1 Feb, 2020

News digest for 01/31/2020

The Ministry of justice of Russia proposed to increase fines for traffic violations

According to the new draft of the administrative code, the driver will be deprived of rights for up to a year and a half in case he previously three or more times was punished for speeding in 60 km/h, pass through the railway crossing at the closed barrier or at a red light, running a red, etc. Violations documented by automatic cameras, a funded system are not taken into account. Innovations should start working from January 1, 2021

The Ministry of justice of Russia proposes to increase fines for speeding: they will start from 3 thousand rubles (now 500 rubles), for refusal of examination – from 40 thousand rubles (30 thousand rubles), for transportation of children without car seats-5 thousand rubles (3 thousand rubles), for dangerous driving-5 thousand rubles, for lack of CTP — 1 thousand rubles (800 rubles).)

The head of the Kerch city Council resigned after the incident with bread

The head of the Kerch city Council, May Khuzhina, wrote a letter of resignation after a scandalous greeting to the veterans of the siege of Leningrad. A copy of the statement was published in the United Russia telegram channel. Officially».

As previously reported, eleven participants of the great Patriotic war were awarded medals and loaves of bread. Bread in plastic bags was handed to officials dressed in expensive fur coats.

On the international wanted list on charges of embezzlement

Former co-owner of OTKRITIE Bank Boris mints and his two sons were put on the international wanted list for embezzlement on a particularly large scale, Interfax reports. SK asked to arrest all three in absentia, the request of the investigation Basmanny court of Moscow.

Russian citizens vote for international law

The European court of human rights has published statistics. 25% of all requests to the ECHR in 2019 are from Russian citizens. More than 15 thousand applications. According to absolute figures, our country is in the first place.

The environment or the economy?

Interestingly, in more developed countries, fewer people choose ecology than in less developed countries. In the top – poor Romania, not the richest Spain, Poland is also close to the top. And the Germans, Belgians and Dutch are more inclined to the economy.

Food for astronauts is not suitable for ordinary people

Scientists have found that for most people, the food of astronauts is harmful. This is a violation of the cardiovascular system, as well as a rapid gain of excess weight. This is due to the high calorie content of foods. They are intended for specialists working in special conditions where there is a high risk of loss of muscle and bone tissue.

Former police officers in the case of Ivan Golunov were sent to jail

The court arrested former police officers of the Department of internal Affairs for ZAO Denis Konovalov, Akbar Sergaliev, Roman Feofanov, as well as their former chief, major Igor Lyakhovets. Earlier, ex-police officer Maxim umetbayev was arrested until March 29. The four accused pleaded not guilty. Maxim umetbayev partially admitted guilt in the use of physical force. As previously reported by Ivan Golunov in an interview with Ksenia Sobchak, Maxim umetbayev hit him twice in the temple during his arrest.

The Prosecutor General’s office of the Russian Federation qualified the actions of the Khachaturian sisters as necessary defense

In this regard, the Agency refused to refer the case to the court. If the sisters ‘ actions are re-qualified for the necessary defense, their criminal prosecution should be terminated. The need for such qualifications has been repeatedly stated by the protection of girls.

Russians ‘ opinions about the goal of changing the Constitution were equally divided.

According to a survey by the Levada Center, 47% of Russians believe that the amendments aim to expand and preserve the power of the current President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, after 2024, and the same number – to improve state governance in the interests of the majority of the population. Moreover, 20% of respondents have not heard anything about the Russian leader’s initiatives to change the Basic law

The government of Chuvashia was dismissed

The government of Chuvashia in full force resigned after the new acting head of the Republic Oleg Nikolaev took office.

Today I signed a decree on the resignation of the government. I think that in the near future we will consult with many of you, and we will continue our work and talk about how our activities are organized. – Oleg Nikolaev, Russian politician

Russian court ordered orphans to pay for loans to deceased mother

Four orphans will pay loans to their dead mother by court decision, writes Lenta.ru. according to the publication, the mother of the children was deprived of parental rights, and did not communicate with them, three younger children were in a foster family during the life of the mother.

According to the court’s decision, the debt is now divided equally between the four children. The debts of the younger children are to be paid to the foster parents, and the income of the older child is a disability pension, from which the bailiffs do not have the right to collect debts.

Narcologist of the Ministry of health explained the popularity of vodka among Russians

The popularity of vodka in Russia is explained by the rapid effect of intoxication and economic benefits, RIA Novosti reports, referring to the chief freelance narcologist of the Ministry of health of the Russian Federation Yevgeny Brun. According to Brun, in terms of 1 degree of alcohol, vodka is the most economical drink.

