24 Mar, 2021

Airbus begins testing aircraft on biofuel

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, together with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the British Rolls-Royce and the Finnish fuel company, launched a project to study the effect of biofuels on fuel systems and engines of passenger aircraft. According to Airbus, within the framework of the project, the participants will also assess emissions from non-biofuel aircraft engines.

The research project, initiated by the Airbus concern, will be carried out in several stages. At the first stage, specialists will conduct ground tests of the fuel system and Trent XWB engines of the A350-900 passenger liner using 100% biofuel. Then the plane will make its first flight on this type of fuel produced from hydrotreated alcohols and fatty acids.

Zelensky’s office announced the beginning of the de-oligarchization of Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has begun the process of de-oligarchization in the country, as announced by his economic adviser Oleg Ustenko. This was reported on the website of Zelensky’s office.

“If the economic situation in Ukraine had not been preserved in the 90s, we could have had a GDP of $ 400 billion according to the results of last year. In fact, we have a little more than $ 160 billion, ”Ustenko said.

Overpriced medical equipment

The Omsk Ministry of Health purchased medical equipment at an inflated cost with federal money allocated to the fight against coronavirus, RIA Novosti was told in the department of the Federal Treasury in the Omsk region.

In Zelenogorsk, several municipal buildings were sold for a pittance

During the prosecutor’s inspection, it was established that in December 2020, the property management committee of the ZATO administration of the city of Zelenogorsk put up for electronic bidding without declaring the price of 4 municipal-owned buildings with a total area of ​​more than 3.3 thousand square meters. Their market value is estimated at about 4.1 million rubles.

The auction was attended by a businessman who offered 46,800 rubles for the buildings. The members of the tender committee, despite the absurdity of the proposed price, decided to sell the entire complex of property to the entrepreneur. It is noteworthy that, according to the law, they had the right not to accept the proposal in case of economic inexpediency.

A DPRK citizen was extradited from Malaysia to the United States

DPRK citizen Moon Choi Myung was extradited from Malaysia to the United States and appeared in court on March 22. The US Department of Justice claims that this is the first North Korean citizen who was extradited to the United States, and that he is an employee of North Korean intelligence. Due to the extradition, North Korea severed diplomatic relations with Malaysia.

On the attitude of Russians to religion

The sociological service VTsIOM published a fresh poll on the attitude of Russians to religion, writes Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

  • Between 2017 and 2021, the percentage of non-believers doubled, from 7% to 14%.
  • 22% of Russians aged 18 to 24 classified themselves as non-believers.
  • Another 15% of young citizens – to those who hesitate between faith and unbelief.
  • During this period, the share of those who define themselves as Orthodox Christians decreased from 75% to 66%.
  • The total share of Muslims in 2021 remained practically at the level of 2017 – 6%.
  • In the age group from 18 to 24 years old 43% of the respondents called themselves followers of Orthodoxy, and 12% of those who were Islam. “

Russia and China extend Neighborliness Treaty for five years

The parties agreed to give the agreements a new content, taking into account the changed world agenda and the realities of Russian-Chinese relations.

Roman Abramovich has filed a lawsuit against the publisher of the book “Putin’s People”.

Roman Abramovich has filed a lawsuit against HarperCollins over the book “Putin’s People”, which claims that the businessman bought the Chelsea football club on the personal instructions of Vladimir Putin

The Ministry of Labor has banned the suspension of employees from work for refusing to vaccinate

In the absence of a complicated epidemiological situation, the employer does not have the right to suspend an employee from work if he refuses to vaccinate. This is stated in the response letter of the Ministry of Labor of Russia signed by the deputy head of the department Elena Mukhtiyarova to the request of the Ministry of Education and the All-Russian Trade Union of Education regarding vaccination against coronavirus of pedagogical workers.

