Alexander Dybal, a member of the Gazprom Neft management board has been awarded the Gold Medal of the Republic of Serbia — the government of the Balkan state making this award in recognition of his role in promoting and developing cultural and economic ties between the two countries as a senior manager in Russia’s Gazprom Neft.
Under Mr Dybal’s direction a major corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, directed at supporting national culture and preserving the country’s historical heritage, is being implemented in Serbia. With financial support from Gazprom Neft — the majority shareholder in Serbian oil company Naftna industrija Srbije (NIS) — the Russian Cemetery in Belgrade has been restored, with the company now financing the installation of mosaic decorations at St Savva’s Cathedral in the Serbian capital: 1,230 square metres of historical mosaics inside the dome of the cathedral being due to be restored by the end of next year.
Since 2013 Gazprom Neft, together with film director Emir Kusturica, has run the Bolshoi Festival of Russian Music, supporting talented young musicians from Serbia, the Republic of Serbia and the Russian Federation, as well as supporting the Kustendorf Film and Music Festival.
Naftna industrija Srbije (NIS) is one of the largest vertically integrated energy companies in south—east Europe. Its principal activities are exploration, production and refining, sales and distribution of a broad range of petroleum products, as well as the implementation of petrochemical and energy projects.
In Serbia, NIS owns a refining compound, with two production facilities, one in Pancevo and the other in Novi Sad, an LPG production unit, as well as a network of petrol stations. In accordance with the company’s long-term development strategy, NIS is currently expanding its operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania.
Gazprom Neft has a