12 Dec, 2018

Human Freedom Index 2018

The research centers of The Cato Institute and the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit on Human Rights Day analyzed the level of personal, civil and economic freedoms in countries around the world.

Russia ranked 120th in the ranking, Ukraine is ranked 118th. Lithuania (20th place) and Latvia (23rd place) were the highest among the countries of the former USSR. This is followed by Georgia (40), Armenia (57), Moldova (75), Kazakhstan (90) and Kyrgyzstan (99).

The first five places in the ranking are New Zealand (1), Switzerland (2), Hong Kong (3), Australia (4) and Canada (5). The last were Libya (158), Iraq (159), Yemen (160), Venezuela (161) and Syria (162).

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Medvedev has expanded the list of essential drugs

The head of the Russian government, Dmitry Medvedev, signed a law expanding the list of essential medicines from 699 to 735. RIA Novosti reports the words of the prime minister.

When I gave an interview to the media at the end of the year, I just talked about the list of vital and essential drugs, which we had 699 positions, and said that we will expand it soon. I want to report that I signed the decision on its expansion to 735 positions. – Dmitry Medvedev, Russian politician

Alexander Beglov fired dissent

Acting governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov, on December 11, dismissed the adviser on a voluntary basis, Igor Zabirn, the press service of Smolny told Rosbalt.

The dismissal is due to the fact that Zabiran expressed in an interview a position different from the official point of view of the government of the Northern capital.

The European Commission has compiled a list of distributors of pirated content

The publication of the list should encourage local authorities and rightholders to take measures to make pirated content less accessible.

Earlier, Russian Internet search engines signed a memorandum with copyright holders to remove links to pirated network resources from search results. The document will be valid until September 1, 2019, after which it can be extended.

Camel patrols appeared in Abu Dhabi police

Abu Dhabi Emirate Police announced the creation of special camel patrols, the Emirates edition of Gulf News reported on Tuesday. Police Chief Abu Dhabi Mohamed Al-Roumeysi said that in addition to ensuring security, this step is aimed at preserving Emirati traditions.

Overhaul is significantly more expensive in Moscow

The Moscow authorities have increased the amount of contributions for the overhaul of common property of apartment buildings by 7% – from January 1, 2019 Muscovites will pay 18.19 rubles per square meter of residential property. The relevant decree of the Moscow government was published on Monday on the website of the Moscow City Hall

Roskomnadzor fined Google 500 thousand rubles

The American company Google was fined 500 thousand rubles. The relevant decision was made by Roskomnadzor. This was announced by the head of department, Alexander Zharov, on Tuesday, December 11.

We will continue to seek compliance with Russian legislation. I can announce that in the near future we will start the following administrative case against Google. – Alexander Zharov, Russian politician

The head of the Rosguards filed a lawsuit to Navalny for 1 million rubles

The head of the Rosgvardia, Viktor Zolotov, filed a lawsuit for the protection of honor, dignity and business reputation of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, lawyer Shota Gorgadze told Tass. The head of the Rosguards demands to recover from the opposition 1 million rubles.

Tsivilev flew to Agafye Lykova

The governor of the Kemerovo region Sergey Tsivilov flew by helicopter to the place of residence of the Siberian recluse Agafya Lykova. It is reported RIA Novosti with reference to the representative of the administration of the region.

It is noted that the hermit delivered 300 kg of hay, 490 kg of feed for goats and poultry, as well as flour, cereals, vegetables and fruits. Together with Tsivilev, the woman was visited by the head of the Tashtagol district, Vladimir Makuta. In addition, Lykov was examined by a doctor who arrived with officials, specifies the TV channel “360”.

On December 10, it became known that the 74-year-old recluse had called the Krasnoyarsk film-documentalist Andrei Grishakova for help – the woman reported that she was running out of food, after which the connection was suddenly broken.

Three years ago, a woman was given a satellite phone, but was asked not to call for trifles. As Grishakov explained, the recluse tortured emcheys so much that they “turned off Agafya from their lives.”

Shortage of funds to pay for utility services

Big problems with the lack of funds for payment of utility bills were claimed by 33.8% of residents of the Stavropol Territory, 28.5% of residents of Kabardino-Balkaria, 25% of those surveyed in the Chuvash Republic, about the same in Tuva. In the Saratov region, 22% of respondents cannot pay for a communal flat on time, in the Astrakhan region – 19.3%.

Large families have the most problems with paying for housing and communal services, such as 16.8 percent. Another problematic group of the Russian population, which has difficulty in paying utility bills, as the expert clarifies, is incomplete families (15.8 per cent). Young families also have problems (12.3 percent). Among the 20 percent of the least wealthy Russians, who have the lowest real disposable income, the proportion of families experiencing problems with paying utility bills is 14.3 percent.

Russia and China: how Russia got the Amur region

The scandal over the interpretation of the episode of Russian-Chinese relations in a history textbook for the 8th grade broke out in the Amur Region.

“Europeans were quick to take advantage of the chaos in China. England and France launched the Second Opium War of 1857-1860. And they got access to the internal trade of China. Russia captured the Amur region, France is part of vassal China of Vietnam, Japan is some of the islands, ”the textbook states.

According to those who paid attention to the wording of the Blagoveshchents, schoolchildren formed the opinion that they live in the occupied territory.

In Yamal, the audience of the youth competition was outraged by the dance of a girl on a pole

In social networks they actively discuss videos from the youth competition in Novy Urengoy. Along with the participants-children, both adults showed their numbers here, and one girl demonstrated pole-pole dance for strip tease. The provocative performance was shot and posted on the Web by the audience.

