24 Aug, 2021

Economic recovery after the crisis

After the crisis in early 2020, China recovered most quickly: already in the 2nd quarter of 2020, its GDP returned to the pre-crisis level. Turkey is in second place in terms of speed (Q3 2020), in third – Lithuania, whose GDP returned to pre-crisis indicators in Q1 2021

In the 2nd quarter of 2021, 4 countries recovered at once: Ireland, South Korea, the USA and Russia! And in the third quarter of this year, the recovery of already 7 countries is predicted (Japan, Chile and a number of European countries)

The lagging behind is Argentina, whose GDP the OECD expects to see at pre-crisis levels only in five years, in 2026 (in the second quarter). Economic recovery in Saudi Arabia is expected only in the 1st quarter of 2024, and Iceland and Mexico – in the 3rd quarter of 2023

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British billionaire Richard Branson’s aerospace company Virgin Orbit has entered into an agreement to enter NASDAQ through a business combination with specialist NextGen Acquisition Corp. II. The cost of Virgin Orbit as a result of the transaction is estimated at $ 3.2 billion.

The business combination is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021. The deal includes a $ 100 million new investment from Boeing and AE Industrial Partners. In total, the merged company will receive up to $ 483 million in investor funds. Upon completion of the transaction, the shares of the combined company will be listed on the NASDAQ under the ticker VORB.

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“Dozhd” was added to the list of media “foreign agents” at the request of Roskomnadzor. Due to the fact that the channel was distributing materials created by media “foreign agents”. This was stated by a representative of the Ministry of Justice at a meeting with the Human Rights Council under the President, said member of the HRC Eva Merkacheva.

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On August 23, the HRC asked the Ministry of Justice what could be the basis for including a particular publication or an individual journalist in the list of “foreign agents”. From the answers of the representative of the ministry, it follows that for this it is enough to receive from abroad a money order from a friend for his birthday or to go on a press tour paid for by a foreign organization.

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The Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights did not find any violations of the law in the decision to include the Dozhd TV channel in the register of foreign media agents.

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The five-year budget of PR support for the population gasification program exceeds 1.2 billion rubles, according to the tender documents of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz.

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In Belarus, a 22-year-old resident of Gomel was sentenced to a year in a general regime colony for the song “Lukashenko, go away” by rapper nokrolik, which he added to his music collection on Vkontakte in May 2020

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Gazmanov merrily rode a tank against the backdrop of a blazing village in the Samara region. The singer took part in the reconstruction of the battle with the Afghan mujahideen. The event was called “Arc of Fire”. Thus, the 70-year-old artist decided to celebrate the Day of the Russian Flag.

In the video in the background there are clouds of smoke from the burning village of Guards, where 14 houses were destroyed by fire. The flames spread from forest fires in the Borsky district, the area of ​​which has already reached 1.5 hectares.

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The Iranian authorities will not yet pay Russia a debt of $ 500 million for construction work at the Bushehr-2 nuclear power plant. This was announced by the Russian Ambassador to the country Levan Jagaryan.

According to RIA Novosti, the diplomat explained that due to US sanctions, Iran’s funds were blocked in banks in Japan and South Korea. It has not yet been possible to resolve this issue, but the NPP personnel are working as usual.

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Accounts on “State Services” are being hacked more and more often – DeviceLock experts record an increase in complaints from Russians, and on the darknet – an increase in offers to sell stolen accounts.

Such accounts, as experts explained, are used by scammers to make applications for online loans and register with bookmakers – account holders then have to repay the loan or pay personal income tax with winnings on bets.

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The Russian robotic cosmonaut in the form of a torso will fly into space in 2025 or later, the time frame has not yet been determined, said Yevgeny Dudorov, executive director of Android Technology (developer), in an interview with RIA Novosti.

