The State Council Information Bureau of China, the Cyberspace Administration of China and the Bureau of Integrated State Governance of the Internet held a joint press conference to talk about the Qinglang series of special operations aimed at destroying rumors in the country.
General Secretary Xi considers cyberspace to be «a common spiritual home for hundreds of millions of Chinese.» And the party’s task is to «make this house clean of rumors.» First of all, it is necessary to focus on rumors related to politics, economics, culture, history and popular science topics. To do this, China will create a mechanism
- tracking rumor sources;
- suppression of information cascades of spreading rumors;
- hard and inevitable punishment of sources of rumors (with bringing them to justice with subsequent inclusion in the «black lists» that prohibit further work on the network);
The mechanism being created will be based on a human-machine collaboration to control online rumors: artificial intelligence systems, journalists and informants (mobilization of the majority of network users to actively report and expose rumors).
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The volume of trade between China and the DPRK in January-February, after a long decline, increased year-on-year by about 41 times and amounted to $136.25 million, the General Administration of Customs of China reported.
China is North Korea’s key economic partner, accounting for the vast majority of Pyongyang’s foreign trade. In 2020, the volume of trade between the two countries decreased by 80.7%, in 2021 — by 41%, to $318.03 million.
The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Russia allowed banks, insurers, pension funds, MFIs and UK companies not to disclose information about shareholders, top managers, board of directors and any material facts.
Actress and founder of the Gift of Life Foundation Chulpan Khamatova left Russia. She spoke about this in an interview with Ekaterina Gordeeva and added that she does not plan to return yet.
Total US military aid to Kyiv reaches $2bn, Ukrainian Armed Forces receive weapons they are trained to use — Pentagon
The US is ready to expand sanctions against Russia, affecting more banks and sectors of the economy, including oil and gas, the White House said. At the same time, Washington will not publicly disclose what consequences await China for trying to help Russia bypass these sanctions.
Information that China is allegedly sending military aid to Russia is disinformation and «will do everything to de-escalate the crisis,» Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang said in an interview with CBS television.
Belarus has agreed with Moscow to shift part of payments on Russian loans for five to six years, said Finance Minister Yury Seliverstov.
Prominent Saudi activist Mujtahid tweeted:
Foreign companies in Saudi Arabia have suspended their activities, fearing imminent attacks from the Houthis.
Some European companies evacuated their representative offices in Saudi Arabia after a series of attacks by the Yemeni Ansar Allah on Saudi facilities, including oil refineries.
The New Zealand manufacturer of dairy products and ingredients Fonterra has decided to close its office in Moscow.
Almost 30% of the elevators installed in Russia last year were brought from abroad, a representative of the Ministry of Industry and Trade told RBC. Elevators from far abroad (Europe, the USA and other Western countries) accounted for 13% and another 15% for Belarus, the department noted.
In the production of elevators in Russia, about 30% of imported components, said the general director of the association «Russian Elevator Association» Petr Kharlamov.
The Spanish government has decided to temporarily suspend the issuance of «golden» visas to Russian citizens.
The first deputy chairman of the Central Bank, Sergei Shvetsov, left his post, he will temporarily continue to work as an adviser to the chairman of the Bank of Russia, RBC was told in the press service of the regulator.
Shvetsov worked at the Central Bank since 1993, but in 1996-2001 he took a break for four years and returned in 2001. Supervised, among other things, the development of the financial market of the Russian Federation
Sheremetyevo Airport sent about 40% of its employees to forced downtime due to a sharp reduction in traffic amid Western sanctions, Izvestia writes, citing an order from the airport’s CEO Mikhail Vasilenko. According to a source at the airport, we are talking about 6-7 thousand people. The representative of Sheremetyevo, Anna Zakharenkova, confirmed to the newspaper that employees were sent to idle.
The Japanese corporation IHI, which produces engines, turbines and industrial machines, will suspend production at a joint venture with the Russian Federation
Following Stephen King, more and more new authors and foreign publishing houses announce the suspension of relations with the Russian book market.
