Start of the reactor plant equipment hot run at the Power Unit No.1 of Belarus NPP

On 11 December, 2019 specialists of Power Unit No.1 of Belarus NPP (the General Designer and the General Contractor – Rosatom State Corporation Engineering Division) have proceeded to the reactor plant hot run – the most large-scale stage of the commissioning works before physical start-up. According to Mr. Vitaliy Polyanin, Vice-President and Director of Belarus…

ROSATOM and Orano subsidiaries sign contract to grow Russian capacities for depleted uranium reconversion

Electrochemical Plant (ECP, an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM in Zelenogorsk, Krasnoyarsk region, East Siberia) and Orano Projects (France) have signed the contract for supply of equipment for construction of the second installation for de-fluorination of depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUHF) on the site of ECP.  The document is signed by Sergey Filimonov, Director…

ROSATOM took part in the 5th Arab Forum on the Nuclear Energy Prospects for Electricity Generation and Seawater Desalination

December 9, 2019, Cairo (Egypt) – ROSATOM took part in the Fifth Arab Forum on the Nuclear Energy Prospects for Electricity Generation and Seawater Desalination held in Cairo from December 2 to 4.  The conference organized by Arab Atomic Energy Agency (AAEA) and Nuclear Power Plants Authority. It brought together stakeholders of nuclear industry of…

Former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov Dies at 83

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‘Chernobyl’ Nabs 4 Golden Globe Nominations

HOLLYWOOD — “Chernobyl” captured Golden Globe nominations Monday in every category it entered, including the best television category.  The highly acclaimed HBO miniseries was nominated for best television limited series or motion picture made for television. The show’s leading actors also received recognition, with Jared Harris nominated for best actor, Emily Watson for best supporting…

ROSATOM and Delo Group signed documents on joint development of the transportation and logistics business

On December 9, 2019, ROSATOM and Delo Group signed documents on JSC Atomenergoprom’s equity investments in Delo Group with an ownership interest of 30%. For ROSATOM the document was signed by Director of JSC Atomenergoprom Kirill Komarov; for Delo Group it was signed by President of Delo Group Sergey Shishkarev. According to the signed documents,…

2,000 Russian Santa Clauses Are Coming to Town

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Russian Gallery Puts Stickers Over Nude Art

An art gallery in Russia’s fourth-largest city of Yekaterinburg has censored nude paintings over what organizers called parents’ concerns for children, the 360 TV news channel reported. The five-day art exhibition displayed a painting of the naked Roman goddess Venus with a small curtain covering her entire body below the shoulders. Stickers were also strategically…

Russia and Ukraine carry on bilateral gas negotiations at expert level

Release December 6, 2019, 20:10 The bilateral negotiations at the expert level between Gazprom and Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine with regard to the terms of transiting Russian gas to Europe from 2020 onward continued today in Vienna. The parties discussed the results of their interaction in the past week and agreed to continue their work together. Information Directorate, Gazprom Related news

Alexey Miller and Germany’s Federal Government Commissioner for Gas Transit across Ukraine hold working meeting

Release December 6, 2019, 19:45 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Georg Graf Waldersee, Commissioner of the Federal Government of the Federal Republic of Germany for Gas Transit across Ukraine, took place today in St. Petersburg. Alexey Miller briefed Georg Graf Waldersee at length about the progress of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations on cooperation in the gas sector from 2020…

International Business Congress holds Presiding Committee Meeting

Background The International Business Congress (IBC) is an international non-governmental and non-profit organization. The IBC consists of 124 members from 24 countries, among them Gazprom, OMV AG, Deutsche Bank, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie, J.P. Morgan Bank International, KPMG, Mitsubishi, Mizuho Bank, Siemens, Shell, Equinor, Schneider Electric, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Total, Uniper, Wintershall Dea, Sakhalin Energy, Srbijagas, and others. The IBC’s supreme body…

Singapore Arrests Sanctioned Russian Vessel

Authorities in Singapore plan to arrest a Russian vessel under U.S. sanctions for violating economic sanctions imposed on North Korea, Interfax reported Friday. The U.S. Treasury targeted Russia’s Gudzon shipping company in 2018 with sanctions on six of its vessels, including the tanker Sevastopol. South Korea briefly held the Sevastopol last year and China later…

4 Quotes From Prime Minister Medvedev’s Q&A

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev held his annual end-of-year press conference Thursday, 24 hours after prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny alleged that his wife Svetlana Medvedeva owns a $50 million private jet.  Over the course of two hours, Medvedev fielded questions from 20 news, sports, comedy, music and youth television channels. Despite Navalny’s pleas to raise…

Dozens of Polar Bears Descend Upon Russian Town

An unusually large group of polar bears has converged around a village in Far East Russia, forcing residents into lockdown, the global conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia said Thursday. Residents of Ryrkapiy, population 600, were said to have organized patrols and canceled all public gatherings, including New Year’s celebrations, to prevent the polar…

Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee and Mongolia’s Deputy Prime Minister sign Memorandum of Understanding

Release December 5, 2019, 18:00 Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Ulziisaikhan Enkhtuvshin, Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia, signed today in Sochi a Memorandum of Understanding. The document provides for a joint assessment of the feasibility of pipeline gas supplies from Russia to China across Mongolia. Information Directorate, Gazprom Related news

Expelled Russian Diplomats Linked to Military Intelligence – German Media

Two Russian diplomats that Germany expelled over the assassination of a Chechen rebel in Berlin worked for the GRU military intelligence agency, Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung daily reported Wednesday. Germany sent the two unnamed Russian Embassy employees home because it said Moscow did not sufficiently cooperate with Berlin in its investigation into the August murder of…