19 Янв, 2022

Cryptocurrency ban in the US

In early January, it became known that the US Congress would hold hearings on the impact of cryptocurrencies and bitcoin mining on the environment.

Roman Nekrasov, co-founder of the ENCRY Foundation, believes that there is no need to talk about a ban on cryptocurrencies similar to the Chinese one in the case of the United States. This would be an absolutely incredible scenario for the US, if only because US investors are active and are leaders in the crypto market.

In addition, after the ban on bitcoin in China, the US seized the palm even in the cryptocurrency mining market.
The fact that the United States is the absolute leader in the crypto market was also announced by Anton Kravchenko, CEO of Xena Financial Systems.

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Analysts of Metrium summed up the results of the year in the Moscow market of new buildings of the mass segment. The volume of supply increased by 6.1%. The weighted average price per square meter was 263,180 rubles. (+0.8% for December; +2.6% for the quarter; +7.6% for 6 months; +26.8% for 12 months).

The largest increase in the price per square meter was shown by apartments in Sochi (+82.2%) and Krasnodar (+63.6%). In the Moscow region, the «square» grew by 42%, in Sevastopol — by 40.7%, in Kaliningrad — by 38.9%, in the Leningrad region — by 37.2%, in Kursk — by 36.9%, in Ulan -Ude — by 36.3%, in Ivanovo — by 35.3%, in Chita — by 34.6%.

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China finances many infrastructure projects around the world — particularly in Latin America. Dozens of projects (first of all — ports, roads and railways) have already been built or are being built right now, and no less projects have already been announced, but not yet started. At the same time, almost all countries of the region are covered by Chinese investments, except perhaps for Paraguay and some small countries of Central America and the Caribbean.

Among modern smartphone models, the specific absorption rate of electromagnetic energy (SAR, measures the magnitude of the harmful effects of mobile phones on humans) turned out to be Motorola Edge: 1.79, with a level of 2 allowed in Europe. In addition to Motorola, the anti-rating also includes products from ZTE, OnePlus, Sony, Google , Oppo and Sony. Modern iPhones also have a fairly high, albeit not a record, radiation level: around 0.9-1

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Scientists from NASA have invented a bioprinter that prints medical bandages from the skin cells of astronauts on the ISS. As the creators of the bioprinter explain, the operation of the device is very simple. The ink is mixed with the astronaut’s cells, resulting in a material whose coating resembles plaster. It hardens instantly and can cover a cut or burn.

Living cells in the bandage are necessary in order to avoid rejection of the material by human skin tissues. Scientists note that thanks to the technology, wounds will be able to heal several times faster than using conventional first aid.

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Maltese politician Roberta Metsola has been elected the new head of the European Parliament. She became the third woman to hold the post. Also, Metsola, at 43, is the youngest chairman in the history of the European Parliament, Tagesschau reports.

The President of the European Parliament directs all the activities of the plenum, maintains order during sessions, gives the floor to speakers and signs laws.

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The Ministry of Digital Development of Russia proposes to issue soft loans to foreign borrowers up to 10 billion rubles. for the purchase and implementation of Russian software. Now only Russian companies engaged in digital transformation use this program.

In order to receive a preferential loan, a foreign borrower must not be in the process of liquidation or reorganization, and bankruptcy proceedings must not be initiated against the borrower.

In addition to stimulating purchases of domestic software, the Government is introducing tough measures for the purchase of Russian hardware. And if at least one contractor’s offer at state tenders contains Russian equipment, the state customer is obliged to purchase it, rejecting all applications with imported equipment.

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The creators of the Russian Elbrus processors declared Intel and AMD processors «a direct threat to Russia’s national security.»

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According to an investigation by the Romanian media, at least 42 of the 138 pages of Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca’s dissertation contain plagiarism, writes the Politico portal. According to journalists, Chuke not only borrowed text verbatim from other works, but also used methods to hide plagiarism.

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The UK Treasury has unveiled plans to combat misleading advertising of cryptocurrencies. As a result of amendments to the legislation, it will be subject to the same requirements as other financial offers, such as shares and insurance.

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The World Court in Moscow imposed fines on the Nobel Prize winner, editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta Dmitry Muratov and the newspaper for not labeling a banned organization.

«Muratov was fined 4,000 rubles, Novaya Gazeta — 40,000 rubles,» the press service of the court told Interfax.

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Russian cosmonauts will begin the final elimination of the air leak at the International Space Station after the arrival of new funds on the Progress spacecraft, the situation with the air leak does not cause concern, the press service of Roscosmos reported.

