30 Jan, 2020

News digest for 01/29/2020

The plane evacuated 240 American citizens from Wuhan

A plane that evacuated a group of American citizens, including diplomats, from China’s Wuhan, where the coronavirus is spreading, landed at the airport in anchorage, Alaska, according to local TV channel KTUU.

The United States announced the beginning of the final battle for Syria

The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has launched its most active offensive since the start of the country’s nearly nine-year civil war. This indicates the beginning of the final battle between the free Syrian army (FSA), supported by Turkey, and supporters of Assad, who are supported by Russia and Iran, writes the American edition of the Daily Beast.

Harvard Professor accused of giving false information about work in China

The us Department of justice said that Harvard University Professor Charles Lieber has been charged in connection with false statements about his work in China and hiding payments he received from the Chinese government for research.

“The head of the Department of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University, Charles Lieber, was arrested this morning on charges… in a false, fake statement, ” said a statement posted on the U.S. Department of justice’s website on Tuesday.

Upgrading the U.S. system of warning of missile attack

The American company Raytheon will create a new data collection and processing system for the US Air force. According to the company’s press service, we are talking about upgrading the missile attack warning system called FORGE (Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution).

The most expensive mansion in the world was bought by a Ukrainian billionaire

The richest resident of Ukraine Rinat Akhmetov purchased the estate Les Cedres in the South of France. The transaction amount, according to Bloomberg, was 200 million euros. Akhmetov’s company called the purchase of the Villa a “long-term investment”.

Forty percent of Russians are hiding from paying taxes

According to the scientific Director of the Foundation for support of social research “Khamovniki” Simon Kordonsky, published on the portal ” Lenta.<url>”, about 40% of citizens prefer not to have business with the state. These people work for cash and get paid by the cash register.

AMD increased quarterly revenue by 50%

According to the company’s press release, its revenue in October-December jumped 50% to $2.13 billion, compared to $1.42 billion for the same period a year earlier. This indicator became a record for the company. Analysts polled by FactSet had on average forecast revenue of $2.11 billion.

In Russia, a shortage of equipment is expected due to the virus in China

An outbreak of coronavirus in China has forced the country’s authorities to extend official holidays until February 2. But if they last longer than two weeks, Russian retailers will not have time to replenish their warehouses before the holidays, when demand traditionally increases.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded the us F-35 or money

“They will either supply us with planes or return the money. And if neither, we’ll buy it somewhere else. We will do it ourselves, “RIA Novosti reported Erdogan as saying.

According to him, Turkey can find a replacement for American fighters from another country or produce its own aircraft. Erdogan recalled the development of the latest 5th-generation fighter TF-X (Turkish Fighter – X), presented in September 2019.

He also confirmed that Turkey does not intend to give up the Russian S-400, calling the contract “completed business”.

The heat that kills people will become more deadly

An international team of scientists has concluded that deadly heat waves caused by climate change will become more dangerous and worsen the health situation in a densely populated country like China. This is reported in a press release on MedicalXpress.

Erdogan accused Russia of non-compliance with agreements on Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Russia of not complying with the Sochi and Astana agreements on Syria, Sabah reported on Wednesday.

The manufacturer Barbie introduced the dolls with prostheses and skin disease

Mattel, a manufacturer of Barbie dolls, has unveiled a new collection of toys that should reflect a “diverse view of beauty” and inclusivity. During this year, dolls with prosthetics, skin diseases and other features will be on sale, according to the Russian service of the BBC.

Russian companies receive less tax benefits than foreign companies

Foreign companies use Russian tax benefits more often than domestic ones-75% against 65%, Deloitte and CSR analysts found. In General, 67% of non-resource enterprises in Russia receive state support.

More often than others, tax benefits are used in the chemical industry (76% of enterprises), in the automotive industry (56%). 18% of companies receive benefits under regional investment projects, 17% – capital investments, 11% – special investment contracts (SPIC), 10% – territories of advanced socio-economic development

Cartoon about a new coronavirus from China

The Danish publication Jyllands-Posten published this cartoon about a new coronavirus from China. The Chinese Embassy in Denmark demanded an apology, as the cartoon “went beyond the ethical boundaries of freedom of speech”, “insulted China and offended the feelings of the Chinese people”.

