(Interfax via BarentsObserver, 30 August 2007) -- The northernmost church in the world will be built at the Franz Josef Land in the far Russian north. Bishop Tikhon of Arkhangelsk and Kholmogory recently went to the archipelago to bless the site for the future church. According to the newspaper "Orthodoxy in the Northern Land" the visit was the first ever at the archipelago by a Russian Orthodox bishop. In addition to its symbolic importance, the church will give an opportunity for worship for frontier guards and meteorologists living at the islands.
Posted 30 August 2007; 12:07:43 PM. Permalink
(Euroarctic.org, 29 August 2007) -- A compilation of personal pictures shot - with a twinkle in his eye - by Kenneth Mikko has resulted in the first Swedish Photo book covering an area almost unknown to Westerners. Photographer and culture journalist Kenneth Mikko from Swedish town Haparanda has released a photo book with snapshots from the Arkhangelsk Region and Nenets Autonomous Territory in northwest Russia. He has previously released a photo essay book with snaps shot on a motorcycle tour through the Komi Republic. Everyday life for people in their ordinary environment is exposed in the new book [in Swedish and English] Moments in Arkhangelsk and Nenets [120 pp]. You will meet reindeer herder families, oil workers and inhabitants in Russian small towns and villages. "Arkhangelsk with its history and enormous cultural span has fascinated me ever since my first visit in 1993," says Kenneth Mikko. [Picture from the book can be seen alongside this Euroarctic article. An e-mail address to order the book can be found at http://www.n66.cc/
Posted 30 August 2007; 11:35:38 AM. Permalink