HOME/ABOUT  Prayer  SCOTUS  ProLife  BangList  Aliens  StatesRights  ConventionOfStates  WOT  HomosexualAgenda  GlobalWarming  Corruption  Taxes  Congress  Fraud  MediaBias  GovtAbuse  Tyranny  Obama  ObamaCare  Elections  Layoffs  NaturalBornCitizen  FastandFurious  OPSEC  Benghazi  Libya  IRS  Scandals  TalkRadio  TeaParty  FreeperBookClub  HTMLSandbox  FReeperEd  FReepathon  CopyrightList  Copyright/DMCA Notice  Donate

Dear FRiends, Your loyal support makes Free Republic possible and your continuing participation makes FR the number one grassroots pro-life conservative forum on the planet! If you have not yet made your donation, please click here and do so now. Thank you very much, Jim Robinson

Or by mail to: Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794
Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $31,282
35%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 35% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: gazprom

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • E.U. Charges Russian Energy Giant Gazprom With Abusing Its Dominance

    04/22/2015 5:05:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | APRIL 22, 2015 | JAMES KANTER
    European antitrust regulators on Wednesday charged the Russian energy giant Gazprom with abusing its dominance in natural gas markets, a move amounting to a direct challenge to the authorities in Moscow. The European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, said that unfair pricing might have resulted in higher gas prices in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, which have long been wholly or substantially dependent on Russian gas. In those countries, the commission said, Gazprom was suspected of charging wholesalers prices that were significantly higher compared with the company’s costs or to benchmark prices.
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 27 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • Total faces investigation over $2bn Iran contract [paid bribes to win a HUGE gas contract in Iran]

    12/19/2006 7:44:57 PM PST · by jdm · 5 replies · 406+ views
    Financial Times ^ | Dec 20, 2006 | Martin Arnold in Paris
    A Paris judge has launched an investigation into allegations that Total, the French oil and gas group, paid bribes to win a $2bn gas contract in Iran almost a decade ago. The move is a further blow for Christophe de Margerie, Total's head of exploration and production, who was involved in negotiating the Iranian South Pars contract and is due to take over as chief executive in February. Mr de Margerie, head of Total's Middle East activities from 1995 to 1999, is facing separate charges over allegations that he was involved in corruption during the scandal-plagued UN oil-for-food programme in...
  • Total's CEO Charged in Iran Probe

    03/22/2007 11:44:17 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 9 replies · 279+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 22, 2007 | PIERRE-ANTOINE SOUCHARD
    Total's CEO Charged in Iran Probe By PIERRE-ANTOINE SOUCHARD The Associated Press Thursday, March 22, 2007; 6:26 PM PARIS -- An investigating judge filed preliminary charges Thursday against the chief executive of Total SA in a corruption case linked to a 1997 contract with Iran, the company and judicial officials said. Preliminary charges were filed against Total Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie for alleged abuse of company assets and corruption of foreign agents, the judicial officials said. They were not authorized to speak publicly about the case and provided information only on condition of anonymity. De Margerie, who replaced Thierry...
  • Putin threatens Ukraine with gas cutoff

    02/25/2015 8:43:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2015 11:14 AM EST
    President Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia will cut gas supplies to Ukraine if it fails to pay in advance for future deliveries. Putin said Wednesday that Ukraine’s latest payment would only be good for another three to four days, warning that the cutoff may disrupt transit to Europe. …
  • Putin Cuts Off Gas Supply To Six European Countries Without Warning

    01/18/2015 2:50:54 PM PST · by dila813 · 105 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/18/2015 @ 4:03PM | Paul Gregory
    On January 14, Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s natural gas monopoly, Gazprom, to cut back by 60% the natural gas delivered to Europe through Ukraine. His ostensible reason: Ukraine was illegally siphoning off gas for its own use—a charge Ukraine denies. Overall Europe depends on Russia for 30% of its gas supplies, and some 80% of Europe’s Russian natural gas comes via Ukraine. Putin’s order would leave six countries in eastern and southeastern Europe totally without gas.
  • Gazprom warns EU to link to Turkey pipeline or lose Russian gas

