St. Petersburg’s June Deaths Reach Decade High

Russia’s second-largest city of St. Petersburg saw a 10-year spike in deaths in June, official data said Thursday as questions persist over relatively low coronavirus deaths compared to other hard-hit countries. St. Petersburg, which began gradually lifting Covid-19 restrictions in early June, officially confirmed 987 deaths from coronavirus last month.  A total of 7,106 people…

Russia Detains Jehovah’s Witness ‘Elders’

Four Jehovah’s Witnesses have been detained on charges of extremism in southern Russia, investigators said Thursday amid an ongoing crackdown against the religious organization. The unnamed worshippers aged between 38 and 47 were alleged to be the “elders” of a group that has continued to meet in the southern city of Astrakhan since Russia banned…

Russia’s Coronavirus Deaths Pass 11K

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions lifted lockdown restrictions ahead of a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    Critics have cast doubt on Russia’s low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting…

Severstal icreases stake i CWHE joit veture

July 10, 2020 PAO Severstal announces it has closed a deal to increase its shareholding in its joint venture with Germany’s Linde GmbH for the production of coil-wound heat exchangers (CWHE) for use in medium-scale and large-scale LNG plants. Following the completion of the transaction, Severstal will have a 50% stake in the joint venture.…

Personnel of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Group companies in Astrakhan tested for coronavirus

News from projects and regions July 9, 2020, 17:40 Over 1,400 employees of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Astrakhan and Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Astrakhan have undergone COVID-19 tests that make it possible to identify infected people at the early stage with no visible symptoms. Preventive testing of personnel forms part of the corporate comprehensive program against the spread of the infection. The goal of the program is to create barriers…

Russia Looks to Resume Flights to EU, China – Reports

Russian health officials have recommended restarting international flights to 13 countries, including nine members of the European Union and China, the RBC news website reported Thursday. The list compiled by Russia’s consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor includes Britain and Germany and is apparently part of phase one of resuming flights during the coronavirus pandemic. The Netherlands,…

Depleted uranium hexafluoride is strategically important feed, environmentalist and scientists confirmed

On July 8, 2020 the Commission for Environment of the ROSATOM’s Public Council and Environmental and Legal Center Bellona presented on-line a joint report. The issues of depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUH) management in Russia have been under focused attention of the public since November 2019. During several months, public environmental organizations, scientists and specialists carried…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 9

Russia has confirmed 707,301 cases of coronavirus and 10,843 deaths. July 8: 3 things you need to know today Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced that wearing masks will no longer be required outdoors from July 13 as the number of new coronavirus cases has dwindled in the Russian capital in recent weeks. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has…

Police Raids Target Moscow Opposition Activists Planning Constitution Rally

Police in Moscow have raided the homes of several opposition activists and city council members planning protests against Russia’s newly adopted constitution, the opposition MBKh Media news website reported early Thursday. Authorities detained Andrei Pivovarov, a high-ranking member of exiled oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia pro-democracy movement, Interfax reported later in the day. Pivovarov’s colleague…

Russian Governor Detained on Murder Charges

A sitting Russian governor has been detained on suspicion of organizing murders in the early 2000s, investigators said early Thursday. Sergei Furgal, 50, is a former timber and scrap metal metal merchant and member of the far-right Liberal Democratic Party, which has the third-most seats in the Russian parliament. Furgal handed a rare defeat to…

Lithuania Bans Russia’s RT Television Channels

Lithuania’s media watchdog on Wednesday banned Russian broadcaster RT, echoing a move by neighbor Latvia, after it found a key figure at the station was on an EU sanctions list. Lithuania’s LRTK media regulator said the television station previously known as Russia Today was controlled by Dmitry Kiselyov. Regarded by critics as Russia’s chief spin…

“Solidarity is Always the Best Answer”

Oksana and her two-year-old daughter Sophia sit in a small lounge in Vnukovo airport in Moscow. They are one of several families with young children waiting together. Sophia, like the other children there, has retinoblastoma, an aggressive and rare form of retinal cancer that can render a child blind and cause death within a matter…

