22 Dec, 2017

For secession, the absolute majority

Supporters of the coalition “Together for Catalonia” former leader of the autonomy Carles Puigdemona celebrate the results of parliamentary elections. Representatives of the political force chant “Puchdemon – President”. At the same time, the “Citizens” party won the most seats – it is for unity with Spain, “but three supporters for the separation of forces together received an absolute majority, according to the newspaper El Pais.

While the main outcome of the will is the unconditional defeat of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who initiated early elections in the hope that the majority of the Catalans will not support the separatists.

The elections were held at a record turnout of 81%. Three parties supporting the independence of Catalonia received 70 seats in parliament from 135 deputies. Coalition “Together for Catalonia” ex-leader of the autonomy Carles Puigdemona receives 34 seats, “Left Republicans of Catalonia” imprisoned former deputy head of the autonomy Oriol Junkers – 32 seats, “Candidates for national unity” – four.

Puchdemon, who fled against the background of persecution in Belgium, spoke on Sexta TV and announced the victory of Catalonia.

“The Catalan Republic defeated the monarchy of Article 155,” he stressed. This clause of the constitution limited self-government of autonomy and allowed Madrid to announce early elections. “Rahoy lost,” Puchdemon stated.

Russian and world news digest


It is unacceptable: Israel criticized the UNGA decision on Jerusalem

Earlier, the UN General Assembly passed by a majority vote a resolution on the non-recognition of the US decision on the status of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 128 countries voted for the document, nine were against it, another 35 abstained.

All these countries … take from us hundreds of millions of dollars, even billions of dollars. Then they vote at the UN Security Council against our decision and, probably, will vote the same way at the General Assembly. Well, we are following this vote. Let them vote against us. We will save a lot. – Donald Trump

Puchdemon announced the victory of the “Catalan Republic over the monarchy”

“The Catalan Republic” defeated Spain, said ex-head of the autonomy Carles Puicdemont, commenting on the results of the elections to the regional parliament.
Rahoy lost the plebiscite, which he himself wanted. The Spanish state was defeated. – Carles Puchdemon, Spanish journalist

Johnson arrived in Russia on an official visit

The head of the British Foreign Office, Boris Johnson, arrived in Russia for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. This was reported by the British Minister on Twitter. Arrived in Russia for important talks with FM Lavrov.

For international security it is imperative that we talk with each other, because the consequences of misunderstanding or misunderstanding are serious. My visit to Russia is at a turning point, when we need to work together to resolve the most pressing world problems. – Boris Johnson, British politician

Rashkin confirmed the nomination of Grudinin as the presidential candidate from the Communist Party

Member of the Presidium of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, State Duma deputy Valery Rashkin confirmed that the leader of the Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov proposed to nominate the general director of a state farm near Moscow. Lenin’s Paul Grudinin as a candidate for the presidency of Russia. Rashkin told about it on the air of “Echo of Moscow”.

This is the first stage of the discussion, Gennady Andreevich Zyuganov did it. We discussed this candidacy on the presidium, yes. And tomorrow the discussion will continue with the participation of Pavel Nikolayevich Grudinin himself, then there will be a meeting of secretaries, a plenum of the Central Committee and on Saturday we will leave for the congress. – Valery Rashkin, Russian politician

Raul Castro will step down as chairman of the State Council of Cuba in 2018

The chairman of the State Council and Council of Ministers of Cuba, Raul Castro, confirmed that he would resign from office in April 2018. He made a corresponding statement, speaking on Thursday at a meeting of the National Assembly of People’s Power (unicameral parliament of the country).

When the new composition of the National Assembly of People’s Power is formed on April 19, my second and final term will end as head of state and government. Cuba will have a new chairman. – Raúl Castro, Cuban revolutionary

Parliament of Peru did not approve the impeachment of the president

The unicameral parliament of Peru – Congress – on Thursday after hours of discussion failed to announce impeachment to President Pedro Kuczynski on the case of a corruption scandal. Only 78 deputies voted for the removal of Kuchinsky, with 87 votes necessary for this.

The United States submitted to the UN Security Council a draft of new sanctions against the DPRK

The United States on Thursday distributed to the members of the UN Security Council a draft resolution providing for even more stringent sanctions against the DPRK, diplomatic sources told Interfax at the Organization’s headquarters.

The Russian Foreign Ministry on the expansion of the “Magnitsky list”: The answer will certainly be

But, of course, it is sad that a number of political groups in the United States still have a clear desire to take the path of destroying bilateral relations, continuing all these sanction games. All this looks really ridiculous against the background of common challenges and threats for both our countries and the world. – Maria Zakharova, Russian diplomat

The Party of Growth nominated Boris Titov as a candidate for presidential elections

The Congress of the Party of Growth on Thursday approved Boris Titov as a candidate for the election of the head of state. Titov is chairman of the party, authorized by the President of the Russian Federation to protect the rights of entrepreneurs. Recall, the election of the Russian president will be held on March 18.

Moscow will mirror the sanctions of the US Treasury against Kadyrov

Moscow will apply the principle of reciprocity in response to the sanctions of the US Treasury against the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov and the other four Russians. This was reported to journalists by the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov.

We consider these sanctions illegal, unfriendly, we do not agree with them. With a high degree of probability I can assume that, of course, the principle of reciprocity will be respected. – Dmitry Peskov, Russian statesman

Zhirinovsky was the first presidential candidate to file documents with the CEC

Documents for registration will be accepted by the CEC on December 27. Since Zhirinovsky was nominated as a candidate from the parliamentary party, at the registration stage he does not need to collect voter signatures in support of the nomination. Recall that the leader of the LDPR for the sixth time will try to occupy the country’s main post

Sands described the nomination of Putin’s candidacy for the 2018 elections

The initiative group on the nomination of Vladimir Putin for the presidency of Russia will meet on December 26 at VDNH in Moscow.

