17 Фев, 2022

Growth of illegal financial activity

At the end of 2021, the Bank of Russia recorded a sharp increase in the activity of participants in illegal financial activities. Compared to the previous year, the number of such companies increased by 1.7 times, while in the previous year the Central Bank recorded a drop in the scale of illegal activities. The regulator links the current revival of scammers to the active use of the Internet, including social networks and instant messengers, as well as the growing interest of individuals in the stock market.

As a result, the number of identified financial pyramids increased several times, including those aimed at buying crypto assets, as well as illegal participants in the financial market, primarily forex dealers.

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The Royal Academic Council of Thailand announced the change of the official foreign name of the country’s capital from Bangkok to Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. At the same time, it is emphasized that «both names can be used — Bangkok and Krung Thep Maha Nakhon»

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Twenty-three percent of Russian high school students would like to go abroad for permanent residence. Of the first and second year students, 17% of those wishing to do so. Such data was provided by the Director General of the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) Valery Fedorov.

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The mechanism that allows to cut payments from the EU budget to member countries for violations of the standards of the rule of law does not contradict the legislation of the union, the decision of the court in Luxembourg says.

According to Hungary and Poland, the document adopted a year ago does not comply with EU legislation and is an interference in the internal affairs of states. The lawsuit was filed in early 2021.

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One of the structures of Rosatom bought souvenirs, including 15 gift busts of Beria. The public procurement price is 1 million 400 thousand rubles. Cast iron «souvenir» had to be packed in a gift box and a velvet bag. Earlier, the Rosatom corporation itself ordered the installation of Beria’s figure in the atomic energy pavilion at VDNKh.

People’s Commissar of Internal Affairs of the USSR and General Commissar of State Security, Lavrenty Beria oversaw the creation of nuclear weapons in the USSR. But among the people he was more remembered for the repressions of 1937

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Record warming has been recorded in Antarctica, the temperature rose to plus 12.7 degrees Celsius. Scientists attribute the rise in temperature to the phenomenon of the «atmospheric river» — this is a narrow strip with a high concentration of atmospheric moisture, which quickly transferred warm masses of air and moisture from the tropics to Antarctica. The phenomenon intensified due to the effect of the «mountain hair dryer» — the so-called warm wind from the mountains. The previous record was set in 1985, when it rose to 11.7 degrees

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In Kazakhstan, from 2027, officials will be fined or fired for an unreasonable discrepancy between income and expenses. The chairman of the Anti-Corruption Agency, Marat Akhmetzhanov, explained: if the difference in expenses and incomes of a civil servant exceeds 1,000 MCI, he will be fined 90% of the difference.

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Belarus will not receive the requested $3.5 billion from the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development. According to Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, the fund does not have the opportunity to issue such an amount. Moscow is ready to give Belarus less support.

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The list of 2000 most influential AI scientists in the world (as of January 2022) is compiled by Zhipu AI Research and published by Tsinghua University. The list includes scientists from 43 countries.

USA (1146 top scientists — this is 57%).
China (232 top scientists — 12%).

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More and more Germans have a positive attitude towards migrants. 71% say they welcome people who come to the country to work or study. Refugees are much less welcome (59%). But here, too, there is a positive trend: if in 2017 more than half of those surveyed said that Germany could no longer accept refugees, now 36% think so.

Nearly half are sure that Germany should accept even more if it is necessary for humanitarian reasons. In 2019, migrants made up 26% of the German population

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Net profit according to the IFRS of the Russian gas production company NOVATEK in 2021 amounted to 433 billion rubles. Compared to 2020, it increased by 6.4 times. This follows from the financial results for the second quarter of 2021 published on the company’s website.

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Jewish media outlets, including the Yediot Ahronot newspaper, reported on Tuesday that Tel Aviv has refused to deploy the Iron Dome missile defense system in Kiev, fearing a strain on relations with Moscow following the Ukrainian president’s announcement that a Russian invasion is imminent.

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The Israeli intelligence minister, who is due to visit the UAE soon, announced support for the Abu Dhabi regime against Yemeni attacks and said that if Saudi Arabia wants, we are ready to help it.

