21 Jan, 2020

News digest for 01/20/2020

The Kremlin has set a date for voting on amendments to the Constitution

The all-Russian vote on amendments to the Constitution may take place on Sunday, April 12. This is the most likely date that is being discussed in the Kremlin, three sources close to the presidential administration told RBC. There is also a second option-April 26, two interlocutors say.

Putin’s proposals of the working group on amendments to the Constitution were announced

As reported “Interfax”, the authors of the letter propose to amend articles 14 of the Constitution: 75, 78, 79 (all — the head of the “Federal structure”), 81, 83 (Chapter “the President”), 97, 102, 103 (Chapter “Federal Assembly”), 110, 114 (Chapter “the Government”), 119, 125, 129 (Chapter “the Judiciary and the Prosecutor’s office”) and 132 (Chapter “Local government”).

“One of the key issues is determining the role and status of the State Council. We believe that it should have an independent meaning and be effectively integrated into the state mechanism… In this regard, the issue of its correlation with other instruments of the state mechanism and the definition of the key principles of its interaction with them requires serious study,” the letter of the co – chairs of the working group addressed to the President reads.

In addition, the working group proposes to expand the competence of the constitutional court of Russia in terms of checking the constitutionality of laws adopted by the Parliament, RIA Novosti reports. At the same time, the co-chairs note that the procedure for the exercise of this authority needs to be worked out.

“When deciding whether to check the constitutionality of not only laws, but also other acts, it is necessary to clearly determine which acts are in question,” the letter says.

It is also proposed to introduce points on the implementation of social obligations of the state in articles 75 and 114 of the Basic law.

“In order to develop constitutional guarantees of the state’s fulfillment of its social obligations (the minimum wage is not lower than the subsistence minimum, decent pension provision), the working group has developed proposals to amend article 75 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation (on financial obligations of the state). It is also proposed to directly fix the obligation of the government of the Russian Federation to ensure the fulfillment of these obligations (amendments to article 114 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation),” the letter States.

In addition, amendments that provide for the priority of the Constitution over international treaties are proposed in article 79 (Chapter 3 of the Basic law – “Federal structure”), reports TASS.

A nationwide vote on changes to the Constitution is not required

The all-Russian vote on changes to the Constitution is not legally binding, but Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to check with the point of view of Russians, said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the head of state. RIA Novosti writes about this.

“There is an understanding that this should be a vote, which is generally optional, because we are talking about changes that do not fall within the scope of the fundamental articles of the Basic law. But the President considered it necessary to check the point of view of the people, so he spoke about this vote. Although, I repeat, it is not mandatory de jure, ” Peskov said, answering a question about whether there is an understanding about the mechanisms and timing of voting on changes to the Constitution.

According to him, there is no decision on the form and time of voting yet. They will be issued based on the results of the work of the constitutional Commission.

World Holocaust remembrance forum

47 heads of state, members of Royal families, presidents, Prime Ministers and heads of Parliament from Europe, North America and Australia will participate in the fifth world Holocaust remembrance forum on January 23, according to the event’s organizing Fund.

The forum will be attended by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, French President Emmanuel macron, Prince Charles of Wales and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Us Vice President Mike Pence is also expected to confirm his participation and speech, the organizers said.

Several countries have offered Iraq air defense systems of their own production

Iraqi specialists will travel to Russia, China and Ukraine to negotiate the acquisition of modern air defense systems, Badr al-Ziyadi, a member of the security and defense Committee of the Iraqi Parliament, told al-Sabah newspaper.

He noted that several countries offered Iraq air defense systems of their own production “in exchange for oil.” AZ-Ziyadi stressed that with this option of acquisition, ” the absence of corruption and bribes is guaranteed.”

President of Belarus appoints new heads of the Ministry of defense

According to BelTA, the Minister of defence appointed Victor Grenin, who previously served as commander of the Western operational command. Alexander Volfovich, who previously worked as the first Deputy chief of the General staff, was appointed chief of the General staff of the armed forces.

Defined borders of Sevastopol

The leaders of Crimea and Sevastopol signed a document on establishing borders between the regions, acting Governor of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozhaev said at a government meeting. He explained that a number of issues in the regions depend on the signing of this document. In particular, it is impossible to approve the General plan of Sevastopol without it

ROC registers trademarks for opening hotels and casinos

In December 2019, the ROC-owned Mezyb winery in the village of divnomorsky near Gelendzhik submitted applications to Rospatent for registration of two trademarks – “mezyb manor” and “Old road to dzhankhot”.

As discovered by Open media, the farm registers signs for nine product classes-from the production of alcoholic beverages to the provision of hotel services, training and entertainment. The list of alcoholic beverages includes wine, liquor, vodka, gin, and baiju (Chinese alcoholic beverage). The list of activities includes not only the services of hotels and boarding houses, but even the organization of casinos and conducting qualification exams for piloting drones (41 classes in the international classification of goods and services).

