Japanese Billionaire Arrives at ISS

A Japanese billionaire arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, marking Russia’s return to space tourism after a decade-long pause that saw the rise of competition from the United States.   Online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa and his assistant Yozo Hirano blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan earlier on Wednesday. They docked with…

Yandex Named Most Likely Search Engine to Promote Conspiracy Theories – Study

Russian search engine Yandex is more likely to promote conspiracy theory-related content in its search results than any other major search engine, according to a new study published Wednesday. More than half of Yandex’s first-page search results for controversial terms such as “flat earth” and “George Soros” were for pages that promoted conspiracy theories, researchers…

Putin Wants ‘Constructive’ Ties with Scholz, Praises Merkel

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he wanted “constructive” ties with Germany’s new leader Olaf Scholz and thanked the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I look forward to establishing constructive dialogue with you and joint work on pressing matters on the bilateral and international agenda,” Putin said in a congratulatory telegram to Scholz, the Kremlin said.…

Belarus Charges Dissident Blogger’s Russian Girlfriend With ‘Inciting Hatred’

Belarus has formally charged the Russian girlfriend of a dissident Belarusian blogger more than six months after authorities forced down a commercial jet flying over Belarusian air space to detain the pair.  Belarus’ strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko triggered a barrage of international criticism and new rounds of sanctions against his embattled country after authorities forced…

Russia Blocks TOR Anonymity Service

Russia has blocked the web anonymity service TOR, the RBC business daily reported Wednesday, citing state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, in what activists warn is part of an effort to restrict internet freedom within the country. TOR — an acronym for “The Onion Router” — is encryption software that allows users to stealthily surf the internet…

Putin and Biden Speak: What They Discussed

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden held a high-stakes virtual summit Tuesday in hopes of easing tensions between Russia and Ukraine that have sparked fears of an all-out war. The short-notice call came amid high alarm from Washington over Russia’s massing of troops near the Ukrainian border, with reports saying U.S.…

ROSATOM Introduces Supplier Code of Conduct

ROSATOM has introduced its Supplier Code of Conduct (in Russian). The Code is aimed at setting ROSATOM priorities in the sphere of sustainable development for its suppliers including those in the field of environmental and labor safety, social policy, labor rights, and transparency. Commitment of a supplier to ROSATOM’s Code of Conduct is voluntary and involves…

Russia and Nicaragua will develop cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy

On December 7th of 2021 in Moscow, Deputy Director General for International Cooperation of ROSATOM Mr. Nikolay Spasskiy had a meeting with Minister of Finance and National Debt of Nicaragua, Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Russian-Nicaraguan Commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation Mr. Ivа?n Acosta, Special Representative of the President of Nicaragua for Relations…

Alexey Miller and President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic discuss natural gas supplies

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 full-capacity development…

Three-Quarters of Russians Against Kremlin Plan for Vaccine Passports – Poll

More than three quarters of Russians are against the Kremlin’s plans to introduce mandatory vaccine passports on trains and domestic flights, a poll by the independent Levada Center has found. Amid surging mortality from the coronavirus and a stubbornly low nationwide vaccination rate, Russia’s parliament has introduced draft legislation that would ban Russians without a…

Gazprom delivers record-high amount of gas to Greece over 11-month period

December 7, 2021, 15:15 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Kostas Skrekas, Minister of the Environment and Energy of Greece, took place today in St. Petersburg. The parties reviewed the state and prospects of their cooperation in the energy sector, focusing in particular on Russian gas supplies. It was noted that Gazprom exported upwards of 3 billion cubic meters of gas to Greece…

Navalny’s ‘Putin’s Palace’ Investigation Named Most Popular Video on Russian YouTube in 2021

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s investigation into President Vladimir Putin’s alleged $1.3 billion palace was the most popular video on Russian YouTube in 2021, the video platform announced Monday. Navalny’s team released the in-depth investigation — which alleges that Putin and his close associates laundered money to build the opulent Black Sea palace — after he…

Rosatomflot completes operation to escort ships out of the Northern Sea Route area

7 December 2021 – Taymyr, the nuclear-powered icebreaker operated by FSUE Atomflot, has successfully escorted a convoy of seven vessels (Kumpula, Vladimir Rusanov, Severniy Project, RZK Constanta, Turukhan, Grigoriy Shelikhov and Mechanic Pustoshny) along the Northern Sea Route (NSR). From the western ice edge of the Kara Sea, the ships independently continued their journey out…

Biden to Threaten New Financial Sanctions if Russia Invades Ukraine – Reports

U.S. President Joe Biden will outline a package of tough restrictions on Russia’s financial sector in a call with Vladimir Putin later Tuesday that he will introduce if Moscow invades Ukraine, U.S. media have reported.  According to Bloomberg, the U.S. would increase its package of economic restrictions against Moscow, including further blocks on Russia’s sovereign…

Russia Confirms First Omicron Variant Infections

Russia has confirmed its first two cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, health authorities announced Monday.  The cases were detected in two Russian citizens who recently returned from South Africa, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency cited state consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor as saying. “The Omicron strain was confirmed in two patients with a…

