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  • Ukraine, Russia Resume Blame Game as Peace Process Hits Roadblock

    Ukraine, Russia Resume Blame Game as Peace Process Hits Roadblock

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday accused Russia of delaying a summit aimed at resolving the conflict between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s east, but Moscow said Kiev needed to pull back its troops first. Ukraine, France and Germany had planned to hold the meeting of the group known as the Normandy Four, aimed at resolving…

  • The second Nuclear Industry Suppliers Forum held in Cairo

    The second Nuclear Industry Suppliers Forum organized by ROSATOM and Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant Authority (NPPA) was held in Cairo (Egypt) on October 8-9, 2019. The event were held at the venue of the Big Industrial Week Global Industrial and Technical Exhibition and Forum. Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Egypt, Kirill…

  • What Does Turkey’s Syria Offensive Mean For Russia?

    What Does Turkey’s Syria Offensive Mean For Russia?

    Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies attacked Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday, pounding them with air strikes and artillery before starting a cross-border ground operation that could transform an eight-year war. Turkey’s assault on the Kurds is potentially one of the biggest shifts in years in the Syrian war that has drawn…

  • Russia Plans New Icebreakers, Ports and Satellites for Northern Sea Route

    Russia Plans New Icebreakers, Ports and Satellites for Northern Sea Route

    Russia has big plans for its Arctic and is now in the process of building capacities that will enable it to ship out major volumes of goods from the region. “Nuclear icebreakers, sea ports, support vessels and satellites are our main priority,” says Maxim Kulinko, a top representative of Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom.…

  • The Many Lives of the Tsar’s Village

    The Many Lives of the Tsar’s Village

    For over two hundred years, the epicenter of Imperial Russian power was more often found on the outskirts of St. Petersburg than in its heart. The Romanovs had many residences, but none symbolized the dynasty’s autocratic power more than the opulent Catherine Palace, the jewel in the crown of Tsarskoye Selo, “the Tsar’s village.” A…

  • Kremlin Critic Navalny Accuses Putin of Foreign Funding ‘Setup’

    Kremlin Critic Navalny Accuses Putin of Foreign Funding ‘Setup’

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has accused President Vladimir Putin of framing his anti-corruption group as a “foreign agent” after Navalny urged people to strategically vote against pro-Putin candidates in elections last month. The Justice Ministry on Wednesday blacklisted Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) under a 2012 “foreign agent” law that imposes crippling auditing and reporting…

  • Finance Heads Call for Stronger Cybercrime Punishments

    Finance Heads Call for Stronger Cybercrime Punishments

    Russia’s largest bank and its financial regulator on Thursday called for tougher penalties to be put in place against cybercrime. Governor of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina and Sberbank CEO German Gref highlighted how criminal responsibility in Russia for some cyber crimes is softer than in the United States, while for others it is completely…

  • Putin Dismisses Kremlin Aide Glazyev, Critic of Central Bank’s Policy

    Putin Dismisses Kremlin Aide Glazyev, Critic of Central Bank’s Policy

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Sergei Glazyev, the Kremlin’s adviser known for openly criticizing the Central Bank, according to an official decree published on the state law database website on Wednesday. Glazyev came into the spotlight in economic newsflow amidst the crisis in Moscow’s relations with the West over its annexation of Crimea in…

  • U.K. Firms Fight Russia’s Image Problem

    U.K. Firms Fight Russia’s Image Problem

    “Perception” was the word of the day at the annual RussiaTalk British-Russian investment forum in central Moscow last week. The dozens of business leaders and investors who gathered in the Russian Chamber of Commerce — many of who have been based in Russia for years or have long-term investments and subsidiaries here — were keen…

  • Russian Pensioner Jailed for Treason Over Ukrainian Intelligence-Sharing

    Russian Pensioner Jailed for Treason Over Ukrainian Intelligence-Sharing

    A 72-year-old Russian man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for high treason after a court determined that he shared secrets with Ukrainian intelligence. Vladimir Morgunov’s little-known case did not appear in Moscow’s court database until his pre-trial detention was extended in December 2018. The Federal Security Service (FSB) alleged that Morgunov shared…

  • Iran Frees Detained Russian Journalist, Russian Embassy Says

    Iran Frees Detained Russian Journalist, Russian Embassy Says

    Iran has freed a Russian journalist, Yulia Yuzik, who had been detained last week, the Russian Embassy in Tehran said on social media Thursday. “As a result of joint efforts of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Embassy in Tehran, the Iranian side made a decision on the release of Russian citizen Yulia Yuzik,” it said. According to the…

