18 Feb, 2020

News digest for 02/17/2020

KamAZ and Sollers agreed to create an Alliance

KAMAZ, the largest Russian truck manufacturer, intends to create an Alliance with the Russian carmaker Sollers, which is one of the main manufacturers of passenger commercial vehicles in the country. Vedomosti writes about this, citing sources close to both companies

In Nigeria, there was a widespread epidemic of deadly fever

As reported by today News Ufa with reference to The Guardian, Nigeria is rapidly developing an epidemic of the disease with a high mortality rate. The disease was confirmed in 472 people and is suspected in 1,500. At least 70 people managed to die. Currently, measures are being taken to quarantine sick people. At the same time, fever in many situations develops without specific signs.

The Central Bank wants to change the grounds for blocking accounts

The Central Bank intends to amend the criteria for suspicious transactions, which may cause banks to block accounts. Amendments to anti-money laundering legislation is undergoing regulatory impact assessment, according to RBC.

The Central Bank offers:

  • remove transactions with high commissions from the list of questionable transactions;
  • remove complex calculations based on non-standard schemes from the list;
  • include a new criterion in the list — when the client refuses a one-time operation or asks to close the account and issue money after questions from the Bank appear;
  • give banks the right to refuse to carry out an operation under an Executive document if there are suspicions that the purpose is money laundering or cashing in;
  • include regular cash withdrawals by individuals in the list if the money comes from legal entities or individual entrepreneurs;
  • refer to doubtful remote transactions that are performed from the same device or from the same group of IP addresses on the accounts of different companies registered in different countries or belonging to different owners;
  • include operations related to the purchase or sale of virtual assets in the list.

Foreign investment in China’s economy rose to $12.68 billion in January

China attracted $12.68 billion in foreign investment in January this year, which is 2.2% more than in the same month last year. This was reported on Monday by the Ministry of Commerce of China.


Moscow city Hall has agreed to a March in memory of Boris Nemtsov on February 29. The March from Strastny Boulevard to Sakharov Avenue will take place on February 29 at 13: 00


“Naftogaz estimated the damage due to the loss of assets in Crimea at $8 billion

The company estimates the damage due to the loss of assets in the Crimea after the Peninsula was annexed to Russia at $8 billion in 2019, the arbitration found Russia guilty of the loss of assets by Naftogaz, Moscow did not recognize this decision

Evraz owners started buying Sibuglemet from VEB

The main owners of Evraz have started the process of purchasing Sibuglemeta, one of the largest coking coal producers in Russia, from the state Corporation VEB, Kommersant writes. Sources of the publication say that the deal will amount to 4 billion rubles, and the new owners will take on the service of the company’s debt of $ 3.5 billion to VEB.

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia will start oil production in the neutral zone

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia will begin experimental oil production on Sunday at the al-Wafra and al-Hafji fields, located in the neutral zone on the border of the two countries. This was stated by the Minister of oil, water resources and energy of Kuwait, Khaled al-Fadel.

Residents of Chukotka took mortgage loans for 1.7 billion rubles

In 2019, the people of Chukotka took 554 of housing mortgage loans for a total amount of 1.7 billion rubles. At the same time, the region was the only one in the far East and one of five in the Russian Federation where the volume of mortgage issuance increased.

Management companies deliberately force people to overpay

Utilities deliberately lower the temperature so that residents do not include cold water and, accordingly, spend more hot, expensive. SanPiN regulates the temperature of hot water to be supplied to consumers: from 60 to 75 degrees.

You can solve the problem with two complaints. The first-to the management company itself with the requirement to make an act of measuring the water temperature. The second regional Control. If this does not help, you can go to court: the law on consumer protection is on your side.

Turkey increases fines for violating aviation security requirements

Turkish authorities have increased the amount of fines for violating aviation security requirements both in the sky and on the ground, according to the General Directorate of civil aviation.

Under the new rules, aggressively behaving aircraft passengers will be fined 2603 Turkish Lira (about 430 US dollars).

Drone owners who do not register them properly will receive a fine of 9013 Turkish liras (about 1490 US dollars), and those who incorrectly specify the characteristics of the drone, or launch it in the wrong places, will be fined up to 18025 Turkish liras (about 2980 US dollars).

The rose ball in Monaco will take place on 21 March 2020

On March 21, 2020, the annual Rose Ball will be held in the Star hall (Salle des Etoiles) of the Sporting Monte-Carlo concert complex. This is one of the most important charity events in Monaco. The ball was first held in 1954 at the initiative of Princess grace, and since then it is not just an incredibly beautiful event dedicated to the arrival of spring, but also a charity initiative that aims to raise funds to support the projects of the grace Kelly Foundation.

