28 Feb, 2020

News digest for 02/27/2020

Trump’s campaign staff sued the New York Times

The campaign headquarters of Donald Trump filed a lawsuit in the us Supreme court against the newspaper C for publishing false statements. We are talking about an article by the former editor-in-chief of the publication, in which he stated that the trump administration colluded with the Kremlin.

“The lawsuit seeks to hold the organization accountable for intentionally publishing false statements against the President’s campaign,” Jenna Ellis, a senior legal adviser to Mr. trump, said in a statement posted on the staff’s Twitter account.

Chinese refineries were on the verge of bankruptcy

International banks, including DBS, Natixis, BNP and ING, have frozen $600 million in credit lines for at least three independent Chinese refineries, according to Reuters.

“All our requests for new loans are frozen, and they are vital for us, since we buy 6-8 million barrels of oil every month,” an anonymous source at such an independent refinery told Reuters.

DBS, Natixis and ING declined to comment for the Agency on the situation, and BNP said in a statement that the Bank “supports companies in China at this difficult time by extending funding lines and loan maturities where necessary.”

The accounting chamber of Russia did not find water supply in children’s medical institutions

According to the Agency, of the 116.8 thousand buildings that provide medical care to children, 30.5% had no water supply, 52.1% had hot water, 41.1% had Central heating, and 35% had Sewerage. The audit chamber also pointed out that 47% of children’s hospitals and clinics are not equipped with ramps for the disabled.

The Russian Ministry of health explained the lack of running water and heating in hospitals

At the time of drawing up the report, which States that there is no water supply in a third of Russian children’s hospitals and clinics, the accounting chamber took into account technical premises (warehouses, garages, boiler rooms), so these figures were obtained. This was stated in the Ministry of health, RIA Novosti reported.

The Ministry of justice will review the size of road fines in the new administrative Code

The sharp increase in fines for traffic violations proposed in the draft of the new code of administrative offences does not meet the needs of society, in this part the project will be revised, Deputy Minister of justice of Russia Denis Novak said during public hearings on this topic.

Cargo carriers complain to the President about customs

Road haulers complain of customs abuses: it delays the cargo on the basis of the alleged overweight and sends it to expensive storage. Market participants sent a letter about this to Vladimir Putin, pointing out, in particular, the actions of the Vyborg customs. The latter, in their opinion, purposefully increases the number of cases for overweight, including resorting to “placing foreign objects on the scales”. Cargo carriers are asked to change the administrative code To stop abuse, but the FCS considers it “impractical”.

Three new taxes will appear in Russia from 2021

There will be three new taxes in Russia. The Ministry of Finance has published a draft that will add three new taxes to the Tax code. According to the Agency’s forecasts, they will work from 2021. The Ministry of Finance plans to introduce a recycling fee, mandatory deductions for operators of the public communication network and a fee for using the resort infrastructure.

A way to end copyright lawsuits in the music world

“Two programmers generated “all possible melodies in the world” using artificial intelligence, protected the created music by copyright and made it public. Damian Riehl, a lawyer, gave a report on the work done at the TEDx conference in Minneapolis.

Once a work is recorded on a tangible medium, it is automatically considered copyrighted, the lawyer said. In the end, programmers have deprived the musicians of the ability to file lawsuits due to the fact that their work coincided or parts or excerpts.

Omsk officials gave students the pasta and stale soft drinks

In the Omsk region, officials gave students one package of pasta with a bottle of expired Bell lemonade for good grades. According to the mother of one of the Schoolgirls, the award was held as part of an event called “Governor’s diary”. It was organized by the regional “Komsomolskaya Pravda” under the auspices of the head of the region

Later, the organizer of the event denied that the students were given expired lemonade. They noted that the expiration date of soda expires only on February 29.

International labour organization regulations come into force in Russia

Starting from February 27, the standards of the international labour organization’s Convention No. 102 “on minimum social security standards” become mandatory in Russia, OTR reports

The most well-known of the rules concerns the pension, the amount of which must be at least 40% of the salary. Mandatory payment terms for sick leave, unemployment benefits and medical care are also stipulated. There are seven positions in total.

