10 Feb, 2020

News digest for 02/08-09/2020

The Iranian authorities may be considered a terrorist organization.

Canadian lawyers have filed a class action against the Iranian authorities, demanding payment of at least 1.5 billion canadian dollars ($ 1.1 billion) for the dead passengers of the Ukrainian International airlines plane shot down by the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps.

The defendants in the case were the head and spiritual leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the IRGC commanders-in-chief, including General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the air force and VKS.

The name of the main plaintiff is not disclosed, but, according to preliminary information, is a close relative of one of the victims. It is noted that his identity must remain secret because of the threat to the security of his family in Iran from the authorities.

The lawsuit also States that the crash was a ” deliberate and deliberate act of terrorism.”

Donald trump fired the us Ambassador to the European Union

Us President Donald trump has fired us Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who testified against him in an impeachment case.

“I was informed today that the President intends to immediately recall me as the us Ambassador to the European Union»

In his speech, Sondland linked trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other senior officials to the campaign to put pressure on Ukraine to initiate an investigation against trump’s political rivals.

Earlier, Alexander windman, an employee of the national security Council (NSC), was dismissed. He has been called a “key witness” in the impeachment case. According to widman’s lawyer, He was asked to leave his position for ” telling the truth.” His twin brother Eugene vidman was also fired.

New us Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan saw a ” good sign»

The new us Ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, saw a “good sign” in meetings with senior Russian statesmen.

“One of my main goals here is to ensure an open and transparent dialogue between Moscow and Washington, which I confirmed at the meetings I had with the leaders of the Russian government over the past three weeks»

According to the Ambassador, during his three weeks in Moscow, he was given the opportunity to meet with high-ranking officials.

“I think that the fact that this (meeting with Russian officials) happened at the very beginning of my work here is a good sign. And I repeated to everyone I spoke to that one of my goals is to ensure a transparent dialogue between Moscow and Washington,” the American diplomat said.

Russia and Belarus agree on oil and gas supplies

Russia and Belarus have agreed on terms for supplying Minsk with oil and gas in 2020. This was stated by Deputy head of the Russian President’s administration Dmitry Kozak following the talks between Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi.

Oil from Russia to Belarus will be shipped at the market price

Oil supplies from Russia to Belarus will be made by companies at the market price, the Russian authorities will not interfere in the process of forming its value, said Dmitry Kozak, Deputy head of the presidential administration of Russia. At the same time, he promised that the Russian government will facilitate the conclusion of agreements that will provide Minsk with the necessary volumes of oil.

“If we provide discounts, we would need to introduce state regulation of the oil market, which we can’t do, we can’t constantly change the rules of the game, put our oil companies in an incomprehensible position»

Kozak also said that Russia will supply gas to Belarus in 2020 on the terms of 2019. Previously, the agreement between the two countries was only intended for two months, until March. Under the terms of 2019, the cost of 1 thousand cubic meters of gas for Belarus was $127.

The Ministry of health reported about 70 thousand complications a year due to errors of doctors

The head of the Russian Ministry of health Mikhail Murashko said that every year about 70 thousand people die in the country due to mistakes and unprofessionalism of doctors. These are the deaths that could have been prevented.

“We are losing — I will not purposefully name a figure, we have estimated data on deaths and adverse events, there are official statistics on the Fund — but this is actually today, if we look at severe complications, it is more than 70 thousand people a year, “Interfax quoted him as saying.

According to Murashko, at least 25 people die every year from the use of lidocaine, and at least one or two people die due to improper use of medical gurneys for emergency care.

Russian Railways will still be without 15,000 PCs on Russian Elbrus processors»

According to the source, the process was stopped by the Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS)because of a complaint from Smart technologies. The latter pointed to a number of violations in the Russian Railways documents, which described the requirements for the PC hardware. In particular, there were written characteristics and features that point specifically to certain products of the MCST, which is a violation of the law.

Buryatia allocated an additional 1.6 billion from the” far Eastern ” subsidy

On his page on the social network, the head of Buryatia, Alexey Tsydenov, said that as a result of negotiations in Moscow, it was possible to get the previously promised 1.6 billion rubles from the funds of the “far Eastern” subsidy.

Rosstat reported an increase in the average size of pensions in 2019

According to the document, in December, the average pension was at the level of 14,242 rubles (an increase of 6.2% compared to last December). The real size (adjusted for inflation) increased by 1.5% at the end of the year. Earlier, the FIU said that by 2022, the average size of pensions will grow to 18,290 rubles.

The Bank of Russia: negotiating the sale of the savings Bank continue

The Central Bank owns a controlling stake in Sberbank in the amount of 50% plus one share. Earlier, Reuters, citing sources, reported that the government plans to use funds from the national welfare Fund to buy the Central Bank’s stake in Sberbank.

