19 Mar, 2020

News digest for 03/18/2020

In Russia, the proportion of residents who belong to the middle class has exceeded 70 percent. President Vladimir Putin said this in an interview with TASS. The head of state pointed out that the middle class in each country is different, and it would be wrong to compare the Russian middle class with life in the West.

“If you think that the middle class is the way people live in France, Germany or the United States, then this is not true,” he stated.

Referring to the methodology of the world Bank, Putin recalled that the middle class includes people whose income is one and a half times the minimum wage (in 2019, it was 11.28 thousand rubles).

Russia has reduced oil exports to China

The volume of Russian crude oil exports to China in January 2020 amounted to about $2 billion, which is 28% less than in the same period last year, according to data from the Federal customs service of the Russian Federation

Russian President Vladimir Putin was surprised by the increase in gasoline prices in the country.

Putin drew attention to the fact that world energy prices are falling, and gasoline in Russia is becoming more expensive. He instructed to keep the prices of oil products under control and prevent further increases. Earlier, it was reported that Brent crude fell to $28 per barrel.

“OK, the previous months, but now oil prices have collapsed, just collapsed: it was 65, it reached 70, and now it is 30 with a little. And gasoline has grown. How can this be?»

Earlier, Deputy Finance Minister Alexey Sazonov said that the fall in oil prices will not affect the cost of gasoline. Alexander Novak, the head of the energy Ministry, also said that the collapse in oil prices will not affect the cost of gasoline.

Moscow will allocate a billion rubles for the restoration of the temple

Moscow authorities have allocated 1 billion 29.6 million rubles for the restoration of the Church of St. Nicholas on Three Mountains. MBH media found the corresponding tender on the public procurement portal.

Krasnoyarsk city hall arranges a Banquet for half a million rubles

The competition for the provision of services “for catering during an event with the participation of the head of the city” was announced by the Department of municipal order of the city hall. 158 people will attend the event. The Banquet will be held in a room of at least 500 square meters “with a hall sufficient for gathering participants of the event”. The organizers need a secure wardrobe, as well as one waiter for six participants of the Banquet — that is, at least 26.

“The service staff should know, observe the rules of conducting Protocol events in the “Banquet” format and the rules of etiquette, all waiters should be dressed in uniform, ” the documentation says.

The initial contract price was 568.5 thousand rubles. The money will be allocated from the city budget. The event should be held “in a high-level environment

Sberbank prepared for a jump in the dollar above 100 rubles

The Supervisory Board of Sberbank calculated an “extreme” stress scenario with a further drop in oil prices to $ 20 per barrel. This was announced by the head of the Bank Herman Gref during a press conference online.

“We considered the fall in oil prices to the level of 20, we considered as an extreme scenario the growth of the exchange rate (the dollar) to the level of 100, and so on. With the corresponding macroeconomic shifts, with temporary breaks in production chains, with the shutdown of some enterprises, ” – quotes Gref RIA Novosti.

Aral sea tragedy

Once the Aral sea was the fourth largest inland sea in the world, with an area of 68,000 sq km.But the country wanted to grow more cotton and the water of the two rivers that fed the sea was diverted. And today only 1/10 of it remains. Due to a 90% reduction in the size of the Aral sea, 11 species of fish, 11 species of plants, 26 species of birds, and 12 species of mammals have disappeared.

Donald trump is the Republican candidate

US President Donald trump has secured the Republican party’s nomination in the upcoming presidential election. He secured the support of 1,301 delegates in the primaries. To be a candidate, he needed the votes of 1,276 out of 2,441 participants.

The US called the new leader of the is an international terrorist

The US state Department said that the new leader of the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (is, banned in Russia), Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi, is recognized as an international terrorist. According to Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, after the terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during a us special operation in the Syrian province of Idlib, a new leader took his place. According to the statement, al-Mawli is prohibited from participating in any financial transactions, and his property under the jurisdiction of the United States will be blocked

Washington blamed Moscow for the death of the Turkish military in Idlib.