Nizhny Novgorod Ministry of transport announced the construction of five bridges

The Nizhny Novgorod Ministry of transport has prepared a list of objects for financing under the Federal project “Bridges and overpasses”. According to Governor Gleb Nikitin, this list includes five new bridges to be built, and 75 other crossings that need major reconstruction.

New carrier insurance rates come into effect in Russia

In Russia, from March 8, 2020, new tariffs for mandatory liability insurance of carriers will come into force, according to the website of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. According to the document, the minimum fare values are reduced for most types of transportation. For example, bus fares are reduced by up to 20%. The range of fare rates depends on risk factors, the type of transport and transportation.

Diamond watches were given by friends

Patriarch Kirill was given an expensive watch with diamonds and a crocodile strap by his friends. This was told by Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov. He said that he has been wearing Swiss Tissot for 10 years, given by a friend.

The United States and the United Kingdom have sharply increased their purchases of oil in Russia

The US accounted for 1.8% of Russian oil sales last year, the UK for 0.9%, and Turkey for 3%. Deliveries to Turkey increased fourfold. This is evidenced by the data of the Federal customs service (FCS), which was studied by RBC, and confirmed by the data of customs statistics of the respective countries

Oil reserves in the United States increased by 452 thousand barrels during the week

Commercial oil reserves in the United States over the past week increased by 452 thousand barrels and reached 443.335 million barrels on February 21, according to the US Department of energy. At the same time, analysts surveyed by Bloomberg expected an increase in inventories by 2.6 million barrels.

Russians put a record amount on current Bank accounts

The share of funds that Russians hold in Bank accounts has reached a record for ten years. This is reported by RBC, owned by Grigory Berezkin, with reference to the analytical review of Alfa-Bank. In monetary terms, the amount of funds invested in banks on current accounts has reached eight trillion rubles, and this figure has almost doubled over the past few years. Analysts believe that the increase in savings may be due to the flow of funds from deposits.

“On the one hand, part of the population has become impoverished, and these customers can no longer save, so they keep money in current accounts,” the Bank stated. On the other hand, customers with significant savings can use current accounts as a transit tool when deciding on new investments.

The Ministry of Finance has placed OFZ for 9 billion rubles

The Ministry of Finance of Russia at the auction on Wednesday, February 26, placed bonds of the Federal loan with a permanent coupon income (OFZ-PD) issue No. 26229RMFS with a maturity date of November 12, 2025 for 9.08 billion rubles, the Ministry said in a statement. The cut-off price was 106.62% of the face value, and the weighted average price was 106.7% of the face value. The yield at the cut-off price is 5.85% per annum.

Optical tweezers manually recombined 3 atoms

New Zealand physicists have performed a recombination of three atoms of rubidium in a vacuum. Using optical tweezers, they captured the particles and cooled them to a millionth of a Kelvin, then combined them. In the future, the discovery may make it possible to collect individual molecules manually.

Housing construction in Russia’s regions stops

Bankers are optimistic about the transfer of housing construction in Russia to escrow accounts, while builders are very concerned. Officials fear bankruptcy of regional developers due to the unavailability of project financing due to low profitability rates. In Moscow and St. Petersburg, the construction business feels relatively well. The picture is completely different in the regions: in cities with a population of up to 100 thousand people, housing construction is stopped in almost 40% of the Russian regions. In order to get a loan, regional companies underestimate the cost of future meters, which threatens to stop construction in the future.

Loans to small and medium-sized businesses reached a record high in five years

For 2019, banks issued loans to small and medium-sized businesses for 7.24 trillion rubles – 15% more than a year earlier, the Central Bank reported. This is a record since 2013, when their amount was 130 billion rubles more. The portfolio of such loans increased by 12% to 4.28 trillion rubles, taking into account individual entrepreneurs, small businesses borrowed 7.8 trillion rubles from banks.

