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The State Duma of the Russian Federation at a meeting on Wednesday has adopted in the final, third reading the bill of the exclusive right of vessels under the Russian flag on transportation of hydrocarbons across the Northern Sea Route (NSR).

Summing up doesn't make sense without understanding of prospect. In the end of the year the president has made a number of statements which will exert impact on further development of Russia.

Geopolitics is about the politics of space which includes its various characteristic e.g. location, size, natural resources, trade routes (both land and sea), economy and of course environmental conditions.  In all classic theories of geopolitics, world has been divided into Heartland, Rimland and World Island and many areas have been identified and discussed as more important than others for various reasons. But, the Arctic has been totally ignored in all its geopolitical dimensions as we do not find any geopolitical mention of its size, location, trade route and resources etc.

It is surprising how many people in Russia are ignorant concerning the events in the Arctic! Polls draw a sad picture: most of respondents knows only that "it is very cold there", "there live polar bears" and "there even ice breakers get stuck!". And this with the fact that media the party not only bypass a subject of the Arctic, but, on the contrary, write about this region much and often.

In the next three days in the Moscow region can drop out to a half the monthly rainfall. And in weather forecasts for the next two weeks there is no sunny day any more. For a while will be able to change situation unless planes which will disperse over Moscow clouds before a carnival of the World festival of youth.