The court in Kalmykia canceled the search for Elena Baturina in the case of libel

The court of Elista canceled the decision to search for the head of Inteco Management Elena Baturina in a libel case. About it RBC have informed the initiator of criminal case Arentsen of Manjeev.

Baturina was put on the wanted list at the end of December 2019 due to the fact that she did not come to court five times. After the cancellation of the search order, the case was transferred for consideration on the merits, RBC said.

Because of the unbearable working conditions, the best employees are dismissed

Employees of the Department of internal Affairs in Nizhnevartovsk “rolled out” in social networks a complaint against their head Fanis Khamatov.They write that he has not allowed them to go on a well-deserved vacation for several years. And rudeness, humiliation and rotting have become the norm … Allegedly because of unbearable working conditions, the best personnel are dismissed. The district Ministry of internal Affairs has already started checking.

Public opinion refused to measure Putin’s electoral rating

When asked by Open media why such ratings were published last year, but this year it was decided not to do so, FOM President Alexander Oslon replied

Alexander Oslon: “Well, there will be no presidential elections this year, so there is nothing to publish.”

“Open media”: “but you printed last year, although there were no elections.”

Alexander Oslon: “Well, you know what a strong Russian man is.”

“Open media”: “in Hindsight?»

Alexander Oslon:“Exactly! Write it down. Better late than never.”

“Open media”:“do you ever plan to resume?»

Alexander Oslon: “When will there be clarity with the elections and candidates»

428 billion rubles through the Moldavian landromat»

The Russian interior Ministry admitted that 428 billion rubles were illegally withdrawn from Russia through the Moldavian landromat. Just a year ago, the estimate was 37 billion rubles. The materials of the criminal case with the new figure were at the disposal of Open media.

Landromat’s clients are called Russian Railways contractors. Some of them have already been arrested or put on the wanted list in another case. Participants in the scheme were clients of the billionaire Colonel Zakharchenko.

On the night of February 1, an ambulance will not work in Yekaterinburg.

All ambulance substations in Yekaterinburg are going to stage a protest. The fact is that their management forces drivers to quit their official jobs and either move to the “self-employed”, or register an individual entrepreneur. This means that ambulance drivers in Yekaterinburg will no longer have official salaries, paid sick days, or vacations. They will now also have to pay for their own payments to the pension Fund and health insurance. In protest, 67 drivers on February 1 at 00: 00 will not go to work for a day.

TOP countries where Russians go

According to official statistics for 2019, about 300,000 Russians leave the country every year (although some experts say that this figure is much higher). As a rule, these are highly qualified specialists with higher education

Germany – 620 thousand.
US-210 thousand.
Israel – 69 thousand.
Italy-65 thousand.
Spain – 50 thousand.
Canada-48 thousand
Great Britain-38 thousand
Austria-32 thousand.
Greece – 22 thousand.
Switzerland – 10 thousand.

The figures are approximate, the list does not include CIS countries, where there is a large number of Russian immigrants

Patriarch Kirill again proposed to remove abortions from the MLA

According to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the population of Russia will grow by 10 million within 10 years if the state significantly reduces the number of abortions. To do this, the head of the ROC proposed to withdraw artificial termination of pregnancy at will from the system of mandatory medical insurance.

“No other methods will not be able to help so radically resolve the issue of population as a significant restriction of abortion»

The Bank of Russia’s program to develop financial markets did not bring the expected results

In the accounting chamber, she studied two programs of the Central Bank in the main areas of financial market development for 2016-2018 and for 2019-2021. The Supervisory authority noted that the programs have three main goals, and only one of them is related to the development of its own financial market.

Two other goals are aimed at increasing the contribution of the financial sector to solving the country’s socio-economic problems — for example, ensuring economic growth and improving the quality of life of citizens. The JV stressed that regulators in developed countries set themselves more applied tasks.

The audit chamber also estimated that the number of financial institutions significantly decreased during the period under review — in some sectors, the reduction was one and a half to two times. The discrepancy between the insurance industry and the level of economic development of the country and low growth rates in the banking sector were noted.

