Cold War in the Arctic: Russia, Norway Dig In

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BARENTSBURG, Norway—In this coal-mining town on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, the school instructs in Russian, food is priced in rubles and a large Soviet-era sign declares: “Our Goal is Communism.”

But this state-funded slice of Russia is actually on Norwegian territory, and Oslo subsidizes a separate coal mine a few dozen miles away.

Svalbard has…

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