14 Dec, 2018

Failure of pricing reform in construction

The reform of the pricing system and estimated rationing in the construction sector in 2015–2018 spent 1.9 billion rubles, most of which was 1.4 billion rubles. – was allocated from the budget

“Despite the long time period and a significant amount of money spent, the reform did not bring the expected results: the new system for determining the estimated construction cost, based on the” resource “method, is not ready; the regulatory framework necessary to implement the reform is not fully established, testifies to the improper performance of the instructions of the President ”

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POLITICS

European Parliament opposes Nord Stream 2

Deputies of the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution at the session in Strasbourg, in which they called for curtailing the implementation of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. This is reported on the site

The Nord Stream – 2 gas pipeline is being built from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea in order to ensure reliable gas supplies to Europe. The project involves the laying of two lines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters. Against the construction previously were the United States, Ukraine, Latvia, Poland and Lithuania

Russian Foreign Ministry commented on the resolution of the European Parliament

To oppose energy cooperation, diversification of it, giving the energy interaction of a modern character is madness for Europe, which needs energy. – Maria Zakharova, Russian diplomat

Theresa May remains UK Premier

Theresa May maintains the post of leader of the Conservative Party and the country’s prime minister following a vote of confidence. This was announced by the head of the Committee of the Conservative Party, Graham Brady. 200 deputies from the Conservative Party voted in support of May, 117 against.

In China, interrogated Canadians suspected of undermining national security

The information appeared on the background of reports about the detention by the Chinese authorities of Canadian ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig, who is now working with the International Crisis Group (ICG). As Chinese media reported the day before, Kovrig is also suspected of a possible undermining of China’s national security.

Maduro will hand over an ultimatum to the US chargé d’affaires in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stated that he had instructed the Foreign Ministry to call US Chargé d’Affaires in Caracas Jimmy Storey to deliver the ultimatum. Reports about it RIA “News”. This statement Maduro made during a press conference.

I ordered the Foreign Ministry to call the US Charge d’Affaires ai to give him an ultimatum. No other state should interfere in the affairs of Venezuela. – Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan politician

Former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen received three years in prison

The US District Court sentenced former lawyer to the president of Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, to three years in prison for financial crimes, according to Associated Press. Earlier, lawyer Cohen pleaded guilty to violating campaign financing rules.

US and Mexican Presidents Discussed Migration Issues

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador held telephone conversations with his US counterpart Donald Trump. The leaders of the two countries talked about the problem of migration.

EU intends to extend sanctions against Russia for 6 months

The European Council plans to extend economic sanctions against Russia for six months due to the incident in the Sea of Azov, a high-ranking European official told reporters. According to him, the decision will be made on December 13-14 at a meeting of the Council.

The United States urged the UN Security Council to restore sanctions against Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the UN should not “leave aside” the issue of Iran’s actions in the field of developing ballistic missiles. He also accused the authorities of Tehran of “stirring up conflicts” in Syria and Yemen.

Pompeo stressed that the UN needs to establish measures to inspect ports and ships on the high seas in order to prevent Iran from “bypassing current restrictions”.

Farmers in yellow vests blocked the road in Poland

“Several groups of farmers with flags blocked the passage of the A2 motorway in the Brvinow region of the Mazovian Voivodeship on Wednesday morning,” indicates the media.

It is known that farmers are demanding compensation from the authorities for the slaughter of pigs due to the spread of African swine fever virus. The protest is illegal because it is not registered in the established order.

Polish Sejm supported the current Prime Minister

The Polish Sejm passed a vote of confidence in the government of the current Prime Minister of the country Mateusz Moravetsky, reports TVN24. It is reported that the current government was supported by 231 deputies, 181 members of the Seimas were “against”, and two more abstained.

Court in Moscow deported Ukrainian journalist

The Preobrazhensky Court of Moscow decided to deport the Ukrainian journalist Elena Vishchur (Boyko) for violating the rules for staying in Russia

Donetsk transferred 13 prisoners to Ukraine

According to the report, the transferred prisoners expressed a desire to serve their sentence in Ukraine. The transfer took place at a checkpoint (checkpoint) “Elenovka” south of Donetsk. Also, the DPR Ombudsman Daria Morozova said that the republic intends to transfer about 40 prisoners to Kiev in January.

Today, there was a unilateral transfer of convicts before the conflict, who expressed their desire to serve their sentences on the territory of Ukraine. As a rule, these are people from other regions of Ukraine … We have expressed one-sided goodwill in order not to violate their rights … 13 people were transferred. – Daria Morozova, Ukrainian politician

Hackers hacked the site of the French Foreign Ministry

The hackers broke into the site of the French Foreign Ministry, stealing personal data from the registration platform of travelers. This is stated in a message posted on the website of the French Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

Russian citizenship in a simplified manner

At a meeting on Thursday, the State Duma adopted in second reading a government bill that empowers the President of the Russian Federation to determine for humanitarian purposes the categories of foreign citizens and stateless persons eligible to acquire Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure.

ARMY and WEAPONS

US urged Turkey to abandon operations in northeastern Syria

Unilateral military action in northeastern Syria is a matter of serious concern and is unacceptable. This statement was made by the official representative of the US Department of Defense, Sean Robertson, after Ankara announced its plans to launch a military operation in Syria.

Created a group on military cooperation between Russia and India

The agreement on the creation of a separate working group on military cooperation will be signed on December 13, the minister said. Shoigu stressed that military-technical cooperation lies at the heart of the strategic bilateral partnership between Moscow and New Delhi.

Senate calls on Trump to stop supporting Riyadh in Yemen

The Upper House of the US Congress passed a resolution calling for Donald Trump to stop providing any military assistance to the Arab coalition in Yemen, TASS reports.

