9 Дек, 2021

Belarus introduces food embargo

Since January 1, in response to the sanctions, Belarus has introduced a food embargo on a number of goods from states that carry out unfriendly actions against our country. This was stated by BelTA in the press service of the government, commenting on the resolution of the Council of Ministers of December 6, 2021

The list of prohibited goods includes pigs, cattle meat, pork, a number of by-products, salted meat, in brine, dried or smoked, food flour made from meat or meat by-products, milk and dairy products (with some exceptions), vegetables, except for those intended for crops, fruits and nuts, pork fat and poultry fat, fat of cattle, sheep or goats, lard stearin and other animal oils, sausages and similar products, confectionery, salt and other goods.

The import ban applies to a number of goods from the European Union and its member states, the United States of America, Canada, Norway, Albania, Iceland, North Macedonia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Montenegro, Switzerland.

 

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The UAE sovereign wealth fund Mubadala bought 1.9% of the petrochemical company Sibur, this deal became for him the largest investment in Russia. Already next year Sibur may conduct an IPO

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Annual inflation in November reached 8.4%, the highest since January 2016. Consumer prices were accelerated by a five-year record rise in the price of services — by 5.2%. Food inflation was even slightly lower than in October

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The estimated cost of construction of both public and private projects in 2022 will rise by 1.6 trillion rubles. This will happen due to the rise in prices for building materials and an increase in the salaries of builders, this follows from the calculations of the National Association of Builders (NOSTROY; the association through self-regulatory organizations includes more than 97 thousand construction companies, this is more than half of the organizations working in this area in Russia).

This forecast was presented by the head of the department of pricing in construction of the association Pavel Malakhov on Wednesday, December 8, speaking at a meeting of the commission on pricing in construction and technological and price audit of the public council under the Ministry of Construction.

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The UK will provide an additional £ 1 billion to Kiev in support. The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky wrote about this on his Twitter account. According to the president, following talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last year, the total amount of British aid to Ukraine rose to £ 3.5 billion.

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The Prosecutor General’s Office comes up with a proposal to limit the replacement of criminal terms for petty corrupt officials with court fines. The head of the department, Igor Krasnov, said this in an interview with RIA Novosti. The Prosecutor General noted that while this initiative is being coordinated, the supervisory authority has managed to reduce the number of such criminal cases from 1113 to 484.

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Russia and Greece will promote the study of Russian and Greek languages ​​in educational institutions of their countries. Such a point is contained in the joint action plan for 2022-2024, published on the Kremlin’s website.

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The cost of gasoline in Russia from the beginning of 2021 to December 6 increased by 9.3%, exceeding inflation for the same period, which amounted to 7.57%

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Allegra Stratton stepped down as adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over a Christmas party scandal that could have taken place at 10 Downing Street last December, when the country was under strict restrictions.

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Zelensky said that Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia are jointly preparing for the Eastern Partnership summit and meeting in Brussels, as well as that there is no alternative to the future membership of these countries in the European Union.

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Investigators of the Moscow FSB of Russia charged opposition blogger Valentin Shlyakov with public calls for extremist activities on his YouTube channel. As a law enforcement source clarified, the blogger was arrested and is being held in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center.

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The US Department of Justice has submitted for public comment the new rules under the Foreign Agents Act (FARA). The agency has circulated a 12-page questionnaire that can be publicly commented on before making any final decisions. The questionnaire contains 19 different new rules.

For example, it is proposed to revise some of the exemptions for lawyers, commercial companies and persons engaged in religious or scientific research. In addition, new rules are planned regarding social networks and other technologies not previously envisaged.

FARA requires individuals acting as agents of foreign governments to register with the DOJ and publicly report on their activities.

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UK to join diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. At the same time, the British authorities oppose the sports boycott of the Games, said Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Earlier, the United States and Australia announced a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics. The authorities of these countries linked their actions with the persecution of the Uighurs in Xinjiang.

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Belaeronavigatsia dispatcher Oleg Galegov, who in May 2021 landed a Ryanair plane in Minsk with an opposition journalist and former editor-in-chief of the Nexta Telegram channel Roman Protasevich, is in Poland. He told the Polish authorities that the landing of the plane was a KGB operation, writes The New York Times.

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German artist Christina Metzner opened an exhibition of pornographic icons by adding spicy appliqués in the form of naked women and copulating couples to the images of the saints. So the artist wanted to draw public attention to the problem of sexual violence in Catholic churches. Many did not understand the message and demanded to close the exhibition. But the Mayor of Offenbach spoke up in defense of Metzner and called for the preservation of freedom of art.

