2 Apr, 2021

Journalists were offered to be equated with the participants of protest actions

Journalists covering unauthorized rallies in Belarus will be equated with participants in these actions. Such an amendment is being prepared for adoption in the law on mass media.

“What is there to comment on, you have to be loyal, you have to be law-abiding … Now there are many odious media outlets that work on the Internet, have millions of visits, where there is a constant daily rally against the current president, the authorities,” said the chairman of the public association “Belaya Rus “Gennady Davydko

Belarus announced sanctions

A decree of President Alexander Lukashenko on counter-sanctions has been published on the national legal portal of Belarus. The document says that the restrictions will not affect the transit of goods through Belarus.

“Prohibitions … do not apply to the transit of goods through the territory of the Republic of Belarus, carried out by vehicles of international transport, as well as to other obligations of the Republic of Belarus in connection with the functions of international transit and mediation,” the decree says

The President instructed the government to promptly inform the Eurasian Economic Commission about the adoption of restrictive measures by Minsk. The decree will enter into force ten days after publication.

It will be possible to obtain an American visa only in Moscow

The US Consulate General in Yekaterinburg will continue to work, but from April 1 it will stop issuing visas, the US ambassador said. Now it will be possible to get them only in Moscow.

Biden presented an economic development plan

US President Joe Biden presented his plan to modernize infrastructure and develop the labor market in the United States. The plan is expected to help create millions of jobs and will require over $ 2 trillion in tax increases. It will be “the largest investment in jobs since World War II,” Biden said in a speech in Pennsylvania. Broadcast by US news channels.

  • Investing up to 1% of GDP annually for 15 years in infrastructure, for this will increase taxes on corporations
  • Investments in the construction of roads and bridges, improvement of ports and airports, urban transport
  • Coping with the effects of warming and other extreme events such as Hurricane Katrina
  • Providing all regions of the country with fast Internet
  • Development of the electric power industry to prevent blackouts
  • Construction and reconstruction of kindergartens, schools, colleges
  • Expanding health coverage for the elderly and tackling inequality.

Navalny went on a hunger strike in the colony.

“I went on a hunger strike demanding to fulfill the law and let a visiting doctor come to me. So I’m lying hungry, but so far with two legs “

Navalny in the colony receives all the necessary medical care, according to the Federal Penitentiary Service.

The department claims that the oppositionist received a number of penalties for refusing to be on duty in the cell, breaking uniforms and not following the daily routine, Interfax reports.

Kadyrov nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

For his outstanding contribution to the establishment of peace in Chechnya in the past 15-20 years, in the land where there used to be a war, “Tyutyunnik, head of the International Nobel Information Center, told RIA Novosti.

Tyutyunnik himself confirmed that Ramzan Kadyrov was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by an individual “for his outstanding contribution to establishing a reliable peace in the Chechen region.” On the network, the news about this was considered an April Fool’s joke.

The Chechen government has confirmed Ramzan Kadyrov’s nomination for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Deputy Prime Minister of the Chechen Republic Dzhambulat Umarov informed the radio station “Moscow speaking” about this.

“I think this is perhaps one of the first adequate expressions of the will of the European community. We know for certain that the representatives of Norway asked for Ramzan Akhmatovich to be nominated for this high award … To be honest, if there was such an award, I would have awarded him not only the Peace Prize, but also the Stability and Creation Prize. “

The siloviki laid the pupils of the Akhmat fight club on Sakhalin on the floor.

As the publication Sakhalin.info writes, during a training session, SOBR fighters burst into the hall, ordered everyone to lie face down and not look up. Among the detainees, according to the newspaper, were children of nine years old and adolescents.

“Sorry for the details, some of the children wet themselves – they experienced such horror. I don’t understand these people: after all, the operation was clearly being prepared, why was it necessary to carry it out with such small children? My son is crying, I cannot calm him down. Some children did not take their phones, they could not even call their parents to come for them, ”said the mother of one of the students.

The head of the club is Kunta Khatayev. According to Kommersant, he was serving a sentence for illegal possession of weapons, in the 90s he married the daughter of the mayor of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and received the nickname “Vice Mayor”. In 2006, he was attempted.

A protest action was held in Tbilisi over the arrival of Vladimir Pozner in the country

A protest rally was held in Tbilisi over the arrival of journalist Vladimir Pozner in the country: first, the demonstrators de-energized the hotel where Pozner celebrated his 87th birthday, then they threw rotten eggs on the building.

The demonstrators said that he does not recognize the territorial integrity of Georgia, and also violates coronavirus restrictions. Earlier Posner said that Abkhazia and South Ossetia will never be part of Georgia.

Posner, as a US citizen, entered Georgia legally, he had a covid passport and a negative PCR test, Prime Minister Garibashvili said.

Peskov said about the danger of travel to Georgia after the incident with Pozner

It is dangerous for Russian citizens to visit Georgia, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the protests in Tbilisi over the visit of TV presenter Vladimir Pozner there.

The number of workers in the space industry in Russia

The number of employees in the space industry has been reduced by 10 thousand in two years, said Maxim Ovchinnikov, First Deputy General Director of Roscosmos for Economics and Finance. Ovchinnikov noted that the cuts took place as part of the industry reform.

“We set ourselves goals to increase the economic efficiency of the industry’s enterprises and the state corporation itself,” he stressed.

Losses of the Russian space industry

The net loss of Roskosmos and enterprises of the Russian space industry due to the pandemic amounted to about 6 billion rubles, said the first deputy general director of Roscosmos for finance Maxim Ovchinnikov.

