Putin Blames Europe for Gas Price Crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Europe was to blame for the current energy crisis after soaring gas prices spurred accusations that Moscow is withholding supplies to pressure the West. “They’ve made mistakes,” Putin said in a televised meeting with Russian energy officials. He said that one of the factors influencing the prices was…

Russia Threatens Facebook with Massive Fine

Russia on Tuesday stepped up the pressure on Facebook, threatening to hit the company with its largest fine yet for repeatedly ignoring requests to remove banned content. The country’s media regulator Roskomnadzor said that it had drawn up a new protocol to penalize the U.S. social media giant for repeatedly failing “to remove information dangerous…

ROSATOM launches the first expedition of its kind to study Northern Sea Route ecology

October 5 marked the start of a comprehensive, ecological expedition to study the western part of the Northern Sea Route (NSR); the expedition is overseen by Moscow State University’s Marine Research Centre. Commissioned by ROSATOM, the study will take place aboard the research vessel “Aleksey Maryshev,” which was provided by ROSATOM-subsidiary, The Hydrographic Enterprise. The…

Russia Touts ‘Sovereign’ Social Media After Major Facebook Outage

Russian officials highlighted the need to develop the country’s own “sovereign” social media platforms after a massive outage at Facebook’s vast family of apps affected billions of users worldwide late Monday. Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms essentially “disappeared” from the internet for several hours after a traffic routing problem left the sites unreachable for…

Pandora Papers Name Alleged Offshore Beneficiaries with Putin Links

Leaked financial papers published by an international group of investigative journalists Sunday implicated several close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin in allegedly hiding mass amounts of wealth in offshore firms.  The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists said that Russian nationals are “disproportionately represented” in the Pandora Papers, with 14% of the more than 27,000…

When Russian Art Went to New York in 1924

The Museum of Russian Impressionism in Moscow has once again organized a show of little-known but fascinating Russian art. “Other Shores” is a partial reconstruction of an almost forgotten exhibition held almost 100 years ago in New York, in 1924. The exhibition included works by Petr Konchalvsky, Igor Grabar, Mikhail Lariononv, Aristarkh Lentulov, Boris Grigoriev,…

Pro-Government Reporter Detained in Moscow, Held in Belarus – Activists

Belarusian security officers detained a pro-government reporter who covered a deadly shooting incident involving Belarus’ KGB security agency and an IT worker in Moscow before transporting him to Minsk, activists said Saturday. Russian officials and media executives have criticized the actions, along with other steps seen as the continuation of Belarusian authorities’ crackdown on remaining…

ROSATOM’s Sustainable Development Report posted on the website of the UN Global Compact Network for the first time

The ROSATOM’s first Sustainable Development Report for 2020 was first posted on the website of the UN Global Compact Network October 1, 2021. The report is qualified rated at level “Active”. Head of Sustainable Development Department of ROSATOM Polina Lion commented: “The adherence to the sustainable development principles requires the company’ fundamentally new level of…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | October 4

Russia has confirmed 7,612,317 cases of coronavirus and 210,801 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 596,000. Oct. 4: What you need to know today Russia on Monday reported 25,781 new coronavirus cases and 883 deaths. Russian residents may soon be able to receive vaccines not…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | October 3

Russia has confirmed 7,586,536 cases of coronavirus and 209,918 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 596,000. Oct. 3: What you need to know today Russia on Sunday reported 25,769 new coronavirus cases and 890 deaths — a new record high number of fatalities. Russian residents may…

Georgia Opposition Alleges Election Fraud

Georgia opposition parties on Sunday cried foul over municipal elections held after ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili’s arrest on his return from exile, deepening a protracted political crisis in the Caucasus nation. With 85% of precincts counted, the ruling Georgian Dream party garnered nearly 48% of the votes in Saturday’s elections, against 52% for all of the…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | October 2

Russia has confirmed 7,560,767 cases of coronavirus and 209,028 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 596,000. Oct. 2: What you need to know today Russia on Saturday reported 25,219 new coronavirus cases and 886 deaths. Russian residents may soon be able to receive vaccines not…

Supplies of Russian gas to Hungary and Croatia via new route commence

October 1, 2021, 17:00 Today, Hungary and Croatia started receiving Russian natural gas via a new route: the gas is supplied by the TurkStream gas pipeline and further across the national gas transmission systems of Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary. Supplies via this route were made possible thanks to a new gas trunkline built in Hungary by FGSZ Ltd., as well as the completion of expansion of the national gas transmission…

ROSATOM presented the latest projects in the field of nuclear technologies at the European Conference on Research Reactors

Representatives of ROSATOM spoke about advanced projects and solutions in the field of nuclear technologies at the European Conference on Research Reactors (RRFM), which was held from September 24 to 30, 2021 in a hybrid format. The event, organized by the European Nuclear Society, brought together more than 170 experts from 18 countries representing government…

Gazprom ramping up gas production

Message to the Media October 1, 2021, 12:50 According to preliminary data, Gazprom produced 378.1 billion cubic meters of gas in January–September of 2021, which is 17.3 per cent (or 55.7 billion cubic meters) more than in the same period of last year. Gazprom ramped up its domestic supplies from the gas transmission system by 15.9 per cent (or by 23.9 billion cubic meters) over said period of 2021. The Company…

Russia Urges Taliban, Tajikistan to Avoid Clashes

Russia has urged Tajikistan and the Taliban to avoid confrontation on the Afghan-Tajik border amid conflicting reports of a buildup of fighters in the volatile Central Asian region. Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued the call for calm on Thursday days after the Taliban accused Tajikistan of interference, and a Taliban government spokesman tweeted that “thousands” of…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | October 1

Russia has confirmed 7,535,548 cases of coronavirus and 208,142 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 596,000. Oct. 1: What you need to know today Russia on Friday recorded its highest coronavirus death toll for a fourth day running. A government tally reported 24,522 new…

Russia Makes Covering Military Corruption News Grounds for ‘Foreign Agent’ Status

News organizations in Russia risk being labeled “foreign agents” for covering corruption, crime and other issues within the military and space industries, under new rules that will likely further strain the country’s media landscape. The Federal Security Service (FSB) published a 60-point list of information Tuesday that is not classified as a state secret, but…

25-year anniversary of Russian gas supplies to Greece

September 30, 2021, 19:10 Twenty-five years ago, in September 1996, the first pipeline supplies of Russian gas to Greece commenced. Over the past quarter of a century, Gazprom has exported upwards of 54 billion cubic meters of gas to this country. The annual amount of supplies has grown by more than 15 times. All these years, the cooperation has relied on a long-term contract with the Greek corporation DEPA.…

Russian Editor of Investigative Outlet Charged With Illegal Border Crossing

Russian authorities added prominent investigative journalist Roman Dobrokhotov to the country’s wanted list, his lawyer said Thursday, charging him with illegally crossing the Russian border. Dobrokhotov, editor-in-chief of The Insider, tweeted that Federal Security Service (FSB) agents searched his parents’ home at 6:00 a.m. as part of an investigation into the alleged illegal border crossing. Electronic devices were…

Deripaska-Linked Firms Sent Thousands to Moscow On Election Day. Some Said They Were On Standby for a Pro-Kremlin Rally.

Thousands of employees from companies linked to sanctioned oligarch Oleg Deripaska were dispatched to Moscow for a business trip on the final day of voting in Russia’s parliamentary elections, and some of them told The Moscow Times they were expected to be on standby for a pro-government rally in the capital. Several enterprises partly owned…