Russia leads by length of stay in Monaco

According to the statistics Department of the Monaco office of tourism and congresses, the number of nights booked by tourists from Russia in the period from January to December 2019 was 51,491 nights, which is 4% more than in the same period of 2018. August is traditionally the most popular month for Russian visitors. It is also worth noting the positive dynamics of inbound tourism to Monaco from the CIS countries in 2019. The number of tourists from Uzbekistan increased by a record 128%, Azerbaijan showed an increase of 48%, Georgia-39%, and Armenia-20%. In addition, the number of guests from Belarus (+11%) and Kazakhstan (+10%) increased.

Which countries spend the most on supporting other countries?

In the first place, of course, is the United States, which spends $ 34 billion a year. The main recipients are the middle East (first place for Afghanistan) and Africa. The Germans spend 25 billion, the main recipients are India and the middle East, then there is the UK, the EU is also the middle East, and suddenly a lot of money goes to Turkey. Going fifth, Japan, in contrast to Western countries, prefers to support Asian countries (well, it is more relevant). Top 5: India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Mongolia. Australia does the same (donor number 13): Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Solomon Islands.



The Russians reduced the refinancing of a mortgage by a third in 2019

In 2019, Russians were three times less likely to take out a mortgage to repay an existing one, RIA Novosti reported, citing the United credit Bureau. According to its data, last year citizens took out mortgage loans for 351 billion rubles, which is 32% less than in 2018 (519 billion rubles).

Turkey reduces purchases from Gazprom»

The main reason for the decline was the drop in demand in Turkey by 35% at once, to 15.5 billion cubic meters, the lowest level since 2004.

The company’s total exports to the European far abroad (Europe plus Turkey, but without the Baltic States) decreased by 4.7%, to 191.4 billion cubic meters. These figures do not take into account LNG supplies from Gazprom’s portfolio, as well as deliveries to China via The power of Siberia that began in December.

Europe increases investment in Egypt’s oil and gas fields

The German oil and gas concern is investing more than $ 43 million in the development of a field in the province of Buheira in Northern Egypt. The signed document stipulates additional investments of $ 11 million for drilling eight wells.

Russia has one of the highest tax burdens on oil production in the world.

The government’s share of the discounted cash flow before taxes can reach 91%. Despite this, the oil industry is still perceived as a key source of additional revenue for the Federal budget. The constant increase in the tax burden has already become a factor of “stability” of the domestic fiscal system. In 2018, the oil industry paid more than 9.2 trillion rubles to the budget, which is four times more than the rest of the raw material sector of the economy together paid.

Scientists have found out how to reduce the harmful impact of aircraft on the environment

In an article published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, it is stated that if the flight altitude is lowered to 610 meters, the impact on the climate of the traces left by them can be reduced by 59%

Although most of the tracks left by aircraft disappear within minutes, some may remain in place for up to 18 hours, mixing with other tracks and Cirrus clouds. This forms a “feathery circle” that shifts The earth’s temperature balance through what is known as”radiation exposure.”

Trump in a limousine opened the main stage of NASCAR races in Florida

Donald trump made his Cadillac, nicknamed “the beast,” drive a limousine on the race track in Florida, where the national Association of racing NASCAR races began.

Created a material that can replace human bones

A group of Russian experts reported on the development of a new material that is so hardy that it can completely replace human bones. Today scientists still face difficulties in medicine and materials science

The Times reported on the activity of Russian intelligence groups in Ireland

Russia has sent agents to the coast of Ireland to determine exactly where the underwater communication cables that connect Europe to the United States are located. As reported by the Sunday Times, such suspicions arose from the Irish security services

Do not consider Russia the legal successor of the USSR

Constitutional court judge Konstantin aranovsky called the Soviet Union “an illegally created state” and said that the Russian Federation should not be considered a successor to the” repressive and terrorist acts ” of the Soviet government. In his opinion, Russia should have the constitutional status of a state “not involved in totalitarian crimes”. Such statements are contained in the opinion of the judge on one of the recent decisions of the COP.

Mr. aranovsky stressed that the modern Russian state was created not as a successor to the Soviet Union, but “in place of and against” it. At the same time, the judge is sure that Russia should compensate for the harm caused to the USSR, but not as the heir of the culprit state, but “with faith in the truth, out of positive responsibility and out of charity.”