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Ukraine today celebrates the 30th anniversary of its independence. How its citizens look at the path traveled:

▪️for the independence of Ukraine, if a referendum on this issue was held today, 83% of those who would go to the polls would vote (in 1991, 90% voted for) (poll “Social Monitoring”)

In general, almost 70% support the independence of Ukraine, including almost 89% in the west, 45% in the Donbass, almost 80% among young people, and almost 59% among people over 70.

▪️ 55% of residents consider Ukraine to be a truly independent state, 11% doubt it, while in the west, almost 80% believe in the country’s independence, and only 37% in the south (Social Monitoring poll)

43% believe that their family has gained more from the independence of Ukraine, and 32% – that they have lost more

▪️ 32% of Ukrainians regret the collapse of the USSR, mainly people of the older generation, residents of the southeast and less well-off, 61% do not regret it (“Rating” poll)

52% assess the influence of the Soviet era as neutral, 23% as negative, 18% as positive. Polar assessments are given mainly by the older generation, while a neutral position dominates among the young.

▪️ 26% of Ukrainians feel themselves to be Europeans, and 21% – “Soviet people”, 75% – citizens of Ukraine (“Rating” poll). In the west and in Kiev they feel more like Europeans, in the east they feel more like “Soviet people”.

▪️ 29% believe that over these 30 years there has been more negative, 18% – that is positive, 46% – which is approximately equal (poll of “Democratic Initiatives” and the Razumkov Center). At the same time, 72% of Ukrainians are proud of their citizenship, while 18.5% are not.

Relatively successful spheres are called ensuring the equality of men and women, the establishment of freedom of speech, the formation of the Ukrainian nation, ensuring the equality of national minorities, the development of democracy, civil society and defense in the country

Less successful, according to the respondents, were the fight against corruption, the creation of a fair court, the fight against crime and the establishment of social justice.

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46% of Russian parents admitted that their children did not touch their studies in the summer, 54% – that their children studied: they read, watched videos, took tests, went to tutors, the educational company MAXIMUM Education found out (RIA Novosti has a study)

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In Afghanistan, unknown persons hijacked a Ukrainian plane, which was originally supposed to evacuate Ukrainian citizens, the Foreign Ministry said. According to Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Yenin, the plane “flew to Iran with an unknown group of passengers on board instead of taking out the Ukrainians.” He did not specify how the incident ended, but it happened last week.

“There are no hijacked Ukrainian planes in Kabul or anywhere else. The information about the hijacked plane, which is being disseminated by some media outlets, does not correspond to reality,” Oleg Nikolenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, told Interfax-Ukraine.

Later, information appeared in the Ukrainian media that the plane intended for evacuation was bought by “Shiite Hazaras” – wealthy Afghan refugees. They paid the crew in gold and precious stones and actually flew to Tehran.

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Iranian aviation authorities told RIA Novosti that the “hijacked Ukrainian plane” left Afghanistan yesterday, reached Iran without incident, refueled in Mashhad and flew to Kiev, where it landed safely in the evening. “There was no kidnapping,” the source said.

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In the Amur Svobodny, several young people destroyed the Victory memorial – they threw wreaths and hit the monument. Two of them – girls 15 and 16 years old – were taken to the police, they said they got drunk, and cannot further explain their actions. A case of vandalism was initiated (up to 3 years in prison).

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In Sochi, a man hit a child on an electric scooter and flew on. The police told RIA Novosti that they had opened a criminal case for causing grievous bodily harm.

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Researchers at the Higher School of Economics analyzed the economic performance of nearly a hundred countries and concluded that spending on education affects GDP. However, the study suggests that it is not profitable for poor countries to spend money on the development of higher education. Investment in education does not always equal economic growth.

It turns out to be a vicious circle: in the short term, it is not profitable for poor countries to invest in education, but without this, in the long run, they will continue to lag behind and remain poor.

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Older iPhones become faster if you change the region to France in the smartphone settings. The fact is that Apple France was fined for the decision of the IT giant to slow down the work of old iPhones due to battery wear. There was a scandal, and Apple had to pay compensation of $ 113 million. Now the company does not reduce the performance of old smartphones in France and some other regions.

