29 Feb, 2020

News digest for 02/28/2020

The Prosecutor’s check did not reveal anything suspicious

Activists of Navalny’s headquarters found real estate worth 700 million rubles at the mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin with an annual income of 5 million, but the Prosecutor’s check did not reveal anything suspicious

Apple bans villains from using iPhones in movies

The Director of the film “Get knives” Ryan Johnson said in an interview that Apple allows the use of iPhones in movies, but strictly prohibits “issuing” them to villains and negative characters, so that the gadget does not look in a bad light.

Sistema creates Sistema SmartTech venture Fund

Sistema SmartTech venture Fund will be the fourth for Sistema. The managing partner will be Ksenia Shoigu, and the Board of Directors will be headed by Artem Sirazutdinov, managing partner of Sistema. The anchor investor will be AFK with investments of up to 1.5 billion rubles. During its existence, Sistema SmartTech should support about 20 venture projects, investing from 50 million to 300 million rubles each.

The new Fund should become ” a guide between startups that offer the necessary solutions, but do not have experience in product packaging, and large companies,” said Ksenia Shoigu.

Steven Seagal will pay $314 million for illegal advertising of crypto-currencies

Hollywood actor and Russian citizen Steven Seagal was fined by the us securities and exchange Commission (SEC) for advertising cryptocurrency. The actor will have to pay $314 thousand for hiding the reward received for promoting the initial placement of Bitcoiin2Gen tokens. The market regulator considers cryptocurrencies placed on the exchange as securities and requires compliance with the relevant legislation.

Kiev has a plan to return Crimea to Ukraine.

This was stated by the country’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration Dmitry Kuleba. According to him, the plan includes 12 steps. According to the last point, “Crimea will slip out of Russia’s weakened hands,” and Ukraine will intercept it. The politician did not specify how this would happen.

On February 26, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced that he had signed a decree to celebrate the day of resistance to the occupation of Crimea by Russia. He admitted that it will not be possible to return Crimea in the near future. According to Zelensky, Kiev aims to support Ukrainians living on the Peninsula.

Putin awarded the Senator of Chechnya Suleiman Eremeeva

President Vladimir Putin awarded the medal of the order of merit for the Fatherland, II degree, to the Senator from Chechnya, Suleyman Geremeev. The published decree on the award drew the attention of “Mediazona”. According to the state Duma database, over the past five years, the Senator has not submitted a single bill to Parliament. The last one is dated 2015. Suleiman Eremeev mentioned in the case file about the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov.

In Prague there was an area of Boris Nemtsov

The opening ceremony of Boris Nemtsov square was held in the Czech capital. On February 24, deputies of the city Council of Prague unanimously voted for the decision to name the Russian opposition politician Pod kaštany square (“Under the chestnuts”), where the Russian Embassy in the Czech Republic is located.

TV channel for territories not controlled by Kiev

The launch of the TV channel broadcast announced on March 1, 2020, will be called “Dom”, according to the Internet publication” Detector media ” with reference to three different sources.

So, according to sources, the logo design of the new TV channel is such that the name can be read in two different ways – as “Dim” and as “Dom”. It is also noted that the name of the new channel was approved personally by the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky. The presentation of the channel will be held on Monday, March 2, at 15: 00.

Expertise is accused of falsification in the case of Ivan Golunov

The investigation attached to the case of police officers accused of falsifying evidence, the results of an examination that revealed traces of narcotic drugs on Ivan Golunov’s hair, the journalist told Interfax.

“Yes, indeed, the expertise was attached to the police case. It can become another episode of falsification of the accused’s evidence, ” Golunov said. According to him, this examination was conducted in the summer and it proves that they did not use drugs. “Otherwise, they wouldn’t be found on the tips of your hair. Moreover, the examination found drugs that are not even in the case, for example, it is unclear where mephedrone came from,” Golunov said.

Pskov Authorities purchased chairs worth 100 thousand rubles each for the local music school. The head of the region,, explained this by the fact that the money allocated by the Federal center had to be mastered, otherwise the remaining money would have to be returned

Russian pension Fund proposed to be liquidated

The website of the Russian public initiative began collecting signatures for the liquidation of the Russian Pension Fund. The author of the initiative believes that with the closure of the FIU, it will be possible to increase pensions. A proposal has been made to phase out FIU offices. They plan to provide services on the public Services portal and in the MFC by region.

Tatarstan laid the first LNG vessel in Russia

“Chaika” is a ship that will perform pleasure and excursion flights on inland waterways. The capacity of a river passenger vessel is at least 170 people, the range of navigation for fuel reserves is 400 km, and the autonomy is 24 hours.

