Gazprom annually supports various social projects contributing to culture, science and education development and promulgation of a healthy lifestyle.
On June 16, 1910 the Emperor Nicholas II Prize International Rally started. The route of the rally was as follows: Saint Petersburg – Kiev – Moscow – Saint Petersburg. One century later, in September 2010, Gazprom reconstructed the historical race. The motor rally ran under the 3rd category rally rules according to the classification of the Russian Automobile Federation. Under the above mentioned rules the primary goal of the rally is to accurately follow the route rather than speed up. A rigorous requirement for the participants was to comply with Russia and Ukraine’s traffic rules.
In October 2010 Beijing hosted the Arts Festival of Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). This event was recognized as one of the most large-scale projects for cultural exchange between Russia and China.
On August 16 the Start stadium in Saransk hosted the Opening Ceremony for the Gazprom's 9th Summer Spartakiada Games.
The Pushkin Museum and Gazprom present the exhibition of canvases by Wassily Kandinsky, Russian artist, one of the founders of abstract art, and painters from The Blue Rider group established with his assistance. Every painting being exhibited belongs to the collection of the Lenbachhaus Gallery in Munich. The Kandinsky and Der Blaue Reiter exhibition will be on display at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts until January 15, 2012.
In November 15–25, 2011 Moscow hosted the 6th Tal Memorial, a traditional Grand Master tournament. The Russian Chess Federation, sponsored by Gazprom.
Novy Urengoy hosted the 3rd final round of the Russian Snowcross Championship and the National Snowcross Competition between April 7 and 8, 2012.
On April 6, 2012 Nadym hosted the “What? Where? When?” intellectual game involving Alexey Blinov, captain of a well-known team of experts. The competition was arranged by Gazprom Dobycha Nadym.
On May 2012, prior to Victory Day two children’s and youth tournaments took place in Orenburg. The sports events were dedicated to veterans of the national gas industry, former heads of Orenburggazprom: a football competition was held in memory of Vasily Nikolaev and a judo competition – Yury Vysheslavtsev, Hero of Socialist Labor. Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg organized the tournaments.
The last stage of the offshore Baltic Nord Stream Race has finished on October 26, 2012. Taking part in the race were five teams – from Russia, the European Union, France, Germany and the Netherlands. According to the results of the Race, the Russian team led by Vladimir Lyubomirov, Commodore of the Saint Petersburg Yacht Club on the Bronenosets yacht won the first prize. The team is sponsored by Gazprom Group.
The Zenit football club being sponsored by Gazprom for several years is among Russia’s best teams nowadays. Zenit is the only team that won all major football trophies of the USSR and Russia: the USSR Championship (1984), the USSR Cup (1944), the USSR Super Cup (1985), the Championship of Russia (2007, 2010), the Cup of Russia (1998/99, 2009/10), the Premier League Cup (2003) and the Super Cup of Russia (2008, 2011).
Revival of interest in sports is largely associated with the success of our sportsmen in major international competitions especially in such popular kinds of sports as football and hockey. This is why Gazprom nowadays sponsors the leading Russian hockey clubs: SKA Saint Petersburg and Avangard Omsk.
Between November 28 and December 1, 2010 Nadym hosted the 10th traditional International Youth Boxing Tournament dedicated to the memory of Vladislav Strizhov, the first Director General of Gazprom dobycha Nadym.
On November 26, 2010 the Helios sports center was opened in the Orenburg District. The center can accommodate more than 400 guests. It is comprised of two buildings located on 2,300 square meters and linked by a heated passage. A swimming pool with four lanes is located in one building, while sports and gymnastics rooms and a ping-pong room are in the other.
On April 25–28, 2013 Omsk will host the 7th International KHL Tournament among Children's Hockey Teams – Gazprom Neft Cup involving 16 clubs. Set up seven years ago as a competition of children’s hockey teams from where Gazprom Group is present, Gazprom Neft Cup has nowadays turned into Europe’s largest children’s tournament.
