At the end of last year, RT-Invest, a subsidiary of Rostec, Russian state-owned holding conglomerate that specializes in consolidating the corporation’s stakes in the strategically important companies, mainly in the defense and high-tech industries, was to begin construction of a zero waste incineration plant near Kazan, the capital of Russia’s constituent republic of Tatarstan.
Finally, it happened: from now on, coal dust is considered a pollutant. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has signed a decree on state regulation that provides for the introduction of fees for the emission of coal dust into the atmosphere.
The State Duma lower house of parliament passed in the final third reading the law on hunting enclosures which will allow businesses to legally offer to shoot animals in the fenced areas. The law was drafted by a group of deputies, who are United Russia party members -- Nikolai Nikolayev, chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Natural Resources, Property and Land Relations, Maxim Shablykin, a member of this committee, Vladislav Reznik, a member of the Committee on Budget and Taxes, and Nikolai Valuyev, first deputy chairman of the Committee on Ecology and Environmental Protection.
"Black sky mode" – this expression can often be heard in Russia’s major industrial cities. Usually it is set in frosty windless weather in winter. Sometimes during heatwaves in the summer. The Hydrometeorological Center has a special term for it -- "adverse weather conditions."
The Federal Tax Service is trying to sue the Krasnoyarsk non-ferrous metals plant, OAO Krastsvetmet, named after Vladimir Gulidov for billions of rubles. The Tax Service believes that the plant underpaid about 2 billion rubles to the budget by enacting dubious schemes. Krastsvetmet also faces various penalties for almost 700 million rubles.
Who is Dmitry Bosov planning to sell an unprofitable and distressed asset to? Well, to the state, of course! Represented by some corporation that may come his way…
Fish processing factories that are being built in Russia as part of investment quotas may come to grips with shortages of fish raw. Investors in such enterprises have an obligation to put out the products “from the catch of aquatic biological resources,” yet under the new legislation this phrase implies any processing of the raw.
The main owner of Togliattiazot PJSC, a US citizen Sergei Makhlay, convicted in absentia for especially large-scale fraud last year in July, became a defendant in another criminal case. Now Makhlay, as well as the former head of Togliattichembank Alexander Popov and the former head of the ToAZ security service Oleg Antoshin, are suspected of attempting to bribe on an especially large scale (part 3 of article 30 and part 5 of article 291 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). And they tried bribe the judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation in exchange for the cancellation of the decision to recover unpaid taxes from the enterprise.
It was expected that the reform of the garbage recycling system in Russia would as a minimum resolve the bulk of garbage utilization problems. But the on the power of tradition, “prompt” work of bureaucracy and economic reality cast overwhelming doubts over its implementation. Experts of the Accounting Chamber believe this country will not have space anymore for dumping garbage in a mere six years’ time.
Moscow City authorities have come up with a new plan for garbage disposal. The project has been published on the city hall’s website. It is said that the document contains the prospective patterns of accumulation, processing and recycling of waste from the capital in the next ten years, that is, until the end of 2029.
An investor intends to build a waste incineration plant near the village of Kubekovo almost in the suburbs of Krasnoyarsk. People disagree with its plans. The project has the name of Volchya Griva (Wolf’s Collar). Originally, it was an industrial estate to dispose of, process, place, and neutralise industrial and consumer waste. It was built back in 2017 and registered in the governmental register. Then it was mothballed. Currently, its owners intend to amend the technical documents including a plant into it.
RUSAL’s scandalous public hearing was finally recognised as valid in Krasnoyarsk. The event that took place in Krasnoyarsk’s Sovetsky District Administration in mid-October developed into a scandal hardly resembling a hearing.
The Taymyr Peninsula in the Far North of Siberia is turning into a place of a tangible industrial revolution. At least, plans for it that were announced recently look really revolutionary.
A large goldminer in the Republic of Tyva, a region in the south of East Siberia, seems to end up with losing its license. The patient Federal Agency for Subsoil Usage has just sent out another warning to a gold-mining company Tardan Gold so far and let it fix everything that had been violated in a decade and a half of its work within twelve months.
Sergey Levchenko, the governor of Irkutsk region in eastern Siberia has announced his intention to run for a second term. The news has triggered a new PR attack against him. Predictably, the consequences of the summer floods in the Irkutsk region are a leading story.
The cargo company Novotrans, one of the top ten largest Russian railway operators, has been suddenly accused of money laundering. How might it be connected with a bond-secured loan of over 50 bln rubles and the company's implementation of a project to create a modern port infrastructure in Ust-Lug in the Leningrad region?
The July statement by Svetlana Radionova, the chair of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage (Rosprirodnadzor), who said the “ecological Chernobyl” is located in the Irkutsk region (Siberia), has not helped much so far to solve the problem. The industrial site in Usolye-Sibirskoye, a town in the Irkutsk region, is still poorly protected and serves as a source of severe environmental pollution.
Mikhail Abyzov's legal problems have affected not only the ex-minister but also some of his partners, too. The owner of Sibanthracite Group Dmitry Bosov associated with Abyzov, who has been caught in thefts, is also going through difficult times. The problem is Bosov is looking for a way out with the help of meaningless attacks on his business partners.