22 Mar, 2021

Debts of Russians on mortgages

The growth in mortgage debt of Russians from February 2020 to February 2021 was 22%, the Bank of Russia said in a statement. The regulator calls such rates high and notes the significant contribution of the market of new buildings to this dynamics.

The annual increase in mortgage debt for housing purchased under equity participation agreements amounted to 41.9%, according to the Central Bank. The regulator estimates the growth in prices for new buildings in the country in 2020 at 12%.

The debt burden on mortgages (the ratio of the average monthly payment to the average income) in the country increased from 54% in the third quarter of 2020 to 56% in the fourth quarter. The share of loans issued with a small (up to 20% of the transaction amount) down payment on mortgages remained practically unchanged (31.7% in the third quarter and 31.8% in the fourth).

Foreign citizens banned from owning land in Crimea

A decree on changing the list of border areas where foreign citizens cannot own land was signed by President Vladimir Putin a year ago. On March 20, the ban went into effect. Now these lands are subject to forced sale or nationalization.

The Russian government approved the procedure for the arrival of foreign students

The government has approved the procedure for the arrival of foreign students in Russia, Izvestia reports. The list of countries will be formed according to their epidemiological well-being. In order for a student from an approved country to come to Russia for study, he must notify the curator from the university at least 10 days in advance of the date of arrival and the border crossing point. After that, the student must receive permission or confirmation from the university representative by email. The PCR test for COVID-19 must be done twice: at least three days before arrival in Russia, and also within three days after arrival. While waiting for the results of the second test, the foreign student must self-isolate in the hostel.

The author of the story about Navalny’s villa in Germany received an award

Anastasia Popova, a VGTRK correspondent in Europe, who filmed a report about a villa in Germany where Alexei Navalny lived, received the Golden Pen of Russia award. The website of the Union of Journalists of Russia, which organizes the award, emphasizes that Popova gained fame “thanks to reports from the warring Syria and the documentaries” The Syrian Diary “. At the same time, over the past few years, Popova has been working in Europe, being the chief of the representative office and her own correspondent for the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company and in Brussels.

Prigozhin offered Kadyrov free legal aid in a dispute with Novaya Gazeta.

The head of Chechnya published a corresponding letter on his telegram channel and expressed gratitude to the businessman:

“I am especially grateful to you for the offered services of lawyers. Thank you brother! Together – we are force!”.

Earlier, “Novaya Gazeta” published the story of an ex-employee of the PPS regiment of the police to them. Akhmat Kadyrov on extrajudicial executions of at least 13 detainees. Kadyrov called the employees of the newspaper “agents of the Western secret services who have got rid of impunity”. After these words, the editor-in-chief of the publication, Dmitry Muratov, announced a possible lawsuit against the head of Chechnya. To this Kadyrov replied that he was ready to sue Novaya Gazeta after the newspaper announced that it could sue him because of his reaction to the publication’s investigation of extrajudicial executions in Chechnya.

“I believe in the honesty of our trial. Therefore, go ahead! Let’s see who will take it! ” – wrote the head of Chechnya in the telegram channel.

The European Union demanded to stop the attacks of the Chechen authorities on Novaya Gazeta

The European Union has come out in support of Novaya Gazeta, which is subjected to “intimidation by the Chechen authorities,” and also demanded an investigation into the cases of extrajudicial executions in the republic, described by journalists. This is stated in the statement of the EU foreign policy service.

After the publication in Novaya Gazeta of an article by Yelena Milashina revealing extrajudicial executions in Chechnya, the journalist and the publication became targets of unacceptable verbal attacks, an ongoing smear campaign and intimidation by the Chechen authorities. The European Union expects the Russian authorities to stop these attacks and investigate the information contained in the article

China and the United States agreed to avoid conflicts following a meeting in Alaska

Beijing said that the PRC and the United States, following the meeting in Alaska, agreed to avoid conflicts and expressed their hope to continue the dialogue at a high level. In addition, the parties agreed to create a working group on cooperation in the fight against climate change. China also called on the United States to lift the illegal sanctions imposed over Hong Kong, otherwise it promised to give a decisive answer.

Norway launched an investigation against the prime minister

Norwegian police have launched an investigation into the country’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, suspecting her of violating antiquated measures.

At the end of February, Solberg celebrated her 60th birthday with her relatives at the ski resort on two nights in a row. On the first day, 13 of her guests gathered for dinner in her absence (Solberg herself was at the doctor’s), and on the second day, she and her guests continued the celebration in a rented apartment. At the same time in Norway it is now forbidden to gather in the premises of companies of more than 10 people.

Russian was sentenced in the United States for cybercrimes

A Nevada court sentenced 33-year-old Russian Sergei Medvedev to ten years in prison. According to the US Department of Justice, in 2010, Medvedev, together with Ukrainian citizen Svyatoslav Bondarenko, created the transnational criminal group Infraud Organization, which was engaged in buying and selling stolen credit card and bank account data, as well as malicious software. Infraud has stolen personal data from more than four million U.S. residents in all 50 states, the Justice Department said. The damage from its activities amounted to $ 568 million.

