6 Jun, 2020

News digest for 06/05/2020

Iranian authorities released American Michael white

Us Navy veteran Michael white, who was detained in Iran, was released and flew from Iran to Switzerland, where he will go to the US, the associated Press reported, citing us officials.

White was sentenced in March 2019. He was convicted of insulting the Iranian leadership and posting a private photo on the Internet.

Trump thanked Iran for releasing the American

I just got off the phone with Michael white, who is currently in Zurich after being released from Iran. Soon, he will return home to the United States on an American plane. Since I became President, we have returned more than 40 American hostages and detainees. Thank you to Iran, this shows that a deal is possible, ” Mr. trump wrote on Twitter.

The ECB kept the base interest rate on loans at zero

The European Central Bank (ECB) has kept its benchmark interest rate on loans at zero. The relevant decision was made following a meeting of the ECB’s governing Council, the regulator said in a statement

ALROSA reduces the volume of diamond production at the Lomonosov GOK

In 2019, production at the Lomonosov GOK amounted to about 4.2 million carats. According to the results of the 1st quarter of this year, the company produced 1.04 million carats of diamonds, 13% of the total production of the ALROSA group.

Rogozin’s old posts were deleted from Roscosmos ‘ Twitter account

The account no longer tweets ” We are Russian. God is with us! ” and offers to send Americans into space using a trampoline. The press service of the state Corporation confirmed to MBH media that some of the posts were deleted.

We will delete all of them, because there will be information from Roscomos. Dmitry Olegovich’s personal correspondence is his personal, and everything under the Roscosmos logo is a state Corporation. This is obvious, in my opinion. Since it is now the Twitter account of Roscosmos, naturally, the information there concerns the state Corporation.

Czech Republic expels two employees of the Russian Embassy

The Czech Republic declared two employees of the Russian Embassy persona non grata. This, as reported by Radio Liberty, was stated by Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babis

One of the employees of the Russian Embassy in Prague purposefully sent the security and information Service (state security) fictitious information about a planned attack on Czech politicians. In addition to extra work for our special services, he thus created further problems in Czech-Russian relations and damage to Russia’s reputation in the Czech Republic

Minsk sent a letter to Gazprom with proposals for gas supplies

The Ministry of energy of Belarus has sent a letter to Gazprom with proposals for gas supplies to the Republic in 2020, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Ministry’s press service. According to the Agency, the letter also contains proposals on the pricing methodology from January 1, 2021.

RusHydro reports profit growth for the first quarter of 2020

According to the results of the 1st quarter of 2020, the net profit of the RusHydro Group according to IFRS amounted to 25.9 billion rubles, an increase of 56.9% compared to the same period last year. Adjusted net profit is 23.4 billion rubles, which is 22.4% more than in Q1 2019.

Major Russian banks have significantly increased their advertising expenses

Five banks out of the top ten increased spending on attracting customers in January – March. VTB increased its advertising budget to 2.1 billion rubles from 1.5 billion a year earlier, Rosselkhoznadzor – to 297 million from 50 million rubles, FC OTKRITIE-to 838 million from 308 million rubles, Raiffeisenbank – to 391 million from 192 million rubles. Sberbank increased the corresponding expenses to 1.1 billion rubles compared to 900 million rubles.

VTB reported that in the first quarter it launched two TV campaigns — an image campaign and a cash loan promotion campaign, as well as supporting the main products of the retail business in digital formats. Sberbank has increased spending in the digital technology category. Rosselkhoznadzor notes an increase in the promotion of remote banking services and informing the population about measures of state support and antiviral security.

Sberbank’s net profit decreased for 5 months

Sberbank’s RAS net profit for 5 months of 2020 decreased by 25% to RUB 275.3 billion. The low income tax expense in may this year is due to the advance system of its calculation and the negative impact of exchange rate dynamics on the tax base of the first quarter.

Billionaires in the US got rich during the pandemic

The combined wealth of American billionaires over the past 11 weeks, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, has increased by 565 billion dollars and reached 3.51 trillion. This is reported by TASS with reference to the report of the American non-governmental organization Institute for Policy Studies.