Consecrated the new building of the office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in the Golyanovo district

The new building of the Golyanovo OMVD was consecrated by the rector of the temple of the martyr Hermogenes in Golyanovo, Alexy Dovgopoli. He sprinkled holy water, not only the building itself, but also each of its premises, office rooms. Also, they sprinkled OMVD personnel on the Golyanovo region and official vehicles. It is worth noting that the head of the OMVD of Russia in the Golyanovo district, police colonel Sergei Tikhonovsky took part in this event.

Capital general practitioners from the beginning of the year metropolitan more than 12 million receptions

Doctors of general practice, working in polyclinics of the metropolitan health department, have conducted about 12 million receptions since the beginning of the year, according to the portal of the mayor and the government of Moscow. In total, more than 2.7 thousand such doctors work in the medical institutions of the city.

China launches campaign against poverty and endemic diseases

China launched a special three-year medical campaign to combat endemic diseases, scheduled for the period from 2018 to 2020 as part of the campaign to eradicate poverty. All endemic diseases that the Chinese authorities are planning to overcome are associated with malnutrition against the backdrop of poverty. The action plan was released by the National Health Commission of China and nine more departments, as reported by Xinhua.

Ulyukaev paid a fine of 130 million rubles

In mid-April, the Moscow City Court sentenced Ulyukayev to eight years in a strict regime colony and a fine of 130 million rubles for receiving a bribe of two million dollars from the head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, for issuing a positive opinion on the purchase of Bashneft.

The Russian Embassy condemned the vile act of vandalism in Riga

The press service of the Russian Embassy in Latvia issued a statement in which Russian diplomats condemned the actions of the vandals who desecrated the memorial to the Soviet soldiers who fell in the Great Patriotic War at a large military cemetery in Ziepniekkalns in Riga.

Two public tables on VKontakte closed for “devaluing the concept of love”

The Oktyabrsky District Court of Krasnoyarsk, at the request of the prosecutor’s office, decided to block two publics in VKontakte with the wording for “devaluing the concept of love” and “violation of the adolescent’s identity”. The relevant decision was published on the website of the regional prosecutor’s office. The attention of the prosecutor’s office was attracted by two groups of social networks, which allegedly promoted “the denial of family values, the depreciation of the concept of love as a generally significant cultural value.”

“Smart” gas meters in apartments will cost 130 billion rubles

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, on December 4 after the meeting on the development of intelligent metering systems (IMS) for electricity, instructed the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Economy and the Federal Antimonopoly Service to work on the issue of introducing similar “smart meters” for gas. According to Kommersant’s estimates, on a nationwide scale, switching to a “smart metering” of gas can cost the population nearly 130 billion rubles.

From 2019, social cards in Russia will become digital

Next year, the digital analogue of the pension certificate will be launched in pilot mode in the mobile application of the Pension Fund of Russia. Creating a digital social card will allow to collect together data of citizens of retirement and pre-retirement age.

Preventing conflicts of interest will save you from punishment

The legislator will be obliged to transfer to trust management the securities belonging to him, shares (shares of participation in the authorized capital of organizations), if possession of them can lead to a conflict of interests.

Petersburg was named one of the most dangerous cities in Russia

Residents of the Chelyabinsk and Saratov regions, the Yamalo-Nenets and Chukot Autonomous Districts, the Republics of Tyva, Dagestan and Buryatia, the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, as well as the cities of Sevastopol and St. Petersburg, were subjected to criminal offenses most often.

The safest regions, according to residents, are the Lipetsk, Vladimir, Smolensk, Tver, Samara and Amur regions, the Nenets Autonomous District, the Chuvash Republic – Chuvashia, the Republic of Mari El and Mordovia.

In Yekaterinburg, during the festival, indecent cinema was shown to children

The Ural Parents’ Committee intends to sort out the scandal with the display in Yekaterinburg during the XV International Festival “Film Test” pictures with scenes of group same-sex sex and a close-up demonstration of male genital organs, OUR president of a public organization reported.

The size of the increase to the pension from 2019 will be individual

The head of the Ministry of Labor of the Russian Federation, Maxim Topilin, called on the Pension Fund to clarify to citizens that the pension supplement from January 1, 2019 will be different for everyone

“You understand that when we said that the average indexation would be 1 thousand rubles, these are average numbers. For each person this size will be different,” said Topilin at an expanded meeting of the board of the Pension Fund of Russia.

The Ministry of Labor introduced a bill on electronic workbooks to the Cabinet

The Ministry of Labor of the Russian Federation submitted to the government a bill on the introduction of electronic workbooks from 2020. This was announced on Tuesday during the expanded meeting of the Pension Fund of Russia by the head of the ministry Maxim Topilin.

Electronic workbook. Yesterday we submitted a draft law to the government. We really had two differences with employers. We will not dwell on them now … we will negotiate with colleagues. – Maxim Topilin

In Germany, migrants threw stones at police

The incident occurred on the night of Tuesday. Eritrean immigrants living in a refugee reception center attacked the center’s security personnel and barricaded themselves in the building. Arriving on call police migrants began to throw stones.


In China, developing infrastructure for electric vehicles

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and three other departments have published a document according to which more than 600 thousand charging stations have been built in China today. However, the complexity of construction and low efficiency of operation of chargers still hinder the development of cars on new energy, reports “Vesti. Economy”.

China has built the railway bridge with the longest span in the world

The railway bridge over the Nujiang River in Yunnan Province in southwestern China with the longest span in the world was built, reports Xinhua on December 10. The bridge is 1024 meters long and almost 25 meters wide.

The State Duma will consider a bill on toll roads for trucks in the Arctic

In the coming year, the State Duma of the Russian Federation will consider the construction of toll roads for trucks in the North. Moreover, there are no free roads of such destination in the Arctic zone. Now the relevant documents go through all the necessary parliamentary procedures.

