15 Feb, 2021

News digest for 02/13-14/2021

The Committee of the State Duma of Russia on Local Self-Government has supported a government bill that makes it possible to relieve government officials from responsibility for corruption offenses committed “due to forced circumstances”, including during a pandemic. This was reported by Kommersant.

Amendments to several laws will apply to judges, State Duma deputies and senators, heads of municipalities and other government officials.

The bill is planned to be retroactively so that the deadline for exemption from liability begins on March 1, 2020.

Chinese smartphone manufacturers reduce exports to Russia

Huawei, Xiaomi and BBK Electronics (brands Oppo, Vivo, Realme) may lose their positions in the market in Russia if the US continues to pressure them, the GS Group believes. Huawei shipments for 2020 have already dropped 26%. Experts associate the problems with a shortage of components and difficulties in logistics.

If the situation does not change, the share of Chinese companies in imports, which is still close to half, may halve in 2021. Their buyers are being “dismantled” by Samsung and Apple, whose supplies are growing. But analysts believe that Chinese brands will regain ground in a few years.

The policeman dismissed because of the Golunov case got a job at the Moscow mayor’s office

The former head of the press service of the capital’s headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, dismissed from the police because of the Golunov case, found a new job. Yuri Titov got a job at the Moscow mayor’s office: he headed the press service of the regional security and anti-corruption department.

“Rise” learned about this by chance, when he received a response to his request to the department. The sender of the letter was the head of the department’s press service, Yuri Viktorovich Titov. The “Podyom” editors found out that it was Titov who convinced us all that the photographs from some drug laboratory were taken in the apartment of journalist Ivan Golunov. Because of the scandal with the photo “from Golunov’s apartment”, Colonel Titov was brought to disciplinary responsibility, and a few months later he was fired from the police. Yuri Titov told the “Rise” correspondent that he did not intend to discuss his career.

“It’s my own business where I work and how I work. For what purpose are you interested? It is a private matter who, where, when and how much works. “

Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky are among the greatest poets in the world

The greatest poets in the world, according to Russians (in the VTsIOM poll): Alexander Pushkin (39%), Sergei Yesenin (20%) and Mikhail Lermontov (16%). They were accompanied by Vladimir Mayakovsky (15%) and Anna Akhmatova (7%). Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky were among the greatest poets in the world (5th and 9th places, respectively). True, they did not write poetry, only prose. And from foreign authors, Russians managed to recall only Shakespeare and (5%) and Byron (2%).

As previously shown by a survey of the book service MyBook, 67% of Russians lied at least once in their life that they had read this or that book. And most often they write about Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.

In Novosibirsk, the pillars in the center of the bike path were legalized

A cycle path with electric lighting supports in the middle appeared in September and immediately caused a storm of indignation among the townspeople. However, the prosecutor’s office surprised the activists with their answer: the law does not prohibit the installation of poles on sidewalks and bicycle roads!

U.S. Senate acquits Trump at impeachment trial

The impeachment did not receive the required two-thirds of the votes (at least 67 out of 100 senators). Thus, Trump was acquitted of charges of incitement to rebellion. For impeachment of Trump – 57 senators, against – 43.

At a January 6 rally in Washington, he called on his supporters to go to the Capitol to “help weak Republicans” challenge the presidential election. The crowd broke into the building and interrupted the joint session of Congress, where the victory of his Democrat rival Joe Biden was claimed. In this regard, the House of Representatives impeached him, then the case went to the Senate.

European Parliament against the Belarusian nuclear power plant

The European Parliament demanded to suspend the launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in the town of Ostrovets near the border with Lithuania. MEPs expressed concern about the safety of the nuclear power plant. 642 deputies voted for the resolution, 29 against, 21 abstained.

Parliamentarians criticized Belarus for the “hasty commissioning” of the nuclear power plant and the lack of official reports about “frequent emergency shutdowns of the reactor and equipment failure.” They demand to postpone the launch of the Belarusian NPP until all measures to improve safety are observed. The deputies called on Minsk to comply with international nuclear and environmental safety standards.

