15 Dec, 2018

Lukashenka fears that Russia will “swallow” Belarus

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that he received proposals “about deeper integration in the Union State.”

“I understand these hints: get oil, but let’s destroy the country and join Russia,” Lukashenka said. – I always ask a question: such things in the name of what are being done? Have you thought about the consequences? How will the international community look at this in our country and yours? By hook or by crook, they incorporate the country into another country. “

He stressed that the integration of Belarus and Russia should be developed “in the name of the unity of nations” and without “behind-the-scenes machinations” and urged to fulfill the Union Treaty “and go step by step to implement these agreements”

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Finland has closed the program of studying Russian

The experiment with the introduction of the Russian language as an alternative to the Swedish in the eastern regions of Finland is curtailed. About this with reference to the Finnish Ministry of Education “Izvestia” reported in the Russian Embassy in Helsinki. The ministry explained its decision by “low interest on the part of citizens”

Irish Parliament passes bill to legalize abortion

The bill allows women to undergo an abortion procedure for a gestation period of up to 12 weeks. The outcome of the national referendum held in Ireland in May was the repeal of the eighth amendment to the country’s constitution banning abortion since 1983.

Head of the Sverdlovsk Railway detained in a bribe case

Head of the Sverdlovsk Railway Alexei Mironov was detained on suspicion of receiving a bribe. This was announced by the Investigation Committee of Russia on its Twitter page. It is noted that a criminal case was opened.

Ministry of Health has prepared a law on increasing the age of sale of alcohol

According to the World Health Organization, about 3.3 million people die annually because of alcohol in the world. Approximately 13.5% of deaths among young people (from 20 to 40 years) are associated with alcohol use.

“At a young age, alcohol not only affects health, but also influences behavior. That is why an increase in the minimum age for selling strong alcoholic beverages, which, according to experts, is associated with the greatest risks, is suggested, is up to 21,” the Minister of Health of Russia Veronika noted. Skvortsova.

In St. Petersburg, want to make free parking on weekends

Deputies of the Legislative Assembly took the initiative to make free parking on holidays and weekends. The authors of the initiative were the deputies of the Legislative Assembly of the city, Denis Chetyrbok and Aleksey Makarov.

The scientist Kudryavtsev was banned from dating after refusing to cooperate with the investigation

An employee of the Central Scientific Research Institute of Mechanical Engineering (TsNIIMash), 75-year-old scientist Viktor Kudryavtsev, who is accused of treason, was denied meetings after refusing the deal with the investigation. This was told by his lawyer, the head of “Team 29” Ivan Pavlov.

“The investigation continues to put pressure on my client. The most brutal and cynical methods are used. A 75-year-old man with a lot of serious diseases has been kept in prison for four months, where his state of health is constantly deteriorating. Now the investigation has decided to ban Kudryavtsev from seeing his relatives” – said the lawyer.

“Victory” can introduce a fee for water cups.

The Russian loukoster Pobeda (part of the Aeroflot group – Ed.) May introduce a charge for using water cups on board to reduce additional costs. This was reported to RIA Novosti by a source in the carrier.

Blocked in Russia Telegram has grown

The audience of the Telegram mobile app has grown more than one and a half times over the past year and has reached 3.4 million people per day. Reported by RBC with reference to the study Mediascope


In Israel, after France began the protests of “yellow vests”

In mid-November, France began to hold the first large-scale protests against the increase in fuel prices. Promotions were organized by the movement “yellow vests”. Initially, the demonstrators demanded only cancellation of the decision to increase the fuel tax, but over time the list of requirements expanded.

Maria Butina partially pleaded guilty in US court

Russian citizen Maria Butina, arrested by the US authorities, in court partially pleaded guilty to conspiring to harm the United States. This writes on December 13 The New York Times

EU summit confirmed that there will be no re-negotiations on Brexit

The European Council confirmed their willingness to establish the closest possible relations with London after Brexit and to begin negotiations on this issue immediately after the UK’s exit from the EU

US Senate convicts Saudi prince in the murder of Hashoggi

The US Senate blamed the murder of journalist Jamal Hashoggi on Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud. This position is reflected in the resolution of the US Senate, reports the BBC.

