3 Feb, 2020

News digest for 02/01-02/2020

70% of Russians admitted that they save money

According to the Conference Board’s global consumer confidence survey, which was conducted jointly with Nielsen, Russia fell to 61 out of 64 places in terms of consumer confidence, ahead only of Ukraine (63 points) and behind Belarus (71 points) and Italy (70 points).

The number of those who reduce clothing costs has increased to 59% (+3%). Many Russians started buying cheaper food products, 56% (+2%) said. There are more people who save on entertainment outside the home (54%, +2%), buying household appliances (38%, +3%), and entertainment at home (36%, +7%). A private car was used less frequently (19%, +4%).

The behavior of our fellow citizens was influenced by the state of the economy. More than a quarter of respondents (28%) are concerned about rising food prices, while 26% are concerned about rising electricity and gas tariffs. Another 19% are in doubt about the future of the Russian economy. Also, Russians are afraid that they can cut their salaries or get fired. The number of optimists about their careers has dropped to 21%

The cost of living in Russia will be reduced by 3.7%

The Ministry of labor of Russia has proposed to reduce the living wage for the fourth quarter of 2019. It is proposed to set it at the amount of 10,609 rubles. the Corresponding draft order was submitted by the Ministry of labor on January 28, RBC reports

About 1,300 outdated Soviet acts will lose their force on February 1

The Ministry of justice of Russia at the end of 2019, as part of the reform of control and supervision activities, called “regulatory guillotine”, has submitted to the abolition of more than 3.7 thousand government acts of the USSR and almost 1.3 thousand acts of the Russian Federation and the RSFSR.

Poland insists on the right to receive reparations from Russia

Poland’s Deputy foreign Minister Pavel Yablonsky said his country has an “unconditional” right to receive reparations from Russia for damage from world war II. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to Polish radio.

The UK officially left the European Union

Following the official exit from the European Union, a transition period has come into force, which will last until December 31, 2020. This 11-month period of time was specifically agreed in order to avoid the shocks that Brexit could cause

The US has restricted entry to citizens of six countries

The US has imposed visa restrictions on citizens of six countries because of the way these States “deal with security,” an administration official said. Citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Eritrea and Myanmar will not be able to apply for a visa for immigration to the United States, Tanzania and Sudan have been banned from participating in the visa lottery.

In 2017, the US imposed a ban on entry for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, and Iraq. Earlier it was reported that Belarus could also be banned.

Stephen king criticized Facebook and deleted his profile

Writer Stephen king said that he was deleting his account from the social network Facebook, explaining his decision to worry about the security of personal data.

“I’m deleting from Facebook. I am not happy with the flow of false information that is allowed in his political ads. I’m also not sure about its ability to protect users ‘personal data,” king wrote on Twitter.

In Bulgaria, desecrated the monument ” Alyosha»

On the basis of the monument, unknown persons wrote in red letters “We have not forgotten” and “we will not forgive”. The media reported that the attackers damaged the monument for the second time in the last 15 days, RIA Novosti reported.

In the Krasnoyarsk region, the teacher’s office was moved to the toilet

Teachers of secondary school No. 41 in the city of ilansky in the Krasnoyarsk territory are forced to work in a former toilet. “Relocation” of the teaching staff to the ladies ‘ room was a solution to the problem of lack of space. This is reported by the local public “I live in Krasnoyarsk

Several regional media outlets wrote about the emergency school in Ilansk last November. Due to the fact that the brick walls in the institution without waterproofing, the building structures began to collapse. The government of the Krasnoyarsk territory reported that it is aware of the situation. According to the authorities, the actual volume of work exceeded the expected one. in this regard, new design and estimate documentation is being developed to carry out major repairs.

Zuckerberg promised to anger many with Facebook’s new approach to content

Facebook intends to adopt a new approach to content posted on the social network, which involves protecting the freedom of expression of authors and ensuring data encryption. This was stated by co-founder and CEO mark Zuckerberg at the silicon Slots summit in Utah, CNN reports.

The Supreme court refused to review the sentence of Konstantin Kotov

Kotov’s lawyer, Maria Eismont, explained in her Facebook post that the Supreme court refused to review the sentence because the constitutional court in its ruling did not recognize criminal article 212.1, under which Kotov was convicted, does not correspond to the Constitution.

