American astronaut, member of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, Michael Collins, has died at the age of 90. This is reported by AFP with reference to the astronaut’s family. During the Apollo 11 mission, Collins was in circumlunar orbit, awaiting the return from Earth of his colleagues, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
Law enforcement agencies began to request phone bills more often
In the last five years, the investigating authorities have begun to ask the courts 2.5 times more often to provide access to data on connections between cellular subscribers, an increase has been observed in recent years. This is reported by RBC with reference to data from the judicial department at the Supreme Court.
Vandalism case initiated in St. Petersburg after the appearance of graffiti with Navalny
The police of the Petrograd district are looking for artists who depicted Alexey Navalny on the wall of the transformer booth. The drawing was recognized as political vandalism. As it became known to the IA «Agency for Investigative Journalism» (AZHUR) on April 29, the police investigation opened a criminal case under part 2 of Article 214 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (vandalism committed by a group of persons, as well as on the basis of political, ideological, racial, national or religious hatred or enmity ).
Artist Dmitry Vrubel spoke about the restoration of graffiti with Navalny in St. Petersburg: also a photo with him will be uploaded to Google maps, where he can no longer be destroyed
Bills in Russia are written in a pirated version of Microsoft Office Word
As IT expert Ivan Begtin reports on the Telegram channel, in 2019 he analyzed more than 22 thousand files posted by Russian government agencies on their websites. He searched the metadata of files with the extensions .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx for information about hacker teams that had cracked the program.
Begtin discovered that 23 federal authorities in Russia are publishing documents made in the pirated MS Office. At the same time, in five bodies, the share of files created in pirated versions of software was more than 20%.
Yandex has agreed to purchase a bank
Yandex has agreed to purchase Akropol Bank, which was owned last year by Svyaznoy CEO Yevgeny Davydovich, and the deal will amount to RUB 1.1 billion, the company told RBC.
Mail.ru Group increased revenue by 27% in the first quarter
The total revenue of Mail.ru Group in the first quarter of 2021 increased by 27.4% compared to the same period last year and reached 28.3 billion rubles, according to the company’s message received by RBC.
Profit of «Magnit» for the 1st quarter of 2021
Net profit of Magnit for the 1st quarter of 2021 under IFRS increased by 158.8% year-on-year and amounted to RUB 10.9 billion. This was reported by the trading network. Net profit margin increased by 162 bp. p. up to 2.7%.
Yandex began construction of a logistics park
A new logistics park will be built in Yekaterinburg. He will appear on the outskirts of the city — on the Serov tract. According to E1.RU, the project is being handled by Yandex.Market. The company has already started construction and plans to build an object with an area of 50 thousand square meters. Yandex.Market confirmed that they plan to open a logistics center in the Urals.
Net loss of «Yandex» for the 1st quarter of 2021
Yandex’s net loss for the 1st quarter under US GAAP (taking into account the financial results of Yandex.Market from July 24, 2020) amounted to 4.256 billion rubles against a profit of 5.495 billion rubles a year earlier.
The Russian government will reduce the program of concessional lending for business
The Cabinet of Ministers has already prepared a relevant document. According to the draft resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers (Izvestia has it), subsidies of banks for the issuance of cheap money to construction companies and realtors are proposed to be reduced by three times, the maximum loan amount for micro and small businesses should be cut from 2 billion to 200 million and 500 million, respectively. financing for replenishment of working capital — to reduce from 3 years to 1 year.
Facebook revenue in the first quarter of 2021
Facebook’s revenue in the first quarter of this year grew by 48% compared to the same period in 2020 and amounted to $ 26.1 billion, according to the financial statements of the social network
German company will pay scientists near Moscow to develop a cure for cancer
A grant for the development of a cure for rare types of cancer and consulting support from a German chemical and pharmaceutical company was won by a team of scientists from the MIPT in Dolgoprudny, the press service of the university reports.
Stars that may be composed of antimatter
According to a group of astronomers, which they presented in a publication in the journal Physical Review D, stars made of antimatter cannot be easily distinguished from stars made of ordinary matter. They glow in the sky just like stars made of ordinary matter. But if ordinary matter falls on a star from antimatter, then annihilation occurs with characteristic lines in the spectrum of gamma radiation. The presence of such features in the spectrum of stars suggests that these stars are composed of antimatter.
A new criminal case was opened against Navalny
The Investigative Committee suspects Alexei Navalny of creating a non-profit organization that infringes upon the personality and rights of citizens. This follows from the materials of the case on the recognition of the Anti-Corruption Fund * as an extremist organization, which Navalny’s associates published on his website.
