18 Jan, 2020

News digest for 01/17/2020

HSE students and postgraduates will be banned from signing open letters

Students and postgraduates of the Higher school of Economics (HSE) will be banned from making public statements and even signing open letters, according to the student magazine DOXA, with reference to the new edition Of the “rules of internal regulations of students”.

Medvedev allocated 127 billion rubles for the construction of a nuclear icebreaker

Dmitry Medvedev, before resigning as Prime Minister of Russia, signed a decree on allocating more than 127.5 billion rubles from the budget for the construction of the Leader nuclear icebreaker. The document was signed on January 15 and published on the official website of legal information

Face recognition systems may be banned in Europe

Public use of facial recognition systems may be banned in the European Union. This initiative is put forward by the European Commission, which indicates that there is insufficient legal study of the application of such systems.

Almost two billion rubles more for the facial recognition system

The mayor’s office is ready to spend almost 2 billion rubles on facial recognition of Muscovites. Moscow continues to buy powerful computers that allow analyzing images from 175 thousand city video cameras.

Kommersant reminds that the Moscow city hall has already spent more than a billion rubles on the supply of special equipment.

NATO has opened the first unmanned aerial reconnaissance system of the Alliance in Italy

NATO has opened the Alliance’s first unmanned aerial surveillance system (AGS) at the Sigonella air base in Italy. This was stated on Friday by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the official opening ceremony of the system on the island of Sicily. His speech was broadcast by the NATO press service.

The first Smoking rooms started working in Sheremetyevo

The first Smoking areas have opened at Sheremetyevo airport, Mikhail Vasilenko, General Director of the air hub, told reporters. In total, at the beginning of this year, it is planned to open 14 Smoking rooms for passengers, the Moscow Agency reports”

The Service “Yandex.Money ” connected to the system of quick payments

Any fully identified Yandex user can top up their e-wallet via the quick payment System.Moneys'”. To do this, they need to open their Bank’s app and select a transfer via the SBP.

A giant emerald was found in the Urals

An emerald weighing 0.5 kg with an estimated value of $ 55 thousand was found at the Mariinsky mine (part of the rostec state Corporation). On Friday, the company’s General Director Yevgeny Vasilevsky told reporters. According to the company’s press service, Gokhran is already interested in the emerald found.

“According to experts, the found emerald is the rarest. By color, it belongs to the first category, by grade – to the second. The emerald was extracted by workers of the treatment face at a depth of 260 meters, ” they added.

Chinese taxi aggregator is looking for employees to work in Russia

The Chinese transport company Didi Chuxing, which owns the taxi aggregator DiDi, selects employees to work in the Russian market, according to a RBC source familiar with the operator’s plans.

«Yandex.Taxi ” launched the car pre-order function

The Company “Yandex.Taxi has launched a car pre-order function in seven Russian cities. The pre-order interval is from 30 minutes to two days, the aggregator said in a statement

In Yakutia, a contractor was identified who will build a bridge over the Lena river

The consortium of Rostec and the vis group, which submitted a private concession initiative for the construction of a bridge over the Lena river in Yakutia, has been identified as the concessionaire of this project, the press service of the head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) said.

Banks reduce requirements for citizens who take a mortgage

Banks reduce requirements for citizens who take out mortgages credit history bureaus (BCI) record a decrease in banks ‘ requirements for mortgage borrowers, which can lead to increased risks. In an effort to improve the quality of portfolios, lenders have already begun to tighten their approach to issuing cash loans.

Insurance company “SOGAZ” has increased the authorized capital

SOGAZ insurance company, which is part of the group of the same name, increased its authorized capital from 25 billion to 30 billion rubles, the press service of the insurer reported.

Single mothers are the most credited category of Russians

Families with two children (50 percent), single mothers with two children (51 percent) and one child (45 percent), young working citizens aged 25 to 44 (41 percent), and working pensioners (36 percent) are the most likely to take out loans in Russia. Non-working pensioners are the least likely to borrow (17 percent).

Measures to combat poverty will not accelerate the growth of the Russian economy

Measures to combat poverty alone are not enough to ensure the planned economic growth in Russia. This opinion was expressed by the head of the accounting chamber Alexey Kudrin.

“This, unfortunately, will not be so significant for the economy to jump from 1.2-1.3% of GDP growth this year to 3.1% in 2021, as the government plans,”Kudrin said in an interview with RBC television.

Earlier, as RT reminds, the Ministry of economic development said that the social measures proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin should accelerate the growth of the country’s GDP by 0.3 percentage points.