The Kremlin commented on the position of the judge of the constitutional court of the USSR

Earlier, the judge of the constitutional court Konstantin aranovsky in a special opinion to the decision of the constitutional court on one of the decisions stated that the Russian Federation is not the legal successor of the Soviet Union.Read in the source

There is a practice of publishing this opinion. In this case, we leave it without comment, proceeding from the fact that Russia is both de jure and de facto the legal successor of the Soviet Union. – Dmitry Peskov, Russian statesman

Eni has discovered a new oil field on the shelf of Mexico

Italian oil and gas company Eni has discovered an oil field on the shelf of Mexico, whose reserves are estimated at 200-300 million barrels, the company said in a statement

Iran says it is ready to supply oil to Belarus

Iran is ready to negotiate with Belarus on oil supplies to the Republic, Iranian Ambassador to Minsk said Yari said. In an interview with the Interfax news Agency, he revealed the conditions under which Tehran can sell raw materials to Minsk.

“We are fully ready to negotiate with the Belarusian side and sell it oil. But this is a purely commercial issue, ” Yari said.

The diplomat noted that Iran is always looking for ways to sell its oil, and Belarus has previously bought oil from Iran. Recall that in 2017, Iran delivered two batches to the Republic. The first was 600 thousand barrels, and the second of 800 thousand barrels.

The Kremlin reacted to Lukashenka’s statements to Russia

Russia will continue the energy dialogue with Belarus, despite the emotional remarks of the President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko. This was announced on February 17 by the press Secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov.

I will refrain from commenting. Sometimes, let’s say, emotions really take over. While in Sochi, the two presidents reached a certain understanding, and we will proceed from this. – Dmitri Rosreestr has received powers on regulation of land relations

Rosreestr has received powers on regulation of land relations

The government has given Rosreestr functions to develop state policy and legal regulation of land relations. The corresponding resolution was signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

The Department is responsible for regulatory and legal regulation of land relations, property relations in terms of civil turnover of real estate, geodesy and cartography, creation and development of spatial data infrastructure. Expanding the functions of the Department will increase the efficiency of land use, the press service of Rosreestr reports.

NATO will not support Turkey in the event of a military operation in Idlib

The North Atlantic Alliance will not provide military support to Turkey if it launches a military operation in Idlib. In addition, NATO does not consider the facts of the death of the Turkish military in early February in Idlib as a reason to activate the article on collective defense.

Sting will give concerts in four Russian cities

In the autumn, British musician sting will come to Russia with concerts as part of his world tour “My Songs Tour 2020”. From September 25 to 30, sting will play in Kazan, Yekaterinburg, St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Trump called for an end to Russian support for the Assad regime in Syria

US President Donald trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks by phone on February 15. Mr trump condemned Russia’s support for” the crimes of the Assad regime ” and expressed a negative opinion about foreign military intervention in Libya’s Affairs.

“The US President expressed concern about the violence in Idlib… Donald trump expressed a desire for Russia to stop supporting the crimes of the Assad regime,” the press service of the head of state’s words (quoted by AFP).

Mr trump called for a political solution to the conflict and thanked Mr Erdogan for “efforts to prevent a humanitarian disaster.”

The Russian foreign Ministry called the condition for holding the ” Normandy summit»

The decision to hold a new summit in the “Normandy format” will be made based on progress in implementing current agreements, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told RBC on the sidelines of the Munich security conference.

“The agreement was absolutely clear that the new meeting should sum up what was discussed at the previous meeting. This applies to the withdrawal of forces, ceasefire, mine clearance, exchange of prisoners, and the introduction of the Steinmeier formula in (Ukrainian. — Primas’. ed.) legislation and some other things, ” RBC quoted him as saying.

Polish foreign Minister calls Russia a threat to the EU

Polish foreign Minister Jacek Chaputovic called Russia a threat to the European Union, he said during a speech at the Munich security conference on February 16. The diplomat noted that the threat is primarily real for the Baltic States, Poland, and Romania.

Kiev rejected the “12 steps” program to end the war in the Donbass

Kiev rejected the statement “Twelve steps to strengthen security in Ukraine and in the Euro-Atlantic region” released at the Munich security conference yesterday.

“This is a private initiative of a group of politicians and experts who are not indifferent to issues of international security and the security situation in Ukraine,”spokeswoman of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry Kateryna Zelenko told Ukrinform.