In terms of credit load growth, small and medium-sized businesses almost caught up with the population (they increased debt by 15.5%) and left corporate borrowers far behind (an increase of 1.2%). 80% of loans to small and medium-sized businesses were issued by 30 major banks, and their portfolio grew by 20% last year to 3.6 trillion rubles, Expert RA estimates.

Polymetal increased its gold reserves by 6 in 2019%

Polymetal International plc increased its gold reserves by 6% in 2019 compared to 2018, to 23.7 million ounces of gold equivalent, according to the company.

Turkish soldiers were killed in the air strike in Idlib

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others were injured in an airstrike in the Syrian province of Idlib. This is reported by the Daily Sabah newspaper. At the same time, the publication does not indicate who exactly carried out the air RAID on the location of the Turkish military.

Turkey intends to declare Idlib its territory

Turkey intends to declare Idlib “its territory” to stop Russia. Turkish media, citing senior Turkish officials, reported that Ankara intends to declare Idlib its territory to stop Russian attacks on terrorists and its troops.

Astronomers have found a habitable exoplanet in the constellation Leo

The Agency notes that this planet was discovered by astronomers in 2015 in the orbit of the red dwarf K2-18 in the constellation Leo at a distance of about 124 light years from Earth. The exoplanet has a radius 2.6 times larger and a mass 8.6 times greater than that of Earth.

In Spain, the Huawei P40 Lite smartphone appeared on sale, but without Google services.

According to local publications, the device was named Nova 6 SE on the local market. The cost of Huawei P40 Lite in Spain is $ 300.

Erdogan urged the military to destroy the S-300 in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that in the near future the Turkish air force intends to solve the problem of the impossibility of using Syrian airspace because of the s-300 SAMS deployed here. Experts believe that Turkey intends to strike the area where the Syrian S-300 systems are located, and, most likely, it is supposed to use tactical weapons for this, since earlier the official Damascus announced its intentions to destroy any Turkish planes, helicopters and drones that violate the country’s airspace.

British fighters were scrambling to intercept Russian planes

Two fighter jets of the British Royal air force Typhoon on duty rose from the Lossiemouth air base to meet Russian bombers, Interfax reports, citing Western aviation resources. According to their information, we are talking about the Tu-95, whose flight was recorded off the coast of Norway.

Lost city found in Turkey

Researchers from the Eastern Institute of Chicago managed to find the lost city of the ancient Kingdom in Turkey. Information about this was published on the scientific website Phys.org Archaeologists have found a stone stele with inscriptions in the luvian language.

Pompeo called on Russia to “stop occupying” Crimea

US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo called on Russia to “end the occupation” of Crimea, according to a statement issued on Wednesday by the head of the state Department. Earlier, US President Donald trump extended for a year the sanctions against Russia imposed because of the situation in Crimea in March 2014.

In the “United Russia” deny the discussion of a change of leader and name

The leadership of United Russia did not discuss the issue of changing the leader and its name, as well as merging with the all-Russian people’s front (onf), said Deputy Secretary of the General Council of the party Sergey Perminov. Earlier, the party’s plans were announced by the online publication Medusa.

Video of” destruction “of Armata tanks published in the United States

American helicopter manufacturer Bell has posted an animated commercial in which the 360 Invictus model “destroys” Russian tanks on the Armata platform. Footage posted on YouTube shows helicopters attacking enemy infantry and armored vehicles.



Bashkiria offers to return the previous retirement age

In Bashkiria, they offered to return the previous retirement age. This idea was voiced by Fair Russia at the all-Russian press conference in Ufa yesterday.

Isinbayeva did not attend Putin’s meeting with the working group on the Constitution

Two-time Olympic champion Elena Isinbayeva did not attend a meeting of members of the working group to prepare proposals for amendments to the Constitution with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.

At the last meeting, Isinbayeva said that thanks to her inclusion in the working group, she had read the country’s basic law, before that “there was no reason, no need”.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the presence in the working group of those who have not read the Constitution before, “does not lower the level or reputation of the working group,” but ” on the contrary, such a broad representation makes it a true working mechanism that covers all areas of our life.”

