22 Feb, 2021

News digest for 02/20-21/2021

The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation plans to create another register of foreign agents (enemies of the people), which will include unregistered and non-legal public organizations funded from abroad and engaged in political activities in Russia. Now the department maintains two such registers: about NGOs registered in Russia and the media, which additionally includes a list of natural persons-foreign agents.

A draft decree of the President of the Russian Federation has been published on the portal of public expertise, which introduces the third register of foreign agents. It is assumed that the Ministry of Justice will be empowered to maintain a register of unregistered public associations-foreign agents, as well as a list of individuals-foreign agents.

The traffic police were empowered with state control

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given the traffic police the duty of exercising state control over the organization and conduct of technical inspection of vehicles. The corresponding presidential decree was published on February 19 on the official portal of regulations.

According to the changes made to the Regulations of the State Inspectorate for Traffic Safety of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, the department is charged with the responsibility for conducting state control and supervision over the organization and conduct of technical inspection of vehicles.

The document also supplements the clause on the duty of the traffic police to participate in the technical inspection of buses.

Skabeeva condemned people for watching a leaked video with her participation

Olga Skabeeva, the host of the 60 Minutes program on the Russia 1 channel, reacted to the publication of the video shot behind the scenes of the program. On them you can hear Skabeeva discussing with the guests and co-host Yevgeny Popov, which should and should not be discussed in the first block of the program. In particular, it was about the untimely mention of blogger Alexei Navalny.

“To eavesdrop and peep through the keyhole is disgusting, vulgar and so humiliating! My dear well-wishers, if you are not familiar with the old ethics, use at least the new one, ”the TV presenter wrote in her Telegram channel.

Sweden invited Finland to unite against Russia

The Finnish Air Force (Air Force) should purchase fourth-generation Gripen fighters from the Swedish company Saab, since in the event of a war with Russia, “the more vulnerable Finnish air fleet could retreat west to bases in neighboring Sweden, which would be easier to do when the two countries have Gripen, ”Defense News reports, citing a statement from the Swedish Air Force Deputy Commander, Brigadier General Anders Persson.

There are two options to choose from: Dzerzhinsky and Alexander Nevsky

Voting on the installation of the monument in Lubyanka will be launched on February 25 at several sites (the Active Citizen portal, the media and municipal deputies), the deputy chairman of the public chamber of the city Venediktov told RIA Novosti.

I should have made the shortlist a shortlist

The Public Chamber of Moscow tried to explain why they chose Dzerzhinsky and Nevsky to erect the monument on Lubyanka. Vadim Kovalev, a member of the OP, deputy chairman of the Commission for the Development of Civil Society, told the Podyom newspaper that if more than two options are put to the vote, the discussion can go on “indefinitely”.

“Dzerzhinsky – it was historically, and as for Nevsky – this proposal was made at the round table on the 16th, which we held.

Why only two options, we also discussed this. The point is that it was necessary to make the shortlist, in fact, a shortlist, because there were many proposals. We voted today to have just two points. Because otherwise it would be possible to endlessly recruit options, and we would never get the position of Muscovites on this issue. ”

The OP commission rejected the options to install a fountain in the center of the square or leave it “as is”.

IOC decision on Russian Olympians in Tokyo and Beijing

the team will be designated ROC – by the abbreviation of the Russian Olympic Committee, but the full name of the Russian Olympic Committee is prohibited

the emblem will be the ROC emblem with the Russian tricolor

the flag will be a white canvas with the ROC emblem (pictured)

the anthem will be a melody approved by the IOC Executive Board

on the uniform, the Russian flag and coat of arms must be replaced with the ROC emblem, the name of the Russian Olympic Committee on the uniform is prohibited, and if the word “Russia” cannot be removed, be sure to add the words Neutral Athlete

Rogozin reacted with a meme to the landing of an American rover on Mars.

The head of the Roscosmos corporation published two collages on his Twitter. He later deleted both posts. NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars in an automatic mode without remote control. After that, Perseverance sent the first images to Earth. On the network, they went to dozens of photojacks

The court decided to send Alexei Navalny to the colony in the Yves Rocher case.

