Technical audit confirmed the readiness of SCC JSC to implement long-term contracts for the management of EDF’s reprocessed uranium

The French company Électricité de France (EDF) selected ROSATOM-subsidiary TENEX as one of the winners of an international tender for converting and enriching EDF’s reprocessed uranium (RepU) and the technical maintenance of EDF’s RepU containers in 2018. TENEX’s application met EDF’s technical, environmental, and commercial requirements. The parties signed contracts on the provision of corresponding…

What’s On in Moscow Nov. 5-7

A trio of treats for this lockdown holiday weekend and week. Anna Karenina on Ice Ilya Auerbakh, Olympic-medal-winning figure skater, choreographer and producer has just premiered his new ice ballet, “Anna Karenenia on Ice.” Running at the Luzhniki sport stadium for just 10 days from Nov. 4 to 14, the almost three-hour production has beautiful…

Russian Ambulance Workers Stage Mass Walkout Against Mandatory Vaccination – Reports

Dozens of ambulance workers in Russia’s Far East have staged a mass walkout in opposition to coronavirus vaccine mandates, media reported this week. Residents of the town of Obluchye 6,000 kilometers east of Moscow risk being left without emergency care after all 15 ambulance workers submitted resignations in protest of the vaccine requirements. “They say they…

Dozens Arrested at Banned Moscow Nationalist March

Moscow police arrested dozens of nationalists planning to hold the annual far-right Russian March in the Russian capital, the police-monitoring website OVD-Info reported Thursday. The ultra-nationalist Russian March has been held every Nov. 4, the day of Russia’s National Unity Day state holiday, with and without the authorities’ permission since 2005. That year, President Vladimir…

Putin Vows to Back Lukashenko Against ‘Interference’

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday vowed to back Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko against foreign “interference,”  as the two signed a series of agreements on closer integration. Speaking during a televised video meeting with Lukashenko, Putin hailed the bilateral ties between Russia and Belarus and promised Moscow’s continued backing for the increasingly isolated Lukashenko. “We…

ROSATOM delegation to attend COP26

ROSATOM, a global technological leader, will attend the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) being held in Glasgow, United Kingdom, between 31 October and 12 November 2021. COP26 will bring together political and business leaders from around the world to discuss how to accelerate progress towards achieving the Paris Agreement goals. Securing global net zero…

Russian Inflation Jumps to 8.1% 

Inflation in Russia climbed to its highest level in almost six years in October as the government and Central Bank struggle to rein in rapid price rises which threaten to undermine economic recovery. Inflation hit 8.1% last month, the Rosstat national statistics service said Wednesday — the fastest rate of price increases since February 2016,…

Russia Expels Second Foreign Reporter in 2 Months

Russia has expelled a second foreign correspondent in two months over past minor infractions, a move that his publication called unusual. The deportation of Tom Vennink, Dutch daily de Volkskrant’s Russia correspondent, follows BBC correspondent Sarah Rainsford’s expulsion in August.  Russian authorities revoked Vennink’s residence permit on Monday and gave him three days to leave the…

Gazprom and RusGazDobycha create joint venture to develop Tambeyskoye field in Yamal

Background The Tambeyskoye field in the Yamal Peninsula is located within three licensed blocks that are currently owned by Gazprom Nedra: Severo-Tambeysky, Zapadno-Tambeysky, and Tasiysky. In May 2021, Gazprom and RusGazDobycha signed the Master Agreement on the implementation of a joint project for the development of the Tambeyskoye field. On November 1, 2021, the general meeting of the founding members of Gazprom Dobycha Tambey took place. During the…

Putin Calls for Boost to Drone Arsenal With AI

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday told his defense chiefs to work on further developing Russia’s arsenal of drones, especially through artificial intelligence. During a meeting with senior Defense Ministry officials, Putin said the military already had more than 2,000 drones at its disposal. “More work must be done on this… in particular through the use…

Jailed Russian Ex-Journalist Safronov Faces New Treason Charges – Lawyer

Prominent Russian ex-journalist Ivan Safronov faces new charges of treason, his former lawyer said Tuesday as reports indicated that authorities were wrapping up their investigation into his case. Though case materials are classified, investigators allege that NATO recruited Safronov in 2012 and that he passed secret information on Russia’s military activities in the Middle East…

Foreigners Cancel Trips to Russia Over Covid Pass Uncertainty

Foreign tourists are canceling trips to Russia in droves over confusion surrounding digital coronavirus passes after current nationwide restrictions are lifted, the Russian Association of Tour Operators (ATOR) said Tuesday. ATOR head Maya Lomidze said foreign visitors vaccinated with non-Russian jabs are not allowed to visit popular tourist destinations like museums and theaters in certain…

Haunting Fog Descends Upon Moscow

Muscovites were treated to a supernatural sight Monday evening as a thick white fog swiftly descended upon the city. Like a scene from a horror movie, the mist blanketed the Russian capital almost completely, significantly reducing visibility and transforming all light into an eerie glow. Under this mist, the Russian capital appears even more enigmatic…

Gas production and supplies: results for 10 months

Message to the Media November 1, 2021, 15:00 According to preliminary data, Gazprom produced 422.6 billion cubic meters of gas in January–October of 2021, which is 15.8 per cent (or 57.7 billion cubic meters) more than in the same period of last year. Gazprom ramped up its domestic supplies from the gas transmission system by 17.2 per cent (or by 28.8 billion cubic meters) over said period of 2021. The Company…

Gazprom and Moldovagaz extend contract for Russian gas supplies to Moldova for five years

October 29, 2021, 21:10 Based on the results of the negotiations held by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, with Andrei Spinu, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development of the Republic of Moldova, and Vadim Ceban, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Moldovagaz, the protocol for the settlement of current issues in the gas sector was signed today in St. Petersburg.…

Gazprom undertaking 1.5-fold expansion of mobile compressor station fleet for gas conservation during gas pipeline repairs

October 29, 2021, 19:25 Gazprom is committed to preserving the favorable environment for the benefit of the current and future generations. The results of the Company’s production activities have the lowest carbon footprint among the world’s oil & gas majors. Gazprom continues the work aiming specifically to further reduce its environmental impacts. The Company has made a decision to implement a 1.5-fold expansion of its fleet of mobile compressor…

What’s On in Moscow Oct. 29-31

Moscow is on a partial lockdown until Nov. 7, which means that the only cultural venues open are theaters and museums. Conditions vary, so be sure to check on the venue’s website before you register to attend an event. In most cases children under the age of 18 are freely admitted, but anyone older than…

Russian Urban Exploration Blogger Gets Prison Sentence for Sharing State Secrets

A St. Petersburg blogger known for exploring abandoned urban and industrial sites has been sentenced to prison for spreading state secrets abroad. Investigators say Andrei Pyzh, 37, illegally obtained information relating to the design and technical features of classified facilities in the Moscow region from December 2018 until the time of his August 2020 detention. …