Russian special forces armed with a new machine

Earlier, the American edition of The National Interest said that the Russian special forces will receive the newest version of the heavy machine ShAK-12 of 12.7 caliber, which was created by order of the FSB and has impressive firepower. The magazine called the machine complex “super-armed”.

Corvette of the Baltic Fleet performed scheduled rocket shooting at sea

The Corvette of Project 20380 “Savvy” of the Baltic Fleet has successfully completed the tasks of an air defense exercise with practical shooting from the airborne missile system of a sea-based vertical launch Redut.

Chiefs of the General Staff of Russia and Azerbaijan discussed the Karabakh issue

At the meeting with his Russian counterpart, the head of the General Staff of Azerbaijan said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the main threat to regional security. Valery Gerasimov met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Baku

200 million for armored vehicles to disperse rallies

Rosguards spend almost 200 million rubles. for the purchase of armored vehicles “Ural”. Relevant documents of the National Guard Service Troops Federal Service posted on the website of public procurement. Notice of the purchase Rosgvardiya posted December 7.

Flight reconnaissance aircraft of the PRC to the south of Okinawa

Publications appeared in Japanese and American media that “for the first time lately” a reconnaissance aircraft of the Chinese Air Force flew “in close proximity” to Japanese airspace in the southern part of Okinawa Prefecture. Recall that in this prefecture of Japan is concentrated the most number of representatives of the US military contingent in the country.

In the US, said the lack of seamen in case of a military threat

The United States Department of Transportation reported that in the event of a military threat to the US reserve fleet, more than 1.8 thousand sailors would be missed. This is stated in the report of the US Accounting Chamber.

Israeli army has blocked the capital of Palestine

The Israeli military blocked Ramallah, the actual capital of Palestine. This happened after two citizens of the Jewish state were killed in its neighborhood, the Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Jonathan Konrikus said.

The Ukrainian army carried out S-300 air defense calculation exercises in the Donbass

The command of the military operation in the Donbass conducted in the area of responsibility exercises of air defense forces, including the calculations of anti-aircraft missile systems S-300. This was reported on Thursday in the press service of the operation headquarters.

SOCIETY

More money and do not interfere

In the development of the Chechen Republic, it would have been possible to achieve more noticeable results if the region received more funds from the federal budget. This was stated by the head of the republic Ramzan Kadyrov in an interview with the TV channel “Russia 24”

People think that Russia gives Kadyrov big money, so the Chechen Republic is flourishing and flourishing. If the program provided us with the necessary funds, we would do more. And even more if we did not interfere. – Ramzan Kadyrov, Russian politician

Chechnya remains one of the leaders in terms of gratuitous receipts from the federal center; 84% of its budget revenues fall on various types of subsidies, Kommersant wrote in the summer.

Sobyanin dismissed the chairman of Moskomstroyinvest

By another decree, Sobyanin dismissed Tatyana Guk from the post of deputy chairman of the Moscow Committee for Architecture. It is noted that Hooke was also dismissed on her own initiative. With another decree, the mayor of the capital appointed the acting chairman of Moskomstroyinvest.

Swastika may be permitted for educational purposes.

Head of the State Duma Committee on Culture Elena Yampolskaya and the head of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption Vasily Piskarev prepared a bill on the abolition of punishment for using Nazi symbols for educational purposes in works of science, literature, art, media products and educational organizations.

MP proposed to amend the divorce law

Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Leningrad Region, Vladimir Petrov, offered to impose costs for the divorce proceedings on the perpetrators of the family’s breakup, as well as impose a moratorium on the joint property of the spouses until the children living there are 18 years old.

Retirement age tied to life expectancy

According to OECD experts (an international economic organization of developed countries that recognize the principles of representative democracy and a free market economy), pension systems should take into account differences in the life expectancy of different population groups. Such an approach would increase the retirement age for those who expected to live longer: as a rule, these are people with high incomes. Those who earn little and, therefore, live less, on the contrary, should retire earlier, experts say. They indicate that the “poor”, on average, start working earlier – which further reinforces the inequality in the ratio of years to retirement and the length of employment.

Ministry of Health has prepared an action plan to combat dementia in Russia

Geriatrics, psychologists, therapists and neurologists took part in creating the action plan. The document describes how to identify patients with dementia and what measures need to be taken to assist and assist the patient, reports “Kommersant” the words of the chief geriatrician of the Ministry of Health, director of the Russian Gerontological Scientific and Clinical Center Olga Tkacheva

In Sochi, evicted to the street a family whose house was demolished in preparation for the Olympics

The Martynov site was demolished during preparation for the Olympics. Since then, the family lives in the building of the boarding house “Neptune”, but from there it is now also expelled.

For several years, the Sochi administration has used this boarding house as a maneuverable housing stock. Martynov room also provided as temporary housing. But recently, the boarding house has a new owner. In the near future he plans to start overhaul here. The remaining tenants have already been evicted. But Martynov has nowhere to go.

93-year-old veteran was helped only after the personal intervention of the mayor

Nadezhda Blokhina, a veteran of war and labor, addressed the Ivanovo Mayor Vladimir Sharypov with a complaint about the low temperature in the apartment. She told the mayor that she had repeatedly complained to the management company, and even changed the batteries and the heating pipes, according to their recommendations. Despite this, the temperature in the apartment of an elderly woman in winter does not rise above 16 degrees.

Vladimir Sharypov instructed in the shortest possible time to work out the issue of replacing pipes, and before that time – to provide Nadezhda Nikolaevna with heating appliances. The cost of electricity, according to the mayor, should in this case take over the management company, which was unable to provide the veteran with a quality home management service.

