Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 4

Russia has confirmed 674,515 cases of coronavirus and 6,632 deaths. July 4: 3 things you need to know today Federal transport authorities have found more than 500 violations of anti-coronavirus measures at Russian airports in June, the Kommersant business daily reported. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has extended Russia’s ban on international flights until Aug. 1 due to…


Russia Jails North Korean Poacher

A Russian court has sentenced to four years in prison one of several North Korean poachers detained on charges of attacking Russian border guards last year, authorities said Friday. In one of several flare-ups between the allies, 18 North Korean poachers were alleged to have attacked 11 Russian border guards with “improvised items” in the…


Coronavirus-Infected Moscow Election Official Administered Vote on Putin Reforms – Reports

A Moscow election official infected with the coronavirus administered votes during Russia’s weeklong plebiscite on constitutional changes, the Dozhd television channel reported Thursday. The nationwide vote was postponed from its original date of April 22 and was spread out over a week due to the coronavirus pandemic. Health officials had warned that it might still…


Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 3

Russia has confirmed 667,883 cases of coronavirus and 6,718 deaths. July 3: 3 things you need to know today Federal transport authorities have found more than 500 violations of anti-coronavirus measures at Russian airports in June, the Kommersant business daily reported. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has extended Russia’s ban on international flights until Aug. 1 due to…


Fighter Nurmagomedov’s Father and Coach Dies From Coronavirus Complications

Russian Mixed Martial Arts fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father has died at 57 after contracting the coronavirus, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov announced Friday. Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was flown to Moscow from Chechnya after catching Covid-19 in mid-May, at one point being placed in a medically induced coma. Nurmagomedov said last week that his father remained in intensive…


Russia’s Sole Region to Oppose Putin’s Reforms Spurns Merger With Neighbor

The only Russian region to have voted against President Vladimir Putin’s constitutional reforms this week will not merge with its larger neighbor, its pro-Kremlin leader has said. The Nenets autonomous district in the Arctic, Russia’s least populous subject with 44,000 residents, voted 55% to 44% against the reforms that allow President Vladimir Putin to extend…


Shadowy Russian Clergyman Stripped of Priesthood After Virus Denials, Monastery Capture

An ultraconservative, coronavirus-denying priest who captured a women’s monastery in central Russia last month has been defrocked by an ecclesiastical court, Interfax reported Friday. Father Sergei seized the Sredneuralsk women’s monastery near Yekaterinburg after religious authorities barred him from preaching in April for refusing to follow health guidelines due to the Covid-19 outbreak, calling the…


Rosneft Launches Contactless Payment Service at Floating Filling Stations for the First Time in Russia

Rosneft has become the first Russian company to launch a contactless fuel payment at floating filling stations.

Moscow’s Best Swimming Holes

Moscow has a surprising number of beaches for swimming in lakes, canals and streams, which are just opening up after the long period of self-isolation and cool, rainy weather.  In Moscow city, the swimming zones are not officially open: the city is still on high alert mode in response to the coronavirus pandemic. So wait…


Rosneft Commences Study of Red-Listed Ivory Gull in the Arctic

The Arctic Research Centre, a part of the Rosneft Oil Company Corporate Research Complex, and the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute have commenced a comprehensive study of the ivory gull, included in the Red List of Threatened Species.

Mongolia Quarantines Russian Border Region Over Bubonic Plague Suspicion

Mongolia has quarantined its western region near the border with Russia after identifying two suspected cases of the black plague linked to the consumption of marmot meat, health officials said Wednesday. Lab tests confirmed that two unidentified individuals had contracted the “marmot plague” in the region of Khovd, Mongolia’s National Center for Zoonotic Disease (NCZD)…


Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 660K

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions lifted lockdown restrictions ahead of a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    Critics have cast doubt on Russia’s low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting…


Putin Slams New U.S. Sanctions Aimed at ‘Suffocating’ Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday denounced the United States for imposing new sanctions on Syria’s regime during the coronavirus pandemic. “Despite the call from the UN secretary general for easing the pressure of sanctions under pandemic conditions, Washington like Brussels decided to prolong measures against Syria,” Putin said during a televised meeting with his…


