Russia-Brazil Business Council Discusses Prospects for Increased Trade Between the two Countries

Brasilia, Brazil – Andrey Guryev, CEO of PhosAgro, Chairman of the Russia-Brazil Business Council, and Second Deputy Chairman on the Russian side of the Intergovernmental Russian-Brazilian Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation — acted as Russian co-chair of the Russian-Brazilian Business Forum, held in the Brazilian capital as part of the BRICS summit.…

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Russia Trades Captive Spies With Norway, Lithuania in Cold War-style Swap

Russia, Norway and Lithuania conducted an exchange of spies on Friday, securing the return of several captured agents to their home countries, the head of Lithuanian counterintelligence said. Previous reports suggested that Moscow, Oslo and Vilnius were discussing exchanging two Russians jailed in Lithuania, two Lithuanians sentenced for spying in Russia, and a Norwegian, Frode…

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Expert Calls for Demolition of St. Petersburg’s Center to Save Money

ST. PETERSBURG — A controversial proposal from a Moscow architecture expert to tear down St. Petersburg’s historical center as a cost-saving measure sparked heated debate at an international cultural forum on Thursday. Architect Vladimir Shukhov first proposed the plan in September, arguing that Russia’s second-largest city could not afford to preserve its aging historical center…

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How Does a Powerful Russian Lobby Plan to Halt Climate Change? With Coal, Oil and Gas

Fear of extinction as a result of runaway climate change has shocked the world into scrambling to reduce carbon emissions and develop green technologies before it’s too late. Russia’s most powerful business lobby, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP), has a different take on the crisis.   “We have to maximize our sales of…

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Chairman of Russia–Brazil Business Council Andrey Guryev, Brazilian Cabinet Members Discuss Prospects for Expanding Cooperation Between Companies from Both Countries

Brasilia (Brazil) – Andrey Guryev, Chairman of the Russia–Brazil Business Council, a member of the Management Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and the Second Deputy Chairman for Russia to the Intergovernmental Russian–Brazilian Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, met with cabinet members and leaders of non-governmental organisations in Brazil…

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ROSATOM signed a memorandum of understanding in the healthcare field with the Apulia region of Italy

On November, 13, Rusatom Healthcare (ROSATOM industry integrator in the field of radiation technologies in medicine and industry) Director General Aleksandr Shibanov, president of the region Apulia  (Republic of Italy) Michele Emiliano, representatives of Sechenov University (Moscow) and Bari University, as well as JSC Isotope signed a memorandum of understanding in order to develop and…

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Special screening of “Russia from Above” held in St. Petersburg

Release November 14, 2019, 20:30 Gazprom has contributed to the making of the film “Russia from Above.” The film has attracted 30 million viewers in Germany alone. The St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum hosted a special screening of “Russia from Above,” a documentary made by German filmmakers with support from the Gazprom Group. The audience was offered a bird’s-eye view of many Russian regions: from the…

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Russia Recognizes Bolivia’s Interim Leader as Violence Continues

Russia has recognized violence-plagued Bolivia’s interim president until the South American nation’s next elections, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency quoted a senior diplomat as saying Thursday. Bolivia’s pro-Russian President Evo Morales resigned and fled the country this week to ease the violence that has been ongoing since a disputed vote last month. Senate vice-president…

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UGS facilities in Russia reach record potential daily deliverability of 843.3 million cubic meters

Release November 14, 2019, 15:55 Gazprom is ready to operate during peak gas demand in winter. Required amounts of gas – more than 72 billion cubic meters – were injected into Russian UGS facilities. Increase in maximum daily deliverability of UGS facilities is commensurate with gas consumption in some Russian regions. The Gazprom Management Committee examined the operational readiness of the Unified Gas Supply System (UGSS) facilities for peak loads in late…

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MH17 Crash Probe Releases Intercepted Calls Between East Ukraine Rebels and Russian Officials

A team of international prosecutors has released a new batch of intercepted audio recordings of calls it says are between pro-Russian separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine and high-ranking Russian officials in the weeks leading up to the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. The calls include conversations with separatist leaders including…

