8 Jul, 2020

News digest for 07/07/2020

The Irish Times writes that “referendums are an imperfect tool for assessing the will of the people”, because “voters often tend to ignore the question being asked and vote for the great man who asked it”.

Roscosmos said that the Luna-25 mission will take place in 2021.

At first, it was planned for 2014. Then-in 2016. Then, in 2018, Putin personally promised that the mission would go in 2019. Now it’s 2021

Rosprirodnadzor assessed the environmental damage from the fuel spill in Norilsk

In total, the environmental damage from the fuel spill in Norilsk is estimated at almost 148 billion rubles. The accident at CHPP-3 in Norilsk occurred on may 29. As a result of depressurization of the tank with diesel fuel, about 20 thousand cubic meters of oil products were spilled

According to Forbes, during the period of the pandemic, the income of the owner of “Norilsk Nickel” Vladimir Potanin increased from $19.7 billion to $26.1 billion (by $6.4 billion – 442 billion rubles). In 2020, the businessman took first place in the Russian Forbes list of the richest people.

Grudinin’s state farm was taken away, the politician became bankrupt

Director of ” Sovkhoz im. Lenin ” Pavel Grudinin lost in the 10th arbitration court of appeal. Now he must return to his own company 1 billion rubles., for the “disproportionate” sale of two plots of land for the business center “IKEA”, which was never built.

Businessman Alexander Udodov filed a lawsuit against the politician Alexey Navalny

The son-in-law of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, businessman Alexander Udodov filed a lawsuit in the Lublin district court against the politician Alexey Navalny. The lawsuit is filed for the protection of honor, dignity and business reputation. Other details were not disclosed.

Election campaign of Zakhar Prilepin

The party “For truth”, the leader of which is the writer Zakhar Prilepin, published its election program. Among other things, it proposes to introduce a rule in the Constitution of the Russian Federation that allows you to attach any territory where 75% of citizens will vote for joining Russia.

“This rule should apply not only to citizens and lands of the former USSR or the Russian Empire, but for all countries whose citizens are ready to live with us in a single state,” the document says.

In this regard, the party declares “immediate recognition” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics in Eastern Ukraine and the Pridnestrovian Republic in Moldova and their inclusion in Russia based on the results of referendums. In addition, Za Pravda supported referendums on joining Abkhazia and South Ossetia as subjects of the Russian Federation.

Kremlin – about the advertising campaign of amendments after their adoption

«Meduza»: An active advertising campaign for amendments continues in social networks, despite the fact that the vote has already passed and its results have been approved. Now the emphasis is on the fact that voting was legitimate, and its forms, such as electronic voting, can be extended to elections. Does the Kremlin have anything to do with this ad? If so, what is the purpose of posting it?

Dmitry Peskov: I don’t know that the Kremlin has anything to do with this campaign. I don’t know who the customer of this ad is. That’s why I can’t tell you anything. Naturally, the results of the vote continue to be discussed. Naturally, since there is an overwhelming majority of supporters of the absolute legitimacy of this vote, they state their point of view. This is also quite natural. It is clear that electronic voting is being discussed. Everyone who has used electronic voting, I think, will advocate that they will have this opportunity in the future. Your humble servant refers to these people. And some of them are customers, I can’t tell you, unfortunately.

The UK imposes sanctions against Russia, North Korea and other countries

British foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced the introduction of sanctions against States that violate human rights: Saudi Arabia, Russia, Myanmar and North Korea. The measures announced on Monday by the British government include, in particular, a ban on travel of representatives of these countries to the UK

Persons involved in the Russian part of the British “Magnitsky list” of sanctions:

1. Alexander Bastrykin-Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia
2. Alexandra Gauss-doctor of ” Matrosskaya Tishina”
3. Alexey Anichin-former Deputy head of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Russian Federation
4. Alexey Droganov – employee of the Ministry of internal Affairs
5. Alexey Krivoruchko-judge of the Tver court of Moscow
6. Andrey Krechetov – employee of the Ministry of internal Affairs
7. Andrey Pechegin-employee of the Prosecutor General’s office of the Russian Federation
8. Andrey Strizhov-head of the Main investigative Department (GSU) of the RF IC in Moscow
9. Boris Kibis-investigator of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Russian Federation
10. Viktor grin-Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation
11. Gennady Karlov-former head of the IC Department at the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Russian Federation
12. Dmitry Komnov-ex-head of the Butyrka jail”
13. Dmitry Kratov – former Deputy of Komnov
14. Dmitry Tolchinsky – employee of the Ministry of internal Affairs
15. Elena Stashina – judge of the Tver court of Moscow
16. Elena Trikulya-investigator of the IC of the Russian Federation
17. Ivan Prokopenko-ex-head of the Matrosskaya Tishina prison”
18. Larisa Litvinova-pre-trial detention center doctor
19. Natalia Vinogradova-Deputy head of the IC Department of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Russian Federation
20. Oleg Logunov-former Deputy head of the IC at the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Russian Federation
21. Oleg Silchenko-investigator of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Russian Federation
22. Pavel Lapshov-former head of the investigative Department of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Russian Federation
23. Svetlana Ukhnalev – judge of the Tverskoy court of Moscow
24. Sergey Podoprigorov-judge of the Tver court of Moscow
25. Fikret Tagiyev-ex-head of the Matrosskaya Tishina prison”