Thus, the replacement of a suspended sentence with a real one is recognized as legal. Navalny was credited an additional 1.5 months under house arrest in the total term of serving his sentence. Taking into account the sentence served, Navalny will spend 2.5 years in the colony.

Car loan issuances set a record for January

According to the United Credit Bureau (OKB), banks issued 51.5 thousand car loans in January 2021, which is 15% more than in January 2020. This is a record number of loans for January – usually in the first month of the year, lending is sharply reduced.

Among the 30 regions leading in terms of the number of car loans issued, the highest dynamics compared to January last year was in the Novosibirsk Region (+ 54%), Kaluga Region (+ 36%), Irkutsk Region (+ 33%), Belgorod Region (+28 %) and Krasnoyarsk Territory (+ 26%). The lowest dynamics was in the Rostov region (+ 8%), Yugra (+ 6%), the Voronezh region (+ 5%), Tatarstan (+ 4%), while the Volgograd region saw a decline (-5%). In Moscow, the issue increased by 9%, in St. Petersburg – by 10%.

Bill & Melinda Gates Charitable Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – has rebalanced its investment portfolio. In the fourth quarter of 2020, he, in particular, sold half of Apple shares and completely closed positions in Alibaba Group and Uber Technologies. The fund announced this in a declaration for the fourth quarter of 2020, filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation fully sold shares:

  • Alibaba. Earlier, the fund owned 552.4 thousand depositary receipts of the Chinese company. At the price at the end of the fourth quarter ($ 232.73 per share), he received $ 128.56 million for the package. Compared to the end of the first quarter of 2020, the fund earned $ 21.13 million on Alibaba;
  • Uber Technologies – 26.8 thousand shares;
  • Boston Properties Real Estate Fund – 1.1 million securities
  • Apple – from 2 million to 1 million shares, having received $ 132.97 million for the package sold – at a price of $ 132.69 per share. Compared to the third quarter of 2020, the fund earned $ 33.8 million;

Biden has been in office for a month now. During this time, he:

  • formed the core of his administration: Blinken (State Department), Yellen (Ministry of Finance), Austin (Pentagon), Garland (Ministry of Justice), Majorcas (Internal Security)
  • launched an accelerated vaccination plan
  • extended START III for 5 years, returned the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement and WHO, reaffirmed its readiness to defend NATO allies and return to the Iranian nuclear deal
  • re-allowed transgender people to serve in the military
  • signed a series of decrees against racial inequality
  • signed a decree on combating climate change
  • reverted Trump-cut health insurance programs, including Obamacare
  • began to soften immigration policy

A participant of a solo picket in support of Sergei Furgal was detained in Moscow

The protester managed to stand with the poster for only a few minutes. The detention was explained by the high alert regime introduced in Moscow. The detained participant of a solo picket in support of Sergei Furgal was released. They did not draw up a report on the violation against her: the police had not yet decided whether to initiate a case against her under the article on violation of the rules of conduct in a high alert regime.

The chief editor of the “Abazhur” publication was detained in Kemerovo

In Kemerovo, after a search, they detained the editor-in-chief of the Abazhur newspaper, known under the pseudonym Foma Neverov. This was reported by “Taiga.info” with reference to the editor of the network edition “Novosti Kiselevsk” Natalia Zubkova.

Neverov was at his mother’s house when unknown persons began to knock hard on the door of the vestibule in the stairwell. They were not opened, and then the SOBR officers broke down the balcony door and burst into the apartment. Hard drives were seized from Neverov.

“The lawyer managed to arrive and was present during the search, then Neverov, together with the lawyer, was taken to the department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. As my mother understood from the conversations of the representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, these events are somehow connected with the publications against the governor of the Kemerovo region, Sergei Tsivilev, “the Echo of Moscow newspaper reports.

The US deported a former Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany.

The US authorities deported 95-year-old Friedrich Berger to Germany, who during the Second World War served as a guard in one of the “branches” of the Nazi Neuengamme concentration camp.

To sobering-up centers at the request of roommates

In Russia, police officers will be able to deliver drunk citizens to medical sobering-up centers upon a written application from citizens living with them. This is stated in the draft order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the country on the procedure for delivering drunk citizens to medical sobering-up centers and police units, published on the portal of draft regulatory legal acts on Saturday, February 20.