Investigation into trump inauguration started in US

US federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into the possible embezzlement of funds collected for the inauguration of President Donald Trump. As the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources on December 13, donations worth $ 107 million were collected for Trump’s inauguration.

Vladivostok became the capital of the Far East

Vladivostok officially became the capital of the Far Eastern Federal District instead of Khabarovsk. The head of state signed a decree “On introducing amendments to the list of federal districts, approved by decree of the President of the Russian Federation of May 13, 2000 No. 849”.

In Kiev, dismantling the monument to Suvorov

The monument to the Russian commander Alexander Suvorov will be dismantled at the entrance to the Kiev Military Lyceum. Ivan Bohun, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Vyacheslav Kirilenko wrote on December 13 in his microblog on Twitter.

The Advisory Council at the Department of Kultna Heritage Protection of the KSCA … supported the appeal of the Lyceum named after Bogun and the Hero of Ukraine, General Igor Gordiychuk, regarding the failure to include the monument to Suvorov in the Register of Monuments. This means that after the final decision of the Ministry of Culture it is dismantled. – Vyacheslav Kirilenko, Ukrainian politician

Who can become president of the state

During his speech before an audience, the Russian president shared his opinion that any person is capable of becoming the head of state, but he must be ready to devote his life to this work.

The main thing is different. When a person chooses such an activity, he has to solve the main task for himself – is he ready for his life or, in any case, a significant part of his life to devote completely to the work he has chosen. Fully. – Vladimir Putin

Finland confirmed the position on the “Nord Stream – 2”

The position of Finland, which issued all permits for the construction of the Nord Stream – 2 gas pipeline, has not changed, despite the resolution of the European Parliament Kari Klemm, an adviser to the Ministry of Economy and Employment of Finland, reported this, RIA Novosti reports December 14.

Protests in Budapest ended in clashes with police

Clashes with the police protesters occurred on the night of Friday in front of the parliament building in Budapest, reports Serbian radio station B02. According to her, several thousand people took part in the protest against changes in labor legislation.

US decided not to impose duties on goods from China – Bloomberg

The United States does not intend to introduce duty on Chinese goods until March 1 of next year. Relevant information reported edition of Bloomberg, citing two sources.


Heads of General Staff of Turkey and the United States discussed Syria

General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, and General Yashar Güler, Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, held a telephone conversation during which they discussed the situation in Syria

At the borders of the Russian Federation for the year recorded 3 thousand. Foreign military aircraft

The radio engineering troops of the Air and Space Forces (VKS) of Russia in 2018 found near the borders of the Russian Federation and escorted about 3 thousand foreign military aircraft. This was announced by the head of the radio engineering troops of the videoconferencing system, Major General Andrei Coban.

Kemerovo motorized infantrymen will be transplanted to modernized BMP-2M

Representatives of the district noted that this is how the re-equipment of the motorized rifle brigade, which until recently had used the BMP-2 armored vehicles, begins. The upgraded infantry fighting vehicles BMP-2M equipped with a new combat module “Berehok”.

Party “Terminators” ahead of time put in the Russian army

The Russian Helicopters holding, which is part of Rostec, has ahead of schedule fulfilled the contract with the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation for the supply of Terminator Mi-8AMTSH helicopters. About this on Thursday, December 13, with reference to the press service of the organization told correspondents RIA Novosti news agency.

The first armored car “Tigr-2” will be released in the spring of 2019

Earlier, the general director of the Military Industrial Company Alexander Krasovitsky told reporters that the Tiger-2 will receive enhanced armor and a new engine.

Ukraine has prevented the testing of the Russian nuclear Bulavy

A large number of experimental launches of the Bulava nuclear missile R-30 are associated with the shortcomings of the Vega radio engineering systems (RTS). They were developed in Ukrainian factories – in Kharkov, Kiev and Chernigov. This was announced by the corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics. Tsiolkovsky Igor Gladkov

In Japan, began to fall asleep sand under the new US military base

In Japan, sand began to fall asleep in the coastal strip in the Henoko area of ​​Okinawa, where it is planned to transfer the US military base Futemm, Kyodo reports on December 14. It is noted that for the construction of a military base, it will be necessary to cover about 157 hectares of territory on the seashore.

