23 Mar, 2020

News digest for 03/21-22/2020

The US state Department has announced that it will stop issuing visas and review applications for them at all embassies and consulates in the country. In the message of the Department, this decision is explained by the pandemic coronavirus infection COVID-19.

The state Department explained that embassies and consulates around the world cancel all interviews with applicants for regular immigration and non-immigrant visas from March 20, but if they have the ability to continue to consider visa applications as a matter of urgency. Individuals who need to obtain an American visa immediately are advised to contact the Embassy with a request for its issuance in an emergency manner.

“Our foreign missions will resume providing regular visa services as soon as possible, but it is not yet possible to provide a specific date,” the state Department explained.

Fitness clubs, swimming pools and water parks will be closed in Moscow

Fitness clubs, swimming pools and water parks in Moscow are required to stop admitting visitors from March 21 due to the spread of coronavirus infection, according to Rospotrebnadzor. The same applies to other sports facilities where a lot of people come. Restrictions are imposed “until further notice”.

Venezuela has started to close down stations.

There is no gasoline. Only a few dozen of the 1,800 gas stations of the PDVSA oil company continue to work for refueling emergency vehicles.

Early voting on amendments to the Constitution was extended from three to seven days

The Central election Commission has allowed Russian regions to hold early voting on changing the Constitution, including at home, within a week until April 22. Regional election commissions will be able to decide how many days they need. This was reported by the head of the CEC Ella Pamfilova. The voting day is declared a public holiday. One question will be put to the vote: “do You approve changes to the Constitution of the Russian Federation?»

Hotels for seahorses

In the Australian state of New South Wales, a unique project is being implemented to save an endangered species of needle fish-hippocampus whitei seahorses. Their population has decreased by 98% compared to 2006. The reason was the human invasion of their habitat-moving masses of sand to strengthen the coast and build berths.

Scientists have found a way to help the endangered species: in safe waters for seahorses, they build artificial structures that scientists themselves call “hotels”. Two months after the creation of the first two dozen “hotels”, seahorses appeared in them. Over time, their number has grown: only in one “hotel” for one mating season, 5 breeding pairs produced from 50 to 150 fry each.

The 2020 IIHF world championship is canceled

This is reported on the official website of the competition. The tournament was scheduled to take place in may in Switzerland – in Zurich and Lausanne. The current world champion is the Finnish national team.

The ice hockey world championship has been held annually since 1920 and is, along with the Olympic tournament and the world Cup, the most prestigious competition in this sport.

S7 did not hire already trained flight attendants

S7 airlines refused to hire flight attendants who have already passed training courses in the face of reduced flights due to the spread of coronavirus. About this RBC reported in the press service of the company.

The coronavirus pandemic came as a surprise to everyone. The set of flight attendants was carried out prior to its distribution. We are interested in ensuring that flight attendants who have been trained can immediately start working — the current situation, to our sincere regret, does not allow us to do this. All candidates remain in the S7 Airlines database.

The owners of the airport Zhukovsky announced the beginning of the implementation of the anti-crisis plan

Zhukovsky airport near Moscow announced the loss of more than 90% of passenger traffic due to the cancellation of international flights in order to combat the spread of coronavirus infection. This is stated in the message of the first Deputy General Director of JSC “RAMPART AERO” Eugene Solodinina. Flights to Amsterdam, Rome, Prague, tel Aviv, Budapest, Minsk, Almaty and Nur Sultan were suspended from the airport, and the start of Chinese flights was canceled. Planes continue to fly to these destinations only for the evacuation of Russian tourists or for sending foreign citizens home.

Farnborough international air show-2020 cancelled

The Farnborough international air show, which was scheduled to take place on July 20-24, has been canceled, said the event’s organizer, Farnborough International. The next Airshow is scheduled to take place in July 2022.

