Independent Russian News Outlets Launch Campaign Against ‘Foreign Agent’ Tags

Several dozen Russian news outlets have launched a campaign in support of independent journalism Wednesday amid mounting pressure on their profession in the run-up to next week’s parliamentary elections. The “There Are No Foreign Agents, There Are Journalists” campaign comes as Russian authorities target a growing number of media outlets and individual journalists with the…

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Mobile laser complex designed by SRC RF TRINITI successfully passed tests during EMERCOM of Russia’ exercises in the Arctic

ROSATOM participates in the first pilot research exercises run by the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Affairs for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM of Russia) “Safe Arctic” where it demonstrates operation of the mobile laser complex (MLC) for elimination of accident consequences. MLC has been designed by JSC…

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Leaked Audio Instructs Russia Poll Watchers to Ignore Voter Fraud – Reports

Russian media published an audio leak Tuesday that they say shows a ruling pro-Kremlin party official instructing poll watchers to ignore voter fraud at the upcoming election. The United Russia party, which was founded by President Vladimir Putin and consistently backs his initiatives, is seeking to maintain its lower-house majority in the Sept. 17-19 parliamentary elections…

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Alexey Miller and Vladimir Semashko discuss preparation of Belarusian gas transmission system for autumn/winter period

September 7, 2021, 16:50 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Vladimir Semashko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, took place today in St. Petersburg. The parties discussed the state and prospects of energy cooperation, focusing in particular on the ongoing preparation of the gas transmission system in Belarus for its operation in the autumn/winter…

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Prominent Rights Lawyer With Navalny Links Flees Russia Amid Pre-Election Exodus

A prominent Russian defense lawyer involved in high-profile cases and himself facing criminal charges said Tuesday he has fled the country amid an ongoing exodus of opposition-leaning figures ahead of this month’s elections. Ivan Pavlov headed Team 29, a legal group that self-disbanded this summer after Russian authorities declared it an “undesirable” organization with foreign links, a…

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Rosatom facilities launch the first Commercial Dispatch system based on intelligent energy storage to reduce electricity costs

Atomenergopromsbyt JSC (part of NovaWind JSC, Rosatom’s wind power unit) and with RENERA LLC (a power storage subsidiary of Rosatom’s TVEL Fuel Company) put into commercial operation the Commercial Dispatch system comprising an intelligent energy storage unit with a 300 kW capacity (300 kWh energy volume).  The pilot project is accomplished at the site of…

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JSC Atomenergoprom obtains ‘Robust’ ESG score from V.E, part of Moody’s ESG Solutions

JSC Atomenergoprom, the company that consolidates nuclear civil assets of State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom or ROSATOM, was awarded a score of 56/100 for its environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance by V.E, part of Moody’s ESG Solutions. The score, which is 12 points higher than its 2020 ESG Assessment, indicates a ‘Robust’ approach to…

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Russian Airline Aeroflot Suspends Unvaccinated Pilots

Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot has suspended several pilots for refusing to vaccinate against the coronavirus, the RBC news website reported Monday, citing a company spokesperson. At least six unvaccinated pilots were at various times sent on unpaid leave or vacation without pay, Aeroflot spokesman Mikhail Demin told the outlet. The pilots’ labor union complained to Aeroflot CEO…

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Ukraine Accuses Russia of Mass Crimean Tatar Detentions

Ukraine has accused Russian security agents of detaining dozens of Crimean Tatars in what it called an ongoing crackdown on individuals who oppose Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. Federal Security Service (FSB) officers had initially detained five Crimean Tatars, including a senior member of the ethnic minority’s self-governing body, late last week, Ukrainian ombudswoman Lyudmila Denisova…

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Russia Blocks Navalny Voting Strategy Website Ahead of Election

Russian authorities have blocked a website that promotes jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s anti-ruling party voting strategy in this month’s parliamentary elections. Senior Navalny aide Leonid Volkov said state internet regulator Roskomnadzor started blocking the website for the “Smart Voting” strategy that seeks to unseat pro-Kremlin ruling party incumbents by rallying support behind their most promising…

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Blacklisted Russian Investigative Outlet Relaunches With Look at Defense Chief’s PR Machine

An independent Russian investigative outlet that was banned as “undesirable” and its journalists labeled “foreign agents” has relaunched as a new entity, with an investigation into the alleged PR machine of the country’s defense chief. Proekt’s former chief editor Roman Badanin announced Monday that his new outlet is called “Agentstvo,” a play on the journalists’…

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ROSATOM and FESCO to create Northern Sea Route transport and logistics hub at Commercial Port of Vladivostok

Vladivostok, 3 September 2021 – FESCO Transportation Group and ROSATOM-subsidiary JSC Atomenergoprom plan to create a transport and logistics hub on the territory of Commercial Port of Vladivostok PJSC (a part of FESCO) in the framework of ROSATOM’s project to support Eurasian container cargo transit. A corresponding cooperation agreement was signed by FESCO’s Chairman of…