Earlier, the constitutional court ordered to review the case of activist Konstantin Kotov. And the Prosecutor General’s office, President Vladimir Putin instructed to check the legality of the criminal prosecution of the person involved in the” Moscow case ” Konstantin Kotov

Putin instructed to study the issue of increasing responsibility for insults

Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the presidential administration, together with the government of the Russian Federation, to consider increasing responsibility for insults. Options for improving mechanisms for refuting false information should also be proposed.

“To analyze … law enforcement and judicial practice in cases of protection of honor and dignity initiated in connection with the dissemination of information in the information and telecommunications network “Internet” that discredits the honor or dignity of a citizen, ” the report says

The Patriarch suggested that faith in God should be included in the Constitution

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia urged believers to “pray and work” so that the preamble to the Constitution mentions God, RIA Novosti reports. He noted that “the majority” in Russia believe in God – whether they are Christians, Muslims or followers of other faiths.

“We will help ensure that such a lofty idea as faith in God is present in our Constitution,” Vladimir Legoyda, Chairman of the Synodal Department for relations between the Church and society and the media of the Moscow Patriarchate, quoted the Patriarch in his Telegram channel.

Pompeo urged Kazakhstan to cooperate with US companies

“Partnering with American companies will provide the best result for any state,” Pompeo explained.

The US Secretary of state noted the possible benefits of such cooperation for the agricultural and oil and gas sectors of the Republic.

Rosstat named the regions with the largest population loss

Rosstat announced statistics on the estimate of the permanent population in Russian regions, according to Rossiyskaya Gazeta. The largest decrease in population was recorded in three Federal districts – the Volga (110.8 thousand people), the Siberian (54.2 thousand) and the far East (21.3 thousand).

The happiness index of Russians reached a minimum

As a result of a survey conducted by the research holding “ROMIR” for the Gallup International Association, it became known that at the end of 2019, the happiness index of Russian residents fell to the minimum index. The survey data showed that in Russia, 42% of people consider themselves happy, and 18% of respondents feel unhappy.

At the same time, 59% of respondents in the world recognized themselves as happy, and 11% were unhappy%

A Chinese citizen complained about conditions in a Russian hospital

Chinese citizen Wang Yunbing, who was hospitalized with a coronavirus in the regional infectious diseases hospital of Transbaikalia, complained about poor conditions of detention and treatment in a medical institution. This is reported by “Chita.Ru».

“Doctors do not tell me that I am infected, and do not give me the results of tests. I learned that I may be infected from the news, ” he said.

A Chinese citizen also complained about the quality of surveillance. According to him, many doctors do not work at the end of the week.

Robots started serving those infected with coronavirus in China

In one of the hospitals in the province of Guangzhou in China, two robots began serving infected with a new type of kronavirus, according to the Daily Mail. Two people with artificial intelligence began to bring medicine and food to the patients. They also collect bed linen and garbage.

A transparent hotel has appeared in the jungles of Thailand

Hotel in the form of transparent bubbles are located near the Mekong and Ruak rivers. The mini-hotel is located on a small platform with stairs. The area of one “bubble” is 22 square meters, they placed a bed and a living room, on the platform there is also a bathroom with a shower, the walls are covered with dark material. The room is maintained at a comfortable temperature thanks to the air conditioning system. Each guest is also provided with Slippers, bathrobes, fresh bed linen, toiletries, a Hairdryer and a mirror. The cost of a night in such a hotel starts from $560 for two.

The largest Russian banks have reduced the rates of ruble deposits

Over the past week, 5 of the 10 largest banks in Russia have reduced the rates of ruble deposits, Vedomosti reported. According to experts, this is how banks are preparing for another reduction in the key rate.

There was a scientific explanation for the stupidity of people

The Popular mechanics portal published the results of research by scientists from the University of science and technology of China, which explain why even the smartest people do stupid things. The uncertainty on which the theories of quantum mechanics are based was to blame.

So, if you subordinate the decision-making algorithm to the laws of quantum mechanics, then a person will certainly encounter such a concept as uncertainty that exists in the quantum universe. That is, a person facing a choice cannot fully calculate the result of their choice. In such a situation, he chooses the path that, in his opinion, will lead to success, and is driven by the thought “what if something happens”. The Achilles ‘ heel lies in the fact that when choosing a person starts from the intended reward (“carrot”), and not punishment (“whip”).

