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  • On This Day: Nicholas II Signs Decree for “Tolerance Development”

    On This Day: Nicholas II Signs Decree for “Tolerance Development”

    On April 30, 1905, Emperor Nicholas II issued a decree on “Tolerance Development.” It would be the first in a series meant to reform relations between Russia’s church and state. This Edict of Toleration — a declaration made by a ruler or government that protects practitioners of a religion from persecution — gave the religions…

  • Russian Lawmakers Seek Revenge Over Butina Sentencing – Reports

    Russian Lawmakers Seek Revenge Over Butina Sentencing – Reports

    Russian lawmakers have asked the foreign minister to draw up a list of officials involved in the prosecution of admitted Russian agent Maria Butina, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper reported Tuesday. Butina was sentenced to 18 months after she pleaded guilty in December to conspiring with a Russian official to infiltrate a gun rights group and…

  • Putin Steps Up Talks With Beijing Over Arctic Shipping

    Putin Steps Up Talks With Beijing Over Arctic Shipping

    Infrastructure development was the top issue when Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Beijing on April 25 to attend Chinese President Xi Jinping’s top-level meeting on the Belt and Road initiative. The meeting was the second of its kind and Putin was the prime guest. Russia is a country of key importance for the Belt…

  • Russia Blames U.S. for UN Visa Denials

    Russia Blames U.S. for UN Visa Denials

    The United States obstructs Russia’s work in the United Nations by selectively issuing visas to Russian nationals, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Russia’s chemical weapons expert Dmitry Poklonsky was denied a U.S. visa to attend a UN Security Council session last Thursday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a press statement. He was due…

  • Kremlin Says No Foreign Leaders to Attend Victory Day Parade in Moscow

    Kremlin Says No Foreign Leaders to Attend Victory Day Parade in Moscow

    Moscow does not expect any foreign leaders to attend its Victory Day celebrations, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told the state-run RIA Novosti news outlet on Monday. Every year on May 9, Russia celebrates Victory Day to commemorate the Soviet victory in World War II. In Moscow, the day is marked with a massive parade through…

  • Employees of Gazprom Transgaz Tchaikovsky take part in Green Spring environmental cleanup

    Employees of Gazprom Transgaz Tchaikovsky take part in Green Spring environmental cleanup

    News from projects and regions April 29, 2019, 18:00 Photos On April 24 and 26, employees of the head office and branches of Gazprom Transgaz Tchaikovsky carried out a number of cleanup actions in Tchaikovsky as part of the Green Spring countrywide environmental cleanup. The cleanup was kicked off by the employees of the company’s culture and sports center. They cleaned Tchaikovsky Square, Sportivnaya Street, and…

  • Russia Opens First Center To Issue Russian Passports to East Ukrainians

    Russia Opens First Center To Issue Russian Passports to East Ukrainians

    Russia has opened its first center aimed at issuing Russian passports to residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, Interfax reported on Monday. Last week, President Vladimir Putin signed an order to simplify the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, prompting calls from Kiev for more international sanctions. “Today, the center…

  • Gazprom Transgaz Makhachkala wraps up 9th Spartakiada Games

    Gazprom Transgaz Makhachkala wraps up 9th Spartakiada Games

    Background Gazprom Transgaz Makhachkala is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom. It delivers gas to consumers in the Republic of Dagestan and other regions of the North Caucasus Federal District, as well as to Transcaucasian countries. The total amount of gas transmitted by the company annually exceeds 7 billion cubic meters. The company has 12 branches, including five gas pipeline operation centers, the Emergency Response and Repair Directorate, the Engineering & Technical Center, the…

  • Stefan Ingvarsson’s Cultural Exchange

    Stefan Ingvarsson’s Cultural Exchange

    When Stefan Ingvarsson arrived in Moscow in 2015 as the new Cultural Counsellor the Embassy of Sweden, he already had spent a lot of time in the Soviet Union and Russia, starting with high school exchanges in the 1980s. He also had a great deal of experience organizing cultural events and festivals, coming to Russia…

  • Russian Prison Authority Ordered Hospitalization of About 200 Inmates

    Russian Prison Authority Ordered Hospitalization of About 200 Inmates

    Around 200 prisoners in 2018 were so badly injured during questioning by investigators in Moscow region pre-detention facilities that they required hospitalization, a senior Federal Prison Service (FSIN) official has claimed. Russia’s federal penitentiary system was rocked by a scandal last year after bodycam footage showed guards violently beating prisoners in a notorious prison outside…