Sexual education of children and adolescents violates the moral law

The introduction of sexual education programs for children and adolescents would violate the moral law and cause a protest from parents, according to priest Feodor Lukyanov, a member of the Church and public Council for biomedical ethics( COC), co-chair of the world Russian people’s Council working group on health

Attractions began to open in China

Attractions across China began to reopen after the coronavirus epidemic declined, the Telegraph newspaper reported.

“In Shanghai, the main attractions and parks – in particular, the Shanghai Botanical garden and zoo-have gradually started to resume operation. In General, more than 3,7 thousand attractions in 28 provinces of the country have been reopened in China since the beginning of the week – this is 30% of those that were closed,” the newspaper writes.

The number of visitors to museums and other tourist places is still limited. For example, the Shanghai Museum can be visited by no more than two thousand people per day, the history Museum – 3000, the art Museum of China – 5000. All visitors are checked for temperature, they are required to wear masks. Your stay is limited to two hours per person

Moscow agreed to the conditions of Belarusian oil supplies

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Russia fully supported the proposals of the Minsk relative to the supply of oil. This is reported by BelTA.

“I instructed them to consider new proposals of the Russian Federation for the supply of hydrocarbon raw materials. They came from the Russians three days ago. I understand that the Russians fully agreed to our proposals for oil supplies?”- Alexander Lukashenko asked.

The head of the Administration, Igor Sergienko, confirmed this and said that Russia’s proposals were considered at a meeting of the working group

Putin signed a decree on the assignment of allowances for children from 3 to 7 years

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the assignment of benefits for families with children from 3 to 7 years old. The corresponding document is published on the official portal of legal information. Payments will be received monthly. It will make up half of the subsistence minimum for a child, that is, about 5.5 thousand rubles.Payments will be received from July 1, 2020.

Tour operators will cancel foreign tours departing before April 30

Tourists who have purchased tours are offered to rebook a trip to Russia or Abkhazia with a small discount, or move the trip dates after April 30. Tour operators “Intourist” and “Biblio-Globus” announced the termination of sales of tours for departures until April 25.

In Kuzbass, about 500 miners of the alexievskaya mine will be cut»

At the alexievskaya mine in the Kemerovo region, about 500 miners will be cut within a week. The coal company is in a state of bankruptcy, it was put up for auction twice, but to no avail. In the near future, coal mining will be stopped

The Russian government has adopted a strategy for the development of agriculture until 2030.

This was announced by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, RIA Novosti reports. The Prime Minister noted that the decomposition of national goals into sectoral strategies and then into state programs, national projects and later into the work of the respective monopolies is “the logic in which we are going”.

$1.3 billion will be allocated to support business in Kazakhstan

Preferential lending to small and medium-sized businesses in the amount of 600 billion tenge ($1.33 billion) was ordered by the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The head of state wrote about this on March 20 on his Twitter page.

Tourists will dive to the bottom of the Mariana trench for the first time

An unprecedented dive to the bottom of the Mariana trench in the Pacific ocean to a depth of 10928 meters is being prepared in June by the international company Eyos Expeditions. This time, three tourists will be taken on Board. “There were more people on the moon than at the bottom of the ocean,” co-owner Rob McCallum was quoted as saying by CNN

Putin does not plan to negotiate with the leadership of Saudi Arabia

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov told TASS that the head of state Vladimir Putin is not yet planning phone conversations with the leadership of Saudi Arabia. “Not yet,” Peskov said when asked if Putin plans to have phone conversations with the leadership of Saudi Arabia.

Capital outflow from Russia reached a record $1.4 billion in a week

On March 12-18, investors withdrew $ 1.4 billion from Russian assets. This indicator became a record for the entire history of observation, according to the BCS Global Markets review.

Earlier, head of state Vladimir Putin called the capital outflow from Russia a “natural process”. Investment protection will be more reliable, “the more stable our rules of the game will be,” the President said.

