Key social projects in 2018

Gazprom Neft Cup

Gazprom Neft Cup is an international kids hockey established in 2007 as the Company’s key project promoting children’s sports. It also the world’s largest non-for-profit hockey competition for children under 11 years old.

The Cup boasts organisational support unmatched by any other kids tournament. The competition takes place at Olympic ice arenas, with opening ceremonies and superfinals being by no means inferior to the world’s best hockey shows. The games are covered by major sports channels, radio stations and online portals and streamed live with professional commentary. The 2018 tournament brought together 26 clubs from six countries (Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia and Finland).

Becoming increasingly international

In 2019, Gazprom Neft Cup will get a lot bigger, with teams from Austria, China, Slovakia and the Czech Republic joining the current participants from Russia, Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Finland. As a result, the tournament will see 31 teams from ten countries competing for the cup, which makes it the largest non-for-profit international kids hockey competition.


Kustendorf Classic Music Festival

Every year, Serbia hosts a festival of Russian classical music with the globally renowned film director Emir Kusturica as its founder and key mastermind. Gazprom Neft has been sponsoring the festival since its inception in 2013. The event primarily seeks to support young musicians and foster cultural ties between Russia and Serbia, with its programme featuring a contest of aspiring musicians, various workshops and performances by the world’s classical music stars such as conductor Valery Gergiev and classical pianist Denis Matsuev. The 6th festival welcomed 27 young Russian musicians from across the Company’s regions of operation.

Golden Matryoshkas from this year’s Bolshoy Festival on their way to Russia and Serbia

Makers of Russia

Together with the Creative Practices Fund, Gazprom Neft runs the Makers of Russia project to support young entrepreneurs. The project offers a series of research tasks, forums and intensive workshops bringing into focus the Mastera.Academy online media portal, which serves as a free platform for young entrepreneurs to share their experiences, develop professional competencies and present their products to a wider audience. The portal’s most active users can benefit from the support of mentors and internships to develop their business.

In 2018, over 7,000 people took online courses at Mastera.Academy, with 13 entrepreneurs from across Russia completing internships in Finland and St Petersburg.


programme participants in 2018
entrepreneurs to take internships

More details on Makers of Russia

Arithmetic Progression

Since 2013, Gazprom Neft has been a partner of the Chebyshev Laboratory at St Petersburg State University led by the Fields medalThe top award in the field of mathematics. The Fields Medal is awarded to two to four mathematicians under 40 years of age at the International Congress of the International Mathematical Union, a meeting that takes place every four years. winner Stanislav Smirnov. Our joint project, Arithmetic Progression, provides support to young mathematicians at every stage of learning, which includes enrolling schoolchildren at universities, allocating dedicated scholarships to students, offering grants and internships (both in Russia and overseas) to young scientists, and funding fundamental research projects of professional teams.

In 2018, the Company offered scholarships and prizes to 60 students and four young scientists as part of the project. In 2019, the project will reach out across the border, with Gazprom Neft to sponsor the launch a Modern Mathematics international master’s programme.


dedicated scholarships

St Petersburg to host International Congress of Mathematicians 2022

Developing Talent

Since 2015, Gazprom Neft has been annually running the Developing Talent case-solving tournament for gifted high school students from across the Company’s regions of operation. In 2018, the tournament saw 2,600 applications, with 106 best oil and gas research projects selected by the jury for in-person presentation at regional rounds, and 24 winning teams making it to the finals in St Petersburg.



Developing Talent: grand prix goes to Khanty-Mansiysk and St Petersburg

Stenograffia street art and graffiti festival

Gazprom Neft supports Stenograffia, Russia’s major street art and graffiti festival which invites the participants to transform inconspicuous town buildings into works of art.

The large-scale paintings take into account the area’s specifics along with its cultural and historical heritage, incorporating themes and images familiar and dear to locals. Stenograffia works feature in prestigious international street art catalogues such as Google Arts & Culture.

The 2018 festival helped create new landmarks across the Company’s “home” towns, with 38 major art pieces appearing in Yekaterinburg, Khanty-Mansiysk and Omsk. Yekaterinburg also received a unique graffiti mural created by a neural network and drawn by a robotic printer with no human involvement. In Orenburg, a nine-storey building displays a mural called Einstein-Rosen Bridge – a tunnel connecting different universes.


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art pieces

Street artists add colour to Noyabrsk and Muravlenko

Strelka educational events

Together with Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Gazprom Neft organises educational events for enthusiasts living in St Petersburg and Omsk. The lecturers are partners from architectural firms, museum curators, national and international design, technology and digital innovation experts.

In 2018, more than 4,000 St Petersburg residents attended In the City, a conference on technologies shaping the future of our cities. In Omsk, the Your Town in Your Own Hands project brought together over 1,000 locals, with another 54,000 watching the online broadcast.



project lab students
St Petersburg

online conference attendees
Experts from

Omsk hosts outdoor urban development lectures
In the City: how technologies change urban life

Storm Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) School

Since 2015, Gazprom Neft has been supporting the Storm school opened in Omsk by Alexander Shlemenko, one of the most successful Russian mixed martial artists. Storm facilities are equipped on par with the world’s leading MMA schools, with over 400 children training free of charge as part of Gazprom Neft’s scholarship programme.

In 2018, the school held the third annual mixed martial arts tournament that brought together more than 300 kids from 11 Russian regions.

Outdoor sports grounds

As part of the joint work to effectively transform Omsk social and sports infrastructure, the Omsk Region Government, Storm School and Gazprom Neft helped build outdoor sports grounds equipped with state-of-the-art workout equipment. Since 2014, the city has received five new sports facilities where Storm coaches regularly hold free training sessions, with three more to be opened each year starting from 2019.

Mixed martial arts tournament (coverage by Vesti-Omsk)

Spirit of Fire international festival

In 2007, Gazprom Neft became a general partner of Spirit of Fire, Russia’s one and only debut film event hosted by Khanty-Mansiysk.

The international festival is led and inspired by the famous Russian film director Sergei Solovyov (Assa, One Hundred Days after Childhood). His fame along with the event’s unique venue and special vibe serve to attract the world’s celebrities such as Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant, Pierre Richard and Vincent Pérez.

Spirit of Fire saw the debut of Boomer, The Heat, The Italian, How Victor ‘The Garlic’ Took Alexey ‘The Stud’ to the Nursing Home and other successful and much talked-about films in Russia.

Spirit of Fire international festival