    01/14/2015 2:39:16 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/14/2015 | AFP
    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's Gazprom giant on Wednesday urged the European Union to link up to its planned energy pipeline to Turkey or lose the gas that now transits Ukraine. Gazprom chief Alexei Miller reminded the new European Commissioner for Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic that the South Stream project to deliver gas to Europe through Ukraine has been scrapped. Hence, "the Turkish Stream is the only route along which 63 billion cubic metres of Russian gas can be supplied, which at present transit Ukraine. There are no other options," he said...
  • [Six+ years old story] Europe plunged into energy crisis as Russia cuts off gas supply via Ukraine

    01/14/2015 11:51:40 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 130 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | circa 2009 or before | Robert Lea
    Russia cut gas exports to Europe by 60 per cent today, plunging the continent into an energy crisis 'within hours' as a dispute with Ukraine escalated. This morning, gas companies in Ukraine said that Russia had completely cut off their supply. Six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas shipped via Ukraine today, in a sharp escalation of a struggle over energy that threatens Europe as winter sets in. Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments from Russia through Ukraine. Croatia said it was temporarily reducing supplies to industrial customers while Bulgaria...
  • Russia Is Losing Control Over The European Gas Market

    01/15/2015 3:21:25 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 14 Jan 15 | Elena Holodny
    Oil isn't Russia's only problem. The energy exporter is losing its dominance over the European gas market. In the past there were two factors that kept Russia as the major gas powerhouse: European policies and cold winters. But both of those things have changed — and Russia is starting to explore non-Western countries.
  • Bulgaria picks up the pieces of cancelled Russian pipeline

    12/11/2014 10:57:14 PM PST · by wetphoenix · 6 replies
    Stand on the sea wall next to the port in Varna and you can see the bits and pieces of South Stream piled up in front of you. Hundreds of long black sections of piping - some on the dockside, and others still stacked on cargo ships. They were supposed to have been laid beneath the gloomy waters of the Black Sea, bypassing Ukraine and bringing Russian gas directly to south-eastern Europe. But - suddenly and unilaterally - Vladimir Putin has declared the project dead. Gas, he said, will be sent to Turkey instead. "It's really not clear what's going...
  • Russian Money Suspected Behind Fracking Protests

    12/01/2014 6:08:30 AM PST · by Theoria · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Nov 2014 | ANDREW HIGGINS
    PUNGESTI, Romania — Vlasa Mircia, the mayor of this destitute village in eastern Romania, thought he had struck it rich when the American energy giant Chevron showed up here last year and leased a plot of land he owned for exploratory shale gas drilling. But the encounter between big business and rural Romania quickly turned into a nightmare. The village became a magnet for activists from across the country opposed to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Violent clashes broke out between the police and protesters. The mayor, one of the few locals who sided openly with Chevron, was run out of...
  • Special Report - Putin's allies channelled billions to Ukraine oligarch

    11/26/2014 3:16:43 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    reuters.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Stephen Grey, Tom Bergin, Sevgil Musaieva and Roman Anin
    He is Dmitry Firtash, a former fireman and soldier. In little more than a decade, the Ukrainian went from obscurity to wealth and renown, largely by buying gas from Russia and selling it in his home country. His success was built on remarkable sweetheart deals brokered by associates of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, at immense cost to Russian taxpayers, a Reuters investigation shows. Russian government records reviewed for this article reveal for the first time the terms of recent deals between Firtash and Russia's Gazprom, a giant gas company majority owned by the state. According to Russian customs documents detailing...
  • Putin Laughs At Saudi Offer To Betray Syria In Exchange For "Huge" Arms Deal

