Russia Brands Bellingcat, Journalists ‘Foreign Agents’

Russia added the investigative outlet Bellingcat and nine journalists from various news outlets to its “foreign agents” registry Friday.  The additions come hours after the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper’s editor Dmitry Muratov received the Nobel Peace Prize for “defending freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly challenging conditions.” Bellingcat, as well as the independent Caucasian…

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Russian ‘Drag Race’ Adaptation Ignores LGBT Issues, Activists Say

A new Russian drag competition has sparked controversy among the country’s LGBT community, with activists saying the YouTube show ignores issues LGBT people face in Russia.  Nastya Ivleeva, a popular blogger with millions of followers on Instagram and YouTube, last week launched “Royal Cobras,” a drag competition that resembles the hit U.S. series “RuPaul’s Drag…

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EU Accuses Russia of Delaying Mutual Covid Certificate Approval – RBC

The European Union has accused Russia of delaying the mutual recognition of coronavirus vaccine certificates to ease travel between countries.  EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer said the 27-member bloc had sent the Russian Health Ministry “all the information and requests needed to decide on recognizing the equivalence” of EU and Russian certificates. “Russia has…

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Alcohol Poisoning Kills 17 Russians

At least 17 people died from counterfeit alcohol poisoning in central Russia, authorities said Friday, a problem that has plagued the country for years despite the Kremlin’s campaign against so-called surrogate alcohol. The victims included residents of neighboring towns in central Russia’s Orenburg region aged 36 to 79, according to the Investigative Committee, which probes…

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Gazprom and International Gas Union note role of natural gas in solving long-term economic challenges

October 7, 2021, 18:45 A working meeting between Elena Burmistrova, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Director General of Gazprom Export, and Joe M. Kang, President of the International Gas Union (IGU), took place today at St. Petersburg International Gas Forum 2021. The parties expressed appreciation for the long-term cooperation between Gazprom and the IGU. In particular, the discussion touched upon the…

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Gazprom makes arrangements for further development of NGV infrastructure in four Russian regions

October 7, 2021, 18:15 A number of documents for developing the Russian NGV market were signed today at St. Petersburg International Gas Forum 2021. Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo signed agreements on the wider use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel with the governments of three Russian regions: the Republics of Tatarstan and Mordovia and the Kaliningrad Region. The documents were signed in furtherance of previously existing agreements. The…

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Documents signed to develop sci-tech cooperation and standardization

October 7, 2021, 16:05 A number of documents relating to the development of scientific & technical cooperation and standardization were signed today at St. Petersburg International Gas Forum 2021. Gazprom and TMK signed a scientific and technical cooperation program for another five-year period spanning from 2021 to 2025. TMK will place its core focus on mastering the manufacture of new types of high-tech pipe products,…

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Contractual documents signed to implement project for Gas Processing Complex near Ust-Luga

October 7, 2021, 16:00 A number of contractual documents relating to the implementation of the construction project for the Gas Processing Complex near Ust-Luga (GPC of CPECG, forms part of the Complex for processing ethane-containing gas (CPECG)) were signed today at St. Petersburg International Gas Forum 2021. A license agreement was signed, ensuring the provision of rights for the use of the natural gas liquefaction technology by Gazprom…

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Documents signed for NGV market development and natural gas processing & liquefaction

October 7, 2021, 15:55 A number of documents were signed today at St. Petersburg International Gas Forum 2021 to advance activities in the areas of natural gas processing & liquefaction, as well as NGV market development. Gazprom and Caspian Innovation Company (CIC) signed a long-term contract for supplies of ethane fraction and liquid hydrocarbons (LPG). The document stipulates the basic terms of supply of valuable components that will…

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Gazprom and Irkutsk Oil Company to elaborate project for lithium production from Kovyktinskoye field

October 7, 2021, 15:50 Gazprom and Irkutsk Oil Company (INK) signed a Memorandum of Intent today at St. Petersburg International Gas Forum 2021. According to the document, the parties are interested in starting a joint project for the production and processing of formation brines (saline groundwaters) from the Kovyktinskoye field of Gazprom in order to obtain lithium compounds and other valuable components. The groundwaters of the Kovyktinskoye field contain…

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Gazprom further expanding cooperation with Russian hi-tech industrial enterprises

October 7, 2021, 15:45 A number of documents were signed today at St. Petersburg International Gas Forum 2021 to advance cooperation between Gazprom and Russian industrial enterprises. Gazprom, the Rostec State Corporation, and the Republic of Bashkortostan signed an Agreement of Intent. According to the document, UEC-UMPO (part of the Rostec State Corporation) is going to create a production and technological complex (PTC) for the repair and…