It is noted that the founders and owners of companies whose activities are related to online trade and services on the Internet earned the most. In almost three months, some of them have increased their wealth by more than $ 10 billion.

Russia’s international reserves for the week

Russia’s international reserves as of may 29, 2020 decreased by 0.2% (or $1.4 billion) compared to may 22 and amounted to $563.9 billion. This is stated in the materials of the Bank of Russia.

Russia is losing dollar millionaires

According to Credit Suisse, at the end of 2019, there were 246,000 dollar millionaires in Russia. About 3,000 of them have assets of more than $50 million. But not all States survived the March market slump and the emergency economic slowdown in April. As a result, 15% of dollar millionaires in Russia, which is about 37,000 people, could lose this status. This assessment was given to Forbes by Grigory Sedov, head of private client relations at Renaissance Capital.

Nio stations replaced 500,000 batteries in electric vehicles

The Chinese brand Nio, along with the start of sales of its electric cars, deployed not only a network of battery charging stations, as many manufacturers do, but also built Express battery replacement stations. They are a small box in which an electric car enters, after driving on which the driver can get a fully charged battery in three minutes without having to charge the car for a long time, according to a press release from the company.

Deutsche Bank placed debut “green” bonds

The largest German Bank, Deutsche Bank, announced that it has placed the first issue of “green” bonds for 500 million euros. Six-year securities are placed at 1.375% per annum. The funds raised by the Bank will be used for refinancing projects to expand the use of renewable energy sources.

Construction of an offshore LNG station is being prepared in southern China

An offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) station will be built in the city of Shenzhen, Guangdong province in southern China, Xinhua reported on June 4. According to the city administration of Maritime security, after commissioning, the station is expected to pump 230 thousand tons of liquefied natural gas annually for a total of 1.2 billion yuan ($168 million) in the short term.

Greece says it is ready for a military conflict with Turkey

Greek national defense Minister Nikos Panayotopoulos said on Star TV that the country is ready for military action against Turkey to protect its sovereign rights. According to him, the country’s defense Ministry notes the increase in the number of Turkish provocations in recent years.

US attorney General says “foreign interference” in protests

We see foreign actors playing for all sides to exacerbate the violence— ” Mr. Barr said at a news conference (quoted by NPR).

Italy is preparing a referendum on leaving the European Union

In Italy, a bill that provides for a referendum on leaving the EU has been submitted to the Supreme court of cassation by the new political movement “Free Italy”.

According to the authors of the initiative, residents of the Apennines have the opportunity to decide whether Italy should travel on the “same train” with Europe. The creation of a special UExit Committee was announced. Its members will convey to citizens what the European community really is. The Committee noted that the EU is not based on mutual support, but on financial benefits.

The UK is trying to find a replacement for Huawei in Japan and South Korea

British officials have discussed the supply of 5G network equipment with companies in South Korea and Japan, trying to find an alternative to the Chinese company Huawei Technologies. This was reported by Reuters, citing an unnamed “specialist in this field”

Russia “must leave” the Middle East

Russia in the middle East “plays a destructive role” and “must leave” the region. This was stated by us assistant Secretary of state for Middle East Affairs David Schenker.

Japan urged to “take away” the Kurils from Russia

Japanese journalist and political scientist Yukio Kasiyama in his article on the Internet portal Wedge Infinity expressed dissatisfaction with Tokyo’s policy on the issue of the Southern Kurils, calling” harmful and fruitless “the idea of” returning “two Islands and called for the” return ” of all four Islands of the South Kuril ridge-Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and Habomai.. Russian foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Tokyo’s attempts to return the Kurils contradict the UN Charter.

Japanese Prime Minister won’t come to Moscow for Victory day Parade

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not come to Moscow for the Victory Parade. This is written by the Japanese news publication Atashi.

