28 Дек, 2021

Auction sales set records

Auction house Christie’s reported total sales of $ 7.1 billion for 2021, the highest in five years. Sotheby’s previously reported total sales of $ 7.3 billion, the best in the company’s 277-year history, while Phillips’ sales rose to $ 1.2 billion this year, also a record for the company.

According to Sotheby’s, 44% of its bidders this year were newbies, while Phillips had about 50%. At Christie’s, 35% of all buyers were newbies.

 

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Inflation in Russia in 2021 will be slightly more than 8%, said the chairman of the Bank of Russia Elvira Nabiullina in an interview with the Russia 1 TV channel.

«I think that by the end of the year we will have inflation of slightly more than 8%. This is a lot, this is more than our target of 4%,» she said. The head of the Central Bank noted that the increase in inflation is both the result of a pandemic and a global trend. Prices have risen in both Europe and America, she added.

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According to the results of a survey by the Levada Center (an organization recognized as a foreign agent in Russia), 58% of Russians surveyed in December 2021 said that prices for the goods and services they consume increased on average by less than 30%. For 24%, prices increased by 30% -50%, for 11% — more than one and a half times

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Engineered Arts’ humanoid robot Ameca began to demand that his personal space not be violated. At first, he mimic showed that he did not like the touch on his face, and then completely removed the man’s hand to the side

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LG has decided to join the popular trend of growing vegetables at home with the new Tiiun stand-alone device. This is a device for those people who want to have a supply of greenery all year round, but do not want to start their own vegetable garden for this. The Tiiun system has already gone on sale in Korea for 1.49 million won ($ 1,250). The company says Tiiun will be virtually on display at the digital booth at CES 2022 from January 5th.

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The reserve fund will allocate 1.35 billion rubles for New Year’s bonuses for police officers. In October, the reserve fund of the Government of the Russian Federation was increased by 1.4 trillion rubles. In the corresponding decree, it was noted that the funds from the fund are directed to socially significant goals.

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Warner Brothers have released a new trailer for «Batman» starring Robert Pattinson, which is slated to premiere on March 4th.

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Beijing announced that China’s Tiangong space station had been forced to avoid collisions with Starlink Internet satellites. China has provided official evidence to the UN that Musk’s satellites flew dangerously close to the station twice.

Earlier, astronomers complained that «because of the Musk satellites, the visibility of the starry sky for ground-based telescopes has deteriorated.» SpaceX Musk has launched about 1,900 Starlink satellites into space.

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In Russia, since 2017, officials have privatized more than 100 elite apartments, whole houses have been transferred to private ownership, and «Important stories» have been found out. The publication points out that despite the law, according to which only officials in need can get apartments, many bypass it and register expensive state apartments for themselves and their relatives through social hiring.

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The White House has announced talks between the US, NATO and the OSCE with Russia. Washington plans to discuss arms control and the situation in Ukraine with Moscow on January 10.

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Rescuers found a helicopter that crashed in Udmurtia, one person died. Another crew member is in serious condition.

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Angara-A5 with the Perseus upper stage took off for the first time from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. On board the rocket was the overall mass model of the payload.

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Syria announced an Israeli attack on Latakia, next to which there is a Russian airbase. Damascus reported large property damage.

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The United States increased the number of gas tankers bound for Europe by a third over the weekend. 20 tankers follow to Europe.

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The Taliban (the Taliban movement is prohibited in the Russian Federation) opened fire on women who organized a demonstration in Kabul, Asvaka reported. There is no information about casualties or wounded.

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In Irkutsk, the former head of the local headquarters of Navalny, Zakhar Sarapulov, was searched, after which he was taken away for interrogation in the Investigative Committee. Former coordinator of Navalny’s headquarters in Tomsk, Ksenia Fadeeva, is also being searched

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Irish flutist of the Aquarium, Brian Finnegan, was not allowed into Russia. This was told by Boris Grebenshchikov, with whom they have been playing for 15 years. Finnegan’s passport was taken away at the airport as soon as he arrived in Moscow. He was held for eight hours, and then sent back at his own expense. The musician was not told about the reasons for the refusal to enter Russia

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87.6% of all decorations (made in 2020) hanging on Christmas trees around the world are made in China — in 2020, New Year decorations worth $ 6.6 billion were exported from China. In second place is the Netherlands, which took «as much» 3.9% of the world market. The third place was shared by Poland and India: 0.9% of world sales each

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The Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) banned Afghan media from showing foreign TV series, women without hijabs and any songs, local media representatives told RIA Novosti

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76% of Russians are satisfied with their financial situation, 23% consider it bad (VTsIOM). \ 61% believe that the most difficult times for the country are ahead, 16% — that we are going through them now, and 18% — that they are behind us.

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From January 1, Rosstat will change the methodology for calculating weekly inflation, adjust the range of goods and services, and add data sources.

