Bank Transfers Bolstered U.S. Suspicions of Russia-Taliban Bounty – NYT

U.S. officials have intercepted data showing financial transfers between a Russian military spy unit and Taliban-linked accounts, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing three unnamed officials familiar with the intelligence. The alleged intercepts bolstered U.S. intelligence conclusions, also reported by the NYT, that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops in…

Second Tier of Internal Containment Installed at Power Unit 1 of Akkuyu NPP (Turkey)

July 1, 2020, Büyükeceli, Mersin Province, Turkey. – The installation of the second tier of the reactor building’s internal containment has been completed at the Power Unit 1 of Akkuyu NPP. Internal containment is one of the critical components of power unit’s safety systems, which prevent release of radioactive materials to the environment. “The installation…

Where Can I Travel in Russia This Summer?

Russia opened its domestic tourist season Wednesday as it continues to grapple with the deadly coronavirus pandemic that has seen it record the world’s third-highest number of infections. The country closed its borders and grounded most international flights in late March to slow the spread of the outbreak, allowing only special evacuations of its own…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 1

Russia has confirmed 654,405 cases of coronavirus and 9,536 deaths. July 1: 3 things you need to know today Russia is holding a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms despite the coronavirus. If passed, the amendments would allow President Vladimir Putin to extend his rule until 2036 by resetting his term limits. Russia is not among the 15 countries whose citizens…

Latvia Bans Russia’s RT ‘Propaganda’ Channels

Latvia on Tuesday banned a number of Russia’s RT television channels from being distributed in the Baltic state because of international sanctions against the head of the Russian state television network. Latvia’s media watchdog, the National Electronic Media Council (NEPLP), notably banned RT’s main English-language broadcast service, its Spanish and Arabic counterparts, the RT Documentary channel,…

The full package of documents for obtaining a license for the construction of Paks-2 NPP has been submitted to the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority

In line with the schedule, on 30 June 2020 the customer of the Paks II Nuclear Power Plant, Paks II. Ltd. submitted the implementation license application for the two new VVER-1200 3+ generation nuclear power plant units in Paks to the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA). “Submission of the 283 000 pages license documentation is…

Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy buys required medical equipment for Novy Urengoy’s infectious diseases hospital

Background Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, was set up to develop the Urengoyskoye oil, gas and condensate field. Its production infrastructure consists of 22 comprehensive gas treatment units, two oil production sites, 20 booster compressor stations, five gas cooling stations, more than 2,800 production wells, two compressor stations for the utilization of associated petroleum gas, and a pump station for condensate delivery.…

Companies of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Group in Ulyanovsk strengthen measures to prevent coronavirus spread

News from projects and regions June 30, 2020, 15:45 The specialists of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Ulyanovsk and Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Ulyanovsk have increased the preventive measures aimed at combating the coronavirus infection. In the three months of 2020 since the introduction of restrictive measures, over 400 employees of the gas companies in the region have been tested for COVID-19. These are mainly the specialists…

‘100% Bullsh*t’: Russia Blasts Reports of Taliban Bounties for Killed U.S. Troops

Russian officials have blasted a New York Times report on alleged Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants in exchange for killing American troops in Afghanistan. Since the story first broke Friday, several American and British media outlets have reported on the U.S. intelligence conclusion that Russia offered cash incentives for dead U.S. troops in Afghanistan.…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 29

There have been 641,156 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 9,166 deaths. June 29: 3 things you need to know today A second wave of coronavirus could hit major cities in European Russia as soon as two weeks from now, Mikhail Shchelkanov, who heads the Far Eastern Federal University’s school of biomedicine, told Ura.ru. The virus could…

Siberian Wildfires Swell Amid Historic Heatwave

Forest fires in Siberia have grown at least threefold amid a record-breaking heatwave in the region, according to Russia’s agency for aerial forest fire management Aviales. The figures state that 1.37 million hectares (3.4 million acres) were burning in areas unreachable to firefighters as of midnight Monday.  This is mighty river Kolyma covered with smoke…

Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 640K

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 are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia prepares to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that would…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 28

There have been 634,437 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 9,073 deaths. June 28: 3 things you need to know today About 20% of Moscow residents have coronavirus immunity, deputy mayor Anastasia Rakova said Friday, citing a new study. Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot has been secretly flying passengers abroad for nearly a month despite state-mandated grounded flights…

