16 Mar, 2020

News digest for 03/14-15/2020

The us Federal reserve lowered its key interest rate to 0-0. 25% from March 16. The decision to reduce the rate to almost zero was made due to the economic downturn on the background of the coronavirus.

This is great for our country. We are happy, I must say, I am happy. They did it in one step, not four steps over a long period of time. I think the markets should be thrilled. We are the strongest country in the world, certainly financially and in all respects. — Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

Income does not match the amount of work

The survey showed that the majority of Russians consider their income to be inconsistent with the amount of work and skills. This follows from the research of Raiffeisenbank. So, the survey showed that Russians do not have enough income for a comfortable life. The majority would like a salary higher than 50 thousand rubles, but in reality only 23% of respondents receive such income.

57% of Russians noted that their income does not correspond to the volume of work and skills. 26% were satisfied with their salary, while only 1% of respondents reported overpayment.

Bill gates leaves Microsoft’s Board of Directors

The Corporation said in a statement that the entrepreneur intends to devote more time to charitable activities in the field of health, education and fighting climate change. As follows from the statement, 12 people now remain on the Board of Directors of Microsoft.

The statement notes that gates “will continue to be a technical adviser to the CEO” of Microsoft and its other executives. The head of the company is now Satya Nadella.

House prices in Transbaikalia increased by 19%

Minister of development of the Far East Alexander Kozlov during a press conference on March 14, said that housing prices in the TRANS-Baikal territory increased in January to December by 19%. Factors that influence: we, communicating with builders and bankers, realized that the issues of future construction have not been resolved. While developers do not understand the horizon of their planning, future work, they are trying to make money on the existing product, because they predict unexpected expenses associated with escrow accounts. The Department of the Federal Antimonopoly service of the region will begin checking for unjustified price increases.

Russian Railways cancels trains to Prague at the request of the Czech side

JSC “Russian Railways” at the request of the Czech side cancels trains to Prague, according to the company’s Twitter account. As specified, the company will inform you about the resumption of train traffic in addition.

A new road is planned to be built in the North-East of Moscow

In the North-East of Moscow, they plan to build a new road that will connect Kostroma street and Yurlovsky proezd. the planning project for a new section of the street and road network has already been approved by the city Planning and land Commission of the capital, the press service of Moskomstroyinvest said.

Hydrometeorological center called the situation with water in Crimea stable tense

The head of the hydrometeorological center Sergey Borsch said that the situation with filling reservoirs in the Crimea remains stably tense. This is reported by RIA Novosti.

“The situation there remains stably tense. This year, it remains the same,” the head of the institution said.

Earlier, the hydrometeorological center published data according to which the reservoirs of the Republic are filled by 30-40% of the norm. As noted by the leading employee of the weather center “Phobos” Eugene Tishkovets, in the spring in the Crimea, you should not expect an increase in precipitation. A small deficit is expected in April and may. The driest spring will be in the North-East of the Peninsula.

The ROC urged to avoid mass events, but not Church services

Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Synodal Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate, urged the faithful to refrain from attending cultural events, but not Church services, in view of the danger of the epidemic.

In the Urals, they plan to sell tours to Europeans for agrotourism

They want to implement the project in the village of Visim. According to the experience of European projects, Visim, which is part of the cluster development territory, plans to invite tourists, including European ones, for rural tourism. There they will be able to try yourself in the role of a villager.

…. In winter, tourists in the village can prick the yard, collect dead wood, and in summer engage in weeding, cows, and hay. Village life in the city is sorely lacking, “Ivan Zaichenko, the initiator of the idea, told Kommersant-Ural.

Banks raise mortgage rates due to the decline in the ruble

UniCredit Bank and Transcapitalbank have already increased their rates. As the Vedomosti newspaper reports, Absolut-Bank and Raiffeisenbank are preparing to raise rates. Alfa-Bank, OTKRITIE, ROSBANK, Raiffeisenbank, VTB, MKB, URALSIB, Zenit, and SMP Bank are considering adjustments or rate increases. Promsvyazbank and Ubrr do not plan to review the mortgage terms at least until the Central Bank’s key rate meeting on March 20.

The Ministry of Finance proposed to place the funds of the national welfare Fund in yuan and yen

At the expense of China, the list of countries whose governments ‘ debt obligations may include funds from the NWF may be expanded. The list of funds allowed for investment is proposed to be supplemented with Renminbi, as well as debt obligations in yen and yuan.

Volume of the national welfare Fund of Russia

8.3 trillion rubles was the amount of the national welfare Fund (NWF) on March 1, 2020, the Ministry of Finance reported. For the month, its volume increased by 409 billion rubles, and its ratio to GDP — by 0.4 percentage points, to 7.3%. The volume of liquid assets of the Fund (funds in Bank accounts with the Bank of Russia) as of March 1 amounted to the equivalent of 6.6 trillion rubles, or $98 billion (5.8% of GDP). In 2020, the total income from investments in authorized assets (excluding accounts with the Central Bank) has so far amounted to 2.4 billion rubles ($39.6 million).

