Russia Expels Ukrainian Diplomat in Ongoing Spat

Moscow announced Monday it was expelling a Ukrainian embassy worker, the latest in a wave of diplomatic expulsions that have embroiled Russian and European diplomats. The expulsion came amid heightened tensions between Moscow and Kiev over an uptick in fighting between Ukraine’s army and pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement…

Discover Painter Ilya Repin Anew

Ilya Repin is best known as a realist painter, whose portraits of writer Leo Tolstoy and canvases such as “Barge Haulers on the Volga” and “Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks” represented Russia to the world. But the show “Ilya Repin: Known and Unknown” at the State Tretyakov Gallery invites you to forget all that —…

Russia Orders Navalny Group to Suspend Activities

Russian prosecutors on Monday suspended the activities of Alexei Navalny’s regional offices, in a move his team said would essentially shut down the jailed opposition figure’s decade-long movement against President Vladimir Putin. The order came as a court began considering whether to designate Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) and his regional offices as extremist organizations, putting…

ROSATOM and EDF Group join forces to develop green hydrogen strategy

ROSATOM, a global technological leader, and the EDF Group, the world leader in low-carbon energy solutions, signed a strategic cooperation agreement to develop green hydrogen in Russia and Europe. In particular, the EDF and ROSATOM agreement aims to develop initiatives in the sectors of mobility and industrial complex decarbonisation, and anticipates research and development cooperation…

Airat Ishmurzin put in charge of Gazprom Pererabotka

April 26, 2021, 16:25 Airat Ishmurzin has been elected Director General of Gazprom Pererabotka. Airat Ishmurzin was born in 1972. He graduated from Kazan State Technological University, majoring in Chemical Technology of Natural Fuels and Carbon Materials. He has a PhD degree in Engineering. He has been employed with Gazprom for 26 years. Between 1995 and 2008, he rose through the ranks from Process Unit Operator to Chief…

Ukraine Marks 35 Years Since Chernobyl Disaster

President Volodymyr Zelensky was due Monday to visit the Chernobyl exclusion zone and address Ukrainians to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear disaster. The exclusion zone is a 30-kilometer radius around the nuclear power plant that was evacuated in the aftermath of an explosion and was deemed unsafe for humans to live for thousands…

Russia Declares Independent News Site Meduza a ‘Foreign Agent’

Russia has declared the leading independent news website Meduza a “foreign agent,” the Justice Ministry announced Friday amid what critics call the Kremlin’s continuing crackdown on free speech. A statement on the ministry’s website said the decision, which also includes the Moscow-based Pasmi (“First Anti-Corruption Media”) news site, was made “in compliance with the requirements…

St. Petersburg to Host 3 More Euro 2020 Games

Europe’s football governing body UEFA said Thursday that the Russian city of St. Petersburg will host three additional Euro 2020 group games after the original hosts of the 12-city tournament could not guarantee fan admittance due to the coronavirus.  St. Petersburg was initially scheduled to host three group stage matches and one quarter-final when UEFA’s…

Minvostokrazvitiya, the Government of Sakhalin Region and ROSATOM signed the agreement concerning the cooperation in creation of the hydrogen cluster

On April 23 in Moscow the Ministry of Far East and Arctic Development, the Government of Sakhalin Region and ROSATOM signed the agreement of intention concerning the cooperation in the project “Creation and Development of the Hydrogen Cluster”. The document was signed by Minister of the Russian Federation for Far East and Arctic Development Aleksei…

Putin Did Not Discuss Russia-Belarus Union With Lukashenko, Kremlin Says

President Vladimir Putin did not discuss anticipated unification between Russia and Belarus during late-night talks with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko, the Kremlin said Friday.  Lukashenko met Putin in Moscow days after he said his security services had thwarted a coup plot in Belarus, and the Russian president denounced Western silence about the claims. Their…

Navalny Ends Prison Hunger Strike

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny ended his three-week hunger strike Friday, saying it had resulted in “huge progress” and thanking his supporters. In a post on Instagram, Navalny said he was following the advice of his supporters and doctors, who had warned he could die “at any minute,” if he continued to refuse meals in…

