Russia’s Excess Death Toll Hits 930K

Russia recorded more than 115,000 excess deaths during November 2021 according to official statistics published Thursday — a new record high since the start of the pandemic. The number takes Russia’s overall excess death count since the start of the pandemic to 929,000, according to The Moscow Times’ analysis. The record figure for November —…

Report by Alexey Miller at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting on performance in autumn/winter heating season

December 29, 2021 Dear Mr. President, It is the number one objective for Gazprom to ensure that Russian gas facilities operate successfully and confidently throughout the heating season. At the start of the period of withdrawal of gas from underground gas storage facilities, our working gas inventories totaled 72,638 million cubic meters with a daily deliverability of 847.9 million cubic meters. Both the working gas reserves…

Russia to Require Netflix to Stream State Television Broadcasts

Russia’s state media watchdog will require Netflix to offer state television channels to its Russian customers after it added the U.S.-based streaming service to its register of “audio-visual services” Tuesday. Roskomnadzor’s register, which was created in late 2020, applies to online streaming services with over 100,000 daily users and requires them to comply with Russian law…

Vitaly Markelov, Vladimir Markov, and Elena Mikhailova reelected as Gazprom Management Committee Members

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Lighting concept for St. Petersburg TV Tower and architectural concept for third high-rise of Lakhta Center complex unveiled

December 28, 2021, 17:15 New city planning initiatives were presented today at the meeting of the Inter-Agency Council in charge of implementing the Agreement of Cooperation between St. Petersburg and Gazprom. As part of Gazprom’s large-scale efforts for the architectural and artistic lighting of historic sites, central streets, and new districts of the city, a new lighting concept for the St. Petersburg TV Tower with the use of kinetic…

Gazprom enhances reliability of energy supplies to southwestern areas of St. Petersburg

December 28, 2021, 16:55 The modernized turbo generator No. 7 was launched today at the Avtovskaya CHPP of TGC-1 (part of the Gazprom Energoholding Group). Taking part in the event via a video link were Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Alexander Beglov, Governor of St. Petersburg. The Avtovskaya CHPP, which has been active since 1956, is one of the essential energy suppliers in the southwestern part…

Gazprom and St. Petersburg sign Accord for cooperation in new three-year period

December 28, 2021, 16:40 A meeting of the Inter-Agency Council in charge of implementing the Agreement of Cooperation between St. Petersburg and Gazprom was held today in St. Petersburg by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company’s Management Committee, and Alexander Beglov, Governor of St. Petersburg. The parties reviewed the outcomes of their cooperation in the 2019–2021 period that was aimed at providing reliable gas supplies, implementing thermal power generation…

Memorial: NGO That Fought for Victims of Russian Repression

Memorial, dissolved by Russia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, was the country’s most respected human rights organization whose closure signals the tightening authoritarian tendencies under President Vladimir Putin. The court ruling against Memorial International, the organization’s central structure, seals a swift judicial process to shut down the group, which emerged as a hopeful symbol during Russia’s chaotic transition…

EU’s Russia Strategy Is Like ‘Political Kama Sutra,’ Top Diplomat Says

Russia’s top diplomat on Monday likened the European Union’s policy of “pushing back, constraining and engaging” with Moscow to “political Kama Sutra.”  Brussels’ high representative Josep Borrell outlined the multilateral Russia strategy in June as the sides reached their “lowest level” in relations due to a litany of disagreements including Ukraine, Belarus and human rights. “I…

Russia in 2021: The Year in Photos

Rescuer Alexander Zakovryashin, injured in a search and rescue operation after the Listvyazhnaya coal mine accident, is transported to a miners’ healthcare center in the Kemerovo region of southwestern Siberia. On the morning of Nov. 25, coal dust caught on fire in a ventilation shaft some 250 meters underground, filling the mine with smoke. At…

Gazprom holds briefing on operating modes of Russia’s Unified Gas Supply System

Message to the Media December 27, 2021, 15:20 It was noted at today’s briefing that Gazprom’s production complex has been operating in the autumn/winter maximum mode since December 22. This is caused by abnormally low temperatures with daily averages of up to minus 17 degrees Celsius in the areas covered by the UGSS. This is 9 degrees below the climate normal for this period. On the night of December 25 to 26, the temperature in St. Petersburg…

Russia Denies Withholding Gas Supplies to Europe

Russian energy giant Gazprom has rejected accusations that Moscow is limiting gas deliveries to Europe and denounced Germany’s resale of gas to Poland amid soaring prices. Poland this week accused Moscow of having stopped its deliveries via the Yamal-Europe pipeline that sends Russian gas to Western Europe, accusing Gazprom of “manipulation”. The pipeline was operating…

Prigozhin Bankrolls New Movie About Russian ‘Instructors’ in Mozambique

A new movie backed by Kremlin-linked catering magnate Yevgeny Prigozhin depicts a group of Russian “military instructors” invited to Mozambique to fight Islamic State-linked insurgents in the country’s north. “Granit,” set to premiere next Tuesday on the government-friendly NTV channel, is produced by Aurum, a company in which Prigozhin holds a major stake, according to…

U.S. Became ‘Arrogant’ After Fall of Soviet Union – Gorbachev

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Friday that Washington grew “arrogant and self-confident” after the collapse of the Soviet Union, leading to the expansion of the NATO military alliance. In recent years President Vladimir Putin has grown increasingly insistent that NATO is encroaching close to Russia’s borders, and Moscow last week demanded “legal guarantees” that the…

Russia Deploys ‘Defensive’ Mercenaries to Eastern Ukraine – Reuters

Russia has in recent weeks deployed mercenaries to eastern Ukraine to help pro-Moscow separatists defend against Ukrainian government forces, Reuters reported Thursday, citing four unnamed fighters who had been recruited. President Vladimir Putin said earlier Thursday that Russia “must react” to what he alleged are Ukrainian plans to attack the pro-Moscow territories in eastern Ukraine…

Alexey Miller takes stock of Gazprom’s preliminary results for 2021

December 23, 2021 Speech by Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee, at conference call on occasion of New Year’s Eve. Esteemed colleagues, dear friends, As per tradition, we take stock of our work at the end of every year, and 2021 has once again turned out to be a record-breaking year for us. New records in production, new records in gas supplies, new records in financial performance. Together, we confidently reaffirmed our…