Rosenergoatom: Russian NPPs finished the year with an all-time record, surpassing the achievements of the USSR

Rosenergoatom JSC (part of the Electric Power Division of ROSATOM), which celebrated 75 years since its foundation last year, confirmed that it was indeed the largest power generating company of the country: Nuclear power plants, being its branches, generated over 215.746 billion kWh of electricity. “We ended 2020 with an absolute record in the entire…

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Billionaire Georgia Party Leader Says Quitting Politics

The billionaire leader of Georgia’s ruling party, Bidzina Ivanishvili, who is widely seen as the Western-backed country’s most powerful man, announced Monday he was quitting politics. Ivanishvili made the announcement after his Georgian Dream party claimed a narrow victory in a tightly contested parliamentary election last year that sparked protests. “My mission has been accomplished,”…

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Russian Mid-Air Collision Kills Three

Three people have died in a mid-air collision between two light aircraft near St. Petersburg, Russian media reported Friday. One of the planes landed safely with its pilot unharmed.  Interfax, citing Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry, said the crash occurred at an airfield that hosts regular competition aerobatics events next to the Leningrad region village of…

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Putin Silent on Washington Unrest as Russian Foreign Ministry Calls U.S. Electoral System Archaic

President Vladimir Putin made no statement on the unprecedented chaos in the United States when he spoke briefly with journalists after attending an Orthodox Christmas service, while Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the U.S electoral process is archaic and prone to violations. A rampaging mob of Trump supporters on Wednesday stormed a session of Congress being held…

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Russia Passes 60K Coronavirus Deaths

Russia surpassed 60,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths Thursday, according to daily official figures. National task force figures showed 506 new deaths and 23,541 infections detected in the past 24 hours. Autopsy-based statistics suggest the official death toll is a fraction of the true number. A total of 3,332,142 cases and 60,457 fatalities have been registered in…

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Putin Silent on U.S. Capitol Violence

President Vladimir Putin made no statement on the unprecedented chaos in the United States when he spoke briefly with journalists after attending an Orthodox Christmas service in a remote medieval church late Wednesday. A rampaging mob of Trump supporters stormed a session of Congress to certify Joe Biden’s election win, triggering violence and accusations the…

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Russian Gold Mine Accident Kills Two

At least two miners died after a rockfall at a Trans-Siberian Gold company-owned mine on Russia’s Pacific coast, emergency officials said Wednesday. Three of the five engineers who were installing ventilation systems at the Asacha deposit in the Kamchatka region climbed out on their own, the Emergency Situations Ministry’s regional branch said in a statement.…

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Russia ‘Likely’ Behind SolarWinds Hack – U.S. Intelligence Agencies

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies said Tuesday that Russia was probably behind the massive SolarWinds hack that has shaken government and corporate security, contradicting President Donald Trump, who had suggested China could be to blame. A joint statement by the FBI, Directorate of National Intelligence, the National Security Agency and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security…

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Putin, Germany’s Merkel Discuss Joint Coronavirus Vaccine Production

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed by phone the potential for joint production of a coronavirus vaccine, the Kremlin said Tuesday.  Putin and Merkel discussed cooperation in the fight against Covid-19 “with an emphasis on potential prospects for the joint production of vaccines,” according to a statement on the Kremlin’s website.…

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Jan. 4

Russia has confirmed 3,260,138 cases of coronavirus and 58,988 deaths. Jan. 4: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 23,351 new coronavirus cases and 482 deaths. Hungary will not purchase the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for large-scale inoculation due to Russia’s lack of production capacity, Reuters quoted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff as saying. Moscow…

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Hungary Cools on Russian Covid Jab

Hungary is unlikely to use Russia’s coronavirus vaccine due to its limited production capacity, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Sunday while criticising the EU’s vaccine acquisition approach. Often at loggerheads with Brussels over democratic standards, Orban has sent experts to monitor vaccine development in Russia and China, and received samples of Moscow’s controversial Sputnik V…

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Russian Women to Watch in 2021