The church where Pushkin got married with Goncharova was transferred to the ownership of the Russian Orthodox Church

The Church of the Great Ascension at the Nikitsky Gate, where Alexander Pushkin was married with Natalia Goncharova in 1831, was transferred to the ownership of the Russian Orthodox Church, reports the financial and economic department of the Russian Orthodox Church. They refer to the order of the Moscow City Property Department.

Ambulance began to arrive at the accident site twice as fast

The time of arrival of ambulances for road accidents in Moscow has halved over the past 5 years. This was announced by the chief specialist in emergency, emergency medical care and disaster medicine of the Moscow Department of Health Nikolay Plavunov.

In Kazakhstan, introduced SMS-mailing about getting free drugs

Recipients of free drugs in Kazakhstan will receive an SMS alert with information about the number of the prescription and the date of delivery of the medicine, Kazinform agency reports on December 13 with reference to the republic’s Ministry of Health. The SMS mailing will include about 3 million numbers.

Tyumen region will spend 143 billion on health care for 7 years

The Governor of the Tyumen Region, Alexander Moor, signed a decree, within which the parameters of the passport of the health development program in the region were formed. According to the published document, the region plans to spend 143.4 billion rubles for these purposes during 2019-2025.

Innovative materials in the Blagoveshchensk City Hospital

An inhabitant of Blagoveshchensk Anna addressed to the editorial office of the Amur.info news agency. Her 63-year-old mother is currently in the surgical department of a city hospital. Visiting her, Anna saw that the dressing was done with tape.

“During the audit, an assessment of this information will be given. The use of scotch tape instead of a medical adhesive tape is unacceptable,” said Victoria Davyskiba, a spokeswoman for the regional Ministry of Health.

Communal accident destroyed tropical plants in Irkutsk

On Monday, the communal accident left the entire area without heat and hot water. The greenhouse of the Siberian Institute of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry of the SB RAS is not an exception. Now in the greenhouse – no higher than five. Leaves fell from palm trees and creepers. And some heat-loving plants are not thawed from the ice. At night, they had to survive ten degrees of frost, Vesti Irkutsk reports.

“The value of the greenhouse collection is not only in the number of species represented, but also in how many of these greenhouses they contain. This is of scientific interest as well, ”says Nikolai Dorofeev, deputy director of the SIPBR SB RAS.

The court arrested the property of General Drymanov

The Lefortovo Court of Moscow seized the real estate of the general of the former head of the Central Investigation Department (GSU) of the Investigative Committee of Moscow Alexander Drymanov in the Tula region. It is a question of the ground area, and also a share in two houses located on it, informs TASS.

Children and churches: how much Russians spend on charity

The total expenses for charity projects in Russia amount to about 340–460 billion rubles. per year, experts from the Skolkovo Business School, together with UBS, rated the Russian philanthropist

Pre-pensioners were given the right to an obligatory share in the inheritance

The age at which citizens acquire the right to receive a mandatory share of disability remains at the same level. As a REGNUM correspondent on December 13, the State Duma adopted the relevant law at a plenary session.

For women – at the level of 55 years, for men – at the level of 60 years. Thus, this change will allow the citizens of the “pre-pension” age to provide additional guarantees for the protection of property rights, ”said Pavel Krasheninnikov, head of the State Duma Committee on Legislation (United Russia).

State Duma introduces punishment for involving children in illegal actions

Up to 30 days of arrest and up to 1 million rubles in fine will be threatened by leaders who cynically use children for political purposes, involving them in unauthorized actions. This is the aim of the bill, which the State Duma supported in the second, basic reading.

Nannies and tutors were allowed not to register as PI until 2020

The State Duma adopted a law that enshrines the right of nannies, tutors, and a number of other categories of citizens not to register in Russia as an individual entrepreneur until 2020.

The court in Kolomna fined the policy of Dmitry Gudkov 20 thousand rubles

As the leader of the Party of Changes noted earlier, the reason for the administrative case was the shooting of a video about the creation of a large landfill in the Moscow region. Today, the court should consider a similar administrative case against the father of the politician, former State Duma deputy Gennady Gudkov.

TRANSPORT

Traffic police introduced a moratorium on amendments to the traffic rules

Traffic police (traffic police) has introduced a moratorium on amendments to the rules of the road (traffic). It is reported by TASS with reference to the head of the Scientific Center for Traffic Safety of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Dmitry Mitroshin

Information screens will be installed on WDC trains.

The Oriole trains will begin to ply the Moscow central diameters (WDC). Information screens will be installed on each train, according to the Moscow Mayor’s portal.

Domodedovo install alcool frames for testing sobriety

It is specified that the alcovers will be installed before entering the controlled area, they will be designed to check the sobriety of the airport staff and other services operating in its territory.

In the traffic police have purchased tablets that can determine the identity of the photos

The head of the traffic police of Russia, Mikhail Chernikov, said that the department had purchased and sent to the regions 21,700 tablets, which determine the person’s identity from a photograph, Kommersant said on Thursday.

“Electronic driver’s licenses can be, and a certificate of the vehicle too,” Chernikov said. “Paper documents will remain as legally significant, but you can use them electronically when driving.”

Parking on all the streets of Moscow on New Year’s holidays will be free.

At the time of the Christmas holidays parking spaces in Moscow will be free. This Tass reported in the press service of the metropolitan Department of Transport. Cancellation of parking fees will be valid in the city from December 31, 2018 to January 8, 2019.

InDriver enters the market of intercity transportation in Central Russia

The inDriver company opens a long-distance travel service for Moscow, St. Petersburg and another 50 cities in central Russia. “Intercity” is an additional module in the inDriver application, in it you can find a proven driver for a trip to another city

In Volgograd, from January 1, public transport will increase in price.

