Siberia Sounds Electricity Alarm Over China’s Crypto Crackdown

Siberia could suffer unpredictable power grid overloads due to an influx of Bitcoin miners from nearby China, which has cracked down on virtual currencies, media in the Russian region cited an official as saying Wednesday. The warning to Moscow from Irkutsk region governor Igor Kobzev comes a month after China’s central bank ruled all financial transactions involving cryptocurrencies…

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Gazprom and Russian Government sign agreement of intent on hydrogen energy

October 13, 2021, 17:10 Alexander Novak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and Oleg Aksyutin, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee – Head of Department at Gazprom, today signed at Russian Energy Week International Forum 2021 an Agreement of Intent aimed at advancing the hi-tech area of activity “Development of hydrogen energy and decarbonization of industry and transport on the basis of natural gas” in the Russian Federation. The Agreement…

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The Second Stage of the International “BIM Management” Educational Project Has Been Launched in Nizhny Novgorod

The second stage of the international “BIM Management” educational project (information / digital modelling) has been launched in Nizhny Novgorod. The project is implemented by the ROSATOM Engineering Division, in collaboration with Vysotsky Consulting Company, the Nizhny Novgorod State Civil Engineering University (NNGASU), Altec Systems and the Nizhny Novgorod “Russian Students’ Team” Regional Division supported…

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New Viruses Unknown to Humanity Could Emerge From Siberia’s Melting Permafrost – Nobel Laureate

Rapid warming in Russia could unleash viruses previously unknown to humanity, a Nobel laureate climatologist has warned at an international climate forum in Siberia. Russia is warming three times faster than the rest of the world, according to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientists, with its Arctic and Siberian regions warming four times faster…

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Russia’s Cyber Morality Squad to Inspect ‘Squid Game’ Over Child Safety Fears

Russia’s volunteer cyber morality squad will inspect the hugely popular South Korean television series “Squid Game” over reports of young Russians imitating its violent versions of children’s games.  The dystopian global smash hit — where South Korea’s most marginalized compete in traditional children’s games for the chance to win 45.6 billion won ($38 million) and…

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Russia Opens First ‘Foreign Agents’ Cases Against Individuals

Russia has launched its first lawsuits against individual journalists and human rights activists for what it deems as noncompliance with the country’s controversial “foreign agent” law. An administrative case was opened against veteran human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov, 80, for failing to include a mandated disclaimer announcing his status as a “foreign agent” on a…

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Rusatom Overseas and Gazprom Neft commit to cooperate in hydrogen energy and decarbonization projects

Rusatom Overseas (a part of the ROSTATOM) and Gazprom Neft have signed an agreement on cooperation in hydrogen energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The document was signed by Evgeny Pakermanov, President of Rusatom Overseas, and Vadim Yakovlev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft, in the framework of the 10th Anniversary St Petersburg…

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Navalny Congratulates Journalist Muratov on Nobel Peace Prize Win

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has congratulated Dmitry Muratov on his Nobel Peace Prize win Monday, days after the Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief’s win highlighted deep divisions in Russia’s opposition. Navalny’s supporters criticized the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to award Muratov with the Nobel Peace Prize instead of Navalny, who was viewed as a frontrunner for…

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In Russia’s Arctic, Children of Reindeer Herders Spend Summer Working and Playing

Like their ancestors before them, the indigenous reindeer herders of Russia’s Arctic lead a largely nomadic lifestyle. Herders accompany reindeer on the animals’ seasonal migrations across the vast tundra, traveling distances of 200 to 1,500 kilometers each year with their homes in tow. Once children reach school age, they typically stay behind in the village…

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Russia Marks Record 12-Month Population Decline

Russia’s natural population underwent its largest peacetime decline in recorded history over the last 12 months, an analysis of official government statistics has shown.  Russia’s natural population — a figure which counts registered deaths and births, excluding the effects of migration — declined by 997,000 between October 2020 and September 2021, demographer Alexei Raksha calculated.…

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Russia Shouldn’t Negotiate With ‘Vassal’ Ukraine, Ex-President Medvedev Says

Russia cannot negotiate with the “vassal” leadership of Ukraine, former President Dmitry Medvedev said in an expletive-laden article published Monday — pushing back against Ukraine’s attempts to secure a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has offered to meet Putin to discuss the return of annexed Crimea and resolve the seven-year…

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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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