25 Jan, 2020

News digest for 01/24/2020

About the incident of the us military with a Russian major General

According to the us special representative for Syria, James Jeffrey, about 14 months ago, when the Russians moved to the South-Eastern parts of Manbij, the US army intercepted a major General who was traveling in the direction of the city of Manbij.

He noted that such cases occur quite often when the armed forces of different countries act independently of each other in close proximity. Jeffrey assured that there is nothing serious or “particularly threatening” about this, and such issues are resolved through military channels.

The heads of the European Commission and the EU Council signed the Brexit agreement

The agreement on Britain’s exit from the European Union was signed by the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the EU Council, Charles Michel. Von der Leyen wrote on Twitter on January 24.

Some things will inevitably change, but our friendship will continue. We are starting a new Chapter as partners and allies. – Charles Michel, Belgian politician

The state Duma adopted in the first reading the draft law on amendments to the Constitution

The state Duma adopted in the first reading the presidential bill on an amendment to the Russian Constitution. The meeting was held on Thursday, January 23. The document was adopted unanimously, and 432 deputies expressed support for it.

It all depends on the number of amendments that will be received when the bill is considered in the second reading. The concept is accepted. Further amendments are discussed. If we do not have many amendments and they do not require additional discussions, we can consider them. – Vyacheslav Volodin, Russian politician

There are no grounds for a referendum on changing the Constitution.

There are no grounds for holding a national referendum on changing the Constitution of the Russian Federation, according to the head of the CEC of the Russian Federation Ella Pamfilova. In her opinion, the amendments proposed by the President can be adopted by the constitutional majority of the Federal Assembly of the country, RIA “Novosti”reports.

Pamfilova also said that the amendments by the Federal Assembly “could well be adopted even without any such discussion.” In addition, Pamfilova said that the CEC opposes electronic voting when voting on amendments to the Constitution. She explained that the harm from this may be more than good, and referred to the problems that arose this fall when electronic voting in the elections of the Moscow city Duma.

Sales of Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce have doubled in Russia

In 2019, 192 Rolls-Royce cars and 142 Lamborghini cars were sold in Russia. According to the data of the analytical Agency “AUTOSTAT”, this is twice as much as a year earlier. Overall, sales of new luxury cars in 2019 decreased by 10% to 1,312 units.

The highest demand for premium cars has traditionally been observed in Moscow and the Moscow region (839 cars were purchased), as well as in St. Petersburg (115 cars), the Krasnodar region (55 cars) and the Sverdlovsk region (30 cars).

Vyacheslav Volodin was asked about the popular vote on amendments to the Constitution.

On January 23, a journalist from the BBC’s Russian service, Elizaveta fokht, asked state Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin what the point of a “nationwide vote” on amendments to the Constitution was if Vladimir Putin signed the law on amendments before this vote was held.

Volodin answered the question for a minute and a half. He called the procedure for adopting amendments “difficult, but democratic”, advised to apply it in other countries, criticized us congressmen, mentioned interference in Russia’s internal Affairs… but, it seems, did not respond to the substance.

“Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people” plan to cross the border with Crimea

Participants of the “Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people” plan to cross the border with Crimea on may 2. This was reported by ex-Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, head of the organization Refat Chubarov.

According to him, participants of the action will cross the border through the checkpoint “Chongar”. He added that the March will be a non-violent resistance action against the annexation of Crimea to Russia. However, he did not rule out a military option to break into the Peninsula.

Chubarov noted that members of the “Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people”, as well as Ukrainian deputies and representatives of the West will go to the front of the March.

Refat Chubarov announced plans to hold a March from the territory of Ukraine to Crimea in early December 2019. According to him, the name of the action is ” Peace against violence and occupation. March of dignity”.

Prices for millet in retail stores increased by more than 80%

In Russian retail stores, prices for millet rose sharply. On average, this cereal has risen in price by 83%. According to Rosstat, in 2018, a kilogram of millet cost 40.3 rubles, and in 2019 – already 73.6 rubles. Prices for millet are rising due to the reduction of millet acreage. By 2018, the sown area has decreased to 260 thousand hectares from 595 thousand in 2015, according to RBC.