In an interview with the Saudi news site Elaph, Elazar Stern noted the presence of secret relations with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, but declined to elaborate.

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The State Duma of Russia adopted a law allowing the state to collect money from officials from bank accounts through the courts if the amount of receipt exceeds the official income for the last three years, and the legality of receiving funds has not been confirmed

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The decision to join NATO remains with the Ukrainian people and government, and the United States supports any choice they make, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said in an interview with Ukrayinska Pravda.

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The main center for engineering and technical support and communications of the Federal Penitentiary Service announced the purchase of means of protection against unauthorized access. Previously, the agency faced leaks of videos of prisoners being tortured, as well as hacker attacks.

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of the country to approve a state security strategy, where Russia is called a threat.

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The number of British troops and equipment stationed in Estonia as part of the NATO mission will be doubled due to the situation around Ukraine. This order was given by British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace at a conference of heads of NATO defense ministries, Reuters and The Independent report.

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The British Foreign Office lit up its building in London in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, the press service of the British Foreign Office reported on Twitter.

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Russia continues to increase its military forces near the Ukrainian border instead of withdrawing them from there, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a briefing. He noted that this situation is of great concern, so that the United States is «doing everything possible» for a peaceful resolution of the crisis.

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After another round of aggravation of Russia’s relations with the West, which accuses it of preparing an invasion of Ukraine, the British authorities, according to the Financial Times, are going to completely cancel the issuance of «golden visas» — investor visas.

Associates of British Home Secretary Priti Patel said she is seeking the abolition of investor visas over fears they could be used for money laundering.

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Google said it was developing new privacy rules that would restrict apps from tracking user history on Android for ads. Previously, Apple began asking users on iOS devices for permission to allow apps to use their activity history.

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NATO defense ministers have decided to deploy a new alliance battle group in Romania, Stoltenberg said.

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Zelensky has said there has been a small rotation of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine, but claims there is no visible withdrawal of troops.

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Businessman Roman Abramovich re-registered his stake in the steelmaker Evraz from the offshore company Greenleas International Holdings Ltd to himself, Evraz said in a statement on the London Stock Exchange.

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The Khimki City Court, at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office, recovered 19.4 billion rubles from the Rolf car dealer and its founder, Sergei Petrov, as state revenue.

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The Syrian Defense Ministry issued a statement regarding the Israeli attack:
At around 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, an Israeli enemy fired several surface-to-surface missiles from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and hit areas near the city of Zakia, south of Damascus, causing property damage.

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Intel Corporation announced that it is teaming up with auto parts maker Benteler International AG and transportation startup Beep Inc. to deploy fully autonomous shuttles in the US.

The planned shuttles will have a fourth level of autonomy, which means that they will be able to move without human intervention. The vehicles will be electric and will not have a steering wheel or pedals. It is reported that the shuttle will have 12 to 14 passenger seats.

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Former MGIMO professor Valery Solovy and his son were detained by law enforcement officers. According to Znak.com, a search was conducted at his house, the security forces seized all the equipment. A criminal case has been initiated against Valery Soloviev for inciting hatred or enmity (Part 2 of Article 282). He faces up to 6 years in prison

According to the investigation, Nightingale made publications about employees of the Russian authorities in the anonymous Telegram channel General SVR, writes RT. The administration of this resource is reportedly carried out from the territory of Ukraine by Viktor Yermolaev from Kharkiv. Nightingale conducts regular streams with him, as allegedly with the former general of the SVR «Viktor Mikhailovich», although in fact Ermolaev is a lawyer, adds RT

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In Turkmenistan, teachers were ordered to tell the lesson about the «life path» and «accomplishments» of the president’s son, Serdar Berdimuhamedov. This was announced to the directors and directors of secondary schools on February 12, when they were summoned to the district departments of education.

On February 14, the first lessons in the schools of the Lebap velayat were devoted to the President’s son, Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Berdimuhamedov, correspondents of «Chronicles of Turkmenistan» report.