Serbia may become a new member of the Eurasian economic Union

A more obvious candidate for joining the EEU from European countries is Serbia, which has deep historical ties with Russia. Serbia is not yet a member of the EU, although the country received the official status of a candidate country for accession in 2012.

The police, the Goa stopped the concert of Boris Grebenshikov

“The concert of BG was interrupted due to force majeure caused by contradictions with representatives of local law enforcement agencies, who, despite having all the necessary documents and permits, considered it possible to complete our event, referring to the requirement of the local religious community,” the concert organizers said

Orthodox activists called for Ivan Urgant to be stripped of his citizenship

The leader of the public movement “Forty sorokov” Andrey Kormukhin has created a petition demanding to strip the citizenship of TV presenter Ivan Urgant. Kornuhin believes that Urgant need to revoke the citizenship of jokes about Jesus Christ on TV.

As for the performance of such organizations, this is not the first and not the last time — I can’t take this seriously in any way. I hope that there will be no consequences for it. I am convinced that he will not be deprived of Russian citizenship. – Vladimir Pozner, journalist

In Moscow, they started renting apartments to search for a family

In Moscow, a new type of rental business has appeared — private investors have started to rent apartments to single people who want to start a family. This is stated in the press release of the Agency ” NDV-real Estate Supermarket»

“Norilsk Nickel” comes up with state support

The Russian government is considering providing state support to Norilsk Nickel, which plans to implement a major program to modernize its facilities and improve the environment in Norilsk. According to Kommersant, among the options under consideration, in addition to concluding an agreement on capital protection, is co-financing the program for updating Norilsk’s housing stock, port infrastructure and purchasing ice-class vessels, as well as increasing the tax deduction for exploration costs. According to experts, even if only a part of these proposals is implemented, this will have a positive impact on the company’s assessment by investors.

North Korea’s economy began to grow faster than Russia’s

North Korea’s GDP growth in 2019 was 1.8 percent, and in 2020 and 2021, it is projected to reach 2.2 and 2.8 percent, respectively. This is with reference to the South Korean TV channel KBS reports TASS.

Kazakhstan has banned the export of farm animals

The Agency is forced to take action. The changes completely prohibit the export of live livestock of cattle and cattle of all age and gender groups — – said the Department. However, the Ministry of agriculture has yet to agree on a ban on the export of live cattle with some state authorities.

The Kremlin commented on the data on holding early elections to the state Duma.

This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov. According to him, the Kremlin always refrains from commenting on unconfirmed information, and therefore called for a sober assessment of sources that distribute such data.

“We never comment on such unconfirmed information, especially since there is a lot of it recently,” Peskov said.

Shortly before that, there was information about holding early elections to the Duma in December of this year.

Adviser to trump Russia suspended from work

Andrew Peake, senior Director for Russia and European Affairs at the White house national security Council, has been suspended. According to preliminary data, the adviser left the post because of the investigation that is being conducted against him and is related to security issues

The city authorities of Amsterdam, the fog of youth debt on loans

The Amsterdam authorities decided to take action because of the growing debt among students and buy them out as part of a special program. About this writes esquire.ru with reference to the local newspaper The Guardian.

“Debts cause a lot of stress. As for young people, debt is often directly affect their future”, — said the Deputy mayor of Amsterdam, Marjolein Murman.

They want to launch the project in February. Its goal is to help those who want to get an education and find a job. The municipal credit Bank will buy the debts of young people from creditors. As an incentive to transfer the debt to the municipality’s Bank, they will be paid €750.

The Polish foreign Ministry said that the Red army did not bring freedom

The Polish foreign Ministry on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Warsaw from Nazi invaders expressed respect for the red army soldiers who shed blood in the fight against Nazism, but stressed that the Red army, having liberated Warsaw from occupation, “did not bring freedom to the poles.”

The era of classic automakers is over

The head of the German company Volkswagen believes that classic cars are no longer interesting. To remain competitive, representatives of the German company plan to actively implement unmanned control systems in their cars.

Facebook apologizes for obscene translation of XI Jinping’s name

The reason for the incorrect translation of the name of Chinese President XI Jinping from Burmese to English, a representative of Facebook called a technical error, reports January 19, Reuters

BBC Director General resigns

Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC broadcasting Corporation, is stepping down. This was reported on the Corporation’s website on Monday. It is noted that the resignation of Hall will happen in the summer.

The Ministry of internal Affairs has launched a new website for operational news

Russian interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev announced the launch of a new media Agency – “MVD Media”. This was reported in the press service of the Ministry of internal Affairs

A competition to create Internet content for young people has started

The Internet development Institute (IRI) competition for creating content for young people has started. This was reported by TASS with reference to the press service of the IRI. As noted, the intellectual competition is aimed at supporting Russian producers and content distribution platforms for young people on the Internet.

