Presently I’ve been studying rather intensely the situation with entry to restricted area for foreign travellers, namely to the Rybachy Peninsula and the island of Kil’din. As expected, encountering a bureaucratic mess. Not clear at the moment as to who is responsible for permits: FSB (a heir to KGB), or Border Patrol, or Federal Migration Services. The situation is further complicated by a very recent change of areas’ status into that of “protected territories”, which may put nature protection people in charge.
If interested in visiting these places watch for news here, under Attention foreign travellers. Updates on the subject should appear there very soon.
If per chance you know someone who recently travelled there, I’d love to speak with them.