Chechen Dissident Blogger Survives Assassination Attempt in Europe

A popular Chechen opposition blogger has been hospitalized after an assassination attempt in Europe, the Chechen human rights group Vayfond and multiple news outlets reported Thursday. Tumso Abdurakhmanov fled Russia in 2015 and has attempted, so far unsuccessfully, to gain political asylum in Poland. His YouTube channel where he regularly criticizes Chechen officials, including the…

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Rosneft Becomes one of the World Leaders in Drilling Geological Support

Rosneft’s drilling geological support centres provided 100% control over the well drilling support processes in the Company.

Rosneft Sells more than 200 Commercial Licenses to Oilfield Service and Oil and Gas Companies for Hydraulic Fracture Simulator RN-GRID

Rosneft Oil Company sold more than 200 commercial licenses for the use of the RN-GRID software complex, which is used to conduct all operations and engineering evaluations necessary for fracturing treatment design.

Russia Stages First Ship-Launched ‘Tsirkon’ Hypersonic Missile Test

Russia has conducted the first ship-launched firing of its new hypersonic missile called Tsirkon and plans further tests from nuclear submarines, two unnamed military sources told the state-run TASS news agency Thursday. President Vladimir Putin, who confirmed the Tsirkon’s development last year, has warned that Russia would be forced to place hypersonic nuclear missiles on…

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Putin Agrees to Hold Nationwide Vote on Constitutional Changes on April 22 – Interfax

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‘I Created the System’: Kremlin’s Ousted ‘Grey Cardinal’ Surkov, in Quotes

President Vladimir Putin’s longtime aide Vladislav Surkov has spoken out for the first time since his dismissal last week. Putin formally sacked Surkov seven years after he began supervising the Kremlin’s policy on Ukraine, a period that included the annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of war in the country’s east. Surkov’s former aide Alexei…

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Polar Bear Cannibalism On the Rise in Russia’s Arctic, Scientists Say

Polar bears in Russia’s Arctic are increasingly turning to cannibalism as growing human activity and development in the region shrinks their hunting grounds, scientists at the Russian Academy of Sciences said Wednesday. While cannibalism is a recognized part of polar bears’ natural behavior, its frequency has climbed sharply in recent years, Ilya Mordvintsev, a senior…

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China to Russia: End Discriminatory Coronavirus Measures Against Chinese

China’s Embassy in Russia has demanded authorities in Moscow end what it said are discriminatory anti-coronavirus measures against Chinese nationals, saying they are damaging relations and alarming Chinese residents of the Russian capital. The complaint, detailed in an embassy letter to the city’s authorities and published by the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper late on Tuesday, deplored what it called “ubiquitous monitoring”…

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TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM and Spanish partners develop cooperation in Decommissioning & Dismantling of nuclear facilities

TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM and Spanish companies ENUSA, ENSA and IDOM have signed the MOU on development of cooperation in Decommissioning & Dismantling of nuclear facilities, as well as in the area of nuclear waste management and related engineering and consulting services. Along with that the companies have signed the roadmap for various projects…

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Russian Orthodox Church Steps Up Surveillance Under Government Anti-Terrorism Orders

The Russian Orthodox Church has begun installing video surveillance cameras at its Moscow churches to comply with government anti-terrorism orders, Interfax reported Tuesday.  The Moscow Patriarchate’s move follows a September 2019 decree signed by then-Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev requiring all religious organizations to install security and surveillance systems as part of the government’s anti-terrorism campaign.…

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LNG-powered freight trucks of Russian make to transport helium from Amur GPP

Release February 25, 2020, 19:50 Batch production of trucks to be carried out by KAMAZ. Gazprom to set up LNG production and refueling infrastructure. First 18 trucks to go on road in 2021. A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Sergey Chemezov, Director General of the state-owned Rostec Corporation, took place today in Moscow. The meeting participants reviewed the potential areas of cooperation between Gazprom and…

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Bellingcat Names Russian Diplomat as Bulgarian Poisoning Suspect

