10 Дек, 2021

Human Rights Day is celebrated around the world

On December 10, the world community celebrates Human Rights Day, officially established at the Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly in December 1950. All states and interested organizations were invited to accept this day and carry out appropriate activities.

The date December 10 was chosen in honor of the adoption and proclamation by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) — a document that proclaimed the inalienable rights inherent in every person, regardless of race, color skin, gender, language, religion, political or other convictions, national or social origin, property, class or other status.

In the last decade, Human Rights Day has been held every year under a specific slogan, including: “Human dignity and justice for all of us”, “Non-discrimination”, “Human rights defenders around the world fighting to eradicate discrimination”, “We honor human rights!”, “ My voice matters «,» 20 years of fighting for your rights «,» Human rights 365 days a year «,» Fight for someone’s rights today! » » other.

This year, Human Rights Day is dedicated to the theme «Equality» and Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — «All people are born free and equal in their dignity and rights.»

 

>>> News feed December 10, 2021 >>>

 

The UN General Assembly approved a resolution against the «militarization of Crimea» and to support the «Crimean Platform» format, initiated by Kiev to advance its claims to the peninsula.

«I am grateful to all the UN member states that supported the document. It consolidates international support for the Crimean Platform and its goals, counteracts the growing militarization of Crimea, sends a deterrent signal against the background of the Russian military build-up along our border and in Crimea,» Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba.

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A leading adviser to the department of the Russian Ministry of Defense is suspected of taking a bribe in the amount of 1.4 million rubles under a state contract. As specified in the press service of the UK, the second person involved in the case is the director of the department for providing aviation property of the branch of PJSC «UAC» Sergei Komasko.

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The conversation between Zelensky and Biden lasted an hour and a half and passed in a very frank atmosphere. Joe Biden assured Volodymyr Zelenskyy of tough sanctions against the Russian Federation in case of aggression against Ukraine, said the head of the office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak.

The US President, in a telephone conversation with the Ukrainian leader, assured that the American side would provide all the necessary assistance so that Ukraine could repel external aggression, added Andriy Yermak.

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A US court sentenced Russian citizen Oleg Koshkin to four years in prison for cybercrimes.

As reported by the US Department of Justice, 41-year-old Oleg Koshkin, who previously lived in Estonia, created a number of Internet sites through which he distributed programs that mask computer viruses. He was arrested in California in September 2019. Koshkin faced up to 15 years in prison.

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The Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry announced that the republic is severing diplomatic relations with Taiwan and recognizes the PRC authorities as the only legal representative of China.

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The Taiwanese authorities announced the immediate termination of all programs of cooperation and assistance to Nicaragua in connection with the decision of that country to sever official relations with Taipei.

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In Yakutia, damage from forest fires in 2021 exceeded 3.7 billion rubles. The region recorded 1.7 thousand forest fires on an area of ​​about 8 million hectares.

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Gazprombank became the largest shareholder of the iron ore company IRC Limited, having bought a 24.1% stake in it from the Stocken Board investment company for $ 30.5 million, IRC Limited, whose shares are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, reported. Another 5.79% went to Dmitry Bakatin, managing director of the Sputnik investment group founded by Boris Yordan, for $ 2.5 million. The seller was also Stocken Board, whose owners were not officially disclosed. Last week, it bought 29.9% of IRC Limited from the gold mining company Petropavlovsk for $ 10 million. This package is now worth $ 66.4 million on the exchange.

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The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has received permission to use the drug Zolgensma in Russia, which is used to treat spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). This entry was entered into the State Register of Medicines, and Pharmvestnik was the first to notice this.

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The US Treasury has imposed sanctions against the former deputy chief of staff and adviser to the ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, Andrey Portnov, as part of the global Magnitsky Act.

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The American IT company Google will pay $ 1,600 each to employees and interns as compensation for the postponement of going to work in offices. It is reported by Reuters with reference to the corporation’s statement.

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Former US National Security Agency (NSA) employee Edward Snowden said blocking the Tor browser website is the same as banning the use of cellular communications due to the fact that a drug dealer used it.

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US President Joe Biden held talks with the leaders of the Bucharest Nine, where he discussed the situation on the Ukrainian border, the White House press service reports.

