Concerts, Night Runs and Cucumbers

The weather isn’t ideal, but cultural life, broadly defined, is hot this weekend in and around the Russian capital. Here is a troika of truly wonderful, unusual, and fun events you could join on Saturday. For love and peace On Saturday the 18th-century Apothecary Garden will be rocking a multi-format festival or electronic music, performances,…

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Russia Eyes Own Arctic Cruise Liners

“The expedition cruises, including the Arctic, will become a trend. And we have already seen that this segment shows growth, faster than the rest of the cruise market, the tickets are commonly sold out six months ahead of the cruise departures,” Alexei Rakhmanov, president of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, Russia’s largest state-own shipbuilding company, said. Rakhmanov…

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Gazprom Dobycha Astrakhan wins award in Reliable Partner – Ecology national competition

Background Gazprom Dobycha Astrakhan is a subsidiary of Gazprom focused on prospecting, exploration and development of hydrocarbon fields. The Levoberezhnaya part of the Astrakhanskoye gas and condensate field with an area of 1,360 square kilometers has been in operation since 1986. The field produces formation fluid with a high content of sulfur (25 per cent) and carbon dioxide (15 per cent). The company has around 300 wells of various use, hundreds…

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Putin and Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Discuss Ending Conflict in Eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy held their first telephone conversation on Thursday and discussed settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the return of prisoners, the Kremlin said. Zelenskiy, a former comic actor with no previous political experience, won Ukraine’s presidential election in April and he has declared the settlement of…

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ROSATOM and the Ministry of Energies of Bolivia signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of developing the lithium industry

Moscow, 11 July – ROSATOM and the Ministry of Energies of the Plurinational State of Bolivia signed a Memorandum of cooperation in the field of developing industrial projects and research in the lithium industry. The document was signed by Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM, from the Russian side, and Rafael Alarcón Orihuela, Minister of…

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Tyumenneftegaz Increases Reserves of Russkoye Field by Russian Classification by 8%

The AB1 recoverable oil reserves of the Russkoye field have increased 8% following exploration work carried out by Tyumenneftegaz, a petroleum production company belonging to Rosneft. The increase in the hydrocarbon potential of the project became possible thanks to the performance of 3D seismic and the drilling of three prospecting and exploration wells and 164…

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‘We Want to Change the Course of History,’ Northern Sea Route Operator Says

The building of the Lider nuclear-powered icebreaker fleet could radically alter international shipping and trade routes, Alexei Likhachev, general director of the Rosatom nuclear power company, has said in an interview with Reuters. With the 120-megawatt icebreakers, the most powerful Arctic vessels ever built by far, Russia will be able to open up major shipping lanes…

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5 Moscow Police Officials Fired Over Investigative Journalist’s Arrest

Five officials in Moscow’s police department have been dismissed over last month’s arrest and subsequent release of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, a letter by the head of Moscow’s Interior Ministry said. Police detained Golunov, an anti-corruption reporter for the Meduza news website, last month on drug trafficking charges, which his supporters said were fabricated as…

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Russia Negotiated $65M Payment to Help Italian Far-Right in Elections – BuzzFeed

Russian operatives sought to funnel $65 million into the European election campaign of a far-right Italian politician they described as the “European Trump,” BuzzFeed News has reported, citing leaked recordings of negotiations. Italy’s media have repeatedly suggested that the League, the country’s most popular party, has received financial backing from Moscow. Party leader Matteo Salvini,…

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UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev Discuss Cooperation

Paris – UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay together with PhosAgro CEO and member of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO Andrey Guryev discussed prospects for continuing successful cooperation. During the meeting at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, which is the venue for events marking the centennial of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry…

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Russia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic to develop cooperation in the field of peaceful use of atomic energy

Moscow, 9 July – Yesterday, at the 15th session of the Lao-Russian Intergovernmental Panel on cooperation in trade, economy, science and technology, the Ministry of Energy and Mines of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and ROSATOM signed two memorandum of understanding. The first document defines the areas of cooperation in education and personnel…

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Moscow Ranks 3rd Worldwide for Free Wi-Fi

Russia’s capital ranks third among major cities worldwide for its availability of free public Wi-Fi hotspots, according to a recent report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Moscow surpassed New York, Tokyo and London in the ranking, published ahead of the Moscow Urban Forum. The Russian capital fell behind South Korea’s tech-savvy capital of Seoul in second…

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Putin Opposes Georgian Sanctions, Saying He Does Not Want to Complicate Relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in televised comments on Tuesday that he did not support a parliamentary call to impose tough economic sanctions on Georgia. The Russian parliament unanimously backed a resolution earlier on Tuesday urging the government to draw up sanctions against Georgia, a move that would sharply escalate a political crisis between the…

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Putin Aide’s Assistant Sent Classified Info Abroad Before Treason Arrest – Reports

A Russian presidential aide’s assistant who was arrested last week allegedly passed sensitive details abroad from security meetings chaired by President Vladimir Putin, the Znak.com news website has reported. Alexander Vorobyov, an assistant to Nikolai Tsukanov, Putin’s envoy to the Urals Federal District, was detained on charges of state treason on Thursday. Tsukanov is listed…

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RN-Purneftegaz Implements Technology to Increase Well Productivity

Specialists from RN-Purneftegaz, a subsidiary of Rosneft, have implemented modern technology that improves well productivity and extends production period. The development is based on the use of directed gas-dynamic effects on the bottomhole formation zone. As a result of pilot tests, the volume of additional oil production at four inclined injection wells amounted to 1,500 tons since…

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Russian Journalist Charged for ‘Controlling Minds’ With ‘1984’ Reference

A journalist in Siberia has been accused of “controlling minds” with a reference to George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” in a milestone case in Russia’s legal system, the Kommersant business daily reported on Tuesday. Police in Russia’s republic of Sakha had accused Mikhail Romanov, a reporter for the Yakutsk Vecherniy weekly, of “affecting the human…

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