18 Feb, 2021

Exports from Russia hidden in customs statistics

Exports from Russia, hidden in customs statistics under the SSSS code, amounted to $ 11.5 billion in 2020, which is 16% less than a year earlier, RBC reports. This code can hide weapons, military equipment, aircraft and nuclear materials. In 2019, exports decreased by 13% to $ 13.6 billion.

Enemies of Nord Stream 2 want to make Russia pay for Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with the leaders of the Duma factions, commented on the situation with the implementation of the Nord Stream-2 project. According to him, Western opponents of the gas pipeline are using sanctions to try to force Russia to pay for the events in Ukraine. He designated the latter as a “project”.

“They want to make Russia pay for their geopolitical project,” Putin said.

Microsoft releases single Office app for iPad

A new version of the Microsoft Office application has become available in the App Store. It added full support for iPadOS. Word, Excel and PowerPoint are already available on Apple tablets, but this service replaces all three and makes data transfer faster and more convenient.

Adidas announces sales process for the Reebok brand

German sports footwear and apparel company Adidas AG has begun the sale of its subsidiary, the Reebok brand. Reported by Reuters.

The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine put up the first prison for sale

The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine put up the first prison for sale. This was announced by the head of the department Denis Malyuska on his Facebook page.

“The first one went! The “Big Prison Sale” has reached the stage of the first auction. If someone has an extra 220 million [hryvnia] (about 7.85 million dollars – approx. RuBaltic.Ru) and wants to buy a small prison a few kilometers from Kiev – welcome, ”the minister wrote.

According to him, 70% of the proceeds will be spent on the development of a new prison infrastructure in Ukraine, the remaining 30% will go to the state budget. In addition, Malyuska announced the appearance of new lots in the near future.

Julia Navalnaya denied her political career

The wife of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Yulia, said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar that she was not going to go into politics. According to her, it is much more interesting to be the wife of a politician.

A wave of searches swept across Crimea

Seven FSB locations are reported in the Sovetsky District, Belogorsk, Simferopol and Bakhchisarai. Human rights defenders began to receive calls about searches starting at four in the morning. Writes about this “Crimean Solidarity”. Operational actions are carried out within the framework of a criminal investigation under article 205.5 of the Criminal Code (participation in a terrorist organization).

Tourists in Zanzibar banned from showing their navels outside the beaches

On February 14, the government of the Tanzanian resort island of Zanzibar reminded foreign tourists of its responsibility for violating norms of behavior and local traditions. This was reported on the website zanzinews.com.

Judging by the text of the document in Swahili, the translation from which travel agents share in the group “Islands and Us” on Facebook, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Zanzibar has banned tourists from appearing in public places in swimsuits or excessively open clothes: it must at least cover the navel and knees. Violators face heavy fines ranging from $ 700, in some cases imprisonment is also provided. At the same time, the ban does not apply to the territories of hotels and beaches and applies only to settlements.

RT spoke about the sources of funding for the “Project”

It is clarified that the editors of the “Project” “accepted the money, promising detailed reporting on the growth of the audience, the distribution of their materials and the reaction to them, including in political circles.” At the same time, as it became known to RT, the editor-in-chief of the publication Roman Badanin asked foreign sponsors not only for financial assistance, but also for “alternative work in the United States.”

The “project”, as the publication says, is managed by the legal entity Project Media, registered in the USA, and there is a firm with the same name in Lithuania. Both are led by Badanin.

Russia has increased investments in US government securities

In December 2020, Russia increased the volume of investments in US government securities by more than $ 1 billion, bringing their volume to $ 6,011 billion This is evidenced by data published on February 16 on the website of the US Treasury Department.

The total volume of investments in the US national debt of all countries and international organizations is 7.021 trillion dollars. Japan remains the largest holder with 1.251 trillion, followed by China (excluding Hong Kong) with 1.072 trillion. In Europe, the UK remains the leader – $ 440 billion.

Norway Foundation calls for gender diversity in company leadership

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, Norges Bank Investment Management, has encouraged the companies it invests in to respect gender diversity on their boards.

Rosstat recorded in January a decrease in the production of butter and sugar

In January 2021, the production of sugar, sunflower oil and related products in Russia collapsed both in comparison with December and in annual terms. This was reported by Interfax with reference to the data of Rosstat. The results were obtained against the background of a freeze in prices for these goods at the end of last year. With such measures, the government tried to cope with the increase in their value in stores.

Over the year, Russians have accumulated debt on car loans

The Russians stopped servicing car loans for almost 10.3 billion rubles in a year. So, in 2020, the volume of more than 90 days overdue obligations on such loans increased to 55.9 billion rubles from 45.6 billion a year ago.