US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo blamed Russia for the death of dozens of Turkish soldiers in Idlib, Syria. He said this today, March 17, during a briefing for journalists.

“We believe that Russia is responsible for the death of dozens of Turkish soldiers during its military operations. We support our NATO ally Turkey and are considering new measures to support Turkey and end the violence, ” he said.

Turkey has assured Europe of its desire to remain in NATO

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a teleconference with the leaders of Turkey, France and Britain that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assured his interlocutors of his desire to remain in NATO, European politicians welcomed this.

The language of Russian laws is ten times more complex than that of literature

Experts from the Institute of state and municipal administration of the Higher school of Economics assessed the complexity of the language used to write Russian laws. This is reported by Kommersant.

The study says that the language of laws becomes more complex every year. The main difficulty experts called the lack of verbs. In addition, the text of the average law itself has become 2.5 times longer, and the article in it has increased by about three times. However, for cumbersome concepts that consist of eight words or more, do not enter succinct abbreviations. Tables are almost not used, and mathematical formulas are described in words. Based on this, experts called the language of Russian laws ten times more difficult than the literary one.

The accounting chamber revealed budget violations for almost 885 billion rubles

During inspections for 2019, 4,443 violations were found, the total damage of which amounted to 884.6 billion rubles, the report says. According to the Department’s materials, the Prosecutor General’s office initiated 25 criminal cases. Also, thanks to the work of the accounting chamber, 4.52 billion rubles were returned to the budget. In addition, according to the results of inspections, the inspectors of the accounting chamber initiated 52 cases of administrative violations, 40 officials and legal entities were brought to administrative responsibility.

The Chinese company refused to buy oil from Rosneft»

Singapore company Sinochem International Oil, the trading division of the Chinese state-owned oil refining company Sinochem Group, in the tender documentation for the purchase of oil in may-June indicated that Rosneft or its “daughters” can not participate in the tender, writes Bloomberg with reference to the company’s documents.

Advertising revenue increased only for Internet companies

The market grew solely due to Internet advertising-plus 20% to 244 billion rubles. the Remaining segments-TV, radio, print media-remain in the red, outdoor advertising remained at the level of 2018. the market dynamics was Very similar and at the end of three quarters of 2019, TV Channels continue to lose money for the fifth quarter in a row.

What utilities should I not pay for

The Supreme court of Russia has banned management organizations from charging for services not provided to owners. He also emphasizes that management companies do not have the right to unilaterally redistribute funds received from residents between services and works.

“Greenpeace” will deal with the situation with the felling of a birch grove in Yekaterinburg

The Russian branch of Greenpeace joined the conflict over the felling of a birch grove in the Yekaterinburg Academic district. With the corresponding request, the organization was contacted by city social activists.

Natives of the CIS countries buy equipment in Russia amid the fall of the ruble

Against the background of a sharp fall in the ruble exchange rate, the largest money transfer systems record a decrease in sending funds to the CIS countries, and some of them note an increased inflow of funds to Russia. Experts point out that migrant workers store and send funds in foreign currency, and trends in the money transfer market show that they are successfully taking advantage of the situation and actively buying foreign-made goods that have not yet become more expensive for cheaper rubles.

Milecom is investing 4.5 billion rubles in a data center in Novosibirsk

The telecommunications company Milecom is investing 4.5 billion rubles in the construction of a data processing Center (DPC) in Novosibirsk.the Investor asked the regional authorities to provide a land plot and property tax benefits. The project was approved by the investment Council of the Novosibirsk region.

It is planned that the data center will reach its full capacity in 2025. The authorities expect that as a result of the project, revenues to the budget of the Novosibirsk region in the period from 2021 to 2030 will amount to more than 2 billion rubles.

The Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation bought foreign currency for almost three trillion rubles

In 2019, the Russian Ministry of Finance purchased foreign currency for 2.977 trillion rubles under the budget rule. This is stated in the draft report to the Board of the Federal Treasury

OTKRITIE group earned 52.3 billion rubles in net profit

According to the annual consolidated financial statements for 2019, OTKRITIE group received 52.3 billion rubles of net profit. This is one and a half times more than the result shown in 2018.

