Russia Unveils Its First Robot Dog Prototype

Russian engineers have developed the country’s first walking robot dog prototype, the Moscow State University (MSU) has announced. The team said it took two years to build the dog-like robot “from scratch.” A short video posted on the MSU engineering project Voltbro’s YouTube page showcased some of the machine’s capabilities, like walking at different speeds…

Alexey Miller and Andrei Spinu, Moldova’s Deputy Prime Minister, continue negotiations on conditions of gas supplies

Background In 2020, Gazprom supplied 3.05 billion cubic meters of gas to Moldova, an increase of 5.5 per cent against 2019 (2.89 billion cubic meters). Moldovagaz is a joint Russian-Moldovan company set up by Gazprom, the Moldovan Government, and the Ministry of Industry of Transnistria. On September 30, 2021, Gazprom and Moldovagaz signed the document to extend the existing contract for Russian gas supplies to the Republic of Moldova for one month…

Gazprom and Uzbekistan discuss joint projects

Background Gazprom’s main partner in Uzbekistan is Uzbekneftegaz, focused on oil and gas prospecting, production, processing, transportation, storage and marketing. In 2017, Gazprom and Uzbekneftegaz signed the Agreement of Strategic Cooperation. In May 2018, the companies inked the Supplementary Agreement No. 2 to the Production Sharing Agreement for the follow-up development of the Shakhpakhty field. According to the document, the parties will continue to produce…

Alexey Miller and Kazakhstan’s Energy Minister Magzum Mirzagaliev review key areas of cooperation

October 27, 2021, 21:05 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Magzum Mirzagaliev, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, took place today in St. Petersburg. The parties reviewed the key areas of their cooperation in the gas sector, including gas processing. Background The explored reserves of natural gas in the Republic of Kazakhstan total about 3.7 trillion cubic meters. Information…

Permafrost: A Ticking Carbon Time Bomb

Sheltered by snow-spattered mountains, the Stordalen mire is a flat, marshy plateau, pockmarked with muddy puddles. A whiff of rotten eggs wafts through the fresh air.  Here in the Arctic in Sweden’s far north, about 10 kilometers east of the tiny town of Abisko, global warming is happening three times faster than in the rest…

Kremlin Says No Politics in Moldova Gas Talks

The Kremlin said Wednesday that talks with Moldova’s pro-European government on gas prices are “exclusively commercial” and denied any political pressure was involved. Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu was due to meet with the head of Russia’s state-controlled energy giant Gazprom, Alexei Miller, in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.  Spinu’s government has declared a state…

The ambassadors of the EU and its member states learn about the ROSATOM green technologies during a visit to the Irkutsk region

The delegation of the ambassadors of the European Union and its member states visited the International Uranium Enrichment Center located at the site of the Angarsk Electrochemical Combine (an enterprise of the Rosatom fuel division), got acquainted with the production of enriched uranium at the combine, and also found out about the contribution of ROSATOM…

Ukraine Destroys Pro-Russian Artillery in Its First Use of Turkish Drones

Ukraine has destroyed the artillery of pro-Russian separatists in the country’s east in its first combat deployment of a Turkish drone, the Ukrainian military announced Tuesday. Footage published on the Ukrainian armed forces’ Facebook page showed the Bayraktar TB2k targeting and shooting a Soviet-era howitzer it identified as the pro-Russian forces’ D-30. The Ukrainian armed…

Russia Sets New Daily Covid Death Record

Russia confirmed a new record number of coronavirus deaths for a second consecutive day Wednesday as the country with Europe’s highest official Covid-19 death toll counts down the days until nationwide restrictions come into force. According to government figures, 1,123 people have died from Covid-19 over the last 24 hours.  Wednesday’s increase brings the official…

Russia’s Green Energy Transition Will Cost $1.2T – Kremlin Economic Aide

Russia’s transition to renewable energy could cost its economy roughly $1.2 trillion by 2050, a top Kremlin economic aide told the Kommersant business daily ahead of the landmark COP26 climate summit. The 90-trillion-ruble price tag comes from a draft energy transition plan recently presented by the Economic Development Ministry.  “Our entire so-called intensive scenario in…

Russia’s Covid Deaths Hit New Record High Ahead of Nationwide Restrictions

Updated to add the nationwide mandatory vaccination announcement. Russia reported a record high number of coronavirus deaths Tuesday as Europe’s hardest-hit country braces for nationwide restrictions this week. Russia has repeatedly set new all-time highs for Covid-19 deaths over the past month and is currently reporting the second-highest number of daily fatalities in the world…

Russia Sentences Jehovah’s Witnesses to Lengthy Prison Terms

Russian courts have handed lengthy prison sentences to Jehovah’s Witnesses for organizing “extremist” activities over the past week in some of the harshest verdicts given to the religious group’s members yet. Russia outlawed the nonconformist Christian denomination in 2017, subjecting thousands of worshippers to criminal prosecution, harassment and intimidation. Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes,…

