Two Senior Russian Cybersecurity Experts Convicted of Treason. And the Legacy of Media Executive Igor Malashenko

This week on From Russia With News, we speak with New York Times journalist Andrew Kramer about the sentencing of two Russian cyber-security experts this week, handed decades behind bars for treason. We’ll also talk to veteran journalist Artemy Troitsky about the life and legacy of Igor Malashenko, the media executive and political consultant found…

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Kremlin Dismisses Talk of Possible U.S. Move to Probe Putin’s Wealth

The Kremlin on Thursday dismissed talk of potential U.S. sanctions targeting President Vladimir Putin’s wealth and called draft sanctions legislation an example of anti-Russian sentiment that should not be taken seriously. A group of U.S. lawmakers have proposed sanctions legislation targeting Russia that, among other things, would require the director of U.S. National Intelligence to…

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U.S. Lawmakers Submit Bill to Investigate Putin’s Finances

Two U.S. congresswomen have introduced legislation seeking to instruct the American intelligence community to disclose Russian President Vladimir Putin’s finances and report on Kremlin-linked corruption. Critics have accused the Russian leader of amassing a fortune during his 18 years in power as either president or prime minister. Official figures say Putin’s income between 2011 and 2016…

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Gazprom’s 14th Investor Day held in Hong Kong and Singapore

Release February 28, 2019, 10:40 Photos Gazprom held its 14th annual Investor Day in Hong Kong (February 26) and Singapore (February 28). Taking part in the events were Andrey Kruglov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Oleg Aksyutin, Member of the Management Committee and Head of Department at Gazprom, Elena Burmistrova, Director General of Gazprom Export, and representatives of the Company’s relevant subdivisions and…

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Zvezda Shipyard Launches Construction of 3rd Aframax Tanker

Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex launched metal cutting for the third Aframax tanker with deadweight of 114,000 tonnes. The construction was started on the state-of-the-art flame unit in the hull production facility. The metal-cutting ceremony was attended by representatives of the customers, Rosnefteflot and State Transport Leasing Company, as well as Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, and…

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Gazprom Winter Spartakiada Games open in Yekaterinburg

Release February 27, 2019, 19:30 The opening ceremony of the Gazprom Winter Spartakiada Games took place today at the Uralochka competitive sports center in Yekaterinburg. The gala event was attended by Vladimir Markov, Member of the Management Committee and Head of Department at Gazprom, Alexey Kryukov, Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg, Leonid Rapoport, Minister for Culture and Sports of the Sverdlovsk Region, and…

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CCTV Cameras Are Tracking Down Debtors in Moscow, Official Says

Moscow’s facial-recognition surveillance cameras are now being deployed by collectors to track down debtors, the city’s chief bailiff told state media on Wednesday. The Russian capital claims one of the world’s largest facial-recognition systems, with 174,000 closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras expected to be in operation this year. In 2018, personal loans in Russia grew by…

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Venezuelan Vice President to Fly Into Moscow for Talks on Friday — Media

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez will hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Friday, the state-run RIA news agency reported, the latest in a flurry of visits by Venezuelan politicians to staunch ally Russia. Moscow has backed socialist President Nicolas Maduro in the face of a challenge from opposition leader Juan Guaido who…

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Gazprom and Roscosmos sign updated roadmap for cooperation

Release February 27, 2019, 17:10 Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of State Space Corporation Roscosmos, held today in Moscow a joint meeting on the prospects for further cooperation . The event was attended by heads of relevant subdivisions and subsidiaries of the Company and the state corporation. The cooperation between Gazprom and Roscosmos is strategic in nature.…

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The Battle for Moscow

On a cold but sunny afternoon rare for Moscow in mid-winter, a dozen activists stand shivering but resolute on Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya. They hold up large banners: “Stop tearing down our city!” and “Vandals are at work here!” prepared by the volunteer architecture preservation group Arkhnadzor. Passersby continually stop to read the banners and ask…

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The Alleged Links Between the Trump Campaign and Russia, Explained

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and other U.S. prosecutors have been investigating whether President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign conspired with Russia. Trump and Moscow have denied any collusion. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia interfered in the presidential election with a campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord in the United States and damage the…

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Russia to Bolster Flanks With New Military Units in 2019

