The Bellona Foundation
is an international environmental organization
established in 1986
and based in Oslo
. 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.
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.