Tag Archives: Dmitry Rogozin

Random weirdness for the week of Aug. 1, 2017

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Maybe the photo above reveals why so few rainbows are seen in Longyearbyen. A rainbow stretching from the sea towards town earlier this month failed to make it across the road due to firefighters doing their duty at the scene. Pepa Beltran, a resident of Spain, suggests in a Facebook post the photo she took is about “fighting fires with rainbows,” but at least one commenter suggests it “looks more like they are fighting the rainbow…”

Opening the world’s top ‘resort’: Barneo welcomes first guests to balmy -30C weather and ice-solid camp conditions

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The opening of this year’s Barneo ice camp went so smoothly it might be called dull. Which for those working at and beginning expeditions from the camp is very exciting indeed.

‘You banned us!’ … ‘Oh, yeah? You hacked us!’ – Norway, Russia trade latest blows in Arctic playground fight

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Russia’s banning top Norwegian leaders from entering the country. Norway’s accusing a group with ties to Russian leaders of hacking high-level agencies. Svalbard Airport is facing the loss of nearly 10 percent of its income due to angry Russians sometime in the near future. And European are leaders eager to learn why the two countries get along so well in the Arctic. 

BREAKING: North Pole expeditions from Svalbard may be over as Russia blames Norway for worst season ever, says Barneo ice camp operations will move to Franz Josef Land

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The climactic heat resulted in the shortest and most disastrous North Pole season from Svalbard ever. The political heat may mean it’s also the last.

The Barneo ice camp stopped accepting new expeditions and began shutting down Saturday, only 11 days after opening nearly two weeks later than planned, and officials there stated in a post on their official Facebook they are planning to move their logistics operations from Svalbard to Franz Josef Land. The post does not specifically state the move will occur next year, but it does put most of the blame for this year’s disastrous season on new regulations enacted by Norway last year.

‘Our heroes!’ – Russia punks Norway again as Chechen paratroopers stop in Svalbard after Barneo training

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Barneo is basically turning into a schoolyard playground this year, with two bullies beating up everyone except their opponent, as Russian-trained Chechen paratroopers landed at Longyearbyen’s airport on Thursday after completing exercises at the camp – a possible violation of the Svalbard Treaty, although Norway appears to be ignoring the taunt for now.

Your name here: Gov’t to track all passengers on Svalbard flights, changes law to kick out ‘undesirables’

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Congratulations Dmitry – you just made coming here a bit more annoying for everybody.

Airlines are now being required to submit the names of all passengers on all scheduled and charter flights to The Governor of Svalbard before traveling to the archipelago. In addition, persons banned in mainland Norway can now also be exiled from Svalbard due to a change in entry requirements announced Friday by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.

Random weirdness for the week of June 9, 2015

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Scientists aboard the Lance research vessel suffered a bit of a performance problem with their seamen this week during what was described as a stumbling and bumbling physical encounter.

Norway to enact tougher entry rules for Svalbard; Rogozin calls Arctic this year’s Crimea

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Concerns Svalbard might be among Russia’s next targets after the Ukraine are no longer speculative, as Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin followed up a controversial visit to the archipelago by telling a Russian TV station this week he considers the two areas similar.

‘It is too late to wave their fists after a fight:’ Russian official banned by Norway defiant after North Pole visit

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Standing on top of the world and hailing his troops by triumphing the “defeat of the enemies of Russia” while critizing “cowardice (and) indecision” by earlier Russian leaders, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin concluded a controversial two-day trip to Svalbard and the North Pole by declaring “the Arctic is Russian Mecca.”

Russia’s annex-the-Ukraine guy will take on the Arctic

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“Shiver, bourgeois! You’re done with!”