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk hosted the inauguration of the Kristall Ice Palace built under the auspices of Gazprom.
Taking part in the competitions were 27 teams from Omsk, Nizhnevartovsk, Surgut, Nefteyugansk, Novy Urengoy, Nadym and Pangody settlement.
A Chess Academy constructed within the Gazprom to Children program was opened in Khanty-Mansiysk in September 2010. The Academy building comprises two training halls, a specialized multi-purpose room containing 128 game tables and an adjustable spectator space as well as a computer room equipped with the specialized software enabling the Chess Academy students to compete with counterparts from any part of the world.
The International Children’s Forum “The World Belongs to Us!” was held on May 26–28, 2011 in Segovia (Spain) and on June 4–7, 2011 in Terracina (Italy).
As football to the English and hockey to the Canadians, so is rhythmic gymnastics to the Russians – an object of national pride. Russian female rhythmic gymnasts have been traditionally considered one of the most prominent athletes in World Championships and Olympic Games. Beginning from 2002 Gazprom has been the primary sponsor of the All-Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics.
On March 2, 2010 in the presence of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy a Russian art exhibition Holy Russia, was opened in the Louvre. The exhibition was dedicated to the Year of Russia in France. The general sponsors of the event were Gazprom, GDF SUEZ and Total.
Russia cherishes deep-rooted traditions in biathlon and Gazprom actively assists this sport development: since 2007 the Company has been arranging and sponsoring the International Biathlon Competition for the Prize in memory of the Russian Honored Coach Vitaly Fatyanov.
Between April 5 and 8 , 2012 the Ice Arena of Rostoshi settlement (Orenburg) hosted the All-Russian Ice Hockey Tournament for the prizes of Anatoly Zibarev – Hero of Socialist Labor, veteran of the gas industry. The tournament was arranged by Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg as part of the Gazprom for Children program.
Between June 26 and 27, 2012 the Berezka recreation complex hosted the sixth festival named the Workroom of Joy for children from large and socially disadvantaged families in the Samara and Ulyanovsk Regions.
Krasnoselsky, Frunzensky, Petrodvortsovy, Kalininsky, and Primorsky Districts of St. Petersburg and Kronshtadt hosted the opening of sports and recreation complexes (SRC) built as part of the Gazprom to Children program.
With a view to promote its brand in the foreign market, Gazprom became in 2010 the general sponsor of Crvena Zvezda (Red Star), a Serbian football club with a rich history. The sponsorship support also stipulates building up reserves to finance the club's youth team.
Gazprom traditionally holds New Year charity events for socially disadvantaged children. Another New Year festive event took place at the Meridian culture and arts center on January 15, 2011 in Moscow. The event was attended by more than 1,000 children from social welfare institutions of Moscow and the suburbs.
In November 2009 the Small Hall of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory hosted unique concerts of classical music held under the auspices of Gazprom and its foreign partners.
Year 2012 is announced as the Year of Russian Tourism in the People’s Republic of China. Many people of different professions – and not only those engaged into the tourism business, but the representatives of cultural, educational and art institutions – take part in the festive program.
On December 24, 2012 Lomonosov hosted a festive opening of the health and fitness center built as part of the Gazprom for Children program.
In Anapa hosted a festive opening of the 4th Summer Children's Spartakiada Games of Gazprom.
Gazprom annually holds celebrations dedicated to the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. In April 2010 the 65th Victory anniversary was marked by the Moscow – Saint Petersburg bike ride and in May veterans were honored at the Gazprom headquarters. On the threshold of the 65th Victory anniversary, Gazprom created a section dedicated to veterans on its corporate website.
On June 12, 2011 the International Festival of Russia's national culture “Constellation of Russia” was held in Rome (Italy) within the Year of Russian Culture and Russian Language in Italy and the Year of Italian Culture and Italian Language in Russia.
