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

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

That verbal one-fingered salute to Svalbard and its neighbors in the Norwegian Arctic is courtesy of a Russian politician who destabalized the Ukraine and is now in charge of a new government agency setting its sights on the far north.

Dmitry Rogozin, who has been individually sanctioned by EU, U.S. and other countries for his role in the Ukraine, will head a commission responsible for national security, economic and social issues in the Arctic, according to RIA Novosti.

His pirate threat was a Twitter message in 2013 responding to Norway’s concerns about Russia deploying strategic nuclear submarines in the Arctic. Russia has since conducted numerous nuclear-related exercises with subs and planes near Svalbard and other northern waters, and sent planes on flights threatening to encroach into Norwegan air space.

In the most recent incident of note, a Russian bomber intercepted Jan. 28 by Norwegian F-16s outside Finnmark was carrying a nuclear warhead, according to the Sunday Express of London. Russia’s Defense Ministry is denying the allegation.

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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