Serbia’s President Accuses Russia of Spying

Serbian intelligence agencies have uncovered a wide-ranging intelligence operation involving Russian spies and members of the Serbian military, President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday. Vucic’s remarks came after a meeting of the National Security Council which he convened after a video showing a Russian intelligence officer handing money to a Serbian man in Belgrade was…

PhosAgro announced as a Global Compact LEAD for its commitment to the UN Global Compact

New York – PhosAgro, a Russian vertically integrated company and one of the world’s leading producers of phosphate-based fertilizers, has been included on the list of Global Compact LEAD companies for its commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and the Compact’s Ten Principles on corporate sustainability. Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has…

PhosAgro Named a Leader in Corporate Responsibility Under the UN Global Compact

New York – PhosAgro, a Russian vertically integrated company and one of the world’s leading producers of phosphate-based fertilizers, has been included on the list of Global Compact LEAD companies for its commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and the Compact’s Ten Principles on corporate sustainability. Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has…

Putin Daughter’s Foundation Posts Record Profits

A foundation run by President Vladimir Putin’s alleged daughter has earned a record 488 million rubles ($7.6 million) last year, the Open Media news website reported Wednesday. Katerina Tikhonova, 33, is widely believed to be Putin’s younger daughter, though the president has neither confirmed nor denied this. Tikhonova’s foundation operating under the Innopraktika brand boasts…

Russian Public Wi-Fi Provider to Supply Moscow’s Facial Recognition System

The Russian company that provides free public Wi-Fi in Moscow and St. Petersburg will also supply the capital’s facial recognition network, the Kommersant business daily has reported.Maxima Telecom company won a 1.15 billion-ruble ($18 million) contract to provide the servers for Moscow’s facial recognition system, which authorities have been establishing for the past two years,…

FSB Detains Russian Solider Suspected of Spying for Ukraine

Russia‘s FSB security service has detained a Russian serviceman suspected of spying for Ukraine, the RIA news agency reported on Wednesday. The serviceman was allegedly gathering secret information for Ukraine’s intelligence service and is being investigated for treason, RIA reported, citing the FSB.  The independent CIT outlet identified the suspect as Ruslan Artykov, born in 1991.…

Alexey Miller and Moldova’s Prime Minister Ion Chicu review cooperation-related issues

Background In 2018, Gazprom’s gas deliveries to the Republic of Moldova totaled 2.9 billion cubic meters of gas, an increase of 8.4 per cent against 2017 (2.7 billion cubic meters). The contracts between Gazprom and Moldovagaz for gas supplies to and gas transit across Moldova are valid until the end of 2019. Moldovagaz is a joint Russian-Moldovan company set up by Gazprom, the Moldovan Government, and the Ministry of Industry…

Widow of Ex-KGB Agent Backs Legal Action for Release of UK’s Russia Report

The widow of a Russian dissident murdered in London has backed a legal challenge to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government to publish a report on alleged Russian meddling in British politics. The report by parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) was cleared by Britain’s security services but Johnson’s office has not yet released it, meaning it…

PhosAgro Awarded Gold Medal for Responsible Approach to Production from International Fertilizer Association

Paris – PhosAgro (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR) (“PhosAgro”, the “Company”), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, announces that it has been awarded the Gold Medal from the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) for its responsible approach to production. The IFA’s first ever gold medal awards ceremony took place at the IFA Annual…

Meet Ivan Savkin, Russia’s Human Mountain

Bogatyrs play an important role in the Russian literary and artistic imagination. Epic poems of the exploits of these fierce and powerful warriors are part of Russia’s rich oral tradition, first written down in the early 19th century. At first, warriors were basically gods or shape-shifters with superhuman strength. Then they became very strong human beings. Ivan Savkin…

Swedbank’s High-Risk Russian Secrets

Russian oligarch Mikhail Abyzov built a complex network of offshore companies that were used to move a fortune out of Russia, according to a Swedbank internal draft report obtained by OCCRP and its Swedish partner, national public TV channel Sveriges Television (SVT).  Today he’s charged with defrauding the Russian government and investors of US$60 million,…

Russia Unlikely to Cut Oil Output

Russia is unlikely to agree to deepen cuts in oil output at a meeting with fellow exporters next month, but could commit to extend existing curbs to support Saudi Arabia, three sources said. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meets on Dec. 5 at its headquarters in Vienna, followed by talks with a group…