Alphabet’s market capitalization reached $1 trillion

During Thursday’s trading in the United States, shares of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, rose 0.87% to $1,451. 7 apiece, and the holding’s capitalization exceeded $1 trillion. Previously, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft overcame this milestone.

Downpours hit Australian States suffering from wildfires

In the Australian States of Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales, there were showers with thunderstorms and strong winds after a record-breaking dry December, local channel 9News reported on Thursday.

Oleg Belozerov confirmed that he plans to launch the VSM in 2026

“I don’t know whether I will become the head of the Russian Railways that will launch the VSM, because the time period that the President has set for us at the moment is 2026-2027.I believe that we will go by our high – speed rolling stock along the St. Petersburg-Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod section in 2026,” O. Belozerov said.

The first video banks appeared in Russia

VTB has established the first video Bank offices in Russia, where users can get online advice from an employee of the Bank’s contact center, a representative of VTB told RBC. New ATMs perform the functions of regular ATMs (receiving and issuing cash, transferring funds, changing the pin code, requesting a balance or mini-statement), and are also equipped with a screen and a set of equipment for video consultation. This ATM, according to VTB, performs more than 90% of the standard services of managers in offices. Chinese GRG Banking became the supplier of devices and software.

Some Russian banks are also studying the introduction of this popular service in China, and several have already recognized it as unpromising

Roskoshestvo is recommended not to use street ATMs

Roskachestvo told you how to protect yourself from fraudsters when using ATMs. This is stated in the message of the Department, received by RBC. The digital center of expertise Roskoshestvo advised to use the ATMs that are installed not on the streets and inside banks

“Project” told about the wealth of the Mishustin family

The Project newspaper published an investigation into the property of the new Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. Journalists told that the politician’s family owned a land plot and a 900-square-meter mansion on Rublevo-Uspenskoye highway for a long time. However, Rosreestr recently corrected the documents about the owners. At the moment, the owner of the plot and the mansion is listed in the Russian Federation. The same thing happened with the apartment where Mishustin was registered with his wife. Now, according to the documents, the premises are also owned by the state. Journalists of the “Project” are sure that the government is trying to hide the politician’s personal property from the public in this way.

Mikhail Mishustin is required to report on his wife’s income

Alexey Navalny’s anti-corruption Fund appealed to Mikhail Mishustin, a candidate for Prime Minister and head of the Federal tax service, to explain the origin of his wife’s income. From 2010 to 2018, the woman reported 789 million rubles of income, earning between 48 million and 160 million rubles a year. At the same time, Ms. mishustina does not specify how exactly she earned them.

Putin at a meeting with the working group on drafting amendments to the Constitution

Russian President Vladimir Putin called some decisions of the European court of human rights (ECHR) unacceptable and “clearly illegal”. According to the President, this approach shows that there is a desire abroad “to govern Russia from the outside.” According to him, “someone is always tempted” to such actions.

“We are faced with this, I am observing it myself. Sometimes the same European court of justice — we execute all its decisions-but, unfortunately, makes clearly illegal decisions. This is what is unacceptable, ” Putin explained at a meeting with the working group on preparing amendments to the Constitution.

The President said that even such decisions of the ECHR are executed by the Russian authorities, but they do not intend to tolerate ” all sorts of interpretations that are imposed from the outside.”

“This is too much, this is too much,” Putin said, responding to the words of Federation Council member Andrei Klishas that the ECHR sometimes interprets international agreements in an unacceptable way for Russia.

Amendments to the Russian Constitution pose a threat and risks for Ukraine

Amendments to the Russian Constitution, which President Vladimir Putin proposed in a message to the Federal Assembly, carry a threat and risks for Ukraine, according to former head of state Petro Poroshenko.

“This brings direct risks and threats to Ukraine. In these conditions, Ukraine must unite: both the government and the opposition-and adequately respond to the challenges and risks that started the year 2020»

According to him, the message can be concluded that Putin “is not going to end the war with Ukraine” and wants to “stay in power forever.”

The former President of Ukraine added that he is not interested in resignations and appointments in Russia, since, in his opinion, in this country “there is no government, no Parliament, no Duma, no Federal Assembly”, and all power is “in the hands of one person, whose name and surname you know very well”.

In Siberia, they proposed to revive labor camps

The concept of reform is aimed at the consideration of the Federal penitentiary service management, in which it is proposed to create industrial clusters with prisoners in the form of cheap labor on the basis of correctional colonies.

