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  • At Least 4 Killed By Severe Wind Storm in Central Russia

    At Least 4 Killed By Severe Wind Storm in Central Russia

    At least four people were killed after a strong wind storm hit Russia’s fifth most-populous region, the state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday, citing the regional prosecutor’s office.  Wind gusts reached up to 28 meters per second in the Sverdlovsk region Monday, toppling trees and causing widespread blackouts that left 130,000 residents without power. Footage…

  • Russia ‘Ready’ for New Comedy on Gay Activists’ 1970s Soviet Visit, Producer Says

    Russia ‘Ready’ for New Comedy on Gay Activists’ 1970s Soviet Visit, Producer Says

    Oscar-nominated Russian producer Alexander Rodnyansky has announced a new television series based on the real-life story of a group of LGBT activists who visited the Soviet Union on a mistaken invitation. The comedic series will portray the Homosexuelle Aktion Westberlin (HAW) activists’ 1978 trip to Moscow after a high-ranking Soviet official mistook their gay liberation…

  • Russia Surpasses 362K Coronavirus Cases as New Infections Stabilize

    Russia Surpasses 362K Coronavirus Cases as New Infections Stabilize

    The number of new cases has been steadily dropping and authorities have begun easing lockdown measures in some parts of the country. Restrictions have been eased in many areas though hard-hit Moscow remains on a strict lockdown until at least the end of May. On Monday, President Vladimir Putin made a rare lockdown appearance in…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 26

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 26

    There have been 362,342 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,807 deaths. May 26: 3 things you need to know today Russia confirmed 8,915 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 362,342. President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian military to hold its landmark parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory…

  • 4 Dead as Russian Helicopter Crashes at Airport

    4 Dead as Russian Helicopter Crashes at Airport

    A military helicopter crashed Tuesday at an airport in Russia’s remote eastern Chukotka region, killing all four people on board, the governor said. The helicopter of the Russian Defense Ministry went down in the main airport in Chukotka near Anadyr, which has mixed military and civilian use. “There were three crew members and one technician on…

  • Russian Footballer Pogrebnyak Hospitalized With Coronavirus

    Russian Footballer Pogrebnyak Hospitalized With Coronavirus

    Russia’s veteran international striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has been hospitalized with the coronavirus, his wife and lifestyle guru Maria Shatalova said Monday. Pogrebnyak’s current team, FC Ural Yekaterinburg, had said that the 36-year-old had mild Covid-19 symptoms and was “feeling good” when it announced Friday that he fell ill.  Shatalova said earlier that she believes her…

  • Libya Unity Govt Says Russian Mercenaries Evacuating

    Libya Unity Govt Says Russian Mercenaries Evacuating

    Forces backing Libya’s unity government said Monday that hundreds of Russian mercenaries fighting for their rival, military commander Khalifa Haftar, had been evacuated from combat zones south of the capital Tripoli. The claim comes after a series of setbacks for Haftar’s year-long offensive to seize the capital from the UN-recognized Government of National Accord. “An…

  • Moscow Makeup Artist Sees Clients Despite Coronavirus Infection

    Moscow Makeup Artist Sees Clients Despite Coronavirus Infection

    A makeup artist in eastern Moscow has been seeing clients despite testing positive for the coronavirus, Russian media reported last week. Irina Subbotina began working from home in late March when President Vladimir Putin declared a nationwide “non-working period” to slow the spread of Covid-19, the Baza Telegram channel said. She tested positive for the…

  • Remembering Joseph Brodsky

    Remembering Joseph Brodsky

    For my generation of American Slavists, born in the 1940s, Joseph Brodsky’s appearance on our shores in 1972 was as startling as Nabokov’s. There was no hint of aristocratism or nostalgia for a lost Russia, of course, only this huge poetic gift, attested to by legendary Russian poets, and that stupendously idiotic court trial, at…

  • Russian Prosecutors Demand 18 Years for Ex-US Marine in Spy Trial

    Russian Prosecutors Demand 18 Years for Ex-US Marine in Spy Trial

    Russian prosecutors on Monday demanded 18 years in prison for a former U.S. marine facing espionage charges, his lawyer said, as the high-profile trial that has strained ties with Washington drew to a close. Paul Whelan’s lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov told reporters that the prosecutor had requested 18 years “in a harsh regime colony” for his…

