19 Oct, 2018

I have no connection with the Russian government

A former employee of the US National Security Agency, Edward Snowden, during a video link from Russia, organized at the University of Management of the Austrian city of Innsbruck, told how he feels in Russia and what he does.

“As for my future in Russia, I cannot say that I am safe,” TASS quoted him as saying. “But does it matter? If I wanted to live in safety, I would sit in Hawaii, earn a lot of money and monitor for everybody. “

Snowden said that he currently runs one of the American foundations to protect media freedom and is working on creating new tools to protect journalists.

“It is also about protecting sources of information from external interference,” explained the former NSA officer.

During the teleconference, Snowden stated that he did not work for the Russian authorities and was not connected with them at all.

“The reality is that I have no ties with the Russian government,” Snowden assured. “I criticized them, the president, and the course of the elections, and I will continue to do it.”

“My focus is not on Russia, because Russia is not my homeland, I live here in exile,” he said. “The United States will always be my homeland, and we need to take better care of our society first and foremost.”

Edward Snowden is a former NSA employee who made the public aware of US electronic surveillance programs around the world.

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Monument to concentration camp prisoners to appear in Moscow

The monument to the prisoners of the concentration camps of the Second World War will appear on the territory of the Moscow Jewish Museum and the Center for Tolerance on Victory Day in 2019. The monument will be erected on the project of sculptor Alexander Tsigal and architect Evgeny Polyantsev, according to the official website of the museum.

In Canada, demand for marijuana increased after its legalization

On the very first day after the legalization of marijuana, in Canada there was an increased demand for this drug. In front of the entrances to a few points of sale, there are huge queues in which buyers stood for hours. It is reported by Tass, referring to the CCTV channel

Subsidized air travel will be year-round

It is expected that they will be approved in November of this year and will come into force from the date of signing, the Rosavitsia report says. Now flights to these destinations are performed from March 1 to December 1 annually. In addition, the right to fly at subsidized fares will appear among members of large families.

A doctor in Kazakhstan refused to accept a Russian-speaking child

The doctor of the children’s clinic in the Kazakh Arkalyk refused to accept the child due to the fact that his mother spoke to her in Russian instead of Kazakh. A woman came to the reception to Moldyr Utebaeva along with a four-year-old child who had acute otitis.

The mother of the child asks: “That is, we, the Russians, should go to Russia?”. To this, the doctor replied: “Yes, leave.”

Suspect in the murder of a Saudi journalist killed in an accident

One of the suspects in the murder of journalist Jamal Hashkadzhi in the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, died in a suspicious accident in Riyadh. On this October 18, writes the Turkish newspaper Yeni Şafak. This is about Saudi Arabian Air Force Lt. Meshal Saade El Bostani.

The government of the Khabarovsk Territory will get rid of a million dollar yacht

The government of the Khabarovsk Territory will get rid of the yacht “Victoria”, worth $ 1 million. The vessel is put up for auction, a REGNUM correspondent reports. A boat worth $ 1 million, acquired in 2005, will be put up for sale by the regional property fund.

RSA has promised a reduction in tariffs in 20 regions as a result of the reform of CTP

Reducing the cost of the policy may occur in 20 regions of Russia, the Russian Union of Motor Insurers (RSA) said in a statement referring to preliminary calculations

In particular, RSA analyzed the rating of regions on OSAGO and singled out 20 that are in the green zone (that is, in those regions where there are practically no problems with fraud or they can be solved, and the loss ratio on OSAGO is acceptable or absent).

These regions include: Pskov, Ryazan, Oryol, Bryansk, Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Sakhalin, Kostroma, Udmurt, Chuvash, Kursk, Kirov, Tomsk, Saratov and Kaluga regions, Trans-Baikal Territory, Nenets Autonomous District, the Republic of Karelia, Mordovia, and also Sakha (Yakutia). ”

As previously reported, at the first stage of the reform it is planned to expand the tariff corridor by 20% up and down, as well as to change the system for calculating the bonus-malus and age-experience

Russia appealed the decision of the ECHR to compensate the participants of Pussy Riot

The Ministry of Justice appealed the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), concerning the payment of compensation in the amount of almost € 50 thousand to three participants of Pussy Riot. About it reports “RIA Novosti” with reference to the press service of the Ministry.

