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…

Rusatom Overseas and LUKOIL reach agreement to study project of green hydrogen production for PETROTEL-LUKOIL S.A. refinery (Romania)

Rusatom Overseas JSC (part of ROSATOM) and PJSC LUKOIL signed a memorandum of intent on the development of cooperation regarding production and supply of green hydrogen for PETROTEL-LUKOIL S.A. refinery located in the city of Ploesti, Romania. The parties plan to study opportunities for construction of a green hydrogen production unit at the refinery, thus…

Russia to Stage Large-Scale ‘Attack’ Drills Near Ukraine as Tensions Ratchet

Russia announced large-scale “attack” and amphibious assault exercises in and around annexed Crimea on Thursday as Western governments continue to sound the alarm over Moscow’s possible invasion of Ukraine. More than 1,200 Russian airborne and artillery troops, as well as chemical and biological forces and 250 pieces of military hardware, will conduct combat firing exercises…

Russia Still ‘Escalating’ Troop Buildup on Ukraine Border – U.S.

The United States on Wednesday accused Russia of continuing to escalate its troop build-up on the border with Ukraine, and renewed its warnings against any “aggression” by Moscow.  “Russia continues escalating and has not reversed its troop buildup,” a U.S. State Department spokesperson told AFP.  Washington and its allies were “closely” monitoring the situation, the…

Gazprom transfers license for Vaneyvisskoye and Layavozhskoye fields to its joint venture with LUKOIL

December 22, 2021, 17:40 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Vagit Alekperov, President of LUKOIL, took place today in St. Petersburg. The parties discussed relevant issues pertaining to their cooperation. Particular attention was paid to the progress and prospects of development operations at the Vaneyvisskoye and Layavozhskoye fields in the Nenets Autonomous Area. In order to implement the project, a joint…

Abramovich Settles Claim with ‘Putin’s People’ Author Belton Over Chelsea Buyout Allegations

Russian billionaire and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich has reached a settlement with journalist Catherine Belton in a defamation lawsuit brought against her and her publisher over claims in her 2020 book “Putin’s People.” In a statement issued Wednesday, publishers HarperCollins said they had “settled their dispute with Roman Abramovich over certain passages in…

U.S. Could Cut Off Russia’s Smartphone, Car Imports Over Ukraine Invasion – Reuters

The United States could hamstring Russia’s smartphone and automobile imports if Moscow invades Ukraine, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed Biden administration official. The “unprecedented” U.S. export control measures are expected to be discussed at a White House meeting Tuesday. Washington will also reportedly closely coordinate its steps with key European and Asian partners that could…

Gazprom further advancing relations with investment community

December 21, 2021, 19:20 The Gazprom Board of Directors commended the Company’s efforts with regard to investor and shareholder relations. It was noted that the Company continues to effectively develop and strengthen its engagement with the investment community. This facilitates stable capitalization growth at Gazprom in the long term and helps reduce the cost of debt financing. In 2021, as before, Gazprom maintained an open and constructive dialogue with shareholders…

Gazprom implementing programs for gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion in Russian regions for 2021–2025 ahead of schedule this year

Background As per the list of instructions of Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, dated May 31, 2020, gas infrastructure expansion in Russia is to be completed in a stepwise manner by 2024 and 2030, and residential consumers must not bear any expenses for the connections to gas distribution networks. In June 2021, a number of important amendments were introduced into Federal Law No. 69-FZ on Gas Supplies in the Russian Federation.…

Construction completed on section of Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline between Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Khabarovsk

December 21, 2021, 19:10 The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information about gas supplies to the Khabarovsk Territory from 2025. It was highlighted that work is continuing at Gazprom to provide reliable gas supplies to the consumers of the region. In December 2021, the Company completed the construction and installation works on the expansion of the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas trunkline at the section between Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Khabarovsk. The…

Interview with Famil Sadygov, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee

By now, we have at our disposal a consensus forecast compiled by multiple analysts: in 2022–2024, gas prices in the world’s markets will gradually drop from the current record levels, but they will remain much higher than the pre-COVID figures. In our budget planning activities, we use a cautiously conservative approach: the Gazprom Group’s key financial indicators must be kept at an appropriate – and rather high – level even…