The US will replace American soldiers in Africa with local ones

The US intends to withdraw troops from Africa and replace them with African military personnel trained by American instructors, US defense Minister mark Exper said on February 13 at a meeting with journalists in Brussels.

Monsta X released their first English album

Monsta X’s “All About Luv” album was released on February 14, 2020. This is the first fully English-language record by a popular Korean boy band

Weeknd declassified the name of the new album

Canadian singer Weeknd has announced a new album “After Hours”: a video teaser with the appropriate name appeared on his YouTube channel

Diana Arbenina and the group” Night Snipers ” presented a new album

On February 14, Valentine’s Day, the first concert in 2020 by Diana Arbenina and the Night Snipers group was held in Moscow. During the performance, “Snipers” presented their new album ” Unbearable lightness of being”

In the US, a bracelet was created that silences all microphones around

According to today News Ufa, experts from the United States have created a silencer bracelet. It has 24 ultrasonic emitters that affect all electronic devices that can work as wiretaps: Webcams, smartphones, smart speakers, small spy equipment disguised as household items, and more. A massive bracelet is put on your hand, and the emitters allow you to completely cover the surrounding space. The cost of such a device is about 20 dollars.

In the US, AI was taught to edit articles in Wikipedia»

Editors will be required to enter unstructured proposals containing new data in the form provided for this purpose. The AI will automatically arrange them and correct grammatical errors. The algorithm will find the required articles without third-party help and replace the old lines with new ones.

Telegram has a feature for Dating

In Telegram, the developers have expanded the “People nearby” functionality, and now users can open their profile for Dating. The new system allows you to meet people in the vicinity and make an appointment with them. The new feature is called “People nearby 2.0”, and to use it in the messenger, you need to make your profile open and find users in the vicinity.

Developed radiation protection with rust ingredient

Michael Devanzo of the Lockheed Martin military industrial Corporation and Robert Hayes of the University of North Carolina have found a new way to maintain the same level of protection for spacecraft, but significantly reduce their mass.

The authors of the article, published in the journal Radiation Physics and Chemistry, proposed using a conformal coating for sensitive electronics-a tight-fitting polymer shell instead of placing the device in a metal box.

Xiaomi offered a monoblock computer for the price of a smartphone

It is known that the device is equipped with a monitor with a diagonal of 23.8 inches, which has an IPS matrix and supports Full HD resolution. The computer also has an Intel Core i3-9100 or i5-9400 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a hard disk with 256 GB or 512 GB of memory on the SSD and 1 TB on the HDD. This device costs $ 444.

A new American space mission has been launched

A joint project between NASA and the European space Agency, the Solar Orbiter, weighing 1,800 kg and costing $ 1.5 billion, was launched from Cape Canaveral on February 9.

The mission is fully dedicated to the study of the Sun and will take images of the sun from an unprecedented close distance, both in the plane of the earth’s rotation around the Sun and in the direction of its poles. As noted Space.com, among the tasks of the Orbiter is to study the mechanisms of formation and maintenance of the heliosphere – a vast bubble of near-solar space. For this purpose the Solar Orbiter mission has 10 onboard instruments and remote measurement capabilities

In which countries do people most often work from home

13.3% of Finns and 14% of Dutch residents usually work from home! Quite a lot of people who have the opportunity to work from home, and in Scandinavia, and in France, in Ireland, and even in Portugal!

Where are the least of them? Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus – except for Cyprus, all countries are not very rich.

Young people, according to Eurostat, work from home much less often (1.8%) than middle-aged people (about 5%). Although it would seem that it should be the opposite: young-progressive, work on the Internet…


The savings Bank has made other banks to «Yandex.Кассе»

Today, on February 17, 2020, it became known that Sberbank of Russia allowed other banks to use the instant payment service «Yandex.Кассе» . Previously, it was only available to Sberbank customers.

More than 15 thousand Russians asked banks for mortgage holidays

15523 borrowers ‘ claims for mortgage holidays were received by banks in the third and fourth quarter of 2019. 12,495 applications have already been reviewed and decisions have been made on them. 3028 were under consideration, including due to the need to request supporting documents.

“7864 claims out of the total number were met, and 4631 applicants were refused,” the Bank of Russia’s press service reported.

Deferral can be granted if the subject of the mortgage is the only habitable housing of the borrower; the loan amount does not exceed 15 million rubles; the borrower was in a difficult situation after the loan was issued; mortgage holidays under this agreement were not issued.