For a trip in the bus you will have to pay 25 rubles, in a trolley bus and tram – from 20 to 25 rubles. Only the high-speed tram is not affected. Here a ticket for cash will still cost 25 rubles.

In Kolomna on the highway M-5 opened a bridge across the Oka

In Kolomna (Moscow region), traffic is open across the bridge across the Oka River on the regional M-5 Ural highway. The bridge connecting the city blocks, in fact, is a departure to the federal highway.

Glavgosexpertiza approved the construction project bypass Barnaul

The construction project of a bypass road bypassing Barnaul approved the Glavgosexpertiza of Russia. According to Interfax-Siberia with reference to the Ministry of Construction, next year the cost of the project will be estimated, because only technical documentation has been approved.

The builders of the Evpatoria junction are far behind schedule

The construction of a road junction at the intersection of the Simferopol-Yevpatoria highway and the Simferopol-Mirnoye-Dubki highway is carried out as part of the federal target program Social and Economic Development of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol until 2022.

Don roads check instrumental diagnostics

Experts note that the repair of the upper layer does not solve problems, but leads to new problems. Thanks to instrumental diagnostics, it will be possible to assess the condition of roads objectively based on digital terrain models due to the capabilities of mobile laboratories.

ECONOMY

Moscow providers raise Internet prices

The cost of the services of the Moscow provider RiNet will increase from January 1, 2019 by 5%. Reports about it on December 13 “Kommersant”, referring to the letter of the company to subscribers. The provider explains the price change with the “Spring law” and the increase in VAT from 18 to 20%.

Gref explained Sberbank’s lack of cashback system

Sberbank does not plan to switch to cashback, since it can be problematic for a bank of this size.

We see that for a bank of our size this is a problem given the lack of marketing mechanisms that allow you to declare one thing and do other things. If you do what is declared, then the whole product becomes unprofitable. – German Gref, Russian politician

Ursula Burns became CEO of VEON on an ongoing basis.

Ursula Burns, who has served as CEO of VEON since the end of March, after the departure of Jean-Yves Charlier, has been appointed head of the company on an ongoing basis, the operator said. Burns is also the chairman of the board of directors of VEON – she took this post in the summer of 2017.

Rosneft refused to work in Iran

It was about “a whole series of fields – oil and gas”, which will be implemented jointly with Iranian partners. But now Rosneft has changed its mind to work in Iran, three people familiar with top managers of the Russian state-owned company told Vedomosti.

Gazprom Neft acquired a stake in the KHL

PJSC Gazprom Neft has bought out a stake in the Continental Hockey League (KHL), according to data from the analytical system SPARK-Interfax. Gazprom Neft acquired a 11.76% stake in KHL LLC from NPO KHL.

Central Bank reported a rapid increase in transfers from card to card

In Russia, the popularity of transfers from one bank card to another is rapidly growing, reports the Central Bank. According to the regulator, by the end of January — September, the total volume of such transfers exceeded their amount for the entire 2017.

China bought American soybeans for the first time after a truce with the United States

According to Reuters, China has bought more than 1.5 million tons of US soybeans. Moreover, Beijing ordered Unipec to buy American oil from state oil trader. The US expects that soon China will also reduce tariffs on American cars and auto components (the current tariff is 40%).

Another concession to China was the mitigation of the first decade plan, “Made in China-2025,” aimed at improving the domestic manufacturing industry and causing discontent among the US.

The government will increase the authorized capital of Russian Railways by 55 billion rubles

“The authorized capital of Russian Railways has been increased by 54.88 billion rubles to modernize the railway infrastructure of the Baikal-Amur and Trans-Siberian railways and implement other major infrastructure projects,” says a document published on the government’s website.

Rosaviatsiya terminated the contract with the contractor of the new band in Domodedovo

Domodedovo without a strip Federal State Unitary Enterprise Domodedovo Airport Administration, controlled by Rosaviatsii, terminated contracts with the contractor, Building Management No. 1, for the construction of a new runway at the airport and the associated airport infrastructure — apron and taxiways.

Abramovich became interested in investments in the High-speed Trade Council Moscow-Kazan

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and his partners, Andrei Bokarev and Dmitry Pumpyansky, are ready to take part in the implementation of the Moscow-Kazan high-speed rail project. Evraz and TMX, as well as the Sinara group of companies, are ready to take part in the construction. Reports about it RBC with reference to two informed sources.

The average check of Russians in stores began to grow

The average check for Russians going to the store in November, compared with October, increased by 23 rubles, or 4.6%. Now it is equal to 528 rubles. The growth of the average check is associated with the start of the New Year’s Eve shopping season. Most Russians spent in small stores – 9.5% more than a month earlier.

VEB wants to transfer Svyaz-Bank to Promsvyazbank balance

VEB proposed that the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of the Russian Federation transfer Svyaz-Bank to Promsvyazbank. This was reported to TASS by the press service of the state corporation with reference to the head of VEB Igor Shuvalov. “VEB offered the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of the Russian Federation to transfer Svyaz-Bank to Promsvyazbank’s balance sheet,” the press service quoted Shuvalov as saying.

Tighten control over regional debt

The Ministry of Finance has found another way to tighten control over spending and debt regions. Such amendments to the Budget Code were considered by the government on Wednesday. The project has been approved, says a federal official. The representative of the Ministry of Finance did not respond to the request “Vedomosti”.

The key proposal is to reduce marginal debt service costs from 15% to 10% of total regional spending. The limit of annual payments for its maintenance and repayment is 20% of the regional budget revenues, taking into account subsidies.

