20 Фев, 2021

Russians agree to tax increases

More than half of the citizens of Russia, namely 60% of the respondents, agree to an increase in taxes if they are sent to solve specific problems of society. These data were published by experts from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) based on the results of the study. It is about improving the quality of medical care, social assistance and improving the quality of school education, writes Reedus.

According to the respondents, issues of education, medicine, ecology, pensions and social support of the population should become the most important for the state. And the government should direct money to the development of these areas, and not to the military-military complex.

Zyuganov: Russia is preparing the ground for new extortions

“Is the government preparing the ground for the introduction of regular taxes from the population? Oh, miracles, and more! And this is at a time when incomes of the population have been falling for the eighth year in a row, ”Zyuganov said.

He referred to data from other polls, which show that 60% of citizens do not have any savings at all and save about the same on food.

“Even the authorities themselves recognize the possibility of introducing ration cards for the poor. Or is it all from a good life? .. The patience of the people is not unlimited, ”says the parliamentarian

Change the order of early retirement for the military

For the military serving in the Far North, it is proposed to change the procedure for early retirement. Such a proposal was made by the deputy of the State Duma Elena Strokova, reports RT.

«I propose to develop a legislative mechanism to reduce the 15-year experience required for early assignment of a pension to ten years for those persons who have served in the Far North and equivalent areas for five years or more,» Strokova noted.

The Ministry of Finance of Russia proposed to introduce a tax on artisanal activities

The Ministry of Finance has proposed introducing a tax for miners, Izvestia reports. The department clarified that this is a companion bill to the initiative of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East to define the concept of artisanal activity. The ministry itself told the publication that the relevant amendments are under consideration by the government.

We are talking about a bill that will allow residents of the Far Eastern and Arctic regions to choose plots of land and legally engage in the extraction of precious metals in a non-industrial way. The miners will have to register as an individual entrepreneur and will be able to independently select a site using a special electronic service. Currently, only legal entities that have received a license for the use of subsoil as a result of participation in an auction or tender can legally mine gold.

USA imposes visa sanctions against 43 citizens of Belarus

The United States is imposing visa sanctions against 43 Belarusian citizens, including high-ranking officials and representatives of Belarusian law enforcement agencies. This is reported in a statement by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. According to the American administration, the persons included in the sanctions list are «responsible for undermining democracy in Belarus.»

An unpleasant surprise awaits Russian depositors

An unpleasant surprise awaits Russian depositors at the end of 2021, when they will have to pay a new tax on interest on deposits. As Rambler reported, from this year in Russia new rules for taxation of income of individuals received from deposits come into force. An excess of income of 42.5 thousand rubles will be subject to personal income tax in the amount of 13%.

Drug control rooms and cars were consecrated in Ulan-Ude

Hieromonk Nikolai (Shcherbakov), rector of St. Nicholas Church in Ulan-Ude and rector of the Assumption Cathedral under construction in the Oreshkov park, visited the Office for Drug Control of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Buryatia.

Hieromonk Nicholas consecrated the offices of the administration building, as well as service vehicles with a special rank called «Consecration of the chariot.» Batiushka also held a prayer service for the health of the employees of the drug control department

The Prosecutor General’s Office convicted a garbage state company of overspending on salaries

The Prosecutor General’s Office, during a scheduled inspection of the work of the Russian Environmental Operator (REO) and its founder, the Ministry of Natural Resources for 2019-2020, “revealed numerous violations of federal legislation”, excessive salary costs, lack of a development strategy and regular monitoring of regions. The operator has already prepared an elimination plan

This follows from the letter of the First Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Buksman, which he sent on January 27 to the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Alexander Kozlov. RBC has a copy of the letter. Representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Russian environmental operator confirmed its authenticity. The check was carried out in October-December 2020 on the instructions of the Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office told RBC.

Money laundering under the guise of combating COVID-19

Attempts to launder funds through Russian banks in 2020 were made, including under the guise of combating the pandemic, said Galina Bobrysheva, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Financial Monitoring of the Russian Federation. According to her, more often it was associated with operations for the purchase of medical equipment, state support for the affected industries and population.

Rosstat: potatoes and carrots have risen in price by more than a third

Rosstat recorded a significant rise in prices for potatoes and carrots. These vegetables have increased in price by more than a third over the year, RBC reports. Other vegetables have also noticeably increased in price. Farmers blame a number of factors: the harvest has declined, supply chains have been severed, labor productivity has fallen, costs have risen

Household funds with Russian banks in January 2021

Funds of the population in bank accounts in January 2021 decreased by 881 billion rubles, or 2.7% compared to the previous month. This is reported in the materials of the Bank of Russia.

