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1 august 2017 RBC
Alexander Golyashev

Alexander Golyashev Department for Expert Analytics

The Moscow Refinery suspension affected the industrial growth of financial and economic centers
The industrial growth in Moscow and St. Petersburg has been followed by a recession as reports RBC with a reference to the "Industrial Production Trends: Regional Inequality" bulletin of the Analytical Center. The industrial production rates of several financial and economic regions (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Moscow Oblast) declined by 6.3 % in January-May 2017 in comparison with the same period of the previous year and sharply contrasts the last year's trends (based on the data of the Federal Statistics Service). Analysts associate these changes with the repair of the Moscow refinery. "The enterprise owned by Gazprom Neft closed in January and resumed its work in May," an expert of the Analytical Center Alexander Golyashev explained to RBC. "Since there are few industrial enterprises in the three regions, the suspension of the refinery has contributed largely to the recession." Another reason for such changes in metropolitan cities' production trajectory is the transition of the Federal statistics Service to a new version of OKVED — OKVED 2, says the bulletin.
31 july 2017 IA REGNUM
Anna Lobanova

Anna Lobanova Department for Research Studies

Developed countries may very well increase the share of renewable energy in their energy balance
France may end up on the brink of an energy catastrophe. More than 70 % of electric power produced here is generated by nuclear power stations, but the alternative energy lobbyists that have now taken control of the government want to turn France into "the greenest country in the world", while making it energy dependent in the process. Thus, just the other day the minister for energy transition Nicolas Hulot announced that a road map had to be developed to close down 17 nuclear power plants.
31 july 2017 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Alexander Kurdin

Alexander Kurdin Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Oil market participants' opportunism is soon to be revealed as the market is rather transparent
Crude oil prices are rebounding thanks to the OPEC and the United States, says Rossiyskaya Gazeta. OPEC member countries are beginning to voluntarily reduce exports. Against the backdrop of a decline in commercial oil reserves and a slowdown in the US drilling activity, the exchange was cheered up by the OPEC's verbal interventions: oil quotations went up to the maximum of two months. Theoretically, if Russia declares its decision to join the OPEC members' initiative, it can raise prices even higher and lose nothing: Russia follows the export quota by default.
28 july 2017 RBC
Gleb Pokatovich

Gleb Pokatovich Deputy Head

Russia's debt policy has been very careful
The Russian state may become a net debtor next year, even though up to this point it has traditionally been playing the role of a net creditor, RBC writes. "When assessing the macroeconomic stability of a country, a key parameter is not the difference between the amount of loans taken and loans issued, but the amount of state debt," Deputy Head of the Analytical Center Gleb Pokatovich commented.
28 july 2017 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Victoria Gimadi

Victoria Gimadi Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

When debating the quality of natural gas with the supplier, the consumer can rely upon standard requirements
Russia is about to embark on a mass installation of anti-magnetic seals on natural gas meters to detect whether consumers are stealing gas or not. Consumers will be able to opt out of installing gas meters and seals but in that case they will have to pay a higher rate for the gas. However, consumers do have the right to demand that high quality natural gas is supplied to them. Analytical Center expert Victoria Gimadi commented on the situation to a Rossiyskaya Gazeta correspondent.
25 july 2017 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Alexander Kurdin

Alexander Kurdin Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

The US could not possibly create insurmountable obstacles for Nord Stream 2
"The planned Nord Stream-2 pipeline is not only becoming a target for sanctions as one of the export natural gas pipelines but is directly mentioned in the bill that the House of Representatives of the US Congress is about to vote on as a key bone of contention for the US," Analytical Center expert Alexander Kurdin explained to a Rossiyskaya Gazeta correspondent.
24 july 2017 Gudok
Alexander Malakhov

Alexander Malakhov Department for Information Technologies

Uberization is engulfing both transport and other sectors of the economy
On-line rail ticket sales services are being unified and integrated, overhauling the entire trip planning process. In the future, a single on-line trading platform will be created for passengers, transport companies and booking companies. Analytical Center expert Alexander Malakhov told Gudok about the economic effects of introducing digital technologies in public transport.
24 july 2017 IA REGNUM
Anna Lobanova

Anna Lobanova Department for Research Studies

Shutdown of nuclear power plants in France can affect other countries
France's intention to develop a detailed road-map to cut back the share of nuclear power in the country's total energy balance is not yet going to have a major impact on the French power industry as whole. That is according to Analytical Center expert Anna Lobanova who gave an interview on the issue for IA REGNUM.
13 july 2017 TEK Rossii
Svyatoslav Pikh

Svyatoslav Pikh Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Minimal risks of a decrease in oil productionl
"In Qatar, Russia does not have any assets in oil and gas industries, so companies can only be affected indirectly, that is, by changes in regional gas markets," said the Analytical Center expert Svyatoslav Pikh. At the beginning of summer a number of states broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar, ceased air flights, closed their airspace, and severed trade ties. In less than a month, Saudi Arabia and its allies have issued a 13-point ultimatum to Doha as the price for normalization of relations, but Qatar declared that the demands were impossible to meet. TEK Rossii correspondents asked experts how the Qatar crisis would affect the energy market, including that of Russia.
10 july 2017 TASS Audio
Inna Karakchieva

Inna Karakchieva Department for Expert Analytics

The importance of non-formal education is increasing these days
"The cost of educational services in higher education institutions is often increasing because of their underfunding by the state," Inna Karakchiyeva, an expert of the Analytical Center, said on Tass Audio.