6 Jul, 2020

News digest for 07/04-05/2020

The Chairman of the “Union of women of Russia” Ekaterina Lakhova complained to Putin about ice cream with the image of a rainbow. According to her, such packages “still make our children get used to the color, the flag that was displayed at this Embassy” (we are talking about the US Embassy).

The President replied that if such images on labels promote LGBT, then it is necessary to control it, “but not aggressively.”

Vice-President of the Chistaya Liniya group of companies (manufacturer of Raduga ice cream) Armen Beniaminov told the newspaper “Rise” that the delicacy is a victory for the technological thought of engineers, and sex minorities have nothing to do with it. The father of many children recalled the Soviet cartoon about the rainbow and urged to develop children’s sports instead of looking for something that is not there.

None of the competitors do this. We believe that the rainbow is a beautiful, bright phenomenon that was still in Soviet cartoons. The fact that the LGBT community chose this flag for themselves is their right or their misfortune. Can one say: it will be a legislative decision that need not be — probably won’t, but there are no decisions will produce. The Wehrmacht had an eagle on its flag. And that now any image of an eagle is considered some hint of Nazism?

Rospotrebnadzor has issued rules for kindergartens, schools and universities:

for each class in the school should be assigned a separate room for teaching in all subjects

class schedules and changes should be designed to minimize contact between students,

prohibited events with the participation of different classes or groups

children to rest and recreation camps outside the region is prohibited (except for residents of the Arctic zone, Muscovites can ride in Moscow, St. Petersburg children in the Leningrad region, Sevastopol in the Crimea),

the rest of children in camps is prohibited.

For doubt on the official statistics of Rosstat fired

Demographer Alexey Raksha, who spoke about possible manipulations with the death statistics from COVID-19, no longer holds the position of adviser to Rosstat. Raksha reported this on Facebook

It’s official now. My work at Rosstat is complete. It’s not my idea or Rosstat’s. I accept offers and look for options.

Zelensky answered the question about the adoption of the law on the status of Donbass

Russia has no right to demand anything from Ukraine, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said on July 4, commenting on a proposal attributed to Moscow to provide a project on the special status of the Donbass until Monday.

First, no one can demand anything from Ukraine, we are an independent country. I think everyone here needs to work on the rhetoric. Moreover, this is international rhetoric, ” TASS quoted him as saying.

The meeting of advisers to the leaders of the “Normandy format” countries was held on July 3 in Berlin

Belarus hopes to build strong relations with the United States

Belarus hopes to build strong relations with the United States, and this should be facilitated by increasing the level of diplomatic representation in Minsk and Washington. This is stated in the message of President Alexander Lukashenko to President of the United States of America Donald Trump on the occasion of us independence Day.

Hotels on the black sea coast of Russia have increased their prices

High-quality hotels in the Kuban and Crimea are raising their prices for accommodation due to high demand – many hotels in July are already fully loaded due to the inability to go on vacation abroad, said “Interfax” interviewed experts.

Finnair canceled flights to Moscow

The Finnish air carrier Finnair has cancelled flights to Moscow in August. This follows from the information posted on Saturday in the company’s booking system. Advance booking of tickets is currently only available from September 1

Donald trump on the symptoms of the “leftist revolution” in the United States

Our people are witnessing a relentless campaign to erase our history and desecrate our heroes. Angry mobs try to overthrow the statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and bring down waves of violence on our cities, but we will not succumb to tyranny, humiliation, or be intimidated by evil people

The ROC is against turning the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque.

The Russian Orthodox Church has spoken out against the idea of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, which is now a Museum, being turned into a mosque.

“We can’t go back to the middle Ages now. We live in a multipolar world, we live in a multi-confessional world, and we need to respect the feelings of the faithful, “Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, said on the” Church and the world “program on Russia-24 TV channel.

Hotels in the Crimea and in the Kuban region rose by 50-100%

As told to “Interfax” in travel agencies, in the Krasnodar region hotels of category 4-5 “stars” rose in price from 10 thousand to 15 thousand rubles a day.

