2 Feb, 2021

News digest for 02/01/2021

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia agrees with the requirement of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) to replace the suspended sentence with a real one for the founder of the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK, entered in the register of non-profit foreign agents) Alexei Navalny, the press service of the department reported.

This submission was recognized as legal and reasonable. Taking into account the above, the prosecutor’s office intends to defend its position in the court session, – the message says.

Since January 19, Navalny has been under arrest in the Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention center. On January 17, he was detained at the Sheremetyevo airport upon arrival from Germany, where he was undergoing treatment. On January 18, at a visiting session of the Khimki city court, he was arrested until February 15. He will take part in the session of the Simonovsky court of Moscow, where the Moscow department of the Federal Penitentiary Service filed a lawsuit to replace him with a suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case for a real term (3.5 years in prison). Navalny was supposed to appear at the Criminal Execution Inspectorate (UII) twice a month by a court decision of 2014.

Medvedev called it possible to disconnect Russia from the global network

Disconnecting Russia from the global network is possible, but the authorities have a plan of action in this case, said the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev in an interview with Russian media.

The Internet, as you know, appeared at a certain time and, of course, the key management rights are in the United States of America. So potentially, if something extraordinary happens, if someone’s head is completely blown off, this can happen. Precisely because the keys to this casket are overseas. <…> A plan, of course, we have how to act in such a situation, – said Medvedev

The military who staged the coup in Myanmar appointed interim president

Myanmar Vice President Myint Swee was appointed interim president following the military coup that took place in the country on February 1, 2020. Writes about this The Irrawaddy with reference to army television. Earlier, the Myanmar military announced the introduction of a state of emergency in the country for a period of one year. This decision was made due to rigged parliamentary elections

Latvia stops broadcasting Russian TV channels

The largest Latvian cable operator Tet from February 1 stops broadcasting Russian TV channels: Channel One, NTV Mir, Ren TV Baltiya, Kinokomediya and Kinomix. This is stated in the company’s statement.

Due to uncertainty about the right to provide TV channels and fears about non-compliance with the sanctions regime, Tet stops rebroadcasting channels PBK, NTV Mir, Ren TV Baltiya, Kinokomediya and Kinomiks, replacing them with other equivalent TV channels, the message says.

USA denied Vekselberg access to funds from personal accounts

The US Treasury does not give permission to access funds from the personal accounts of the owner of the Renova group of companies, Viktor Vekselberg. According to the billionaire, more than $ 1.5 billion was frozen on his accounts in foreign banks, he said in an interview with Forbes.

Roskomnadzor warned of fines for inaccurate publications about rallies

Roskomnadzor threatened that it would begin to fine and block information published on the Web that overstated the number of protesters at the rallies. The warning also applies to reports of alleged violence and clashes. The department announced this against the background of rallies in support of blogger Alexei Navalny …

Eight churches are being built in the east of Moscow according to the city program

Eight churches are being built on the territory of the Eastern Administrative District of the capital according to the city program, the press service of the curator of the program, State Duma deputy Vladimir Resin said.

The Eastern District includes 16 districts and was the second in terms of territory (6.13% of the city’s territory) and in terms of number of Moscow districts. More than one and a half million Muscovites live here and there are about 47 thousand citizens per church, while the task of the program for the district is to reduce this figure by almost half, to 25 thousand residents of the Eastern Administrative District for one temple complex, the press service noted.

Today, 32 Orthodox churches operate on the territory of the VAO, which are located in 12 districts of the district.

Russian citizens would like to find additional income

Every sixth Russian resident, having a main job, is forced to do a part-time job. This is indicated by a study carried out by the SuperJob portal. It is noted that 65 percent of respondents are employed in one place, but want to earn extra money. 18 percent of the respondents have no additional income, they are not looking for a part-time job.

The tariff of the Platon system has been increased since February 1

From February 1, 2021, the tariff of the Platon commercial vehicle collection system has been indexed by 14 kopecks and amounts to 2.34 rubles per kilometer.

The wealth of the richest Russians is growing

The aggregate fortune of the richest Russians in January grew by $ 1.37 billion, RIA Novosti calculated based on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index (BBI).

Ukrainian regulator lowers gas distribution tariffs for operators

The National Commission of Ukraine has lowered the maximum tariff for gas distribution to 1.79 hryvnia per cubic meter for 13 operators.

As part of this decision, the maximum tariff for all gas distribution enterprises is 1.79 hryvnia per one cubic meter per month of the volume of ordered capacity for each consumer, excluding VAT, – said the representative of the regulator Oksana Krivenko following the meeting, which was broadcast on YouTube.

The cost of gasoline Ai-92 for the week increased by 13 kopecks

Average retail prices for AI-92 gasoline in Russia from January 25 to January 29, 2021, increased by 13 kopecks compared to the previous week, to 44.06 rubles per liter.

Food prices in the Russian Federation in 2020 rose in price faster than in the EU

The increase in food prices in the Russian Federation in 2020 amounted to 7.9%, while food prices in the EU increased by 1.1%, according to the data of the Federal Statistics Service (Rosstat) published on Friday.

