Activists Block Train Carrying German Radioactive Waste to Russia

Greenpeace activists have blocked a train in Germany carrying a shipment of radioactive waste destined for Russia, the environmental organization said Monday. German exports of depleted uranium hexafluoride, a byproduct of uranium enrichment, resumed to Russia earlier this year. The shipments had been halted in 2009 by Russia’s state nuclear company Rosatom following reports that…

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Russia Says U.S. Backing for Israeli Settlements Blow to Peace Process

Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said Tuesday that a U.S. decision to effectively back Israel’s right to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank undermined the legal basis for a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday abandoned Washington’s four-decade-old position that such settlements were “inconsistent with international law.”…

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Russia Lawmakers Claim Foreign-Funded ‘Camps’ Train Protesters

The Russian parliament’s commission on foreign interference said it has found several “camps” that allegedly receive funding from abroad to train protesters, both in-person and online, the Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday. Lawmakers formed the commission after this summer’s wave of protests in Moscow, accusing several news outlets and the U.S. Embassy in Russia of…

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Fitch Ratings Affirms PhosAgro’s BBB-/Stable Credit Rating

Moscow – PhosAgro (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR) (“PhosAgro”, the “Company”), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, announces that Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Company’s Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency Issuer Default Ratings at ‘BBB-’ and Short-Term Rating at ‘F3’. The Outlook for the rating is Stable. In its announcement, Fitch Ratings notes…

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ROSATOM Engineering Division has won the annual contest of yearly reports of the companies working in Russia

The Engineering Division of ROSATOM has won the XXII annual contest of yearly reports in the nomination “For the best quality of information presentation on sustainable development”. The Moscow Exchange and RCB media group are  organizers of the contest which has been held since 1997 and is the main platform for presentation of yearly reports…

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Russian Billionaire Moves to Launch Orthodox ‘Troll Farm’ – Reports

An influential pro-Kremlin billionaire wants to bankroll a conservative religious troll farm, the Open Media news website has reported, citing an unnamed political scientist who works with the Kremlin. Konstantin Malofeev has long financed the Kremlin’s drive to spread so-called “family values,” including last year’s U.S.-Russian summit of right-wing Christians who oppose same-sex marriage and…

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Russia-Brazil Business Council Discusses Prospects for Increased Trade Between the two Countries

Brasilia, Brazil – Andrey Guryev, CEO of PhosAgro, Chairman of the Russia-Brazil Business Council, and Second Deputy Chairman on the Russian side of the Intergovernmental Russian-Brazilian Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation — acted as Russian co-chair of the Russian-Brazilian Business Forum, held in the Brazilian capital as part of the BRICS summit.…

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One Day on a Wheelchair in Moscow

An estimated 8% of Russians have disabilities, but they are rarely seen on Moscow’s streets. Activists say it’s because the city lacks accessibility for people in wheelchairs.

We spent a day with Diana, a young joyful woman who is disabled, to see what it’s like to travel by metro in Moscow.

Russia Trades Captive Spies With Norway, Lithuania in Cold War-style Swap

Russia, Norway and Lithuania conducted an exchange of spies on Friday, securing the return of several captured agents to their home countries, the head of Lithuanian counterintelligence said. Previous reports suggested that Moscow, Oslo and Vilnius were discussing exchanging two Russians jailed in Lithuania, two Lithuanians sentenced for spying in Russia, and a Norwegian, Frode…

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Expert Calls for Demolition of St. Petersburg’s Center to Save Money

ST. PETERSBURG — A controversial proposal from a Moscow architecture expert to tear down St. Petersburg’s historical center as a cost-saving measure sparked heated debate at an international cultural forum on Thursday. Architect Vladimir Shukhov first proposed the plan in September, arguing that Russia’s second-largest city could not afford to preserve its aging historical center…

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How Does a Powerful Russian Lobby Plan to Halt Climate Change? With Coal, Oil and Gas

Fear of extinction as a result of runaway climate change has shocked the world into scrambling to reduce carbon emissions and develop green technologies before it’s too late. Russia’s most powerful business lobby, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP), has a different take on the crisis.   “We have to maximize our sales of…