First Results Show Overwhelming Support for Russia’s Constitutional Reforms

Nearly three-quarters of Russian voters have backed constitutional changes that pave the way for extending President Vladimir Putin’s rule until 2036, according to the Russian election commission’s preliminary results released Wednesday afternoon. Polling stations have closed in the Russian Far East as the rest of the country continues voting for or against the package of…


Bank Transfers Bolstered U.S. Suspicions of Russia-Taliban Bounty – NYT

U.S. officials have intercepted data showing financial transfers between a Russian military spy unit and Taliban-linked accounts, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing three unnamed officials familiar with the intelligence. The alleged intercepts bolstered U.S. intelligence conclusions, also reported by the NYT, that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops in…


Second Tier of Internal Containment Installed at Power Unit 1 of Akkuyu NPP (Turkey)

July 1, 2020, Büyükeceli, Mersin Province, Turkey. – The installation of the second tier of the reactor building’s internal containment has been completed at the Power Unit 1 of Akkuyu NPP. Internal containment is one of the critical components of power unit’s safety systems, which prevent release of radioactive materials to the environment. “The installation…


Where Can I Travel in Russia This Summer?

Russia opened its domestic tourist season Wednesday as it continues to grapple with the deadly coronavirus pandemic that has seen it record the world’s third-highest number of infections. The country closed its borders and grounded most international flights in late March to slow the spread of the outbreak, allowing only special evacuations of its own…


Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 650K as Country Votes on Putin Reforms

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia prepares to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that would…


Latvia Bans Russia’s RT ‘Propaganda’ Channels

Latvia on Tuesday banned a number of Russia’s RT television channels from being distributed in the Baltic state because of international sanctions against the head of the Russian state television network. Latvia’s media watchdog, the National Electronic Media Council (NEPLP), notably banned RT’s main English-language broadcast service, its Spanish and Arabic counterparts, the RT Documentary channel,…


Rosneft Presents Updated Public Commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Rosneft Oil Company has presented its updated public statement – “Rosneft: Contributing to Implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals”.

The full package of documents for obtaining a license for the construction of Paks-2 NPP has been submitted to the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority

In line with the schedule, on 30 June 2020 the customer of the Paks II Nuclear Power Plant, Paks II. Ltd. submitted the implementation license application for the two new VVER-1200 3+ generation nuclear power plant units in Paks to the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA). “Submission of the 283 000 pages license documentation is…


Heat from a Floating NPP was first delivered to the City Heating Network in Pevek

June 30, 2020 – Today the first heat from the floating nuclear power plant (FNPP, the plant of JSC “Concern Rosenergoatom”, ROSATOM’s energy  division) was supplied to the 5th microdistrict of Pevek (Chukotka). “So far, the floating nuclear power plant has only produced electricity. From now on, it produces two products: in addition to electricity,…


Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy buys required medical equipment for Novy Urengoy’s infectious diseases hospital

Background Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, was set up to develop the Urengoyskoye oil, gas and condensate field. Its production infrastructure consists of 22 comprehensive gas treatment units, two oil production sites, 20 booster compressor stations, five gas cooling stations, more than 2,800 production wells, two compressor stations for the utilization of associated petroleum gas, and a pump station for condensate delivery.…


First Russian Offshore Project Sakhalin-1 Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

25 years ago the Sakhalin-1 Production Sharing Agreement was signed between the Government of the Russian Federation, Sakhalin Regional Administration and international consortium.

Companies of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Group in Ulyanovsk strengthen measures to prevent coronavirus spread

News from projects and regions June 30, 2020, 15:45 The specialists of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Ulyanovsk and Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Ulyanovsk have increased the preventive measures aimed at combating the coronavirus infection. In the three months of 2020 since the introduction of restrictive measures, over 400 employees of the gas companies in the region have been tested for COVID-19. These are mainly the specialists…


‘100% Bullsh*t’: Russia Blasts Reports of Taliban Bounties for Killed U.S. Troops

Russian officials have blasted a New York Times report on alleged Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants in exchange for killing American troops in Afghanistan. Since the story first broke Friday, several American and British media outlets have reported on the U.S. intelligence conclusion that Russia offered cash incentives for dead U.S. troops in Afghanistan.…