3 Мар, 2021

The attitude of ordinary Americans towards Russia

A record 77% of Americans said they had a negative attitude towards Russia, according to the results of an annual survey conducted by the sociological service Gallup.

According to the survey, 36% of Americans have a very negative attitude towards Russia, and another 41% have a generally negative attitude. At the same time, 22% of Americans have a very favorable or generally favorable attitude towards Russia: 5% stated that they have a very favorable attitude towards the country, 17% — on the whole, favorably. Another 1% of respondents refrained from answering.

Investors TON demanded from Durov to return the money

Investors of the Da Vinci Capital fund sent Pavel Durov a notice of intent to file a lawsuit against TON Inc. and Telegram Inc., writes Forbes, citing a source close to the fund. The document contains a demand to compensate for damage in the amount of about $ 100 million for a failed project of the Telegram Open Network (TON) blockchain platform. As the newspaper notes, this notification was «the last warning». In case of refusal of compensation, investors intend to file a lawsuit in London within two weeks.

On Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg to create alluvial areas

Schemes of the planned construction were published by the city committee for nature management. Vasileostrovsky washout is planned to be increased by 163 hectares over the next 5 years. According to the project, the volume of the embankment will be about 9.5 million cubic meters. Preparation for its implementation will take 2 months, and the work itself is planned to be completed in 62 months.

In addition, in 2023, the construction of new residential complexes will begin on the Vasileostrovsky blistering territories. The Environmental Management Committee has already presented construction plans and questionnaires for local residents.

In Russia, the shape of a new rocket for flights to the moon was determined

The developers have defined a new look for the Russian super-heavy carrier for launches to the Moon, a source in the rocket and space industry said on March 2.

«A super-heavy launch vehicle is planned to be created according to a batch scheme: six side blocks around the central one — all with an RD-182 engine, and an upper stage based on RD-0169,» RIA Novosti quotes the interlocutor

Organization «For Human Rights» liquidated

Human rights activist Lev Ponomarev liquidated the public organization For Human Rights due to changes in the legislation on foreign agents. Ponomarev announced this on the Dozhd TV channel.

Aeroflot equips aircraft with an Internet access system

Aeroflot intends to equip 16 medium-haul aircraft from the Airbus A320 family with an Internet access system by April, the press service of Izvestia reported.

Mishustin announced the creation of a digital platform for processing payments and benefits

A single digital platform will soon appear in Russia, which will allow the population to receive social support automatically, that is, without inquiries and exhausting trips to various authorities.

The construction of a bridge across the Tagil pond has risen in price

On March 2, the sliding of the first span of the bridge across the Nizhniy Tagil pond took place. The head of the city, Vladislav Pinaev, was present at the construction site. The mayor explained that today the rise in the cost of construction amounted to 300 million rubles. The reason for this was an additional technological road, as well as an increase in the cost of metal. According to Pinaev, there are many questions that have to be addressed during the construction of the bridge. It was originally planned to allocate 3.9 billion rubles for the construction of a bridge across the Tagil pond.

Peskov called the sanctions against Russia ineffective

When asked to comment on the next round of sanctions that the United States is going to impose today, according to Reuters, Peskov noted that it is inappropriate to discuss the restrictions that have not yet been introduced.

If we look at this topic as a whole, then, probably, those who continue to be so dependent on some kind of restrictions in the conduct of interstate affairs, it is time to think about whether they are achieving some goal by continuing this policy, and whether things are getting worse in interstate affairs, and whether they themselves are the reason for the deterioration of interstate affairs «, — said Peskov. He asked a rhetorical question whether such a policy is effective.» The answer will be obvious: this policy does not achieve its goals, «he concluded.

In Russia, food prices have risen more in price over the year than in the EU

Food prices in Russia in January 2021 increased by 8.2% compared to January last year, Rosstat reported. In the EU countries, food prices for the year rose 7.5 times less — by 1.1%.

Most of the year in Russia vegetables have risen in price — by 17.5%. In the European Union, their prices increased by 0.2%. Also, according to Rosstat, the most noticeable rise in prices for fruits (+ 13.5%) and sweets (sugar, jam, honey, chocolate and sweets — + 13.7%) in Russia.

Net profit of Sovcombank according to IFRS for 2020

Sovcombank’s net profit under IFRS for 2020 increased by 30% to RUB 39 billion. from 30 billion rubles. a year earlier. This is stated in the message of the bank. Net interest income increased by 45% to RUB 80 billion.

