A ‘machine vision’ system has been launched at the Kola NPP

As a part of the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company’s digital transformation project, the Kola NPP has successfully delivered a pilot project on the implementation of automated control for personal protection compulsory adequate use program. The first batch of the innovative system has started its way in the substation integration module rooms where staff works with high-voltage…

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Russia’s Natural Population Decline to Hit 11-Year Record in 2019

Russia’s natural population decline will set an 11-year record this year as the country’s demographic crisis shows no signs of letting up, the RBC news website reported Friday.  Russia’s overall population totaled 146.7 million in January-September 2019, the State Statistics Service Rosstat said in a report last week. While migrant inflows had offset its natural…

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Russia Backs Penalties for Attending ‘Undesirable’ Courses Abroad

Russian lawmakers tasked with weeding out foreign interference have endorsed penalties for Russian nationals who attend “undesirable” NGO courses abroad, the country’s parliament said Thursday. The lower-house State Duma formed a special commission on foreign meddling in Russia after mass anti-government rallies rocked Moscow this summer. Since then, it has accused foreign news outlets, U.S.…

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Ukraine Detains 5 People for Killing Russian-Belarussian Journalist in 2016

Ukrainian police have detained five people, including a pediatric surgeon and a rock musician, over the killing of an investigative journalist in a car bomb in July 2016, law enforcement officials said on Thursday. Briefing journalists alongside President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the officials said the motive for killing 44-year-old Pavel Sheremet, a Belarussian, was to destabilize…

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Russian Police Raid U.S.-Owned Web Server Nginx’s Moscow Office

Russian police raided the Moscow offices of a popular U.S.-owned web server over a Russian search engine giant’s ownership claim of its source code, Forbes Russia reported Thursday.  Authorities raided Nginx’s Moscow office based on a copyright infingement claim by Russian oligarch Alexander Mamut’s Cyprus-registered investment vehicle Lynwood, Forbes Russia cited an unnamed source at the…

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Pointing to Russian Mercenaries, Turkey’s Erdogan Weighs Joining Fight in Libya

Turkey could send troops to Libya if its UN-backed government requests help, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday, pointing to Russian military contractors currently in the war-torn country. Libya’s internationally recognized government said last week it plans to confront Russia over the private mercenaries with a list of up to 800 Russian fighters supporting…

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Putin Adviser Vows to Highlight Climate Activists’ Demands

Vladimir Putin’s environmental adviser has promised to bring Russian climate activists’ demands to the president later this month, the activists said Wednesday. The activists met Putin’s special representative on climate issues Ruslan Edelgeriyev at the UN climate conference in Madrid for over an hour, the Meduza news website reported.  “He agreed to convey our demands…

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Rehabilitative and remedial treatment technology wins top Science and Technology Prize

Release December 12, 2019, 15:10 Gazprom is creating cutting-edge hi-tech solutions. Economic benefit of implemented solutions exceeds RUB 60 billion. The award ceremony for the 2019 edition of the corporate Science and Technology Prize took place at the meeting of the Gazprom Management Committee. It was noted at the event that the total economic benefit of the award-winning solutions and technologies exceeds RUB 60 billion. The top prize…

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Gazprom’s positions to remain stable in long run

Release December 12, 2019, 15:00 The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the impacts of the events of 2019 on the long-term outlook for the global energy market. It was highlighted that the ongoing growth in natural gas consumption around the world is one of the chief trends of 2019. China continues to demonstrate significant growth. In 2018, the country’s gas consumption went up by 18 per cent.…

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Gazprom Management Committee endorses drafts of investment program and budget for 2020

Release December 12, 2019, 14:40 Gazprom’s overall amount of investments for 2020: RUB 1,104.7 billion. Gazprom’s borrowings for 2020: RUB 557.8 billion. Final investment program and budget to be approved by Gazprom Board of Directors. The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the Company’s preliminary operating results for 2019 and the projected investment program and budget (financial plan) for 2021–2022. The Management Committee also endorsed the…

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Russian TV Pulls Ukraine President’s Comedy Series After Putin Joke

A Russian television channel has pulled a popular Ukrainian comedy starring current President Volodymyr Zelenskiy the day after its premiere, the Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday. Zelenskiy, 41, played a disgruntled teacher whose viral rant catapults him into Ukraine’s presidency in the series called “Servant of the People.” Partly thanks to the sitcom’s popularity, Zelenskiy…

