21 Jul, 2021

Financial pyramids of recent years

The largest financial pyramid of recent years (and possibly in history) was Bernie Madoff’s “hedge fund” – a total size of $ 65 billion. Founded in 1991, it promised its investors higher than market returns (although not fantastic – within 20% per annum), but in fact simply kept the investors’ money in a bank account. This pyramid existed right up to 2008, when, during the crisis, Madoff was unable to pay off the investors. Result: in 2009 he was sentenced to 150 years

In second place in the list of the largest pyramids of recent times is the domestic MMM – about 10 billion dollars (and this is in poor Russia in the 90s). Mavrodi sat down (for a relatively short time) – and again took up the old. There is no time limit of 150 years in our country

The three leaders are closed by a relatively fresh pyramid (from 2012): Stanford Financial Group, with a size of about $ 7 billion. Bottom line: 110 years in prison

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The European Union initiated a dispute with Russia on the platform of the World Trade Organization over the participation of European companies in tenders. Brussels believes that some Russian measures discriminate against EU companies when selling goods to Russian state-owned companies, putting them at a disadvantage compared to other procurement participants.

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Russians living in the DPR and LPR will be able to vote in the elections to the State Duma online. Voters must be users of a single portal of public services with a verified account, the CEC noted.

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The head of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation Pamfilova called opponents of remote voting people with “cave consciousness”

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About 20 migrants staged a mass brawl with shooting in the courtyard of a residential building in Aprelevka, a law enforcement source told TASS. This fight between migrants was the third in the past week in the Moscow region.

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International Business Machines Corp. reported the largest revenue growth in three years thanks to strong demand for cloud services. The company’s shares rose 4.3%. Revenue growth in the second quarter was driven by IBM Global Business Services and Cloud and Cognitive Software, which increased sales by 12% and 6%, respectively. This year, IBM shares are up 9.6% to $ 137.92, compared with a 13% rise in the S&P 500, Bloomberg writes.

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Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, successfully flew into space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard with his brother Mark, 82-year-old Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Damen from the Netherlands.

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China unveils the fastest magnetic levitation train capable of accelerating to 600 km / h

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Fines for the birth of a third child have been abolished in China. The indulgences were introduced due to the excessive aging of the population. The decision was made by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. It is specified that by 2025 the country’s government will create a full-fledged system of social policy to stimulate the birth rate.

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Norilsk Nickel reported a 26% reduction in production of its title metal in the first half of the year due to flooding of two key mines.

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At the All-Church Congress, the ROC decided to develop Orthodox missionary work “among the small indigenous peoples of Siberia, the North, and the Far East,” to oppose the “romanticization of neo-pagan cults,” and also to create a new “anti-sectarian atlas of Russia,” “reflecting the peculiarities of totalitarian sects operating in the regions.”

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Chinese authorities have banned minors from appearing on streams, introduced responsibility for promoting Internet stars under 16. Children are prohibited from participating in videos that display wealth and worship of money or wastefulness.

In addition, the Chinese authorities ordered to cleanse social networks and instant messengers of content that is harmful to children. The platforms – Kuaishou (one of the analogues of TikTok), the QQ messenger, the Taobao platform and Weibo (the analogue of Twitter) – are subject to fines.

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Russians’ spending on the minimum school enrollment increased by 13% compared to July last year and amounted to 12.9 thousand rubles, according to the study “Chek Index”

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Russian military base in Tajikistan is reinforced with armored vehicles amid aggravation of the situation in Afghanistan

“By the end of July of this year, motorized rifle units of the 201st military base will receive 17 modern infantry fighting vehicles (BMP-2), which will significantly increase their combat capabilities when performing missions in any situation,” said the commander of the Central Military District (CVO) Alexander Lapin.

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The Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation sent a bill to the government that allows remotely checking the pressure, pulse, temperature and alcohol content in the exhale of taxi, bus and truck drivers

Today they are obliged to visit the medical office at the beginning and at the end of the working day, but the procedure takes place mainly on paper, writes Kommersant.

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Germany will retaliate if Russia uses gas supplies “as a weapon” against Ukraine, according to a draft agreement between the US and Germany on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

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Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Trans-Baikal Territory, Alexei Kuzhikov, was convicted of concealing 65 million of the income of his gold mining enterprise. RosScandal writes that his company has destroyed ten lakes in the course of gold mining since 2004

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The ex-director of the Novosibirsk clinic, Alexander Karaskov, and his wife were accused of embezzling money in public procurement. Also “Tayga.info” recalled that in 2019 the deputy head of the same clinic, the famous scientist Yevgeny Pokushalov, was accused of embezzling 1.3 billion rubles.

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97% of Russians do not know by name a single Russian athlete performing at the Tokyo Olympics this year (RIA Novosti has a VTsIOM poll). 1% named the three-time world champion in high jump Maria Lasitskene.

At the same time, 61% are going to follow the progress of the games, 15% will regularly watch broadcasts in all sports, 10% – and only those where Russians have a chance of winning prizes. The greatest interest among Russians is caused by athletics (33%), water sports (31%), rhythmic gymnastics (23%), football (15%) and volleyball (14%).

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For the third day in a row, the exchange price of AI-92 gasoline renews the record (57,061 rubles per ton). The AI-95 also reached a record mark (59,849 rubles).

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The leakage of personal data of about 750 thousand users of the Telegram messenger was discovered during monitoring by the KZ-CERT computer incident response service, the state technical service of Kazakhstan reported.

“As a result of the analysis, such personal data as user ID, name, surname, phone number and description of the user from the column” about myself “were found. At the same time, more than 30 thousand accounts are registered to Kazakhstani phone numbers,” the information says. It is noted that the detected file is described as a client base of the “Eye of God” platform.

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