5 Mar, 2021

Food safety rating

At the end of 2020, Russia took 24th place (73.3 points) among 113 countries in terms of food security in the ranking compiled by analysts of The Economist Intelligence Unit with the support of Corteva Agriscience

The Global Food Security Index includes the following criteria: food availability, availability, quality and safety, natural resource diversity and sustainability. Countries are assigned an overall score for these items. Data are taken from official statistics.

Canada overtook the United States in the ranking of attractiveness for migrant workers

Canada surpasses the US to become the most attractive country for labor migrants, according to the results of a joint study by BCG and The Network, based on data from 2020

Fraud in the supply of radio stations to the Russian armed forces

Former head of the 1st Directorate of the Main Communications Directorate (GUS) of the Ministry of Defense, Major General Alexander Ogloblin, explained the scheme of embezzlement of 6.7 billion rubles in a criminal case on alleged fraud in the supply of Azart radio stations to the Russian armed forces. This was reported by Kommersant.

According to the general, almost finished radio stations were purchased in China, and the final assembly with the installation of some components took place in Russia. This made it possible to significantly save on production. Thus, during the execution of the contract for 18.5 billion rubles, 6.7 billion could be stolen.

NASA specialists talk about the most serious incident in space

For five years, the most serious incident is considered to be the explosion of the tank of the Russian upper stage “Fregat-SB”. As a result, 325 debris was formed at altitudes from 100 to 6000 kilometers, RIA Novosti writes, referring to NASA.

“Vedomosti”: Russia may introduce a tax for foreign IT companies

The introduction of a new tax for international companies was discussed at a meeting of IT industry representatives with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko. Write about this “Vedomosti” with reference to the participants of the meeting

Creation of the first private cosmodrome in Russia stopped

Russia has suspended the creation of the first private cosmodrome and a reusable suborbital complex for space tourism, said Pavel Pushkin, general director of the CosmoKurs company, in an interview with RIA Novosti.

In Orsk, activists laid flowers at the grave of Nazi allies

In the Orenburg region, activists of the “Young Guard of United Russia” laid flowers at the grave of Hungarian prisoners of war. It was the action “Protect the memory of heroes”. In World War II, Hungary fought on the side of Germany. They reported on the work done on social networks, but after a wave of indignant comments, the publications were rushed to delete, the portal Ural56.Ru writes on March 2

The embarrassment occurred in Orsk. The head of the regional organization, Mikhail Kuznetsov, admitted the mistake of the activists, but noted that the confusion was brought about by the youth affairs committee of the Orsk administration.

ATOR announced a decline in demand for excursions in Russia

This winter, the demand for excursion trips across Russia fell by 30-35%, but by the spring the situation is improving, executive director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze told reporters.

The Russian Embassy in Turkey issues a warning for tourists

Turkey is now officially divided into 4 sectors. Depending on the incidence, a Turkish resort can be assigned a low, medium, high and very high risk.

Curfews continue to apply across the country. It will work daily, from 9 pm to 5 am. Depending on the incidence in the regions, the curfew may be canceled or mitigated.

It is important to note that now all cafes, restaurants and other catering establishments are opening in the country. Allowable workload – 50%. Catering will work from 7 am to 7 pm, after this time – take-away work and home delivery.

They also remove restrictions for those categories of people who belong to risk groups. Mitigations apply to full-time education, weddings, gatherings, events

Revenue of Mail.ru Group at the end of 2020

The total segment revenue of Mail.ru Group at the end of 2020 increased by 21.2% and amounted to 107 billion rubles, according to the materials of the group.

Russia increased wheat exports in January by more than 25%

Russia in January 2021 exported 2.177 million tons of wheat, which is 25.8% more than in the same period last year. Such data are provided on March 3 by Rosstat.

How much the Russian government will spend on Russia Today

In the next four years, the Russian government intends to spend more than 211 billion rubles to increase the reach of the audience of the RT channel, as well as to increase the citation of the Rossiya Segodnya agency and increase the influence of other state-owned media outlets. It’s my City journalists found data on financial injections into state channels in the draft amendments to the “Information Society” state program.

According to The Insider, initially the state planned to spend 177.1 billion rubles for financing television and electronic media over 4 years. In the current version of the program to support RT and Russia Today, which includes RIA Novosti, radio Sputnik and some other projects, 34.02 billion were allocated for 2021, 34.08 billion for 2022, and 35 for 2023. 05 billion, in 2024 – 35.43 billion.

Global debt hits record

Global debt rose to a record $ 281 trillion in 2020, 3.5 times the size of the global economy itself. This size of global debt is 355% of world GDP, calculated by the Institute of International Finance (IIF). So, in 2019, the global debt added $ 10.8 trillion, and in 2018 – $ 3.3 trillion.

