9 Jul, 2020

News digest for 07/08/2020

The state Duma of Russia has submitted the first package of bills that are necessary for the implementation of the amendment to the Constitution on the protection of the territorial integrity of Russia. This was announced by the head of the Committee on legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov.

According to him, administrative fines for calls to violate territorial integrity can reach up to 300 thousand rubles. Increased fines are provided for when using the media and the Internet. For public calls to violate the territorial integrity of Russia is proposed to be imprisoned for up to four years

Russia day was proposed to be moved to July 1

Irina Volynets, a member of the Public chamber of Russia and Chairman of the National parent Committee, took the initiative to postpone the celebration of Russia Day from June 12 to July 1. She sent a corresponding appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin, a social activist told RT

The Ministry of internal Affairs proposed to change the driver’s license and PTS

The Russian interior Ministry has proposed changes to the driver’s license and vehicle passport. It is proposed to change the appearance of the license by adding labels in English and French DRIVING LICENSE and PERMIS DE CONDUIRE

Since July 1, new rules for car owners have come into force in Russia. So, the country banned the import of certain categories of right-hand drive cars, changed the rules for registering tuning cars. Now all car transformations must be submitted for verification to a special laboratory

Russians worried about returning to the 90s

Residents of several regions of Russia against the background of self-isolation due to the coronavirus and the economic consequences of the epidemic began to fear that in some parameters, including the standard of living, may return to the “dashing 90s”, RIA Novosti reported the results of a study of the quarterly “National anxiety index” in the communication company CROS.

The return to the 90s against the background of the coronovirus crisis, along with Moscow and St. Petersburg, worries residents of the Krasnodar territory, Sakhalin, Sverdlovsk, Kaliningrad, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk regions and the Republic of Tatarstan, ” the report says

It became known about the third case of cure from HIV in history

Scientists reported that a patient from Brazil was likely to recover completely from HIV infection, thanks to an aggressive combination of anti-retroviral drugs and nicotinamide (vitamin B3). The course of treatment reduced the number of viral particles to zero, and after stopping therapy in March 2019, HIV was no longer found in his blood, reports Moskovsky Komsomolets with reference to the publication Science. This is the third cure for HIV in history.

Vouchers instead of money for canceled flights

The government has approved a regulation allowing airlines to issue vouchers to customers instead of refunds for air tickets. This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the relevant document signed by the head of the Cabinet of Ministers Mikhail Mishustin and published on the official Internet portal of legal information.

The cost of mobile communications will continue to grow

The average cost of the minimum package mobile tariff in Russia for the first half of 2020 increased by 8%, to 291 rubles, according to the estimates of Content Review. In this way, operators compensated for the loss of revenue due to the self-isolation of citizens during the pandemic. In the second half of the year, according to the forecast, the growth of tariffs may reach 14%, which will be especially noticeable against the background of a decline in household income.

Gold has updated its price maximum since 2011

The price of gold has updated its record performance since 2011. This is evidenced by the auction data. Thus, the price of the August precious metal futures rose to $1807.35 per Troy ounce at 17.28 Moscow time.

Demand for ready-made business in Russia

Russians have become less interested in ready-made businesses: in the second quarter of 2020, demand for existing businesses fell by 32%. At the same time, the average price increased by 52% and doubled year – on-year: businessmen began to sell their more expensive companies. Businesses in the fields of agriculture, construction, and e-commerce are in demand.

Import of passenger cars to Russia in 2020

Imports of passenger cars to Russia in January-may 2020 decreased by 1.5 times compared to the same period last year – to 77.1 thousand units. In monetary terms, the volume of imports for five months decreased by 1.7 times, to 1.857 billion dollars, according to the FCS data.

The state Duma adopted a law on strengthening control over the money of Russians

The state Duma adopted a law in the second and third readings, according to which Russian banks will inform Rosfinmonitoring about withdrawing from the account of a legal entity or crediting it with cash in the amount of 600 thousand rubles in cases where this is not due to the economic activities of the enterprise

Sberbank reported a decrease in net profit

Sberbank’s net profit under RAS in the first half of 2020 fell by 24% compared to the same period last year — to 337.5 billion rubles, according to the Bank’s reports. At the same time, in June, the profit amounted to 62.3 billion rubles, which is 17% less than the result of the previous year

Sberbank has increased the volume of loans issued

Sberbank in the first half of 2020 increased the volume of lending to the population by 4% and loans to the corporate sector by 5.7%. This is evidenced by the report of the financial aggregator for RBS on July 1

The Cabinet of Ministers will allocate another 230 billion rubles to VEB

The Ministry of Finance will capitalize VEB by an additional 230 billion rubles: the state Corporation will receive property contributions of 30, 100 and 100 billion from the budget in 2021-2023, respectively.

US to invest in offshore wind farms

The use of offshore wind turbines, so common in Europe, is gaining popularity in the United States. If a decade ago capital expenditures on such projects were zero, then over the next decade, wood Mackenzie estimates that investment will amount to about $78 billion, which is comparable to the $82 billion that is planned to be spent on the development of oil and gas projects on the US shelf.

The gap was narrowed by a growing public demand for cleaner energy, which was boosted in 2010 by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, which cost the lives of 13 people, caused serious damage to the region’s ecology and economy, and cost BP $65 billion already.