The us economic stimulus package will amount to $1.3 trillion

The bill under consideration in Congress will bring the us economic stimulus package against the background of the coronavirus to $ 1.3 trillion, said chief economic adviser to the President Larry Kudlow

The Bank of England lowered the rate to 0.1%

The Bank of England on March 19 again urgently lowered the base interest rate – to 0.1% from 0.25% per annum, and also increased the limit of funds for the purchase of assets to £645 billion, according to the regulator’s website.

Turkish bankers held an emergency meeting

The Board of Directors of the Turkish Bank Association (TBB) met in Istanbul under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a meeting of Ministers and senior officials in the capital Ankara to decide on measures to contain the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. He announced a package of 100 billion liras ($15.4 billion), which included doubling support for lending by banks through the loan guarantee Fund (KGF) to 50 billion liras

The monetary base in Russia increased by 132 billion rubles over the week

The volume of the monetary base in a narrow definition in Russia on March 13 amounted to 11 trillion 118 billion rubles, the press service of the Bank of Russia reported. As of March 6, the monetary base in Russia was 10 trillion 986 billion rubles. Thus, over the period, it grew by 1.2%, or by 132 billion rubles.

Tyumen businessmen owe billions of rubles on loans

In the Tyumen region, overdue debts of small and medium-sized businesses amount to about 36 billion rubles. The total debt of companies to banks is approaching 200 billion rubles. In KHMAO, the amount of overdue debt of 14 billion rubles, total debt more than 250 billion In the region on 1 February of the current year rate above 5 billion rubles, the total debt 546 billion.

The collapse of the ruble to Russians “just seemed»

Rosneft press attache Mikhail Leontiev commented to the correspondent Sobesednik.ru the catastrophic fall of the ruble, which many associate with the initiative of the head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, to withdraw from the deal with OPEC+, and spoke about the company’s Napoleonic plans.

“So far, we have held back production, which was the result of a deal with OPEC+, according to which we were required to meet certain standards. It embarrassed us. Now it will not hold back, ” said Leontiev.

He did not respond to a question from journalists that there is a feeling that Russia is losing this war, judging by the fact that there was a collapse of the ruble.

“That’s the feeling you have. You think so, ” – said the representative of Rosneft.

Gas is getting cheaper in Serbia

Noticeable drop in prices for gasoline and diesel fuel in Serbia. Over the past five days, prices have fallen by about three dinars per liter (3 Euro cents).

All pubs will be closed in the UK

The UK authorities have decided to close a number of public places. This was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, reports TASS. In particular, all pubs, restaurants, cafes, gyms and cinemas in the Kingdom will be closed. According to Johnson on March 20, establishments should stop working as soon as possible. At the same time, they will still be able to sell takeaway food. Restrictions will remain in effect until new orders from the authorities

Sergey Lavrov became a Hero of labor

The President signed a decree awarding the title of Hero of Labor to Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, according to a statement published on the Kremlin’s website. Lavrov was awarded “for special labor services to the state and people”. On March 21, it celebrates its 70th anniversary.

North Korea launched two ballistic missiles towards the sea of Japan

The Democratic people’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched two short-range ballistic missiles from Pyongan-Pukto province in the direction of the sea of Japan, the South Korean joint chiefs of staff (JCS) said

Lukashenko suggested leaving irresponsible Belarusians abroad

The President of Belarus is sure that the country’s authorities should not send charters to evacuate irresponsible compatriots who went abroad, despite warnings.

“Let them sit there if they went there,” the head of the Republic added

Russia to send military medics to Italy to fight coronavirus

Russia will send military virologists, medics and equipment to Italy to help fight the coronavirus, the defense Ministry said.

“On behalf of <…> Vladimir Putin, defense Minister General of the army Sergei Shoigu gave instructions on the creation of an aviation group for the rapid delivery, starting from March 22, of assistance to the Italian Republic in the fight against coronavirus,”Interfax reports.

