28 Sep, 2021

Internet availability in different countries

The results of the leader and the outsider of this rating differ by more than a hundred times! The average Israeli needs only 19 minutes to work to pay for the Internet, and the average Nigerian more than 35 hours – almost a full working week!

Interestingly, relatively poor China has bypassed most rich and developed countries in this indicator: it will take only 39 minutes of work there to pay for Internet access. In the USA it is almost an hour and a half, and in Spain it is 2:43, more than in India!

Russia in this ranking was in 11th place in the world in terms of Internet accessibility, only 4 places yielding to China and bypassing, for example, Switzerland and the UK, so we are all right with the availability of the World Wide Web.

Internet Freedom Index 2021

In the rating of Internet freedom from Freedom House, Russia was included in the group of countries with a non-free Internet. Together with us there China, Belarus, Cuba, Venezuela, many countries of the Middle East and Southeast Asia

At the same time, the Internet turned out to be the most unfree in China (only 10 points out of 100 possible), Iran and Myanmar (16 and 17 points, respectively). Against this background, our 30 points look pretty decent.

At the other end of the rating, in the free Internet group – the countries of Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and some other countries from the less developed ones. The absolute leader of the list is Iceland, which scored 96 points out of 100 possible. Estonia scored a little less (94 points), “bronze” was shared by Canada and Costa Rica (87 points each)

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Berliners (56.4%) voted to take apartments from large rental companies. In their opinion, rentiers unfairly inflate rents, taking advantage of the shortage of real estate in the city, and the issue can be resolved by returning housing to the public. Now the decision is up to the Senate of the city.

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The Czech Foreign Ministry, together with public organizations, is working on the creation of an “office of the Belarusian opposition in exile,” the representative of the diplomatic department said. While this “delicate issue” is being worked out.

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American service company Cameron will pay US $ 1.4 million for the supply of products to Gazprom bypassing sanctions, the US Treasury said.

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US hypersonic missile tested at five times the speed of sound – Pentagon

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The Russian-speaking diaspora in Spain is outraged by a social advertisement against prostitution by one of the NGOs, which contains a photograph of a “menu” with prices for girls with Russian names. The Russian Embassy, ​​Russian House and lawyers demanded to immediately remove the advertisement and apologize.

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YouTube has banned videos that cast doubt on the outcome of the US presidential and German elections. Those who questioned included “materials containing false claims that the results of any past general elections were influenced by large-scale falsification, errors or technical failures in the operation of systems after the final results were officially approved.” Such content will be removed, and if the rules are violated three times, they threaten to block the channel.

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The rebels who detained the President of Guinea announced a transitional charter. It follows from the document that:

▪️ The country will be governed by the President, Government and National Transitional Council of 81 members during the transition period

▪️ New Constitution of Guinea will be adopted based on the results of the referendum

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Against the background of news about the new launch of a projectile from the DPRK, the North Korean Permanent Representative made a speech at the UN:

▪️ North Korea does not intend to use nuclear weapons and threaten the security of the United States, South Korea and other countries;

▪️ to improve US-North Korean and inter-Korean relations, Washington must stop threatening Pyongyang;

▪️ but the DPRK does not expect the US to abandon a hostile policy towards it.

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An international team of scientists has compiled a list of the 50 most dangerous objects in low Earth orbit, and the top 20 is fully occupied by the spent second stages of Zenit rockets, follows from a joint article by scientists for the Astronautics Congress in the UAE

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The US Navy has created a destroyer task force on the east coast for the rapid deployment of ships in case of need to counter the threat from Russian submarines in the Atlantic Ocean.

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The McDonald’s Corporation in France stopped selling water in plastic bottles and started selling water in cardboard cups instead. McDonald’s said it would help them reduce plastic waste.

But the network employees told the media that instead of bottled mineral water, McDonald’s now sells regular tap water (though purified). It costs 2.3 euros for 500 milliliters.

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Hungary signed a new 15-year gas supply contract with Gazprom. Under the terms of the contract, the bulk of supplies that are currently going through Ukraine will go through Serbia.

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The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation declared the “European Network of Election Observation Organizations” undesirable. “The reason for this decision was that the activities of the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations pose a threat to the foundations of the constitutional order and security of the Russian Federation,” the Prosecutor General said in a statement.

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Soon, the leaders of the Russian regions will be able to be elected to their positions for an unlimited number of consecutive terms – not just two, as it is now. This is the main meaning of the new bill, which was submitted to the State Duma.

At the same time, the president will have more opportunities to influence regional leaders: he will show them a kind of “yellow cards” in the form of reprimands and warnings, and then dismiss them (although now the president can take advantage of the “loss of confidence”). Finally, there will be no more governors in Russia. From now on, all of them are simply “heads of regions”; an exception was made only for Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sevastopol. The last regional president, the leader of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, will also have to correct the title: only one president will remain in Russia.