    08/08/2013 9:01:34 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 33 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 2013, 8 August | Tyler Durden
    One of the more surprising news to hit the tape yesterday was that Saudi Arabia, exasperated and desperate by Russia's relentless support of the Syrian regime and refusal to abandon the Syrian army thus facilitating the Qatari plan to pass its natgas pipeline to Europe under Syria, had quietly approached Putin with a proposal for a huge arms deal and a pledge to boost Russian influence in the Arab world if only Putin would abandon Syria's Assad. It will hardly come as a surprise to anyone that in the aftermath of yesterday's dilettante mistake by Obama which alienated Putin from...
  • PUTIN'S GAS BLUNDER

    01/12/2006 7:57:12 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 119 replies · 1,263+ views
    Center for Defense Information ^ | Jan 11, 2006 | Peter Rutland
    The abortive interruption of Russian natural gas supplies to Ukraine on January 1 was a humiliating diplomatic blunder. It was an unnecessary crisis, and one that Russia clumsily lost in the court of world public opinion. While Ukraine was threatened with a gas blockade, Russia was voluntarily submitting itself to a two-week information blockade. The entire country was given a holiday from January 1 to 10, with even the newspapers shuttered. The political class fled to their holidays in the sun, and none of the usual Kremlin spin-doctors were deployed to staunch the flood of Western criticism. The Russian case...
  • Eastern Europe Braces for Energy Shortages as Russian Gas Flows Fall

    09/12/2014 5:20:30 AM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 12, 2014 | Sean Carney
    A fall in gas flows from Russia to two Eastern European countries this week has sent a chill through the region as it prepares for possible energy shortages this winter. Slovakia's gas distributor SPP said Thursday its daily gas intake from Russia fell 10% below contracted levels starting late Wednesday. Polish gas company PGNiG said its gas flows from Russia had fallen 45% below its contracted daily volumes by Thursday.
  • Poland sees sharply lower gas supplies from Russia

    09/10/2014 9:01:47 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-10-2014 | Adrian Krajewski
    Poland said on Wednesday the volume of gas it has received so far this week from Russian gas monopoly Gazprom was down by at least 20 percent. Some European countries believe Moscow may use a disruption of gas to Europe as a trump card in its confrontation with the West over Ukraine. The row has already dragged ties between Moscow and the West down to their worst since the Cold War. Ukraine's gas transport monopoly Ukrtransgaz was quoted by a Russian news agency as saying Gazprom was limiting flows to Poland to disrupt supplies of gas in the opposite direction,...
  • Petro-dollar era is officially over as Gazprom begins sales in Yuan and Rouble

    08/29/2014 12:43:49 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 9 replies
    Exeminer ^ | August 27, 2014 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    Aug. 27 will officially go down as a red letter day in the history of reserve currencies and dollar hegemony in how oil and gas are purchased throughout the world. In a new announcement from the Russian business media source, Kommersant, Gazprom has conducted the first sale of oil in a currency other than the dollar, and will henceforth open their purchase window to accept both Roubles and Yuan for the exchange of oil and gas products. Beginning today with an 80000 ton oil shipment from their Arctic fields, Gazprom Neft agreed to new terms on the sale and transfer...
  • Ukraine in civil war: Red Cross

    07/24/2014 10:48:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 7-23-2014 | AFP
    The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt. The formal classification means participants in the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east could eventually be prosecuted for war crimes in international courts. "Fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to take its toll on civilians, and we urge all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, otherwise known as the law of armed conflict," ICRC director of operations Dominik Stillhart said in...
  • US and Germany want gas hub in Ukraine

    07/03/2014 5:56:47 PM PDT · by Lorianne
    Russia Today ^ | 02 July 2014
    German and US companies want to start using Ukraine as a gas hub, according to Aleksandr Todiychuk, Deputy Chairman of the country’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz. “For them [Germany and the US] it’s an opportunity to gain a foothold in the region. Our underground gas storage is interesting for both sellers and buyers of gas. This is why potentially everybody who’s interested in creating a hub, are talking about our high potential in this field,” Todiychuk said in an interview with the Russian daily Kommersant. Gazprom, the world’s largest producer of natural gas, has stopped using Ukraine as...
  • Gas transit pipeline explodes in E. Ukraine