Russian satellites have taken control of a rocket launches the US

The launch of the fourth Tundra-type satellite into Earth orbit allowed Russia to create a basic space warning system for a missile attack. The unified space system “Dome” can now track any launches of ballistic missiles from the United States.

Turkey will keep the ban on air traffic with Russia

Turkish Minister of transport and infrastructure Adil Karaismayiloglu said that there are already preliminary agreements with the authorities of 15 States on mutual flights that were stopped due to the new coronavirus pandemic. So, from the 10th, the borders with Bulgaria, Greece, Bahrain, Qatar and Northern Cyprus will be opened. Later, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Ukraine and others may be added to them…. Russia is not included in the list of 40 countries with which Turkey plans to resume air traffic during June.

Fetisov thanked God for the opportunity to give his daughter an education in the United States

Two-time Olympic hockey champion Vyacheslav Fetisov thanked God for the opportunity to give his daughter an education in the United States. This is reported by Deutsche Welle

I’m told: “Listen, your daughter is studying in America.” And thank God that she studies in America, will get an education that is competitive — ” the athlete said, adding that he considers his child an adult who can make decisions for himself.

The Presidium of the Central Committee of the Communist party decided to vote against amendments to the Constitution.

Everyone is called to decide: is it possible to vote for the” new edition ” of the Yeltsin Constitution? Our answer is no. We cannot support such a document, ” the Communist party Central Committee said in a statement

Some of them are important and encouraging. But in General, they do not lead to the rejection of presidential autocracy and oligarchic rule. The amendments do not make Russia a social state. They do not protect society from the destructive effects of Russophobia and anti-Sovietism. They do not provide national security and true sovereignty, ” the document says.

It is also pointed out that the” all-Russian vote”is organized by the Central election Commission according to a legally questionable procedure.” Each specific amendment is not voted on separately, and” for “or” against “changes can only be expressed “in bulk”.

Deputies spoke out against amendments to the Constitution

Regional and municipal deputies of 26 subjects signed an open letter calling on them not to support amendments to the Constitution. The appeal was signed by 192 politicians, according to the municipal Deputy of the Timiryazevsky district of Moscow Yulia Galyamina.

“We categorically do not support Vladimir Putin’s amendments. They are destroying the Russian state and threatening its very existence in the near future. These changes are incompatible with freedom and democracy, dignity and human rights,” the appeal reads.

CEC: you can’t agitate against amendments to the Constitution

The law on voting under the Constitution does not provide for campaigning for or against amendments, thematic billboards and TV commercials are not campaigning, but informing citizens. The Secretary of the CEC, Maya Grishina told RBC .

Earlier, participants of the “No” campaign sent a letter to the CEC, demanding that they be given the opportunity to campaign against amendments to the Constitution

The movements of the molecules were captured on video at an ultra-high frame rate

Chemists from the University of Tokyo captured the movement of single molecules on video at a frequency of 1600 frames per second. This is 100 times higher frequency than in previous experiments of this kind. An article about this is published in the Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan.

Russia believes that Iran has the right to develop missiles

Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in which he recalled the right of an independent country, Iran, to develop missile and space programs

Media accreditation has been opened for the launch of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover

Announced terms of media accreditation for coverage of the launch of the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, June 3, according to the NASA website. It is reported that due to the pandemic, some restrictions will be imposed on accreditation.

They found amino acids in titanosaur eggs

Scientists from Europe and the United States have determined what amino acids are contained in the shells of titanosaur eggs about 80 million years old. The set and state of the molecules indicate that all peptides (chains of amino acids), which theoretically could remain in the shell, had to degrade during this period. In favor of the same point of view, experiments with subfossils — remains where part of the tissue did not have time to turn into a fossil. This calls into question the findings of peptides in dinosaur remains that were made earlier. The Preprint is available on the website bioRxiv.org.

In the Chinese air-RAID shelter found traces of dinosaurs

The discovery was made about a year ago in South-West China in the national Park of Geleshan. The climbers reported the discovery to the authorities, who sent paleontologists and geologists from various institutions to the site. It was found that the tracks were left by a group of predators, namely theropods from the Kayentapus group.

