Gazprom and Roscosmos sign updated roadmap for cooperation

Release February 27, 2019, 17:10 Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of State Space Corporation Roscosmos, held today in Moscow a joint meeting on the prospects for further cooperation. The event was attended by heads of relevant subdivisions and subsidiaries of the Company and the state corporation. The cooperation between Gazprom and Roscosmos is strategic in nature. Specifically,…

The Battle for Moscow

On a cold but sunny afternoon rare for Moscow in mid-winter, a dozen activists stand shivering but resolute on Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya. They hold up large banners: “Stop tearing down our city!” and “Vandals are at work here!” prepared by the volunteer architecture preservation group Arkhnadzor. Passersby continually stop to read the banners and ask…

Gazprom improving its industrial and environmental safety efforts

Release February 27, 2019, 09:45 The Gazprom Board of Directors expressed approval of the Company’s ongoing occupational, industrial and fire safety efforts and environmental protection measures. It was noted that the Company traditionally places great emphasis on these areas of work. Gazprom has an Occupational, Industrial and Fire Safety Policy. The Policy is based on the vertically-organized Integrated System of Industrial Safety Management, which applies to Gazprom and its 112 subsidiaries.…

Gazprom actively engaging domestic producers to achieve Company’s strategic goals

Release February 27, 2019, 09:40 The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information on the Company’s procurement policies with regard to working with domestic producers to meet Gazprom’s strategic goals for 2019. It was stressed that Gazprom’s procurement policies are in full accord with the current Russian legislation and internal regulatory documents. All things being equal, Gazprom prioritizes goods and services of Russian…

Gas grid coverage in rural areas grows 1.7-fold in 2005–2018, rising from 34.8 to 59.4 per cent

Release February 27, 2019, 09:35 The Gazprom Board of Directors reviewed and took note of the information on the Company’s efforts to expand gas infrastructure in rural areas. It was highlighted that gas infrastructure expansion in Russian regions is a priority for Gazprom. This ambitious and socially significant project aims to improve the quality of life in Russian regions and make them more attractive to investors. Gazprom’s activities in this regard are focused…

Sustaialytics raises Severstal’s ESG ratig

February 27, 2019 Sustainalytics, a leading independent global provider of ESG and corporate governance research and ratings to investors, has increased Severstal’s rating from 54 to 70 points (out of a possible 100) in 2018, placing the Company in 8th position out of 42 metallurgical companies from around the world. Sustainalytics also placed “Severstal” in…

Enter Solzhenitsyn’s World

When you step into a courtyard just off Tverskaya Ulitsa, you will probably look puzzledly at your phone, thinking that Google Maps has led you astray.  But despite its unassuming character, this quiet residential enclave is home to the Apartment-Museum of the Soviet era’s most iconic dissident writer: Alexander Solzhenitsyn. At the very end of…

Standard & Poor’s raises Outlook on PhosAgro to Stable, confirms ratings at investment-grade BBB-

Moscow – PhosAgro (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, announces that international credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has confirmed PhosAgro’s rating at an investment-grade BBB- and raised its Outlook on the rating to Stable from Negative. In its report S&P notes that it expects recovering…

Russian Nationalist Ex-MMA Fighter Freed After Jail Time for Brothel Raid

A former mixed-martial-arts fighter and Russian ultranationalist serving time for attacking a brothel was released from prison early on Monday. Vyacheslav Datsik, who fought under the nickname “Red-Haired Tarzan” and has a long criminal history, was sentenced in March 2018 to 3.5 years in maximum-security prison for unlawful intrusion, battery and disorderly conduct. He was…

Corruption of Top Officials Signals Government’s Overall Decay, Majority of Russians Say

A majority of Russians view corruption cases against top officials as evidence of the government’s overall decay, according to a new independent survey. Levada carried out the survey in the wake of the high-profile detention of Russian senator Rauf Arashukov on murder, organized crime and witness tampering charges. His father, the high-ranking gas official Raul…

A Soviet Oscar Winner Restored

There wasn’t a Russian film up for the Oscar this year, but a newly restored 1969 Oscar winner is an apt reminder of Soviet cinema’s impact on the sweeping Hollywood epic.  “War and Peace,” director Sergei Bondarchuk’s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic, expanded the scope, scale and aesthetic ambition of what could play on the…

Activists Compare Russia’s Alleged Torture of Jehovah’s Witnesses to Nazi Germany

Russian activists have slammed the recent detentions and alleged torture of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Western Siberia, comparing them to persecution by the Nazis. A spokesperson for the Jehovah’s Witnesses, an organization that Russia labeled extremist in 2017, alleged that at least seven adherents of the religious group had been brutally tortured after being detained last week in the…

Rosneft Launches Unique Ice Research

As part of the agreement concluded at the Eastern Economic Forum 2018, Rosneft together with the Far East Federal University (FEFU) and the Arctic Research and Design Centre (subsidiary of Rosneft corporate Research and Development complex) launched the research of sheet sea ice structural behaviour. For the first time in the global science, ice-exploration is…