Russia has approved rules for the use of weapons in the protection of air borders

The Russian armed forces have been granted the right to shoot down civilian aircraft that have invaded the country’s airspace only in exceptional cases, according to a government decree.

VKS of Russia received the first anti-aircraft missile system S-350 ” Vityaz»

The first anti-aircraft missile system S-350 “Vityaz” entered the Air and space forces, the Ministry of defense reported. It is noted that the complex has already arrived at the training center of anti-aircraft missile forces in Gatchina, where training was held to detect and destroy a simulated air enemy.

Turkey plans to close the Bosphorus to Russian ships

This was stated by Muharrem Sarykaya, a columnist for the Turkish Haber Turk TV channel, citing his sources in the country’s leadership. According to him, such options are “on the table” for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Montreux Convention, which regulates navigation in the Bosphorus and Dardanelles Straits, allows for such measures.

Russia sent its “most advanced” reconnaissance aircraft to Idlib

Russia has transferred a Tu-214R reconnaissance plane to Syria. the Corresponding frame was published in the telegram channel “Military informant”. The publication States that the Russian far-range radar detection aircraft flew over the Syrian province of Idlib

In Irkutsk, a man died after being Tasered by police

Investigative authorities in Irkutsk opened a criminal case against police officers who illegally used a stun gun to Wake a taxi passenger, as a result of which the young man died. The incident was reported by parliamentarian Alexander Kvasov during a parliamentary hearing in the Irkutsk Duma on Thursday, his words were confirmed by a police representative.

“On February 15, 2020, in the period between three and four o’clock in the morning, employees of a separate battalion of the patrol service on Baikalskaya street, while on duty, without having legal grounds, went beyond their powers and used a special tool against [the young man] – a stun gun, as a result of which he died. That is, the guy was driving in a taxi, he is 24 years old, fell asleep, the driver could not Wake him up, drove up to the police officers, they decided to Wake him with a stun gun, hit him, and he died,” Kvasov said.

Released psychedelic trailer for the spin-off ” the Walking dead»

A new teaser trailer for The walking dead: World Beyond, another spin-off, has been released. The video was created in a fairly psychedelic format.



Filming of “Jurassic World 3” has begun»

Director Colin Trevorrow announced the start of filming the third part of the movie about dinosaurs. The second part ended with the release of reptiles from captivity. In the new movie, the dinosaurs will take back the planet from man.

The robot singer will release an album and go on tour

Shimon plays in a band with human musicians. In the near future — on March 10 — she is due to release an album of Shimon Songs, including 8-10 songs; the Network already has a single from the plastic, called Into Your Mind (a video was shot for it). In support of the album, the band plans to go on tour.

Wi-Fi vulnerabilities put billions of devices at risk

A bug was made in the Wi-Fi chipsets manufactured by Cypress and Broadcom that called into question the security of billions of devices. This was reported by ESET cyber security experts at the RSA 2020 conference in San Francisco.

China’s ZTE has started supplying equipment to MegaFon»

The contract with ZTE was signed in September 2019, and the parties did not disclose its cost. The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2020. According to the interlocutor of “Kommersant ” in the telecommunications market, the cost of one base station can be $4-15 thousand.

Sony unveils Xperia 1 II smartphone with 5G support

The new product has a sensor of the main camera-12 MP. However, this camera was equipped with a technology that was previously used only in cameras of the Sony Alpha line. The display in the device is a 6.5-inch OLED with 4K resolution and an aspect ratio of 21: 9. Snapdragon 865 processor, which complements 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash memory. You cannot extend memory with a microSD card. The new product will go on sale running Android 10, and the price and start date of sales of Sony Xperia 1 II have not yet been announced

Firefox forcibly enabled the controversial feature

In Firefox, the DNS over HTTPS (DoH) feature was forcibly enabled for US users. This is a new security standard, the meaning of which is that requests to DNS (that is, matching site names to their IP addresses) should not be sent in plain text over unprotected channels, but using encryption. This allows you to hide from intruders what sites you visit — with the sites themselves, of course, the connection can be established over HTTPS and it will be difficult to intercept traffic, we are talking about the list of sites.