The law on fines for foreign media has come into force

A monetary penalty was imposed for violation of the established procedure of activity. For individuals, the fine will be 10 thousand rubles, for officials — 50 thousand, for organizations — 500 thousand. In case of repeated violation, the amount will increase to 50 thousand, 100 thousand and 1 million rubles. A maximum fine of up to 5 million rubles will be imposed on legal entities for gross violation of the media activity procedure recognized as a foreign agent. The document was published on the official Internet portal of legal information.

Russia will ban children from public transport

The bill, which provides for a ban on dropping children off from public transport for unpaid travel, will be adopted in all regions of the Russian Federation. This was stated by the Secretary of the General Council of the United Russia party, Andrey Turchak, during a meeting with young doctors in Nizhny Novgorod.

These laws will be adopted in all regions, without exception, in all regions — Andrey Turchak, Russian politician

From February, the rules for obtaining Schengen visas will change

From February 2, 2020, the updated EU Visa code comes into force.multiple entry permits will be issued under different rules, ATOR reports.

A five-year Schengen visa will be available to travelers who have already had a multiple-entry and correctly used Schengen visa for at least two years in the past three years. At the same time, experts fear that there will be more single-entry visas. In particular, applicants who are traveling to Europe for the first time will only receive an entry permit for the duration of the trip.

Russia has started supplying electricity to Abkhazia

Electricity supplies from Russia to Abkhazia began on February 1, the press service of RUE Chernomorenergo reports. Abkhazia in January asked Russia to import electricity to the Republic because of the low water level in The javar reservoir of the Ingur HPP.

Owner of Lipton and Brooke Bond is preparing to sell his tea business

The British-Dutch Unilever Corporation, one of the largest tea producers under the Lipton, Brooke Bond and PG Tips brands, can offer its assets to other representatives of the tea business in full or in part.

The Central Bank of Russia will repeat its attempt to sell the Asia-Pacific Bank

The Central Bank of Russia will try for the second time to sell the Asia-Pacific Bank (ATB), which has undergone reorganization, according to the message of the Bank of Russia. A year earlier, no bids were submitted for the auction. The Bank’s reorganization was overseen by the banking sector consolidation Fund (FCBS).

The tax service requested data on the number of tourists and income from travel agents

The Federal tax service sent letters to travel agents across the country asking them to provide information about tourists sent on vacation in 2017-2019. In some cases, in addition to data on tourists, taxpayers were asked for a full range of tax documentation, including a transcript of income and expense items, accounts receivable and accounts payable, as well as a staff list indicating salaries and employee data. They also called the tax authority to give explanations. Copies of different versions of letters are available to the editorial Board Profi.Travel.

The FSB employee turned out to be the owner of SOGAZ shares»

A former employee of the special unit of the FSB “Vimpel” Dmitry Baykovsky was the owner of 5% of the shares of Russia’s largest insurance company “SOGAZ”, reported The Bell. The cost of the package is estimated at $440-470 million

Transneft will stop sharing information with Reuters

The Russian company Transneft accused Reuters of providing false information and imposed an embargo on the transfer of data to the news Agency. The Reuters publication that sparked the conflict was released on January 30.

The authorities of Bashkiria to support light industry

The head of Bashkiria, Radiy Khabirov, said that the authorities of the Republic plan to increase funding for the program to support light industry at times. He complained that the majority of enterprises in this industry have outdated equipment and need to be replaced urgently.

Therefore, we have a task to help modernize our light industry. Starting this year, we will reimburse up to 50% of the cost of new equipment from the budget. We have already reserved funds for these purposes in the budget in 2020 and 2021. You will laugh, but in General, about 130 million rubles were pledged to support our entire light industry until 2025. We are increasing the funding for this program by several times – up to 1.5 billion rubles! – Khabirov wrote in his social networks.

40% of Russians who want to take a mortgage do not have money for the first installment

Russians need up to five years to save for the first mortgage payment on their own, Raiffeisenbank has learned. But only 62% of Russians save money. Others do not have their own money for the first installment, they rely on the sale of property, maternity capital and consumer loans

Platon system tariff increased

Starting from February 1, 2020, the tariff of the Platon heavy cargo charging system has been indexed by 16 kopecks and is 2.2 rubles per kilometer. The tariff for” Platon ” is planned to be increased in stages, the next indexation will take place in February 2021. As reported in the Ministry of transport of the Russian Federation, the increase will be 15 cents, that is, up to 2.35 rubles per kilometer. Further, the indexation will be carried out from February 1 of each calendar year on the amount of annual inflation, according to forecasts, approximately 4%.

