Gazprom Profits Soar on High Energy Prices

Russian energy giant Gazprom on Thursday announced a soaring net profit for 2021, boosted by high energy prices. “The main factor that affected the financial result was an increase in gas and oil prices,” the state-controlled group said in a statement. “This resulted in an increase in sales and an increase in the cost of purchased gas and oil.” The group…

Kazakhstan Set to Ban Russian Presenter Over Ukraine Tirade

Kazakhstan has admonished a pro-Kremlin television presenter after he unleashed a tirade against the ex-Soviet country over its perceived distancing from Moscow since Russian troops invaded Ukraine.  Central Asia’s richest country, Kazakhstan shares a land border with Russia, has a significant ethnic Russian minority and was forced to call in troops from a Russia-led bloc to quell unprecedented unrest in January.  But…

Russia Says ‘Alarmed’ by Tensions in Breakaway Transnistria

Russia on Thursday raised the alarm over “acts of terrorism” in Moldova’s Moscow-backed breakaway region of Transnistria after separatist authorities reported several attacks there this week.  “We are alarmed by the escalation of tensions in Transnistria,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said during her weekly briefing, pointing to reports of shootings and explosions.  “We regard…

Russian-Occupied Kherson Names New Leadership Amid Pro-Ukraine Protests, Rocket Attacks

Occupying Russian forces have appointed a new “military-civilian administration” in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region amid pro-Kyiv protests and rocket attacks. Russian soldiers occupied the city of Kherson on the banks of the Dnieper River in early March. Russia’s Defense Ministry said it gained control of the entire Kherson region this week.  Russian troops have dismissed Kherson’s…

Russian Disposable Income Drops, Inflation Highest Since 1999

Russia’s war in Ukraine and double-digit inflation drove down real disposable incomes in early 2022, the Rosstat statistics agency reported Wednesday. Real disposable income, a closely tracked indicator of Russian households’ financial wellbeing, calculates the amount residents have left to spend or save after payments. According to Rosstat, Russian households spent 17.1 trillion rubles ($231…

ROSATOM Participates in the International Industrial Exhibition “INNOPROM. Central Asia”

On April 25-27 Tashkent hosts the International Industrial Exhibition “INNOPROM. Central Asia”. At the exhibition, the Russian State Corporation ROSATOM has presented advanced technologies and products in various fields – from radiation technologies for agro-industrial complex and medicine to effective solutions in the field of energy storage. The stand presents a project of a Multipurpose…

Theater Award Winner Gives Prize to Jailed Art Activist

Russian artist Ksenia Sorokina, who won the prestigious theater award Zolotaya Maska (Golden Mask) for best costume design, donated her prize to Sasha Skochilenko. Skochilenko, an artist and a political activist, was jailed this month for an anti-war action. Sorokina’s friend and fellow Zolotaya Maska laureate, theater director Yevgeniya Berkovich, shared Ksenia’s words on Facebook.…

The Engineering Division has Hosted an Industry Workshop Dedicated to Import Phase-Out and Introduction of Multi-D Products

The “Import Phase-Out. Experience in the Development and Implementation of Multi-D Products in the Engineering Division” industry workshop has been held at ASE JSC (belonging to the Rosatom State Corporation Engineering Division). The seminar has been the first in a series of events planned by Rosatom to ensure the technological sovereignty of the industry. The…

Russian Museum Closes Exhibition Over Complaints From ‘Indignant Citizens’

The Tretyakov Gallery, one of Russia’s biggest and oldest arts museums, has closed the exhibition of Russian-American artist Grisha Bruskin’s works allegedly at the request of the Ministry of Culture. According to the museum’s website, the exhibition was closed for “technical reasons.” However, independent Russian arts magazine Artgid reported that the Ministry of Culture demanded…

Technical Academy of Rosatom organized the Russian language course for specialists of El-Dabaa NPP (Egypt)

An awarding of certificates on the successful completion of the Russian language course by specialists of the El-Dabaa nuclear power plant, which is being built in accordance with the Russian project, took place in the St. Petersburg branch of the Technical Academy of Rosatom. The event was attended by Vice-Rector-Director of St. Petersburg Branch of…

Russian Avant-Garde Art Stuck in South Korea

Dozens of paintings by renowned Russian artists including Wassily Kandinsky are stuck in Seoul after an exhibition due to flight sanctions imposed over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, organizers said Monday. The paintings by around 50 Russian artists — including Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, and Alexander Rodchenko, among others — have been on display in central Seoul…

ASE President Alexander Lokshin and NPPA Board Chairman Amged El-Wakeel visit the El-Dabaa NPP Construction Site to assess the preparations for “first concrete”