In fact, this procedure does not require the presence of the president. While I do not know anything about the decision of the president himself to be there or not to be, but this does not require the presence of a candidate. – Dmitry Peskov, Russian statesman

In the State Duma will establish a system of registration of deputies by persons

Speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin told the deputies that this summer Sberbank can establish for free the deputies a new voting system that will identify parliamentarians by facial features.

We literally a week ago got acquainted with the latest developments in the field of digital economy, which are conducted by the Savings Bank within the framework, including its platforms. One of such developments could be in demand for us – registration of deputies on biometric data. – Vyacheslav Volodin, Russian politician

Speaker of the Parliament of the People’s Liberation Party of Latvia

Speaker of the parliament of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic Vladimir Degtyarenko resigned at his own request. This is reported Lugansk information center. In the course of the plenary session, the deputies of the People’s Council of the People’s Republic of Hungary adopted a resolution on the release of Degtyarenko from his post.

Peskov: the date of the congress of the Syrian National Dialogue is not defined

Russia earlier proposed the holding of the Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue in Sochi. The timing and the final composition of the participants have not been determined yet.
Decisions so far no no by dates. In this case, no one wants to somehow subject the Congress to holding a new year, the main thing here is readiness. Artificial acceleration no one is trying to give this process. While there are no any. – Dmitry Peskov, Russian statesman


Australia completed an air operation against IG in Syria

Australia has completed participation in an air operation against the terrorist organization “Islamic State” * in Syria, Defense Minister Maris Payne said.

Japan has approved a record defense budget

The Japanese government approved the draft budget for the fiscal year 2018 with record defense spending. It is planned to channel approximately $ 5.19 trillion ($ 45.7 billion) for defense of the islands, which is about 6% of the planned budget expenditures.

After the operation in Syria, the demand for Russian weapons

After the successful operation in Syria, the demand for certain images of Russian weapons has grown significantly and its growth continues steadily, Deputy Defense Minister Lieutenant-General Alexander Fomin said, “Red Star” reported.

Over a week, 18 foreign reconnaissance aircraft studied the borders of Russia

Over the past seven days, Russian planes have flown four times to escort foreign reconnaissance aircraft. This is reported in the newspaper of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation “Red Star”.

Kim Jong-Yin announced the “direct nuclear threat to the US” from the DPRK

“Our republic has turned into a strategic state capable of bearing an immediate nuclear threat to the United States, and no one in the world can deny this,” the North Korean leader of the CTC said.

Pence told when the US military left Afghanistan

The US military will remain in Afghanistan until the threat of terrorism is eliminated, said vice president Michael Pence, who made a visit to this country. Earlier it was reported that Pence met with the leadership of Afghanistan during an unannounced visit to this country.

The State Duma ratified the agreement on the military base of the Navy in Tartus

The State Duma ratified the agreement on expanding the base of the Russian Navy in Syrian Tartus. The document is defensive in nature and not directed against other countries.

Military of South Korea and North Korea exchanged warning shots

Servicemen from South Korea and North Korea fired warning shots in the demilitarized zone in the western part of the military demarcation line. This is reported by Yonhap with reference to the representative of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

“Iskander” successfully destroyed the command posts of the conventional enemy

In the Western Military District (ZVO), exercises were carried out for the calculation of the operational-tactical missile system. OTRK “Iskander” carried out electronic launches in the Leningrad region. By “impact” missiles were targets and objects that mimic the infrastructure of the conventional enemy.

In Alabino showed new combat robots for the Russian army

Generals and officers of the Main Command of the Land Forces at military gatherings in the Moscow region of Alabino saw modern and promising weapons, including new combat and auxiliary robots.


To buy a Ukrainian “daughter” of the Savings Bank, a new applicant

In August, his application was withdrawn and Prokopenya, explaining this decision to focus on other projects. Thus, Sberbank was forced to continue searching for buyers. According to the NBU at the end of November, new applications for the acquisition of the Ukrainian “daughter” of Sberbank were not received

Court seized gas supplies from Slovakia to Ukraine

The court in Slovakia on December 20 arrested gas deliveries to “Naftogaz Ukrainy”. The decision was made in pursuance of the Stockholm Arbitration Order on the suit of the Italian company IUGas to the Ukrainian consumer about the collection of debts. The total amount of the claim, including fines and penalties, is about $ 21 million.

Boeing decided to buy the Brazilian Embraer

American aircraft giant Boeing decided to buy the Brazilian company Embraer. According to the media, negotiations are already underway on the transaction, which is estimated at 3.7 billion dollars. “We do not guarantee the implementation of the transaction based on the results of the discussion,” the parties note.

Rosneft and BP agreed on the implementation of the project to develop the subsurface resources of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District

The project includes the development of the traditional gas reserves of the Senomanskoye deposit, the pilot production of the Turonian deposit, followed by the transition to full-scale development, and the optimization and enhancement of oil production efficiency in the oil reservoirs of the Kharampur and Festival license areas, the company’s press service said.

The State Duma proposed to oblige online shops to accept cards “Mir”

A group of State Duma deputies, headed by the chairman of the financial market committee Anatoly Aksakov, drafted a bill that obliges online shops, regardless of the volume of proceeds, to accept the “Mir” card for payment. The document is published on the State Duma’s website.

Tariffs of “Transneft” will grow below inflation

Transneft itself asked to increase the tariff for 2018 by 21%. She explained that the 4% indexation was calculated on the basis of planned inflation and does not take into account the need to pay 50% of net profit under IFRS in the form of dividends, as required by the state-owned companies of the Ministry of Finance.

Kiev and Tehran plan to build an oil refinery on the territory of Ukraine

The Ukrainian state plans to build an oil refinery on its territory jointly with its counterparts from the Republic of Iran. Journalists became aware of this from a statement by the Minister of Coal Industry and Energy Igor Nasalik.