    06/17/2014 7:06:22 AM PDT · by McGruff · 8 replies
    RT.com ^ | June 17, 2014
    An explosion has struck a pipeline in the eastern Ukrainian Poltava region. Witnesses say flames from the blast are up to 200 meter high, RIA Novosti reports. The “Brotherhood” natural gas pipeline (Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod) is about one kilometer away from the nearest settlement. No injuries have been reported from the blast. Fire fighting crews have been deployed to the scene. “The explosion occurred at about 14:45 local time in a field. Due to the flame and the high temperatures, it is impossible to get closer to the epicenter,” the local police press-service said in a statement. Pipeline faucets are being tuned...
  • Russia Halts Gas Supplies To Ukraine

    06/16/2014 5:24:39 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | June 16 2014 | Tyler Durden
    After weeks of worthless foreplay whose outcome was known from the beginning despite just as worthless EU middleman Oettinger assuring everyone a deal was imminent any second now, overnight we got the long-anticipated mutual defection outcome and - as we warned - negotiations between Gazprom and Ukraine/EU fell apart with the Russian energy giant halting supplies to Ukraine unless Kiev prepays any and all gas deliveries from now on. Gazprom said it hadn't received payment for a debt it put at $4.458 billion by the Monday deadline it had set. "Ukraine will receive gas only in the amounts it has...
  • Russia to stop gas to Ukraine, rejects EU proposal

    06/16/2014 1:58:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.06.14 @ 09:28 | Andrew Rettman
    Russian firm Gazprom is stopping gas supplies to Ukraine after talks on a new price broke down in the small hours of Monday (16 June). It said in a statement published at 10 am Moscow time—its deadline for Ukraine to pay almost $2 billion of old debt—that it is switching to “prepayment for gas supplies … Starting today, the Ukrainian company will only get the Russian gas it has paid for”. It added that Ukraine has not made prepayments for June. The situation does not mean immediate shortages for Ukraine or for EU countries which get Russian gas via Ukraine,...
  • GAZPROM: Activists painted fence near Bulgaria Parliament of "Vaughn, servants of Gazprom!" 2 VIDEOS

    06/07/2014 6:54:24 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    Bulgarian media report: activists painted the fence near the Parliament of Bulgaria inscriptions "Vaughn, servants of Gazprom!". Action against the attempts of certain political forces in Bulgaria to resume participation in the Russian "Southern stream". Two protesters arrested at 12:0 am. The link below is a video of the protest and detentions. Thank you sweet friends! We are now seeing who really supports Ukraine and who's just pretending. http://noresharski.com/zad-rzhaha-dvama-za-aktsiyata-v-n-slugi-na-gazprom-video/ (Translated by Bing) Detained two of the action "Out, servants of Gazprom" (video) Posted on 06/06/2014 | no comments Noresharski TV Highlights Two members of the protest network were arrested by...
  • EU unveils plan to curb reliance on Russian gas

    05/28/2014 11:29:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 28.05.14 @ 19:48 | Benjamin Fox
    The EU has unveiled plans to reduce its reliance on Russian gas, with increased imports from Norway and energy efficiency at the top of its wish list. […] Although EU countries import 88 percent of the oil that they use, as well as 42 percent of solid fuel, the main concern of the commission and governments is gas—66 percent of Europe’s gas is imported at a cost of more than €1 billion per day. Of the 400 billion cubic metres of gas consumed in the EU each year, around 40 percent comes from Russia’s state-owned Gazprom. The majority of this...
  • Breaking: Gazprom to cut supplies to Ukraine from June (3rd) if no prepayment

