RASU, SNIIP and Thermo Fisher Scientific Messtechnik GmbH (Germany) Sign Memorandum of Understanding as Part of Ongoing Discussions Regarding Potential Projects

October 03, 2019 – Within the framework of the Russian Energy Week 2019 international forum, Rusatom Automated Control Systems JSC (RASU JSC), JSC Specialized Scientific Research Institute for Instrumentation Engineering (JSC SNIIP) and Thermo Fisher Scientific Messtechnik GmbH (Germany) signed the Memorandum of Understanding, which marks the beginning of, and provides the general framework for…

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Russia’s Protest Movement is Expanding and Becoming Political, Study Says

Russia’s protest movement is spreading across the country and narrowing its focus to political issues, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday, citing a new study that tallied 434 rallies from April-June 2019. The Moscow-based Center for Social and Labor Rights NGO found that only the Chechnya and Chukotka regions saw little protest activity. “There are…

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Gas workers plant apple trees in Tchaikovsky

Background Gazprom Transgaz Tchaikovsky is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom. The company is focused on natural gas transmission to consumers in the Perm Territory, the Republic of Udmurtia, the Kirov Region and the Republic of Tatarstan, as well as on gas transit via 15 gas trunklines to the central regions of the Russian Federation and abroad. The company maintains over 10,500 kilometers of gas trunklines carrying more than 300 billion cubic meters of gas. The…

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Russian Airlines Demand That Kremlin Pay Losses for Georgia Flight Ban

Russian airlines are demanding the government compensate them for three months of losses from suspended flights to Georgia as the neighboring countries move toward resuming the schedule, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday. President Vladimir Putin ordered the temporary ban of passenger flights from Russia to Georgia following an outbreak of unrest in Tbilisi triggered…

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Gazprom names best inventors and innovators among its subsidiaries

Release October 4, 2019, 14:30 The award ceremony of the 2018 corporate contest for the best inventors and innovators took place today at the meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council of Gazprom as part of the 9th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. The top place in the Best Inventor among Gazprom’s Subsidiaries category was shared by Gazprom Transgaz Krasnodar and Severneftegazprom. In 2018, these…

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Kremlin Hails Special Relationship With China Amid Missile System Cooperation

The Kremlin said on Friday that Moscow’s move to help Beijing build an early warning system to detect missile attacks showed the two countries had a special relationship. President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia was helping China build an early warning system to spot intercontinental ballistic missile launches, something only Russia and the United States possess at…

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Russia’s Medvedev Slams U.S. for Cuba Embargo During Havana Trip

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lambasted the Trump administration on Thursday for trying to create a “toxic atmosphere” around Cuba, during a two-day trip to the island demonstrating Russia’s support for its Communist government. The former Soviet Union was Cuba’s main backer for decades and Moscow has sought to renew its commercial, military and political…

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Greta Thunberg Takes on Putin’s Criticism With Twitter Bio

Greta Thunberg has changed her Twitter profile in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s criticism of the Swedish climate activist for her United Nations speech. The 16-year-old schoolgirl denounced world leaders at the UN General Assembly last month for failing to tackle climate change, igniting a backlash among Russians. Putin criticized Thunberg’s speech Wednesday, calling…

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Gazprom and OMV host new cultural event in St. Petersburg

Release October 3, 2019, 21:30 A music and visual art performance entitled “Imperial Capitals: St. Petersburg – Vienna. 20th Century” took place today at the Grand Hall of the Dmitry Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia. The event was held as part of the joint cultural project of Gazprom and Austria’s OMV. The concert, which was attended by more than a thousand people, became the…

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Gazprom and VNG advancing sci-tech cooperation

Background Gazprom VNIIGAZ is the leading R&D technology center of Gazprom focused on designing and promoting cutting-edge technologies, modeling, regulatory and metrological support, supervising research activities within Gazprom’s comprehensive programs as well as devising national and regional development programs for the gas industry. VNG is engaged in natural gas imports, underground storage and consumer supplies in Germany’s eastern federal states and in Berlin. In January 2013,…

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Gazprom and Thales Alenia Space intent on joining efforts in spacecraft production

Background The spacecraft assembly project of Gazprom will make it possible to produce high-end world-class spacecraft primarily designed to increase the capacity of the Yamal orbital satellite constellation and the SMOTR remote sensing satellites owned by the Company. These space systems provide for technological communication and monitoring of the Gazprom Group’s production facilities. The in-house assembly facility is expected to reduce costs and shorten…

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Gazprom and SPbPU to expand cooperation in personnel training and sci-tech

Background Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University is a multifunctional state higher education institution. In 2010, it was granted the status of a national research university. It includes 11 basic institutes, units of further education, the New Production Technologies NTI Competence Center, and a complex of research units. SPbPU is one of the core universities of Gazprom. The university has the specialized department of Gazprom Transgaz Saint Petersburg, which…

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Documents signed to support domestic NGV market