  • In Leaked Recording, Russian Official Pushes for Changes to Coronavirus Data

    In Leaked Recording, Russian Official Pushes for Changes to Coronavirus Data

    A provincial leader outside Moscow was heard telling his subordinates to alter his region’s coronavirus data in an audio recording leaked Monday that he later confirmed to be authentic. The Lipetsk region, which has a population of 1.1 million, had reported 1,696 total cases and five deaths from Covid-19 as of Monday, less than half…

  • Russian Police to Probe Siberia Street Party

    Russian Police to Probe Siberia Street Party

    Authorities in Russia have opened an investigation into a street party that saw dozens gather in the center of Novosibirsk despite an anti-coronavirus lockdown in the Siberian city. The local investigative committee said it was launching the probe after photos and videos were posted online of young Russians dancing as music played from loudspeakers in…

  • Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg helps Novy Urengoy Central City Hospital

    Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg helps Novy Urengoy Central City Hospital

    Background Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom. It operates in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area. The company is focused on gas and gas condensate production. Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg holds licenses for the development and production of hydrocarbons from the Yamburgskoye and Zapolyarnoye fields and is preparing for commercial production the Severo-Kamennomyssky, Kamennomysskoye-Sea, Obsky, Chugoryakhinsky, Tazovsko-Zapolyarny and Yuzhno-Parusovy subsurface areas, and, as part of joint ventures, the Parusovy,…

  • Siberia in Midst of Freak Heat Wave

    Siberia in Midst of Freak Heat Wave

    Western Siberia is experiencing abnormally high May temperatures, with some areas above the Arctic Circle breaking record-highs, The Siberian Times and The Washington Post reported last week. Weather experts say temperatures in the region have been between 3 degrees Celsius and 6 degrees Celsius above average since January. The trend picks up from 2019, which…

  • Russia’s Muslims Celebrate the End of Ramadan in the Time of a Pandemic

    Russia’s Muslims Celebrate the End of Ramadan in the Time of a Pandemic

    Muslims across Russia on Sunday celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday, a feast marking the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. Authorities in Moscow and Russia’s Muslim-majority regions have canceled prayer gatherings and ordered mosques to remain closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Take a look at how the celebrations included social distancing and…

  • Russia Surpasses 350k Coronavirus Cases

    Russia Surpasses 350k Coronavirus Cases

    The strongman leader of Russia’s southern Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, was receiving treatment for a suspected coronavirus infection, news agencies reported Thursday citing sources, though his aides did not confirm it. One of Russia’s most high-profile virus cases, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, returned to work this week after receiving treatment for the illness in hospital. Overall, 118,798…

  • Celebrate Joseph Brodsky Today

    Celebrate Joseph Brodsky Today

    Today would have been the 80th birthday of Joseph Brodsky, who was born in Leningrad and died in New York at the age of 55 in 1996. He is buried on the island of San Michele in Venice. Although the memorial museum where he and his family lived in “a room and a half” in…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 25

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 25

    There have been 353,427 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,633 deaths. May 25: 3 things you need to know today Putin congratulated Muslims across Russia on the Eid al-Fitr holiday, a feast marking the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, calling for charitable donations “under current conditions of a spreading dangerous disease.” Authorities in Moscow…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 24

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 24

    As the deadly coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, Russia has gradually become the world’s second most-infected country. There have been 335,882 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,388 deaths. May 24: 3 things you need to know today 1. Russia confirmed 8,599 new coronavirus infections Sunday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 344,481. Russia has…

  • Russia’s Confirms 8,599 New Coronavirus Cases as Curve Flattens

    Russia’s Confirms 8,599 New Coronavirus Cases as Curve Flattens

    The strongman leader of Russia’s southern Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, was receiving treatment for a suspected coronavirus infection, news agencies reported Thursday citing sources, though his aides did not confirm it. One of Russia’s most high-profile virus cases, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, returned to work this week after receiving treatment for the illness in hospital. Overall, 107,936…