  • Clean Russian Oil Yet to Reach Belarus via Major Pipeline to Europe

    Clean Russian Oil Yet to Reach Belarus via Major Pipeline to Europe

    Belarus said on Monday that clean Russian oil had yet to reach its borders via a major pipeline supplying Europe after tainted crude running through the system prompted several importers to halt flows last week. State-run oil firm Belneftekhim said Belarusian refineries were still running at reduced capacity, after Moscow had said it would start pumping…

  • Putin Says Russians and Ukrainians Would Benefit From Shared Citizenship

    Putin Says Russians and Ukrainians Would Benefit From Shared Citizenship

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russians and Ukrainians would only benefit from sharing common citizenship, the Interfax news agency reported. Putin said on Saturday Moscow was considering offering all Ukrainian citizens fast-tracked Russian passports, a move that angered some politicians in Ukraine which has been at war with pro-Russian separatists since 2014.…

  • Kremlin Says It’s ‘Too Early’ to Discuss Russian Passports for All Ukrainians

    Kremlin Says It’s ‘Too Early’ to Discuss Russian Passports for All Ukrainians

    The Kremlin considers it premature to discuss any details about expanding Russia’s fast-tracked passport offer to all Ukrainian citizens, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday. President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said Moscow was considering offering all Ukrainian citizens fast-tracked Russian passports. Putin made the statement days after signing an order to simplify the procedure…

  • Russian Navy May Have Trained Whale Discovered in Norway, Specialists Say

    Russian Navy May Have Trained Whale Discovered in Norway, Specialists Say

    Marine specialists in Norway have said a harnessed whale that was discovered off its coast may have been trained by the Russian Navy as part of a program to use underwater mammals for service operations. Norwegian media reported Saturday that local fisherman Joar Hesten removed a harness from a beluga whale in northern Norway after…

  • Majority of Russians Oppose ‘Sovereign Internet’ Bill – Poll

    Majority of Russians Oppose ‘Sovereign Internet’ Bill – Poll

    More than half of Russians believe the internet in Russia should continue to develop as a network “uniting the whole world,” according to a study conducted by the state-funded VTsIOM pollster. The study comes two weeks after Russia’s lower house of parliament approved the third reading of a draft law that aims to increase Moscow’s…

  • Russia Drops Out of Top 5 Defense Spending Countries – Think Tank

    Russia Drops Out of Top 5 Defense Spending Countries – Think Tank

    Russia has fallen out of the top five defense spending countries for the first time since 2006 after its spending decreased by 3.5 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to a new report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Russia has expanded its military presence abroad in recent years, with its 2014…

  • Moscow Celebrates Orthodox Easter

    Moscow Celebrates Orthodox Easter

    Orthodox Easter, called Paskha in Russian, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and is one of Russia’s most widely celebrated religious holidays. Because it follows the Orthodox Calendar, it is usually celebrated later than Catholic Easter. People prepare for the celebration by coloring eggs, baking the traditional kulich cake and making paskha, a cottage cheese…

  • Moscow Residents Celebrating the Easter Vigil at Sretensky Monastery

    Moscow Residents Celebrating the Easter Vigil at Sretensky Monastery

    On Saturday night Orthodox churches and cathedrals around the world ushered in Easter with solemn ceremonies. Easter celebrations culminated in a grand midnight procession with crosses and icons, and worshipers chanting “Christ is risen indeed!” Easter is Christianity’s most important holiday which symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Orthodox world marks Easter this year a week later than the Catholic and…

  • Putin Says Russia May Offer Fast-Tracked Passports to All Ukrainians

    Putin Says Russia May Offer Fast-Tracked Passports to All Ukrainians

    President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday Moscow was considering offering all Ukrainian citizens fast-tracked Russian passports, a move likely to anger some politicians in Ukraine which has been at war with pro-Russian separatists since 2014. Putin made the statement days after signing an order to simplify the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents…

  • Full-scale Assault on Syria’s Idlib ‘Not Expedient,’ Says Russia’s Putin

    Full-scale Assault on Syria’s Idlib ‘Not Expedient,’ Says Russia’s Putin

    A full-scale assault against militants in Syria’s Idlib province “is not expedient now” and civilians’ security needs to be taken into account, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday. Speaking in Beijing, Putin said Russia would work with the Syrian opposition to finalise the make-up of a constitutional committee, part of efforts to secure a…

