31 Jan, 2020

News digest for 01/30/2020

Putin and Netanyahu discussed the ” deal of the century»

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the US-proposed “deal of the century” to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. A source in the Israeli delegation told TASS on Thursday, January 30.

Mishustin responded to reports about expanding access to data of Russian citizens

Russian authorities do not plan to provide law enforcement agencies with unlimited access to personal data of citizens of the country, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said at a government meeting on January 30.

In Crimea, officials gave the blockaders a loaf of bread

Crimean officials thanked the blockaders living in Kerch, giving them a loaf of bread and medals on the anniversary of the complete lifting of the siege of Leningrad. The head of the Kerch city Council May Khuzhina wrote about this on her Facebook page

In Kiev, there were billboards for the strategic partnership with Russia

In Kiev, there were billboards with the inscription in Russian “Russia — our main strategic partner”, with signature and photograph of the businessman Oleg Katushenko

In Chelyabinsk, the concert of rapper ALJ was canceled

In Chelyabinsk, the concert of rapper ALJ (real name — Alexey Uzenyuk) was canceled, according to the event’s page in Vkontakte. It was scheduled for March 15 and was scheduled to take place at the Yunost sports Palace. According to Kommersant, the organizers said that the reason for the cancellation was that the musician’s managers were late in concluding the contract for renting the hall.

Deputy of the Leninsky district Council of Chelyabinsk Andrey Zelenin complained about the upcoming speech to the regional Prosecutor’s office, the FAS, the interior Ministry, the Ministry of culture and the Roskomnadzor Department. He demanded to check the rapper’s work for drug propaganda.

Ticket sellers believe that this was the real reason for the cancellation of the concert.

Police in the case of Golunov complained about the pressure of the investigation

Former police officers of the Ministry of internal Affairs in the Western district of Moscow Igor lyakhovets and Maxim Umetbaev, who are on trial for falsifying the materials of the criminal case against journalist Ivan Golunov, said that they were pressured by the investigation, said a member of the Moscow Public monitoring Commission Marina Litvinovich.

The Prosecutor’s office warned that the concert was canceled

The concert of the group “Distemper”, which was supposed to take place in Kaluga on February 1, was canceled by the decision of the organizer of the performance. This was reported by the team members themselves on a page in one of the social networks.

A warning was sent to one of the organizers of the concert on January 27 about the inadmissibility of violations of legal requirements, including the Federal law “on countering extremist activity”. The concert organizer was also informed that in case of violation of the law, he will be brought to justice. After that, the man announced the cancellation of the concert.

The air situation in Ulan-Ude is getting out of control

Smog has been hanging over the city for several months because of emissions of a first – class hazard substance-benzapiren, which is formed from centralized coal-fired boilers and Smoking furnaces of the private sector. In social networks, Ulan-Ude has already been nicknamed “the big Stoker”. Due to the lack of wind, the so-called “black sky”regime was introduced here last week.

Then the office of Rospotrebnadzor in Buryatia reported that the air exceeded the content of nitrogen dioxide-up to two times higher than the maximum permissible concentration, phenol – up to 3.8, formaldehyde – up to 1.16. Businesses were advised to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere, and residents should stay at home, do not open Windows and use respirators.

Free visa to Sri Lanka for Russians extended

Sri Lankan authorities have extended the validity of a free visa for tourists from 48 countries, including Russia. Now you can enter with a free visa until April 30, 2020. It is noted that at the end of last year, the tourist flow to the island from our country increased by 34.2%, setting a record.

Business accused Booking.com the manipulation of the hotels

In mid-November 2019, OPORA Russia caught Booking.com the fact that the service does not meet the requirements of the FAS. According to the organization, the service abused its dominant position in the market, forcing Russian hotels and other accommodation facilities to comply with price parity.

The Central Bank will start paying salaries by phone number

The quick payment system will allow companies to transfer money not by Bank account details, but by phone number, which the employee can link to any account in the Bank of their choice

Reducing the cost of land in Russia

According to the results of the fourth quarter of 2019, land plots for individual housing construction in Russia fell by 7% compared to the same period last year — up to 40 thousand rubles per hundred. This was reported in a press release by Avito real Estate analysts, who analyzed changes in land prices in 25 regions of the country.