Release October 3, 2019, 18:20 Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, today signed at the 9th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum a series of documents with the heads of a number of companies and Russian regions to enhance the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel. A roadmap for accelerated development of the NGV market until 2024 was signed with Maxim Shaskolsky, Vice Governor of St.…

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Gazprom Energoholding considering acquisition of REP Holding

Background Gazprom Energoholding, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, manages the core companies of the Gazprom Group in the power generation sector (Mosenergo, TGC-1, OGK-2, and MOEK). GPB Asset Development is a specialized company in the structure of Gazprombank (Joint Stock Company), established to improve operational efficiency in terms of asset management, restructuring of troubled assets, and supporting transactions with assets under management. REP Holding is a developer, manufacturer and supplier of next-generation…

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Gazprom and Irkutsk Oil Company contemplating joint development project in Krasnoyarsk Territory

Release October 3, 2019, 18:00 Oleg Aksyutin, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Head of Department, and Nikolai Buynov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Irkutsk Oil Company, today signed at the 9th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum a Memorandum of Intent. Pursuant to the document, the companies intend to jointly set up the Project for exploration, production, transportation, processing and sale of hydrocarbons from…

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Blue Corridor – Gas into Engines 2019 Rally successfully concludes in St. Petersburg

Release October 3, 2019, 17:50 Photos The closing ceremony of the international Blue Corridor – Gas into Engines 2019 Rally for vehicles powered by natural gas took place today at the 9th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. The race was sponsored by Gazprom and Germany’s Uniper. The ceremony was attended by Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, and Uwe Fip,…

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Gazprom and Linde to establish joint engineering venture

Release October 3, 2019, 17:45 Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Christian Bruch, Executive Vice President and CEO of Linde Engineering, and John van der Velden, Managing Director of Linde Engineering, today signed at the 9th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum the Joint Venture Contract and Joint Venture Participants Agreement between Gazprom 335 and Linde AG. In accordance…

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Russian opera to be staged at world-famous Salzburg Festival

Background The Salzburg Festival is a world-known festival of music and drama held every summer in Salzburg, Austria. Traditionally, its program consists primarily of classical music concerts and performances of drama and opera. The Festival was founded in 1920 by poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal, theater and film director Max Reinhardt, composer Richard Strauss, head of the Wiener Staatsoper Franz Schalk, and set designer Alfred…

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FBI Recruits D.C.-Area Russians With Russian-Language Facebook Ads

The FBI appears to be recruiting Russians living in and around the U.S. capital with awkwardly worded and grammatically incorrect Russian-language Facebook ads, CNN has reported. Washington and Moscow have traded accusations of espionage, disinformation and other influence campaigns as relations between the powers have deteriorated to Cold War levels. An investigation into the 2016…

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Russian Court Orders LGBT Groups to Disband for Posting on Social Network

A court in St. Petersburg has ruled that two LGBT groups must be disbanded for posting information for the community on Russia’s largest social network, VKontakte, the city’s joint court press service said Thursday. VKontakte is obliged to block LGBT groups due to Russia’s controversial so-called “gay propaganda law,” which since 2013 has prohibited “propaganda…

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Sberbank Hit by Huge Data Breach

The personal details of millions of Sberbank customers may have been leaked, in what would be the largest-ever data breach in Russian banking, according to cyber security experts. Analysts at cybersecurity firm DeviceLock found personal information relating to up to 60 million Sberbank credit card holders for sale on the black market. They were able…

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Moscow Cancer Center Employees Threaten to Quit as Doctor Resignation Wave Hits Capital

A wave of resignations sweeping Russia’s health sector has reached the country’s capital this week after employees at one of Moscow’s best cancer hospitals threatened to quit in protest of its new leadership. Nurses, doctors, ambulance staff and paramedics across Russia have expressed their grievances by resigning or staging various forms of strikes since the…

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Russian Deliveries to Arctic Military Bases Up 200% From 2018, State Shipping Company Says

State military shipping company Oboronlogistika has made 11 shipments to the Arctic archipelago of Novaya Zemlya and other parts of the region so far this year as part of its exclusive delivery agreement with the Defense Ministry. About 30,000 tons of goods were delivered, the company said. In 2018, the company’s total delivery volume amounted to 11,000 tons. Various…

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Russian Town Rallies Against New Mayor From Rebel-Held Eastern Ukraine

Protesters in Russia’s Buddhist republic of Kalmykia took to the streets against the appointment as mayor of a one-time leader of separatist-held eastern Ukraine. Dmitry Trapeznikov, 38, briefly led the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic in war-torn eastern Ukraine after his predecessor was assassinated last year. On Thursday, the Kalmyk governor announced that he appointed Trapeznikov…

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Cuts, Beatings and Sheep’s Blood: Russian State Journalist Sues Over War Correspondent Course Injuries

A Russian state journalist has sued the organizer of a training course for war correspondents over injuries he says he received during the training. Svyatoslav Pavlov’s gruesome account of the course at a military site in Crimea included scenes of ripped earlobes and bags placed over journalists’ heads causing asphyxiation. The courses are required for…

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