Ukraine announced the development of new operational tactical missiles

As the head of the information security department of the NSDC, Valentin Petrov, quoted by Russia Today, said, Ukraine is currently developing and developing new operational tactical missiles.

Israel conducted a test of the combat module for the armored “Namer”

Tests conducted by the management of the development of “Merkava” and the BTT (Mantak) in the Israel Defense Ministry, this stage is recognized as successful, the blog bmpd reports citing oleggranovsky. A video of the use of the Namer armored personnel carrier of the Gil anti-tank complex (Spike-MR or Spike-LR) has appeared on the network.

Kalashnikov assault rifles will be produced in India

It is planned that the Kalashnik automatic in 2019 will begin to produce in India. Alexander Fomin, Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, spoke about the possible adjustment of the corresponding production.

New Minister of Defense of the Unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Appointed

On December 14, a meeting was held at the headquarters of the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army under the chairmanship of the head of the unrecognized NKR, Bako Sahakyan. He presented to the senior officers a new minister of defense Karen Abrahamyan. Sahakyan noted that Abrahamyan is not a new man in the army

Rescue squadron deployed in the Caspian

The detachment will become a kind of testing ground for developing optimal tactics of search and rescue operations at sea. Both aircraft can take off and land on the water. According to military expert Dmitry Boltenkov, there is always a job for rescuers in the Caspian Sea.


 Gazprom will buy Lakhta Center from Gazprom Neft

Gazprom buys future headquarters from its own Gazprom Neft, which has financed the construction of a skyscraper in recent years, told Vedomosti four people familiar with the managers of both companies.

Bloomberg: Saudi Arabia cuts US oil supplies

The agency does not exclude that the volume of deliveries from the kingdom to the United States at the beginning of next year could reach 582 thousand barrels per day, which is 40% lower than the average volume of oil exports from Saudi Arabia to the states, calculated for the last quarter.

Sberbank starts collecting biometric customer data

In the summer of this year, Russian banks launched a customer biometrics collection service that will enable them to remotely provide services to customers. By 2021, according to the calculations of the Central Bank, banks will be able to provide not only financial, but also public services on the basis of remote biometric identification.

Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation: budget surplus for 11 months amounted to 3.39 trillion rubles

The surplus of the federal budget of the Russian Federation for January – November 2018 amounted to 3,394 trillion rubles, this is stated in the preliminary assessment of budget execution, published on the website of the Ministry of Finance. Thus, the amount of income received by the budget amounted to 17.456 trillion rubles, expenses – 14.062 trillion.

AFK Sistema Foundation became the third largest shareholder of Ozon

After closing the deal, the share of Sistema VС will increase to 16.3%, which will make the fund the third largest shareholder of Ozon after the structures of Baring Vostok Capital Partners and MTS. As of December 13, 2018, Baring Vostok Capital Partners owned 39.16% of Ozon, while MTS had 18.69%, according to the Cyprus registry.

Major cities of Primorye gasify until 2020

In 2019, gas will come to Ussuriysk, where they will connect five boiler houses, the Raduzhny microdistrict, sugar, locomotive repair plants, oil and fat plants, as well as the Knevichi and Zavodskoy Artemovsky urban district settlements. In Vladivostok, all boilers should be converted to gas by 2020.

Lands for farmers fell

The main factor is the decline in demand from new large investors who have been actively interested in land assets since 2014. According to analysts of Sovekon, the profitability of the crop business was not as high as expected, and the risks of managing the agrarian business were unexpectedly high.