“On January 20, 2020, a competition will start, aimed at supporting projects to create bright, useful and interesting content for young people on the Internet. The project is operated by ANO “Institute for the development of the Internet.” The budget of the competition in 2020 will be 3 billion rubles, ” the press service is quoted as saying.

The competition will accept projects in four areas: video content, content in the blogosphere, special projects in Internet media, games and software. The first wave of the competition, which will end on February 5, will cover such thematic areas as “Living memory”, “We are together”, “Do good”, “Proud” and ” Act!”.

The second wave of the competition is due to start in April 2020.

Sergey Kiriyenko, head of the presidential administration, will head the competition’s Supervisory Board. Partners of the contest are Mail.ru Group, Yandex, Gazprom-media holding, Rambler Group, etc. the Event is held within the framework of the national project “Culture”. Dispenser of funds is the Federal Agency for youth Affairs, the Agency added.

The state Duma called the start date for issuing matkapital for the first child

The Russians can begin to make out the parent capital for the first child since March or April of 2020. This was reported to Izvestia by Svetlana Bessarab, a member of the state Duma Committee on labor, social policy and veterans ‘ Affairs.

We hope that in March-April people will be able to apply for maternity capital and monthly child benefits — – Svetlana Bessarab, a member of the state Duma Committee on labor, social policy and veterans ‘ Affairs, told Izvestia.

Ozon will fire most couriers

Ozon employs several hundred couriers with a total staff of more than 12,000 people, the company said. “The number of full— time delivery agents will be reduced several times, this will happen gradually,” the Ozon press center reported.

US authorities have presented new evidence in the dispute with Telegram

The U.S. securities and exchange Commission (SEC) has released a statement on the Telegram lawsuit, which was filed in support of a request for summary proceedings in the southern district of new York. It follows from the materials that the Telegram team considered Gram tokens as securities

The source reported the completion of tests of the Altius UAV»

Tests of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of a long duration of the Altius flight have been completed, and it has been equipped with a satellite communication channel to increase its range, an informed source in the Russian military-industrial complex told RIA Novosti.

Study: How much Russia spends on smokers

The annual cost of the Russian health system to smokers in the country is more than 1.3 trillion rubles ($18.7 billion). This follows from a study by The center for health development of the Moscow school of management “SKOLKOVO”, available to TASS.

Finland is interested in launching a high-speed train from Moscow

The Finnish government is interested in launching a high-speed train from Moscow to Helsinki that can cover the distance between cities in 6 hours. This was stated by RBC Minister for development and foreign trade of Finland Ville Skinnari after his visit to Moscow. We are talking about the extension of the Moscow — Saint Petersburg high-speed railway, the project of which is planned to be submitted by 2022.

“Finland is interested in this project, which would help increase the flow of tourists in both directions,” says Skinnari.

The electronic tip function will be available to Russians

The operator of the quick payment system (SBP) and Mir cards announced the appearance of the electronic tip function in the SBP. Visa representatives are interested in making it possible for all cardholders to leave electronic tips. No Commission will be charged for such a transfer. At this stage, users of Tinkoff Bank are connected to the e-tip system. In the future, this feature will be available to customers of all Russian banks.

The latest us drone crashed during testing

The newest US drone with the x-61A Gremlin turbojet engine was lost at the end of tests after an hour and a half of flight. This was reported in the developer company Dynetics on Sunday, January 19

The number of WhatsApp downloads for Android has exceeded five billion

WhatsApp messenger has been downloaded five billion times for devices based on the Android operating system. This is reported by the information publication “Ferra”. It is noted that WhatsApp was one of a small number of applications that managed to achieve such a huge number of downloads.

The volume of mergers and acquisitions in Russia fell to the lowest in 17 years

The past year 2019 was the worst for the Russian mergers and acquisitions (mergers and acquisitions, M&A) market for seventeen years, according to a study by Refinitiv (a former division Of f&R Thomson Reuters), which was reviewed by RBC. According to analysts, the total amount of transactions with any Russian participation decreased for the third year in a row and amounted to $19.3 billion last year, 5% less than in 2018.

Graphene batteries will soon appear on the market

The American company Real Graphene will soon begin mass commercial production of graphene batteries. This is reported by Digital Trends. The main advantage of new batteries is a faster charging cycle. For graphene batteries, it is 1500 instead of 500. The company said that the 3000 mAh battery can be charged in 20 minutes when using a 60-watt charge. In addition, graphene batteries are considered safer.

100 years since the birth of Italian Director Federico Fellini

The name of Federico Fellini is a symbol of an entire era in world cinema. Some call it genius, others call it incomprehensible. But in any case, everyone knows Fellini. In a half-real, half-truthful manner, he was able to tell stories in which everyone can see themselves. They combine: humor, satire, melodrama, parody, epic, anecdote, commonplace and grotesque.