  • Severstal targets icreased eergy geeratio usig secodary sources

    Severstal targets icreased eergy geeratio usig secodary sources

    October 10, 2019 Cherepovets Steel Mill (CherMK), one of the largest integrated steel plants in the world (part of Severstal’s Russian Steel division), has announced plans to increase the amount of electricity it generates using by-product industrial gases. CherMK consumes 5.9 billion kWh of electricity per year, 78% of which the mill generates itself. As…

  • Ukhta pupils receive prizes from Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta

    Ukhta pupils receive prizes from Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta

    Background Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom supplying natural gas to consumers in nine regions of northwestern Russia and ensuring gas transit within and beyond the former Soviet Union. The gas transmission system operated by the company stretches across Russia’s northwestern areas from the Yamal Peninsula-based Bovanenkovskoye field and Baidaratskaya, the world’s northernmost compressor station, to the country’s western borders. Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta’s area of operation covers…

  • Gazprom Transgaz Tomsk supports Olympiad for children with special needs

    Gazprom Transgaz Tomsk supports Olympiad for children with special needs

    News from projects and regions October 9, 2019, 18:10 On October 6, the 12th “We Are Just Like You!” Olympiad for children with special needs was held in Sakhalin with support from Gazprom Transgaz Tomsk. Taking part in the competition were 40 athletes aged 7 to 14 years old from Kirov Children’s Boarding School and the Preodoleniye social rehabilitation center. The sporting…

  • Russia Plans Its Own Version of Wikipedia by 2023

    Russia Plans Its Own Version of Wikipedia by 2023

    Russia is aiming to roll out an online encyclopedia in three years with a readership five times the size of Wikipedia’s, the RBC news website reported Wednesday, citing procurement documents. Russia has been planning to create its own version of Wikipedia to ensure Russians have access to more “detailed and reliable” information about their country…

  • Russia’s Gazprom Ranks 3rd Among World’s Top Carbon Emitters – Study

    Russia’s Gazprom Ranks 3rd Among World’s Top Carbon Emitters – Study

    Russia’s state-owned gas giant Gazprom is the world’s third-largest producer of carbon emissions, The Guardian reported Wednesday, citing a new scientific analysis. The analysis from the U.S.-based Climate Accountability Institute ranked the top 20 carbon-emitting companies worldwide to examine their role in the current climate crisis. Since 1965, these 20 companies have contributed to 35%…

  • Russian Scientists Find Microplastics Along ‘Entire’ Arctic Sea Route

    Russian Scientists Find Microplastics Along ‘Entire’ Arctic Sea Route

    Russian scientists say they have discovered small plastic debris along the entirety of an Arctic shortcut connecting Asia and Europe that Russia calls the Northern Sea Route. Microplastics — plastic particles smaller than 5 millimeters in length — are now present in every part of the environment, according to a 2019 scientific review by European Union researchers.…

  • Putin Urges Turkey’s Erdogan Not to Harm Syria Peace Process – Kremlin

    Putin Urges Turkey’s Erdogan Not to Harm Syria Peace Process – Kremlin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan by phone on Wednesday to avoid any steps in Syria that could damage its peace process, the Kremlin said, as Turkey prepared to launch an operation in northeastern Syria. The Kremlin said that both Putin and Erdogan agreed in the phone call that Syria’s sovereignty…

  • Russian, North Korean State Media Team Up to Fight ‘Fake News’

    Russian, North Korean State Media Team Up to Fight ‘Fake News’

    State media outlets in Russia and North Korea have signed a new cooperation agreement that includes plans to counteract “fake news” together, the state-run TASS news agency reported Wednesday. TASS and North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) previously signed a cooperation agreement in 2005. TASS is currently the only Russian media outlet to…

  • Radiation Spike Recorded on Berlin-Moscow Train

    Radiation Spike Recorded on Berlin-Moscow Train

    A radiation spike thought to be caused by a cancer patient has been recorded onboard a passenger train that arrived in Moscow from Berlin on Tuesday, Russian media outlets have reported.  Russian news channels published footage of police, firemen and radioactive waste decontamination teams inspecting the train upon its arrival. No passengers were reportedly onboard…