    05/12/2014 8:48:32 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    RT ^ | 5-12-2014 | RT
    If Kiev does not pay its gas bills by June 2, exports to Ukraine will be halted the next day, Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller said. Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev meanwhile urged demanding advanced payment from Kiev as early as Tuesday. Miller told Medvedev on Monday that Gazprom will issue a preliminary June bill to Ukraine’s Naftogaz on May 13. According to Miller, Kiev already owes the company more than $3.5 billion, which compares to Gazprom’s annual gas supply to Poland. “In case Ukraine does not pay for the June supplies, Gazprom will notify the Ukrainian side, before 10am on June...
  • Russia Ratchets Up Ukraine’s Gas Bills in Shift to an Economic Battlefield

    05/11/2014 1:13:59 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MAY 10, 2014 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    What Gazprom executives now say Ukraine owes them comes to more than $22 billion. In early March, Gazprom put the bill at less than $2 billion. How Gazprom now calculates its charges explains a lot about the way the company is used by the Kremlin for political purposes.
  • Arbitration Court Rules in Favour of RWE on Price Revision with Gazprom

    05/08/2014 9:57:24 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    NATURAL GAS EUROPE ^ | June 28th, 2013 4:10pm | Natural Gas Europe
    An arbitration tribunal ruled that Germany's RWE has overpaid gas supplies from Russia's Gazprom, disposing a rebate for the German utility. "In its final award, the tribunal awarded RWE a reimbursement for payments made since May 2010 and adjusted the purchase price formula of the contract by also introducing a gas market indexation, which according to the arbitral tribunal reflects the relevant conditions on the gas market at the time of the price revision in May 2010," reads a note released by RWE on Thursday. RWE said that it is currently analysing the award and the effect on its full...
  • Ukraine minimizes purchases of Russian gas

    05/08/2014 9:36:45 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    eurodialogue ^ | 11.08.2013 | Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine
    According to Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, the gas contract that was signed back in 2009, Ukraine overpaid to Russia almost 20 billion USD. [....] The diversification of gas supplies to the Ukrainian market is underway. This is largely due to the fact that the gas prices of Russian OAO Gazprom for Ukraine are significantly higher than for most European countries, although Ukraine is one of the largest consumers of Russian gas, one of the direct neighbors, and buys large amounts of gas in spring and summer. All this leads to the situation where it is more advantageous for Ukraine to...
  • Lithuania wants Gazprom to pay back $1.5 billion it has overpaid

    05/08/2014 9:14:34 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    ITAR-TASS News Agency ^ | October 04, 13:09 | Russian Press Review
    Lawyers say that Gazprom is likely to win the case Lithuania has filed a claim against Russia’s gas utility Gazprom to a sum of about 1.5 billion U.S. dollars it had overpaid for Russian gas. Lawyers say that Gazprom is likely to win the case. But if it does not, more claims from other clients unhappy with its pricing policy are to follow. [....] “Lithuania’s authorities have filed a lawsuit with the Stockholm arbitration court demanding that Gazprom should recover a sum of about 1.87 billion U.S. dollars Lithuania had overpaid for illegal changes in the contract,” writes RBC daily....
  • Ukraine overpays almost USD 15 billion to Gazprom - expert

    05/08/2014 7:38:03 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 08.05.2014 16:08 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, May 8 /Ukrinform/. The Ukrainian side overpaid almost USD 15 billion over duration of the gas contract between Gazprom and Naftogaz of Ukraine.
  • Time for EU energy union, says Polish PM

    04/22/2014 7:38:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.04.14 @ 10:54 | Benjamin Fox
    The European Union must create an energy union to secure its supply and reduce its dependence on Russian gas, Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk has said. Tusk’s energy blueprint, set out in an article in the Financial Times on Tuesday (22 April), would establish a single European body that would buy gas for the whole 28-nation bloc. This would end a system that currently sees the different countries negotiate their own deal with energy giant Gazprom, the government-backed firm which dominates Russia’s gas market. Meanwhile, “solidarity mechanisms” between EU countries would kick into action if countries were threatened with being...
  • Germany should make use of shale gas: EU