Novak: Sakhalin-1 and Gazprom Negotiate on Gas Purchase Price

“Sakhalin-1” and “Gazprom” reached an agreement in principle on gas supplies in the context of Gazprom’s deliveries of gas to Rosneft’s VNKhK, negotiations are currently underway on the price, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in an interview with Kommersant newspaper

The largest US companies will raise salaries after the adoption of the tax reform

The largest US companies have promised to raise staff salaries and increase investment after the adoption of the law on tax reform, which reduces the tax burden on the corporate sector.

The bill on crypto-currencies will be presented on December 28

Presentation of the draft law on the regulation of the Crypto-currency in Russia will be held on December 28, Anatoly Aksakov, head of the State Duma committee for the Finnish market, said at a press conference in Tass.

Gazprom and CNPC agreed on gas supplies from the Far East to China

Gazprom and CNPC agreed on the basic terms for the supply of natural gas from the Russian Far East to China. The agreement of the parties was signed in Beijing by the leaders of the two energy companies Alexei Miller and Van Ilin.

Sberbank refused to cancel the commission for transfers within the bank

Sberbank in the coming years will not refuse to charge a commission from the bank’s customers for transfers between regional branches of the credit institution. On Thursday, December 21, said the head of the Savings Bank German Gref, TASS reported.

In the coming years, this commission will continue. – German Gref, Russian statesman

The budget of Crimea for 2018 was adopted with a deficit of 2.5 billion rubles

Deputies of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea on Thursday in the second, final, reading passed a law on the budget of the region for 2018, according to which it will be executed with a deficit of 2.5 billion rubles, the TASS correspondent reports from the parliamentary session.

Ukraine continues to buy Russian nuclear fuel

Nuclear fuel for $ 381.177 million was purchased by Ukraine during January-October 2017, the press service of the State Statistics Service of Ukraine. According to statistical data, for the indicated period Kiev imported nuclear fuel only from Russia and Sweden

The prices for gasoline have again grown on Kamchatka

Price tags were changed at night. The drivers found that a liter of AI-92 now cost them 80 kopecks more – at 45.6 rubles. A liter of diesel fuel became more expensive for two rubles and costs 50.35 rubles, and the cost of AI-95 and AI-80 increased by a ruble – gasoline of this density is offered at a price of 48.25 rubles and 42.20 rubles, respectively. The reasons for the increase in price tags are not reported.

Statoil and BP intend to invest in natural gas production in Algeria

The Tiguentourine field was put into operation in 2006. For all the time, 78 billion cubic meters of natural gas have been extracted here. The amount of investments amounted to 3.4 billion US dollars, the representatives of the Norwegian Statoil summed up.

Gazprom Neft negotiates about 1.5-2 million tons of aviation kerosene to China after 2020

“Gazprom Neft” after the completion of the modernization of the Omsk Oil Refinery (OREZ) in 2020, can begin to export to China up to 1.5-2 million tons of jet fuel

Putin said the Russian economy out of the recession

The growth of trade and consumer demand, which has been growing by about 3% since September, a steady increase in freight turnover in rail transport, which has recently been around 6%, and an increase in demand for labor and a decrease in unemployment. – Vladimir Putin


Communal payments grew three times more than inflation

The average check for housing and communal services in January-October increased by 9.5% and amounted to 2700 rubles. The growth rate of utility payments was three times higher than inflation. This is evidenced by the results of a study of the bank “Russian Standard”.

Russians told how much they need money for a decent life

The average Russian for a decent life needs about 40 thousand rubles, said the general director of the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VCIOM) Valery Fedorov. According to him, the issue of “worthy income” this year was included for the first time in the pre-New Year poll

The State Duma adopted a law on the creation of a single register of corrupt officials

The State Duma adopted in the third and final reading a draft law on the creation of a register of corrupt officials, which will include people dismissed in connection with the loss of confidence due to corruption crimes.

Megafon will start to cancel roaming since January

In January 2018, Megafon began adjusting tariffs for intranet roaming. This is stated in the message of the mobile operator.

The law on monthly payments to the first-born was adopted definitively

The State Duma unanimously adopted in the third and final reading the laws initiated by the president on improving the demographic situation. This is the law on monthly payments at the birth of the first child and on the extension of the program of the matkapital until 2021.

Deputies of the State Duma will receive up to 1 million rubles a year for transport

The deputies of the State Duma in 2018 will allocate 1 million rubles. per year on transportation costs during trips to the regions, RBC reports with reference to a source in the committee for control and regulations and an interlocutor in the apparatus of the lower house of parliament.

VTsIOM: almost 80% of Russians plan to celebrate New Year at home

According to Fedorov, only 1% of respondents plan to travel abroad for the New Year holidays, about the same number of respondents intend to celebrate the New Year in the countryside boarding houses.

“The index of happiness” of Russians exceeded pre-crisis values

The Russians adapted to the new economic realities and became happier than before the crisis, the general director of VTsIOM Valery Fyodorov told journalists.

Christmas train launched in the Moscow metro

The thematic train dedicated to the festival “Journey to Christmas” began to run along the Circle Line of the Moscow Metro. At the solemn ceremony of launching the composition was attended by the head of the Moscow department of trade and services Alexei Nemeryuk.

The main New Year’s spruce of Russia was decorated in the style of Russian fairs

The main spruce of the country on the Cathedral Square of the Kremlin was decorated for the New Year celebration in the style of Russian fairs.

Passage in Moscow electric trains in 2018 will not go up

“I can assure that in 2018 the prices for travel on the trains of the Center will not change,” said Dyakonov. Earlier, the Moscow authorities reported that the cost of travel on the map “Troika” in public transport will rise in price by one ruble from January 2, 2018 – to 36 rubles.

Moscow will build an underground station in the style of origami

The new station of the Moscow subway “Olkhovaya” will be built in the style of origami (the art of folding sheets of paper into shapes). The design for the new stations of the Sokolnicheskaya metro line “Olkhovaya” and “Stolbovo” was approved by Moscomarchitecture.