  • Go to the Russian Theater This Weekend

    Go to the Russian Theater This Weekend

    This weekend, why not go to the theater and see works by some of Russia’s most innovative and celebrated directors?. For 24 hours starting at 9 p.m. in Moscow on Saturday (2 p.m. in New York and 7 p.m.in London) you can see  “Love and Intrigue (Kill)” by Frederich Schiller, directed by Timofei Kulyabin in…

  • Conquering the Heart of Borodinsky Bread

    Conquering the Heart of Borodinsky Bread

    Yeast has always eluded me. Not in the current sense of “I can’t find any yeast,” a cry heard these days from Montana to Myanmar.   My problem is that I have never been able to master yeast.  Recipes that begin, “proof the yeast” in my hands end up sagging like a three-day-old birthday balloon.…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 23

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 23

    As the deadly coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, Russia has gradually become the world’s second most-infected country. There have been 335,882 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,388 deaths. May 23: 3 things you need to know today 1. Russia confirmed 9,434 new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 335,882. Russia has the second-highest…

  • Russia’s Confirms 9,434 New Cases as Curve Flattens

    Russia’s Confirms 9,434 New Cases as Curve Flattens

    The strongman leader of Russia’s southern Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, was receiving treatment for a suspected coronavirus infection, news agencies reported Thursday citing sources, though his aides did not confirm it. One of Russia’s most high-profile virus cases, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, returned to work this week after receiving treatment for the illness in hospital. Overall, 107,936…

  • Concerns Raised for Detained Gulag Historian Yury Dmitriyev

    Concerns Raised for Detained Gulag Historian Yury Dmitriyev

    The U.K. has reiterated calls for the release of Yury Dmitriyev, a Russian historian who discovered Stalin-era mass graves and is currently being held in pre-trial detention on charges many say are politically motivated. Dmitriyev, 64, is the head of the Karelian branch of Memorial, an independent NGO that researches Soviet political repression and human…

  • Explainer: What Is the Open Skies Treaty and Why Is U.S. Quitting?

    Explainer: What Is the Open Skies Treaty and Why Is U.S. Quitting?

    The Open Skies Treaty, which the United States plans to quit, was agreed just after the Cold War to allow signatories to avoid nasty surprises by monitoring rival militaries. It was signed in 1992 and came into force in 2002, allowing 35 countries — including the United States and Russia — to fly unarmed surveillance…

  • Putin Warns of Second Coronavirus Wave for Russia This Fall

    Putin Warns of Second Coronavirus Wave for Russia This Fall

    President Vladimir Putin warned Friday that a second wave of the coronavirus epidemic could hit Russia this fall as he noted that the country’s current outbreak is stabilizing. Russia appears to have flattened the curve with fewer than 10,000 new Covid-19 cases reported each day for the past week, totaling 326,448 infections since the first…

  • Russia Expects ‘Significant Increase’ in May Deaths – Minister

    Russia Expects ‘Significant Increase’ in May Deaths – Minister

    Russia is expected to register a spike in mortality for the month of May, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said on Friday, as the country battles a coronavirus outbreak. “There will be a significant mortality increase in May” despite doctors trying to “save the maximum number of patients,” Golikova said, without referring specifically to deaths…

  • 14% of Healthy Russians Have Coronavirus Antibodies, Private Lab Says

    14% of Healthy Russians Have Coronavirus Antibodies, Private Lab Says

    One out of seven healthy Russians may have been infected with the coronavirus, according to a Moscow-based private lab analysis of voluntary testing published Friday. Out of more than 40,000 people tested between Monday and Thursday in most Russian regions, the Invitro lab said 14% had antibodies. Nearly half of Invitro’s tests were submitted in…

  • ROSATOM: world’s only floating nuclear power plant enters full commercial exploitation

    May 22, 2020 – One-of-a-kind floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) “Akademic Lomonosov” has been fully commissioned in Pevek, Chukotka region in the Russian Far East. Andrei Petrov, Director of Rosenergoatom (Electric Energy Division of ROSATOM), the subsidiary responsible for the FNPP project implementation, signed the relevant decree. “Today we can consider the floating nuclear power…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 22

