30 Mar, 2021

China invests in Iran in exchange for oil

China has pledged to invest $ 400 billion in Iran over the next 25 years in exchange for stable oil supplies. The corresponding agreement was signed on Saturday, writes The New York Times, citing the semi-official Iranian news agency Fars News Agency.

In Belarus, proposed to break contracts with workers for strikes

The Belarusian authorities want to provide in the legislation an additional opportunity for employers to break contracts with those workers who call for strikes at enterprises for political reasons, said Deputy Secretary of State of the Security Council of Belarus Alexander Rakhmanov.

We have provided for and offer additional grounds for termination of the contract on the initiative of the employer with people who are engaged in such destructive activities, “he said in an interview with the Main Ether program on the Belarus-1 TV channel.

Russian doctors published an open letter

More than twenty Russian doctors demanded immediate medical assistance to opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is serving a sentence in the colony IK-2 in the Vladimir region. An open letter from the doctors was published by The Insider.

“Without the results of MRI and examination, it is impossible to make a diagnosis, but judging by information from open sources, we fear the worst. Leaving a patient in this state without help, perhaps even surgery, can lead to the development of severe consequences, including irreversible, complete or partial, loss of functions of the lower extremities, ”the letter says.

Warsaw revokes registration of vessels participating in Nord Stream 2

Poland will take away its flag from two ships involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2, said Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Grzegorz Witkowski. We are talking about Krebs Geo and Krebs Jet, owned by a German ship owner, but registered with the Maritime Chamber of the city of Gdansk. According to the minister, their documents are now invalid and they will be viewed as violators of the sanctions imposed on the Russian project.

Commemorative medal “Honored Submariner’s Wife” was established in the Northern Fleet

A commemorative medal “Honored wife of a submariner” was established in the Northern Fleet, Izvestia writes. The medal for loyalty, strength and inviolability of the family union was established for the 115th anniversary of the Russian submarine fleet, according to the press service of the Northern Fleet.

The medal will be awarded annually to the wives of submariners whose family experience exceeds 10 years. Together with the medal, a certificate of the established form is awarded.

Residents of Russia warned about the epidemic of sexual infection

In Russia, an epidemic of a new sexual infection began, which worsened the situation with sexually transmitted diseases. This was reported by the urologist Evgeny Grekov. The epidemic will be caused by a bacterium that is resistant to antibiotics – Mycoplasma genitalium, he said.

“There is a blockage in Moscow. Practically nothing is treated: neither josamycin, nor doxycycline, nor azithromycin, “he said on the air of the radio station” Moscow speaking “.

No epidemic associated with Mycoplasma genitalium, which causes a sexually transmitted infection, is not expected, there are occasional increases in incidence, but the infection can be treated if you see a doctor, Deputy Director for Research of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Gorelov told RIA Novosti.

Maduro approves oil shipment in exchange for COVID-19 vaccines

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has approved the use of oil supplies for settlements with vaccine-producing countries, while the country’s diplomats are trying to secure payment for the supply of drugs under COVAX with funds from frozen government accounts

Today I approved the shipment of oil in exchange for vaccines. Venezuela has oil tankers, customers who buy oil, and we could send some of the oil produced to buy the necessary vaccines, ”the politician said during a speech that was broadcast on VTV.

Tighten control over trade in retail markets

The Federal Tax Service (FTS) in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation are planning to tighten the rules for the use of cash registers (CCP) in retail markets. This was reported on March 29 by RBC.

Mortgage holders in Russia will begin to deprive the only housing

In Russia, from April 1, 2021, the recommendation of the Central Bank, introduced as a measure to support mortgage holders during the coronavirus pandemic, will no longer be valid – we are talking about a request not to foreclose on mortgaged apartments if they are the only housing of the debtor

Prime Minister and Finance Minister agreed to swap places

Slovak Prime Minister Matovic and Finance Minister Heger agreed to swap places to resolve the government crisis that erupted after Matovic secured the supply of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine to the country.

