8 Aug, 2021

Carbon footprint price for Russian goods

After the European Commission published a draft cross-border carbon regulation (TUR, or “carbon tax”), consulting company BCG estimated the financial burden on the import of goods from Russia with a large carbon footprint to the European Union. The annual costs of importers of Russian products from the European “Border Carbon Adjustment Mechanism” (CBAM) by 2030 may reach $ 3.5–6.3 billion. The middle of the estimated range is $ 4.9 billion.

The difference in values ​​is due to the fact that the carbon intensity of Russian goods subject to regulation, that is, the volume in tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per tonne of product produced, is also estimated by BCG in the range. For example, for fertilizers – as 1.1-1.8 tons of CO2-equivalent per 1 ton of product.

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Lithuania returned 250 illegal migrants to Belarus. The rest of the Lithuanian authorities will pay 300 euros for agreeing to return to their homeland. According to the representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, an illegal migrant will be able to receive compensation in cash when boarding a plane departing from Lithuania. But only once, if he is detained again – no payments. According to the Lithuanian media, migrants pay intermediaries at least 5 thousand euros for crossing the Belarusian-Lithuanian border.

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Apple Inc. won a judgment that annuls a $ 308.5 million patent lawsuit she had previously lost to Personalized Media Communications LLC.

“Personalized Media’s patent is null and void because the company deliberately delayed filing a lawsuit with the US Patent and Trademark Office to get more money later,” US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap in Texas ruled, Bloomberg reported.

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The United States sent B-52 bombers to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban (the movement is banned in the Russian Federation as terrorist), writes the Times

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An oil release occurred in the port of Novorossiysk during the loading of a Greek tanker from the terminal of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC), the press service of Rosmorrechflot told Interfax.

Earlier, citing a source, it was reported that as a result of a salvo discharge of oil when refueling a tanker in the village of Yuzhnaya Ozereevka near Novorossiysk, about 200 square meters of the Black Sea was polluted.

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Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said that it is necessary to end the republic’s “dependence” on Russia, and, in her opinion, the EU and the US should introduce “more powerful” sanctions against the government of President Alexander Lukashenko.

“We must move away from the understanding that nothing can be solved in Belarus without Russia. This is wrong. We are an independent country,” Tikhanovskaya said in an interview with Spiegel.

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The head of the State Security Committee of Belarus Ivan Tertel said that Minsk has a “trump card” against the opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, and did not rule out that the time will come someday to open it. According to the head of the republic’s KGB, when Tikhanovskaya is asked questions, “it is even clear that she does not speak.” “Let it be on her conscience, and we know that we have something to show when it’s necessary,” Tertel said. “We know 100% for sure, with names, surnames: the special services and not only the Lithuanian special services have worked with her. And in the end, her behavior changed dramatically,” added Tertel.

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The head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin spoke in favor of the restoration of the death penalty for corruption in the defense industry

“When I was still in the Duma, I said that, from my point of view, corruption in the military-industrial complex should be punished by shooting, not planting. , at the security of the country. In fact, this is conniving at the aggressor, “Rogozin said on the air of Solovyov Live on Youtube.

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Iraq has completely stopped air traffic with Belarus. The period for the suspension of flights is uncertain, the Civil Aviation Administration said.

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In Russia, the working class is “the leading political force,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with workers at the Cemix mortar plant in Bashkiria.

“We have long been a tradition, all the time they said that the working class in our country is the leading political force. It was a Soviet cliche, but in fact it is, ”the politician said.

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The Megafon company withdrew from the capital of the Internet retailer AliExpress Russia, which was created as a joint venture of the Chinese Alibaba Group, Mail.Ru Group, MegaFon and the Russian Direct Investment Fund. USM International, the sole shareholder of MegaFon, became the buyer of MegaFon’s stake in the joint venture.

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American brewing company Anheuser-Busch has released Busch Dog Brew. It is a non-alcoholic mixture that can be a substitute for dry food, writes Fast Company.

It contains pork bone broth, corn, celery, turmeric, ginger, basil and mint. The drink was created for animals that cannot eat dry food. The set of four was released on National Dog Day and sold out in the US in 24 hours.

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Sochi topped the rating on the growth in the cost of one-room apartments in the largest cities of the Russian Federation, experts from the SRG consulting group found out for RIA Novosti. According to the results of the first half of 2021, the average check amounted to 5.6 million rubles, while in the first half of 2016 such an apartment could be bought for 2.5 million rubles. Next in the ranking are Irkutsk and Sevastopol. Petersburg in terms of price dynamics overtook Moscow and was in ninth place.

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The leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-un ordered the allocation of material assistance to the storm-affected province of Hamgyongnam-do and send the military to eliminate the destruction as soon as possible, the North Korean Central Telegraph Agency reports.

After several days of downpours in Hamgyongnam-do province, 1,170 houses were flooded, and 5,000 residents were forced to evacuate. From 1 to 3 August, 583 millimeters of precipitation fell in the region. The province produces over 60% of the country’s rice.

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Lyubov Sobol left Russia five days after the verdict was announced. According to the verdict, she was forbidden to leave Moscow and the Moscow region.

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The Minsk authorities demanded that retail chains remove from the “best shelves” goods from countries that have imposed sanctions against Belarus. This was announced by the chairman of the Minsk city executive committee Vladimir Kukharev.

“A number of countries have introduced sanctions against us – Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland – and their products (sweets, pastries, teas, cookies) are on the best shelves in stores! At the same time, we also need to look for domestic ones, ”said Kukharev.

In this regard, the authorities “harshly put the question to the networks” and if the situation does not change, measures will be taken, he said. At the same time, according to the head of the Minsk city executive committee, “such a decision should be made at the level of the entire country.”

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