Consolidated revenue of Yandex in 2020

Consolidated revenue of Yandex in 2020, excluding Yandex.Market indicators, increased by 17% year-on-year and amounted to 206 billion rubles, follows from the company’s reporting. Adjusted net profit of Yandex, excluding Yandex.Market, grew by 2% to RUB 28.5 billion, while adjusted EBITDA increased by 6% to RUB 53.9 billion.

Ukraine’s profit from the transit of Russian gas

Ukraine’s profit from the transit of blue fuel last year amounted to $ 13 billion, he said. about. Minister of Energy Yuriy Vitrenko. He announced this at the All-Ukrainian Forum “Ukraine 30

The Ministry of Energy of Russia explained the reasons for the increase in retail prices for gasoline

The rise in the price of automobile fuel at gas stations since the beginning of this year is caused by the lag in the growth rate of retail prices for it from the inflation rate of 2020 and an increase in the cost of excise taxes, the press service of the Ministry of Energy said.

Rosneft has requested benefits from the government for project development

Stanislav Mitrakhovich, a leading expert of the National Energy Security Fund, lecturer at the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, said that Rosneft expects to receive benefits for the development of promising projects

Megafauna became extinct in North America due to cold snap

Mammoths and other megafauna that lived in North America at the end of the Pleistocene have disappeared due to climate change, not as a result of the arrival of humans on the continent. This conclusion was reached by scientists from Germany, who published an article in the publication Nature Communications.

Experts from the Max Planck Institutes of Chemical Ecology, Human History and Biogeochemistry point out that extinction is a process, not a one-time phenomenon. A sharp cooling occurred about 12.9 thousand years ago, when temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere returned to the level of the Ice Age for several hundred years.

Iron is to blame for global warming

Scientists from an international group have experimentally proven that not only the activity of microorganisms leads to an intense release of carbon dioxide. They found that much of the work comes from the iron in the soil.

Our results highlight how Fe minerals and microorganisms synergistically influence the global carbon cycle. These synergistic effects must be taken into account for a mechanistic understanding of processes in soil hot spots, the authors write in their Geoderma article.

The brain only has two weeks after a stroke to heal

Scientists from the University of South Australia have shown that within two weeks after a stroke, the patient’s brain has a unique window of opportunity, during which it can repair and rebuild. This means that patients are able to largely restore their health. But if this process slows down for some reason, then in the future the brain’s ability to heal itself decreases. The research results were published in the journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.

Putin urged not to forget about the genocide of the Soviet people

President Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with the leaders of the Duma factions, said that the genocide of the civilian population of the Soviet Union by the invaders during the Great Patriotic War had become a black page in history and should not be forgotten.

We also draw attention to the crimes that were committed against the civilian population. This is genocide, these are obvious things … I know the approach to this – we, of course, must go forward, think about the future, unite our efforts with other peoples, including all European peoples, regardless of any difficulties of the current situation. day. The past should not pull us back, but there are things that we cannot and will not forget, ”Putin stressed, RIA Novosti reports.

For refusing to march after school in preparation for February 23

In Krasnoyarsk, 11th grade students of school # 155 complained about the OBZh teacher and the head teacher, who forced them to march on February 23 and humiliated them for refusing to do so. Among other things, they were compared with women and gays, said local publications Prospekt Mira and TVK Krasnoyarsk.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs will assess the organizers of the “lesson of courage”

The Ministry of Internal Affairs called the incident in the school of Nizhnevartovsk unacceptable, where the police conducted a demonstration training with schoolchildren using special equipment. The head of the Russian MIA Administration for the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug was warned about incomplete official compliance. The same penalty was imposed on the heads of the departments for work with personnel and the information support department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Nizhnevartovsk, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation reported.

Earlier it was reported that police officers in Nizhnevartovsk (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug) conducted a “Lesson of Courage” at school N42, where they played a scene where some of the students wearing helmets, with shields and clubs confront their peers throwing game balls at them.

In Chile, there were protests against police brutality.

The reason was the murder of a street artist by police. The demonstration ended in clashes with the police

Roman Abramovich will be engaged in the hotel business in Gelendzhik

According to Kommersant, Roman Abramovich has registered companies in Gelendzhik and Karelia that will develop hotel facilities.

According to the sources of the publication, in Gelendzhik Abramovich was interested in creating a luxury hotel asset with a vineyard

Disabled Astronauts Set

The European Space Agency (ESA) is recruiting physically disabled astronauts for the first time in history – and is ready to bear the costs necessary to adapt space equipment to the needs of people with disabilities.

