22 Янв, 2021

News digest for 01/21/2021

Twitter has blocked the account of the Chinese Embassy in the United States

According to Bloomberg on Twitter, the account of the Chinese Embassy in the United States was blocked. This happened due to the fact that a publication about the Uighurs was made on this page. This post is known to have talked about Uyghur women no longer being «machines for conceiving children.»

US President Joe Biden reversed several of Donald Trump’s executive orders.

After his inauguration, he returned the United States to the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Agreement. The head of state also froze the construction of the wall on the border with Mexico and called for observance of the mask regime.

US indices renewed their highs on the day of Biden’s inauguration.

The Dow Jones and the S&P 500 ended with the best performance for inauguration day since 1985, when Ronald Reagan took over as head of state for the second time. NASDAQ’s growth was the best on record on inaugural day.

US Senate approves director of national intelligence

The US Senate approved Avril Haynes for the post of Director of National Intelligence. This is the first approved candidate proposed by Joe Biden.

The European Parliament will consider the issue of closing the «Nord Stream-2»

The European Parliament will consider the issue of closing Nord Stream 2 due to the arrest of Alexei Navalny, Spiegel reports with reference to the draft document. It is also proposed to impose sanctions against individuals and legal entities involved in the detention and arrest of the Russian politician.

The victory of democracy and the unity of the nation

The new US President Joseph Biden, in his inaugural speech, promised to be a leader for all Americans, including those who voted against him, to restore the unity of the nation and intensify the country’s foreign policy.

Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20, he became the 46th President of the United States. The ceremony was attended by outgoing Vice President Mike Pence, former Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, along with the spouses. The anthem of the USA was performed by Lady Gaga. Trump ignored the ceremony, breaking a 150-year tradition, and left Washington a few hours before the celebrations.

Democrats gain control of both houses of the US Congress

Democrats won a formal majority in the US Senate after three new Democratic senators were sworn in. Two of them — John Ossoff and Raphael Warnock — defeated Republicans David Peru and Kelly Loeffler in the second round of elections in Georgia on January 5. Another, Alex Padilla, succeeded new US Vice President Kamala Harris as Senator from California.

There are now 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans in the Senate, but with an equal number of votes, the vote of a Vice President, who is also a Democrat, may matter. Thus, the Democratic Party now gains control of the Senate. In the House of Representatives, the majority was democratic before.

Explosion at the construction site of the Turkish nuclear power plant «Akkuyu»

An explosion at the construction site of the Turkish Akkuyu nuclear power plant damaged 86 houses located in the nearest settlements. This was announced by the deputy of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Alypay Antmen. The administration of the Mersin province, where the construction site is located, in turn, called the explosion a normal situation — the workers simply blew up dynamite to open the soil.

SpaceX puts 60 more satellites into orbit for the Starlink system

The heavy launch vehicle Falcon 9 has successfully launched 60 mini-satellites into low-earth orbit to continue the deployment of the Starlink global Internet coverage system. The first SpaceX launch this year took place at the Florida cosmodrome and went as planned — half an hour after takeoff, the satellite cassette reached its calculated orbit and the process of divergence of the vehicles in their reference orbits began, and the Falcon 9 rocket returned to Earth for the eighth time.

SpaceX begins testing Starlink service in rural England

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service is currently undergoing trials in the UK after UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom granted it a license.

How many small businesses in Russia lost in 2020

Small businesses lost 2.8 trillion rubles in turnover in 2020, according to a study by the National Rating Agency (NRA) on SMEs (available from Izvestia). At the same time, the business suffered the greatest losses in the lll quarter, already after the lifting of the restrictive measures introduced due to the coronavirus

Saudi Arabia bypassed Russia in terms of oil exports to China

According to Reuters, citing data from the PRC government, in 2020, the Middle Eastern state supplied 84.92 million tons of oil to the PRC (1.9 percent more than in 2019). Russia exported 83.57 million tons to China (7.6 percent more than last year). Iraq became the third largest oil supplier to China, which supplied 60.12 million tons (16.1 percent more than a year earlier). Brazil and Angola are also in the top 5 suppliers. In addition, the United States increased shipments to China in 2020. In total, the United States sent 19.76 million tons of oil to the PRC, tripling its supplies in a year

Car prices in Russia continue to rise.

According to statistics, only over the past five years, new passenger cars in Russia have risen in price by forty-four percent, according to the analysts of the AUTOSTAT agency. As analysts explain, the reasons for this growth are the devaluation of the ruble against world currencies, inflation, and an increase in VAT.

According to the agency, in 2015, the average cost of a non-Russian car was 1,362,000 rubles. Today for the same car the buyer will have to pay almost 2 million rubles, or rather 1,962,000 rubles, which is 600 thousand rubles. more compared to 2015.

Prices for Russian cars have grown by 37% since 2015, when the average cost of a passenger car was 510 thousand rubles. And in 2020 the price for the same domestic car amounted to 700 thousand rubles.

