30 Янв, 2021

News digest for 01/29/2021

The Russians from February 1 will have to agree on any change in the car, including the switch to gas equipment, Izvestia reports. These conclusions of the testing laboratory on the possibility of making changes will be entered into the register of the Ministry of Economic Development. Without such a record, permission for tuning cannot be obtained.

New Minsk buses did not start in Novosibirsk

New Minsk buses, which began transporting passengers in January 2021, could not enter the routes on January 29 in Novosibirsk. Local residents report this on social networks.

As explained in the Novosibirsk City Hall, five new buses were sent for service: they need to adjust the operation of units and assemblies. After going through maintenance, they will return to the line.

Poklonskaya questioned the legality of Navalny’s detention

People are unhappy, because the official version of the politician’s detention looks funny from the outside, the former prosecutor said in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda.

«The man was in the hospital, it is quite logical that he could not be registered in the supervisory bodies,» says the State Duma deputy.

She also stated that people do not understand, since the authorities did not publish what specific rules Alexey Navalny violated. Poklonskaya asks why the investigators are silent and cannot reassure the protesters with concrete answers to their logical questions.

“Well, there’s nothing to cover,” says the former Crimean prosecutor and notes that the protesters have such an impression.

She believes that the authorities should enter into an honest dialogue, and not repeat and keep silent.

The Kobzon Institute explained the dismissal of the teacher for the rally by morality

The Iosif Kobzon Institute of Theater Arts (ITI) explained the dismissal of teacher Artyom Nazarov, who was detained at the rally on January 23, by the fact that he violated ethical and moral standards when he went to the rally.

Seizure of documents for malfunctions in cars

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has finalized a bill that allows the traffic police to suspend the diagnostic card of faulty vehicles and seize registration certificates (STS) from drivers. It is clarified that the new ban will be applied «immediately» after violations are identified. Inspectors, in fact, will have the right to send drivers to «an unlimited number of extraordinary maintenance», experts say, and each time you have to pay for this.

Finland is considering the option of abandoning Russian electricity

Finland’s accelerated transition to renewable generation may by 2030 mean for Russia the loss of the largest importer of Russian electricity with supplies of 22 billion rubles. in year. This possibility is provided by some scripts developed by the Finnish industry operator Fingrid.

The Russian Ministry of Agriculture has tested a new way of dealing with rising prices.

Officials in droves began to negotiate with suppliers to stop increasing the cost of goods, writes Kommersant. Appeals go to those who have recently raised prices or notified retail chains about it. A market source pointed out to the publication that retailers received such advice throughout 2020, but recently the requirements have tightened.

At the same time, sellers are no longer able to keep the cost of goods on their own, and suppliers give reasonable arguments why prices are rising. We are talking about the rise in prices for fuel and raw materials for production.

Russian billionaire builds apartments in New York

The company «Absolute», owned by Russian billionaire Alexander Svetakov, has built seven residential complexes in Manhattan (New York, USA). The total cost of the erected apartments was estimated at almost a billion dollars — $ 900 million (68.7 billion rubles). The businessman spoke about this in an interview with Forbes.

The number of unemployed in Russia has increased

At the end of 2020, the number of unemployed in the Russian Federation increased by almost 1 million people compared to last year and amounted to 4.4 million people. According to Rosstat, the number of officially registered unemployed in December amounted to 2.77 million people, which is four times more than a year ago — 691 thousand people. At the same time, the unemployment rate rose from 4.6% to 5.9%.

Russia may limit the list of wholesale buyers of sugar

The Russian government is discussing a restriction on wholesale purchases of sugar. It is proposed to create a register of retail companies that will be able to buy products, Izvestia writes.

Norway Pension Fund in 2020 with profit

Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), also known as the Oil Fund, generated revenue of NOK 1.07 trillion ($ 124 billion) in 2020.

As follows from the fund’s reporting, investments in stocks brought income of 12.1%, instruments with fixed income — 7.5%. At the same time, investments in real estate brought losses of 0.1%.

Public debt of all countries by the end of 2020

At the end of 2020, the total sovereign public debt of all countries reached 98% of world GDP. This is reported by TASS with reference to the January report of the «Budgetary Bulletin» of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

China has increased gas production

China produced 188.8 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2020, up 9.8% year on year, the PRC’s National Bureau of Statistics said. Over the past 2020, China imported a total of 102 million tons of natural gas, which is 5.3% more than in the same period a year earlier, the bureau noted.