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 22

    As the deadly coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, Russia has gradually become the world’s second most-infected country. There have been 326,448 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,249 deaths. May 22: 3 things you need to know today 1. Russia confirmed 8,894 new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 326,448. Russia has the…

  • Putin Adds Patriotism, War History to School Curriculum

    Putin Adds Patriotism, War History to School Curriculum

    President Vladimir Putin submitted legislation Thursday adding patriotism and war history to Russia’s education law. Putin’s amendments seek to add “a sense of patriotism and citizenship, respect for the memory of the defenders of the Fatherland and the achievements of the Fatherland’s heroes” to the law’s current definition of upbringing. His proposals, which need votes…

  • Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Flourish in Russia’s Republic of North Ossetia

    Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Flourish in Russia’s Republic of North Ossetia

    On April 20, around 2,000 protesters gathered in Freedom Square in the heart of Vladikavkaz, the sleepy capital of Russia’s mountainous North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia.  Flouting the self-isolation regime imposed weeks before to combat the tiny autonomous region’s escalating coronavirus outbreak, demonstrators reeled off their demands: an end to lockdown, emergency financial support,…

  • Rosneft Reduces Fugitive Methane Emissions in Exploration and Production by 73% in 2019

    Rosneft reduced fugitive methane emissions in the Upstream sector by 73% in 2019 as a result of a comprehensive programme of process improvements and methane emission reduction initiatives.

  • Developers Hail Self-Administered Russian Vaccine’s Success

    Developers Hail Self-Administered Russian Vaccine’s Success

    The Russian developers of a coronavirus vaccine have developed immunity to the infection after self-administering it, Interfax reported Friday. Scientists at the Gamalei Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology “aren’t so much testing as protecting themselves to continue working,” its head Alexander Ginzburg told the news agency. “Everyone’s alive, healthy and happy,” Ginzburg said when…

  • Listen to Writer Maxim Osipov Read His Works

    Listen to Writer Maxim Osipov Read His Works

    This evening, Fri. May 22, the writer Maxim Osipov is giving a reading at Corpus Online. He’ll be reading an essay and two short stories in Russian: “Свента”, “Добрые люди” and “Фантазия”. Maxim Osipov is a doctor living in Tarusa and the author of five collections of short stories in Russian published by Corpus. His…

  • Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes to Dark Spots of Russian History

    Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes to Dark Spots of Russian History

    “Four million people were dispossessed. Two and a half million kulaks [rich peasants] were sent into exile…” These grim historical facts from the Stalinist period began the 8-part television series “Zuleikha,” aired by one of Russia’s main channels and watched by a record number of viewers. But even though the series was shown last month,…

  • 1 in 3 Russian Medics Told to Doctor Coronavirus Data – Poll

    1 in 3 Russian Medics Told to Doctor Coronavirus Data – Poll

    One in three Russian doctors who treat coronavirus patients have been told to change how they report cases, according to a survey cited by the Meduza news website Thursday amid questions over Russia’s low Covid-19 death toll. The survey on the Russian app “Doctor’s Handbook” involved 509 medics, Meduza reported. More than one-third of the…

  • Ramzan Kadyrov: Putin’s Feared Chechen Strongman

    Ramzan Kadyrov: Putin’s Feared Chechen Strongman

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who was on Thursday reportedly being treated for coronavirus in Moscow, went from rebel fighter to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fearsome enforcer, bringing his war-scarred region to heel with an iron-fisted rule. He has taken a characteristically high-handed approach to the coronavirus, calling doctors in the region who complained of a…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 325K as Curve Flattens

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 325K as Curve Flattens

    The strongman leader of Russia’s southern Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, was receiving treatment for a suspected coronavirus infection, news agencies reported Thursday citing sources, though his aides did not confirm it. One of Russia’s most high-profile virus cases, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, returned to work this week after receiving treatment for the illness in hospital. Overall, 99,825…

