Gazprom and VNG discuss cooperation-related issues

Background According to preliminary data, Gazprom’s gas supplies to Germany in the period from January 1 to November 11, 2021, amounted to 45.7 billion cubic meters, which is 20.6 per cent (or 7.8 billion cubic meters) more than in the same period of 2020 (37.9 billion cubic meters). VNG is engaged in natural gas imports, underground storage and consumer supplies in Germany’s eastern federal states and in Berlin. The company…

Closing Russian NGO Memorial Would Be ‘Devastating Blow’ – Council of Europe

Closing down respected Russian rights group Memorial would deal a “devastating blow” to civil society in the country, the secretary-general of pan-European rights body the Council of Europe said Friday. The closure of “Memorial would deal a further devastating blow to civil society, which is an essential pillar of any democracy,” said Marija Pejcinovic Buric,…

Russia Not Among EU’s Sanctions Targets for Belarus Migrant Crisis – Brussels

Russia is not among the countries the European Union is considering sanctioning over the migrant crisis on the Poland-Belarus border, a senior EU official said Thursday after reports suggested Brussels could punish Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot for what it called “human trafficking.” Bloomberg previously reported that the European Commission was considering sanctioning Aeroflot alongside Belarus’ Belavia,…

Staff of Shuttered Kyiv Post Announce ‘Independent’ Relaunch Effort

The staff at Ukraine’s English-language newspaper The Kyiv Post announced efforts to relaunch as an “independent” publication Thursday, days after its owner shuttered it amid a dispute over editorial independence. The Kyiv Post’s publisher, real estate developer Adnan Kivan, made the shocking announcement Monday that the newspaper will close “for a short time” after 26 years…

Severstal, Scheider Electric ad Air Liquide sig Climate Memoradum “Together towards a low-carbo future”

November 12, 2021 PAO Severstal, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining companies, has developed a Climate Memorandum “Together towards a low-carbon Future” in support of global efforts to prevent further climate change. Schneider Electric and Air Liquide are the first partners to join the initiative to join forces on ensuring…

Gazprom maintaining fast pace of implementing five-year programs for gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion in Russian regions

Background As per the list of instructions of Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, dated May 31, 2020, gas infrastructure expansion in Russia is to be completed in a stepwise manner by 2024 and 2030, and residential consumers must not bear any expenses for the connections to gas distribution networks. In June 2021, a number of important amendments were introduced into Federal Law No. 69-FZ on Gas Supplies in the Russian Federation.…

Expansion of Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline undergoing its final stage

November 11, 2021, 16:55 The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about gas supplies to the Khabarovsk Territory from 2025. It was highlighted that work is continuing at Gazprom to provide reliable gas supplies to the consumers of the region. The expansion of the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas trunkline at the section between Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Khabarovsk is now at its final stage. To date, as many as 376 out of 390.8 kilometers of the linear part (including…

Metrological support program for Gazprom’s operations approved for 2022-2026

November 11, 2021, 16:45 The Gazprom Management Committee approved the 2022–2026 Comprehensive Target Program for the Provision of Metrological Support for the Operations and Technological Processes of Gazprom. It was highlighted that one of the main targets pursued by the Gazprom metrology unit is to ensure accurate and reliable measurements of gas volumes during gas transmission. Year after year, this target is successfully achieved through systemic…

Is the Tide Turning for Russia’s IPO Wave?

A string of recent underwhelming stock market launches and abandoned deals has taken the shine off of Russia’s record-breaking wave of initial public offerings (IPOs).  Two mega deals have been scrapped in the last week — carsharing firm Delimobil and discount alcohol retailer Mercury Retail — with analysts and investors pointing to high asking prices,…

Russia Teases New S-550 Missile System

Russia is developing an advanced, never-before-seen S-550 missile system, the Defense Ministry announced Tuesday. Reports suggested the model is a revival of a late Soviet project shuttered in a deal with the United States. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the orders came from President Vladimir Putin at a recent meeting with military top brass. “The…

A Flurry of Prosecutions for Racy Photos Reflects Russia’s Intensifying Embrace of ‘Traditional Values’

Russians are increasingly facing prosecution for posting provocative photos of themselves in front of religious landmarks in what analysts say reflects the Kremlin’s intensifying focus on defending conservative values. At least four cases have been launched in recent weeks against young people, mostly women, for posting sexually suggestive content on social media near places of…

Russia Considers Banning ‘Perverted’ TV Shows and Movies Online – Vedomosti

Russia’s internet watchdog is considering sweeping bans of “perverted” TV shows and movies on streaming platforms in a proposal criticized by industry players as vague and punitive, the Vedomosti business daily reported Tuesday. Roskomnadzor, the state media and communications regulator, has reportedly proposed simultaneous changes to three Russian laws regulating media, protection of children from harmful content…

Russia Considers Banning ‘Perverted’ TV Shows and Movies – Vedomosti

Russia’s internet watchdog is considering sweeping bans of “perverted” TV shows and movies on streaming platforms in a proposal criticized by industry players as vague and punitive, the Vedomosti business daily reported Tuesday. Roskomnadzor, the state media and communications regulator, has reportedly proposed simultaneous changes to three Russian laws regulating media, protection of children from harmful content…

Poland and Belarus Square Off Over Migrants

Poland and Belarus squared off on Tuesday over thousands of migrants aiming to enter EU member Poland, with Warsaw saying the wave threatened the security of the entire bloc. Minsk warned against “provocations” on the border, where armed troops from both countries are deployed amid escalating tensions. Trapped between the rhetoric are thousands of people, many…