«Funds of the population decreased by 881 billion rubles. (-2.7%) after an inflow of almost 5% in December 2020», — stated in the document.

Russian Railways net profit in 2020

The net profit of JSC Russian Railways at the end of 2020 amounted to 300 million rubles. The figure was named by First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Russian Railways Andrei Belousov during the final meeting of the company’s board for the past year, reports TASS.

Net profit of Russian banks in January 2021

The level of net profit of Russian banks increased by four percent compared to last year. In December 2020, it was equal to 159 billion, and now it is 205 billion rubles.

In the past, the disturbance of the Earth’s magnetic field led to global climate change

Scientists were able to find evidence that in the past, a sharp change in climate occurred due to a violation of the Earth’s magnetic field. Global changes not only affected the environment, but also caused a mass extinction, now scientists are worried about the fact that the magnetic north pole is behaving extremely strangely.

Scientists have captured the highest resolution images of DNA

Deoxyribonucleic acid, also known as DNA, can be surprisingly active when filled and distorted inside a cell, according to a new study by scientists at Yorkshire Universities published in Nature Communications. These hidden movements have been detected by computer simulations using the highest resolution imaging ever made for a single DNA molecule. New research is revealing previously unseen behavior of a self-replicating molecule, and this research could ultimately lead to the development of powerful new genetic therapies.

New algorithm will accelerate clean energy production

The ARK Center of Excellence in Exciton Science has created a new machine learning model that can also accelerate the energy conversion of materials used in organic solar cells. A scientific article with the results of this research appeared recently in the journal Computational Materials.

The closest black hole to Earth

The new study, published in the journal Science, shows that the well-known X-ray binary Cygnus X-1 contains the most massive stellar mass black hole ever discovered without the use of gravitational waves.

China accuses Estonian intelligence of fake news about China

The Chinese Embassy in Tallinn accused the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Department of spreading fake news about the PRC. This is stated on February 18 on the website of the diplomatic department.

Apple begins hiring engineers to design 6G communications networks

As reported by Bloomberg, potential employees will also «participate in industry and academic conferences on 6G technologies.» It is noted that the selected developers will have to work on the creation of a new high-speed network for ten years. According to the publication, analysts predict that the mass launch and widespread implementation of 6G wireless communication networks will take place no earlier than 2030.

In the United States, lawyers were detained for teaching Russians to lie when receiving asylum

In New York, lawyers of two companies engaged in training citizens of Russia and the CIS countries in forging documents when applying for asylum in the United States were detained. The US Department of Justice reports on the detention of lawyers. Lawyers Ilona Dzhamgarova, Artur Arkadyan and Igor Reznik were accused of fraudulent actions.

USA to allocate funds to vaccinate poor countries against COVID

The US will allocate $ 4 billion to vaccinate residents of poor countries against the coronavirus. Previously, it was about 2 billion, but the administration of the President of the United States Joe Biden decided to double this amount. This was announced on Thursday, February 18, by the press service of the White House.

American taxpayers’ money will come in the form of a contribution to the COVAX program, which aims to provide the population of poor countries with vaccines against coronavirus infection. The project was launched by the World Health Organization.


Google Launches Local Transfer Function for Android Apps

The Google Play Store now offers Android smartphone owners a fast and direct way to share apps between nearby devices. To take advantage of the new feature, you must have version 24.0 or later of the Google Play Store.

Microsoft has announced two new versions of Office

Microsoft has officially announced two new local versions of the suite of office applications — consumer Office 2021 and Office LTSC for business. Writes about this The Verge. They are intended for users who are not ready to migrate to the Microsoft 365 cloud service.

“Cloud technology is where we innovate and create solutions that help customers empower them. We also recognize that some of our users require a limited set of scenarios, and these updates reflect our commitment to helping them do that, ”said Microsoft 365 CEO Jared Spataro.

The release of both applications is scheduled for the end of the year. Both Office variants will include 32-bit and 64-bit versions of applications. The business version will differ from the custom package with a longer support period (seven years instead of five) and a pre-build release of the product

The procedure for maintaining the list of owners of Internet resources

Roskomnadzor has developed a procedure for maintaining a list of resource owners recognized in the Russian Federation as violating the right to freedom of dissemination of information on the Internet. The draft order of the department is posted on the portal of draft regulatory legal acts, its public discussion will last until March 4.

