9 Feb, 2021

News digest for 02/08/2021

In Russia, the cost of electricity has grown to its highest values ​​over the past five years. This was reported by Kommersant. Wholesale electricity prices peaked in 2020, despite the sharpest drop in demand in a decade. The main driver of growth was mandatory non-market markups, the volume of which reached 558 billion rubles. According to the regulator’s forecasts, this year prices may increase even more: in the European part of the country and in the Urals, the growth will be 3.8%, and in Siberia – 13.4%.

The cost of electricity on the wholesale market will in no way affect the energy tariffs for the population, since they are regulated by the state, said Deputy Energy Minister Pavel Snikkars.

Children of Russian security officials will enter universities as a priority

The government supported the bill of deputies from “United Russia”, which allows the children of employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Rosgvardia to enter specialized universities as a priority. This follows from the data of the electronic database of the State Duma. The bill was prepared in mid-December by the State Duma deputies from United Russia Alexander Khinshtein, Vasily Piskarev and Vyacheslav Nikonov

Ukraine will cancel stamps on registration in the passport

In Ukraine, registration stamps in passports will be canceled – residence registration will be made declarative by entering an address on a smartphone. This was announced on Sunday, February 7, on the air of Ukraine 24 by the head of the Ministry of Digital Transformation Mikhail Fedorov.

More than a million Ukrainians do not have a residence permit, even in a passport, and every third Ukrainian does not live at the place of registration. Because the procedure is complicated, it takes a lot of time to get this service. Therefore, from April we are launching (the service – Ed.), It will be semi-declarative. We are “removing” the stamp in the passport, which we have for today, “said Fedorov.

According to him, after the launch of the service, officials will not have the right to demand a registration stamp.

Netanyahu pleaded not guilty in court to corruption charges

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a hearing in the Jerusalem District Court on February 8, refused to plead guilty to a corruption case. This is reported by channel 12 of Israeli television.

Netanyahu is suspected of taking bribes in the 4000 case, according to which the popular Walla! only positive comments about the policy were supposed to appear, and he, in turn, was supposed to promote the interests of the Bezeq company, which owns the Internet resource.

Also, Netanyahu was charged with fraud and deceiving public trust, he is suspected of receiving expensive gifts in the amount of $ 300 thousand from Hollywood producer Arnon Milchin. The investigation believes that in exchange for gifts, Netanyahu lobbied for the oligarch’s personal and business interests.

There is an even longer road ahead

The black bars in development that we are facing, they hinder the desire to improve the well-being of pensioners. Speaking of black bars, I’m talking about world crises and pandemics, – said the Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

According to him, “it is not possible to make large pensions for everyone in a leap, overnight.” A Kremlin spokesman said that taking action in stages is what the state is obliged to do and what it is doing.

A long way has been done, but of course it is not enough, the president always talks about it, so there is an even longer road ahead of us in this, moreover, you see that the dynamics are progressive, – said the representative of the Kremlin.

Peskov recommended to challenge the fine for the deaf and dumb man for chanting slogans

The court’s decision to impose a fine on a deaf-and-dumb man for chanting slogans can be challenged if the deadline for filing an appeal has not expired, said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian President.

So he commented on the situation with a deaf-mute man, who was fined in St. Petersburg for chanting slogans during an illegal protest.

The situation with water and air pollution with the plant in Golovanovo

A resident of the village Lyudmila, enlisting the support of her fellow countrymen, wrote an appeal to Svetlana Radionova, the head of the environmental supervision service (Rosprirodnadzor), demanding to establish the amount of damage caused to the environment as a result of long-term violations.

The situation with budget expenditures has worsened in Russia

At the end of 2020, the concentration of budget expenditures in the fourth quarter and December increased. This is evidenced by the study of SKB “Kontur”, which checked the data of the unified information system (UIS) in the field of public procurement, writes “Kommersant”.

In the fourth quarter of 2020, the volume of purchases amounted to 3.8 trillion rubles, which is 24 percent more than in 2019. At the same time, there were 1.75 trillion in December – an increase of 73 percent.

Dispute between Gazprom and tax authorities ended in amicable settlement

Gazprom entered into amicable agreements with the tax authorities in two disputes totaling almost 1.5 billion rubles in exchange for admitting that the management of the concern had no intent in the identified tax violations. On February 8, Interfax reported this with reference to documents approved by the courts. Disputes related to illegal VAT refunds

The number of defaulters on loans in Russia in 2020

In Russia, the number of hard-core defaulters has sharply increased by 2.4 million people in 2020. This was reported by Izvestia. In total, the bailiffs considered 12.9 million cases on the collection of funds from non-payers. At the same time, the total amount of debt on loans increased from 2.6 billion to 2.7 billion rubles.

Gold has been falling in price since the beginning of the year

Since the beginning of 2021, precious metals on COMEX (a division of the New York Mercantile Exchange NYMEX) gold fell by $ 82.10 per ounce (-4.33%), palladium – by $ 127.50 (-5.20%). At the same time, silver was up $ 0.607 (+ 2.30%) and platinum – $ 53.80 an ounce (+ 4.99%).