Russian bombers found near the borders of the United States and Canada

The North American aerospace defense command (NORAD) reported that on January 31, Tu-160 entered the canadian air defense identification zone near the borders of the United States and Canada. At the same time, Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and did not enter the airspace of the United States or Canada.

Trump lifted the ban on the use of anti-personnel mines

Us President Donald trump has lifted the ban imposed by the Obama administration on the use of anti-personnel mines, according to a statement issued on Friday By white house press Secretary Stephanie Grisham

Zelensky invited the United States to develop the black sea shelf

President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky invited American companies to participate in oil and gas production in Ukraine, including the development of sections of the black sea shelf. This was reported by the press service of the Ukrainian President following his talks with US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo in Kiev.

The US state Department demanded that Russia return Crimea to Ukraine

The US will impose sanctions against Russia as long as Crimea is part of the Russian Federation, state Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus wrote on Twitter. Also, the diplomat again accused Moscow of participating in the fighting in the Donbass, while the Russian authorities indicate that Russia is not a party to the conflict.

Erdogan has threatened a new military operation in Syria

The head of Turkey believes that it is necessary to resume hostilities. This will happen if the situation in Idlib province is not resolved quickly.

Recall that since January 9, Turkey and Russia have imposed a ceasefire in the Idlib de-escalation zone. The truce was able to hold for no more than a day. After that, the Syrian army resumed its military operation.

After an attack of epilepsy, they were taken to a detox and beaten

A resident of St. Petersburg said that his wife after an epilepsy attack, doctors mistakenly sent her to a sobering-up unit, and on the way to the hospital — beat her. The patient left the hospital in a torn coat, with a broken phone, bruises on her neck and marks from binding on her hands. She said that she was fixed, beaten in the face, strangled, insulted, threatened to kill. On the evening of January 31, Vyacheslav (the victim’s husband) wrote a statement to the 6th police Department of the Kalininsky district.

Lukashenko thanked Pompeo for his visit to Minsk

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that he is grateful to US Secretary of state Michael Pompeo for his visit to Minsk after a long period of misunderstanding between the countries. The Belarusian leader said this when meeting with Pompeo on Saturday.

“It’s good that you’re after a different kind of misunderstanding in the relations between Belarus and the United States, baseless misunderstandings from the past authorities [USA] dare to come to Minsk and see this country – that is for the people, what people, what kind of dictatorship, what democracy is there,” – said Lukashenko.

Official trailer for fast and furious 9″

Published the first official trailer for the movie “fast and furious 9” directed by Justin Lin. The video features VIN Diesel’s characters, Michelle Rodriguez, Natalie Emmanuel, and son Gana’s character, Khan Sol-O, who was presumed dead at the end of the franchise’s sixth film.



Mel Gibson and Danny Glover to star in ” Lethal weapon 5»

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover agreed to star in the movie “Lethal weapon 5”. According to the project’s producer Dan Lin, the film will unfold 22 years after the events shown in “Lethal weapon 4”, and the main characters will again be detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh.

Squarepusher has released a new album “Be up a Hello»

The network has released the 19th Studio album by British electronic artist Thomas Jenkinson, known under the pseudonym Squarepusher. “Be up a Hello”, consisting of nine tracks, was the musician’s first full-length release since 2015.

“Aquarium” made a video about the relationship between wolves and grandmothers

In the animated video made by students of the Animation and noise laboratory, the story of strange relationships drawn in the naive style of grandmothers, wolves and people in red caps is told, in accordance with the plot of the song



145 years since the birth of violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler

Having studied successfully in Vienna and Paris, he was already successfully touring America at the age of 13. Nevertheless, the violinist considered continuing his father’s work and taking up medicine. But, having received a more than warm welcome during concerts in Russia, he continued his performing career.

Kreisler also entered the history of music as a composer. He wrote mostly miniatures, but his two operettas “Apple blossom “and” Zizi ” were a huge success. And Kreisler owns a lot of transcriptions, designed for a poorly prepared audience or for the performance of children, as well as for performers-virtuosos. But most importantly, colleagues and contemporaries noted the incredible goodwill of Fritz Kreisler. He always supported young musicians and spent all the fees for the rest of his days on charity.