  • Trump Proposals on Nuclear Arms Disarmament ‘Not Serious’ — Kremlin

    Trump Proposals on Nuclear Arms Disarmament ‘Not Serious’ — Kremlin

    U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposals on nuclear arms disarmament is “not serious,” a Kremlin spokesman said on Saturday. Trump has ordered his administration to prepare a push for a new arms-control agreements with Russia and China citing the cost of the 21st-century nuclear arms race, The Washington Post reported on Thursday citing administration officials. “It…

  • Vladimir Kozlov: Breaking With Tradition

    Vladimir Kozlov: Breaking With Tradition

    Vladimir Kozlov was born in Mogilev, in what was once the Belorussian S.S.R. and is now Belarus. After his childhood and adolescence in industrial Mogilev experiencing all the chaos, upheaval, crime and freedom of the perestroika years, he moved to Minsk and then Moscow. He has written more than a dozen works of fiction, including…

  • Meet Moscow’s Lone #ClimateStrike Protester

    Meet Moscow’s Lone #ClimateStrike Protester

    Every Friday, 24-year-old student Arshak Makichyan stands alone in Moscow’s Pushkin Square with a poster warning locals about the dangers of climate change. He started his protest in mid-March, inspired by the #Climatestrike movement led by young activists around the world. Back then, Makichyan and around two dozen other Muscovites gathered in Sokolniki Park in…

  • Admitted Russian Agent Butina Sentenced to 18 Months, Deportation

    Admitted Russian Agent Butina Sentenced to 18 Months, Deportation

    A federal judge on Friday sentenced Russian agent Maria Butina to 18 months in prison after Butina pleaded guilty in December to conspiring with a Russian official to infiltrate a gun rights group and influence U.S. conservative activists and Republicans. U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan said the 18 months will include the approximately nine months Butina…

  • ASE EC JSC has been assigned “Acknowledged Excellence” level of European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM)

    ASE EC JSC (Engineering Division of ROSATOM) has been assigned the “Acknowledged Excellence” level by the accessors of European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM).  The certificate confirming the highest (5 star) level according to the criteria of Excellence Model of European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) was awarded today by Nikolay Akatov, the leading assessor…

  • Syria Constitution Body Could Be Agreed on Soon — Russian Official

    Syria Constitution Body Could Be Agreed on Soon — Russian Official

    The Syrian government and armed opposition groups, together with both sides’ backers, could agree on the makeup of a constitutional committee in coming months, Russian negotiator Alexander Lavrentyev said on Friday. Forming a constitutional committee is key to political reforms and new elections meant to unify Syria and end an eight-year war which has killed…

  • Russian-Born Socialite Convicted of New York Fraud – AP

    Russian-Born Socialite Convicted of New York Fraud – AP

    A Russian-born socialite has been found guilty of theft of services and grand larceny in New York, facing up to 15 years in prison and deportation to Germany, the Associated Press reported Friday. Anna Sorokin, 28, assumed the name of Anna Delvey when she tricked her friends and banks into financing her lavish $275,000 lifestyle…

  • ‘Putin’s Chef’ Compensates Victims of Caterer’s Mass Poisoning in Moscow

    ‘Putin’s Chef’ Compensates Victims of Caterer’s Mass Poisoning in Moscow

    Yevgeny Prigozhin, a catering magnate with ties to Vladimir Putin, has paid out compensation to the parents of dozens of children who were reportedly poisoned after eating food provided by his catering company. Officials confirmed some 130 cases of food poisoning among kindergarteners in southeastern Moscow in December, leading parents to file a class-action lawsuit…

  • Half of Russians Say They Don’t Know Why Easter Is Celebrated – Poll

    Half of Russians Say They Don’t Know Why Easter Is Celebrated – Poll

    Half of Russia’s Orthodox Christians do not know the origins of Easter, according to a state-run poll published on Friday. Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Day after his death on the cross. Orthodox Easter falls on Sunday, April 28, ending seven weeks of fasting and kickstarting the traditions of spring cleaning…

  • Admitted Russian Agent Butina to Be Sentenced in U.S., Faces Deportation

    Admitted Russian Agent Butina to Be Sentenced in U.S., Faces Deportation

    Admitted Russian agent Maria Butina will be sentenced on Friday by a federal judge after pleading guilty in December to conspiring with a Russian official to infiltrate a gun rights group and influence U.S. conservative activists and Republicans. Butina, a former graduate student at American University in Washington who publicly advocated for gun rights, faces…