A new way to revoke a driver’s license

The new method of revoking the driver’s license of motorists told the publication “Avtovzglyad”, reports PRIMPRESS. According to the publication, the new method is used by traffic police officers during road accidents, that is, accidents with victims.

As an example, the story of the driver Mamedov, who, as follows from the case materials, driving a KIA car, collided with another car. As a result of the blow, the man received a closed head injury. An ambulance team arrived at the scene, doctors gave the victim a pill to reduce his blood pressure and recommended that he go to the hospital.

However, the traffic inspectors who arrived at the scene threatened the driver that if he was hospitalized, he would be considered to have left the scene of the accident, which means that he could lose his license. The man, because he was in a state of shock, signed a refusal to be hospitalized. After that, events began to unfold in a very interesting way.

“The driver, as required by the regulations, was sent for a medical examination, found phenobarbital in the urine! This became the basis for drawing up a report on the fact of driving a vehicle while drunk under part 1 of article 12.8 of the administrative Code of the Russian Federation. The court did not take into account the fact that phenobarbital was contained in the drugs given to the injured driver by the paramedic of the ambulance crew,” the material says.

The judge insisted that the testimony of traffic police officers is enough to reach a verdict. Accordingly, they did not interview the doctors. That is, the infamous judicial method called “there is no reason not to trust a police officer” worked.

As a result, the motorist was deprived of his license for a year and 8 months. He was also fined 30 thousand rubles.

Drivers are preparing a new fine

Lawmakers and traffic police realized that distracts from the road not only talking on the phone, but also smart watches, tablets and many other gadgets. The Deputy Chairman Of the state Duma Committee on transport proposed to introduce a fine for using any devices while driving a car.

The authorities of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk intend to cut down the forest in the natural monument

The natural monument on Sakhalin — the “Lily Glen Population” – is in danger. The authorities of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk have started processing documentation for deforestation in a specially protected natural object. This is necessary for officials to build an electric substation in the valley of tourists on the right Bank of the Elanka river. The public and environmentalists are against it, — the correspondent of IA REGNUM reports.

Travel agents say that Russians have become less likely to travel

The statement of travel agents regarding changes in the purchasing power of Russians is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the online booking service B2B. Ostrovok….

According to the survey, 39% of its participants noted that Russian residents began to travel less. 35% of specialists said that their clients began to prefer cheaper tourist destinations and save on hotels. Another 23% believe that in 2019, tourists chose cheaper air travel. 11% of respondents did not notice any changes in customer behavior. 12% noted that Russians began to travel much more often. 5% of travel agents do not skimp on food at the hotel, as well as entertainment. Two percent of travel agents managed to work with Russians who didn’t save on anything….

Sberbank increased its net profit due to loans to citizens

Sberbank’s net profit at the end of January 2020 under Russian accounting rules increased by 8.9% compared to the figure for 2019 and amounted to 80.2 billion rubles, the press service of the credit organization reports.

The Russian Embassy accused Norway of violating the Svalbard Treaty

The Embassy does not question Oslo’s sovereignty over the archipelago, but reminds that it is “not a native Norwegian territory”, since the archipelago was obtained by the Scandinavian country under the terms of the Svalbard Treaty.

Israel began mapping land as part of the ” deal of the century»

These are territories located in the West Bank of the Jordan river. This was stated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, writes the Jerusalem Post. According to him, the total land area will be 800 square kilometers.

Ukraine to build military bases in Donbas according to NATO standards

In the Kiev-controlled territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, two military bases built according to NATO standards may appear in the foreseeable future. According to the Minister of defense of Ukraine Andriy Zagorodnyuk, all the necessary infrastructure is planned to be created in Mariupol and Severodonetsk.


The administration of the President of Russia detained four activists who made makeup against facial recognition, reports “OVD-info”. They are charged with “uncoordinated action”.


In Russia, for the first time, a full accounting of the number of polar bears will be carried out

It is planned that in 2021 the researchers will conduct aerial surveys of polar bears in the Chukchi and East Siberian seas, in 2022 – in the Laptev sea and the Kara sea, in 2023 in the Eastern part of the Barents sea and the waters of Franz Joseph Land, the press service of the Ministry of the Russian Federation..

Rosstat: the average salary of teachers in Russia for 2019 was 41,100 rubles.

Compared with 2018, it increased by 2 thousand 697 rubles, according to the Agency’s website. They specified that the highest salaries for teachers in the Chukotka Autonomous district are 100 thousand 522 rubles, in Moscow — 97 thousand 595 rubles and in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous district-94 thousand 254 rubles.