The Turkish military has begun building a new observation post in Idlib

A new observation post in Idlib province is being built by the Turkish military, a source of the news Agency Red Spring in Syria reports on March 21. According to the source, a new observation point of the Turkish army will be placed in the village of Basankusu.

The US has tested a planned hypersonic missile

The US has successfully tested a planning hypersonic unit for a missile, the Pentagon said. The experiment was conducted on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The block flew at hypersonic speed to its destination

This was reported by the Syrian monitoring center for human rights (SOHR) in London on March 19 on its website. SOHR, citing “very reliable sources,” reports that Turkish mercenaries taken from Syria to Libya “died as a result of clashes on the front line” in the South of Tripoli, as well as near the Tripoli airport, the districts of al-hadab, Misrata and others.

Intense fighting continues near Tripoli

Military operations in Tripoli are getting tougher, despite UN calls for a humanitarian truce, the Arab aawsat news Agency reported on March 21. The Agency reports that on March 20, fighting intensified in the Libyan capital Tripoli “between the forces of the” National army ” led by field Marshal Khalifa Hifter and forces loyal to the al-Wefaq government led by Faiz al-Sarraj.”

The US prematurely completed the defender Europe 2020 maneuvers

American forces that were deployed to Europe to participate in the Defender Europe 2020 maneuvers are returning. This is due to the coronavirus pandemic. Everything is canceled — -the representative of the press service of the command of the us army in Europe told Interfax.

In Mongolia, an earthquake of magnitude 5.9 occurred

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck on Friday in Western Mongolia near the border with China, according to the Chinese seismological center. The tremors were recorded at 11.03 local time (6.03 GMT) 360 kilometers North of the city of Hami in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region of China

The final trailer for Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045

The final trailer for the anime series Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 was released by the streaming service Netflix. In the video, you can see a new opponent of the main characters, as well as a lot of action scenes, according to the portal DTF.



In Italy, all non-essential production is being closed

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the closure of all manufacturing plants in the country that do not produce essential products. He announced this on Saturday evening in an address to the nation, which was broadcast live on Facebook.

Other stars can throw Earth out of the Solar system

Scientists-astronomers of two countries – the USA and Iran came to an unexpected conclusion. They believe that one day the Earth may change its orbit and be thrown out of the Solar system. And the chances of this are considered relatively high: 1 in 15,000.

The reason for this is the constant movement of stars in our galaxy. And as they approach the Solar system, each of these stars sends out a “gravitational stream” that reaches the Earth as well. If such a phenomenon occurs rarely, then nothing is wrong, scientists say. But if something like this happens almost every year, the energy received by our planet can cause it to shift and move away from the Sun. This is a direct route to the ice age.

OneWeb is considering filing for bankruptcy.

This was reported by Bloomberg with reference to sources. The company has not yet made any official statements. The project, designed to provide broadband Internet access to users around the world, faced stiff competition and high costs.

Scientists have named a way to combat global warming

British researchers have told about an unusual way to combat global warming on our planet. As it became known rusfact.com they claim that adding special aerosols to the stratosphere can slow down serious climate changes by 2 times in almost all countries.

Universal Studio announced the transfer of film premieres to online platforms

Hollywood Studio Universal Pictures has announced that it will place films online on the day of their premiere in theaters. The first tape should be presented on April 10, the picture ” Trolls. World tour”, reports the Independent.

“Instead of postponing premieres or showing them in movies in the current ever-changing situation, we wanted to make them available to everyone,” said NBC Universal CEO Jeff Schell

Samsung has introduced a budget smartphone Galaxy A41 with a triple camera

In India, the Galaxy A41 smartphone from Samsung is presented. The smartphone is based on the MediaTek Helio P65 platform. The amount of RAM/ROM is 4/64 GB.

