20 Jan, 2021

News digest for 01/19/2021

The estimated damage to the Russian state budget from tax crimes from 2011 to September 2020 exceeded 450 billion rubles. On January 18, the Deputy Chairman of the RF IC Elena Leonenko told about this, Izvestia reports.

Leonenko added that since 2011, the number of criminal cases on tax crimes initiated annually in Russia has grown by almost one and a half times: 1,776 cases in 2011 against 2,560 cases in 2019.

Belarus asked Russia for help in guarding the border with Ukraine

Ukrainian media reported that the Belarusian authorities are going to deploy Russian troops on the Ukrainian border. The corresponding proposal by the deputy head of the FSB Vladimir Kuleshov was allegedly made by the head of the State Border Committee of Belarus, Anatoly Lappo. The urgency of the decision is explained by the need to protect the borders of the Union State from the threat posed by the United States.

The court arrested Navalny until February 15

The Khimki city court at a visiting session in the 2nd department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Khimki arrested the founder of the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK, included by the Ministry of Justice of Russia in the register of NGOs performing the function of a foreign agent), Alexei Navalny, until February 15 at the suggestion of the Federal Penitentiary Service, he said lawyer Vadim Kobzev

Prosecution requested 25 years in prison for conscript Shamsutdinov

Prosecutors have requested 25 years of imprisonment for conscript soldier Ramil Shamsutdinov, accused of shooting colleagues in a military unit in the Trans-Baikal Territory, RIA Novosti told the court

I propose to the court of Shamsutdinov Ramil Salimchanovich to be found guilty. The final punishment should be imposed by partial addition of the sentences imposed in the form of imprisonment for a term of 25 years with serving in a strict regime colony without restriction of freedom, – said the state prosecutor.

A city in Italy will distribute money to visitors to buy and repair housing

The Troina commune on the Italian island of Sicily has announced a special campaign to attract new residents: the city is selling houses for 1 euro, giving buyers money to renovate their homes. Those who agree to purchase buildings in good condition will receive grants from the mayor’s office in the amount of up to 8 thousand euros. Reported by CNN.

Turkey bans companies from advertising on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest

Turkey’s Information and Communication Technology Authority has banned ads on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest, Reuters reports, citing the country’s official gazette. The decision is related to non-compliance with the law, which requires social networks to register their office in Turkey, appoint their official representative in it and store the data of local users.

Metallic fuel as a source of energy

Experts say that metallic fuels have the potential to become a very popular product in the near future. This raw material is obtained by microgravity. It is noteworthy that under these conditions, solid fuel – iron dust – will effectively burn.

It is best to study the combustion of metal powders in zero gravity, and for this we conduct numerous experiments in space, “said the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

The Ukrainian government has set the maximum gas price for the population.

The gas price for the Ukrainian population will decrease by 30 percent from February 1. The marginal cost set by the government will be UAH 6,999 ($ ​​250) per thousand cubic meters. This was announced by the Prime Minister of the country Denis Shmygal, writes TASS.

The restriction will be in effect until the end of the heating season. According to the Prime Minister, payments for the population will be reduced by 500 hryvnia (about $ 18), and subsidies will be paid in full.

Growth rates of China’s economy

The growth rate of the Chinese economy last year was the lowest in more than 40 years: GDP growth was 2.3 percent, according to the State Statistics Office of the PRC. This turned out to be the lowest rate since 1976, when China’s economy contracted 1.6 percent. Reported by the South China Morning Post.

Collectors named the average amount of payments by Russians on overdue debts

The average monthly payment for the repayment of overdue debt in Russia at the end of 2020 amounted to about four thousand rubles. This was reported by the National Association of Professional Collection Agencies (NAPKA).

According to the association, a person’s comfortable payment burden ranges from 20 to 30 percent of their income. So, on average, to pay off an overdue debt, a person needs to have an income of 20-25 thousand rubles a month, which is half the level of the average salary in Russia.

The Russian Cabinet of Ministers did not support the ban on the sale of alcohol in homes at night

The Russian government has prepared a negative opinion on a draft law on a complete ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages at night in apartment buildings, TASS reports with reference to the draft document.

Zakharova announced the interest of Trump’s supporters in obtaining Russian citizenship

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, regularly receives messages on social networks from supporters of American President Donald Trump with a request to explain how to obtain Russian citizenship. She told about this on the air of the program “Sunday evening with Vladimir Solovyov” on the TV channel “Russia 1”.

The scariest day of my life

An American tourist, whose identity was questioned during passport control at the airport, considered his visit to Russia “the most terrible day in his life” and told about it on the Internet

New battery for electric cars created in the USA

American inventors presented their own development – an innovative battery for electric vehicles. A distinctive feature of the battery is the charging speed from 0 to 100% in 10 minutes. The resource of one charge is 402 kilometers, so that an electric car can travel without recharging. In general, experts assess the resource of the novelty, how much a car can drive with a battery without replacing the battery with a new one, 3.2 million km, informs the Daily Mail.