  • Michele Berdy Kicks Off New ‘Moscow Time’s Offline’ Series

    Michele Berdy Kicks Off New ‘Moscow Time’s Offline’ Series

    Veteran columnist Michele Berdy kicked off The Moscow Times’ new monthly Theater series on Wednesday with a talk about her experiences of living in Russia since 1978. The lecture is part of a new series aimed at bringing the local expat community fun, fascinating and occasionally controversial talks and debates with Moscow’s most interesting people. Stay…

  • PhosAgro 1Q 2019 Fertilizer Sales Rise by 5.2% y-o-y to 2.5 mln t

    PhosAgro 1Q 2019 Fertilizer Sales Rise by 5.2% y-o-y to 2.5 mln t

    Moscow – PhosAgro (MOEX/LSE ticker: PHOR), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, increased fertilizer production volumes by 1.2% year-on-year to 2.3 million tonnes in 1Q 2019. Sales volumes for the same period grew by 5.2% year-on-year to 2.5 million tonnes.  PhosAgro’s production and sales volumes are summarised in the tables below.…

  • Putin Rides to Xi’s Rescue on Battered Silk Road as the West Stews

    Putin Rides to Xi’s Rescue on Battered Silk Road as the West Stews

    At the first Belt and Road summit in Beijing two years ago, Vladimir Putin offered little more than platitudes for Xi Jinping’s global infrastructure initiative, essentially calling China’s “project of the century” a welcome new plank in Russia’s own strategy for ending American hegemony. Since then, deep-pocketed Chinese companies have intensified their march across Asia, Africa…

  • Russia to Hold Talks on Fixing Its Tainted Oil Supplies to Europe

    Russia to Hold Talks on Fixing Its Tainted Oil Supplies to Europe

    Russia will hold talks with Poland, Belarus and Ukraine on Friday about how to solve a problem of polluted Russian oil being pumped through a major pipeline serving Europe and which supplies refineries as far west as Germany. Poland, Germany, Ukraine and Slovakia have suspended imports of Russian oil via the Druzhba pipeline over quality…

  • Rosneft Aero increases overwing fueling by 9.5% in 1Q

    Rosneft Aero increases overwing fueling by 9.5% in 1Q

    In 1Q2019 Rosneft Aero, a subsidiary of PJSC NK Rosneft, increased its overwing fueling at Russian airports by 9.5% q-o-q to 458,000 tons. Overwing fueling operations grew by 13% and amounted to 50,700 in the reporting period. Rosneft Aero sold over 797 tons of aviation kerosene in the first three months of 2019, having increased…

  • Defense Chief Says Time Might Have Come for Reviving Stalin’s Arctic Death Road

    Defense Chief Says Time Might Have Come for Reviving Stalin’s Arctic Death Road

    Thousands died of hunger and cold as they laid rails across the desolate areas of North Siberia. Now Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu hints he is ready to give the Transpolar Mainline project a new shot. It was one of the many monstrous projects started by Josef Stalin. The railway line was to be built…

  • Head of FSB’s Secretive Unit Detained for Bribery – Reports

    Head of FSB’s Secretive Unit Detained for Bribery – Reports

    The head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) highly secretive branch has been detained on suspicion of large-scale bribery, the Kommersant business daily reported on Friday. Colonel Kirill Cherkalin headed the FSB economic security department’s financial counterintelligence support unit. The department played key roles in investigations surrounding former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, deputy prime minister…

  • Rosatom supplied a large batch of germanium-76 isotope to Germany for the LEGEND international research project

    A large consignment of germanium-76 isotope has been shipped to Germany under the contract between Isotope JSC and the Technical University of Munich. The batch was produced by PA Electrochemical Plant JSC (ECP, Zelenogorsk, Krasnoyarsk region; an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom). Germanium-76 has been supplied for the joint international research collaboration LEGEND…

  • Remembering the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, 33 Years Later

    Remembering the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, 33 Years Later

    April 26 marks the anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear disaster to date at the Chernobyl power plant in northern Ukraine. Following the 1986 explosion at Chernobyl’s reactor number four, radioactive material spread across much of the Northern Hemisphere. Thirty-three years on, the power plant is surrounded by both a hushed desolation and a buzz…

  • Two Dead in Moscow Metro Shooting — Reports

    Two Dead in Moscow Metro Shooting — Reports

    Two people are reportedly dead following a shooting at a Moscow metro station, the state-run TASS news agency reported on Thursday. A man opened fire and killed one person at the entrance of Noviye Cheryomushki station before committing suicide, TASS cited a law enforcement source as saying. Russian media, citing the Baza Telegram channel, have…