The idea was made by the public organization “Siberian prison”, which proposed as a pilot project to create an industrial Park on the basis of the General regime colony No. 3 of the Federal penitentiary service.

For prisoners, this is an opportunity for re-socialization, for business – cheap rent and cheap labor, says the head of the Presidium of the organization Yevgeny Gribov. In the colonies, according to him, it is possible to produce separate technical units of aggregates, to establish chemical production.

 

In Vladimir, the Rosselkhoznadzor employees destroyed more than 12 kilograms of Polish pears..

 

Natsproektstroy with assets worth 100 billion rubles from the Russian budget

VEB and Arkady Rotenberg have agreed to implement the Ponton project — they are creating an infrastructure contractor based on Mostotrest, MOSENERGO fuel and energy complex and 1520 Group. A small share in the holding can be obtained by a profile investor

At the first stage of creating the joint venture, the state Corporation will issue a 29.8 billion rubles bridge loan to the Rotenberg structure, which will allow it to pay off its debts. This is one of the possible scenarios for implementing the deal, a source close to one of its parties told RBC, declining to give details.

The debt burden of Russians will continue to grow in 2020

“The growth of the debt burden, which we measure at the macroeconomic level as the ratio of loan payments of the entire population to the income of the population, will continue to increase, only at a slower pace. It will also continue to increase over the course of this year, because we predict that high lending rates will continue. Let me remind you that we expect 10% or slightly higher for unsecured loans, and 20% for mortgages in General, ” said Elizaveta Danilova, head of the Central Bank’s financial stability Department.

Former French President Sarkozy proposed a new European Union with Russia.

Speaking about the future of Europe and European institutions such as the EU, the Euro zone and the Schengen area, the former French leader proposed the idea of a new international organization. The new international structure could address security and economic issues from Europe to Asia, Sarkozy said.

“There will be a European economic Union, a European political Union, and a Schengen zone. Plus a new organization that would have three founders: the EU, Russia, and Turkey.” Within this organization, we need to create a forum to address issues “from the Atlantic to Baikal”.

Wheelchair user was not allowed on the train

At the Shakhtnaya railway station, Russian Railways employees refused to turn on the special lift and the disabled person could not get on the train. An administrative case was initiated against the driver, the case is already in court.

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Features of vehicle registration in Russia

The traffic police told about the details of the new law on registration of vehicles, according to which Russian motorists must receive a license plate with the region code at the place of registration. Citizens of the Russian Federation who register a car in a region where they do not have a residence permit will receive only documents instead of numbers, and registration plates will need to be ordered independently.

Recall that driving a registered car without a license plate is prohibited and is punishable by a fine or deprivation of a driver’s license.

Sales of excavators increased in China in 2019

According to a report by the China construction machinery Association, 209,077 excavators were sold in the country’s domestic market, up 13.4% from a year earlier, while equipment exports soared 39.4% to 26,616 units, Xinhua news Agency reported.

Sales of excavator equipment is an important indicator of economic viability, as demand is usually supported by the growth of extractive industries and infrastructure construction. In 2018, sales of excavators in China amounted to 203,420 units, which, in turn, is 45% higher than in 2017.

Investors from China will refuse to buy GV Gold

Chinese investors led by Fosun plan to refuse to abandon the purchase of the gold mining company “highest” (GV Gold), according to RBC, citing sources. The may list company, which filed a petition with the FAS on their behalf, intends to withdraw it

One of RBC’s interlocutors explained the reasons for the deal’s breakdown by the increase in the price of gold, which caused the seller’s and buyer’s estimates to differ. Another reason is the weak financial performance of GV Gold, the second source added. So, according to the data of the Union of gold producers, the company for the first nine months of 2019 reduced production by 13%, to 5.9 tons

SSJ-100 “Iraero” urgently sat on the unfinished lane ” Domodedovo”

In Domodedovo, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 of Iraero airlines made an emergency landing on the runway under construction. In “Iraero” told that onboard there were 99 passengers, neither they nor the crew was not injured. They also noted that the landing was not an emergency and that the plane was serviceable

“Rosaviatsia has started investigating a serious incident related to the landing at Domodedovo airport of the aircraft RRJ-95LR-100 of Iraero airlines (flight RD 4284, Sabetta – Domodedovo) in accordance with The rules of investigation of aviation accidents and aviation incidents with civil aircraft in the Russian Federation,” the press service of Rosaviatsia said.

