The government of the Russian Federation intends to increase compensation to oil companies for curbing fuel prices in the domestic market — from May 1, compensations for oil workers on the damper in 2021 will grow from 40 billion to 60 billion rubles. At the same time, the Ministry of Finance plans to return half of the subsidy by raising the tax on oil production, Kommersant reports, citing sources familiar with the situation.
Abkhazia banned stopping cars with Russian license plates for the summer
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Abkhazia forbade the traffic police to stop cars with Russian and other foreign numbers during the summer tourist season. Only good reasons can be a reason. The order was signed by the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic Aslan Kobakhia.
Greece lifts mandatory quarantine for tourists
Greece is lifting quarantine rules for travelers from 32 countries, but tourists must be vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19, The Guardian reports.
The company of the Moscow City Hall bought «platinum apartments» in the «Federation» tower
JSC Central Fuel Company, which through JSC Development of Assets belongs to the Moscow City Property Department, bought 1.6 thousand sq. M. m on the 93rd and 94th floors of the Federation Tower in the Moscow City business district. For these areas on two floors, the company, as indicated in its reports, paid 1.1 billion rubles in 2020.
VEB will transfer aircraft and helicopters to the leasing company
The deal to merge the assets of the largest Russian leasing company GTLK and VEB-Leasing as part of the reform of development institutions includes the transfer to the company of 79 aircraft (planes and helicopters), which are now owned by VEB’s subsidiary, funding for these assets and additional capital.
Net profit of Severstal in the first quarter
Severstal increased its net profit in the first quarter of 2021 tenfold compared to the same period in 2020 to $ 721 million, the company said.
ALROSA reduced diamond production in the first quarter
In the first quarter, ALROSA reduced diamond production by six percent compared to the same period a year earlier, to 7.5 million carats. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, production in the first quarter of 2021 increased by six percent, according to the press service of the company.
People’s Bank of China to launch digital yuan with expiration date
The Chinese government has thought about introducing a so-called expiration date for the digital yuan in the country, writes The Wall Street Journal. According to the newspaper, this should help the People’s Bank of China, if necessary, «turn off» electronic money after a certain date. This will force citizens to part with money faster and spend it more actively.
Total loss of Russian air carriers in 2020
The total net loss of the 15 largest passenger airlines in Russia at the end of 2020 amounted to almost 125 billion rubles. against 4 billion rubles. arrived a year earlier. This follows from the published accounting statements of carriers for 2020, which were analyzed by RBC.
Russia has recognized the failure of the pension system.
The government will not be able to achieve the goals stated in the strategy for the development of the Russian pension system by 2030. Pensions will go down, fewer and fewer older people will be able to make payments. This is stated in the report of experts from the Higher School of Economics (HSE).
The strategy for the long-term development of the pension system was adopted in 2012. The document should determine its effect until 2030. According to the government’s plan, the pension replacement rate was supposed to be up to 40% of the previous earnings, and the average size of payments was up to 2.5-3 living wages of a pensioner. But the HSE found out: now these indicators are even lower than before 2012.
Self-employed people are denied a mortgage
More than 80% of self-employed Russians are refused mortgage applications directly from banks. At the same time, the monthly income of about 60% of them exceeds 100 thousand rubles. This is stated in the study of the online supermarket of the mortgage Online-Ipoteka, which is an IDF Eurasia project, the results of which were received by Izvestia
Arkady Rotenberg became the direct owner of a ski project in Altai
Investments in the first of the cluster are estimated at 2.4 billion rubles. Businessman Arkady Rotenberg became the sole owner of Novye Verhiny LLC, which announced the construction of a ski cluster in the Altai Territory.
JPMorgan Chase intends to invest in sustainable development
American bank JPMorgan Chase intends to invest $ 2.5 trillion in sustainable development by the end of 2030. Most of the funds will be invested in supporting low-income communities, and $ 1 trillion will be spent on the fight against the climate crisis. The climatic part of the funds will go primarily to the development of renewable and other clean energy sources, as well as to waste disposal and preservation of natural ecosystems.
Hydrogen projects of the Russian Federation will receive state support
Five projects in the field of equipment and transport powered by hydrogen may receive state support for a total amount of more than 1 billion rubles in 2021. This was announced on Friday by the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Mikhail Ivanov. R&D subsidies will be provided to companies, he said.
Nerve stem cells age rapidly
In a new study published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) demonstrate that stem cells in the nervous system age rapidly.