WADA Agency discovered manipulation of athletes ‘ data

The world anti-doping Agency found manipulations with the data of 145 of the 298 athletes who came under suspicion after checking the database of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory. According to DPA, the head of the WADA investigation Department, Gunter Junger, told the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The Russian communications Minister proposed giving security forces access to Russian data

Authorized employees conducting operational investigative activities (ORD) can be granted access to data from banks, mobile operators and other personal data of Russians without a court decision. This proposal was made by the new Minister of communications Maksut shadayev.

Russians do not expect a salary increase in 2020

More than half of Russians (54%) do not expect employers to raise their salaries in 2020. This is reported by RBC with reference to the survey data of the NAFI Analytical center. It is noted that about 29% of citizens expect an increase in wages this year, while 7% are waiting for cuts.

Vitaly Mutko headed ” Dom. RF»

Acting Deputy Prime Minister of Russia for construction and regional development Vitaly Mutko headed the state investment company Dom. RF, RIA Novosti reported, citing his representative.

The interior Ministry told about the new Russian passports

The head Of the main migration Department of the Russian interior Ministry, police major General Valentina Kazakova, told the Izvestia newspaper what the new Russian passports will look like. The new electronic document will resemble a Bank card, which will have a chip sewn into it, as on a foreign passport.

“It is assumed that this card will have a photo, last name, first name, patronymic, date of birth, place of birth. This information will be duplicated in the chip itself, ” the specialist explained.

She added that the chip will contain fingerprints, a photo, data about the place of residence, SNILS and possibly a driver’s license

Hong Kong has developed a vaccine against coronavirus

A research team from Hong Kong has developed a vaccine against the coronavirus, the South China Morning Post reported, citing a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong.

Ukrainian vessel blocked shipping on the Danube

On the territory of Bulgaria, navigation on the Danube was blocked after a Ukrainian ship ran aground near the city of Belene. It is reported that the ship could not pass through the river due to its shallowing, Reuters reports with reference to the Bulgarian Maritime Agency.

Bulgaria intends to reduce purchases of Russian gas

Bulgarian energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova announced that by the end of the year, Sofia intends to halve the purchase of natural gas from Russia, the Minister was quoted as saying by Bulgarian radio. as a result, half of the total annual consumption of 3 billion cubic meters — that is, 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas — will fall on the share of gas from Azerbaijan and liquefied natural gas supplies, including from the United States.

FBK: Mishustin’s family owns real estate for almost 2.8 billion rubles

The head of the anti-corruption Fund, Alexey Navalny, claims that the family of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin owns real estate with a market value of about 2.8 billion rubles. according to the opposition politician, the deals were concluded in 2018 and in 2019, Navalny published relevant extracts from the Rosreestr in his blog

Directors of all sugar factories in Belarus were detained by security forces

The Directors of all four sugar factories in Belarus were detained by law enforcement agencies of the Republic. This is reported by the portal tut.by, citing anonymous sources. According to the newspaper, a total of 11 people were detained. It is noted that the head of the Belarusian sugar company (a trader of Belarusian sugar factories in Russia), Dmitry Kirillov, was also involved in this case. As it became known, the state security Committee was investigating the case.

The Ministry of labor proposed to reduce the size of the living wage

The Ministry of labor proposed to set the living wage in Russia as a whole for the fourth quarter of 2019 in the amount of 10,609 rubles.this follows from the draft order of the Ministry, published on the portal of draft regulations.

The explanatory note to the project clarifies that the amount of the subsistence minimum for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to the third quarter of the same year is proposed to reduce per capita by 3.7% (it was 11,012 rubles).

The Ministry of labor explains the decrease in the subsistence minimum by a decrease in average consumer prices for potatoes and vegetables, which make up a significant part of the products in the consumer basket.

Putin asked about the average salary in LUKOIL

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in the Kremlin asked the head of LUKOIL Vagit Alekperov the size of the average salary in the company. This is reported on the Kremlin’s website.