Global debt hit a record 225% of global GDP

By the end of 2017, global debt, sovereign and private, reached $ 184 trillion or 225% of world GDP, which is a new record. This is stated in the statement of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The previous record – 213% of global GDP – was recorded in 2009 against the backdrop of a recession. The largest borrowers today are the United States, China and Japan. According to the IMF estimates, if the global debt is divided into each person on the planet, then you get $ 86,000, which is more than 2.5 times the average per capita income per year

In the areas of Yakutia will conduct financial audits

In the districts of the republic, where there are large debts on public services, on the importation of calibrated fuel and socially important food products, financial checks will be conducted.

“Unfortunately, we see that the debt of local budgets is colossal. As of December 1 of this year, the amount of utilities is more than 700 million rubles, ”stated First Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kolodeznikov at a meeting in the form of videoconferencing with heads of districts.

Polish PGNiG will receive the third LNG spot cargo from USA in 2018

The Polish oil and gas company PGNiG will receive the third spot supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to the Swinoujscie terminal this year, the company said

“Sibantratsit” created a “daughter” in Primorye

The Director General of OPN Andrei Malakhov also heads the LLC Sibantratsit Kuzbass and the LLC Terminal A. According to Interfax, Sibantratsit plans to build a specialized coal terminal with a capacity of 15 million tons of coal per year at the Vostochny seaport. “Siberian anthracite” was created in 2001.

Russia has found a way to purchase turbines for the Crimea, bypassing the sanctions

The Russian engineering company Technopromexport (included in Rostec), completing the construction of two power stations in the Crimea with Siemens gas turbines, has found a way to purchase foreign turbines for a new project – the Udarnaya TPP in Taman with a capacity of 500 MW.

Central Bank of Russia raised the key rate to 7.75% per annum

For the second time in a year, the Bank of Russia raised the key rate by 0.25 percentage points to 7.75% per annum. As noted in the release on the regulator’s website, the current rate increase is proactive and is aimed at limiting inflation risks, which remain quite high, especially in the short term.

LVMH will buy the operator of hotels Belmond for $ 2.6 billion

French luxury goods manufacturer LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE reached an agreement to acquire the operator of hotels Belmond Ltd for $ 2.6 billion ($ 3.2 billion including debt).

Sberbank plans to get $ 13.5 billion in net profit in 2018

Sberbank plans to get $ 13-13.5 billion in net profit in 2018. This was announced by the head of Sberbank, German Gref, at the forum of young legislators and experts “Development Strategy: A Challenge to Young.”

The flight from Russian assets is increasing

The cumulative net outflows from Russian assets in the week ending Wednesday, December 12, were $ 290 million, according to EPFR Global. A week earlier, investors took $ 50 million from stocks and bonds.

“The week turned out to be one of the worst in the year for the flow of funds of both stocks and bonds. The risks of continuing the downturn in the market have increased, ”says BCS strategist Vyacheslav Smolyaninov.

Russia supplied the USA with three RD-181 rocket engines

Russia supplied the US with the RD-181 rocket engines, the manufacturer said, NPO Energomash. American customers have received two previous engines in June


In the State Duma proposed to amend the traffic rules every year from January 1

A member of the State Duma Committee on Transport and Construction, Alexander Vasilyev, proposed to amend the traffic rules from January 1 of each year. His words leads the agency “Moscow”.

Government discusses options for increasing fines for traffic violations in 2019

Increased sanctions for a number of violations of the rules of the road should be expected in the spring. This became known from the text of the instructions of the Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov, who heads the government commission on road safety.

In the traffic rules introduced new signs and restrictions

The rules have changed for the convenience of cyclists and diplomats Prohibition of parking in front of embassies and consulates, speed limits on some streets, cycling zones and new signs. This is the content of the new edition of the rules of the road, which entered into force today, December 14.

The payment of the new system of inspection to impose on the insurers

“I consider that photographing, video recording, maintaining a unified register and automated ones should be carried out for owners who paid for OSAGO, the PCA has money in reserve, and they should install for their money,” said Yevgeny, head of the State Duma Transport Committee. Moskvichev (“United Russia”). – “There are billions of rubles, which today is not clear where the Russian Union of auto insurers are used. Therefore, no money should be deposited, and the cost should not increase, on the shoulders of car owners, ”he concluded.