On April 14, First Deputy General Director for Nuclear Energy of ROSATOM – President of JSC ASE Alexander Lokshin and Board Chairman of the Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant Authority (NPPA) Dr. Amged El-Wakeel visited the construction site of the El-Dabaa NPP (Arab Republic of Egypt). As part of the delegation, they were accompanied by JSC…

Top Political Cartoonist Sergei Elkin Flees Russia

Russia’s most prominent political cartoonist Sergei Elkin announced Wednesday that he had left Russia amid a wartime crackdown on journalism. He is now in Bulgaria. Over the years, Elkin has lampooned politicians, businessmen, and international elites in media outlets across the world — including The Moscow Times, who published his series, “Putin’s Russia” in print…

Russian Police Disrupt Recital Featuring Ukrainian Composer

Moscow police halted a piano recital featuring a well-known Ukrainian composer’s music Wednesday after receiving an anonymous bomb threat warning. Video from the Rassvet cultural center shows two uniformed officers disrupting Russian pianist Alexei Lyubimov’s performance of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s song cycle “Stufen” accompanied by verses of classic Russian poets.   Lyubimov continues to play…

Art Impounded by Finland Released to Russia

Russian art works valued at $46 million impounded by Finland last week were released and arrived in St. Petersburg today. On Monday the Russian state news agency RIA reported that three vehicles containing the art works had left Finland on April 9 and arrived in St. Petersburg. The works, which included paintings, statues and antiques, had…

Students of Bauman Moscow State Technical University are interested in employment in ROSATOM’s Engineering Division

ROSATOM Engineering Division took part in employers’ exhibition ‘Career Start. Spring-2022’ which was held in Bauman Moscow State Technical University (MSTU). More than 35 leading Russian companies participated in the event. The exhibition was visited by 300+ students who had a chance to exchange contact information with employers, send their CVs, as well as to…

University Rector Supports ‘Liberating Ukraine from Nationalistic Dirt’

Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) is Russia’s largest in the north and from the campus near the city center of Arkhangelsk, rector Elena Kudryashova has signed numerous partnership agreements with universities in the Scandinavian north. In 2011, the founding father of the Barents Euro-Arctic cooperation, Thorvald Stoltenberg, was appointed Honorary Doctor at the university. Now,…

Construction of auxiliary reactor building of Unit 1 is completed at Rooppur NPP

At Rooppur NPP (the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, General Designer and General Contractor – ROSATOM Engineering Division), the main concrete works for the construction of auxiliary reactor building, where process instrumentation and control devices of Unit 1 are concentrated, have been completed 8 months ahead of schedule. The facility is included in the ‘nuclear island’.…

Russian Cinema in Turmoil as Hollywood Pulls Out

After years spent translating Hollywood films, Russian Mila Grekova was suddenly thrown out of work after Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine. Five Hollywood giants — Disney, Warner Bros, Universal, Sony Pictures and Paramount — have all stopped releasing new films there, leaving Russian cinemas bereft of the latest blockbusters. But it has not made Grekova…

Saving the Dogs and Cats of Ukraine

As Ukrainian citizens are forced to leave their apartments and houses to hide or flee the country, most people are bringing their cats and dogs along with them. Some of the pets settle in with their humans in cellars, bomb shelters, underground bunkers or metro stations. Others make the long trek on foot, car, or…

Russia Offers to Educate Depardieu on Ukraine

The Kremlin on Friday offered to “explain” Moscow’s actions in Ukraine to French actor Gerard Depardieu after he denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “crazy, unacceptable excesses.” Depardieu, a long-time star in France before Peter Weir’s 1990 film “Green Card” made him a Hollywood celebrity, left France and took up Russian nationality in 2013 to protest…

Russia-IAEA Meeting Held in Kaliningrad

On April 1, Kaliningrad (Russia) hosted the official meeting between Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev and Director General of the International Nuclear Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi, who arrived in Kaliningrad after his visit to Ukraine. Following the meeting, Alexey Likhachev stated that the key topic of the talks was the issue of ensuring…

Is Anyone in the Market for A Yacht?

On March 3, a week after Russia invaded Ukraine, the U.S. and other governments around the world introduced harsh sanctions against Russian officials and the oligarchs who benefited from the regime in Moscow. The White House announced that governments “all over the world will work to identify and freeze the assets Russian elites and their…

The Feminist Face of Russian Protests

On Feb. 23, Daria Serenko, a Moscow political activist, was finally released from a fifteen-day jail sentence.  Daria had been arrested for an Instagram post she had made in 2021 that featured “extremist” symbols associated with anti-corruption firebrand Alexei Navalny. She was exhausted. Her only wish was to get some sleep. The next day when…