Russia Blacklists Navalny’s Political and Activist Movements as ‘Extremist’

A Russian court has outlawed the political and activist networks of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as “extremist” in a closed-door hearing Wednesday, effectively dismantling one of Russia’s most potent opposition forces amid a wider crackdown in the lead-up to parliamentary elections. The designation bars opposition groups affiliated with Navalny from crowdfunded operations and puts…

Arts Played a Starring Role at ‘Russian Davos’

Creative industries, culture and the arts found themselves in the spotlight of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) this year. For the first time in the history of the forum, the event incorporated a special Creative Business Forum, featuring more than 200 speakers representing leading museums, galleries, arts fairs, cultural foundations from Russia and…

Azerbaijan Organizers Ban Russian Journalist from Euro 2020

A Russian journalist has been banned from covering football’s European Championship by Azerbaijan’s organizing committee over his visits to the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, sparking outrage in Moscow on Wednesday. Nobel Arustamyan, a journalist with Armenian ancestry working for the Russian Match TV station, said Tuesday that Azerbaijan’s organizing committee has denied him accreditation for…

FSB Unit Linked to Navalny Poisoning Targeted Prominent Writer – Investigation

Russian security agents linked to the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny previously poisoned prominent writer and journalist Dmitry Bykov, The Insider news website and Bellingcat investigative outlet reported Wednesday. The latest report follows investigations by The Insider, Bellingcat and CNN claiming that alleged members of an elite Federal Security Service (FSB) chemical-weapons unit trailed…

Amur Gas Processing Plant enters operation

Background The construction of the Amur GPP began in October 2015. Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk (part of the Gazprom Group) is the investor, customer, and operator for the Amur GPP. Construction management is carried out by NIPIGAZ (part of the SIBUR Group). The core process equipment for cryogenic gas separation is provided by Germany’s Linde. Products of Russian machine-building enterprises are also used at the GPP. In St. Petersburg, the production of spiral…

Russian YouTuber Charged With ‘Justifying Terror’ Over Theater Siege Song

A popular Russian YouTuber has been charged with justifying terrorism over an alleged performance mocking the deadly 2002 Moscow theater hostage crisis, investigators announced Wednesday. Yury Khovasnky, 31, who boasts 4.4 million YouTube subscribers, was apprehended at his St. Petersburg apartment Tuesday evening. “Is it because of that song?” Khovansky Khovansky can be heard asking in the…

ROSATOM to supply Brazil with promising isotopes needed in Nuclear Medicine

Isotope JSC (a part of Rusatom Healthcare JSC, Rosatom’s radiation technologies integrator) has signed a five-year contract with Brazil’s Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN; linked to the National Nuclear Energy Commission or CNEN) to supply lutetium-177 and actinium-225, the most promising medical isotopes in radiopharma.  A long-term contract for monthly supplies of 177Lu-trichloride carrier-added…

Belarus Strongman Toughens Protest Laws

Belarusian strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday signed legislation toughening protest laws, raising the stakes of a crackdown following his disputed re-election last year. The measures come into force amid an unprecedented legal sweep of government critics and civil society in the ex-Soviet country following the presidential vote last year that sparked huge demonstrations. The…

Russia Seeks Funding for Putin’s ‘Genetic Database’

The Russian government is seeking to allocate money toward President Vladimir Putin’s national genetic database program, according to recent instructions from Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. Putin, who has sought to transform Russia into a world leader in genetic technologies, ordered in 2020 the creation of a “National Genetic Information Database.”  Mishustin signed a series of orders…

Demand for Private Jets Surges as Rich Russians Skirt Pandemic Rules to Holiday in Europe

Luxury travel company director Yelena Stepnovaya knew she had to act fast when the coronavirus pandemic hit Russia, closing borders and bringing commercial air travel to a virtual standstill.  Along with her colleagues at private charter firm Sirius Aero, she decided to skirt restrictions by offering wealthy Russians individual, or “shuttle” seats on private jets…

Russia Imposes Tit-for-Tat Sanctions on Canadians Over Navalny

Russia on Monday announced tit-for-tat sanctions against nine senior Canadian officials, including the justice minister, following similar measures from Ottawa over the treatment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that the nine Canadians had been banned from entering Russia “for an undetermined period.” The banned Canadians include Justice…

New Coronavirus Spike Grips Siberia – Reports

At least three Siberian regions are reporting an alarming spike in new coronavirus cases, with hospitals near capacity in at least one of those regions, The Siberian Times reported Monday. Authorities in the republic of Buryatia 6,000 kilometers east of Moscow have announced new restrictions after reporting 91% of hospital beds being occupied by Covid-19 patients. …