  • Russia Calls U.S. Leaving Open Skies Treaty a ‘Blow’ to European Security

    Russia Calls U.S. Leaving Open Skies Treaty a ‘Blow’ to European Security

    Washington’s departure from the Open Skies arms control treaty would be a blow to European security, a Russian deputy foreign minister said Thursday, after President Donald Trump announced the United States will withdraw. “The withdrawal by the U.S. from this treaty would be not only a blow to the foundation of European security … but…

  • Changeover of shift workers at Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy

    Changeover of shift workers at Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy

    News from projects and regions May 21, 2020, 20:30 From May 21 to 23, Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy is conducting a phased changeover of shift personnel for the first time since the introduction of a 90-day shift period aimed at preventing cases of coronavirus at the company’s production facilities. Today, the first group of workers arrived in Novy Urengoy by a charter flight. The workers will take over the…

  • Core barrel of the reactor pressure vessel for Rooppur NPP (Bangladesh) has been produced at Atommash

    Core barrel of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) for Rooppur NPP (Bangladesh) has been produced at the Volgodonsk branch of JSC “AEM-technology” (a part of machine building subdivision of ROSATOM – Atomenergomash) Core barrel is one of the three main elements of the RPV internals. Core barrel vessel consists of six shells and elliptic bottom.…

  • Dividends of RUB 15.24 per share recommended by Board of Directors for 2019

    May 21, 2020, 19:10 The Gazprom Board of Directors addressed issues associated with arranging and holding the Company’s annual General Shareholders Meeting. At the meeting of the Board of Directors, it was resolved to hold the annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom in the form of absentee voting and to set the deadline for ballot submission as June 26, 2020. The Meeting quorum and the voting results will be determined…

  • Valery Guryanov put in charge of Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

    May 21, 2020, 19:00 Valery Guryanov has been appointed Director General of Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Valery Guryanov was born in 1974. He graduated from Samara State Aerospace University named after Academician Korolyov, majoring in Metal Treatment under Pressure, and received a degree in Oil and Gas Field Development and Operation from Tyumen State Oil and Gas University. He has an MBA degree.…

  • U.S. Plane With Donated Ventilators Lands in Russia

    U.S. Plane With Donated Ventilators Lands in Russia

    A U.S. military plane carrying dozens of donated American ventilators touched down in Moscow Thursday, with the precious cargo ready to be sent to a hospital treating coronavirus patients. The 50 ventilators are “the first part of a humanitarian donation of a total of 200 much-needed U.S.-manufactured ventilators to Russia,” valued at $5.6 million, the U.S.…

  • Rosneft Launches $610M Defamation Lawsuit Against Russian Media Outlet

    Rosneft Launches $610M Defamation Lawsuit Against Russian Media Outlet

    Russian oil giant Rosneft has launched a 43 billion ruble ($610 million) lawsuit against Russian business website RBC over the outlet’s coverage of the company’s disposal of its Venezeulean assets. The dispute concerns an article RBC published on May 14 detailing the mechanism by which Rosneft, which is majority owned by the Russian government, transferred…

  • Chechen Leader Kadyrov Hospitalized With Coronavirus in Moscow – Reports

    Chechen Leader Kadyrov Hospitalized With Coronavirus in Moscow – Reports

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has been hospitalized in Moscow with a suspected coronavirus infection, Interfax reported Thursday, citing an anonymous source in Moscow’s medical services. Kadyrov, 43, was reportedly flown to the Russian capital Wednesday, a few days after reporting flu-like symptoms, the Baza Telegram channel reported earlier Thursday. Chechen doctors recommended that Kadyrov seek treatment…

  • Putin Bestows Birthday Medal on Loyal Defense Chief

    Putin Bestows Birthday Medal on Loyal Defense Chief

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday bestowed a 65th birthday honor on Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, his loyal ally in the Syria conflict and companion on wilderness trips. Putin sent Shoigu birthday greetings and signed a decree awarding him one of Russia’s highest decorations, the “For Merit to the Fatherland” medal in the first degree. Previous…

  • Coronavirus Lockdown Prompts Russian Company to Open Drive-Ins

    Coronavirus Lockdown Prompts Russian Company to Open Drive-Ins

    The Russian movie theater company Karo plans to open at least six drive-in cinemas across Russia, the RBC broadcaster reported Wednesday. “We plan to open about six drive-in theaters in the near future. We want people to have chance to watch movies on the big screen, so we are now at the final stage [of…