Scientists create the first entanglement-based quantum network
A team of researchers from QuTech in the Netherlands announced the implementation of the first multi-node quantum network connecting three quantum processors. In addition, they have achieved a principled demonstration of the key protocols of quantum networks. This first entanglement-based quantum network provides researchers with a testing ground for developing and testing hardware, software, and protocols for the quantum Internet.
Supervolcano Toba destroyed the ozone layer of the Earth’s stratosphere
Researchers are confident that during the eruption of this volcano Toba, a very large amount of sulfur dioxide was released into the surrounding atmosphere, which largely destroyed the ozone layer. Due to such disappointing consequences, the inhabitants of the planet have lost their natural protection from the destructive ultraviolet radiation of the Sun. Primitive people living in the tropics began to die en masse.
It is known that the Toba volcano is located on the island of Sumatra. Its eruption, which happened 74 thousand years ago, is considered one of the largest disasters for the ecology of the Earth.
Shoigu announced the completion of the main transformations of the Russian Armed Forces
«As of today, we can say that the main transformations have been completed as a whole. The Armed Forces have been brought to a three-service structure, and their staffing has been brought to the parameters established by the decree of the President of the Russian Federation,» he said in an interview to be published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
IL-96-400 will not go into serial production.
The fact that the passenger Il-96-400 will eventually not go into serial production, Vedomosti was informed by two employees of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and a source in the aviation industry. The aircraft is designed and assembled by the Voronezh Aircraft Manufacturing Company (VASO), which is part of the UAC. The plane for 400 passengers was not needed by commercial carriers
Pakistan blocks internet across country
The Pakistani government has temporarily blocked the Internet throughout the country in order to maintain internal security. According to the Doon newspaper, the reason for this was the massive clashes between supporters of the Islamic radical organization Tehreek-e-Labbike Pakistan (TLP) with the police. According to authorities, at least seven people, including several police officers, were killed in the course in Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and other major cities. 300 law enforcement officers were injured.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs asked the CIS to pick up «illegal» migrants from Russia.
The first deputy head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Alexander Gorovoy, called on the CIS countries to reduce the number of migrants until June 15, 2021, who, according to him, are “illegally” in the country. He stated this at a meeting of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member States, Interfax writes.
Colleagues, I would like to ask you. The number of your citizens who are currently on the territory of my country is illegal. If we do not remove this number by June 15, as the presidential decree implies, these people will be punished up to expulsion [from the country] and the closure of borders.
The Fifth Wave exhibition has opened in Moscow.
April 15 at the State Museum of Architecture. AV Shchusev opened the exhibition «The Fifth Wave». The exhibition features 11 artists who once left Russia. Artists speak on themes of mass culture, historical memory, civil freedom and Russia
Pentagon commissions Blue Origin to develop nuclear powered spacecraft
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched the DRACO program. Formerly known as ROAR, it aims to develop and test a spacecraft powered by a thermal nuclear rocket engine by 2025. The selection of performers for the program is described on the DARPA website.
Turkey plans to start construction of the Istanbul Canal
Turkey plans to begin construction of the Istanbul Canal between the Black and Marmara Seas bypassing the Bosphorus in June, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
The Kremlin did not comment on Zelensky’s request for a conversation with Putin
Political advisers and aides to the presidents of Russia and Ukraine are in constant contact, so they can regularly discuss operational issues, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov in response to a statement by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky that he requested a conversation with Vladimir Putin, but he was not answered.
Earlier in an interview with Le Figaro, Zelenskiy said that he had asked the head of his office to contact Putin for a conversation when four Ukrainian soldiers were killed and two were wounded. However, the Russian side did not confirm the request.
“This, by the way, is an indicator. Because they ask me if Russia wants to end the war. This question can be answered with actions: I called — they did not answer me, ”Zelensky said.
Zelensky again demanded to grant Ukraine membership in NATO and the EU
“We cannot sit indefinitely in the waiting room of the EU and NATO,” Zelenskiy said in an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro on the eve of a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on April 16. “If the EU and Emmanuel Macron really consider us a member of the European family, they must act accordingly. It’s time to stop talking and making decisions. Emmanuel Macron helped Ukraine a lot, including with sanctions against Russia. Like [head of the Council of Europe] Charles Michel, and also Angela Merkel. But the discussion should also take place on security issues. The security of Europe depends on the security of Ukraine, ”Zelensky said.
President of Georgia to visit Ukraine to develop joint plans for joining NATO and the EU
During a telephone conversation, the presidents of Georgia and Ukraine Salome Zurabishvili and Volodymyr Zelensky discussed «the importance of the security of the Black Sea region and the need to present joint goals at high-level meetings of the EU and NATO,» the VZGLYAD newspaper correspondent reports in Tbilisi