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The International Civil Aviation Organization has published a report on the forced landing of a Ryanair aircraft at Minsk airport. It refers to the violation of security rules by the Belarusian authorities and inconsistencies in the information provided by them about the alleged mining of the aircraft

After landing, the Belarusian security forces detained Belarusian opposition blogger Roman Protasevich, who was on board, and his girlfriend Sofya Sapega, a Russian citizen. They are under arrest in Minsk, they face long prison terms under articles on extremism.

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Gulagu.net published the first part of the video with torture of prisoners in the Omsk region. It shows footage from the quarantine detachment of one of the colonies, recorded November 1-14, 2021.

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German scientists have found that walking (even walking around the room) increases creativity. They conducted three experiments in which participants had to come up with alternative uses for several items.

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Nestle will transfer all its factories in Russia to wind farms. This will help reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by more than 80 thousand tons per year. A plant in the Kaluga region has already switched to «green» electricity. And by 2025, the company plans to switch all its factories to electricity from renewable sources.

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The phrase “there is no God” is now considered an insult to the feelings of believers. At least, it was for this expression that the biology teacher from Kurgan was fired and forced to apologize.

The press secretary of the Kurgan diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, Mikhail Nasonov, said that teachers in Russian schools do not have the right to promote «fashionable atheistic views.»

The students stood up for the teacher. One schoolgirl told Rise that the conversation during the lesson was conducted correctly, and theories of the origin of man were discussed.

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In Israel, vegetable fillet of salmon was printed on a 3D printer. It contains legume proteins and algae extract. In appearance, taste and even texture, the printed dish completely repeats the original. And it also has the same content of Omega-3, Omega-6, vitamin B and protein.

Vegan fillets will start selling in 2024. Its creators believe that this will help save the fish population, as well as save people from consuming ocean plastic, which enters the body along with the meat of marine life.

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The outflow of capital from Russia in 2021 increased to $72 billion from $50.4 billion a year earlier, i.e. by 42%. The net outflow of non-resident funds from OFZs and Eurobonds for the same year amounted to $3.2 billion against an inflow of $3.9 billion a year earlier.

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The collection of ferrous scrap in Russia in 2021 increased by 10%, to 30.13 million tons, reaching the highest figure in the last 10 years. This follows from the materials of the association of scrap processors NSRO Ruslom.com, provided by TASS.

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The Grammy Awards ceremony, which was supposed to take place on January 31 in Los Angeles, will be held on April 3 in Las Vegas, organizers of the event said.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin had a conversation with the leader of Nicaragua, Ortega, reaffirmed support for the efforts of the Nicaraguan government to ensure national sovereignty, and stressed the importance of continuing close coordination in the international arena

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Merkel has been offered a job at the UN. She could chair a high-level advisory body on global public goods that benefit all of humanity.

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Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has announced a partnership with the Mastercard payment system, which will simplify the mechanism for buying non-fungible tokens (NFTs). In the near future, the trading platform will add the ability to pay for the purchase of NFT tokens with Mastercard bank cards. Coinbase believes that this will allow a wider range of consumers to buy NFTs.

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There are 346 Russians in Belarusian prisons, at least 11 of them for the protests. This is the data for July 2021, the Russian Embassy in Belarus said. There is no more up to date information.

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In Russia, the number of crimes related to bribes increased by 27% over the year, follows from the report of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on the state of crime in the country for January-December 2021.

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VimpelCom will soon raise prices for archival tariff plans by 10%, three sources in the communications market told Kommersant. According to them, MegaFon is planning to raise prices since February, then Tele2. MTS in early January has already notified subscribers about the increase in the cost of tariffs by 60 rubles. while maintaining the current set of services.

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Russian metallurgists ask not to extend the anti-dumping duty on Ukrainian rolls, which are used for the production of rolled steel. The industry has traditionally been dependent on supplies from Ukraine, and attempts to develop the production of rolls in Russia in the required volumes have not yet been successful, according to Russian Steel. As a result, Russian companies are forced to buy Ukrainian equipment anyway, while paying the duty.

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Spanish authorities have begun paying 250 euros a month to low-income young people to help them move out of their parents, reports Reuters. In Spain, the proportion of young people living with their parents is one of the highest in Europe.

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The Center for the Study of Economic Ideas of Xi Jinping officially opened in the Chinese capital. The activities of the institution are aimed at studying, popularizing, implementing and explaining the economic ideas of Xi Jinping.

