Russia, Belarus Spy Agencies Join Forces Against ‘Destructive’ West

Russia’s and Belarus’ intelligence agencies have joined forces against “destructive” Western activities in the wake of Minsk’s highly criticized plane diversion to arrest a dissident, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) announced Thursday. SVR chief Sergei Naryshkin met his KGB counterpart less than two weeks after Belarusian authorities ordered a European flight to land in…

Head of ROSATOM took part in the SPIEF-2021 session “Russia in the Race for Top Global Managerial Talent”

On June 3, 2021, in Saint-Petersburg, Director General of ROSATOM Aleksei Likhachev took part in the SPIEF-2021 session “Russia in the Race for Top Global Managerial Talent” at the 24th Saint-Petersburg International Economic Forum. First Deputy Head of the Russian Presidential Administration Sergei Kirienko, Head of the Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad…

Uzbeks Weigh Vaccines: Russian vs. Chinese

In late January, as some wealthy countries were opening vaccination clinics, Tashkent resident Rustam Djabborov took to Facebook to make an announcement of his own. A journalist by trade, Djabborov referenced an article he had written a few months before, where he promised to be the first to volunteer for clinical trials if Uzbekistan developed…

Gazprom and TotalEnergies discuss joint projects

Background The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021 is being held at the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 2 to 5. This year’s main theme is “A Collective Reckoning of the New Global Economic Reality.” TotalEnergies handles the whole range of operations in the oil and gas sector from production to sales of marketable products to end consumers. Gazprom in partnership with TotalEnergies (50 per cent, project…

Gazprom’s gas exports to Hungary grow by 14.6 per cent since beginning of 2021

June 3, 2021, 14:35 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, took place today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021. The meeting focused on the current matters and opportunities with regard to strengthening cooperation in gas supplies. It was noted that in the first five months of 2021 Gazprom’s…

Russia To Ditch Dollar From $185Bln Reserve Fund

Russia’s sovereign wealth fund will ditch its holdings in dollars, dramatically increase its holdings of Chinese yuan and invest in gold for the first ever time, Russia’s Finance Ministry said Thursday. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) that Russia’s $186-billion national welfare fund (NWF) would completely divest its $41…

Agreement of Cooperation signed between Gazprom and Tsarskoe Selo Museum

June 3, 2021, 13:15 Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Olga Taratynova, Director of the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum and Heritage Site, today signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021 the Agreement of Cooperation for the preservation of cultural heritage and development of the Tsarskoe Selo Museum. The signing ceremony took place in the restored interiors of the Lyons…

Gazprom and ENGIE discuss cooperation-related issues

June 3, 2021, 13:00 A working meeting of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, with Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ENGIE, and Catherine MacGregor, Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE, took place today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021. The parties discussed the cooperation of their companies in the gas sector, highlighting in particular the growth in Russian gas supplies…

Russia Raids Opposition Politician

Updated at 12:06 p.m. on June 3. Russian authorities stepped up its crackdown on opposition figures Tuesday morning, raiding apartments, offices and a summer house connected to a vocal anti-Kremlin politician and his relatives. Former parliamentarian and opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov said Russian security officers raided his family dacha early Tuesday, while security services also…

Severstal ad Gazprom Neft joi forces o decarboizatio

June 3, 2021 PAO Severstal, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and mining companies, and PJSC Gazprom Neft, one of Russia’s leading oil producers, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and cooperation agreement to collaborate on the development of technologies and materials for the production, transportation, storage and use of hydrogen in…

Severstal publishes its 2020 Sustaiability Report

June 3, 2021 PAO Severstal (MICEX-RTS: CHMF; LSE: SVST) announces the publication of its Sustainability Report 2020 on the corporate website. The company’s 2020 Report became the eleventh in a row, which passed the procedure of public assurance by the Council of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs on Non-Financial Reporting and was prepared…

Five-year program for gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion in Sakhalin Region going on schedule

June 2, 2021, 21:20 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Valery Limarenko, Governor of the Sakhalin Region, took place today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021. The parties discussed the progress of the Sakhalin Region’s gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion program for 2021–2025. It was noted that both the Company and the Region are…

Russia and Belarus review cooperation in gas sector

June 2, 2021, 21:10 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Vladimir Semashko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, took place today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021. Стороны рассмотрели актуальные вопросы сотрудничества в газовой сфере. Background The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021 is being held at the EXPOFORUM…

Alexey Miller and Francois Fillon discuss development prospects of Europe’s energy market

June 2, 2021, 19:15 Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Francois Fillon, French politician, discussed today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021 the development trends and prospects of Europe’s energy market. The parties noted the essential role of natural gas in ensuring the reliable and well-balanced operation of Europe’s energy system. It was also emphasized that expanded use of natural gas is the…

Alexey Miller and Gerhard Schroeder, Chairman of Shareholders’ Committee of Nord Stream AG, hold working meeting

June 2, 2021, 18:25 A working meeting between Alexey Miller Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Gerhard Schroeder, Chairman of the Shareholders’ Committee of Nord Stream AG, took place today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021. The parties highlighted the successful operation of the Nord Stream gas pipeline and exchanged views on the development prospects of Europe’s gas sector. Background Nord Stream AG has been…