Russia Seeks to Transform Far North Region Into ‘Carbon-Free Zone’

Russia’s Far North region of Murmansk will become a testing ground for “green” technologies in a bid to achieve carbon neutrality, according to an agreement signed between state innovation corporation Rusnano and regional authorities. The Carbon-Free Zone seeks to test renewable technologies and systems which can later be expanded nationwide, including electric transportation and sustainable…

Change in date of Press Conference

June 7, 2021, 12:55 Dear members of the media and representatives of investment and finance companies, Please be advised of the changes to the schedule of the Press Conferences of Gazprom’s top management to be held in the lead-up to the Company’s annual General Shareholders Meeting. The ‘Gas infrastructure expansion in Russian regions‘ Press Conference will start on June 11 at 10:00 am (instead of June 9 at 02:00 pm as previously planned). Information Directorate, Gazprom +7 812 609-34-21 +7 812 609-34-32+7 812 613-29-27 Investment Community…

Russia Deports Ukrainian IT Expert Suspected of Spying – Reports

Russia has deported a Ukrainian information and communications technology expert on suspicion of collaborating with Kiev’s counterintelligence, Interfax reported Monday, citing the Federal Security Service (FSB). The FSB accuses Oleksiy Semenyaka of receiving orders from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). He reportedly confirmed during questioning that he had maintained contacts with and consulted SBU…

Russia Protests as Ukraine Unveils Euro 2020 Uniform

Ukraine provoked Moscow’s ire Sunday as its football federation unveiled Euro 2020 uniforms that feature Russian-annexed Crimea and nationalist slogans. Postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Euro 2020 will be played from June 11 to July 11 across 11 cities including Saint Petersburg. Russia’s second city will host seven matches, including a quarter-final. In a…

Kremlin Critic Dmitry Gudkov Flees to Ukraine

Prominent Kremlin critic and former opposition lawmaker Dmitry Gudkov said on Sunday he had left Russia for Ukraine due to pressure from authorities ahead of the September parliamentary elections.  Gudkov’s departure comes as the Russian opposition says the authorities are stepping up a campaign of intimidation against dissenters and potential challengers, claims the Kremlin has rejected. “I…

The Svekolnik Smoothie

And just like that — it’s summer. It caught me unawares. I haven’t put my winter clothes away and I still reach for socks in the morning. Until the hot weather began in earnest this week, I was still firmly in hot soup mode, so much so that I lugged home from the market a…

Gazprom prioritizing environmental conservation in its activities

June 5, 2021, 11:00 June 5 is World Environment Day and Ecologist Day. Environmental conservation is a priority in the activities of Gazprom. The Company implements the best available technologies, pays the utmost attention to improving energy efficiency, and reduces the carbon footprint of its products year after year, making a substantial contribution to the low-carbon economic growth of Russia and the countries importing Russian…

Russia’s Pandemic Excess Deaths Climb to 475K

Russia recorded one of its lowest monthly jumps in fatalities since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in April, according to official statistics published Friday. Nationwide deaths from all causes during the month were 14,500 higher — or 9.6% — than during April 2019, data published by the Rosstat federal statistics service showed.  That was…

Gazprom to take part in creating park of 800th anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod

June 4, 2021, 19:05 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Gleb Nikitin, Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, took place today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021. The parties discussed current issues related to their cooperation. Particular attention was paid to the ongoing implementation of the Nizhny Novgorod Region’s gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion program for 2021–2025. It was noted…

Gazprom and Comita discuss cooperation prospects

June 4, 2021, 18:55 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Danilo Durakovic, President of the Comita Group of Companies, took place today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021. The parties discussed the prospects of cooperation between the companies, including those in the area of science and technology. Background The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021 is being…

Scenes From Russia’s Landmark Business Forum

Thousands of business leaders and government officials from both Russia and abroad descended on St. Petersburg this week for the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia’s premier business and investment conference. Held for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, officials hailed this year’s event as a return to normal for…

Alexey Miller and Alexey Dyumin, Governor of Tula Region, look into Gazprom’s regional activities

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.” In August 2020, Gazprom and the Tula Region signed the gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion program for 2021–2025. Upon the execution of the five-year program, gas…

Gazprom and OMV maintaining strategic cooperation

June 4, 2021, 17:30 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Rainer Seele, Chairman of the Executive Board of OMV, took place today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021. The parties looked into the current issues and prospects of their strategic cooperation. In particular, consideration was given to the success of joint development of the Yuzhno-Russkoye field, where total gas production…