21 Янв, 2021

News digest for 01/20/2021

Forty-fifth US President Donald Trump has decided to commute more than 140 Americans. He refused to sign a decree granting pardon to himself and his family.
and Julian Assange Trump did not pardon. He did not help his lawyer Giuliani either.

US Secretary of State calls China policy towards Uighurs genocide

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China has committed genocide and crimes against humanity against Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of the PRC.

After carefully examining the available facts, I came to the conclusion that the PRC, under the leadership and control of the CCP, has committed genocide of the Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang, Pompeo said.

Vacancy with seclusion on an island with no people appears in Ireland

The Irish island of Great Blasket is looking for people who are ready to settle on it for six months, writes Insider. The island is isolated from people; previous employees call it «its own universe».

Trump banned deportation of Venezuelans from the USA for a year and a half

The current US President Donald Trump issued a memorandum banning the deportation from the country of Venezuelan citizens or stateless persons who have recently resided in this country for the next year and a half.

More than half of Russia’s regions ended the year with a budget deficit

Most of the Russian regions — 58 out of 85 — finished 2020 with a budget deficit, RBC reported with reference to preliminary information from the Federal Treasury on the execution of the consolidated budget of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation as of January 1, 2021. The authenticity of the document was confirmed by a regional official

Sberbank has increased income from commissions for online transfers

In 2020, Sberbank earned a record 71.1 billion rubles on commissions for transfers and payments of individuals, follows from the bank’s financial statements under RAS as of January 1. Over the year, the indicator grew by 47.7%, this is a record growth rate since 2016 (earlier reports did not reflect these incomes in a separate column). We are talking about income from non-cash transfers and payments for which retail customers themselves pay, including for transferring funds, for example, for utility services.

Capital outflow from Russia

In 2020, capital outflow from Russia increased 2.2 times compared to the previous year. Such data were published on January 19 by the Central Bank (CB) of Russia. According to the information, the total volume of funds exported from Russia by individuals and organizations in 2020 amounted to 47.8 billion US dollars. At the end of 2019, this figure was $ 22.1 billion.

In Russia, with an excess of fish, it is proposed to fight with state purchases

In Russia, government interventions may begin to purchase fish. Thus, Rosrybolovstvo is trying to save the fishing industry, which has lost the largest market for its raw materials — China

Gasoline began to rise in price again at gas stations throughout Russia

After a short lull, retail prices for gasoline again went up at gas stations in Russia, according to data from the Central Dispatch Office of the Fuel and Energy Complex. Last week (January 10-17) fuel rose in price in all districts of Russia. The largest growth in gasoline prices was observed in Ingushetia, the Trans-Baikal Territory and the Sakhalin Region — by 30 kopecks per week. In other regions the growth was up to 24 kopecks.

Lukashenka ordered to switch from gas to firewood

Alexander Lukashenko received a report from the Minister of Forestry Vitaly Drozhzhu. Lukashenka called the industry itself fundamental and basic and surprised the public with the recommendation to switch from gas to wood.

“We have to heat houses, villages, agro-towns, cities with firewood. We have enough of this renewable resource. This way we can reduce the consumption of natural gas, for which we pay a lot of money, ”he said.

Russians opposed the introduction of COVID passports in Russia

The spread to the whole of Russia of the experience of Bashkiria, where COVID passports are introduced, which will be issued to those who have been vaccinated or who have antibodies to coronavirus, are considered unnecessary by 59% of Russians; among respondents aged 25-34, this share is 61%, according to a survey by the Research Center of the portal SuperJob.ru, received by Interfax on Wednesday.

Restaurants and cafes are closing in the center of Moscow

In 2020, 208 catering establishments were closed on the central shopping streets of Moscow, according to the JLL real estate agency according to the results of a study (RBC has it). This is 35% more than a year earlier. In total, 455 organizations did not survive the coronavirus restrictions in the center of the capital, restaurants and cafes account for almost half of them.

Jack Ma spoke publicly for the first time since the investigation against Alibaba

The founder of the Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, appeared in public for the first time in almost three months, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). He spoke at a charity event via video link.

The billionaire has not appeared in public since October 24, WSJ notes. This happened after Jack Ma criticized financial regulators at the largest business forum in Shanghai. He called for the reform of the financial supervision system, pointing out that its reorganization would stimulate economic growth. Jack Ma’s business is under pressure from regulators.

Miller announced the completion of gasification in Russia

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said that by 2030 the Russian gasification project will be fully implemented. Reported by TASS

Companions of Alexei Navalny released a two-hour film

It talks about the palace on the Black Sea, which supposedly belongs to Vladimir Putin. This happened the day after the court ruled to arrest the politician.

The film itself, posted by Navalny’s associates, is preceded by the words of the oppositionist that it was decided to release an investigation a few months ago, when the politician was in intensive care. However, this should not be done abroad, but on the day of your return to Moscow. A special website was also created for the investigation.