Xi Jinping’s ideas on a socialist economy with Chinese characteristics in a new era were presented at the Central Economic Work Conference in December 2017. The ideas are mainly based on the new development philosophy proposed by Xi Jinping, and embody the concept of development based on the principles of innovation, coordination, environmental friendliness, openness and sharing.

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In the United States, for the first time, charges were filed against the driver of a Tesla car, whose autopilot caused a fatal accident that occurred on December 29, 2019.

Tesla Model S left the freeway at high speed and ran a red light in the suburbs of Los Angeles (California) Gardena. The Tesla then crashed into a Honda Civic. Two people in the Honda died at the scene.

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The Investigative Committee (IC) of Russia is conducting a pre-investigation check into the theft of a collection of Scythian gold belonging to museums in Crimea.

According to Alexander Molokhov, deputy head of the working group on international legal issues at the Permanent Mission of Crimea under President Alexander Molokhov, there are now polls of those involved in the export of Scythian gold from the territory of Crimea.

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The Google search engine contains many malicious links, some of which lead to fake banking sites. There may be thousands of such links, which threatens to harm Russians and the country’s economy as a whole.

Therefore, the All-Russian Popular Front (ONF) is preparing an appeal to the Government with a proposal to equate the distribution of malicious links in advertising blocks with the distribution of prohibited content and to impose turnover fines for this activity.

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Russia withdrew all peacekeepers from Kazakhstan. The last four planes returned today. According to Commander Serdyukov, the Russian mission coped with the task in Kazakhstan.

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Swiss scientists have proven that video games can be very beneficial for children’s development. And the action game they developed about an alternative reality turned out to be more effective than traditional educational games, and with its help they were able to improve the accuracy and speed of reading, and even overall academic performance.

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The heavy-duty Falcon 9 launch vehicle has successfully launched a batch of 49 mini-satellites into orbit to continue the deployment of Starlink’s global internet coverage network, developer SpaceX said.

The launch took place on January 19 at 05:02 Moscow time (Tuesday at 21:02 US East Coast time) from Launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The SpaceX orbital constellation now consists of 2,040 spacecraft weighing 290 kg each.

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China publishes transport development plan

In 2025, the total length of high-speed rail lines will be 50,000 km, compared to 38,000 km in 2020, and the high-speed rail network with train speeds of 250 km per hour or more will cover at least 95 percent of cities with a population of more than 500,000 . Human.

In 2025, the country will have 165,000 km of railways compared to 146,000 km five years earlier; more than 270 civil airports against 241; the length of metro lines in cities will increase from 6.6 thousand km to 10 thousand km.

There will also be 190,000 km of motorways in 2025, while in 2020 the total length of roads built for high-speed traffic was 161,000 km.

By 2035, it is planned to form a China-wide «1-2-3» transport ring for passenger transportation and a «1-2-3» global logistics ring for cargo transportation.

This means that travel time within a single city, within a particular urban agglomeration and between any two of the country’s main cities will be reduced to one, two and three hours, respectively. At the same time, the global «1-2-3» logistics ring will allow mail sent by express services to be delivered to a destination in China in one day, to neighboring countries and major cities in the world in two and three days, respectively.

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JSC «Rosnano» signed the first agreement with Sovcombank on debt obligations for 15 billion rubles, the company said.

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Poklonskaya said that due to personal circumstances, plans for her assuming the post of Russian ambassador to Cape Verde were cancelled. The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Poklonskaya’s departure as ambassador to Cape Verde would not take place due to personal circumstances.

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Peskov called the issue of «the final transit of power» from Nazarbayev to Tokayev exclusively an internal affair of Kazakhstan.

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The court arrested investigator Nesnov in absentia in the Merlion case. According to the source, investigator Alexei Nesnov is charged with accepting a bribe in the amount of about $2.5 million to resolve the issue in the case of the company’s owners.

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Russian diplomats provide support and monitor the observance of the rights of all Russians detained abroad, Peskov said, answering a question regarding Russian citizens imprisoned in Belarus.

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Kazakhstan has approved the abolition of Nazarbayev’s lifetime chairmanship of the Security Council. The decision was made by the lower house of the country’s parliament. As Deputy Kanat Nurov said on Facebook, a decision was also made to cancel the life-long chairmanship of the first president of the country in the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan.

Earlier, Nursultan Nazarbayev transferred the powers of the head of the ANC and the post of chairman of the Security Council to the incumbent President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev after the recent riots in the country.

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Merkel refused to work in the UN structure. At the same time, the ex-Chancellor of Germany, in a telephone conversation with the Secretary General of the organization, António Guterres, thanked him for the offer to take the position of a high-level adviser.