    04/21/2014 3:08:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Apr 2014 10:34 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger has urged Germany to make use of shale gas options and added that the he saw no danger of Europe’s access to Russian gas falling victim to possible economic sanctions in the standoff over Ukraine. […] “I am against scaling back or even cutting our gas links with Russia in the coming years,” the commissioner said. “But we must pursue our strategy of diversification. […] I would also urgently press Germany to make use of the shale gas option and allow fracking projects.” …
  • Gazprom Buys Kyrgyzgaz for $1 Plus Debt

    04/19/2014 3:07:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 10 2014 15:26
    Russia’s top natural gas producer Gazprom has signed a deal to buy 100 percent of shares of Kyrgyzgaz for $1 and assumed the responsibility to repay $40 million of debt owed by the Kyrgyz gas producer, Itar-Tass reported. Gazprom also pledged to invest no less than 20 billion rubles ($560 million) in the next 5 years in the Central Asian republic’s 700-kilometer gas distribution grid upgrades. …
  • What Putin is rebuilding

    04/16/2014 9:08:34 PM PDT · by dangus · 95 replies
    4-17-14 | Dangus
    No, Putin isn't re-building the third Reich: Chamberlain isn't a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler seized neighboring German-speaking territories. He's a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler blamed Christianity for poisoning Europe with weakness, swore to destroy the Jews, build a master race, set fire to the Reichstag, seized all police powers, built concentration camps and THEN invaded German-speaking lands. No, Putin isn't re-building the Soviet Union: He has implemented a flat, low tax rate, struck the authority of local commissars to impose taxes, decriminalized tax disputes, decentralized agriculture and industry, seen the numbers of...
  • New Tomb For 'Altai Princess' To Be Built In Siberia

    03/21/2008 11:12:35 AM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 729+ views
    Novosti ^ | 3-20-2008
    New tomb for 'Altai Princess' to be built in Siberia 21:34 | 20/ 03/ 2008 NOVOSIBIRSK, March 20 (RIA Novosti) - A tomb to house the remains of a woman found after being preserved in ice for 2,500 years will be built in Siberia's Altai Republic, the director of a local museum said on Thursday. The well-preserved remains of the woman dubbed the Altai Princess were discovered in the region by a team led by a Novosibirsk archeologist in 1993 near the Mongolian border, and have been studied at the Archaeology and Ethnography Institute in Novosibirsk. Residents of Altai, where...
  • EU set to help Ukraine pay gas bills: Oettinger

    04/11/2014 1:40:45 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    reuters ^ | 4-11-14 | Michael Shields
    European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger is working on a plan to help Ukraine pay some of its gas bills to Russia, he told Austria's ORF radio on Friday, saying there was "no reason to panic" about Russian gas supplies to Europe. "We are in close contact with Ukraine and its gas company to ensure that Ukraine remains able to pay and the debts that the gas company has to Gazprom do not rise further," he said, adding he would meet Ukraine's energy and foreign ministers on Monday.
  • Kremlin aide says Moscow astonished by US elaborations over gas prices for Ukraine

    04/11/2014 5:44:08 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/11/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow is astonished by elaborations in third countries, including the US, on the fairness or unfairness of the prices of natural gas exported to the US in the framework of silence on Kiev’s outstanding debts that are the root-cause of the problem at the moment, Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary said Friday. “We can only say it’s regrettable that the assessments of the situation voiced on Thursday omitted the main component part of the problem, either inadvertently or purposefully, and this component part is Ukraine’s debt for the gas already delivered,” Peskov said. “It’s...
  • Amid showdown with energy-rich Russia, calls rise in Europe to start fracking

    04/08/2014 12:57:07 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 7, 2014 | By Griff Witte and Anthony Faiola
    FERNHURST, England — Europe’s newest weapon in the battle of wills with Russian President Vladimir Putin lies buried deep beneath the ancient oaks and rolling green pastures of this quintessentially English village. There, wedged in the bedrock, lie vast quantities of oil and natural gas — enough, when combined with the spoils of hundreds of other sites like it, to help kick Europe’s addiction to Russian energy. Or so says David Cameron. Ever since Russian forces took hold of Crimea last month, the British prime minister has been leading a chorus of conservative politicians and energy executives in a refrain...
  • Putin's Russia caught in US and Chinese double-pincer