The teachers spoke about the «good deeds and accomplishments» of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, as well as the fact that children should be grateful to him. Then they were to go to Serdar Berdimuhamedov.

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The White House allowed the imposition of sanctions against Putin’s entourage in the event of a new sentence to Navalny. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the option was being considered. She gave no other details.

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Roskomnadzor sued the poetic magazine because of the obscene correspondence of Ivan Turgenev. The experts did not like the word «v******k» in the meaning of «illegitimate son.» Moreover, the word “bastard” similar to it is not considered obscene. According to the editor-in-chief of Prosodia magazine, the fine may be unbearable for the publication

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Researchers at the Bristol School of Engineering have demonstrated a direct-drive artificial muscle system called a liquid-augmented lightning drive (LAZA) that propels wings without the use of rotating parts or gears. The LAZA system greatly simplifies the flapping mechanism, allowing flapping robots to be miniaturized to the size of insects in the future.

Previously, typical flying microrobots used motors, gears and other complex transmission systems to drive the wings up and down. It was difficult and difficult for them, and also added undesirable dynamic effects.

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US Vice President Kamala Harris is flying to Europe. This week, she will give a speech at the Munich Security Conference, devoting her to the situation around Russia and Ukraine.

She will also hold talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is traveling with her.

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The average payment for the overhaul of the common property of apartment buildings for 2022 increased in Russia by almost 15%, to 9.5 rubles. per square meter. This was reported in the Association of Regional Operators of Overhaul of Apartment Buildings.

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The volume of world trade in 2021 reached a record high of $28.5 trillion, up 25% from 2020 and up 13% from 2019.

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The sign «Happy Unity Day, Ukraine» appeared on the Uzbekistan Hotel in the center of Tashkent yesterday. Today, the mayor’s office of the capital told RIA Novosti that they had nothing to do with this, and the company responsible for this screen told us that the inscription was broadcast after a letter from the Ukrainian embassy with a request to post such information.

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The Ministry of Industry and Trade plans to increase the annual volume of air cargo transportation by drones to 18.5 thousand tons by 2030. Market participants remind that not a single commercial drone has been certified in Russia yet, as the procedure is too complicated. In addition, so far transportation by drones is more expensive than even by helicopters.

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By mid-February, the number of abandoned trains on the Russian Railways network had risen sharply. Because of this, metallurgists receive less raw materials and are forced to reduce work. Russian Railways explains delays by lack of personnel due to outbreak of «omicron»

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The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) will analyze reports in the media and social networks about rising heating prices for the population in terms of possible violations of antitrust laws. This is stated in a message received by RBC.

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Progress Agro Group of Companies, whose enterprises were previously part of the Kuban agricultural holding founded by Oleg Deripaska, is expanding its business. Its structures will become the main owner of the Tambov sugar company, which owns 35 thousand hectares of land in the region and is building a sugar factory with a capacity of 1.5 thousand tons of raw sugar per day.

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Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko demanded that the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture report on the 25 billion rubles that were received from export duties. The funds are intended for the development of the agro-industrial complex, but the farmers themselves complain that they are not seen

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister for Defense Industry Borisov went on visits to Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. The main results of the trip to Caracas:

  • met with Maduro
  • agreed to increase military cooperation
  • Maduro said that Russia can count on the support of Venezuela in the face of threats from the West
  • countries will increase trade turnover, which grew by 50% in 2021, increase the number of direct flights

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North Korea marks the 80th anniversary of the birth of former leader Kim Jong Il. On this occasion, festive ceremonies and concerts with fireworks were held in the city of Samjiyon.

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На официальном канале Госдумы «Дума.ТВ» появилась прямая речь депутата Дмитрия Певцова. Вот всего одна цитата.

«Наши предки, напомню, сотни лет умирали не на свои права и свободы, а за веру, царя и Отечество, иногда за Родину и Сталина. У нас с ног на голову переворачивается мировоззрение наше истинное российское, и очень активно, на протяжении нескольких десятков лет, работают с нашими детьми…».