  • Russian Lawmakers Look to Ban Email Users Who Share Illegal Content

    Russian Lawmakers Look to Ban Email Users Who Share Illegal Content

    A group of pro-Kremlin lawmakers has drafted legislation that would allow authorities to block individual email or online messenger users who circulate banned content. The bill is likely to alarm advocates of internet freedoms, but the lawmakers say the legislation is needed to combat a wave of hoax bomb threats that have been sporadically called…

  • Working meeting held with Germany’s Federal Government Commissioner for Gas Transit across Ukraine

    Working meeting held with Germany’s Federal Government Commissioner for Gas Transit across Ukraine

    Release October 9, 2019, 12:45 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Georg Graf Waldersee, Commissioner of the Federal Government of the Federal Republic of Germany for Gas Transit across Ukraine, took place today in Moscow. The parties discussed issues related to supplies of Russian natural gas to Europe in the period from January 1, 2020. Ukraine is currently taking steps…

  • Russia Blacklists Opposition Leader Navalny’s Foundation as ‘Foreign Agent’

    Russia Blacklists Opposition Leader Navalny’s Foundation as ‘Foreign Agent’

    Russia’s Justice Ministry has on Wednesday blacklisted opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) as a “foreign agent.” Russia’s 2012 “foreign agent” law requires labeled organizations to report their activities and face financial audits. Activists have denounced the law, saying it seeks to silence groups critical of the Kremlin’s human rights record. The Justice Ministry…

  • Secret Russian Military Intelligence Unit Linked to ‘Campaign to Destabilize Europe’ – NYT

    Secret Russian Military Intelligence Unit Linked to ‘Campaign to Destabilize Europe’ – NYT

    A top-secret Russian military intelligence unit has been engaged in a campaign to destabilize Europe, The New York Times has reported, citing intelligence officials in four Western countries that only recently discovered the unit’s activities. GRU Unit 29155 reportedly oversaw a campaign to destabilize Moldova, an arms smuggler’s assassination attempt in Bulgaria, a thwarted coup…

  • World Bank Cuts Russian Growth Forecast

    World Bank Cuts Russian Growth Forecast

    The World Bank has become the latest organization to cut its outlook for the Russian economy, predicting growth of just 1% in 2019. A host of domestic and international factors are holding back the economy, the organization said in its new forecast published today. The bank had previously predicted growth of 1.2% in 2019. “The…

  • Calvey Case: While Two Foreigners Are Under House Arrest, Their Three Russian Colleagues Remain in Jail

    Calvey Case: While Two Foreigners Are Under House Arrest, Their Three Russian Colleagues Remain in Jail

    Ever since five employees of Baring Vostok were arrested on fraud charges in February, the world’s attention has been on the private equity fund’s American founder Michael Calvey and his French business partner Philippe Delpal.  Outcries in support of the two men, widely seen as having been caught up in a business dispute, came from…

  • Russia Uncovers Secret Islamic State ‘Charity’ in North Caucasus

    Russia Uncovers Secret Islamic State ‘Charity’ in North Caucasus

    Russian intelligence services have uncovered a secret “charity” that had more than 100 members and sent money to the Islamic State in Syria, authorities said Wednesday. Russian police and the Federal Security Service (FSB) uncovered Islamic State cells in 17 regions so far in 2019, a top anti-extremism official said last month. The FSB said…

  • Almost 40% of Russians Call Moscow Protest Convictions ‘Politically Motivated’ – Poll

    Almost 40% of Russians Call Moscow Protest Convictions ‘Politically Motivated’ – Poll

    Nearly 40% of Russians believe that the recent criminal convictions of more than a dozen people over this summer’s Moscow protests were politically motivated, according to new independent polling. The Sept. 8 local and regional elections were among the most remembered events of the past month, according to the independent Levada Center pollster. Five of…

  • ‘If They Send Us Back to China We Will Die’: Uighur Brothers Fight Deportation From Russia

    ‘If They Send Us Back to China We Will Die’: Uighur Brothers Fight Deportation From Russia

    KAZAN — At first sight, Shahrizat and Shahdiyar Shavkat, 23-year-old twin brothers from China, look like regular students. They spend their days listening to music, playing sports and hanging out with friends in Kazan, Russia’s sixth-largest city and the capital of the majority-Muslim republic of Tatarstan. Only a “Free the Uighurs” screensaver on one of their…

  • Attacks on Journalists in Russia More Than Double Since 2017 – NGO

    Attacks on Journalists in Russia More Than Double Since 2017 – NGO

    The number of attacks and threats on Russian journalists by the authorities has more than doubled since 2017, according to a new report published by the international Justice for Journalists NGO on Monday. The report was published to mark the 13th anniversary of Novaya Gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskya’s murder. While five men were sentenced to…