Bone marrow donors passed on their pathogenic mutations to recipients

American scientists have found that every second red bone marrow donor carries clones of cells with pathogenic mutations in their blood. Most of them successfully move into the recipient’s body and strengthen there, simultaneously acquiring new mutations. Theoretically, they can cause adverse effects of transplantation, although there is no official confirmation of this hypothesis yet. The work is published in the journal Science Translational Medicine

148 missiles will be needed to deploy the Sphere satellite system

Roscosmos will need 148 launches of light, medium and heavy launch vehicles to deploy the Sphere multi-functional orbital group of more than 600 satellites by 2030. The cost of launches is estimated at more than 300 billion rubles.

Physicists were able to create a molecule in the shape of a bow tie

Scientists from the Chinese Technical Institute of physics and chemistry have created a substance called BowtieArene. When two pentagonal molecules were combined — a fluorescent molecule called tetrafenylethylene was added to 2 pilarenes-a structure resembling a bow tie was formed. When individual molecules were mixed, the electronic relationship forced them to overlap each other in the shape of a Christmas tree. The crystals that eventually turned out, when interacting with light, created a fluorescent glow of blue color.

When scientists divided grouped structures into parts, either by mechanically acting on them, scratching crystals or dropping them into a liquid, the molecules that separated emitted a greenish or yellow light. Then physicists showed that they turn blue by putting xylene vapors on them. Scientists plan to use this effect of change to create sensors that detect toxins in the air.

Oxfam: 2,153 billionaires are richer than 4.6 billion people

The world’s 2,153 billionaires had more wealth than 4.6 billion people in 2019. This data is provided in a report by the international charity Oxfam, published on the eve of the world economic forum in Davos. The Time to care report notes that this is a “huge gap” and that economic inequality itself is out of control.

“Our flawed economies fill the pockets of billionaires and big businesses at the expense of ordinary men and women,” Bloomberg quoted Oxfam India chief Executive Amitabh behar as saying. “It’s not surprising that people are starting to question whether billionaires should even exist,” he said.

The Ministry of Finance refused Rosgeologiya to recapitalize 25 billion rubles

The Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation gave a negative conclusion to the request of Rosgeologia for additional capitalization of 25 billion rubles. This was reported to Interfax by a source familiar with the Department’s position. In autumn, rosgeologia asked the government to recapitalize 10.3 billion rubles for upgrading equipment

An American scientist has developed the concept of time travel

The theory of the American scientist from the University of Connecticut, Ronom Mallet, is based on Einstein’s theory of relativity. It implies that time in the Universe can slow down or accelerate depending on the speed of the object. Mallett notes that everything we do with space can be done with time.

The second component of Mallet’s theory is based on the ability of massive objects to bend space and time. This is the effect of gravity. The greater the force of gravity, the slower time goes.

Based on these theses, mallet proposes to collapse the laser beam into a ring, as a result of which the past and future form a loop on which you can move. So far, this concept is completely theoretical.

The concept was appreciated by other astrophysicists and agreed with many of the provisions of this work. However, they believe that there is a significant limitation: the Mallet method is suitable for moving to the future, but it can not be used to return to the past

Named the average debt of Russians to banks

Each borrower of a Russian Bank owes an average of 249 thousand rubles to a credit institution. over the past year, the debt has grown by almost 11 %, RIA Novosti reported, citing the credit history Bureau Equifax.

“The personal debt of an average Bank customer has increased by almost 30% over the past three years. As of the beginning of 2017, the average amount of consumer debt was about 192 thousand rubles, in 2018-about 225 thousand rubles, while by the end of 2019 it was close to 249 thousand rubles, ” analysts calculated. They noted that the primary reason for this dynamic is the activity of banks in offering their customers pre-approved loans.

Sheremetyevo is considering selling part of the airport’s shares

Moscow Sheremetyevo airport is considering selling a 30% stake in the air Harbor. The proceeds will be used to buy 30% of the airport’s shares from the state. This was told by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the airport, Alexander Ponomarenko, in an interview with the Vedomosti newspaper.

Mechel decided to sell its stake in the Elgin field

The main owner of Mechel, Igor Zyuzin, decided not to use the pre-emptive right to buy out a stake in the Elginsky field from Gazprombank, RBC reports, citing sources. It is noted that the company did not find the money for the transaction and refused the pre-emptive right to Gazprombank’s share in Elga.

Utair shareholders intend to save the company from bankruptcy

Utair’s creditors and shareholders are doing their best to avoid the airline’s bankruptcy. This was told by the Governor of Ugra Natalia Komarova at the Gaidar forum in Moscow. Note that the district owns 38.8 % of the airline’s shares

Russian banks are buying up currency

Russian banks accumulated solid foreign exchange reserves by the end of last year. By December 1 (there are no more recent data yet), the country’s foreign currency liquidity reserve in the banking system amounted to $ 16.5 billion. This is 0.6 billion less than the previous month, but much more than in November 2018 (then it was only 4.8 billion dollars), and in General, a very high level for the end of the year, Raiffeisenbank notes in its review.