Countries of the world by level of public debt

It is interesting that the World Economic Forum already calls the growth of the national debt level one of the important risk factors in the world. And in Russia, according to data for 2019 (IMF estimates), it is only 16.5% of GDP! A great result, not like Japan (237%) or Sudan (207%), or even the United States (almost 107%). In Brunei, the national debt is only 2.8% of GDP, in Afghanistan 7.5%. And even in Botswana it is less than in our country-12%!


Coca-cola will not give up plastic bottles

Representatives of the company said that they will not stop using plastic bottles for their products because of the high demand for them. According to the company’s Vice President Bey Perez, consumers like the ability to open and re-close plastic bottles, as well as the light weight of such containers. It is worth noting that every year Coca-Cola produces approximately three million tons of plastic containers. This is about 200 thousand bottles per minute.

Nevertheless, the Coca-Cola company has promised to actively engage in processing. By 2030, it plans to collect and dispose of all the plastic used to make bottles. Environmentalists doubt this.

The largest landfill will be launched in March.

While everyone was protecting Shies from garbage, the largest landfill in Russia was quietly built in the Kaluga region. As a result, Moscow waste will be sent not for 1000, but for 200 km. the Construction was carried out, as usual, without permits and examinations. Moscow city hall gave 30 billion rubles, and Sobyanin personally inspected the object. The same people who tried to organize a dump for Moscow garbage in Shies participated in the construction.

In March, the first garbage trucks will arrive at the new landfill near the village of michali, Open media found. Local residents fear that the toxic waste will poison the local rivers-tributaries of the Ugra and Oka.

The state spent on purchasing Orthodox encyclopedias from the ROC

The Ministry of culture, universities and regional authorities spent more than 600 million rubles to buy the Orthodox encyclopedia from the ROC structures, Open media estimated. In this edition, the article about Patriarch Kirill occupies 118 pages, three times more than the article about Jesus Christ, which fits on 39 pages. There are 46 pages for the article “God”

“Do you know who I am? Don’t you recognize it?”

Traffic police inspector Roman Chernykh was suspended from duty and forced to write an explanatory note – he stopped the car of the Deputy head of the Moscow police Nikolai Fedoruk, who was driving around a traffic jam on the oncoming lane. The Colonel was in a hurry to go to Church for Baptism. The issue of punishment for him has not yet been resolved

Issachar, a convicted Israeli woman, did not ask Putin for clemency

Israeli woman Naama issakhar, who was convicted of smuggling hashish, did not ask Russian President Vladimir Putin for a pardon, Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova said, Interfax reports.

“She did not write an appeal for clemency, she believes that the appeal of her mother and the leadership of Israel is enough,” Moskalkova said.

Putin offered to hold a meeting with the leaders of the five countries

Vladimir Putin offered to hold a meeting with the leaders of the permanent members of the UN Security Council-Russia, China, the United States, great Britain and France. The Russian President believes that these five States ” bear a special responsibility for the preservation of civilization.”

French President Emmanuel macron and Deputy official representative of the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq supported Vladimir Putin’s initiative. The official representative of the British government announced that London will have to wait for more details on the proposal of the Russian President. China supported it, writes TASS with reference to the official representative of the Chinese foreign Ministry Hua Chunying.

An unknown investor bought bonds of the Ministry of Finance for 58 billion rubles

An unknown investor bought bonds of the Ministry of Finance of Russia for 58 billion rubles with repayment in November 2025. This is reported by RIA Novosti. It is noted that this is the largest bid in the history of such auctions.

Working pensioners waited for indexation.