Highway “Moscow-Ural” may appear until 2031

According to the deputy head of the Ministry of Transport, Innocent Alafinov, by 2031 a high-speed railway and a highway from Moscow to the Urals can be built in Russia. The issue of building new transport branches, which should connect the capital of Russia with the Urals, is already being considered

In the Omsk region, only 58% of roads are paved

The density of roads with hard surface in the Omsk region exceeded the average Russian figure and was one of the highest in Siberia – 98 kilometers per 1000 square kilometers

Relatives of Politkovskaya will receive compensation in due time

The parties did not appeal the decision of the Strasbourg Court on the complaint of relatives of Anna Novaya Politkovskaya’s journalist “Novaya Gazeta”, the compensation appointed by the court will be paid in due time, the press service of the Justice Ministry told RIA Novosti.


Authorities expect growth in the share of tourism in GDP to 5% by 2025

Ekaterina Karpenko: The authorities expect the growth of the share of tourism in GDP to 5% by 2025 Rostourism sets the task of increasing the share of tourism in Russia’s GDP to 5% by 2025, said the head of department Oleg Safonov.

Nabiullina urged to fight “bank slavery” in Russia

The head of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina at the forum of innovative banking technologies Finopolis-2018 in Sochi criticized the “banking slavery” and urged Russian banks to get rid of it, the RBC correspondent reports.

I think this is what we need to think about. And we, as a regulator, would like to get a response from the market, what should we do. – Elvira Nabiullina, Russian politician

The wealth of Russia has grown faster than the state of foreigners

The ten richest people in Russia increased their wealth in percentage terms more than businessmen from any other country. This writes Bloomberg following the analysis of data from its own Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

HSBC is the first foreign company to be located on the Shanghai Stock Exchange

The British bank HSBC will be the first of foreign companies to be placed on the stock exchange in the PRC, the Financial Times reports. The placement of Chinese depositary receipts (CDRs) on the Shanghai Stock Exchange will be conducted as part of establishing links between the London and Shanghai stock exchanges.

Evtushenkov can buy pharmaceutical business from Gazprombank and UFG Private Equity

AFK Sistema (co-owner Vladimir Evtushenkov) and the Russian-Chinese Investment Fund (RCIF) are discussing the purchase of the pharmaceutical company Obolenskoye from Gazprombank and the investment fund UFG Private Equity. It is reported by RBC, citing sources familiar with the course of negotiations

Restrictions on operations of Irkutsk Vostsibtranskombank

The Bank of Russia imposed a ban on a number of operations by the Irkutsk East-Siberian Transport Commercial Bank (Vostsibtranskombank). This is reported on the website of the credit institution.

X5 Retail Group revenue grew over nine months by 19%

X5 Retail Group revenue for the first nine months of 2018 increased by 19% over the same period last year and amounted to 1.1 trillion rubles. This is evidenced by preliminary operating results published on the company’s website.

The State Duma ratified the tax agreement between the Russian Federation and Ecuador

The State Duma ratified the convention aimed at the abolition of double taxation between the Russian Federation and Ecuador at a plenary session on October 18, a REGNUM correspondent reports.

The document was signed by the governments of the Russian Federation and Ecuador in November 2016 in Sochi. Both countries agreed that their citizens – both individuals and legal entities – should not pay taxes on the same type of tax twice. Instead, they will be able to pay taxes in one of the countries.

Abramovich decided not to sell his stake in Norilsk Nickel on the stock exchange

Roman Abramovich, Alexander Abramov and Alexander Frolov do not plan to sell their 6.3% stake in Norilsk Nickel on the stock exchange, RBC reports citing sources. Investors want to sell the package 27-33% more than the current price.

The authorities have prepared a ban on leadership for unscrupulous directors

The document (RBC has it) provides for “the creation of a legal mechanism to prevent unscrupulous persons from joining the governing bodies of public societies”. A similar practice already operates in banks – now they want to extend it to the non-financial sector.

Yandex.Taxi buys food delivery service “Food Party”

We add, “Food Party” was founded in 2014. Through the service, users can order ready-made sets of products and recipes for cooking. See also: “In 2012, the idea of“ saving on milk ”seemed reasonable only to prudent housewives.”