«The leaders of the countries discussed the destabilizing build-up of Russian military power along the border with Ukraine and the need for a united, ready and determined NATO position for the collective defense of the allies,» the American press service said.

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The United States in October transferred 30 Javelin anti-tank missile launchers and 180 missiles to them to Ukraine as part of a military aid package approved by Biden, the Pentagon said.

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A court in Novosibirsk sentenced the ex-head of the district department of precinct officers and his former deputy to seven years of imprisonment. According to the investigation, in 2018-2019, they received monthly bribes from a Novosibirsk businessman from 26 to 50 thousand rubles. In addition, one of them received a bribe from another businessman in the form of 84 packs of instant noodles, 24 cans of buckwheat, 24 bottles of vodka, 12 bottles of wine and five packs of paper.

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«It was a pretext for landing in Minsk.» The Polish prosecutor’s office did not identify the threat of an explosion on board the Ryanair plane with Roman Protasevich, which was reported to the Ryanair crew by Belarusian dispatchers. According to the prosecutor’s office, a KGB officer was in charge of the landing operation. He was in the control tower in Minsk.

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Olga Kirillova was unanimously elected as the Chairperson of the Moscow City Election Commission (MGIK). She became the first woman to hold this post. In 2016-2019, Kirillova headed the Main Directorate for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. She is a retired police major general.

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A Minsk court sentenced 20-year-old Artem Boyarsky, a former student of the Belarusian State University, to five years in prison under articles on leading an extremist group and violating public order. He was accused of administering the telegram channel «Maya Kraina Belarus», the telegram chat «I’m leaving / MKB». Previously, he, like many other students, turned down the presidential scholarship.

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French President Emmanuel Macron indicated in his declaration that his income from 2017 to the present has amounted to just over 1 million euros.

Macron does not have a car, neither real estate, only a house owned by his wife Brigitte, in addition, Macron has to repay a loan of 127 thousand euros.

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The trailer for the fourth season of «Cobra Kai» has been released. In Season 4, Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang team up to defeat Cobra Kai in the Valley U18 tournament. The loser will forget about karate forever. Samantha and Miguel try to keep the peace between the dojo, Robbie goes all-in against Cobra Kai, and the fate of the Valley hangs in the balance. It premieres on December 31st on Netflix.

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In Denmark, four intelligence officers were arrested in connection with the leak of classified information. All suspects are current or former employees of two Danish intelligence agencies: the Security and Intelligence Service (PET) and the Defense Intelligence Service (FE).

The four men are believed to have divulged «highly classified information from the intelligence services,» according to the PET website. The arrests are the result of a lengthy investigation of information leaks at PET and FE. Searches were carried out at several addresses. The case was transferred to the prosecutor’s office. If these people are found guilty, they face up to 12 years in prison.

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Australia will replace 47 European-made Taipan multi-role helicopters with 52 American Black Hawks and Seahawks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

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The Ministry of Construction of Russia proposed to introduce fines for landlords who, when renting out apartments, apartments and parking lots, carry out calculations outside the unified GIS information system (it is still under development). When paying rent, Russians are obliged to pay a commission through the information system created by the Ministry of Construction. This is reported by the newspaper «Kommersant», in whose possession was the draft law on the creation of a GIS.

The ministry believes that this measure will take control of the housing rental market, from which the budget annually receives less than 162 billion rubles.

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Belarus next year expects to refinance part of the state debt with Russia, said the Minister of Finance of the republic Yuri Seliverstov.

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72% of Ukrainians consider Russia a hostile country, 12% are allied, according to a poll by the Rating group. 52% are in favor of a visa regime with Russia, 44% are against. Belarus is considered hostile by 48%, union 23%.

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The Government Commission on Legislative Activities has approved an increase in the duty for car tuning.

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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Wednesday that it is looking into a recent software update from Tesla Inc. that allows drivers to play video games on the dashboard screen while the vehicle is in motion.

«The Vehicle Safety Act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with design defects that pose an unreasonable safety risk.»

The agency recommends that on-board devices «be designed so that they cannot be used by the driver to perform distracting non-essential tasks while driving.»

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One million tons of discarded food, 300 thousand tons of which are not spoiled and good for food — these figures were published by the Research Institute of Retail Consumer Products (IELKA). As sociologists have found out, some of the products sent to the trash are vegetables and fruits that have lost their presentation, and some are thrown away due to the fact that many people misread the expiration dates on the packaging.