Khodorkovsky opened a new site instead of blocked by Roskomnadzor

The resource was blocked at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office, which was filed on December 11. Also, the sites “Instead of Putin”, “Khodorkovsky.ru” and “Open Law” were blocked. The Roskomnadzor registry indicated that these resources were also blocked by the decision of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Campaign to support Telegram in the fight against the FSB and ILO

The organization Roskomsvoboda announced on Thursday that it is launching a public campaign in support of the Telegram messenger, Sarkis Darbinian, a lawyer of the “Roskomvoboda”, told “Vedomosti” about it.

In St. Petersburg can rename the streets with Soviet names

A number of streets with Soviet names are planning to be renamed in St. Petersburg. They can return historical names. The idea was supported by the Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko.

For example, Soviet streets were called the Christmas Years 130, and such a step is justified. But the very first, original names of these streets did not take root. Only historians remember them now, why should they return to them? – Georgy Poltavchenko, Russian politician

In 2017, 24 new churches were built in Moscow

For the expiring 2017 in Moscow, 24 new churches were built. Such information was provided by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill at the opening of the annual Diocesan Assembly of Moscow

According to the head of the capital construction department Andrei Bochkarev, in 2017 the city will put into operation seven schools of general education for 6650 places and three primary schools for 1 thousand seats.

Putin called the Serebrennikov case an investigation, not a prosecution

Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the case of director Kirill Serebrennikov, calling him “an investigation, not a prosecution.” According to the words of the Russian leader, otherwise “his performance would not have been staged on the stage of the Bolshoi Theater, and this happened.”

In Russia, conducted a second operation to install a bionic eye

Earlier, Deputy Minister of Health Tatyana Yakovleva announced plans to begin production of a bionic eye in Russia. June 30, 2017 in Russia for the first time conducted an operation to transplant the bionic eye.

In Israel, a 42-year-old woman gave birth to the 20th child

In the Israeli capital, a 42-year-old woman was born a son who became her 20th child, writes the Jerusalem Post on Thursday. The birth lasted several hours and passed without complications, the child was born absolutely healthy.

The State Duma increased payments in case of an accident on the euro-protocol up to 100 thousand rubles

The State Duma passed a law that increases the maximum insurance indemnity in case of an accident, executed according to the europrotocol, up to 100 thousand rubles.


In China, completed the new longest glass bridge in the world

The new longest glass bridge in the world is erected in the Chinese province of Hebei, he will open to visit as early as this Sunday, reports China Daily. The length of the bridge, which is located in the picturesque area of Hunyangu Pinshan County, Shijiazhuang City, is 488 meters, and the width is 2 meters.

Will not be able to travel abroad due to debts of 1.9 million people in Russia

“As of 01.12.2017 there are about 1.9 million resolutions on the temporary restriction on the departure of debtors from the Russian Federation for a total amount of more than 1 trillion rubles,” the source said in the RT department.

In the Botanical Garden for the New Year decorated with palm trees

Exotic trees decorated with Christmas balls. In the Botanical Garden of St. Petersburg, palm trees, araucaria and even beech will now be found. Alternative Christmas trees made for the annual excursion “New Year’s plants of the world.”

The authorities of St. Petersburg intend to introduce a tourist fee

According to the mayor collected from travelers money will go to restore the sights of the city, told RIA Novosti. On Thursday, December 21, St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko spoke about the idea of introducing a tourist gathering for the city’s guests.

The idea of tourist collection, in principle, I like. We have a huge number of monuments, and first of all tourists just go to see them. They need to be restored, and for this purpose, money never happens much. – Georgy Poltavchenko, Russian politician

Russians are going to celebrate the New Year in Minsk, Prague and the Baltic States

Most of the numbers from 1 to 8 January Russians are booked by Russians in Tallinn, Riga, Minsk and Prague. This was reported by representatives of the press center of the resource Booking.com. Employees of the hotel booking service say that the Baltic States attract travelers with a special atmosphere.

In Simferopol offered to limit the cost of air travel to Crimea

Minister of resorts and tourism of Crimea Vadim Volchenko believes that one of the solutions to the problem of the high cost of air travel to the peninsula may be the establishment of the maximum allowable cost, taking into account the seasonality.

On Christmas, Israel expects to receive 20% more pilgrims

In 2017, during the Christmas holidays, Israel expects to receive 20% more Christian pilgrims more than a year earlier. This was stated in the Ministry of Tourism of the country

Vadim Volchenko: Crimea can become popular not only with beach rest

Today, Crimea among tourists is perceived as a zone for beach recreation, but the region has the potential to develop sports, mountain, gastronomic, business and event tourism, said the head of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic Vadim Volchenko.

The Greek airline opened the sale of tickets for a direct flight from Omsk

The Greek airline Ellinair has been running direct flights from Omsk to Thessaloniki on Airbus A320 aircraft since June 2018. According to the website of the Greek airline, from June 1 to September 21, scheduled for nine flights from Omsk. The frequency of departures is once in two weeks.

Airline “Angara” is preparing to open new international flights

As part of the program to link large cities of Kazakhstan and Russia, Angara Airlines is preparing to open new flights that will increase the transit potential of local airports.

Saudi Arabia will issue visas to tourists from the beginning of 2018

Tourist visas Saudi Arabia will start issuing visas in the first quarter of 2018. The Kingdom previously announced its readiness to launch electronic visas for all nationalities whose countries allow citizens to visit Saudi Arabia.

“Bryansk Forest” Calls for New Year Holidays

The central farmstead will work from 1 to 6 January, according to the website of the institution. An employee of the reserve will work in the visit-center of the reserve these days. On group excursions along the ecological path “Our house – the Bryansk forest” it is possible to make an appointment before December 28


Blocked at the mine “Esaulskaya” miners rescued

In the evening on Wednesday at the mine “Esaulskaya” there was a collapse of the rock on the impassable ventilation drift in 100 meters from the place of mining. At this time there were 100 miners underground, 97 of them independently came to the surface. Three more were blocked behind the rubble.