The US has tested a radar capable of detecting hypersonic objects

Experts note that the radar can simultaneously detect and track several objects. Raytheon plans to hand over a new radar capable of detecting hypersonic targets to the military in 2022. Patriot – American anti-aircraft missile system.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems were more dangerous than alcohol

The British safety organization IAM RoadSmart, the TRL research center and the Rees Jeffreys Road Foundation conducted an experiment and found that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto used in traffic are more dangerous than the legal dose of alcohol in the driver (in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, it is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood) and even than cannabis.

A global SIM card from Nokia smartphone manufacturer is presented

HMD Global has introduced a “global SIM card” with support for all types of roaming. It was named HMD Connect. Developers note that the new card is only intended for data transfer, not mobile communication. HMD Global is already supported in more than 120 countries. The device allows you to connect to 600 operators. The cost of the HMD Global start-up package is approximately 20 euros. You will have to pay the same amount for each month you use the card.

The HMD Global card package includes 1 GB of data in the US, UK, Germany and 41 other zone 1 countries. In Mexico, Canada, and Hong Kong, users will receive only 500 megabytes per day. You can re-order the package for just 5 euros. HMD Global will be sold at a discount with new models from Nokia in the future.

Coinbase moves to European countries

Now all Android users can make a payment in Google Pay using The coinbase crypto exchange card. The exchange’s release also indicates that payment via Coinbase cryptocurrency is now possible in Google Pay in Ireland, great Britain, Denmark, Spain, Croatia, Poland and some other countries

Using a Coinbase card for payments is not restricted to the Android community only: people using iOS can pay on their iOS devices using the Coinbase Card app

Artificial polymers will help treat Parkinson’s disease

Russian scientists have found out which of the artificial polymers are able to prevent the “sticking” of proteins that have lost their shape, leading to the development of a number of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease. These polymers can become promising compounds for the development of new types of drugs. The work is published in the journal Polymers.

Sberbank has implemented authorization by SBER ID using push notifications

Sberbank has introduced a new method of authorization by SBER ID using push notifications, which occurs without entering a combination of username and password and without reading a QR code. Customers will be able to log in via push notification when they re-log in to the Sberbank service site or the Bank’s partners.

Android 11 DP2 will get a new file sharing feature

Last year, there were reports that Google would launch a new file-sharing tool called Fast Share, which is similar to Apple’s AirDrop. According to experts, this feature will be available in the Android 11 operating system.

Facebook will limit the number of message transfers to five

The restriction on sending messages to no more than 5 respondents appeared in the Facebook Messenger app, researcher Jane Manchun Wong said on her Twitter page. He shot a video where he demonstrated trying to send the same message to several people in the beta version of Facebook Messenger.

New fitness tracker Fitbit Charge will get NFC support

Fitbit, which was bought last year by IT giant Google for $2.1 billion, is preparing to release a new physical activity tracker designed as a wristband to wear on your wrist. The device called Charge 4 will replace the Charge 3 model, which was announced in August 2018.

NVIDIA and AMD uploaded drivers for video cards under DOOM Eternal to the Network

AMD and NVIDIA presented graphics drivers optimized for DOOM Eternal. Now all devices from the manufacturer will support Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.3.1. Optimization includes support for Ultra Nightmare graphics settings.

Intel combines discrete and embedded graphics

An American manufacturer of electronic devices and computer components, Intel has combined two types of graphics – discrete and embedded. This increases the ability to reduce the load on the discrete video card by transferring some of the calculations to the embedded video core.

Xiaomi has curtailed the development of its own processors

The project called Surge, which was supposed to create its own processor Xiaomi, decided to close. According to some reports, the project turned out to be quite complex and expensive for the company, and the specialists failed to create a competitive product

Fossils of the ancestor of chickens and ducks found in a quarry

Discovered in Japan, a fossilized dinosaur egg was attributed to a new species of ancient lizards, March 16, 2020, reported the academic online journal of the Institute of Fukui Prefecture. A document posted on the journal’s page reports that a new species of dinosaur has been named Multifissoolithus shimonosekiensis. It belonged to the category of medium or large dinosaurs, but this is not known for sure. According to the largest axis of the egg has a length of 10 cm Approximate age it is 100-120 million years old and belongs to the early Cretaceous period.