The Moscow Times has compiled a list of the most impressive Russian women in 2020. It includes movers and shakers across different parts of Russia, generations, and occupations. However, all of these women have one thing in common — they were able to use their platforms to tackle the new and old challenges of 2020 and…

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Jan. 3

Russia has confirmed 3,236,787 cases of coronavirus and 58,506 deaths. Jan. 3: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 24,150 new coronavirus cases and 504 deaths. Hungary will not purchase the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for large-scale inoculation due to Russia’s lack of production capacity, Reuters quoted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff as saying.…

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‘Journeys Through the Russian Empire’

A Tale of Two Photographers Photography, since its inception, has provided an invaluable window into Russia’s turbulent past. The revolutions of 1917 irrevocably altered the course of Russia’s history with seismic political change, but also rendered an entire way of life not only obsolete but also taboo. Historians were left to pour over sepia-toned photos…

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Gazprom begins gas supplies to Serbia via new route starting from January 1, 2021

January 1, 2021, 10:55 Gazprom today began supplying gas to Serbia, as well as to Bosnia and Herzegovina, via a new route across Turkey and Bulgaria. Gas from Russia is transmitted by the TurkStream offshore gas pipeline and further across Turkey. It is then brought via Bulgaria’s national gas transmission system to Serbia, where it is distributed among consumers in Serbia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Deliveries along this route were…

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2020: The People Russia Lost

In 2020 the number of deaths in Russia of prominent and beloved public figures was devastatingly high, many from the coronavirus, but some from other causes as well. The performing arts were particularly hard hit by Covid-19, since by the nature of the professions, people at work cannot be masked or socially distant. We honor…

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Putin Business Ally Vows to Pursue Libel Claim Against Navalny

A company run by Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, purportedly close to President Vladimir Putin, on Wednesday said he was pursuing a libel settlement against opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Prigozhin’s Concord catering company said in a statement it was seeking 840,000 euros ($900,000) in damages as it looks to “defend its honor, dignity and commercial reputation.…

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Gazprom and Roscosmos expanding cooperation in creating and using satellite systems

December 31, 2020, 09:30 A meeting was held under the leadership of Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Yury Urlichich, First Deputy Director General of the Roscosmos State Space Corporation. The parties discussed the ongoing construction of a spacecraft assembly facility (SPKA) in the Moscow Region by Gazprom, as well as the acquisition by Roscosmos of a stake in the authorized capital of the project operator…

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Photo Essay. Amur GPP’s greatest resource

December 30, 2020 The construction of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline ushered in a new stage in the development of the entire Amur Region. Here, a new industry – a gas industry – is being built essentially from scratch. The Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) is one of the key facilities that are under construction near the town of Svobodny. Just like a magnet, this ambitious project has drawn enormous resources to the region,…

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ROSATOM and Framatome Sign Instrumentation and Control Design Support Contract for Hanhikivi-1 NPP (Finland)

30 December 2020 – Framatome GmbH and Rusatom Automated Control Systems JSC (RASU JSC), a subsidiary of ROSATOM, signed a contract to provide technical support in design and integration of instrumentation and control (I&C) system for the Hanhikivi-1 Nuclear Power Plant in Finland.   Under the terms of the contract, Framatome will provide consulting support…

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New Online Restrictions and Sobering-Up Stations: Putin Signs Slew of New Laws

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday has signed a number of bills into law ahead of the New Year holiday, ranging from new restrictions on protests and online information to the return of Soviet-era “sobering-up stations.”  Here’s an overview of all the latest legislation: Restrictions on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook   Russia’s federal media watchdog now has the…

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Innovative technologies reduce the installation time for the foundation pit retaining structures at the Rooppur NPP (Bangladesh)

Engineering Division specialists have applied the Russian Sheet-Pile Walls (abbreviated as RShS in Russian) technology in constructing foundation pit retaining structures for water intake structures and for the feed pump station at the Rooppur NPP construction site (Bangadesh). Russian Sheet-Pile Walls are a construction kit featuring a ready-made range of standard solutions based on sheet…

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