According to him, the losses were due to the fact that the enterprises of the industry “were obliged to pay for non-working days on the one hand, and on the other hand to take preventive measures to combat the pandemic.”

NASA losses in 2020

The damage to NASA for the year due to the pandemic was $ 3 billion, according to a report by NASA Inspector General Paul Martin, published on the website of the unit he leads.

Media reported on the secret terms of China’s loans to other countries

When lending to low-income countries, China uses contracts that give it a hidden advantage over other lenders, which threatens to undermine the debt relief efforts of such countries, the Financial Times reported, citing an expert report.

Reduction of pensions of Russians in real terms

Rosstat released data on Russians’ pensions on Wednesday, which suggests that they have begun to decline in real terms. So, according to the document, the decrease in pensions in real terms in February 2021 compared to February last year occurred by 0.1%. In their calculations, Rosstat specialists adjusted for the rate of accelerated inflation.

Share of overdue microloans of Russians

The volume of more than 90 days overdue loans in Russian microfinance organizations (MFOs) amounted to a record 59.6 billion rubles. by the end of February, which is 2% more than a month earlier.

Meteorite tracks found in Antarctica

An international group of geologists and planetary scientists discovered in East Antarctica the fused particles of a large meteorite or asteroid that fell to Earth about 430 thousand years ago.

Canadian physicists create a laser to control antimatter

Physicists from the University of British Columbia in Canada have succeeded in creating a laser installation, the beam of which is capable of influencing the behavior of antimatter atoms. The research results are published in the journal Nature.

German regulator rejects environmental protest

The German Federal Office for Shipping and Hydrography (BSH) has rejected the environmentalists’ demand to revoke the permit for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Earlier, BSH allowed the construction of a gas pipeline from late September to late May on a 16.5 km branch in the German economic zone of the Baltic Sea. Project operator Nord Stream 2 AG announced that 95% of the pipeline has already been laid

Russia has introduced a minimum price for cigarettes.

Every year a new single minimum price will be set by the Ministry of Agriculture – the President signed the corresponding law. The EMC will be calculated on the basis of the excise tax rate for 1,000 pieces of cigarettes and cigarettes, the VAT rate and a multiplying factor of 1.4. Until the end of 2021, it will be 108 rubles. Tobacco products purchased before April 1 can be sold below this price until July 1.

Biden on what the middle class in the United States is: a firefighter and a teacher with two children, their total annual income is 120 thousand dollars.

Russian car dealers warn of rising car prices

From April 1, many car brands will increase the cost of popular models in Russia. For example, prices for Volvo cars will grow by 50-150 thousand rubles, depending on the model, Land Rover (by 3-5%), BMW (by 3.8%). Increase in prices for cars of other brands is also expected.

Car dealers linked the rise in prices to the depreciation of the ruble and an increase in the utilization tax rate by 25%.

Thailand cuts quarantine for most foreign tourists

From April 1, the Thai authorities have updated the entry rules for foreigners, which will be valid until September 30, 2021. The main innovation is the reduction of the period of stay in paid quarantine from 14 to 10 days for almost all travelers.

Those arriving from 11 countries of the world will still have to isolate themselves for 14 days. We are talking about Botswana, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where the South African variant of the coronavirus is spreading

A large column of military equipment of the RF Armed Forces was transferred to Crimea

According to the portal sevastopol.su, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation carried out the transfer of military equipment along the railway line of the Crimean bridge. The trains were filmed by eyewitnesses.

NYT spoke about the pulling together of a group of Russian military to the border with Ukraine

According to The New York Times, citing its own sources, high-ranking American officials in Europe and America drew attention to the build-up of the Russian military potential near the Ukrainian border. According to them, about 4,000 troops are being drawn here. In this regard, the European command of the US Armed Forces has increased the level of surveillance to the maximum – “a potentially imminent crisis.”

Peskov said that the movement of Russian troops across the Russian Federation should not bother other countries

The movement of Russian troops across the territory of the country should not bother other states, since it does not threaten them in any way. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said this to journalists on Thursday, commenting on the statements of the Ukrainian military about the build-up of Russian forces along the border with Ukraine.

Lavrov accused NATO of refusing to discuss military confidence-building measures

NATO refuses to discuss the military confidence measures proposed by Russia and at the same time accuses Moscow of refusing to work in the Russia-NATO Council, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian Foreign Ministry: Expulsion of diplomats from Italy does not correspond to the level of relations

The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that the expulsion of domestic diplomats is not compared with the level of relations between the countries. Further development of events will be announced additionally.

“We express our regret in connection with the expulsion from Rome of two employees of the Russian embassy. We find out the circumstances of this decision. We will announce additionally about our possible steps in connection with the action, which does not correspond to the level of bilateral relations, “- Interfax reports the words of the representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Earlier, the Italian Foreign Minister pointed out that the employees of the Russian embassy are involved in espionage, before that, a serviceman from Russia was arrested in Rome.

Putin urged to limit the number of migrant children in schools

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged to prevent the situation in Russia, which is typical for some European countries and the United States, when the number of migrant children in schools reaches such a level that local residents take their children from there.

“Schools are being formed there, which are actually 100% staffed with migrant children. In Russia, in no case should the development of events of this kind be allowed, ”he said on Tuesday at a meeting of the Council for Interethnic Relations.

According to the president, the share of migrant children in primary educational institutions should allow, not formally, but deeply adapting them to the Russian linguistic and cultural environment. Later, Putin warned that the relevant requirements would be included in the list of instructions following the meeting.