This follows from the amendments to the Constitution already approved in the first reading. So working pensioners will be able to get a frozen increase to their pension from 2016. This was stated by the co-chair of the profile working group Talia khabrieva during the discussion of the draft law on amendments to the Basic law

The Ministry of communications has compiled the first list of free Internet services

Social networks “Vkontakte” and “Odnoklassniki”, as well as mail services “Yandex” and Mail.ru they are included in the preliminary list of non-governmental resources that can be accessed for free. This is written by Izvestia with reference to the appeal of the Ministry of communications to the operators.

It is noted that the list is preliminary. If it turns out that services from it are not socially significant, they will not be included in the final list. It is likely that operators will receive compensation for free access to such resources.

The largest film distributor in Russia has collapsed

Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures releasing (WDSSPR) is a joint venture of Buena Vista International, Inc. (BVI),” daughters ” of Walt Disney Studios, and Sony Pictures Releasing International cease to exist after 13 years of operation. The company was the largest film distributor in Russia.

Russians will be provided with separate boarding gates at airports in Egypt

For Russians, airports in the Egyptian resorts of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh will have separate check-in counters and boarding gates. They have already been prepared and shown to the Russian delegation, which is currently in Egypt.

North Korea has banned foreign citizens from entering China

North Korea suspended air traffic between Beijing and Pyongyang until February 10 and banned foreign citizens from entering China by any means of transport, the Russian Embassy in North Korea said on its Facebook page on Friday

United States tightened the rules for issuing visas to pregnant women

The new rules come into force on January 24. They give employees of the Consulate the right to refuse a tourist visa if they suspect that the purpose of the visit is childbirth. Now pregnant women need to prove that they need to get medical care in the United States, as well as show documents confirming the availability of funds to pay for hospital bills and living expenses.

Tightening the rules for obtaining visas for pregnant women is the first step of the trump administration to combat “maternity tourism,” Axios reported. The white house plans to greatly complicate the procedure for obtaining citizenship for newborns who were born in the United States. This is one of the measures of trump’s anti-immigration policy

The Russian interior Ministry conducted the largest purchase of the ASTRA Linux OS

The Ministry of internal Affairs purchased computers on the domestic operating system (OS) Astra Linux for 1.4 billion rubles. Each of the 31 thousand licenses could cost the Ministry almost 6 thousand rubles. this is cheaper than Windows, while security is often more important for government agencies than solving complex technical problems, experts say.

Russian students will be able to change their specialty after the second year

The experiment on changing the specialty by students of Russian universities will be launched in 2021. It is specified that the opportunity to change the future profession will appear in the second year graduates. This is reported by TASS with reference to “Izvestia”.

We will discuss this issue in the first quarter of this year. If all agencies meet each other’s needs, we will certainly be able to launch a pilot project in several regions in 2021, and in a year or two we will be able to replicate the new scheme throughout the country. – Viktor Kress, Russian politician

Saudi Prince accused of hacking Amazon CEO’s smartphone

The mobile phone of Amazon owner and the Washington Post newspaper Jeff Bezos was hacked from the phone of Saudi crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Guardian newspaper reported, citing sources.

The video file was sent on the Prince’s own initiative, without Bezos ‘ request, experts say. Five months after the Amazon CEO’s phone was hacked, in October 2018, Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist for the Washington Post, which is owned by Bezos, was killed

Scientists have restored the voice of an ancient Egyptian mummy

In Britain, researchers have managed to restore the voice of an Egyptian mummy that is more than 3,000 years old. The mummified body belonged to an ancient Egyptian priest who died at the age of 50. It was possible to “pronounce” several sounds using a combination of computed tomography, 3D printing and electronic larynx.

Greece extradited Russian Vinnik to France

Russian Alexander Vinnik, who was arrested in Greece in 2017 at the request of the United States, was extradited to France, said his Greek lawyer Zoe Konstantopoulou. Mr Vinnik’s extradition was sought by Russia, the US and France.

In Russia, a parachute was released for landing from skyscrapers

In Russia, sales of the “Chance” parachute began in case of rescue from high-rise buildings, for example, in case of a fire or other emergency. It can be used to land from a low altitude, from 33 meters, RIA Novosti reported.