Board of Directors reviews prospects of shale gas and LNG industry

Release November 19, 2019, 19:00 Shale gas production is expected to continue in just a few countries around the world besides the United States. In 2019, Europe’s last remaining project for shale gas development was abandoned. Most of growth in LNG imports up to 2030 will come from Asia-Pacific. The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information about the growth prospects of the shale gas and liquefied natural…

Both strings of TurkStream filled up with gas

Release November 19, 2019, 18:50 Gazprom is successfully implementing major investment projects. Preparations are being made for first pipeline supplies of Russian gas to China via Power of Siberia gas pipeline. Welding is finished at linear part of gas pipeline extending to Slavyanskaya compressor station, starting point of Nord Stream 2. The Gazprom Board of Directors expressed its approval of the Company’s ongoing work on its major investment projects. The…

Russian Lawmakers Discouraged From Foreign Contacts at Victory Day Events – Reports

The Kremlin wants Russian lawmakers to refrain from inviting high-level foreign guests to Victory Day commemorations next spring, the Open Media news website reported Monday. President Vladimir Putin has invited several foreign leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, to attend Russia’s parade marking the end of World War II on…

Russia’s Domestic Violence Problem Is ‘Exaggerated,’ Justice Ministry Says

The Russian government doesn’t see domestic violence as a “serious problem” and believes that its scale is exaggerated, the country’s Justice Ministry said in an official response to Europe’s human rights court obtained by the Kommersant business daily. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) this summer had asked Russia to respond to questions regarding…

Russia’s Largest Drug Lab Busted

Police have busted what they say is Russia’s largest synthetic drug lab on a farm outside Moscow, the Interior Ministry said in a statement Tuesday. Police published footage of the clandestine lab on a four-hectare farm in the city of Serpukhov 100 kilometers south of Moscow. It estimated that 1.5 metric tons of synthetic drugs…

Activists Block Train Carrying German Radioactive Waste to Russia

Greenpeace activists have blocked a train in Germany carrying a shipment of radioactive waste destined for Russia, the environmental organization said Monday. German exports of depleted uranium hexafluoride, a byproduct of uranium enrichment, resumed to Russia earlier this year. The shipments had been halted in 2009 by Russia’s state nuclear company Rosatom following reports that…

Russia Says U.S. Backing for Israeli Settlements Blow to Peace Process

Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said Tuesday that a U.S. decision to effectively back Israel’s right to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank undermined the legal basis for a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday abandoned Washington’s four-decade-old position that such settlements were “inconsistent with international law.”…

Russia Lawmakers Claim Foreign-Funded ‘Camps’ Train Protesters

The Russian parliament’s commission on foreign interference said it has found several “camps” that allegedly receive funding from abroad to train protesters, both in-person and online, the Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday. Lawmakers formed the commission after this summer’s wave of protests in Moscow, accusing several news outlets and the U.S. Embassy in Russia of…

Sberbank Finalizes Mail.Ru Partnership

Russian corporate heavyweights Sberbank and Mail.Ru have finalized a new strategic partnership just one day after Sberbank confirmed it would step-back from its role in tech giant Yandex. In a series of announcements, Sberbank and Mail.Ru confirmed today the terms of a new joint venture to cover their food and taxi businesses, which the pair…

Fitch Ratings Affirms PhosAgro’s BBB-/Stable Credit Rating

Moscow – PhosAgro (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR) (“PhosAgro”, the “Company”), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, announces that Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Company’s Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency Issuer Default Ratings at ‘BBB-’ and Short-Term Rating at ‘F3’. The Outlook for the rating is Stable. In its announcement, Fitch Ratings notes…

ROSATOM Engineering Division has won the annual contest of yearly reports of the companies working in Russia

The Engineering Division of ROSATOM has won the XXII annual contest of yearly reports in the nomination “For the best quality of information presentation on sustainable development”. The Moscow Exchange and RCB media group are  organizers of the contest which has been held since 1997 and is the main platform for presentation of yearly reports…

Russian Billionaire Moves to Launch Orthodox ‘Troll Farm’ – Reports

An influential pro-Kremlin billionaire wants to bankroll a conservative religious troll farm, the Open Media news website has reported, citing an unnamed political scientist who works with the Kremlin. Konstantin Malofeev has long financed the Kremlin’s drive to spread so-called “family values,” including last year’s U.S.-Russian summit of right-wing Christians who oppose same-sex marriage and…