Pro-Kremlin Youth Group Barges Into Feminist Coffee Shop in St. Petersburg, with Flowers

Members of conservative pro-Kremlin youth organization Set entered Russia’s sole “women-only hours” cafe in St. Petersburg, resulting in a scuffle on Thursday. March 8 marks International Women’s Day. In Russia, it is celebrated as a public holiday with flowers traditionally being gifted to women. In the footage posted online by Set, several men are seen…

This Women’s Day It’s ‘Not Her Fault’

This year, International Women’s Day in Russia is coming back to its political roots. All around the world, Women’s Day activities typically promote discussions of gender inequality. Issues such as unequal pay, education, voting rights and gender-based violence are, at least for one day, important talking points in the media.   This politicized tone was once the norm…

Gazprom starts building thermal power plant in Serbia

Background The construction of the Pancevo TPP is carried out jointly by the Gazprom Energoholding Group and NIS a.d. Novi Sad (part of the Gazprom Neft Group). In June 2015, the companies signed a shareholders agreement to form a joint venture, Serbskaya Generaciya d.o.o. Novi Sad. The share of the Gazprom Energoholding Group in this company is 51 per cent and that of NIS a.d. Novi Sad is 49 per…

Russia Passes Legislation Banning ‘Disrespect’ of Authorities and ‘Fake News’

Russian lawmakers pushed through a package of bills Thursday seeking to punish internet users and journalists for disrespecting the authorities and spreading fake news. Observers have argued that the highly contentious legislation introduced in December could lead to mass arrests due to its loose wording. Free speech and internet activists are scheduled to protest against…

Russia Compromised 600 Foreign Spies in 2018, Putin Says

Russian counterintelligence exposed hundreds of foreign spies in 2018, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday. “[Counterintelligence agencies] conducted successful special operations to cut short the activities of 129 career officers and 465 agents of foreign intelligence service,” Putin said at a board meeting of the Federal Security Service (FSB).  At the annual meeting, Putin urged FSB…

WADA to Begin Assessing Russian Doping Data

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Wednesday it has completed a painstaking process of uploading doping data mined from a tainted Moscow laboratory and will start assessing the information to ensure it is complete and authentic. Obtaining, uploading and authenticating the data has been a massive undertaking requiring WADA to construct a virtual Moscow…

Female Naval Cadets Say Russia Not Ready for Women in Combat Roles

Alina Politika is one of 42 female cadets attending the naval academy in Russia‘s Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, but she knows she is unlikely to ever step onto the captain’s bridge of a battleship. Politka’s diploma and military rank after graduation won’t differ from those of male cadets, but the Russian navy does not accept women as commanding officers — a situation she…

Gazprom’s gas supplies to Austria grow by 32.9 per cent in early 2019

Background OMV AG is Gazprom’s main partner in Austria. The companies cooperate, among other things, on gas production, transportation and supplies. Since 2017, OMV has been partnering with Gazprom in the development of the Yuzhno-Russkoye oil, gas and condensate field. In June 2018, an Agreement was signed to extend until 2040 the existing contract between Gazprom Export and OMV Gas Marketing & Trading GmbH for Russian gas supplies to Austria.…

Gazprom Transgaz Yugorsk and Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg declared winners at Gazprom Winter Spartakiada Games

Release March 5, 2019, 18:10 Photos The closing ceremony of the Gazprom Winter Spartakiada Games was held at the Uralochka competitive sports center in Yekaterinburg. The winners received congratulations from Sergey Khomyakov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Alexey Kryukov, Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg, and Vladimir Tortyshev, chief referee of the Spartakiada Games. First, second and third places in the…

Sergey Menshikov appointed Head of Department 307 at Gazprom

Release March 5, 2019, 17:05 Sergey Menshikov has been appointed Head of Department 307 at Gazprom, effective April 2, 2019. Sergey Menshikov was born in 1968 in Grozny. He graduated from Grozny Petroleum Institute, majoring in Machinery and Equipment at Oil & Gas Production Facilities, and received an additional degree in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management from the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and…

House Panels Seek Details On Trump Communications With Russia’s Putin

Three U.S. House of Representatives committees asked the White House and State Department on Monday for details on President Donald Trump’s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, seeking to interview translators and other staff involved in their conversations. The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Government Oversight committees said in a statement they wrote to acting…

Putin Signs Decree Suspending INF Nuclear Pact

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree suspending Russia‘s participation in the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with the United States, the Kremlin said on Monday. Russia announced last month it was suspending the treaty after the United States said it would withdraw because of violations by Moscow. Russia denies flouting the accord and has accused Washington of…

Russian Telecoms Are Selling Users’ Location Data to Authorities

Russia’s top telecom operators are selling the location data of their clients for millions of dollars to Moscow’s City Hall, the Vedomosti business daily has reported. The Russian capital already fields one of the world’s largest facial-recognition systems, with 174,000 surveillance cameras expected to enter into operation this year. Meanwhile, new anti-terror legislation that entered…

March Music in Moscow

There is no need for an excuse to listen to chamber music, but with spring still around the corner, March can call for a cozy indoor evening to lift your mood. And by now you might be ready for a change from the mulled wine and electric radiator that kept you going for the past…

How Many Blini Can You Eat?

Moscow is gearing up to celebrate Maslenitsa — the week before Lent begins  — in grand style with food, concerts and burning effigies. In recent years, Russia’s Mardi Gras or “pancake week” has seen a glamorous and all-frills revival in the large cities as municipal and regional administrations organize a week of public celebration. From…

ROSATOM and Rwanda will cooperate to develop human capital and public acceptance for nuclear energy program in Rwanda

On 28 February 2019, in Kigali, Rwanda, The State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom and the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Rwanda signed two memoranda of cooperation; on education and personnel training in the field of nuclear energy in Rwanda and on the formation of the positive public opinion on nuclear energy in the…

Russian Bid for U.N. Action on Venezuela Fails

Russia failed on Thursday in a bid for the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution that expressed support for a political solution in Venezuela and backed the Maduro government as the primary coordinator of international help. The Russian text only received four votes in favor. Four countries abstained and the rest of the 15-member council…