Putin Vows to Back Moldovan President in Fight Against ‘Usurpers’

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has vowed to support embattled Moldovan President Igor Dodon against “usurpers” in the country’s ongoing constitutional crisis. On Sunday, Moldova’s constitutional court suspended Dodon’s powers and appointed former Prime Minister Pavel Filip as the country’s acting president. Dodon’s ministers have refused to resign, resulting in two separate governments claiming power in…

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Trump Considers Sanctions on European Firms Over Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was considering sanctions over Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project — which the United States has told European companies to avoid — and warned Germany against being dependent on Russia for the fuel. “We’re protecting Germany from Russia and Russia is getting billions and billions of dollars…

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Accreditation of journalists for Gazprom’s General Shareholders Meeting

Message to the Media June 13, 2019, 10:15 Dear members of the media and representatives of investment and finance companies, Gazprom’s annual General Shareholders Meeting will take place at the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre in St. Petersburg (64/1 Peterburgskoye Shosse) on June 28, 2019, starting at 10:00 am (Moscow time). A press center for the accredited members of the media and representatives of investment and finance companies will…

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Accreditation of journalists for Gazprom’s General Shareholders Meeting

Message to the Media June 13, 2019, 10:15 Dear members of the media and representatives of investment and finance companies, Gazprom’s annual General Shareholders Meeting will take place at the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre in St. Petersburg (64/1 Peterburgskoye Shosse) on June 28, 2019, starting at 10:00 am (Moscow time). A press center for the accredited members of the media and representatives of investment and finance companies will…

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Russia and Turkey Broker Ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib, Russian Media Reports

Russia and Turkey have brokered a complete ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib province between Syrian government forces and rebels, Russian news agencies cited the Russian military as saying on Wednesday. The Russian military said the ceasefire applied to the so-called Idlib de-escalation zone and had led to a significant reduction in violence on Wednesday, Russian news…

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Putin Was Personally Involved in Decision to Free Detained Journalist, Publisher Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in the decision to free investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, one of the men who reportedly negotiated Golunov’s release told the Bell business outlet on Tuesday.  Late last week, Golunov was detained and charged with drug trafficking in what critics said was a set-up punishing him for his anti-corruption investigations.…

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$70M Worth of Cocaine Seized at Russian Port

Russian customs officials have seized 400 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipping container transporting canned fish from Ecuador, the Federal Customs Service (FTS) said in a statement Tuesday. The contraband was seized in coordination with federal anti-drug officials and local police on Monday, the FTS said. When the shipping container was opened, officers reportedly…

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4-Day Work Week ‘Likely in Future,’ Russia’s Prime Minister Says

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has suggested that a four-day work week will likely be adopted in the future to help workers overcome burnout syndrome and chronic fatigue. Last month, the World Health Organization classified burnout syndrome as an occupational phenomenon resulting from workplace stress that leads to exhaustion and mental distance. According to a report…

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Russian Police Drop Case Against Investigative Journalist After Public Outcry

Russia’s Interior Ministry has ruled to end the drug trafficking case against investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, Russian media reported Tuesday. The anti-corruption reporter’s detention and charging last week led to a national outcry among Russian journalists and human rights activists, who described it as a case against media freedom. His colleagues at the Meduza news website…

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PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev Joins Panel Session on “Identifying the Future Industrial Leaders” at SPIEF’19

St. Petersburg – PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev took part in a panel session on “Identifying the Future Industrial Leaders” during which he set forth his vision of PhosAgro’s digital transformation as a way to retain the company’s leadership on the global fertiliser market.   According to Guryev, awareness of the need to digitalise key production and…

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Rosatom opens a branch in Saudi Arabia

June 10, 2019, Moscow – During the 6th session of the Russian-Saudi Arabian intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak confirmed Russia’s plans to develop active partnership with Saudi Arabia in the peaceful use of nuclear technologies and announced the opening of a Rusatom Overseas branch in Riyadh.…

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Russia Says It Intercepted U.S., Swedish Spy Jets Over Baltic Sea

Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday its Su-27 jet intercepted U.S. and Swedish reconnaissance planes over the Baltic Sea where NATO is holding Baltops 2019 naval drills. “On June 10, Russia airspace control means over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea detected two air targets approaching Russia‘s state border,” the ministry said in a statement. It also said…

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Why Russia’s Leading Papers Joined Forces In Solidarity With Arrested Journalist

Three of Russia’s leading newspapers coordinated with each other to publish almost identical front pages Monday in solidarity with arrested investigative journalist Ivan Golunov. The move is unprecedented in Russia. Vedomosti, RBC and Kommersant’s front page headlines all read “I/We Are Ivan Golunov,” and the accompanying stories asked for a detailed investigation into the actions…

