Kolomenskoye: Moscow’s Hidden Gem

Lesser-known than the Kremlin and the Hermitage, the vast Kolomenskoye estate in southern Moscow is still a true gem well worth a visit. The estate, which was a favorite country estate for Russia’s grand princes and tsars, is full of historic constructions and natural beauty. Here’s a bit more about what it has in store:

Russian Spies Are Recruiting MGIMO Students – Proekt

Russian intelligence services are actively recruiting students from the prestigious Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), the independent Proekt online outlet reported in an investigation Thursday. MGIMO is considered one of Russia’s elite academic institutions, training future government leaders and diplomats, as well as businesspeople, journalists and thinkers. Its alleged ties to Russia’s secret services came…

Working meeting held between Dmitry Medvedev and Alexey Miller

Message to the Media October 18, 2019, 14:00 A working meeting took place today between Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee. Alexey Miller briefed Dmitry Medvedev on the main accomplishments of the Company since the start of 2019, including the preparations for the autumn/winter period. Particular attention was paid to interactions with Ukraine…

Russia Was Involved in Online Attacks During Protests, Ecuador Official Says

Ecuador’s interior minister has said that Russian IP addresses were used in online attacks against the South American country’s government amid weeks of protests against austerity measures. Ecuador‘s President Lenin Moreno declared a state of emergency Oct. 4 as massive nationwide protests broke out against the elimination of four-decade-old fuel subsidies. On Monday, Moreno officially…

Severstal reports Q3 & 9M 2019 fiacial results

October 18, 2019 – Exceptional margins supported by vertical integration- PAO Severstal (MICEX-RTS: CHMF; LSE: SVST), one of the world’s leading steel and steel-related mining companies, today announces its Q3 & 9M 2019 financial results for the period ended 30 September 2019. CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2019 Notes: EBITDA…

Kadyrov Denies ‘Purging’ Chechen Elite

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has denied reports that senior officials and their relatives have been tortured in secret prisons in his republic for showing disrespect and disloyalty to him and his family. The independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported this week that members of Kadyrov’s inner circle have been tortured since August and forced to confess…

Alexey Miller and German Ambassador Geza Andreas von Geyr discuss current areas of cooperation

Release October 16, 2019, 18:35 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Geza Andreas von Geyr, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Russian Federation, took place today in Moscow. The parties discussed current areas of cooperation, including the Company’s gas exports to Germany. The meeting participants expressed great appreciation for Nord Stream’s contribution to the…

Trump Officials Rush to Turkey as Russia Advances to Fill Syria Void From U.S. Retreat

The Trump administration dispatched its top officials to Turkey on Wednesday for emergency talks to try to persuade Ankara to halt an assault on northern Syria, while Russian troops swept into territory abandoned by Washington in a sudden retreat. Robert O’Brien, White House national security adviser since last month, arrived in Turkey aiming to meet Foreign…

Russia Considers Banning Foreign Companies from Renewable Energy Projects

Russia is considering banning foreign companies from taking a lead role in designing and building the country’s green energy infrastructure, Russian daily Vedomosti said on Wednesday. New proposals currently being discussed would block contracts for new wind and solar farms, along with other renewable energy production projects, from being awarded to non-Russian entities. Analysts say…

Russia Mulls Formation of Kremlin-Run ‘Green Party’ – RBC

A growing chorus of voices expressing environmental concerns has prompted the Russian government to consider setting up a “Green Party” controlled by the Kremlin, the RBC news website reported Wednesday. President Vladimir Putin’s administration has been jolted into action by Russia’s nascent climate protest movement and frustration with nationwide waste-collection reforms, which critics warned would…

Gazprom’s year-to-date gas supplies to Hungary exceed 2018 total

Release October 16, 2019, 13:50 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, took place today in Moscow. The parties reviewed issues related to cooperation in the energy sector, including exports of Russian gas to Hungary. It was noted that Gazprom’s supplies to the country over nine and a half months of 2019 totaled 8.9 billion…

Russia Doles Out First ‘Fake News’ Fine Over Moscow Protest Interviews

A Moscow court on Tuesday handed down Russia’s first fine for spreading “fake news” against an online media outlet over its interviews about this summer’s Moscow opposition rallies. President Vladimir Putin signed legislation into law this year that fines online media for spreading “fake news.” Observers warned that the “fake news” and “disrespect for authority”…

Chechen Leader’s Inner Circle Being Held, Tortured in Secret Prisons – Novaya Gazeta

Senior officials and their relatives in the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya are being held and tortured in secret prisons in the region, the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported Monday. The crackdown is targeting officials deemed to be showing disrespect and disloyalty toward Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and his family, Novaya Gazeta reported, citing unnamed…

Kremlin Envoy Calls Turkish Military Operation in Syria ‘Unacceptable’

The Kremlin’s envoy for Syria on Tuesday called Turkey’s military offensive in northeast Syria “unacceptable” and denied Ankara’s operation had been cleared by Moscow in advance, Russian news agencies reported. Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s envoy for Syria, was speaking to reporters in Abu Dhabi during an official visit there by Putin. He made…

Russia Says ‘Unacceptable’ Turkish Incursion Into Syria Must Be Temporary

Russia called Turkey’s military incursion into northeast Syria “unacceptable” and said on Tuesday the operation had to be limited in time and scale, a rare broadside that suggests Moscow’s patience with Ankara is wearing thin. In Russia‘s strongest criticism since Turkey launched its military operation last week, President Vladimir Putin’s envoy for Syria indicated Moscow…

Moscow Considers More Tax Breaks for Crimea

Crimea could be set for a fresh round of tax breaks and investment incentives to support the annexed peninsula’s tourism industry, according to Russian daily Kommersant. An influential business group founded by the Kremlin has called on the government to give tax breaks on land, real estate and utilities to Crimean businesses, while also offering…

Russian Universities Named the Best in Eastern Europe

Three Russian universities topped a list of the best universities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia compiled by British education marketing company Quacquarelli Symonds.  Lomonosov Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University and Novosibirsk State University took the top three spots, while Tomsk State University, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Higher…

Over 1000 visitors attended ROSATOM’s Festival of Science & Technology-2019 in Hanoi (Vietnam)

Hanoi, October 11-13 – ROSATOM, Hanoi University of Science & Technology (HUST) and Information Center on Nuclear Energy (ICONE) jointly organize the Festival of Science & Technology-2019.  During the Festival aimed to popularize atomic technologies among the youth of Vietnam  a wide range of lectures and discussions supported by leading experts of Russian nuclear industry…