In Podolsk, the man opened fire from the window of the apartment

“The attacker, while in the apartment of one of the houses on Narodnaya Street, fired several shots from the unidentified weapon, causing two physical injuries to two local residents,” the report said. At present, the man who opened the shooting was detained.

Police blew up a suspicious car near Buckingham Palace

The London police canceled the alarm announced near Buckingham Palace because of a suspicious car after having conducted a controlled explosion. Earlier it was reported that policemen at about 21.00 (00.00 Moscow time) found a suspicious car in Hyde Park-Corner Square and cordoned off the area.

Members of the PSC were not allowed to check the conditions of detention of Ulyukayev in the SIZO

Members of the Public Monitoring Commission (PMC) of Moscow were not allowed on Thursday to check the conditions of detention of former economic development minister Alexei Ulyukayev in the Sailor’s Matrosskaya Tishina, Interfax correspondent Ivan Melnikov

The conflict on board the plane in Kaliningrad ended in stabbing

The conflict on board the aircraft because of badly smelling socks ended in stabbing in the parking lot of the airport “Khrabrovo” in Kaliningrad, according to the regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. According to police, between the two men began on board the aircraft there was a squabble, which lasted the entire flight.

In Mexico, crashed plane with tourists

A small plane with five people on board crashed on Thursday in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, reports the portal Cancun Noticias. According to preliminary data, aboard the Cessna 207 were four tourists from the UK and a pilot.

In St. Petersburg seized more than 250 kg of drugs

During searches that lasted almost two days, about 28 kilograms of cocaine, about 190 kilograms of amphetamine, more than 30 kilograms of hashish, 150 marijuana, and 100,000 tablets of MDMA were seized. In the apartment of one of the figurants found cash for 21 million rubles.

In Russia for the first time given a life sentence for drug trafficking

Mosoblsud for the first time in the history of Russia has appointed a verdict in the form of life imprisonment to the leader of a gang that was involved in drug trafficking, RIA Novosti reports citing Mosoblsud’s spokeswoman Natalia Osipova. “Sheroli Tabarov was given a life sentence,” Osipova said.

Pedestrian trip: Melbourne canceled Christmas light shows

On Thursday, in a sign of solidarity with the victims when the car hit pedestrians in the center of Melbourne, the city authorities canceled the Christmas light show, RIA Novosti reported.

The regional court softened the verdict to “Khabarovsk cheaters”

The Khabarovsk regional court softened the verdict of the girls who were found guilty of cruel animal killings, a court representative told RIA Novosti. Alena Savchenko court reduced the term to four years, Alina Orlova – up to three years.


The first actress to expose Weinstein was recognized as the star of this year’s show business

American actress Ashley Judd, who first publicly accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, became the main character of American show business in the past year. This title was awarded to her by the Associated Press

Actress Vera Sotnikova asked thieves to return two stolen fur coats

The robbers took out of her apartment two coats, which Sotnikova very much asked to return. On her page in Instagram, the actress published two photos, where she poses in stolen outfits and asks her subscribers to respond if they can find people on the street in the described fur coats

Published the first photo with the engagement of Prince Harry and Megan Markle

The engagement took place at the end of November. It is worth noting that the picture clearly shows the engagement ring, the design of which Prince Harry designed independently. Recall, the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Megan Markle will be held May 19, 2018

Nick Vuychich became the father of twin girls

On Friday, December 22, it became known about the birth of twins from the world-famous motivational speaker Nika Vuychich.

Chief conductor of the London Orchestra Dutoit was left without work

The chief conductor of the Royal London Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Duthoit, lost three jobs at once because of accusations of sexual harassment. Against the background of the scandal, the Swiss maestro was fired from the symphony orchestras of Boston, New York and San Francisco, Deadline reported.

The star “Univer” and “Gogol” starred in an erotic photo shoot

The actress of the series “Univer” and the blockbuster “Gogol” Julia Franz (Dzutseva) decided to make her fans a New Year gift in the form of an open photo shoot

Diana Arbenina was going to marry in the year of the Dog

Diana Arbenina hopes that the coming year of the Dog will bring her pleasant changes in her personal life, Sobesednik.ru learned. The star of “Night Snipers” does not exclude that he will soon become a legitimate wife.

The daughter of the Krasnodar judge went around the Primadonna and Prince Harry

The research was carried out by the analytical company Medialogiya. The most popular wedding of the year in the media was the marriage of the judge’s daughter from Krasnodar. The attention of the press was attracted by the sum of 2 million dollars spent by the family of a regional judge on a holiday for her child

After the divorce, Jigarkhanyan began to live with a new woman

People’s Artist Armen Djigarkhanyan started a new life after the divorce. Recently, the actor moved from a small “odnushki” to a spacious “treshka” in Kuntsevo. In the new apartments, the people’s artist lives not alone, but together with a woman who, incidentally, like the ex-spouse of the actor, the blonde

TNT Channel introduced censorship for the Comedy Club and the TV series “Fizruk”

There is no strict ban on “national jokes” on the channel, but TNT management asks more carefully to create entertainment programs, “so that in the future it would not be necessary to apologize to anyone”. Earlier, Channel Five told that TNT released a video with apologies to the Ingush people.

“The elder wife” Valery Zolotukhin told about the black passion of the actor

Forty years Tamara Zolotukhina was the wife of the great actor Valery Zolotukhin, but practically all these years she had to share her husband with other women.

The star “House-2” Vodonaeva called the abomination of Russians drinking

Model Alena Vodonayev was in the same train with “overgrown abomination.” The former participant of the scandalous show “Dom-2”, and now the successful model and TV presenter Alena Vodonaeva said that she was recently in the same train with drunk passengers.