Mishustin ordered to increase the reserve Fund of the Russian Government

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an order to increase the government’s reserve Fund by 169.4 billion rubles. The document is published on the legal information portal. The Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation will make changes to the indicators of the consolidated budget list of the Federal budget for 2020.

Rosstat reported on the growth of real income at the end of 2019

Real disposable income of the population increased by 0.8% at the end of 2019, according to a preliminary assessment of Rosstat. The highest growth rate was recorded in the third quarter, when real incomes of Russians increased sharply — by 3.1% in annual terms.

Revealed the scale of the increase in prices for apartments in Moscow

Prices have increased significantly in New Moscow: in the Novomoskovskiy district, a square meter has risen by 14 percent, and in Troitsky — by 12 percent. The cost of apartments in them increased by 16 and 12 percent, respectively. In the center of Moscow, “square” for the year became more expensive by 12.5 percent, the apartment – by 13 percent

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

The US Federal reserve kept the base rate

The Committee on open market operations of the us Federal reserve left the base rate at the level of 1.5-1.75% per annum, according to a press release from the fed

SUEK-Finance placed exchange-traded bonds

SUEK-Finance placed exchange-traded bonds of the 001P-05R series for 30 billion rubles at face value, the Issuer said in a statement. The company placed 30 million bonds with a nominal value of 1000 rubles each under an open subscription. The term of circulation of the securities is 10 years, and a 5-year offer has been issued.

Greta Thunberg registers her name as a trademark

Greta Thunberg registers its own trademark. This is necessary to protect the environmental movement and its activities.

“Unfortunately, there are still people who try to impersonate me or lie about representing me in order to communicate with famous people, politicians, media, artists, and so on,” Thunberg complained.

In the port of Italy blocked by a cruise liner

The cruise ship Costa Crociere, which has about 6 thousand passengers on Board, is temporarily blocked in the port of Civitavecchia (about 100 km South of Rome) after two tourists from Hong Kong were found to have symptoms of a viral disease.

In 48 hours, China opened a hospital for patients with coronavirus

In the Chinese city of Wuhan, a hospital was opened on January 28 to treat those infected with the coronavirus. The buildings were equipped in 48 hours and launched as a matter of urgency. According to the Daily Mail, the medical facility should accommodate a thousand patients.

Adidas loses H&M three-strip case

Two lines on fitness clothing from H&M do not violate the rights of the Adidas brand, recognized by three lines, the Hague court determined. The proportions of the stripes differ significantly, which means that consumers are not confused about whose logo is depicted on the clothing, the decision says. The companies sued for 23 years

Czech programmers fired the Minister

From the Czech Republic, we received very interesting news that a group of programmers made a website for a couple of weekends, on which the authorities planned to spend 16 million euros. Initially, the public was outraged by the cost of the contract for the development of a website and applications for the sale of permits for travel on expressways, as well as the fact that the tender was closed.

The owner of the it company Actum Digital, Tomas Vondracek, assembled a team of 60 programmers who wrote the site’s code over the weekend Ferznamka.cz and gave it to the state. Moreover, the finished site fully meets the conditions of the tender.

As for transport Minister Vladimir Kremlik, who agreed on a huge amount to create the site, he was dismissed at the initiative of Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babis, who visited the hackathon and saw how quickly the necessary resource was created.

Ukraine intends to review the Minsk agreements

The Ukrainian authorities intend to seek a review of the Minsk agreements. This was stated by the head of the Ukrainian delegation at the talks of the Contact group in Minsk, Leonid Kuchma. According to him, the ceasefire and the transfer to Kiev of control over the border with the Russian Federation in the Donbass are the main conditions for the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

“World experience in the settlement of armed conflicts shows that it is impossible to achieve peace without the state establishing control over its border,” Kuchma said.

This statement indicates that the Ukrainian side has returned to the position it previously held.