Russia took 20th place in the ranking of gasoline availability

On February 1, 2021, it became known that the Russian Federation took the 20th place in the European rating of gasoline availability, located between the Czech Republic and Greece. This is evidenced by the rating data prepared by RIA Rating on the basis of the amount of gasoline that can be purchased for an average monthly salary.

The ranking is topped by Luxembourg, where the average monthly salary is enough to buy 3.1 thousand liters of gasoline. The second place was taken by Norway (2.7 thousand liters of gasoline), the third, fourth and fifth – by Austria, Ireland and Great Britain (2.2 thousand). Russians can buy 912 liters of gasoline with an average monthly salary. The rating is closed by Ukraine, where only 393 liters of gasoline can be purchased for an average monthly salary.

The Russians scored a record number of microloans in history

The Russians issued almost two million microloans in December last year, writes RIA Novosti, citing data from the Equifax credit bureau.

In the last month of the year, the Russians collected 3.1 percent more loans than in November. This number turned out to be a record in history. On average, there were 1.8 loans per borrower last year. The average loan size increased by five percent over the month (to 14.5 thousand rubles), which also became a record. As a result, the volume of issued loans increased by 8.1 percent (up to 28.7 billion rubles).

The French Foreign Ministry considers the adopted sanctions against Russia insufficient

The sanctions were adopted … But we must clearly say that this is not enough, we must move on. I think the Nord Stream option is being considered. Today it is a German decision, because the pipeline is located in Germany. We have always said that we have big doubts about this project in this context, – said the Secretary of State at the French Foreign Ministry, Clement Bon, on the air of France Inter radio station, answering a question about possible new EU measures in connection with the Alexei Navalny case.

Putin instructed to develop additional requirements for foreign IT companies

Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed his administration and the government to develop proposals for additional requirements for foreign IT companies operating on the Russian Internet. The order of the Russian leader was published on January 28 on the Kremlin website.

The government stopped purchases of Russian office software

Until the end of 2022, the government has suspended centralized purchases of Russian office and anti-virus software for the needs of federal authorities. Such a decision was published on the portal of legal information.

In November 2020, the Ministry of Digital Industry proposed not to suspend, but to completely abandon the centralized state purchases of Russian office and antivirus software, since the practice of such purchases led to negative results: to a reduction in the useful life of the software.

The ministry attributed this to the insufficiently effective collection of information about the government’s need for antivirus and office software licenses, the lengthy process of transferring licenses, the lack of centralized tools for monitoring the activation date and volume of use of software licenses.

Scientists demanded to stop the violence of security forces at rallies

More than 70 Russian-speaking scientists working in universities around the world wrote an open letter urging the Russian authorities to stop harshly suppressing protests and to ensure the right of citizens to peaceful assembly.

Banks removed from Russia a third of gold reserves

In 2020, Russian banks arranged a sale of gold accumulated in storage facilities. According to the results of the year, the reserves of precious metals in credit institutions decreased by 38%, Interfax calculated based on the data of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

Since April, a special flight has been organized for the prompt delivery of ingots to the UK, which is the largest trading hub for precious metals. The liners flew to London at least once a week. At the same time, the Russian government decided to issue general export licenses to mining companies, de facto opening the door to export almost all of the gold mined in the country.

At the end of the year, gold exports from Russia grew 2.5 times and reached 320 tons. This brought $ 18.5 billion in foreign currency earnings – 4.4 times more than a year earlier.

In the army or for forced labor in special camps

In Ulyanovsk, the governor’s IT advisor, member of the United Russia party, Svetlana Openysheva, proposes to send all protesters young people to the army or to forced labor in special camps

Young people are chanting “we demand changes”. I have a question – which ones. If it were my will, I would issue a decree for all those requiring changes – I sent the guys into the army, and the girls to forced labor in special camps for the benefit of our Motherland, – this is how Openysheva spoke about those who took to the streets in tg-chat today.

The governor’s adviser notes that when she gave birth to three children, there were not so many support measures as there was now, so there is nothing to speak. Openysheva also warmly supports the idea of ​​expelling all students at the meeting from educational institutions. Openysheva’s name has surfaced more than once in the media. Either she takes a selfie in a chocolate bath, or she advises an insulin-dependent woman on the verge of exhaustion to eat.

The authorities of the United Arab Emirates offer citizenship of their country

The authorities of the United Arab Emirates have passed amendments to the law, which will allow certain categories of foreigners to obtain citizenship of this country. Citizenship applications will be reviewed by the government and local executive offices. Investors, inventors, scientists, doctors, artists and their families will be able to apply for citizenship. Specific criteria are defined for each category.

“We have adopted amendments to the law that allow granting UAE citizenship. The new decree aims to attract talented people who will contribute to our development, ”- said the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Twitter.

Neuralink startup Elon Musk implanted a chip in a monkey’s brain

Elon Musk, a neurotechnological startup Neuralink, which is developing an interface for connecting the brain to a computer, successfully implanted a chip in the monkey’s brain, after which it was able to play video games using its brain.

Musk noted that the implanted implant is invisible, and the monkey is “happy”. According to the entrepreneur, Neuralink expects the experimental monkeys to play intelligent ping-pong with each other.