31 Янв, 2022

Do Russians worry about Western sanctions?

According to a survey by the Levada Center (the organization is included in the register of non-profit organizations that act as a foreign agent), only 13% of Russians are very worried about Western sanctions against Russia, and another 19% are worried, but not so much; not too much — 31%; more than a third (35%) of respondents are not concerned about sanctions at all

And a little more interesting from the survey on sanctions: 41% of Russians believe that sanctions affect only people who are in line with Russia’s policy towards Ukraine, while 46% say that they affect the general population of Russia

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Ukraine and Moldova in February will try to disconnect from the energy system of Russia and Belarus.

“Next month, test operation of the power system in an isolated mode is planned during the passage of winter load peaks,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Shmyhal said.

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For residents of the Schengen countries to enter the United States, it is enough to obtain an electronic authorization from ESTA. But a citizen of Hungary born outside of Hungary will now need a visa to travel to America. There are almost 10% of such people in the country, or about a million people. The document entered into force in February last year, but it became known only after the resumption of air traffic between the countries.

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Only 26% of Russians make savings, while most of them save less than five thousand rubles a month. 20% of the respondents put aside from five to ten thousand rubles, 9% — from fifteen to twenty. More than twenty thousand have the opportunity to save only 7% of Russians

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An Egyptian court has sentenced 10 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist association recognized as terrorist in the country (a terrorist organization banned in Russia), to death for subversive activities, the news portal Al Youm As Sabi reports. In total, 215 people are involved in the case, which was called the Helwan Brigades.

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Canada recalls ordinary employees of the embassy in Ukraine, according to the website of the country’s Foreign Ministry. At the same time, Ottawa intends to strengthen the diplomatic corps in Kiev with staff experienced in security sector reform, conflict resolution, democratic reform, consular services and diplomacy.

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The Houthi terrorist group launched a ballistic missile towards the United Arab Emirates, the country’s Ministry of Defense announced on Twitter.

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The Senate is finalizing a draft on sanctions against Russia that will be imposed in the event of an invasion of Ukraine, Robert Menendez, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN. According to him, we are talking about sanctions against the largest Russian banks, the energy sector and sovereign debt.

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Nuland explained the US reluctance to disclose sanctions against Russia. According to her, Washington seeks to maintain uncertainty so that Russia cannot prepare for the consequences of possible measures. Nuland stressed that the new measures will be a «powerful blow» to the people of Russia «in economic terms»

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The EU has «made progress» in developing highly effective sanctions against Russia. They will affect not only the economy and the financial system, but also the export of products that are important for the realization of the country’s «strategic ambitions», said EU diplomat Josep Borrell.

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The United States is ready to hold diplomatic talks with North Korea without preconditions, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, commenting on Pyongyang’s string of missile launches.

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US President Joe Biden demanded from the radical Taliban movement (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) that came to power in Afghanistan to release the American Mark Frerichs, who was kidnapped in this country in 2020, calling this step a condition for any further discussion of the legitimacy of the Taliban government.

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Prices for dairy products will increase from February 1. The Danone company, which owns the Prostokvashino and Activia brands, announced a 9.9% increase in the price of a part of the range

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Parliamentary elections were held in Portugal, which were won by the Socialists, led by the current Prime Minister António Costa. In second place are the Social Democrats. The elections saw a surge in support for the far-right Chega party. In the previous parliament, she had one representative, now she is in third place and 7% of the vote.

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International payment systems (IPS) Visa and MasterCard presented financial statements, where they shared concerns about the risks that may prevent them from competing with local players, in particular in the Russian Federation. The protectionism of the regulator, the development of the fast payment system (FPS) and the entry of new players into the payment market were named as such factors.

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As Kommersant found out, the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is dissatisfied with the operation of servers on the Russian Elbrus processors of the MCST company. Problems during their operation hinder the digitalization of the department, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Other large Russian consumers of server equipment have already had questions about the performance of domestic chips.

The MCST is aware of the problems and expects to solve them in new product releases. Suppliers of Russian servers, in turn, insist that the transition to Russian processors is necessary.

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Rostelecom, according to Kommersant, will gain control over the cloud gaming service GFN.ru, which runs on servers and American Nvidia technology. At the same time, the share of the SFI holding Said Gutseriev, who now controls the company, will decrease to 25%.

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China has signed an agreement with the left-wing Sandinista government of Nicaragua to build houses for poor and working families.

“Construction will begin in 2022 and the plan is for three years, which will benefit tens of thousands of Nicaraguan families in 84 municipalities in the country. Families will receive a beautiful, safe, decent home with all basic amenities,” said the Vice President of Nicaragua.

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Kommersant learned the details of the merger of the PFR and the Social Insurance Fund. According to the newspaper, the new structure will be called the «Social Fund» and will start working in the status of an off-budget fund — it is a non-profit organization. It is created to carry out the functions of compulsory pension insurance and the implementation of social support measures. The founder will be the government. Now the organizational and legal status of the PFR and the FSS is a state institution.