Moscow Metro began to place information on the steps of escalators

“The Moscow Metro is testing new surfaces to inform passengers. For the first time, we chose escalator steps. The stickers placed three vertical escalators on the vertical surfaces of the steps from the Business Center platform in the Afimol shopping center and to the Vystavnaya station – this was reported by TASS in the subway press service.

1 billion rubles will be spent on road repairs in Omsk in 2019

About 1 billion rubles will be spent on the work. from budgets of different levels, writes Gorod55.ru with reference to the director of the department of municipal services, interim mayor of the city Yevgeny Fomin.

For the repair of roads in Krasnoyarsk and the suburbs will allocate 2 billion rubles

In 2019 in the Krasnoyarsk Territory is planned to repair 220 kilometers of roads. The regional center for the repair of its streets will receive 1 billion rubles. The same amount will be allocated for the repair of country roads

Travel to Kuzbass will rise in price already next week

In Kuzbass, the question of the increase in the cost of travel has been resolved. The fare will rise next week: on Thursday, December 20th. One trip in the bus, tram, trolley bus will be the same in all cities of the Kemerovo region – 20 rubles.

Traffic police will prepare the next changes in the practical exam on the law

The agency is going to stop publishing a detailed training route for testing candidates for drivers, as well as to increase control over driving schools. In Russia, they are going to introduce a number of amendments to the process of conducting a practical exam for obtaining a driver’s license.

Omsk cheaper travel for schoolchildren and retirees

For beneficiaries and pensioners, the fare will be even lower, reports Deprance. Now Omsk schoolchildren pay 16 rubles for the fare, and pensioners – 19. The Mayor’s Office plans to reduce these values to 15 and 18 rubles, respectively.

The pontoon bridge between Blagoveshchensk and Heihe will work on December 12

For the first time, a pontoon bridge on the Amur River between Blagoveshchensk and Heihe was installed in 2013, for the period of its operation about 900 thousand passengers were transported in total. The movement of passenger transport opens in December, and in April, workers dismantle floating structures.

Moscow cameras will learn to identify brands of cars

The project will be launched as part of the creation of a neural network that will work on the principle of an existing facial recognition system. The program will be able to recognize the types, brands, models and car numbers. She will also be able to determine whether a certain car is allowed to drive through a dedicated lane.


Moscow will reduce the tax burden on legal entities

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced that the Moscow government intends to reduce the tax burden on legal entities in 2019.

“The level of payments, the establishment of order in the field allows us to make decisions that we previously could not make. For example, starting January 1 of this year, the tax on property of legal entities should be equal to 2%. In the near future, based on the analysis of property tax receipts, we will decide to divide this dynamic into five years, ”said Sobyanin during the panel discussion“ The State and business on the way to digital heights

LNG price regulation for commercial consumers abolished in Russia

On November 30, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on exemption from gas regulation, the liquefaction technology used in the supply chain, the website of the Cabinet of Ministers reports.

Annual inflation in Venezuela is close to 1,300,000%

The rise in prices in Venezuela from January to November of this year amounted to 702,000%, and in annual terms – 1,290,000%. Rafael Guzman, the head of the finance committee of the National Assembly (unicameral parliament), announced this data on Monday.

The real effective exchange rate of the ruble has decreased by 6.5% since the beginning of the year.

The real effective exchange rate of the ruble (to the currencies of the main trading partners of the Russian Federation, taking into account inflation) for January-November 2018 decreased by 6.5%, in November – by 0.1%, according to the data of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

Reuters reported on stopping the work of Antipinsky Oil Refinery since December 5

Antipinsky Oil Refinery (owned by New Stream) since December 5, completely stopped oil refining due to the cessation of supply of raw materials, reports Reuters, citing sources. “Neither the primary nor the secondary installation does not work, the plant is fully worth it,” – said the agency interlocutor.

The reorganization of non-state pension funds will be launched next year.

The mechanism of rehabilitation of non-state pension funds will be similar to that of banks, Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank Vladimir Chistyukhin said on Monday. According to him, as a result of the reorganization, the Bank of Russia should become the main owner of the NPF, capitalize it and after completion of the recovery sell it to a private investor.

“I think that in the spring session we will try to adopt (the law on the reorganization of the NPF) … I hope that there will be entry into force in a very short time after the law is made,” he said (quoted by TASS).

The State Duma adopted a law on raising the minimum wage by 117 rubles

The law establishing the new minimum wage (SMIC) since 2019, the State Duma adopted in the third, final reading, a REGNUM correspondent reports on December 11. Thus, the size of the minimum wage from 2019 will be 11,280 rubles.

Financial Times announced talks on the sale of Alfa Bank

In August 2018, VTB board member Vladimir Verkhoshinsky, who was in charge of the state bank’s retail business, led Alfa Bank. It was then that there were suggestions that the state bank plans to buy a credit institution.

A representative of Alfa Bank denied the Financial Times information about the possible sale of a credit institution, saying that now such plans look unrealistic. About the absence of plans to buy Alfa-Bank at least in the next three years, the head of VTB said earlier Andrei Kostin

TGK-2 plans to sell stake in Huadian Tenin Thermal Power Plant

The Board of Directors of PJSC TGC-2, at its meeting on December 7, approved the sale of a 49% stake in the company at Huadyan-Teninskaya CHPP, follows from the company’s materials. The nominal value of the share of TGK-2 is estimated at 3 billion 146 million 705 thousand rubles.

Russian billionaire bought producer of Druzhba cheese

“Karat” interested investors with popular brands (“Druzhba”, “Yantar” processed cheese, Violette curd cheese) and market leadership, explains the reasons for the deal, Rafik Magzhanov, managing director of the company, and in addition, the company saw the opportunity to apply its Problem Asset Management Experience.