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NATO Says Had to React to Russian ‘Malign Activities’

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday the alliance had to act against rising Russian “malign activities” after expelling members of Moscow’s delegation for alleged spying.  “The decision to withdraw the accreditation of eight members of the Russian delegation to NATO was done based on intelligence because these are undeclared Russian intelligence officers,” Stoltenberg said. …

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Russia Invites Taliban for Afghan Talks

Russia has invited the Taliban to attend negotiations on Afghanistan in Moscow later this month, the Kremlin’s envoy to Afghanistan said Thursday. The hardline Islamist group seized control of the Afghan government in August following a lightning-fast offensive that coincided with the United States’ withdrawal of troops that ended its 20-year war.   Russia’s presidential envoy to Afghanistan,…

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Gazprom launches gas filling stations in five Russian regions

October 7, 2021, 12:50 The commissioning ceremony for six compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations of Gazprom located in Maikop (Republic of Adygea), Karamaskaly (Republic of Bashkortostan), Akhtubinsk and Seitovka (Astrakhan Region), Kemerovo (Kemerovo Region), and Millerovo (Rostov Region) was held today at St. Petersburg International Gas Forum 2021. Taking part in the event were Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, Vitaly…

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Honor Guard ‘Punished’ for Servicing Russia’s First in a Century Royal Wedding – Reports

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has taken disciplinary action against his subordinates in St. Petersburg for sending honor guards to the country’s first royal wedding in over a century, news agencies reported Wednesday. The Russian military’s honor guard was filmed last Friday forming a saber arch during Grand Duke George Mikhailovich Romanov and his Italian…

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Alexei German Jr.’s ‘House Arrest’ Hits the Big Screen in Russia

“House Arrest” by Alexei German Jr., which premiered at the 74th Cannes Film Festival, has just opened in Russian movie theaters. Compared to the director’s earlier multifaceted films − from harsh dramas like “The Last Train” and “Garpastum” to the large-scale feature “Under Electric Clouds” – “House Arrest” is rather simple and clear. The action…

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ROSATOM launches the first expedition of its kind to study Northern Sea Route ecology

October 5 marked the start of a comprehensive, ecological expedition to study the western part of the Northern Sea Route (NSR); the expedition is overseen by Moscow State University’s Marine Research Centre. Commissioned by ROSATOM, the study will take place aboard the research vessel “Aleksey Maryshev,” which was provided by ROSATOM-subsidiary, The Hydrographic Enterprise. The…

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Russia Touts ‘Sovereign’ Social Media After Major Facebook Outage

Russian officials highlighted the need to develop the country’s own “sovereign” social media platforms after a massive outage at Facebook’s vast family of apps affected billions of users worldwide late Monday. Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms essentially “disappeared” from the internet for several hours after a traffic routing problem left the sites unreachable for…

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Pandora Papers Name Alleged Offshore Beneficiaries with Putin Links

Leaked financial papers published by an international group of investigative journalists Sunday implicated several close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin in allegedly hiding mass amounts of wealth in offshore firms.  The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists said that Russian nationals are “disproportionately represented” in the Pandora Papers, with 14% of the more than 27,000…

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When Russian Art Went to New York in 1924

The Museum of Russian Impressionism in Moscow has once again organized a show of little-known but fascinating Russian art. “Other Shores” is a partial reconstruction of an almost forgotten exhibition held almost 100 years ago in New York, in 1924. The exhibition included works by Petr Konchalvsky, Igor Grabar, Mikhail Lariononv, Aristarkh Lentulov, Boris Grigoriev,…

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Pro-Government Reporter Detained in Moscow, Held in Belarus – Activists

Belarusian security officers detained a pro-government reporter who covered a deadly shooting incident involving Belarus’ KGB security agency and an IT worker in Moscow before transporting him to Minsk, activists said Saturday. Russian officials and media executives have criticized the actions, along with other steps seen as the continuation of Belarusian authorities’ crackdown on remaining…

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ROSATOM’s Sustainable Development Report posted on the website of the UN Global Compact Network for the first time

The ROSATOM’s first Sustainable Development Report for 2020 was first posted on the website of the UN Global Compact Network October 1, 2021. The report is qualified rated at level “Active”. Head of Sustainable Development Department of ROSATOM Polina Lion commented: “The adherence to the sustainable development principles requires the company’ fundamentally new level of…

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