The fall in GDP of the Czech Republic in 2020 was the largest in the history of the republic

The fall of the Czech economy due to restrictions amounted to 5.6% in 2020 and became the largest in the history of the republic, formed on January 1, 1993. This was reported on Tuesday by Czech Television with reference to the country’s statistical office.

Ant Group employees started to quit

Employees of Ant Group, the fintech company of billionaire Jack Ma, are unhappy with the disruption of its initial placement and are starting to quit. Bloomberg writes about this with reference to sources familiar with the situation. Ant Group’s IPO could be the largest in history and bring them big money, but now the value of the shares they received as a reward cannot be determined even by the company itself.

The company was supposed to go public in the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges in November last year, but the potentially largest IPO in history ($ 34.4 billion) was blocked by the Chinese authorities. They later demanded that Ant Group «go back to the roots» and focus on payment processing instead of more profitable lines of business.

Zoom increased its quarterly net income

American Zoom Video Communications, which provides remote conferencing services, increased its net profit by 17 times in the IV quarter of fiscal year 2021 amid a surge in demand amid a pandemic and self-isolation

In Venice, the water level in the canals dropped due to low tides

In Venice, some canals have become shallow due to strong tides, writes The Insider. The water level in the canals has dropped by 48 centimeters due to record low tides. Because of this, many gondolas and boats are now standing on land. Boats are still running along the Grand Canal, but it too has become shallow.

Toyota to equip new Land Cruiser 300 with naturally aspirated engine

Toyota is preparing for production test samples of the new Land Cruiser 2022. A photo of the car body, as well as a platform with a power unit, has been published on the Web. The pictures were posted on Instagram on the Kurdistan Automotive Blog page.

Toyota Land Cruiser will remain in frame. Under the hood, new items will install a naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter engine, as well as a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. In addition, a 3.4-liter diesel engine and a hybrid drive system based on a supercharged internal combustion engine and two electric motors will appear in the line of power units.

Beijing to publish report on human rights abuses in the United States

The Chinese authorities intend to publish a report on human rights violations in the United States. This was reported by the press office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. She notified that the document entitled «Violation of Human Rights in the USA — 2020», in particular, will describe the facts regarding «the incompetent containment of the pandemic by Washington, which led to tragic consequences.» The Chinese authorities have been publishing similar reports since 2019.

China buys used semiconductor manufacturing equipment

With tensions between China and the United States likely to persist for the foreseeable future, Chinese companies have turned to older technologies to increase their semiconductor capabilities and reduce dependence on US imports.

BRICS Bank to help China with economic recovery

The Board of Directors of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) has approved the provision of 7 billion yuan (about $ 1.08 billion) to China under the program of emergency assistance to member countries in the fight against the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands proposed to build new nuclear power plants

Mark Rutte’s statement was made yesterday on RTL Nieuws, where debates took place before the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands, scheduled for March 15-17, 2021. During the controversy, the prime minister, representing the interests of the right-wing liberal People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, said that in order to achieve its climate goals, the Netherlands must build new power plants.

«The wind does not always blow, the sun does not always shine, and the People’s Party does not want the country to be doomed to gas from Putin from Russia,» the Dutch Prime Minister said.

Batteries with a life of 100 years created in Japan

The batteries use artificial diamonds and generate energy when placed in a radioactive area. To do this, you need to control the radioactivity. For example, wrap batteries in aluminum or other metal sheets. The Japanese created a P-n junction diode by attaching a thin diamond film to a base to generate electricity. Experts have to solve the problem of how to make batteries more efficient. Now they can only generate microwatts of energy.

USA to test equipment for tracking hypersonic missile launches on ISS

We are talking about the Prototype Infrared Payload equipment: it works in the infrared range and will be aboard the American Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship, which will fly to the station in July.

Scientists have created a mini-organ to restore the human liver

Scientists from the UK have used the technique of growing bile duct organelles, which are used to restore the liver, the researchers were able to apply this method for the first time on a human organ.

Given the large shortage of donor organs, it is extremely important to restore already damaged organs or find an alternative to transplantation. Previously, we have successfully used organelles in experiments on small animals, but now we can use this method to repair damaged human tissue, ”explained researcher Fotios Sampaziotis.