The number of storeys of houses is growing, the area of apartments is falling

The average area of apartments and apartments commissioned in 2010-2019 was 58.9 square meters, a decrease of 22% compared to the previous decade (75.2 square meters), according to the CIAN study. The Leningrad region (49.7 sq.m), Volgograd (51.5 sq. m) and Samara (52.6 sq. m) showed the minimum indicators of the area of housing introduced, while Moscow (69.4 sq. m), Kazan (69.1 sq. m) and Saint Petersburg (63.6 sq. m) showed the maximum indicators.

Schengen visas started to be canceled for non-compliance with the rules of entry

Amendments to the EU visa code have been in effect since January 2020. According to the new rules, a Schengen visa can be canceled if a tourist received it from one country, but entered Europe through another. Cases of deportation have become more frequent on new year’s holidays, according to the portal Рrofi.travel.

By the way, single-entry visas are more often issued exactly for the duration of the trip, if a person is going to Europe for the first time or has not been in the Schengen area for a long time. Previously, even under such conditions, the document was issued for six months, said Vladimir Larionov, Director of the larkos visa company.

Peruvian authorities have expelled tourists from the country for damage to Machu Picchu

Peru’s authorities have deported five tourists who were previously detained for causing damage to the famous Inca city of Machu Picchu, according to a communique from the national migration office.

The screen actors Guild of the United States presented its awards.

The film “Parasites” by South Korean Director PON Joon Ho won the award in the main category “Best actor in a feature film”.

Joaquin Phoenix won the best actor award for his role in the acclaimed film “the Joker”. Phoenix is a two-time winner of the Golden globe film award and the winner of the Grammy music award. The actor was nominated for an Oscar four times.

Renee Zellweger was recognized as the best actress, according to the Guild. She is noted for her work in the film “Judy” directed by Rupert Gould.

Brad pitt was named best supporting actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once upon a time… Hollywood” and Laura Dern, starring in the film “a wedding story” directed by Noah Baumbach.

Sberbank intends to participate in the project for the production of the Baikal aircraft in Buryatia.

Sberbank of Russia hopes to take part in a project to produce a light multi-purpose aircraft “Baikal” at the Ulan-Ude aviation plant in Buryatia. This was reported to journalists by Alexander Vedyakhin, first Deputy Chairman of the Sberbank management Board.

“We really like the theme of the Baikal plane. we discussed the project in great detail with the head of Buryatia, Alexey Tsydenov. And the Technopark, where the plane itself will be created, made a great impression. We sincerely hope to participate in this project, ” Vedyakhin said.

At the beginning of 2019, it was reported that the serial production of the aircraft “Baikal” is planned in 2022, later it became known that the start of serial production of the aircraft was postponed for a year.

The US Treasury Department has secured Citgo’s protection from creditors of Venezuela’s PDVSA.

The us Treasury Department has extended for three months the ban on any kind of deal with the shares of its us subsidiary Citgo, which is essentially run by the Venezuelan opposition led by Juan Guaido, pledged under the bonds of the Venezuelan state oil producer PDVSA. Thus, the US authorities secured Citgo’s protection from PDVSA creditors for another three months. These operations will not be possible until April 22, 2020.

Citgo owns three refineries (in Illinois, Louisiana, and Texas) and a network of gas stations in the United States. After the Washington administration recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s interim President, U.S. courts allowed the opposition-appointed Board of Directors to take control of Citgo, which is valued at about $8 billion.

Us authorities have extended Chevron’s license to operate in Venezuela until April 22.

The us authorities extended the licenses of the us oil and gas company Chevron and four other oil service corporations (Halliburton, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes and Weatherford) to operate in Venezuela, in particular in conjunction with the state oil company PDVSA, until April 22. The corresponding document was distributed on Saturday by the US Treasury Department.

The US will tighten the issuance of visas for tourists who come to give birth

The administration of President Donald trump in the coming week will tighten the rules for issuing visas for foreigners who come to the United States to give birth to automatically obtain American citizenship for their children, writes Axios, citing three White house employees.

China will completely abandon plastic by 2026

In China, a ban on the production and sale of disposable plastic products will be introduced in the near future, the Xinhua news Agency reports, citing a document prepared by the Ministry of ecology of the PRC. According to this document, in 2020, the use of plastic particles in household chemicals, the use of plastic straws and disposable tableware will be prohibited.

In General, the plastic rejection program is designed for five years. During this time, thin plastic bags and films for agriculture will be withdrawn from circulation, the post office will stop using non-biodegradable plastic packaging, and Chinese companies will be prohibited from importing plastic waste into the country.

