Russia Moves to Abolish Regional ‘Presidency’

Russian lawmakers passed legislation Tuesday abolishing regional presidencies in a move analysts described as the end of Russia as a “federation.” The move, which needs President Vladimir Putin’s signature to become law, directly affects the republic of Tatarstan east of Moscow, where the regional leader holds the formal title of “president.” The State Duma, Russia’s…

Gas production and supplies: results for 11.5 months

December 15, 2021, 13:10 According to preliminary data, Gazprom produced 490.4 billion cubic meters of gas between January 1 and December 15, 2021, which is 14.2 per cent (or 61.1 billion cubic meters) more than in the same period of last year. Gazprom ramped up its domestic supplies from the gas transmission system by 14.5 per cent (or by 30.2 billion cubic meters) over said period of 2021. The Company increased…

Russian Lawmaker Convicted in U.S. of Being Foreign Agent Seeks to Regulate Dolls’ Diversity

Russian lawmaker Maria Butina said she is working on legislation to regulate dolls, pointing to growing diversity and representation in the children’s toys. Butina was jailed in the United States for working as a foreign agent and deported to Moscow, where she was elected to the lower-house State Duma in this September’s parliamentary elections. In a Telegram post Tuesday,…

Gazprom and CNPC review results of joint efforts performed in 2021

Background Gazprom’s main partner in China is CNPC, a state-owned oil and gas company. In 2014, Gazprom and CNPC signed the 30-year Sales and Purchase Agreement for Russian gas to be supplied via the eastern route (Power of Siberia gas pipeline) in the amount of 38 billion cubic meters per year. The ceremony marking the start of the first-ever pipeline supplies of Russian gas to China took place on December 2,…

Andrey Kasyanenko put in charge of Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg

December 14, 2021, 22:20 Andrey Kasyanenko has been elected Director General of Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg. Andrey Kasyanenko was born in 1978. He graduated from Samara State Technical University, majoring in Oil and Gas Field Development and Operation. He has a PhD degree in Engineering. He has been employed with Gazprom for about 17 years.  2004–2007: operator of the operations and control service, later Oil and…

The Engineering Division of ROSATOM project has been awarded by the national professional GPM Awards Russia 2021 competition

“BIM – Management”, the international educational and hands-on project of ROSATOM’s Engineering Division has been awarded with a special certificate of the GPM Awards Russia 2021 national competition for professional project management in the area of sustainable development. The project has been implemented since 2020, the training module makes it possible to improve professional competencies…

Russia Rolls Out First Stealth Drone Flight Model – Reports

Russia has rolled out the first flight prototype of its Okhotnik (“Hunter”) stealth drone ahead of trials and future serial production, state media reported Tuesday. The Okhotnik’s latest configuration features a 3D-printed “flat jet nozzle” for reduced radar visibility, according to the state-run TASS news agency. Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said the Okhotnik’s rollout “signifies…

Belarus Opposition Leader Tikhanovsky Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

A Belarusian court has sentenced Sergei Tikhanovsky, an opposition presidential candidate who was jailed ahead of last year’s disputed election, to 18 years in a maximum-security prison, Belarusian state media reported Tuesday. Tikhanovsky, 43, is a popular YouTube blogger who criticized strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko and helped galvanize last year’s protests against his rule. Authorities…

Russia Defends Veto of UN Climate Change Resolution

Russia defended Tuesday its move to veto a Security Council resolution linking climate change and global security that was supported by a majority of UN member states. Backed by Niger and Ireland, the draft resolution called on Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to “integrate climate-related security risk as a central component into comprehensive conflict-prevention strategies.” The text…

Belarus Banks Readying for SWIFT Shutdown – Reports

Belarusian banks are preparing for tougher Western sanctions by signing up to Russia’s alternative to the SWIFT, the international financial messaging network that underpins the global banking system, Russia’s Moskovsky Komsomolets tabloid has reported. Russia’s System for Transfer of Financial Messages (SPFS) has more than 400 domestic users — practically every licensed Russian lender —…

MEPhI hosts the Career Day for international students of ROSATOM Consortium universities

International students from NRNU MEPhI and other Consortium universities of ROSATOM took part in the International Career Day of ROSATOM on December 10, where they received the necessary information about the development of nuclear projects and nuclear infrastructure organizations in their countries, as well as established contact with potential employers. The event was organized by…

Russia Threatens ‘Military Response’ to NATO Expansion

Russia will respond “militarily” to what it perceives as NATO’s encroachment on its western borders, a senior diplomat said Monday. Deputy Foreign Ministry Sergei Ryabkov’s threat follows Moscow’s complaints over NATO weapons deployment in Eastern Europe and Western warnings of Russia’s imminent invasion of Ukraine. “Our response will be military” if the Western military bloc does…

‘I Want Journalists to Die Old’: Nobel Winner Muratov’s Acceptance Speech, in Quotes

Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper, accepted the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Friday. He and Philippine journalist Maria Ressa received the honor for their commitments to protecting press freedom. Muratov, whose newsroom has had several of its journalists killed in connection with their reporting, dedicated his award to his…

What’s On in Moscow Dec. 10-12

Three holiday markets This year many of the usual holiday markets are not being held due to the surge in coronavirus. But there are a few, including the historic fair on Red Square that first began about three hundred years ago. This year the booths are selling traditional souvenirs, Christmas tree decorations, felt boots and…

Russia Calls UK Decision to Allow Assange Extradition ‘Shameful’

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova denounced as “shameful” a London court’s decision that will allow the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States.  “This is a shameful verdict in a political case against a journalist and public figure, another manifestation of the Anglo-Saxon alliance’s cannibalistic worldview,” the outspoken Russian diplomat said…

Membrane unit for helium extraction from natural gas wins top Science and Technology Prize

December 9, 2021, 21:55 The award ceremony for the 2021 edition of Gazprom’s Science and Technology Prize took place at the meeting of the Company’s Management Committee. The total economic benefit from the award-winning solutions and technologies exceeds RUB 102 billion. “The high level of the Company’s technological development and the speed of innovation are among the most important competitive advantages of Gazprom. For…

Management Committee approves Comprehensive Program for reconstruction and re-equipment of process control systems up to 2027

December 9, 2021, 21:35 The Gazprom Management Committee approved the 2022–2026 Comprehensive Target Program for the reconstruction and re-equipment of automated process control systems at the facilities of Gazprom. The Program aims to further improve the level of automation and the quality of management of production and technological processes at the Group’s enterprises. This significantly contributes to the continued reliability of Russia’s Unified Gas Supply System. The…