Almost half of the growth came from the leading economies: the USA, Japan, the Eurozone, Great Britain, and South Korea. According to experts, in the UK and France over the past year, the level of public debt to GDP rose to 100.5 and 116%, respectively. Japan, which has the second largest government debt after the United States, has a debt-to-GDP ratio of 240%. In developing countries, the ratio of debt to GDP has reached 250%. China has become the leader in terms of growth in debt-to-GDP ratios.

Banks in Russia faced net outflow of funds in January

In Russia in January of this year, 61.5% of credit institutions experienced a net outflow of funds from individuals over the month, including 38 banks from the top 50 in terms of retail funding. This is stated in the research of the rating agency “Expert RA”.

Russians have 82% increase in free money index

According to the data provided by the research holding “Romir”, residents of Russia this year have seen an 82% increase in the free money index. This means that Russians have started to save money, not spend it.

In addition, 48.1% of banks in the first month of this year faced outflows of funds from enterprises, which is 7.1 pp less than the same month last year.

Facebook lifts ban on political ads

Facebook has lifted restrictions on political advertising. The corresponding statement was made by the leadership of the social network on Thursday, March 4. The restrictions have been in effect since November 2020.

Bundesbank will not transfer net profit to the German government

Due to an increase in risk reserves in 2020, the Bundesbank will not transfer its net profit to the German government, according to a press release from the central bank. The reserves of the German Central Bank to cover general risks last year were increased by 2.4 billion euros – to 18.8 billion euros. As a result, the Bundesbank recorded zero net profit in 2020

Scientists have developed a soft robot to explore the deepest parts of the ocean.

The device is self-contained and capable of withstanding extreme pressure at the bottom of the deepest ocean trench. So, according to the researchers, the robot is able to function in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean. It is noted that conventional underwater robots need waterproof enclosures of metallic materials in order to withstand the high pressure in the depths of the ocean. However, in the new robot, all fragile electronic parts are integrated and distributed in soft silicone, which means that it does not need a pressure-resistant housing.

Cheap and affordable biofuels

Algae is considered a potentially cleaner source of biofuels, and new technology promises to further improve its efficiency. Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have demonstrated a special “kelp lift” that dramatically increases biomass yields by maximizing exposure to sunlight and nutrients.

New hydrogel that can change shape

Engineers at the University of Illinois have developed a unique hydrogel that changes shape in response to stimuli. Thanks to this, the gel is identical to natural fabrics. The new hydrogel contains several types of hydrogels. They expand or contract at different rates depending on water and calcium concentration.

A new layer was revealed in the bowels of the Earth

Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) have discovered a new layer in the bowels of the Earth, about which nothing was previously known. This layer is difficult to observe, but its properties may indicate unknown events in the history of the planet, reports Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. Traditionally, it was believed that our planet has four main layers: crust, mantle, outer core and inner core

SpaceX’s Starship prototype makes a successful landing for the first time

The prototype of the American manned spacecraft Starship for missions to the Moon and Mars during a test launch on Thursday Moscow time made a suborbital flight and the first successful landing, but two minutes later exploded, the broadcast was conducted by the developer SpaceX. In a manned version, the Starship will be able to take on board up to 100 people.

Mars has a permanent magnetosphere

New details of the structure of the Mars magnetosphere were discovered by Russian scientists who studied data from the American MAVEN-1 probe, the press service of Roscosmos reported on March 3.

Scientists have found that the daytime magnetosphere of Mars exists constantly and is a shell several hundred kilometers thick, protecting the planet from solar radiation. It consists of two different media – heated atoms of the upper ionosphere of Mars and more energetic ions.

Exhibition “Being a Fet” has opened in Moscow

The grand opening of the exhibition “Being a Fet”, timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the poet’s birth, took place on Wednesday evening at the main exhibition area of ​​the State Museum of the History of Russian Literature named after Dahl – in the Ostroukhov House in Trubniki.

Animal Jaz have released a new album

The Russian musical group, the famous side-project of the musicians Animal DzhaZ, Alexander Krasovitsky and Alexander Zarankin, Zero People has released their new album. The album, which consists of 13 tracks, was titled “The Best: Obvious”.

Google will use new technologies to build ads

Internet company Google announced that it will not develop new advertising tools based on the history of users’ visits to pages on the Internet. Now it will use new privacy-protecting technologies in its advertising products, which will allow targeting advertisements without collecting information about the sites viewed by users.

Samsung sets 5G network speed record

Samsung Electronics today announced a breakthrough in 5G data transfer speeds. The new performance level is 5.23 Gbps. The new technology of dual operation of the equipment of 5G and 4G base stations – EN-DC helped to achieve this indicator. The company forced the protocols and spectra of both standards to work together to serve one subscriber.