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Европейский союз раскрыл свои планы по созданию низкоорбитальной спутниковой системы стоимостью в миллиарды евро, призванной обеспечить безопасную связь для блока. Европейская группировка спутников будет конкурировать с OneWeb и Starlink от SpaceX, пишет Bloomberg.

Стоимость проекта оценивается в 6 млрд евро ($6,8 млрд) как государственных, так и частных средств. Европейская комиссия планирует потратить 2,4 млрд евро из своего бюджета, а остальные средства поступят от стран ЕС и промышленности.

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В Великобритании началось расследование обстоятельств получения предпринимателем из Саудовской Аравии британского подданства и почётных орденов в обмен на пожертвования в благотворительный фонд принца Чарльза. Как пишут СМИ, это произошло после публикации материала об этой ситуации, вышедшего в The Sunday Times.

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Вышел первый том Избранных писем Си Цзиньпина. Первый том избранных писем Си Цзиньпина был опубликован издательством Центральной литературы и распространен по всей стране.

Сборник включает 239 писем товарища Си Цзиньпина с мая 2013 года по декабрь 2021 года. Некоторые из писем опубликованы впервые.

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On the official channel of the State Duma «Duma.TV» appeared a direct speech of the deputy Dmitry Pevtsov. Here is just one quote.

“Our ancestors, let me remind you, for hundreds of years died not for their rights and freedoms, but for faith, the tsar and the Fatherland, sometimes for the Motherland and Stalin. Our true Russian worldview is being turned upside down, and very actively, for several decades, they have been working with our children…”.

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The European Union has revealed its plans for a billion-euro low-orbit satellite system designed to provide secure communications for the bloc. The European constellation of satellites will compete with OneWeb and Starlink from SpaceX, writes Bloomberg.

The cost of the project is estimated at 6 billion euros ($6.8 billion) of both public and private funds. The European Commission plans to spend 2.4 billion euros from its budget, with the rest coming from EU countries and industry.

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In the UK, an investigation has begun into the circumstances of the receipt by an entrepreneur from Saudi Arabia of British citizenship and honorary orders in exchange for donations to the Prince Charles Charitable Foundation. According to the media, this happened after the publication of an article about this situation, published in The Sunday Times.

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The first volume of Xi Jinping’s Selected Letters has been released. The first volume of Xi Jinping’s Selected Letters was published by the Central Literature Publishing House and distributed throughout the country.

The collection includes 239 letters from Comrade Xi Jinping from May 2013 to December 2021. Some of the letters are published for the first time.

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Specialists of the federal portal «WORLD OF APARTMENTS» looked at how the rental rates for apartments have changed in January and the first half of February this year in 70 large settlements of Russia. It turned out that one-room apartments rose in price in 54 cities, two-room apartments — in 44, three-room apartments — in 50. Thus, the upward trend that emerged last year continued this year as well.

The rates rose most significantly in Vladimir, where odnushki rented 10.1% more than at the beginning of the year, dvushki — by 16.7%, treshki — by 14.1%. The Top 5 most expensive also included the Leningrad Region (+8%, +11.9% and +11.9%), Yakutsk (+10.8%, +12.2% and +7.9%), Novosibirsk (+7.3%, +8.2% and +12.5%) and Murmansk (+4.6%, +8% and +14.8%).

In Moscow, the dynamics is still small: -1%, +1.1% and +4.4%, in the Moscow region — more impressive: +6.9%, +6.9% and +6.4%.

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Yuri Zhdanov, the father of Navalny’s ally Ivan Zhdanov, was sent to a colony for 3 years. The court changed the decision on probation, allegedly due to violations of the rules for serving it

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A Reuters diplomatic source said that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe recorded «numerous shelling» on the line of contact in Donbass. According to the source, the OSCE receives reports of shelling from both sides.

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President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev instructed to distribute 350,000 sheep and goats to the population within ten days. For this, $100 million will be allocated from the budget.

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Lawyer Valeriy Solovey denied the information that the historian was detained because of the publication in the anonymous telegram channel «General SVR», which is allegedly funded by Ukraine. According to Alexei Dobrynin, Nightingale is in the case of inciting hostility as a witness, no charges were brought against him.

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