Peskov rejected reports about Putin’s palace in Gelendzhik

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that he had not seen a new investigation by opposition leader Alexei Navalny about the palace allegedly built for the head of state near Gelendzhik

Using webcams is harmful to the environment

American scientists have a large-scale study assessing the environmental damage caused during video conferencing on various Internet platforms. According to Resources, Conservation and Recycling, experts have established that up to 1 kg of carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere during an hour of videoconferencing with the camera turned on or watching a streaming video, using 2-12 liters of water.

Scientists have recorded dangerous processes off the coast of the Sea of ​​Azov

Landslides occur on the coastline of the Russian sector of the Sea of ​​Azov, which lead to flooding of the coast, said Alexander Ioshpa, Associate Professor of the Department of Oceanology and Socio-Economic Geography of SFedU. He explained that the threat becomes more significant as the population density of the Azov shores increases, as well as the location of dwellings and communications nearby. In the next 20 years, landslides can destroy 6.4 square kilometers of land. There are 112 social and economic facilities in the danger zone.

Scientists have figured out where the human mind wanders

Californian researchers managed to trace the course of human inner thoughts. In addition, they tried to answer the question — what happens to the human mind, is it looped or wandering. The studies used a brain activity device and studied brain signals during various human actions, according to ToDay News Ufa, citing Medical XPress.

For the first time, we have neurophysiological data that distinguish between different algorithms for internal thinking, allowing us to understand the types of thinking that are central to human cognition and compare healthy and disordered thinking, the author of the study said.

Chrome with Adobe Flash Player removed

Information appeared on the network that Google has released a new version of Chrome — Chrome 88. This is the first release of the browser with the removed Adobe Flash Player, support for which was discontinued at the end of 2020.

Apple Creates Next-Generation Face ID

Apple has received a new patent related to Face ID, a biometric user authentication system. The patent details next generation face recognition technology that uses a face heatmap.

This means that in the future, each person’s unique thermal signature will be used to unlock Apple devices. This should allow Apple to continue to use Face ID, which has become rather impractical amid the pandemic, when everyone is forced to wear masks and take them off for facial recognition or enter a password on the screen.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 goes on sale in the US

Last fall, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab Active3 rugged tablet, which went on sale in the US for $ 489 for versions with Wi-Fi and 64GB of flash memory.

Samsung 870 Evo solid state drives unveiled

2.5-inch SATA hard drives. The lineup includes 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB SSDs. The manufacturer provides a five-year warranty for new drives. Suggested retail prices for the Samsung 870 EVO start at $ 50 for the 250GB model.

Trailer for the collection of animated short films «Pixar Popcorn»

Disney has revealed a trailer for Pixar Popcorn, a collection of short films based on the universes of the most popular Pixar projects. The video appeared on the animation studio’s YouTube channel.

Actor «John Wick» talks about filming the fourth part of the film

Jock Wick star Ian McShane spoke to Colider about the start of filming for the fourth installment of the franchise. The actor played the opponent of the hero Keanu Reeves. According to him, the script of the film is already ready, filming will begin this year. McShane noted that the creators plan to shoot together with the fourth and fifth part of the film at once.

Weezer announced the release of a new album

The American group Weezer announced the release of a new, fourteenth disc called OK Human. The release will take place on January 29th. The first single «All My Favorite Songs» will be presented by the band on January 21st. And on May 7, the band is ready to present their fifteenth album called Van Weezer.

A Just Russia is negotiating unification with two parties

The parties «Fair Russia», «For Truth» and «Patriots of Russia» are negotiating on unification, the corresponding agreement may be signed by the end of this week. This was announced on January 20 by the first deputy head of A Just Russia Mikhail Emelyanov.

“This is not a rumor, it really is. There will be a unification of our three parties, — said Yemelyanov TASS. “The goal was to create a leftist party, leftist patriotic.”

Alexey Navalny handed over to the wild an appeal from «Matrosskaya Tishina»

Oppositionist Alexei Navalny conveyed «greetings» from the Kremlin Central, the famous pre-trial detention center, which is informally called «Matrosskaya Tishina». Alexey published a corresponding post on his Instagram page. The politician writes with his inherent humor and does not regret returning to his homeland.

Turkey to conduct airborne operation near Armenian borders

Ankara and Baku are preparing for the Winter 2021 maneuvers to be held in Kars, Turkey, from February 1 to 12. According to the press service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, servicemen of a separate combined-arms army stationed in Nakhichevan crossed the Turkish-Azerbaijani border and arrived at the site of the maneuvers.

«The purpose of the exercises is to ensure cooperation and coordination in conducting joint operations,» the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.

According to the Turkish agency Anadolu, the landing of troops and air strikes on the objects of the imaginary enemy will also be practiced.

