25-year anniversary of Russian gas supplies to Greece

September 30, 2021, 19:10 Twenty-five years ago, in September 1996, the first pipeline supplies of Russian gas to Greece commenced. Over the past quarter of a century, Gazprom has exported upwards of 54 billion cubic meters of gas to this country. The annual amount of supplies has grown by more than 15 times. All these years, the cooperation has relied on a long-term contract with the Greek corporation DEPA.…

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Russian Editor of Investigative Outlet Charged With Illegal Border Crossing

Russian authorities added prominent investigative journalist Roman Dobrokhotov to the country’s wanted list, his lawyer said Thursday, charging him with illegally crossing the Russian border. Dobrokhotov, editor-in-chief of The Insider, tweeted that Federal Security Service (FSB) agents searched his parents’ home at 6:00 a.m. as part of an investigation into the alleged illegal border crossing. Electronic devices were…

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Deripaska-Linked Firms Sent Thousands to Moscow On Election Day. Some Said They Were On Standby for a Pro-Kremlin Rally.

Thousands of employees from companies linked to sanctioned oligarch Oleg Deripaska were dispatched to Moscow for a business trip on the final day of voting in Russia’s parliamentary elections, and some of them told The Moscow Times they were expected to be on standby for a pro-government rally in the capital. Several enterprises partly owned…

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Russia Proposes ‘Extremist’ Label for LGBT, Feminist, Child-Free Movements

Russia’s LGBT, radical feminist and child-free groups should be recognized as “extremist,” the chairman of an influential government commission said Wednesday. “LGBT ideology, radical feminism and child-free movements should be recognized as extremism — an extremist ideology,” the state-run TASS news agency cited Andrei Tsyganov, chairman of a commission for the protection of children at…

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ROSATOM, KAMAZ, Far East and Arctic Development Corporation and Sakhalin Region Development Corporation Join Forces to Develop Environmentally Safe Transport on Sakhalin Island

September 29, 2021, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia – Rusatom Overseas JSC (a company of ROSATOM), KAMAZ PTC, Far East and Arctic Development Corporation JSC and Sakhalin Region Development Corporation JSC have signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the development and application of hydrogen technologies in the transport sector on Sakhalin Island. The parties will consider…

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Russia Labels More Independent Media Outlets, Activists ‘Foreign Agents’

Russia added the independent news site Mediazona and the police monitoring website OVD-Info to its registry of “foreign agents” Wednesday, amid what critics describe as a widening crackdown on independent voices in the country. The Justice Ministry also added Mediazona editor-in-chief Sergei Smirnov, as well as its co-founder Pyotr Verzilov, to a list of individuals…

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Russia Threatens YouTube Block Over RT German Spat

Russia has decried YouTube’s decision to delete the state-funded RT broadcaster’s German-language channels as “information warfare,” saying it could block German media or even YouTube itself in retaliation. YouTube said Tuesday it had deleted RT’s DE and DFP channels for repeatedly breaching its coronavirus misinformation policy. The German government, responding to accusations of involvement from…

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Conditions for connecting consumers to gas in 156 localities created by Gazprom since early 2021

September 29, 2021, 09:40 The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information on the implementation of a socially-oriented and cost-effective system of gas infrastructure expansion and gas supplies to serve the needs of the population. It was noted that gas infrastructure expansion is the most ambitious socially significant project of Gazprom. The Company continues to implement the instructions of Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, for expediting additional gas grid…

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Russia Vows ‘Retaliation’ for YouTube Blocking RT’s German Channels

The Russian government has decried YouTube’s decision to delete the state-funded RT broadcaster’s German-language channels as “information warfare” and said it will block German media in Russia in retaliation. The video streaming website on Tuesday deleted RT’s DE and DFP channels for breaching coronavirus misinformation policy. “This is a real media war declared by the…

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Severstal acquires itellectual rights to iovative rolled steel materials from Arcaum Alloys

September 29, 2021 PAO Severstal, one of the world’s largest vertically integrated steel and mining companies, announces the acquisition of more than 40 patents and patent applications from Arcanum Alloys Inc., an American company that develops and produces steel alloy diffusion technology. In September 2019, Severstal became the lead investor in Arcanum Alloys’ most recent…

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Police Search Communist Party Offices as Online Voting Controversy Continues

Moscow authorities attempted to raid the Communist Party’s city headquarters Tuesday, minutes before a group of party lawyers was preparing to file a lawsuit to challenge controversial online voting results from last week’s parliamentary elections. Police also blocked one of the party’s leading parliamentarians from gaining access to his office in the State Duma, where…

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Free Speech a ‘Core Value,’ YouTube CEO Says After Blocking Russian Opposition Videos

YouTube considers free speech to be one of its “core values” despite its removal of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s voting strategy videos ahead of Russia’s parliamentary elections, the video streaming site’s CEO told Bloomberg Television on Monday.   Google-owned YouTube sparked cries of censorship both in Russia and abroad when it blocked the “Smart Voting”…

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15-year contracts signed for supplies of Russian gas to Hungary

September 27, 2021, 17:05 Gazprom Export and MVM CEEnergy Ltd. today signed in Budapest two long-term contracts for supplies of Russian gas to Hungary. The documents were signed in the presence of Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, and Elena Burmistrova, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Director General of Gazprom Export. Both contracts, which in total envisage supplies of up to 4.5 billion…

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EU Denounces Alleged Russian Hacking Ahead of German Vote

The European Union on Friday condemned alleged Russian cyberattacks that have targeted Germany in the run-up to this weekend’s election for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s successor.  “Some EU Member States have observed malicious cyber activities, collectively designated as ‘Ghostwriter,’ and associated these with the Russian state,” foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.  “Such activities are unacceptable as…

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Putin’s Party Keeps Parliament Supermajority in Controversial Election – Final Results

The ruling, pro-Putin United Russia party kept its supermajority in the lower house of parliament despite critics claiming mass fraud and tampering during the three-day election, according to final results announced by election officials Friday. Russia’s opposition has raised strong doubts over the results’ legitimacy after remote voting showed United Russia candidates taking every single-mandate district…

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Russia Reports Record Covid Deaths

Russia posted an all-time record of 828 deaths from Covid-19 on Friday as hospitalizations shot up in Moscow and several regions reportedly began reimposing restrictions after nationwide elections last weekend. The government’s Covid-19 information center said the country recorded 21,379 new cases over the past 24 hours. The new high for deaths comes a day…

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Navalny Accuses Google, Apple of Becoming Putin’s ‘Accomplices’

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny accused Google and Apple Thursday of acting as the Kremlin’s “accomplices” after the companies removed his voting app during the country’s parliamentary election last week. “If something surprised me in the latest elections, it was not how (President Vladimir) Putin forged the results, but how obediently the almighty Big…

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Losing Russian Parliamentary Candidates Join Forces Against Controversial E-Voting

A group of Russian parliamentary candidates said Thursday they are uniting to abolish electronic voting and called for nationwide rallies to protest the results of last weekend’s elections. Russia’s opposition has raised questions over the election results’ legitimacy after the ruling, pro-Kremlin United Russia party won a landslide victory and took every district in Moscow.…

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