Prosecutors demanded to block sites calling for actions on January 23

The Prosecutor General’s Office demanded to restrict access to resources that call for participation in the rallies on January 23, she sent a corresponding instruction to Roskomnadzor. The statement also says that warnings about the inadmissibility of violating the law have already been announced to those calling for rallies.

Supporters of Alexei Navalny, detained at Sheremetyevo airport and later arrested for 30 days, announced plans to hold rallies on 23 January. The detention took place on the basis of a decision by the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service for Moscow, according to which Navalny was put on the wanted list for systematic violations of the conditions of the probationary period.

Scientists use diamonds to remove microplastics from water

According to Canadian experts from the National Institute de la Recherche Scientifique, the new technique using diamonds and titanium will provide an opportunity to remove plastic microfibers, according to MediaPotok.

Biologists from the United States have found out where a person has an innate GPS

Most people can memorize the route, navigate the terrain and space without any problems. According to biologists from the United States, every person’s brain has an innate GPS located in front of the hippocampus, which remembers events and allows you to refer to memories. Paired with other parts of the brain, it gives the corresponding effect on orientation in space and time

The discovery, made by scientists at the University of Southwestern Texas, will help not only uncover the mechanism of innate understanding of space and routes, but also help in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

American scientists have invented a way to rejuvenate the brain

Over the course of life, brain inflammation processes begin to activate in certain cells of the human immune system. Blocking the receptors in these cells can help stop the aging process of the brain and freeze the decline in mental function. This is the conclusion reached by American neuroscientists after an experiment on mice. Based on its results, they published an article in the journal Nature.

Fish with record genome found in Australia

Scientists have discovered in Australia the bi-gusset fish Neoceratodus forsteri, which received the largest number of currently known genomes in nature, reports MediaStream. It is known that their genomes are 14 more than those of humans

Israeli scientists have found a cure for Parkinson’s disease

Researchers from the University of Israel have found that BMP5 / 7 protein can be a lifesaver for patients with Parkinson’s disease. In particular, scientists believe that the protein helps slow down and even stop the progression of the disease. They published their discovery in the Brain magazine.

Oldest starfish discovered in Morocco

Scientists from Cambridge have discovered the oldest fossil starfish in Morocco, 480 million years old. The find is the missing link between modern crinoids (sea lilies) and their ancestors.

The fossil was found in the Fezuat Formation. The starfish dates back to the period in the history of the Earth, which is called the «Burst of biodiversity in the Ordovician» (lasted from 485.4 to 443.8 million years ago), it was then that a sharp increase in the diversity of living organisms began on the planet. The ancient starfish is called Cantabrigiaster fezouataensis.

LG Confirms Closure or Sale of Smartphone Division

Last week it was reported that LG Electronics would close its smartphone business, and the announcement would be made on January 26th. LG’s head of public relations, Ken Hong, said these were just rumors.

Now, the CEO of the company has actually confirmed the rumors, saying that there will be major changes in the work of the mobile division. Kwon Bong-seok immediately added that employees shouldn’t worry about losing their jobs.

The third «Jurassic World» will link all the films in the franchise

The third part of Jurassic World, subtitled Domination, will be special: it will be the culmination of the franchise and will link the plots of all previous films, including the original trilogy, into one common story.

Netflix Shoots Stellar Movie «Don’t Look Up»

The action movie Don’t Look Up, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, is being filmed in Boston. According to the Daily Mail, it will be a political satire film. In the course of the plot, the main characters, whose roles will be played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, discover that planet Earth will soon be destroyed by a giant asteroid. The main characters will try to prevent the catastrophe and warn the whole world about it.

In addition to DiCaprio and Lawrence, the Netflix movie will also star Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Timothy Chalamet, Jonah Hill, Matthew Perry and Ariana Grande. Directed by Adam McKay. The premiere is scheduled for this year.

Issuance of credit cards in Russia 2020

According to the United Credit Bureau (OKB), banks issued 8.15 million credit cards in 2020, which is 26% less than in the previous year (11 million cards). In particular, in December, credit institutions issued 917 thousand «credit cards» to the population, which is 21% more than in November 2020. At the same time, in comparison with December 2019, the number of issues decreased by 13%.

Among the 30 regions leading in terms of the number of credit cards issued, the largest growth in December compared to November occurred in the Primorsky Territory, Perm Territory and Irkutsk Region (+ 8% each). In St. Petersburg, the growth was 4%, while in Moscow the issue remained unchanged (0%).

Capital Bistro Chain will supply COVID tests

The Metropolitan Bistro Network, one-tenth of which belongs to Peskov’s daughter Elizaveta Peskova, will sell coronavirus tests to state medical institutions.

On the employee search site hh.ru, a vacancy was posted from the Capital Bistro Network — they need a search manager for commercial and state pharmaceutical tenders, Open Media found. During the telephone conversation, the applicants said that it would be about selling express tests.

The employee also explained that another legal entity would officially sell them, and the details can be found on the website of the Maccura Russia company. Having traced the chain of cooperating enterprises, the publication established that they are operated by the same «Network of Metropolitan Bistros».

