Samsa: The Silk Road Snack

It’s always a good idea to be wary of street food in the Former Soviet Union, but sometimes the intoxicating smells of yeasty pancakes, frying onions, or the pungent odor of grilled meat present almost irresistible temptation. I find this particularly challenging when it is cold and damp outside and those brightly colored trucks and…

What’s On in Moscow Dec. 3-5

Buy books at the Non-Fiction Book Fair The Non-Fiction Book Fair, aka the International Fair of Intellectual Literature, is always a big event in Moscow. Held at Gostiny Dvor Dec. 2-6, it offers fiction, non-fiction, and pop science literature from 18 countries (including Israel, China, U.K., U.S, Ukraine, France and Japan); from 300 major publishing…

Alexey Miller and Milorad Dodik, member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Presidency, discuss supplies of Russian gas

December 3, 2021, 15:50 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Milorad Dodik, member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, took place today in St. Petersburg. The meeting reviewed relevant issues of cooperation, focusing in particular on the supplies of Russian gas. Background On January 1, 2021, Gazprom began supplying gas to Bosnia and Herzegovina via a new route. Gas from Russia is transmitted…

Russia Closes Notorious ‘Whale Jail’

Russia has dismantled a notorious facility dubbed the “whale jail” that kept dozens of the mammals in cramped conditions, causing an international outcry. Almost 100 whales were kept in the secretive facility in Srednyaya Bay near the far eastern town of Nakhodka in 2018, before being released after an intense campaign by animal rights and…

25th anniversary General Meeting of International Business Congress to be held in St. Petersburg on June 3, 2022

Background The International Business Congress (IBC) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization. The Congress deals with the practical aspects of economic cooperation and brings forward proposals for debottlenecking and building a favorable environment for safe and efficient entrepreneurial activities. The IBC operates through eight Working Committees: Energy; Industry, Innovations and Prospective Development; Law, Banking and Finance; Information and Communication;…

TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM establishes international partnerships at WNE for nuclear facilities decommissioning

During the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris, TVEL, ROSATOM’s nuclear fuel manufacturer and the integrator for nuclear decommissioning business, signed two memorandums of understanding with the French companies, ROBATEL Industries and D&S Groupe. Both partnerships are aimed at joint business development in the field of nuclear decommissioning business, such as dismantling of nuclear facilities, radwaste…

Sputnik V Backer Says Vaccine Hindered By ‘Bureaucratic’ WHO Approval Obstacles

Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine faces “purely bureaucratic” obstacles in the World Health Organization (WHO) approval process, its global backer said Thursday. While Russia touted Sputnik V as the world’s first registered Covid vaccine in August 2020, it has not yet been authorized for use by the WHO or the European Union. Its fast-track approval ahead…

ROSATOM’s executives discussed the role of energy technologies in combating climate change at the Global Impact Conference 2021

On December 1, 2021 ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev, ROSATOM Deputy Director General for HR Tatyana Terentyeva, and other representatives of the state corporation and its organizations took part in the Global Impact Conference 2021. The event was held with the support of ROSATOM, Euronews, Europe’s leading news channel, UN Global Compact, and VK as…

Putin’s Approval Drops Amid Covid Surge, Partial Lockdown – Poll

President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings have declined amid weeks of record Covid-19 infections and deaths capped by a partial lockdown, according to a new independent survey published Thursday. Russian respondents’ approval of the president’s job performance dropped to 63% in November from 67% in October, according to the Levada Center pollster. Putin ordered a nationwide partial…

Ukraine’s Goal to Take Back Crimea Is ‘Direct Threat’ to Russia – Kremlin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s intention to restore Kiev’s control over Crimea constitutes a “direct threat” to Russia, the Kremlin said Thursday as tensions run high between the two countries. Speaking in his annual address to the Ukrainian parliament on Wednesday, Zelenskiy said the return of Crimea to Ukraine following Moscow’s 2014 annexation of the peninsula…

Russia Says Arrests Ukrainian Spy Trio Amid Mounting Tensions

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said Thursday it has detained three alleged Ukrainian spies gathering secrets and plotting terrorist attacks as tensions between the countries escalate over Kiev’s accusations of Russian military buildup and planned invasions.  All three Ukrainian nationals had confessed to being recruited by Ukraine’s military and security services, Interfax quoted the FSB…

ROSATOM and Framatome sign long-term cooperative agreement

December 1, 2021 – ROSATOM and Framatome recently signed a new Strategic Cooperation Agreement further expanding the companies’ efforts to develop fuel fabrication and instrumentation and control (I&C) technologies. ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev, and Bernard Fontana, CEO of Framatome signed the agreement during the World Nuclear Exposition held in Paris. “Together with Framatome, we…

Protocol signed on pricing procedure for gas supplies to Belarus in 2022

December 1, 2021, 18:00 A working meeting of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, with Viktor Karankevich, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Belarus, and Vladimir Semashko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, took place today in St. Petersburg. Alexey Miller and Viktor Karankevich signed the Protocol between Gazprom and the Government of the Republic of Belarus.…

ROSATOM’s Engineering Division starts commercial use of new welding technologies at Rooppur NPP (Bangladesh)