Russia will respond to British sanctions in the “Magnitsky case”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia will respond to the UK-imposed sanctions “in the Magnitsky case” and to the extent that retaliatory measures will be in line with Russian interests. He also noted that Moscow regrets the decisions taken by London

The Russian Embassy in London expressed outrage

The Russian Embassy in London expressed outrage over the decision of the British authorities to impose sanctions on 25 Russians, including, in particular, the head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin and Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor grin.

GITIS will make lists of dangerous applicants.

The rector of the theater University Grigory Zaslavsky said that it will include those who will demonstrate inappropriate behavior when entering.

“Those who arrive in GITIS, at the same time submit documents and all other universities of the so-called big five. The fact that all the same children will try their hand at all other universities — this is VGIK, “Sliver”, “Pike”, the Moscow art theater Studio School-do not go to a fortune teller. We thought about making a list of these dangerous applicants and exchanging them with each other.”

Zaslavsky said that some students had knives seized at the entrance to the Institute. Also during the auditions, a young man presented a trick with a shot in the chest, and a girl tried to spray the contents of a gas can in the hall. In his opinion, this behavior of applicants is associated with a long period of self-isolation. He advised other applicants “not to push such primitive buttons.”

The court arrested the Deputy Minister of education of the Russian Federation Marina Lukashevich

The court arrested the Deputy Minister of education of the Russian Federation Marina Lukashevich in the case of embezzlement of budget money by fraud. The amount of damage in her case is estimated at more than 50 million rubles. It is specified that at the time of the crime, she headed a contractor for state contracts of the Ministry of education and science. She signed five state contracts with a former Ministry official. As it turned out later, the work on them was not performed in the proper volume, and their results were falsified.

On the publisher of “Mediazona” Peter Verzilov opened a criminal case

The publisher of “Mediazona” Peter Verzilov opened a criminal case for failure to inform about the presence of foreign citizenship. He was summoned for questioning tomorrow by the same investigator who previously conducted a search of his apartment, as well as conducted cases of mass riots in Moscow. The reason was a canadian passport.

There are more and more centenarian people in the world!

Almost 45% of Russians began to live on incomes below 15 thousand rubles

In Russia, during the pandemic, the share of citizens with an average monthly income below 15,000 rubles increased from 38.1% to 44.6%. At the same time, the share of the extremely poor population living on an income of less than 5 thousand rubles has also increased (from 6.9% to 8.1%). This is reported by RBC with reference to the study of the IC “Rosgosstrakh life” and the center “Perspective”.

One in five respondents reported a significant drop in income since COVID-19 began to be distributed in Russia, and one in ten reported a complete loss of earnings. A third of Russians had to give up spending on “small pleasures” during the crisis.

The Kremlin responded to data on the fall in income of Russians due to the pandemic

The Kremlin is not familiar with Rosgosstrakh’s research on a significant drop in income for Russians during the coronavirus pandemic, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in response to a question from a journalist. This is reported by RIA Novosti

The Ministry of economic development denied data on a sharp drop in income of Russians.

The Ministry of economic development of Russia denied data on a sharp drop in income of Russians. This is reported on the Department’s website. They clarified that consumer demand, which is one of the main indicators of household income, shows growth since may.

The audit chamber expanded the audit plan for 2020

Among the measures planned by the control Department are checking the additional payments to doctors and medical workers for working with patients with COVID-19, checking the funds allocated for the purchase of artificial ventilation devices, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation devices, heat-television recorders, contactless thermometers and air disinfection units.

The accounting chamber also intends to assess how effective the budget allocation was to support the mortgage lending and housing construction market, including during the pandemic. The auditors will also focus on the state guarantee support for economic sectors, as well as the program of internal and external loans of Russia in the context of anti-coronavirus measures

Companies will stop accepting requests from the PRC to issue data to Hong Kongers

Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google and Twitter will stop accepting requests from the PRC for the release of Hong Kong data. The companies noted that they will not consider requests from the Chinese authorities for the release of user data while the national security Law of Hong Kong is being studied from the point of view of human rights.