Foxconn and Fiat Chrysler to develop electric vehicles

The company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) reported on the negotiations with Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd. (Foxconn): the parties are discussing possible cooperation in the automotive sector. In particular, we are talking about forming a joint venture for the development and production of new generation electric vehicles powered by rechargeable batteries. It is said that at first the joint venture will focus on the Chinese market. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Foxconn will own equal shares in it.

Rosneft increases its stake in the German oil refinery

Rosneft’s subsidiary in Germany, Rosneft Deutschland GmbH, has completed a deal to acquire a 3.57% stake in the Bayernoil raffineriegesellschaft mbH refinery from BP. Thus, the share of the Russian oil and gas company in the German refinery increased from 25% to 28.57%

Russia will return debts for military equipment

Russia will return debts for military equipment delivered earlier to other countries. This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to a source in the field of military-technical cooperation (PTS). It is noted that in 2018, the country owed about three billion dollars for weapons

Ukraine demands that London remove the “Trident” from the Handbook on extremism

The Ukrainian Embassy in the UK demanded that the police of the United Kingdom exclude the Trident depicted on the Ukrainian coat of arms from the list of extremist symbols and apologized.

“The inclusion of the Trident, the constitutional symbol of the coat of arms of Ukraine, in a Handbook on extremism for British teachers and medical staff prepared by counter-terrorism police is extremely outrageous,” the Ukrainian Embassy said in a statement on Twitter

The UK’s National counterterrorism office (NCTPN) declined to comment on Ukraine’s claim to remove the Trident symbol from the anti-extremism Handbook. The representative of NCTPN recalled that the manual contains symbols that are not related to terrorism, and the publication itself is intended for “a specific internal audience”, quotes the Deputy head of the London Metropolitan police Dean Haydon RIA Novosti

Zelensky was denied the right to speak at the forum in Israel

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky was not given the opportunity to speak in Israel at a forum in memory of the Holocaust, which is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camp of Auschwitz. The head of state said this in an interview with The Times of Israel.

Johnson refused to normalize relations with Putin

The head of the British government confirmed the position on the Salisbury incident and rejected the possibility of normalizing relations until Moscow stops its “destabilizing activities” that threaten the UK and its allies and “undermine the security of citizens and collective security”.

Japan intends to seek the signing of a peace Treaty with Russia

The Japanese government does not hesitate to seek a solution to the territorial issue and to sign a peace Treaty with Russia. This was stated on Monday by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, making a keynote speech at the opening of the session of the Parliament

Yabloko will develop alternative amendments to the Constitution

The Yabloko party is dissatisfied with the amendments to the Constitution proposed by the President and intends to develop an alternative draft of changes to the Basic law. This is stated in the statement of the Chairman of the Federal political Committee of the party Grigory Yavlinsky.

Yabloko will demand a referendum in which citizens can declare which amendments to the Constitution they support: amendments of civil society or amendments of Vladimir Putin and his entourage — – said in a statement Yavlinsky

A detachment of ships from the Northern fleet will go to the Western Mediterranean

The missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov, the large anti-submarine ship (BPC) Vice Admiral Kulakov, and the Northern fleet support vessels will soon meet to head for the Western part of the Mediterranean sea.


India has successfully tested a K-4 ballistic missile for submarines

The missile, developed by the Indian defense research and development Organization, was launched in the daytime from an underwater platform located off the coast of Andhra Pradesh. The missile is capable of covering a distance of up to 3,500 kilometers and carrying a nuclear charge, the ANI Agency reports, citing government sources

The final text of the outcome document of the summit in Berlin on Libya

According to the latest version of the document, a copy of which is available to TASS, it proposes to divide the settlement process in Libya into six “baskets”.

  • ceasefire,
  • implementation of the arms embargo,
  • political process,
  • security sector reform,
  • economic reform,
  • respect for humanitarian law and human rights.

The draft statement asks all participants to refuse to intervene in the armed conflict in the country. It also calls for the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on those countries that violate the ban on the import of weapons to Libya. If the statement is adopted, the implementation of the decisions contained in it will be handled by a specially created international mechanism under the auspices of the UN.

There is no compromise on oil transit tariffs

Moscow and Minsk, which have not yet reached a compromise on tariffs for oil transit via the Druzhba oil pipeline through Belarus, have suspended negotiations, Kommersant reports, citing sources.

One of the main reasons for delaying the negotiations is that “it is pointless to discuss the cost of transit until the exact volumes that will go through the Republic are unknown, “according to a source of Kommersant.

The key task of the Federal tax service is not to collect more taxes, but to ” whitewash the market»

This was stated by Daniil Yegorov, who replaced Mikhail Mishustin as head of the tax service. He specified that the task of the Department is to make the payment of the tax “inevitable and at the same time as comfortable as possible”. Yegorov called his approach ” modeling the behavior of the taxpayer»:

“First you assess who is subject to regulation, then you look at whether the proposed regulation corresponds to the logic of their behavior, and you start testing it. And by constantly updating the model, you implement it so as not to hit the market, but at the same time companies began to abandon illegal schemes.”