  • Youth Team Games held at Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod

    Youth Team Games held at Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod

    Background Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom that delivers natural gas to 15 regions in the Volga and Central Federal Districts of the Russian Federation. The company’s gas transmission system is composed of trunklines stretching for over 13,000 kilometers. Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod operates 54 compressor workshops, 284 gas compressor units, 371 gas distribution stations, 2 mobile CNG refuelers and 4 refueling modules at the premises of gas…

  • U.S. Toddler With Rare Skin Condition Gets First Treatment in Russia

    U.S. Toddler With Rare Skin Condition Gets First Treatment in Russia

    Doctors in southern Russia have removed part of a birthmark on the head of an American baby who was born with a rare skin condition, the state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday. Seven-month-old Luna Fenner was diagnosed with giant congenital melanocytic nevus, with the shape of the mark covering her face resembling a Batman mask…

  • Russian Theater Director Serebrennikov’s Fraud Case to Be Re-Tried, Court Says

    Russian Theater Director Serebrennikov’s Fraud Case to Be Re-Tried, Court Says

    A Moscow court has sent theater director Kirill Serebrennikov’s criminal fraud case back to its starting point a month after the case was returned to prosecutors, and more than two years after he was first arrested. Serebrennikov was detained in August 2017 on charges of embezzling 68 million rubles ($1 million) in government funds, a…

  • On This Day Marina Tsvetayeva Was Born

    On This Day Marina Tsvetayeva Was Born

    Marina Tsvetayeva was born in Moscow in 1892 to a professor of art history – who founded what is today known as the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts – and a mother of German and Polish ancestry. Tsvetayeva’s family was one of wealth and influence, albeit not supportive of their daughter’s poetry.  When Tsvetayeva was…

  • Putin Gives Top State Honor to U.S. Astronaut Who Survived Russian Rocket Emergency

    Putin Gives Top State Honor to U.S. Astronaut Who Survived Russian Rocket Emergency

    President Vladimir Putin has presented U.S. astronaut Nick Hague with one of Russia’s top state honors a year after the astronaut survived an emergency onboard a Russian spacecraft. Hague, along with Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin, made a dramatic emergency landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan in October 2018 when a booster rocket on their Soyuz…

  • Russia and China to Sign Agreement on Combating Illegal Online Content

    Russia and China to Sign Agreement on Combating Illegal Online Content

    Russia and China will sign a cooperation treaty aimed at combating illegal content on the internet this month, Russia‘s state communications watchdog said on Tuesday, an example of deepening cooperation between the powers. Critics have accused Russia‘s authorities of trying to implement Chinese-style curbs on the internet. Cooperation in this area between the two regulators could alarm proponents…

  • Russian Message in a Bottle Washes Up on Brazilian Beach

    Russian Message in a Bottle Washes Up on Brazilian Beach

    A group of friends frolicking on a beach in Brazil recently discovered a Russian message in a bottle thought to be written by Soviet sailors, Brazilian media have reported. The 15 friends were vacationing on the country’s southern tip on Sept. 20 when they came across a glass bottle containing a rolled sheet of paper…

  • Vladimir Aniskin and His Invisible Masterpieces

    Vladimir Aniskin and His Invisible Masterpieces

    In 1881 the Russian writer Nikolai Leskov wrote a short story called “The Tale of Cross-Eyed Lefty and the Steel Flea” about a group of blacksmiths in Tula led by a left-handed master. In the story, Tsar Alexander I brought back a miniature mechanical flea made of steel from England. His son, Tsar Nicholas I,…

  • Putin Wants to Connect Russia’s Arctic Coast and the Indian Ocean

    Putin Wants to Connect Russia’s Arctic Coast and the Indian Ocean

    President Vladimir Putin wants to connect ports on Russia’s Arctic coast with ports on the Indian Ocean, he said at the Valdai Discussion Club conference. Asia and the Middle East were in the spotlight during the conference, which Putin has attended since its establishment in 2004. Infrastructure development was a key part of this year’s talks which took…

  • Russia Says It Was Not Informed About U.S. Plans to Withdraw Troops From Syria

    Russia Says It Was Not Informed About U.S. Plans to Withdraw Troops From Syria

    Russia was not informed in advance by the United States or by Turkey about U.S. plans to pull troops back from Syria’s northeast border region ahead of a Turkish military operation, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. Russia, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has emerged as a leading power broker in Syria over more…