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The Canadian authorities have decided to join the diplomatic boycott of the Olympics. Earlier, the United States announced that it would boycott the Games in the PRC. This means that political leaders of countries and other officials will not travel to China during the Olympics in 2022.

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The George Orwell Foundation approved the creation of a feminist version of the 1984 dystopia. The plot of the book will be told on behalf of the beloved of the protagonist — 26-year-old Julia, an employee of the Ministry of Truth. The novel will be named after her. The author of the new work will be American Sandra Newman, the book is planned to be released in 2023.

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In Tokyo, same-sex couples will be issued partnership certificates from April 2022. This document will allow them to visit each other in the hospital and will help with joint rentals. However, gay marriage is legally prohibited in Japan. Although the court in Sapporo ruled unconstitutional the ban on their registration

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Russian banks are giving up ATMs. According to the results of the third quarter, ATMs throughout the country decreased by 3.8 thousand units, and by the cumulative total for January-October — by 8.7 thousand, according to the Central Bank data.

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The Bulgarian Interior Ministry has developed a bill according to which police officers during protests will have to request permission from their superiors in order to use force and special equipment against the participants, as well as to detain violators. The decision should be made by the senior squad until an employee of the regional department of internal affairs arrives at the site. A police officer will be able to unauthorized use of force only if he is attacked and his health is in jeopardy.

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Bees from the Canary island of La Palma were able to survive the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano by sealing their hives with propolis for 50 days. All this time they fed on honey reserves.

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Over the past six months, 18 prosecutors were prosecuted, 19 people were fired for breaking the oath, 48 people were punished for misconduct defaming the honor of a prosecutor. This was announced by the Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov in an interview with RIA Novosti.

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With the release of iOS 15.2, a new section «Parts and Service History» will appear in the iPhone settings, in which users can see if non-original components have been installed in their device. Apple emphasizes that the status of individual parts will not affect the performance of the iPhone in any way. The new section can be found in the menu «Settings» → «General» → «About this device».

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According to a survey by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion, the majority of Russian citizens (80%) called jokes over the church unacceptable under any circumstances. 69% of respondents believe that it is also impossible to joke about the history of Russia, the USSR and the Russian Empire. 51% of the respondents believe that one should not joke about Russian President Vladimir Putin, and 39% — about the current government as a whole.

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According to a survey of workers in 116 countries of the world, in 2020 43% of respondents said that they experienced stress the day before (on the eve of the survey date). This is a very noticeable increase from the 36-39% levels seen in the last five years, and even more from 31% in 2009.

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Lithuania has tripled the payment to illegal migrants who voluntarily decide to return to their homeland, it will amount to one thousand euros. According to Delfi, this measure will be valid until January 20 next year and will be applied only to migrants who are now in Lithuania.

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France has officially banned the use of wild animals in circus performances, as well as the keeping of dolphins and killer whales in captivity. The law will come into force in two years, while the fine for violence against animals will be increased: you can get up to 5 years in prison and a fine of € 75,000

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The Federal Air Transport Agency stated that incomplete de-icing was the cause of the S7’s icing. In preparation for the flight, only the surfaces of its wing and stabilizer were poured with anti-icing fluid.

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NASA has launched the first telescope that can study polarized X-rays from black holes, neutron stars and pulsars.

IXPE will help you understand why black holes rotate and eject jets of matter, and pulsars glow so brightly in the X-ray range. Also, the telescope will be able to create images of any space objects with X-rays.

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December 9 — International Day of Remembrance for Victims of the Crime of Genocide.

The principles that formed the basis of all post-war international legal documents aimed at preventing aggression, war crimes and crimes against humanity were formulated during the Nuremberg Tribunal, which ended in October 1946.

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The Seim (unicameral parliament) of Latvia has agreed to initiate a criminal case against the deputy Janis Adamsons, who is suspected of spying for Russia, according to the website of the parliament.

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Amazon has been fined more than € 1 billion in Italy, ANSA reported. According to the regulator, Amazon is taking advantage of its dominant position to promote its logistics services. As noted by the agency, the company thus harms competing operators providing services in the field of electronic commerce.

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China has an unwavering determination to defend its national interests and calls on the US to immediately stop pushing forward the Xinjiang bill, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.

On December 8, the House of Representatives of the US Congress approved a bill «to prevent forced labor of Uyghurs» in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of the PRC.