The Kremlin commented on reports about the purchase of oil by Minsk in Norway

“This is a question of economic, let’s say, expediency. If this oil turns out to be cheaper than Russian oil, of course, any country should act solely on the basis of its own interests. Here we are talking about a clean economy, a clean commercial benefit, ” Peskov said.

On January 20, it became known that Belarus purchased 80 thousand tons of Norwegian oil for processing.

Investment projects in the Arctic will receive benefits

Most funds are required for the development of fields in the Eastern Arctic. To make mining profitable, a zero rate of mining tax is proposed for 12 years, followed by a gradual increase. Also, the benefits will apply to the creation of gas chemical plants.

Level of trust of Russian consumers

After two quarters of growth, the consumer confidence index of Russians again declined from 73 to 68 points by the end of 2019. According to this indicator, Russia fell to the penultimate place in Europe, ahead only of Ukraine.

The average amount of a microloan in Russia has grown to a record 14 thousand rubles

Microfinance organizations (MFIs) began to issue larger loans – so, in the fourth quarter of 2019, the average amount of a microloan rose to a record 14 thousand rubles compared to 12.6 thousand rubles a year earlier. This was reported to TASS in the credit history Bureau “Equifax”.

Belarus explained the increase in tariffs for oil transit from Russia

Belarus has decided to raise tariffs for the transit of Russian oil because of the losses it suffered in 2019. This was stated by the head of the concern “Belneftekhim” Andrey Rybakov. According to him, there was an incident with oil from Russia in Minsk in 2019.

Norilsk Nickel increased production in 2019

Norilsk Nickel increased its Nickel production by 5% to 229 thousand tons in 2019. Copper production increased by 5% to a record 499 thousand tons. This was reported by the company. Palladium production increased by 7% and platinum production by 8%, to 2.9 million ounces and 0.7 million ounces, respectively.

Banks could not repeat

Despite the reduction in rates, banks were not able to repeat the indicators for issuing mortgages in 2018. Over the past year, banks issued 1.27 million mortgages for 2.85 trillion rubles. in 2018, banks issued 1.47 million mortgages for 3.01 trillion rubles, which was a historical record.

Ruble declines amid investors ‘ risk aversion

The ruble exchange rate on Thursday afternoon continued the decline of the previous day on the background of the fall in the price of Brent oil and the flight of investors from risk, follows from the dynamics of trading on the Moscow exchange.

Servicing debts accumulated by the Yaroslavl city hall becomes more difficult

For the sixth year in a row, the debt is served by a budget loan at 0.1%. The city hall attracts short-term budget loans in order to optimize the cost of its maintenance.

This will allow us to reduce loans in the amount of about 40 million rubles a year, – said the Director of the Finance Department of the city hall of Yaroslavl Andrey Dants

Last Tuesday, the first tranche of 615 million rubles was received. It is possible to attract three more such amounts in a year. The mayor’s office must pay for them no later than November 25.

Novosibirsk’s municipal debt has doubled in 6 years

The regional government recorded a twofold increase in municipal debt over the past 6 years — from 10.7 billion in 2013 to 21.3 billion in 2019. Such data was heard at the Board of financial authorities of the region.

Nord Stream maintained the volume of deliveries via Nord stream in 2019»

The volume of gas supplies to European consumers through the Nord stream gas pipeline in 2019 amounted to 58.5 billion cubic meters, which is almost the same as in 2018, when 58.8 billion cubic meters were delivered through it, according to the company-operator.

No economic growth was recorded in the Tomsk region in 2019

Interesting information was announced by Tomskstat, it turns out that in 2019, economic growth was not recorded in the Tomsk region at all. The index of industrial production in the region for January-December 2019 amounted to 100% compared to the same period in 2018.

Oil and gas production in Russia for 2019

The volume of crude oil production, including gas condensate, in Russia in 2019 increased by 1% compared to 2018 and amounted to 561 million tons. Such data are provided in the new Rosstat report “on the socio-economic situation of Russia”. Natural gas production in 2019, according to the Agency, increased by 0.8% to 644 billion cubic meters.

China increases oil imports from Saudi Arabia

Oil imports from Saudi Arabia to China in 2019 increased by almost 47%, according to data from the General customs administration of China. Photo: EPA / WU HONG Shipments to China from the world’s largest oil exporter in 2019 increased to a record 83.32 million tons, or 1.67 million barrels per day.

The national Bank of Ukraine lowered the discount rate to 11%

“The Board of the National Bank decided to reduce the discount rate to 11% per annum from January 31 this year,” Smoliy said. The broadcast was conducted on the regulator’s Youtube channel. According to Smoliy, the NBU expects to reduce the discount rate to 7% in 2020 under the basic scenario.

