4 Feb, 2021

News digest for 02/03/2021

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov did not comment on the court’s decision to change the suspended sentence of Alexei Navalny to a real one, reports RIA Novosti.

“No way. This is a court decision, which we simply do not have the right to comment on, ”Peskov answered the relevant question.

Peskov justified the actions of the police at the actions in support of Navalny

Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian President, considers tough measures by the police against the protesters in support of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny to be justified.

Lavrov sent a video to the European Union about violence against protesters in the West

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has sent a video demonstrating violence against protesters in the West to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.

Boris Johnson called the court decision in the Navalny case “sheer cowardice”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for the release of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, whom the Simonovsky court of Moscow sent to a colony for 2 years and 8 months the day before.

Finland joined in condemning Navalny’s verdict

President of the country Sauli Niinistö called the court’s decision to replace the suspended sentence of the Russian oppositionist with a real one, Yle reports. He noted that in the Finnish and European legal systems, the suspended sentence cannot be replaced by a real one due to such violations.

“The decision is not in line with our legal traditions or the Finnish legal system,” Niinistö stressed.

In turn, Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto considers the verdict unfounded.

Macron reacted to Navalny’s prison sentence

French President Emmanuel Macron reacted to the real prison term for Alexei Navalny, which was handed down to the Russian the day before. Macron posted his reaction on his Twitter page. It is noteworthy that the French leader published the record in Russian.

The verdict for Alexei Navalny is inadmissible. Political disagreement is by no means a crime. We call for his immediate release, ”wrote Macron.

The President also reminded that the observance of human rights and democratic freedoms cannot be a subject of discussion.

Russia will strengthen the grouping of ground forces in the Kaliningrad region

Russia is building up its ground forces in the Kaliningrad region. Izvestia reports this with reference to its own sources in the Russian Defense Ministry.

UN Human Rights alarmed by Navalny’s verdict

The UN Human Rights Office has responded to the sentencing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Representatives of the organization expressed deep concern over the decision of the Russian court. Politicians believe that the oppositionist’s case needs to be reviewed.

F-35 during the exercise “hacked” the Russian air defense system

American fifth-generation F-35 fighters during the exercise were able to “hack” the Russian air defense system and destroy it, observers of the Popular Mechanics reported. According to the authors of the material, aircraft that imitated the Russian Su-30 were also involved in the training battle.

In the United States created a project of an engine for express flights to Mars

Fatima Ibrahim, physicist at the Princeton Laboratory of Plasma Physics, proposed a new type of interplanetary rocket engine. How the engine works is described in the Journal of Plasma Physics article.

Robots that do not require charging or refueling

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered how to create materials that break and shed, relying only on the flow of energy from the environment. This study, published in the journal Nature Materials and funded by the US Army, could enable future military robots to use their own energy.

Merkel and Biden discuss Nord Stream 2

During the conversation, the American side outlined its position, writes the Handelsblatt newspaper with reference to an American civil servant close to the issue. It is noted that the United States wants to see a package solution from Germany to solve the problem. The priority of the Biden administration, like that of the previous American government, remains to weaken the dependence of Europeans on Russian natural gas and to include Ukraine in the European gas infrastructure.

Alibaba Group Founder Removed from China Entrepreneurship List

The most famous Chinese businessman, founder of the Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, was not mentioned in an article published in the state-owned Shanghai Securities News. On the day the e-commerce giant reported its quarterly profit, Huawei and Ren Zhengfei, Xiaomi and Lei Jun, BYD and Wang Chuanfu were on the pages of the publication instead of Alibaba Group and Jack Ma. This “element of disfavor” for Jack Ma is considered a hint of the entrepreneur’s problems with the authorities after Ma’s speech in Shanghai on October 24, in which he criticized the authorities and major market players, writes Reuters.

Ex-head of state company in China executed for bribes

Former party secretary and chairman of state-owned China Huarong Asset Management Co. Lai Xiaomin, 58, was sentenced to death on January 5 and executed by the Tianjin Second Municipal Intermediate People’s Court on January 29. His property was also confiscated. This is reported by the Chinese international news channel CGTN.

Cyprus refuses to distribute “golden passports”

The Cypriot authorities have refused to return to the distribution of “golden passports”, a citizenship in exchange for investment program canceled in 2020. This was announced by President Nikos Anastasiades in a public speech. His words are quoted by Reuters.

The gaps and weaknesses of this scheme allowed some candidates to abuse it, ”the president said and assured that they would not look for a replacement for the scheme.

California Pension Fund adds share to RIOT

The $ 441 billion California state pension fund increased its stake in bitcoin mining Riot Blockchain (RIOT) almost sevenfold in the fourth quarter of last year amid skyrocketing bitcoin prices.