The court banned Varvara Karaulova from leaving the house at night until 2029

Varvara Karaulova, who was convicted in 2016 of trying to join ISIS and released on PAROLE in 2019, was banned from leaving her home at night until 2029

Monetary penalties for refusing to wear masks

The Parliament of Georgia intends to consider and adopt a bill that implies the introduction of monetary penalties for refusing to wear masks in closed public places. According to the bill, an individual will be fined 50 lari (more than 16 dollars) for violating the rule of wearing masks in closed public places, and the fine for legal entities will be 500 lari (about 167 dollars).

In the sermons of chiyoumen Sergius found signs of extremism

The center for countering extremism of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Sverdlovsk region has seen signs of extremism in the actions of the Archbishop Sergius (Romanov) in connection with his sermon on the Internet, where he curses the priests closing the churches in the pandemic.

We are talking about this in the response of the acting head of the Center for countering extremism of the regional GU of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Yekaterinburg Mikhail Tomatkin. According to tomatkin himself, he turned to the police to check “whether the laws work for everyone”, since previously, according to Him, clerics were not brought to justice in cases of extremism.

Chinese hackers tried to hack Joe Biden’s email

Chinese hackers linked to the government tried to hack the e-mail of US presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign headquarters – head of Google’s threat analysis Department

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Bill Gates publicly commented on chipping people

Billionaire bill gates has publicly commented on a popular conspiracy theory that he intends to chip people under the guise of vaccination from COVID-19. The Microsoft founder said that such “gossip and anti-scientific statements” lead to inciting hostility between people.

“I’m a little concerned about the existence of all these crazy ideas,” gates said.

Bill Gates and his wife Melinda will donate $100 million to the Global Alliance for vaccines and immunization. The money will be used to speed up the spread of the coronavirus vaccine after it is developed

Facebook will start flagging messages from state-controlled media outlets.

As noted in the administration of the social network, news is published by publications whose information policy can often be influenced by the government, and users should know this. The marks will first appear on the media pages, and over the next week will be added to messages in the news feed, Interfax reports.

The decision on labeling will be made based on the funding scheme and structure of media companies, as well as open sources of reporting on them. Today, Russia Today and Sputnik, among others, will receive a note on state funding.

The right of Russian citizens to peaceful protests

Chairman of the Yabloko party Nikolay Rybakov addressed the Prosecutor General of Russia in connection with illegal detentions of citizens at the Moscow police Department during peaceful single pickets. This includes opposition MPs and journalists who were detained by police despite their parliamentary immunity and media credentials.

Zakharova calls on the US authorities to respect the right of its citizens to peaceful protests.

Us officials, while suppressing illegal actions against the background of mass unrest in the country, should not forget about the right of Americans to peaceful protest. This was stated at a briefing on Thursday by the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

For our part, we record the actions of American law enforcement agencies. During protest actions against peaceful demonstrators, tear gas and other special means are used, in fact, arrests and detentions are put on the stream, ” she said. – We believe that the authorities should not violate the rights of Americans to peaceful protest by taking measures to prevent looting and other illegal actions

Ivan Golunov case: what the investigation found out in a year

On June 6, 2019, journalist Ivan Golunov was detained in Moscow. A year later, there are still no clients in his case, and the investigation does not consider the FSB officer Marat Medoev involved in the crime, Open media found out.

  • The TFR has no doubt that the journalist was planted with drugs because of his professional activities, but they believe that the FSB has nothing to do with this.
  • Medoev himself was never questioned, but soon after the case against Golunov was dismissed, transferred to another position, and his family began selling real estate in the fall of last year, discovered “Open media”.
  • The investigation believes that the motive of the police who planted drugs Golunov-greed, that is, they received money for the detention of a special correspondent of “Medusa”, and did not follow orders from above.

The most expensive startups in the world

The most expensive startup in the world analysts CB Insights recognized Chinese Bytedance, engaged in artificial intelligence technologies. 75 billion dollars.