Apple temporarily closes stores around the world

All Apple store branded stores outside of China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan will be closed for two weeks until March 27. This is reported on the company’s website. Employees of the closing Apple stores will continue to receive salaries, and the company’s products will be available for purchase through the online store.

Private lawsuit against construction of the Eugal gas pipeline rejected

The high administrative court of Berlin and Brandenburg rejected a lawsuit against the construction of the Eugal pipeline, which will take gas from Nord stream 2, the press service of the court reports.

The opposition was made by a private person who owns a plot of land. The plaintiff was dissatisfied with the environmental safety check of the construction — the impact on the climate and greenhouse gas emissions were not assessed. He also believes that the economic component of the project is not justified.

Rogozin called for the creation of a new manned spacecraft

The head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said that it is necessary to create a new manned spacecraft, RIA Novosti reports. Rogozin said this while congratulating the cosmonaut squad and the cosmonaut training Center on their 60th anniversary. He stressed that Russia needs to move forward and not stand still.

New cause of biological aging discovered by scientists

Mitochondria contain a special biological mechanism that prevents the reproduction of reactive oxygen species. Scientists have found that up to a certain age, this mechanism works in the cells of the body, but then it goes down and at some point turns off, and the body itself begins to weaken at this moment.

Currently, scientists are faced with the task of finding out at what year of life the aging process is turned on in humans, and how this process can be, if not “turned off”, then at least slowed down.

The US has opened a new investigation into ZTE

The US justice Department has launched an investigation into the activities of the Chinese company ZTE in the case of bribes. This was reported by NBC on March 13, citing sources. The Chinese Corporation is suspected of paying bribes to foreign officials “to gain an advantage in the telecommunications market.”

Unknown people struck a base with US troops in Iraq

The base, which includes troops of the international coalition led by the United States, was shelled for the second time in four days. According to one of the Iraqi military, at least 10 missiles fell on its territory. At the same time, no injuries or fatalities have been reported. Who struck the blow is unknown, and no one has claimed responsibility for it.

Russia and China discuss creating a joint base on the moon

This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to a source in the industry. The parties are negotiating at the level of a bilateral working group. The base will be based on landers — Russia and China will soon send them to the moon.

“Various options for such interaction are being discussed: the creation of a joint base or nearby lunar bases. The degree of integration within these approaches is subject to further discussion, ” the source said.

Google has updated the YouTube mobile app for Android and iOS

The main change was made to the “in trend” tab, which was replaced with a more complete and probably more useful “Navigator”section. It is worth noting that the “in trend” tab was not completely removed.

WhatsApp will automatically delete messages

In beta versions 2.20.83 and 2.20.84 of WhatsApp messenger, a feature for automatically deleting messages will appear, writes WABetaInfo. It is noted that we are talking about personal correspondence. The retention period ranges from hours to years, the necessary time can be selected in the settings.

Physicists have found a smooth e-fashion tamaranai network of magnetite

American physicists have almost come to the solution of the Vervey phase transition by revealing the soft electronic modes of the trimeron network of magnetite. According to media Stream, during the new study, scientists used ultrashort laser pulses.

Currently, understanding quantum materials is still at an early stage. The authors of the scientific project stressed that the results of their work will help to unravel the mechanism of the transition of magnetite from a conducting to a dielectric state.

The United States has included in the black list two Russian companies

The Bureau of industry and security of the us Department of Commerce banned American firms from exporting goods and services to Russian companies Avilon and Technomar. The document specifies that the restrictions against Russian companies were imposed due to the fact that they tried to buy equipment in the United States for the company “Technopol”, which is already on a similar “black list”.

A rally for Putin’s resignation and against the amendment of the Constitution was held in Khabarovsk

On Komsomolskaya square in the center of Khabarovsk, a rally was held against the adoption of amendments to the Constitution of Russia and for the resignation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, organized by the Communist party, the March 14 edition reports DVhab.ru.

The US authorities announced their readiness to supply oil to Belarus

According to the head of the press service of the us state Department, Morgan Ortagus, Secretary of state, Pompeo confirmed during the talks that the US is ready to immediately start supplying oil to Belarus at competitive market prices.

Roman Abramovich’s film Fund became a partner of Yandex»

Yandex has received exclusive rights to show more than 10 films on the Internet, in which the private Fund of billionaire Roman Abramovich “Kinoprime”invested. This was told to Vedomosti by a representative of the Kinopoisk HD video platform owned by Yandex»

A trailer for a documentary about the Beastie Boys has been released

Apple TV has released a trailer for a documentary about the American band Beastie Boys. It was directed by spike Jonze. Jones is also known as the author of several videos of the band.