Moscow will get rid of trolleybuses. Regions are waiting for

In Moscow, contact trolleybus networks will soon be completely removed, and there will be no more overhanging wires. Electric buses will take the place of trolleybuses on the streets. Now there are 300 electric buses in Moscow, and by September there will be 600 of them. Today, there are about 800 trolleybuses left in Moscow, and many of them have already found new cities for further service, writes the website “Transport of Russia”.

According to the publication, 8 trolleybuses will go from Moscow to Vladivostok, 60-to Rostov-on-don, 10 – to Petrozavodsk, 50 – to the Saratov region, 30-to Kostroma, 30-to Nizhny Novogorod, 15-to Voronezh, 10-to Krasnoyarsk, 26 – to Novorossiysk, 30-to the Smolensk region, 15 trolleybuses and 15 trams – to Taganrog.

The ROC advised single Russian women to look for husbands in Africa

The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) advised unmarried Russian women to go to Africa. Archpriest Dimitri (Smirnov) said that many Christians live there today

The Central Bank approved the Norilsk Nickel blockchain project»

The Department of financial technologies of the Central Bank approved the Norilsk Nickel digital platform for issuing and circulating tokens backed by exchange-traded goods. RBC was informed about this by a representative of the company, and the press service of the Central Bank confirmed that the tests of this digital platform have been successfully completed.

The Central Bank of China lowered the rate on medium-term loans

China’s Central Bank on Monday cut the rate on loans issued under the medium-term Lending Facility (MLF) to support companies amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Over the year mortgage arrears in Russia increased by 12%

The volume of mortgages overdue for more than 90 days in Russia in the fourth quarter of last year amounted to about 77 billion rubles. Compared with the same period last year, this indicator increased by 12% at once, according to a study by the credit history Bureau Equifax”

The audit chamber will check the government’s spending on Sberbank shares

The total value of the controlling stake in Sberbank will be 2.5 trillion rubles. Earlier it became known that the government decided to buy Sberbank shares from the Central Bank. They will be purchased in stages at the expense of the NWF at market value.

The Russian government has amended the rules of use of matkapital

The Russian government has made changes in the direction of means of the parent capital on improvement of living conditions, to direct the matkapital for house purchase with an escrow account, according to the website of the Cabinet. As stated in the explanation to the resolution published on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers, this is due to changes in the market of shared construction, which occurred in 2019.

Lithuania loses 1.4 billion Euro dispute with Gazprom in court

In 2012-2016, 9.5 million euros were spent on legal fees, and another 950 thousand euros were spent on lawyers in 2016-2019. Lithuania was represented in a dispute with Gazprom by American Shearman&Sterling, as well as Lithuanian lawyers from Lawin and Tark Grunte Sutkiene.

Miratorg started supplying beef to Brazil

Miratorg agricultural holding was the first among Russian companies to supply beef to Brazil. the first 13 tons of meat will be received by Brazilian hotel and restaurant companies (HoReCa)

Subsidies for regional flights will increase

The Ministry of transport proposes to increase subsidies for regional air transport by 1.1 billion rubles, which were not used in 2019. However, even if the government approves the transfer of funds, their volume will be significantly less than the applications of airlines that claim to allocate 34 billion rubles of subsidies from the budget with a limit of 8.4 billion rubles.

The Ministry of Finance has developed a project on integrated optimization of the public procurement system

The Russian Ministry of Finance has developed a draft law that provides for a comprehensive optimization of the public procurement contact system, simplification of procedures and reduction of their terms. This is reported on the Department’s website.

All vehicles in the traffic police database must be assigned an environmental class.

The Deputy Mikhail Starshinov sent a letter with this proposal to the head of the GUOBDD of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia Mikhail Chernikov. A copy of the appeal is available to Izvestia. According to Starshinov, without a mark on the environmental status of the car should be considered a vehicle with a high level of emission of harmful substances.

Britain to build $ 1.6 billion supercomputer for weather forecast

The British government will spend $ 1.6 billion (£1.2 billion) to build the world’s most powerful supercomputer for predicting weather and climate change.

The US tested a Trident II ballistic missile

The us military on Sunday, February 16, conducted another test of its Trident II ballistic missile (D5LE), capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Gucci and Louis Vuitton accused of conspiring against employees

Several fashion industry employees have accused Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Saks and other luxury goods sellers of collusion. This was reported by Bloomberg.

According to the lawsuit, these companies restricted the employment of employees who were registered in competitive organizations less than six months ago. Thus, fashion brands not only deprived people of the opportunity to change jobs, but also limited competition in the market, according to the plaintiffs.