China revoked the accreditation of a number of American journalists

The Chinese authorities revoked the accreditation of a number of American journalists on their territory in response to the reduction in the number of Chinese media workers in the United States, RIA Novosti writes, citing the Chinese foreign Ministry.

“In response to the reduction of Chinese media staff in the US … China requires that journalists with US citizenship working for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, whose journalist IDs must expire before the end of 2020, notify the information Department of the Ministry of foreign Affairs within four calendar days, starting today, and return their press cards within ten calendar days,” the Chinese foreign Ministry commented on the response measures.

China also requires information about employees, financial transactions and real estate in the country from a number of American media outlets. The Chinese foreign Ministry considers such measures necessary and legitimate in connection with unjustified harassment by the us.

A more accurate model has been created for calculating ozone-depleting substance emissions

American scientists have created a new model for predicting emissions of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which most of the world’s signatories to the Montreal Protocol have agreed to stop producing. It turned out that the emission standards for CFC-11 and CFC-12 were previously underestimated and therefore seemed exceeded when studying the atmosphere, the portal reports Phys.org.

Boeing has requested multibillion-dollar assistance from the US authorities

Boeing stands for the US government to allocate at least $60 billion to support the aerospace industry, according to a statement published on the organization’s website. Support, in particular, should be implemented in the form of loan guarantees, the company noted.

Russia proposed Belarus to create a single tax, customs and court

At the talks on deep integration with Belarus, Moscow offered to start working on the creation of 12 supranational bodies. These include the unified emission center, which implies the introduction of a single currency, the accounting chamber and court of the Union state, the unified customs authority, the unified property accounting authority of the Union state, the unified tax and antitrust authorities, as well as unified regulators in the following areas: transport, industry, agriculture, communications, plus the regulator of the unified gas, oil and electricity markets. RBC was told about this by three sources familiar with the negotiations.

The British military will get ground robots

The UK Ministry of defence has signed contracts with Horiba Mira and QinetiQ to supply a total of five ground-based robots. According to the military Department, these robots will be used as part of the Theseus research program.

Its purpose is to determine the main tasks for ground robots in the military, identify scenarios in which the use of such devices will be impossible, as well as determine the tactics of their use.



Putin has allowed the remote sale of medicines

Russian President Vladimir Putin has allowed the remote sale of over-the-counter medicines. At the same time, the head of state ordered to take measures to strengthen responsibility for the sale of counterfeit goods.

American fighter F-15E equipped with a new nuclear bomb

The power of the B61-12 bomb seen on the fourth-generation f-15E Strike Eagle fighter of the US air force, which will become the basis of nuclear deterrence in Europe, does not exceed a megaton in TNT equivalent.

Russia has created its own power supply system for MS-21

As part of the program to create a fully Russian avionics system for the MS-21 family of aircraft, promtech presented a power supply system with all the main elements of the created units produced in Russia. In addition, domestic developers were able to create their own software for new equipment that replaced the foreign one.

India decided to buy 400 Russian t-90S tanks

According to the head of the Federal service for military-technical cooperation (FSMTC) of Russia Dmitry Shugaev, the Indian Armed forces will purchase another 400 Russian t-90S tanks produced in the country under license

The export version of the su-32 has not yet found a buyer.

Dmitry Shugaev, Director of the Federal service for military-technical cooperation (FSMTC), said this in an interview with Interfax. In December 2015, Algeria expressed a desire to purchase Russian bombers. At that time, we were talking about an order for 12 su-32 aircraft worth at least $ 500 million, but so far nothing has been reported about progress in the negotiations.