NASA has discovered an exoplanet 10 billion years old

NASA’s TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) mission discovered in our Galaxy the oldest “super-earth” that is almost as old as the universe. The research results were presented at the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. An exoplanet so close to its star is unlikely to be habitable due to the very high temperature on its surface.

Astrophysicists have found evidence that water came to Earth from space

Experts were able to find confirmation that water appeared on Earth from space. Experiments were carried out by experts from the University of Bern in Switzerland. A team of scientists studied meteorites that have fallen to Earth over the past 100 years.

Research indicates that comets, trans-Neptunian objects and liquid-rich meteoroids from the outskirts of the asteroid belt brought water to the Blue Planet in collisions. Experts believe that the oxygen needed for this was obtained in the bowels of space objects after the Big Bang before the Earth appeared. During explosions, supernova gas was spewed out into interstellar space, so water molecules were formed in the gas clouds.

Samantha will be replaced by two new heroines

Stream service HBO Max is preparing to release the sequel to the cult TV series “Sex and the City”. Actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Christine Davis will return to their roles. Instead of Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones, two new heroines will appear in the film – an African American and an Asian. This is reported by the Daily Mail, citing a source.

The trial of Navalny under the portrait of Yagoda

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the head of state does not know what portraits are hanging in the premises where the court hearings are being held. So he answered the question about the photo of the first People’s Commissar of Internal Affairs of the USSR, one of the founders of the GULAG Genrikh Yagoda, who was noticed during the trial of Alexei Navalny, RIA Novosti reports.

“I don’t think the president knows which portraits are hanging in which rooms in Khimki and in other regions of Russia,” Peskov said.

According to him, the president did not see that the trial of Navalny took place under the portrait of Yagoda. Also, Putin’s spokesman recommended contacting the Ministry of Internal Affairs for comments.

The topic of introducing vaccination passports is being discussed in Russia

The topic of introducing “vaccination passports” is currently being discussed in Russia, but the Kremlin does not have any official position on this matter. On January 19, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov told reporters about this.

The topic is circulating, it is being worked out, – said the official representative of the Kremlin, recalling that the corresponding question was asked to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the annual press conference.

The Kremlin commented on the situation with Navalny:

  • The FSIN showed understanding to Navalny while he was in a Berlin hospital (as a conditionally convicted person, he had to fulfill a number of conditions, for example, to register regularly at the FSIN), but after his discharge, questions arose
  • Navalny was detained for violating the rules of the Federal Penitentiary Service, over the past 3 years in Russia there have been about 18 thousand such violations, there is no need to associate this with the president, and the assumption that someone is afraid of someone is nonsense
  • the situation does not require special attention from the president, the rights of all Russians are guaranteed by laws and oversight agencies, so this will be the case here too
  • violation of Russian laws by Navalny is an internal matter, they will not listen to statements from abroad in the Kremlin, but they stand for good relations with all countries
  • the Kremlin said that they are not inclined to exaggerate the popularity of Navalny, they are inclined to a sober assessment
  • mass protests after Navalny’s detention are not feared in the Kremlin, but calls for such protests are considered alarming – this may be a reason to analyze such statements for calls for something illegal

A new session of the State Duma has opened.

Among the important on the agenda are bills on Putin’s right to go to new presidential terms, on distance education, on expanding the powers of the police, on state protection of security officials and a garage amnesty

Rosatom will install figures of Beria Kurchatov at VDNKh

Rosatom will install the figures of Beria (who led the Soviet nuclear program) and Kurchatov (the father of the Soviet atomic bomb) in the atomic energy pavilion at VDNKh, follows from the data of the government procurement portal

Six years in prison for a broken window

In January 2018, a window was broken in the United Russia office in the north of Moscow. The Golovinsky District Court of Moscow sentenced mathematician and anarchist Azat Miftakhov to six years in a general regime colony in the case of an attack on the United Russia office. Two more defendants – Elena Gorban and Andrey Eikin – pleaded guilty and received suspended sentences. Miftakhov, unlike them, does not consider himself guilty – and the charge against him was largely based on the testimony of a secret witness who allegedly recognized the mathematician by his eyebrows.

PACE holds hearings on Navalny’s poisoning

The Russian delegation to PACE at the last moment refused to participate in the hearings of the Human Rights Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly, where the circumstances of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny are being discussed. This was reported to Open Media by his associate Leonid Volkov, who will speak instead of Navalny (the participation of the poisoned politician was originally planned).

Minsk was deprived of the right to host the World Ice Hockey Championship.

This is stated in a statement by the IIHF. The decision was made today at a meeting of the Council of the International Ice Hockey Federation. The new venue for the 2021 World Cup will be announced later. The reason was the threat to security due to political unrest in the country and COVID-19. Earlier, Nivea and Skoda announced that they would refuse to sponsor the world championship if it is held in Belarus.

Gazprom allowed the suspension of Nord Stream – 2

Gazprom does not rule out the suspension of implementation or the complete cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 project in the event of a sharp change in the political situation. This is stated in the memorandum for the new placement of bonds of the holding.

For emotional relaxation

In the United States, a hotline has emerged for emotional relaxation by screaming. Everyone can make a phone call to throw away their negative emotions.