  • Russian Movie Theater to Offer Drive-In Movies Amid Pandemic

    Russian Movie Theater to Offer Drive-In Movies Amid Pandemic

    The Russian movie theater company Karo plans to open at least six drive-in cinemas across Russia, the RBC broadcaster reported Wednesday. “We plan to open about six drive-in theaters in the near future. We want people to have chance to watch movies on the big screen, so we are now at the final stage [of…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 21

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 21

    As the deadly coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, Russia has gradually become the world’s second most-infected country. There have been 317,554 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,099 deaths. May 21: 3 things you need to know today 1. Russia confirmed 8,849 new coronavirus infections Thursday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 317,554. Russia now has…

  • HBO Airs Trailer for Oscar-Nominated Director’s Chechnya Gay Purge Doc

    HBO Airs Trailer for Oscar-Nominated Director’s Chechnya Gay Purge Doc

    HBO has aired a trailer for its upcoming documentary on the anti-gay crackdown in Russia’s republic of Chechnya that was produced using groundbreaking face-swapping technology to protect the safety of its subjects. Oscar-nominated American director David France’s documentary “Welcome to Chechnya” traces attempts by a Moscow-based LGBT association to exfiltrate gay Chechens to safety. Russian…

  • A Singaporean Street Food Weekend

    A Singaporean Street Food Weekend

    Hyatt Regency Petrovsky Park is continuing its weekend gastronomic world tour with a stop in Singapore. This weekend’s set menu is Singaporean street food, but you don’t have to go outside to get it. It will be delivered to your apartment May 22-24. The set includes Popiah (something like spring rolls) with chicken, beef and…

  • Putin Wants Russia to Get Back to Normal. New Outbreaks Show It May Be Too Early.

    Putin Wants Russia to Get Back to Normal. New Outbreaks Show It May Be Too Early.

    Before 136 employees of the distribution center for the popular Krasnoe & Beloe discount liquor chain in central Russia’s Sverdlovsk region tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, the region was set to relax its quarantine restrictions. The region had taken its cue from President Vladimir Putin, who last week announced a plan for Russia…

  • Rosneft reduces fugitive methane emissions from its Upstream operations by 73% in 2019

    Rosneft reduces fugitive methane emissions in its Upstream segment by 73% in 2019.

  • Syzran Refinery Commences Production of Green Marine Fuel

    The Syzran Refinery, a part of Rosneft Oil Company’s refining complex, has commenced the production of the environmentally-friendly low-sulphur marine fuel RMLS 40, which is compliant with the IMO requirements effective since the early 2020.

  • Moscow to Quarantine People With Coronavirus Immunity: Kommersant

    Moscow to Quarantine People With Coronavirus Immunity: Kommersant

    Update: The Moscow health department has denied plans to quarantine Muscovites with positive antibody test results. The proposal has been rejected and appeared online by mistake, an unnamed participant at the May 12 clinical council told the Business FM radio station. Moscow authorities could place people who test positive for coronavirus antibodies into a two-week quarantine as part…

  • $50M in Fabergé Antiquities Shipped to Panama After Oligarch Hit With Sanctions: Reports

    $50M in Fabergé Antiquities Shipped to Panama After Oligarch Hit With Sanctions: Reports

    A Russian Culture Ministry-linked organization sent a $47 million package labeled “Fabergé Russia” to Panama three weeks after the United States placed sanctions on known Fabergé enthusiast Viktor Vekselberg, the investigative outlet The Intercept reported Wednesday. Russia’s State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO shipped the package on April 28, 2018, to a Vekselberg-owned company in…

  • For This Russian Messianic Cult, Coronavirus Isolation Is a ‘Blessing’

    For This Russian Messianic Cult, Coronavirus Isolation Is a ‘Blessing’

    In the depths of the Siberian taiga a group of around a hundred people in white robes stand around a statue of an angel topped with a cross inside a circle. They sing and clasp each other’s hands, an unnerving scene in a world where millions are being forced to practice social distancing and self-isolation…

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