14 Oct, 2021

How EU residents feel about the EU

The residents of Germany are most positively disposed towards the EU: 73% of Germans said that they have a positive attitude towards the European Union. In Denmark this figure is 70%, in Spain – 68%

On the other end is Italy, but there, too, more than half of the respondents have a positive attitude towards the European Union. It is a pity that the poll did not include outright Eurosceptics (like Hungary), but in general, it seems that in the EU, at least with public opinion about the EU itself, everything is pretty good

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said he considered it abnormal for media workers to be harassed. The Russian leader also added that Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov, who received the Nobel Peace Prize last week, will not be declared a foreign agent in Russia unless he “violates Russian law” and “does not give a reason,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin

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A traffic police inspector was detained in Moscow for an attempt to steal 35 million rubles from an entrepreneur. The police captain learned that a criminal case had been opened against the ex-director of a commercial organization and convinced him that he could allegedly influence the termination of the investigation by requesting 35 million rubles for his services.

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The New Shepard spacecraft of the American company Blue Origin successfully completed its second manned flight. It took just over 10 minutes. One of the four New Shepard passengers was actor William Shatner, who starred in Star Trek. The 90-year-old artist has become the oldest person ever to be in space.

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Washington will not agree to lift sanctions against Damascus and normalize ties with it until a political settlement in Syria, Blinken said.

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The United States is committed to halting costly arms races, Jeffrey Eberhardt, US President’s Special Envoy for Nuclear Nonproliferation, said. Eberhardt added that the country “will continue to take steps to reduce the role of nuclear weapons,” while maintaining its strategic deterrent potential.

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The Emergency Situations Commission of the Moldovan government has announced an “alert regime” in the energy sector due to the likely increase in the price of Russian gas. JSC “Thermoelectrica”, which supplies Chisinau with heat and electricity, was transferred to fuel oil from the state reserve.

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The radical Taliban movement (banned in the Russian Federation) renamed the Bush Bazaar, popular in Kabul, into the Mujahideen Bazaar. According to the Afghan TV channel Tolo News, the vast marketplace, numbering about 500 stores, was renamed by order of officials of the Islamic Emirate (as the Taliban call their state).

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Twitter is testing adding ads to the comment section. Users of iOS and Android applications around the world will be able to take part in the testing.

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Power outages are taking place in the Afghan capital province of Kabul due to an accident in the north of the country, according to a statement from the national energy corporation De Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat.

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The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that it had appealed to the authorities of Cape Verde about Poklonskaya, who was appointed there as the Russian ambassador. Former Deputy Prosecutor General Mammadov believes that Ukraine can begin to prepare documents for her extradition.

In Ukraine, Natalya Poklonskaya, Russia’s new ambassador to Cape Verde and a former Crimean prosecutor, is involved in several criminal cases. “You won’t be able to hide even in Africa,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in connection with her new appointment.

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Transneft allowed the suspension of its Belarusian subsidiary (Zapad-Transnefteprodukt) due to the tax burden, which the company considers unfair. In Belarus, at the beginning of the year, an environmental tax was introduced and the profit tax for pipeline transport organizations was increased from 18% to 50%.

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Pentagon officials will discuss in Uzbekistan this month the possibility of deploying US counterterrorism forces, media reported.

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Russia announced a “migration amnesty” for 158 thousand Uzbek citizens who were previously denied entry. According to the Uzbek Embassy in Moscow, such an agreement was reached during a meeting between Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Gorovoy and adviser to the Prime Minister Mehriddin Khairiddinov.

About the same number of migrants will receive amnesty in Tajikistan, said the head of the Russian Federation of Migrants Vadim Kozhenov.

In total, about 300 thousand people who have committed offenses will be able to return to Russia.

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US special envoy Robert Malley will visit the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia October 15-21 to discuss concerns related to Iran, including negotiations on a mutual return to the JCPOA, the State Department said. Malli himself said that the US administration sees the need to expand the nuclear deal with Iran on the basis of existing agreements.

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At the end of 2020, the number of people employed in the field of research and development fell by another 3.2 thousand people and amounted to 679.3 thousand – about 1% of the average working population.

Directly scientists-researchers decreased by 1.7 thousand people. And their total number – 346.5 thousand – turned out to be the minimum for at least the last 10 years, it follows from the data of the ISSEK of the Higher School of Economics.