Our country has huge reserves of natural gas. Of course, today, not only in cities and on public roads, but also on water expanses, there should be environmentally friendly vehicles. This project is just an example. – Rustam Minnikhanov, Russian politician

The Ministry of industry and trade has developed new rules for the sale of alcohol

The new rules for the sale of alcohol developed by the Agency allow local authorities to set restrictions on points of sale of alcohol only with the consent of the regional trade regulation authority and the Commissioner for the protection of the rights of entrepreneurs. Information about this appeared on the Federal portal of legal acts.

Trailer for the Netflix fantasy series ” Letter for the king»

On Thursday, February 27, a trailer for the Netflix fantasy series “a Letter for the king”appeared on the network. The video was published on the streaming service’s YouTube channel. The project is based on the book Tonke Dracht.



Mironov offers to support the Russian auto industry

The bill on the tax deduction for the purchase of a domestic car has a social orientation and serves to support the automotive industry. As the correspondent of IA REGNUM reports, this was stated by one of the authors of the initiative, the leader of “Fair Russia”, state Duma Deputy Sergey Mironov.

The new fraudulent scheme was “taxi from the Bank»

The fraud scheme is as follows. Attackers call customers on behalf of Bank employees and report that several thousand rubles were tried to be debited from their account. In order to secure your account as soon as possible, they offer citizens to use a free Bank transfer service – a “special transfer” that will take you to the nearest ATM where you can transfer money to a secure account. This “Izvestia” said the Director of monitoring operations and discussions of Alfa Bank Alexei Golenishchev.

It is noted that fraudsters order a taxi through a regular service. In this case, the taxi driver takes the potential victim to the nearest ATM, and the person voluntarily transfers money to the fraudsters ‘ account.

Under the control of artificial intelligence

Sberbank intends to transfer 90 % of all current loans to large and medium-sized businesses under the control of artificial intelligence in the future. Currently, AI issues 18 % of all revolving loans, RIA Novosti reported.

Russia is looking for new markets for solid fuel

The volume of coal production in Russia is 440 million tons, an increase of 30% over eight years, or almost 100 million tons. according to the head of the Ministry of energy, the volume of exports is currently 50% of production (220 million tons). Coal mining is carried out by 57 mines and 130 sections, almost half of them were introduced after 2000.

We will also create new efficient coal mining centers in Kuzbass, Rostov, the far East, Eastern Siberia and the Arctic. And, of course, we need to improve logistics. We will develop railway and port infrastructure in sync with coal companies. – Mikhail Mishustin, Russian statesman

The state will support the agro-industrial complex

The concessional lending plan for 2020, approved by the Russian Ministry of agriculture, provides for a subsidy limit of 90.9 billion rubles, which is 37.3% higher than the actual disbursement of funds in 2019 (66.2 billion rubles).

VTB’s net profit under IFRS for 2019 increased by 12.9%

“In 2019, VTB group’s net profit increased by 12.9% on the back of high Commission revenue growth and improved asset quality,” the release said.

Net profit in the fourth quarter was 73.2 billion rubles, which is almost 1.8 times more than the result for the same period in 2018.

Natural neuron linked to silicon via the Internet

Scientists have created a system that connects artificial and live neurons through a memristor. It is noteworthy that three elements of this hybrid were located in different parts of Europe and were connected via the Internet. Despite the distance, the network functioned and displayed the properties of living neural systems, such as long-term potentiation. The article is published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.

Russian Railways chose the designer of the Elegest-Kyzyl-Kuragino road

The competition to determine the main design organization that will conduct survey and engineering design work on the future railway route, which should link the Republic of Tyva with the rest of the country, has ended. The winner was the Stroyproekt Engineering group Institute from the Northern capital. The works were ordered by Russian Railways, and the contract cost was 5.4 billion rubles.

The Kuragino-Kyzyl railway project has become one of the large-scale transport projects in the framework of the Yenisei Siberia, although it has been under development for more than 10 years, and in 2011, President Vladimir Putin started construction.

A Chinese destroyer pointed a laser at a us spy plane

A Chinese destroyer pointed a laser at a Us Navy p-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane flying over the Pacific ocean. This is reported by TASS with reference to a statement issued by the US Navy

Sanders proposed creating the “best in the world” school system in the United States

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders called for the creation of the world’s best school system on February 27 on his Twitter page.

“I want people to be proud to say,’ I’m going to work in one of the most important jobs in America: teaching our next generation, ‘” said Senator Sanders of Vermont.