The plane of airline “Iraero” has landed on the unfinished runway of the airport of Domodedovo from-for errors of the pilot

The crew commander, Viktor Chernobrovkin, told the airport’s aviation security service that he had confused the lanes due to low visibility – the bad weather was to blame. The new lane, according to him, although it is unfinished, can be seen much better than the old one. Since they are located close – only 280 meters from each other-the pilot did not notice anything suspicious. The fact that he sat down a little bit wrong, the pilot realized only after landing.

Denis Manturov complained that his life is under threat

The apartment of the former Minister of industry of Russia in Bolshoy Tishinsky lane was filled in in 2017. The leak was under the Wallpaper, in Manturov’s office, so it was not immediately noticed. While the damage was calculated, while the documents were prepared for the court, it was 2020.

According to the lawyer Manturov, the damage from the leak amounted to more than two and a half million rubles. Why is it so expensive? In addition to the Wallpaper, the water ruined A very expensive mascheroni sofa and an exclusive fur Cape on it.

What does the threat to life have to do with it? The lawyer said that because of the leak, mold was formed, which is dangerous for the official.

Closed a deal to sell part of the shopping center “Gallery»

The deal, which has been talked about since last year, took place. The deal to sell Morgan Stanley to the Arab Fund Mubadala 49% in the shopping center “Gallery” at the Moscow railway station in St. Petersburg was concluded in the last week of last year, according to Kommersant.

An unusual way to make money in the US election

Swiss Bank Julius Baer has offered clients a way to make money on the results of the us presidential election in 2020. Bloomberg writes about this. At the end of January, the Bank is going to issue special one-year structural notes — asset packages based on securities of American companies divided into “democratic” and “Republican”ones.

The former include Ford, Walmart, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, SunPower and Exelon, among others. The second portfolio includes securities of technology and financial companies, such as Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Amazon, Citigroup, Visa, American Express, Chevron, and ConocoPhilips.
The yield of such notes depends on changes in the value of the underlying assets. In this case, the Bank offers investors to bet that the value of “Republican” securities will soar if the current President Donald trump or another representative of the Republican party remains in power. On the other hand, investors can invest in “democratic” notes and bet on a radical change in US policy if the democratic candidate wins

Four paramedic stations will be set up in Kolyma

Kolyma was one of the first regions in Russia to prepare a draft program for the modernization of primary health care. According to the relevant Deputy Minister, in the Magadan region, within the framework of the National project “health Care” in 2019, work was carried out to modernize the school premises for placing FAP in the village of Gizhiga in the North-Even urban district

Google Stadia promises more than 10 exclusives by July

Google promises that Stadia will get more than 10 temporary exclusives by July. The company has not yet specified which games will appear. Moreover, the Corporation estimates that by the end of the year the library will have more than 120 games, including Cyberpunk 2077 and Watch Dogs Legion.

Halal water for Russian national team athletes

Novogorsk center, where the Russian national football team trains, has signed a contract for the supply of Halal water under the Vitarel brand, Open media reported. The contract amount is 4.25 million rubles. Water was required for athletes from the North Caucasus, the center explains. At the same time, in Russia, cases of certification of drinking water according to the “Halal” standard are still rare

Thematic fairs in Moscow have risen significantly in price

The Moscow city hall plans to spend 975.6 million rubles to hold “shopping, entertainment and cultural events” in the capital in 2020. The corresponding contract is published on the official public procurement portal. These events include thematic fairs such as “jam Day”, “fish week in Moscow” or “Crimean spring”.

The procurement documentation does not name specific holidays. It only States that the contractor will have to develop a concept for 16 different events. The price of the contract includes cleaning of the territory, garbage removal, production of flags and promotional products, preparation of the event venue and decoration of objects.

The number of new residential projects in Moscow decreased by a quarter over the year

In 2019, 23% fewer projects were presented on the Moscow market of new buildings than in 2018 (69 vs. 90 a year earlier). This is reported in a press release by analysts of the real estate company “Metrium”.

The 10th annual festival of light will be held in Sharjah from 5 to 15 February.

The program includes colorful light shows, 3D installations and musical performances from famous world Directors. Shows will be held every evening from 6 to 11 p.m. on weekdays and from 6 o’clock until midnight on the weekends at several sites, including Masjid al Noor, Sharjah international airport, Palace of culture, Khalid lagoon, Police Academy, the historical complex of the “Heart of Sharjah” the waterfront Corniche, al qasba and al Majaz and city parks. In addition, every evening from 9 o’clock in the Khalid lagoon, you can see spectacular water performances

Compensation for late arrival of high-speed electric trains “Lastochka”

Russian Railways introduced payment of monetary compensation to passengers for the delay of high-speed electric trains “Lastochka” along with trains “Sapsan” and “Allegro” (Allegro), according to documents on the company’s website.

