Two Russian Biathletes Get Four-Year Bans for Doping

Two Russian biathletes have been suspended for four years for doping violations detected in data from Russia‘s former anti-doping agency laboratory, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) said on Tuesday. Alexander Pechenkin and Alexander Chernyshov were among the four Russian biathletes who were charged with doping violations by the IBU and provisionally suspended last November. In addition to a…

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Gazprom and Fortum discuss bilateral cooperation

Release June 25, 2019, 14:45 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO of Fortum, took place in St. Petersburg today. The parties discussed the issues related to their bilateral cooperation, including joint efforts in the field of power generation. Background Fortum is a Finnish energy concern that owns 29.5 per cent of TGC-1 (part of the Gazprom Energoholding…

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Russia Cleared to Return to Europe’s Top Rights Body, Ukraine Walks Out

Europe’s top human rights body has voted to allow Russia to return as a member of its parliamentary assembly, dividing the 70-year-old watchdog tasked with monitoring civil liberties among its 47 member states. Russia was suspended from the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) in 2014 over Moscow’s behavior toward Ukraine, including the annexation of…

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Russia Says Military Plane Landed in Venezuela to Service Equipment

A Russian Air Force plane that landed in Venezuela is there to service Russian military equipment already in the country, Russia‘s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Tuesday, according to Interfax. The plane landed on Monday in Venezuela’s main airport, according to a Reuters witness and a website that tracks plane movements, three months after a similar arrival…

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Head of Russia’s Ingushetia Resigns Following Months of Border Deal Unrest

The head of Russia’s smallest region has resigned following months of controversy over a land-swap deal with the neighboring republic of Chechnya, Russian media have reported. Residents of the North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia first took to the streets against the border-swap agreement signed with Chechnya in fall 2018. Violent protests reignited in March as…

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Hot Culture Weekend in Moscow

Cultural life in the Russian capital usually begins to slow down a bit in the summer, as theater troupes head out on tour, museums start gearing up for the autumn openings, and movie theaters are filled with Hollywood blockbusters. You wouldn’t know it by the premieres and openings at the end of last week. On…

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The Night of Ivan Kupala, in Photos

While the summer solstice is more commonly marked with parties, fireworks and picnics in today’s Russia, there’s plenty of history behind the rituals that preceded modern-day celebrations. Ancient tribes that inhabited this part of the world celebrated with fire, water, song, dance and rituals. Called the Night of Ivan Kupala (from the word “to bathe”),…

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On This Day: Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova is one of Russia’s most brilliant poets. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Akhmatova’s parents were both descended from Russian nobility. Her family moved to St. Petersburg before she was a year old, and she started writing poetry at age 11. Her father didn’t want any of her work published under his “respectable” name (Gorenko),…

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Russian TV Reporters Attacked in Georgia Amid Heightened Tensions – Reports

The film crew of a Russian state-run television channel was attacked in Georgia’s capital on Saturday amid a flare-up in tensions between the two countries, Russian media have reported. Tensions between Russia and Georgia were ignited after a Russian lawmaker’s speech in the Georgian parliament set off mass protests in Tbilisi on Thursday. Demonstrators violently…

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Gazprom’s Financial and Economic Policy Press Conference held

Accreditation of journalists for the Press Conferences in the lead-up to the Shareholders Meeting Listen to audio For Gazprom’s Press Conferences audio broadcast please dial: +7 495 719-35-77 (Russian) +7 495 719-30-00 (English) June 21, 2019, 02:30 pm (Moscow time) [embedded content] Participants: Famil Sadygov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Gazprom; Elena Vasilieva, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Chief Accountant, Gazprom; Alexander Ivannikov, Head of Department, Gazprom;…

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Georgian Parliament Leader Resigns Over Mass Anti-Russian Protests

The head of Georgia’s parliament has resigned after mass anti-Russian protests rocked the capital this week. Thousands of protesters on Thursday tried to storm the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi after Russian lawmaker Sergei Gavrilov addressed an event for Orthodox Christian leaders in his native Russian from the parliamentary speaker’s seat. Demonstrators violently clashed with police,…

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Georgians Protest Outside Parliament Over Russian Delegation’s Visit

Tens of thousands of Georgians gathered outside the parliament building in the capital Tbilisi on Thursday to protest against a speech made in the country’s parliament by a Russian lawmaker in his own language. Protesters chanted slogans against Russian President Vladimir Putin and dozens broke through police lines to try to storm the parliament building. Sergei Gavrilov…

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The first construction and installation work launches at the construction base of the Paks-2 NPP (Hungary)

On June 20, a solemn ceremony was held at the construction base of hungarian Paks-2 NPP (General Contractor JSC ASE, Engineering division of ROSATOM) dedicated to the beginning of the erecting first buildings of the construction base. The ceremony was attended by the Minister without portfolio Responsible for the Planning, Construction and Commissioning of the…

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Crowds of Protesters Set Up Camp Against Landfill in Russia’s North

Hundreds of protesters opposing a controversial landfill in Russia’s north have set up camp near its construction site in a rare tent-based demonstration for the country. Protests against the $162-million landfill in Shiyes, Arkhangelsk region, have become a symbol of Russia’s growing trend toward issues-based local activism. Almost a year of demonstrations in the abandoned…

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Putin Tells Russians: Increase Productivity to Raise Standard of Living

Russians will see a boost in their living standards if they raise their labor productivity, President Vladimir Putin has said during his annual phone-in with the public. The productivity of the Russian workforce is among the lowest of the world’s major economies, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Living standards have declined as…

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