Moscow Breaks 70-Year Heat Record

Moscow experienced its hottest June 17 in more than half a century after temperatures hit 29.6 degrees Celsius Wednesday. Russia’s Hydrometeorology Center said that beat the previous record of 29.4 C set on the same day in 1956, Interfax reported. It added that Wednesday’s temperatures were still on track to break a 128-year record of…

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Coronavirus Is Just Getting Started in Some Russian Regions. Their WWII Parades Are Going Ahead.

During a Monday morning meeting, Alexander Ostrov, the governor of the Zabaykalsky Krai region in Russia’s Far East, gave a grim forecast for the coronavirus pandemic. “The situation is getting worse,” he said. “The number of infected people is growing.” On Sunday, Zabaykalsky Krai had reached a high for new daily infections of 89. Then,…

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Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 550K as Putin Eyes Victory Parade, Constitution Vote

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia is preparing to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that…

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Coronavirus-Denying Russian Priest Captures Church With Cossack Fighters

A prominent Russian Orthodox priest who was barred from preaching for his anti-coronavirus views has laid siege to a women’s monastery, the 66.ru news website reported Tuesday.  Religious authorities barred Father Sergei, the ultraconservative spiritual leader of the Sredneuralsk women’s monastery in central Russia, from public ministry in April for disobeying orders to follow health…

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Russian Bookstores Sell New Constitution Ahead of Vote on Putin’s Reforms

Russian bookstores have already started selling copies of the country’s amended Constitution even though a public vote to approve it won’t happen until July 1, the RBC news website reported Tuesday. The constitutional amendments, in addition to adding social guarantees to Russia’s basic law, reset Putin’s four previous terms as president, allowing him two additional…

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Key Witness in Serebrennikov’s Fraud Trial Claims ‘Severe Pressure’ From Investigators

A key witness in a multimillion-dollar criminal fraud case involving prominent theater director Kirill Serebrennikov has claimed that investigators obtained her testimony under duress, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday. Serebrennikov is suspected of embezzling 133 million rubles ($1.9 million) in a case that his supporters have criticized as politically motivated. The artistic director of…

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Russia to Install ‘Orwell’ Facial Recognition Tech in Every School – Vedomosti

More than 43,000 Russian schools will be equipped with facial recognition cameras ominously named “Orwell,” the Vedomosti business daily reported Tuesday. The state technology firm Rusnano’s Orwell platform is described as a image-recognition monitoring system that uses computer vision algorithms. It will be integrated with face recognition developed by NTechLab, a subsidiary of Russian President…

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Changeover of shift workers underway at Chayandinskoye field

News from projects and regions June 16, 2020, 16:00 On June 15 and 16, 169 shift workers of Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk arrived at the Chayandinskoye field in Yakutia. Most of the duty staff at the production site who have completed their three-month shift will be changed over. The shift period was extended in line with the measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection. Another 150 employees…

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Kadyrov Accused of Masterminding Murder Plot Against Georgian TV Host Who Insulted Putin

Georgia has arrested a Russian national suspected of being hired to kill a journalist who insulted President Vladimir Putin live on air, with the would-be victim’s boss claiming that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ordered the killing. Television host Giorgi Gabunia ignited backlash last summer when he opened his broadcast with a minute of graphic vulgarity…

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Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise Past 545K

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on Tuesday, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia is preparing to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that would…

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Samotlorneftegaz Increases Associated Petroleum Gas Utilization Rate to over 98%

Samotlorneftegaz, an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company’s oil and gas production complex, raised the level of the associated petroleum gas (APG) utilization to 98.4% in 2019.

Customer service centers of Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Far East in Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk-on-Amur returning to work

News from projects and regions June 15, 2020, 13:45 As the restrictive measures taken in response to the coronavirus threat in the Khabarovsk Territory have been partially lifted, the customer service centers of Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Far East in Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk-on-Amur are going to resume their work with citizens on issues concerning gas supply and gas grid expansion on June 15. Between March 30 and…

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Racial Discrimination Row Hits Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center has sparked controversy with a job posting for a bartender that listed “Slavic appearance” as one of its requirements. The museum, a multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art complex that opened in 2012, blamed an HR contractor for violating its principles and said it has terminated its contract with the company. “I’m inclined to think…

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Russian Hotels Urged to Turn Non-Married Couples Away to Slow Virus’ Spread

Russian officials have urged hotels to ban unmarried couples from checking in as a way of preventing the spread of coronavirus, the government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported Saturday. Hotels would be required to “explain” why unmarried couples end up in the same room, said the state consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor.  “The onus of obtaining proof…

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ROSATOM starts equipment installation at the Pilot Demonstration Energy Complex within the “Proryv” project

ROSATOM starts installation of equipment at the fuel fabrication/re-fabrication unit of the Pilot Demonstration Energy Complex, which is under construction at the site of Siberian Chemical Plant (an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM in Tomsk region, West Siberia). The Pilot Demonstration Energy Complex is under way within the strategic “Proryv” (Rus. – “the…

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Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk continuing to ship equipment to Chayandinskoye field

Background Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, develops seven fields, including four gas fields, two gas and condensate fields, and one oil, gas and condensate field. The company’s facilities, among them three gas production sites and three gas production directorates, are located in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, Kamchatka, and Yakutia. As an operator, the company provides gas production and…

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Putin Criticizes U.S. Coronavirus Response, Condemns ‘Mayhem and Rioting’ at Anti-Racism Protests

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that the U.S. anti-racism protests were a sign of deep crises in the country, criticizing the protests for sparking violence, and raising questions over Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Russian leader stressed he supported black Americans’ struggle for equality, calling this “a long-standing problem of the…

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Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 525K

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on Tuesday, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia is preparing to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that would…

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Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 520K

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on Tuesday, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia is preparing to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that would…

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Drilling of first producing well starts at Kharasaveyskoye field in Yamal

Background On March 20, 2019, Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, launched full-scale development of the Kharasaveyskoye field. It was planned to complete road filling and site preparation works for production facilities in 2019 and to start the drilling of producing wells in June 2020. The Kharasaveyskoye field is the second most important field (after the Bovanenkovskoye field) in Gazprom’s Yamal gas production center. The Yamal center plays an essential…

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Joint statement by Gazprombank and Gazprom regarding current situation with Belgazprombank

June 12, 2020, 19:50 Gazprombank and Gazprom, as the shareholders of Belgazprombank, declare that on June 11, 2020, the Board of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus committed illegal actions in violation of the laws of the Republic of Belarus when appointing acting Chairman of the Management Board and acting Deputy Chairman of the Management Board at Belgazprombank. These appointments were accompanied by the detention of authorized members of the…

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Russia Day 2020

On June 12 1990 Russia became an independent nation with the declaration of state sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. Since 1992, over 145 million Russians have celebrated the day as National Russia Day, enjoying festivities and concerts across the nation. With 180 nationalities and 11 different timezones, Russia is truly one of…

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Staff at Top Russian Paper Offer Replacement for Controversial Editor

Staff at Russia’s leading business newspaper Vedomosti have put forward a candidate to replace the current editor-in-chief, whose editorial decisions have ignited a censorship scandal at the leading independent publication, the paper reported Thursday. Writers and editors rebelled against acting editor Andrei Shmarov, who was appointed after Vedomosti’s previous owner announced its sale this spring.…

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Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Continue Steady Rise Past 500K as Country Emerges From Lockdown

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on Tuesday, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia is preparing to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that would…

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