Poland bought a stake in the gas field on the Norwegian shelf

The Polish energy company PGNiG acquired from the Norwegian company Equinor a share in the Tommeliten Alrna gas condensate field located in the southern part of the Norwegian continental shelf.

Rosnedra announced auctions for three oil sites in the Tomsk region

Rosnedra announced auctions for geological study, exploration and production at three hydrocarbon sites in the Tomsk region, follows from materials Rosnedra.

Gazprom will spend 33 billion rubles to expand the gas pipeline in the Far East

The energy company Gazprom will send up to 2020 33 billion rubles. on the construction of the 505-874th km of the Sakhalin-Khabarovsk-Vladivostok (SVH) gas pipeline, Interfax reports, citing the concern’s materials. An open request for proposals will be announced in October.

Russia will restrict the right to transport oil and gas in the Arctic to foreign ships

Vasily Netsvetaev, head of the pricing and economic analysis department of the shipbuilding industry and marine engineering of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, said that the Russian side would limit the right to transport oil and gas in the Arctic to foreign ships from 2019.

Netflix shares rose 14%

The cost of Netflix’s shares rose 14% to $ 394.25 after the company published its quarterly reports, Reuters reports. In the reporting, in particular, it was said that over the past period the company had 6.96 million new subscribers, which exceeded the company’s forecast by 1.9 million. Also, Netflix management reported that the value of one share of the company for the specified period grew to $ 0.89, which is $ 0.21 higher than the financiers’ forecasts.

VEB will receive another 25.45 billion rubles in subsidies to repay foreign debt

Vnesheconombank (VEB) in 2018 will receive another 25.451 billion rubles of budget subsidies to repay foreign debt, follows from the amendments to the budget published on the official portal of regulatory and legal acts.

“Yandex” fell by $ 1 billion after reports of a deal with Sberbank

The value of the shares of Yandex N.V. (the parent company of the Yandex group, registered in the Netherlands) fell sharply against the background of the publication of news about Sberbank’s intention to enter the company’s capital and the subsequent denial by the press service of the bank

British American Tobacco closes Saratov factory

British American Tobacco (BAT) reported that it closes a cigarette factory in Saratov: its production capacity will move to the site in St. Petersburg by the beginning of 2019. BAT produces Kent, Vogue, Java Golden cigarettes and others. How many cigarettes are produced by its factories The company does not inform.

Novaport decided to postpone its IPO

Trotsenko added that the IPO is postponed “for at least two years.” The Novaport website reports that the holding’s network includes 16 airports. The main shareholders are AEON Corporation and Meridian Capital, owning equal shares of the company’s assets.

Siluanov offered to finance nuclear power plants in Egypt at the expense of the National Welfare Fund

The Ministry of Finance proposes to finance the construction of a nuclear power plant in Egypt, which was agreed to by Moscow and Cairo, at the expense of the National Wealth Fund (NWF). By law, this will be possible after the amount of free funds of the National Welfare Fund exceeds 7% of GDP.

Central Bank called the damage to Russian banks from cyber attacks in 2018

The damage of Russian banks from cyber attacks for the eight months of 2018 decreased compared with last year’s figures and amounted to 76.49 million rubles. This follows from the report of the Center for Monitoring and Responding to Computer Attacks in the Credit and Financial Sphere (FinCERT) of the Central Bank.

Invitro will sell its assets in Ukraine

The international network of clinics and hospitals Medicover has signed an agreement on the purchase of assets of the private Russian medical company Invitro in Ukraine, the foreign company said.

The media learned about the refusal of the British investment company to buy a network of shopping centers in Russia

Raven Russia, a British investment company, refused to buy shopping centers located in Russia and owned by the Austrian Atrium Europian Real Estate (AERE) fund. This writes on Friday the newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to three commercial real estate broker.

The reason for the reduction of US bonds in the reserves of Russia

The Bank of Russia pursues a policy of diversification of gold and foreign exchange reserves to ensure their safety and profitability, and takes into account various risks, including geopolitical ones.

This was stated by the head of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina on the sidelines of the Finopolis forum when asked about the reasons for the reduction of Russian investments in US government bonds. According to the US Treasury, in August they amounted to 14.1 billion dollars.

