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Neighborhood in the North

: Trine Eklund writes about experiences from her peace and dialogue journey in Russia. Why does the West paint an enemy picture and impose sanctions on the country, she asks. She believes we have no reason to fear our Russian neighbor.

Prevents spotlight on Trump report

: Through a D-Notice statement concerning the Russian ex-agent Sergei Skripal's connection to the report on Donald Trump's sex life in Russia, the British authorities indicate what is particularly sensitive about the Skripal case.

Russian television

: Russian citizens today have access to hundreds of television channels, but still largely choose to follow only the largest state channel. Editor of Vedomosti, Maxim Trudolyubov, wonders why.

Russian defectors and the Litvinenko affair 

: Like Sergei Skripal, Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in Britain. Beyond this, the two cases have little in common.

Major political lies about Russia?

: What can politicians really say with certainty about the poisoning of the Russian ex-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter – and what unfortunate consequences is this case about to have?

Not human, but athlete

Marta Prus: Over the limit

: Variety called this documentary about a young Russian gymnast "the sports documentary's The Black Swan". 

The uninhibited celebration of Soviet nostalgia

Sergei Loznitsa: The 'Pobedy (Victory Day)

: Unrestrained dancing and exchange of stories about ancient greatness: The 'Pobedy depicts Soviet nostalgia and pro-Russian feelings among Russian nationalists and their like-minded people.

Major political pretext 

: The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom claims that Russia "probably was behind" the alleged poisonous attack on ex-agent Sergei Skripal, but could this indicate a comprehensive plan to get Russia branded as a criminal state?

Putin as a rescuer

Chris Miller: Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia

: Chris Miller has written an interesting book on the economic development of Russia under Putin. If one allows oneself to sketch roughly, one can say that ordinary Norwegian media coverage of Russia is characterized by a stereotypical way of thinking.

North and South Korea can come together – with Russia's help

: In recent months, talks have taken place between Russia and South Korea to establish new and peaceful development processes in the area. 

Johan Galtung: How is Norway going?

: How independent and critical can one be? In part 2 of the double interview with Johan Galtung, we talk about Norway's relations with the USA, Sweden, Muslims, anarchism and Marxism.