Polina Gagarina starred in the video “Disarmed” completely naked

The famous singer appeared in the video completely naked. In the new video, you can see the completely naked Pauline Gagarin, who is posing against the gray background, cross-legged. Despite the fact that the singer became a mom for the second time in April this year, she decided to film completely naked in the video.

Hollywood star renting dwelling to make ends meet

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, who ended up in a shallow state after a divorce, is forced to take his five apartments in the center of Los Angeles. Settled in Depp’s apartment, where he lived with actress Amber Hurd, you can only for $ 7500 a month.

Chekhov, expelled from Venice, celebrates his 40th birthday in Sochi

Border guards sent Anfisa Chekhova from Italy, not allowing her to celebrate the 40th anniversary

Safely flying to Venice, on passport control it was discovered that my Schengen ended on December 14. I got so worked up that I completely forgot to see to which numbers my visa is. With me for the first time such. And it was on my anniversary, which I wanted to celebrate in beautiful Venice with my friends. – Anfisa Chekhova, TV presenter

Anna Kurnikova and Enrique Iglesias spent $ 600,000 for the safety of newborn children

It turned out that the famous tennis player and her husband spent about 600 thousand US dollars in order to make the house and neighborhoods much safer for small family members.

Russell Crowe will sell the clothes used in his films

A well-known Hollywood actor Russell Crowe announced to the general public that he is going to arrange a grand sale in which the accessories and clothes used in his movies will be presented

Katy Perry put on a belt of loyalty and licked the sword in the new clip

Perry appeared in the form of an aristocrat of the eighteenth century, not wanting to marry and dreaming of becoming Joan of Arc. In the clip, the artist appears in the fidelity belt and slices the whipped cream from the blade of the sword

Svetlana Loboda published in Instagram a teaser clip for the song “The Guy”

Svetlana Loboda pleased the subscribers of Instagram by publishing a teaser for the song “The Boy” in the photoset. 18-second video outlines the main directions of the new video work of the famous singer. Svetlana Loboda herself thinks the clip for the musical composition “The Guy” is stunning and has a profound meaning.


Exhibitions. Remember the traditions of the Soviet era

For the first time Roerich’s creativity will be presented in stages, at different times: before the 1917 revolution, during the Finnish emigration and the years of life in America. The exhibition will last until 17 January.

Putin proposed the development of a new law on culture

The draft law must pass through a procedure of wide public discussion. In the future law it is important to clearly reflect the specifics, the specifics of the sphere of culture, its comprehensive nature and the importance of both a mission and a public good. – Vladimir Putin

Lipchans will see the broadcast of the concert of Boris Berezovsky

Berezovsky performs with the best orchestras of the world, his solo concerts take place in the best halls of the world, among the partners of Berezovsky in the chamber ensemble – Vadim Repin, Dmitry Makhtin, Alexander Knyazev, Yana Ivanilova, Akiko Suvanai, Hamish Milne. In the extensive discography of Berezovsky – about 40 CDs and DVDs.

The workshop of Konchalovsky became a memorial museum

On Thursday, December 21, a presentation of a new museum space took place – an art workshop of one of the founders of the Russian avant-garde Petr Konchalovsky. The workshop is located in house 10 on Bolshaya Sadovaya

The Orchestra “Tula Patterns” presented the audience with a new program

The Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments “Tula Patterns” presented to the Tula people its new musical program “We Meet the New Year!”.

Bends and tricks: what will surprise the audience circus artists

Artists prepare circus and acrobatic numbers, stunt tricks, viewers and ballet, music, as well as artistic jumps in the water. The show will be pleased with chases, fights, stunts, dances, clownery and performances by masters of synchronized swimming.

Circus musical “Twelve Months” can be seen only in Izhevsk and only until the end of the New Year holidays – a unique performance that united the drama theater, a musical show, the most complex acrobatics and dressing, was created specifically for the State Circus of Udmurtia.

Boris Golodnitsky received the award for the scenography of “Jesus Christ”

The director of the Kostroma Chamber Theater Boris Golodnitsky became a laureate of the state award of the Republic of Mari El for creating a scenography for the play “Jesus Christ the Superstar”

The State Duma regulates film festivals

If the film is shown at a film festival that takes place on the territory of the Russian Federation and includes a contest program, the rental certificate will not be required

Medvedev congratulated film director and screenwriter Kvinikhidze on his 80th birthday

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev congratulated the film director, screenwriter and honored art worker of Russia Leonid Kvinikhidze on his 80th birthday, noting his rare talent. The telegram was published on the website of the Cabinet.

Jane Fonda celebrates 80th anniversary on set

Last year, Jane Fonda was again nominated for the Golden Globe, and this is for the Emmy Award. Now the actress is busy filming the fourth season of the series “Grace and Frankie”, which is scheduled to be premiered next year. It is not excluded that Jane Fonda celebrated her 80th birthday on the set.

In Kazan will host a new film festival

In Kazan in 2018 for the first time there will pass a new film festival – “Week of the Turkic cinema”. This was told to journalists by the director of “Tatarkino” Milyaush Ajtuganov.

Pskov composer Nikolai Mishukov celebrated his 85th birthday on stage

In Pskov on December 20, composer Nikolai Mishukov celebrated his jubilee. As Komsomolskaya Pravda-Pskov was told in the press service of the regional administration, the honored worker of culture turned 85 years old. As befits a true figure of art, Nikolai Mishukov met a round date on the stage.