The sharp decline in Russian investments in US Treasuries occurred in the first two months after the introduction of the April package of American sanctions, then they fell from 96.1 billion to 14.9 billion.

Gazprom signs production sharing agreement with Uzbekistan

Gazprom has signed a production sharing agreement (PSA) with Uzbekistan. This is stated in the message of the Russian company. Gazprom and Uzbek authorities agree on economic parameters for development of Dzhel field

China’s GDP growth slowed due to trade war with the United States

Analysts polled by Reuters and Bloomberg expected the growth rate of the PRC economy to be 6.6% in the third quarter. Quarterly indicators, in particular, were affected by the trade war with the United States and the long-term campaign to combat debt risks, Reuters writes.


Norwegian special services appealed the release of a member of the Russian Federation Council

The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) appealed the decision of the court to release from custody an employee of the Russian Federation Council office Mikhail Bochkarev, who was arrested on suspicion of spying, reports TASS.

Rada adopted a law on liability for the Russians for violating the border

The Verkhovna Rada adopted a law on criminal responsibility for the illegal crossing of the state border by citizens of the “aggressor country”. This decision was supported by 243 parliamentarians with the necessary minimum of 226 votes. Previously, violators were threatened with fines and administrative arrest of up to 15 days

In Germany, prosecutors began checking against the Minister of Defense

The prosecutor’s office in Berlin began checking against German Defense Minister Ursula von Der Lyayen in connection with the constant involvement of external consultants to work in the office, reports the Spiegel, citing sources.

It is reported that the audit was initiated after September 30 to the minister was filed a complaint from some insider who works in the department. The complaint stated that “for a long period of time, consultants who worked as staff of the department were involved (in the work in the ministry – ed.).”

In addition, it was noted that a whole “army” of freelance consultants worked in the ministry. Thus, a fictitious self-employment could have taken place. The employer is not required to provide social security to such employees. If the investigation proves that it was done intentionally, the employer will be prosecuted.

Ukraine sent a note of protest to Syria because of the visit of the Crimean delegation

Kiev sent a note of protest to the Syrian authorities in response to the visit of a delegation of the Crimean authorities to Damascus. On this October 18 informs the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Japan declared protest to Russia because of shooting near Iturup island

Japan protested Russia because of rocket firing planned for the end of October in the area of Iturup island. This was announced by the Secretary General of the Yoshihide Suga Government.

The Kremlin is preparing a meeting of Bolton and Putin

A spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, confirmed preparations for the visit to Moscow of the national security adviser to US President John Bolton. Information about the trip appeared in the American press.

Russia has requested the establishment of a panel in the WTO on a dispute with the United States

Russia requested the creation of a panel in the World Trade Organization (WTO) on a dispute with the United States in connection with the application of additional duties on steel and aluminum from the United States. About it reports RIA Novosti with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Economic Development.

Diplomatic demarches of Ecuador and Venezuela

In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, the Ecuadorian charge d’affaires, Elizabeth Mendez, was declared persona non grata. She was given 72 hours to leave the country. This is reported on the website of the foreign ministry of the country.

It is noted that this decision was taken in response to similar actions of Ecuador.

“Forced to take similar measures against the Ecuadorian Charge d’Affaires in Venezuela Elizabeth Mendez, she is declared persona non grata,” the communiqué says.

The ministry also recalled the “interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela” and the “lies” of Ecuador President Lenin Moreno from the UN General Assembly, in particular, regarding the number of Venezuelan refugees.

Earlier it became known that in Ecuador decided to expel the ambassador of Venezuela from the country.

The decision was made because of the statements of the Minister of Communications and Information of Venezuela, Jorge Rodriguez, to Moreno.

US promised new sanctions against Russia

“You will see the introduction of additional sanctions every month or two, approximately as it is now happening,” promised the US special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker.

In addition, according to him, the United States is now “working closely” with its allies in Europe so that they maintain the anti-Russian sanctions they have imposed.