The opposition, which demanded the resignation of Matovich and the transfer of the chair to Heger, called such an agreement “a mockery of the people.” The parties of the ruling coalition approved the castling, and the ministers who had resigned in recent days expressed their readiness to return to their places.

In Mozambique, Islamists have taken over an entire city.

Events in the port of Palma began to unfold closer to Friday: armed men set fire to buildings and “hunted down” local officials. Local residents fled, about 35 thousand people arrived in neighboring cities and towns.

By Saturday evening, the rebels completely captured the city, disappeared and dozens of people were killed. Those who took refuge in one of the local hotels tried to escape in 17 cars, but only 7 cars reached the beach – the Islamists ambushed and attacked the convoy. As a result, from 40 to 60 foreigners are reported missing.

South Africa intends to send armed forces to the city to rescue the remaining civilians there.

IWF disqualified Russian weightlifters

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has disqualified Russian weightlifters Nadezhda Evstyukhina, David Bedzhanyan and Oleg Chen for anti-doping rule violations, the organization’s press service reports.

In June 2020, the IWF announced that a metabolite of dehydrochloromethyltestosterone, a substance belonging to the group of androgenic anabolic steroids, was found in the samples of athletes.

Russians will set a limit on the number of loans

A bill limiting the number of loans that financial organizations can issue to one citizen has been submitted to the State Duma.

Russian universities will release a research study on the Russian soul

For the first time, the vice-rector of Vyatka State University, Yekaterina Mityagina, spoke about this at a meeting with Vladimir Putin on March 26. According to her, “the mysterious Russian soul is being studied with the help of big data.” As Mityagina explained to the publication “Rise”, scientists from several universities “study the cultural code through the digital traces of users on the Internet.”

“We took the books that received awards and comments on these works. We got hundreds of thousands of reviews, in which we tried to find the traits, values ​​that most excite the Russian people. For example, what really touches: collective consciousness, the desire for justice, knowledge of the world through feelings, spirituality. From the negative: relying on the power of officials with their own irresponsibility, laziness. The most interesting quality is provincialism. The Russian soul cannot be fully unraveled, but we managed to convey a certain block, ”she said.

Cost of the mandate of a deputy of the State Duma of Russia

The cost of the mandate of a State Duma deputy closer to the September elections may rise to $ 7-10 million, said the current State Duma deputy D from United Russia Vyacheslav Lysakov.

Average size of a car loan in Russia

The average size of issued car loans for new cars and used cars in Russia in February 2021 increased by 20.3% in annual terms and amounted to 980.9 thousand rubles, according to the National Bureau of Credit Histories (NBCH). At the same time, compared with the previous month, the indicator increased by 7.6%

The largest average check of issued car loans in February among 30 regions – leaders in car lending volumes was noted in Moscow (1.497 million rubles), the Moscow region (1.221 million rubles) and St. Petersburg (1.177 million rubles)

Iraq discusses major energy deal with Total

Iraq is discussing an agreement with French oil giant Total SE on the construction of large infrastructure facilities, oil development and gas production, Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar told Asharq News.

US will build its relationship with China from a position of strength

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stressed that relations between the two countries are increasingly competitive, and more and more moments appear in them that intensify confrontation.

“Ultimately, we must build our relationship with China from a position of strength. If the United States and its allies develop a joint approach to the challenges posed by China, we will be more effective in dealing with them, ”said the Secretary of State.

The United States will take the necessary measures against Russia

“We have seen various examples of aggressive actions by Russia … We are in the process of completing a review of cyberattacks through SolarWinds, interference in the US elections … There will be a cost and consequences,” said the head of the State Department Anthony Blinken

US intends to increase sanctions against Nord Stream 2

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in an interview with CNN reporters conveyed the US position in the area of opposing the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, noting that Washington intends to increase sanctions, because this project “undermines European energy security.”