Gazprom Board of Directors approves investment program and budget for 2022

December 21, 2021, 18:40 Overall amount of Gazprom’s investments to be used in 2022: RUB 1,757.7 billion. Gazprom’s borrowings for 2022: RUB 272.789 billion. The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information about the Company’s preliminary operating results for 2021, the projected investment program and budget (financial plan) for 2023–2024, and the outcomes of the cost optimization (reduction) measures taken by the Gazprom Group in 2021.…

U.S. Mercenaries Preparing Donbass ‘Provocation’ — Russian Defense Chief

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu claimed on Tuesday that U.S. private military companies have stationed troops in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine and are preparing a “provocation using unknown chemical components.” Shoigu’s statements came during a Defense Ministry meeting in Moscow amid growing fears that Russia could launch an invasion of Ukraine.  “We have…

Belarus, Poland Accused of ‘Brutal Violence’ Against EU-Bound Migrants

Amnesty International on Monday accused Belarus and EU member Poland of subjecting migrants to “brutal violence” as they sought entry to the European Union. The human rights organization said it collected testimonies from 72 affected Iraqi, Syrian and Sudanese nationals who described being pepper-sprayed and beaten with batons. With several of them traveling with family and friends,…

Russian Lawmakers Seek to Recognize Soviet Fall as ‘Greatest 20th Century Catastrophe’

Russian lawmakers seek to declare the fall of the Soviet Union three decades ago “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.” The proposal submitted Monday by the right-wing nationalist Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) to the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, borrows from President Vladimir Putin’s famous 2005 remark about the Soviet collapse.…

Russia Demands ‘Urgent’ U.S. Talks, Warning of ‘Military Response’ to NATO Activity

Russia demands immediate talks with the United States on security guarantees from NATO, a senior diplomat said Monday, while President Vladimir Putin’s chief arms control negotiator warned of a “military response” if the alliance continues to step on Moscow’s “sore spots.” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov spoke days after Moscow made public a list of demands that…

Gazprom boosts gas supplies to Turkey in 2021

December 20, 2021, 17:50 A working meeting of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, with Alparslan Bayraktar, Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey, and Burhan Ozcan, Chairman of the Board and General Manager at BOTAS, took place today in St. Petersburg. The meeting participants reviewed their current interactions and the prospects of Russian gas supplies to Turkey. It was…

Gazprom and Srbijagas discuss gas supplies to Serbia

Background On January 1, 2021, Gazprom began supplying gas to Serbia via a new route. Gas from Russia is transmitted by the TurkStream offshore gas pipeline and further across Turkey. It is then brought via Bulgaria’s national gas transmission system to Serbia, where it is distributed among consumers in Serbia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since October 1, 2021, Hungary and Croatia have been receiving Russian gas thanks to the…

ROSATOM’s Director General Alexey Likhachev held talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

On December 16-17, 2021, the Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev, during his working visit, held negotiations with Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, and visited the construction site of the Paks-2 NPP, accompanied by Janos Süli, Minister responsible for the Paks-2 NPP project, Alexander Lokshin, President ASE JSC, and Alexander Merten, Vice President of…

Public Procurement Kickbacks Total One-Third of Russia’s Budget Revenue – Survey

Kickbacks in Russia’s public procurement system amount to one-third of Russia’s budget revenue, according to a survey published by the RBC news website Monday. The Moscow Higher School of Economics’ (HSE) anonymous survey of 1,200 Russian companies found that 71% of them had encountered corruption during government procurement, according to RBC. Another 28% were unable to…

Clowns Celebrate Russian Master Comic Nikulin

Award-winning comics on Sunday showcased the art of clowning and tomfoolery as they honored Russia’s brightest circus star Yuri Nikulin who would have turned 100 at the weekend. During a gala in the second city St. Petersburg entertainers from a variety of countries including Russia, Italy, Brazil and Mexico delighted the audience with skits and animal acts involving…

Russia Forces Media to Block Banned Outlet’s Putin, Kadyrov Investigations

Russian authorities have forced several news organizations to delete their coverage of a blacklisted outlet’s investigative reports on President Vladimir Putin’s alleged extramarital daughter and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s alleged second wife. State media watchdog Roskomnadzor notified the independent Dozhd broadcaster that it must delete 30 articles and videos based on the Proekt investigative outlet’s reporting. “The…

Everyone Loves a Dumpling

I’m getting a cold. It hasn’t actually arrived yet, but I can feel it hovering in the wings from the way every single one of my eyelashes hurts. I can also tell that it won’t be a killer cold — not bronchitis or strep throat, just one of those annoying 24–36-hour bugs featuring sniffling, sneezing,…