U.S. Intercepts Russian Warplanes off Alaska

U.S. warplanes intercepted four Russian reconnaissance aircraft near Alaska on Saturday, U.S. commanders said. The Russian Tu-142’s came within 65 nautical miles south of Alaska’s Aleutian island chain and “loitered” in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) for eight hours. But they stayed in international airspace and did not enter U.S. or Canadian airspace,…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 27

There have been 627,646 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 8,969 deaths. June 27: 3 things you need to know today About 20% of Moscow residents have coronavirus immunity, deputy mayor Anastasia Rakova said Friday, citing a new study. Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot has been secretly flying passengers abroad for nearly a month despite state-mandated grounded flights…

Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise to 627K

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 are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia is preparing to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that…

S&P, Moody’s and Fitch affirm Gazprom’s long-term investment-grade ratings

June 26, 2020, 21:15 In May-June 2020, international ratings agencies S&P Global Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings affirmed Gazprom’s long-term credit ratings as part of their annual reviews. As before, all these ratings are investment-grade with a stable outlook. The S&P (ВВВ-) and Fitch (BBB) ratings correspond to the sovereign credit rating of the Russian Federation, while the rating assigned by Moody’s (Baa2) is a notch…

Gazprom Dobycha Irkutsk helps northern regional healthcare and educational institutions

Background Gazprom Dobycha Irkutsk, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, is the development operator of the Kovyktinskoye gas and condensate field which, along with the Chayandinskoye oil, gas and condensate field in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), serves as the resource base for the Power of Siberia project. The Kovyktinskoye gas and condensate field is the basis for creating the Irkutsk gas production center as part of the Eastern Gas Program. The company’s production…

Serebrennikov Trial: Russia Gives Suspended Sentence to Prominent Director in Fraud Case

A Moscow court has handed a suspended sentence to prominent theater director Kirill Serebrennikov, a surprise legal victory in a fraud case his supporters say was politically motivated and a test of artistic freedom in Russia. Suspended sentences are widely seen as the lightest punishment in Russia’s legal system, which rarely issues not-guilty verdicts. The sentencing…

Interview with Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee, on outcomes of Shareholders Meeting

Gazprom has a clearly outlined goal-setting system. Among our goals is the annual replenishment of the resource base. Thanks to geological exploration activities, our reserve replacement ratio consistently exceeds 1. It has been like this for the past 15 years, and it will remain so in 2020. Yamal accounts for the bulk of the new reserves. This year has already seen a discovery of another major field in the…

Viktor Zubkov reelected as Chairman and Alexey Miller as Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Board of Directors

June 26, 2020, 14:10 A meeting of the Company’s newly elected Board of Directors was held in absentia. The meeting resolved to elect Viktor Zubkov as Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors. Alexey Miller Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee was named as Deputy Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors. The Board of Directors formed the Audit Committee. The Committee is made up of Mikhail Sereda, Member of the Company’s Board of Directors, and two independent directors Viktor Martynov and Vladimir Mau,…

Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Belgorod accepting online applications for utility connections

News from projects and regions June 26, 2020, 12:30 Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Belgorod is providing an opportunity for Belgorod residents to file an online application for a utility connection. To save time and ensure safety amid the pandemic, customers can submit applications via the corporate website of Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Belgorod. The procedure for filing an application is simple and intuitive. The list of required documents can…

Gazprom’s annual General Shareholders Meeting elects new Board of Directors

Based on the voting results, the annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom formed the Company’s Board of Directors composed as follows: 1. Akimov, Andrey Igorevich Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprombank (Joint Stock Company) 2. Kulibaev, Timur Askarovich Chairman of the Legal Entities Association “Kazakhstan Association of Oil, Gas and Energy Sector Organizations (KAZENERGY),” Chairman of the Presidium of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs, Republic of Kazakhstan (Atameken) 3.…

Gazprom’s annual General Shareholders Meeting makes decisions on all agenda items

June 26, 2020, 12:10 The annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom was held in the form of absentee voting. The Shareholders Meeting made decisions on all agenda items. The Meeting approved the Company’s 2019 Annual Report and Accounting (Financial) Statements. It was resolved to allocate the Company’s profit based on the results of 2019. The Meeting approved the dividend amount: RUB 15.24 per share based on Gazprom’s operating results in 2019. The dividend…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 26

There have been 620,794 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 8,781 deaths. June 26: 3 things you need to know today About 20% of Moscow residents have coronavirus immunity, deputy mayor Anastasia Rakova said Friday, citing a new study. Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot has been secretly flying passengers abroad for nearly a month despite state-mandated grounded flights…

Russia Passes 620K Coronavirus Cases

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 are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia is preparing to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that…