Tax free points at airports of the Russian Federation will be transferred due to fraudsters

The leadership of Domodedovo Airport supported the Sheremetyevo initiative. At the same time, both air ports have told Izvestia that such a problem has not yet been revealed. Currently, cash withdrawal through the tax free system is processed through currency exchange offices before passing all inspection procedures.

In Tatarstan, in 2018, road repairs spent 27.4 billion rubles

In 2018, 420 km of regional roads and 19 bridges were built and repaired, and 700 streets with a length of 380 km were repaired in localities. 440 streets with a length of more than 220 km are brought to the standard, President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov told at a meeting of the working group of the State Council on road facilities.

In the White House, thinking about punishment for exceeding the limit of 10 km / h

In December 2018, Moscow’s Deputy Mayor Maxim Liksutov again raised this topic at a meeting of the traffic safety commission, after which the order of Maxim Akimov appeared. According to the traffic police, for 11 months of 2018, 81.3 million orders were issued for speeding by 20–40 km / h.

Gas buses bought in Bratsk are useless due to the lack of gas stations

A meeting devoted to the transfer of the Bratsk transport to gas was made by the Plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in the Siberian Federal District Sergey Menyajlo. According to the plenipotentiary, 30 out of 50 new buses with gas engines stand idle in Bratsk for 3 years, because the only gas station is 60 kilometers from the city

In the State Duma offered to create cars for “those who want to talk”

State Duma deputy from the Liberal Democratic Party Vasily Vlasov proposed to include in the long-distance trains a special car for “lonely passengers” who want to find interlocutors. According to Vlasov, it is necessary to help people who want to talk, because very often companions do not keep up the conversation.

The first direct train connected Minsk and Kazan

The first direct train Minsk-Kazan-Minsk arrived in the capital of Tatarstan. Passengers were greeted by a Snow Maiden with a Tatar delicacy chak-chak. This railway route was long-awaited for both Belarus and Tatarstan.


Product delivery will be entrusted to the big-eyed robot courier.

The Postmates company has already tried to automate its delivery: for example, thanks to the collaboration with Ford, they presented unmanned vehicles for delivery. Now the company announced the release of its own robot carrier Serve.

An underwater robot examines the subglacial lake in Antarctica.

Scientists from the American project SALSA (Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access) on December 10 went on an expedition to Antarctica to study the subglacial Lake Mercer. Scientists believe that in the waters of the lake can be a life that has developed in isolation over several millennia, according to Nature. To check this, they are going to drill a well more than a kilometer deep and lower the underwater drone into it.

Simple and affordable molecular optical analyzer

Employees of the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University from conventional laser pointers with focusing lenses have developed a prototype of a simple and affordable molecular optical analyzer, similar to the Jedi sword from the Star Wars motion picture epic.

The proposed “Jedi Sword” can be used to determine the composition of a wide variety of liquid-phase objects. In a published study, analytical chemists – Associate Professor Kirill Oskolok, Associate Professor Oksana Monogarova and Junior Researcher Andrei Garmay – determined the active ingredients in pharmaceuticals

Scientists: Climate change has forced penguins to go on a strict diet

The results of the research are presented in Washington during the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. After studying the guano, experts found out that the penguins suddenly changed the usual diet, they are forced to go on a strict diet.

Neural network recovered phase image from total darkness

American developers have taught the neural network to restore the phase distribution of light from frames, on which only one or two photons fall on each pixel of the matrix. The authors successfully tested the algorithm on the images of microcircuits and ordinary photos of arbitrary objects.

Long-term pain neurons identified

Neuroscientists from Harvard Medical School conducted experiments on mice and isolated neurons that cause prolonged pain, prompting the body to care for the wound. These are not the same neurons that cause a person to move away from an injuring object. The work was published in the journal Nature.

Gene Activation Instantly Overcame Obesity

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (USA) have shown that this CRISPR therapy copes with genetic defects in obesity without DNA cuts. Their new technology called CRISPRa does not use genome editing, but only enhances the activity of the gene copy.

