25 Фев, 2022

Growth in cash loans

The Russians took out 1.44 million cash loans in January 2022, follows from the data of the service for the smart selection of financial services «Kredistoriya» (JSC «OKB»), which has information about approximately 97% of bank borrowers. Compared to January last year (1.14 million), cash loans increased by 26%.

The volume of funds provided by the Russians by banks amounted to 448 billion rubles, which is 16% more than in January 2021, when borrowers took out cash loans for a total of 386 billion rubles.

Among the 30 regions in which the population took out the most cash loans in January, the strongest growth in disbursements was in the Krasnodar Territory (by 35%), the Rostov Region (+34%) and the Moscow Region (+34%). The lowest growth is in the Perm Territory (+16%), the Volgograd Region (+16%) and the Samara Region (+15%).

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In the Moscow suburbs, the cheapest cities are rapidly rising in price. The most expensive city in the Moscow suburbs is Reutov, which surpasses even Khimki in terms of the cost of a square meter — 201 thousand rubles, and the average cost of an apartment — 11.5 million rubles.

Shchelkovo remains the cheapest of the satellite cities of Moscow, where a «square» costs 126 thousand rubles, and an apartment — 6.5 million. This was found out by specialists from the federal portal «WORLD OF APARTMENTS»; analysts also analyzed the dynamics of prices in 17 cities of the near belt of the Moscow region since February last year.

Podolsk became the champion in terms of rising prices in the «secondary» among the satellite cities — here a square meter grew by 29.1% over the year. The prices for apartments in Korolev (+26.4%), Kotelniki (+26.3%), Lytkarino (+25.8%) and Lyubertsy (+23.1%) went up significantly.

Reutov (+14.3%), Odintsovo (+14.4%), Shchelkovo (+14.9%), Dzerzhinsky (+15%) and Krasnogorsk (+15.3%) grew the least among the cities of the Moscow region.

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The Japanese authorities have imposed new sanctions against Japan, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said, according to Kyodo. They include the suspension of visas for some Russians. To whom, exactly, is not specified. As part of the sanctions package, Japan will freeze the assets of Russian financial institutions, he continued. The country will also impose restrictions on the export of semiconductors and other goods to Russia.

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New Zealand has banned the issuance of visas to Russian officials and other citizens. This was stated by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, reports the local edition of the RNZ. According to her, those under sanctions will not be able to obtain visas to enter or transit through New Zealand.

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The second package of EU sanctions includes restrictions on the Russian oil market, announced the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

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Taiwan has announced that it will join the sanctions against Russia. This was reported by the press service of the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The US authorities have expanded the restrictions on the Russian public debt, transactions with debt obligations with a maturity of more than 14 days fell under the restrictions.

We are talking about 11 companies with state participation or organizations important for the economy and «two more companies with a predominance of private capital.» The list includes Gazprombank, Alfa-Bank, Sberbank, Transneft, Russian Railways, RusHydro, Rostelecom, Gazprom.

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Internet company Meta Platforms does not respond to the requirements of Roskomnadzor to unblock the materials of the Zvezda TV channel, the RIA Novosti news agency, the Lenta.ru and Gazeta.ru Internet sites, the department’s official telegram channel reported.

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Iranian media give details of a telephone conversation between the presidents of Iran and the Russian Federation. The parties, among other things, discussed in detail the course of negotiations on the JCPOA in Vienna.

Raisi in a telephone conversation with Putin said:

  • The Islamic Republic of Iran seeks a solid, not a shaky JCPOA agreement.
  • The provision of credible guarantees, the cessation of political claims and the de facto lifting of sanctions are prerequisites for reaching a lasting agreement.

NATO’s eastward expansion is tense. We hope that what is happening will benefit the peoples and the region.

The President of the Russian Federation focused Russia on the continuation of bilateral negotiations on a nuclear deal and said:

  • The current situation is a legitimate response to decades of violations of security treaties and attempts by the West to undermine Russia’s security.
  • We underline the continuation of consultations between the two sides on the nuclear talks.

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Zelensky called on EU leaders to disconnect Russia from SWIFT, impose an embargo on oil and gas trade, help the Ukrainian army with weapons and ammunition, and support the UN peacekeeping operation in Ukraine.

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New EU sanctions will affect Belarus, head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell said before the extraordinary summit

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Additional sanctions against the Russian Federation were approved on Thursday evening by the leaders of the EU countries. In a statement by the European Council, which was posted by its head Charles Michel, it is reported that the sanctions will affect the financial sector, energy, transport, exports, dual-use goods and visa policy for Russians. It is planned to expand the sanctions list of individuals from the Russian Federation.

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The Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed that Kiev has officially requested Ankara to restrict the passage of Russian warships through the Bosporus and Dardanelles.

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PJSC Rostelecom is included in the US sanctions list. This means, among other things, the freezing of accounts and the prohibition of American citizens and companies from entering into transactions with Rostelecom under the threat of a fine of up to $250,000, or twice the amount of the transaction price. The above also applies to subsidiaries in which Rostelecom owns 50% or more

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Tesla Inc plans to begin construction on a new plant in Shanghai as early as next month as part of a plan to more than double its manufacturing capacity in China to meet growing domestic and export market demand for its vehicles.

Once the new plant is fully operational, Tesla will be able to produce up to 2 million vehicles a year at its expanded facility in Shanghai, the company’s main export hub. By comparison, Toyota Motor Corp produced 1.6 million vehicles in China in 2021.

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Russian businessmen lost $39 billion on the first day, Bloomberg reported. The list of «impoverished» billionaires was headed by the president of LUKOIL, Vagit Alekperov, whose fortune was reduced by about $6.2 billion to $13 billion.