We have the Far North. On average, it turns out to be somewhere more than 65 thousand. This is on average, because there is a South. Most importantly, this year we set a record of 1 trillion 300 billion rubles in taxes. – Vagit Alekperov, Russian entrepreneur

Russia’s losses due to the reduction of the duty-free threshold for the import of foreign parcels

The Russian economy may lose about 80 billion rubles due to the reduction of the duty-free threshold for the import of foreign parcels. Vedomosti writes about this with reference to experts from the Higher school of Economics. They fear that a gradual reduction in the threshold will lead to higher costs for all market participants. At the same time, the budget will receive no more than 15 billion rubles from this measure. The authors of the study point out that customs officers will now have to check, including inexpensive goods, which will entail additional costs for inspection.

The Federal customs service previously claimed that lowering the threshold would bring about 300 billion rubles to the budget, but HSE experts call the forecast highly inflated.

Sberbank has launched a consumer loan for the self-employed

Sberbank has announced the launch of a consumer loan for self-employed customers. All self-employed people who receive professional income on the Sberbank card and who have connected the service “Their business” can apply for a loan, the Bank’s press service reports

Russian road technologies in the service of South America

Gazprom Neft supplied bitumen for the construction of the Bi-Oceanic Corridor transcontinental highway. This is stated in a message published on the company’s website. The material will be used for paving the 277-kilometer border section of the highway in Brazil and Paraguay.

“The composition of innovative bitumen is adapted to the climatic conditions of the region — high air temperature and tropical humidity. Also, when developing the PBV, the mountain terrain and future traffic of passenger and heavy — duty vehicles were taken into account,” the report says. The company assured that the road will last more than 10 years.

Russian banks increased their profit by 1.7 times over the year

The profit of the banking sector in Russia in 2019 increased by 1.5 times and amounted to 2 trillion rubles. On Tuesday, January 28, the press service of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation reported

Brazil decided not to join OPEC

Brazil has decided not to join OPEC yet, as it seeks to increase oil production, Bloomberg notes, citing the words of energy Minister Bento Albuquerque

Japan has created an unmanned electric tractor

The company introduced a fully Autonomous tractor without a driver to help farmers, taking this problem into account. The tractor was developed in the framework of the program on automation of agricultural machinery Kubota Agrirobo. The Autonomous tractor was presented at an exhibition in Kyoto.

Kravchuk told about the” meeting ” of Hitler and Stalin in Lviv

The first President of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, explained the words of the current Ukrainian leader, Vladimir Zelensky, about the USSR’s guilt in the outbreak of the Second world war. He spoke on this topic in the program “60 minutes” on “Russia 1”, a recording of which is available on the YouTube channel.

According to Kravchuk, Zelensky said that the Second world war was provoked by the conclusion of the Union between the USSR and Germany. He also told about a personal meeting between Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin in Lviv.

“This is a document, it is not a secret. We tried to reach an agreement on this issue, ” the former Ukrainian President said. According to him, Zelensky spoke about this, and did not accuse anyone at all.

Trump and Netanyahu agreed without Palestine

Donald trump has presented a new plan to resolve the situation in the middle East. The so-called “deal of the century” provides for the creation of two independent States, with Palestine doubling its territory. In addition, Washington proposes to link the territory of Palestine-Gaza and the West Bank – with high-speed transport links.

“In order to create a successful Palestinian state, we ask the Palestinians to respond to the challenges of peaceful coexistence. This includes the adoption of basic laws that enshrine human rights and protect against financial and political corruption. It is also necessary to stop inciting hatred against Israel and financial support for terrorists, ” trump said.

Russia and Vietnam signed a contract for the supply of Yak-130 fighters

A contract was signed for the purchase of at least 12 Yak-130 combat training aircraft worth more than $350 million, Vedomosti reported. A squadron of Russian aircraft being acquired by the Vietnamese air force is to replace the outdated Czechoslovak L-39s that have been delivered to the country since the early 1980s.

The Constitution of the Russian Federation proposed to introduce the post of Supreme ruler

The working group on the preparation of amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation at a meeting on Monday, January 27, continued to discuss possible additions to the presidential bill on amendments to the Basic law of the country. Among the proposals are fixing the constitutional and legal responsibility of the head of state, clarifying the powers of the presidential administration, and even approving Orthodoxy as the country’s main religion. Once again, there was a proposal to register in the preamble of the Constitution the status of Russia as a “victorious power” in the Second world war. Part of the meeting was still closed to journalists.

