Russia: Room for ambitious goals
Russia is the world’s largest country in terms of territory: More than one eighth of the earth’s inhabited landmass is occupied by the Russian Federation. This gigantic country stretching between Kaliningrad and Vladivostok is distinguished by its cultural heritage, breathtaking natural landscapes, and valuable mineral resources
The Kremlin bathed in evening light: Red Square in Moscow is normally thronged with tourists from all over the world, but during the pandemic most of its visitors are local residents. The Russian Federation is full of places that are steeped in history, including 18 that have been named World Cultural Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Its cultural centers are Moscow and St. Petersburg with its historic Old Town.
In bitter cold, workers check the weld seams of a natural gas pipeline near the city of Novy Urengoy in western Siberia. Russia has around a third of the estimated worldwide reserves of natural gas, which is transported by freighters or pipelines to customers all over the globe. The pipelines are subjected to extraordinary levels of stress. If even very small amounts of water combine with the methane and ethane in the natural gas, they can cause a blockage or even a break in the pipelines. This can be prevented by a technology based on glycol and methanol. But there’s a problem—methanol is toxic, and very large amounts of it are needed. Evonik can provide an alternative. Small amounts of a polymer based on the methacrylate monomer VISIOMER® can prevent pipeline blockages with the same degree of effectiveness.
Sixty years ago the Russian Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space. In 2010 the cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin added a new chapter to the success story of Russia’s space program. He and his crew successfully made the 100th space flight to the International Space Station (ISS). In order to maintain its position in international cosmonautics, Russia depends not only on state-of-the-art technology but also on cutting-edge fuel. The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities uses PROPULSE®, a highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide from Evonik. This fuel drives the turbopumps that transport kerosene and liquid oxygen into the combustion chambers of the rockets.
The Hermitage in St. Petersburg is one of the largest museums in the world. It was established as the private gallery of Empress Catherine the Great in 1764. Today it’s the home of one of the world’s most important art collections, which attracts millions of visitors every year. Its archive houses almost three million additional works of art that are exhibited only on special occasions. The floor coating of the storerooms contains curing agents from Evonik. They prevent dust deposits and stains, improve abrasion resistance, and ensure the stately appearance of the floors in the hidden rooms of the Hermitage.
The animals in this pig-breeding farm in the Chelyabinsk region are carefully monitored, partly in order to identify any symptoms of illness at an early stage. Animal breeding, which accounts for about two thirds of Russian agriculture, has recently posted strong growth. The main driver of this sector is pork production. The farms depend on balanced animal feed. Evonik, which is one of the biggest suppliers of methionine, plays a major role in this field. Products such as MetAMINO® boost productivity, decrease strain on the animal organism, and reduce nitrogen and phosphate emissions.
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