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Russian telecom operators and data centers have increased the capacity of communication channels, Kommersant reports, and have also suspended technical work on networks and software updates. This is necessary to avoid possible cyber attacks and foreign software updates that could potentially block the operation of systems.

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The American online store iHerb stopped accepting orders from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. The reason is called «logistical problems».

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The Investigative Committee of Russia has completed the case of bribery in the Pension Fund of Russia (PFR), Kommersant learned. According to investigators, six heads of key departments of the PFR and the head of the Interregional Information Center of the fund received more than 250 million rubles. from companies owned by ex-co-owner of Promsvyazbank Alexei Ananiev.

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VTB Bank said that due to the imposition of sanctions, the use of Visa and MasterCard cards abroad and payment with VTB cards on foreign websites is not possible.

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Russian electronics retailer DNS announced a 30% price increase. The reason is the growth of the dollar, said the director of the company Dmitry Alekseev.

“The day before, we suddenly faced the problem that all our activities turned into the distribution of the deficit. There was a rush demand, there were malfunctions in the site, sales almost doubled, ”the entrepreneur wrote in his Telegram channel.

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In the soils of the United States found the DNA of unknown viruses. The researchers collected soil samples from pastures in the states of Washington, Kansas and Iowa, which are characterized by moisture. Wetter soil contains more bacteria, which are host organisms for soil bacteriophage viruses.

Scientists sequenced the DNA contained in it, that is, they established the exact sequences of nucleotides, and correlated them with the viral genomes contained in the databases. In total, experts discovered 14 complete viral genomes.

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The International Criminal Court is monitoring developments and may launch an investigation into acts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed on its territory, said Karima Khan, the prosecutor of the legal instance.

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Ukraine is ready to negotiate status neutrality with Russia, but it must also receive security guarantees, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak said in a statement, RBC reports.

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Dariga Nazarbayeva, daughter of the first President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, announced the resignation of the deputy of the Mazhilis (lower house of parliament), writes the Kazakh portal Zakon.kz.

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Polish Radio reports that the country’s authorities have deployed 9 reception points for refugees from Ukraine on the Ukrainian-Polish border. They are located in Doroguska, Dlogobichev, Zosin, Hrebenna, Korchov, Medyka, Budomierzh and Krostsenko in Subcarpathia

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) reacted to the conflict in Ukraine. So: The Taliban are closely monitoring the situation, they fear civilian casualties and call on the parties to the conflict to refrain from intense hostilities.

Also, the Taliban, «in accordance with their neutral foreign policy,» called for peaceful resolution of problems. A separate request from the Taliban and the parties to the conflict: to take care of the rescue of Afghan students and migrants in Ukraine.

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Federated States of Micronesia announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Russia? RIA Novosi reports.

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The Estonian technical supervision banned the rebroadcasting of a number of Russian TV channels in order to protect the country’s public interests. According to the department, all television service providers should, at the first opportunity, stop broadcasting «transmitting prohibited information» TV channels RTR Planet, NTV Mir, NTV Mir Baltic, Rossiya-24 and TV Center International, and also the Belarusian channel «Belarus-24».

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The Russian Federation prohibits the arrival or transit of aircraft associated with the UK or registered in it, according to the Federal Air Transport Agency. Previously, Britain imposed sanctions on Aeroflot

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Scientists decided to create a kind of «musical encyclopedia», which will consist of recordings of the sounds of endangered animal species and hitherto unseen creatures. It will even be possible to make educational programs and learning platforms from this library.

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Manchester United terminated the contract with Aeroflot, which was the club’s sponsor

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The Norwegian Ski Federation has announced that its skiers will not compete in Russia

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International Ski Federation cancels the remaining stages of the 2021/22 World Cup season in Russia — press release

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Bank cards of VTB, Sovcombank, Novikombank, Promsvyazbank, Otkritie will stop working with ApplePay and GooglePay services, the Central Bank of Russia said

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Russia is ready to send its delegation to Minsk for negotiations with Ukraine, said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation.

«As you know, today the President of Ukraine Zelensky announced his readiness to discuss the neutral status of Ukraine. Initially, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the purpose of the operation was to help the LPR and the DPR, including through the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. And this, in fact, is an integral component of the neutral status,» Peskov said.

«In this context, in response to Zelensky’s proposal, Vladimir Putin is ready to send a Russian delegation to Minsk at the level of representatives of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the presidential administration for negotiations with the Ukrainian delegation,» the presidential press secretary said.

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Lukashenko assured Putin that Minsk would be ready to create all necessary conditions for the negotiation process between Russia and Ukraine — Peskov

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The Russian stage of Formula 1 racing is canceled

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Russia sees no possibility of recognizing the current government of Ukraine as democratic, said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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As a result of the additional issue, VTB reduced its stake in Demetra-Holding, which unites its grain assets. The State Bank, as follows from the information on the holding’s website, now owns a 45% stake in the grain holding. Previously, VTB was the owner of Demetra-Holding with a 50% plus one share.

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Access to the Intel site from Russia was blocked. The company does not comment on the reason, but earlier the functionality of some mobile applications was limited for Russians due to sanctions or the decision of their developers, RBC reports.

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The European Union is preparing a third package of sanctions against Russia in connection with the military operation in Ukraine, citing a source told Reuters. According to the interlocutor of the agency, the restrictions will include freezing the assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Europe. When they can enter, the source of the agency did not specify.

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Foreign auto companies suspend the supply of cars to Russia. Among them, according to Vedomosti: Audi, General Motors, Volkswagen, Skoda and Jaguar Land Rover.

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The Central Bank of the Russian Federation until June 30, 2022 suspends the restriction on the full cost of a consumer loan. The Central Bank also recommends that banks consider postponing the payment of dividends and bonuses to management.

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