Scientists find gene responsible for schizophrenia

In order to gather information, the consortium PsychENCODE took three years, during which many genes were found to be involved in the causes of schizophrenia and autism.

“In addition to individual genes that affect the brain, the team identified numerous“ genomic modules ”- groups of genes that are expressed together and have similar functions. Many of these “modules” were associated with mental illness “- quoted by scientists hightech.plus. The collected information, as scientists assert, will make it possible in the future to develop effective drugs for the treatment of mental diseases, besides, scientists will be able to identify the origins of schizophrenia and autism.

The collected information, as scientists assert, will make it possible in the future to develop effective drugs for the treatment of mental diseases, besides, scientists will be able to identify the origins of schizophrenia and autism.

A new factor affecting the sex of the child, scientists-genetics revealed

Scientists from the Australian Pediatric Center Murdoch Children’s Research Institute have discovered a new factor that influences the formation of the sex of an infant. By the way, the carriers of chromosomes XY are born boys, and XX – girls. However, the researchers found that the body of the baby of one sex can “lie” the other.

This is due to the low level of the SOX9 gene – that is, it plays a significant role in the formation of the testicles in boys. Typically, girls are born those embryos in which the chromosomal pair XX and a low level of the gene SOX9

The largest penguin colony originated 3,000 years ago

The colony of Adelie penguins in the Antarctic is located on the Denger Islands. For the first time their ancestors settled this territory 2.8-2.9 thousand years ago. For a long time, the penguins could not be found, since the Danger Island, even in summer, are surrounded by many years of ice.

3D reconstruction helped to clarify the purpose of the ancient building

An American archaeologist recreated the appearance of one of the buildings in the ancient city of Tiwanaku, according to Heritage Science. It was part of a large unfinished complex, from which only fragments reached our time. Having reconstructed the appearance of the building, the scientist suggested that it was used as a ritual space.

In the United States created a military quadrocopter with a jet engine

Next year, ElectraFly startup, together with the military, intends to test a new quadcopter, which will have a jet engine. Such a device is designed for the transport of troops and cargo.

Scientists told exactly who tamed alpaca

Specialists from the University of Pittsburgh from the United States found that the alpaca, the hoofed animals of the camelid family who live in South America, were tamed at least 1 thousand years ago.

Honda found the use of an unmanned ATV

This is a prototype Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV), presented by Honda at CES 2018. The car is built on the basis of a four-wheel drive chassis from a quad and equipped with an autonomous control system.

In one of the scenarios in the state of Colorado, the AWV transported fire equipment.

In another, a drone was used on a solar farm in North Carolina, USA: the car was equipped with a lawnmower, with which it – in an autonomous mode – removed plants near the solar panels.

In addition, Honda took an unmanned quad quad bike harvesting and spraying special insecticides and weeds – at the California College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Created a smart tablet: the route sets the smartphone

A smart tablet captures body temperature and can transmit information about the state of the body via Bluetooth. Scientists believe such a pill can be a salvation for people at risk of infectious diseases, as well as those undergoing chemotherapy.

Scientists have found the most ancient plant virus

American archaeologists have discovered the most ancient plant virus, whose age is more than a millennium. It was found in samples of corn cobs found during the excavation of Pueblo Indian settlements in Arizona. Locals engaged in the cultivation of legumes, pumpkins and corn.

Scientists have checked whether puzzles save them from dementia

As it turned out, research participants, whose work and hobbies implied mental activity, generally became significantly smarter with age, and experts considered solving puzzles in this regard to be one of the most effective methods. At the same time, the decrease in cognitive characteristics with age, according to scientists, affected them to the same extent as other people.

Thus, according to the result of the study, the puzzles do not allow to avoid age-related changes in the level of intelligence, however, it allows you to get a “head start”, thanks to which, even with a certain decline, a person will still be quite smart.

Scientists have derived bioparticles from silk to fight scars on their skin

The process of reproduction of fibroblasts effectively prevents bioengineering particles based on specific animal protein. Scientists brought him out of silk silkworm. In addition, they artificially raised silk protein spidroin, similar to that found on the web of orbits

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