  • Russia to Keep U.S. Investor Calvey Under House Arrest Until January

    Russia to Keep U.S. Investor Calvey Under House Arrest Until January

    A court in Moscow ruled Tuesday that U.S. investor Michael Calvey should remain under house arrest facing charges of embezzlement until Jan. 13, the state-run TASS news agency reported. Calvey and other executives at private equity group Baring Vostok were detained in February. They deny wrongdoing and say the charges against them are being used…

  • Disappointed Kremlin Won’t Entrust Moscow Elections to City Hall – Vedomosti

    Disappointed Kremlin Won’t Entrust Moscow Elections to City Hall – Vedomosti

    The Kremlin will no longer allow authorities in Moscow to run their own elections after the ruling party lost a third of its seats in the capital’s city legislature last month, the Vedomosti business daily reported Tuesday. President Vladimir Putin’s administration has reportedly reviewed the results of the Sept. 8 vote — where the pro-Putin…

  • New High-Speed Moscow-St. Petersburg Trains to Start Running in 2026

    New High-Speed Moscow-St. Petersburg Trains to Start Running in 2026

    Russia is aiming to launch a new high-speed rail connection between Moscow and St. Petersburg by 2026, the state railway organization said yesterday. The proposed launch date was confirmed at a meeting between lawmakers in Russia’s Federation Council and Dmitry Kattsyn, head of high-speed projects at the country’s state rail operator, Russian Railways. Russian Railways…

  • Ex-Head of Alrosa’s Flooded Russian Mine Found Dead in Custody

    Ex-Head of Alrosa’s Flooded Russian Mine Found Dead in Custody

    The former head of a Siberian diamond mine owned by Alrosa where eight men were killed in a flood two years ago was found dead in a pre-trial detention center on Tuesday, a day after he was arrested, Russian investigating authorities said. A regional branch of the federal Investigative Committee said there were indications the…

  • Scientists Discover Record Methane Emission in the Russian Arctic

    Scientists Discover Record Methane Emission in the Russian Arctic

    A group of scientific researchers has discovered a record methane emission coming from the eastern Siberian Sea, expedition organizer Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) said in a statement. The scientists found concentrations of the greenhouse gas —  which can significantly influence the planet’s climate — up to nine times the global average. “This is the most…

  • ‘Putin’s Chef’ Admits Links to Pro-Kremlin Media for the First Time

    ‘Putin’s Chef’ Admits Links to Pro-Kremlin Media for the First Time

    Businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin has for the first time said he is linked to pro-Kremlin media after years of denying the association, Russia’s RBC news website reported. A newly formed group of four pro-Kremlin outlets called Patriot mentioned Prigozhin by name, identifying him as chairman of its board of trustees.  “This is undoubtedly a big honor…

  • Millions of Beeline Clients’ Data Leaked – Kommersant

    Millions of Beeline Clients’ Data Leaked – Kommersant

    Personal data relating to the Russian mobile operator Beeline’s 2016 database of 8.7 million clients has been leaked, the Kommersant business daily reported citing banking security department sources. Kommersant checked the database, which list Beeline’s internet clients, and found that it includes full names, addresses and phone numbers. Beeline’s press office told Kommersant the leak…

  • Russian E-Commerce Giant Ozon’s Couriers Strike Over Low Wages

    Russian E-Commerce Giant Ozon’s Couriers Strike Over Low Wages

    Couriers at one of Russia’s biggest online retailers Ozon staged a strike in St. Petersburg against low wages on Saturday and Sunday, disrupting deliveries in the country’s second-biggest city, the Fontanka news website reported. Ozon, which pioneered the Russian e-commerce sector in 1998 and is often referred to as Russia’s Amazon, holds around 10% of…

  • Russian Lawyers Demand Case Against Colleagues Accused of Insulting FSB Officer Is Dropped

    Russian Lawyers Demand Case Against Colleagues Accused of Insulting FSB Officer Is Dropped

    Almost 300 lawyers have signed an open letter demanding that Russian authorities stop prosecuting two of their colleagues for allegedly insulting an FSB investigator, the Bumaga news website reported Sunday. St. Petersburg lawyers Andrei and Mikhail Zlomnov are accused of insulting Dmitry Sablin while they were defending their relative Pavel Zlomnov against charges of arms…