One of three Russian men charged with poisoning a Bulgarian arms dealer was an accredited diplomat, according to a joint investigation by Russia’s The Insider news website, the investigative outlet Bellingcat and Swiss media. Bulgarian prosecutors charged three Russians including Georgy Gorshkov last month with the attempted murder of arms factory owner Emilian Gebrev and…

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ROSATOM and Minstroy of Russia signed an agreement on carrying out the International Industrial Engineering Construction Championship

On February 21, ROSATOM and the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation signed an agreement on carrying out the 1st International Industrial Engineering Construction Championship. For ROSATOM the document was signed by Director General Alexey Likhachev, for Minstroy of Russia it was signed by Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of…

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Russia to Expand Surveillance to Tattoo, Iris, Voice Recognition – RBC

Russia’s police force is developing technology that would allow them to identify criminal suspects by tattoo, iris and voice, the RBC news website reported Monday. Moscow rolled out its facial recognition system, one of the world’s largest, on Jan. 1. Opponents have filed lawsuits against the Russian capital’s use of facial recognition over privacy concerns,…

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Russia Denies Backing Trump’s Re-Election as Critics Blast Reported Meddling

The Kremlin on Friday denied it was interfering in the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign to boost Republican President Donald Trump’s re-election chances following reports that American intelligence officials warned Congress about the election threat last week. U.S. intelligence officials told members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in a classified briefing last week that…

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Norway Rejects Moscow’s Claim It Violated Svalbard Treaty

Norway has rejected Russian accusations of violating the terms of an international treaty regulating activities on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, as a diplomatic spat over Russian operations there escalated. Russia complained earlier in February that Oslo-imposed rules were restricting activities of Russian organizations there, calling for bilateral consultations, and on Thursday accused Norway of…

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Yuri Annenkov’s ‘Revolution Behind the Door’

The private Museum of Russian Impressionism opened its 2020 season with yet another blockbuster exhibition entitled “Yuri Annenkov: Revolution Behind the Door.” Yuri Annenkov (1889-1974) is a Russian-born artist, whose career spanned most of the 20th century.  “Revolution Behind the Door” is a truly unique exhibition, since Annenkov’s works are scattered in many collections all…

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Bashneft Implements Unique Oilfield Water Cleaning Technology

Basheft (a part of Rosneft) has successfully completed pilot testing of water preparation hydrocyclone unit, which is used for pressure maintenance.

Georgia, Backed by U.S. and Britain, Blames Russia for ‘Paralyzing’ Cyberattack

Britain and the United States joined Georgia on Thursday in blaming Russia for a large-scale cyber attack last year that knocked thousands of Georgian websites offline and disrupted national television broadcasts. Up to 15,000 state, private and media websites were taken out by unknown hackers on Oct. 28, including those belonging to the Georgian president’s…

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Russian Lawmakers Propose Special Governing Status for Arctic

Russia’s far northern territories, border areas and closed military towns could be directly governed by the federal government in Moscow, a leading member of the parliamentary group that is drafting a package of amendments to Russia’s Constitution has said. Senator Andrei Klishas suggested subjecting parts of the country’s Arctic territories and other areas directly to…

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Russia Gets Tough on Coronavirus. And What Does Surkov’s Departure Say About Modern Russia

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Gazprom looking to maintain and strengthen its leadership position in Europe while expanding into Asia

Release February 20, 2020, 15:55 The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the Company’s international marketing strategy. It was highlighted that Gazprom is the largest gas supplier to Europe. In December, the Company started delivering pipeline gas to China. In addition, LNG from the Gazprom Group’s portfolio is being supplied to the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere. Gazprom’s marketing strategy is aimed at maintaining and strengthening the Company’s leadership position in the European…

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Overdue debt of Russian consumers for gas supplies reduced by RUB 5.3 billion in 2019

Release February 20, 2020, 15:50 The Gazprom Management Committee reviewed the information on improving the payment discipline with regard to domestic gas supplies, as well as on the measures being taken to settle the outstanding consumer debt for the gas supplied, including the interaction with government authorities to perfect the current legislation that regulates the procedure of paying for gas. It was noted that the Company…

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