Personal pilot of the bathyscaphe of Vladimir Putin

The personal pilot of Putin’s bathyscaphe, Sergei Fokin, turned out to be a dollar millionaire, according to Broom’s investigation. As the journalists found out, Fokin owns a 126 m2 apartment in the elite residential complex “Vorobyevo Family House” in Moscow. The market value of the apartment is 145 million rubles.

At the same time, the official annual income of the pilot is 377 thousand rubles per year. Fokine also has his own business. He is a co-founder of several companies, the annual total net profit of which is about 1.5 million rubles.

Previously, Fokin, according to journalists, worked at the NTV-Plus TV channel, and now he is employed at the Ministry of Defense. He holds the post of deputy head of the Expeditionary Center of the military department for interaction with the regions. Earlier, Proekt reported that Putin’s pilot is the grand-nephew of Yuri Kovalchuk.

AvtoVAZ received a net loss of 196 million euros in 2020

AvtoVAZ in 2020 received a net loss under IFRS in the amount of 196 million euros against a profit of 72 million euros a year earlier, follows from the financial report of the main shareholder of the Volzhsky Automobile Plant – French Renault

Tesla-owned bitcoins rise in price

The bitcoins owned by electric car maker Tesla, which the company announced on February 8, are now worth $ 2.580 billion, according to Bitcointreasuries.

US citizens get a “hungry paycheck”

The minimum wage in the United States needs to more than double, Senator Bernie Sanders wrote on February 17 on his Twitter page.

“Raising the minimum wage is not only about economic justice, but also racial justice. Nearly half of blacks and Hispanics in America earn less than $ 15 an hour. We must end wage hunger and raise the wages of 32 million Americans by raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, ”Sanders said.

The minimum wage in the United States at the federal level is $ 7.25 per hour or 536 rubles 37 kopecks at the exchange rate of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on February 20.

Ukraine plans to invest in the development of oil and gas sites in Ukraine

The state-owned company Naftogaz intends to invest over $ 20 billion in the development of oil and gas fields in Ukraine. The company made the corresponding statement today, February 18

People are able to answer questions during lucid dreams

Sleepers are able to follow instructions, solve simple math problems, and answer yes-no questions without waking up, according to a study by researchers at Northwestern University in the United States, published in the journal Current Biology.

“We found that people in REM sleep can interact with the experimenter and communicate in real time. We have also shown that dreamers are able to understand questions, participate in working memory operations and provide answers, ”the researchers write.

Passengers and car drivers inhale high levels of carcinogens

In a new study published in the journal Environment International, scientists at the University of California-Riverside found that car drivers and occupants inhale chemicals in quantities that increase the risk of cancer and birth defects.

In the USA, scientists have learned to understand the language of cells of a living organism

An article about this amazing discovery by an international group of researchers from the University of California at Irvine was published the day before in the authoritative scientific journal Nature Communications. It indicates that mathematicians and biologists worked together to solve the problem. As a result, they have a CellChat platform for decoding signals transmitted between cells. It is on their basis that they are collected in biological tissues and individual organs.

CellChat is based on unicellular gene expression. But elements of machine learning and social media theory were also used. Scientists consider it especially important that with the help of their method it is possible to accurately diagnose various diseases.

Danish astrophysicists discover the “reverse” planetary system

Scientists from the University of Aarhus (Denmark) have discovered an unusual system where a star and its planets rotate in opposite directions. It is located in the constellation Libra, at a distance of 900 light-years from Earth, according to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

In most systems (including the Solar), both stars and planets rotate in the same way. This is because they are formed from one disk of gas and dust. Reverse systems are extremely rare. For the first time, they learned about their existence about ten years ago.

Puli Space Technology has developed a lightweight transport platform

Successful operations on the Moon require an easy-to-operate, reliable and inexpensive lunar rover truck. One solution was offered by the Hungarian private space company Puli. The launch of the private spacecraft to the Moon will take place this year, the exact date has yet to be determined.

Evolution of the Universe in a short video

The Melodysheep channel put in a short video a spectacular story about how the Universe developed and clearly demonstrated how insignificant the entire history of mankind is on the scale of space.

