Russia Compromised 600 Foreign Spies in 2018, Putin Says

Russian counterintelligence exposed hundreds of foreign spies in 2018, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday. “[Counterintelligence agencies] conducted successful special operations to cut short the activities of 129 career officers and 465 agents of foreign intelligence service,” Putin said at a board meeting of the Federal Security Service (FSB).  At the annual meeting, Putin urged FSB…

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Female Naval Cadets Say Russia Not Ready for Women in Combat Roles

Alina Politika is one of 42 female cadets attending the naval academy in Russia‘s Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, but she knows she is unlikely to ever step onto the captain’s bridge of a battleship. Politka’s diploma and military rank after graduation won’t differ from those of male cadets, but the Russian navy does not accept women as commanding officers — a situation she…

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Gazprom’s gas supplies to Austria grow by 32.9 per cent in early 2019

Background OMV AG is Gazprom’s main partner in Austria. The companies cooperate, among other things, on gas production, transportation and supplies. Since 2017, OMV has been partnering with Gazprom in the development of the Yuzhno-Russkoye oil, gas and condensate field. In June 2018, an Agreement was signed to extend until 2040 the existing contract between Gazprom Export and OMV Gas Marketing & Trading GmbH for Russian gas supplies to Austria.…

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Russian Officials, State Media Meet Explosive ‘Troika Laundromat’ Report With a Shrug

An investigation into a Russian money laundering network that funneled billions of dollars abroad sent shockwaves through Europe this week but was largely ignored by Russian officials and state media. The report released by the Organized Crime and Corruption Project (OCCRP) Monday said that a network of over 70 offshore companies had funnelled $4.6 billion…

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Gazprom Transgaz Yugorsk and Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg declared winners at Gazprom Winter Spartakiada Games

Release March 5, 2019, 18:10 Photos The closing ceremony of the Gazprom Winter Spartakiada Games was held at the Uralochka competitive sports center in Yekaterinburg. The winners received congratulations from Sergey Khomyakov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Alexey Kryukov, Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg, and Vladimir Tortyshev, chief referee of the Spartakiada Games. First, second and third places in the…

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Sergey Menshikov appointed Head of Department 307 at Gazprom

Release March 5, 2019, 17:05 Sergey Menshikov has been appointed Head of Department 307 at Gazprom, effective April 2, 2019. Sergey Menshikov was born in 1968 in Grozny. He graduated from Grozny Petroleum Institute, majoring in Machinery and Equipment at Oil & Gas Production Facilities, and received an additional degree in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management from the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and…

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House Panels Seek Details On Trump Communications With Russia’s Putin

Three U.S. House of Representatives committees asked the White House and State Department on Monday for details on President Donald Trump’s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, seeking to interview translators and other staff involved in their conversations. The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Government Oversight committees said in a statement they wrote to acting…

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Russia Will Be One-Third Muslim in 15 Years, Chief Mufti Predicts

Around 30 percent of the Russian population will practice Islam within the next 15 years, Russia’s grand mufti has predicted, citing demographic trends. Russia’s Muslim-majority regions, including republics in the North Caucasus and the republic of Tatarstan, are known to have the highest birth rates in the country, reflecting similar trends worldwide. Various estimates place…

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Putin Wants What China’s Xi Already Has: His Own Internet

When anti-government protests erupted on Russia’s side of the Caucasus Mountains in October, authorities did something they’d never done before: cut mobile internet service to an entire geographical area. For almost two weeks, tens of thousands of mainly Muslim Russians were prevented from accessing social media sites and sharing videos through their smartphones. Unlike China,…

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Putin Signs Decree Suspending INF Nuclear Pact

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree suspending Russia‘s participation in the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with the United States, the Kremlin said on Monday. Russia announced last month it was suspending the treaty after the United States said it would withdraw because of violations by Moscow. Russia denies flouting the accord and has accused Washington of…

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Russian Telecoms Are Selling Users’ Location Data to Authorities

Russia’s top telecom operators are selling the location data of their clients for millions of dollars to Moscow’s City Hall, the Vedomosti business daily has reported. The Russian capital already fields one of the world’s largest facial-recognition systems, with 174,000 surveillance cameras expected to enter into operation this year. Meanwhile, new anti-terror legislation that entered…

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March Music in Moscow

There is no need for an excuse to listen to chamber music, but with spring still around the corner, March can call for a cozy indoor evening to lift your mood. And by now you might be ready for a change from the mulled wine and electric radiator that kept you going for the past…

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How Many Blini Can You Eat?

Moscow is gearing up to celebrate Maslenitsa — the week before Lent begins  — in grand style with food, concerts and burning effigies. In recent years, Russia’s Mardi Gras or “pancake week” has seen a glamorous and all-frills revival in the large cities as municipal and regional administrations organize a week of public celebration. From…

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ROSATOM and Rwanda will cooperate to develop human capital and public acceptance for nuclear energy program in Rwanda

On 28 February 2019, in Kigali, Rwanda, The State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom and the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Rwanda signed two memoranda of cooperation; on education and personnel training in the field of nuclear energy in Rwanda and on the formation of the positive public opinion on nuclear energy in the…

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Two Senior Russian Cybersecurity Experts Convicted of Treason. And the Legacy of Media Executive Igor Malashenko

This week on From Russia With News, we speak with New York Times journalist Andrew Kramer about the sentencing of two Russian cyber-security experts this week, handed decades behind bars for treason. We’ll also talk to veteran journalist Artemy Troitsky about the life and legacy of Igor Malashenko, the media executive and political consultant found…

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Kremlin Dismisses Talk of Possible U.S. Move to Probe Putin’s Wealth

The Kremlin on Thursday dismissed talk of potential U.S. sanctions targeting President Vladimir Putin’s wealth and called draft sanctions legislation an example of anti-Russian sentiment that should not be taken seriously. A group of U.S. lawmakers have proposed sanctions legislation targeting Russia that, among other things, would require the director of U.S. National Intelligence to…

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U.S. Lawmakers Submit Bill to Investigate Putin’s Finances

Two U.S. congresswomen have introduced legislation seeking to instruct the American intelligence community to disclose Russian President Vladimir Putin’s finances and report on Kremlin-linked corruption. Critics have accused the Russian leader of amassing a fortune during his 18 years in power as either president or prime minister. Official figures say Putin’s income between 2011 and 2016…

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Gazprom’s 14th Investor Day held in Hong Kong and Singapore

Release February 28, 2019, 10:40 Photos Gazprom held its 14th annual Investor Day in Hong Kong (February 26) and Singapore (February 28). Taking part in the events were Andrey Kruglov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Oleg Aksyutin, Member of the Management Committee and Head of Department at Gazprom, Elena Burmistrova, Director General of Gazprom Export, and representatives of the Company’s relevant subdivisions and…

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