Virtual reality will help women in fight against anorexia

About how VR headsets can help in the fight against complexes and eating disorders, writes the publication Frontiers in Robotics and AI, which published a material about an interesting experiment by Spanish psychologists.

Scientists placed volunteers in virtual reality, where people could watch their avatar in both first-and third-person mode. The virtual avatars of the volunteers, however, were different — each participant of the experiment saw versions of their body based on real data, ideal proportions, and their own ideas about their body. It turned out that when the women who participated in the experiment looked at a copy of their real body from the outside, they found themselves more attractive.

Dimethylauride was able to form hydrogen bonds in water

American chemists have modeled the behavior of a negatively charged dimethylauride complex with water molecules in the liquid phase and found that gold and methyl groups are able to form hydrogen bonds in this medium. The results are published in the journal of the American Chemical Society.

Ultrasound can temporarily boost mood-study

Scientists have found that exposure to ultrasound in certain areas of the brain can boost a person’s mood. The results of the study are published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Scientists have discovered another advantage of breast milk

A team of scientists conducted a study that confirmed another benefit of breast milk for newborns. It turned out that a special component of breast milk can protect a premature baby from developing sepsis.

Doctors have developed a method to block cancer

Doctors from the us National institutes of health have created a new method to block cancer. According to experts, the growth of cancer cells requires oxygen and nutrients. Their intake occurs through the blood vessels. According to experts, if they are blocked, the tumor will stop growing.

Aeroflot stops flights to a number of countries

The Aeroflot website says that the company is suspending flights to India, Sweden, Finland, Bulgaria, and Croatia. At the same time, Aeroflot continues to operate regular flights from the Russian capital to the following European cities: Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Brussels, Geneva, Amsterdam, Bucharest, and Dublin. The number of flights to Berlin, Brussels and Amsterdam is decreasing.

The Minister of economy of Ukraine did not declare an apartment in Moscow

The newly appointed Minister of economy, trade and agriculture of Ukraine Igor Petrashko had an undeclared apartment in Moscow, UNIAN reports.

Russian post suspends communication with 15 countries

These are States that have temporarily stopped processing international mail. The restrictions apply to Mongolia, Kuwait, Libya, Peru, Moldova, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, the Cayman Islands, French Polynesia, Lebanon, the Philippines, Maldives, Easter Island (Chile), Myanmar, and Ecuador.

All doctors and nurses in Russia will be registered in a single database

The Ministry of health has instructed the heads of medical organizations (both public and private) to register all their doctors and nurses in the Unified state health information system (EGISZ). Registration time is extremely short – just two days

Public transport has stopped working in Tashkent

In Tashkent, the movement of buses, metro and minibuses stops. Taxis are the only available form of public transport.

In Venice, for the first time in many years, the water in the canals became transparent.

Italian residents believe that nature “comes to life again”. However, as explained to CNN in the Venice city hall, the appearance of fish and the return of swans is primarily due to the deterioration of tourism and the lack of water transport. The authorities also explained that due to the decrease in the number of boats and vaporettos (Venetian river trams-approx.ed.) the sediment has sunk to the bottom, so the water looks cleaner.

New telescopes will be able to detect the” photon ring ” of a black hole

According to Einstein’s theory, black holes surround photonic light rings. They were not detected by radio telescopes from Earth for a long time. And even the famous first image of the black hole, which was published on April 10, 2019, took not the black hole itself, but the ring-like glow around and matter at the edge of the event horizon.

To finally discover these mysterious objects, scientists want to create a new generation of telescopes that will be located in space. Astronomers hope this will allow them to look at the thin rings around black holes, thereby confirming Einstein’s theory. There are several such “photon rings”. Some particles of light can pass around a black hole several times before being seen by telescopes. They form increasingly thin and invisible circles of light, so they are harder to see, sciencenews reports.