China’s GDP growth is slowing

According to official estimates published on Friday, China’s GDP grew by 6.1% in 2019 – a result that would seem excellent, but the worst in the last 30 years!

Rostec plans to create an airline with Russian aircraft technology

Anatoly Serdyukov, industrial Director of Rostec, said that the state Corporation plans to create an airline that will only operate aircraft manufactured in Russia. According to him, the development program of the United aircraft Corporation (UAC) and the aviation industry as a whole is being updated.

“As part of this work, a proposal has been prepared to create a special airline. It will operate aircraft produced in Russia, ” RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.

Moscow mayor’s office agreed to a rally against changing the Constitution

The Moscow government has agreed to hold a ten-thousand-strong rally of opponents of the constitutional reform on February 1, the press service of the Department of regional security and anti-corruption told Interfax on Friday.

Two-thirds of Russians recognize the presence of political prisoners in the country

Almost two-thirds of Russians (63%) believe that there are people in the country who have been convicted for their political views or desire to participate in political life. This follows from the data of the Levada center, which Vedomosti has read.

The trailer for the Comedy series “the Great” about Catherine II has been published

On the official Youtube channel of the streaming service Hulu appeared the first trailer for the series “The Great” (the Great), which is based on the story of Catherine the Great.



Hayao Miyazaki’s best cartoons to be released on Netflix

Netflix has acquired the rights to most of the Ghibli Studio’s cartoons, founded by popular animator Hayao Miyazaki. This was announced on January 19 by the gaming publication Kotaku

A new trailer for the series “Through the snow” appeared on the network

The network has a new trailer for the multi-part futuristic film “Through the snow”. The film is based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige”. In 2013, a film of the same name with Chris Evans was released based on it.



Applications for the XIX film festival “Man and nature” have been accepted»

Irkutsk regional film Fund started accepting applications for participation in the XIX Baikal international film festival “Man and nature” named after V. G. Rasputin. This was announced on January 20, 2020 by the press service of the government of the Irkutsk region. Applications for participation will be accepted until April 4.

An American startup has developed lenses for the future

While leading technology companies compete to improve smart glasses by looking at the functionality to manage development, the mojo Vision startup is turning to a more subtle material-contact lenses. Mojo Vision creates contact lenses with augmented reality capabilities: tiny built-in displays transmit information directly to the user’s eyes.

Russian authorities suggest creating an analogue of GitHub

The Ministry of economy offered to create an analogue of the Microsoft — owned GitHub service-an open source repository in the country for 2.1 billion rubles. This is necessary in case Russia disconnects from GitHub and other similar global repositories due to sanctions.

In Russia, the first foreign passports issued by robots were issued

“During the trial operation, the correct operation of the complexes was confirmed: users successfully passed biometric data and received the first foreign passports of the new generation,” the report says. It is expected that the introduction of “robots” will simplify the process of registration of foreign passports.

NASA wants to build a lunar base from mushrooms

NASA has an Artemis project to return a man to the moon and build a permanent base for humans. NASA scientists are already studying various methods of creating it. Scientists want to send a dormant fungus into space. As soon as it arrives at its destination, it will be watered and placed in the necessary conditions in which it can grow. People will also need to send photosynthetic bacteria to the moon so that they can provide the fungus with nutrients. As soon as the fungus grows into the desired structure, it will be subjected to heat, turning it into a kind of bricks.

Experiments with sound: an acoustic hook is formed for the first time

Physicists of the Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU), together with their Spanish colleagues, for the first time formed an acoustic hook from a sound wave, which can help accelerate the development of Biomedicine and develop new synthetic materials. The results of the study are published in the journal ResultsinPhysics.

Evidence is presented that the entire brain is involved in learning

Scientists presented evidence that motor learning involves the entire brain As reported by today News Ufa, scientists conducted an interesting experiment. They taught mice to take food not with their mouths, but with their paws

In Russia, a “smart” chair was created for correcting the posture of schoolchildren

In Russia, employees of the South Ural University have invented a “smart” chair to correct the posture of schoolchildren, according to the Ministry of science of the Russian Federation. The piece of furniture will be equipped with electronics to control the distribution of body weight, which will help avoid curvature of the spine.

Scientists have successfully used salt in the fight against cancer

American experts have confirmed their hypothesis that salt nanoparticles can be used as a so-called “Trojan horse” to redirect the counterparty inside a dangerous tumor.

Representatives of the University of Georgia conducted an experiment on rodents, injected salt into their tumors, and then created a graph of their growth. They were able to find out that a food element that got into the affected area of the body could suppress an increase in metastases by 66% compared to those mice that were injected with salt in the form of a solution in a similar volume. In the final result of the study, it became clear that the white product slows down the process of occurrence of cancer and does not harm normal cells.

