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NOWRUZ 2015   Leave a comment

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Happy Nowruz 2015!

Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein!   Leave a comment

lb_bdayIn 1959, American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (08.25.1918-14.10.1990) visited the Soviet Union. His interpretation of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony is, in the eyes (and of course ears) of some, controversial.

Nonetheless, Bernstein’s performance received a thunderous ovation, and Shostakovich came on stage to congratulate Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic.

 

 

Soyuz Express Delivery Service!   Leave a comment

A Russian Soyuz rocket launched an unmanned resupply ship to the International Space Station on July 27 to make an express delivery to the orbiting outpost. The vehicle will be delivering food, supplies and the last-minute addition of a repair kit for a U.S. spacesuit that malfunctioned during a spacewalk last week.

The robotic Progress 52 spacecraft and its Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The cargo ship is loaded with food, fuel, supplies and science experiment equipment for the six-person crew of the station’s Expedition 36 mission.Among its cargo is a set of tools intended to help the astronauts investigate and patch up the spacesuit that malfunctioned during a July 16 spacewalk outside the orbiting laboratory.

That spacewalk was terminated early after just 92 minutes when water began to leak into the helmet of spacewalker Luca Parmitano, an Italian astronaut with the European Space Agency. Parmitano and his fellow spacewalker Chris Cassidy of NASA aborted the excursion, which was intended to perform maintenance work to prepare the space station for the arrival of a new Russian module later this year.

Progress 52’s express trip will bring it to the space in station in just six hours, docking after only four orbits of the planet — a shorter journey that’s been adopted recently to save vehicles time on a trip that used to take multiple days.

The space station is about the size of a five bedroom house with the wingspan of a football field. The $100 billion facility, built by five space agencies representing 15 countries, has been staffed continuously with rotating crews of astronauts since 2000.

The astronauts currently there include NASA’s Karen Nyberg and Chris Cassidy; the European Space Agency’s Luca Parmitano; and Russian’s Fyodor Yurchikhin, Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin.

 

Russia Increases Oil Production   1 comment

Russia, the world’s largest oil producer, has increased monthly crude output by 0.3 percent in May of 2013, to the highest level of the year,according to preliminary data from the Energy Ministry’s CDU-TEK unit.

Output of crude and condensate was 44.3 million metric tons, or 10.481 million barrels a day.

OAO Gazprom (GAZP), Russia’s gas export monopoly, boosted output by 5.8 percent to 353,000 barrels a day. OAO Rosneft (ROSN), the world’s largest publicly traded oil producer, and its subsidiary OAO TNK-BP produced 3.85 million barrels last month, up 0.3 percent from April, according to the data.

Russia set a post-Soviet-era production record of 10.49 million barrels a day in November. Soviet-era production in Russia peaked in 1987 at 11.48 million barrels a day. President Vladimir Putin has called for production to be maintained at more than 10 million barrels.

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2013: The Year of the Snake   Leave a comment

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RADA conducts due diligence and business intelligence investigations in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Kazakhstan Showcases Investment Opportunities   Leave a comment

Kaznex Invest-the Kazakh National Agency for Export and Investments and the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan, together with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and the Kazakh Embassy to the Netherlands will hold a road show demonstrating the investment opportunities of Kazakhstan in The Hague on June 7.

According to Kaznex Invest, this show will be the first event that will be fully dedicated to Kazakhstan’s investment opportunities and priority areas attractive for foreign investors. The reps of foreign companies will have an opportunity to familiarize with the economic development of the country and our plans for the future. Also they will be able to carry out direct negotiations with the Kazakh authorities responsible for the development of key areas.

During the event the participants will discuss the following issues: why direct investments into Kazakhstan are so profitable; what is so special about the investment climate in Kazakhstan; what actions, measures and legal steps does Kazakhstan take to improve the business environment; what areas are the most attractive for implementation of foreign investors’ projects; why choosing Kazakhstan for direct investments among other Customs Union member states and so on.

JSC “Samruk-Energo,” JSC “KazAgroFinance,” JSC “Kazakhstan Engineering,” the Kazakh National Agency for Technological Development and JSC “NC “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy” are expected to demonstrate their projects to foreign investors.

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Putin Names New Cabinet   Leave a comment

President Vladimir Putin has replaced the education and health ministers, formed two new offices and split one ministry in his new Cabinet.

The head of the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys, Dmitry Livanov, was appointed the new Education and Science Minister in place of Andrei Fursenko.

The Health and Social Development Ministry, headed by Tatiana Golikova, was split into the Health Ministry and the Labor and Social Welfare Ministry, which will now be headed by Former Deputy Health and Social Development Minister Veronika Skvortsova and Maxim Topilin, respectively. Topilin was in charge of the Federal Labor and Employment Service in 2004-2008.

New additions to the Cabinet, which now has 21 instead of 19 ministers, include the Far East Development Minister, a job that went to Viktor Ishayev, who was also made Putin’s envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District.

Another new member is Mikhail Abyzov, who is now Open Government Contacts Minister. The open government initiative, also known as the big government initiative, is a semi-formal project by ex-President and current Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev aimed at uniting experts and analysts and providing the real government with better feedback from the populace.

In the economic sector, Andrei Belousov became the new head of the Economic Development Ministry; former Chuvashia Governor Nikolai Fyodorov became Agriculture Minister; Alexander Novak was appointed head of the Energy Ministry; Maxim Sokolov was made Transportation Minister; Nikolai Nikiforov was made head of the Communications and Press Ministry; Oleg Govorun will head the Regional Development Ministry, Denis Manturov will head the Industry and Trade Ministry, and Sergei Donskoi – the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

Other appointees include Vladimir Puchkov as the new Emergency Situations Minister and Vladimir Medinsky as the Culture Minister. Alexander Konovalov and Vitaly Mutko retained their respective jobs as Justice and Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy Ministers, though Mutko’s office was renamed Sports Ministry and handed over tourism and youth policy functions to other ministries.