Belarus is waging a war over energy resources

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko considers the energy situation in the country a “war for resources”. Earlier, he instructed the government to sign an agreement with Kazakhstan on oil supplies.

“We have to compete. Everything should be better for us than for others. Then buy it. <…> You can see what a war for energy resources is going on today. We have such a period. Therefore, we must learn to save money and live within our means, ” said Mr. Lukashenko, appointing Alexey Rimashevsky, General Director of the Minsk wheel tractor plant (BelTA).

The US has expanded sanctions against Russia

The United States has included the company “Grand Service Express”, the operator of passenger rail transport to Crimea, in the sanctions list, according to the website of the us Treasury.

Eight individuals were also sanctioned, these are:

  • Ekaterina Altabaeva, member of the Federation Council from Sevastopol
  • Lidia Basova, Deputy head of the city election Committee of Sevastopol
  • Sergey Danilenko, Chairman of the city election Commission of Sevastopol
  • Alexander Ganov, General Director of “Grand Service Express»
  • Yuriy Gotsanyuk, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea
  • Vladimir Nemtsev, Chairman of the legislative Assembly of Sevastopol
  • Ekaterina Pyrkova, Secretary of the city election Committee of Sevastopol
  • Mikhail Razvozhaev, acting Governor of Sevastopol

Canada has imposed new sanctions against Russia

“Today’s sanctions demonstrate that Canada and its allies are United in their condemnation of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and the illegitimate elections held there last fall (2019),” the canadian foreign Minister said.

Russia closes road and pedestrian border with China

Russia temporarily closes the pedestrian and automobile border with China due to the threat of spreading coronavirus. The decision was made at a meeting of the operational headquarters in the Russian government.

In addition, we have decided to extend the closure of the border for pedestrian and automobile traffic in five regions of the far Eastern Federal district: the Amur region, the Jewish Autonomous region, the Khabarovsk, Primorsky and Zabaikalsky territories. – Tatyana Golikova, Russian economist

The Minister of communications explained the initiative on access to Russian data

It is assumed that law enforcement officers who conduct operational search activities will switch from paper to electronic document management using the system of interdepartmental electronic interaction.

“It is important to understand that we are not talking about additional powers for law enforcement agencies, as reported by a number of media outlets, but only about taking measures to improve the effectiveness of existing ones,” Maksut shadayev said.

Facebook to pay compensation for biometric data collection

The us company Facebook has agreed to pay compensation in the amount of $ 550 million for claims from residents of Illinois who accused it of illegally collecting biometric data.

The US authorities hid the fact of collision of the underwater vehicle with the Titanic»

The Titanic, lying at the bottom of the ocean, was hit by the us research mini-submarine Triton last year, but the US government kept this information secret for several months. This was announced a few days after the United Kingdom and the United States announced “important” new levels of protection for the Titanic.

This is reported by The Telegraph, which had legal documents in the framework of a legal dispute between a large American company that is trying to extract artifacts from the sunken ship, and the National oceanic and atmospheric administration (NOAA).

High employment is accompanied by low wages

low unemployment in Russia found a catch — it can be accompanied by low salaries of the population, according to the authors of the analytical Telegram channel of Raiffeisenbank Focus-Pocus.

The authors refer to Rosstat data, according to which the unemployment rate in Russia is near historical lows — at the level of 4.5 percent. “However, we believe that high employment is accompanied by low wages, which results in significant savings on companies ‘pay,” the report said.

According to analysts ‘ calculations, in 2019, the total expenses of Russian companies (including the shadow sector) on labor remuneration reached the level of 2013. When converted into dollars, there is a significant decrease in total salaries-up to the level of 2007.

“One way or another, there is a clear lack of sustained growth in total labor costs (in real terms), in which case it makes no sense to reduce the number of employees. The latter is, in our opinion, a factor in improving the unemployment figures, ” the authors note.

Facebook said about 2.5 billion monthly users

The number of active users of the Facebook social network reached 2.5 billion, which is 8% more than last year’s figures. This is evidenced by the quarterly report published by the company. As specified in the document, we are talking about monthly active users

Belief in capitalism

56% of the world’s population believes that capitalism does more harm than good to the world. Speaking of the” system as a whole ” (political and economic): only 18% believe that it works for them (-2% from last year), and 48% believe that it spoils everything for them (+3% for the year).