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Management Committee endorses Gazprom’s revised Dividend Policy

Release December 12, 2019, 14:30 It is proposed that dividends be calculated based on adjusted net profit under IFRS. Target level of payouts – at least 50 per cent – is to be reached in three years. New version of Dividend Policy will be submitted for approval by Gazprom Board of Directors. The Management Committee endorsed the draft new revision of Gazprom’s Dividend Policy. The document, which was developed as part of the effort to streamline the financial strategy…

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Rosneft Wins Auctions for Three Blocks in the North of Krasnoyarsk Territory

Rosneft Oil Company has won auctions for the Mezeninskoye, Severo-Dzhangodskoye, and Yangodskoye licence blocks located in the Dolgano-Nenets municipal district of Krasnoyarsk Territory.

Russia and the Republic of the Congo continue cooperation in the peaceful uses of atomic energy

On December 10, 2019, a delegation of the Ministry of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation of the Republic of the Congo headed by Minister M. P. E. Cussu-Mawungu arrived to Moscow by an invitation of Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev. The Congolese delegation was familiarized with capabilities and competences of the Russian nuclear industry…

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Staff changes

Release December 11, 2019, 19:20 Andrey Fick has been appointed Head of Department 644. Andrey Fick was born in the Krasnodar Territory in 1969. He graduated from Krasnodar Polytechnic Institute in 1993, majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technologies. He obtained his second university degree from Kuban State Technological University in 2000, majoring in Cryo-Engineering. He has an MBA degree and a PhD degree in Engineering. He has been a member of Gazprom’s team…

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Germany Contradicts Russia Over Georgian Murdered in Berlin

Germany contradicted Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, saying it was not aware Russia had requested the extradition of a Georgian man who was murdered in Berlin in August. In an escalation in already tense relations, Germany last week expelled two employees at the Russian embassy in Berlin, saying Moscow was not cooperating sufficiently in the investigation into the…

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Moscow’s Controversial, Unforgettable ‘Luzhkov-Style’ Architecture

Yury Luzhkov, who died Tuesday at the age of 83, served as the mayor of Russia’s capital for 18 years from 1992-2010. During that time, the city’s appearance underwent the dramatic transformation from stern Soviet capital to glitzy, modern mega-metropolis. Today, it is impossible to walk through Moscow without stumbling upon the so-called “Luzhkov-style” buildings…

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‘It Starts With a Cup, Ends With a Shooting’: 3 Putin Quotes on Human Rights

Russian authorities were right to jail protesters for throwing plastic cups at police during mass anti-government rallies in Moscow this summer, President Vladimir Putin said at a human rights meeting Tuesday. Putin this fall replaced the presidential human rights council’s longtime chairman and key liberal members with what observers called ultra-loyalist figures. Its new head,…

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Start of the reactor plant equipment hot run at the Power Unit No.1 of Belarus NPP

On 11 December, 2019 specialists of Power Unit No.1 of Belarus NPP (the General Designer and the General Contractor – Rosatom State Corporation Engineering Division) have proceeded to the reactor plant hot run – the most large-scale stage of the commissioning works before physical start-up. According to Mr. Vitaliy Polyanin, Vice-President and Director of Belarus…

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ROSATOM and Orano subsidiaries sign contract to grow Russian capacities for depleted uranium reconversion

Electrochemical Plant (ECP, an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM in Zelenogorsk, Krasnoyarsk region, East Siberia) and Orano Projects (France) have signed the contract for supply of equipment for construction of the second installation for de-fluorination of depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUHF) on the site of ECP.  The document is signed by Sergey Filimonov, Director…

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Trump Hosts Russia’s Lavrov at White House, Warns Against Election Meddling

U.S. President Donald Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House on Tuesday, where he warned Russia not to interfere in U.S. elections. Lavrov’s last Oval Office meeting in May 2017 turned into a public relations disaster for Trump when unnamed U.S. officials accused him of divulging highly classified information and when he told…

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ROSATOM took part in the 5th Arab Forum on the Nuclear Energy Prospects for Electricity Generation and Seawater Desalination

December 9, 2019, Cairo (Egypt) – ROSATOM took part in the Fifth Arab Forum on the Nuclear Energy Prospects for Electricity Generation and Seawater Desalination held in Cairo from December 2 to 4.  The conference organized by Arab Atomic Energy Agency (AAEA) and Nuclear Power Plants Authority. It brought together stakeholders of nuclear industry of…

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