The su-34 bomber was developed in the 1980s and 2000s and is a strike vehicle based on the T-10 platform , the main variant of which was the su-27 fighter

Details of the third spider-Man movie revealed

According to the publication Cosmic Book News, the new picture will be called Spider-Man: Home Run. Also, sources of journalists found out that our hero will fight with a character named Kraven-hunter, the son of an aristocrat from Russia, who managed to turn into an ideal hunter. There are two main candidates for the role of the antagonist, both of whom have already become DC stars — “Superman” Henry Cavill and “Aquaman” Jason Momoa. Shooting of the new film should start this summer and will last until the end of autumn

Matrang released a new song dedicated to mom

Ossetian singer Alan Hadzaragov, who performs under the pseudonym Matrang, dedicated a new song to his mother. The singer announced the premiere of the song on his Instagram page. The author of the music and lyrics of the song “Mama” was Matrang himself.

Former lounge guitarist formed his own band

Former guitarist and co-author of the main hits of the band Louna Ruben Kazarian created his own musical project “Everything is burning with fire”. It consists of musicians known for their participation in such bands as Louna, “Nuki”, Anacondaz, “Sharpening”, “7rasa”, Roman Rain, Deform, Meteora, hospile Breed and “Remote project”, reports nashe.ru. the band’s Name was borrowed from the lyrics of a song by Viktor Tsoi.

Pretenders sang about love addiction and announced the album

Pretenders announced a new album called ” Hate For Sale “and released the first single from it – the song”The Buzz”. According to the team’s frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, the track draws well-known Parallels between love relationships and drug addiction.

As for the record, it will be released on the BMG label on may 1, 2020, and its producer is Stephen Street, who previously collaborated with Blur. According to NME, all material for the album was written by Chrissie Hynde in collaboration with guitarist James Walborn.

Apple will release 2 budget smartphones

Apple is developing not one but several new models in the iPhone category, which, according to data Evo-rus.com, will be named iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus

Google Translate has learned to translate speech “on the fly»

A few months ago, Google introduced Continuous Translation, a feature that allowed speech recognition and translation on the fly. Now it is launched for everyone under the name Transcribe as a ready-made application.

Nokia released a budget smartphone Nokia C2

The information is displayed on a 5.7-inch HD+display. The front, however, as well as the main camera, has a resolution of 5 MP. RAM here is 1 GB, built-in-16 GB (it is possible to increase by SD card up to 64 GB).

Toyota has opened a laboratory for the study of blockchain

Toyota has announced the opening of a laboratory to study the prospects of using blockchain in the automotive industry. According to the press service, back in 2019, an internal virtual organization was formed, which collaborated with four subsidiaries of the Corporation

The black hole at the center of our Galaxy has become more active

Astronomers have confirmed the growing activity of a supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy since 2014, according to an article accepted for publication in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

British scientists have proved one of the main evolutionary theories of Darwin

Biologists have proved, by analyzing the species diversity of all orders and genera of mammals, that subspecies of animals really play a key role in their evolution, as Charles Darwin wrote about it. This was reported on Wednesday by the press service of the University of Cambridge, with reference to an article in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

“In the second Chapter of the Origin of species, Darwin writes that animal genera that contain a large number of species must contain more ‘variations’ of these species. We have shown that subspecies do play an important role in the long – term evolution of mammals,” said Laura van Holstein, a biologist at the University of Cambridge (UK), quoted by the University’s press service.

One of the most striking examples of evolution in Darwin’s writings is the history of the Galapagos finches, small birds of the passerine family that differed greatly in diet and habitat.

NASA plans to abandon the lunar orbital station

It was assumed that the orbital station would act as an intermediate point between the Earth and the surface of the moon. However, NASA admits that this element will be abandoned during the implementation of the program. In this way, the Agency hopes to save not only time, but also resources. The next steps are being actively discussed, as well as possible ways to transport astronauts to the lunar surface without stopping.

Kaspersky found spyware that reads other people’s correspondence

Facebook instagram, Gmail, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook have been analyzed by Kaspersky Lab experts for a new malicious program for Android MonitorMinor that spies on victims and tracks all their activity.

How to ensure secure remote access in your company

In order for employees to continue working on projects outside the office, it is important to provide secure remote access to the resources of your own organization.

Altruism doesn’t make people happy

In a new study published in the journal PNAS, scientists from the University of Bonn, together with Harvard University, found that altruism can’t make people happier.