Tag Archives: Russia

‘Total collapse’: Russia steamrolls over Svalbard in training exercise, website claims; Norway denied it happened

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A report Russia staged a full-scale invasion of Svalbard during military training exercises caused Norway’s media to blow up Wednesday, so to speak, with reports of NATO participating in “crisis meetings after Norway’s total collapse” and Norway denying the exercise happened.

Svalbard declared one of Russia’s top war threats due to Norway’s goal of ‘absolute national jurisdiction’

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Norway’s attitude about Svalbard is among the top four geopolitical challenges – on par with NATO and the Baltic States – that puts Russia at risk of war, according to a Russian Defense Ministry report about national security threats.

Nyet for NATO Parliamentary Assembly? Seminar participants, Russians question Norway’s Svalbard policies

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Heat is much on the minds of everyone concerned, whether it’s people in the room questioning Norway’s hypocrisy about local coal mining or others outside it claiming  Norway is provoking an international conflict.

‘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. 

Wigging out: Boaty McBoatface, Aquaman, Pokémon among the stars in Svalbard’s ten strangest stories of 2016

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A travesty of an election that ignored the will of the people. A political ad where an innocent little girl was obliterated by a weapon of mass destruction. Battling alien invaders, yet again. Nuclear armageddon, yet again.

When it came to the ways we were weird, 2016 made Svalbard great again. Bigly.

Toxic shock: Russia drops rocket booster w/ carcinogenic fuel into sea south of Svalbard in ‘successful launch’

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A suspicious person might say Russia’s figured out how to conduct airstrikes on its Arctic foes in a way that has the world’s official blessing.

A rocket that just happens to be a Cold-War-era ballistic missile repurposed for civilian use jettisoned boosters containing highly toxic fuel into waters near Svalbard, Greenland and Canada shorty after launch Saturday. But while news of the planned mission – with the debris supposedly only targeted for Canadian waters – sparked outrage among many, the drop was allowed because it was “announced upfront in accordance with international procedures.”

Brash landing: Russia’s plans to have military instructors land in Longyearbyen may violate Svalbard Treaty

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Russia is planning to have military instructors make a stopover in Longyearbyen as part of a large-scale paratrooper exercise near the North Pole this month, an action that may violate the Svalbard Treaty.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Sept. 22, 2015

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Russian airline goes silent about fate of plane at N. Pole
The fate of a Russian plane carrying tourists that crash landed near the North Pole in April remains unknown as the airline, Shar Ink, has stopped responding to inquires about its promise to remove the aircraft this summer.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Aug. 18, 2015

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Russia: We didn’t reject bear census; we need more time
Russia is denying it has rejected granting researchers access to its territory for a joint Russian-Norwegian census of polar bears in the Barents Sea region, instead arguing Russia’s legislature needs sufficient time to evaluate the project.

A bear of a census: first count of polar bears in 11 years underway despite difficulties

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For those who consider census takers invasive because they ask all that personal stuff, at least they don’t shoot you with tranquilizers and implant transmitters (unless the tinfoil-hat brigade is smarter than we all realized).