Participants of “Leningrad” released an album of instrumental music

Musicians of the group “Leningrad”, united in a new ensemble of instrumental music “Radar”, recorded a nostalgic album of compositions in which they pay tribute to the melodies of their youth

In Perm they performed the “Leningrad” symphony of Shostakovich

For the first time “Leningradskaya” was performed in the spring in Kuibyshev in 42 year. In Leningrad, the Seventh sounded on August 9, 1942

“Crematorium” and “Kalinov Bridge” will perform with a concert in Simferopol

Rock groups “Crematorium” and “Kalinov Bridge” will perform in Simferopol on December 22 with a concert. About this Kryminforma said the head of the company “Inconcert” Igor Neskubin. As the organizer said, the three-hour rock concert continues the tradition of the festival “Crimean Rock-Elka”

Ice music sounded in the Royal Festival Hall of London

One of the most talented drummers in the world creates musical instruments from ice and teaches them to sing. He performed an amazing show at the Royal Festival Hall in London, the “MIR 24” TV channel reported. Such ice music can melt any doubting heart.

Novorzhevskie artists will present their version of the thriller “Gogol. Start”

“We decided to start a merry meeting of this magical holiday with a mystical prank in the style of Nikolai Vasilyevich, no spectator will remain indifferent and will remember with pleasure our performance,” noted the directorate of the cultural and sports complex of the Novorzhevsky district.

Theater them. Tolstoy prepares the premiere of a children’s play

The Tolstoy Theater invites young spectators on December 23 to the premiere of the children’s play “Winnie the Pooh and Other Opportunities.” This is a fairy tale based on the book Milne, which contains several favorite stories. The performance will take place in the theater from December 23 to January 6.

Chelyabinets are invited to visit “beyond the fairy tale”

The audience will not only be able to see the New Year’s fairy tale themselves, but also give an opportunity to see it to children with disabilities: the funds raised will be used to ensure the performance at 5 pm, for which children from “special families” will be invited free of charge.

Celebratory events will be held on Tver from December 31 to January 2

As part of the Travels on Christmas, Tverskaya Street will become a pedestrian for the celebration of the New Year. This is reported on the channel Festivals of Moscow in Telegram. Talented regional artists on theatrical scenes of Tverskaya Street will entertain guests and residents of Moscow from December 31 to January 2.

Workshop of Peter Fomenko invites to the exhibition of dolls

In the winter garden of the New Stage of the Theater “Pyotr Fomenko Workshop” there is an exhibition of dolls by Elena Grabovskaya. The exposition will be open until mid-January. The exhibition features textile skeleton dolls, each of which has “its own unique character,” the website of the theater reports.


Facebook has entered into a licensing agreement with Universal Music Group

As reported by The Verge, social network Facebook has entered into a licensing agreement with the American record company Universal Music Group (UMG).

Aeroflot is the first in Russia to start tracking baggage online

Aeroflot is the first company in Russia to introduce passenger luggage tracking online, which will allow it to constantly monitor its location, the air carrier’s press service reported.

Pavel Durov is preparing to issue his own crypto currency

Former employee of VKontakte and subordinate of Pavel Durov Anton Rosenberg said that the creator of Telegram is preparing to launch its own crypto currency. According to Rosenberg, thereby Durov will begin to monetize the messenger and provide Asian countries with a virtual payment system.

Roskomnadzor launches state services for telecom operators

Head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov presented an interactive service portal for Russian telecoms operators. It is reported that with its help, companies in this industry will be able to submit applications electronically and track the stages of their consideration online.

As part of the startup invented a 3D printer for printing medications

It is worth noting that the size of the device is similar to a toaster or an electric kettle. With the help of the printer it will be possible to create medicines strictly by prescription. The creators of the printer reported that the printing of medicines will take no more than ten minutes.

The parameters of the frequencies 5G

According to representatives, the parameters of 5G-networks will be officially published this week. Disclosure of cellular communication parameters means that mobile operators will soon be able to start deploying commercial 5G networks. Recall, 5G will not be released until 2019.

Konica Minolta updated the platform of MarketPlace

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. and Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe introduced an updated version of the Konica Minolta MarketPlace platform (formerly bizhub MarketPlace), which allows you to download and use applications and licenses that extend the functionality of the MFP.

In ADFOX added a new format for banners – Interscroller

In ADFOX have added a new format of interactive advertising banners – Interscroller. This solution for banners with different content: for both HTML-creatives and images. Interscroller was specifically designed to be shown in the content

Experts have discovered a new banking virus Catelites Bot

Avast specialists have discovered a new Trojan Catelites Bot, which allows scammers to steal money through a mobile bank. The virus is targeted at more than 2,200 banks and financial institutions around the world.

Tutanota solved the main problem of secure e-mail services

With the latest update of Tutanota, full-text search for encrypted letters and contacts became available to users. Search among the encrypted data is one of the biggest problems preventing the ubiquitous transition to secure e-mail.

LG announces first monitors with Nano IPS-matrix and 5K-resolution

LG is going to bring to the States its first monitor, created using Nano IPS technology, which provides even more realistic colors in comparison with current models. The coverage of the DCI-P3 color space here is 98%, and the maximum brightness is 60 cd / m2.

Parallels RAS receives biometric authentication support

Parallels, together with Indeed Identity, has provided the ability to share the virtual application and desktop delivery system with Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS) and True Authentication (Indeed EA).


Scientists have learned to print flexible electronics with molten metal

Carrying out their research at the University of North Carolina, scientists presented a very ambitious technology of 3D printing, with which it is possible to significantly reduce the total amount of expenses as a result of the production of promising “flexible” electronics where molten metal is used.

Scientists have found a marine predator, who lived half a billion years ago

Canadian scientists found a marine predator, who lived about half a billion years ago. As it turned out, the creature, which received the name Habelia optata, was amphibian. At the same time, the structure of her body was much more complicated, and her skin was more durable

Scientists have taught the robot to exercise and sweat

Japanese scientists from Tokyo have trained an anthropoid robot in physical education. The machine sweats just like a person. The humanoid robot Kengoro has the skills of sports training: can squat, spin, stretch the back muscles.