Raiffeisenbank has found a way to charge fines for overdue loans

The law on consumer credit, which came into force in 2014, would seem to have made it impossible to levy fines for overdue loans. However, this does not prevent banks from continuing to charge them, simply by renaming the commission. In particular, clients of Raiffeisenbank faced a similar case, in loan agreements of which a fee for monitoring overdue debts was described. The prevailing judicial practice on the legality of bank commissions is contradictory, so experts are waiting for a clear position of the regulator.

Raiffeisenbank penalizes customers – credit card holders for 700 rubles. in case of late payment, calling this fee a “commission for monitoring overdue debts,” writes Kommersant.

Kazakhstan intends to impose a ban on the export of diesel fuel for six months

Kazakhstan plans to impose a ban on the export of diesel fuel from the country for six months in December, Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev told reporters.

“I think we will introduce in December for half a year. This will apply only to diesel fuel – a ban on export, ”the minister explained (quoted by Interfax).

As Mr. Bozumbayev explained, the difference in price for diesel fuel in Kazakhstan and Russia is 60-70 tenge in retail (10-12 rubles). According to the minister, in October, consumption in the Dzhambul and West Kazakhstan regions increased by more than 200%.

“What happened there, did the new railways build or all bought diesel stoves?” It’s clear why, there is a large transit potential. It is clear that any transit trucks plus contiguous filling stations carry (diesel fuel. – “b”). Therefore, either we will strengthen the border and prohibit export, or we need to select the market price (in the retail market within Kazakhstan.— “Kommersant”), ”said the head of the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan.

The creation of a power ring in Northeast Asia will cost $ 7.6 billion

The integration of the energy systems of Russia, China, the DPRK, the Republic of Korea and Japan will cost up to $ 7.6 billion. This is stated in the feasibility study of the project, presented in parliament by the South Korean state energy company KEPCO, the WITN-TV channel reported on Tuesday

In the “Mail Bank” started selling mortgages from VTB

The pilot project of VTB for the issuance of mortgage loans through the Post Bank started in the Samara and Sverdlovsk regions, as well as in the Republic of Bashkortostan. Residents of these regions can also apply for a mortgage in post offices and the MFC.

New investment program of Norilsk Nickel calls into question the amount of dividends

We believe that the current prices for metals allow the company to make both capital investments and pay dividends. However, there is almost no free money, which increases the risks of stable dividend payments on the maximum level.

The capacity of the gas pipeline Kazakhstan – China increased by 10%

In 2018, the construction of two compression stations on a gas pipeline was completed, which increased its capacity from 50 to 55 billion cubic meters. Kazakhstan has been exporting gas to China since October 2017.

Industrial production increased 3.4 times in LC

In the Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR), for 10 months of 2018, 3.4 times more products of the processing industry were sold than in the same period of 2017, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Republic said, the Lugansk Information Center reported on December 10.

US and Saudi Arabian energy ministers discuss oil market

The energy ministers of the United States and Saudi Arabia, Rick Perry and Khalid Al-Falih, held talks during which they discussed the situation in the oil market. About this in his Twitter reported Saudi minister.

Militants seized the largest field of Libya

The Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced force majeure at the Sharara oil field, the largest oil field, due to its capture by militants from the south-west of Libya. Armed group requires redistribution of oil revenues

In the Krasnodar Territory from January 1, gas prices will rise

Currently, a single gas supplier in the region, OOO Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Krasnodar, has almost 1.5 million gas supply contracts to residents of the Krasnodar Territory.

Apartments at the stage of excavation rise in price by 9% due to escrow

The transition of developers to escrow accounts will lead to an increase in the cost of housing in the initial stages of construction by 9%. This is the conclusion reached by analysts of the international consulting company PwC, reports TASS.

Skolkovo Foundation will be engaged in innovative projects in construction

The Skolkovo Foundation and development companies Gals-Development, Donstroy and Fodd plan to launch a joint accelerator of technology start-ups in the construction industry, the fund said.


Scientists have called a way to get rid of belly fat

Scientists have conducted a series of studies and figured out how to get rid of fat on the abdomen that surrounds the internal organs. According to the latest information from experts, there is a fairly simple way.

It turned out that 10 g of soluble fiber should be consumed daily. In five years, the level of belly fat will decrease by 3.7 percent, reports Express. Scientists note that fiber is found in nuts, seeds, oat bran, peas, beans, some vegetables and fruits.

Old T-lymphocytes have respiratory problems.

With age, the protective ability of immunity falls, and this is largely due to the fact that the number and diversity of T-lymphocytes decreases, and the existing cells respond to infections not as quickly as in their youth. Analyzing the metabolism of the immune cells of mice, scientists found that the cause of the decrease in the activity of T-lymphocytes may be a metabolic disturbance in the mitochondria. The research results are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Human DNA is isolated from ancient gum.

Archaeologists from Scandinavian University studied the finds found in the late 1980s at the Hasebi Klev site in western Sweden. These are fragments of bark with traces of teeth. The ancients softened it over the fire and carefully chewed to a thick sticky mass. Chemical analysis showed that the ancient Paleolithic hunters in this way received tar. With it, the guns were fixed on the handles.

Scientists were able to identify and decipher the DNA that fell into these samples along with saliva. She belonged to three people – two women and a male child from 5 to 18 years old. They were representatives of the ancient indigenous peoples of hunters and gatherers of Sweden and Norway, who lived in this area 8,000 years ago. Research results are published by bioRxiv.

Warming returns Earth during the Eocene

In just two centuries, humanity has been able to reverse the long-term cooling trend, reports Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

By 2030, the planet’s climate will be about the same as the average Pliocene, that is, three million years ago. Then the climate was 1.8 – 3.6 degrees Celsius warmer, and the weather was predominantly hot and dry.

