Film Award Season Comes to Moscow

The NIKA Awards The Russian film community holds their big awards ceremony every spring, except in 2020 when Moscow was on lockdown during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, this year’s ceremony gave out awards for two years: 2019 and 2020.  The best film of 2019 was “The Frenchman,” the story…

The ‘Other Worlds’ of Teffi

This Translation by Robert Chandler Teffi is difficult to translate. I have said a little in the foreword about her Pushkinian grace and deft use of repetition. She also makes the most of two freedoms—the freedom to omit words and an extreme freedom of word order—that are available only in a highly inflected language like…

Thousands Join Launch of ROSATOM’s Atoms for Humanity Nuclear Awareness Campaign

On April 30, over 3 200 people from some 40 countries watched ROSATOM’s Atoms for Humanity new nuclear awareness campaign launch event. The project is aimed at demonstrating the importance of nuclear technologies in achieving the UN Sustainable Goals through human-centered stories. The project launch event Why Humanity Needs Nuclear brought together Polina Lion, Chief…

Try Smetannik: Russia’s Sour Cream Cake

One of life’s great indulgences is a mid-afternoon tea break. At 4:00 each afternoon, my phone trills the high-pitched, reedy “Tea” melody from “The Nutcracker,” signaling that it is time for a cup of tea and perhaps a slice of something sweet. During lockdown, my family members have folded this habit into the rhythms of…

Notice of Press Conferences to be held in lead-up to Shareholders Meeting

April 30, 2021, 18:35 Dear members of the media and representatives of investment and finance companies, We are pleased to invite you to the traditional Press Conferences of Gazprom’s top management to be held in the lead-up to the Company’s annual General Shareholders Meeting The Press Conferences will take place online from May 14 through June 16 as follows: May 14 (02:00 pm, Moscow time) – “Power generation: development prospects” with Denis Fyodorov, Head…

‘End of an Era’: Russia Adds Navalny Political Network to ‘Terrorist and Extremist’ List

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s political network has been blacklisted as a “terrorist-linked” organization, Russia’s state financial watchdog Rosfinmonitoring said Friday. “Navalny Networks” now appears on Rosfinmonitoring’s searchable database of groups and persons with links to terrorist activities, which includes al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the Islamic State. The designation means that authorities can block the…

Russia-Brazil Spat Erupts Over Sputnik Vaccine Snub

Brazil’s health regulator said Thursday its decision to reject the Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine was based on the developer’s own data, after the latter threatened to sue for defamation. Brazilian regulators’ decision Monday to deny emergency use authorization for the vaccine has blown up into an all-out international row, with Sputnik V’s makers accusing…

Bulgaria Says it Will Expel Russian Diplomat

Bulgaria’s foreign ministry said Thursday that it would expel a Russian diplomat, a day after prosecutors said they had established links between six Russian nationals and several past explosions at arms depots. “The Bulgarian foreign ministry declared one more Russian diplomat persona non grata,” the ministry said in a statement.  It urged Russia to “fully…

Moscow Official Slams Slow Vaccination, Lax Mask-Wearing as Coronavirus Cases Double

Moscow’s chief infectious disease specialist hit out Thursday at the city’s slow vaccination drive and residents not wearing masks in crowded places after coronavirus cases nearly doubled in the Russian capital overnight. Doctor Nikolai Malyshev said both factors were behind a 74% increase in single-day infections that Moscow authorities confirmed earlier in the day. The…

U.S. Officials Arrest Russian Suspect in Alleged $336M Bitcoin Laundering Scheme

United States law enforcement authorities have arrested a Russian citizen in Los Angeles whose bitcoin mixing platform allegedly helped users launder $336 million over a decade, Reuters reported Tuesday.  Roman Sterligov was the main operator of Bitcoin Fog, a website founded in 2011 to help users anonymize cryptocurrency payments, especially on darknet markets where drugs…

Gazprom’s financial statements under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for 2020

April 29, 2021, 10:00 IFRS results 2020 Today PJSC Gazprom issued its audited consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards for the year ended December 31, 2020. The table below presents the main items of the consolidated statement of comprehensive income prepared in accordance with IFRS for the years ended December 31, 2020 and December 31,…

Notice of Gazprom’s Investor Day live webcast

April 28, 2021, 21:05 On April 29, Gazprom’s Investor Day event will be webcast live. The live broadcast will start at 03:00 pm Moscow time (08:00 pm in Singapore, 01:00 pm in London, 08:00 am in New York) at gazprom.ru and gazpromvideo.ru, as well as the Company’s pages on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Investor Day participants: Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Management Committee, Gazprom; Oleg Aksyutin, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee – Head…

Russia Sends Medical Aid to Virus-Ravaged India

Updated at 4:47 p.m. on April 28 to add Kremlin statement. Russia will send a large shipment of medical aid to India as the country battles an unprecedented wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. The shipment of coronavirus treatment drugs, ventilation equipment, oxygen supplies and other medical equipment comes “in…

Russia to Invest $11B in Volatile Central African Republic’s Reconstruction – Minister

Russia could invest $11 billion in reconstruction projects in the mineral-rich Central African Republic, where rebel violence has led to mass displacement and Russian mercenaries are widely reported to be providing security services to the embattled military, a government official has said. Moscow has since 2018 expanded its diplomatic and financial activities in the former…

Is Russia Entering a Third Coronavirus Wave?

The Kremlin has denied keeping secret statistics on the number of coronavirus cases in Russia, after Bloomberg reported government officials warning a third wave of the pandemic has already hit the country. The newswire on Wednesday quoted two unnamed government sources saying “unofficial statistics” painted a different picture from that presented by Russia’s coronavirus task…