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In addition, the Ministry of Labor proposed changing the scheme for paying pension and social contributions for employers. They are supposed to be paid in the form of a single payment and based on the availability of a single taxable base in the amount of 1.565 million rubles. The Agency also plans to accept from employers all the necessary information about employees and contributions paid for them in the form of a single form, which will be submitted monthly.

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More than 30 million foreign tourists visited Turkey in 2021, 4.69 million of them came from the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic reported.

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In Moscow, ex-photographer of Navalny’s headquarters, Alexander Strukov, faces up to 10.5 years in prison because of comments about the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the FSB, members of the United Russia party, and representatives of the judiciary in the telegram channel chat.

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The profitability of wheat production in Russia decreased to 51.8% last year

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Britain is preparing to publish an investigation into how more than 700 Russian millionaires received forced British residence permits under the Golden Visa program.

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Tesla bought the railroad to make it easier for employees to get to work. It runs from the city of Erkner to a station south of the plant in Berlin.

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The first divine service was held in African parishes that came under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church. In Kenya. In Swahili.

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66 people, mostly migrants, ended up in the police after a fight in Zapadnoye Biryulyovo, a criminal case was opened on hooliganism, a source told RIA Novosti.

According to him, the fight broke out over the weekend: then the conflict, which involved 15 people, ended not only in a fistfight, but also in a traumatic pistol, although no one went to the hospital.

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Poland has announced that it has decided to provide Ukraine with «several tens of thousands» of defensive weapons. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense confirmed that it had received an offer from Warsaw for military-technical assistance.

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Novaya Gazeta demanded that a criminal case be opened against Ramzan Kadyrov «for inciting hatred or enmity.» Earlier, the head of Chechnya called journalist Elena Milashina and HRC member Igor Kalyapin “accomplices of terrorists” for covering the conflict between the Yangulbaev family and the authorities. The publication sent a corresponding statement to the head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin

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On January 28, the defense of the international organization Memorial (recognized as a foreign agent) appealed against the decision of the Supreme Court on its liquidation, writes Kommersant. In an appeal filed with the Supreme Court’s panel of judges, the lawyers alleged a «wide range» of irregularities in the trial.

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Russia will respond to sanctions against Russian businesses and the confiscation of the property of Russian businessmen if Britain takes such steps. This was stated to journalists by the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, whose words are quoted by TASS.

“The attack of one single country on Russian business, of course, implies retaliatory measures, and these measures will be formulated solely taking into account our own interests, based on our own interests, if necessary,” Peskov said.

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The volume of consolidated unaudited revenue of the OR Group (formerly Obuv Rossii) in the fourth quarter of 2021 fell by 42% compared to the same period in 2020.

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In Moscow, the security service of MGSU (Moscow State University of Civil Engineering) is investigating after a video appeared on the Internet in which bananas were given to black university students.

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Poroshenko came for interrogation in the case of treason, but left almost immediately. The ex-president of Ukraine accused the investigator of political bias and refused to testify. After that he left.

Earlier, the court did not arrest the ex-president of Ukraine. He was ordered to appear in court, before the investigator and the prosecutor, and also to hand over his passports to travel abroad.

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Almost half of the prisoners in Russian colonies, after being released, again find themselves behind bars. The head of the Ministry of Justice told Putin about this, explaining the need for social adaptation of convicts.

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The wife of the former Chechen judge Yangulbaev was charged with assaulting a district police officer. Zarema Musayeva faces up to ten years in prison. According to the police, when the woman was taken to the department on the case of fraud, she began to insult employees and scratched the face of the district police officer

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The Chinese propose to build a toll ring road around Vladivostok. The Chinese construction company has already submitted an application to the Ministry of Economic Development of Primorsky Krai.

The total length of the highway will be about 30 kilometers. First, it is planned to build a ten-kilometer section, the total investment in which will be 80-85 billion rubles

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Maersk Supply Service will develop buoys to charge and connect ships to the power grid while they are anchored. This will allow turning off the engines to generate energy and get it from environmentally friendly sources, such as an offshore wind farm.

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In Omsk, a 72-year-old pensioner received a four-year suspended sentence for denying the collapse of the USSR. The prosecutor’s office requested four years in prison for the pensioner.

According to investigators, since 2020 he has been creating an extremist community. In the summer of the same year, on the day of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Victory, the pensioner was going to seize power in the region and arrest the governor, the prosecution believes. So he wanted to restore the forms of government that existed in the USSR.

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The US government announced additional H-2B visas in the first half of the fiscal year. Visas available from 28.01.2022

Thus, the authorities want to help American employers who are now suffering from a shortage of employees. Employees must be hired by March 31, 2022.

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