First Israeli gas will enter Europe in spring

The first deliveries of Israeli gas to Europe will take place in February-March. This was stated by Egyptian Oil Minister Tarek el-Molla. EADaily previously wrote that the new co-owner of Israeli fields, American Chevron, is betting on LNG exports via Egypt, and not via the Eastmed gas pipeline.

Russians demand payment of utilities at the expense of the state

Russia is the richest and largest country in the world. Therefore, the State Duma must legislate the payment of housing and communal services in the country at the expense of the state. The petition is posted on change.org.

The author emphasizes: huge reserves of oil, gas, other minerals and even water «allow the state to fully cover the cost of housing and communal services.» Moreover, the population of the Russian Federation is «very small for such a huge country.» “Only 144 million for this immense wealth — this is not China with billions of citizens. Therefore, every citizen of the Russian Federation, if the wealth of the country were distributed among all citizens, would be a dollar millionaire, ”the petition says.

Oil profits are no longer enough

The volume of oil and gas revenues of the Russian budget in 2020 decreased by 34% and amounted to 5.234 trillion rubles, in relative terms this is a historical minimum. Also, the share of these revenues in the structure of GDP is less than 5%. At the same time, the budget deficit amounted to 4.1 trillion rubles, and the financing of the state administration and law enforcement agencies totaled 6.9 trillion. The data is contained in the annual report of the Ministry of Finance on the execution of the federal budget.

The Killers presented a new song «C’est La Vie»

American rockers The Killers have released a new song «C’est La Vie». The track can be streamed on all popular streaming platforms. The song was a bonus on an extended reissue of Imploding the Mirage, originally released last year.

Experts have proven that the moon affects human sleep

Under the full moon, people fall asleep slightly later and sleep a little less than usual: scientists have found that its effect on sleep persists even in cities full of artificial lights.

For the human eye, moonlight is so bright that it is easy to imagine how, in the absence of artificial sources, it could affect nighttime activity and sleep, write Horacio de la Iglesia and his colleagues, authors of a new article published in the journal Science Advances.

The distance between the US and the UK is increasing

Experts from the University of Southampton in the UK found that the Americas are moving further and faster from Europe and Africa every year. The study was written about in the scientific journal Nature.

Ancient mushroom discovered in China

Chinese and American scientists have found the remains of mushroom fossils about 635 million years old. It is one of the oldest fossils of its kind ever discovered and was found in the Dolomite Doushanto Formation in southern China. An international team of scientists from Virginia, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guizhou University (GZU) and the University of Cincinnati have been studying the microfossils found — the remains of a fungus invisible to the naked eye -.

It turned out that the mushrooms played a crucial role in the restoration of the planet when its surface froze about a kilometer in depth. The most powerful digestive system of the fungi split rocks and other solid organic substances, then processed them and threw them into the ocean. This was the reason why the Earth managed to survive large-scale frosts.

Scientists from South Korea have developed a unique solar panel

Their uniqueness lies in the fact that they are transparent. Therefore, it will be easy to hide them in the house, while receiving solar energy in an environmentally friendly way. Such development can be useful for people and, most importantly, massive. At the moment, the invention has already been tested and is ready for future serial production.

Spotify patented technology for recognizing user emotions by voice

The streaming service Spotify has received a patent for a technology to recognize user emotions by analyzing voice recording and background noise, which can be used for a music recommendation algorithm.

The rock group «Dances minus» has released a new album «8».

This is the musicians’ first disc in the last six years. The album «8» includes nine new songs. One of the nigas — «Step by step» — is dedicated to Roman Bondarenko, who died during protests in Belarus.

Earlier, a single from the new album «Skis» was presented. Concert «Dances minus» in support of the album will take place on April 3 at the Moscow club «1930». On April 17, a concert will take place at the Cosmonaut club in St. Petersburg. Album 8 is available on all official online music platforms.

Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore Releases Solo Mini Album

Depeche Mode member Martin Gore has released his solo album “The Third Chimpanzee”. The disc is available on all streaming platforms. The mini-album includes the track «Mandrill», released last November. The disc also includes songs “Howler”, “Capuchin”, “Vervet”, “Howler’s End”.