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The net outflow of funds from funds investing in Russian assets and bonds (taking into account those focused not only on the Russian Federation) amounted to $ 90 million for the week through December 8, according to BCS Global Markets. A week earlier, the outflow was $ 220 million.

“By the end of the week, Russian stocks and bonds showed net outflows of $ 90 million against outflows of $ 220 million in the previous week. The outflow has been observed for the fifth week in a row, ”the review says.

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The Court of Appeal in England and Wales allowed Assange’s extradition to the United States, and the defense of the WikiLeaks founder has the right to challenge this verdict.

In January 2021, a London court ruled that the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States was impossible. The court motivated its decision by fears for the prisoner’s mental health. … Later, the US judicial authorities announced a decision to bring additional charges against the founder of Wikileaks on 17 more counts.

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Reaction to the decision of the British court to extradite Assange:

  • Assange’s fiancée considered the decision a «big mistake of justice», calling it dangerous
  • human rights organization Amnesty International described the trial as a «parody of justice»
  • Reporters Without Borders denounced, claiming Assange is a victim of his contributions to journalism
  • leftist French presidential candidate Melanchon called the decision «murder under the guise of a trial»
  • the American Press Freedom Foundation considered the court decision a «black spot» for press freedom
  • International Federation of Journalists urges Biden to end «politically motivated» harassment

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Cuba supports Russia’s efforts to counter NATO expansion, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said

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In 2022, the Russian Federation will start financing the construction of a Russian industrial zone in Egypt and is considering using such a format in other countries, said Vasily Osmakov, First Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade.

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During testing of the digital ruble platform, the Bank of Russia plans to introduce the possibility of exchanging it for foreign currency. This is reported in the draft Guidelines for digitalization of the financial market for the period 2022-2024. Digital Ruble Wallets May Also Open To Foreigners

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The Central Bank, together with other responsible authorities, intends to work out the issue of introducing liability for illegal circulation of digital financial assets, including for their use as a means of payment

Cryptocurrencies cannot perform the function of a means of payment due to the high volatility of their exchange rate, as well as the high interest in them on the part of criminals, the Bank of Russia believes.

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Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov predicted a new wave of inflation due to higher prices for food

“We are now going through the second wave of inflation, and obviously there will be a third. Because now the second wave with a high probability will give rise to the third, connected again with food, (which — «Kommersant») we will face in 2022, especially in the second half of the year «, — said Mr. Belousov at the international export forum» Made in Russia «

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There are more than three hundred settlements in Russia, whose labor market depends on one industrial enterprise. Soon this list will be reduced by almost half, but only due to changes in the criteria for their selection.

The territories that have dropped from the list will not be left without help, says Elena Avdeeva, head of the working group in the Federation Council on the development of single-industry towns, deputy chairman of the Senate Committee on federal structure, regional policy, local self-government and Northern affairs. The senator proposed to establish an annual creative competition that would support the cities and help to equip them for a better life for citizens.

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Global users spent $ 135 billion on mobile apps in 2021 — App Annie. 65% of all purchases are made by users on iOS. Gamers spend the most — in-game purchases account for 60% of App Store developers’ income and almost 80% from Google Play.

In terms of downloads, Google Play leads — from the store, applications were downloaded more than 100 billion times a year, from the App Store — 30 billion. Most of all, users spent on applications for live broadcasts and online streaming — YouTube, Disney +, TikTok and Twitch.

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The jury concluded that actor Jussie Smollett perjured.

In January 2019, Smollett went to the police with a statement that he had been attacked. The actor claimed that two unknown assailants beat him while shouting homophobic and racist insults.

The police opened an investigation and suspected him of staging the attack. According to the prosecution, the actor hoped that the reports of the incident would draw public attention to him, which would allow him to benefit financially from this.

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The head of the migration department and his deputy were detained in the Moscow region. The Investigative Committee reports that officers received bribes from businessmen who recruited illegal immigrants to work. According to preliminary estimates, the amount of bribes is 1 million 700 thousand.

The department was headed by Police Lieutenant Colonel Elena Kulakova, and Major Vitaly Martynov oversaw the work with foreign citizens.

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Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov and Filipino journalist Maria Ressa received the Nobel Peace Prize

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