Conflict arose on the ISS due to a crack situation

One of the cracks appeared in the Zvezdy transfer module, which is a docking link for the Progress cargo ships. The cause of the damage could be a rigid docking with Soyuz-MS, abnormal transportation of Fedor’s robot, excessive load due to orbit correction, or fatigue of a metal that has been operating for about three decades. Most experts stick to the robot version.

After trying to rectify the situation with the help of the sealant delivered from the Earth, the specialists made a cardinal decision — to drill holes at the ends of the cracks for fixation, as is done, for example, in case of damage to the windshield of a car.

The NASA Control Center did not support this idea and was considered too extraordinary. They suggested, first, to let American specialists in to assess the situation, who will transmit information to Earth, and only then it is possible to obtain approval for drilling holes. The Russian side has not yet made a decision on the admission of the Americans into the transition compartment.

First space hotel

The first space hotel is due to be built in 2025 and launched into space in 2027. It is expected to be able to host up to 400 guests who will have access to bars, restaurants, spas, cinemas, libraries, concert venues and Earth observation rooms. It is noted that the hotel will not be in conditions of complete weightlessness, but will resemble a stay on the moon. This is due to the fact that ordinary people cannot spend a long period of time in complete weightlessness without proper training.

The hotel, a project of the Orbital Assembly Corporation, is only part of the Voyager station. The entire project is expected to be a rotating space station designed to create different levels of artificial gravity by increasing or decreasing the rotation speed.

Scammers started using Telegram bots for blackmail

Fraudsters began to use Telegram bots to collect information from users of the messenger and their subsequent blackmail, Kommersant reports, citing security experts

Smartphone with a monolithic carbon fiber body

The world’s first smartphone with a monolithic carbon fiber body, called the Carbon 1 MK II. The smartphone is already available for pre-order at a price of 800 euros, sales will begin at the end of March

Google adds underwater photography to its smartphones

Google has released a March update for its smartphones — Google Pixel. Perhaps one of the most interesting innovations he brought was the advent of underwater photography. However, it’s worth noting that the new feature works in conjunction with a third-party case produced by Kraken Sports. According to SlashGear, after the Google smartphone is «dressed» in one of the cases of this company, the user will be able to use Night Sight and Portrait Mode right under water

Apple will keep the obsolete connector in new smartphones

The source of information was the popular Internet analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who repeatedly predicted the behavior of the apple company in the future. This time, he said that Apple has no plans to switch to USB-C in the iPhone, and it also does not intend to integrate the Touch ID fingerprint scanner into the power button, writes The Verge.

Mr. Kuo notes that one of the reasons for this decision may be the company’s belief in the weak water resistance of the USB-C standard in comparison with Lightning. That is why she will continue to use this type of connector in her smartphones.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts to star in «Ticket to Paradise» for Universal

George Clooney and Julia Roberts will star in the Universal Pictures romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise. The film will be directed by Ol Parker, best known for his film Mamma Mia! 2 «. Clooney and Roberts will play a divorced couple who travel to Bali to stop their daughter from repeating the mistake they think they made 25 years ago.

The final season of the TV series «The Walking Dead»

The final season will not be released in October, as previously reported, but this summer. The new season will have 24 episodes, divided into three parts. The final episode is expected to be released in the fall of 2022. In the final part, Daryl and Maggie will appear, who are trying to save their lives on their way to the Commonwealth. This network of hero communities will be introduced to the as-yet undisclosed character Lance Hornsby. His appearance is hinted at in a teaser that shows the interrogation room.

Unidentified persons robbed the launch pad at Baikonur

Parts with precious rare earth metals disappeared from launch pad # 110 at the Baikonur cosmodrome, and the police reported the theft. This was announced on March 2 by the REN TV channel. According to a Channel Five source, the theft took place in early February. The preliminary amount of damage exceeded 5,000 rubles

Milonov asked the Ministry of Internal Affairs to check Yulia Navalnaya’s dual citizenship

State Duma deputy Vitaly Milonov sent a request to the Ministry of Internal Affairs with a request to check whether Yulia Navalnaya has dual citizenship or a residence permit of a foreign state, RIA Novosti reports.

The high intensity of visits to the FRG in recent months by the designated person and the appearance of such information about dual citizenship in the aggregate gives rise to ambiguous reflections and suspicions, Milonov said in a statement.