Russia will reinforce its western, eastern and southern flanks this year in response to increased Western military exercises near its border, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Wednesday. Moscow has bolstered its military capabilities since its relations with the United States and the NATO military alliance deteriorated over Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Speaking at…

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Evidence in NTV Co-Founder Malashenko’s Death Points to Suicide, Spanish Court Says

Renowned Russian media executive and political consultant Igor Malashenko is believed to have committed suicide in Spain, Russian state media cited a Spanish court as saying. Malashenko’s former colleagues and family said he had taken his own life at age 64 on Monday, but no official sources have yet confirmed the reports. “Everything shows” that…

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Gazprom improving its industrial and environmental safety efforts

Release February 27, 2019, 09:45 The Gazprom Board of Directors expressed approval of the Company’s ongoing occupational, industrial and fire safety efforts and environmental protection measu res. It was noted that the Company traditionally places great emphasis on these areas of work. Gazprom has an Occupational, Industrial and Fire Safety Policy. The Policy is based on the vertically-organized Integrated System of Industrial Safety Management, which applies to Gazprom and its…

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Gazprom actively engaging domestic producers to achieve Company’s strategic goals

Release February 27, 2019, 09:40 The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information on the Company’s procurement policies with regard to working with domestic producers to meet Gazprom’s strategic goals fo r 2019. It was stressed that Gazprom’s procurement policies are in full accord with the current Russian legislation and internal regulatory documents. All things being equal, Gazprom prioritizes goods and services…

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Gas grid coverage in rural areas grows 1.7-fold in 2005–2018, rising from 34.8 to 59.4 per cent

Release February 27, 2019, 09:35 The Gazprom Board of Directors reviewed and took note of the information on the Company’s efforts to expand gas infrastructure in rural areas. It was highlighted that gas infrastructure expansion in Russian regions is a priority for Gazprom. This ambitious and socially significant project aims to improve the quality of life in Russian regions and make them more attractive to investors. Gazprom’s activities in this regard are focused…

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Enter Solzhenitsyn’s World

When you step into a courtyard just off Tverskaya Ulitsa, you will probably look puzzledly at your phone, thinking that Google Maps has led you astray.  But despite its unassuming character, this quiet residential enclave is home to the Apartment-Museum of the Soviet era’s most iconic dissident writer: Alexander Solzhenitsyn. At the very end of…

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Putin Spokesman Downplays Daughter’s Internship at EU Parliament

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday said that his daughter interns at the European Parliament as a regular student, after several EU lawmakers expressed security concerns. Yelizaveta Peskova, 21, is listed as a trainee for French far-right EU parliamentarian Aymeric Chauprade, who had backed Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. Several of…

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Standard & Poor’s raises Outlook on PhosAgro to Stable, confirms ratings at investment-grade BBB-

Moscow – PhosAgro (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, announces that international credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has confirmed PhosAgro’s rating at an investment-grade BBB- and raised its Outlook on the rating to Stable from Negative. In its report S&P notes that it expects recovering…

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Russian Nationalist Ex-MMA Fighter Freed After Jail Time for Brothel Raid

A former mixed-martial-arts fighter and Russian ultranationalist serving time for attacking a brothel was released from prison early on Monday. Vyacheslav Datsik, who fought under the nickname “Red-Haired Tarzan” and has a long criminal history, was sentenced in March 2018 to 3.5 years in maximum-security prison for unlawful intrusion, battery and disorderly conduct. He was…

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‘Abrupt Regime Change’ Poses Risk to Russian Economy, Moody’s Says

Moody’s Investors Service has for the first time named “abrupt regime change” as a risk factor for the Russian economy. Analysts have forecast increasing competition within the Kremlin and growing popular discontent over social issues as Vladimir Putin’s fourth presidential term approaches its end in 2024. Moody’s named regime change as one of several “distant…

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Corruption of Top Officials Signals Government’s Overall Decay, Majority of Russians Say

A majority of Russians view corruption cases against top officials as evidence of the government’s overall decay, according to a new independent survey. Levada carried out the survey in the wake of the high-profile detention of Russian senator Rauf Arashukov on murder, organized crime and witness tampering charges. His father, the high-ranking gas official Raul…

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