The 69 Eyes concert will take place in Saint Petersburg

One of the most charismatic Gothic rock bands of the last two decades returns to St. Petersburg. As part of the band’s 30th anniversary tour, the 69 Eyes will present their new album “West End”, which was released in September.

Paintings from the Chuvash art Museum were brought to the Tretyakov gallery

Works by Tropinin, Perov, Serebryakova, Polenov and other Russian and Soviet classics were brought to the Tretyakov gallery from the collection of the Chuvash art Museum on the occasion of the centenary of the Chuvash Republic. A total of 76 paintings and drawings of the XVIII-XX centuries.

The exhibition is organized as part of the “Golden map of Russia”project. Zelfira Tregulova, General Director of the Tretyakov gallery, spoke about the significance of the project. among the rare exhibits at the exhibition in the Tretyakov gallery are two paintings by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin:” family of a nomad”, created during the artist’s trip to Algeria, and a woman’s portrait “Yellow face”.

Exhibition in memory of George danelii

From April 14 to June 14, the Moscow Museum of modern art presents an exhibition in memory of the classic of Soviet and Russian cinema George Danelia – “Paper cinema”, where the famous Director first appears as a graphic artist and Illustrator. The project will show several series of his graphic works related to the time of employment on the films “Seryozha”, “Do not grieve”, “Mimino”, “kin-DZA-DZA”, as well as posters of films, photos and video materials.

In Moscow at the building of the FSB broke up a rally against political repression

On the afternoon of March 14, about 50 participants of the rally against political repression were detained in Moscow. Activists staged a series of single pickets near the FSB building in Lubyanka. OVD-info reports that 49 people were detained, including three teenagers. MBH media writes about 43 detainees. Among them are opposition figures Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhaev, as well as 78-year-old human rights activist Lev Ponomarev, who was beaten by masked police in the Tagansky police Department. A video of his beating was published by public defender Irina Yatsenko, who was also detained at the rally.

The constitutional court has called an emergency session

The constitutional court of Russia has urgently started checking the law on changing the Constitution, signed on March 14 by Russian President Vladimir Putin. This is reported By the Russian service of the BBC. The court accepted the President’s request to check whether the amendment law complies with chapters 1, 2 and 9 of the Constitution immediately after signing the document. The constitutional court must send its opinion to the President within seven days

70% of Russian regions will spend their financial reserves by the end of the year

More than 70% of Russian regions this year may completely use up their liquid reserves due to falling budget revenues and the need to increase spending against the backdrop of the collapse of oil prices. This conclusion was reached by analysts of the rating Agency “National credit ratings “(NKR) in the report ” time to save, time to spend. Two-thirds of Russian regions may be left without reserves in 2020″, which is referred to by RBC.


Mishustin: 1.5 billion rubles will be allocated for the modernization of housing and communal services in small cities in Russia in 2020.
Just for comparison: Moscow spent 1.7 billion rubles on new year’s eve 2020 and new year’s skating rinks.


A rally against amendments to the Constitution was held in Irkutsk

According to the organizers, the main goal of the action is to oppose the amendments to the basic law of the country, but also people came to the square with posters on the case of the “Network” and demanding the resignation of President Putin. In addition, the activist Valery Teterin expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that the number of platforms for actions was reduced in Irkutsk

What does Apple make money from?

Most of all – on the popular favorite iPhones: just under 2/3 of the total revenue of the Corporation, 166 billion dollars. In second place are services (there are commissions for Apple Pay, music and TV), 37 billion. And laptops and computers make up less than 10% of the company’s total revenue, 25 billion a year.

Council of Europe extends sanctions against Russia

The Council of Europe has extended until September 15, 2020 the sanctions imposed in 2014 against Russian companies and individuals in connection with actions that undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. The Council of Europe said in a statement that restrictive measures will continue to apply to:

  • 175 individuals-citizens of Russia and Ukraine
  • 44 organizations and companies

Two people were excluded from the sanctions list:

  • Yevgeny Bushmin, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council, who died on October 6, 2019
  • the Chairman of the Sevastopol city election Commission, Valery Medvedev, who died on may 16, 2019, led the preparations for the referendum on joining Russia in Sevastopol in 2014.

The melting of glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland has accelerated.

Melting has accelerated six times in the past 30 years, the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) found. According to the forecast, by 2100, the level of the World’s oceans is likely to rise by 53 centimeters.

Two minutes can change your life dramatically

59-year-old Sergei Complaint came from the village of Dixon to Moscow in 2018, after which he immediately began looking for work. He was delivering his business cards to mailboxes and one day two girls came to the entrance with him. Sergey spread out business cards and went home, and a week later he was detained on suspicion of pedophilia.