“Payment of monetary compensation to passengers for the delay of trains “Sapsan”, “Allegro” and “Swallow” of the 700th numbering at the destination station of passengers is carried out in the following amounts: for a delay for a period of 60 to 119 minutes-25% of the fare; for a delay for a period of 120 minutes-50% of the fare, but not less than the amount provided for by article

It is planned to send up to 250 thousand tons of grain to Syria from the port of Crimea in 2020.

The authorities of the Republic of Crimea, together with other Russian regions, plan to send up to 250 thousand tons of grain to Syria through one of the Crimean ports in 2020, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic Yuri Gotsanyuk told TASS on Friday. In addition, it is planned to send building materials, construction equipment, electrical tools, metal products, fertilizers, chemicals and other goods.

According to him, agricultural products are mainly delivered from Syria to Crimea: vegetables, fruits, olive oil, dried fruits, nuts, textiles and paper products.

More than 20 regions of the Russian Federation have low profitability of construction.

This was announced on Thursday by Sberbank Vice President Sergey Bessonov at the Gaidar forum. According to Bessonov, in some regions, the profitability is from 0 to 10%.

“According to the calculations of our analytical center, about 24 regions have extremely low profitability of construction,” he said at the expert discussion “Housing market: development trends”.

In the ROC threatened with court and excommunication from the Church

In the Belgorod diocesan administration, a man who collected information about the activities of the ROC unit was given a “spiritual warning”, threatened with trial and excommunication.

The author of the telegram channel “Belgorod 1” Vladimir Kornev tried to check the rumors around the Congress of the clergy of the diocese, at which, allegedly, young priests were persuaded not to discuss the topic of Church levies in social networks, by contacting the priests in these very social networks.

Russia has increased its investment in us government bonds

Russia in November 2019 increased the volume of investments in us government securities compared to October by $794 million-up to $11.491 billion, according to materials published on Friday by the us Treasury Department. Long – term bonds accounted for $2.979 billion, while short-term bonds accounted for $8.512 billion.

China’s GDP growth slowed to 6.1 in 2019%

China’s GDP growth rate in 2019 was 6.1% compared to 6.6% in 2018, which is generally in line with the official forecast, according to data from the state statistical office of China.

Russia’s gas giants unite

Recently it became known that NOVATEK, Gazprom and Rosneft have developed an agreement of intent for cooperation in creating technologies and equipment for LNG production. In other words, the three largest players in the country’s gas market plan to join forces in this area.

The share of non-residents ‘ investments in OFZ at the end of the year was 31.5%

Such data are provided in the Central Bank’s November — December 2019 issue of the financial markets risk Review.

“The share of investments of non-residents in OFZ accounts of foreign depositories in the National Settlement Depository in the total volume of the OFZ market in the reporting period increased by 4 b. p. and amounted to 31.5% as of December 31, 2019, which in volumes at par corresponds to an increase of 18 billion rubles,” the review notes. As of January 9, 2020, the share of investments has not changed — 31.5%.

Ukraine refused to build a gas pipeline for LNG from the United States

It makes no sense to build a new gas pipeline to Poland to supply regasified liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to Ukraine. This was stated in his Facebook by the head of the operator of the GTS of Ukraine Sergey Makogon.

Georgia is looking for an investor for oil and gas production off the Black sea coast

According to the Ministry, ” we are talking about two sites with an area of 5.3 thousand square kilometers and 3.5 thousand square kilometers off the coast of Georgia.” It is noted that the acceptance of applications will be completed at the end of April this year.

“We will save this land from oil production forever” — Florida authorities

The authorities of the state of Florida in the United States will buy eight thousand hectares of land in the Everglades Park, in order to prevent its use for the development of an oil well, the website reports on January 16 Phys.org.

“We will forever save this land from oil production, and it will be the largest acquisition of wetlands in a decade,” Florida Governor DeSantis said at a news conference.

Kanter Real Estate LLC, owned by banker Joseph Kanter, has received approval to develop an exploration well in Everglades Park, about 10 miles South of Alligator alley.

However, the project was opposed by many environmental groups and local authorities, which caused numerous legal disputes. As a result, the state authorities announced their intention to buy the land in order to preserve the nature of the national Park intact. The transaction price ranges from $ 16.56 to $ 18 million, depending on when the transaction is closed.