    04/03/2014 5:42:29 AM PDT · by Ivan Mazepa · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 26 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Russia's Vladimir Putin has committed a grave strategic blunder by tearing up the international rule book without a green light from China. Any hope of recruiting Beijing as an ally to blunt Western sanctions looks doomed, and with it the Kremlin's chances of a painless victory, or any worthwhile victory at all. Mr Putin was careful to thank China's Politburo for its alleged support in his victory speech on Crimea. Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has been claiming with his usual elasticity that “Russia and China have coinciding views on the situation in Ukraine.” This is of course a desperate lie....
  • Ukraine Rejects Gas Price Rise Set By Russia

    04/05/2014 6:56:40 AM PDT · by Fennie · 124 replies
    AGI ^ | April 5, 2014
    (AGI) Kiev, April 5 - Ukraine has declared that they will not pay the price of almost 500 dollars per cubic metre for Russian gas, announced recently by the Russian gas consortium Gazprom. Kiev has also accused Moscow of conducting 'economic' aggression'. "Political presure will prove useless, we are not accepting the price of 500 dollars", Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenuk said during a cabinet meeting. He added: "Russia has not succeeded in conquering Ukraine with military aggression, so now they are opting for an economic aggression."
  • Russia sacrifices Gazprom profit for politics in Ukraine -analysts

    04/04/2014 10:06:45 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 4, 2014 | By Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis Pinchuk
    MOSCOW, April 4 (Reuters) - Russia's top natural gas producer, Gazprom, will eventually lose more than it gains from raising the gas price for Ukraine by 80 percent, analysts said on Friday, predicting Kiev would cut purchases and fail to pay in full. Gazprom on Thursday announced a price rise for Ukraine to $485 per 1,000 cubic metres, the second increase in three days. The $485 price is the highest of any Gazprom customer and compares with around $370 on average for clients in the European Union. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said the increase, two weeks after Moscow annexed...
  • ‘An Historic Opportunity’: Turkish Cypriot Minister Says Reunification Deal Pending (Germany helps)

    04/02/2014 10:13:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 01, 2014 – 11:17 AM | Suzanne Koelbl
    Negotiations to end the division of Cyprus have been ongoing for years. Now, Northern Cyprus Foreign Minister Özdil Nami tells Spiegel that a deal is close. And he wants Germany to help with reunification. […] “We have asked Germany for support for the process of reunification. Finally, the two parts of Cyprus—the Greek south and the Turkish north—are prepared for this step, after 40 years. It cannot be allowed to fail. It is an historic opportunity.” […] “With the large untapped natural gas reserves off the coast, we could help Europe reduce its dependency on Russia.” …
  • Why Poland Loves Ukraine ... For Now

    04/01/2014 10:50:27 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 28, 2014 | Slawomir Sierakowski
    Why Poland Loves Ukraine ... For Now MARCH 28, 2014 Slawomir Sierakowski Eastern Europe, which beginning with Poland is celebrating its 25th anniversary of freedom from Communism, has suddenly awakened from a beautiful dream about the end of history. No less an authority than Adam Michnik, the legendary Polish anti-Communist dissident, recently announced that 2014 marks the end of the best period in Poland’s history in three centuries. We are entering uncertain times: In contrast to Eastern Europe’s foray into independence after World War I, no close intraregional alliances were formed in the aftermath of 1989; rather, each country placed...
  • John Boehner, other RINOs, Dems Take Hefty 2014 Donations from Shady Putin Ally