The US has banned foreign students from being in the country when studying online.

The tightening is related to the coronavirus pandemic and will affect students who are in the US on F-1 and M-1 visas. If students refuse to leave the country, they will be deported.

Number of bankruptcies in Russia

The number of bankruptcies among citizens increased by 47%, and among legal entities decreased by 26%, according to the calculations of the Federal Resource for the first half of 2020.

Bankruptcy of legal entities, as before, is most often initiated by creditors (74.6%) and the Federal tax service (15.9%). As for citizens, they almost always initiate their own bankruptcy-94% of cases.

TikTok will stop working in Hong Kong.

This is due to the adoption by the Chinese authorities of the national security law in this special administrative region of China. The US is also considering banning TikTok from its territory

A police officer dismissed for a drunken accident can be reinstated

Ex-major of the criminal investigation Department of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Altai territory Igor Borodyansky was dismissed from the authorities for a drunken accident. However, in the case of the major, the composition of the court was suddenly completely replaced, and Borodyansky managed to convince the court that he was not driving that day! Judge Natalia Frolova canceled all the decisions of the previous court due to the lack of staff…

“Yandex.News ” lost articles about voting for the Constitution

«Yandex.News ” lost articles about voting for zeroing — it is now impossible to find news in the service for queries “Constitution”, “vote”, “amendments”, which were published from the evening of June 29 to the night of July 3, “Open media”found.

Moreover, it is now impossible to find in the service any articles about the experiment of the host of “Rain” Pavel Lobkov with a double vote on July 25, or any materials of “Open media”, “Vedomosti”, “Medusa” and the same “Rain”, which were published from June 30 to July 2 inclusive, when all these publications wrote about the observed violations during the voting.

“Yandex” has acknowledged the problem: according to the representative, this is a technical failure, and the company is working to fix it

Russians are disappointed in holidays at domestic resorts

Russian tourists are disappointed in the rest at domestic resorts because of its high cost. This is evidenced by the results of a survey conducted by the portal TourDom.ru. According to the data, only 37 percent of respondents plan to book a trip to the Black sea in the near future, although 49 percent of respondents reported such readiness two months earlier.

Russia is just entering the most difficult period of the crisis

The worst period of the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic is just beginning in Russia. This opinion was expressed on Tuesday during the international industrial marathon “Innoprom online” by the Chairman of The SKOLKOVO Foundation Arkady Dvorkovich.

Amazon Capitalization

On Monday, July 6, the price of shares for the first time exceeded the mark of 3 thousand dollars, amounting to 3 thousand 29 dollars apiece. In the evening, the price was already 3 thousand 18 dollars. The total capitalization of Amazon reached 1.5 trillion dollars.

Gazprom’s gas export revenues for January-may

In may, Gazprom’s revenues from gas exports decreased by almost 15% compared to April, to $1.1 billion. Export volumes for the month decreased by 1.7%, to 11.9 billion cubic meters. At the same time, in comparison with the indicators of may 2019, revenues from gas exports fell by 61%, and export volumes decreased by 24%.

Capitalization Of Tesla

Shares of Tesla at the end of Monday’s trading on the us NASDAQ exchange rose by 13.48%, reaching the level of 1371.58 dollars, at which the company’s capitalization was 254.25 billion dollars.

How much oil and gas revenues will the Russian budget receive in July

The Finance Ministry expects that in July the Federal budget will receive less of 47.8 billion oil and gas income because it exceeded the base price of oil over the actual, reported on the website of the Ministry of Finance.

Saudi Aramco raised oil prices for August delivery

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned company, Saudi Aramco, has decided to raise the price of its oil since August. This is stated in a statement by the company’s press service. Most of all, the price will increase for the countries of North-Western Europe – by 4 dollars.

Google and Deutsche Bank have agreed to a long-term partnership

Google and German Bank Deutsche Bank will start a long-term joint cooperation, the Bank’s press service reported on July 7. According to the report, one of the main areas of partnership will be the Bank’s use of the Google Cloud service.

China informs the UN about joining the arms trade Treaty

China has joined the International arms trade Treaty (ITTO). The relevant document was handed over by the permanent representative of China to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Putin extends funding for the Russian world Foundation until 2025

Russian President Vladimir Putin extended the Federal budget funds to the Russian world Foundation until 2025, the corresponding decree was published on the legal information portal

The Russian world Foundation was established by presidential decree in 2007. Russian Russian language popularization and support of Russian language study programs in Russia and abroad are among the goals of the Foundation.

