Russian Markets Shrug Off New Sanctions

Russian financial markets have shrugged off the latest round of sanctions announced by the U.S. on Thursday, with the Russian ruble and stock markets bouncing back strongly in Friday trading. The ruble — which saw trading volumes five times higher than usual ahead of the sanctions announcement — recovered two days of losses to stand…

U.S. Intel Has ‘Low to Moderate’ Confidence in Reports of Russia-Taliban Bounties

The U.S. intelligence community cannot conclusively say that Russian spies offered Taliban militants bounties to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan, the White House said Thursday. Spokesperson Jen Psaki spoke of “low to moderate confidence” in the 2020 reports of the cash incentives based on anonymous sources as Washington widened sanctions on Russia for election interference…

Prominent Academics, Media Figures Show Support for Raided Russian Journalists

Nearly 300 international academics and a popular Russian YouTuber have expressed solidarity with Russian journalists recently subjected to police raids amid widening pressure on independent media. The letters of support and calls for donations came after four editors of independent student news site DOXA were charged with criminal incitement of youth and investigative journalist Roman Anin…

ROSATOM took part in the XIV China International Exhibition on nuclear power industry (CIENPI)

On April 14-16, the XIV China International Atomic Energy Exhibition was held in Beijing. Rosatom traditionally took part in the event, presenting the latest developments of the Russian nuclear industry. ROSATOM’s booth became a platform for active interaction between company’s delegates and representatives of the Chinese nuclear industry and was visited by Zhang Kejian, Director…

The Board Recommeds Q1 2021 Divided Paymet ad omiates Aa Lvova, Head of HR at Severgroup, to Board of Directors

April 16, 2021 The Board of Directors of Severstal (“Severstal”, “the Company”) (LSE: SVST; MOEX: CHMF), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining companies, is recommending a dividend of 46.77 roubles per share for the three months ended 31 March 2021. Approval of the dividend is expected to take place at…

Ukraine Slams Russia’s ‘Open’ Threats Ahead of France, Germany Meeting

Kiev on Thursday accused Russia of flagrantly threatening Ukraine with destruction ahead of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s meeting with the leaders of Germany and France. The concern is mounting that the long-simmering conflict in east Ukraine could spiral back into wider fighting after reports of major Russian troop movements and intensification of clashes with Moscow-backed separatists.…

ROSATOM and Ethiopia will develop human resources and shape positive public opinion on nuclear energy

April 15, 2021 in Moscow ROSATOM and the Ministry of Innovation and Technology of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia signed two Memorandums of Understanding on cooperation in training and skills development in the field of nuclear energy and in the field of shaping positive public opinion on nuclear energy in the Federal Democratic Republic…

Russians Form Long Queues at Turkish Airlines’ Moscow Office as Flight Restrictions Begin

Long lines of would-be tourists have formed outside Turkish Airlines’ Moscow office on Thursday as people seek refunds for canceled bookings, local media reported.  Russia suspended most flights with Turkey from April 15-June 1 earlier this week, shutting over 500,000 Russian tourists out of the popular holiday destination.  Videos posted to social media showed dozens…

Alexey Miller and Leonid Mikhelson review issues of cooperation between Gazprom and NOVATEK

April 15, 2021, 17:00 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Leonid Mikhelson, Chairman of the Management Board of NOVATEK, took place today in St. Petersburg. The parties reviewed issues pertaining to cooperation between the companies. Background In January 2015, Gazprom Marketing & Trading Singapore (part of the Gazprom Group) and Yamal Trade signed a long-term sales and purchase…

Russia Summons U.S. Envoy for ‘Harsh Talks’ on New Sanctions

Russia has summoned U.S. Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan for “harsh talks” after Washington widened economic sanctions and ordered diplomatic expulsions in retaliation to what it calls Moscow’s malign behavior, Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced Thursday. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the ministry would like to speak with Sullivan less than an hour after President Joe Biden…

Argentina Says Russia’s Covid-19 Vaccine More Effective Than Chinese, Indian Competitors

Argentina’s health ministry has said Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is more effective at preventing coronavirus infections than its Chinese and Indian competitors, the South American country’s media reported Wednesday. Argentina has so far distributed the first doses of Sputnik V among 2.6 million recipients, China’s Sinopharm among 1.2 million and India’s Covishield among more than…

AKKUYU NUCLEAR Obtains Sustainable Loan of up to $US 500 Million from Otkritie Bank

Moscow, 14 April 2021 – AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, ROSATOM subsidiary, and Otkritie Bank signed an agreement on a non-revolving 7-year credit line with an available amount of $US 500 million. The funds are to finance the Akkuyu NPP (Turkey) construction project on special conditions requiring for the project company’s compliance with sustainable development obligations (covenants).…

Navalny Ally Sobol Sentenced for Visiting Alleged FSB Poisoner’s Apartment

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s close associate Lyubov Sobol was sentenced to a year of community service Thursday for visiting the apartment of an alleged security agent implicated in his poisoning. Sobol was detained in December when she appeared outside the home of alleged Federal Security Service (FSB) chemical weapons expert Konstantin Kudryavtsev. Navalny and the…

U.S.-Funded RFE/RL to Move Staff Out of Russia Over Crippling ‘Foreign Agent’ Fines – BBC

The U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) news outlet has offered some of its staff the opportunity to leave Russia as it faces crippling “foreign agent” fines, BBC Russia reported Wednesday. The move comes after Russia fined RFE/RL nearly $1 million for violating tagging requirements related to its “foreign agent” designation. Russia’s newly tightened “foreign…

Russian Police Raid Independent Student Outlet Over Navalny Video

Russian police have raided independent student-run publication DOXA’s Moscow offices and charged leading staffers with inciting minors to illegally protest, the outlet said Wednesday. Russian authorities demanded earlier this year that DOXA take down its video explaining that students shouldn’t be afraid to voice their opinions at the Jan. 23 pro-Navalny protest and that it was unlawful…

Management Committee proposes dividend amount of RUB 12.55 per share for 2020

April 14, 2021, 15:20 The Gazprom Management Committee reviewed the proposals to the Board of Directors regarding the distribution of Gazprom’s profit and the dividend payout based on the Company’s operating results for 2020. The Management Committee endorsed the proposal to allocate a portion of Gazprom’s undistributed profits from the previous years for the dividend payout. The dividends will make up RUB 297.1 billion, or RUB 12.55 per share. The overall amount of dividends…

Belarus Leader’s Ex-Spokesman, Veteran Opposition Leader Detained – State Media

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s former spokesman-turned-critic who was reported missing in Russia has been detained alongside a veteran opposition leader on unspecified charges, state media said Tuesday. Political analyst Alexander Feduta, 56, served as Lukashenko’s first press secretary in 1994 before falling out with him the next year and defecting to the opposition. Amnesty International…