World’s highest-paid footballers

Messi has been named the world’s highest-paid footballer. Before taxes, the Barcelona captain receives 8.3 million euros a month, writes L’équipe. Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo is in second place. Every month, he receives 4.5 million euros. Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar took the third place in the ranking — his income is three million euros a month

The Swiss financial market surveillance Service announced new amendments

They are aimed at countering money laundering. Now, when performing cryptocurrency transactions on the exchange in the amount of one thousand francs (about $1024), you will need to pass identification. Previously, this threshold was five thousand francs ($5123).

There was a mass brawl on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

According to reports in social networks, Kazakhs attacked the houses of Chinese – speaking Muslims living in the village of Masanchi Dungan at night. As a result of the mass international pogrom, 8 people were killed and more than 40 were injured.

“There were skirmishes and group fights between local residents in a number of localities in the Korday district of Zhambyl region last night. Provocateurs tried to take advantage of this situation. Unfortunately, there are dead and wounded, ” said President of Kazakhstan Kasym-Jomart Tokayev.

A government Commission has been set up in the country to organize the funeral of the victims, assess the damage and adopt a plan to restore the property of the victims. Now, according to Tokayev, the situation is fully controlled by the police and the national guard.

Sergey Lavrov brought promises of support to his strategic ally

As the correspondent of “Kommersant” Pavel Tarasenko, the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday visited Venezuela and met with President Nicolas Maduro. The negotiators made it clear that Moscow and Caracas were, are, and will be strategic allies.

Funding for the Islamic culture support Fund will be increased

Vladimir Putin decided to increase funding for the Islamic culture, science and education support Fund. This was announced on Saturday at a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Bulgarian Islamic Academy by the first Deputy head of the presidential administration of the Russian Federation Sergey Kiriyenko. Kiriyenko did not specify the amount of the planned amount

“The President of our country has made a number of decisions to support the development of the Bulgarian Academy and to establish our Board of Trustees. Moreover, we have had a Fund to support Islamic culture, science and education for several years.the President has decided to increase funding for this Fund, including from the budget of the Russian Federation. I think that as part of our future work, we will also look at how this Fund for the support and development of Islamic culture and education can help the Bulgarian Academy work, ” he said.

Russia’s international reserves have returned to pre-crisis levels in 2008

Russia’s international reserves for January 2020 increased by 7.9 billion US dollars and amounted to 562.3 billion dollars, according to data from the Central Bank. According to Interfax, this is more than before the beginning of the global financial crisis in 2008. In mid-September 2008, Russia’s international reserves amounted to $ 560 billion.

Found the smallest apartment in Russia.

The apartment is located on the 1st floor of one of the residential buildings in the most criminogenic and environmentally disadvantaged Moscow district of Lublin. “Apartments” with a total area of 8.4 square meters (kitchen 1.4 meters, bathroom combined 1.5 meters, living area 5 meters) are for sale for 1.95 million rubles (almost $ 32,000) without a mortgage and maternity capital. The apartment promises a residence permit

The Moscow Patriarchate sued the premises occupied by the New world editorial office.

The monument where the last six years of Tvardovsky’s life and editorial work were spent went to the Patriarchate, where Solzhenitsyn brought the novels “In the first circle” and “Cancer corps”, where famous writers of the XX century constantly visited.

Who do children focus on when shopping?

First of all, on friends: so does 28%. In second place are influencers and bloggers – 25%. And only the third family, 21%. Other options were much less popular: stars 6%, athletes 4%, there are even a whole 1% of children who are focused on businessmen (on sellers in stores-the same number!!! As well as journalists and politicians). And 13% of children simply admitted that no one can influence their decision to buy something))

The US has started building new military bases near oil facilities in Syria

The United States has begun building new military bases in northeastern Syria near oil fields, Anadolu reported on February 8, citing sources. It is noted that the objects are being built in the area of the city of tell Birak (Hasakeh province), construction equipment was transferred from Iraq

Taiwan tried to intercept Chinese planes

Taiwan’s air force attempted to intercept military aircraft from mainland China, TASS reported, citing the Taiwan military administration.

Chinese J-11 fighter jets and H-6 bombers were spotted South of the island, after which Taiwan’s military used air defense forces and aerial reconnaissance aircraft to intercept, the administration said in a statement.

Starlink systems will allocate a separate structure with the project’s shares on the exchange

SpaceX allows the project of the global Internet system Starlink to be separated into a separate structure and the placement of the project’s shares on the exchange. This was stated By starlink President Gwynne Shotwell.

“Now we are a private company, but Starlink is the right business to take the next step and enter the exchange»

Starlink is a project of SpaceX to create a system of near-earth satellites to provide access to high-speed Internet on Earth. The company plans to put about 12,000 satellites into orbit by the mid-2020s. In may and November 2019, and twice in January 2020, Starlink has already launched 60 satellites. According to the plan of SpaceX founder Elon Musk, the Starlink project will provide access to the Internet even in remote areas of the planet and will significantly reduce the cost of providing the service

Israeli woman Issachar’s defense will file a complaint with the ECHR

The defense of Israeli woman Naama issakhar, who was convicted of drug smuggling and pardoned by the Russian President, will file a cassation appeal against the sentence and appeal to the European court of human rights. This is stated in the message of the defense, received by TASS.