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Elon Musk’s Starlink is already used by more than 100 thousand people in 14 countries of the world: the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, France, Austria, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand. Every month the subscriber base is increasing by 10 thousand households.

In March of this year, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized SpaceX to provide users in the US with 1 million sets of Starlink consumer equipment. However, SpaceX later urged the regulator to increase this amount by 5 times against the backdrop of high demand for the service.

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The highest poverty level in 2020 was noted in Tuva (34.1%), Ingushetia (30%) and Kabardino-Balkaria (24.2%), the Ministry of Labor of Russia reported.

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The Minister of Education of Belarus said that many private schools and kindergartens last year became the reference points for the “color revolution”

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The second president of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma, declared on the country’s Independence Day that the idea of ​​simply becoming “anti-Russia” is dangerous for Ukraine, since successful development only on the negative side is impossible.

“Some of our ‘patriots’ took this as a compliment – they say, that’s right, that’s the way it should be. And I agree with Putin here. This is really a threat – to become only anti-Russia. But a threat for us, not for them. Impossible to build, advance, develop successfully only on the negative, only to “not like theirs.” Reflection does not live an independent life, ”Kuchma wrote in his column for the Left Bank.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry on the Crimean Platform summit: “As we warned, we will be forced to view the participation of individual countries, international organizations and their representatives in the Crimean Platform as an encroachment on Russia’s territorial integrity, which will inevitably have a corresponding effect on our relations.”

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G7 leaders have agreed on a roadmap for interaction with the Taliban (the movement is banned in Russia as terrorist), the British prime minister said

The legitimacy of any future government of Afghanistan depends on the approach to fulfilling international obligations, according to a statement following the G7 summit. The statement of the G7 countries does not say about the recognition of the Taliban as the new power in Afghanistan

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Algeria breaks off diplomatic relations with Morocco

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Proposals from Putin at the United Russia Congress:

▪️ a one-time payment of 10 thousand rubles will be received by all retirees, including those who work

▪️ the payment to the military will be in the same amount – 15 thousand rubles, regardless of the number of stars on shoulder straps

▪️ a one-time payment of 15 thousand rubles will be extended to law enforcement officers and cadets

▪️ monetary allowances for security officials will be indexed above inflation in the next two years

▪️ instructed to legislatively protect social payments from write-offs for debts and for enforcement proceedings

▪️ a new program for resettlement of emergency housing will be launched – housing recognized as hazardous as of January 1, 2021 throughout Russia will be resettled

▪️ supported the idea of ​​extending the moratorium on scheduled inspections of small businesses in all industries for a year

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Voice and video calls will be returned to Facebook. Messenger was left for text chat only. So now there will be less need to switch between the main Facebook application and its messaging service.

Earlier this month, Facebook announced end-to-end encryption of audio and video calls on Messenger. Recently, the app has been updated with support for QR codes and payment links. Last September, Facebook turned on messaging between its Instagram app and Messenger. There are plans to add this feature to the WhatsApp service as well.

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Smolny said that the average salary in St. Petersburg is 73 thousand rubles. But polls show that 71% earn much less, but 21% – more. Some are much larger.

The move of Gazprom to the northern capital also affects the statistics of salaries: if Gazprom employees receive about 186 thousand a month, this will outweigh the salaries of a dozen people with an income of 15 thousand.

According to calculations of “wage inequality”, in St. Petersburg this figure is 13: 211.5 thousand rubles against 16.6 thousand rubles.

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The son of the ex-president of Mozambique is on trial for fraud. The money was used to buy a large tuna factory and a marine guard fleet, as well as to finance other deals involving companies in which the state is the leading shareholder.

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Greenpeace New Zealand reports that wombats have begun to exhibit uncharacteristic behavior during wildfires. They willingly share their burrows with small animals trying to escape, and even behave “like shepherds”, driving the animals to safe places

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