23 Апр, 2021

Kremlin on scientists leaving Russia

The Kremlin does not consider the situation with the outflow of scientists to be tragic, they must realize their knowledge and scientific potential, especially since some of them are returning, and this is a normal two-way process, said Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.

“This is not always an outflow, it is more often migration. Scientists are absolutely free people, and they work in those places where the most interesting projects are implemented and where the most comfortable conditions are created. And, of course, in this regard, Russia is a participant in a very competitive environment. But, in fairness, you still need to remind that some scientists leave, then they come back, and while some leave to work in some other laboratories, other scientists, on the contrary, return to the Russian Federation. This is such a two-way process, it is absolutely normal, «Peskov’s response to a request to comment on the outflow of scientists from Russia in recent years, RIA Novosti reports.

Answering the remark that there is nothing tragic in this, Peskov said: «No, absolutely not.»

“I repeat, this is a tough competitive environment … must be comfortable for scientists, they must realize their knowledge, their talent, their scientific potential, it is the state that is obliged to them to create these conditions. Or the state, or some private structures. And yes, Russia is participating in this competition, ”he said.

Earlier, the chief scientific secretary of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Nikolai Dolgushkin, according to media reports, said at the general meeting of the RAS that the number of specialists traveling abroad annually in Russia increased from 14 thousand in 2012 to almost 70 thousand people at present, that is five times. And since 1990, according to his data, the number of researchers in the Russian Federation has decreased from 992 thousand to 348 thousand.

Results of the first quarter in the Moscow housing market

In the first quarter of 2021, the demand for residential real estate in Moscow continued to increase. According to Metrium analysts, based on the latest data from the Moscow department of Rosreestr, the largest increase was in the number of transactions with new buildings — by 18%. The number of registered mortgage loans increased by 7%, and purchase and sale agreements — by 3%.

The government of Belarus and plans to introduce currency restrictions

Currency restrictions in Belarus will be introduced for a period of no more than one year with a threat to economic security. Such a decree was signed by the President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko. These restrictions include a ban on foreign exchange and foreign exchange transactions, the establishment of maximum volumes, the number and timing of such transactions, the requirement to obtain special permits from the National Bank for their conduct, the requirement for the mandatory sale of foreign currency received by resident legal entities, restrictions on the opening and maintenance of accounts by residents. in foreign banks

Polymetal increased revenue in the first quarter

Polymetal’s production in Q1 2021 grew 3% year-on-year to 375,000 gold equivalent ounces, the company said. Polymetal’s revenue in the first quarter rose 20% to $ 593 million on the back of high gold and silver prices. Net debt for the quarter decreased by $ 29 million (2%), to $ 1.321 billion.

Dakota Johnson to star in the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel

Dakota Johnson to star in new Netflix project — the adaptation of Jane Austen’s Arguments of Reason, Variety reports

«Reason» is the last novel by Jane Austen, it was published in 1818 after the death of the writer. The main character of the novel, Anne Eliott, 27 years old, she is not married and she has no children. Her family is on the verge of bankruptcy. Eight years ago, the girl rejected the man’s proposal, but fate brings her back to him.

Results of the first quarter in the residential real estate market of Crimea

According to the federal portal «WORLD OF APARTMENTS», over the past three months, apartments on the coast have risen in price by an average of 4-5%; compared to the same period last year, price tags have risen by 17-18%.

LUKOIL announces final dividends for 2020

The company has already paid interim dividends for the first half of the year in the amount of 46 rubles per share. The total dividend for 2020 will be RUB 259. The dividend yield of such a payment is 3.58% relative to the current market value of the shares at 17:25 Moscow time (RUB 5940). The final decision on dividends will be made at the annual meeting of shareholders on June 24.

Russian Railways launches the most expensive tourist train

A special tourist train, which starts from Moscow on July 1, will take passengers on the most expensive rail journey across the country. The cheapest tickets will cost tourists 1 million 350 thousand rubles, the most expensive (the «Imperial Plus» carriage) — 2 million 930 thousand.