People are most concerned about injustice (74% of respondents), the desire to change something (73%), and lack of confidence (66%).



A puppet version of toy Story 3 was released»

Pixar fans Morgan and Mason McGrew released a puppet version of the third part of the cartoon “toy Story”. The Toy Story 3 in Real Life project is a complete recreation of the original picture. It is played by real actors and uses toys and figures made of plasticine.

In wide release, the film was released in Stavropol the Director of “the Yards»

The official release of the feature film “Yards”, directed by Andrey Korytko from Stavropol, has begun. The film was based on a script about a musician who moves from Stavropol to Moscow. This is a drama film that tells about the beginning of a young provincial rapper’s career in Moscow

Abvgdeyka closed after 45 years on the air

The program was aired for 45 years, the last 20 years it was produced by TVC. The program was intended for a viewing audience up to 6 years old. Watching the show with a team of clowns, the kids received knowledge that prepared them for school.

The network released a trailer for the second season of the series “Narco: Mexico»

The new series is scheduled to premiere on February 13. Netflix has released a trailer for the new season of the series “Narco: Mexico”. The video premiered on the service’s official YouTube channel.



Placebo is working on a new album.

The title, release date, and other details of the album have not yet been revealed. InterMedia reminds: on July 17, 2020, Placebo will perform at the Park Live festival in Moscow.

Apple and Broadcom ordered to pay $1.1 billion

A jury in California ordered Apple and Broadcom to pay the California Institute of technology $1.1 billion for patent infringement. The cupertins, in turn, must pay the plaintiff most of the amount — $837 million.

Viewers began to spend less time watching TV

In 2019, Russians spent an average of 17 minutes less in front of the TV per day than a year earlier. The TV viewing rate was 3 hours 33 minutes

“TV is still the media with the highest coverage in Russia: at least once a month, almost every citizen of the country includes it. About 70% of the population do this every day. Reducing the time of linear viewing at home on the TV screen is a global trend, while in Russia the rate of decline is even lower than in many other countries, ” said Ksenia Achkasova, Executive Director of Mediascope.

More than ten works by Salvador Dali were stolen from a gallery in Stockholm

10-12 bronze sculptures and engravings by artist Salvador Dali were stolen from the Couleur gallery in Stockholm. Each work costs from 200 to 500 thousand Swedish crowns (from 19 to 47 thousand euros), the total cost of stolen works is up to 380 thousand euros. Two attackers took Dali’s works away in an Audi car in the early morning of January 30. The police are looking for criminals.

How much do we cost in traffic

Employees of the Dutch research company TomTom have compiled a rating of the world’s cities with the largest traffic jams. The busiest city was Bangalore, India. It was followed by Manila in the Philippines, Colombian Bogota, and the Indian cities of Mumbai and Pune.

Moscow takes the sixth place. For a year, drivers stood in Moscow traffic jams during rush hour for 225 hours — this is about ten days. Dutch researchers estimated that 199 episodes of Game of thrones can be viewed during this time.

Saint Petersburg was in the 16th place in this rating, Novosibirsk took the 23rd place, Samara-the 25th position, and Yekaterinburg took the 35th place.

Kurgan doctors ‘ salaries are delayed

Medical personnel of a number of hospitals in the Kurgan region are detained and are not paid salaries. About it URA.RU told shadrinskiy human rights activist Alexander Andryukov.

“The institution dropped less than half of the December amount. If you consider that 75% of this money should go to the salary, then in fact they threw a bone, ” said one of the doctors.

He added that during his 15-year experience in medicine, there is an annual reduction in hospital funding by 8-10%.

“There used to be 350 beds, but now there are 50. There were 450 employees, and now there are significantly fewer, ” the doctor said.

“Rosvodokanal” has completed the de-offshorization

Rosvodokanal, which is controlled by the founders of Alfa group, has completed a restructuring that excluded all companies in foreign jurisdiction from the holding, the group said.

