4 May, 2021

Europe is preparing a new financial service

Credit institutions in Europe are planning to create a “European champion in payments” to counter PayPal, Mastercard, Visa, Google and Apple, according to the Financial Times. Among the companies that are developing the service are banks Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, ING, UniCredit and Santander. They process more than half of all payments in Europe, the newspaper said.

“The idea is to create a European payments champion that can stand up to PayPal, Mastercard, Visa, Google and Apple,” said Joachim Schmalzl, Chair of the European Payments Initiative (EPI). According to Schmalzl, EPI has raised more than € 30 million to date for the project.

Bulgaria officially opened the summer season

Officially, the Russians are on the list of those who are allowed to enter Bulgaria from May 1. But there is another problem. Russia has not included Bulgaria in the list of safe countries for direct air traffic.

Now tourists from 50 countries can come to Bulgaria, including Russia, Belarus, Moldova. Tourists must provide a negative PCR test result 3 days before arrival in the country or a negative express test 2 days before arrival. The Bulgarian Ministry of Health also created restraining orders: citizens of India, Brazil, Bangladesh, African countries cannot come to the country from May 1. If a Russian tourist is vaccinated with Sputnik V, then there is no need to take a PCR test.

The case for organizing a holiday in honor of the god Shiva

An administrative protocol was drawn up against Yekaterina Kalinkina, a yoga instructor from Izhevsk, for organizing a holiday in honor of the god Shiva for illegal missionary activity. She reported this on VKontakte, attaching the decree of the Deputy Prosecutor

The woman is charged with a violation under part 4 of article 5.26 of the Administrative Code (carrying out missionary activities in violation of the requirements of the legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and on religious associations). The maximum fine under this article is 5,000 rubles.

Residents move into Europe’s first 3D-printed house

A Dutch couple have become residents of Europe’s first fully 3D-printed home. The building is 94 square meters and contains two bedrooms.

The construction company Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix created it using a special technology – cement through a nozzle was laid in layers, creating the shape of the walls. 24 concrete components were delivered to the site and the house was assembled, then the builders installed the roof and windows. It took 120 hours to print. Local authorities have officially recognized the facility as fit for life

The level of anxiety of Russians

According to a survey by the Levada Center (recognized as a foreign agent), the level of anxiety of the Russian population in 2021 increased even compared to 2020 – and even more so compared to the mid-2010s, in some places reaching the level of the 90s of the last century

82% of Russians said that they are afraid of illness of loved ones or children – this fear is always at a high level. 62% of Russians are afraid of the world war – this is the highest figure in the history of observations, above the level of the 90s (about 50%).

“Political” fears at record heights: 58% fear the arbitrariness of the authorities (a record, the previous one was in 1999: 55%), 52% – a return to mass repression (and this is also a record – and a third higher than the previous record in 2018).

Economic fears are at the level of previous years and are not growing: 46% of Russians are afraid of poverty and misery, unemployment – 31%

Putin signed a list of instructions to implement the message to the Federal Assembly

  • to provide, from July 1, 2021, a monthly payment of 50% of the subsistence minimum of the working-age population of pregnant women – if the gestation period is six weeks or more, if they are under medical registration and if the family’s income does not exceed the subsistence level;
  • from July 1, 2021, provide a monthly payment to children between the ages of eight and 17 in families with a single parent or families who, in accordance with a court decision, have the right to receive alimony and do not receive it, if such families are recognized as needy;
  • provide in August 2021 a lump sum payment of 10 thousand rubles to families with children aged six to 18;
  • extend the tourist cashback program until the end of 2021;
  • provide a refund of 50% of the cost of vouchers to children’s camps;
  • by 2023, ensure the connection of households to gas supply in gasified regions without attracting funds from citizens