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Kremlin Says ‘Errors Are Possible’ in Golunov Case

It’s possible that mistakes were made during last week’s arrest of prominent investigative reporter Ivan Golunov on large-scale drug trafficking charges, the Kremlin has said. Anti-corruption journalist Golunov was detained and formally charged in a case that has drawn international attention to Russia’s media climate. The Interior Ministry on Friday published nine photos that it…

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Russian Ally Kazakhstan Elects Longtime Leader’s Successor

Kazakhstan‘s interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the chosen successor of veteran ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev who retains sweeping powers, has won a snap presidential election with nearly 71 percent of the vote, according to early results on Monday. Nazarbayev, who ruled oil producer Kazakhstan for almost three decades, handpicked the 66-year-old career diplomat as his successor when…

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3 Russian Papers Publish Identical Front Pages in Support of Arrested Journalist

Three of Russia’s leading newspapers published identical front pages Monday in solidarity with investigative journalist Ivan Golunov. The move by the Kommersant, RBC and Vedomosti newspapers is unprecedented in Russia. The newspapers, whose front pages read “I/We Are Ivan Golunov,” asked for a detailed investigation into the actions of the police officers involved in Golunov’s…

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‘1983: The World At The Brink’

In “1983: The World At The Brink,” Taylor Downing delves into one of the most pivotal years of the Cold War, when escalating brinkmanship between the Soviet Union and the United States nearly caused nuclear apocalypse. Downing is a historian, award-winning television producer and writer who has penned best-selling books on both world wars and…

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Alexey Miller and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik review prospects for expanding cooperation

Background The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019 is being held at the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 6 to 8. This year’s key topic is Creating a Sustainable Development Agenda. In 2018, Gazprom delivered 245 million cubic meters of gas to Bosnia and Herzegovina. TurkStream is the project for an export gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and further…

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Alexey Miller and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik review prospects for expanding cooperation

Background The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019 is being held at the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 6 to 8. This year’s key topic is Creating a Sustainable Development Agenda. In 2018, Gazprom delivered 245 million cubic meters of gas to Bosnia and Herzegovina. TurkStream is the project for an export gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and further…

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Alexey Miller and JBIC Governor Tadashi Maeda discuss areas of cooperation

Background Japan Bank for International Cooperation was set up in 1999 as a state-owned financial institution aimed at developing economic cooperation with foreign countries. The bank is focused on supporting international economic activities of Japanese companies. Gazprom and JBIC have established a long-standing and fruitful cooperation. Specifically, JBIC participated in financing the Blue Stream gas pipeline construction project and the Sakhalin II project. In December 2018, Gazprom successfully placed its…

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‘Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy’

A new history of the world’s worst nuclear accident has emerged from the recent opening of Chernobyl archival materials. In “Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy,” Serhii Plokhy traces how the explosion occurred in 1986, the Soviet government’s crisis management, and the repercussions of the explosion that released radiation equivalent to 500 bombs dropped on Hiroshima.…

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Alexey Miller and Vietnamese Politburo Member Nguyen Van Binh discuss further bilateral cooperation

Background The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019 is being held at the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 6 to 8. This year’s key topic is Creating a Sustainable Development Agenda. Gazprom is represented in Vietnam by Gazprom International B.V., a specialized company focused on the implementation of power generation and LNG projects outside Russia. Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (Petrovietnam) is engaged in hydrocarbon exploration, production,…

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Gas processing and chemical cluster near Ust-Luga presented at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

Release June 7, 2019, 20:30 The project for a large-scale industrial cluster to be created in the northwest of Russia in 2019–2024 was presented today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019. The event was attended by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Konstantin Makhov, Chief Executive Officer of RusGazDobycha, Kirill Seleznev, Director General of RusKhimAlyans, Andrey Ivanov, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation,…

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Andrey Guryev – ‘Russia Has a Unique Chance to Provide the Planet With Environmentally Friendly Food’

St Petersburg – PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev took part in a panel session called “Responsible Development vs. Sustainable Consumption: Nature and Technology” at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.  The discussion was moderated by Andrey Fursenko, aide to the President of the Russian Federation. Panel participants included Irina Bokova, Chairperson of the PhosAgro Committee on…

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PhosAgro Board of Directors Chairman Xavier Rolet Takes Part in SPIEF Panel Session “Is Modern Business Capable of Implementing Successful Long-Term Strategies?”