Trump has threatened to close the border with Mexico because of migrants

US President Donald Trump threatened to close the southern border of the United States with Mexico, unless the authorities of this country take steps to reduce the flow of illegal migrants from Central America – Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

In addition to the termination of payments to all these countries, which seem to have little control over their population, I must in the most persistent way ask Mexico to stop this onslaught, and if this does not happen, I will turn to the armed forces and close our southern border. – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

The head of the US Interior Ministry caught in embezzlement of budget funds

US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke used budget funds for personal purposes. The official’s wife and other members of his family sometimes traveled by government vehicles. This is stated in the report of the supervisory service.

Former FBI officer received a deadline for the transfer of secret documents

In the US, a former FBI official was convicted of transferring classified documents to the media. This was written by the newspaper ABC on Thursday, October 18. In April, Terry Albery, a 39-year-old employee of the FBI office in Minnesota, admitted his guilt in transmitting about 70 materials to The Intercept online publication.


Successfully passed the test, will receive a double salary

Fighters serving in the 2nd Guards Combined Arms Army in the Volga region, whose units are deployed, including those in the Orenburg region, pass the final test for 2018. Those who will cope with the test perfectly, will receive a double salary next year. The commander of the army, Major General Rustam Muradov, told reporters about incentive measures.

According to the commander, when passing the standards for physical training for top marks, the fighter will be entitled to a 70 percent surcharge. And if you show aerobatics in the performance of class qualifications, then another 30 percent.

“There is also a new monthly premium for the honorary name of the unit,” said Rustam Muradov.

Uganda intends to acquire Russian air defense systems

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni said his country would like to acquire Russian air defense systems

Russia and Mongolia sign military cooperation program

The Ministries of Defense of the Russian Federation and Mongolia have signed a long-term program of military cooperation, RIA Novosti reports October 18. It is noted that the head of the Russian Ministry of Defense Sergei Shoigu and the Minister of Defense of Mongolia Nyamaagiin Enkhbold put their signatures on the document.

We appreciate that Mongolia regards the development of interaction with Russia as one of the most important foreign policy tasks. We reaffirm the desire to use as much as possible the accumulated potential for the deepening of military and military-technical cooperation. – Sergey Shoigu, Russian military leader

Long-range missile 40N6 for S-400 adopted

In total, under the state armament program until 2027, the Ministry of Defense plans to purchase more than a thousand 40N6 missiles to equip the existing S-400 regiments as part of aerospace forces.

Submarine cruisers of the Northern Fleet conducted a training exercise in the Barents Sea

Nuclear submarine missile cruisers of the Northern Fleet completed the tasks of anti-submarine exercises in accordance with the crew training plan during the summer training period. Submariners operated in the fleets in the Barents Sea fleet.

Serdyukov: Airborne troops create a new type of formation

The airborne troops of Russia are working on the creation of a new type of formations that are distinguished by new methods and methods of using the troops in modern conditions, Commander of the Airborne Forces Andrei Serdyukov told RIA Novosti

China has tested the world’s largest unmanned aircraft

October 16, 2018 in China, the first flight tests of the world’s largest unmanned transport aircraft were successfully passed. The aircraft is called “Feyhun 98”, that is, “Flying Swan 98”. According to TASS, the take-off weight of the aircraft can reach 2.5 tons, of which the cargo accounts for 1.5 tons.

Shoigu arrived in China for the meeting of the MTC Commission

Russian Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu arrived on an official visit to China, where on Friday he will hold the 23rd meeting of the intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation.

US offered Ukraine its frigates of the Navy

The American authorities offered Kiev the supply of frigates of their Navy type Oliver Hazard Perry. These ships were manufactured in the period from 1975 to 2004.

A letter of relevant content was sent to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Military Portal reported on Thursday, October 18.

“These ships can significantly improve the defense capability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at the Black Sea and Azov theater of military operations,” the US Navy said in a statement.

Currently, the frigates are at the disposal of the US Navy, Kiev can get them in the framework of the program “Excessive property”. In total, more than 70 ships of this type were launched into the water.

Russian Army will receive a unified digital communications system

The Russian Armed Forces will receive a unified digital communications system. This was announced by the head of the General Directorate of Communications, Colonel-General Khalil Arslanov. One of the important tasks in the field of military communications is the creation of a unified automated digital communication system.