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For the first time in its history, Russia has been able to overtake the United States in high-tech weapons systems, President Vladimir Putin said at a plenary session of Russian Energy Week on Wednesday. According to Putin, the United States is just developing hypersonic missiles with a speed of just over Mach 3.

“And our systems fly at a speed of over 20 Machs. This is not just a hypersonic, it is an intercontinental missile. <…> And they are already on alert in Russia, “Interfax quotes the president.

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Volkswagen has announced an unmanned ambulance. The car completely lacks the usual control system. The cabin has two chairs and special medical equipment. The first crews of an unmanned ambulance will appear after 2025

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Europe will face further increases in energy prices if it unilaterally promotes green regulation, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday at Russian Energy Week.

“If decisions are made unilaterally, if we see that this is an instrument of unfair competition, then I think the result will be similar to what is happening now. It’s just that prices will go up, that’s all, ”Putin said.

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The subsistence minimum per capita in Moscow in 2022 will increase to 18,714 rubles, follows from the decree of the capital’s government. In 2021, it amounted to 18,029 rubles.

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Instagram began blocking the posts of Olga Schegoleva, a St. Petersburg teacher who was fired from school over a blog about sex education. The woman called the incident cyberbullying – the posts began to be blocked due to massive complaints that other users began to leave after the media wrote about her story.

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In line with its new policy, Facebook will crack down on any coordinated attempts to harass people in real life propagated through its platform, including those sent via private messages. At the same time, according to the statement, the company will remove pro-government and advertising pages if insults or calls to persecute people are published on them.

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Apple is developing prototypes of AirPods for use as hearing aids, an in-the-ear thermometer and posture warning alert. Experts argue that AirPods can destroy the old-fashioned image inherent in traditional hearing aids that often prevents people from using them.

Next year, Apple plans to release a version of the Apple Watch with a temperature measurement sensor, which will also be able to warn users about improper posture (stoop) in order to correct posture.

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Vladimir Putin gave an interview to the American channel CNBC. Briefly about the main thing:

  • cryptocurrencies are unstable, Russians are not yet ready to use them as a means of payment;
  • the main task of the authorities is to raise the level of incomes of Russians and to increase the pace of economic development;
  • Russia is not interested in refusing to settle in US dollars;
  • talks about the president’s successor destabilize the situation in the country;
  • the decision to run for a new term has not yet been made;
  • living conditions of Alexei Navalny in prison are no different from those of other prisoners

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The leaders of the countries of the “Normandy format” could not agree on the holding of the summit on Donbass, Kommersant found out. So far, it has been decided to limit itself to negotiations at the level of the foreign ministers of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France. If nothing changes in the near future, the meeting will take place in the next two weeks. It will, in fact, be a compromise alternative to the Donbass summit.

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The shadow turnover in the sphere of taxi transportation in Russia is about 800 billion rubles. 2 million taxi drivers are engaged in taxi, and only 430 thousand have been issued permits, Irina Zaripova, chairman of the Public Council for Taxi Development, told Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

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Facebook has started sending notifications to some user accounts asking them to accept the terms of the Facebook Protect program. This must be done before October 28, otherwise “the entrance to your account will be blocked until you turn it on.”

The company announced the launch of the Facebook Protect project in 2019. It was created to protect the 2020 US presidential election from foreign interference, fake information, and user misinformation.

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The company “Sbergemes”, which is part of the structure of Sberbank, has registered the domain games.ru, follows from the database “SPARK-Interfax”. Previously, a portal with free online games, a gaming forum and industry news operated on this domain. The site is not working now. Sources of Kommersant in the gaming industry believe that a marketplace will be launched on the domain. The cost of the domain is estimated at one million dollars.

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The head of the “Alliance of Doctors” (declared in Russia a “foreign agent”) Anastasia Vasilyeva was sentenced to a year of restriction of freedom in a “sanitary case”. Vasilyeva was banned from traveling outside Moscow, attending public events and leaving her permanent place of residence at night from 22:00 to 06:00. She was also obliged to report to the supervisory authorities twice a month.

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Uzbekistan does not plan to deploy units of the US Armed Forces on its territory, the Defense Ministry said.

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Doctors who have retired due to the spread of the coronavirus will be asked to vaccinate and return to work, said Russian Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko.

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