3D seismic surveys fully completed at Vaneyvisskoye and Layavozhskoye fields

Background The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021 is being held at the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 2 to 5. This year’s main theme is “A Collective Reckoning of the New Global Economic Reality.” Gazprom and LUKOIL are bound by the 2014–2024 General Agreement on Strategic Partnership, pursuant to which, among other things, LUKOIL supplies gas into Gazprom’s gas transmission system. The…

Alexey Miller and Battsetseg Batmunkh, Mongolia’s Foreign Minister, discuss Soyuz Vostok project

Background The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021 is being held at the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 2 to 5. This year’s main theme is “A Collective Reckoning of the New Global Economic Reality.” On December 5, 2019, Gazprom and the Government of Mongolia signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The document provides for a joint assessment of the feasibility of the project for pipeline gas supplies…

Gazprom expanding cooperation with World Energy Council

Background The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021 is being held at the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 2 to 5. This year’s main theme is “A Collective Reckoning of the New Global Economic Reality.” The World Energy Council is a global non-governmental energy organization, which was created in 1923. With its headquarters in London, the WEC currently connects more than 3,000 energy-related organizations via national…

Russian Urbanites Embrace E-Scooters

Holding on tight to the handlebars of his black electric scooter, 34-year-old IT consultant Evgeni Ovchinnikov, zooms along the embankments of the Moscow River, passing the Kremlin and Red Square on his daily commute to work. “I have halved my trip to work because of this thing. No more traffic rage either!” he said. Like…

Germany-Russia Flights Resume After Tit-for-Tat Cancellations

Airline companies said flights between Germany and Russia had resumed Wednesday evening, after each country blocked the other’s incoming flights as part of the fall-out from tensions over Belarus. German airline Lufthansa told AFP that the Russian authorities had finally granted it clearance for passenger flights to Russia in June. “That means Lufthansa flights to Moscow and St. Petersburg…

Belarus Restricts Citizens From Leaving Country

Belarus said Tuesday it is further restricting citizens from leaving the country, including those with foreign residency permits, in a move the opposition denounced as “an absolute violation of the law.” The development comes as dozens of Belarusians, some of them illegally, have been fleeing their country in recent months amid a bloody crackdown in…

Children Are Celebrated Throughout Russia Today

Children’s Day, like several other Soviet holidays, actually began in the U.S. In 1857, Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard held a special service dedicated to children in his Chelsea, Massachusetts church. He first called it Rose Day, and later Flower Sunday, and finally Children’s Day. In 1925, the World Conference of Child Welfare in Geneva founded…

Radiation Therapy Building Design in Barnaul Approved by Russian State Expertise

GSPI JSC, under general control of Rusatom Overseas JSC, has received design documentation approval from the Main Department of State Expertise to construct a radiation therapy building at the Altai Regional Oncology Centre. The approval means detailed design documentation development and construction and installation work can now begin. The building is to host a radiation…

Russia’s Security Services Raid Opposition Politician’s Dacha 

Russian authorities stepped up its crackdown on opposition figures Tuesday morning, raiding apartments, offices and a summer house connected to a vocal anti-Kremlin politician and his relatives. Former parliamentarian and opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov said Russian security officers raided his family dacha early Tuesday, while security services also searched the apartments of his former assistant,…

Russia Bans Unauthorized ‘Foreign Influence’ Educational Activities

Russia has banned non-state-approved educational activities and cooperation with foreign academics, according to highly criticized changes to Russia’s education law that came into effect Tuesday. The law is based on the need cited by lawmakers for broad state power to permit or forbid activities outside formal academic settings. They said that the law was essential to counter…

Russia to Resume U.K. Flights, Extend Turkey Ban

Russia will resume flights with the United Kingdom along with flights to seven other countries in June but extend travel restrictions to Turkey for another three weeks, Russia’s coronavirus response center announced Monday. Moscow temporarily suspended flights between Russia and the U.K. in late December, after Britain announced it had discovered a highly transmissible strain…

Gazprom social programme Football for Friendship unites participants from over 200 countries and sets third GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title

May 31, 2021, 22:00 Moscow, May 31, 2021. The Ninth Season of the Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship has finished. The key values of the programme are friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, and honour. 12-14-year old girls and boys from over 200 countries have joined the new season of the programme. One of the distinctive…

Russian Government Considers Banning Non-Recyclable Plastic

The Russian government is working on amendments to legislation that could ban the production of non-recyclable plastic materials in Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko said at the 9th Nevsky International Ecological Congress in St. Petersburg. New measures will provide Russian businessmen with opportunities to adapt and adjust their manufacturing, the government claimed. But some lawmakers…

Steven Seagal Joins New Pro-Kremlin Party

Steven Seagal, Hollywood actor and one of Vladimir Putin’s biggest fans, is now a member of the pro-Kremlin party called “A Just Russia – Patriots – For Truth,” the party announced Saturday.  Seagal, a naturalized Russian citizen since 2016, said that he plans to focus his work in the party on environmental issues and crackdown…