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The salmon catch in Russia this year reached 539 thousand tons (including 440 thousand in Kamchatka), exceeding forecasts by 17%, said the Research Institute of Fisheries. According to him, this Putin became the third most successful, yielding only to the results of 2011 and 2018.

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The Iraqi authorities have officially announced the end of the combat missions of the US-led international anti-terrorist coalition in Iraq and the withdrawal of the alliance’s combat units from the country, Iraqi television channel Al Sumaria reported.

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The Georgian Foreign Ministry confirmed that it does not consider participation in the «3 + 3» format, and there will be no Tbilisi representative at the meeting on December 10 in Moscow.

Earlier, the leaders of Azerbaijan and Turkey came up with an initiative on a six-sided format of cooperation on Karabakh and on the issue of unblocking economic and transport ties in the Transcaucasus. Iran welcomed this idea, pledging its readiness to promote steps to consolidate peace in the region. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the Russian side is working with colleagues from Armenia.

At the same time, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister of Georgia David Zalkaliani said that Tbilisi does not plan to participate in the «3 + 3» negotiation format, but offers its own format of negotiations to Baku and Yerevan to maintain peace — in the form of a «troika»

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The situation on the border of Lithuania with Belarus, where there is an influx of migrants from Asian and African countries, has stabilized, but is still not very good, said adviser to the President of Lithuania Asta Skaisgirite.

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The Austrian Freedom Party will not renew for a new term the agreement on interaction with the Russian party «United Russia», said the chairman of the APS Herbert Kickl.

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The State Duma of Russia adopted a bill to raise wages. Assistants of deputies and members of the Federation Council fell into the category of the lucky ones; wages will grow by 20%. There were 300 thousand rubles, now 387. The deputies’ salary fund reaches 470 thousand.

After the adoption of the amendments to the Constitution, the powers of senators and deputies have expanded, which means that the staff must be qualified. For this they are paid. Such an argument is made in support of the new figures.

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An echelon with armored personnel carriers BTR-82A arrived at the Grodno garrison from the city of Arzamas of the Russian Federation. The Ministry of Defense of Belarus writes about it

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All Belarusian banks have connected to the Bank of Russia Financial Messaging System, which was created in case of disconnection from the SWIFT international payment system. According to RIA Novosti, this was stated by the head of the department of the national payment system of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, Denis Baryshkov, speaking at the VIII National Payment Forum.

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The Chinese economy, with almost 300% of GDP in debt, was hit by a major corporate crisis, comparable in scale to the bankruptcy of the American bank Lehman Brothers in 2008.
Evergrande, the second largest developer in China in terms of construction volume, with 200,000 permanent employees and attracting up to 3.8 million people to construction sites, has officially defaulted on debt, the total volume of which reaches $ 300 billion.

On Thursday, the international rating agency Fitch was the first of the «big three» agencies to downgrade Evergrande to default.

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Among all major laptop manufacturers, only Apple and HP significantly increased shipments to Russia in January-September. The volumes of imports of Asian Asus, Acer and Lenovo declined, the analysts of the GS Group calculated. This allowed HP to strengthen its leadership in the market, and Apple to move into third place in terms of revenue.

Analysts believe that the demand for brand devices is dictated by deferred corporate purchases. At the same time, in general, the laptop market fell by 13% in units and grew by 16.5% in money: the average price of a device soared by 34%, exceeding 56 thousand rubles.

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The most prone to corruption are the financial and credit sphere, the sphere of the development of budgetary funds and the consumer market, said in an interview with TASS the head of the Main Department for Economic Security and Anti-Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Police Lieutenant General Andrei Kurnosenko.

In addition, according to him, corruption-related crimes are committed in the field of construction, the activities of authorities and administration, as well as in the areas of transport and housing and communal services.

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In January-October, the volume of gold exports from Russia amounted to 240.5 tons, Interfax reports, citing statistics from the Federal Customs Service published on Thursday.

According to the Ministry of Finance, for 9 months of 2021, the production of mined gold in the Russian Federation amounted to 218.79 tons. Another 12.55 tons were received in the form of associated production, and 25.2 tons — in secondary production. Thus, in January-September, 256.54 tons of precious metal were produced.

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The EU Council has approved the decision to establish a European Asylum Agency, the Council said in a statement. It is reported that the new agency will be created on the basis of the existing European Asylum Office, its goal is to improve the pan-European asylum system and strengthen interaction both with the member states of the union and with third states.

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A delegation from Belarus arrived in Crimea, Roman Chegrinets, head of the national-cultural autonomy «Belarusians of Crimea», told RIA Novosti. Among its participants are member of the constitutional commission Shpakovsky, political scientist Dzermant, chairman of the organizing committee of the Soyuz party Lushch, analyst of the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies Avdonin.