ROSATOM takes part in World Nuclear Exhibition

ROSATOM took part in the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE), which took place from 30 November to 2 December 2021 in Paris, France. The members of ROSATOM’s delegation had an event-filled schedule. Its head, ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev, participated in a panel titled “Will nuclear take on the global challenges?” Likhachev said: “Experts from Russia,…

Samsa: The Silk Road Snack

It’s always a good idea to be wary of street food in the Former Soviet Union, but sometimes the intoxicating smells of yeasty pancakes, frying onions, or the pungent odor of grilled meat present almost irresistible temptation. I find this particularly challenging when it is cold and damp outside and those brightly colored trucks and…

Viktor Zubkov: proliferation of natural gas-fueled vehicles currently considered top priority for NGV market development

December 3, 2021, 21:40 Today, a Gazprom delegation headed by Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, took part in a meeting in Naberezhnye Chelny, Republic of Tatarstan. The meeting was devoted to the development of the natural gas vehicle fuel market in Russia. The event was chaired by Yury Borisov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, at the premises of KAMAZ. It was noted at the meeting that Gazprom is systematically…

What’s On in Moscow Dec. 3-5

Buy books at the Non-Fiction Book Fair The Non-Fiction Book Fair, aka the International Fair of Intellectual Literature, is always a big event in Moscow. Held at Gostiny Dvor Dec. 2-6, it offers fiction, non-fiction, and pop science literature from 18 countries (including Israel, China, U.K., U.S, Ukraine, France and Japan); from 300 major publishing…

Alexey Miller and Milorad Dodik, member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Presidency, discuss supplies of Russian gas

December 3, 2021, 15:50 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Milorad Dodik, member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, took place today in St. Petersburg. The meeting reviewed relevant issues of cooperation, focusing in particular on the supplies of Russian gas. Background On January 1, 2021, Gazprom began supplying gas to Bosnia and Herzegovina via a new route. Gas from Russia is transmitted…

Russia Closes Notorious ‘Whale Jail’

Russia has dismantled a notorious facility dubbed the “whale jail” that kept dozens of the mammals in cramped conditions, causing an international outcry. Almost 100 whales were kept in the secretive facility in Srednyaya Bay near the far eastern town of Nakhodka in 2018, before being released after an intense campaign by animal rights and…

25th anniversary General Meeting of International Business Congress to be held in St. Petersburg on June 3, 2022

Background The International Business Congress (IBC) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization. The Congress deals with the practical aspects of economic cooperation and brings forward proposals for debottlenecking and building a favorable environment for safe and efficient entrepreneurial activities. The IBC operates through eight Working Committees: Energy; Industry, Innovations and Prospective Development; Law, Banking and Finance; Information and Communication;…

TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM establishes international partnerships at WNE for nuclear facilities decommissioning

During the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris, TVEL, ROSATOM’s nuclear fuel manufacturer and the integrator for nuclear decommissioning business, signed two memorandums of understanding with the French companies, ROBATEL Industries and D&S Groupe. Both partnerships are aimed at joint business development in the field of nuclear decommissioning business, such as dismantling of nuclear facilities, radwaste…

Sputnik V Backer Says Vaccine Hindered By ‘Bureaucratic’ WHO Approval Obstacles

Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine faces “purely bureaucratic” obstacles in the World Health Organization (WHO) approval process, its global backer said Thursday. While Russia touted Sputnik V as the world’s first registered Covid vaccine in August 2020, it has not yet been authorized for use by the WHO or the European Union. Its fast-track approval ahead…

ROSATOM’s executives discussed the role of energy technologies in combating climate change at the Global Impact Conference 2021

On December 1, 2021 ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev, ROSATOM Deputy Director General for HR Tatyana Terentyeva, and other representatives of the state corporation and its organizations took part in the Global Impact Conference 2021. The event was held with the support of ROSATOM, Euronews, Europe’s leading news channel, UN Global Compact, and VK as…

Putin’s Approval Drops Amid Covid Surge, Partial Lockdown – Poll

President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings have declined amid weeks of record Covid-19 infections and deaths capped by a partial lockdown, according to a new independent survey published Thursday. Russian respondents’ approval of the president’s job performance dropped to 63% in November from 67% in October, according to the Levada Center pollster. Putin ordered a nationwide partial…

Ukraine’s Goal to Take Back Crimea Is ‘Direct Threat’ to Russia – Kremlin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s intention to restore Kiev’s control over Crimea constitutes a “direct threat” to Russia, the Kremlin said Thursday as tensions run high between the two countries. Speaking in his annual address to the Ukrainian parliament on Wednesday, Zelenskiy said the return of Crimea to Ukraine following Moscow’s 2014 annexation of the peninsula…

Russia Says Arrests Ukrainian Spy Trio Amid Mounting Tensions

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said Thursday it has detained three alleged Ukrainian spies gathering secrets and plotting terrorist attacks as tensions between the countries escalate over Kiev’s accusations of Russian military buildup and planned invasions.  All three Ukrainian nationals had confessed to being recruited by Ukraine’s military and security services, Interfax quoted the FSB…