A delegation of deputies from the Netherlands canceled a visit to Russia

The visit was canceled after one of the participants of the delegation, a member of the party “Democrats 66” Siord Siordsma said that he was on the list of people who are banned from entering the Russian Federation.

Chaika spoke about cronyism and corruption in the North Caucasus

Corruption and cronyism are the main obstacles to the implementation of projects for the development of the North Caucasus Federal district. This, according to RIA Novosti, was stated by the Plenipotentiary representative of the President of Russia in the region Yuri Chaika.

The us and canadian military will conduct an observation flight over Russia

The us and canadian military, under the control of their Russian counterparts, will make an observation flight over Russia from January 27 to February 1, Interfax reports, citing the head of the National center for reducing nuclear danger, Sergei Ryzhkov.

Former police officers were detained in the case of Ivan Golunov

In Moscow, in the case of journalist Ivan Golunov, several former employees of the Department of internal Affairs in the Western administrative district were detained. This is written by TASS and telegram channel Baza with reference to sources.

Justin Bieber announces new album

Canadian singer Justin Bieber confirmed that his fifth album Changes will appear next month, and also posted on YouTube an audio version of the track Get me, which he recorded with artist Kehlani, according to NME. The musician said on instagram that the album will be released on February 14

Released a clip with footage from ” Sonic in the movies»

A video clip was released showing footage from the movie “sonic in the movies”. The video was published on the YouTube channel of rapper Wiz Khalifa. In the filming of the clip took part Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty and They have the Child.



BTS are preparing to return to the world stage with a new release

The American host announced the upcoming life show with the boy band during the iheartradio broadcast; it will be the band’s “return” to the big stage before the official release of their new album “Map of the Soul: 7”, which will take place on February 21.

Alfa Future People contemporary music festival to be held in Sochi

Rosa Khutor will once again host the Alfa Future People Snow Edition festival, which this year will be held from February 28 to March 1, the press service of the organizer reports. The first guests are already known: Julia Govor, Teddy Killerz, Samir Kuliev and DJ List

Triumph of jazz festival in St. Petersburg

The jubilee XX international festival “Triumph of jazz” will be held again in the Northern capital. It will open on March 11 with a performance by Spyro Gyra on the stage of BKZ “Oktyabrsky” on March 11

My Chemical Romance band will perform at the Park Live festival

Previously, the headliners of the festival days from July 17 to 19 were announced, they will be the British rock band Placebo, their American counterparts The Killers and The Offspring. My Chemical Romance was founded in 2001 in new Jersey.

Facebook receives information about users ‘ actions outside the social network

Facebook said that it receives information about users of the social network, including from third-party sites. The social network site introduced the “Actions outside of Facebook” feature, which now allows you to manage information about data received from other sites.

Apple reports record quarterly profit

Apple reported record revenue of $ 91.8 billion (up 9%) in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, which ended December 28, 2019. Net quarterly profit rose to $22.2 billion (up 11%).

Mail.ru Group has opened a pre-order for its own ” smart column»

Internet holding Mail.ru Group opened prezdakaz on its own “smart column” based on the voice assistant “Marusya”. The column was named “Capsule”, now you can pre-order the device at a cost of 6990 rubles, according to a press release Mail.ru Group. The column will start selling in stores in the first quarter of 2020.

The electric scooter received a Snapdragon SoC and a 7-inch screen

Indian electric car company Ater Energy held a presentation where the newest electric scooter Ater 450x was presented, which received the prefix “smart”.

4G and Wi-Fi, as well as a single-chip Snapdragon 212 system, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of flash memory. In addition, the electric scooter is equipped with a touch-sensitive 7-inch LCD display with led backlight. The smart part runs under the open source Android OS operating system. In addition, the scooter is equipped with a Bluetooth module. All data is transferred to the connected smartphone.

Google will combine the Gmail app with messenger

Google intends to combine mail and messenger by releasing one universal app. It will be focused primarily on corporate users. According to insiders, the new service will combine several popular applications at once.