In Ukraine, reduced the price of gas for industry

Naftogaz of Ukraine reduced the February gas price for industrial consumers by 14-15%, the Ukrainian news Agency Reported on January 29. The amount of the discount depends on the terms of consumption and payment.

A genetically modified butterfly was released into nature

In the United States, the first genetically modified male cabbage moth butterflies were released into nature, according to the journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. Cabbage moth (Plutella xylostella) — one of the main pests of agricultural crops in the world

The US has started to place new nuclear warheads on submarines

According to the expert, the new warheads on the Tennessee submarine carry one or two missiles out of 20. The power of such a weapon is 5 kilotons. The administration of US President Donald trump announced the creation of a new low-power nuclear weapon in early 2018.

The European Parliament approved the agreement on Britain’s exit from the EU

The European Parliament approved the agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, sky News reports. It is reported that 621 deputies voted” for “and 49 voted” against”.

Earlier, the document was signed by the head of the European Council, Charles Michel, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Before that, the brexit bill was approved by the British Parliament, received Royal assent and became law.

Brexit is scheduled for January 31. Then the transition period will begin, during which the parties will conduct trade negotiations.

Scotland refused to lower the flag of the European Union

The Scottish Parliament has refused to lower the EU flag displayed outside the building in Edinburgh after the UK leaves the bloc. This is reported by the Euractiv portal. It was planned to be launched on January 31 — the day of the UK’s official exit from the EU.

China will introduce criminal penalties for attempts to infect with coronavirus

In Hubei province, the authorities intend to prosecute those infected with the coronavirus who refuse to be quarantined, as well as those who spit in public places and deliberately try to infect other people

There was a video of the use of the Syrian military otrk “Point»

The Syrian military used a Tochka tactical missile system against the militants. The launch was made in the Western part of Aleppo province

Russia will assess the quality of life in the regions

The Agency for strategic initiatives (ASI), together with business associations, will develop a rating of the quality of life in the regions. It will be based on surveys of the population on the most typical social problems — this should ensure that the demonstration of “well-being on paper”is avoided. The Agency has already enlisted the support of Vladimir Putin and promises to replicate best regional practices to reduce the gap between regions.

The Israeli air force attacked Hamas targets in the Gaza strip

Israeli air force planes struck Hamas targets in the Gaza strip in response to the launch of rockets and balloons with explosives from the enclave, the press service of the Israeli army reported on the Twitter microblogging network.

The Houthis claimed attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities and Saudi airports

Saudi Aramco, the state oil and gas company, and two airports in the cities of Jizan and Abha in the South-West of the Kingdom were hit. This is stated in a statement on behalf of the armed forces of the ruling rebels in the North of Yemen from the Ansar Allah movement (Houthis), posted in Telegram.

Putin pardons convicted Israeli woman Issachar

The decree comes into force from the date of signing. As the press service of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later reported, the head of the government thanks “his friend President Putin” for pardoning Issachar. Earlier, Issachar asked the Russian President for a pardon.

I thank my friend President Putin for what he has pardoned and Naama Issachar. — Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli politician

The first trailer for the animated film Mortal Kombat has appeared online

The network posted a video dedicated to the new cartoon game universe Mortal Kombat. On YouTube, you can already watch the trailer for the cartoon “Legends of Mortal Kombat: Revenge of the Scorpion”.



Google will allow you to flash smartphones on command from the site

The Google team introduced the Android Flash Tool service, which will allow you to flash smartphones on command from the site, that is, without having to search and download the firmware image first. With the new firmware tool, a browser and USB cable are enough

In the Google Phone app we found a function for recording a conversation

In the latest version of the Google Phone dialing app, a feature was discovered that can support transcription of calls, which resembles the Recorder app for Pixel 4, reports the Verge. Google is trying to overcome the “security and privacy implications” that prevented call recording from being enabled in Android 10.

SpaceX has put 60 more Starlink Internet satellites into orbit

SpaceX has launched 60 more Starlink Internet satellites into orbit using the Falcon 9 heavy launch vehicle, according to the us company’s website. Taking into account the new batch of Starlink satellites, their number in orbit has increased to 240 vehicles.