“Instead of giving tax breaks to billionaires, let’s invest in education, pay every teacher at least $ 60,000, and create the best school system in the world,” he suggested.

Recall that Bernie Sanders is one of the participants in the presidential race in the United States, as well as one of the favorites of the democratic primaries based on the results of Caucuses in a number of States.

Scientists have identified new differences in the work of the heart of men and women

As reported by today News Ufa, scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the study identified differences in blood flow in the heart of a man and a woman. Women’s hearts are smaller and beat faster. Kinetic energy is higher in the left ventricles in men. Turbulence and tension in the left ventricle were higher in women. It can be understood that men and women react differently to stress and disease.

The Japanese defense Ministry published a photo of the su-34 escort

The Ministry of defense of Japan published a photo of the escort of the su-34 fighter-bomber of the Russian aerospace forces to the North of the island of Hokkaido. According to the military Department, the incident occurred on February 27 in the area of the sea of Okhotsk

Russian frigates with “Calibers” headed for Syria

Two Russian frigates with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles are currently heading for the Mediterranean sea. This was reported by the representative of the black sea fleet Alexey Rulev, Interfax reports.

Turkey has decided to consider the Syrian army an enemy target

The decision to consider Syrian army units as enemy targets was made at a security meeting in Ankara after the death of 29 Turkish soldiers as a result of an air strike by the Syrian military in Idlib, on February 28, Sabah reported.

In Georgia, announced the participation of Armenian soldiers in NATO exercises

Armenian servicemen will take part in the NATO Noble Partner 2020 exercise planned in Georgia, head of the Georgian defense Ministry Irakli Garibashvili said in Yerevan on Thursday

Moscow court has arrested the head of the Department of pensions of the Ministry of internal Affairs

Presnensky court of Moscow decided to detain the head of the Department of pensions of the Ministry of internal Affairs, Colonel of the internal service Svetlana Alyoshina on suspicion of a large bribe.

The LGBT character was cut from the Russian version of the cartoon “Forward»

From the Russian version of the cartoon “Forward” cut mention of the LGBT character-Cyclops named Spectrum. The corresponding information appeared on the Kinopoisk portal.

The first trailer of the remake of the horror film “Candyman»

On the official YouTube channel of Universal Pictures posted a trailer for the remake of the horor movie “Candyman”. It is noted that the authors call the new tape a “spiritual continuation” of the original 1992.



The second season of the series “Modified carbon” was released on Netflix»

Streaming service Netflix has published the second season of the series “Modified carbon” by Laeta Kalogridis. The project is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Richard Morgan. Events take place in the distant future, where humanity has overcome death by learning to move consciousness from one body to another

In the international conductors ‘ competition was won by a musician from Bulgaria

The main winner Of the first international competition of conductors Siemens Halle was a musician from Bulgaria Delyana Lazarova, February 25, according to the official website of the competition. In total, 287 people from 55 countries took part in the program.the competition was held in London.

LJ’s new album Sayonara Boy Opal is released

Hip-hop artist LJ introduced the new album Sayonara Boy Opal. The album includes 13 tracks, some of which were previously presented as singles. LJ will tour Russia and Europe to promote the new album.

Android update “broke” Xiaomi smartphones

After updating the Android 10 system, the desktop panel is no longer displayed on Xiaomi Mi8 smartphones. According to today News Ufa, the remaining functions of the smartphone have been preserved. The screen does not load the desktop and the corresponding icons on it.

Microsoft will update the design of the start menu in Windows

Microsoft will change the appearance of “start” in the Windows operating system. As reported by today News Ufa with reference to Windows Latest, the tile interface will be removed. The standard design has become boring for users for 8 years.

An algorithm that “erases” a person from real-time video has appeared

An application that allows you to “erase” a person from a video clip in real time has been published on The github web service, a platform for IT projects. The algorithm was introduced by Google web engineer Jason Mayes. The system recognizes and stores the image when it receives an image from the camera.

The blockchain technology will help to track the counterfeiting

Twenty-four companies representing the pharmaceutical, distribution, logistics and retail segments have developed a system based on blockchain technology to track counterfeiting in prescription drug supply channels, according to Reuters.

The first trailer for Tales from the Loop was released

Amazon has released the first trailer for the upcoming series Tales from the Loop. It’s loosely based on the works of artist Simon Stelenhag. Events take place in an alternative world of the 80’s, where technology has made a leap and allowed the creation of advanced robots.