WhatsApp made calls available through the desktop application

The WhatsApp blog posted a message that the messenger made calls available using a desktop application. WhatsApp users will now be able to make calls to contacts in the desktop application both via audio and video.

Developed laptop with expandable screen

Compal has announced the development of the world’s first expandable laptop, the Airttach. The laptop comes with two removable panels that are attached on either side of the main screen. When unfolded, the screen has a diagonal of 13 inches with an aspect ratio of 48: 9. The laptop itself is comparable in size to a conventional laptop, which allows you to carry it in your bag. Removable panels of the device can function separately.

Siemens, IBM and Red Hat Launch Hybrid Cloud for the Industrial Internet of Things

Siemens, IBM and Red Hat announced a new collaboration program to leverage the IBM Hybrid Cloud as the foundation for an open, flexible and secure solution for real-time business intelligence of real-time enterprise operational data.

Russia will impose retaliatory sanctions against the United States and the European Union

Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the country’s leadership is preparing sanctions against the United States and the European Union in response to the restrictions imposed on Russia.

We will agree on sanctions, the relevant departments will submit proposals to the leadership, they will be approved, and then they will be announced and brought to the attention of our opponents in this story, ” the president’s press secretary said.

The Kremlin said that Russia has already achieved sovereignty

Sovereignty is very expensive, “the overwhelming majority of countries in the world cannot afford such a luxury,” Russia has already achieved it, said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian President

Sberbank first disclosed ecosystem income

Revenue from non-financial projects almost tripled after the change in Sberbank’s strategy, amounting to RUB 78.9 billion. in 2020. The total number of individual clients is close to 100 million people, of which 65 million use the SberBank Online application every month.

World food prices rise for ninth consecutive month

As the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported:

  • the vegetable oil price index increased by 6.2%, reaching its highest level since April 2012,
  • sugar price index increased by 6.4%,
  • the grain price index increased by 1.2% over the month,
  • for meat – by 0.6%,
  • for dairy products – by 1.7%.

The United States will no longer overthrow regimes and promote democracy by force.

The United States will abandon its policy of violently promoting democracy in the world, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said during a briefing on the country’s foreign policy.

“We will not impose democracy with costly military operations. In addition, the United States will abandon its attempts to overthrow authoritarian regimes by force, ”Blinken said.

According to the head of the foreign policy department, past attempts by Washington to act in this way, despite good intentions, have not brought the desired results.

“We will act differently: promote democracy by setting our own example for other countries and rewarding our partners for democratic change,” added the secretary of state.

Russian Pension Fund sues 90-year-old pensioner

According to the Pension Fund of Russia, the pensioner illegally received an allowance of 1,500 rubles for caring for his deceased wife for three years, and as a result he “enriched himself” by 25,000 rubles. According to Kostenko, in 2017, when the pensioner’s wife died, he brought his wife’s death certificate to the FIU and received a burial payment. The fund told him that no more documents are needed to stop the payment of benefits. Many years later, the Pension Fund decided that the man had to additionally notify the FIU in some special way.

Lithuania does not extradite people subject to political persecution

Any attempt by the Belarusian authorities to demand that Lithuania extradite ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is doomed to failure. This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomenas.

“Lithuania does not extradite people who are subject to political persecution. Minsk knows very well what answer we will give them, ”said the Deputy Foreign Minister.

According to him, any request from Minsk to extradite Tikhnovskaya will be “a purely ritual action”, which is well understood by the leadership of Belarus.

Who hinders the development of small business in Russia and a translation bureau in particular

Gennady Yegorov, co-owner of the Ex Libris translation agency, told Open Media why he and his brother Oleg are trying to sue Alexei Navalny. The essence of the businessmen’s claims is that the politician’s investigations and his calls for rallies allegedly hinder the development of small business in general and the translation bureau in particular.

“Aleksey, with his actions and his sometimes really serious and high-quality films, brings next problems to our country, to our shaky economic course. Problems that directly affect business, entrepreneurs, especially small businesses, ”complains Gennady Yegorov.

According to him, he thought for a long time how to draw attention to this problem, and in the end decided to file a lawsuit. If the claim is satisfied, then all the money will go to support small businesses, Yegorov promises. “My brother and I decided in this way to draw attention to this issue, because the boyars are fighting – the common people are suffering,” he explains.

Earlier, the Readovka edition drew attention to the fact that the Lyublinsky District Court received another lawsuit against the oppositionist.

The Yegorov brothers asked the court to recover from Navalny 10 million rubles as compensation for moral damage, according to the Egorovs’ statement of claim, which was reviewed by Open Media. The court should also force Google to remove the entire Navalny channel from Youtube, the brothers in the lawsuit write.

“Activities of A.A. Navalny not only <…> entails the emergence of physical and moral suffering among the Yegorov Brothers, but also hinders the implementation of the activities of the President of the Russian Federation, “the brothers say