Moscow to Hand Out $145M in ‘Prizes’ to Voters for Putin’s Constitutional Reforms

Moscow authorities plan to attract voters for next month’s public vote on constitutional reforms that would allow President Vladimir Putin to rule Russia until 2036 with prizes totaling almost $144 million. 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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St. Petersburg Hospitals Overwhelmed as Coronavirus Patients Decry ‘Worse Than Prison’ Conditions

Russia’s second-largest city of St. Petersburg has a shortage of hospital beds for coronavirus patients, the Fontanka news website reported Wednesday as patients decried poor conditions at a hastily built temporary hospital. St. Petersburg has officially confirmed 19,769 coronavirus cases, a figure that according to Fontanka jumps to 30,000 when community-acquired pneumonia cases are included. …

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Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 500K as Officials Shift Focus to Putin Reforms

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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LGBT Activist Charged With Pornography for Body-Positive Vagina Drawings

Authorities in Far East Russia charged an LGBT rights activist with distributing pornography for posting drawings of vaginas on social media, the activist told Russian media Tuesday. Yulia Tsvetkova, 27, had been under house arrest from November to March in the remote city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur before authorities lifted her house arrest. Tsvetkova faces up to six years…

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Thousands of Russians Traveled Abroad in April Despite Border Closures, Canceled Flights – RBC

Several thousand Russians traveled abroad in April despite closed national borders around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, the RBC news website reported Wednesday. Russia grounded nearly all international flights in late March to slow the coronavirus outbreak, allowing only special flights evacuating Russians from abroad and other flights authorized by the government. Many…

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Gazprom reduces greenhouse gas emissions in 2019

June 10, 2020, 16:00 – Savings of energy sources achieved in parallel with growth in gas production. – Greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 3.52 million tons of СО2 equivalent in 2019. Gazprom took stock of its environmental activities in the year 2019 as presented in the Environmental Report published on the Company’s website. Last year, Gazprom achieved all of its Corporate Environmental Targets. The Company saved 3.3 billion cubic meters…

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The second piece of the melt trap – the cantilever truss – has been installed at its final position at the Kursk NPP-2 construction site

The cantilever truss, the second piece of the ‘melt trap’, with the weight of 145 tons and the diameter of over 9 meters, has been installed at its final position, under the reactor vault, at the Kursk NPP-2 second power block. That said, one of the governmental assignments for 2020 has been completed. ‘We continue…

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Kadyrov Donates Millions to Help Chechen Grooms ‘Buy’ 200 Brides

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has announced plans to donate 10.3 million rubles ($131,500) to help men cash-strapped by the coronavirus pandemic “buy” brides under Islamic law. The families of 207 grooms in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya would each receive 50,000 rubles ($635) for their sons to get married in accordance with traditional Islamic practices,…

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Northern Russian Province Dumps Controversial Moscow Trash Landfill

Authorities in northern Russia have pulled their support for a controversial landfill after two years of nationwide protests against shipping Moscow’s waste to remote regions, though experts and activists warn it’s too early to declare victory. The Arkhangelsk region’s administration said Tuesday it has unilaterally terminated its deal with the contractor building the Shiyes landfill…

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Russia’s Arctic City of Murmansk Opens Coronavirus Hospital Constructed in 2 Weeks

The city of Murmansk in Russia’s Arctic has opened a new coronavirus field hospital two weeks after breaking ground on construction. Nowhere in the country has a hospital been erected as quickly, regional authorities say. The 10,000-square-meter hospital in Murmashi, about 15 kilometers south of Murmansk, has 700 beds for coronavirus patients. It consists of…

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Changeover of shift personnel takes place at Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy

News from projects and regions June 8, 2020, 20:00 The first stage of shift personnel changeover at Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy is completed. From June 4 to 7, more than 200 people started their work at remote gas and gas condensate production sites after a two-week medical observation period at the places of temporary accommodation.<o:p> This was preceded by an extended and mandatory rotational leave coupled…

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Russian TV Channel Appears to Add Footage of US Unrest to Film

Channel One devoted Sunday evening to airing director Alexei Balabanov’s movies “Brat” and “Brat 2” (“Brother” and “Brother 2”) on the twentieth anniversary of the second film’s release. The home audience across the country was, however, puzzled by new footage showing unrest across the United States in place of the final film credits.  While the famous”Nautilus Pompilius” song…

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Key contracts signed as part of project for setting up Complex for processing ethane-containing gas near Ust-Luga

June 8, 2020, 17:30 – Supply contracts signed for feed gas and sales gas, as well as ethane fraction. – EPC contract signed for gas processing and off-site facilities within integrated complex. A number of key contracts were signed today in St. Petersburg as part of the project for the creation of the Complex for processing ethane-containing gas (including an integrated complex for natural gas processing and liquefaction,…

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Russian Journalist Ilya Azar Released After 10 Days in Jail

Russian journalist and activist Ilya Azar was released Sunday after ten days in detention, his punishment for standing on a solo picket protest. President Vladimir Putin’s government has cracked down on opposition demonstrations, and single-person protests are the only kind allowed without prior permission from the authorities. A court sentenced the 35-year-old journalist and municipal…

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‘Soviet Signs and Street Relics’

Photographer Jason Guilbeau, who was born in Niort, France and now lives in Strasbourg, is known for his landscapes of Switzerland, Germany and Eastern Europe, in particular the relationship between form and landscape. In “Soviet Signs and Street Relics” he has taken Google Street View images of the sculptural signs so familiar to anyone who…

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