The complaint will be filed for” numerous and gross violations of Issachar’s rights “that were committed during ” her unjustified criminal prosecution”. The pardon does release Issachar from further serving her sentence, but it does not mean restoring her rights.

Microsoft has released an unscheduled update for Windows 7

An unplanned Microsoft update for outdated Windows 7 is designed to eliminate the “dark theme” on users ‘ PCs. Earlier it was reported about the termination of technical support for the OS from the manufacturer. Officially, Windows 7 is not supported by the manufacturer since January 14, 2020.

It portal “Habrahabr” left Russia

It-portal “Habrahabr” changed the legal entity to Cyprus. A notification about the change of ownership appears when you try to log in to the site. The owner was the company Habr Blockchain Publishing LTD. Users are invited to enter into an agreement. Previously, the agreement was concluded with Habr LLC (Moscow). The portal has been running since 2006. It later changed its name to “Habr”. Its main topics are information technologies, the Internet and business.

Ministry of emergency situations will deliver humanitarian aid to China

The Russian emergencies Ministry announced the formation of humanitarian aid for residents of China, where there was an outbreak of a new coronavirus, which will include personal protective equipment and medical products. This measure was taken on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Ministry said in a statement.

Hackers have learned to steal data from computers through the screen

Scientists of the Israel University. Ben-Gurion in the Negev described a new way to steal data from a computer completely isolated from the outside world. The essence of the method is to extract information directly from the LCD display, tracking changes in its brightness.

The concept of an attack “by air” was called BRIGHTNESS (“Brightness”), writes The Hacker News. It works as follows: a malicious program is installed on the victim’s computer (for example, from a USB flash drive) that collects files, encryption keys, images, and passwords. Then this data is encoded in a sequence of zeros and ones, and then “output” by flickering the screen-almost like Morse code.

The General Director of “MiG” Tarasenko led the company “Sukhoi»

Ilya Tarasenko, who also works as the head of RSC MiG, will take the position of General Director of PJSC Sukhoi from February 7, 2020. On Thursday, February 6, the press service of the UAC reported.

Canada has submitted to Iran a claim for shooting down a Ukrainian plane

Canadian lawyers have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Iranian authorities, demanding payment of at least 1.5 billion canadian dollars (1.1 billion US dollars) for the dead passengers of a Ukrainian plane shot down by the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps (IRGC) on January 8. This is reported by Reuters with reference to the lawsuit.

Abe wants to turn the Kuril Islands in the “island of friendship»

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to resolve the issue with the “Northern territories”, as Tokyo calls Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai, and conclude a peace Treaty with Russia to turn them into”friendship Islands”.

Underground casino found in the apartment of the head of the municipality in St. Petersburg

Law enforcement officials in the Northern capital stopped the activities of an underground casino in an apartment belonging to the head of the Vvedensky municipality, Oleg Kalyadin, an informed source told Interfax.

According to the publication, in addition to roulette, four tables for playing Russian poker, 12 slot machines, chips and elite alcohol were taken out of the apartment at night by operatives of the economic police of St. Petersburg from the apartment on Kronverksky Prospekt.

Chinese airlines cut Russian pilots

Chinese airlines have started to reduce flight crews, including Russian pilots. In particular, in the near future, Hainan Airlines and China Southern Airlines together plan to dismiss more than 100 Russian pilots.

Apple fined for slowing down old iPhones

According to the publication, the French Directorate General for competition, consumption and anti-fraud (DGCCRF) fined Apple €25 million because the company did not warn users about the slowdown of old iPhone models after the iOS update.

Legendary Pictures will shoot a new version of the ” Texas chainsaw massacre»

According to Variety, the Directors are Andy Tohill and Ryan Tohill, the creators of the critically acclaimed Irish Thriller “Excavation”.

“Version Tochilov is exactly what fans want. This is cruel, exciting and so depraved that it will stay with you forever, ” the Studio said in a statement about it.

Artik & Asti released a video for the song “Girl dance»

Ukrainian pop group Artik & Asti released a video for the song “Girl dance”. The video was published on the YouTube channel SELF MADE MUSIC. The video was directed by Alan Badoev

Green Day released the album ” Father of All…»

On may 24, the band will perform songs from the new album at a concert in Moscow “Fathers” of pop-punk are returning. Tomorrow, the American trio, with frontman Billy Joe Armstrong, releases their thirteenth Studio compilation

Hayley Williams of Paramore has released her first solo album

Hayley Williams announced her solo project at the end of last year, and recently released the first singles from it — “Simmer” and “Leave It Alone” – and videos for them