Kremlin Vows to Investigate Moscow Lawmaker Accused of Fraud Ahead of Elections

The Kremlin has agreed to probe a senior member of Moscow’s city legislature over two investigations into his dealings by opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption team, the Vedomosti business daily reported. Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) has claimed that municipal lawmaker Andrei Metelsky’s family owns a motorcycle dealership in Moscow and a hotel franchise in Austria…


TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM will continue supplying nuclear fuel for Budapest research reactor in Hungary

TVEL JSC and Centre for Energy Research of Hungarian Academy of Sciences have signed contract for supply of Russian nuclear fuel for Budapest research reactor (BRR). The long-term contract embraces fuel supplies starting from 2019.  Budapest research reactor is utilized for scientific and applied research in nuclear physics and material studies, in particular, for the…


Russians Blame Siberian Wildfires on Illegal Logging, Authorities’ Inaction – Poll

Most Russians believe that wildfires have swept across Siberia this summer because of illegal logging and the authorities’ negligence, according to a new poll published by the independent Levada Center pollster. Activists and environmentalists have decried the authorities’ slow response to the fires, which at their peak covered an area the size of Belgium and…


India Will Offer Russia $1Bln Loan to Develop Far East, Indian PM Says

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Gazprom and KOGAS looking to expand cooperation on LNG

Background KOGAS (Republic of Korea) is focused on the construction and operation of LNG receiving terminals and gas distribution networks, the implementation of international gas projects, and research and development in the gas industry. In 2005, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (in which Gazprom owns 50 per cent plus one share) and KOGAS signed the contract for the supply of 1.5 million tons of LNG per…


Gazprom and Mitsui discuss cooperation-related issues

Background Japan’s Mitsui & Co., Ltd. is focused on the development, purchase and sale, distribution and processing of all types of energy products in Japan and overseas, as well as on financial activities. Gazprom and Mitsui are partners in the Sakhalin II project, which includes Russia’s first LNG plant. The Sakhalin II operator is Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. In December 2016, Gazprom and Mitsui signed the Agreement…


Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, and USC agree on strategic partnership

Release September 5, 2019, 10:25 Oleg Melekhin, Director General of Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo, Alexey Medvedev, Acting Director General of Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, and Alexey Rakhmanov, President of United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), today signed at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok a Memorandum of Cooperation and Strategic Partnership. The document was signed in the presence of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and…


As Discontent Simmers, Russia’s Ruling Party Dons Camouflage in Countrywide Elections

Ahead of Sunday’s nationwide regional elections, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, is urging voters dissatisfied with the status quo to ignore their ideological beliefs and focus solely on casting the ruling United Russia party out of power. But in the Russian capital, voters heading to the polls to select deputies for the Moscow…


Gazprom to take part in work of digital development center at Far Eastern Federal University

Release September 5, 2019, 10:20 An agreement of intent was concluded today at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok to implement projects in the field of advanced information technologies at Far Eastern Federal University. The document was signed by Alexander Kozlov, Russian Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic, Konstantin Noskov, Russian Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, Alexey Miller,…


Rosneft Holds Round Table with Japanese Business Representatives at the Eastern Economic Forum

As part of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum, Rosneft has held a round table with leading representatives of the energy industry of Japan and heads of major Japanese corporations.

Gazprom and SIBUR sign documents for further cooperation in gas processing and chemistry

Release September 5, 2019, 10:00 Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Dmitry Konov, Chairman of the Management Board of SIBUR Holding (on behalf of the Amur Gas Chemical Complex), today signed at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok a preliminary contract. The document outlines the basic terms of long-term supplies of liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) and additional volumes of ethane fraction from…


India’s Russian Arms Purchases Hit ‘Breakthrough’ $14.5Bln, Official Says

India has ordered a “breakthrough” $14.5 billion of Russian-made weapons since last year despite sanctions pressure from the United States, Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) has said. India is the largest buyer of Russian military hardware, having signed a $5 billion deal for Russian S-400 surface to air missile systems last…


‘Stick, Then Carrot’: Why Are Moscow Protest Charges Being Dropped?