The Russian gasoline market meets 2021 with a rapid increase in wholesale prices

For a week and a half after the end of the New Year holidays, the cost of AI-92 and AI-95 at the St. Petersburg Commodity Exchange rose to a 2-year maximum. Ai-92 on the stock exchange rose in price by 11%, AI-95 — by 17% in a month.

Sri Lanka opened its borders to tourists from all over the world

According to the Adaderana portal, foreigners do not need to go through quarantine if they stay in the hotel, Trend reports with reference to TASS. Local authorities have developed safety protocols that will prevent the spread of coronavirus among the local population and visitors to the island.

Travelers can stay in the country without time limits and will not be subject to mandatory quarantine. However, they will have to stay in specially certified hotels during the first two weeks of their stay. Tourists are allowed to use all the amenities and facilities located in their hotels. There are about 180 such hotels, 14 zones are specially allocated for tourists.

Anti-Corruption Foundation lawyer demanded to leave Russia

Vladlen Los, a lawyer of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), who is a citizen of Belarus, was demanded to leave Russia and was banned from entering the country until 2023

I was given a notice of the need to leave Russia by January 25th. They are still not released from the police department. They also issued a ban on entry until November 27, 2023, Elk wrote on his Twitter page. Earlier on Thursday, the lawyer said that he was detained by police officers in Moscow.

The state has reduced assistance to women defenders against domestic violence.

The state stopped funding programs for the prevention of domestic violence and legal assistance to women in trouble, Open Media found. If in 2019 presidential grants for NGOs for these purposes totaled 16.5 million rubles, then this year it is 0.

Merkel demands the immediate release of Navalny.

Of course, I demand the immediate release of Mr. Navalny. The federal government thinks this would be correct. And very urgent

Police detained Lyubov Sobol at the police station

The police took Lyubov Sobol away to the Donskoy police station, Vladimir Voronin, a lawyer for an employee of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, told Open Media.

We were in Lyubov’s apartment, went downstairs, got into my car, then police officers approached, blocked the car. Then Lyubov was repeatedly offered to follow them, we tried to find out what was the violation of it, ”Voronin said. “As we have been explained orally so far, for calls for unauthorized rallies,” he adds.

Industrial production in Russia November 2020

On average, in the country in November, the industrial production index decreased by 2.6% compared to November 2019. The leaders of the fall are Tyva (-45%), Primorye (-25%) and Udmurtia (-22%). A decrease from 15 to 20% was recorded in the Tomsk and Novgorod regions and Ingushetia. In general, in most of the northern regions and regions of Siberia, the picture is negative.

The leaders in industrial production growth were the Vladimir region (+ 36%) and Moscow (+ 31%). Next comes a dense group from the Tula region, Altai, Karelia and the Penza region, with figures from 21 to 24%.

In Belarus, a girl was arrested for pants with white-red-white stripes

In Belarusian Grodno, the girl was arrested for a day for a «provocative» outfit: pants with white-red-white stripes. The court found the girl guilty and fined 580 rubles. Lyubov Sarlai told the publication «Rise» that she will appeal the court decision

Glastonbury festival canceled for second consecutive year

Glastonbury, Britain’s largest music festival, will not take place for the second consecutive year. In 2020, Glastonbury was supposed to be the 50th in a row, but it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar were scheduled to perform at the anniversary festival.

Rosreestr classified the real estate of businessmen in Mazaraki

Rosreestr really hid the data on the real estate of the defendants in the investigation of Ivan Golunov, the Mazaraki brothers and the wife of one of the brothers, Open Media was convinced. And if the real estate of Valerian and Anastasia is now registered in the Russian Federation, then information about the huge estate of Lev Mazaraki has disappeared from the state register.

Rosreestr by law may hide information about the property of «objects of state protection». But the fact that the family of Mazaraki businessmen also received state protection was never reported

Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, Google and Mail.ru Group received warnings

Internet giants Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, Google and Mail.ru Group received warnings from the prosecutor’s office about the inadmissibility of violating the law in connection with the calls posted on these resources to hold a rally in support of Alexei Navalny on January 23, an informed source told Interfax.

These companies, or rather, their services are obliged to block all publications calling for a rally in support of Navalny on January 23, — said the agency’s interlocutor.

China imposed sanctions on US officials

China has imposed sanctions against 28 American officials who were part of the administration of former US President Donald Trump. Among those caught up in China’s sanctions are Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Director of the US National Trade Council Peter Navarro, US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Assistant Secretary of State David Stillwell, former US National Security Adviser John Bolton (retired 2019 year) and Stephen Bannon, Trump’s senior adviser in his first year in office.

Beijing said the sanctions were imposed on officials «who have seriously violated China’s sovereignty and are primarily responsible for such US actions on issues related to China.»

Joe Biden does not intend to arrange a «restart» of relations with Russia

US President Joe Biden does not intend to arrange a «restart» of relations with Russia and is preparing new measures in response to its «aggressive actions», the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing knowledgeable sources.

Officials said Biden ruled out a «reset» in bilateral relations with Moscow, the newspaper said. According to her, his administration, on the contrary, is «preparing new retaliatory measures» in response to aggressive, from the point of view of the United States, actions of Russia