Russia Moves to Ban Gay Marriage

Russian lawmakers have swiftly moved to ban same-sex marriage in line with President Vladimir Putin’s recent changes to the Constitution. Seven senators submitted a draft bill late Tuesday to amend Russia’s Family Code and legally ban gay marriage and adoptions, including, according to its authors, by transgender people. The move comes two weeks after voters…

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Spotify Expands to Russia and Eastern Europe

Music streaming giant Spotify announced Tuesday it was launching its service in Russia and 12 other countries around Eastern Europe. Spotify would become available to users immediately, according to a statement, which added that the Swedish streaming service was now accessible in 92 markets. In addition to Russia, Spotify was rolling out in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kazakhstan,…

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A Long Weekend In Lipetsk

Sometimes the most interesting places in Russia are a bit off the beaten path. Case in point: Lipetsk region. Lipetsk is 465 km from Moscow — almost six hours by car. Although the region is associated with Peter the Great, the writer Ivan Bunin, and other famous historical figures, it is not on the standard…

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Sakhalin Energy helps Sakhalin Regional Clinical Hospital

News from projects and regions July 14, 2020, 14:10 Today, Sakhalin Energy provided forty oxygen concentrators to the Sakhalin Regional Clinical Hospital. The apparatuses were purchased in the framework of cooperation with the Sakhalin Region Ministry of Health. Oxygen concentrators are now needed most for treating severe respiratory diseases, including pneumonia caused by COVID-19, a new type of coronavirus. These apparatuses use…

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Russian Opposition Media Editor Quits Amid Wave of Harassment Claims

The editor-in-chief of the MBKh Media news website announced his resignation Monday amid the latest spate of sexual harassment allegations to hit Russia’s independent media sector.  Sergei Prostakov was among several high-ranking media and banking executives to face claims of sexual assault, harassment and rape posted on Twitter by former employees and interns this week. …

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Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta reviews outcomes of its participation in all-Russian campaign #WeAreTogether

News from projects and regions July 14, 2020, 13:30 In the beginning of July, the Administration and the Council of Young Professionals of Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta assessed the outcome of the company’s participation in the #WeAreTogether campaign, where 85 volunteers from the company took part in the nationwide charity event aimed at supporting persons with limited mobility, people staying in mandatory quarantine under instructions from…

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Disappearing Ink Sparks Corruption Allegations Against Moscow Officials

A Moscow municipal lawmaker has accused officials of corruption after discovering a contract price written in disappearing ink.  Cheryomushki District councillor Yelena Selkova posted a video of herself holding a lighter next to the contract. Within seconds, the 2.6 million ruble ($37,500) figure can be seen vanishing from the paper. “Let’s check the price,” Communist…

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Gazprom’s financial information under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the three months ended March 31, 2020

July 14, 2020, 10:00 1Q2020 IFRS Results Comment by Famil Sadygov, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee, on financial statements under IFRS for three months of 2020 Today PJSC Gazprom issued its unaudited consolidated interim condensed financial information prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial Reporting (IAS 34) for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The table…

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 13

Russia has confirmed 733,699 cases of coronavirus and 11,439 deaths. July 13: 3 things you need to know today Turkish Airlines will resume flights between Turkey and six Russian cities starting Aug. 1, the airline said on its website Wednesday. According to its website, Turkish Airlines will fly to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Krasnodar, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don. Russian authorities…

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Atommash has successfully performed the hydraulic tests of the reactor pressure vessel for Unit 1 of the “Akkuyu” NPP (Turkey)

The Volgodonsk Branch of JSC “AEM-technology” “Atommash” (part of the ROSATOM Engineering Division – Atomenergomash) successfully completed the hydraulic tests of the first reactor for the first power unit of the “Akkuyu” NPP under construction in Turkey. To carry out the final stage in the manufacturing process of the reactor pressure vessel, a special underground…

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Employees of Gazprom Transgaz Kazan hold charity event

Background Gazprom Transgaz Kazan is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom transmitting over 220 billion cubic meters of natural gas to central Russia, former Soviet Union, and Europe, as well as supplying up to 15 billion cubic meters of gas to consumers in the Republic of Tatarstan and a number of areas in the Orenburg, Samara, Ulyanovsk and Kirov Regions and the Republics of Bashkortostan, Udmurtia and Chuvashia. The company currently operates over 5,700 kilometers of gas…

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Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 720K

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions lifted lockdown restrictions ahead of a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    Critics have cast doubt on Russia’s low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting…

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Russia’s Coronavirus Deaths Pass 11K

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions lifted lockdown restrictions ahead of a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    Critics have cast doubt on Russia’s low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting…

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Personnel of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Group companies in Astrakhan tested for coronavirus

News from projects and regions July 9, 2020, 17:40 Over 1,400 employees of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Astrakhan and Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Astrakhan have undergone COVID-19 tests that make it possible to identify infected people at the early stage with no visible symptoms. Preventive testing of personnel forms part of the corporate comprehensive program against the spread of the infection. The goal of the program is to create barriers…

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Russia Looks to Resume Flights to EU, China – Reports

Russian health officials have recommended restarting international flights to 13 countries, including nine members of the European Union and China, the RBC news website reported Thursday. The list compiled by Russia’s consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor includes Britain and Germany and is apparently part of phase one of resuming flights during the coronavirus pandemic. The Netherlands,…

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Depleted uranium hexafluoride is strategically important feed, environmentalist and scientists confirmed

On July 8, 2020 the Commission for Environment of the ROSATOM’s Public Council and Environmental and Legal Center Bellona presented on-line a joint report. The issues of depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUH) management in Russia have been under focused attention of the public since November 2019. During several months, public environmental organizations, scientists and specialists carried…

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