The Executive producers of the series are Stelenhag and Matt Reeves. The showrunner was Nathaniel Halpern, and the Director was mark Romanek. Philip glass is responsible for the music design. The premiere is scheduled for April 3.



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 Pussycat Dolls were not included in the soundtrack during the live broadcast

Members of the American pop and R&B group The Pussycat Dolls were not included in the soundtrack during the live broadcast of the entertainment program The one show, according to the Daily Mail. Performers performed with the new track React

Experts have found two genes-the enemy of healthy aging

Chinese scientists have found two genes in roundworms that turn on in old age and inhibit their cognitive functions. Relatives of these genes were also found in mammals. It turned out that blocking these genes slightly prolongs the life of mice, but more importantly-slows down their cognitive aging. The work was published in the journal Nature.

Another culprit of oxidative stress has been found

Scientists from the Lawrence National laboratory in Berkeley found that oxidative stress in cells is caused by the presence of not only hydroxyl radicals, but also intermediate Krige compounds. An article about the discovery is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The melody and lyrics are processed in different areas of the brain

Philip Alboy from McGill University (Canada) and his colleagues performed MRI scans of the brain while listening to songs. It turned out that the left hemisphere of the brain tracked the beat, which allowed recognizing the text, and the right – the frequency required for recognizing the melody. This finding coincides with the results of previous observations, which suggested that the disruption of the left hemisphere of the brain is more likely to affect speech abilities, and the right-on the ability to music.

Physicists have reproduced ” real randomness»

As you know, accidents are not random. In fact, it can be very difficult for computers to generate a real randomness, because each such algorithm has certain patterns. Using the crystallization process, scientists have achieved something that no algorithm can do: they have created a sequence of truly random data.

Why is this important? Researchers say that data protection algorithms based on” real ” randomness are much harder to crack. In addition, in the future, they hope to move the simulation of crystal formation to the field of computer simulation, so that they do not have to scan real crystals every time.

Russian academics complain to the UN about Elon Musk

The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) intends to complain to the United Nations about Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite system, as the deployable system of thousands of satellites will interfere with the work of astronomers, said astrophysicist, researcher at the Institute of astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences Nikolai Samus.

Scientists have recorded the most powerful explosion in the Universe

Scientists from the International center for radio astronomy research have recorded the most powerful explosion in the Universe since the Big Bang. This is reported by EurekAlert. The explosion occurred near a supermassive black hole in the Ophiuchus supercluster, which is 390 million light-years away from Earth. Astronomers note that the explosion resulted in an energy release five times higher than the previous record.

“It happened very slowly — like an explosion in slow motion, which lasted for hundreds of millions of years,” explained Professor at the centre for Melanie Johnston-Hollitt.

Betelgeuse’s star brightened

American astronomers from Villanova University and their colleagues from Texas recorded suspicious activity in the behavior of the star Betelgeuse. The giant stopped dimming and gained its former brightness.

Astronomers are trying to figure out why this is happening. There are three main versions so far: either this is the norm by which the star periodically pulsates, or something obscured it-perhaps even a cloud of dust thrown out by it itself. The worst case scenario: the increase in light may indicate that the star will turn into a supernova

The Chinese spacecraft studied the ground on the back of the moon

The Chang’e-4 spacecraft, launched in early 2019, sent a new array of data about the earth’s satellite’s interior. An article on the findings was published in the journal Science Advances

Statistics from Business Financing: the oldest living companies by country

In the first place, with an age of more than 1400 years (think about it-more than 14 centuries!) there is a construction company from Japan Kongō Gumi. And the gap from the second place is more than 200 years (Austrian restaurant St. Peter Stifts Kulinarium – the oldest company in Europe). Then there is a fairly dense conglomerate of European companies of the 9th-10th century of Foundation (and among them – an Irish pub of the 900th year! And there is a Belgian brewery in 1074 – a good option where to go if you find yourself in one of these countries). Petrodvorets watch factory was recognized as the oldest Russian company in 1721.

Only a quarter of Russians are ready to vote for amendments to the Constitution

Only 25% of Russians decided that they would go and vote for the amendments to the Constitution, a poll by the Levada center commissioned by Open media showed. Every tenth person will tick “against”. Others will not go or are undecided.

“People do not understand the essence of the amendments, but they understand the General meaning: Putin’s desire to retain power. Those who are in power for Putin are also in favor of changing the Constitution, without even going into details, “says Lev Gudkov, Director of the Levada center

Sales via Telegram exceeded 1 billion rubles

Online sales via the telegram messenger in 2019 amounted to 1.1 billion rubles, according to RBC, citing calculations by analysts of the Admitad advertising network. Compared to 2018, the growth was 196%.

