“Z” the sign of war – a new swastika – is promoted by officials in the Russian north.

With a “Z” on his chest, the Governor of Murmansk views across border to Nordic neighborsAndrei Chibis had put on a shirt with Russia’s war-symbol when he this weekend paid a visit to the Pechenga region.March 14, 2022
Amid reports about big losses in Ukraine, the Governor of Murmansk pays visit to affected brigadesGovernor Andrei Chibis on Friday traveled to the bases of the 200th Motorized Rifle Brigade and the 61st Navel Infantry Brigade located in the Pechenga area near Norway and Finland.March 11, 2022Please, support Barents Observer’s independent, fact-based nonprofit journalism. Your money will help us continue to be a voice for press freedom in the borderland to Russia in times of war and international trouble. All our articles are published in Russian language as Putin’s war censorship torpedoes our colleagues’ freedom to write at home. 

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The Nazi-inspired symbol used by Russia in war against Ukraine finds way to downtown MurmanskIn a campaign supported by the regional governor, pictures of the letter Z painted in nationalist orange and black colors are handed out to locals in the far northern Russian region.March 07, 2022
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The capital of Lapland freezes partnership with MurmanskAnd donates €70,000 to Ukraine.March 04, 2022

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