In Crimea, prices have increased more, by 100%, due to the fact that there are more five – star hotels in the Kuban and competition does not allow you to wring the price tag, – said the head of the network of travel agencies “Pink elephant” Aleksan Mkrtchyan. – In previous years, tourists went to Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Spain. They are used to comfort abroad, they will not go to the private sector or budget hotels. They are willing to pay for a large private territory with a water Park, animation, restaurants and expect comfort from our coast, but only 20-30 hotels of category 4-5 meet these criteria*

In the Crimea denied reports of an increase in hotel prices by 100%

According to the Chairman of the Committee on tourism, resorts and sports of the state Council of the Republic, prices have increased by an average of 10-15% compared to 2019.

The first test rocket engine to replace the RD-180

The American company United Launch Alliance (ULA) received the first test rocket engine BE-4, which is intended to replace the Russian counterpart – RD-180, used by the United States to put its satellites into orbit, according to its website.

“The BE-4 engine for the Vulcan Centaur rocket was delivered to a facility in DECATUR, Alabama. ULA’s next-generation rocket is scheduled to be launched in 2021, ” the report says.

Constitutional amendments have entered into force. Briefly recall the main ones:

1. the state Council formed by the President will Determine the main policy directions.

2. The President can not be more than 2 times, but at the same time Putin don’t count. The former President gets immunity (but with the possibility of impeachment).

3. the Government is actually divided into 2 parts: the security forces are appointed by the President after consultation with the Council of Federation, the rest – by the state Duma on the proposal of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister is appointed by the President after approval in the Duma.

4. there are more reasons for the dissolution of the Duma – not 2, but 3. a New One-if 1/3 of the seats in the government are empty due to the intractability of deputies. But the President is no longer obliged to dissolve the Duma, which has rejected the Prime Minister three times (but can if desired).

5. members of the government can resign one at a time (currently, the Constitution only provides for the possibility of leaving all at once).

6. members of the Federation Council are now directly called “senators”: 2 from each region + 30 Federal senators (up to 7 of them are life-long for merit) + former presidents (for life). And they will be appointed for 6 years (now for the term of office of the delegated Governor or legislative Assembly).

7. the President can send decisions of international courts and laws adopted by the Parliament to the constitutional court for examination, and if they are considered unconstitutional – not to execute / sign them.

8. the President will appoint all the prosecutors himself (currently, the Council of Federation appoints the highest ones) and can initiate the dismissal of the judiciary, including members of the constitutional and Supreme courts (senators will decide).

9. Officials, parliamentarians and judges are prohibited from holding foreign citizenship, residence permits and accounts.

10. the Constitution now explicitly guarantees that the minimum wage is not lower than the subsistence minimum “in Russia as a whole” and that the pension is indexed at least once a year, and stipulates that marriage is a Union of a man and a woman.

11. the concept of “Federal territories” Appeared – they will not be included in any region.

12. the basic law now States that Russia is United by a thousand-year history, preserves the memory of ancestors who passed on ideals and faith in God, protects historical truth, and prohibits belittling the feat of the people in the defense of the Fatherland. It is the legal successor and assignee of the USSR. And the Russian people-the state-forming in the multinational Union of equal peoples.

Putin announced a large-scale review of all Russian legislation

The authorities will not limit themselves to making changes to certain articles of the Constitution. Russia will have to make a large-scale and qualitative change to the entire legal framework, Putin said.

It was obvious that if citizens supported the amendments, serious large-scale legislative work would be required. And this moment has come, – Putin addressed the working group, which in addition to deputies and senators included the ataman of the Russian Cossacks Nikolai Doluda, pianist Denis Matsuev and two-time Olympic champion Elena Isinbayeva. Changes in the country, according to the President, “affect and will affect everyone.”

The Ministry of transport is thinking about how to spend your money on new roads

The Ministry of transport intends to propose a mechanism that will allow the use of public money in the construction of roads. This was announced on Saturday by the head of the Department Eugene Dietrich. According to him, the Ministry of transport is interested in the experience of the Ministry of construction, which attracts citizens ‘ funds through mortgage bonds.

We would like to try to use the mechanisms that the Ministry of construction is currently using in housing construction. This is attracting funds from the market, attracting mass user funds, ” Dietrich said (quotes from TASS).

After guarantees that he would not be arrested on arrival, he was detained immediately after arrival

Those responsible for the situation with entrepreneur Dmitry Zotov, who returned to Russia after guarantees that he would not be arrested on arrival, and was detained immediately after arrival, are likely to face the consequences of their actions, said the Commissioner for entrepreneurs ‘ rights Boris Titov.