In Germany, talked about the British “response” to the tank “Armata”

Britain submitted a response to the Russian tank “Armata” – a prototype of the new tank “Black Night”, which was developed based on the Challenger 2 combat vehicle, reports the German magazine Focus.

Japanese fighters went up to the sky to escort Russian Il-38

The fighters of the Japanese Self-Defense Air Force went on alert on Thursday to accompany the Russian anti-submarine IL-38 aircraft that approached the border, the Joint Self-Defense Forces Headquarters of Japan reported. Aircraft circled along the coast of Japan in the Sea of Japan


Photo exhibition “Japanese-Russian relations

The story in photos “was opened to the public at the Moscow Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography. It presents rare photos showing the development of relations between the two countries, Toshio Yamamoto, head of the information department at the Japanese Embassy in Moscow, told reporters.

The Ural Cultural Forum will be held for the first time in Yekaterinburg in the summer of 2019

The First Ural Cultural Forum will be held in Yekaterinburg in 2019 as part of the Year of the Theater in the region. This was announced on October 17 by the Deputy Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region Pavel Krekov.

Participants of the forum-festival Jazz Across Borders will perform on the historical scene of the Mariinsky Theater

Igor Butman and his Moscow Jazz Orchestra, Grammy winner American jazz diva Patti Austin and other participants of the forum-festival Jazz Across Borders on November 17 will give a concert at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. This was reported on October 17 by Igor Butman, artistic director of Jazz Across Borders, at a press conference in TASS.

Museum complex in Vladivostok is planned to be built by 2023

Construction of theatrical educational and museum complex in Vladivostok will begin in late 2018 and be completed by mid-2023. About 30 billion rubles of extra-budgetary funds will be invested in the project. This was reported by the press service of the Primorye administration following a discussion of architectural concepts.

The exhibition “My Russia, My Smolensk Region” opens in the Mikhailovsky Castle

The exhibition of children’s creativity “My Russia, my Smolensk Region” opens in St. Petersburg, in the East Pavilion of the Mikhailovsky Castle. The exposition was organized by the Russian Museum in the framework of the project “Children of Russia in the Russian Museum” and the Smolensk Regional Institute for the Development of Education.

Project To Whom It May Concern in Paris

The Danish duet Michael Elmgren & Ingar Dragset presented a new provocative project To Whom It May Concern (For Interested Persons) in Paris on the Place Vendome, commissioned by the FIAC fair.

On top of the paving stones are placed 100 red starfish of steel and bronze. Red color is chosen for contrast with the green historical Vendome column towering over the square. The project is dedicated to climate change.

“Recently, every time we visit Paris, there is a flood. We imagined that the water reached the Place Vendome. What will be left when she retreats? There are a lot of uninvited guests, ”explained Elmgren.

The project is also linked to the ongoing debate on migrants and immigration. It can be seen until November 2, 2018.

Unknown Murals Found in Pompeii

On the excavations of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, destroyed by the volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD, archaeologists discovered a space for the worship of the home gods of about 20 square meters. meters It includes beautifully preserved frescoes and a small pool.

The Moscow Art Theater named after Chekhov will open a monument to Oleg Tabakov in the lobby

The Moscow Chekhov Art Theater will open a monument to Oleg Tabakov (1935-2018), which will be installed in the portrait foyer of the theater. The solemn ceremony will be held on October 26, when the 120th anniversary of the Moscow Art Theater will be celebrated, Maria Malkina, press attaché of the Moscow Art Theater, told TASS.

Photo exhibition “Socialist Surrealism” opened in Moscow

The photo exhibition “Socialist Surrealism”, which presents 16 photographs of abandoned and existing workshops of the ZIL plant, opened in the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow on October 18, reports TASS.

Amos Oz wins Yasnaya Polyana Prize

Literary Prize “Yasnaya Polyana” in the nomination “Foreign Literature” awarded to the Israeli writer Amos Oz. According to the press service of the award, the prose writer will arrive in Moscow to receive an award and present his novel Judas, published in Russian.

Foundations of Moscow’s first night shelter found in capital

As the head of the Department of Cultural Heritage of the capital, Alexei Emelyanov, said, the finds were made on the site of a two-story building that was part of the complex of night-houses of merchant and philanthropist Konstantin Morozov. The building, erected in 1879, was the first and only shelter in Moscow until 1903. In the middle of the 20th century, the building was demolished.