Germanyis a large consumer of Russian gas and a long-standing partner of Gazprom. Beginning from 2007 Gazprom has been a sponsor of the most popular Bundesliga club – FC Schalke 04. Boasting deep-routed football traditions, Schalke 04 is among the top three most successful German clubs for the last five years. In the season 2010/2011 the team reached the Champions League semi-finals and won the German Football Association (DFB) cup.
Since 2004 Gazprom has regularly arranged the corporate Fakel Festival (“fakel” is translated from Russian as “flare”) among amateur and creative teams and artists of Gazprom subsidiaries. The Festival zonal rounds took place in Orenburg, Yugorsk, Surgut, Kazan, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod. The final rounds are usually held in Gelendzhik. In February 2011 the IV zonal round of the Fakel Festival took place in Tomsk for the first time.
Gazprom traditionally holds New Year charity events for children in need of social support. Another New Year performance for socially disadvantaged children took place at the Meridian Culture and Arts Center on January 14, 2012 in Moscow.
The capital of the Czech Republic hosted the European Karate Cup in the beginning of April 2012. Ivan Kiryanov, member of the Russian national team from Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol Shotokan Club became the winner in the team tournaments. The sportsman had a clear lead and won every fight bringing the national team on top – as a result, the Russian team took the first place.
On April 7, 2012 the Pangody settlement hosted the Gazprom Dobycha Nadym Cup Car Racing Competitions. The competitions were held in T1 class comprising 4x4 four-wheeled off-road vehicles produced in Russia and having the engine size of up to 3,000 cubic centimeters as well as in A-1600 class made up of front-drive cars with the engine size of up to 1,600 cubic centimeters.
Gazprom Torch table tennis club (Orenburg) has become the champion of Russia for the fifth time.
Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Viktor Nazarov, Governor of the Omsk Region took on October 24, 2012 in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Avangard Hockey Academy sports complex in Omsk.
In September 2010 the Yaroslavl’s Millennium monument was unveiled in Yaroslavl. The monument construction was sponsored by Gazprom. It represents a 22 meter stele surrounded by five bronze figures (Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise, Patriarch Tikhon, collective characters of a Citizen, a Mother with her Child and a Warrior) and crowned with a bronze double-headed eagle – the State Emblem of Russia. Thematic panels dedicated to the history of Yaroslavl are disposed in the central part of the monument.
On May 22, 2010 a concert involving the Brazilian singer Eliane Coelho, one of the world’s best female sopranos, and Evgeny Knyazev, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, took place in Vrubel Hall of Tretyakov State Gallery within the Masterpieces amid Masterpieces project. The music accompaniment was represented by the renowned Rachmaninov Trio – Victor Yampolsky (piano), Mikhail Tsinman (violin) and Natalya Savinova (cello). The concert was held under the auspices of Gazprom.
In February 2012 Yekaterinburg hosted a festive opening of the 9th Adult Winter Spartakiada Games and the 4th Children’s Winter Spartakiada Games of Gazprom. The event brought together 24 adult and 13 children’s teams from Gazprom’s subsidiaries.
In the run-up to 22nd Winter Olympic Games a series of trial competitions took place at the Integrated Biathlon and Ski Complex of Gazprom, including the Biathlon World Cup round, Russian Cross-Country Skiing Championship as well as the Russian Championship and the final round of the Paralympic Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon World Cup among athletes with orthopedic and visual impairment.
On March 27 Slavyansk-on-Kuban hosted an open futsal tournament among trainees of football schools. 8 teams comprised of young sportsmen from 12 to 14 years old entered the competition for the grand prize. The footballers played 11 matches in the course of which the Slavyanski Football Club team took the first place. In the end of the sports celebration gas workers congratulated the children on the start of spring vacations and awarded them cups and medals.
Vitebsk (Republic of Belarus) hosted a grand opening of the final round of the 5th corporate Fakel Festival among amateur creative teams and performers from Gazprom's subsidiary companies and organizations.