Run Out Winter’s Kinks

The passion to run has hit Russians hard. RunRepeat, a group that tracks marathon participation and times all around the world, reports that more Russians are running and more of them are running faster. In six years from 2009 to 2014, the number of Russian marathoners increased 300 percent. From 2008 to 2018, the average…

Famil Sadygov appointed Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee

Release April 4, 2019, 19:10 Famil Sadygov has been appointed Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee. He will oversee financial and economic activities. Famil Sadygov was born in 1968 in Nakhichevan. He graduated from the Sergo Ordzhonikidze State Academy of Management in Moscow. He has a PhD in Economics. 1999–2004: Deputy Minister of Taxation of the Russian Federation. 2005–2009: Deputy Head of the Federal Treasury. 2009–2019: Deputy…

WANO and Rosenergoatom to Hold Roundtable at ATOMEXPO 2019 on the Safe and Reliable Operation of Nuclear Power Plants

The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) and Rosenergoatom JSC (a part of the Electric Power Division of ROSATOM) will hold a roundtable discussion on “Creating a Safe Future Together” at ATOPMEXPO 2019.  The main topics for discussion at the roundtable will be the safe and reliable operation of nuclear power plants, professional leadership and…

Vox Pop: Russians React to Comedian Leading in Ukraine’s Presidential Elections

The first round of Ukraine’s presidential elections last Sunday was met with widespread interest in Russia, thanks in part to extensive coverage on Russian state television. According to the official results published on Wednesday, actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky secured first place with 30.3 percent of the votes. Current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko trailed in…

Director Georgy Daneliya Has Died

The film director Georgy Daneliya died in a Moscow hospital on Thursday. The cause of death was a heart attack, but he had been hospitalized since February with an acute respiratory ailment. He was 88 years old. Daneliya was one of the Soviet Union’s most popular screenwriters and directors, whose gently satirical films managed to…

Chikhirtma

Seriously, though, how do the Georgians do it?  The simplest dish on their stoves becomes a culinary tour de force.  Take, for example, chikhirtma, Georgia’s spicy, tangy, velvety version of Greek avgolemono or egg and lemon soup.    Like most Georgian recipes, the seemingly simple list of ingredients belies the complexity of the finished product.  The secret…

On This Day: Andrei Tarkovsky

On this day in 1932, Andrei Tarkovsky was born in a village northeast of Moscow. His father was the poet and translator Arseny Tarkovsky, and his mother was a literary editor. He spent much of his childhood in the village before moving to Moscow after the war. At university Tarkovsky studied Arabic and then tried…

Russia Tricks GPS Signals to Hide Putin’s Location, Report Says

Russia has extensively deployed electronic warfare capabilities to hide President Vladimir Putin’s location, a U.S.-based research group said in a recent report. The report suggests that GPS spoofing extends far beyond previously recorded instances in Moscow and St. Petersburg, where drivers passing by the Kremlin or Putin’s known whereabouts have seen their navigation software “teleport”…

Alexey Miller briefs Dmitry Medvedev on Gazprom’s efforts in import substitution and digital technologies

Message to the Media April 3, 2019, 19:30 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 Company’s efforts in the field of import substitution and the implementation of digital technologies. Gazprom website Editorial Board   Shorthand record Dmitry Medvedev: Mr. Miller,…

Britain Scrambles Jets After Russian Bombers Approach U.K. Airspace

Britain said on Wednesday it had scrambled Typhoon jets to monitor two Russian “Blackjack” bombers which approached the United Kingdom’s airspace. The two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 long-range bombers flew in international airspace off Britain’s northeastern coast. “We can confirm that RAF quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled to monitor two Blackjack bombers while they…

St. Petersburg Military School Explosion Was an Attack, Media Reports

Russian authorities believe Tuesday’s explosion that injured four people at a St. Petersburg military and space academy was a deliberate attack, the Kommersant business daily has reported. The Investigative Committee opened a criminal investigation into attempted murder after the blast at the Mozhaysky Military Space Academy injured four officers midday Tuesday. The bomb, which was…

Colombia Rejects Russia’s Warning Against Venezuelan Military Action

Colombia on Tuesday rejected a Russian warning against foreign military intervention in Venezuela and said it supported a peaceful transition to democracy in the neighboring South American country. “Colombia reiterates that the transition to democracy must be conducted by the Venezuelans themselves peacefully and within the framework of the Constitution and international law, supported by political…

Gazprom Racing Team secures podium result

News from projects and regions April 2, 2019, 20:00 The traditional handing over of the trophy cups won in ice yacht tournaments by the Gazprom Racing Team to Georgy Fokin, Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Saint Petersburg, took place at the company’s head office on April 1, 2019. The Gazprom Racing Team, a St. Petersburg-based ice yacht crew consisting of Oleg Vasiliev, Ruslan Rudenko,…

Viktor Zubkov: broad lineup of natural gas-powered vehicles essential to developing NGV market

Release April 2, 2019, 19:10 Photos Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, held a meeting today at the premises of AVTOVAZ in Togliatti, Samara Region, on issues related to developing the domestic NGV market and stimulating supply and demand for natural gas-powered machinery. Taking part in the event were Anton Inyutsyn, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, Alexander Morozov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade…

Russia Says It Has Opened Helicopter Training Center in Venezuela

Russia has opened a training center in Venezuela to help the country’s pilots fly Russian-made military helicopters, Russian state-owned industrial conglomerate Rostec said on Monday, Moscow’s latest gesture of support for President Nicolas Maduro. Rostec said the centre was inaugurated on Thursday last week, the same day as the White House warned Moscow and other countries backing Maduro…

PhosAgro Completes Reorganisation of Production and Logistics Assets

Moscow – PhosAgro (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, has concluded its reorganisation of JSC Apatit (Cherepovets) by incorporating JSC Metachem (Volkhov) and JSC PhosAgro-TRANS (in Cherepovets). PhosAgro CEO Andrei Guryev said: “PhosAgro’s merger of production and logistics assets into one legal entity has now been concluded.…

Poroshenko’s Politics Have ‘Failed,’ Russian Lawmakers Say After Ukraine Election Results

A comedian’s double-digit lead over Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election signals that the incumbent’s politics have failed, Russian lawmakers have said. Russia has paid close attention to the vote in Ukraine, a country on the front line of the West’s standoff with Russia after the 2014 Maidan street…

Share of Russians Predicting Better Ties With the West Hits 5-Year High – Poll

The number of Russians forecasting improved relations between their country and the West has reached a five-year high, the independent Levada Center pollster said Monday. Public support for Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine has remained in the high 80s in the Levada poll since 2014, despite it leading to economic sanctions and strained Russia-West relations.…

On This Day: Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol was born in the Ukrainian town of Sorochintsy in 1809. His father, Vasily Gogol-Yanovsky, was himself a poet and a playwright, writing in both Ukrainian and Russian. Both languages were spoken in their home, and this would go on to have a significant influence on Gogol’s writing. In 1828 Gogol moved to St.…

Russia Dismisses Speculation About its “Specialists” in Venezuela

Russia has clearly stated the purpose of the “specialists” it has sent to Venezuela under a military cooperation deal,Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday, dismissing U.S. concerns about their presence. “The Russian side clearly stated the purpose of the arrival of its specialists to Caracas. This is not about any ‘military contingents’,” Zakharova said…