At the Rooppur NPP, the Teplotech 4.0 project been launched ahead of schedule to ensure the technical upgrading of heat installation works, including the commercial use of two types of automatic orbital welding machines. The use of new automatic welding machines has been promptly agreed with the design organization and supervisory authorities owing to the…

ROSATOM, CEA and EDF join R&D efforts to demonstrate recyclability of spent MOX fuel

On 1 December 2021, ROSATOM, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), and EDF (France) signed a joint declaration of intent to develop their long-term R&D collaboration in the field of civil nuclear power. The declaration states an experimentation at laboratory scale, involving all the steps required to recycle second-generation plutonium from spent MOX…

Gas production and supplies: results for 11 months

December 1, 2021, 13:40 According to preliminary data, Gazprom produced 467.6 billion cubic meters of gas in January-November of 2021, which is 14.7 per cent (or 60 billion cubic meters) more than in the same period of last year. Gazprom ramped up its domestic supplies from the gas transmission system by 15.8 per cent (or by 30.4 billion cubic meters) over said period of 2021. The Company increased its gas exports…

The first kilowatts from the Medvezhenskaya Wind Farm of ROSATOM entered the power grid of Russia

The Medvezhenskaya Wind Farm (Stavropol Krai) began supplying electricity to the wholesale electricity and capacity market on December 1, 2021. The wind farm with an installed capacity of 60 MW consists of 24 wind turbine generators. Local content of facility equipment, as confirmed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, amounts…

Alexey Miller and South Ossetia’s President Anatoly Bibilov discuss issues of cooperation

November 30, 2021, 17:40 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Anatoly Bibilov, President of the Republic of South Ossetia, took place today in St. Petersburg. The parties discussed the state and prospects of their cooperation, focusing in particular on gas supplies to the republic. Background In August 2009, Gazprom brought into operation the Dzuarikau – Tskhinval gas trunkline to provide direct…

Putin Says Constitutional Right to Re-Election ‘Stabilizes’ Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that his recently attained constitutional right to get re-elected in 2024 gives the country automatic “stability.” Putin reiterated that he is still undecided about running for his fifth overall presidential term during Tuesday’s appearance at an investment forum by video link. Constitutional amendments passed last year granted him the…

Putin Calls for Mutual Approval of Covid Vaccines

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called for mutual recognition of vaccines against the coronavirus to help curtail the pandemic, as concern grows around the world about the fast-spreading Omicron variant. Speaking at a Russian investment forum by video link, Putin said that countries can “effectively battle” the coronavirus only by coordinating their actions. “I…

Russia Developing AI ‘Minority Report’ Protest Detector – Kommersant

Russia is developing special AI-powered software that will be able to detect and prevent mass unrest as soon as next year, the Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday, citing the Emergency Situations Ministry. The futuristic technology uses machine learning to carry out a “multi-factor, comprehensive analysis of the likelihood of riots and unauthorized public events,” according…

Russia Launches Homemade TikTok Alternative

Russia’s leading media conglomerate has launched a domestic rival to the hugely popular video-sharing app TikTok as Russia’s campaign to reduce the influence of foreign websites and technology advances. Gazprom Media, a subsidiary of state-owned gas giant Gazprom, launched the service, named “Yappy,” on Monday. It is currently available to download from both the Apple…

Deputy Director General of ROSATOM Nikolai Spasskiy had a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil Carlos Alberto França

On November 29, 2021 Deputy Director General of ROSATOM for International Activity Nikolai Spasskiy in Moscow had a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil Carlos Alberto França.  The parties discussed thoroughly prospects of broadening the cooperation between Brazil and Russia in peaceful uses of atomic energy. The role of…

Alexey Oleynikov put in charge of Gazprom Transgaz Tchaikovsky

November 30, 2021, 11:05 Alexey Oleynikov has been elected Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Tchaikovsky. Alexey Oleynikov was born in 1982. He graduated from Ural State Technical University, majoring in Gas Turbine & Steam Turbine Units and Engines. He has a PhD degree in Engineering. He has been employed with Gazprom for about 13 years. Between 2009 and 2017, he rose through the ranks from Electronics Engineer…

Russia Deports U.S. College Professor After Bard Hit With ‘Undesirable’ Label – Reports

Russia has deported an American professor at a prestigious St. Petersburg university who was associated with a U.S. college that was blacklisted by the authorities earlier this year, media reported Monday. Michael Freese, a professor in St. Petersburg State University’s Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty, was banned from returning to Russia until 2026, according to the…

Russian Vaccine Skeptics Oppose Covid Passes

Russia’s rollout of a nationwide QR code system that would restrict access to public places and transport to encourage vaccination is running into widespread opposition from anti-lockdown activists, even as Russia’s pandemic death toll continues to soar. With vaccine skepticism rife and only around 35% of Russians having received their jabs, moves to make jabs…

The representatives of the design and engineering complex of nuclear industry discussed the prospects for the development of design of NPP

On November 23-25, 2021, the annual conference of the design and engineering complex of nuclear industry was held in Moscow. It was organized by Atomenergoproekt JSC (part of Engineering Division of ROSATOM), which is the largest design organization of industry. The event, held in a hybrid format, was attended by more than 2,500 people, and…