On the us-Mexico border, part of the trump wall was demolished

Us customs and border protection agent Carlos Pitones told CNN that the panels were fixed in a concrete base. Due to the fact that the concrete has not yet hardened enough, the wall could not stand in the wind. According to the us National weather service, wind gusts in the area reached 60 km / h.

The US has ruled out an immediate withdrawal of troops from Syria

American troops will remain in Syria until the “irreversible defeat” of the banned group “Islamic state” (IG), said the state Department’s special representative for Syria, James Jeffrey. The diplomat noted that the US military remains in Syria only to fight terrorism

The Kremlin responded to Erdogan’s accusation of violating the Treaty on Syria

According to Peskov, the situation in Idlib, where there are still terrorists, is of the deepest concern and “leaves much to be desired”. The press Secretary of the Russian leader stressed that in the area of a large number of terrorists constantly carry out offensive, aggressive actions against the Armed forces of Syria and the Russian base in Hmeimim. According to the Kremlin representative, all obligations are fulfilled, RIA Novosti reports.

Peskov commented on Pompeo’s visits to the CIS countries

“In this case, this is an absolutely independent phenomenon, it is the sovereign right of each country to carry out international relations in global or regional terms,” a Kremlin spokesman told reporters. He added that the US has “its own relations”with these countries.

From January 29 to February 4, the Secretary of state visits the UK, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Medvedev’s salary at the new post became known

The corresponding document is published on the official Internet portal of legal information. The decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin comes into force on January 16, 2020. According to the document, Dmitry Medvedev will receive a monthly cash reward of 618,713 rubles.

The US has requested permission from Iraq to deploy Patriot SAMS

Permission to deploy Patriot SAMS near us bases was requested from the us authorities in Iraq. This was announced on January 30 by the Chairman of the Committee of chiefs of staff of the us Armed forces, mark Milli, during a briefing for journalists at the Pentagon.

Zelensky asked Pompeo to appoint a separate official for the Donbass region

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky hopes that the United States will allocate a separate representative of the state Department, which will deal with the settlement of the situation in the Donbass. He said this at a press conference during a meeting with us Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

Mishustin criticized the government’s work

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin criticized the government’s work due to the fact that there are “quite a lot” of unfulfilled orders from the President. This is reported on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers.

Ukraine is waiting for Russia’s offensive through the Donbass

Russia has deployed howitzers and dozens of tanks in the Donbas, in flagrant violation of the Minsk agreements, and is now preparing to commit a provocation. This statement was made by the joint Forces operation headquarters on its Facebook page. In this case, the APU refers to the OSCE SMM report of January 28, which was made on the basis of data provided by the drone.

Poland will buy 32 F-35 fighter jets from the United States

Poland on Friday will sign an agreement to buy 32 F-35 fighters from the United States, a deal that will cost Warsaw $ 4.6 billion. This was reported by RIA Novosti on January 31. The US will sell aircraft with logistics and training packages.

Turkey wants to build a military base near the capital of Libya

Turkey is actively discussing with the Libyan government of national accord (NTC) the construction of a military base near Tripoli. According to military sources, it is planned to place special forces and units of the Turkish air force on the base, as well as to equip a runway and a communication point.

The UN reported the mass arrival of foreign fighters in Libya

The situation in Libya continues to deteriorate, and the threat of renewed fighting is growing, said Hasan salame, special representative of the UN Secretary General in Libya, head of the UN mission to support Libya. According to him, militants from other countries started coming to the country EN masse.

Louis Tomlinson released his debut album

The album includes 12 tracks, including the already famous singles “Two of Us”, “Kill My Mind”, ” Don’t Let It Break Your Heart “and” Walls ” — the latter was co-written with Noel Gallagher.InterMedia reminds: this year Tomlinson will present a new album in Moscow.

Jason Statham and Kevin HART to star in action Comedy

Jason Statham and Kevin HART are in talks to participate in Sony Pictures ‘ action Comedy The man From Toronto. According to Variety, the project is directed by Patrick Hughes (“killer’s Bodyguard”, “the Expendables 3”), and the release is scheduled for November 20, 2020.

Kinotavr festival started in Moscow. Special Edition

A new international Kinotavr festival has opened in Moscow’s Karo 11 October cinema. Special Edition, the press service of the festival reported. The event will last until February 2.

Disney is casting black Actresses for the role of the “little Mermaid” sisters»

Disney began searching for black Actresses to play the sisters of the main character in the remake of “the little Mermaid”. This is reported by the DisInsider. The article notes that it is not yet known which artists the Studio is considering

Braids announced a new album and released the video ” Young Buck»

Canadian art rock band Braids announced the release of their new album “Shadow Offering” on April 24 and released a video for “Young Buck” on one of the tracks from it.



Gorillaz released the video for “Momentary Bliss»

British virtual band Gorillaz has released a video for ” Momentary Bliss “on a track from their new album”Song Machine Theme Tune”. The recording featured rapper Slowthai and British punk rock band Slaves.