If the rate of greenhouse gas emissions does not decrease, then by 2150 we will “return” to the Eocene epoch, when the level of the World Ocean has increased significantly, and the tropical jungle began to grow rapidly on the planet.

Russian scientists have learned to turn sawdust into biofuel

Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences have developed a technology that allows turning sawdust and other types of wood waste into coal equivalent. Her description was presented in the journals of Fuel Processing Technology and Energy.

Physical theorists from Germany calculated the amendments to the Coulomb’s law

Theoretical physicists from Germany calculated the corrections to the Coulomb law and the energy of electrons in a hydrogen atom, associated with the birth of virtual axions. Despite the fact that quantum electrodynamics with axions belongs to nonrenormalizable theories, scientists have managed to obtain expressions that work well at low energies. Unfortunately, it is not yet possible to verify these predictions in the experiment, since the magnitude of the effect is approximately one hundred thousand times smaller than the error of measuring instruments. The article was published in Physical Review D, the preprint of the work is posted on the website arXiv.org.


Mike Pompeo responded by sending Russian Tu-160 to Venezuela

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Twitter commented on sending two Russian Tu-160 strategic missile-carriers to Venezuela. “The peoples of Russia and Venezuela should consider it this way: two governments are wasting public funds,” wrote Pompeo.

The Russian government sent bombers half way through the world to Venezuela. The peoples of Russia and Venezuela must understand what this means: two corrupt governments waste state funds and suppress freedom and independence while their people suffer. – Mike Pompeo, American politician

Disconnect from SWIFT and transfer control over the Kerch Strait to the UN mission

The Lithuanian Seimas adopted a resolution proposing to extend anti-Russian sanctions and disconnect all Russian banks from the world-wide system of payments and information transfer to SWIFT, RN reports, citing the press service of the Lithuanian parliament.

In addition, the document proposes to require the Russian Federation to transfer control over the Kerch Strait to the UN, and the “occupied” territory of Ukraine be transferred to the control of the UN peacekeeping mission. Deputies also demand that the Russian side release all “political prisoners” and “prisoners of war” from Ukraine

Putin came to say goodbye to Lyudmila Alekseeva

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived on December 11 at the Central House of Journalists, where the farewell ceremony with the human rights activist, former head of the Moscow Helsinki Group Lyudmila Alekseeva, continues.

Bild discovered the Stasi ID in the name of Putin in the archive

According to presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the exchange of certificates between the KGB and the Stasi was possible, because at that time they were “partner services.”

It is better to receive this information from our respective services, more precisely, in the SVR, but I can assume the following. As you know, at that time, during the Soviet era, both the KGB and the Stasi were partner services. Therefore, probably, it is impossible to exclude such an exchange of identities. – Dmitry Peskov, Russian statesman

Macron declares state of emergency in France

French President Emmanuel Macron 10 introduced a state of emergency economic and social situation in the country against the background of “yellow vests” protests that have been going on for several weeks.

No anger justifies attacks on police and gendarmes, the destruction of retail outlets and buildings. Our freedom exists only because everyone can express his opinion, which not everyone can share, and at the same time no one will be afraid of this disagreement. – Emmanuel Macron, French politician

Butina agreed to plead guilty

ABC News reported, citing Buta’s agreement with the investigation, that she pleads guilty to certain charges and is willing to cooperate with the investigation; the Russian woman faces up to five years ’imprisonment, but the sentence can be reduced depending on the productivity of this cooperation. The agreement was signed on December 8 and will be presented at the next court session. Robert Driscoll, Butina’s lawyer, declined to comment on this document.

I could not comment on this, because this is information that we also received through the media. So far we have no official data or data from Butina herself on this score. – Dmitry Peskov, Russian statesman

British Parliament will hold an emergency debate

The British Parliament decided to hold an emergency debate on December 11 in connection with the decision of the United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May to postpone the vote on an agreement with the EU to withdraw from the European Union, said the speaker of the House of Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain John Berkow.

State Department lowered the level of danger of Russia for Americans

The US State Department on Monday excluded Russia from the category of countries to which the Americans should “revise the trip”, and added to the list of states where it is necessary to “exercise heightened caution.”

Representatives of the United States and China have discussed a new stage of trade negotiations

Vice Premier of the State Council of China Liu He and US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin held telephone talks. The parties discussed the timing and roadmap for trade consultations. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Commerce of China.

Italy supported the EU position on sanctions against Russia

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stated that the country shares the common European position on EU sanctions against Russia.

“Italy intends to adhere to its approach, sharing the European position, while being convinced that sanctions are not an end in themselves, but a tool for finding a solution to the Ukrainian conflict,” said Conte, quoted by RIA Novosti.

Mexico plans to solve the problem of migration

The expenses of the Mexican federal government on the development of the southern regions of the country, which should solve the problem of migration, will amount to about $ 30 billion over five years, said Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Tuesday.

“We expect that these investments, these efforts will exceed $ 30 billion in the next five years, which will make this the most important investment that has been made in the south of the country over such a period,” the Excelsior portal says Ebrard’s statement in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh.

“Hostile act” and “provocation” on the part of Washington.

This position of Pyongyang was voiced by the state newspaper Rodong Sinmun after the inclusion of three DPRK citizens in the sanctions list, including the associate of the head of state Kim Jong-un.

“(This step) is contrary to the spirit of the June meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean State Council Chairman Kim Jong-un,” says the message.

Russia tightens control over foreign organizations

The State Duma of Russia passed in the second reading a bill allowing it to recognize foreign organizations working in the Russian Federation as undesirable for interfering with Russian elections.