Globus is developing a new format of stores in Russia

German retailer Globus is working on the concept of new stores, the format of which is close to supermarkets, with an area of about 1 thousand square meters. Work on the project began at the end of last year, RBC reports, citing sources. Now the area of Globus stores on average is 10-12 thousand square meters.

Russia to cut oil supplies to Belarus in January

The source of the RIA Novosti news Agency said that in January it was planned to deliver to Belarus the entire planned volume of oil for the first quarter of the year — 750 thousand tons (including 100 thousand tons – by rail). Now it is planned to ship only 500 thousand tons in January.

NOVATEK does not compete with Gazprom»

NOVATEK and Gazprom have no contradictions on the issue of competition for pipeline and liquefied gas in Europe. This was stated to journalists by the head of NOVATEK, Leonid Mikhelson, on the sidelines of the Davos forum.

“Any consumer does not want to buy from one producer: they want to buy from Gazprom, Algeria, and Norway, including all consumers who now include LNG in their portfolio. Whether NOVATEK does Or not, they will still buy LNG, so let it be better than Russian LNG. Gazprom understands this, ” Michelson explained.

London court ordered the ex – owners of the “Trust” to pay the Bank $900 million

Trust Bank, on the basis of which the Bank of non-core assets (BNA) was created, won a lawsuit against the former owners of the credit organization. So, the high court of London ordered the ex-owners to pay compensation to the Bank in the amount of $ 900 million, according to a press release from the credit organization.

Russia invests in car sales and food delivery service

The Russian direct investment Fund, as part of a consortium with Baring Vostok and Middle East funds, will invest in CarPrice, Russia’s largest car sales service. RDIF said this on the sidelines of the forum in Davos. The company will use these funds to accelerate business growth in Russian regions and develop a platform for corporate clients.

In addition, RDIF, together with partners from France and the Middle East, is investing in the delivery service of food packages Elementarea.

Kostin told about Putin’s closed decree

At the end of 2019, President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with all “interested parties” on solving the problem of irrevocable debts of the military-industrial complex (OPK), VTB head Andrey Kostin said in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel in Davos. A decree of the President of the Russian Federation was adopted that resolves the issue of writing off debts to defense companies. Kostin noted that the document is closed, so he did not comment on it.

The proceeds of “Children’s world” in 2019

Detsky Mir group of companies, Russia’s largest retailer of children’s products, increased its consolidated revenue by 16.1% in 2019 compared to the same period last year — to 128.7 billion rubles, according to the company’s materials.

To which countries were cash dollars exported from Novosibirsk

In 2019, money worth more than $32.9 million was exported through Novosibirsk customs. The largest amount of cash was exported to China (42%), Uzbekistan (27%) and Thailand (13%). There were also more than 50 cases of cash export in large amounts (more than $100 thousand).

Banks hide a new way to earn money from the public

New rules for developers have come into force in Russia. In the relationship between the developer and the buyer of housing, a Bank appeared. The financial organization stores the buyer’s money and does not issue it to the developer until the developer puts the house into operation. This applies to both mortgages and full-price home purchases. The money is sent to a special escrow account. They can stay there for a year, two, three, five, or ten, if the developer, for example, delays delivery. The amount is frozen, the person can not come to the Bank and pick up the money. And the Bank is aware of this and can freely use these funds to make a profit

Duda did not regret ignoring the Holocaust remembrance forum

Polish President Andrzej Duda did not regret the decision not to go to the Holocaust memorial forum. Speaking at a press conference in Davos, he said that the position of Warsaw at the event held in Israel was not presented.

“The films shown there did not take into account the Polish war effort against Germany at all. <…> This once again confirms that I made the right decision not to go, ” Duda was quoted as saying by Wpolityce.

Earlier, the Polish leader said that he received an invitation to the forum, but intends to ignore it, because he will not be allowed to make a speech there.