Rachmaninoff’s complete works will be published for the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to prepare a plan for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Rachmaninoff in 2023. About the composer Sergey Rachmaninov was born on March 20 (April 1, new style) in 1873 in a noble family.

Liam Gallagher revealed an acoustic version of the latest album

Liam Gallagher released an acoustic record, “Acoustic Sessions”. It includes eight tracks: seven reworked tracks from the artist’s latest album, ” Why Me? Why Not.”, as well as a new version of the Oasis song “Sad Song”. The compilation was released on the Warner Music label.

Huawei has no plans to return to Google services

Because of the trade war with China, the US government has banned us companies from working with Huawei. As reported by today News Ufa with reference to one of the leaders of Huawei, the company is not going to use Google services again, even if the US completely removes all bans.

The European Parliament voted for the introduction of a single charging connector

The European Commission will develop a law requiring manufacturers of mobile devices sold in the EU to come to a common standard for charging mobile devices, according to Reuters. Members of the European Parliament voted 582 in favor of the resolution and 40 against, obliging the European Commission to develop new rules by July 2020

The service for cheating subscribers revealed the passwords of Instagram users

Social Captain startup, which helped increase the number of subscribers in the social network Instagram, revealed the passwords of several thousand users. In order for subscribers to “go up the hill”, you had to enter the username and password of your Instagram account on the online service’s website

From February 1, WhatsApp will stop working on older phones

On February 1, the popular WhatsApp messenger will stop working on older Android 2.3.7 and iOS 8 systems. According to today News Ufa, users are recommended to switch to devices running Android 4.0.3, iOS 9 and later in order to maintain access to the service

Physicists first saw a” solid ” quantum object

For the first time, Austrian and American physicists were able to photograph a “solid” quantum object, a glass nanoparticle consisting of 100 million atoms at once. This achievement significantly expands the boundaries of the laws of quantum mechanics, reported in the journal Science, citing data from researchers.

The existence of an anomalous form of matter is confirmed

French physicists from the Commissariat for atomic and alternative energy confirmed the conditions for the existence of an exotic form of matter. We are talking about the phase transition of hydrogen, which results in the formation of metallic hydrogen-a substance that is believed to be located in the depths of gas giant planets. This is reported in a press release on Phys.org.

Chemists synthesized an aromatic ring with 162 conjugated electrons

British scientists have synthesized a record-breaking aromatic ring with 162 conjugated electrons from 12 porphyrin parts linked by alkyn bridges. A study proving the feasibility of the hückel rule for large molecules is published in the journal Nature Chemistry.

Small doses of lithium can treat Alzheimer’s disease

Canadian experts said that with the help of micro-doses of lithium it is possible to cope with Alzheimer’s disease. The positive effect of this method of treatment was found as a result of experiments with laboratory mice. Such conclusions were reached by the staff of Mcgrill University.

A universal ointment for herpes virus and hepatitis has been created

A team of scientists from the UK and Switzerland published a study in which experts said they were able to conduct the first tests showing the effectiveness of a new sugar-based drug that can be used to treat HIV, hepatitis and the herpes virus. Antiviral medication has been created on the basis of sugar molecules derived from glucose called cyclodextrins.

The propulsion system of the electric liner will be tested in 2021

In 2021, the American startup Wright Electric will begin bench testing of the propulsion system for the promising Wright 1 passenger liner, which is being developed with the support of the British airline EasyJet. According to Flightglobal, within the next three years, the developers plan to conduct flight tests of the propulsion system

In the Barents sea, about 70% of the garbage is plastic

About 70% of the debris that scientists from Russia and Norway find in the Barents sea during joint expeditions is plastic. the situation is not catastrophic, but needs to be studied, Elena Eriksen, head of research programs in the Barents sea and the Arctic At the Norwegian Institute of marine research, told RIA Novosti

Scientists have found another proof of Einstein’s famous theory

Astrophysicists have demonstrated images in which the rotation of a celestial body twists space and time. This is the so-called “drag-and-drop effect”, which was discussed by the famous scientist. The results of the study were published in the journal Science.

The construction project of a Lunar village

The architectural company Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and the European space Agency are developing a housing project for a long stay on the moon. The settlement will be designed to withstand the extreme conditions of the lunar environment, with a Central focus on self-sufficiency, safety and flexibility. The site of construction is expected to be the edge of the Shackleton crater near the South pole.

American astronomers have uncovered the mysteries of the poles of Mars

According to experts, the presence of ice on the surface of the planet of the Solar system is due to a thin layer of carbon dioxide. This assumption has a right to life, since the Martian atmosphere is really 95% carbon dioxide