In Belarus, the police detained the head of the opposition party

The head of the United Civil Party of Belarus Nikolai Kozlov was detained by the security forces and sent to the isolation center for offenders in Minsk. The leader of the political association “disappeared” on the evening of March 22, when he went to visit a comrade. Kozlov is a witness in the case of the establishment of the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition. Article 407 of the Criminal Code of Belarus provides that he faces a fine or arrest.

Instagram will launch the function of selling goods through publications in Russia

The social network Instagram will allow residents of Russia and companies to sell and buy goods using the Instagram Shopping function, which allows you to mark them in posts and stories, Meduza writes with reference to the Facebook press service.

Self-driving cars will increase traffic congestion

According to researchers at the University of Western Australia (UWA), self-driving vehicles, traditionally expected to reduce congestion, could have the opposite effect.

A study published in Science Direct simulates dual lane traffic. Several unmanned vehicles of a certain type have been introduced into the traffic flow. The result is unstable traffic.

An efficient material for hydrogen production was developed in Sweden

Nanoporous cubic silicon carbide, which, when exposed to solar radiation, is capable of effectively splitting water to produce hydrogen, was developed by researchers from Linköping University (Sweden), according to the journal ACS Nano.

A battery of plant starch and carbon nanotubes created

A group of engineers from the University of Glasgow developed the battery to make more environmentally friendly lithium-ion batteries that can store and release energy more efficiently. Battery design and manufacture is described in an article published in the Journal of Power Sources.

Kazakhstani scientists patented a drug that protects against radiation

Aminocaproic acid is able to effectively protect the body of animals from radiation. This was stated by the director of the Kazakh Research Institute of Fundamental and Applied Medicine named after S. B. Atchabarova Timur Saliev, reports “First TV channel. Eurasia”.

Scientists from the research institute conducted experiments on laboratory rats. Saliev noted that the rodents received the drug in the form of a powder. It is noted that after the administration of the drug and the double exposure to ionizing radiation, the rats did not feel any consequences.

NASA will launch space Internet on the Moon

The US National Aerospace Agency (NASA) is preparing to create the lunar Internet, which will be the first step towards organizing a network that spans the entire solar system. According to the Datacenter Dynamics portal, we are talking about the LunaNet project. The lunar Internet, as NASA experts emphasize, will be arranged somewhat differently from the terrestrial one. The communication network on the Moon will use Fault Tolerant Protocols (DTN).

The first project to deploy cellular-like communications on the Moon will be based on Nokia’s designs. Nokia last year struck a more than $ 14 million deal with NASA to build a base station that will be delivered to the moon in a lander. In addition, a communication terminal for the Lunokhod is being created within the framework of the project.

The first project of a city on Mars is developed

The Abibo architecture group, which includes specialists from different countries, has developed a project for the first city that can be built on Mars. Computer images of the future unearthly settlement were published in the Instagram studio. The Martian city was named Nuva in honor of the ancient Chinese goddess. Architects and designers worked on the project, relying on the data of specialists who have been studying the Red Planet for a long time.

Construction is expected to begin by 2054, with the first settlers on Mars by 2100. It is planned that up to 250 thousand people will be able to live in the alien city.

Astronomers have discovered the most distant source of cosmic radiation

The latest issue of the Astrophysical Journal published an article by an international group of authors who suggest a link between a rapidly growing supermassive black hole and powerful radio emission from a quasar.

The emitting object (PSO J172.3556 + 18.7734), which is discussed in the new publication, receives energy from a black hole, which is 300 million times more massive than the Sun, and absorbs gas at a staggering speed, writes Sci-News.com.

Samsung is developing a flexible smartphone that folds in two places

According to Nikkei Asia, the device Samsung is working on folds in two places in the shape of the letter Z, and looks more like a tablet than a smartphone. The design of the flexible gadget is still being finalized, but according to the source, its screen can have an aspect ratio of 16: 9 or 18: 9, which will make it easier for developers to create applications. While most of the details about the device are not mentioned, Nikkei claims that Samsung’s foldable smartphone in a new form factor will arrive later this year.

