Non-Russian authors


  • Lukas Allemann – Researcher, M.A., PhD candidate, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
  • James Anaya – Doctor in law, Professor, Dean of the University of Colorado Boulder Law School, Special UN Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people (2008-2014)


  • Oliver Loode — is an activist of the international Finno-Ugric movement and Member of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) for the term 2014-2016.


  • Thomas Nilsen– the main editor of the Independent Barents Observer. Thomas worked for the Norwegian Barents Secretariat between 2003 and 2015. Between 2009 and 2015 he was the editor of BarentsObserver. Before that he worked 12 years for the Bellona Foundation’s Russian study group, focusing on nuclear safety issues and general environmental challenges in northern areas and the Arctic.


  • Johannes Rohr – Institut für Ökologie und Aktions-Ethnologie (INFOE), Germany


  • Atle Staalesen – is a Norwegian journalist and Director of the Independent Barents Observer. In 2002, he founded the Barents Observer and was an editor until 2009. In 2015 along with the rest of the newspaper crew he established the Independent Barents Observer as an independent and non-profit stock company. Atle has a degree in Russian studies from the University of Oslo and studied journalism at the Moscow State University.
  • Georg Wilhelm Steller (10 March 1709 – 14 November 1746) was a German botanist, zoologist, physician and explorer, who worked in Russia and is considered a pioneer of Alaskan natural history. He was also a member of the Vitus Bering’s Second Kamchatka Expedition.