Dutch NXP chips, which the Moscow Metro purchased for Troika cards, may become unavailable due to sanctions. To continue issuing Troika, the metro will have to switch to domestic chips, according to their manufacturers, who had previously experienced difficulties entering the transport card market. In the metropolitan metro, they talk about the sufficiency of stocks of cards «for current demand»
Since February 24, real estate experts have recorded a drop in demand for rental housing in Moscow and St. Petersburg by an average of 17%
Media reports about the shortage of containers for packaging juices and milk. The reason is the shortage of foreign raw materials. In this regard, the supply of such products to stores may be disrupted, two retailers and representatives of a large food manufacturer told Vedomosti. They said that there is a shortage of tetra-pack, cardboard and film.
The US Department of Commerce has published a list of 100 commercial and private aircraft used in Russia, which are prohibited from service abroad as part of export controls.
“The international flights from Russia of these aircraft have been reliably terminated due to the ban on any maintenance of these aircraft, for example, abroad,” the Ministry of Trade said in a press release.
The ministry explained that maintenance of aircraft requires a special permit, violators face fines, imprisonment and loss of trading privileges.
The situation in shopping centers has deteriorated sharply. On the one hand, at least 100 companies related to retail (own shops, restaurants or supply products) stopped work or reduced their work. Closing stores can reduce rental income by 30-50% for the year. The remaining tenants demand discounts. On the other hand, due to the sharp rise in interest rates, loan payments increased.
“About 70% of shopping centers in Russia are on credit. Many of them actually already belong to banks, because due to constant crises, they [shopping center owners] cannot repay loans,” says Dmitry Tomilin, CEO of Eterna.
Countries that imposed sanctions against the Russian Federation accounted for more than 54% of Russian trade turnover in 2021 — FinExpertiza
Russia’s turnover with countries that did not support the sanctions in 2021 amounted to $ 359.8 billion, or about 45.8% of all foreign trade: 44.2% of exports and 48.6% of imports.
At the same time, according to experts, Russia depends on foreign trade for no more than 20-30% of GDP.
A China Eastern Boeing 737 has crashed in southern China. China Aviation Administration confirms China Eastern Boeing 737 crash with 132 people on board — 123 passengers and 9 crew members
The largest Russian cinema chains, which account for 31.5% in terms of the number of screens, have decided not to raise ticket prices. The networks will show Russian premieres and hits of past years, Soviet and foreign classics, Bollywood movies, South Korean and Latin American films.
The International Federation of Film Producers Associations has canceled the accreditation of the Moscow International Film Festival. At the moment, there is a notice on the MIFF website that the festival has been postponed from April 2022, to the second half of the year. The exact date is not specified.
The Chinese authorities will allocate a new batch of humanitarian aid to Ukraine in the amount of about $1.5 million, said Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, UDN reports.
The United States will allocate $30 million to Moldova as assistance to receive Ukrainian refugees, the US Ambassador to Chisinau said.
President of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde said that the next two to three years, the eurozone economy will continue to grow
Inflation this year is expected at 5.1%, in a «severe» scenario, it could rise to 7.1%. According to the forecasts of the Central Bank, in 2023 this figure will decrease to 2.7%, in 2024 — to 1.9%
Brussels began to consider Ukraine’s application for membership in the European Union. This was announced by EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Oliver Varhei. He promised that an opinion on it would be provided as soon as possible.
In Russia, a temporary moratorium has been introduced on negative conclusions of the state examination. It will operate indefinitely. Order of the Glavgosexpertiza of the Russian Federation No. 46 dated March 11, 2022. The document states that a construction project can be approved even in cases where there are no:
calculations for the progressive collapse of buildings (!!!);
license for the collection and processing of waste;
information on objects of historical and cultural heritage;
approval for construction within the boundaries of specially protected natural areas;
positive conclusion of ecological expertise
The Chamber of Deputies of the Just Russia — For the Truth party launched the #AskBastrykin website on Monday, where questions from citizens about possible intentional shortcomings of the authorities will be collected, after which the appeals will be sent to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. This was reported to TASS by the press service of Zakhar Prilepin, co-chairman of the SRZP party.
“The time has come to set the state’s personnel policy on a patriotic wave. This is not about purges, this is about love for the country. We are sure that the truth will help those who are ready to work better, and vacate positions for those who do not want to put the goals of the Motherland above their personal interests.
The project was initiated by State Duma deputy from the SRZP party Dmitry Kuznetsov.
The international company Enel, engaged in the production and distribution of electricity and gas, is preparing to leave Russia within a few months.
“We are in the process of selling thermal generation, a process that we started a long time ago,” said CEO Francesco Starace. “Unfortunately, we have to curtail work.”
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