For example, fatty and low-fat cottage cheese are combined into a single item «curd», imported and domestic beer and cigarettes are simply «beer» and «cigarettes».

In addition, weekly price registrations are being pushed back from Monday to Friday to accommodate prices for non-Monday food markets (36% of all surveyed) and weekend fairs.

Gasoline and diesel prices will now be recorded weekly in all monitored cities, not just in regional centers as before.

Rosstat will also begin an experiment on the parallel calculation of inflation using new sources, including data from cash registers and online sales.

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The United States has allocated $ 20 million to strengthen the Ukrainian border with Russia and Belarus, the project is being implemented throughout the year, Ukrainian border guards said.

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A Yakut dung sculptor presented his new work — a family of tigers. Mikhail Bopposov has been annually sculpting the symbols of the year for more than ten years — and a belief is already associated with them: if you touch the sculpture and make a wish, it comes true, the head of the district told RIA Novosti.

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Navalny was removed from the register as prone to escape, a spokesman for the colony said in court

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The representative of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation asked the Supreme Court to liquidate the International Historical and Educational Society «Memorial» (recognized in the Russian Federation as an NGO-foreign agent) due to its systematic disregard for laws and discrediting public authorities

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The Ministry of Justice and Roskomnadzor supported the liquidation of the Memorial International Historical and Educational Society (recognized as a foreign agent in the Russian Federation). »

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The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on Tuesday decided to liquidate the International Historical and Educational Society «Memorial» (recognized in the Russian Federation as a foreign agent), the TASS correspondent reports.

«Satisfy the claim of the General Prosecutor’s Office on the liquidation of the Memorial International Historical and Educational Society,» Judge Alla Nazarova announced the decision.

By a court decision, all branches of the organization will be liquidated. The court announced only the operative part of the decision, its motives remain unknown. The court’s decision has not yet entered into force and Memorial intends to appeal against it.

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The human rights center «Memorial» also operates in Russia. The decision on it will be made tomorrow

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In December, the United States suspended humanitarian flights between Kabul and Doha to evacuate people due to fears that the Taliban (the Taliban terrorist movement is prohibited in Russia) will use these flights for their own purposes, writes The Times. According to the newspaper, the Taliban sent their supporters on airliners, presumably to raise funds abroad.

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From January 1, foreigners can be expelled from Russia for illegal labor activity, and employers for hiring such workers — fined up to 800 thousand rubles for each person, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported.

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The Ministry of Justice, the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Uralchem ​​and Uralkali signed a cooperation agreement providing for the creation of jobs for those sentenced to forced labor.

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The Makarovsky District Court issued a guilty verdict in a criminal case against the former mayor of Makarov, Andrei Kraskovsky. The court found that the defendant received monetary funds in the amount of 1,600,000 rubles as a bribe for his patronage in the commission of illegal transactions that entailed the theft of budgetary funds.

The defendant fully admitted his guilt. The court, taking into account the position of the public prosecutor, sentenced him to imprisonment for a term of 6 years. Taking into account the state of health of the defendant, the court determined the punishment to be considered conditional with a probation period of 5 years.

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Roskomnadzor demanded that Kommersant remove the publication of 2020 stating that assets worth 3.2 billion rubles were found in the family of Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin.

The department refers to the requirement of the Prosecutor General’s Office to restrict access to information resources that disseminate news in violation of the law. An additional argument for the RKN is that the sources are a foreign agent. The article has been deleted.

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A Japanese robot basketball player was taught to dribble. The video with the CUE robot was posted on Instagram by the Japanese Men’s Professional Basketball League. Previously, a robot developed by Toyota could only do basket shots.

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A court in Minsk sentenced musicians and former members of the Irdorath group to 1.5 years in a general regime colony on charges of organizing actions that grossly violate public order.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus believes that «a group of» pipers «repeatedly led a column of protesters and, using wind instruments, involved citizens in an unauthorized mass march,» and the performance of the musicians «strengthened the protest mood of the participants.»

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In 2023, Apple will start releasing iPhones without a SIM card slot. And the IT giant has already recommended to large US operators to prepare for the release of smartphones equipped only with eSIM.

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According to Eurostat, in nine months the European Union received 356,000 applications for asylum. This is more than in 2020.

Germany is the leader in the number of asylum applications — it accounts for a third of all applications. This figure has grown since last year, when Germany accounted for a quarter of applications coming to the EU countries.

The second in terms of the number of applications is France — about 20%, the third — Spain with 11%, in fourth place — Italy, which accounts for 8% of all applications for asylum.

The least likely refugees to seek asylum are the Hungarian authorities. Since the beginning of the year, only a few dozen applications have been registered here.

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As of July 1, 2021, the total number of borrowers in Russia reached 43 million, the Central Bank calculated based on data from the largest credit bureaus. As follows from the regulator’s earlier statistics, over a year and a half, the number of citizens with active loans or borrowings increased by 2.4% — from 42 million people as of April 1, 2020.

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