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Russian Ultra-Nationalist Who Campaigned Against Sushi Ad’s Black Model Arrested – Reports

The leader of a Russian ultra-nationalist hate group has been arrested, one of the group’s administrators wrote on its Telegram channel. Vladislav Pozdnyakov, founder of the “Male State” — an anti-women, anti-liberal social media group — launched a campaign of threats and abuse against a sushi company last week for running an advert featuring a…

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Leaked Audio Reveals Alleged Secret Session to Rig Russia Election Results – Novaya Gazeta

A leaked audio recording published by the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper on Thursday has revealed alleged efforts to coordinate “falsification” of votes in Russia’s upcoming parliamentary elections. Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) on Friday announced it has launched a rapid-response inquiry into the recording. According to Novaya Gazeta, the recording was made by an unnamed…

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Cooperation agreements signed for implementing projects in Russia’s Far East

September 3, 2021, 14:00 A number of documents were signed today in the presence of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, at the Eastern Economic Forum 2021 in Vladivostok. Gazprom, the Sakhalin Region, and State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom signed a Cooperation Agreement in the field of hydrogen energy. The document outlines the main areas of cooperation between the parties in the implementation of the construction…

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trains Project on Sakhalin Transitions to Implementation Stage

Following the concept review and based on the integrated financial model, the Government of the Sakhalin Region, Russian Railways JSC, ROSATOM and Transmashholding JSC have signed a protocol for the railway transportation project based on hydrogen fuel cell trains on Sakhalin. The protocol was signed by Valery Limarenko, Governor of the Sakhalin Region, Kirill Komarov,…

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ROSATOM, Nornickel and the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Repair Center sign a cooperation agreement on designing and building a dual-fuel diesel LNG icebreaker

During the Eastern Economic Forum, ROSATOM, Norilsk Nickel PJSC (“Nornickel”) and the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center JSC (“FESRC JSC”) entered into a cooperation agreement on designing and constructing a dual-fuel diesel LNG icebreaker. The following representatives of the parties signed the agreement in the presence of Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM,…

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Atomflot and GDK Baimskaya LLC sign preliminary agreement on electricity supply

3 September 2021 – ROSATOM-subsidiary FSUE Atomflot and Kaz Minerals-controlled GDK Baimskaya LLC signed a preliminary agreement on the supply of electricity for the operation of the Baimsky mining and processing plant – the largest copper and gold project (in terms of estimated reserves) in the post-Soviet space. The agreement was signed in Vladivostok in…

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ROSATOM and Russia’s Far East and Arctic Development Ministry sign cooperation agreement on development of Great Northern Sea Route

Vladivostok, 3 September 3, 2021 – ROSATOM signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic in the framework of the VI Eastern Economic Forum. On behalf of ROSATOM, the agreement was signed by Director General Alexey Likhachev. On behalf of the Ministry for the Development of…

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ROSATOM and Chukotka Autonomous Okrug government sign cooperation agreement on strengthening region’s social and physical infrastructure

Vladivostok, September 3, 2021 – ROSATOM signed a cooperation agreement with the Government of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug in the framework of the Eastern Economic Forum. The agreement was signed by Director General Alexey Likhachev on the part of ROSATOM and by the Governor-Prime Minister Roman Kopin on the part of the Government of the…

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11 Endangered Species ‘Likely Extinct’ Within Russia, Ministry Says

Eleven endangered species are now “likely extinct” within Russia, according to a Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology assessment cited by the Kommersant business daily. These species include the European sea sturgeon, crested ibis, western capercaillie, Jankowski’s Bunting, monk seal, onager and Przewalski’s horse, the assessment said.  While overhunting and poaching put the European bison…

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World’s biggest helium hub comes onstream

September 3, 2021, 09:20 The first of the Amur GPP’s three helium units is put in operation. The second production train of the Amur GPP is launched. The hub’s annual capacity exceeds 4,000 operations with helium containers. The commissioning ceremony for the world’s biggest Logistics Center for the servicing of helium containers (helium hub), which will be used to deliver liquid helium to the…

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Russia Accuses Google, Apple of Election Interference

Russia said Thursday that Google and Apple’s refusal to remove jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s app ahead of elections could be seen as interference in the country’s domestic affairs. The country is holding parliamentary elections later this month, with nearly all vocal Kremlin critics including Navalny’s allies barred from running. Last month Russian communications watchdog…

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Russia to Fully Ban Single-Use Plastic Products By 2024 – Minister

Russia plans to ban the use of disposable plastics by 2024, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Alexander Kozlov said Thursday.   Banned goods would include disposable plastic straws, plates, glasses, lids and appliances; coffee capsules; cotton swabs; opaque and colored PET (thermoplastic polyester) bottles; boxes and packs for tobacco products; blister packaging (except for medicines); egg…

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