Ancient rhino bones challenge historical postulates

In 2018, a group of paleontologists discovered the skeleton of a rhinoceros in the Philippines, whose age was approximately 700 thousand years. The remains of the animal were found on the island of Luzon. It is noted that traces of carcass processing with stone tools are well preserved on the skeleton, which is quite natural and usual, if you do not take into account the fact that, according to generally known data, during this historical period in this region the ancient people did not know how to make tools.

In this connection, scientists have suggested that the rhinoceros could have been killed by Homo erectus. But this hypothesis is contradicted by the geolocation of the found remains. The Philippines are islands in the Pacific Ocean that can only be reached by boat.

Scientists have discovered a new state of matter

As a result of a joint study of German and Polish physicists under the leadership of Joachim Graefe of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, a new state of matter was created on the basis of a quasiparticle magnon, which was called a space-time crystal.

Genes from extinct people found in Native Americans

Scientists from University College London have identified for the first time the genes responsible for the formation of facial features. In the course of a large-scale study, data from 6,000 Latin Americans were analyzed, Science Advances reports.

The authors identified 32 regions of the gene that are associated with the shape of the nose, jaws, eyebrows and lips. One of the genes turned out to be very ancient. The analysis showed that the Native Americans inherited it from the Denisovans – the extinct “relatives” of Homo sapiens.

It is known that Denisovans interbred with the ancestors of modern people. But Europeans have almost no genetic heritage. Denisovan genes were found in the inhabitants of the Pacific Islands, as well as in the Indians.

Scientists have proven that human hormones depend on the season

Scientists have found that over the seasons, the amount of pituitary hormones that are responsible for reproduction, metabolism, stress and lactation change, their peak mainly occurs at the end of summer. Thyroid hormones and sex hormones also showed seasonality: they gain strength in winter. Testosterone, estradiol, and progesterone, for example, peak in late winter or spring.

The main mechanism that drives this year-round clock is still unknown, but the authors speculate that it is all about the natural connection between the pituitary gland and peripheral endocrine glands.

Google Chrome will stop working on computers older than 2005

Chrome Update 89 will drop support for x86 processors. It is noteworthy that the browser will stop working even on computers with a Celeron M processor, which can be upgraded to Windows 10. In the near future, users of older versions of Chrome will receive a warning about the end of support for the browser.

Samsung left four models of smartphones in the Galaxy line without updates

Samsung has discontinued support for a number of Galaxy smartphones released in 2017. The list includes the Galaxy A5 2017, Galaxy A3 2017, Galaxy A7 2017 and Galaxy J3 Pop models. Smartphones will no longer receive regular updates. Updates for the next model Galaxy A8 2018 will be reduced to once every three months.

Users of gadgets were warned in the summer of last year that updates to the operating system for smartphones will only be provided for three years from the date of purchase of the gadget.

New trailer for the movie “Fast and Furious 9”

Foo Fighters Release Medicine At Midnight

The Foo Fighters’ new album, Medicine At Midnight, premiered online. It includes 9 tracks. Greg Kirstin assisted the musicians in producing the album.

It is noted that in honor of the premiere of the disc, the musicians launched a temporary radio station. It operated until February 5 on Channel 105 of the SiriusXM broadcaster. On the air of the radio station, called “Foo Fighters Radio”, the musicians told the stories of their hits, and also included demos of various songs of the group and rare recordings.

Foo Fighters is an American rock band formed in 1994. The frontman is former Nirvana member Dave Grohl. The participants include Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smir, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffe. The band’s previous studio album, Concrete and Gold, was released in 2017.

UK scientists under investigation for technology transfer to China

UK authorities are investigating 200 scientists. They are suspected of having inadvertently passed on military technology data to the Chinese government. The Times writes about this on February 8, citing a source.

The Kremlin has nothing to do with actions in support of Putin in the regions

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin knows about the actions in support of Vladimir Putin only from media reports, reports TASS. Answering the question whether these flash mobs in support of the Russian leader, Peskov, had been agreed upon in some regions of the country, Peskov said that these actions “have nothing to do with the Kremlin.”

Germany proposed to introduce a moratorium on the completion of the “Nord Stream-2”

Germany has proposed introducing a moratorium on the construction of Nord Stream 2. This was told by the head of the Bundestag Foreign Policy Committee Norbert Röttgen in radio Deutschlandfunk.

Yevgeny Roizman ruled out nomination from Yabloko

Ex-head of Yekaterinburg and former State Duma deputy Yevgeny Roizman told RBC that he no longer considers Yabloko as a party from which he could be nominated as a State Duma deputy, after Grigory Yavlinsky’s words about opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

The day before, Yavlinsky published a column on his website devoted to the current political situation. In it, he expressed the opinion that street protests do not achieve their goal – persuading the authorities to a peaceful dialogue with the opposition and only lead to an increase in the number of detainees and prisoners. This does not help to exert “public pressure”, Yavlinsky notes.