“This measure will prevent attempts to interfere in the electoral processes in the Russian Federation and the implementation of the electoral rights of citizens of the Russian Federation and the right to participate in the referendum,” the explanatory note to the draft says.

United States stopped issuing visas in Cuba

“The service finally closes its office in Havana (Cuba) from December 10, 2018,” the US immigration and citizenship information says.

Now the visa services will be provided by the branch office in Mexico City, the remaining staff in Cuba will perform only a few visa issuance operations.

In Turkey, responded to the proposal of Armenia

In order to establish relations with Turkey, Armenia must liberate the occupied lands of Azerbaijan.

This is reported by Sputnik Azerbaijan, said in the administration of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“Turkey stands for stability and peace in the region, and without the liberation of the occupied Azerbaijani territories in the region there can be no stability,” the Erdogan administration said.

In addition, they added there, for this, Armenia must stop blaming the Turkish side for the Armenian genocide in 1915.


Venezuelan Defense Minister meets Russian Tu-160

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez met the Russian strategic Tu-160 missile carriers, the heavy An-124 military transport aircraft and the long-range Il-62 aircraft, which arrived in Caracas.

In Kapustin Yar, the S-300 rocket fell and exploded

“There have not yet been any official comments from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation on the incident that has taken place, but you can hear on the video that the rocket fell in the steppe area,” writes Avia.Pro

Turkey began construction of a navy base on the Black Sea

Turkish military began construction of a naval base on the Black Sea coast, according to the Milliyet newspaper. The object will appear in the area of the settlement of Surmene, approximately 150 km from the border with Georgia.

Iranian Armed Forces confirmed ballistic missile tests

On December 1, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced that Tehran had conducted a test of a medium-range ballistic missile, contrary to UN Security Council resolution 2231. Consultations on this issue were initiated by France and the UK.

In the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation held a meeting of the higher command

The commanders of military districts and the Northern Fleet reported on the state of life in the troops. According to the results of the meeting, Ruslan Tsalikov was assigned tasks and corresponding instructions were given to the heads of defense industry enterprises, the command of the types and branches of the Russian Armed Forces.

The Russian Embassy turned to Washington in the Donbas

TASS news agency reports on the statement of the Russian Embassy in Washington. The Russian diplomatic mission urged the United States to recognize the presence of American troops in the Donbas.

Silent submarines will appear off the coast of Kamchatka

A brigade of electric submarines project 677 “Lada” will appear in Kamchatka. These silent submarines will cover the strategic missile carriers of the Pacific Fleet (PF) of Russia, the newspaper Izvestia writes. The newest boats are equipped with an anaerobic power plant, which allows them to be under water for many weeks.

S-400 at the exercises near Khabarovsk reflected the airstrike of fighters

In the Khabarovsk Territory, the first training was held to repel airstrike of a conditional enemy with S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the press service of the TSB. The role of enemy fighters was performed by two Su-35S.

The State Duma adopted a law on the procurement of weapons and military equipment

The authors of the law note that preparation of duplicate documents in the field of defense order is being carried out, which increases the timeframe for placing the state defense order and expands the circle of persons possessing secret information on the procurement of weapons, military and special equipment.

Russia sold the Terminator Party to an African country

Russia will supply the Terminator with several hundred tank support vehicles (BMPT) to one of the African countries, a military diplomatic source said.

In the United States approved a strategy to combat the falling of weapons to terrorists

US President Donald Trump has approved the US national strategy to counter the threat of weapons of mass destruction to terrorist organizations. This is stated in a statement the press secretary of the White House, Sarah Sanders.

The head of the Ministry of Defense of Greece asked the residents of the country for money to build a fleet

In his speech, the minister mentioned the Greek entrepreneur of the XIX century Georgios Averoff, whose money in 1910 helped in the construction of a warship. The head of the Ministry of Defense of Greece Panos Kammenos appealed to wealthy people in the country to help in financing new ships for the Navy.


The network has data 52 million users of Google+

Google employees have reported a data leakage of 52.5 million users as a result of a software flaw in the social network Google+. User data could be available to third-party developers.

Instagram has got voice messages.

Instagram Direct has the ability to send voice messages. This was reported by the social network on the page on Twitter. They work in the same way as in other social networks: a microphone icon appeared next to the message line.

Facebook social network opened vacancies for blockchain specialists

The leading social network Facebook has opened five vacancies for specialists who will work in the company’s own blockchain project, which was created as a startup within the company, the main goal of which is to adapt the distributed registry technology for the social network.

Huawei smartphones combine Wi-Fi and 4G speeds

Link Turbo technology for high-speed data download in the near future will be used on smartphones from Huawei. An innovative development created using artificial intelligence has already been presented in Hong Kong at the presentation of the model Honor View 20.

Huawei provider will fine their employees if they buy an iPhone

To support its business partner, Menpad based in Shenzhen, which supplies components for Huawei and other Chinese manufacturers, announced that it would begin to punish employees who buy iPhones from the American company Apple.

The new ring Padrone completely replace the computer mouse

The future has already come – on the portal Indiegogo presented ring Padrone, which completely replaces the computer mouse. All in the style of the best science fiction films about the future – to get started with a gadget, you need to put a ring on your index finger

ZTE introduced a new modification of the smartphone Nubia X

The company ZTE has introduced a new modification of the smartphone Nubia X with Android OS 8.1 Oreo. Novelty called Nubia X Collectors Edition.

NVLink bridges performed by Zotac are decorated with full-color backlighting

In both cases, the central part of the bridge is decorated with the Zotac Gaming logo with full-color backlighting, which can be controlled using the SPECTRA proprietary software. Sales of NVLink bridges under the brand name Zotac Gaming will begin in the second half of the month.