In November, Depeche Mode was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This status also went to the teams Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T.Rex, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, John Landau, Irvirng Azoff

Warner Bros. presented the trailer for the premiere of 2021

Warner Bros. Studio has unveiled a shared trailer for its top 2021 premieres, which will be released in theaters and on HBO Max.

Kremlin responds to Simonyan’s call to annex Donbass to Russia

The Kremlin has no plans to annex Donbass to Russia, Moscow takes a «responsible position» on this issue. This was stated by the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the words of RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan at a forum in Donetsk, RBC correspondent reports.

“Margarita Simonyan is a media manager and journalist. It can in no way be the spokesman for the official position of the Russian Federation. This issue is not on the agenda, ”said Peskov.

Zelensky approves new sanctions against individuals and legal entities of Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree on new sanctions against Russia. This time, legal entities and individuals from the Russian Federation fell under the restrictions, according to the text of the document, which was published on the website of the head of state on Thursday, January 28.

It is noted that the decision on such personal restrictive measures was taken by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC). The secretary of the council will supervise this decision

Chinese aircraft simulated attack on US aircraft carrier during exercise

Chinese aircraft during exercises in Taiwan’s air defense zone simulated an attack on a nearby American aircraft carrier, the Financial Times reported, citing intelligence from the United States and its allies.

The United States demanded that Russia and Turkey immediately withdraw troops from Libya

The Chargé d’Affaires of the United States of America said that the White House requires Russia and Turkey to begin an immediate withdrawal of their troops from the country. Moscow and Ankara are obliged to withdraw from the region the mercenary forces and military intermediaries they support. Mills also reminded the parties of the October agreement. It is in accordance with this document that the Russian Federation and Turkey must immediately leave the Libyan region.

Biden told Putin about support for Ukraine’s sovereignty

US President Joe Biden, in a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, declared his support for Ukraine’s sovereignty. This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the press secretary of the US President Jen Psaki

Secret inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko

Alexander Lukashenko said that his inauguration took place in secret because of information about an impending provocation «with a Molotov cocktail» against a bus with MPs. Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko told about it, BelTA informs.

The chairman of the committee comes to me the day before, documents are on the table: they want to arrange a provocation with the deputies. They knew: the inauguration, the deputies on the buses … Throw a Molotov cocktail on the bus, breaking the window. Nobody would have spoken about the inauguration. Everyone would say that the deputies were burned there. And what would it result in? And what should I have done? I did what I could, ”Lukashenka explained.

The results of the meeting with Novak due to the rise in fuel exchange prices:

  • FAS and the Ministry of Energy have developed measures to ensure that prices at gas stations do not definitely grow faster than inflation
  • companies from February will increase refining volumes at refineries, a number of them will, as a result, decrease oil exports
  • on the exchange they will sell at least 11% of the produced gasoline (now 10%) and at least 7.5% (now 6%) of diesel fuel, the order will be issued in February
  • oil workers will not receive additional tax breaks to contain prices
  • all companies agreed with the recommendations

A Taliban delegation arrived in Moscow for talks. Key statements:

  • discuss the exclusion of the movement from the list of UN Security Council sanctions, count on the assistance of the Russian Federation;
  • do not believe that the United States under Biden will withdraw from the agreement with the Taliban;
  • declare that for their part they fully comply with this treaty;
  • hope the US will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April;
  • if the US does not withdraw its troops, the Taliban will be forced to «defend»;
  • no new inter-Afghan talks in Moscow are planned yet;
  • deny that the Russian Federation offered a «reward» for the killings of American soldiers in Afghanistan

How much does the daughter of the head of the state-owned company VEB earn?

The answer to this question is in a new investigation by Baza together with the Toad and Viper telegram channel. As “Base” found out in 2018, the girl, who was then only 20 years old, earned more than two billion rubles.

Maria Shuvalova, 22, graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography four years ago and now dances at the Bolshoi Theater. In 2018, Maria earned 851 thousand rubles at the Bolshoi Theater. And 2,062,326,565 rubles is the annual income of Maria Shuvalova at KSP Capital Asset Management.