Earlier, Chegrinets announced that he intends to give compatriots an excursion to those places that he would like to show to President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in the event of his arrival in Crimea.

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The Supreme Court of Russia refused to remove the «secret» stamp from the names and positions of the NKVD officers who participated in the Great Terror of 1937, the press service told RIA Novosti

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The Lithuanian Transport Minister resigned after the Lithuanian Railways announced that they would continue to transport Belaruskali’s cargo despite US sanctions.

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At the meeting, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved and sent for consideration to the Verkhovna Rada a bill according to which public «denial of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation» and «Russian occupation of the territory» will be considered illegal and will be punished with a fine of up to $ 1,890.

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The personal data of the clients of the Verimed drug addiction clinic were found in one of the channels in Telegram, the deputy general director of Infosecurity a Softline said. Igor Sergienko clarified that the clinic had been notified of the leak, currently the channel where this information was published has been removed.

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The general director of Transneft-Upper Volga Levin was detained on suspicion of bribery on an especially large scale — according to the investigation, in 2017 he created an organized group that received 5-10% of the contract amounts from contractors. Levin has already been fired and arrested, he did not admit his guilt.

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The State Duma adopted in the second reading a bill on regional power, which, among other things, prohibits regional leaders from being called «presidents» and allows them to be elected for more than 2 consecutive terms

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The number of applications for unemployment benefits in the United States (one of the main indicators of the current situation on the labor market) for the week fell to a minimum since September 1969 — to 184 thousand.

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The State Duma adopted in the first reading a bill that obliges the owners of communication networks to store data on the transmission of calls and messages (including text, images, audio and video) in Russia for 3 years — and, upon request, provide security officials with this information and information about users.

Recall that from July 1, 2018, according to the Yarovaya law, telecom operators are required to store information about the content of conversations and correspondence of users (including photos, video and audio) for 6 months, from October 1, 2018 and Internet traffic of users for 30 days — to provide them at the request of the special services.

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The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) has prepared a plan for the development of the market for agricultural and food technologies by supporting projects that produce «alternative food» from insect proteins and plant proteins. RSPP offers to provide them with subsidies, compensation for capital costs and soft loans.

* RUIE is an organization that should represent the interests of businessmen in Russia. Its council includes Oleg Deripaska, Anatoly Turchak, Alisher Usmanov and other oligarchs and billionaires from the Forbes list.

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By the end of the year, the Russian government will allocate another 44.6 billion rubles for the development of PD-35, the Prime Minister said during a meeting «On the implementation of projects in the field of aircraft engine building» in Perm, RBC correspondent reports. The total cost of the project will exceed 224 billion rubles. The developer and manufacturer of the motor is the United Engine Corporation (UEC, part of Rostec).

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As the Central Bank reported on Thursday, in January-November 2021, net capital outflow by the private sector amounted to $ 73.9 billion, 1.5 times higher than in the same period last year.

The outflow left Russia two-thirds of the notional foreign exchange profit that the economy had earned. The Central Bank estimated it at $ 111.4 billion — at this level was the current account surplus of the balance of payments (that is, the difference between the main foreign exchange flows to and from the country).

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The law on increasing the salaries of deputy assistants was adopted in the State Duma in three readings at once. Thus, the wage fund will grow from 300 thousand rubles to 387 thousand rubles.

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In 2021, there were 293 journalists in prisons around the world. Another 24 were killed. Such data are presented in the report of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

According to the estimates of international organizations, most of the arrested journalists are in China — 50 people. It is followed by Myanmar (26), Egypt (25), Vietnam (23) and Belarus (19). Rounding out the top ten are Turkey (18), Eritrea (16), Russia (14), Saudi Arabia (14) and Iran (11).

In North America, the committee did not record a single case of arrest of journalists, and the report does not mention the countries of Western Europe.

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In the Rostov region, rural deputy Vitaly Latyshev, who heads a children’s health camp, is suspected of embezzling money from the budget. Funds were allocated for the recreation of children from low-income families, about 30% of budget revenues were stolen.

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Biden announced a «Democratic Renewal Initiative» on which the US wants to spend more than $ 424 million.

Largest spending — $ 122 million to support trade unions, $ 55 million on «Partnership for Democracy», $ 33.5 million on supporting women political leaders, $ 30 million on the media, and $ 13 million on assistance to independent media, including training, psychological support and protection from defamation claims.

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