Tokyo supports G7’s position on Navalny

Official Tokyo expresses solidarity with the heads of the G7 foreign ministries regarding the arrest of Alexei Navalny. This was announced on Wednesday, February 3, by the General Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers Katsunobu Kato.

The foreign ministers of the G7 countries, like the high representative of the EU, even before the court’s decision, stated that Navalny’s arrest was “politically motivated”. They noted that the arrests of thousands of participants in unauthorized rallies in support of Navalny throughout the country are also worrying.

US Air Force bombers deployed in Norway for the first time

More than 200 American soldiers and a squadron of B-1 Lancer supersonic strategic bombers were deployed to Norway. According to the press service of the US European Command, the Americans are stationed at the Norwegian airbase Erland. They will have to provide support to American pilots. Those, in turn, will practice maneuvers in the Far North.

Six people detained in the us who changed the Hollywood memorial sign

US police have detained six people who changed the famous Hollywood sign located on the slope of Mount Lee in the American city of Los Angeles, California, to Hollyboob, according to the local Los Angeles Times, citing police.

The perpetrators said they changed the label because they wanted to attract public attention and warn people about the problem of breast cancer

According to law enforcement officers, this incident cannot be considered as an act of vandalism, since the famous inscription was not damaged. As the newspaper notes, the violators simply covered certain parts of the letters with a tarp.

Curved radiation discovered, opening up new physics

The European Space Agency mission came up with an unexpected surprise. While mapping the sky from the images they take, astronomers have discovered polarized dust outside the galaxy. They do not exclude that this dust is a curved radiation, namely, the very first light of the ancient universe. And if this is true, scientists will have to rethink traditional physics.

Humans forced wild animals to travel longer distances

Human activities force wildlife to move and travel longer distances, which can reduce their survival and reproductive success. This conclusion was reached by Australian scientists after analyzing data on the movement of representatives of 167 species. As noted in an article for the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, tourism, hunting and transportation are causing more of a shift in animal movements than agriculture and deforestation. It is interesting that the representatives of some species in response to the presence of people began to move less actively – and this is fraught with a violation of the existing ecological ties.

Geologists have created a new timeline for climate change

Geologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been able to reconstruct the time scale of Earth’s temperature during the early Paleozoic era – from 510 to 440 million years ago. The new timeline is more accurate than the previous ones. The research is published in the journal PNAS.

The maximum temperature, according to the data obtained, was in the region of 50 ° C and was recorded about 480 million years ago. The minimum temperature was observed at the end of the Early Paleozoic, when the temperature dropped to about 26 ° C.

Scientists have shown the evolution of a black hole in the laboratory

A group of scientists was able to simulate the behavior of a black hole in the laboratory, which is called a reverse reaction. A related study was published in the journal APS Physics.

Instagram users can now get back posts and stories deleted from the web.

As the press service of the social network reported on its blog, users will be able to return deleted Stories within 24 hours. All other publications can be restored within 30 days

In addition, the developers have created a special program for the social network that will improve the security of personal accounts. Now it will be more difficult for hackers to hack Instagram and delete other people’s posts, since the service has introduced additional verification.

Gazprom decided to abandon gas sales in Dagestan

Gazprom decided to abandon the business of selling gas and gas distribution in Dagestan, since it is unprofitable due to non-payments of the population for gas. This was reported by Kommersant with reference to a letter from the head of the company, Alexei Miller, to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

Russian banks began to refuse mortgages

Banks in Russia began to refuse to issue mortgages to citizens more often. As it became known to “Region online”, failures can reach 40% of the volume of all applications received by banks. But the exact statistics on the market have not yet been provided. It is only known that in some financial organizations there may be 15% of refusals, in others all 40%

Debts of Russian bankrupt companies

As reported by RBC with reference to the calculations of the Russian rating agency National Credit Ratings, the debt of Russian bankrupt companies to suppliers, contractors, personnel and budgets has reached 1.9 trillion rubles, or 3.8% of the debt in Russia

In case of bankruptcy of companies, no more than 5% of the debt is returned. That is, the real sector of the economy has lost about 1.8 trillion rubles.

VTB retail loan portfolio in 2020

VTB’s retail loan portfolio in 2020 grew by 12% to RUB 3.691 trillion, sales – by 17% to RUB 1.747 trillion. This is stated in the message of the bank.

Bunge from the USA decided to sell the Rostov grain terminal

According to media reports, the American trader of agricultural raw materials Bunge is considering the sale of the Rostov grain terminal. The Russian and global offices of Bunge did not answer Kommersant’s questions. Messrs Shaidaev and Chemerichko declined to comment. The Rostov grain terminal serves vessels of the “river-sea” class with a cargo capacity of up to 5.5 thousand tons, the transshipment capacity is 700 thousand tons per year.