The head of Crimea urged TV channels not to invite experts from Ukraine on the air

The head of Crimea, Sergei Aksenov, urged not to invite Ukrainian experts who cannot adequately convey truthful information about the current state of the peninsula to the air of TV programs.

The list of professions and specialties in colleges will be cut in half.

The Ministry of Education intends to update the list of professions and specialties in colleges, reducing it by half. First Deputy Minister of Education Dmitry Glushko stated this in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

«We are constantly updating the list of professions and specialties of secondary vocational education. Now there are about 500 of them. There will be two times less,» he said.

Wigdor LLP Sues Amazon Over Discrimination Reports

US law firm Wigdor LLP is suing Amazon over reports of discrimination against blacks and women, Bloomberg reported.

Amazon recruits and promotes black citizens «to low positions» less often than white employees with the same level of expertise, according to the firm. In addition, the corporation is accused of discrimination, harassment and violation of the equal pay law.

Fuel production from air

In Finland, Wärtsilä (one of the country’s largest energy equipment holdings) has invested 1 million euros in the production of fuel from the air. Water and carbon dioxide are released from the air, hydrogen is produced, and then hydrocarbons are synthesized, which can be used as synthetic fuel.

Limousine with separate VIP-seats for the scientific enterprise «Rostec»

One scientific enterprise «Rostec» needed a real limousine with separate VIP-seats for passengers, upholstered in extremely fine leather, an audio system with 17 speakers and shelves for magazines and books. Open Media drew attention to this purchase. For him, the St. Petersburg NPO Poisk is ready to give 7.4 million rubles — this is equal to 171 monthly salaries of its ordinary scientific staff. Poisk needs a luxurious limousine for «representative purposes» and for receiving foreign delegations, the company explains.

Russian Foundation for Basic Research canceled the competition for scientists

The Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), which was decided to join the Russian Science Foundation, canceled its most massive competition for research funding

In accordance with the decision of the government of the Russian Federation of February 12, 2021, the competition for projects of fundamental scientific research («a») has been canceled. On the basis of this decision, further acceptance of applications for the competition was terminated. The applications received will remain without consideration.

For blind schoolchildren, tactile portraits of Putin, Stalin and Trump

For blind schoolchildren from the Yaroslavl village, tactile portraits of Putin, Stalin and Trump will be bought — the corresponding order was published by the regional authorities, noted Open Media. Such 3D portraits are the only way for the blind to understand what famous people look like. But why exactly these persons were chosen, the officials did not want to explain the OM.

All ordered portraits are already being produced by Tiflocenter Vertical, as well as tactile images of Ramzan Kadyrov, Angela Merkel and Petro Poroshenko. The Yaroslavl authorities did not buy them

City Hall stood up for the chief architect who called Muscovites «drunks and drug addicts»

The chief architect of Moscow, Sergei Kuznetsov, in an interview with VTimes at the beginning of this year, called the Muscovites living in five-story buildings «drunks and drug addicts, with the mentality of a summer resident.» Several deputies of the Moscow City Duma were outraged by this behavior of a civil servant and demanded that Sobyanin fire him. The mayor’s office refused to do so, citing the fact that they were just «value judgments.»


An internal investigation has been ordered in the Surgut police.

In Surgut, the police beat a woman unconscious, suspecting her of storing drugs. When the law enforcers realized that they had identified themselves, they called an ambulance for her, and left. The police noticed the couple as they walked through the park.

“The woman and the man were in the places of the alleged pawns and behaved suspiciously: they walked in the snow,” the Ministry of Internal Affairs later explained.

Russians do not know that you have to pay tax on bank deposits

Almost half of Russians — 44% do not know about the tax on income from deposits of 1 million rubles or more, introduced from January 1 of this year. These results were obtained by Otkritie Bank, conducting a survey on February 19-26 on a representative sample of 1,000 Russians aged 18-65 in cities with a population of more than 100,000 people.

Only 27% said they knew about the methodology for calculating the new tax, while the most knowledgeable were residents of the Moscow region, as well as St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region (29% each).

In the North Caucasus, only 8% understand the new tax, and in the Southern Federal District — 18%. 56% of Russians have heard about the tax on income from deposits. Another 27% would like to know about it and only 17% are not interested in the new tax at all, referring to the fact that they have no deposits.

At the same time, 74% of Russians do not plan to abandon deposits, hoping to receive income from them, albeit reduced by the amount of tax