Saint Petersburg was declared the capital of Total dictation in 2020.

The city received the most votes of the jury in the final of the competition, beating Vologda, Kazan and Tambov. The St. Petersburg team intends to organize the main platform for 500 seats in the Winter Palace, and on April 1 to lay the foundations of a new tradition – to hold a March for literacy. The winning city will also be the final destination of the traditional “Total journey”, which will start in March in Tallinn. It was the capital of the project last year. In 2018, Total dictation hosted Vladivostok.

Lil Wayne has released a new album

New Orleans-born rapper Lil Wayne released a new album, “Funeral”, which includes 24 tracks, including joint recordings with 2 Chainz, Lil Baby, Jay Rock, deceased XXXTentacion, Takeoff, and other artists.

XI international Mstislav Rostropovich festival

From 27 to 31 March, Moscow will host the XI international Mstislav Rostropovich festival. The event will take place on the stage Of the great hall of the Conservatory. The festival was established By the Rostropovich Foundation for cultural and humanitarian programs in 2010.

The national gallery in London was accused of inflating the cost of the ” Savior of the world”

An expert on old master paintings, Charles hope, made an accusation against the National gallery in London. In his opinion, it contributed to the overestimation of the cost of the “Savior of the world” by Leonardo da Vinci. The painting sold for more than $ 450 million in 2017. The expert is sure that the Museum’s management made a mistake when exhibiting the painting in 2011, did not inform the public about doubts about its authenticity.

The painting “Savior of the world” in 2005 was bought for almost 10 thousand dollars. At the time, everyone thought it was a copy. After the painting was presented at an exhibition at the national gallery in London in 2011, the painting acquired the status of a masterpiece that really belonged to Leonardo’s brush. As a result, it became the most expensive work of art sold at auction.

Moby posted a video for the new track

American DJ and composer Richard Melville Hall, better known as Moby, released a video for the song Power Is Taken. The track is included on Moby’s new album All Visible Objects, which will be released on March 6.



Apple has started test production of the expected iPhone 9

Sources in China, who are connected with the supply chain, reported the start of test production of the expected iPhone 9 smartphone. Apple’s new development is also known as the iPhone SE 2. According to the company’s plans, mass production will be launched in the middle of next month.

Zuckerberg told how he is going to make money on WhatsApp

Various commercial and corporate services can be used for this purpose. Zuckerberg paid great attention to the development of the WhatsApp Pay payment system outside of India. He noted that the team is working to ensure that money via WhatsApp can be sent as easily and quickly as photos.

At the same time, Zuckerberg noted that the company is considering “many different approaches.” One of the options is the function of selling and buying goods between ordinary users directly through the messenger. Another is to create “storefronts” for products from different companies, so that users can make purchases from brands via messenger.

Meditation apps generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue

The popularity of a healthy lifestyle has a positive effect not only on those who adhere to it, but also on those who help them in this. In 2019, the revenue of top meditation apps increased by half, according to the publication Sensor Tower.

Last year, the ten most popular mobile apps for meditation earned $195 million, which is 52% more than a year earlier – in 2018, such services brought their owners $128 million And in 2015, the revenue of the most popular apps in this area was only $8 million.

Apps for yoga and mindfulness practice can’t boast the same success. In the top ten in this category since 2015, Calm services with revenue of $92 million in 2019 and Headspace, whose revenue for the last year amounted to $56 million, compared to 2018, their earnings increased by 46% and 33%, respectively.

Xiaomi unveils mijia youpin Wellskins acne cleaner

The mijia youpin Wellskins acne cleaner appeared on Xiaomi’s proprietary crowdfunding platform, which allows you to quickly and noticeably improve your skin condition. The cost of the device, according to the Igeekphone portal, is only twenty-six American dollars.

China has developed a new method for controlling blue algae in water bodies

The corresponding research was carried out by a team of scientists from the Nanjing Institute of geography and Limnology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Scientist GU Xiaozhi said that the breakthrough of the study is to develop a new composite substance that can quickly cause algae that gather on the surface to sink to the bottom. This process does not generate harmful compounds and contributes to the effective assimilation of nutrients contained in algae in the natural ecosystem of the reservoir