with the current trend of looking for enemies within (eg. “foreign agents”) or without (the West).
It is for the time being Russian only although they do speak English. To help them access international audience I’ve prepared the following English summary of what they offer.
Arctic Dolphin Ecotourism. Chupa, Loukhi District, Republic of Karelia
Skype: suprunenko.yuliya Telephones: +7 921 227 1158, +7 953 537 3240, +7 953 537 3114 E-mail: email@example.com
This is a summary. For full version see polarny-delfin.ru, in Russian.
This remarable collection of maps recently blocked by the authorities has apparently been moved to a new host outside of Russia, and is once again accessible.
An effort is being made by our acquaintances to set up bird watching for travellers on the Kola Peninsula and area. A site on the subject is being developed, in English. See murmanbirds.blogspot.ru
This summary of regular events personally known to us in the Murmansk region and Northern Karelia was prepared by Alexandra, who was prompted to do so by an enquiry from Finland, the author of which complained that no comprehensive info on local events is available, especially in English.
Here is the summary of events that you can visit or participate in:
Yearly show/competition “Crazy chainsaw”, international in scope, usually held in the 20th of January. Sculptors create their works in front of viewers in 90 min. using a chainsaw.
The location is the city of Kirovsk, 130km north from Kandalaksha, or 212km south from Murmansk. No limitation to foreigner access. We wrote about this before: http://kandalaksha.su/ice-show-crazy-cha
Went to Rovanijemi, Finland, for a couple of days recently. Travelled about the same distance over Finland as over Russia, about 170km in each country. What a stark contrast between Russia, with its rough roads and miles of empty land, and Finland, with freshly painted country houses, clean towns, abandant cafes, hotels and motels of all sorts, and numerous filling stations!
Is there a pattern where Russia annexes its neighbours’ land to turn it into a desert? Below, in gray, is the area annexed from Finland in the 1939-1940 “Winter War” and turned into wasteland.
Wish I had a way of making a living other than enticing travellers to this land that deserves full boycott.