The Russian government has expanded the sanctions list of Ukrainian companies

The expanded list contains 84 companies, in the previous version there were 75. The latest version of the list includes Odessa LLC Donmar and Cranship, metal supplier Maxima Metal Service (Dnipro), Poltava agro-aggregate plant, LLC Solar Stalkonstruktsiya ”(Dnepr),“ Transship ”and subsidiaries“ Transship Balk ”and“ Transship-service ”(Odessa). Also included in the list is Kirgan Holding S.A., registered in Panama.

Russia imposed counter-sanctions against Ukraine in November 2018. In the original version, the document consisted of 322 individuals and 68 enterprises. Among the companies under restrictions were organizations in the financial, food, chemical, metallurgical and other sectors, including the structures of the country’s major businessmen Rinat Akhmetov and Igor Kolomoisky. Among the sanctions measures – the blocking of accounts, securities and property in Russia, as well as a ban on the withdrawal of capital from the country.

China refused to provide WHO experts with data on early cases of infection

Chinese authorities declined to provide World Health Organization experts with raw data on early cases of coronavirus infection, which could help determine how and when the virus began to spread in the country.

Beijing has rejected requests from experts to provide data on 174 cases of COVID-19 that were identified in Wuhan in December 2019. Instead, the Chinese authorities and scientists have shared their own research on these cases, according to WHO experts. They also presented an analysis of medical records several months before the outbreak of COVID-19, according to which there were no cases of coronavirus in the country previously.

Rosneft board members will receive less remuneration for 2020

Members of the board of state-owned Rosneft will receive remuneration for 2020 less than a year earlier by 1.1%. This is 3.53 billion rubles. for 11 people. 320 million rubles on average for each. A little more than 1 million rubles. per working day. In 2020, the company’s revenue fell by a third, and its net profit – 5 times.

Singer Yuri Kiselyov, awarded the medal of the Order of Merit to the Fatherland

The 23-year-old son of the owner of “Russian Media Group” was awarded a medal for many years of fruitful activity and great contribution to the development of Russian culture. Such a decree was signed today by President Vladimir Putin. Singer Yuri Kiselyov, performing under the pseudonym YurKiss, was awarded a medal of the Order of Merit to the Fatherland, II degree. YurKiss himself refused to comment on the presentation of the award to the publication “Rise”, saying that he was afraid of fraudsters.

“I never comment on the phone. I am very wary of such calls, because there are many scammers. I have a clear position in this regard. I never give comments on the phone to the media, I’m sorry. “

At 23, the artist is a member of the board of directors of the Russian Media Group holding and runs the Bright Star company, which organizes concerts.

Leonid Yarmolnik offered to take the undeserved medal from the singer YurKiss

Leonid Yarmolnik, who refused state awards, offered to take the undeserved medal from the singer YurKiss. In an interview with Rise, the artist called the decision to reward the 23-year-old performer an absurd mistake.

“And there are spots in the sun. I think that this is some kind of error, slip, typo. Otherwise, it’s at least strange. I do not think that the order can be given to a 23-year-old man, he did not accomplish any feat, did not save anyone, did not create something that helped us all out or made us happy. I think this is a matter of one or two days, probably there will be some explanation or cancellation of this. “

Yarmolnik himself at one time renounced the title of Honored and People’s Artist, since “the artist must first of all have a name.”

The Kaluga governor invited the residents to start clearing snow.

Vyacheslav Shapsha advised people not to complain to him about the work of utilities, but to clean the streets themselves. He followed up his recommendation on Instagram with the hashtag #snegofitness.

“British scientists have proven that writing one angry comment on social media is equivalent to 10 swings of a shovel. But seriously, the Kaluga Region is our common beloved home, and we can all take care of it. Yes, there is a lot of snow. There is a lot of snow! But it’s just snow. And dealing with it is easy. We need to pick up a shovel and go! ”.

Earlier, the mayor of Kaluga Dmitry Denisov was engaged in “snowfitness”. However, the residents did not appreciate the challenge and advised the officials to drive the brigade through all the streets of the city, and also said that because of snow drifts, ambulances could not reach the calls.