Tianwan NPS Unit 4 was handed over to the Customer after 2 year warranty operation

ROSATOM Engineering Division handed over to the Customer – Jangsu Nuclear Power Corporation Company – Tianwan NPP facilities of Unit 4 Nuclear Island after two-year warranty operation. The corresponding Minutes of the Meeting on the final acceptance of the Unit was signed on December 25.    “Tianwan NPS Units 3-4 is an outstanding successful project,…

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Russia Imposes 14-Day Quarantine for UK Arrivals Due to Mutated Virus

Russia will impose a 14-day quarantine requirement on individuals arriving from the U.K. starting Dec. 26 due to the spread of a more-contagious coronavirus strain in southeastern England, state consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has ordered. All arriving passengers with the exception of aircraft crew members must self-isolate at home for 14 days after entering Russia,…

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Russia Slaps Foreign Media, NGOs with ‘Foreign Agent’ and ‘Undesirable Org’ Labels

Russia has listed four NGOs, two civil society groups and one media outlet as “foreign agents” and “undesirable organizations” amid a renewed crackdown on critical voices this week. The Justice Ministry labeled three AIDS service organizations and one educational affiliate of exiled oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia pro-democracy group as “foreign agents” Monday. St. Petersburg’s…

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ROSATOM became a leader of sustainable development indexes sized by RSPP

The Committee for Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) December 23 announced results of calculations of sustainable development indexes (ESG indexes) “Responsibility and Openness” and “Sustainable Development Vector” of 2020. ROSATOM became a leader in both groups (43 companies won highest results in the index “Responsibility…

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Severstal completes costructio of evirometal facilities for a ew blast furace

December 25, 2020 PAO Severstal, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and mining companies, has completed the construction of environmental facilities for blast furnace No. 3. The modernization of blast furnace No. 3 will mitigate the environmental impact of pig iron production throughout the production chain through use of the best available technologies.…

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Protocol signed on pricing procedure for gas supplies to Belarus until 2022

December 24, 2020, 19:43 A working meeting of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, with Vladimir Semashko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, and Viktor Karankevich, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Belarus, took place today in St. Petersburg. Alexey Miller and Viktor Karankevich signed the Protocol between Gazprom and the Government of the Republic of Belarus…

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Russian ‘Wedding Photobomb’ Couple Jailed for Treason – Reports

A Russian couple has been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for blowing a secret agent’s cover in their wedding photos, the state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday. Baltic affairs expert Antonina Zimina and her husband Konstantin Antonets were charged with treason after Zimina’s old classmate, a Federal Security Service (FSB) counterintelligence officer, appeared in their…

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Russia Returns Gifted Orthodox Icon to Bosnia After East Ukraine Controversy

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has returned an 18th-century Orthodox Christian icon to Bosnia and Herzegovina embassy after reports said the religious artifact originated from rebel-held eastern Ukraine. Lavrov received the 300-year-old icon as a gift from Milorad Dodik, the Serb chair of Bosnia’s three-man presidency, during his visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Dec.…

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Severstal’s Izhora Pipe Mill eters the Uited Arab Emirates LDP market

December 24, 2020 Izhora Pipe Mill (part of Severstal’s Russian Steel division) has been awarded the status of qualified supplier of large diameter pipes (LDP) by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) state oil company, ADNOC. In accordance with the successful certification, the Izhora Pipe Mill’s full assortment of large-diameter pipes, with diameters of 20-56 inches,…

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Russia to Launch Own TikTok Developed With Putin’s Alleged Daughter

Russia’s leading media holding, which is controlled by state energy giant Gazprom, will launch an app similar to the video-sharing social network TikTok, the group’s CEO said Wednesday. The Kommersant business daily cited Gazprom-Media CEO Alexander Zharov as saying the holding had purchased a service called “Ya Molodets” (“I am great”). Zharov said the app…

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Moscow Opposition Deputy Gets Suspended Sentence for Multiple Protest Violations

Moscow opposition deputy Yulia Galyamina will walk free after receiving a suspended sentence under Russia’s law criminalizing multiple protest violations, the Mediazona news website reported Wednesday. Galyamina, a member of north-central Moscow’s Timiryazevsky District council, is accused of demonstrating against local elections in the summer of 2019 and against Russia’s constitutional reforms this summer. She…

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Russian Film Highlights of 2020

2020 was a difficult year for the Russian film industry. Many long-anticipated premieres were postponed when in-theater showings were halted. Other filmы skipped the theater and went straight to online platforms. Another problem, which will have a longer effect on the industry, was filming — or not filming — under various Covid-19 restrictions. Most of…

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Navalny Associate Shaveddinov Returns From Forced Arctic Military Service

Ruslan Shaveddinov, an associate of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, has returned to Moscow following a year of forced military service in the Arctic, the Mediazona news website reported.   Shaveddinov worked for Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) which leads investigations into corrupt individuals among the Kremlin’s ruling elite. In December 2019, men in uniform broke…

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Colombia Expels Russian Diplomats on Spying Accusations – Reports

Colombia has expelled two alleged Russian intelligence officers working under diplomatic protection earlier this month, media reported Tuesday.  Colombian authorities said the Russian diplomats violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations but would not detail why they left, according to Reuters. The news agency reported that President Ivan Duque declined to reveal additional information, telling…

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Russia Moves to Hide Security Officers’ Data After Navalny Poisoning Revelations

Russian lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday to ban the public dissemination of data about security and law enforcement members. The move follows leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny’s viral YouTube video of a phone call with one of his alleged poisoners. That agent and other purported Federal Security Service (FSB) agents’ identities were revealed by the…

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Natural gas demand poised for long-term growth

December 23, 2020, 09:50 The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information concerning the impacts of the events of 2020 on the long-term outlook for the global energy market. The most significant development of the year, including in the energy market, has been the new coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the pandemic’s impact on the global gas market has been quite limited. According…

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Gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion programs for 2021–2025 signed with 67 Russian regions

December 23, 2020, 09:40 The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information about the ongoing implementation of the Company’s programs aimed at expanding gas supplies and gas infrastructure in Russian constituent entities, synchronization with regional programs for converting housing and utilities, industries and other entities to gas, as well as extension of gas grid coverage in the Krasnoyarsk Territory. It was highlighted that the creation of gas supply infrastructure…

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Gazprom moving forward with its LNG projects

December 23, 2020, 09:30 The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information about the ongoing implementation of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and supply projects. It was highlighted that the new coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on the long-term outlook for the global LNG industry, and the forecast for the commissioning of LNG production capacities worldwide has been revised downwards. Nevertheless,…

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Russia Sent ‘300 Military Instructors’ to C.Africa – Ministry

Moscow said Tuesday it had dispatched 300 Russian military instructors to the Central African Republic at the CAR’s request after an alleged attempted coup ahead of upcoming elections. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said Russia had “promptly responded” to a request and sent “an additional 300 instructors to train the military personnel of the national army”…

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