Bugatti will release an inexpensive car for every day

Ultra-premium brand Bugatti plans to expand its model line. The Veyron and Chiron hypercars will add a completely new, relatively inexpensive car for every day. This is reported by the publication Autocar with reference to the head of the French brand Stefan Winkelman

Germany will allocate 12 million euros to the blockade of Leningrad

The money will be handed over as a “humanitarian gesture against the living blockaders”. German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that this step shows that the state is aware of its historical responsibility.

According to Kommersant, most of the funds will be spent on the modernization of the St. Petersburg hospital for war veterans, where 35,000 people are treated annually; 10% will be spent on creating a meeting Center for Russian and German public in St. Petersburg.

In China has revealed a method of treatment of the novel coronavirus

Doctors in China have developed a successful method of treating pneumonia caused by coronavirus 2019-nCoV, by extracorporeal oxygenation — blood oxygen saturation, ecmo. On Thursday, January 23, reports TASS with reference to the portal Sina.

Who did not declare an emergency mode because of the outbreak of pneumonia in China

The emergency Committee of the world health organization (who) did not recommend declaring the outbreak of pneumonia in China a dangerous event on an international scale. Didier Houssin, Chairman of the Committee, said this at a briefing in Geneva on January 23.

The Americans have developed a ” flying aircraft carrier»

As reported in “Popular Mechanics” we are talking about a military transport aircraft C-130 Hercules, which received the nickname “flying aircraft carrier”. The fact is that it will launch drones created under the Gremlins program.

Scientists have found a way to avoid the deadly stage of cancer.

Scientists have found that cancer cells accumulate lipids and thus become prone to secondary tumor foci. A special molecule that can be turned off plays a role in this. This will prevent the formation of metastases.

TGF-beta2 plays an important role in lipid accumulation. It provokes the aggressiveness of cancer cells. Suppressing this compound makes it possible to prevent metastasis, writes MedicalXpress.

US expands sanctions against Iran

The US has imposed additional sanctions on individuals and companies in connection with Iran, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday. The sanctions list for violating sanctions against Iran includes a Chinese citizen and an Iranian citizen, as well as companies in the oil sector

For the first time, Putin was presented not as a President, but as a national leader

The Russian public presentation of the report “Putin’s Mission. Results of Vladimir Putin’s twenty-year rule”, which for the first time discusses the possible role of the Russian President after the end of his term. The authors suggest looking at Putin not only as the head of state, but also as a spiritual leader. This is the first publicly demonstrated work after the Russian President’s address to the Federal Assembly, the resignation of the country’s government, and the start of preparations for amending the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

The authors of the report were Professor of the Higher school of Economics Oleg Matveichev, historian and political scientist Pavel Danilin, and President of the International Institute of modern States Alexey Martynov

U.S. military arrives in Colombia for joint exercises

“To start planning and enrolling personnel for the multinational strategic exercise, a group of (military) from the United States has arrived at the location of the National training center,” the Colombian armed forces said on Twitter

II international festival of author’s films to be held in Moscow

From January 24 to 30, moskino Kosmos will host the II international audience festival of author’s cinema “Art of cinema x moskino”. The festival will show the best films of 2019, festival novelties and modern classics of Asian cinema.

Bill Murray will return in the new ” Ghostbusters»

It’s been 30 years since bill Murray last appeared as Peter Venkman in “Ghostbusters 2″ (1989), but now it’s been announced that the famous actor will return to his favorite role in the upcoming sequel ” Ghostbusters: the Heirs»

A trailer for a documentary about Taylor swift has been released

Streaming service Netflix has published a trailer for a documentary about American singer Taylor swift. The picture will be available on the platform on January 31, according to the description of the video.



Sales of the durable Russian MiG T10 tablet have started

The well-known company Astra Linux announced the start of sales of a durable Russian tablet called the MIG T10. The feature of the device is that it used a proprietary shell with the same name Astra Linux, and has a wide range of functionality.

