Alexey Miller and President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic discuss natural gas supplies

Background On January 1, 2021, Gazprom began supplying gas to Serbia via a new route. Gas from Russia is transmitted by the TurkStream offshore gas pipeline and further across Turkey. It is then brought via Bulgaria’s national gas transmission system to Serbia, where it is distributed among consumers in Serbia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since October 1, 2021, Hungary and Croatia have been receiving Russian gas thanks to the full-capacity development…

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Three-Quarters of Russians Against Kremlin Plan for Vaccine Passports – Poll

More than three quarters of Russians are against the Kremlin’s plans to introduce mandatory vaccine passports on trains and domestic flights, a poll by the independent Levada Center has found. Amid surging mortality from the coronavirus and a stubbornly low nationwide vaccination rate, Russia’s parliament has introduced draft legislation that would ban Russians without a…

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Gazprom delivers record-high amount of gas to Greece over 11-month period

December 7, 2021, 15:15 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Kostas Skrekas, Minister of the Environment and Energy of Greece, took place today in St. Petersburg. The parties reviewed the state and prospects of their cooperation in the energy sector, focusing in particular on Russian gas supplies. It was noted that Gazprom exported upwards of 3 billion cubic meters of gas to Greece…

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Kremlin Slams U.S. Olympics Boycott, Says Games Should Be ‘Free of Politics’

The Kremlin on Tuesday criticized the United States for announcing a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Olympics in Beijing, saying the Games should be “free of politics.” U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration announced Monday that it will not send any U.S. diplomatic or official governmental representatives to the Games kicking off in February in a…

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Navalny’s ‘Putin’s Palace’ Investigation Named Most Popular Video on Russian YouTube in 2021

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s investigation into President Vladimir Putin’s alleged $1.3 billion palace was the most popular video on Russian YouTube in 2021, the video platform announced Monday. Navalny’s team released the in-depth investigation — which alleges that Putin and his close associates laundered money to build the opulent Black Sea palace — after he…

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Biden to Threaten New Financial Sanctions if Russia Invades Ukraine – Reports

U.S. President Joe Biden will outline a package of tough restrictions on Russia’s financial sector in a call with Vladimir Putin later Tuesday that he will introduce if Moscow invades Ukraine, U.S. media have reported.  According to Bloomberg, the U.S. would increase its package of economic restrictions against Moscow, including further blocks on Russia’s sovereign…

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Putin Hails ‘Longstanding Friendship’ With India After Talks With Modi

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday called India a “great power” and “longstanding friend” of Moscow following his talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. “We see India as a great power, a friendly nation and a time-tested friend…Relations between our countries are developing,” Putin told journalists Monday evening, in what was…

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Samsa: The Silk Road Snack

It’s always a good idea to be wary of street food in the Former Soviet Union, but sometimes the intoxicating smells of yeasty pancakes, frying onions, or the pungent odor of grilled meat present almost irresistible temptation. I find this particularly challenging when it is cold and damp outside and those brightly colored trucks and…

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Viktor Zubkov: proliferation of natural gas-fueled vehicles currently considered top priority for NGV market development

December 3, 2021, 21:40 Today, a Gazprom delegation headed by Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, took part in a meeting in Naberezhnye Chelny, Republic of Tatarstan. The meeting was devoted to the development of the natural gas vehicle fuel market in Russia. The event was chaired by Yury Borisov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, at the premises of KAMAZ. It was noted at the meeting that Gazprom is systematically…

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What’s On in Moscow Dec. 3-5

Buy books at the Non-Fiction Book Fair The Non-Fiction Book Fair, aka the International Fair of Intellectual Literature, is always a big event in Moscow. Held at Gostiny Dvor Dec. 2-6, it offers fiction, non-fiction, and pop science literature from 18 countries (including Israel, China, U.K., U.S, Ukraine, France and Japan); from 300 major publishing…

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Alexey Miller and Milorad Dodik, member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Presidency, discuss supplies of Russian gas

December 3, 2021, 15:50 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Milorad Dodik, member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, took place today in St. Petersburg. The meeting reviewed relevant issues of cooperation, focusing in particular on the supplies of Russian gas. Background On January 1, 2021, Gazprom began supplying gas to Bosnia and Herzegovina via a new route. Gas from Russia is transmitted…

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25th anniversary General Meeting of International Business Congress to be held in St. Petersburg on June 3, 2022

Background The International Business Congress (IBC) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization. The Congress deals with the practical aspects of economic cooperation and brings forward proposals for debottlenecking and building a favorable environment for safe and efficient entrepreneurial activities. The IBC operates through eight Working Committees: Energy; Industry, Innovations and Prospective Development; Law, Banking and Finance; Information and Communication;…

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TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM establishes international partnerships at WNE for nuclear facilities decommissioning

During the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris, TVEL, ROSATOM’s nuclear fuel manufacturer and the integrator for nuclear decommissioning business, signed two memorandums of understanding with the French companies, ROBATEL Industries and D&S Groupe. Both partnerships are aimed at joint business development in the field of nuclear decommissioning business, such as dismantling of nuclear facilities, radwaste…