LG will introduce a capsule beer machine at CES

LG announced the HomeBrew craft beer capsule system, which has a simple one-button operation. The capsules contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavors, and the machine automates the entire procedure from fermentation, carbonation and aging to feeding and cleaning.

Rapoo VH300 headset comes with a blue LED backlight

Introduced gaming headset Rapoo VH300, which supports virtual sound 7.1. The novelty is equipped with a blue LED backlight.

Apple will introduce AirPower smart wireless charging

The AirPower wireless charger was introduced by Apple a year ago, but has not yet been on sale. Recently, the Web published new information on the expected by many device – Apple AirPower, apparently, will be “smart” charging.

Xiaomi released gaming gadget for all smartphones

December 10, 2018, the company Xiaomi released to the market an indispensable gadget for smartphones running on the Android operating system. We are talking about a unique game controller, which turns the phone into a portable game console.

Budget Vivo Y93s smartphone will be equipped with 4 GB of RAM and dual camera

This is a new model vivo Y93s, which was presented by the company. For the performance of the smartphone will meet the eight-core processor MediaTek Helio P22, which can be paired with 4 gigabytes of RAM. The novelty will have 128 gigabytes of internal memory.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme WaterForce

Gigabyte has expanded its range of top-priced Z390 Aorus Xtreme WaterForce motherboard for Intel LGA 1151 processors. A distinctive feature of the new product is a pre-installed water block for cooling the processor, power subsystem, and a set of logic.
Among the advantages of the board are the following:

  • 16-phase power system
  • Physical buttons off and automatic overclocking
  • Brand lighting Aorus RGB
  • High-quality audio subsystem with ESS Saber 9018K2M DAC and LME 49720 and OPA1622 amplifiers
  • Reinforced PCIe and DIMM slots
  • POST indicator

The motherboard also received three PCIe x16 slots (one runs at full speed, one – in PCIe x8 mode, one more – PCIe x4), a couple of PCIe x1 slots, an Intel CNVi adapter with support for Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0, three slots M.2 and six SATA 6 Gb / s ports.


Electric hypercar Pininfarina PF0 named Battista

The electric hypercar, formerly known as PF0, will be called Battista – in honor of the founder of the company Carrozzeria Pininfarina, Giovanni Battista. The new Pininfarina Battista will become not only the world’s first all-electric hypercar, but also the most powerful Italian car.

Why installed the game Tetris in Gazelle Next

On its official page on the social network, GAZ Group recognized that Tetris is embedded in the onboard computer. As stated at the Gorky auto giant, this is only part of the program that allows you to monitor the correct operation of various systems in Gazel Next.

For example, there is a need to test the display image on the instrument panel. In this case, the screen on the presence of broken pixels is tested with the help of a child’s game – it shows well how different parts of the screen work. As the developers claim, it is impossible to play cubes during the ride. Such a hidden test has appeared in GAZel since last year. You won’t find the game on earlier models.

By the way, you knew that “Tetris” – the brainchild of Soviet developers – in the early 1980s, it was invented by the programmer Alexey Pajitnov. And already the commercial version of the game was released by the Americans.

Ford patented heated belt

Ford has issued a patent for a new belt design. Now in cold weather, drivers will be able to turn on the heating not only of the seats and the steering wheel, but also of the seat belt. Heated seat belts are rather a pleasant whim than a truly vital option.

Porsche introduced the updated Macan S

Porsche has introduced a sports version of the updated Macan crossover — a Macan S. version. The car is equipped with a 3-liter 354 hp petrol V6 turbo engine.

Nissan Kicks crossover based on Renault Duster

Nissan Kicks with Renault Duster chassis is designed for the car market in India, where live sales will start in January. It is expected that this model will replace the Nissan Terrano in the Russian car market.

Nissan Kicks moved to a new platform to establish production, where the maximum localization of Renault Duster. As a result, the crossover became larger: length – 4,384 mm, width – 1,813 mm, height – 1,656 mm, wheelbase – 2,673 mm. At the same time, appearance remains the same.

The flagship family of Volkswagen I.D. replenished with a crossover

According to the latest information, the model range of Volkswagen I. D. will receive nine modifications, whereas previously it was about five. It became known that the German brand patented the index I. D. With numbers from one to nine, according to the principle I. D. 1 and so on.

Lamborghini Huracan Pope Francis will play the lottery

The company presented a model LP 580 to the pontiff. The cost of participation in the lottery starts from $ 10. This amount is equal to 100 applications left.

Tesla autopilot will learn to recognize traffic lights and stop signs

We are talking about endowing the car with the ability to recognize and, accordingly, respond to traffic lights and signs “Movement without stopping is prohibited”, as well as independently passing roundabouts.

Hyundai Palisade went on sale

The company Hyundai announced the start of sales of new dimensional SUV Hyundai Palisade. While the model is available only to buyers in the home market of South Korea, and in the United States the car will appear only in the middle of 2019.

Renault cars will translate into motor from Lada

This is a petrol unit VAZ-21179, which is installed on the Lada XRay and produces 122 hp According to the portal “Kolesa.ru”, such a motor may appear in Logan and Sandero of a new generation – new items are expected in the next one or two years. However, this engine will have to adapt.

Tony Stark chose the Audi A-tron GT Avengers

Robert Downey Jr. said that in the new movie “The Avengers” may appear the vehicle Audi e-tron GT. He reported this during the presentation of the concept at the auto show in Los Angeles.

GAZ will adjust the release of a light diesel engine

Particularly noted is the prospect of localization of a light diesel unit, which will be put on new items. Experts believe that this is a VW turbodiesel company. Engine with a displacement of 2 liters develops power up to 136 horsepower


215 years ago was born composer and conductor Hector Berlioz

December 11th marks the 215th anniversary of the birth of the French composer, music critic, one of the representatives of the romance of Hector Berlioz.

