• Poland to take part in Nord Stream 2 certification

    The Polish oil and gas company PGNiG received the right to participate in the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the company said in a statement.

    "The German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur, BNetzA) has granted Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo SA and its German subsidiary - PGNiG Supply & Trading GmbH participation in the certification proceedings for Nord Stream 2," the statement reads.

    The Polish side argues that Nord Stream 2 does not meet the formal …

  • U.S. refuses to recognize elections to Russian Duma as free and fair

    Elections to the Russian Parliament, the State Duma, held in Russia on September 17-19, “took place under conditions not conducive to free and fair proceedings”, said the U.S. Department of State.

    "The Russian government’s use of laws on “extremist organizations,” “foreign agents,” and “undesirable organizations” severely restricted political pluralism and prevented the Russian people from exercising their civil and political rights," the U.S. Department of State said in a statement.

    “Russian …

  • European gas prices soar after Russia’s Gazprom reduces deliveries through Poland

    The European gas market after a short respite has soared again. On Monday, gas futures linked to spot prices at the Dutch TTF hub jumped by 13% and exceeded $ 900 per thousand cubic meters after the Russian gas giant Gazprom decided to drastically reduce gas deliveries through Poland and refused to book additional transit capacity through Ukraine.

    At the last gas transit auction of the European GSA Platform, Gazprom booked only 31.4 million cubic meters per day through the Polish branch of the …

  • European Parliament: Russian State Duma elections may mot be recognized

    The European Parliament at the plenary session on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a report on relations with Russia, in which it calls on EU countries not to recognize the Russian State Duma as legitimate if the three-day elections on September 17, 18 and 19 are rigged.

    494 MEPs voted in favor of the document, prepared by the EP Committee on International Affairs for the European Commission and the European Council, with 103 votes "against" and 72 abstentions.

    " The current Russian regime is …

  • Russia starts blocking Google Docs

    Russian authorities continue to expand restrictions on internet traffic trying to fully block the Smart Voting application.

    Smart Voting is a voting strategy promoted by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny that makes the Kremlin and the ruling United Russia party nervous. It helps opposition-minded Russians vote for candidates deemed most capable of beating candidates from United Russia.

    GlobalCheck reports that on Wednesday evening traffic to docs.google.com was blocked on the cellular …