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Chairman of Russia–Brazil Business Council Andrey Guryev, Brazilian Cabinet Members Discuss Prospects for Expanding Cooperation Between Companies from Both Countries

Brasilia (Brazil) – Andrey Guryev, Chairman of the Russia–Brazil Business Council, a member of the Management Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and the Second Deputy Chairman for Russia to the Intergovernmental Russian–Brazilian Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, met with cabinet members and leaders of non-governmental organisations in Brazil…

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ROSATOM signed a memorandum of understanding in the healthcare field with the Apulia region of Italy

On November, 13, Rusatom Healthcare (ROSATOM industry integrator in the field of radiation technologies in medicine and industry) Director General Aleksandr Shibanov, president of the region Apulia  (Republic of Italy) Michele Emiliano, representatives of Sechenov University (Moscow) and Bari University, as well as JSC Isotope signed a memorandum of understanding in order to develop and…

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Special screening of “Russia from Above” held in St. Petersburg

Release November 14, 2019, 20:30 Gazprom has contributed to the making of the film “Russia from Above.” The film has attracted 30 million viewers in Germany alone. The St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum hosted a special screening of “Russia from Above,” a documentary made by German filmmakers with support from the Gazprom Group. The audience was offered a bird’s-eye view of many Russian regions: from the…

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Russia Recognizes Bolivia’s Interim Leader as Violence Continues

Russia has recognized violence-plagued Bolivia’s interim president until the South American nation’s next elections, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency quoted a senior diplomat as saying Thursday. Bolivia’s pro-Russian President Evo Morales resigned and fled the country this week to ease the violence that has been ongoing since a disputed vote last month. Senate vice-president…

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Gazprom gains RUB 20.7 billion from its 2016–2018 import substitution efforts

Release November 14, 2019, 16:00 Russian enterprises have invested RUB 17.8 billion in development and production of goods to be supplied under long-term contracts with Gazprom. Full range of key equipment has been created for operating offshore fields. Corporate process safety management system is being continuously enhanced. The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the engagement of Russian industrial and machine-building enterprises in the…

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UGS facilities in Russia reach record potential daily deliverability of 843.3 million cubic meters

Release November 14, 2019, 15:55 Gazprom is ready to operate during peak gas demand in winter. Required amounts of gas – more than 72 billion cubic meters – were injected into Russian UGS facilities. Increase in maximum daily deliverability of UGS facilities is commensurate with gas consumption in some Russian regions. The Gazprom Management Committee examined the operational readiness of the Unified Gas Supply System (UGSS) facilities for peak loads in late…

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MH17 Crash Probe Releases Intercepted Calls Between East Ukraine Rebels and Russian Officials

A team of international prosecutors has released a new batch of intercepted audio recordings of calls it says are between pro-Russian separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine and high-ranking Russian officials in the weeks leading up to the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. The calls include conversations with separatist leaders including…

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Top managers from Rosneft, BP and Equinor shared best practices in Carbon Management

Top managers from Russian and foreign energy industry majors unite to help build a better understanding of corporate carbon management systems at the Carbon Management workshop organized by Rosneft last week.

Senior Executives of Rosneft, BP, and Equinor Discuss Best Hydrocarbon Management Practices

Rosneft has held a seminar on “Corporate Concepts of Hydrocarbon Management”, which was attended by the Company’s senior executives and managing representatives of foreign energy majors, including BP Russia President David Campbell, Equinor Russia President Elisabeth Birkeland Kvalheim, and Vice Presidents of the relevant units of these companies.

170K in East Ukraine Get Russian Passports Under Putin’s Fast-Track Program

More than 170,000 residents of separatist-controlled territories in eastern Ukraine have become Russian citizens under President Vladimir Putin’s fast-track program since it launched six months ago, authorities said. Putin simplified the path to Russian citizenship for an estimated 3.7 million residents of the pro-Russian Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” in April, angering Ukraine and the…

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