According to the draft order, the inclusion of the owners of Internet resources in the list takes place on the basis of the decision of the Prosecutor General or his deputy on the recognition of the owner of the Internet resource as involved in violations of freedom of the media. Such a decision is immediately sent to the RKN, which, within 24 hours after receiving it, makes an entry into the list.

A holding of space instrumentation will be formed in Russia

The supervisory board of Roscosmos has approved the decision to form a holding company for space instrumentation, said the head of the state corporation Dmitry Rogozin. He noted that it will include 17 companies — design centers, research institutes, design bureaus and assembly plants, «aimed at ensuring complete import independence of the Russian rocket and space industry in the supply of microradioelectronic products for space purposes and instrumentation.»

Belarusian investigation will not open a criminal case on the death of Taraikovsky

The Investigative Committee of Belarus will not initiate a criminal case into the death of Alexander Taraikovsky. He was shot dead by security forces on August 10, 2020 during protests in Minsk. According to the investigation, Taraikovsky was «in a state of strong alcoholic intoxication» and «provoked law enforcement officers, they did not know his true motives and the purpose of his actions.»

“Taking into account the operational information about possible terrorist attacks, the presence of explosives and weapons in the protesters’ possession, they were perceived as a real threat to the life and health of both the employees and the protesters themselves,” said the head of the Investigative Committee of Belarus Ivan Noskevich.

Noskevich added that against Taraikovsky “they used non-lethal weapons <…> from a safe distance, excluding a lethal outcome. Due to the confluence of a number of tragic circumstances, one of the wounds turned out to be penetrating, as a result of which Taraikovsky’s death occurred at the scene. »

Initially, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus claimed that Taraikovsky tried to throw an explosive device at the security forces. The published video shows that Taraikovsky had nothing in his hands.

North Korean Foreign Ministry clarifies Kim Jong-un’s position

It turned out that the position of Kim Jong-un is called the chairman of the state affairs of the DPRK (president of the state affairs in English), the corresponding explanation was issued by the North Korean Foreign Ministry.

Asmolov, an expert at the Center for Korean Studies, explained to RIA Novosti that this was an attempt to bring down the stir in the Western press, which began to write that the post of Kim Jong-un was renamed from chairman to president, and to draw far-reaching conclusions about the westernization of the DPRK. In Russian, the «chairman» has remained the same, the specialist said.

Peskov answered why Putin is not a general yet

You know, in general, of course, the president has certainly earned this title many times over. But at the same time, this is not a priority for him. You know that he works as president and there are a lot of cases. That is, he is not a career officer. So, of course, he simply focuses on other issues related to day-to-day government.

Navalny said that he was registered as prone to escape.

The oppositionist wrote on Instagram that at a meeting of the preventive commission, where he was summoned, the «captain, colonel and lieutenant colonel» gave him a letter to sign that he was familiar with the measures taken. In what they will be expressed, Navalny did not specify, but wrote that now he will probably be transported not only under escort, but also «in shackles», and compared himself with Hannibal Lecter.

The head of police in Nizhnevartovsk was fired after a lesson with a game of «riot police» and «protesters».

The Commission of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug decided to dismiss the interim head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Nizhnevartovsk Oleg Suraev after an official check. The press service of the regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs reports that seven more police officers were brought to disciplinary responsibility: three were warned of incomplete official compliance, and four were severely reprimanded.

On the eve of this lesson, the federal Ministry of Internal Affairs had already spoken out: a demonstration of violence involving minors in the department was considered inappropriate. At the same time, the authorities of Nizhnevartovsk did not see any analogies with the rallies, since there were «zero protesters» in the city.

Electric vehicle sales in 2020

Almost three quarters (74.8%) of new cars sold in Norway are powered by electricity. The other two countries in the top 3 in terms of the share of electric vehicles in sales are also Scandinavian: Iceland (45%) and Sweden (32%).

Further, the figures are much more modest and in most European countries they are not much higher than 10% (from large economies: 13.5% in Germany and 11.3% in France). Outside Europe, the numbers are even lower: 6.2% in China (although given the size of the Chinese market in pieces, this will turn out to be a lot) and only 2.3% in the USA