First Meeting of PhosAgro’s Sustainable Development Committee, Chaired by Irina Bokova, Reviews Company’s Contribution to Achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals

Moscow – The PhosAgro Board of Directors Committee on Sustainable Development has held its first meeting, which was chaired by Irina Bokova. Prior to joining PhosAgro, Ms Bokova was the first woman ever to serve as Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a post she held for eight years. The…

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30 Years Ago, the ‘Baltic Way’ Protested Soviet Rule

Aug. 23 marks 30 years since the Baltic Way protest, when 2 million people in Soviet Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined hands to create a 600-kilometer “human chain.”

The peaceful protest was held on the 50th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact to demand independence from the U.S.S.R.

Russia’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant Sets Sail in Arctic Amid Environmental Fears

Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant set sail Friday from the Arctic port of Murmansk to provide power to one of the country’s most remote regions, sparking environmental concerns. Developed by the Russian state nuclear company Rosatom, the plant, known as “Akademik Lomonosov,” set off on a 5,000 kilometer (3,100 mile) journey through Arctic waters…

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Arkhangelsk Doctors Weren’t Warned About Radiation, Surgeon Confirms in First Public Account

In a previously unreported social media post, a Russian doctor has publicly confirmed that his colleagues were forced to treat radiation victims after a deadly nuclear explosion earlier this month without basic equipment or knowledge of the accident.  A blast at a military base in northern Russia killed seven people and injured six on Aug. 8,…

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He knew Gazprom inside out. Celebrating 85th anniversary of Rem Vyakhirev

August 23, 2019 Excerpts from the book “Rem Ivanovich Vyakhirev.” Published by Real Modern Pictures, 2014. Oil rig operator. Kilometers traveled with tools on shoulder After graduation, Rem Vyakhirev was an oil field operator on patrol for several years. I can give a brief explanation to those who have no idea what it is: in the 1950s, a worker with a gas mask and a set of tools on his…

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Zohr Gas Output Reaches 76 MCMD

The consortium of Eni, Rosneft, BP, and Mubadala Petroleum continues the successful implementation of the Zohr gas project on the Mediterranean shelf together with Egyptian oil and gas companies

Optimists of Northern Capital. Gazprom Cup regatta series concludes at St. Petersburg Yacht Club

News from projects and regions August 22, 2019, 17:00 On August 21, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club held the award ceremony for the winners and participants of the Optimists of the Northern Capital. Gazprom Cup regatta – Russia’s largest national children’s sports tournament, which has been held since 2012 by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the Sailing Academy with…

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Pro-Kremlin Activists Storm NGO Protest Forum, Saying: ‘We Don’t Want Maidan in Russia’

Members of two infamous pro-Kremlin groups have stormed a human rights NGO’s seminar on how to deal with law enforcement at protests, saying they don’t want a repeat of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution in Russia.  Two fringe nationalist groups called the National Liberation Movement (NOD) and SERB are known for attacks on opposition activists and…

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Russia Says U.S. Missile Deployments in Asia Would Be a Threat

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that a possible U.S. deployment of missiles in the Asia-Pacific region would pose a threat to international security. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said earlier this month that he was in favor of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively soon. “U.S. actions are creating a threat for international…

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Putin Plays Down Moscow Protests, Blames Opposition for ‘Falsification’

Russian opposition members were banned from running for Moscow’s legislature because they had submitted “falsified” signatures, President Vladimir Putin has said, playing down the election protests that rocked the capital this summer. Tens of thousands of people have demonstrated in central Moscow since mid-July in support of the opposition candidates. Authorities barred the candidates from…

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1 in 5 Russians Believe They Can Influence the Government, Poll Says

One in five Russians believe that they can affect their government’s decision-making processes, according to a new poll that sociologists link to growing public discontent with the authorities in Russia. Over the past year, Russia has seen protests against unpopular moves by the authorities, including President Vladimir Putin’s pension reforms that will delay many workers’…

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Russia’s Street Art Festival Unveils Sky-High Spray-Painting

As part of Russia’s Urban Morphogenesis Street Art Festival, spectacular displays of graffiti will be put on display in the Moscow region district of Odintsovo. The murals will be painted over 35,000 square meters in 30 days.

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Gazprom Transgaz Moscow hosts Constellation Festival

News from projects and regions August 21, 2019, 17:30 On August 11–16, the Constellation Festival, Gazprom Transgaz Moscow’s corporate event for creators and performers, took place in the Kursk Region. The festival participants included over 400 representatives of the company’s branches from 14 Russian regions. The jury, which consisted of famous Russian artists and trainers, selected winners in three age groups…

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Trump Calls to Allow Russia to Join G7, Moscow Responds With Skepticism

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday it would be appropriate to let Russia join the G7 group of advanced industrialized countries. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump noted his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, had wanted Russia out of what used to be the G8 “because Putin outsmarted him.” “But I think it’s much more appropriate to have Russia in.…

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Russian Police Face Prison Time for Refusing to Break Up Ingushetia Protests

Thirteen police officers in Russia’s republic of Ingushetia will stand trial for refusing to disperse protesters during clashes over a contentious land-swap deal, the MBKh Media news website has reported. Protests held this spring to demand a public vote on the border agreement with neighboring Chechnya turned violent when armed security forces tried to disperse them.…

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Russian Official Calls Siberian Flood Victims ‘Bums,’ Sparking Backlash – Reports

A Russian regional official has caused controversy for allegedly comparing victims of this summer’s historic Siberian floods to animals in a leaked audio file she claims was faked. The comments allegedly made by Irina Alashkevich, the Irkutsk regional administration’s spokeswoman, come a month after another regional official ignited backlash for insulting the victims of flood-hit areas. Over…

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Russia’s Recon Drone Takes Off as Military Touts 24-Hour Flight Time

The Russian military has unveiled footage of a reconnaissance drone, which it claims can fly for over 24 hours, performing its first flight. Previous reporting has suggested that Russia’s long-endurance armed drone project had been beset by cost overruns and delays. Russia’s Altius-U boasts an “entire spectrum of reconnaissance tasks using optical, radio and radar…

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Russia Fines CNN Broadcaster for Volume Violations

Russia’s federal anti-monopoly service FAS said on Tuesday it fined a media group that broadcasts CNN International in Russia 200,000 rubles ($3,000) for breaking volume regulations in its programming.

The fine was imposed on Monday, FAS said on its website.