Russia Runs Bubonic Plague Checks on Rodents

Russian health officials in Siberia have begun testing rodents for bubonic plague after several cases were registered in neighboring Mongolia and China. The consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said there’s no risk of plague outbreaks spreading to Russia because of border closures and travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO)…

Ukraine Detains Alleged Russian Separatist Agent

Ukraine’s security service said it has detained an alleged Russian agent in Kiev suspected of overseeing separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. The SBU security service identified the suspect as Ukrainian citizen Andrei Nikolayevich, whose last name was only given as the initial K. He is alleged to be a “freelance representative” for the GRU Russian…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 8

Russia has confirmed 700,792 cases of coronavirus and 10,667 deaths. July 8: 3 things you need to know today Federal transport authorities have found more than 500 violations of anti-coronavirus measures at Russian airports in June, the Kommersant business daily reported. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has extended Russia’s ban on international flights until Aug. 1 due…

Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 700K

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions lifted lockdown restrictions ahead of a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    Critics have cast doubt on Russia’s low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting…

Siberia Swelters in the Age of Climate Change

Siberia’s unprecedented heat wave will continue through July, experts have warned, increasing the risk of forest fires and permafrost damage and highlighting the effects of climate change. Forecasts show that five Siberian regions, including one in the Arctic, will experience temperatures of 37 degrees Celsius in early July. This follows The Siberian town of Verkhoyansk…

Russia Detains Ex-Defense Reporter for Treason

A high-profile Russian journalist who became an adviser to the head of the space agency was detained Tuesday on charges of treason for allegedly divulging state military secrets, the country’s security service said. Ivan Safronov, 30, worked for business outlets Kommersant and Vedomosti and was one of Russia’s most high profile and respected journalists reporting…

Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Tambov taking enhanced measures for coronavirus prevention

News from projects and regions July 7, 2020, 17:30 Gas workers of the Tambov Region are implementing a set of measures aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus infection. On July 1, 2020, Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Tambov started testing personnel for the virus and its antibodies. Among the first individuals to take the tests are the employees who are involved in continuous production…

Russia Will Impose Counter-Sanctions on U.K. – Kremlin

Moscow will apply counter-sanctions against Britain, the Kremlin said Tuesday, after London blacklisted Russian officials for their alleged involvement in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. “We can only regret such unfriendly measures,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “Obviously the principle of reciprocity will be applied,” he added, without elaborating. The 25 Russians included…

Adviser to Russia’s Space Chief and Ex-Journalist Detained for Treason

Authorities in Moscow have detained the adviser to Russia’s space chief and former journalist Ivan Safronov on suspicion of state treason, Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said Tuesday. Safronov’s detention comes two months after he became Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin’s adviser. Until May, Safronov had been writing for the independent Kommersant and Vedomosti business dailies for…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 7

Russia has confirmed 694,230 cases of coronavirus and 10,494 deaths. July 7: 3 things you need to know today Federal transport authorities have found more than 500 violations of anti-coronavirus measures at Russian airports in June, the Kommersant business daily reported. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has extended Russia’s ban on international flights until Aug. 1 due to…

Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Approach 700K

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions lifted lockdown restrictions ahead of a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    Critics have cast doubt on Russia’s low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting…

Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Tver opens new customer reception area

News from projects and regions July 6, 2020, 20:00 Today, Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Tver opened a new customer reception area, which was set up with due account of the coronavirus prevention measures. The new subdivision (located at 7 Dvor Proletarki St., Office 106) complies with social distancing requirements in its operations. Operators and customers communicate at a safe distance across wide tables; the gas company’s specialists…

Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg renders assistance to intensive care unit of Novy Urengoy Central City Hospital

Background Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom. It operates in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area. The company is focused on gas and gas condensate production Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg holds licenses for the development and production of hydrocarbons from the Yamburgskoye and Zapolyarnoye fields and is preparing for commercial production the Severo-Kamennomyssky, Kamennomysskoye-Sea, Obsky, Chugoryakhinsky, Tazovsko-Zapolyarny and Yuzhno-Parusovy subsurface areas, and, as part of joint ventures, the Parusovy, Severo-Parusovy…