Europe is discussing the topic of sanctions against Russia in connection with the arrest of Navalny

The EU Embassy in Moscow made it clear that the story around Navalny is not over yet, and the leaders of European states are already discussing possible sanctions, RIA Novosti informs. New restrictive measures are being discussed at different levels of the EU leadership. Details have not yet been specified

The first German company Bilfinger withdrew from the Nord Stream 2 project

Due to the threat of sanctions, the German company Bilfinger SE terminated cooperation with Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the German newspaper Bild reported. According to the newspaper, Bilfinger SE had several contracts with Nord Stream 2 AG totaling € 15 million

In 2017, the company won the tender for the design, supply and operation of a pipe process control system

US Secretary of State Candidate Anthony Blinken Speaks at Senate Hearings

Russia, Ukraine, weapons

  • RF has a significant place in the agenda of the new US administration
  • We will by all means dissuade partners from Nord Stream 2
  • We will not reduce the missile defense program in negotiations with the Russian Federation
  • We strive to extend START-3, time is short
  • For providing Kiev with lethal weapons

The rest of the world

  • China is the biggest challenge compared to others
  • If Iran returns to the implementation of the JCPOA, the US is also ready to return to the nuclear deal, but Tehran must be deprived of the opportunity to create nuclear weapons
  • Venezuela failed to achieve results, but acted correctly
  • Turkey is an ally, but often behaves differently (buying an S-400 from the Russian Federation is unacceptable)
  • The embassy in Israel will remain in Jerusalem, supports the idea of ​​reconciliation between Israel and the Arab countries
  • Relations with the DPRK must be reviewed
  • If Georgia meets NATO requirements, the doors are open
  • The decision that the Houthis are terrorists needs to be reconsidered
  • Taiwan must play a bigger role in the world
  • I agree with Pompeo’s words about the «genocide» of the Uyghurs

Prosecutor’s office took up actions in support of Navalny

The prosecutor’s office took up the actions planned for Saturday in support of Navalny. She is interested in who is the organizer, how people on social networks respond to calls and what the event is about. Such questions were asked by the supervisory agency in Tver today to the local coordinator of Open Russia, Artem Vazhenkov, he told Open Media.

Rallies in defense of the arrested politician are organized by Navalny’s regional headquarters, and the interrogated Vazhenkov only reposted the announcements. Navalny’s associates told OM that they were going to take to the streets without the consent of the authorities, considering it senseless to apply

In the detention center where Navalny is sitting, they stopped accepting letters for prisoners

The detention center in Moscow, where Alexei Navalny is being held, stopped accepting letters for prisoners for «technical reasons». What these reasons are is unknown: the FSIN has not yet commented on the situation.

Nordwind pilot accused Alexey Navalny of creating an emergency

Nordwind Airlines has begun a service investigation against the pilot who accused Alexey Navalny of creating an emergency on January 17.

The pilot Maxim Pyrkov wrote in his Instagram story that due to the arrival of the «clown from Berlin» and the closure of Vnukovo, some planes were sent to alternate airfields, and they almost ran out of fuel.

Nordwind called such a manifestation of position absolutely unacceptable — and stressed that on the day of Navalny’s return, the airline performed all flights according to plan and did not face the replacement of airports, and the indicated pilot did not work that day.

Matvienko said that there would be no «covid passports» in Russia.

According to the speaker of the Federation Council, the authorities will keep an electronic register of those vaccinated against coronavirus, but this will not be a «passport», since vaccination is voluntary. At the same time, the Ministry of Health said earlier that the decision to introduce «covid passports» would be made by the regional authorities, not the federal ones.

A woman in Thailand was sentenced for insulting the monarchy.

A Bangkok court handed down a record 43.5-year prison sentence for insulting the monarchy, the Associated Press reported, citing Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. Anchan Prilert posted audio clips on Facebook and YouTube in which a person makes comments that are considered critical of the Thai monarchy.

Convicted Anchan Prilert is 65 years old, so if the sentence is not commuted, the sentence will actually become a life sentence for her. She spent 40 years in the civil service and earned a pension, which she was now deprived of. What exactly the pensioner offended the monarch is not reported

In Russia, the recycling fee for cars will increase

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has prepared a draft government decree to increase the recycling fee for cars and trucks by 25%. The base rate for passenger cars will increase from 20 thousand rubles. up to 25 thousand rubles, and for trucks — from 150 thousand rubles. up to 187.5 thousand rubles. As stated in the explanatory note to the draft resolution, the utilization fee for new cars imported into Russia by individuals for personal use will not exceed 4.5 thousand rubles. For used cars, the rate will not exceed 6.5 thousand rubles.

“It is expected that an increase in the rates of scrapping will not cause an increase in prices for Russian-made cars, since this increase will be offset by a proportional increase in government support for sectoral demand stimulation programs,” the explanatory note to the document says.