“You will have a dream trip across the whole of Russia, along the BAM and Transsib on a luxury tour train. And also — author’s excursions, gastronomic tastings, new discoveries of great Russia «, — says the website» RZD Tour «.

Derways car plant in Cherkessk put up for auction

The building and property of the bankrupt Derways automobile plant in Cherkessk are being auctioned in two lots. Their initial total cost is 1.49 billion rubles (19.5 million dollars).

Created a material that can react to touch

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and the US Armed Forces have developed a soft metamaterial that is aware of being acted upon and responds with programmed responses, writes the journal Nature Communications. It contains flexible conductive polymer networks. Just a thin layer of this polymer will hide everything underneath from your touch.

Byzantine merchants already in the 4th century established the delivery of canned shellfish

Archaeologists have discovered during excavations at settlements in the Negev Desert in the southern Levant, a large number of shellfish fragments brought here from the Mediterranean Sea, the Nile and the Red Sea. The finds indicated that these perishable items were among the goods transported over long distances, requiring a high level of logistics. According to the authors, this became possible due to the conservation of shellfish before they are shipped by caravans or by sea to such a remote region. The article was published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.


Physicists first capture an electron inside an exciton

Physicists from Japan and the United States used state-of-the-art technology to take the world’s first photograph of an electron inside an exciton. About this, with reference to the publication in Science Advances, writes the RIA Novosti news agency.

An exciton is a quasiparticle that plays a rather important role in physical processes that take place in semiconductors. Excitons are born when negatively charged electrons and positively charged holes in a semiconductor compound pass into a bound excited state that migrates through the crystal and is not associated with mass or electric charge transfer.

Filming of the series «Hawkeye» is completed

Filming of the series «Hawkeye», dedicated to the member of the Avengers team Clint Barton, has been completed. The leading actor Jeremy Renner announced this in his account on Instragram. The Marvel and Disney + production series is expected to premiere later this year.

NASA’s rover gets oxygen from the atmosphere of Mars for the first time

The Perseverance rover, which NASA launched to Mars in July last year, was able to extract oxygen from the planet’s atmosphere. This was reported on the website of the American space agency.

Windows 10 gets support for Linux-based GUI applications

It is known that Microsoft has begun testing the ability to run Linux GUI applications in Windows 10. This feature has become available to members of the Microsoft Insider Program using build number 21364 of Windows 10.

The portrait no one needed turned out to be a museum value

A resident of the English city of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, inherited a painting that no one needed, which turned out to be a museum value. Reported by the Irish Mirror.

US House of Representatives approves a ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia

The US House of Representatives voted to restrict arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The bill was supported by 350 people, 71 lawmakers opposed, reports The Hill. The sale ban is expected to remain in effect until Saudi Arabia proves that it is not repressing dissidents. Now the document must be approved by the Senate.

In the United States received 200 million vaccinations against coronavirus

US President Joe Biden announced the fulfillment of his campaign promise — to get 200 million vaccinations against coronavirus. It is reported by ABC.

This means that more than 51% of the US population over 18 years of age received at least one dose. Fully vaccinated in the country is already 26.4% of the population, in the group over 65 there are already almost two thirds (65.6%).

Electric car with air purification technology

The list of new electric vehicles unveiled or announced at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show has been expanded with the new IM Airo concept car. It is distinguished from many new products by the presence of an option for cleaning the air from toxic gases from cars. The capsule car is slated for production in 2023.

IM is a new brand under the Zhiji brand. Which is a joint venture of SAIC, Zhangjiang Hi-Tech and Alibaba Group. British design company Heatherwick Studio is responsible for the design of Airo.

The United States officially notifies Turkey of the exclusion from the F-35 program

The United States has terminated the 2006 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed by nine partner countries, including Turkey, a Pentagon spokesman told Anadolu. The remaining eight partners — USA, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Norway — signed a new Memorandum of Understanding, about which Ankara was informed.

