How Russia Got its Michelin Stars

“What are my plans for tonight? I’m going to get drunk,” Andrei Shmakov, the chef of Savva restaurant, told after receiving his Michelin star award in front of a packed audience. This seemed to be the predominant mix of tension and joy chefs and restauranteurs  experienced as the Michelin red guide finally came to Russia.…

What’s On in Moscow Oct. 15-17

Book fair at dawn The Rassvet (Dawn) Palace of Culture near the 1905 metro station has been putting on interesting literary and other evenings lately. This weekend they have decided to jump the gun, as it were, on the big Non-Fiction Book Fair coming up in early December and throw their own book fair this…

9 Moscow Restaurants Awarded Coveted Michelin Stars

French gastronomic bible the Michelin Guide awarded nine Moscow restaurants with its coveted stars on Thursday, unveiling its first lineup of recommended eateries in Russia’s up-and-coming food scene. Long derided as a gastronomic wasteland, Russia’s restaurant scene has emerged in recent years from a post-Soviet reputation for blandness, with establishments in Moscow regularly making lists…

Russia’s Breakthrough Contemporary Art Market

Simon Rees, art director of the Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair, spoke to The Moscow Times about the state of the contemporary art market in Russia today. Judging by this year’s fair, the market is booming. Art arrived from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Georgia, Russia, Switzerland and the U.S. Prices…

Former Head of Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Dies

The director of the Chernobyl nuclear plant who oversaw the disaster and initial response efforts has died aged 85, the plant’s press service announced Wednesday. Viktor Bryukhanov was the plant’s first and only director during its years of operation, having also managed the construction of the Chernobyl nuclear station from 1970 to 1977.  Bryukhanov was…

Severstal secures supply cotract with Hyperloop Trasportatio Techologies Ic. to provide steel for first commercial prototype of a hyperloop trasport system

October 14, 2021 PAO Severstal, one of the world’s largest vertically integrated steel and mining companies, and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. (HyperloopTT), the leading developer of next generation sustainable high-speed transportation has secured a contract to supply steel for the construction of its first commercial prototype of the hyperloop transportation system. HyperloopTT is an innovative…

Siberia Sounds Electricity Alarm Over China’s Crypto Crackdown

Siberia could suffer unpredictable power grid overloads due to an influx of Bitcoin miners from nearby China, which has cracked down on virtual currencies, media in the Russian region cited an official as saying Wednesday. The warning to Moscow from Irkutsk region governor Igor Kobzev comes a month after China’s central bank ruled all financial transactions involving cryptocurrencies…

Gazprom and Russian Government sign agreement of intent on hydrogen energy

October 13, 2021, 17:10 Alexander Novak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and Oleg Aksyutin, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee – Head of Department at Gazprom, today signed at Russian Energy Week International Forum 2021 an Agreement of Intent aimed at advancing the hi-tech area of activity “Development of hydrogen energy and decarbonization of industry and transport on the basis of natural gas” in the Russian Federation. The Agreement…

Moscow Offers Pensioners $140 to Get Vaccinated

Moscow will pay retirees 10,000 rubles ($140) to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Wednesday in the latest push to stimulate Russia’s stubbornly slow immunization campaign. Moscow residents aged 65 and over will be eligible for a cash handout if they complete the two-dose vaccination schedule with one of Russia’s homemade jabs…

The Second Stage of the International “BIM Management” Educational Project Has Been Launched in Nizhny Novgorod

The second stage of the international “BIM Management” educational project (information / digital modelling) has been launched in Nizhny Novgorod. The project is implemented by the ROSATOM Engineering Division, in collaboration with Vysotsky Consulting Company, the Nizhny Novgorod State Civil Engineering University (NNGASU), Altec Systems and the Nizhny Novgorod “Russian Students’ Team” Regional Division supported…

Russian Teacher Forced to Quit Over Sex Ed Blog

A teacher in a prestigious St. Petersburg school has been forced to resign after the administration and the students’ parents found out about her adult sex education blog, media reported this week. The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory’s special music school deemed it “inappropriate” for biology teacher Olga Shchegoleva to run the blog outside work…

New Viruses Unknown to Humanity Could Emerge From Siberia’s Melting Permafrost – Nobel Laureate

Rapid warming in Russia could unleash viruses previously unknown to humanity, a Nobel laureate climatologist has warned at an international climate forum in Siberia. Russia is warming three times faster than the rest of the world, according to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientists, with its Arctic and Siberian regions warming four times faster…

Russia’s Cyber Morality Squad to Inspect ‘Squid Game’ Over Child Safety Fears

Russia’s volunteer cyber morality squad will inspect the hugely popular South Korean television series “Squid Game” over reports of young Russians imitating its violent versions of children’s games.  The dystopian global smash hit — where South Korea’s most marginalized compete in traditional children’s games for the chance to win 45.6 billion won ($38 million) and…

Rusatom Overseas and Gazprom Neft commit to cooperate in hydrogen energy and decarbonization projects

Rusatom Overseas (a part of the ROSTATOM) and Gazprom Neft have signed an agreement on cooperation in hydrogen energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The document was signed by Evgeny Pakermanov, President of Rusatom Overseas, and Vadim Yakovlev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft, in the framework of the 10th Anniversary St Petersburg…

Russia, France, Germany May Meet on Ukraine

Russia, France and Germany said Monday that their foreign ministers could soon meet to discuss the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Moscow said President Vladimir Putin, his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel instructed the ministers to work toward a meeting during a joint telephone call Monday.  According to the Kremlin, it…

Navalny Congratulates Journalist Muratov on Nobel Peace Prize Win

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has congratulated Dmitry Muratov on his Nobel Peace Prize win Monday, days after the Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief’s win highlighted deep divisions in Russia’s opposition. Navalny’s supporters criticized the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to award Muratov with the Nobel Peace Prize instead of Navalny, who was viewed as a frontrunner for…

Russia Marks Record 12-Month Population Decline

Russia’s natural population underwent its largest peacetime decline in recorded history over the last 12 months, an analysis of official government statistics has shown.  Russia’s natural population — a figure which counts registered deaths and births, excluding the effects of migration — declined by 997,000 between October 2020 and September 2021, demographer Alexei Raksha calculated.…

Russia Shouldn’t Negotiate With ‘Vassal’ Ukraine, Ex-President Medvedev Says

Russia cannot negotiate with the “vassal” leadership of Ukraine, former President Dmitry Medvedev said in an expletive-laden article published Monday — pushing back against Ukraine’s attempts to secure a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has offered to meet Putin to discuss the return of annexed Crimea and resolve the seven-year…

Pumpkin With Sea Buckthorn on Top

I don’t go berserk over pumpkin season. I like my latte as God intended it: free from cloyingly sweet pumpkin spice syrup, and while I appreciate a well-crafted creamy pumpkin soup with frizzled sage, I’d just as soon have a bowl of borshch. And this blasé attitude towards the most famous member of the gourd…