Georgia has overtaken neighboring countries in the passport Index

Georgia was ranked 47th in the passport Index by the consulting company Arton Capital. This index shows the ability of citizens to travel without a visa. Citizens of Georgia in the conditions of the pandemic can get a visa to 57 countries of the world without a visa, in another 35 countries you can get a visa on arrival, writes Sputnik Georgia.

Russia took 59th place in the rating, Azerbaijan-123, and Armenia-135. Japan and New Zealand were the leaders of the index

Released the trailer for the romantic Comedy “Booth of kisses 2”

The full version of the movie Netflix will show this month, “Booth of kisses 2” will continue to tell the story of the relationship of young El Evans (Joey king) and Noah Flynn (Jacob Elrody). The audience first learned about this pair from the previous film.



“Gorky fest” announced the jury

The festival of new Russian cinema “Gorky fest” announced the jury of the future review. The event will be held for the fourth time in Nizhny Novgorod from July 17 to 23.

The Board in 2020 includes Director Ivan Tverdovsky Jr., producer Anton Malyshev, actor Yegor Koreshkov and screenwriter Anastasia Palchikova, RIA Novosti reported, citing the organizers. According to the General producer of the festival, Oksana Mikheeva, the festival will take into account the recommendations for the prevention of viral diseases

French artist turned Disney characters into Marvel characters

Samuel Shev created a crossover that was quickly appreciated by Instagram users. In his illustrations, he fantasized how “Cold heart 2” would look if they tried on the role of superheroes.

The Russian Museum has launched an online course on the art of the XX century

The first mass Museum course “in search of modernity: Russian art of the XX century” starts on the Lectorium online platform. It was launched By the Russian Museum and the Sistema charitable Foundation. Free lectures are designed for everyone who is interested in art.

The exhibition “Nenasala” opened at the New Tretyakov gallery

In Moscow, the New Tretyakov gallery has opened a large-scale exhibition “Neudosegda”, dedicated to Soviet art after the war and later: the period called the era of stagnation. This is today, July 7, reports RIA “Novosti”.

Scientists have come up with a way to rid the city of unpleasant odors

Scientists of Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) suggested using biogas, Chlorella and duckweed to combat the unpleasant smell that periodically appears in Tomsk. This is stated on the official website of the University.

Huawei releases its first desktop computer

Huawei’s first desktop PC is based on an ARM-compatible CPU – 8-core Kunpeng 920 (7-nm) chip. This family of processors was created for use in servers, so all chips can work in multithreaded mode.

Xiaomi introduced a smart mattress

The manufacturer has officially announced a smart mattress Xiaomi 8H Smart Mattress, which will allow you to adjust its position, plus it is quite soft, comfortable and provides the opportunity to quietly enjoy a rest, sleep or something like that

Black raspberries can minimize allergic skin reactions

According to research, just one handful of berries consumed daily can reduce the effects of even serious allergic skin reactions. The fact is that black raspberries can catalyze the activity of dendritic cells, which are responsible for the process of transmitting signals to the immune system. The full volume of research data has already been published in the publication Nutrients.

Created an interface for typing text on a computer using thought

American scientists have created an interface that converts thoughts into text on a computer. A description of a scientific article about this was published on the bioRxiv website. The intracortical interface (interface for interacting with the cortex of the brain) converts images of writing words into text on the computer. The speed of this type of typing is approximately 90 characters per minute. According to the creators, the accuracy of speech recognition is 99%.

In Japan, a wheelchair was equipped with robotic arms

While the person sitting in the chair is going about their business, the remote operator can help them by manipulating the robot arms. The operator has a VR-helmet, thanks to which he receives video from the camera about the surrounding environment and due to the superimposed spot can also understand where the disabled person is looking at the moment.

American scientists are experimenting with contactless levitation

The American chemical society conducted an experiment with non-contact levitation, which allows you to perform non-contact work with liquid drops. In the course of the experiment, it turned out that with the help of contactless levitation, it is possible to combine liquid drops of various substances at a completely new level of accuracy

Created the lightest material for shielding electromagnetic waves

Experts created an ultralight material using metal particles that were added to cellulose fibers. This material is able to screen electromagnetic vibrations.

NASA scientists announced the discovery of a parallel Universe

Experts from the United States announced the discovery of a parallel Universe in which time moves backwards. This announcement caused a storm of discussion in the scientific community, which has led to an ongoing debate in the scientific community that has lasted for more than two years.

Japan is preparing to launch a satellite to Mars from the United Arab Emirates

The latest checks and tests of the Hope spacecraft in the framework of the “Emirates Mission to Mars” are carried out at the Japanese Tanegashima space center by the developers of the spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates, Gulf Today reports.