Chekhov House Museum will move to Ostroukhov House

Chekhov House Museum is temporarily closed for visitors on November 1. In the spring, he will move to the Ostroukhov House, but first he will survey the building of this section of the Dahl State Museum of Russian Literature and create an innovative 3D project for utilities.


Zaz will perform in Moscow with a new album

The concert in Moscow will take place on February 6 at the Crocus City Hall. The album “Effet miroir” is coming out on November 16th. Zaz has already released the first single from the new album – “Qué vendrá” in French and Spanish.

Song Despacito set seven Guinness records

Song and video for the song of the Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi with the participation of rapper Daddy Yankee – Despacito received seven titles of the Guinness Book of Records.

Britney Spears will set a new record with concerts in Las Vegas

Britney Spears has signed a new contract for the next series of concerts in Las Vegas. Reports about it Daily Mail with reference to the informed sources.

Antohi MC released a new video “Heart Rhythm”

The star of contemporary pop music, Antoha MS, presented a new video for the track “Heart Rhythm”. The whole clip of Anton MS is sitting on an unusual horse, lying in the hay and dancing funny in a red raincoat. The frames quickly change under the “Heart Rhythm” by the faces of the children and the musician

“Terem-Quartet” promises to bring to St. Petersburg “unformatted” musicians

In St. Petersburg, the stage of the State Academic Capella will feature young artists. The organizer of the international music tournament “Terem Crossover” – “Terem-Quartet” – will present “unformatted” musicians at the gala concert on October 26.

The fastest pianist in the world will play in St. Petersburg Guinness Book Record

Peter started playing the piano at that age when not everyone started talking, at seven he started writing, and by the age of 17 he had already recorded two albums, Green Music and Nightfall, and at the age of 20 he got into the Guinness book.

Music in the subway: songs in every way

It would seem, not at all for the balalaika of the composition of the group “Leningrad”, ABBA, songs from the repertoire of Mikhail Boyarsky and Garik Sukachev. And “Lada” will play in such a way that even if you are in a hurry, be sure to stop for a few minutes to listen to musicians.

Chris Norman will present two albums in Moscow

Chris Norman & Band (UK), Crocus City Hall, October 23 Romantic guitarist with a husky but gentle voice and a charming smile (which women like so much that they start listening to rock music) will present a live album in Moscow Live In Hamburg -2018

Group IOWA shoots clip on Nevsky Prospect

Indie pop band IOWA seen on Nevsky Prospect in the morning of October 18th. The musicians are busy filming a new video for the song “I Got Sick of You,” found out “Fontanka”. One of the scenes was filmed at the crossroads of Nevsky and Malaya Konyushennaya, against the background of the monument to Nikolai Gogol.

An evening dedicated to the 100th anniversary of his birthday, Alexander Galich

Songs and poems by Alexander Galich will be performed on Friday at the Central House of Writers (TsDL) at an evening dedicated to the centenary of the birth of the poet and playwright. His relatives, friends and colleagues will come here, among them daughter Alena Galich and her son Pavel, famous writers and public figures Elena Kamburova, Alla Gerber, Maxim Krivosheev, Mikhail Levitin.

Lead the evening with Alena Galich will be the bard Yuly Kim, who was intimately acquainted with Galich.


The Czech Republic will host a festival of contemporary Russian cinema

Film Forum “New Russian Film” opens on November 5th. Actors Andrey Sokolov, Pavel Derevyanko, Andrey Merzlikin and leading Russian producers, directors and cameramen will take part in the festival.

The initiator of the festival was the Russian Embassy in the Czech Republic. It will be held with the support of the Ministry of Culture.

Closes the series “Orange – hit season”

Netflix channel closes the series “Orange – hit of the season.” The show about life in a women’s prison will end after the seventh season, which will be released next year. A message about this appeared on the project twitter.

Victor Merezhko spoke about the work on the film about Stalin

The scriptwriter Viktor Merezhko told Izvestia in an interview about working on the script of a 28-episode film under the working title “Stalin and his entourage.”

