18 Окт, 2021

Civic engagement of Russians

According to a survey by the Levada Center, the level of civic engagement of Russians in 2021 has grown in many respects compared to previous years.

— 45% of respondents this year in the past 12 months donated things to the poor or victims of natural disasters (a year ago there were 38%).
— 40% voted in the elections (note: poll from March 2021) versus 29% a year earlier.
— Donated money to public benefit 28% versus 21% in 2020.
— 19% of respondents united with other people to solve common problems and protect their rights, and a year earlier there were only 13%
— 17% of respondents addressed complaints and inquiries to state bodies against 13% in 2020 and 12% in 2018
— 7% worked as volunteers against 5% in 2018
— 36% of Russians were engaged in self-education in one form or another

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During his visit to Ukraine and Georgia this week, the head of the Pentagon will emphasize that NATO’s doors are open for these countries

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The Taliban delegation (the movement is recognized as terrorist and prohibited in the Russian Federation) will be headed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan Abdul Salam Hanafi at a meeting in Moscow, Afghan media reported

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Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, as well as the head of the Supreme Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah, have been invited to participate in consultations in the Moscow format on the situation in the Islamic republic, a diplomatic source in Kabul said. They are scheduled for October 20.

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The French Ambassador to Belarus left the country at the request of Minsk, France-Presse reports

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Rating of regions according to the ability of the population to save up for a car
The leaders of the rating are the regions of the Far North, at the end of the list are the republics of the North Caucasus
1. Chukotka Autonomous Okrug (you need to save 3.5 years)
2. Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District (3.6 years)
3. Magadan region (3.9 years)
4. Nenets Autonomous District (4.3 years)

82-84. Ingushetia, Chechnya, North Ossetia (10.8 years)
85. Kabardino-Balkaria (11.1 years)
On average, a resident of the Russian Federation needs 8 years to save up for a new car.

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The service life of the Stilett intercontinental missiles has been extended until at least 2023, General Director of NPO Mashinostroyenia Alexei Leonov said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

The last carriers of this type were delivered to the Russian military in 1985, their initial guaranteed service life is 10 years. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation regularly orders work to extend the service life of missiles; to date, they have been extended for more than 37 years.

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It is difficult for President Vladimir Putin to communicate with the Head of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky due to the fact that he calls Russia a party to the conflict in Donbass, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky admits that he had offshore accounts before being elected to office, but they were not used for money laundering

“Everything I did before 2019 is people know. This is television and cinema. During the time of [the then President Viktor] Yanukovych, everyone structured their business. Especially the business related to television, the media. All channels had companies abroad. Why ? Because it was an opportunity for politics not to influence you. Kvartal 95 had a satire, which everybody pressed, everybody wanted to influence, «the Ukrainian president emphasized on the air of the ICTV channel.

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Almost 15% of Belarus’ merchandise exports to Russia in the seven months of this year in the amount of $ 1.3 billion were hidden in Belarusian statistics — Belstat began to classify supplies of not only gasoline and fertilizers, but also tractors

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In Afghanistan, the «Unknown Soldiers of Hazarestan» announced the creation of a force to fight the Taliban terrorist movement banned in Russia. There are 3 million Hazaras living in the country.

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In Belarus, a number of Telegram resources can be recognized as extremist groups, in which case their creators and audience could face criminal liability, the Interior Ministry said.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the country has enough gas for the population «at normal prices.»

«I want to reassure everyone. I think that many important substantive, and most importantly, timely actions were taken by the government, the authorities. Today there is enough gas for society, enough gas for consumers at very normal prices compared to European prices,» he said on the air TV channel ICTV.

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From October 26, the Mir payment system will provide issuing banks with the opportunity to connect Mir cards to the Google Pay payment system, the Izvestia newspaper writes.

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The average cost of a loan for new cars in Russia in the third quarter increased by 58% on an annualized basis, to 1.6 million rubles, according to a study by RGS Bank.

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The OSCE Mission to Donbass has stopped its work. The OSCE representatives in Donbass said that for several days in the center of Donetsk, under the hotel, where the members of the OSCE mission live, a «protest action» was taking place with the participation of about 200 men holding banners and blocking the entrance.

“For security reasons, we have suspended our operations,” an OSCE official said.

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The dead woman was elected to the Iraqi parliament. Ansam Manuel passed away from coronavirus two months before the vote. Her name was not excluded from the ballots for technical reasons, and many did not know that they were voting for the deceased person. In total, Ansam received 2,400 votes. Some supporters, relatives and friends of the woman voted for her as a token of memory.

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Baikal Electronics received the first batch of Baikal-M chipsets in the amount of 5,000 units. Prior to this, the company had only engineering samples of the system on a chip (SoC).

The delivery turned out to be more modest than expected: due to the global shortage of microcircuits, contractors are not able to fulfill orders. Taiwanese TSMC is engaged in the production of Russian chips.

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MintGreen decided to rationally use the excess heat arising from cryptocurrency mining and created a heat recovery system by immersing equipment in a coolant environment.

According to the company’s specialists, up to 96% of the heat generated by the equipment can be useful for the population of the town of North Vancouver (53 thousand people in 2016). Moreover, each megawatt will prevent the emission of 20 thousand tons of greenhouse gases from natural gas heating into the atmosphere.

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Opera singer, soloist of the Mariinsky Theater Viktor Korotich was harshly detained by police on October 17 in St. Petersburg. As the artist himself told «Fontanka», three police officers stopped him on the street of the Pechatnikov Union and demanded to show documents, stating that he might be wanted. When the singer refused to go to the police station, he was put face down on the asphalt, handcuffed, and then forced into a paddy wagon. The police drew up a protocol of disobedience to the police against him.

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On the Belarusian state TV they said that «the poorest pensioners are in the Baltics.» True, they forgot to point out that the original study concerned only the EU countries and that, not all. They also did not mention that pensions in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia are 550, 440 and 390 euros, while in Belarus the pension is 180 euros.

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The Belgian mathematician has recorded an album of «space music». The three tracks are based on data from black holes and «explore natural phenomena of gravitational singularity.» To create the plate, Valery Vermelen used information obtained from «simulation models of astrophysical black holes and regions of extreme gravitational fields.» The release is scheduled for December 3. The scientist also intends to organize several live audiovisual shows using this music.

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The Latvian Seimas (Parliament) has submitted to the responsible committee a draft law on immigration, which provides for a partial refusal to issue residence permits in exchange for investments in Latvia. Those foreigners who have already received a residence permit can apply for an extension of the residence permit.

The residence permit program in Latvia has been operating since 2010 and has been popular among Russians due to its low entry threshold. The requirement of the Latvian program for obtaining a residence permit is the purchase of real estate in the amount of € 250 thousand, as well as a one-time state duty in the amount of 5% of the value of the object.

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