Yabloko accused Yevgeny Roizman of lying

The ex-mayor of Yekaterinburg was not offered to go from the party to the State Duma of Russia. According to the leader of Yabloko Nikolai Rybakov, there were no negotiations on this topic with Roizman. Therefore, the party is extremely surprised by Roizman’s statements that he refused to cooperate with Yabloko after the criticism of Grigory Yavlinsky about Alexei Navalny, writes URA.ru.

Margarita Simonyan criticized Russians who complain about low pensions

With such meaningful headlines, materials were published in two editions at once – Lenta.ru and Gazeta.ru. These materials have now been removed. As it turned out, the media interpreted Simonyan’s statement on the air of a stream from Vladimir Solovyov. However, as Ura.ru notes, Simonyan said that in the 90s, pensions were not paid at all, and now payments to the elderly are constantly growing and will continue to grow in the future.

Channel “Russia 1” filmed a report on Navalny’s life in Germany

Correspondent Anastasia Popova showed the house that the oppositionist rented “in the most prestigious area of ​​Freiburg”.

“Two luxurious bedrooms with a terrace, where in the evenings, if the weather is good, you can see the sunset against the backdrop of the city. There is a kitchen with a coffee machine, a set of Dutch tea and a gift bottle of local wine, ”Popova describes the interior.

Special attention in the plot is given to the toilet bowl and the brush: “It looks like a toilet bowl from a train carriage. The brush is in place. Shines! ”

It seems like an excessive luxury to me.

Kiselyov appreciated the house in which Navalny stayed in Germany. The plot about the “luxury villa” was released on “Russia 1”. The TV presenter told Rise that the report was “absolutely brilliant”.

“This is several hundred square meters. Splendid, of course. If someone considers it not luxurious – well, I’m sorry. It seems like an excessive luxury to me.

The report that Nastya Popova was doing – absolutely brilliant – became a self-sufficient event. Navalny’s film is also an event. Another thing is that he turned out to be a fake, but, nevertheless, people fell for it, went out into the street, someone began to fight. ”

Kiselev did not rule out that the new edition of the Vesti Nedeli program will also contain something about the “Berlin patient.”

“Navalny is generally a small person. But then we are told that we do not tell about him, we can not even pronounce this name, and when we start – “why are you talking about him like that?” The Berlin Patient is a meme I came up with by analogy with the movie The English Patient. That’s funny. There is no indication. “

Although you, of course, do not have a small apartment and this is understandable

Putin joked about the differences between the heads of Rosatom and the Kurchatov Institute, as well as the size of Mikhail Kovalchuk’s apartment.

We are gathered here to unite efforts to achieve the final result, and not to take everything to small apartments. Although, of course, you have not a small apartment and that is understandable. “

To prevent the Belarusian scenario.

President of the Association of Entrepreneurs for the Development of Business Patriotism “Avanti” Rakhman Yansukov suggested that the speakers of the State Duma and the Federation Council amend legislation that would not allow foreign agents and their close relatives to take part in elections at all levels.

“As you know, a fire is easier to prevent than to extinguish. Preventing the possible participation in the State Duma elections of Yulia Navalny, the wife of foreign agent Alexei Navalny, will prevent the Belarusian scenario and will have a positive impact on maintaining the stability of the political system of our country, ”RIA Novosti quotes the letter.

The page of actress Varvara Shmykova was removed from the Meyerhold Center website.

Director of the theater Elena Kovalskaya told Rise that she would not explain the reasons: “We have temporarily closed Varvara Shmykova’s page, and in this connection, I will not explain”.

Actress Yulia Aug suggested that this decision was made because of Shmykova’s videos on Instagram, in which the heroine of the Chiki series spoke out in support of Navalny.

Earlier, the media reported that Gazprom-Media is removing actresses Sasha Bortich and Yana Troyanova from promo videos on TNT due to the fact that they supported the protests.

The Moscow police came to the protesters who were not detained at the rallies.

Moscow police began to visit the protesters in support of Alexei Navalny, who were not detained during the demonstrations. This was reported by the TV channel “Rain”, referring to the words of the protesters.

Leave Kirill Serebrennikov in post

The Theater Critics Association has sent an open letter to the Moscow Department of Culture with a call to retain Kirill Serebrennikov as artistic director of the Gogol Center

Prices in January 2021

In the first month of 2021, consumer prices increased by 0.67% on average. Prices for goods grew a little faster (+ 0.78%), a little slower – for services (+ 0.38%). The growth in prices for food products (+ 1.01% per month) turned out to be noticeably higher than the average, and significantly higher than the average for fruits and vegetables: + 4.77% in just one month. And this cannot be considered a purely seasonal effect, because compared to January 2020, prices for fruits and vegetables increased by 16.33%

The last two northern white rhinos on Earth.

A million species of animals and plants are on the verge of extinction. A significant part of them can now be seen only in museums, and some in specially protected reserves.

But there are those that are considered extinct, but so far only functionally. This means that there are surviving individuals, but they are not able to give birth for a number of reasons. This is exactly what is happening now with northern white rhinos.