Keep on an uneven surface due to rotating water

Engineers have developed a system of suction cups that can stay on an uneven surface due to rotating water. The study by scientists from Zhejiang University is published in Eurek Alert. The peculiarity of the development is that the vacuum is maintained even on an uneven surface. In addition, the system requires much less power than similar suction cups

In China, the robot performed a complex operation on the knee joint

A Chinese robot managed to perform a successful surgical intervention to completely replace the TKR joint. This event is the first successful experience in implementing robotic devices in the activities of surgeons.

The decline in biodiversity on Earth is the fault of man

Species extinction is often explained as a result of climate change. But over the past few million years, changes in Africa have been negligible. The analysis showed that climate change was not the main cause of species extinctions on Earth. Today, the process that man’s ancestors started millions of years ago is simply accelerating.

Scientists believe that the best explanation for extinction is that it is caused by direct competition for food between animals and extinct human ancestors. The study of fossils can tell about a sharp decline in the number of large predators, which began about 4 million years ago. Around the same time, human ancestors began using a new technology for obtaining food, called kleptoparasitism.

Kleptoparasitism means stealing recently killed animals from other predators. For example, when a lion steals a dead antelope from a Cheetah. Researchers suggest, based on fossil evidence, that human ancestors stole recently killed animals from other predators. This could lead to starvation of animals and eventually to the extinction of their entire species.

The ancestors of man did not live in harmony with nature before. For centuries, man has tried to monopolize resources. People today affect the world and the species that live in it more than ever before.

Russia has developed the world’s first analgesic without side effects

Preclinical tests conducted on animals confirmed the effectiveness of tiovurcin — the drug was significantly more effective than a number of known analgesics. The main advantage of the new substance is the absence of side effects typical for analgesic drugs
Digital technologies create a sense of loneliness

Experts from the University of Milan concluded that the constant use of digital technologies and the Internet is dangerous for the brain of young people. The study involved students, and scientists found out how the Internet affects their brains. Modern technologies suppress the sense of social adaptation, increasing the sense of loneliness. In the experiment organized by scientists, 285 students who receive different professions took part. All of them are United by the need to use the Internet and modern digital technologies

Physicists have revealed the involvement of many electrons

A group of researchers from the United States and Austria found that thin films of rubidium-ytterbium silicide have a strange metallic phase in which the spin and charge of many electrons are strongly entangled. An article about this appeared in the journal Science

Scientists: raw vegetables do not benefit the body

The results of the study helped to dispel the myth about the benefits of raw vegetables for the human body. For example, scientists have shown that eating raw vegetables has a negative impact on the intestinal microflora. However, it is not necessary to talk about poisoning a person with raw vegetables

Scientists have found the place where magnetic storms were created

Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles, using NASA data, found that magnetic storms appear in three or four diameters from the Earth. This is about 38 thousand kilometers. They estimate that the storm’s epicenters intersect with the orbits of weather service satellites and GPS. This is reported by The Daily Mail.

NASA has a device that will “weigh” the galaxy and find life

At the Kitt Peak Observatory (USA, Arizona), NASA has launched a unique device that will measure the mass of distant space objects-stars and exoplanets, which, in turn, will help in the search for life in the Universe.

Mordashov announced plans to create a Russian analogue of Amazon

Alexey Mordashov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC Severstal, a billionaire (fourth place with a fortune of $20.5 billion in the rating of the richest entrepreneurs in Russia according to Forbes), told Bloomberg about plans to create a trading ecosystem based on projects belonging to him in various business areas.

“Now we are thinking about creating an ecosystem based on these assets like Amazon. Each of these areas is on the verge of big changes, ” he said.

ESA showed a photo of the ice-covered Korolev crater on Mars

The European space Agency ESA showed a photo of the ice-covered Korolev crater on Mars. The unique image was taken by the device, which continues to work on the distant red planet

A sensor powered by plant energy transmitted a signal to space for the first time

The energy generated with the participation of plants was sufficient for the operation of air and soil humidity sensors, as well as temperature sensors. This extremely low-power device sends signals at radio frequencies that are received by satellites in low earth orbit.

ESA found a way to extract oxygen from lunar dust

Lunar dust contains 40-45% oxygen, which can be extracted by mixing the surface layer of soil with molten calcium chloride. Heated to 950 degrees, the mixture is exposed to an electric current and oxygen is obtained. Metal alloys can be produced in a similar way.

Roscosmos has found a way to prevent spy satellites from spying on Russia

Specialists of the Roscosmos company have found a way to hide confidential activities on the territory of Russia from the operational surveillance of foreign spy satellites, RIA Novosti reports. This is stated in the materials published on the website of the company “Russian space systems”.