All churches will begin to read a prayer against the coronavirus

A prayer against coronavirus has appeared on the website of the Moscow Patriarchate. This is a well-known text that was read in the Russian Orthodox Church during the “malicious plague”, that is, the epidemic-plague, cholera and other diseases.

In the Belgorod region, the coronavirus is driven away by bell ringing

Metropolitan John of Belgorod announced that Orthodox churches in the Belgorod region will ring the bells five times a day for three minutes. This measure was introduced by the Metropolia for the purpose of “spiritual protection” from the COVID-19 coronavirus

Cuba voluntarily gave up tourism because of the coronavirus

Tourists who come to Cuba every year will not be able to rest in this country until the end of the new coronavirus epidemic. Cuban leader Miguel Diaz-canel ordered the cancellation of most flights and allowed entry to the country only for its citizens and those with long-term work permits.

Tour operator “Indigo-Tour” announced the termination of its activities

The tour operator “Indigo-Tour”, which implements trips to Asian countries, ceases operations, because it cannot fulfill its obligations in the conditions of reduced demand and the closure of many destinations.

Banks began to reset the dollar deposits of Russians

Banks began to massively reduce interest on dollar deposits. A number of banks have actually reset the rates of dollar deposits, and several more have completely abandoned them, Vedomosti writes. Since the beginning of March, dollar rates have been adjusted by more than a third of the top 30 banks.

Russians spent 80 billion rubles a week on spontaneous purchases

Public spending increased sharply between March 7 and March 13. During this time, the volume of purchases by Russians increased by 8.4% compared to the beginning of the month. At the same time, 80.1 billion rubles were spent on spontaneous purchases.

Three Deputy Chairman of the Board of Sberbank increased their shares in the Bank

Deputy Chairman of the Board of Sberbank Stanislav Kuznetsov, Alexander Morozov and Anatoly Popov in the last three days increased their shares in the authorized capital of the credit institution, according to the Bank’s materials.

South Korea and the US have signed a currency swap agreement

The Bank of Korea and the us Federal reserve have signed an agreement on a currency swap worth 60 billion, KBS reports, citing representatives of the South Korean Central Bank. According to them, the agreement for a period of six months can be extended by mutual consent.

Another tanker with oil for Belarus has arrived in Klaipeda

A tanker with oil for Belarus has arrived at the port of Klaipeda, Belneftekhim’s press Secretary Alexander Tishchenko said on March 19, BelTA reports. Three tankers with oil for Belarus arrived in Klaipeda (Lithuania) in March.

Nigeria plans to increase oil production

Oil production in Nigeria will increase to about 2.5 million barrels per day in the next few weeks. This statement was made by the country’s oil Minister Timipre Silva, reports Bloomberg

China has discovered a large oil field in The Bohai Gulf

The China national offshore oil Corporation (CNOOC), which is the largest producer of crude oil and natural gas in China, has discovered a new large field, according to the Xinhua news Agency.

Entry to the territory of the LPR from Ukraine is prohibited

The head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s Republic Leonid Pasechnik signed a decree according to which entry to the territory of the LPR from Ukraine is prohibited from 00:00 on March 23. The MGB of the Republic is charged with ensuring the implementation of this point.

The temporary monument to Marshal Zhukov was dismantled

A temporary monument to Marshal Zhukov on Manezhnaya square in Moscow, installed on Friday, was dismantled due to problems with the pedestal, Moscow city Duma Deputy Yevgeny Gerasimov told RIA Novosti.

Earlier, RIA Novosti reported that the monument to Zhukov was replaced on Friday. The position of the commander’s hands has changed: if earlier Zhukov’s hand was extended forward, now he salutes with one hand, and holds the reins with the other.

France has approved a bill on the introduction of a state of emergency

The national Assembly of France approved on Sunday night in the first reading a bill on the introduction of a state of emergency, which involves the introduction of special security measures by the state in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, Le Parisien newspaper reports.