Gazprom and TMK interested in developing new hi-tech pipe products

Background In March 2021, TMK completed the deal on the purchase of 86.5 per cent of ChelPipe shares. The deal covered production, distribution and service-providing assets, scrap collection and processing assets, as well as other assets involved in the activities of the trunkline pipe division of ChelPipe. In April, TMK increased its share to 97.6 per cent. In October of this year, Gazprom and TMK signed at St. Petersburg International Gas Forum 2021 a…

Russia Urges West to Engage With Taliban

Russia on Monday urged Western countries to engage with the Taliban and for the European Union to re-open its embassy in Afghanistan, warning that the country was at risk of descending further into drug trafficking and terrorism. The call came after Moscow last week hosted members of the Islamist regime for international talks, and the Taliban…

Episode #1 The Crackdown

Alexei Navalny’s new home is around 100 kilometres from Moscow, at the end of a muddy path, on the outskirts of the small town of Pokrov. A year after his poisoning, the main opponent to Vladimir Putin lives in a high-security prison. His anti-corruption foundation is banned. Many of his allies are in exile, independent…

Evgeny Dobrenko’s ‘Late Stalinism: The Aesthetics of Politics’ Recasts 20th Century History

“The late Stalinism period,” writes Evgeny Dobrenko, touching off his new history of the final years of Josef Stalin’s reign over the Soviet Union, “was essentially the endpoint of the half-century long process called the Russian Revolution.” It’s a revealing line about a book that seems at first to be a lavishly detailed and compellingly written…

Russia Reports Record Covid Deaths and Cases

Russia on Saturday reported a record 1,075 Covid deaths in 24 hours as Europe’s hardest hit country with dramatically low vaccination rates braces for nationwide curbs from next week. Despite multiple pleas from President Vladimir Putin and the availability of the home-grown Sputnik V vaccine, only 36% of Russians are fully vaccinated.  According to fresh…

Piroshki 101

I am very fortunate to live with a very patient and supportive husband, a man who claims not to mind living in a Test Kitchen most weekdays. He’s a really good sport about epic messes in the kitchen, cheerfully submits to having the same dish — albeit with slight tweaks — on multiple consecutive nights,…

Gazprom and Mongolian Government discuss progress of feasibility study for Soyuz Vostok gas pipeline project

October 22, 2021, 20:45 A meeting of the joint working group of Gazprom and the Government of Mongolia on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding regarding the project for pipeline gas supplies from Russia to China across Mongolia took place today in Ulan-Bator, Mongolia. The meeting was headed by Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Sainbuyan Amarsaikhan, Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia. The…

Development of Gazprom’s processing complex to enhance efficiency of Company’s gas business

October 22, 2021, 20:30 The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the functioning and development of the operating facilities for gas, condensate and oil processing. It was highlighted that the Company’s gas processing plants (GPPs) based in Russia are integrated into the single process chain of gas supplies, from hydrocarbon feedstock production to consumer deliveries. Components extracted from gas are used…

Gazprom creating record-high amount of working gas inventories in Russia’s underground storages at 72.6 billion cubic meters

October 22, 2021, 20:25 Daily deliverability of Russian UGS facilities is reaching an unprecedented level of 847.9 million cubic meters. All sets of planned preventive maintenance and repair operations are completed. The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the operational readiness of the Unified Gas Supply System (UGSS) facilities for peak loads expected in late 2021 – early 2022, as well as the measures necessary to ensure uninterrupted…

What’s On in Moscow Oct. 22-24

Go healthy, go vegan For all you vegetarians, vegans, people with restricted diets and anyone who wants to eat more healthy food — this is an expo for you. At the Veg-Life Expo you can sample and buy thousands of products from more than 100 companies, ranging from every kind of non-dairy milk to superfoods…

Gazprom and Eni discuss prospects of low-carbon development of Europe’s energy sector

October 22, 2021, 15:25 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Claudio Descalzi, Chief Executive Officer of Eni, took place today in St. Petersburg. The parties discussed the prospects of low-carbon development of Europe’s energy sector and stressed the important role of natural gas in ensuring its stable functioning. It was noted that Gazprom has increased the supplies of Russian…

Russian Vote Monitor Named ‘Foreign Agent’ After $3 Donation From Armenian

Golos, an independent vote-monitoring movement, was named a “foreign agent” by Russia’s Justice Ministry in August after receiving a $3 contribution from an Armenian citizen, the movement’s co-chairman Grigory Melkonyants said on Facebook.  A Russian court denied Golos’ challenge against being designated a “foreign agent,” explaining that the grounds for the vote-monitoring organization being added…

Russia to Lobby for Sanctions Relief on Climate Projects at COP26 – Bloomberg

Russia plans to lobby for sanctions relief on state-run energy giants that invest in green projects at next month’s landmark UN climate summit, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Ruslan Edelgeriyev, President Vladimir Putin’s climate envoy, accused Western states of double standards for urging Russia “to reduce methane leakages and yet we have Gazprom under sanctions” for the…