Broadcom signs $15 billion deal with Apple

American microchip manufacturer Broadcom and Apple have signed a new agreement to supply components for Apple products, CNBC reports. The agreement is designed for 3.5 years, the cost of components will be $15 billion.

Microsoft will make Bing the default search

Microsoft plans to integrate the Bing search engine into the Google Chrome browser for Office 365 ProPlus corporate clients. To do this, the Microsoft Search in Bing extension will be installed in the web browser, after which the company’s proprietary solution will become the default search engine.

Fujifilm x-T200 camera presented

Fujifilm introduced the x-T200 mirrorless camera, which is a development of the X-T100 model released in may 2018.

A bulletproof shield is made of polyethylene that was developed in the USA

Experts from Brigham young University in Utah have developed a ballistic shield from almost plastic bags. And it was released by the American company ATCS-Advanced Technology Compliant Solutions. The first version of the shield consisted of Kevlar plates.

Data from a quarter of a billion Microsoft accounts leaked online

In total, 250 million records were publicly available. Part of the personal data was deliberately distorted by a special script that Microsoft uses.

Created a material that can replace human skin

According to today News Ufa, citing an article in the journal ACS Central Science, Russian scientists at MSU, together with French and American colleagues, have developed a new polymer material that can become an artificial analogue of human skin in the future

Confirmed the existence of Hawking radiation

Scientists At the University of Waterloo in Canada received the first confirmation of the existence of Hawking radiation in black holes. Analysis of gravitational waves showed that young black holes are surrounded by a quantum “fluff” of virtual particles that create a gravitational-wave echo.

The trailer for “His last wish” with Anne Hathaway has been released

The streaming service Netflix has unveiled a trailer for the movie “His last wish” starring Anne Hathaway and Willem Defoe.



Pet Shop Boys – ” Hotspot»

The Pet Shop Boys released a new album called “Hotspot” on January 24, 2020. The album includes 10 tracks, including the previously released “Dreamland” and “Burning the Heater”.

Jane Birkin will give a concert in Moscow

Anglo-French actress and performer Jane Birkin will arrive in Moscow with a concert. The artist’s visit was announced by the press service of the tour organizer, the Moscow Show company, TASS reports.

“On April 14, 2020, as part of a large – scale tour, Jane Birkin will perform a single concert at the Moscow international House of music,” the organizer said in an announcement.

Created the fastest artificial object in the Universe

Experts from Purdue University reported that they were able to disperse a 150-nanometer dumbbell made of silicon dioxide, which broke the previous record at 1/5 of this speed. The levitating object was rotated using lasers that generate pulses of polarized light. It is known that scientists based the experiment on the Cavendish method-the author of the first method that allowed measuring the gravitational constant in the 18th century.

Russia has proposed creating a fleet of airships for cosmonauts

In Russia, they proposed to build a fleet of airships that can be useful for the needs of Roscosmos. This was reported in the cosmonaut training Center (CPC). It is planned to build 10 airships, RIA “Novosti”reports. These aircraft will allow you to transport the lander of the ship “eagle” together with the crew, who returned after the flight, or to evacuate the crew directly from the water.

For the operation of airships, you will need two airports. Probably, one of the air harbors will be built at the Vostochny cosmodrome, and the second-on Kamchatka or Sakhalin. The development and construction of a trial sample is estimated at billion rubles. The serial unit will cost 1.7 billion rubles. The first airship will be ready no earlier than in 3.5-4 years.

Astronomers have discovered oxygen in the atmosphere of an ancient star

An international team of astronomers from the University of California, San Diego, The Canary Islands Institute of astrophysics (IAC), and the University of Cambridge have discovered a large amount of oxygen in the atmosphere of one of the oldest and most elementary depleted known stars – a “primitive star” that scientists call J0815+4729.

This new discovery, which was made using the W. M. Keck Observatory at Maunakei in Hawaii to analyze the chemical composition of an ancient star, provides an important clue about how oxygen and other important elements were produced in the first generations of stars in the Universe. The results of the study are published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters dated January 21, 2020.