Gazprom asked Germany to withdraw Nord Stream from the EU gas Directive

Nord Stream AG and Nord Stream 2 AG have submitted applications to the Federal grid Agency of Germany (BNetzA) with a request to withdraw them from the updated EU gas Directive, Vedomosti reports, citing Agency materials.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kicked out of Canada

Canadians expressed outrage at Prince Harry and his wife. This was reported by the website “Days. ” with reference to the canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail. Recently, the couple decided to abandon the obligations of members of the Royal family and announced their intention to move to Canada. The Globe and Mail newspaper commented negatively on the decision, adding that Canada is “not a halfway house” for members of the monarch’s family.

“This country can’t be your home. As for everyone, he wants to get out of Britain, while remaining a member of the monarch’s family, ” the author of the article stressed.

Germany to close all coal-fired power plants by 2038

Another €4.35 billion will be transferred to energy companies that will have to close their coal-fired power plants. The country’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, put forward the idea of abandoning coal as a source of electricity last year.

Russian woman arrested for accusing a football player of “Milan” in rape

Spanish police have arrested Russian model Luisa Kremleva for falsely accusing AC Milan’s French defender Theo Hernandez of rape. This is reported by Marca.

In Japan, the court ordered to stop the Reactor of the ikata nuclear power plant»

The third reactor at the Ikata nuclear power plant resumed operation in October 2018. This station is the only one located on Shikoku , the smallest of the four main Islands in Japan

Wealth increases life expectancy by 9 years

Scientists from the US and the UK have proven that wealth increases life expectancy by 9 years. It is about extending the period free of pain and disability.

China has broken another population record

The population of China, excluding the special administrative regions of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, increased by 4.67 million people by the end of 2019, exceeding 1.4 billion. according to data from the state statistical Bureau of China, the figure decreased compared to 2018

Tesla has shown the design of a new electric car

Tesla Motors is going to build a completely new electric model, which will be produced in China. Tesla Corporation has distributed an image of an unknown novelty

The us budget deficit for the calendar year exceeded $1 trillion

For the calendar year 2019, the us state budget deficit amounted to $1.02 trillion rubles, for the first time since 2012. This is evidenced by data from the us Treasury Department, which reported a budget deficit of $13.3 billion in December 2019

Putin introduced a bill to the Duma on the post of Deputy Chairman of the Russian security Council

Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted a bill to the state Duma, according to which the country’s security Council introduces the position of Deputy Chairman, according to the database of the lower house of Parliament.

Democrats in the US have a new leader

Democrats in the United States have a new leader Bernie Sanders beat Joe Biden. 78-year-old Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders for the first time overtook his fellow party member Joe Biden in popularity, reports RBC with reference to Reuters.

The terms of voting on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation are named

In Russia, until may 1, a vote will be held on amendments to the Constitution proposed by Vladimir Putin during his address to the Federal Assembly, TASS reports, citing a source in the Federation Council

The state Duma supported the introduction of the title ” City of labor valor»

The draft law was submitted by the President of the country Vladimir Putin. The title will be given to the city of Russia, whose residents made a significant contribution to achieving Victory in the great Patriotic war of 1941-1945, ensuring uninterrupted production of military and civilian products, and ” showing mass labor heroism and selflessness”.

The basis for obtaining the title can be awarding enterprises with state awards or handing them the passing red banners of the state Committee of defense of the USSR, awarding employees with state awards for labor merits, as well as documented facts of labor heroism of citizens during the war.

Mishustin opposed the tax on the rich

The candidate for the post of Prime Minister of Russia Mikhail Mishustin commented on the possible introduction of the so-called tax on the rich. According to the current head of the Federal tax service, in the current conditions, the transition to a progressive tax will be ineffective and irrelevant measure.

The US has developed an energy weapon

Powerful combat lasers developed by the us air force research laboratory. According to defense Blog, the new weapon, which completed field testing in 2019, was named HADES (High-power Adaptive Directed Energy System). Directed energy weapons will be equipped with American fighters. According to program Manager Dan Marker, the system works by combining a large number of high-power fiber lasers so that the distortion caused by the atmosphere is corrected. As a result, the fighter gets a powerful long-range laser weapon

Israel strikes a Hamas facility in the Gaza strip

On the night of Friday, January 17, in response to the launch of balloons with explosives from the Gaza strip, Israeli aircraft attacked the object of the Palestinian movement Hamas, located in the territory of the enclave. This was reported by the Israel defense Forces.