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In the Balkans, the confrontation between Serbia and Kosovo has sharply escalated. The reason was the new requirements for Serbian cars entering Kosovo, introduced a week ago. Disgruntled Serbs have blocked border crossings, and the Kosovo authorities have brought special forces into areas with Serb populations. NATO intervened in the conflict.

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The United States will only allow entry to foreigners who have received vaccines approved by the FDA or WHO.

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Facebook suspends development of Instagram app for kids – Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri

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Putin instructed to consider the issue of establishing state regulation of the circulation of information for children on the Internet

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Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev considers the recommendation of Twitter to subscribe to Navalny as interference in the affairs of the Russian Federation. He noted that digital giants, including social networks, play by their own rules.

“When I looked at Twitter’s recommendations, whom I should subscribe to, of course the first person I was recommended was Navalny, who is serving a criminal sentence. Isn’t this interference in the affairs of another country? In pure form, interference,” Medvedev said in an interview with RT.

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Maria Kolesnikova, sentenced to 11 years in Belarus, won the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize

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Scientists from the United States 3D printed a vaccination patch. According to them, it is more effective than an injection. According to the study, the resulting immune response from the vaccine patch was 10 times stronger than when administered intramuscularly with a needle. The scientists explained that the patch is glued to the skin, where there are a lot of immune cells, which the vaccine is targeting.

According to scientists, this method will save the dose of the drug. Thanks to 3D printing, scientists can select a specific version of needles for vaccines against influenza, measles, hepatitis, coronavirus or other diseases.

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The Accounts Chamber published an opinion on the budget execution report. According to the agency’s estimates, the well-being of the residents of Russia in 2020 was “approximately at the level of 2010-2011.” The department noted a decrease in the level of poverty, but indicated that it was mainly related to social payments.

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High-ranking representatives of the US and Russian armed forces discussed the proposal of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the joint use of Russian bases, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources. In June, Vladimir Putin offered Joe Biden to jointly use Russian military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Senior Republicans in Congress have already demanded an explanation from the Biden administration

“We learned with deep concern from press reports that the administration is in discussions with the Russian Federation to ensure access to Russian military installations in Central Asia and, possibly, to participate in some kind of military cooperation with the Russians in the fight against terrorism,” they write Republicans.

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Since the end of last week, AvtoVAZ has stopped installing Era-Glonass emergency call modules on new cars, the brand dealers interviewed by Vedomosti said. This is due, according to them, to the shortage of microchips from the manufacturers of such modules.

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Malaysia plans to start sea cruises “to nowhere” in October. We are talking about a cruise, when the ship goes to sea and does not make stops in other ports, writes the newspaper Star.

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The Taliban (the movement is banned in Russia as a terrorist movement) announced that they would restore the effect of the monarchical constitution, canceled 50 years ago, in addition to provisions contrary to Sharia.

The constitution of the last king of the country, Zahir Shah, was in effect until the coup of 1973, which was followed by the dictatorship of Daoud, a new coup in 1978 and 40 years of war.

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Rosobrnadzor said that it had already carried out work to optimize the number of tests in schools and sent recommendations to the regions back in August. On the eve, Putin instructed to ensure the reduction of control and inspection work in schools, to report by July 1, 2022.

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The Moscow Traffic Management Center began testing cameras for photo and video recording of violations, equipped with sound level meters, which are designed to look for drivers of cars and motorcycles who break the silence at night.

One of these cameras works in the area of ​​Chistye Prudy, where residents complained about the noise from cars. Where else such road complexes are installed is not specified.

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American senators demand from Biden to bring to justice the head of the IMF Georgieva. This is the second campaign from the United States against the head of the fund (after the scandal with Strauss-Kahn in 2011). The current head of the fund is charged with overstating the rating of China, the UAE and Saudi Arabia during his work at the World Bank. She herself denies everything.

“It is difficult to exaggerate the seriousness of the allegations that Ms Georgieva put both the data and the World Bank itself at risk to please the Chinese government,” Senate Foreign Relations chief Democrat Menendez and senior Republican on Riesch’s committee said in a letter to Biden.

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A court in the United States decided to completely exempt from punishment 66-year-old John Hinckley, who shot Ronald Reagan 40 years ago. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation opposed Hinckley’s release, pointing out that he continued to pose a danger to those around him.

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Facebook Inc. deal on the $ 1 billion acquisition of New York-based customer service software company Kustomer Inc. was approved by the UK antitrust authorities after it was determined that the acquisition would not impede competition. The Competition and Markets Authority said the deal “does not raise a realistic prospect of a significant reduction in competition” in which UK market, Bloomberg reported.

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Rolls-Royce CEO Thorsten Müller-Plumb has announced that the automaker will ditch internal combustion engines in its cars and start producing electric vehicles, bypassing the hybrid stage. The manufacturer has pledged to start mass production of electric vehicles by 2030.

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