LG Electronics closes smartphone production in April

According to authoritative Chinese media, citing their own knowledgeable sources, the South Korean company LG Electronics may close its own production of smartphones.

HP Envy x360 15 Convertible Laptop

HP has begun accepting orders for the next-generation Envy x360 15 hybrid laptop, which is offered in versions based on AMD Cezanne and Intel Tiger Lake hardware platforms.

Ace Ventura film series will continue

More than twenty-five years have passed since the release of the first two parts about Ace Ventura, Amazon service and the Morgan Creek film company are preparing a relaunch of the legendary film. It is known that the scriptwriters of the project will be the same authors who worked on “Sonic in the Movie” with Jim Carrey in the title role.

Hollywood will shoot a picture of the legendary psychotherapist Viktor Frankl

A biographical film about one of the most famous representatives of the Austrian school of psychotherapy will be shot by the California studio Straight Up Films, Deadline reports. Angela Workman and Tony Robbins will be responsible for the script of the film. They are best known for their work The Zoo Keeper’s Wife (2017).

There will be no new Kiss albums

The lead singer of the rock band Kiss, Paul Stanley, when asked about the possible release of new albums, answered negatively. According to the musician, this would not make sense, since old compositions remain the most popular among fans.

New albums, Stanley said, are bought to be listened to once and then inevitably thrown away. The leader of Kiss sees the reason for this in the fact that the old bands do not have the same importance and weight as the currently popular performers. Recall that the group has not released new albums since 2012, when a disc called Monster was released.

Turkmenistan retains the first place in the supply of pipeline gas to the PRC

Since January 2021, the Turkmen state has taken the first place in the supply of pipeline gas to the Chinese energy market. In particular, Turkmenistan exported 2.786 billion cubic meters of “blue fuel”, according to the diversified information group Interfax.

In general, at the beginning of the year the Republic of China imported 4.685 billion cubic meters of gas. The Russian Federation supplied 916 million cubic meters, Myanmar – 357 million, Kazakhstan – 319 million and the Republic of Uzbekistan – 307 million cubic meters.

Three people died when a catapult was triggered on a Tu-22 at an airfield near Kaluga

The Tu-22M3 strategic bomber crashed on takeoff from an airfield in the Kaluga region. Three soldiers were killed, TASS reports.

According to a RIA Novosti source, a catapult worked abnormally on the ground. The RF Ministry of Defense confirmed this information. The videoconferencing commission was sent to the place

The previous disaster, in which the crew of the plane died, occurred on January 22, 2019. Then, while landing at the airfield in Olenegorsk (Murmansk region), the Tu-22M3 bomber of the 40th mixed aviation regiment of long-range aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces crashed.

The EU countries have agreed on new rules on taxes for online shopping sites.

From 2023, operators of such platforms both in the EU and outside it will have to report in Europe on the income received by sellers, and the EU countries will automatically exchange this information and calculate tax liabilities.

Defend a doctoral dissertation in Russia

It will be possible to defend a doctoral dissertation in Russia from August 1 in the form of a scientific report based on previously published works. The new format will allow academics focused on practical research to focus on this work, the government explains.

At the same time, for natural science and technology, there should be at least 30 publications in peer-reviewed publications over the past 10 years, and for humanitarian – at least 50 (with traditional protection – 10 and 15, respectively).

The Russian State Duma adopted a law on “garage amnesty”

the document implies granting citizens the right to state or municipal land on which they have installed garages before December 30, 2004
to issue papers for the garage, it is enough to submit one application, the local authorities will do the rest
disabled people will have the right to place a garage next to the house on a special site for free
the garage amnesty will affect capital garages and “welded” metal garages built by cooperatives – but will not affect “shells”
the law will take effect on September 1

Venice Commission publishes opinion on amendments to the Russian Constitution

The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe has published its opinion on amendments to the Russian constitution. She pointed to “some serious shortcomings in the constitution and the procedure for adopting amendments,” but welcomed amendments that bring positive changes, such as strengthening social protection for citizens.