Rostec: Armata equipment has not yet started to enter the army

Last fall, Chemezov said that the first experimental batch of new equipment based on Armata should start entering the army in late 2019-early 2020. The Russian t-14 Armata tank was created at Uralvagonzavod. The family of vehicles built on the Armata heavy tracked platform also includes the t-16 evacuation armored vehicle and the t-15 heavy infantry fighting vehicle

France will send the aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle” to the middle East

Paris will send the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to the middle East to support French military operations in the region, President Emmanuel macron said, speaking to military personnel at an air force base near Orleans. The President’s speech was broadcast on his Twitter page.

Riyadh paid US $ 500 million for protection from Iran

Saudi Arabia has paid the United States about $ 500 million to reimburse the cost of moving and deploying American troops to the largest Arab monarchy to strengthen its defense capabilities amid the ongoing standoff with Iran.

Turkey has blocked the Bosphorus Straits to NATO ships

As follows from the data of the “Nordic Monitor”, restrictions on the passage of NATO warships from the Mediterranean sea to the Black sea are already in effect, in this connection, even us Navy ships can not freely enter the black sea region.

“At the meeting, Turkish officials stressed that stability in the Black sea should be maintained (paragraph 2.a); NATO Activities will be supported in accordance with the restrictions imposed by the Montreux Convention (paragraph 2.b); and Russia should not be unduly provoked (paragraph 2.b), military protocols are disclosed. Turkey is a key country in the Black sea, as it controls entry and exit to the sea through the Strait system, which includes the Istanbul / Bosphorus Strait, the Dardanelles / Canakkale Strait, and the sea of Marmara connecting the Black and Mediterranean seas, “Nordic Monitor reports, providing relevant documents.

The size of the United States nuclear Arsenal is revealed

US nuclear weapons are located in approximately 24 locations in 11 States and five European countries. At the moment, the United States has 1,750 deployed nuclear warheads. 2050 is in the reserved state, and about 2000 nuclear weapons are expected to be dismantled

The Moscow city court canceled the fine for the designer, who broke his leg before the action on July 27

The Moscow city court canceled the fine that the designer Konstantin Konovalov was assigned for violating the action on July 27, in which he did not participate, according to “apology of the protest”. The case was returned to the court of first instance for a new hearing. On September 17, the Savelovsky court fined Konovalov 10,000 rubles.

The investigative Committee refused to open a criminal case against” shaman ” Gabyshev

The UK refused to open a criminal case against opposition leader Alexander Gabyshev, who calls himself a “shaman”. This was stated by the representative of “pravozaschita Postcards” Alexey Pryanishnikov.

On December 10, Gabyshev was detained by police officers in Yakutia for an unauthorized action. The media reported on a possible criminal case under article 318 of the criminal code of the Russian Federation for the use of violence against police officers. Pryanishnikov explained that the investigators did not initiate a criminal case.

Larian Studios has released a new teaser for Baldur’s Gate 3.

The half-minute video began with a call to return to the Baldur Gate. The video also flashed footage of the process of capturing movements, shooting locations, recording sounds and speech. At the end of the video, the date is February 27, 2020, with the caption “Something is brewing”.

Presented trailer for season 7 of the series “Brooklyn 9-9»

The official YouTube channel of the series “Brooklyn 9-9” released a promo in a non-standard format. The video looks like it was shot in the ‘ 80s on a Lo-Fi VHS videotape. From the promo, it becomes known what new adventures are waiting for Jake Peralta and ray Holt.

Whitney Houston and rapper The Notorious B. I. G. will be inducted into the rock and roll Hall of fame

American singer Whitney Houston (1963-2012) and rapper The Notorious B. I. G. (1972-1997) will be posthumously inducted into the rock and roll Hall of fame in Cleveland, USA. This was announced on January 15 on the YouTube channel by the General Director of the organization of the same name, Greg Harris.

New “fast and furious”: release date and actors

The release of “fast and Furious” was originally planned for April 2020, but later it was moved to may of the same year. The plot of the new part is not disclosed, but promises to be rich in surprises. It’s not just the vast geography of the shooting, but also the fact that the actors from the first picture will return to their roles.

The series “You” is renewed for a third season

In the third season of the series, Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti will return to their roles. Whether the plot will be based on the third part of the series of novels by Caroline Kepnes or the authors will develop the story on their own is still unknown. Recall that the second season was released in late December of that year.