A new form of carbon was found in the Chelyabinsk meteorite

A new form of carbon found in a fragment of the Chelyabinsk meteorite in the form of a “multiple double crystal” was formed, as Russian scientists suggest, during the fall of a celestial body.

Turkmenistan has its own atmosphere

Police fined a resident of Ashgabat who went out in a mask to protect herself from the coronavirus

“You don’t trust the measures the government is taking against the virus? We and our management don’t wear masks, why are you wearing them?”what is it?” the policeman asked, adding that the masked men were spreading panic.

The detainee replied that she was only following the recommendations of doctors, but she was taken to the police station and fined 249 manats.

The European Union remembers Boris Nemtsov

The European Union, in connection with the fifth anniversary of the murder of former Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and one of the leaders of the Russian opposition, Boris Nemtsov, said it was necessary to complete the investigation of this crime.

“His murder must be investigated fully and transparently so that all those involved in this crime are brought to justice,” a European foreign service official said in a statement released in Brussels.

Belarus is ready for real integration, but without compulsion.

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said this at a meeting with Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian economic Commission Mikhail Myasnikovich, BelTA reports.

“We remain, as always, committed to real integration without forcing integration (a new term appeared in the Union – “forcing integration”). And it is strange that it started with forcing Belarus to integrate. You know what we are talking about,” the Belarusian leader said.

Germany lifts ban on euthanasia

According to the court, the right to die is a personal human right. It includes the ability to make a decision on your own to commit suicide or to resort to third-party assistance in order to take your own life. The court found that the ban in force since 2015 violates the rights of seriously ill people and doctors.

The court upheld the complaints of a group of terminally ill patients and doctors who challenged the law, which provided for criminal liability of up to 3 years for ” promoting suicide»

Mishustin 4.5 billion rubles for reconstruction of Kronstadt FORTS

The organization of the daughter of defense Minister Ksenia Shoigu will receive 4.5 billion rubles from the state, which will be used for the reconstruction of Kronstadt FORTS. The corresponding resolution was signed by Prime Minister Mishustin, Open media reported. Shoigu Jr. wants to attract more money from private investors. In return, it promises to build a place that is only slightly less popular with tourists than St. Petersburg

Hong Kong residents will be given 1,300 US dollars each

Hong Kong authorities will pay permanent residents over 18 years of age 10 thousand Hong Kong dollars (1283 US dollars). This was stated by Hong Kong Finance Minister Paul Chan, according to the local South China Morning Post. About seven million Hong Kong residents will receive financial assistance, CNN said. Also, the city authorities will reduce some taxes and compensate the poor for a month of renting public housing. These measures are intended to stimulate the growth of the Hong Kong economy.

The most distrustful Agency in Russia is the Moscow Department of transport.

According to the telegram channel BAZA, ordinary ushers, supervisors, designers and inspectors are regularly tested on a lie detector. The most extensive checks are among the employees of the Moscow Parking space Administrator. These are the very people who should monitor Parking violations in Moscow.

In total, over the last years, questioning the structure of the Diptrans has spent almost 10 million rubles. And the Metropolitan metro even purchased its own lie detector. The head of the Department of transport Maxim Stanislavovich Liksutov on a polygraph for these years did not check once.

Opposition of the Central Bank of Russia the Ministry of internal Affairs

The Central Bank of Russia under the leadership of Elvira Nabiullina accused law enforcement of poor performance. The Bank of Russia “promptly informs law enforcement agencies about all detected signs of illegal acts,” but the security forces do not initiate cases for all appeals, the Central Bank complains.

Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev pointed out that the Central Bank does not provide information about crimes in the banking sector in time and in full, and this prevents the rapid detection and prevention of offenses. According to him, to improve the effectiveness of the fight against such violations, it is necessary to make changes to the law and the agreement on interdepartmental interaction