ESA noted that at the start of the program there is no guarantee that the selected para-astronauts will eventually fly into space. But they guaranteed that they would make every possible effort to this.

Belarusian export of oil products through Russian seaports

Alexander Lukashenko approved a draft intergovernmental agreement with Russia on the supply of oil products for export through Russian seaports. He authorized the Ministry of Transport and Communications to negotiate and sign an agreement within this project as soon as an agreement is reached.

FSB will purchase Sweet protection ski helmets

The Russian FSB will spend 2.7 million rubles from the federal budget on the purchase of Sweet protection ski helmets, Open Media drew attention. The equipment is necessary “for state needs”, follows from the tender documents.

It is “a stylish, high-tech helmet that will protect your head during your ski adventures,” according to sports store websites. In addition, the helmet has “holes for the audio system”, which will allow “not to part with your favorite music even high in the mountains.”

Not a reason for a revolution in our country

To have a “palace” near Gelendzhik, which Navalny talked about, is normal for the Russian president, said Roman Putin, the head of state’s cousin. Open Media drew attention to the monologue he recorded on Instagram.

This provocation [FBK’s investigation of the “palace”] is definitely not a reason for a revolution in our country, – stressed Putin Jr., leader of the newly created party “Russia without corruption”

Vladimir Solovyov called Hitler a very brave man.

On the air of his program on the Russia 1 channel, he compared the leader of Nazi Germany to Alexei Navalny.

“Hitler was personally a very brave man: in contrast to this, the Gulfikfuehrer did not mow from the army, he fought and fought valiantly during the First World War.”

Vladimir Soloviev announced that he did not justify Hitler in his show.

He also expressed complaints against the editorial board of “Rise” and a number of other media outlets because of the quotation of the “16-second excerpt” of his words. With the deputy Rashkin, who demanded to initiate a case for the rehabilitation of Nazism, Soloviev decided to sue.

The head of the Moscow city committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Valery Rashkin, is not afraid of a possible lawsuit by Vladimir Solovyov, the deputy told Open Media.

“I will come to court with pleasure. I’ll take my sword and meet there, ”he said.

Solovyov said that he would file a lawsuit against Rashkin if he “does not withdraw his false denunciation”. This is how he called the communist’s deputy request submitted to the prosecutor’s office after comparing the leading of the Russia-1 channel Alexei Navalny with Adolf Hitler.

“Vladimir Solovyov is illiterate. This is not a denunciation, but a request. As a deputy, I think that in his speech he praises Nazism and Hitler, “Rashkin noted.

Introduce pre-trial blocking of sites with defamatory information from the authorities

The State Duma of Russia has proposed to introduce pre-trial blocking of sites with defamatory information from the authorities. The document was published on the website of the lower house of parliament. It was developed by deputies from United Russia, Sergei Boyarsky, Andrei Alshevskikh, and a deputy from the Just Russia party, Valery Gazzaev.

The explanatory note says that the law “On information, information technologies and information protection” does not provide for “an effective mechanism for the immediate operational protection of citizens from the dissemination of information defaming their honor and dignity or undermining the reputation of the authorities.”

The authors of the bill explain the pre-trial blocking of websites by “the speed of development of information technologies.”

Agricultural product prices in 2020

Food prices in 2020 in Russia have grown quite strongly even according to official data, especially producer prices. On the national average, the producer price index of agricultural products rose by a very strong 13.1%

The growth leaders are regions with developed agriculture: prices rose by 36% in the Oryol region, by 33% in the Samara region and by 30.4% in the Kursk region. The prices of agricultural producers in the Ulyanovsk and Rostov regions, the Krasnodar Territory, the Volgograd, Orenburg and Saratov regions also increased by more than 20%.

There are, however, regions where prices have decreased: -17% in Astrakhan, -7.7% in the Kaluga region, -5.8% in Moscow. Symbolically, but still decreased, prices in Karachay-Cherkessia, Buryatia, Kaliningrad and Novgorod regions, Chukotka, Kamchatka and Yakutia.

Ford sold the entire stake in Velodyne

Ford Motor Co. sold its stake in Velodyne Lidar Inc., a leading manufacturer of lidar sensors used in the development of self-propelled vehicles.

The candidate for the post of the head of the NASA representative office in the Russian Federation was denied a Russian visa

Russia refused a visa to a candidate for the post of head of the NASA mission at the US Embassy in the Russian Federation. The name of the person who was denied the visa was not disclosed. The US National Aerospace Agency has so far refrained from comment