 

The State Duma adopted in the second reading the bill on Putin’s right to apply for 2 more presidential terms – RIA Novosti

 

Alan Khadziev, two-time FCF-MMA champion, died in Mozdok

He was involved in a fight in a restaurant and was fatally wounded. The fight took place in the Vegas restaurant, along with Alan, another man, a local businessman, was killed in the fight. Another victim received serious injuries – he is in intensive care.

And in general, he says, I’m a patriot

The Governor of the Penza Region, Ivan Belozertsev, accused of taking bribes, told the members of the Public Monitoring Commission that he wanted to return the premium watch, presented to him by another person involved in this case, businessman Boris Shpigel.

“Belozertsev said that he really wanted to return the watch when he found out their value, but did not have time because of the pandemic,” Marina Litvinovich, a member of the Moscow POC, told Interfax.

The governor also said that during his work there were no complaints against him, he worked well, he carried out all state programs.

“And in general, he says, I am a patriot,” Litvinovich Belozertseva said.

Another mass poisoning of children recorded in Dagestan

Thirteen children aged from 2.5 to 11 years old were admitted to the hospital of the Gergebil district of Dagestan with signs of intestinal infection, the republican prosecutor’s office said.

The Ministry of Construction of Russia will change the methodology for calculating the base wage for builders

This was announced by the Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Russian Federation Irek Fayzullin at a meeting of the State Duma committee. In particular, he noted, changes are envisaged in 44-FZ, which will allow construction companies to exist on the market longer and pay their workers “appropriate wages.”

Russian government spending peaks in 2020

The expenditures of the consolidated budget of Russia in 2020 in real terms turned out to be a record one since the beginning of the 1990s. The increase in spending was influenced by the pandemic: measures to support business and the population cost 42.5 trillion rubles, and more than half of this amount fell on federal budget expenditures.

As a percentage of GDP, expanded government spending in 2020 amounted to 39.5% of GDP. This is almost five percentage points more than the 2011–2019 average. Russia spent more in percentage terms only in the crisis year of 2009 – 41.4% of GDP.

Twitter started deleting content

Roskomnadzor reported that Twitter began removing banned content after “measures were taken to slow traffic” on March 10. But the rate of removal in the department called “unsatisfactory”: so far the social network has removed only a third for

The Ministry of Finance offered to spend the National Welfare Fund

The Ministry of Finance has taken the initiative to spend a significant part of the National Wealth Fund (NWF) on lending to other countries. This will help protect the money from being blocked by the United States, officials said.

The issuance of money by the NWF in the form of interstate loans will help protect against the risks of blocking or seizure of Russian assets in foreign jurisdictions … This format also involves placing funds of the NWF in fact in foreign currency assets, but at the same time outside the jurisdiction of countries pursuing sanctions policy, the publication says.

Annual inflation in North Ossetia

INTERFAX-YUG – Annual inflation in North Ossetia increased from 5% in January to 5.8% in February 2021, according to the North Ossetian branch of the South Main Department of the Bank of Russia.

The price dynamics in the republic was influenced by temporary factors of federal significance: a decrease in supply in some segments of the food market, the continuing transfer of the ruble weakening that occurred in 2020 to prices, as well as an increase in excise taxes on fuel, the message says.

The Ministry of Construction proposed to change government contracts with an increase in prices for building materials

The Ministry of Construction of Russia has developed a bill according to which the price of a state contract can be changed with a significant increase in the cost of building materials. The corresponding document was published on the portal of draft regulatory legal acts.

According to the document, it is possible to change the terms of a state contract, which is concluded for a period of at least one year, with a significant increase in prices for one or more items of pricing building materials, if this increase leads to a change in the total cost of construction by more than 5%. Execution of the specified contract “due to circumstances beyond the control of the parties to the contract, without changing its conditions is impossible.”