    04/01/2014 5:34:29 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 01 April 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    What a shock- a Russian-Ukrainian billionaire who made his initial fortune from dubious stock shares eminating from the breakup of the Soviet Union has been sending big, fat checks this year to establishment Republicans and Democrats who aren't too uppity re. foreign policy.Of course, most billionaire Russians who are part owners of huge Russian mining/energy companies over there are KGB/FSB and/or mafia-connected... just like Putin And London resident Leonard Blavatnik is a typical pro-Putin oligarch, getting rich off looting the Russian state then utilizing that ill-gotten fortune to spread Russian influence around the globe. In this case, Blavatnik made almost 20 BILLION from the Russian oil/mining industries...
  • Obama tells EU to do more to cut reliance on Russian gas

    03/26/2014 7:40:00 PM PDT · by blueplum · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Marcg 26, 2014 1:22pm EDT | ROBIN EMMOTT AND JAN STRUPCZEWSKI
    (Additional reporting by Adrian Croft, Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Paul Taylor) (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told the European Union on Wednesday it cannot rely on the United States alone to reduce its dependency on Russian energy, as relations with Moscow chill over its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. Speaking on a visit to Brussels to discuss trade relations and the Ukraine crisis, Obama said concluding a new transatlantic trade pact, now under negotiation, would make it easier for Washington to license more gas exports. :snip: During a 65-minute lunch, European Council President...
  • Developing: Crimea Nationalizes Energy Companies

    03/17/2014 9:59:25 AM PDT · by thackney · 33 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 3/17/2014 | Jeff Reed
    Ukraine's Crimean parliament voted Monday to nationalize energy companies Ukrtransgaz and Chornomornaftohaz, according to a statement on the Parliament's website. A Crimean official said last week that the local authorities may sell the oil and gas company Chornomornaftohaz to a Russian firm "such as Gazprom" once the region assumes control of it. On Sunday, a Russia-backed referendum in Crimea demonstrated overwhelming support for joining the Russian federation. The US and its European allies are expected to announced sanctions against Russia on Monday after Crimea announced that just under 97% of voters in the region supported leaving Ukraine and becoming a...
  • US To Tap Strategic Petroleum Reserve

    03/13/2014 11:20:50 AM PDT · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 96 replies
    The Obama administration will release 5 million barrels of sour crude from the United States’ emergency stockpile in what officials described as a “test” of the nation’s ability to respond to oil supply disruptions around the globe.
  • Pro-Russia Troops Install Minefields, Border Markers in Crimea;

    03/10/2014 11:11:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The takeover of Crimea by Russia is nearly complete. All that remains is the final vote on March 16. There would not be a vote if the outcome was uncertain. Troops Install Minefields, Border Markers in Crimea
  • Putin mocks the West and threatens to turn off gas supplies

    03/07/2014 1:55:18 PM PST · by dynachrome · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3-7-14 | Damien McElroy
    Vladimir Putin has mocked diplomatic efforts to end the Ukraine crisis as Russia threatened to disrupt European gas supplies by cutting off sales to Kiev over its unpaid debts. The Russian president said through his official spokesman that, despite deep disagreements with the West, he did not want a confrontation over Ukraine to spiral into a “new cold war”. Nevertheless Dmitry Peskov ridiculed Western demands for direct talks between the Kremlin and the new Kiev government, claiming that the loss of credibility involved “puts a smile on our face”. The remarks were broadcast during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic...
  • Russia IS Gazprom: To break its grip on Europe, drill for gas.

    03/07/2014 6:45:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/07/2014 | Robert Bryce
    For the U.S., Western Europe, and Ukraine, the best weapons in the ongoing power struggle with Russia won’t be bullets and tanks. They will be natural-gas wells and gas pipelines. Indeed, amidst all the hand-wringing and speculation about how the U.S. and its European allies should respond to Russia’s invasion of Crimea, the best non-military maneuver is obvious: They should launch a natural-gas-drilling campaign in Western Europe and Ukraine. And they should start immediately. Russia has had an easy time thus far in Crimea due to its military superiority. (A superiority that includes total disdain for insignias on the uniforms...