29 Jun, 2020

News digest for 06/27-28/2020

The project for the construction of the National space center (NSC), which will become the new headquarters of the state Corporation Roscosmos, has been approved by the Moscow architecture Department. The height of the main building will be 248 m, although it was previously reported about 215 meters. Thus, it will be able to enter the top ten in Moscow.

The winner of the competition for the development of the National space center project in 2019 was the Russian design Bureau UNK project. Mosinzhproekt is building the center until 2022. As previously reported, Moscow will spend 25 billion rubles from its own budget to create the headquarters of the National space center.

Ukraine will regain Crimea and people

Ukraine will regain Crimea and its people, and the Crimean Tatar flag will be raised over the Peninsula, President Vladimir Zelensky said.

“We will return everyone — we will return the Crimea and the people. We believe this insanely, ” Zelensky said during a trip to Kherson, where he inspected the local airport under reconstruction.

In Kherson, a local activist presented Zelensky with a Crimean Tatar flag, which the President promised to raise in Crimea after its return to Ukraine. “We will keep this flag and raise this flag in Crimea. I will put it in my office so that I can see and remember Crimea every day, ” he said.

Employees of the Russian embassies in Washington and London began to receive threats

Employees of the Russian embassies in Washington and London began to receive threats after the new York Times publication about Russia’s alleged announcement of a reward for the murder of US military personnel in Afghanistan. The diplomatic mission called the charges in the article “baseless and anonymous”. The Embassy also attached screenshots of threats to its message. On one of them, a link to the NYT article is accompanied by the caption “Let’s declare a “reward” for your diplomats.”

In this regard, the Embassy appealed to the New York Times to stop creating fake news that leads to danger to life.

Germany should establish a constructive dialogue with Russia

Germany should establish a constructive dialogue with Russia, including because of the influence that Moscow has in Syria and Libya, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

There are good reasons to continue a constructive dialogue with Russia. In countries such as Syria and Libya, States that are located in close proximity to Europe, Russia’s strategic influence is enormous. Therefore, I will continue to strive for cooperation

This is how the Chancellor answered the question about Germany’s attitude to the threat posed by Russia in Eastern Europe. At the same time, Merkel also said that ” hybrid war and methods of destabilization are a model of Russia’s behavior.”

The creators of the Simpsons banned white actors from voicing “non-white” characters

The creators of the Simpsons banned white actors from voicing “non-white” characters, according to Deadline. The decision followed actor Mike Henry’s announcement that he would no longer voice the dark-skinned character of Cleveland in “family Guy.”

“The simpsons” has been accused of racism because of a minor character APU Nahasapeemapetilon. This image has been repeatedly called a racist caricature of South Asian immigrants. In January, the actor Hank Azaria has stated that it will no longer be the voice of APU.

The British Embassy in Moscow displayed the LGBT flag

“Today at the Embassy, we raise the LGBT flag in support of representatives of the LGBT community, their rights and freedoms. LGBT people do not demand special privileges for themselves, they only ask for decent and respectful treatment of themselves and granting them the same rights that other people have. Therefore, we absolutely do not accept any form of discrimination on any grounds, including sexual orientation and gender identity,” the Embassy’s Telegram channel says.

A few days ago, an LGBT flag appeared on the building of the American Embassy in Moscow. In a comment to a post about this on the us Embassy’s Facebook page, the Russian foreign Ministry published the song El Bimbo, which in the film “Police Academy” was used as the theme of the Blue oyster bar: “This is just to support your good mood in a difficult time for America, while it is busy with the idea of how to become great again.”

In Norilsk, an unknown liquid was pumped directly into the tundra

At a processing plant in Norilsk, Novaya Gazeta journalists and Greenpeace activists discovered an unauthorized pumping of an unknown liquid directly into the tundra. The Ministry of emergency situations said that after receiving the signal, the pumping of contaminated water was stopped. Rospotrebnadzor specialists went to the site to assess the damage to the environment.

From the operational duty officer EDDS (Unified duty and dispatch service) Norilsk reported that in the district in the area of Talnakh Talnakh concentrator from the tailings pond is unauthorized pumping of the fluid in the tundra zone, there is a danger of falling waste into the river Heraelf. Pumping of liquid is stopped, – it is told in the message of regional management of the Ministry of emergency situations.