Scientists: Nanoelectronic chip managed to cool almost to absolute zero

Swiss scientists have made a successful experiment, cooling the nano-electronic chip to a temperature close to absolute zero. Physicists at the University of Basel decided to conduct an experiment. They tried to conduct a cooled nanoelectronic device to minimum temperatures.

Scientists first found bacteria in polar ice and snow

Scientists first discovered traces of the vital activity of bacteria in the Arctic and Antarctic ice and snow. About the discovery and its meaning, they told in the Journal of The Royal Society Interface. It has already been established that bacteria can exist at very low temperatures.

Scientists have created a hormonal gel for male contraception

American scientists have developed a new tool for male contraception. The drug in the form of a hormonal gel is tested on 400 men from different countries. If the experiment succeeds, another means of “preventing” pregnancy will appear on the market.

Scientists: CRISPR gene delays amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

American scientists from the University of California have identified the ability of the CRISPR gene to delay amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Currently, this disease is considered incurable. ALS is a slow-acting degenerative disorder of the nervous system.

A new method for the synthesis of a promising magnetic material

Russian scientists have used a new method for the synthesis of iron-dysprosium garnet Dy3Fe5O12. Magnetic materials of this class are used in microwave and magnetic-photon technology. Iron-dysprosium garnet has been little studied and may have previously unknown properties.

Flabby skin saved myxin from sharks

Mixina can survive a shark bite because her skin is weakly attached to the body, and not because the shark can not bite it. This was established by a group of scientists from the US and Canada, who investigated the resistance of myxin bites.

Molecular mapping will help criminologists. And will be able to spy on the PIN-code

To determine the characteristics of the molecular and bacterial composition of the skin surface, scientists from the European Laboratories of Molecular Biology (EMBL) and the University of San Diego in California have previously developed a method of molecular mapping


Russian scientists are working on creating a facility for studying the sun

Russian scientists from the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences have begun to develop installations that allow them to better study the solar atmosphere. Experts plan to close the gap in the radar network for studying the ionosphere over the Arctic

NASA discovered a 700-kilometer crack in the Sun

NASA experts believe that in the crown of the Sun formed a crack, the length of which is about 700 000 km. It is this crack that forms a powerful stream of the solar wind. This phenomenon is better known as the coronal hole.

Turkmenistan will allocate money for the second satellite

In the next seven years, the republic’s authorities plan to spend about 1.3 billion manat for the development of the space industry. This amount, according to the portal Trend, includes the costs for the second artificial satellite, which is intended for sounding the Earth.

NASA has chosen new goals for the space mission in the 2020s

The US space agency NASA has chosen two concepts of robotic missions for deep space exploration in the mid-2020s.

Program of scientists from Moscow State University will improve the work of radars on interplanetary probes

Physicists from Russia and Europe have developed a unique algorithm that allows to improve the quality of radars installed on board satellites studying Mars, the Moon and other planets, and to clear their signal from interference, according to an article published in the journal Radio Science.

Siberian scientists will close the gap in the radar network for studying the ionosphere over the Arctic

Scientists of the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics of the Siberian Branch of the RAS within the framework of the National Heliogeophysical Complex of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Eastern Siberia will close the gap in the radar network for the study of the ionosphere over the Arctic

A giant cosmic “skull” rushes to Earth

For the first time, the cosmic body, called TB145, was recorded in 2015, then the asteroid flew at a relatively close distance from our planet – the minimum distance between the “skull” and the Earth was about 1.3 times larger than before the moon.

In search of extraterrestrial life

It is planned that the expedition will be sent in 2069. This mission will be timed to the 100th anniversary of the first landing of a man on the moon. It is assumed that small probes will be sent to the interstellar journey.

In 2018, there will be a great confrontation between Mars

The press service of the Irkutsk Planetarium, whose specialists observe the space closest to us daily, announced the Great Controversy of Mars in 2018.

On a distant star, we considered a giant anomalous zone

The appearance of anomalous cells is associated with plasma convection, writes Lenta.ru. Anomaly was detected with the help of Chile’s optical telescopes Very Large Telescope in the infrared range.

Acura introduced a new RDX crossover teaser

Acura is preparing for him a presentation of a new crossover RDX, a teaser that you can see in the video above. Experience suggests that the prototypes of Acura and Honda go into the series almost unchanged, so that RDX promises to be very attractive

The new KIA Ceed without camouflage is seen on the tests

Initially, a five-door hatchback will be introduced, and later a three-door version will appear, as well as a version in the body of the station wagon. It is already known that the new KIA cee’d, unlike its predecessor, will get larger dimensions.

Linkin Park will help in creating the sound of electromobiles Mercedes-AMG

American rock band Linkin Park will help Mercedes-AMG to create the sound of electric cars, reports Wheels with reference to the head of the brand Tobias Moers.

Renault Dokker appeared on sale from Russian dealers

Russian dealers Renault began selling Dokker a new multifunctional car for business – Renault Dokker, which from December 5 is also available in the online showroom Renault.

Aston Martin Vulcan tracked supercar for ordinary roads

The British engineering company RML Group has remodeled the Aston Martin Vilsup track supercar into a civilian car that is allowed to drive on ordinary roads.

Ultra-light and ultra-high-speed supercar SerpaS will be built in Italy

The project of creating a new supercar is called SerpaS, and its development is engaged in order tuning studio Aznom of Monza. The novelty has a length of 4 079 mm, and its width and height will be 1763 and 1025 mm.

Why the new Hyundai i30 is still not sold in Russia

The new Hyundai i30 debuted in September last year at the Paris Motor Show. Before our country, the hatchback was supposed to arrive in June of this year, but the novelty did not appear on sale. Such a long delay is associated with a rapid decline in the popularity of C-class cars.

Subaru suspected of underreporting data on fuel consumption

The company Subaru was suspected of underreporting data on fuel consumption, reports Reuters. According to the publication, an independent audit, checking the activities of the Japanese automaker, expressed doubts about the correctness of the final inspection of cars.

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