  • Iran Says Russian Journalist Was Detained for ‘Visa Violation’ Not Spying

    Iran Says Russian Journalist Was Detained for ‘Visa Violation’ Not Spying

    A Russian journalist who is being held in Iran was detained last week for a visa violation and not for spying, the Students News Agency ISNA quoted Iran’s government spokesman as saying on Monday. The spokesman said Yulia Yuzik’s case was undergoing a “quick review” by the Iranian authorities but gave no more details. “Her case…

  • Putin Celebrates His Birthday

    Putin Celebrates His Birthday

    President Vladimir Putin turns 67 today. The Kremlin announced that Putin would be spending his birthday outdoors with family and friends, and released a series of pictures of the president hiking in the Siberian taiga over the weekend. Today also marks the 13th anniversary of the murder of Russian investigative journalist and fierce Putin critic…

  • Moscow Court Freezes Calvey’s Assets – FT

    Moscow Court Freezes Calvey’s Assets – FT

    Michael Calvey has had almost $1 million in assets frozen in the latest development in the high-profile legal case against the star U.S. investor and his Baring Vostok private equity fund, the Financial Times reported. The development is a setback for Calvey’s team following reports last month that prosecutors were considering dropping the case. A…

  • Thousands Rally in Kiev to Protest Autonomy Plan for Eastern Ukraine

    Thousands Rally in Kiev to Protest Autonomy Plan for Eastern Ukraine

    Thousands of people gathered in Kiev’s main square on Sunday to protest against President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s deal with Moscow to grant autonomy to Ukraine’s pro-Russian rebel-held east as part of efforts to end a five-year conflict there. In the first breakthrough towards a possible peace deal in years, envoys from Moscow and Kiev agreed at…

  • Cooking Moscow Market Bounty: ‘That Eggplant Thing’

    Cooking Moscow Market Bounty: ‘That Eggplant Thing’

    One of my superpowers is the ability to come up with names for dishes. I play with puns, literary allusions, alliteration, and assonance. But in the case of this particular eggplant recipe, I cannot, for the life of me, come up with anything better than the name by which it is known in my immediate…

  • Environmental cleanup conducted by Gazprom on Baikal non-profit partnership

    Environmental cleanup conducted by Gazprom on Baikal non-profit partnership

    News from projects and regions October 5, 2019, 18:00 On October 5, employees from the companies and organizations within the Gazprom on Baikal non-profit partnership took part in an annual autumn cleanup arranged in the regional center by Irkutsk gas workers. As usual, the partnership’s teams cleaned up the outdoor area of Irkutsk Residential Care Facility No. 1, as well as the areas adjacent to the water…

  • Russia Will Find Ways to Help Cuba Get Oil, Medvedev Says

    Russia Will Find Ways to Help Cuba Get Oil, Medvedev Says

    Russia will find ways to help Cuba secure supplies of oil and petroleum products, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview broadcast on Saturday. Medvedev pledged to help develop Cuba’s energy sector during a visit to the island this week, but did not announce any short-term measures to provide relief for the island…

  • Summer Falls Away, in Photos

    Summer Falls Away, in Photos

    After a long, warm summer of shashlik in the park and skateboards on the streets, Moscow is settling into colder nights and shorter days. But before winter gets here, we’re enjoying the colors and shades of autumn! Here’s a look at the capital this season.

  • The Binocular Brigade in Moscow Parks

    The Binocular Brigade in Moscow Parks

    From yoga to pho to escape rooms, Moscow has gone through more than its fair share of fads in the past couple of decades. While predicting what the next wave will be is like trying to guess which of your aunt’s cat videos is going to go viral on YouTube, one sleeper contender for Moscow’s…

  • TITAN-2 and Framatome-Siemens Consortium sign contract for Hanhikivi-1 NPP (Finland) main I&C supply

    October 2, 2019, Moscow – TITAN-2 JSC, contractor for building and supply of equipment for Hanhikivi-1 NPP (Finland) construction, has signed a contract with Framatome-Siemens, the French-German consortium, to supply Main Instrumentation and Control (I&C).  The contract was signed following a competitive procedure with the participation of international companies that are market leaders in the…

  • Russia and Cuba will consider the construction of a Multipurpose Irradiation Center

    On October 3, 2019 in Havana, an agreement for the implementation of a project for the construction of a multipurpose irradiation center in the Republic of Cuba was signed. Jose Fidel Santana, Vice Minister of Science, Technology and Environment, and Nikolay Spassky, Deputy Director General at ROSATOM, signed the document on the Cuban side and…

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