  • Siberia Wildfires Claim First Casualty as Losses Mount

    Siberia Wildfires Claim First Casualty as Losses Mount

    The wildfires tearing through southeastern Siberia claimed their first human victim on Thursday as damages almost doubled to nearly 1 billion rubles ($15.4 million), authorities said. At least 36 people were injured and nearly 650 left homeless in Zabaikalsky region, while almost 12,000 pets and livestock animals were killed in the flames. The Emergency Situations…

  • Ukraine Passes Language Restriction, Worsening Dispute With Neighbors

    Ukraine Passes Language Restriction, Worsening Dispute With Neighbors

    Lawmakers in Kiev approved a bill boosting the use of Ukrainian across state administration and media, in a move that risks complicating relations with Russia and the West at the same time. While Ukrainian has been the sole official language since 2014 when Kremlin-backed Viktor Yanukovych was toppled from the presidency in deadly street protests,…

  • Pushkin House Book Prize Short List

    Pushkin House Book Prize Short List

    In Moscow on Thursday, the short list for the 2019 Pushkin House Book Prize was announced by Alexander Drozdov, executive director of the Yeltsin Presidential Center and a member of this year’s jury. The Prize has been awarded annually since 2013 to the best book of non-fiction about Russia or the Russian-speaking world written for…

  • Rosneft Aero sells its jubilee 20th ton of aviation fuel

    Rosneft Aero sells its jubilee 20th ton of aviation fuel

    Rosneft Aero, a subsidiary of PJSC NK Rosneft, sold 20 mn tons of aviation fuel since the launch of its operating activities in 2008. The Moscow-London “Aeroflot” flight at Sheremetyevo airport marked the jubilee fueling. The total number of Rosneft Aero regular customers amounts to more than 100 airlines. The company provides overwing fueling at…

  • Gazprom and CNPC discuss pipeline gas supplies to China

    Gazprom and CNPC discuss pipeline gas supplies to China

    Release April 25, 2019, 15:35 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Wang Yilin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CNPC, took place today in Beijing, China. The meeting participants reviewed the development prospects of the Chinese gas market and the strategic aspects of cooperation between Gazprom and CNPC, paying particular attention to gas supplies. It was noted that…

  • Ukraine Vote Shows ‘Total’ Policy Failure of Departing Leader – Putin

    Ukraine Vote Shows ‘Total’ Policy Failure of Departing Leader – Putin

    Outgoing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s policy has suffered a “total failure” which manifested in his election loss, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in first remarks on the Ukrainian vote. Poroshenko garnered 24 percent of the vote in the Sunday runoffs, behind television comedian and political novice Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s 73 percent. His defeat was seen as…

  • Putin: Nothing Wrong With Us Giving Passports to East Ukraine Residents

    Putin: Nothing Wrong With Us Giving Passports to East Ukraine Residents

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday a decision to give residents of Ukrainian rebel regions fast-track access to Russian passports was no different from what some European Union states were already doing. Speaking to reporters at the end of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Putin said that Poland, Romania and Hungary…

  • Russian Ministry Moves to Ban Personal Imports of Parmesan and Jamon – Reports

    Russian Ministry Moves to Ban Personal Imports of Parmesan and Jamon – Reports

    Russia is considering banning certain meat and dairy products, including parmesan and jamon, over health concerns tied to infectious diseases, the Vedomosti business daily reported. Wholesale imports of fresh EU food products were banned in 2014 in retaliation to Western states imposing sanctions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.…

  • Delegation from Japan visited Novovoronezh NPP

    Takuya Hattori, senior advisor of Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, and also member of the International Expert Council of Rosatom visited Novovoronezh NPP. He was accompanied by representatives of Japanese companies related to nuclear power.  Guests visited the Education and Training Center (ETC), the Main Control Room (MCR), the Turbine Hall of Unit №6. According to…

  • Germany, Poland Halt Oil Imports From Russia Over Quality Concerns

    Germany, Poland Halt Oil Imports From Russia Over Quality Concerns

    Poland and Germany have suspended imports of Russian oil via a major pipeline, citing poor quality and triggering a rare crisis over supply from the world’s second-largest crude exporter. Halting imports from the Druzhba pipeline could trigger legal claims by Western buyers against Russian suppliers, who would in turn seek compensation from Russian pipeline monopoly Transneft, three traders…