Panasonic unveils flatulent robot cat

Panasonic has shown concern for the lonely people who are hardest hit during the pandemic and introduced an alternative source of communication. The robot cat Nikobo is designed for those who are not ready to have a real pet or are allergic to cat hair and skin, according to Gizmodo. A round cat companion robot that can be hugged and petted. In response, he will greet and fart

Peddy robot takes care of pets while owner is away

The South Korean company Guru IoT has unveiled Peddy, a robot whose task is to be a companion of a pet, such as a dog, while the owner is not at home. The robot can feed the pet, will not let him get bored and will provide video communication with the owner. Built-in sensors for temperature, humidity and noise allow the robot to react to sudden changes in the environment by transmitting a panoramic image of what is happening to the owner’s smartphone.

The robot measures 302 x 364 x 260 mm and weighs 3.8 kg. It is equipped with a GPS receiver, a variety of sensors, a Bluetooth 4.0 interface and a 4G LTE cellular modem. The robot is powered by a 10,000 mAh battery and can move at a speed of 10 cm / s. It costs about $ 315.

Ukraine imposed sanctions on Russian companies

The sanctions against 18 Russian companies were imposed on February 20 by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The sanctions included Sevastopol State University, Novoshakhtinsky Petroleum Products Plant, Pharmacist Plus, BIOTEK, Medoborudovanie, NZNP Management, Don Export, ISS-Soft, IndaSoft, Rosewood Shipping, Donskiye Ugli “,” Gemogenix “,” Tosol-Sintez trading “.

The sanctions were also applied to the company Sportmaster Operations, registered in Singapore, which owns the Sportmaster chain of stores not only in Russia and Ukraine, but in Belarus, Poland, Kazakhstan and China.

NATO – this organization is no longer relevant

French President Emmanuel Macron criticized the fight against NATO, as this organization is no longer relevant. He recalled that the North Atlantic Alliance was created in opposition to the Warsaw Pact, which no longer exists.

“Sometimes we continue to fight against an ideology or organization that no longer exists, with a geopolitical logic that no longer exists and that continues to split Europe,” Macron told the Financial Times.

The State Duma of Russia called the average salary of teachers and doctors a deception

Chairman of the Committee on Labor, Social Policy and Veterans Affairs Yaroslav Nilov said on the air of the radio station “Moscow speaking” that such payments cannot be guided by citizens.

“Doctors, teachers, the entire social sphere receive small salaries, with the exception of heads of institutions. And when we are told about the average salary, like the average temperature in a hospital, in general we cannot be guided by this. This is a deception when they say, here is a beautiful average salary … Recently, the president had a conversation with young scientists and one salary was revealed, but on average another one sounds.

According to him, the official living wage is also underestimated in the country.

“We have official inflation, which does not correspond to the real one. We go to pharmacies, shops, we see how prices change and rise. Therefore, yes, the minimum wage must be increased, the living wage must be increased, the pension for working pensioners must be indexed, just like military pensioners must be indexed in full. “

Donald Trump called the social network Twitter boring

As it became known to EVO-RUS.COM, citing its own source, the ex-head of the White House, Donald Trump, speaking about Twitter, called this microblogging network boring. At the same time, the former head of the United States stressed that Twitter is “not the same”, and millions of people leave this social network. He himself does not intend to return there.

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin reaffirms US policy to strengthen the Ukrainian army

As it became known to EVO-RUS.COM, citing his own source, Lloyd Austin, the head of the Pentagon, during a telephone conversation with Andriy Taran, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, which took place on February 19, said that the United States will continue to strengthen the Armed Forces of Ukraine in order to confront Russia

Iran announced readiness to negotiate with the US on a nuclear deal

Iran is ready to begin negotiations on a nuclear deal with the United States. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country, Mohammad Javad Zarif. According to Zarif, Tehran will begin negotiations with Washington after the parties begin to fulfill their obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Russia officially allowed the possibility of destroying Israeli aircraft

The Russian leadership, represented by its special envoy Alexander Lavrentyev, officially warned Israel of its intention to stop Tel Aviv’s aggression in Syria through diplomatic or military means. Alexander Lavrentyev pointed out that such measures are “necessary to counter the escalation of violence in Syria” and expressed the hope that the Israeli government will hear a warning from Russia.