Google announced the creation of the updated Google Camera 7.3 service

The service allows you to use the Do Not Disturb mode and the updated settings menu. This mode is necessary to eliminate unnecessary alerts when taking photos or videos. After the update, users will be able to view the auto/30/60 fps video mode while using a resolution of 1080 pixels.

In turn, the 4K format will differ in performance of 30 fps. also, for better playback, an additional mode will be introduced, providing 24 frames per second.

In the United States, artificial intelligence was tested in air combat

A group of scientists at Johns Hopkins University in the United States conducted successful tests of artificial intelligence involved in aerial combat with an F-15 fighter. Physicists have created a special neural network algorithms of the confrontation between the virtual model of the aircraft. The event was held as part of a competition to develop a special program with subsequent use in combat conditions.



The zoom vulnerability allowed eavesdropping on video conferences

Cybersecurity researchers Check Point Research discovered a vulnerability in the Zoom video conferencing platform. It allowed a potential attacker to join the conversation without an invitation and listen to it.

The app takes money from your mobile phone

Kaspersky Lab experts warn of a new danger for Android owners. They found malicious code in the most popular text scanning app. In total, this app has been downloaded by more than 100 million people. The program connects to your accounts and includes paid services.

Breathing mitochondria found in human blood

French biologists found intact mitochondrial DNA molecules in blood plasma in particles the size of entire mitochondria, according to the FASEB Journal. Apparently, these are intact mitochondria, and they, like similar organelles inside cells, are capable of reactions of the oxygen stage of cellular respiration.

The sun can burn the Earth because of a super flare

Researchers from the University of Colorado, led by Utah Notsu, analyzed superflares of stars that were thousands of times more powerful than the sun’s, according to the Free press. Astrophysicists have found that the frequency of flares depends on the age of the star. According to scientists, young stars are able to emit energy every week, and old ones, such as the Sun, do it much less often, about once every 1000 years, “Free press” reports.

Scientists have concluded that the Sun can blaze more powerfully than before and much faster than other astrophysicists have calculated. Thus, according to scientists from the University of Colorado, the Sun can burn and destroy the Earth in the next 100 years.

The increase in the acidity of The world’s oceans destroys the shells of crabs

In an article published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, biologists report studying crabs collected during a national oceanic and atmospheric administration (NOAA) expedition in 2016. Their shells were severely damaged and partially dissolved by acidified ocean water. In addition, scientists note damage to animal mechanoreceptors, and the associated violation of sensory and behavioral functions.

Scientists were able to grow snake venom in the laboratory

As for snakes, the researchers were able to recreate organoids that match the Cape coral snake (Aspidelapsubricus cowlesi) and seven other snake species, and they say this new approach is a welcome update to existing methods of growing snakes to extract their venom.

Walking improves brain function as well as coffee

Small walks lasting 30 minutes improve brain function in the same way as a Cup of strong coffee. This is the conclusion of researchers from Canada.

Neanderthals came to southern Siberia from Europe

The prestigious scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published in the United States, published the results of many years of research by an international group of scientists led by the leading researcher of the Institute of archaeology and Ethnography of the SB RAS Ksenia Kolobova and Richard Roberts from the University of Wollongong (Australia).

According to scientists, the Chagyr Neanderthals produced peculiar stone tools that resemble mikok artifacts from Eastern Europe, although there are no such coincidences on the territory of other Altai sites occupied by earlier Neanderthal populations. This makes it possible to assume that the ancestral home of the Neanderthals of the studied settlement in southern Siberia is located in the West, 3-4 thousand kilometers from the Chagyr cave.

Researchers found 37 previously unknown autism genes

Scientists from new York’s Mount Sinai Health System have studied the causes of autism. As reported by today News Ufa with reference to the journal Cell, when analyzing DNA samples of patients, scientists identified 37 new genes that can cause the development of this behavioral disorder

Scientists have created a new way to synthesize a radioisotope

Russian scientists from the national research center (SIC) “Kurchatov Institute” have developed a completely new method for obtaining terbium-149 radionuclide. Physicists were able to create an isotope by irradiating helium-3 nuclei with europium-151. This substance is actively used in the treatment of cancer.