4 Aug, 2021

Is the country heading in the right direction?

The share of Russians who believe that things in our country are going somewhere in the wrong direction increased by 1 percentage point in July. and amounted to 44% against 43% in June. The share of those who believe that everything is going as it should have decreased over the month from 49% to 47%

Compared to May, the changes become even more noticeable: -4 p.p. to those who believe that everything is moving in the right direction and +4 p.p. to those who think that not everything is in order

Nevertheless, all these fluctuations are more likely within the statistical error and it is clearly not worth talking about any significant shifts so far.

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Secret documents from the British Department of Defense about the destroyer Defender, discovered in June at a bus stop, were lost due to the fault of a senior official, Angus Lapsley, writes the Guardian, citing government sources. Lapsley, according to the newspaper, was in line for the post of the permanent representative of Britain to NATO.

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Freight trains collided in Transbaikalia, 10 cars got off, no injuries were reported, the Transbaikal Railway reports. According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, kerosene flows out of two tanks, and a fire train is operating at the site of the emergency.

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The plane of the Polish airline LOT Tokyo-Warsaw, on which the Belarusian athlete Kristina Timanovskaya should be, took off from Japan. The plane will not fly through the airspace of Belarus, a representative of the carrier told RIA Novosti.

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Belarusian athlete Timanovskaya did not fly to Warsaw, but switched to a flight to Vienna, France Presse claims with reference to a representative of Narita airport near Tokyo.

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The IOC has appointed a disciplinary commission that will deal with the case of the Belarusian runner Timanovskaya. The IOC Commission will investigate the actions of the members of the Belarusian delegation Shumak and Moisevich in relation to Timanovskaya.

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Distance higher education does not suit 48% of Russians, Rambler & Co found out (RIA Novosti has a study). 21% are not against new forms of education, 31% have already studied remotely (19% of them did not like this format).

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Almost half of the Russian medals at the Tokyo Olympics were won by privates, sergeants, warrant officers and officers – from the army, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Guard. The military, employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Guard won medals in competitions in swimming, boxing, judo, shooting, but most of all they received in fencing.

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Physicists for the first time got matter from pure energy. Scientists working on the STAR detector in the United States reported that they were able to obtain convincing evidence for two physical phenomena predicted more than 80 years ago – the formation of matter directly from light and that magnetism can bend polarized photons in a vacuum. The main discovery is that pairs of electrons and positrons – particles of matter and antimatter – can be created directly by the collision of very energetic photons, which are quantum “packets” of light

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Lithuania entered into a dialogue with Russia, “because there are also Russian citizens who cross this border,” said Deputy Foreign Minister of Lithuania Mantas Adomenas on the air of “Echo of Moscow”. How many Russians tried to illegally enter Lithuania, he did not specify.

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In the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, the tanker “Asfolt Princess” was seized. According to Reuters, which cites sources, an asphalt tanker flying the Panama flag has been hijacked by Iranian-backed forces. Before that, four to six oil tankers simultaneously reported “loss of control”.

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Athlete Yana Maksimova refused to return to Belarus after what happened to Kristina Timanovskaya

“To our great regret, now there [in Belarus] you can lose not only freedom, but also lose your life,” said the athlete performing in the all-around. Now she and her family are in Germany.

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The president of Blizzard (publisher of World of Warcraft and Diablo) resigned following accusations of discrimination and harassment at the company. Jay Allen Brack has resigned after three years as President of Blizzard. Two people will replace him in this position – Jennifer Oneil, the former head of game developer Vicarious Visions, and Mike Ibarra, who previously worked at Microsoft.

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In the first half of 2021, 180 road accidents involving electric scooters occurred in Russia, 5 people died and 188 were injured of varying severity.

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The Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation Siluanov, on the air of Solovyov’s program, spoke about plans to increase pensions to Russians by 1000 rubles for traveling around the world and communicating with grandchildren and children.

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In August, the planet Earth will be covered with the most beautiful starfall – scientists believe that on the night of August 12-13, the peak of the “Perseid starfall” will come and we will be able to see about a hundred shooting stars per hour

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Bell has shown concepts for high-speed folding propeller aircraft. The American company Bell Textron has shown three concepts of high-speed vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The devices will be able to hover in one place, like a helicopter, while their range and speed will be aircraft. The propellers at the wingtips of aircraft will fold, which will significantly reduce drag

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Chairmen of foreign affairs committees of parliaments from nine countries – the United States, Great Britain, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Ireland – opposed the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

“We note with regret the recent decision of the United States and Germany on Nord Stream 2. We view Nord Stream 2 as a geopolitical project aimed at expanding Russia’s influence over Europe by dominating the energy market, ”the joint statement said.