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Sputnik V Backer Says Vaccine Hindered By ‘Bureaucratic’ WHO Approval Obstacles

Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine faces “purely bureaucratic” obstacles in the World Health Organization (WHO) approval process, its global backer said Thursday. While Russia touted Sputnik V as the world’s first registered Covid vaccine in August 2020, it has not yet been authorized for use by the WHO or the European Union. Its fast-track approval ahead…

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ROSATOM’s executives discussed the role of energy technologies in combating climate change at the Global Impact Conference 2021

On December 1, 2021 ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev, ROSATOM Deputy Director General for HR Tatyana Terentyeva, and other representatives of the state corporation and its organizations took part in the Global Impact Conference 2021. The event was held with the support of ROSATOM, Euronews, Europe’s leading news channel, UN Global Compact, and VK as…

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Putin’s Approval Drops Amid Covid Surge, Partial Lockdown – Poll

President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings have declined amid weeks of record Covid-19 infections and deaths capped by a partial lockdown, according to a new independent survey published Thursday. Russian respondents’ approval of the president’s job performance dropped to 63% in November from 67% in October, according to the Levada Center pollster. Putin ordered a nationwide partial…

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Ukraine’s Goal to Take Back Crimea Is ‘Direct Threat’ to Russia – Kremlin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s intention to restore Kiev’s control over Crimea constitutes a “direct threat” to Russia, the Kremlin said Thursday as tensions run high between the two countries. Speaking in his annual address to the Ukrainian parliament on Wednesday, Zelenskiy said the return of Crimea to Ukraine following Moscow’s 2014 annexation of the peninsula…

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Russia Says Arrests Ukrainian Spy Trio Amid Mounting Tensions

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said Thursday it has detained three alleged Ukrainian spies gathering secrets and plotting terrorist attacks as tensions between the countries escalate over Kiev’s accusations of Russian military buildup and planned invasions.  All three Ukrainian nationals had confessed to being recruited by Ukraine’s military and security services, Interfax quoted the FSB…

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ROSATOM and Framatome sign long-term cooperative agreement

December 1, 2021 – ROSATOM and Framatome recently signed a new Strategic Cooperation Agreement further expanding the companies’ efforts to develop fuel fabrication and instrumentation and control (I&C) technologies. ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev, and Bernard Fontana, CEO of Framatome signed the agreement during the World Nuclear Exposition held in Paris. “Together with Framatome, we…

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U.S. Warns Russia of ‘High-Impact’ Sanctions If It Invades Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that Washington had seen “evidence” Russia could be planning an invasion of Ukraine, threatening Moscow with painful economic sanctions if it attacks.  Blinken accused Moscow of massing “tens of thousands of additional combat forces” near Ukraine’s border as he geared up for talks with Russian counterpart Sergei…

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Protocol signed on pricing procedure for gas supplies to Belarus in 2022

December 1, 2021, 18:00 A working meeting of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, with Viktor Karankevich, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Belarus, and Vladimir Semashko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, took place today in St. Petersburg. Alexey Miller and Viktor Karankevich signed the Protocol between Gazprom and the Government of the Republic of Belarus.…

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ROSATOM’s Engineering Division starts commercial use of new welding technologies at Rooppur NPP (Bangladesh)

At the Rooppur NPP, the Teplotech 4.0 project been launched ahead of schedule to ensure the technical upgrading of heat installation works, including the commercial use of two types of automatic orbital welding machines. The use of new automatic welding machines has been promptly agreed with the design organization and supervisory authorities owing to the…

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ROSATOM, CEA and EDF join R&D efforts to demonstrate recyclability of spent MOX fuel

On 1 December 2021, ROSATOM, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), and EDF (France) signed a joint declaration of intent to develop their long-term R&D collaboration in the field of civil nuclear power. The declaration states an experimentation at laboratory scale, involving all the steps required to recycle second-generation plutonium from spent MOX…

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Gas production and supplies: results for 11 months

December 1, 2021, 13:40 According to preliminary data, Gazprom produced 467.6 billion cubic meters of gas in January-November of 2021, which is 14.7 per cent (or 60 billion cubic meters) more than in the same period of last year. Gazprom ramped up its domestic supplies from the gas transmission system by 15.8 per cent (or by 30.4 billion cubic meters) over said period of 2021. The Company increased its gas exports…

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The first kilowatts from the Medvezhenskaya Wind Farm of ROSATOM entered the power grid of Russia

The Medvezhenskaya Wind Farm (Stavropol Krai) began supplying electricity to the wholesale electricity and capacity market on December 1, 2021. The wind farm with an installed capacity of 60 MW consists of 24 wind turbine generators. Local content of facility equipment, as confirmed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, amounts…

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Alexey Miller and South Ossetia’s President Anatoly Bibilov discuss issues of cooperation

November 30, 2021, 17:40 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Anatoly Bibilov, President of the Republic of South Ossetia, took place today in St. Petersburg. The parties discussed the state and prospects of their cooperation, focusing in particular on gas supplies to the republic. Background In August 2009, Gazprom brought into operation the Dzuarikau – Tskhinval gas trunkline to provide direct…

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