ROSATOM, Air Liquide and the Government of Sakhalin Region sign a Memorandum of understanding for low carbon hydrogen cooperation

Rusatom Overseas, a ROSATOM subsidiary, Air Liquide, a leading industrial gas producer, and the Government of the Sakhalin region have signed a Memorandum of Understanding stipulating the cooperation for a feasibility study that will explore the possibility of the development of low carbon hydrogen production in the Sakhalin region. The MOU is a first step…

What’s On This Weekend

“The Cherry Orchard” at Mossoviet Film and theater director Andrei Konchalovsky has put on a trilogy of plays by Anton Chekhov at Mossoviet Theater, starting with “Uncle Vanya” in 2009, “Three Sisters” in 2012, and ending with “The Cherry Orchard” this year. “The Cherry Orchard” is something of a family affair, starring Konchalovsky’s wife, Yulia…

Slovakia Expels Three Russian Diplomats — PM

Slovakia has decided to expel three Russian diplomats, Prime Minister Eduard Heger said on Thursday, after a diplomatic rift between its Czech neighbor and Moscow. “Three representatives of the Russian diplomatic mission must end their activities in Slovakia and must leave the country within seven days,” Heger said. Heger said that Slovakia had made its…

Putin Says Russia Fulfilling Obligations to Fight Climate Change

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia, the world’s fourth-highest producer of carbon emissions, was committed to fulfilling its international obligations to combat climate change. Russia has set numerous heat records in recent years, with the first half of 2020 seeing the warmest temperatures since the country began weather observations. “Russia is approaching with complete…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | April 22

Russia has confirmed 4,736,121 cases of coronavirus and 107,103 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is above 422,000. April 22: What you need to know today Russia on Thursday confirmed 8,996 new coronavirus cases and 397 deaths. Egyptian firm Minapharm announced Thursday it will produce 40…

U.S. Envoy Sullivan Leaves Russia for Consultations Amid Strained Ties

The United States’ Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan has left Russia for consultations with Washington on the future of U.S.-Russia ties as tensions between the two powers reach new highs, Interfax reported.   Moscow advised Sullivan last week to return to Washington for consultations after U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration levied sanctions and diplomatic expulsions against…

Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Cooperation in Peaceful Use of Atomic Energy between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Burindi

In Moscow, on 21 April, 2021, ROSATOM and the Ministry of Water, Energy and Mines of the Republic of Burundi signed a memorandum of understanding regarding cooperation in peaceful use of atomic energy. The document was signed by Nikolai Spassky, Deputy Director General of ROSATOM, for the Republic of Russia, and Abraham Uvizeye, Minister of…

Russia Probes Oil Spill in Gulf of Finland

Russian investigators on Wednesday said they are inspecting an oil spill in the Gulf of Finland near the city of Vyborg in the Leningrad region, hours after President Vladimir Putin called for stronger action against polluters. The Investigative Committee’s northwestern transport investigation department said it dispatched a team of its investigators and specialists from environmental…

Czech Police Detain 5 Suspected of Fighting for Pro-Russian Rebels in Ukraine

Czech police have detained five of its nationals suspected of fighting alongside pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Czech prosecutors announced Wednesday as ties between the countries eroded over allegations of Moscow’s involvement in a 2014 explosion. The Prague High Public Prosecutor’s Office said on its website that the suspects taken into custody are suspected of…

Gazprom and Wintershall Dea begin production from Block 5А in Achimov formations of Urengoyskoye field as part of comprehensive testing

Background Achim Development was established with the purpose of pre-development and development of Blocks 4A and 5A in the Achimov formations of the Urengoyskoye oil, gas and condensate field. The production activities of the company are focused on natural gas and unstable gas condensate production. In 2015, Gazprom and BASF/Wintershall closed the asset swap deal. As a result, Wintershall obtained 25.01 per cent in the project for developing…

In Quotes: Putin Speaks on State of the Nation

Russian President Vladimir Putin is addressing the nation in the annual speech to the Federal Assembly as tensions brew at home and abroad.  The Russian president’s address to lawmakers and regional heads comes hours before planned nationwide protests in support of hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, whose failing health in prison has drawn worldwide concern.…