Sberbank expects salary growth in Russia in 2019 at 2.5%

Sberbank expects wage growth for Russia as a whole in 2019 to be 2.5% versus 7.5% in 2018. This was stated by the managing director of the center of macroeconomic research of Sberbank Nikolay Frolov in the framework of the Analyst Day – 2018

Bank of America called the condition for the growth of the Russian economy

The Russian economy will begin to grow only in the event of a collapse of the ruble and a sharp rise in oil prices. The cost of raw materials should rise to $ 100 per barrel, according to analysts’ forecasts of Bank of America Merrill

Tajikistan in 2018 will pay $ 200 million in debts

Tajikistan will spend $ 200 million on servicing foreign debt in 2018, which is 13% more than in 2017. Such data leads “Avesta” with reference to the Ministry of Finance of the country. These figures are based on the Eurobond service, the total amount of which is $ 500 million.

Kazakhstan will start to develop the Kalamkas-Sea field in the Caspian Sea

There are preliminary design work. The Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan, PSA LLP and companies participating in the production sharing agreement for the northern Caspian Sea, signed an agreement on the development plan for the Kalamkas-Sea field, informs the press service of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic.

Gazprom Neft explores the geological potential of the Red Sea shelf

Gazprom Neft is considering participating in a project to develop an oil and gas block 13 on the Red Sea shelf.

Vologda companies owe more than 1 billion rubles to gas producers

The list of malicious defaulters includes nine heat supply organizations of Vologda and the Vologda region, which systematically violate their contractual obligations to pay for fuel supplies. These are the “Western boiler house” and the Vologda optical-mechanical plant with debts of 119 and 46 million rubles.

Russian developers owed banks 632 billion rubles

Construction companies owed banks 632 billion rubles. 10% of this amount is arrears on loans taken for the construction of housing. About this reports “Interfax-Real Estate” with reference to the Deputy Chairman of the Bank of Russia Olga Polyakova.

Housing affordability rating in Russian regions

“Real time” was the rating of housing affordability in Russian cities. Sunny Crimea and Sevastopol, Primorsky Krai and Tatarstan hit the top regions with the most expensive and inaccessible housing, except for Moscow. Prices for Tatarstan apartments are approaching the capital ones, which cannot be said about salaries. But for those who want to improve their living conditions, you can go to the Magadan region, where for 15 years you can pay for an apartment of 180 square meters. m

In Petersburg, illegal bankers “laundered” a billion rubles

In the northern capital, the police uncovered the activities of the group, through which it was cashed about one billion rubles. The scheme was implemented through a network of one-day firms, according to the State Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.

Sberbank announced a possible increase in mortgage rates

Sberbank does not rule out a rise in mortgage rates with the Bank of Russia tightening regulation of this segment, President German Gref, chairman and chairman of the bank, told reporters.

“In terms of interest rates, we are waiting for the mortgage in particular, the latest decisions of the regulator regarding LTV 80 (with an initial contribution of 20% – approx. IF). If decisions are made, you may have to raise rates. We are now in discussion, in the search for a compromise. It is difficult to predict “, – said G. Gref

Russia’s budget received RUB 5 trln thanks to OPEC deal

The Russian budget received an additional 5 billion rubles. for 2.5 years thanks to the OPEC + deal, said Energy Minister Alexander Novak.

Gazprom abandoned suit against Sogaz for 1.9 billion rubles

The Arbitration Court of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region accepted the refusal of Gazprom from the claim to the insurance company Sogaz in the amount of more than 1.9 billion rubles, TASS reported from a courtroom. “The refusal of the claim in the case is accepted by the court, the proceedings in the case should be stopped,” the judge said.

The State Duma has reset VAT on airport services

Services on international flights from Russian airports will be exempt from taxes. And on the inside – no. The abolition of preferential VAT was demanded by airport operators who are not able to refund the tax on services of suppliers. The bill to change the VAT rate for international flights, the government submitted to the Duma on July 17.

Gazprom and Lukoil intend to jointly develop two fields

Two fields in the Nenets Autonomous District — Vaneivisky and Layavozhsky — are planned to be developed by Gazprom and Lukoil. On the eve of the head of the two companies discussed the creation of a joint venture, the press service of PJSC Gazprom reports on December 13

Apple will invest $ 10 billion in data centers in the US for five years

Apple plans to invest about $ 10 billion in the creation of data centers in the United States in the next five years. This was reported by the company on Thursday. Of these, $ 4.5 billion Apple intends to spend this year and next.

Total will sell 4% in Ichthys LNG project in Australia for $ 1.6 billion

“Total has signed an agreement on the transfer of a 4% interest in the Ichthys LNG project in Australia to the INPEX managing partner for a total amount of $ 1.6 billion,” the company said. The deal, which is subject to approval by Australian regulators, will reduce Total’s share in the project from 30% to 26%.

SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGIES

An ancient “pencil” was found in the Denisova cave in the Altai

Archaeologists have found a piece of hematite (red ironstone) of the Paleolithic era in the Denisova Cave in the Altai Territory, said Mikhail Shunkov, Director of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the SB RAS. Scientists suggest that it could be an ancient “pencil”

Physicists explain fireworks in a Bose condensate using density waves

Using theoretical calculations and numerical simulations, scientists have shown that in the early stages of evolution, density waves arise in a Bose condensate, which later cause the condensate to emit directed particle beams.

Bees with touch “nano-backpacks” will help farmers explore the field

Specialists from the University of Washington have figured out how to use bees as collectors of information for science and agriculture. They developed a small sensor system, which was conventionally called the “nano-backpack”. The system weighs 102 milligrams and can store up to 30 kilobytes of data.

“Goose skin” was an effective hair growth stimulator

Scientists have suggested that the nerves and muscles involved in the appearance of “goose bumps” play an important role in baldness in men. According to experts, their recovery is likely to be able to contribute to the restoration of hair growth.