The document primarily implies granting the government the right to restrict public freedoms, including through a mass regime of self-isolation, for two months. It is also planned to increase fines for violating the self-isolation regime. From €135 to €3,7 thousand for repeated violations, as well as up to six months in prison and community service.

Sunday’s earthquake in Zagreb

Sunday’s earthquake in Zagreb was the first in 140 years, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said. The ambulance service of Zagreb reported one victim-a 15-year-old teenager, on whom a part of the facade fell, then doctors clarified that he was in intensive care in a critical condition

Vietnam has banned the entry of foreigners

The socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) has banned all foreigners from entering its territory since March 22. This is stated in the decree of the Vietnamese government, published on Sunday by the newspaper “Nyan Zan”.

Events with more than 20 people were banned in Tatarstan

The corresponding resolution is published on the official portal of legal information of the Republic. According to the document, any event with more than 20 participants is prohibited. If it is impossible to cancel or reschedule sports events, they must be held without spectators.

Employers are also reminded of the cancellation of foreign business trips, if it is impossible – after returning from abroad, do not allow employees to work and send them to quarantine for 14 days. The same applies to citizens who went abroad for personal matters and on vacation.

Yekaterinburg will have a quarter of new rental housing for 400 apartments

The total area of the rental block is 18 thousand square meters; in total, it is 400 apartments. Take for rent “Lingonberry” plans about 700 rubles per square meter. Under the normal tax regime the payback period for the project will be 10-12 years

“The apartments will be fully ready for living, with finishing and furniture. The management company will lease them for a long-term lease. We assume that on average, 90% of housing will be rented in the quarter, ” said Sergey Antonov, Director of the Brusnika company in Yekaterinburg

Patriarch Kirill suggested looking at the coronavirus as a mercy of God

The spread of the coronavirus, as a mercy of God, can contribute to the awareness of the fragility of human civilization and encourage people to believe in God, said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia on Sunday after the Liturgy in Peredelkino in the Church of the Holy Prince Igor of Chernihiv.

Nissan stopped the plant in Spain

Japanese carmaker Nissan stopped production at a plant in Barcelona and temporarily laid off 3 thousand of its employees because of the spread of a new type of coronavirus. This was reported by the Nikkei newspaper on Sunday, March 22.

Georgia called the elections in Abkhazia illegal

The presidential elections taking place in Abkhazia are illegal and contrary to the norms and principles of international law. Representatives of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Georgia made an official statement on March 22.

American defense corporations are switching to “remote work”

Major economic centers in the United States, such as San Francisco and new York, impose significant restrictions on public events and strengthen quarantine measures due to the spread of the coronavirus. In this regard, the us military-industrial companies and the us Department of defense are deciding whether to stop work related to the direct presence of employees in the workplace, writes Defense News.

Command and staff exercises of paratroopers were held in Crimea

In the Crimea, command and staff exercises were held with the Novorossiysk guards amphibious assault mountain unit, reports OTR. The operation involved more than one and a half thousand paratroopers, more than 300 pieces of military equipment, 15 military transport aircraft and large landing ships of the black sea fleet, almost 50 guns and mortars.

Five military personnel of the Northern fleet were injured in the explosion of ammunition

Five people were injured as a result of an explosion of ammunition in a warehouse of a rocket and artillery factory near Murmansk. This was reported to TASS by the emergency services.

“According to preliminary data, as a result of violations of safety requirements during loading and unloading operations on the technical territory of the warehouse complex, an artillery munition was detonated, resulting in injuries to five soldiers,” RIA Novosti quoted the Agency as saying.

The Beats brand has presented a new sports earphones

The new Powerbeats model has an extended signal area with external noise suppression. Four sizes of headphones make the sound as voluminous and high-quality as possible. Let me remind you that at the beginning of the month, Beats made a collaboration with the Japanese brand Sacai.