The level of debt burden of Russians on consumer loans and mortgages

The central bank reported that, on average, in the fourth quarter of 2020, Russians spent 61% of their income on consumer loan payments. At the same time, 56% of their incomes were spent on mortgages by citizens, reports Elizaveta Danilova, director of the financial stability department of the Central Bank.

Belarus expects the second tranche of the loan from Russia

The Ministry of Finance of Belarus plans to receive the second tranche of the Russian loan in the amount of $ 500 million in the first half of this year, BelTA news agency reports with reference to the head of the department Yuri Seliverstov

AI-98 gasoline has risen in price on Sakhalin

In Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the results of changes in fuel prices for the period from 24 to 31 January were summed up. The Telegram channel @ sstoit discovered that at one of the filling stations in the island capital, AI-98 gasoline went up by 9 rubles 87 kopecks. As it became known to “MK on Sakhalin” at the gas station “Karat” the price of 98 gasoline they fixed at 70.25 rubles.

Russia resumes flights with Armenia and Azerbaijan

Russia resumes flights with Azerbaijan and Armenia from February 15. This was announced by the press service of the Russian government. The corresponding document was signed by the country’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Interfax reports.

It is specified that flights from Moscow to Baku will be carried out twice a week, and from Moscow to Yerevan – four times a week.

Russian authorities decided to protect Crimea from sanctions

The Russian authorities decided to create “special administrative regions” (OAR) in Crimea to attract investment. RBC writes about this with reference to the draft law on a special legal regime in Crimea and Sevastopol.

It is noted that the document was developed by the Ministry of Economic Development, its authenticity was confirmed to RBC by a representative of the department. The main advantage of the project is the confidentiality of investors from Russian regions, which protects them from Western sanctions.

FAS opened a case against Rostourism

The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) reported that it had identified signs of violation of the law on the protection of competition by the Federal Tourism Agency during a competition for grants for tourism development. Earlier, 1.2 billion rubles were allocated for grants to organizations developing domestic and inbound tourism. FAS announced that it had opened a case against the federal agency.

Prescription drugs will be sold in Russia by QR code

So far, we are talking about Moscow. From February, residents of the capital will be able to purchase medicines by QR-code without a paper prescription. According to the capital’s headquarters, the option is available in all pharmacies of the health department, as well as in a number of commercial pharmacies. In total, electronic prescriptions are accepted in more than 750 pharmacies. The doctor will write the prescription and sign it with an electronic signature.

Apple invests in electric cars at Kia Motors factories

The American corporation Apple plans to invest $ 3.6 billion in the South Korean carmaker Kia Motors. The partnership will allow Apple to create its own electric vehicles

World Cup 2021 ice hockey matches will be held in Latvia

According to the press service of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), Latvia was unanimously and finally approved as the only host country of the World Ice Hockey Championship, taking place in 2021

“Solo” series to be released on Amazon

According to the AfishaDaily portal, the project will be released by Amazon together with screenwriter and producer David Weil, who has released the crime series Hunters. The series will feature such stars as Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman.

The series will consist of 7 parts. The series is expected to premiere in about 240 countries. In addition to Weil, Sam Taylor-Johnson with Zach Braff and Tiffany Johnson will appear as director of some episodes.

The video of the group “Bi-2” was awarded two awards at the New York Film Festival

The video clip for the song “God of the Damned” by the Russian rock band Bi-2 won two New York Cinematography Awards. The musicians announced this on the group’s Facebook page.

The clip, directed by Vladimir Besedin, was presented on November 25, 2020. He talks about a child rejected by parents and society.

A trailer for new episodes of the “WandaVision” series has been released

Marvel Studios has released a new mid-season trailer for WandaVision. The fifth episode will premiere on February 5 on Disney +.

Netflix Announces The Sandman Cast Based on Gaiman

It has already become known that the star of the film project “Game of Thrones” Gwendoline Christie will take part in the shooting of this series as Lucifer, as well as actor Tom Sterridge as Morpheus. In addition, Boyd Holbrook will play the Corinthian and Charles Dance will play Roderick Burgess.

It is noted that viewers will also be able to see the British comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar, playing the role of the subject of Morpheus. And the chief librarian of the Kingdom of Dreams Lucienne will be Vivien Aschampong.

Ideological parenting advisors to overseers

Advisors to directors for education will appear in Russian schools in 2022. Their tasks will include the discussion of politicians, rallies and public topics, as well as ideological processing, according to Kommersant.

Jeff Bezos steps down as Amazon CEO

Chief Executive Officer of Amazon com Inc. Jeff Bezos will leave office in the third quarter of 2021 and will be replaced by Andy Jassi, head of the company’s cloud computing business.