Russian media have dubbed Tuesday “Judgment Day” for the number of court decisions related to this summer’s wave of Moscow anti-government protests that took place.  A blogger was sentenced to five years behind bars over a tweet that seemingly threatened the families of security officers accused of violently detaining protesters. The court’s seemingly contradictory move…


Mongolia Welcomes Putin With Military Pomp, Vivid Performances

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday referred to relations between Russia and Mongolia as “brotherly” during his visit to Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. And just as brothers do, Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga welcomed his Russian counterpart with an elaborate ceremony before negotiations began. The country’s State Honor Guard and an orchestra lined up to welcome Putin at…


Bolstered by Sanctions, Russia’s Fledgling Cheese Industry Takes First Steps

When Russian President Vladimir Putin slapped a tit-for-tat embargo on Western dairy products five years ago, cheese lovers lamented the replacement of parmesan camembert and cheddar on store shelves with bland, Russian-made substitutes filled with palm oil and other cheap additives.  But for one man, the embargo was a dream come true.  “I’m very grateful…


Russia Moves to Legalize Epilepsy Drug After Mothers Accused of Drug Smuggling

Russia is planning to legalize a prescription drug used to treat epilepsy which almost landed two mothers in jail this summer after they had ordered the unregulated pharmaceutical online for their epileptic children.  The drug smuggling accusations against the two mothers have sparked calls to re-register the epilepsy drug that Russia’s health minister said had no demand…


Vladimir Putin Introduces the Largest Shipyard in Russia to Narendra Modi

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi have visited the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex located in Bolshoy Kamen, Primorsky Region.

Germany’s Deutsche Welle Snubs Russian Duma’s Foreign Meddling Panel

German media outlet Deutsche Welle has turned down an invitation to attend Russian lawmakers’ hearings on alleged foreign interference over this summer’s anti-government protests, saying its journalism standards make such meddling impossible. Weeks of demonstrations over elections for the Moscow city legislature have become the biggest sustained protest movement in Russia since 2011-2013. The Foreign…


Moscow Protesters Sentenced in ‘New Bolotnaya’ Case

Russian authorities have begun handing jail sentences to activists on protest-related charges after they took to the streets in support of fair elections this summer. The Investigative Committee opened criminal proceedings following the July 27 opposition protest and placed 14 suspects of what it called mass civil unrest in pre-trial detention. Charges of mass civil unrest carry a…


Bulgaria Condemns Russian Exhibit Lauding WWII ‘Liberation’ of Eastern Europe

Bulgaria lambasted a World War II exhibition organized by the Russian Embassy marking “the liberation of Eastern Europe from Nazism,” saying the region had instead been subjected to a half-century of repression by “Soviet army bayonets.” In a statement, the Foreign Ministry of Bulgaria — which for decades a Soviet satellite in Eastern Europe but now…


Rusatom Cargo, Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute KOMERI and South Korean shipping company Sinokor Merchant Marine Co Ltd develop cooperation

On September 4, 2019, Director General of Rusatom Cargo Aleksandr Neklyudov, President of Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute KOMERI Kong Gil Young and Executive Managing Director of logistic company Sinokor Lim Sam Seob signed a multilateral Memorandum of Understanding on the development of Northern Transit Corridor (NTC). According to the Memorandum parties plan to exchange…


The first working meeting of the Northern Sea Route Public Council was held at the Eastern Economic Forum 2019

4th September 2019, Vladivostok – The first working meeting of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) Public Council took place at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) at the Maritime State University (MSU) named after admiral G.I. Nevelskiy in Vladivostok. The meeting was attended by ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev, Director for the NSR Directorate Vyacheslav Ruksha,…


Russian Nuclear Blast Debris Is Still Emitting Radiation, Reports Say

Journalists in northern Russia have measured high levels of radiation near two abandoned boats that were brought ashore following last month’s mysterious accident during a test at a military site that has raised international concerns and safety fears. Five nuclear engineers and two Defense Ministry employees were killed after a liquid propulsion system exploded on…


Russia Open to Private Companies Developing Energy-Rich Arctic Shelf, Minister Says