The festival-contest “Magic ice of Siberia” has started in Krasnoyarsk»

The annual review is part of the program Of the winter Surikov festival of arts. Snow billets have already been brought to the Bank of the Yenisei. First, the ice blocks are put in a suitable shape with a chainsaw, then they will be worked with more refined, not so rough tools. In the snow block, the work is also in full swing, the sculptors have applied markings, and somewhere they have already started cutting out details.

“Our sculpture is dedicated to an ancient Chinese legend and is called “the Art of defeating the dragon”. So to my right is the dragon’s head. Now we align it, then it will be at the top. We chose the dragon because it represents our country, many foreigners look at it and remember China, ” explained Li Jianlong, a contestant from China.

Eminem released a new album

Rapper Eminem released a new album, the 11th in a row, without any announcements. The album is called Music to Be Murdered By and is available on Apple Music. Anderson musicians participated in the recording of 20 tracks .Paak, ed Sheeran, who died in 2019 from a drug overdose rapper Juice WRLD, Skylar Grey and others.

Batteries that can withstand 1500 recharge cycles

Real Graphene has started a pilot production of graphene batteries. A California startup has improved traditional batteries by adding a graphene layer to them, as well as mixing lithium with graphene. The resulting structure is a better conductor of electricity and is less heated. This reduces the time it takes to fully charge a standard battery to 20 minutes and extends its life to 1500 overcharging cycles.

Google Play found apps that drain your smartphone

Antivirus developer Bitdefender named several applications that drain the smartphone’s battery. The list of programs is published on the company’s website. It is noted that among the applications there were office utilities and games

The Doqo case will turn the iPad Pro tablet into a MacBook

Doqo includes two USB-a 3.0, two USB-C, and a slot for SD and microSD memory cards. The keys are equipped with a backlight that allows you to work comfortably in a dark room. The device is equipped with its own 4300 mAh battery, which can serve as an external battery for your tablet.

The developers originally unveiled the model, which is suitable for the iPad Pro with a screen diagonal of 11 and 12.9 inches. The starting price is $ 139, and deliveries are scheduled to start in may this year.

Microsoft will allocate $1 billion to clean the atmosphere of carbon dioxide

The head of Microsoft said that the company plans to create a “climate innovation Fund”, which over the next four years will invest $1 billion to accelerate the development of technologies for cleaning the atmosphere from carbon dioxide.

The brain of patients with schizophrenia is characterized by a lack of protein

Using tomography, scientists for the first time thanks to the marker were able to carefully examine certain areas of the brain and analyze the work of neurons. It was found that people diagnosed with schizophrenia have lower levels of protein in the anterior regions of the brain than healthy people.

Chemists improved graphene with chicken droppings

Scientists decided to prove the absurdity of continuing attempts to improve the electrochemical properties of graphene by adding new elements to it. To do this, they decided to create graphene doped with chicken droppings, which actually turned out to be better than a pure substance in terms of electrocatalytic properties, according to an article in the journal ACS Nano.

The asgardian microbe was grown in a test tube

Employees of the Japanese scientific and technological Agency for land and sea research published an article in Nature, which says that they were able to grow the archaea Loki in the laboratory. It took 12 years and a baby formula to grow a deep-sea archaea from the Loki group.

A stable semiconductor neutron detector was created for the first time

For the first time, scientists have synthesized a stable solid that is suitable for direct registration of thermal neutrons. Potentially, a new compound with semiconductor properties can be used to make a compact and sensitive detector that can be useful in the fields of security, nuclear medicine, crystallography and astrophysics, the authors write in Nature.

Scientists are working on creating ” live concrete»

American scientists are working on the creation of a “living concrete”, which will meet environmental standards. To do this, bacteria are added to the mixture, using as an example primitive algae that have existed on Earth for 3.5 billion years.

Scientists note that thanks to algae, the material of the new development will be able to self-repair. The project team reports that in the future, buildings created using such concrete will be able to independently eliminate cracks and remove dangerous toxins from the surrounding air.

Life molecules found in the constellation Perseus

Astronomers have discovered organic molecules important for the origin of life in distant “star nurseries”. The same substances were detected on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko in the Solar system, according to the European southern Observatory.

Astrophysicists have discovered a unique asteroid inside the orbit of Venus
According to“ Podmoskovye Segodnya”, astrophysicist Januluke Mazi from the center of minor planets, in early January, an asteroid was discovered within the orbit of the planet Venus, which has already received the name 2020 AV2. However, this is not all, more detailed studies have shown that this asteroid almost never deviates from the planet, its orbit is completely inside the orbit of Venus.