Scientists have discovered 157 new species of animals and plants near the Mekong River

Scientists have discovered 157 completely new species of animals and plants that inhabit the Mekong river zone in Thailand, as well as in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. Information about the discovery appeared from WWF Russia – the World Wildlife Fund, it was presented in the report “New Species of the Region”. According to scientists, there are still a lot of not yet open species living on Earth, but here there is a danger that they can disappear before they are found.

Scientists have found a rumor from corals

Employees of the Oceanographic Institute Woods Hole (Massachusetts) were surprised to find that coral larvae mostly settle in places where there are sounds typical of a coral reef.

Underground discovered unknown life

Under the ground there are up to 70% of microbes living on the surface. Scientists are trying to figure out how microbes have spread beneath the surface of all earthly continents, how they move inside or penetrate from the surface. Moreover, many species of organisms are unknown to science.

Engineers invented breakthrough spin storage

An international team of researchers led by engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has invented a new magnetic device for manipulating digital information 20 times more efficient and 10 times more stable than commercial spintronic storage devices.

Loop quantum gravity predicted a transition between a black and white hole

American physicists have calculated quantum corrections to the geometry of the macroscopic Schwarzschild-Kruskal black hole, which arise in the framework of loop quantum gravity. As a result, scientists have discovered that the singularity turns into a transition surface that connects a black and white hole.

The cheap method for the production of perovskite solar cells

The method was developed by chemists from the Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania) jointly with the physicists of the Helmholtz Berlin Center for Materials and Energy. They report that they synthesized molecules that are assembled into a low-cost monolayer for coating solar cells.

The process of creating a quantum computer got off the ground

The basis for the emergence of a quantum computer is optical microchips, which detect and control a compressed vacuum – a certain state of light, through which a quantum computer will work. The microchip was created by scientists from Germany and Australia.

Two key proteins for the development of mammalian embryos

Mammalian embryos differ from embryos of any other organism in that they develop in the mother’s body, and therefore must first make a choice between the formation of the placenta and the development of the offspring. A new study by the University of Michigan, published in eLife magazine, revealed two proteins that were the key to making this decision.

A new reason for the extinction of the giant shark Megalodon was announced.

Scientists have long been trying to uncover the secrets of extinction of one or another animal population. Many of them are due to terrestrial factors, but an event that killed 36 percent of the living creatures in the ocean 2.6 million years ago in the Pliocene, including the giant shark megalodon, could have occurred outside the Earth.

The scientist talks about the deposits of iron isotopes-60, found on the seabed. The corresponding study was published in the journal Astrobiology.

The fact that iron-60 remains on the planet today means that it should have come from somewhere else: scientists assume that the reason for this is a supernova explosion in space, only 150 million light years from our planet.

Rosatom successfully tested the fuel for the future nuclear power industry

Rosatom successfully tested the first batch of nuclear fuel for nuclear energy of the future created on the basis of a closed nuclear fuel cycle (CNFC) and a two-component nuclear energy with thermal and fast neutron reactors, the TVEL JSC (part of Rosatom) reported on Thursday .

SPACE

Roscosmos assessed the cost of creating a super-heavy rocket flying around the moon

Sources in Roscosmos have stated that the creation of a Russian super-heavy rocket and the implementation of an unmanned flyby of the moon is estimated at 1.5 trillion rubles. Reports about it RIA “News”.

In Japan, announced an artificial star

The satellite, which is planned to be put into orbit with the Epsilon-4 launch vehicle of the Japanese space agency JAXA, will take with it an unusual cargo — 400 steel balls, a little less than a centimeter in diameter. According to RIA Novosti, when they are dropped from orbit, the balls will enter the atmosphere and burn at an altitude of about 60 kilometers. Visually, it will be indistinguishable from a natural meteor. The project has no scientific sense, it is a spectacular entertainment show.

American space plane Unity made a successful flight to the mesosphere

The Unity manned suborbital spaceplane on Thursday made another successful test flight, reaching a height of more than 52 km above the Earth’s surface in the mesosphere, said the American company-developer Virgin Galactic.

Methane constantly disappears from the atmosphere of Mars

The ESA astronomers recently issued a statement that there were no traces of methane in the atmosphere of Mars, although a few years ago the Mars Express satellite recorded its possible residues. This news has upset scientists, as the presence of methane is one of the hallmarks of extraterrestrial life.

The planned grouping of communication satellites OneWeb reduced by a third

The orbital constellation of British communications satellites OneWeb, which will begin to deploy in 2019 using launches on Russian Soyuz launch vehicles to provide global Internet access, has been reduced by a third, a source in the Russian rocket and space industry told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

AUTO

Scania develops first hydrogen garbage truck

Hydrogen trucks combine the benefits of eco-friendly transport with the power of fossil fuel engines. It is assumed that the finished garbage truck will be presented at the end of 2019 or at the beginning of 2020.

New SUV coupe from Volkswagen

The portal of the Ministry of Industry of the People’s Republic of China published the first official pictures of the new crossover. SUV collected on the same base with a large Teramont / Atlas. Therefore, the dimensions are almost identical. Under the hood, the crossover will have a 2.0-liter turbo engine rated at 186 horsepower. Alternatively, and offer a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine for 299 “horses.” Transmission with these engines will work 7-speed box-robot with double clutch. Four-wheel drive or front-wheel drive car. In pradaju Volkswagen crossover coupe in China will be released in the first quarter of 2019

The network appeared pictures from the first test Nissan Sentra

The network has published fresh pictures of the latest modification of the car Nissan Sentra. In particular, photoshop was able to capture a novelty during road tests.

Atelier Brabus presented the most powerful Mercedes-AMG G63

The well-known tuning studio Brabus presented a substantially upgraded version of the 2018 model year SUV – this is a Mercedes-AMG G63. The off-road vehicle was named Brabus 700 4×4² Final Edition, which has a 700-horsepower engine under the hood. The tuner also increased ground clearance to 610 mm. In total, it is planned to build 10 copies of the machines. The price is equal to 209 000 euros or 15 720 311 rubles.