University “synergy” was fined for collecting fingerprints from students

Meshchansky court of Moscow fined synergy University 150 thousand rubles because of the collection of fingerprints in the school of Krasnogorsk. This is reported by Roskomnadzor. The fingerprints of schoolchildren in Krasnogorsk were collected for a test that supposedly can determine what profession a person is inclined to by the patterns of skin on their fingers

The University was fined for processing personal data in cases that do not meet the purpose of their collection (or are not provided for by the laws of the Russian Federation). The corresponding article of the administrative Code assumes a fine of 30-50 thousand rubles for legal entities.

Residents of Zermatt in Switzerland will be able to pay taxes using Bitcoin

The solution was implemented with the participation of Bitcoin Suisse. To make payments, you must submit an application to the local tax authority. The received cryptocurrency will be converted into Swiss francs and transferred to the appropriate Bank account.

Albatrosses with GPS sensors helped detect poachers ‘ vessels

Nature itself helped them in this. Sniffer dogs were albatrosses with GPS sensors and the habit of these birds to follow ships. As it turned out, almost half of the trawlers disable identification systems and poach.

The trailer for the musical for the movie “Back to the future” was released»

On the YouTube channel Back To the Future-The Musical published a trailer for the musical “Back to the future”. The video starred Christopher Lloyd, who played Professor brown in the original trilogy



China has learned to cool processors using “sweating” chips

Chinese engineers have figured out how to cool electronics using liquid evaporation. To do this, they created a coating that draws moisture from the air, then evaporates it when heated. First of all, this is in demand for mobile devices where it is impossible to install a fan. The description of the invention is published in the journal Joule.

Facebook monitors users even outside of the social network

The company admitted that it collects data about its users even when they are outside the social network. Surveillance is conducted through partner sites, which by agreement transmit all data about the actions of the user who came to third-party services using a Facebook account.

The squid’s brain was similar to that of a dog

Plus, the Australians were able to identify 145 new neural circuits. It turned out that two-thirds of the neural connections in the squid’s brain are responsible for motor and visual functions. The complexity of a squid’s brain is roughly comparable to that of a dog’s brain.

Warming in the Arctic has changed El Nino behavior

Scientists have explained how the accelerating melting of ice in the Arctic ocean affects the circulation of the atmosphere in the Pacific ocean, leading to an increase in the frequency of extreme natural events, including El Nino. The results of the study are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Scientists have developed a test system for finding anti-cancer drugs

Scientists of the far Eastern Federal University, together with foreign colleagues, have developed a system for searching for genes whose damage leads to the development of tumor cells, with the help of which it is possible to select new anti-cancer compounds, a representative of the University told RIA Novosti.

Doctors recreated three-dimensional heart tissue

Induced human stem cells have become the main means for recreating three-dimensional heart tissue. According to today News Ufa, scientists from Israel and Canada were able to fully recreate the heart tissue that mimics the formation of the Atria and ventricles.

Created a patch that can recognize resistant bacteria

Scientists from the Institute of applied chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences were able to create a patch that can recognize resistant and drug-sensitive bacteria in a patient’s wounds. When interacting, the patch changes its color.

In the drop falling on the supercooled surface we saw freezing waves

Physicists from the Netherlands and Germany, led by Detlef Lohse from the University of Twente, have for the first time directly captured the freezing dynamics of a liquid drop when it collides with a much colder surface. It turned out that in this case, there may be not the usual growth of crystals, but expanding concentric ice fronts. The results may be useful in a number of areas, including 3D printing and the development of methods to protect aircraft from icing, the authors write in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Butterflies regulate the temperature of their wings

Researchers from the Columbia school of engineering and applied Sciences and Harvard University (USA) found that the butterfly’s wings have special nanostructures that allow it to protect the “living” parts of the wings from overheating or hypothermia. The discovery may inspire engineers to create devices with radiation cooling that can avoid overheating, reports the EurekAlert portal!. The scientists presented their findings in the journal Nature Communications.