The girls said that at the entrance of the Complaint took off his pants and showed them his penis. Sergei was immediately put in jail, and a year later the victims said that they invented this story so that their parents would not punish them for absenteeism.

But Sergei continues to sit in jail.

The material is borrowed from their telegram channel Baza https://baza.io/posts/35ae3ac2-0386-4de2-a5d9-13ecb963f1b6

Exoskeleton for doctors created by engineers from Russia

Engineers of the Vector educational program from Rostec have developed an exoskeleton for doctors performing complex surgical operations. The creators of the device are Maxim and Ivan Skokov. How soon such an invention will be introduced into domestic medicine is unknown.

Russian tax on “digital” revenue

While the OECD (Organization for economic cooperation and development) continues to discuss taxation of international technology corporations, Russia should hurry up and develop its own “digital tax”, according to experts of the Center for strategic research (CSR), which is headed by assistant to the President Maxim Oreshkin

“We need to continue working with the OECD, but at the same time work on the Russian tax on revenue from the provision of digital services related to Russian users, “recommends Levon Hayrapetyan, head of the Tax policy Department of the CSR. The tax should also be withheld for indirect use of Russian users ‘ data, such as when selling them or targeting ads, he believes.

The first domain registered on the Internet is 35 years old

On March 15, 2020, the first domain registered on the Internet will celebrate its 35th anniversary – Symbolics.com. the first domain name created in January 1985 was Nordu.net, which became the first root server in the Network. However, it is Symbolics.com. was the first domain on the Internet registered using the domain name system (DNS, or Domain Name System).

By the end of 2019, 145 million domains were registered in the .COM domain zone, and 362 million web addresses were registered worldwide.

The US will develop a military deep-water drone

The office of advanced research projects of the us Department of defense (DARPA) has signed a contract to create a prototype of a deep-sea unmanned vehicle under the Manta Ray program. This is reported on the Department’s website

Genes that signal danger were found in plants

The seeds sprouted in the dark were treated with jasmonate, after which the researchers extracted DNA and proteins from the cells. To determine the exact location of genes that regulate plant behavior during danger, scientists used specific antibodies against proteins of interest.

Where does plastic garbage disappear from the ocean

Disappearing plastic has long troubled the minds of scientists. So far, their eyes have turned to ocean gyrations such as the Pacific garbage island, water columns, the ocean floor, and the stomachs of marine life. However, the results of a new study suggest that ocean plastic is being carried back to shore, where it is often entangled in land or coastal thickets. The authors of an unpublished study found that about 90% of marine debris entering the ocean remains in the littoral zone within 8 km of the coast.

Physicists have compared the matter and anti-matter for studying neutron stars

Scientists compared the mass symmetry of matter and antimatter at the Brookhaven national laboratory’s Relativistic heavy ion Collider (RHIC). The authors note that a violation in mass symmetry would indicate a violation of fundamental symmetries: charge, parity, and time. However, this effect has not yet been identified. The authors note that the result of the experiment is of great importance for understanding the properties of neutron stars and astrophysics in General.

Direct link between the gut microbiome and brain function

In a new study published in the journal Science Advances, scientists from the University of Glasgow described new molecules that form a direct link between the gut microbiome and the brain, which leads to inhibition of brain cell function.

One hundred thousand-year cycles of glaciation were associated with “swings” of The earth’s axis

Isotopic analysis of deposits on the walls of caves in Italy helped geologists prove that the last eleven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, which replaced each other every 100,000 years, were not related to climate, but to periodic shifts in the position of The earth’s axis of rotation.

Music will help you recover from a stroke

Scientists have conducted a study that confirmed that listening to music or playing a musical instrument will help you recover faster after a stroke.

Scientists have confirmed that the days are getting longer

Back in the Cretaceous period, which began about 145 million years ago and ended 66 million years ago, it would have taken the Earth only about 23.5 hours to complete a full rotation around the Sun. Since then, the planet’s rotation has gradually slowed down to the 24-hour cycle we see today.

The planet Uranus “lay” on its side from behind the ring belt

Scientists from the University of Maryland (USA) have put forward a hypothesis explaining the strange position of Uranus. This planet is the only one in the Solar system that “lies” on its side. In addition, it rotates clockwise, not counterclockwise, like Earth and Mars, according to the Astrophysical Journal.

A computer model has shown that the ring belt is capable of deflecting the planet’s axis of rotation by 70 degrees over a million years. Uranus probably experienced some additional impact, but it was not a collision with another planet, as previously thought, but the fall of a comet or asteroid.

Scientists have established how magnetic stars are formed

European astrophysicists have developed a detailed computer model that explains the origin of giant magnetic fields in a special class of neutron stars-magnetars, which are associated with the most powerful and bright explosions in the Universe — by amplifying previously existing weak magnetic fields in the bowels of these stars