I think that now heads will fly for the fact that they made such a mess, ” Titov said. – We agreed according to the scheme, according to which we usually agreed with the authorities, that a person returns and is guaranteed that he will not be arrested, and he can safely participate in investigative actions, defending his innocence — – explained the obmudsman

Square Enix released the first trailer for the anime The World Ends with You

Not so long ago, Square Enix announced that it is preparing an animated series based on the cult role-playing game The World Ends with You. And now, during a special panel at Anime Expo Lite, I told the first details about the film adaptation and showed a short trailer.

Domerica and Shin-Ei Animation studios are working on the anime series. they are known for Monster Strike The Movie and Doraemon. Kazuya Ichikawa (Bakugan: Battle Planet) was entrusted with directing, while Tetsuya Nemura and gen Kobayashi from Square Enix create the character design.



The former Prime Minister of the DPR announced the imminent entry of the Donbass into Russia

Former Prime Minister of the DPR, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the DPR and head of the Union of volunteers of the Donbass Alexander Borodai said that the Republic of Donbass in the near future will become part of Russia. The corresponding statement he made during a Congress of the Russian party “Rodina” in St. Petersburg, writes “Strenia”.

“I am sure that in a relatively short time, the republics of Donbass will no longer become a de facto part of the Russian Federation-they are already a de facto part of the Russian Federation — but will become so de jure,” Borodai said.

The Chinese are angry about the anniversary of Vladivostok

The Russian Embassy in China published a message about the anniversary of the city in the local social network Weibo. Users, including Chinese diplomats, were outraged: the post served as a bitter reminder that the land on which Vladivostok stands once belonged to the Chinese.

Lukashenko suggested that Sberbank Finance the economy of Belarus

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko met with Chairman of the Board of Sberbank German Gref in Minsk. He suggested that the Russian company Finance major projects in the country.

As in Soviet times, we want to draw up a list of innovative projects that we should introduce in the new five-year plan. And we must agree on financing so that they do not turn into long-term construction projects. I would like to discuss a number of these projects with you. If Sberbank is ready to participate in this big project, I would be only too happy to welcome you to Finance large volumes of our economy

According to him, Belarus was hit by five pandemics at once. It all started with the hydrocarbon one, after which came the health pandemic, and then the political, economic and information pandemics were superimposed, Lukashenko said.

World food prices resumed their growth in June

World food prices rose in June for the first time since the beginning of the year, according to the monthly survey of the FAO (food and agriculture organization of the United Nations). In June, the food price index was 93.2 points, which is 2.4% higher than in may.

China has put the experimental satellite Shiyan-6 into orbit

China’s experimental satellite Shiyan-6 is deployed in low-earth orbit. This is reported by CGTN. The satellite was launched on July 5 from the Jiuquan space center via a Changzheng-2D launch vehicle.

Sellers of coconut products refused to work with monkeys

Several English retail chains refused to sell products that are produced using the labor of monkeys. The reason was an investigation by animal defenders. They found out that in Thailand they catch monkeys, pull out the animals ‘ teeth and send them to coconut farms. There, monkeys are kept in captivity, in poor conditions. And they make you collect coconuts. This is what the leading suppliers of coconut products from Thailand do

The US sent two aircraft carriers to the site of military exercises in China

Two American aircraft carriers, along with escort ships, were sent to the South China sea, where China is currently conducting military exercises. Two of the aircraft carrier escort ships were sent to the South China sea, to conduct large-scale exercises naval forces of the United States.

Cyprus decided to refrain from accepting Russian tourists

Last Friday, July 3, officials in Cyprus said that they could not yet open for the Russian market. This situation has developed despite the fact that Russia is the second most important supplier of tourists to Cyprus.

In Austria, a blogger who criticized Ramzan Kadyrov was killed.

We are talking about native of Chechnya Mamehana Umarov, who had asked for political asylum. According to the local press, the tragedy occurred near Vienna. The unknown man shot Umarov in the head and disappeared.

The us President signed a law to extend the small business support program

Initially, the $ 660 billion small business loan program was in effect until Tuesday, but Congress voted to extend it until August 8. The program compensates small businesses for the cost of renting premises and employee salaries, provided that the small business will not conduct layoffs.

In may 2020 business in Russia continued to die out

In March, there were 23,000 fewer companies in Russia, and another 20,000 fewer companies in April. In may, the decline even accelerated, minus 24 thousand companies for the month.