The publication notes that Telegram is not the most popular messenger in Russia. According to Mediascope, in the second half of 2019, WhatsApp had the largest monthly audience on mobile devices and desktops — 66.7 million people over the age of 12. Viber was in second place (36 million people), and Telegram was in third place (20.2 million people).

Acceptance of applications for the Moscow Innovator award was extended until the end of March

The deadline for accepting applications for the mayor’s award “Innovator of Moscow” has been extended until the end of March. The 30 best innovative projects will get to the final. This was told by the Deputy mayor of the capital, chief of staff of the mayor and government of Moscow Natalia Sergunina

Dvorkovich to leave Russian Railways Board of Directors

Arkady Dvorkovich, Chairman of the SKOLKOVO Foundation, and Mikhail Rasstrigin, Deputy Minister of economy, may leave the Board of Directors of Russian Railways. This is reported by Kommersant with reference to sources.

According to the newspaper’s interlocutors, Dvorkovich and Rasstrigin will be replaced on the Board of Directors of Russian Railways by economy Minister Maxim Reshetnikov and first Deputy construction Minister Irek Faizullin

Bank employees are considered the main cause of data leaks

In 89% of incidents of data leakage from Russian banks, their ordinary employees are to blame, according to the report of Serchinform. Among the main reasons for information leaks, experts call the recruitment of employees by fraudsters, which can cost only 50-100 thousand rubles. market participants themselves also complain about the appearance of special Telegram bots that allow you to earn anonymously on the sale of information and personal data.

Viber messenger will start selling ads in Russia

They will be owned by the NSC of Gazprom-media holding and its partners, IMHO. It already cooperates with Yandex, Rambler Group, YouTube and other Internet platforms. This was reported by Kommersant with reference to representatives of both companies

Public health Council established in Russia

The Russian Ministry of health has created a public health Council, the main goal of which is the formation of a healthy lifestyle of Russians, as well as prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, developed by the Ministry of health until 2025, the Ministry said.

The Russians were more likely to rent a house

Increasing in the price of housing makes Russians postpone buying and make a choice in favor of long-term lease: for the year to February 2020, the interest of citizens in hiring residential real estate has become 68 percent higher, according to the materials of the portal “Avito real Estate”, provided by ” Lenta.ru».

Lukashenko announces pension reform in Belarus

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that the current pension system in the country has outlived its usefulness and it is advisable to reformat it. Earlier, Belarus has already made decisions to improve the pension sector.

The result of the pension reform will be an increase in the retirement age for women from 55 years (at the time of the decree) to 58 years in 2022, and for men – from 60 to 63 years.

The Public chamber proposes to expand the concept of fake information

The Commission of the Public chamber of Russia on the development of information society, mass media and mass communications will discuss with Roskomnadzor the possible expansion of the concept of fake information. This was announced at the meeting on Friday by the Chairman of the Commission, Alexander Malkevich.

As an example, he cited information from one of the Telegram channels that during the drawing of the new year’s edition of the lottery “Russian Lotto” there was fraud, and he allegedly went on television in the recording, and it was impossible to check the ticket for winning on the Internet. In the “Stolowe” (company – distributor of lottery – approx. TASS) denied this information.

Russians will be able to buy a pension

The funds generated under the guaranteed pension plan (GPP) will most likely be allowed to be used for the purpose of purchasing pension points or insurance experience when receiving an insurance pension, Kommersant writes.

Russia sold gold to the UK for a record $5 billion

Russia in 2019 increased gold exports to the UK by a record 12 times in value terms, to $5.33 billion, according to data from the Federal customs service (FCS), which was studied by RBC.

Net profit of inter RAO increased by 14% in 2019%

Inter RAO’s net profit under international financial reporting standards (IFRS) increased by 14.3% in 2019 compared to the previous year and amounted to 81.93 billion rubles, the company said. The company’s revenue for the reporting period increased by 7.2% and reached 1.032 trillion rubles

Russia paid off the debts of all former Soviet republics in exchange for assets

As the legal successor of the USSR, Russia paid off the debts of all the republics of the former Soviet Union in exchange for assets abroad, but not all States formed after that on the territory of the former USSR transferred them to the Russian side, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. This is reported by RIA “Novosti”.

Turkey to open border with Europe for Syrian refugees

Turkey will allow Syrian refugees to cross freely to Europe within the next three days. The decision was made following a meeting between Turkish President Recep Erdogan and security forces, Middle East Eye reported. The information was confirmed by the ruling justice and development Party