Volodin called Navalny’s “Smart Voting” a project of Western intelligence services

State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin believes that the project “Smart Voting” by opposition leader Alexei Navalny was initiated by Western special services and represents interference in the internal affairs of Russia.

“It is based on the desire to get into power,” he wrote in his telegram channel.

Destroyer Thomas Hudner, heading to the Black Sea

The second US Navy ship, the destroyer Thomas Hudner, is sent to the Black Sea to “provide security at sea and support NATO allies,” according to the US 6th Fleet.

Experts revealed to RIA Novosti the fraudulent schemes with money transfers “by mistake”:

  • you receive a fake SMS from the bank about crediting funds to the account, then the fraudster calls and asks for a refund, although there were no receipts
  • another option – the fraudster really sends money to your card and convinces them to return, and in the meantime, he cancels his transaction at the bank, the bank returns the money to him – that is, you already transfer your money to him
  • erroneous transfer schemes are also popular for money laundering. Criminals break illegal income into parts, send them to bank clients, and then ask to return them to an already “clean” account

The Central Bank and bankers advised RIA Novosti what to do if you received money from a stranger, and he demands their return:

  • the answer is that you don’t mind return, but the sender should contact your Bank statement that they had made an erroneous translation
  • you should also call your Bank and tell them entered an unknown translation, and then also write a statement to the return to the sender of the money that has been credited incorrectly
  • in any case it is not necessary to attempt to resolve the situation
  • if you did not make any transfers yourself and did not use other people’s money, then you are clean before the law

North Korea says it is severing diplomatic relations with Malaysia

A North Korean businessman living in Malaysia has been accused of supplying banned luxury goods from Singapore to Pyongyang in violation of UN sanctions. The Malaysian High Court concluded that he could be extradited to the United States and rejected his appeal challenging the extradition request.

The DPRK Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the incident is “the blatant product of an anti-Korean conspiracy created from a hostile US policy aimed at isolating and strangling our country, as well as pro-American servility on the part of the Malaysian authorities.”

Five employees were fired from the White House for using marijuana.

This was written on Friday in his Twitter by the press secretary of the President Jen Psaki. The authorities want to adjust the rules so that if a civil servant has smoked marijuana in the past, it does not automatically end his career in the White House.

Did your employer support you during the pandemic?

On average, around the world, 47% of respondents said that their employer supported them during the crisis. Companies in India (73% of respondents felt supported), the Netherlands and the United States (68% each) supported their employees the most. The leaders are also Australia, Canada (66% each), Great Britain (65%). Only 24% of Russians said they felt support from their employer. The figure is lower only in Poland: 18%.

Debts for heat energy in Russia

The total debt for heat energy in Russia in January 2021 increased by 28.7 billion rubles and reached 237.9 billion rubles, according to the materials of the Association “Council of Energy Producers”. Recall that from January 1, Russians can be charged a fine for non-payment of housing and communal services for the entire 2020

According to the council’s estimates, in February of this year, the debts of all categories of consumers increased by another 13.4% and amounted to 269.9 billion rubles. Thus, in two months, the debt increased by 60.7 billion rubles, or 29%

Turkey withdraws from Istanbul Convention for the Protection of Women

Turkey has announced its withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women. The corresponding decree of the President of the country is published in the official government newspaper Resmî Gazete. The document was adopted in Istanbul in 2011, becoming the first European agreement to combat domestic violence. The Convention has been signed by more than 40 States, but Russia has not ratified it.

In Russia, from May 1, the rules for the sale of used cars will change.

As follows from the order of the Ministry of Finance, the transaction can be made in electronic form. To do this, you will need to upload a package of documents to the Gosuslugi website: a vehicle passport (PTS), a certificate of registration( STS), a CTP policy in the name of the old owner and an application. The purchase and sale agreement will be certified by an electronic digital signature (EDS).

It is noted that while the electronic registration of the transaction through the “State Services” will be available only to individuals and only when selling a used car. Additional details of the innovation in the Ministry of Finance have not yet been disclosed.

Ukraine extends sanctions against two Russian banks

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has extended sanctions against two Russian banks — Sberbank and Prominvestbank (a subsidiary of the Russian state corporation VEB) – for three years.The Russian Federation, which was sold by the Ukrainian authorities last year).

“To put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine of March 11, 2021 “On the application of personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions),” the document says.

State Duma deputy from Tatarstan called palm oil a healthy food

Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Professor of the Department of Biotechnology of the Agricultural Institute of Kazan Fatih Sibagatullin said that palm oil is a healthy and healthy food product. He said that the harmfulness of palm oil has not been proven.

“Palm oil is an absolutely environmentally friendly product, mainly in the world it is produced in Malaysia. Its consumer qualities depend on transportation and storage. If the quality of it corresponds, then there is no harm from it, neither for children nor for adults. This is a healthy plant food, ” the NSN quotes Sibagatullin.

Recall that Russia in January 2021, compared to the previous year, increased the import of palm oil by 18.8% to 92.9 thousand tons.

Most of the oxygen is produced by the ocean, not the trees

Forests are considered the” lungs ” of the planet, but in fact most of the oxygen is produced by the phytoplankton of the world’s oceans. And most of the oxygen produced by forests goes to the processes of rotting and decomposition in these forests.