  • Russia’s Passport Offer to East Ukrainians Slammed in Kiev, Washington

    Russia’s Passport Offer to East Ukrainians Slammed in Kiev, Washington

    President Vladimir Putin’s order simplifying the procedure for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine to obtain a Russian passport prompted condemnations from Kiev and the United States. Putin’s decree on Wednesday eases the path to Russian citizenship for an estimated 3.7 million people living in the self-proclaimed Donetsk  and Luhansk republics after five years of war…

  • Russia Says U.S. Able to Carry Out ‘Space Strikes’

    Russia Says U.S. Able to Carry Out ‘Space Strikes’

    The United States is capable of attacking Russia from space, a senior Russian general said Wednesday. U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled a plan in January calling for the development of space-based sensors to shoot down missiles before they can threaten U.S. soil, among other capabilities. Moscow warned the new U.S. missile defense strategy would unleash…

  • Putin Says U.S. Security Guarantees Unlikely to Prompt North Korea to De-Nuclearize

    Putin Says U.S. Security Guarantees Unlikely to Prompt North Korea to De-Nuclearize

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said after holding talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday that he thought U.S. security guarantees would probably not be enough to persuade Pyongyang to shut its nuclear program. Putin and Kim held a day of talks on an island off the Russian Pacific city of Vladivostok two months…

  • Aide to Libyan Commander Visits Moscow as a Sign of Haftar’s Closeness to Russia

    Aide to Libyan Commander Visits Moscow as a Sign of Haftar’s Closeness to Russia

    A high-ranking aide to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar was in Moscow on Wednesday, a sign of Haftar’s closeness to Russia at a time when forces loyal to him are fighting the internationally recognized government for control of Tripoli. Kheiri Al Tamimi, the head of Haftar’s office, showed up at the high-profile Moscow Conference on International…

  • Gazprom to start building inter-settlement gas pipeline to Vostochny Cosmodrome in near future

    Gazprom to start building inter-settlement gas pipeline to Vostochny Cosmodrome in near future

    Release April 24, 2019, 16:25 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Vasily Orlov, Governor of the Amur Region, took place today in Moscow. It was noted that the Amur Region is an area of strategic interest for Gazprom, as the Power of Siberia gas pipeline passes through its territory. The pipeline will start delivering gas supplies from Russia to China on December 1,…

  • Gazprom and VNG discuss development of Katharina UGS facility and sci-tech cooperation

    Gazprom and VNG discuss development of Katharina UGS facility and sci-tech cooperation

    Release April 24, 2019, 16:20 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Ulf Heitmueller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Verbundnetz Gas (VNG), took place today in Moscow. The parties discussed their ongoing and future cooperation, in particular the interaction in the field of underground gas storage (UGS) in Germany. It was noted that the joint project for the development of the…

  • Alexey Miller and German Ambassador Ruediger von Fritsch review progress of Nord Stream 2 project

    Alexey Miller and German Ambassador Ruediger von Fritsch review progress of Nord Stream 2 project

    Release April 24, 2019, 15:30 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Ruediger von Fritsch, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Russian Federation, took place today in Moscow. The parties discussed issues related to cooperation in the gas sector. It was noted that Germany is the largest importer of Russian gas in the world. In 2018, Gazprom’s…

  • Putin Simplifies Russian Citizenship Process for Eastern Ukrainians

    Putin Simplifies Russian Citizenship Process for Eastern Ukrainians

    President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree making it easier for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine to obtain Russian passports and citizenship, the Kremlin said on Wednesday. In 2017, Putin signed an executive order recognizing the passports from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics as valid in Russia. The move was widely regarded as the…

  • Joint Russia IAEA-NEM School for Managers in Nuclear Organizations concluded in Sochi

    The joint Russia-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School for Managers in Nuclear Organizations concluded in Sochi on  April 19. The objective of the NEM School was to support middle-level managers and decision-makers in the nuclear sector in enhancing managerial and technical competencies that are essential for establishing or expanding national nuclear energy programmes. This year hit…

  • Siberia Rushes to Extinguish Fast-Spreading Wildfires

    Siberia Rushes to Extinguish Fast-Spreading Wildfires

    Wildfires tore through nearly 20 towns in the grasslands of southeastern Siberia between April 19-22. The fires injured at least 34 people, four of them critically, and left at least 645 people homeless in Zabaikalsky region. Some 11,800 pets and livestock animals were also killed, The Siberian Times reported. Regional authorities estimate the blaze, which…