Ankara has ordered more than 100 stealth fighters, as well as produced a number of components for their production, but was excluded from the program in 2019 after purchasing Russian S-400 missile defense systems, which, according to Washington, endanger the F-35.

Invasion of poisonous fugu fish discovered in Antalya waters

Fishermen were surprised by the invasion of poisonous puffer fish, also called puffer, in the eastern part of Antalya. Details and a video of the incident are published by the Turkish news portal Haberler. It is assumed that dangerous fish entered these waters by means of «Lessepsian» migration (migration of tropical marine organisms from the Indo-Pacific region to the eastern Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal). Scientists explained that this is due to global warming.

Turkey extends benefits to July due to pandemic

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday the extension of short-term benefits to employees of companies affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 until June

Russian Defense Minister arrived in Crimea

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Crimea, where the main stage of interspecific exercises of the troops of the Southern Military District and the Airborne Forces will take place, RIA Novosti reports. It is reported that the head of the Ministry of Defense flew by helicopter over the areas of deployment of troops and military equipment, checked the readiness of the sea and land groupings. In addition, he heard a report from the commander of the Southern Military District, Colonel-General Alexander Dvornikov.

Ukraine asked the United States for a system for electronic protection from Russia

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said in an interview with Reuters that he had voiced such a request during a meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The systems are designed to help Ukraine «resist Russia’s ability to block Ukrainian communications.»

UN Human Rights Council demands medical evacuation of Navalny

Immediate medical evacuation abroad of Alexei Navalny for health reasons was demanded by the experts of the UN Human Rights Council in a widespread statement

We believe that Navalny’s life is in grave danger. He was imprisoned in the harsh conditions of a maximum security penal colony and was denied access to adequate medical care, the experts said in a statement.

Polish Senate condemned Russia’s aggressive actions towards Ukraine

On April 21, the Polish Senate Committee on European and Foreign Affairs adopted a resolution declaring support for the security of Ukraine and condemnation of Russia’s aggression.

Three military transport aircraft from the USA, Great Britain and Canada arrived in Ukraine

Three military transport aircraft landed in different regions of the republic. So, two liners — C-130J Hercules (USA) and Bae 146-200 (Britain) — landed in Kiev. The Canadian Air Force C-17 Globemaster III heavy transporter has landed in Lviv. In addition, an aircraft from Omni Air International, which provides charter services to the Pentagon, arrived in the Lviv region from the United States.

British Navy launched Astute-class nuclear submarine

The fifth Astute-class submarine was launched in Great Britain. In total, the Royal Navy is to receive seven such submarines. The ceremony took place at the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness.

The submarine reaches 97 meters in length, its underwater displacement is 7800 tons. The submarine can accommodate 98 crew members. The boat has six bow 533-mm torpedo tubes. The armament includes Tomahawk cruise missiles.

European Commission proposes to ban artificial intelligence in the EU

The European Commission proposes to ban artificial intelligence in the EU, which poses a threat to people. These will be considered systems that manipulate people’s behavior in order to bypass their free will. For example, toys with voices that reward dangerous behavior in children and adolescents may be banned — or systems that allow governments to conduct some kind of social assessment of people.

Monuments to Lenin to declare the cultural heritage of mankind

The Communists of Russia party appealed to the UN and UNESCO with a request to declare the monuments to Vladimir Lenin cultural heritage of mankind and establish the World Lenin Prize, Chairman of the Central Committee of the party Maxim Suraikin told RIA Novosti

Migrants go on strike in Kuril Islands

In the Kuril Paramushir, migrants who are building social facilities went on strike — they said that they did not receive their salaries for February and March. The authorities also said that the builders live in an emergency house and in an old dormitory, 10-20 people per room. A criminal case was initiated.