Audi presents in 2019 a new “cinema on wheels”

The German automotive giant Audi intends in 2019 to present the unique multimedia development “cinema on wheels” in the framework of the upcoming CES exhibition. For the implementation of this idea will be used car luxury segment, which fit the most advanced multimedia options. It will be possible to achieve complete comfort and spaciousness in the cabin due to the fact that an unmanned control system is used here, which excludes a place for the driver and the corresponding components.

Apple will launch its first electric car in 4 years

Soon, Apple is going to present its first electric car. According to the latest data from the press service of Apple, the machine will appear on the market in less than five years. Now the company is looking for promising professionals and begins to develop electric vehicles.

Aston Martin revealed the Valkyrie hypercar engine

The British reported that the driving force behind the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar would be the 6.5 V12 atmospheric setting, whose performance is 1,000 hp. Aston Martin reported that the Valkyrie hypercar engine was developed in collaboration with Cosworth specialists.

UAZ will produce security systems for the motorcade of the project “Cortege”

Already in 2019, UAZ will completely update the entire assembly line, where it is planned to produce safety systems. Also in the future it is planned to develop universal security systems that will be installed on the UAZ model.

Dongfeng showed two new crossover for Russia

Dongfeng introduced the AX4 and 580 crossovers. New products will be available in the Russian market in the near future. Prices for cars will be announced later.

Ford Courier will be the smallest pickup brand

The novelty is called Courier and will become the smallest model of the brand in its segment. It is reported that in the near future the prototype will start testing

The basis of the Ford Courier lay the same platform that is used for the Focus. The presentation of the pickup is scheduled for 2021. The novelty will receive the same power units as the donor. Also, the exterior of the pickup will be borrowed from the Ford Focus, with the exception of the recycled rear end.

Volvo urges not to buy cars

Volvo specialists have launched a campaign that is trying to convey to people that it’s better not to buy cars. Instead, the manufacturer offers its customers to use the Care by Volvo subscription program.

The company is currently offering a subscription for just $ 561 per month for the new XC40. The cost of subscription includes: insurance, taxes, technical inspection, etc. Those who need an XC90 SUV must pay $ 1052 a month.

Volvo specialists say that the service helps young people to get acquainted with the models of the brand. Perhaps in the future, thanks to this experience, they will choose one of the cars that were taken into service.

CULTURE

On Poklonnaya Hill will host the festival “Ice Moscow. In the family”

The festival “Ice Moscow. In the Family Circle” will open on December 29 and will be devoted to great civilizations. This was reported on the portal of the mayor and the government of the capital. In total, it is planned to install several dozen ice sculptures. The height of the smallest will be about one meter, and the largest – about ten. Replicas of two Assyrian winged bulls will recreate at the entrance to the festival site.

Yuri Bashmet considers Rossini one of the founders of rap

Gioacchino Rossini was one of the founders of rap, I’m sure Yuri Bashmet. The musician told RIA that he made this discovery 10 years ago, when he staged the opera “Journey to Reims” in a concert version. In the story, at the time of the detention of tourists, the customs officer presents them, and the soloist tells about himself for one motive.

George Martin has promised to complete the “Song of Ice and Flame”

American writer George Martin promised to complete a series of books, A Song of Ice and Flame, which was used to film the famous TV series Game of Thrones.

The program “Mythology of tomorrow” starts in the Pushkin Museum

The program “Mythology of Tomorrow” starts in the Pushkin Museum, dedicated to the blockchain as a new way of acquiring objects of art. Artists, scientists and experts will take part in the discussion. American artist Yves Sussman will present his project 89 Seconds. The work was created on the basis of the installation, which could be seen in the Pushkin Museum at the exhibition in the winter of 2015-2016. The author rethought the original work, decomposing it into 2304 digital blocks, or atoms.

International Competition for Young Opera Singers. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

The International Competition for Young Opera Singers named after Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov opens in the composer’s homeland, in the city of Tikhvin, in the Leningrad Region. Vocalists from 18 to 33 years old participate in it. They have to go through the opera and chamber sections, and, all tests will be held publicly. More than 150 singers are admitted to the first round. On December 21, the laureates of the competition will perform in a gala concert at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theater.

Titian’s canvas will have to return

The Pushkin Museum will return Titian’s painting “Venus and Adonis” to its owner, RIA Novosti reports. The museum wanted to purchase a painting for the first time that was shown at the exhibition “Venice of the Renaissance. Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. From the collections of Italy and Russia” in 2017. However, the private collector did not make a deal.

The original layout of the debut album of the group “Kino” put up for auction

The original layout of the debut album “45” of the rock group “Kino”, intended for replication on reel-to-reel tape recorders, will be put up for auction on December 13, the starting price ranging from 280 thousand to 300 thousand rubles. The relevant information is posted on the website of the auction fund “Litfond”.

Book of Daniel Granin presented in St. Petersburg

“The last notebook. Changeable shadows” by Daniil Granin was presented in St. Petersburg, reports TASS. The presentation of the book will take place on December 15 at the New Year’s Book Fair, which will open in St. Petersburg on December 13.

The exhibition “Daniel Granin and the youth” opened in St. Petersburg

It is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the writer, which will be celebrated on January 1. The exhibition includes photographs depicting the life and work of the thinker, publicist and artist.

The exhibition to the 100th anniversary of the Museum of the Bolshoi Theater opens in the capital

More than six hundred exhibits will be shown in Moscow at an exhibition dedicated to the centenary of the Bolshoi Theater Museum. Visitors will see items associated with famous performances and big names.