RAS scientists suggested Mishustin increase personal income tax

For sustainable economic development in Russia, the rate of personal income tax (PIT) for wealthy citizens should be increased and the poor should be exempted from paying the fee, said representatives of the Institute for Economic Forecasting of the Russian Academy of Sciences (INP RAS).

Russian gas price for China in January

The price of Russian gas supplies to China since the beginning of 2021 fell to $ 118.5 per thousand cubic meters, follows from the data of the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China.

Russian banks have raised interest rates on loans

After the Central Bank announced the increase in the key rate to 4.5 percent, Russian banks began to raise interest rates on loans. As Izvestia reports, so far this applies only to regional banks, but in the near future the largest banks of the country will also take such steps.

“A number of banks have revised the conditions for credit products upward in the range from 0.2% to 0.7%,” Izvestia cites a message from a service that studies banking offers.

Overdue debt of Russians in February

In the retail loan portfolio, overdue debt in accordance with expectations increased by 16 billion rubles (+ 1.7%), which is comparable to the average monthly growth of the previous year (+ 1.6%), the Central Bank of Russia notes.

In the corporate loan portfolio of Russian banks, overdue debt in February decreased by 37.7 billion rubles, or 1.2% due to the write-off of large debts of a legal entity.

As for restructured loans, in January their volume to large companies amounted to 104 billion rubles, which is almost three times lower than in December 2020.

The Central Bank of Russia will update the design of banknotes of most denominations

The Central Bank of the Russian Federation until 2025 will update the design of banknotes of six denominations, follows from the message of the regulator.

The modernization will include improving the security complex and updating the design of banknotes in denominations of 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 5000 rubles, ”the statement says.

Moscow will answer Bulgaria for declaring Russian diplomats persona non grata

In connection with Bulgaria’s declaration of Russian diplomats persona non grata, Russia reserves the right to mirror retaliatory measures. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, RIA Novosti reports.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine was outraged by the opening of the offices of the Russian party in Donbass

The Russian party “Fair Russia – For the Truth” announced its intention to open its office in Donetsk. The party’s website says that it is also planned to open a representative center in the capital of the DPR, which will receive residents of both republics of Donbass.

The Russian authorities continue to openly disregard the Minsk agreements and take steps to drag out the Donbass regions currently not controlled by Ukraine into their political, economic and electoral field, ” said Oleg Nikolenko, an official representative of the Ukrainian diplomatic department.

The United States revealed the conditions for working with Russia

The United States will cooperate with Russia only in areas where it is in their national interests. Such conditions for working with Moscow were revealed by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, TASS reports his words.

Blinken explained that one such area is strategic stability. As an example, the diplomat cited the countries’ extension of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START, unofficial name – START-3).

Prigozhin founded the “Fund for Combating Repression”

The new non-profit organization will be engaged in the struggle for human rights in Western countries and support civil society activists. This was announced by the press service of the group of companies Evgeny Prigozhin “Concord”. They noted that the documents of the “Fund for the Fight against Repression” (abbreviated – the FBI) ​​were submitted for registration, and the NGO has been working since today, but so far in the mode of an initiative group. Who exactly is involved in the work of the organization and what it is doing now is not yet known. She still does not have a representative, a website, or pages on social networks.

China imposed sanctions against the European Union

“The Chinese side has decided to impose sanctions on ten individuals and four legal entities that grossly harm the country’s sovereignty and interests, as well as maliciously spreading lies and disinformation,” the statement said.

The blacklisted organizations included the EU Council’s Political and Security Committee, the European Parliament’s Human Rights Subcommittee, the Mercator Sinology Institute in Germany, and the Danish Alliance of Foundations for the Support of Democracy.

All sanctioned citizens and their family members are prohibited from entering mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. Organizations and related institutions will not be allowed to conduct commercial activities in the PRC.