Sokurov will present Bitokov’s film “Deep Rivers” in St. Petersburg

Alexander Sokurov will take part in a special screening of the film “Deep Rivers” by Vladimir Bitokov. The show will take place in the St. Petersburg theater “Karo 9 Warsaw Express” on October 25. The film is about the father and the sons who carry out a large order for logging.

Non-fiction film shows started in Volgograd

For the first time in Volgograd Days of non-fiction films are held. Within the framework of the project, the Volgograd audience will see the works of young Russian directors, graduates of the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography named after Sergei Gerasimov. His work will present and master of domestic documentary Sergei Miroshnichenko

In Rome begins the “Holiday Cinema”

October 18 in the Italian capital opens the International Festival “Holiday Cinema”. This year, the review of the new world screen will be held for the 13th time. The screenings will begin with the Drew Goddard film “No Good at the El Piano Hotel”.

Michael B. Jordan will play hitman

Arrival of “Creed 2” and “Black Panther” Michael B. Jordan will act as a fearless killer in the new action-movie “The Silver Bear” (“Silver Bear”). According to Deadline, the actor will not only play the main role, but also act as a producer of the project.

Nizhny Novgorod will show films in Japanese

In the cinema “Eaglet” will host a festival of Japanese cinema, in which visitors can see several films in the original language with subtitles. Information about the program is available on the cinema website.


Apple will introduce the new iPad and Mac on October 30

Apple has announced the date of the next presentation, which will feature new computers and tablets. The event will be held on October 30 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.

Apple began taking pre-orders for the iPhone XR

Apple begins today to take pre-orders for the iPhone XR smartphone. From today, it can be ordered in more than 50 countries, including Russia.

In Japan, created a super slim phone

The Japanese company Kyocera and local operator NTT Docomo announced a phone as thick as a bank card. The novelty has such a small size that it easily fits in a wallet, reports “World 24”. Model Kyocera KY-O1L weighs 47 grams and has a size of 91 by 55 mm

CardsMobile and Mastercard will launch the Russian “Wallet Pay”

The project participants explain that Pay Wallet will be available in the Wallet application, which collects all cards (discount, transport, gift) in the user’s smartphone. This is not only a payment service, but also a new opportunity for banks to communicate with their customers.

Apple will abandon Intel processors by 2021

The latter will be developed by Apple, and their release will deal with the company TSMC. Based on this, expert Ming-Chi Kuo said that by 2021 the company would completely abandon the Intel processors currently used.

Ulefone showed new secure and gradient smartphones

At the Global Sources Electronic Show in Hong Kong, Ulefone presented a couple of new smartphones. Ulefone Armor 6 is a new member of the line of secure smartphones that meet the degree of IP68. The screen of the device has a diagonal of 6.2 inches at a resolution of FHD +.

Aviasales has launched a service for planning trips to concerts

Aviasales has launched a new Events application designed to plan trips abroad to concerts of their favorite artists. With it, you can find the dates of concerts and cities in which the artist performs, buy plane tickets and a concert.

The new iPad Pro will actually get a USB-C connector

Mac Otakara editors, who spoke with equipment suppliers and accessories manufacturers at the Global Source Mobile Electronics Trade Fair in Hong Kong, report that they all agree on one thing: the new iPad Pro will actually get a USB-C connector.

Sony updates its smartphones to Android Pie ahead of schedule

It turned out that Sony as a whole is ahead of schedule. The company announced that as early as next week, on October 26, several more smartphones will start receiving updates. These will be the Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1 and XZ1 Compact.

Presents low-cost IPS monitors AOC series V2H

Monitors can be adjusted by the angle of inclination. On the back of the new products there are ports – VGA and HDMI 1.4. On the prices of a series of AOC V2H is not reported.

Panasonic has developed a noise-canceling helmet for busy people

Panasonic has presented a Wear Space device, designed specifically for busy people. “Helmet” blocks extraneous noises and peripheral vision, allowing a person to focus on their activities.

The large Honor 8X and 8X Max smartphones have received a functional update

Huawei has released a firmware update for Honor 8X and 8X Max smartphones. It brings a couple of functional innovations. These smartphones have 6.5 and 7.12 inches diagonal screens and it’s not easy to control these engines with one hand.

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