St Petersburg – PhosAgro Board of Directors Chairman Xavier Rolet took part in the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (“SPIEF”) panel session ‘Is Modern Business Capable of Implementing Successful Long-Term Strategies?’ organised by PwC. Last year PhosAgro set new records for mining and production output volumes, and the company achieved its goals under its long-term…

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Dozens Protest Russian Investigative Reporter’s Arrest in Moscow

At least 100 people gathered in central Moscow Friday evening to hold single pickets against the arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov. Golunov, an investigative reporter for the Meduza news website, was detained Thursday afternoon on drug trafficking charges which his colleagues say were “persecution” for his reports. Russia’s independent trade union of journalists on Friday…

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Gazprom and Siemens discuss prospects of creating joint venture in Russia

Background The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019 is being held at the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 6 to 8. This year’s key topic is Creating a Sustainable Development Agenda. Siemens AG is a leading manufacturer of electronics and electric tools. The company entered the Russian market in 1853. Gazprom Energoholding, a vertically integrated holding company (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom), manages the production companies of the…

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Service contract for Grozny TPP’s gas turbines signed with Russian company

Release June 7, 2019, 15:40 Denis Fyodorov, Director General of Gazprom Energoholding, and Sergey Milto, Director General of TER-Servis, today signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019 a contract for the long-term service maintenance of Siemens-made gas turbines and generators at the Grozny Thermal Power Plant (TPP). The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom…

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Gazprom planning to build power plant in Serbian city of Kragujevac

Background In June 2018, the Gazprom Board of Directors approved the Company’s power generation strategy for 2018–2027. The document provides for, among other things, the diversification of Gazprom’s power business by entering promising foreign markets. At present, the Gazprom Energoholding Group, together with NIS a.d. Novi Sad (Gazprom Neft Group), is implementing a project for the construction of a combined cycle thermal power plant…

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Russian Military Seeks Upper Hand With ‘Genetic Passport’ for Soldiers, Top Scientist Says

Russian soldiers of the future will be assigned service in specific military branches based on their hereditary predispositions detailed in so-called “genetic passports,” the country’s chief scientist has said. President Vladimir Putin decreed in March for all Russians to be assigned “genetic passports” by 2025 under the national chemical and biological security strategy. Scientists speculated…

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Gazprom and Severstal update Scientific and Technical Cooperation Program

Release June 7, 2019, 15:30 Oleg Aksyutin, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Head of Department at Gazprom, and Petr Mishnev, Technical Development & Quality Director of Severstal Management, today signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019 an updated Scientific and Technical Cooperation Program. The ceremony took place in the presence of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee. The document,…

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RusKhimAlyans and Government of Leningrad Region sign Agreement on social and economic cooperation

Release June 7, 2019, 15:25 Kirill Seleznev, Director General of RusKhimAlyans, and Alexander Drozdenko, Governor of the Leningrad Region, today signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019 an Agreement on social and economic cooperation. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Konstantin Makhov, Chief Executive Officer of RusGazDobycha. In line with the…

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Gazprom to continue promoting sailing in St. Petersburg

Release June 7, 2019, 15:20 Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Alexander Beglov, Acting Governor of St. Petersburg, and Vladimir Lyubomirov, President of the regional sports public organization St. Petersburg Yacht Club, today signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019 a Cooperation Agreement in the area of physical education and sports. The Agreement was made due to the expiration of a similar trilateral…

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Gazprom planning to build office complex in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Background The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019 is being held at the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 6 to 8. This year’s key topic is Creating a Sustainable Development Agenda. Cooperation between Gazprom and the Sakhalin Region is strategic. Within the state-run Eastern Gas Program, the Company is developing a major gas production center on the shelf of Sakhalin Island. In particular, commercial development…

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Roadmap signed to expand use by Gazprom of products manufactured by Penza Region’s companies

Release June 7, 2019, 15:10 Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Ivan Belozertsev, Governor of the Penza Region, today signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019 a Roadmap to expand the use of hi-tech products, including import-substituting ones, manufactured by the Penza Region’s companies in the interests of Gazprom. The document covers the period up to 2021. The Roadmap will contribute…

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Agreements signed for increased use of natural gas in vehicles

Release June 7, 2019, 15:05 A series of agreements on the wider use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel was signed today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019. Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, signed an Agreement on the implementation of two investment projects in the region, namely the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) complex…

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Gazprom broadening cooperation with domestic manufacturers of high-tech equipment

Release June 7, 2019, 15:00 A number of agreements relating to the manufacturing of cutting-edge high-technology equipment for Gazprom were signed today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019. Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Sergey Chemezov, Director General of the state-owned Rostec Corporation, signed a Cooperation Agreement. The document identifies the priority areas of interaction between the parties. The…

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Metrology, standardization and certification agreements signed

Release June 7, 2019, 14:50 A number of cooperation agreements in the area of metrology, standardization and certification were signed today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019. Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, signed a Roadmap to introduce a Special National Primary Standard for the storage, reproduction and transfer of a flow…

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