It is also indicated that the completion of the construction of the project will threaten “the already unstable security and sovereignty of Ukraine.” In addition, the parliamentarians spoke in favor of providing Ukraine with a roadmap for joining NATO and for strengthening sanctions against Russia.

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Global Banks Earned $ 170 Billion In Last 4 Quarters, Most Profitable Year Ever

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As follows from a survey by the Levada Center (recognized as a foreign agent!), More than half of Russians have not heard anything about the “foreign agents” law. Have heard something, but lack a clear understanding of 31% of the respondents and only 11% are well aware of what this law is about. The most aware of this law among those who receive information from the Internet (16%), the least among the supporters of the TV party: only 7%

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German psychologists have found that vegetarians have higher rates of depression. Scientists made such conclusions based on a meta-analysis of 13 studies, in which a total of eight thousand vegetarians and more than forty thousand people who do not adhere to a vegetarian diet took part.

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The invaders have left the ship attacked in the Gulf of Oman, it is safe, according to the British Organization for the Coordination of Merchant Shipping (UKMTO)

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Belarusian runner Timanovskaya left Tokyo. At the last moment, she changed her flight and flew not to Warsaw, but to Vienna. Austrian Foreign Ministry confirmed to RIA Novosti that Belarusian athlete Timanovskaya is flying to Vienna

According to some reports, such a decision could have been made by employees of the Polish embassy who accompanied the athlete due to the fact that several foreign journalists were planning to fly to Warsaw. Polish Foreign Ministry: details of Timanovskaya’s flight to Europe were not disclosed in the interests of security

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The number of cadets of driving schools who passed the exam on the first try has halved. Their share decreased after updating the rules for taking exams to 13%, Kommersant learned.

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The weighted average price of a new passenger car in Russia in the first half of the year amounted to 1.886 million rubles, which is 12.5% higher than in the same period last year, Avtostat reports.

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Gazprom is now registered in St. Petersburg

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Timanovskaya intends to fly from Vienna to Warsaw today, the Austrian Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti. In the Austrian capital, she will be taken to a safe transit zone, where the Austrian Ministry of Internal Affairs will observe the athlete. Vienna proceeds from the premise that Timanovskaya will not seek asylum in Austria itself.

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The Taliban (a movement banned in Russia as a terrorist movement) claimed responsibility for the attack on the home of the Afghan Defense Minister in Kabul (8 victims, 20 wounded) and threaten to continue attacks on Afghan officials

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The demand for vacations at the resorts of the Krasnodar Territory in August fell significantly and continues to decline, some hotels began to close during the high season due to severe coronavirus restrictions, said the Association of Tour Operators of Russia

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The Finnish Prime Minister returned to the treasury part of the money spent from the budget for her breakfasts. Sanna Marin’s meals cost taxpayers 850 euros a month (about 74 thousand rubles). At the same time, the laws of the country do not contain a clause on the purchase of products for the head of government. The total cost of her food was 14 thousand euros (1.2 million rubles), of which she has already returned 10 thousand. The minister promised to repay the remaining debt by the end of the month.

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Amazon will give US users $ 10 coupons for palm prints. Customers need to visit one of the company’s offline stores equipped with an Amazon One biometric fingerprint reader, take a photo, and register this information with their Amazon account.

The company unveiled Amazon One scanners, which allow shoppers to pay for goods with a palm print in September 2020. Then they appeared in some Amazon Go stores where there are no cashiers. The devices are now in stores in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Texas, as well as Amazon Books and Amazon 4-Star. In April 2021, the company began installing scanners in its Whole Foods stores.

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Google no longer prohibits advertising cryptocurrency on its platforms. Advertising of the initial coin offering, decentralized financial services (DeFi) protocols, the sale, purchase and exchange of cryptocurrencies and related products remains banned. Do not advertise landing pages that provide summary data or benchmarks for cryptocurrencies or related products.

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For 10 years, the share of supporters of the construction of a monument to Stalin has doubled – from 25% to 48%. An even larger number of citizens (60%) like the idea of ​​creating the Stalin-Center complex, according to a study by the Levada Center *, the results of which were reviewed by Open Media. The idea is especially popular with young people and retirees.

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Tourists in Anapa complained about the stench from algae rotting in the sea. The city authorities said that this is a problem for beach tenants. An unsightly picture was filmed, in particular, near the five-star Doville hotel. They refused to give an operative comment.

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