The documents say that the UK opened a criminal case under Part 1 of Article 239 of the Criminal Code in early February. In addition to Navalny, the suspects are also named Ivan Zhdanov and Leonid Volkov.
Astronomers have solved the mystery of the twinkling red giant stars
Polish astronomers have shown that the reason for the long-period fluctuations in brightness in old stars from the class of red giants — the only still unexplained type of stellar variability — is the rotation of a companion around them in the form of a companion star or a giant exoplanet.
In China, restaurants were allowed to fine customers for uneaten food
Chinese lawmakers passed the food waste law at a meeting of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on April 29, Xinhua reported. The law will come into force on the day of its publication.
Under the new law, it will be possible to fine catering customers who leave an excessive amount of food waste. Fines will be used to pay for garbage disposal. The possible amount of the fine has not yet been announced.
US Federal Reserve left key rate unchanged
The US Federal Reserve System (FRS), which acts as the country’s central bank, left the base interest rate unchanged — at the level of 0-0.25%, follows from the published materials of the department.
The committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 0-0.25% and believes that it would be appropriate to maintain this range until labor market conditions reach levels in line with estimates of maximum employment and inflation increases target 2 %, The message says
US Navy destroyer interferes with exercises of Chinese warships
The US Navy destroyer John McCain interfered with the exercises of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) ship formation led by the aircraft carrier Liaoning. This was announced on Thursday in the PRC military department. Chinese authorities protested to the United States over the incident.
Genetically modified mosquitoes released in Florida in the United States
This week in the US state of Florida began a medical research project to launch thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes by scientists to combat the spread of various dangerous diseases.
Boris Johnson is under investigation on suspicion of embezzlement
The expenses of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson served as a pretext for the investigation. He was reportedly unable to provide information on the sources of funds that went to the luxury renovation of the Downing Street apartment.
Monument to Soviet-Polish Brotherhood in Arms dismantled in Poland
The monument to the Soviet-Polish brotherhood in arms was dismantled in the center of the city of Czechowice-Dziedzice in southern Poland. This was reported on Tuesday on the information portal of the city. The dismantling was carried out in accordance with the decision of the head of the region — Шlskie Voivodeship — on the basis of a law prohibiting the propaganda of communism or other totalitarian system.
Shootout began on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
An armed clash between the servicemen of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan began on Thursday on the border of the two countries. This was reported by the Border Service of the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security. The parties to the conflict accuse each other of provocation
Queues for groceries banned in Turkmenistan
In order not to «spoil the image» of the president, writes TJ. According to local residents, if more than 4 people gather at the store, the police begin to threaten with arrest.
China launched the base module of the national space station into orbit
In addition to the base module, the PRC also plans to launch two laboratory modules, four cargo ships and four manned expeditions with astronauts. It will take about a year and at least 11 launches to install all the station’s nodes. Thus, it is planned to complete the assembly of the station in orbit in 2022, and its service life will be about 15 years.
Stalls and kiosks return to Russia
The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation allowed the placement of stalls and kiosks on the local area, the decree about this is published by the «Rossiyskaya Gazeta». The decision is consistent with both the citizens’ right to land and the inadmissibility of restricting competition.
The military registration rules will become stricter, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.
Youths of draft age will be required to come to the military registration and enlistment office on their own to register. The corresponding bill is being prepared in the State Duma for the second reading. The innovations will affect not only conscripts, but also those who are in the reserve.
Joe Biden presented a plan to help Americans
On the eve of his 100th day as head of state, US President Joe Biden made his first address to the US Congress at the Capitol in Washington. According to Reuters, Biden has unveiled a $ 1.8 trillion plan to help American families, which is proposed to be financed by a significant tax hike for the wealthy.
The plan proposes that over ten years, one trillion dollars will be spent on areas such as education and childcare, another 800 billion — in tax credits for families with middle and low incomes.
Biden has proposed raising the upper threshold tax rate for the richest Americans from 37% to 39.6%. As the Associated Press writes, the tax hike will raise $ 1.5 trillion over ten years. Earlier, Biden promised that the tax hike would not affect those who receive less than $ 400,000 a year.
A newly built dam eroded near Volgograd
In the Volgograd region, an overflow dam, built last December in the Sredneakhtubinsky region, was washed away. 169 million rubles were spent on the construction of a hydraulic structure on the Kashirin erik within the framework of the Ecology national project.