The company, which paid two billion rubles to the daughter of the head of VEB.RF, belongs to Sergei Kotlyarenko — he was called Igor Shuvalov’s lawyer and the nominal holder of his assets.

Two Kaliningrad police officers were sentenced to two and two and a half years in prison

The sentence was read to the former police officers — Alexander Ivanov and Nikolai Plebukh. They were found guilty of negligence, Ivanov was sentenced to two years, Plebukh — to two and a half years in prison, and banned from holding positions in law enforcement agencies for two years. This is reported by lawyer Vladislav Filatyev.

In 2019, Ivan Vshikov was detained for hooliganism and placed in a cell, where he began to violently row and, in the end, tore off the battery. They started pouring boiling water over the camera, but the police only laughed at this, and then Vshikov died of his burns.

Police officer dismissed due to Golunov case found new job

Yuri Devyatkin, dismissed because of the Golunov case from the post of the chief drug policeman in Moscow, found a new job: the Bryansk Regional Duma by secret ballot appointed him head of the local control and accounting chamber.

This was a surprise for the deputies: it was planned that the regional parliament would appoint the current acting president to this post. the head of the chamber Olga Pavlova, but the chairman of the profile committee Kurdenko unexpectedly proposed Devyatkin’s candidacy, communist deputy Dmitry Vershilov told Open Media. Nobody even remembered the past of the police general and his role in the Golunov case at the meeting, he noted.

Veronika Naryshkina became the director

The 31-year-old daughter of the head of the SVR, who until recently had no business experience, will manage a large company: Veronika Naryshkina has become the executive director of a company that manufactures equipment for oil prospecting since yesterday, noted Open Media.

This happened, by the way, just two weeks after Naryshkina, who until 2019 worked as a coach of Russian swimmers, received a large share in this company, which is investing hundreds of millions of rubles in the construction of a new plant.

Gross national income per capita

Over the period 2014-2019, GNI per capita in South Korea increased by 16.7%, in the US by 15.2%, in Singapore by 5.4% — quite good results. During the same period, Spain showed the best result in Europe: + 4.1% (but Spain lost at the same time to South Korea), while most European countries did not increase or even slightly decreased this indicator.

In Russia, over the same period, GNI per capita decreased from $ 14,630 per person per year to $ 11,260 per person: at the level of Argentina and only slightly above China. And much lower than Chile and Uruguay.

In Crimea, the action «Blockade Bread» ended in a scandal.

Residents of the Simferopol district were outraged that the blockade people living on the peninsula were given 125 grams of bread each — this was the daily norm in the besieged city.

Photos of elderly people to whom the volunteers present this «symbol» were posted on Facebook by the chairman of the Perovsky village council, Alexander Gudima. He later deleted the post and apologized.

Last year, the commemorative action also ended in a scandal. Then the chairman of the Kerch city council Maya Khuzhina and her deputy Larisa Shcherbula presented the veterans with loaves of bread, flowers and medals. At the same time, the officials were in expensive fur coats. The public considered the gift set to be modest, and the outfits of officials were unnecessary.

Public debt of Russian regions in 2020

The state debt of the Russian regions in 2020 increased by 383 billion rubles, or 18%, reaching 2.5 trillion rubles, said First Deputy Finance Minister Leonid Gornin. He noted that more than half of the increase in the debt of the regions (56%) accounted for practically free budget loans from the federal budget. According to him, the debt burden indicator as of January 1, 2021 amounted to 27.3%, which is significantly lower than the maximum values ​​recorded after the 2014 crisis (36.5%).

Petersburg artist has developed a set for Slavic lego

Petersburg artist has developed a set for Lego with Baba Yaga and a hut on chicken legs. Artyom Bizyaev published on the Lego Ideas site the concept of «Slavic Lego» with characters from Russian fairy tales, the set also includes Vasilisa the Beautiful and the Cat Bayun. The artist himself told the «Rise» publication that initially the project looked more authentic: with a fence made of bones and skulls, but the company found it too scary.

According to the rules of the competition, Lego will begin considering a project as an idea for production if it gets 10 thousand votes on the site. The collection takes two years, but Bizyaev’s concept passed this mark in 16 hours. The artist added that he was shocked by the success of the project