The most listened to the song of the XX century named song Queen

The composition “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Bohemian Rhapsody) by Queen was named the most listened song of the twentieth century. The number of her plays has reached one and a half billion times.

Edition Ritchfork named the best music albums in 2018.

Music critics gave first place to Be the Cowboy by indie rock singer Mitski, the fifth studio album of a 28-year-old Japanese girl.

The second line was taken by the Golden Hour release of 30-year-old country star Casey Musgraves, who sings about “alcohol and smoking”, but “rises above it all to show life from a new point of view.”

The third place in the top-3 was German DJ DJ Koze with the release of Knock Knock, which portal experts called the work of a lifetime of a 46-year-old musician who “has been creating a parallel musical universe for several decades.

The first rapper on the “Blue Flame” will be Basta

Vasily Vakulenko, known by the pseudonym Basta and Noggano, will be the first rapper to sing on the New Year’s “Blue Light” on the air of federal channels. According to Vakulenko, he will perform on New Year’s Eve on the First Channel

Khabensky and Dapkunayte will be removed in a new clip of Boris Grebenshchikov

Started shooting the video for the song of the leader of the group “Aquarium” Boris Grebenshchikov “Dark as night.” The director of the video is Radda Novikova, known as the creator of a number of popular TV series. The Russian screenwriter Alexander Tsypkin reported on the start of the shooting process on his Facebook page.

Andrei Makarevich is 65 today

In 1969, Andrei Makarevich with classmates created the group “Time Machine”. This team is one of the examples of creative longevity, because it still exists. The songs “Train”, “The World Bends Under Us” and others became signs of “perestroika” culture in the USSR and Russia.

The Cure, Tame Impala and Robin will perform at the Flow Festival in Helsinki

Last year, Flow took place from 10 to 12 August. About 40 artists performed at the festival – Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Brockhampton, Fever Ray, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lykke Lee, George Smith and others.

Instagram star will perform a big solo concert

Manizha will perform on December 12 at A2 GreenConcert with a big recital. One of the most interesting artists of the modern Russian scene, the author of music and lyrics was initially famous for short videos on Instagram, but its potential is much greater than the local stories.

Guitarist Guns N’Roses Slash talked about how he got a black top hat

In 1985, we were at the Whiskey a Go Go club in West Hollywood, and I went to Melrose Blvd. in Los Angeles, where I noticed this hat in the window of a store called Retail Slut. I went inside, tried it on and thought it looked really cool on me. And I bought. In the vintage store next door – Leathers & Treasures – I purchased a belt that I cut and wrapped around my hat, the Rock FM quotes the artist. —So my hat appeared, and I put it on that night for the first time at a concert. From that night she became something that I was comfortable with.

Slash admits that he is hiding behind his top hat because he never liked to look into the eyes of the audience.

“I don’t know how I do it, but my hat always stays on me.” I understand that it has become very recognizable, but still I never planned this, – he argues.

Tagil group entered the short-list of the festival “Old New Rock”

The group “Ordinary person” from Nizhny Tagil will perform at the country’s largest rock festival “Old New Rock”. The jury included Tagil musicians in the short-list of the concert, which will be held on January 13 in the Yeltsin Center.

Competition of folk song “Hyshy sannary” will be held in Khakassia

The XVI Republican contest of folklore vocal and instrumental music “Hyshy sannary” – “Winter Bells” will be held in Khakassia on December 16.


Studio Legendary began work on restarting the “toxic avenger”

Legendary Entertainment acquired the rights to Troma’s Toxic Avenger and began work on a new version of the famous horror comedy. The directors of the original painting, Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, produce a restart.

The trailer for the film “Godzilla 2: King of Monsters”

The network has a new trailer for the film “Godzilla 2: The King of Monsters”, which will premiere on May 30, 2019. The director is Michael Doherty, and the script was written by Zack Shields.

“Soyuzmultfilm” returned 70% of the rights to the “Golden Collection”

InterMedia reminds that in the spring of 2017 it became known that the management of Soyuzmultfilm is working on revising the existing licensing agreements for the Golden Collection of studio cartoons, as well as on the conclusion of new

The premiere of the movie “Holiday” will be held on the night of January 1

The picture will not appear on the big screen, but on the Internet. “The premiere of the film will take place on the night of December 31 to January 1,” said Krasovsky. He added that he posted a teaser picture on his Youtube channel.

Jake Gyllenhaal will play a major role in the new version of “Guilty”

Work has begun on an English-language remake of the Danish drama “Guilty”. The rights to the film acquired film company Bold Films. The main role in the remake will be played by Jake Gyllenhaal, he also produces the project through his firm Nine Stories, according to Kinopoisk.

Teaser Trailer “Billion”: Vladimir Mashkov, children and money

Matvey Levin (Vladimir Mashkov) is an influential banker who does not want to share his property with his illegitimate sons. However, everything changes when he suddenly loses all the money

MGM refused to film Dmitry Glukhovsky’s Metro 2033

MGM’s Hollywood film studio abandoned the film adaptation of Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novel Metro 2033 after the producers failed to come up with an adequate way to adapt the book to American realities, Variety writes.

Final season trailer for Lemony Snicket: 33 Disasters

Streaming service Netflix shared the first trailer for the final season of “Lemony Snicket: 33 Disasters” in the novels of Daniel Handler. The release of the final episodes will take place on January 1, 2019.

Kinonovinki from 20 countries will show at the festival in Sochi

The International Film Festival opens on December 11 in Sochi. The competition claimed 32 films from Russia, Serbia, Great Britain, France, USA, Afghanistan, Georgia and other countries.

Film screenings will be accompanied by master classes from leading artists and directors and creative evenings. Sochi Film Festival will last until the end of the week.

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