In second place is the Chinese company Didi, which is engaged in taxi, sharing everything and everything and other transport services.

The first American company appears only in 3rd place – this is Stripe, a FINTECH startup that deals with secure payments for online services. 36 billion dollars.

And only in 4th place is a company that almost everyone probably knows about now: SpaceX, estimated at $ 33 billion.

Deposit rates have fallen to a historic low

In the last decade of may, the average maximum rate on ruble deposits of the top 10 banks in this market, which is calculated by the Central Bank, set an absolute anti-record — 5.039%. The decline was also the largest since July 2015 — by 0.36 percentage points compared to the second decade of may.

Russia plans to introduce online tachographs

As it became known to “Kommersant”, testing of online tachographs has begun. Their implementation will allow you to issue fines for violations of the speed limit and the work and rest regime of drivers based on data transmitted from such a device online. The system will begin to be introduced through a pilot project when completing buses and trolleybuses as part of the renewal of passenger transport in urban agglomerations.

The Russian Ministry of education and science has presented a new academic leadership program.

It is based on the integration and cooperation of science and higher education. It is planned to create territorial or branch academic consortia from other universities and research institutes around the reference universities. It is expected to help both technological development and the development of the education system in the regions.

The Governor of the Tomsk region accused doctors of spreading the coronavirus.

I was so angry with some medical institutions in Tomsk that can afford to drink tea together — as a result, they all lie together. I will give an example without surnames. A girl doctor went for a smoke and got infected with a coronavirus. And then in the same space suit went to drink tea. On the one hand, she is entitled to money for having contracted the coronavirus. But on the other hand, she broke every conceivable doctor’s rule and infected others. And because of such cases, we are forced to close entire branches. And that’s what-to pay her, for example, the money put for infection, or to punish under the article for violations and for the fact that she infected others?, – quotes Zhvachkin Vtomske.

Where do the world’s wealthiest people live?

in Switzerland: the average Swiss’s fortune, according to Credit Suisse estimates, is 564 thousand dollars. 489 thousand in Hong Kong (thanks to space real estate prices), 432 thousand in the US, 386 in Australia and 304 in New Zealand. The average Russian’s wealth was estimated by Credit Suisse analysts at $ 27,000. In China, more than 2 times more: 58 thousand per person

The median numbers are, of course, 2-3 times lower, but still impressive (recall: the median: this is a figure that exactly half have more, and half less. Then if there are a few billionaires and a thousand poor people in the country, the average will be large, and the median will be small, for the poor)

In Sweden, a “lifetime” job is open, where you do not need to work

According to Swedish radio, the employee will need to turn on and off the lights twice a day at a certain time at the Korsvägen station, which is being built in the city of Gothenburg. This is the end of his duties. The employee will receive a salary of $ 2,300. You can resign from this position at any time, or you can work for the rest of your life. The project is designed for 120 years.

Number of equity agreements in Russia

CIAN analysts analyzed the structure of demand in the primary real estate market in Russia in Q1 2020 according to data published by Rosreestr. The number of signed equity participation agreements (DDA) was comparable to the indicator of the 1st quarter of 2017.

In the annual dynamics, demand sank by a quarter. Every fourth transaction took place with the opening of escrow accounts. Statistics take into account all registered DDU, including Parking spaces, storerooms and other shared-equity construction projects, as well as transactions with legal entities.

New xiaomi Haylou Solar LS05 smart watch protected from water

For $ 25, the Haylou Solar LS05 smartwatch is equipped with a 1.22-inch TFT display with a resolution of 240 x 240 pixels, full protection from water and dust (IP68), a pulse oximeter, and sleep tracking.

Also, The new xiaomi smart watch will be able to track 12 types of sports loads, and the offline mode reaches 30 days of operation. Probably, if the device is fully operational, it will be able to work independently for 15 days, which is also an excellent indicator.