The exhibition “Museum and Theater. 100 Years Together” will open on December 19 and will continue its work until February 10. The exhibition will be located in the New Manezh.

Exhibition dedicated to Ingmar Bergman, held in Moscow

The State Gallery on Solyanka, together with the Embassy of Sweden in Russia, presents the exhibition “Bergman. Metamorphoses”, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of director Ingmar Bergman. A public program has been created specifically for the exhibition: experts from various fields of art will talk about Bergman’s work and its influence on world cinema and culture. The program also includes performances and film shows by a Swedish director.

Sevastopol Art Museum will open after restoration in 2019

The collection of the museum contains more than 10 thousand works of painting, drawing, sculpture, decorative and applied art of the XVI-XXI centuries.

Exhibition to the 100th anniversary of director Igor Vladimirov will be held in St. Petersburg

The exhibition “Igor Vladimirov. The Man-Theater” opens in St. Petersburg in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the director and actor People’s Artist of the USSR Igor Vladimirov.

The exhibition presents photographs, posters, stage costumes of Igor Vladimirov, his children’s drawings, documents, awards from the family archive. The exhibition is complemented by sketches of costumes and scenery for performances, video clips with movie fragments.

From 1960 to the end of his days, Vladimirov headed the Leningrad Lensovet Theater, staged performances and went on stage as an actor. For many years, his wife Alisa Freindlich was the theater muse of Vladimirova, as the photographs presented in the exhibition will remind.

An interdisciplinary project “In the footsteps of Gumilev” opens in Moscow

On December 13, an interdisciplinary project by Vasily Vlasov and Mikhail Pogarsky “In the footsteps of Gumilyov” opens at the Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art on Gogol Boulevard. It is an attempt to connect visual art, literature, geopoetics, history and ethnography.

CINEMA

George Martin promised to continue the “Game of Thrones”

American writer and screenwriter of the acclaimed TV series “Game of Thrones” George Martin made a statement that the series “Song of Ice and Flame”, based on which the series was shot, will be continued. Information about this appeared on the page of the personal blog of science fiction writer.

Studio Pixar told about the work on the new cartoon

Animation Studio Pixar announced its next cartoon. The picture will be called “Forward”, will remove its director of the “University of Monsters” Dan Scanlon.

Lucasfilm announced the cast of the series “Mandalorets”

Studio Lucasfilm unveiled the main cast of the show “Mandalorets”, the Star Wars series spin-off.

Together with Pedro Pascal, the leading actor, Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (“Supernatural”), Omid Abtahi (“Better Call Saul”) and Werner Herzog (“Jack Reacher”) will take part in the shooting of the project .

The events of the Mandalorian unfold after the fall of the Galactic Empire in the final of the Return of the Jedi, but before the appearance of the First Order, which the audience met in The Awakening of Power. In the center of the plot is a lonely Mandalorec mercenary living on the edge of an inhabited galaxy where the law of the New Republic does not reach. “Mandalorets” will be released on Disney stream-service, but the exact date of the premiere is not reported.

In Russia, show a fantastic fighter “Aquaman”

On December 13, the Russian sci-fi theater begins the screening of the American sci-fi action movie directed by James Van “Aquaman”. According to the story, Arthur Curry was the son of a lighthouse worker and a woman named Atlanna.

Nominees of the Screen Actors Guild Award announced

The twenty-fifth awards ceremony for the United States Screen Actors Guild Awards will be held on January 27, 2019.

The producer of “Assassin’s Creed” is tasked to make Deadpool from Duke Nyukema

Producer sci-fi thriller “Assassin’s Creed” Jean-Julien Baronne will be engaged in the adaptation of another cult video game – “Duke Nukem”. This is with reference to its sources reports the publication Variety.

New Charlie’s Angels has finished shooting with Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart on the set of Charlie’s Angels. Today, Banks announced the end of filming, posting a photo with leading roles on her Instagram blog.

MUSIC

In Perm, athletes demand to cancel the concert of the rap group Krec

In Perm, an initiative group of athletes wrote a statement to the Leninsky police department demanding to cancel the concert of the St. Petersburg rap group Krec. Performance artists scheduled for December 16. According to the applicants, the name of the group promotes the drug.

In Vladimir, the members of Unarmia will perform at the festival of patriotic song

This year, the creative teams of Unarmiya from the Vladimir region will perform at the fourth International Festival of Patriotic Songs. Among the invited participants are representatives of 18 regions of Russia, as well as Belarus and the self-proclaimed republics of the south-east of Ukraine.

Ensemble Rosguards remove the clip for the song “Last Christmas”

The National Song and Dance Ensemble of the National Guard of the Russian Federation, led by Major General Viktor Yeliseyev, will shoot a clip for the song of the British singer George Michael “Last Christmas”, the shooting will take place on the Red Square skating rink, official representative of the Russian Guard Valery Gribakin told RIA Novosti.

Julia Chicherina wrote a song about the Bryansk hero Peresvet

The famous singer Julia Chicherina wrote a song about the Bryansk hero Alexander Peresvet. Some radio stations have already presented a patriotic song that sounds very menacing.

Christina Orbakaite released a new clip

Russian singer Kristina Orbakaite tried on the role of a writer in a new video for the song “I Consider the Footsteps of the Week”. According to the plot of the video, Christina will appear as a writer living in New York. Shooting the video took place in the New York apartment Orbakaite, where she often happens with her spouse and children. The single “I think the steps of the week” was released October 18 this year

Basque performed the hit of Olga Buzova in the image of Nikolai Gogol

Nikolay Baskov recently intrigued web users with an unusual selfie. He reincarnated in the famous writer Anton Chekhov. Subscribers immediately guessed that he reincarnated for the next project.

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