Russia’s natural resources and environment minister said on Wednesday he supported allowing private oil and gas companies to work on the Arctic shelf. Speaking to reporters at an economic forum in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok, the minister, Dmitry Kobylkin, said he supported “any decision linked to an increase in investment in projects…


Russia Charges U.S. Student With Drug Possession Over Medical Marijuana

A New York-based film student has been charged with drug possession in St. Petersburg for allegedly bringing medical marijuana into the country.  Russia bans the circulation of drugs including marijuana and other cannabinoids, whose use is legalized in certain U.S. states and European countries. U.S. citizen Audrey Elizabeth Lorber was allegedly found in possession of…


New climbing wall at earth’s end sponsored by Gazprom Dobycha Nadym

News from projects and regions September 3, 2019, 17:30 At the beginning of the new school year, a climbing wall was opened at the Seyakhinskaya Boarding School, the northernmost school in the Yamal Peninsula. The training module named Skalodrom was acquired through the grant funding of Gazprom Dobycha Nadym. The rock-climbing structure will allow the students of the boarding school to improve their…


Pressure test of primary circuit pipelines and equipment successfully completed at Belarus NPP Unit 1

On 01.09.2019, hydraulic tests of primary circuit systems and equipment for strength and tightness under 24,5 MPa pressure were successfully completed at Belarus NPP Unit 1 (General Designer and General Contractor is ASE, Engineering Division of ROSATOM). High availability of the unit has given us the opportunity to perform the hot pressure test of pipelines…


Gazprom delegation visits China

Release September 3, 2019, 14:00 A Gazprom delegation headed by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company’s Management Committee, paid a visit to China today. Beijing hosted working meetings of Alexey Miller with Han Zheng, Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, and Wang Yilin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CNPC. The meetings were focused on the state and prospects of energy cooperation,…


First Foreign Branch of National Research Nuclear University MEPhI opened in Tashkent

September 3, 2019, a grand opening of the branch of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (NRNU MEPhI) was held in Tashkent.  The ceremony was attended by Abdulla Aripov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM, Alisher Sultanov, Advisor to the Prime Minister, Minister of Energy of the Republic…


Most Russians Don’t Believe ‘Western Meddling’ Is to Blame for Moscow Protests, Poll Says

A majority of Russians don’t believe in the authorities’ claim that Western powers are to blame for election protests in Moscow this summer, according to the independent Levada Center polling agency. Weeks of demonstrations over elections for the city legislature have turned into the biggest sustained protest movement in Russia since 2011-2013. Russia has accused the…


Surviving Moscow as a Refugee DJ From Zimbabwe

Moscow hosted a new dance party last week featuring a line-up composed exclusively of refugees who are DJs. The Civic Assistance Committee, a Russian NGO that helps migrants in Moscow, hosted the event.

Meet Simba, a DJ from Zimbabwe, as he shares the difficulties and hopes of life in Russia’s capital.

‘Create a New Society’: Russian Lawmakers Order Gene-Editing Tech

Russian lawmakers have ordered a study on assisted human reproduction, including a cutting-edge and controversial gene-editing technology that would create a “new type of society.” New gene-editing tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 have made it possible to rearrange the genetic code much more precisely and at lower costs than before. A Chinese scientist caused outrage last…


Alexey Miller and Moldova’s President Igor Dodon discuss prospects of cooperation in gas sector

Background In 2018, Gazprom’s gas deliveries to the Republic of Moldova totaled 2.9 billion cubic meters of gas, an increase of 8.4 per cent against 2017 (2.7 billion cubic meters). According to preliminary data, about 1.9 billion cubic meters of gas was exported between January and August 2019, which is about the same level as last year. The contracts between Gazprom and Moldovagaz for gas supplies to and…


Iran Says It Welcomes Russian Proposal For Security in Gulf

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Monday after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Tehran welcomed a Russian proposal for ensuring security in the Gulf.

Iran and Russia’s energy ministers were also holding talks in Moscow on Monday, Lavrov told reporters at a joint news conference with Zarif.