The leaders of the fall immediately after Moscow (-8219 organizations for the month) and St. Petersburg (-3762) are the Samara region (-1321), Krasnodar territory (-1044), Rostov region (-1008)

In a symbolic plus at the end of the month, Buryatia, Ivanovo, Dagestan, Tatarstan, Vologda, Chechnya, Yakutia, Lipetsk and the NAO. From +1 company in NAO to +64 in Buryatia


The head of the “Union of Women of Russia” Lakhova (who complained to Putin about the ice cream “rainbow” and saw it as LGBT propaganda) has a Ulysse Nardin watch on her hand. The cost of the model is 1,200,000 rubles. In addition, Ulysse Nardin has a line for LGBT


YouTube published an HBO film about the persecution of gays in Chechnya

David France’s documentary “Welcome to Chechnya”was released. The feed is published on the LGBTQ World YouTube channel. The film tells about the persecution of gays in Chechnya. The audience is also introduced to a group of activists who are fighting against repression against LGBT people living in the Republic.

The Comedy series “the Great” about Catherine II was renewed for a second season

Fans of the series “the Great” about the Russian Empress Catherine II will soon see the continuation of the story. The performer of the main role, the star of “Maleficent” actress Elle fanning on her page in the social network Instagram announced the release of the second season.

The Network has a trailer for the movie “American cucumber”

The streaming platform HBO MAX has posted the first trailer for its original film “American cucumber”. The main role in it was played by Seth Rogen. “Cucumber” tells the story of Herschel Greenbaum-a poor worker from the XIX century, who suddenly breaks down and falls into a VAT of cucumbers, salting for 100 years.



Melodiya released a CD by Anton Batagov

“Firm Melodiya” presents a new CD by pianist and composer Anton Batagov “Sunny night”. The release features a recording of the artist’s performance at the Moscow international house of music on February 19, 2016.

Josh Klinghoffer and flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers released a joint single

Josh Klinghoffer and flea-former guitarist and permanent bass player of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, respectively-released a joint single “Nowhere I Am “with the b-side” Directrix ” under the pseudonym Pluralone. The single will also be released on July 24 on vinyl records.

Xiaomi has released the most affordable competitor Apple AirPods

A subsidiary of Xiaomi Baseus introduced the New baseus Encok W04 Pro TWS wireless headphones on The youpin platform. Externally, the headphones are similar to AirPods and many other models in this form factor. The headphones come in two versions: a standard version for $ 22 and a version with wireless charging for $ 26.

OnePlus has released a line of budget TVs for Android TV

OnePlus presented its new TVs in India. The oneplus TV range has expanded with the OnePlus TV Y1 and OnePlus TV U1. The first series is represented by two diagonals-32 and 43 inches, and the OnePlus TV U1 still exists only in the 55-inch version.

In the Indian market, the OnePlus TV Y1 with a 32-inch screen will be available for $ 174, the 43-inch version for $ 308, and the OnePlus TV U1 with a 55-inch screen in retail stores will sell for a recommended retail price of $ 669.

Sufjan Stevens wrote a song about America

Sufjan Stevens presented his new single “America”on July 3, 2020. The 12-minute track will be included in the next album of the American musician “the Ascension”. Although Stevens claims that his single “protests against the diseases of American culture”, the song and video with the country’s flag waving in the wind (filmed by Sufyan himself) they came out on the eve of us independence Day



Russia has developed a new method for detecting stealth aircraft

We only know that the radar screen shows not the plane itself, but its location shadow. According to experts, the new method can be a real breakthrough in detecting long-range devices built on “stealth” technology

The center of the Atlantic ocean is cooling, not warming

Despite global warming and the fact that the entire planet is getting hotter, scientists have found places where it is constantly getting colder. This territory is located in the center of the Atlantic ocean. For the first time on this phenomenon is noticed even five years ago. According to today News Ufa, the phenomenon is difficult to explain, because it is hindered by ocean circulation

Huawei has patented a smartphone with an interchangeable zoom lens

Chinese company Huawei continues to experiment with its smartphones. The new patent indicates that the IT giant plans to use interchangeable optics in new devices. At the moment, Huawei has in its range the flagship P40 Pro+ with 10x optical zoom.

Instagram will suggest users who should be blocked

Developers of the social network Instagram have started creating a new feature that will offer users a list of accounts to add them to the block list, July 3, reports the portal MSPowerUser

Transparent electrodes were made from Magnolia leaves

Experts during the work in the leaves of lilyflower Magnolia dissolved chlorophyll, using copper to metallize the veins and let an electric current through them. Thus, transparent electrodes with high performance were created from the leaves.

