The “Talent and Success” educational foundation was established by leading figures from the arts, sports and science in 2013, following a directive from Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, who heads its Board of Trustees. The Foundation opened its “Sirius Education Centre” in 2015, the objective of which is to identify, develop and provide professional support for children demonstrating outstanding abilities in the arts, sports, and natural sciences, or demonstrating outstanding technical resourcefulness. A Science and Technology Innovation Centre and a University of Science and Technology have been operating as part of the Sirius “ecosystem” since 2019, offering intensive short courses as well as graduate and postgraduate programmes. The Sirius urban district became Russia’s first ever specially designated “federal territory” in 2020.
Gazprom Neft is a vertically integrated oil company primarily engaged in oil and gas exploration and production, refining, and the production and sale of petroleum products. In terms of production and refining volumes it stands among the top three largest companies in Russia. Gazprom Neft’s corporate structure encompasses more than 70 exploration and production, refining, and retailing enterprises throughout Russia, the CIS and worldwide. The company operates across 110 countries, worldwide. Gazprom Neft’s filling station network currently totals more than 2,000 outlets throughout Russia, the CIS and Europe. Gazprom Neft is one of the Russian oil industry’s leading companies in terms of efficiency. Company revenues in 2020 were ₽2 trillion, adjusted EBITDA ₽485 billion, and net profit ₽117.7 billion. Gazprom Neft’s largest shareholder is Gazprom PJSC, which holds a 95.68 % interest. The company’s remaining shares are floated on the world’s leading international stock markets.
The “Developing Talent” intellectual competition is an educational project for middle and senior high school students (aged