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Twitter fined 10 million rubles for refusing to remove tweets mentioning FBK (recognized as a foreign agent and extremist in the Russian Federation) by its founder Alexei Navalny, other members of the foundation, as well as a tweet with an assessment of the shooting organized at Perm State University

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In the Volgograd region: a tank crashed into a power line pylon, leaving six villages without power. A few hours later, Volgogradenergo restored the power supply, confirming that there had been «damage to an overhead power line pylon by a third-party vehicle.»

The press service of the Southern Military District denied all the accusations, saying that the video shows the T-90, and «there are no tanks of this modification in the Volgograd formation.»

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Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that new candidates for the post of ambassador to Cape Verde instead of Natalia Poklonskaya had not yet been agreed. The Kremlin spokesman also recalled that Poklonskaya’s decision was due to personal circumstances.

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In Moscow, the security forces came to search the office of politician Gennady Gudkov in the case of causing damage to the Moscow Property Department, in which his son Dmitry Gudkov became a defendant. Gennady Gudkov announced this on his Twitter.

A criminal case on causing damage to the Department of Property of Moscow (clause “b” part 2 of article 165 of the Criminal Code) was opened against politician Dmitry Gudkov and his aunt Irina Ermilova. We are talking about non-payment of debt under a lease agreement for non-residential premises in 2015-2017.

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The President of Kazakhstan explained the dismissal of the Minister of Defense by the fact that he did not show commanding qualities: we could not use the potential of the army in a critical situation and were forced to resort to outside help

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Versace presented a bag as a holder for bags for collecting dog excrement — the price is 20 thousand 600 rubles

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Ireland has announced a large-scale amnesty for illegal migrants. The purpose of the amnesty is to allow tens of thousands of people to return or gain legal status. Applicants must prove that they have been living in the country for more than four years without immigration permits and documents, or for three years if they have minor children.

The authorities believe that the amnesty, which will last six months from January 2022, could affect up to 17,000 illegal immigrants, including 3,000 children. Candidates whose applications are confirmed will receive permission to legally reside in Ireland for a period of 2 years with the possibility of renewal. In addition, they will have a work permit.

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Kazakhstan revokes rights to recycling fee for company linked to Nazarbayev’s daughter

ROP Operator, a private company linked to the former president’s youngest daughter, Aliya Nazarbayeva, was established by a Kazakh government decree in 2015 and received all of its money from a so-called recycling fee, a payment for recycling parts and oils from decommissioned vehicles, industrial packaging, and cables. and other materials.

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Ericsson has again filed lawsuits against Apple, accusing the smartphone and tablet maker of illegally using patented technologies that are an important part of the telecommunications industry standards, including 5G.

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Since 2014, Beijing has forced nearly 10,000 overseas Chinese to return through often illegal means, including intimidation, threats and even state-sanctioned abductions, according to a report released by the Madrid-based human rights group Safeguard Defenders.

The strategy dates back to 2014, when China’s Ministry of Public Security launched Operation Foxhunt to repatriate individuals accused of corruption and other alleged financial crimes.

The fox hunt was later incorporated into a wider program called Sky Net that targeted Chinese Communist Party officials and others living abroad accused of economic crimes.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited the presidents of Russia and Ukraine to his country so that they can sort out «their differences,» Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for the Turkish president, said.

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Residents of Kazakhstan have created a petition demanding to deprive the ex-president of the country Nazarbayev of immunity. It is guaranteed to him and his family in accordance with the Law “On the First President”, which was adopted back in 2000.

In addition, Nazarbayev and his family are under lifelong protection, Elbasy’s life and health are subject to compulsory state insurance, and he also receives a pension of 80% of the president’s monthly salary.

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The court did not arrest Poroshenko — he was chosen a measure of restraint in the form of a personal obligation, the ex-president of Ukraine will have to hand over his passports.

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According to Bloomberg, the Turkish central bank agreed to raise a $4.9 billion swap line in the United Arab Emirates to replenish its own, whose net size turned negative at the end of last year. The deal, designed for three years, will allow the Central Bank of Turkey to support the lira for several more months

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Ford Motor Co said its fourth-quarter results included an $8.2 billion gain from an investment in Rivian Automotive Inc, after the electric vehicle maker debuted on the market in November.

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Alexei Navalny appeared on the cover of Time magazine

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The Iranian side handed over to Russia a draft agreement on strategic cooperation for a period of 20 years, the Iranian President said.

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