Realme Watch smartwatches go on sale

The first Realme smartwatch, called the Realme Watch, goes on sale in India. The device is offered for $ 52.

Lenovo has expanded its range of laptops with the Chromebook 3 model

The laptop is built on the Intel Gemini Lake Refresh hardware platform and the Chrome OS operating system. Novelty is characterized by a dual-core Celeron chip N4020 without the support of Hyper-threading, clocked at 1.1 GHz, max 2.8 GHz and Intel graphics UHD 600, 11.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1366:768 pixels and brightness of 250 CD/m2, 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM-2400, 64 GB of flash memory, wireless modules Wi-Fi 802.11 AC and Bluetooth 4.2, stereo speakers power of 2 watts, battery life up to 10 hours two ports USB Type-C, two USB 3.1 connector, 3.5 mm connector a microSD slot 286,7 size:205,5:of 18.05 mm and a weight of 1.12 kg. The price of the chromebook is 230 dollars.

Harvard scientists have created a new robot-cockroach

Engineers from Harvard University took AS a basis the Hamr cockroach robot, which was created several years ago and over the years has learned to overcome obstacles and walk on water. Scientists, whose group was led by Robert wood, made the robot even more compact, which involved several innovative solutions at once.

Two previously unknown mega-eruptions discovered in Yellowstone

Geologists from the University of Leicester (great Britain) have discovered two previously unknown mega-eruptions in Yellowstone that occurred about nine million years ago during the Miocene period. The Yellowstone SUPERVOLCANO has erupted more than 140 times in the past 20 million years.

The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has broken a record for 23 million years

Scientists have studied the fossilized remains of ancient plant tissues to find out what levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) were far away in antiquity. As it turned out, for all 23 million years, there has never been such a high level of CO2 in the atmosphere, which is observed now

Graphene paper was straightened and made stronger

Chinese researchers have found a way to get rid of folds in layers of graphene paper. To do this, they immersed the material in a plasticizer, stretched it, then removed it and dried it under tension. As a result, the scientists were able to increase the tensile strength by 4.7 times compared to the original material, and the electrical conductivity by 1.62 times. Graphene paper-based composites can be used as structural materials for the aerospace industry. The study is published in the journal Nature Communications.

Created a pressure sensor that can weigh a fluff

Physicists have unveiled they have developed a sensor that is able to weigh a feather. It is assumed that it can be used to measure heart rate, as well as to track breathing and movement

Scientists have trained a neural network to control smart car shock absorbers

Scientists have trained a neural network to control smart shock absorbers in cars. Researchers from SUSU hope to increase the smoothness of the vehicle in this way.

Two-way solar panels were more efficient

The model suggested that two-way solar panels combined with uniaxial orientation technology are the most cost – effective configuration in most regions of the planet, although biaxial systems that follow the sun more closely but cost more are preferable for polar latitudes.

Neuroscientists have demonstrated the reversibility of brain death

To revive the brain, experts used a biological blood substitute, a synthetic solution and 32 pig brains. A synthetic solution and a biological blood substitute were injected into the brain’s blood vessels while maintaining normal body temperature.

As a result, scientists found that the metabolism was normal and cell structures began to recover. The brain that was not manipulated in this way began to decompose. According to scientists, their experiment showed unexpected results, but it is too early to talk about the revival of the entire body.

Photos and videos from Facebook can now be easily transferred to Google Photos

Facebook announced the possibility of exporting photos and videos to Google Photos at the end of last year. The tool has been gradually implemented in various regions and is now available to all users.

Mozilla Firefox allows you to export passwords as plain text

Mozilla developers promise to soon equip Firefox with new features — the browser will allow you to export saved credentials to a text CSV file, which can then be uploaded to a third-party password Manager or saved locally as a backup.

Google Chrome allows you to download edited PDF files

If you have ever edited a PDF file in the Google Chrome browser, you have probably encountered a situation when all the changes you made disappeared after downloading the document to your computer. However, the situation may change soon, as developers are preparing a tool that allows you to download edited PDF files to your computer.