The Federation Council of Russia plans to develop a draft law on manure

«We are now in the Federation Council trying to develop a bill that would regulate the circulation of manure, because it becomes impossible to fight back without this document in the countryside. But this process is long, it is necessary to define the manure, determine how to handle it, the technology for handling it,» said the head of the budget committee

IOC bans kneeling at the Tokyo Olympics

Athletes are also prohibited from raising their fist in solidarity with the BLM movement. The committee recalled the rule of the 50th Olympic Charter, which states that «no demonstration or political, religious, racial propaganda is allowed at any Olympic venues and venues.»

Robot bartender invented in Switzerland

The robot can mix dozens of cocktails and even joke. The creators believe that an automated bartender is suitable for establishments that want to limit human contact during times of a pandemic.

Ukrainian spy detained in Crimea

In Sevastopol, a Russian was detained for passing state secrets about the activities of the Black Sea Fleet to the Ukrainian military intelligence. The leakage of this information abroad could damage the defense capability of Russia, a case of high treason was initiated, according to the FSB

Honored Dog Breeder of Turkmenistan

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov awarded his son Serdar the title of «Honored Dog Breeder of Turkmenistan». With the wording «for great achievements during the years of independence of Turkmenistan in the systemic maintenance and breeding by using the achievements of modern world science, increasing the glory of the Alabayevs in the world.»

Earlier, 39-year-old Serdar Berdimuhamedov took the post of Deputy Prime Minister of the country, chairman of the Supreme Control Chamber and became a member of the State Security Council.

Joe Biden is ready to recognize the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire

Joe Biden is ready to recognize the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, The Wall Street Journal learned. According to the newspaper, this will be announced during a speech on Saturday, timed to coincide with Memorial Day. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu previously warned that the statement of genocide would harm relations between the two countries.

Share of Russians’ overdue consumer loans

The share of overdue debts of Russians on consumer loans increased from April 1, 2020 to April 1, 2021 by 5.3%. It reached 25%, according to the National Bureau of Credit Histories (NBCH).

By the beginning of February, the share was 23.5%. The share of overdue microloans by April 1 increased to 30.4%. This is 4.8 pp more than a year earlier. The share of overdue loans on car loans reached 7.5% (+1 pp), on mortgages — 1.5% (+0.1 pp).

Russian State Duma canceled the day of silence

State Duma deputies adopted in the second and third readings a law that allows for multi-day voting to carry out pre-election campaigning until the beginning of the first election day.

During multi-day voting, the law obliges to end the election campaign at 00:00 hours on the first day of voting. At the same time, the ban on campaigning on voting days remains in force.

Previously, the law prohibited campaigning on the “day of silence” and on election day.

Sberbank does not spend a lot of money on buying new companies and does not buy them dearly

“All our purchases over the past six years are RUB 145 billion. For the size of our business, this is a penny — a month and a half of our profit, 3% of our capital. For comparison: if we take other large banks, capital allocation for the purchase of non-financial assets is from 15 to 25%, ”German Gref said in an interview with RBC

Rooms in Russian hotels

Slightly more than 10% of rooms in Russian hotels meet modern requirements, said the head of the Federal Tourism Agency Zarina Doguzova. She commented on the decision on preferential loans, which President Vladimir Putin spoke about in his message to the Federal Assembly.

“One of the key instruments that Rosturizm will launch this year is subsidizing the interest rate for the construction and renovation of hotels. In the country today, only slightly more than 10% of the total number of rooms can be attributed to high-quality and modern. And we see a shortage of such infrastructure, ”she said.

World tourism in 2020

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the contribution of tourism to world GDP in 2020 amounted to $ 4.6 trillion (5.5% of world GDP) — against 9.2 trillion (= 10.4%) a year earlier. The fall is exactly two times. At the same time, 61.6 million jobs were lost worldwide.

The worst was the economic loss of tourism in the Caribbean: a 58% drop. Almost 54% fell in the Asia-Pacific region, slightly more than 51% in Europe and the Middle East.

In terms of employment, the most notable losses were in Africa (-7.2 million jobs, down 29%) and North America (-7.1 million jobs, down nearly 28%). Apparently, due to the greater drop in the number of jobs, purely financial losses in these regions turned out to be lower.