The technology developed by scientists can be used in the future to create batteries, solar panels, LEDs or displays.

The Typhoon was able to cause earthquakes

Scientists have long been sure that an earthquake can only be caused by the movement of tectonic plates, but as it turned out, this is not the case. Experts from Europe and Taiwan analyzed the most powerful observation of Typhoon Morakot in history.

During the rampant Typhoon Morakot on the coast of the island in the Pacific ocean, about three thousand liters of precipitation per square meter fell. Such precipitation triggered severe landslides and flooding. After landslides for 2.5 years, small earthquakes were recorded on the coast of Taiwan. Scientists now believe that this was due to soil erosion caused by landslides

The Russian government has allocated more than 4 billion rubles to create temporary jobs

Citizens who have applied to the employment services, as well as the unemployed will be offered employment in construction, agriculture, transport, housing and utilities, landscaping, as well as in social services for the care of the elderly.

Passenger transportation on the Russian Railways network in June

In June 2020, the Russian Railways infrastructure transported 56.9 million passengers, which is 46.7% less than in the same period last year. Of these, 53.3 million passengers (-44.1%) were sent in suburban services, and 3.6 million (-68.2%) in long – distance services. This was reported by the carrier.

A new wave of fires has engulfed the regions of Siberia

According to remote monitoring of the Federal forestry service, the area of forest fires in Russia on July 2 was 2.96 million hectares, according to Greenpeace.

According to the website “Taiga.Info”, the authorities again refuse to fight the fire due to economic impracticability. The report notes that the Federal government promised to cancel this option after the catastrophic fires of last year, but it did not do so, and the changes it proposed impose additional costs on the regions ‘ already deficient budgets.

The Dominican Republic has opened its borders to foreign tourists

The Dominican Republic resumed receiving foreign tourists, Telesur Agency reports on July 2. Tourism activity has resumed in accordance with strict rules that limit occupancy in hotels of more than 500 rooms during this month to 30% and allow it to increase to 50% in August and to 75% from December.

The Ministry of Finance will freeze spending from the NWF. Russia will increase its public debt

By the end of the year, spending will not exceed 50-55 billion rubles per month. The Finance Ministry was encouraged by the demand for Russian government debt in the second quarter, when it managed to sell 1.11 trillion rubles of Federal loan bonds. In the third quarter, the Finance Department expects to borrow another 1 trillion rubles.

Cinema Park paid PepsiCo almost $2 million fine for low sales

The cinema Park chain of Alexander Mamut in 2019 paid a fine to PepsiCo holding LLC for non-fulfillment of obligations to sample quarterly volume of products under contracts for the supply of beverages, goods and semi-finished products to cinemas. The fine is shown in the company’s reports for the previous year. According to the report, the contract for the purchase of goods was not fulfilled because cinemas switched to purchasing products from Coca Cola.

Greece is not satisfied with the terms of financial assistance from the European Union

The conditions under which the European Union offers to provide financial assistance in dealing with the consequences of the pandemic crisis are not suitable for Greece, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview with the Financial Times on July 5.

Electricity generation in Russia in June

Electricity consumption in the UES in June 2020 amounted to 72.9 billion kWh, which is 6% less than the volume of consumption in June 2019. Electricity consumption in June 2020 in Russia as a whole amounted to 74.1 billion kWh, which is 5.9% less than the same indicator in 2019.

Gazprom cut gas production in June

Gazprom reduced gas production in June by 18% compared to the same period last year, Interfax reports. In April and may, this indicator was at the level of 21%.

To boycott the social network Facebook has joined the rabbinical Council of Europe

The Board of rabbis of Europe (CPE) joined the boycott of Facebook because of the inaction of employees social networks against hate speech, the press service of the President of CPE, the chief Rabbi of Moscow Pinchas Goldschmidt on Sunday.

Buk-M3 complexes will protect the Caucasus and the Black sea

Russia will supply the 90th anti-aircraft missile brigade with Buk-M3 complexes. With these air defense systems, the armed forces will be able to protect the Caucasus and Krasnodar territory. The command intends to completely replace the old systems, but the timing of the plans depends on how the enterprises of the military-industrial complex will fulfill the terms of the defense order