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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bellona Foundation

The Bellona Foundation is an international environmental organization established in 1986 and based in Oslo, Norway. The organization was established by Frederic Hauge and Rune Haaland. It primarily functions as a nuclear watchdog focusing on developments in Russia (Bellona has branches in Murmansk and Saint Petersburg). The organization also has offices in Washington, D.C. and Brussels.

In February 1996, Russian FSB arrested Bellona's Russian expert Alexander Nikitin and charged him with treason through espionage for his contributions to a Bellona report on the nuclear safety within the Russian Northern Fleet. He was fully acquitted by the Russian Supreme Court in 2000.

The Bellona Foundation was sponsored between 2005 and 2008 by the Norwegian oil company Statoil with 500,000 NOK (approx.€ 55,000).

The environmental foundation is a supporter of Carbon Capture and Storage

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