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170K in East Ukraine Get Russian Passports Under Putin’s Fast-Track Program

More than 170,000 residents of separatist-controlled territories in eastern Ukraine have become Russian citizens under President Vladimir Putin’s fast-track program since it launched six months ago, authorities said. Putin simplified the path to Russian citizenship for an estimated 3.7 million residents of the pro-Russian Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” in April, angering Ukraine and the…

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Members of the Public Council of ROSATOM and representatives of environmental organizations discussed ROSATOM’s program for DUHF safe management

On November 12, the ROSATOM’s Headquarters’ hosted an off-scheduled meeting of the Public Council of ROSATOM and all leading environmental organizations of Russia. Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev, first deputy directors general of ROSATOM Aleksandr Lokshin and Kirill Komarov also took part in the meeting of the Public Council. The meeting was initiated by…

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Sami Parliaments, EU Concerned by Russia Shutting Down Indigenous Rights Group

Moscow City Court ruled to dissolve the Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North/Russian Indigenous Training Center (CSIPN/RITC), provoking protests from Brussels and the Nordic Sami Parliaments. Hindering contacts with intergovernmental organizations and forums is exactly why the Justice Ministry in Moscow took the case to court, says CSIPN/RITC director Rodion Sulyandziga, who represents indigenous…

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Czech Humanitarian Group Declared ‘Undesirable’ in Russia

Russia’s Justice Ministry has declared a Czech humanitarian relief group “undesirable” three years after the group was kicked out of a pro-Russian self-proclaimed state in eastern Ukraine. The People in Need NGO, which helps people affected by wartime crises and natural disasters, ended its eastern Ukrainian operations in 2016 after separatists in the Donetsk People’s…

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Russia Says Businesswoman Sentenced in Kuwait Is ‘Safe’ After Embezzlement Verdict

A Russian businesswoman appears to be safe after Kuwait handed her a long jail term for embezzlement, the Kommersant business daily has reported. Reports said Monday that a Kuwaiti court had sentenced investment executive Marsha Lazareva to 15 years in prison for money laundering. A U.S. law firm leading the international effort to secure Lazareva’s…

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Russian Authorities Can Seize Assets of Criminals’ Acquaintances, Court Rules

Russia has ruled that authorities can seize suspicious assets owned by relatives and acquaintances of criminals convicted of corruption unless they can prove they were lawfully obtained, the Vedomosti business daily reported Tuesday. The ruling came in response to an appeal by a convicted police anti-corruption official’s family, who argued that the authorities had illegally…

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Russia Is Building One of the World’s Largest Facial Recognition Networks

One evening in August 2018, 21-year-old Mikhail Aksel stepped into the imposing marble of Moscow Metro’s Sportivnaya station. Aksel, a senior activist in The Other Russia, a small but flamboyant opposition party associated with the former punk and far-right nationalist writer Eduard Limonov, was no stranger to run-ins with the police. Even so, Aksel was surprised…

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Chechnya Outperforms Kremlin’s KPIs Nationwide – Reports

Russia’s republic of Chechnya has the highest trust ratings toward its leaders and President Vladimir Putin among all regions, Russian media reported Monday. The Kremlin closely monitors Putin’s trust ratings, which dipped to historic lows then quickly bounced back after the Kremlin challenged state pollsters’ methodologies. Its domestic policy curator Sergei Kiriyenko earlier this year…

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Former Kazakh President Wants to Arrange Putin-Zelenskiy Summit

Kazakhstan’s former president Nursultan Nazarbayev is trying to arrange a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskiy, whose countries are at odds over the war between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. “Zelenskiy has already agreed to a tete-a-tete, and (I have) informed the president of Russia about that. We shall see now (if…

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Secret U.K. Report Names Conservatives’ Russian Oligarch Donors – Sunday Times

Nine Russian businesspeople have donated to Britain’s Conservative Party, according to a secret parliamentary report on Russian interference in British elections, The Sunday Times newspaper reported Sunday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s opponents accuse him of blocking the report ahead of the Dec. 12 parliamentary election, an assertion that his Conservative-led government dismissed. Johnson’s office has…

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