The enormous Hotel Arktika in the center of Murmansk might be expropriated and made into living quarters for foreigners involved in the development of the Shtokman gas field.

According to Governor of Murmansk Oblast Dmitry Dmitriyenko, the 16 floor high landmark in the middle of Murmansk might be rebuilt into living quarters for Shtokman workers, a press release from the regional government reads.

This was said in a meeting between Dmitriyenko and Head of StatoilHydro in Russia Bengt Li Hansen. The main issue for the meeting was cooperation between Murmansk Oblast and StatoilHydro on social and educational projects. Dmitriyenko proposed that StatoilHydro could take part in a possible reconstruction of the Hotel Arktika, to what Li Hansen showed interest and promised to discuss the issue with his company

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