Category: Russia

Russia says plane crash kills 44, eight injured

Russia says plane crash kills 44, eight injuredAt least 44 people were killed and eight injured when a passenger plane broke up and caught fire on coming into land in fog in north-western Russia, an Emergency Ministry spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The Tupolev-134 plane, carrying 52 people including nine crew, crashed near a road about 1 km (0.6 miles) from the runway at the Besovets airport outside the northern city of Petrozavodsk at about 11.40 p.m. local time (1940 GMT) on Monday.

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BD to ratify deal on gas exploration with Russia

A powerful delegation of Gazprom, the state-owned energy-exploration company of Russia, will visit Bangladesh from March 15 for assisting the energy-starved country in boosting production in state-owned gas-wells.

An agreement on cooperation and assistance in augmenting gas extraction in Bangladesh would be ratified by the two countries.

For doing the spadework for the visit, a technical team of Gazprom is scheduled to come here on February 21 and work jointly with Bangladeshi team on compressor and well exploration.

Chairman of Petrobangla, the government-owned national oil company of Bangladesh, Professor Dr Hossain Mansur disclosed the developments Sunday after his Russia tour.

He also informed that the Gazprom has reacted positively to Bangladesh’s proposals.

“We asked them to set up two compressors in Feni and Narsingdi to keep perfect gas pressure. They agreed to provide compressors,” he said.

He said they discussed with Gazprom well excavation, but the places of well exploration was yet to be fixed.

Dr Mansur informed that a decision would be taken holding a meeting on February 15 at Petrobangla about where to excavate well and set up process plant.

A high official of Petrobangla said initially they have decided to dig one well in Sundarpur and two in Begumganj of Noakhali and two in Shahbajpur in Barisal.

Earlier on February 6, a 3-member delegation led by Prime Minister’s financial affairs adviser Dr AKM Moshiur Rahman went on a visit to Russia.

They held a series of meetings with high officials of Gazprom on February 10-11. The other two members of the delegation were Energy Secretary Mohammad Mezbah Uddin and Petrobangla chairman Hossain Mansur.

Russia-China oil pipeline opens

Ref: The first oil pipeline linking the world`s biggest oil producer, Russia, and the world`s biggest consumer of energy, China, has begun operating.

The pipeline, running between Siberia and the northeastern Chinese city of Daqing, will allow a rapid increase in oil exports between the two countries. Read more →

Bangladesh seeks Russian support in gas sector

The government urged the visiting delegation of Gazprom, the state-run gas company in Russia, to help develop the gas sectors in Bangladesh.

The power secretary Abul Kalam Azad Tuesday sought such assistance while holding a meeting with the delegation of Gazprom, the world’s largest natural gas field developer, at his ministry office in the city.

Meanwhile, chairman of Power Development Board is learned get ready for handing over a formal proposal to the visiting delegation with detailed offers to develop specific fields, using their expertise and vast experience.

After the meeting, the secretary told banglanews, “We have discussed mainly on bi-lateral co-operation on the development of gas fields, and as we also discussed about some potentials gas fields, we will provide them a list of the potentials fields where we can seek the assistance from Gazrom.”

“We want to know exactly where Bangladesh needs assistance in the development of power sector,” said leader of the Russian delegation Yury Potapov, who also mentioned that they were well informed about the issues through discussion at the meeting.

The meeting was attended, among others, by delegation member of Gazprom Eduard Shevchenko and PDB chairman ASM Alamgir Kabir with Power Secretary Abul Kalam Azad in chair.

Earlier on Monday, the Gazprom delegation led by Yury Potapov, met Energy Advisor and officials of Petro-Bangla in separate meetings.

India, Russia sign deals on fighter jets, nuclear energy

Source: Russia and India on Tuesday signed a pact worth up to 30 billion dollars on the development of a fifth-generation fighter aircraft and agreed to pursue a deal to build two Russian nuclear reactors.

The agreements surrounded talks in New Delhi between visiting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Indian Premier Manmohan Singh, during which both sides set a target of doubling bilateral trade to 20 billion dollars by 2015. Read more →

Russian president visits India to seal defence deals

Ref: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is expected to sign nuclear and defence agreements worth billions of dollars during a two-day visit to India. He has met Indian PM Manmohan Singh in Delhi on a trip that could see a deal on the joint development of a so-called fifth generation stealth fighter jet.

There may also be a contract to supply more Russian nuclear power reactors. All five permanent UN Security Council members have now made trade-focused visits to India in recent months. Read more →

Russia ‘mafia state’ – Wikileaks

Ref: A senior Spanish prosecutor told the US Embassy in Madrid that Russia, Belarus and Chechnya had become virtual “mafia states”, new disclosures of classified material by Wikileaks show.

Latest leaked US cables question how close the Kremlin is to organised crime

Latest leaked US cables question how close the Kremlin is to organised crime

A cable also questions whether Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is implicated in the Russian mafia.

Another reveals that a powerful Ukrainian businessman told US officials he had ties to Russian organised crime. Read more →