Short film about Baikal became the best at the festival in Los Angeles

Documentary short film by journalists of the online magazine ” LIFE “Kristina Babayeva and Alexander Rudakov” Baikal. Survive at any cost ” won the Best documentary film category of the international Indie Short Fest, which was held in Los Angeles. It was the only film from Russia that was shortlisted. The short film shows the lives of people who were held hostage by the law on the protection of lake Baikal-without work and the right to their land.

Trump notified Congress of the us withdrawal from who

The United States Congress has received a notification from the head of the White house, Donald trump, that the country has officially withdrawn from the world health organization (who). He explained his decision by saying that the organization did not carry out the reforms required by Washington. Funds intended for who, as the US President said, will be redirected to health needs around the world.

China to impose visa restrictions on US citizens over Tibet

China has decided to impose visa restrictions on US citizens in response to similar measures taken by Washington against Chinese officials over the situation in Tibet, Chinese foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao lijian said at a briefing on Wednesday

Russia has delivered 600 ventilators abroad

Russia has delivered more than 600 ventilators abroad, and has agreed to sell temperature measurement terminals to the United States. This was announced by the head of the Ministry of industry and trade Denis Manturov at the government hour in the Federation Council.

Russia has begun transferring heavy tanks to Syria

A ship with Russian tanks was spotted on its way to Syria. This was reported by observer and photographer Yoruk Isik on Twitter. The images published by the photographer show the Russian Navy ship “Saratov” passing through the Bosphorus Strait. According to Isik, the ship is heading to the Syrian port city of Tartus. There is a Russian logistics point. The observer also clarified that Saratov specializes in transporting armored vehicles, including tanks and armored personnel carriers.

The Russian military reported the arrival of three NATO ships in the Black sea

Three NATO ships entered the black sea. This is reported by “RIA Novosti” with reference to the national defense management center. According to the military, we are talking about the floating supply base of the Greek Navy “Aliakmon”, the Spanish minesweeper” Tambre “and the ship” Gaeta ” of the Italian Navy.

In Serbia, the CH-92A drones purchased in China were shown

The Serbian Ministry of defense has received six Chinese CH-92A reconnaissance and attack drones. The presentation of the delivered equipment took place on July 4 at the Serbian air force base in Batajnica.

Along with the UAVs, the Serbian military showed 18 ft-8C laser-guided semi-active guided missiles designed to be launched from UAVs. The rocket has a mass of 18 kg and a range when launched from different heights from 6 to 9 km. According to Vucic, Serbia will buy “more of these missiles”.

Tomsk journalist accused of “abuse” of freedom of speech

The police drew up a report on the journalist of “MK in Tomsk” Stanislav Mikryukov. According to major Zubkov, the journalist spread “false information that no increased security measures were taken in all the morgues of Tomsk and the Tomsk region two months before the publication date; that no morgue in the Tomsk region fully meets the requirements of the SanPiN,” the Protocol says.

The police officer called the information unreliable because it ” contradicts the information provided by the health Department of the Tomsk region in the official response to the request dated June 15.”

The arrests of journalists in Russia are similar to a campaign against press freedom

The ongoing arrests of journalists in Russia are similar to a campaign against press freedom. This was tweeted by the press Secretary of the us Embassy in Moscow, Rebecca Ross.

“Russia through the eyes of the media in 2020” is a more relevant topic. We are seeing arrest after arrest of Russian journalists-this is beginning to resemble a coordinated campaign against press freedom.

Russian diplomats responded to Ross’s tweet by writing in English: “Mind your own business”.

Law enforcement agencies of Ukraine detained two Russian citizens

Law enforcement agencies of Ukraine during a special operation detained two Russian citizens in Kiev on suspicion of planning crimes, the press service of the National police of Ukraine reported.

The police claim that the detainees “were members of armed groups, worked for the Russian special services and participated in military conflicts on the territory of different countries.” The press service added that materials are being prepared for the “forced removal of detainees from Ukraine”.

Tehran did not accept Kiev’s offer

Tehran did not accept Kiev’s offer to start negotiations on compensation for the downed plane of Ukraine International airlines, Deputy foreign Minister of Ukraine Yevgeny ENIN said in an interview with the Ukrainian edition of the BBC.

Mass riots started in Belgrade

Mass riots broke out in Belgrade after a curfew was imposed due to the worsening situation with the coronavirus. About 5 thousand people went to the Parliament, burned three police cars and attacked the cordons. Some managed to break into the administrative building. The police used tear gas, beat people indiscriminately, and even people who did not take part in the protests were injured.

If you receive an email from the crown Prince of Nigeria

If you receive an email from the crown Prince of Nigeria who wants to transfer you several million dollars, you should know that “Russian hackers” are most likely behind this, according to Wired. The portal refers to a statement by former FBI analyst crane Hassold – they say that cyber bullies now use African outsourcing and do not work independently.

Egyptian media has published footage of the destruction of the Turkish equipment on the airbase of al-Watya

The broadcast of “Every day” on Egyptian television showed footage of air strikes, which were accompanied by comments from the host that the LNA air force had carried out up to nine sorties to hit Turkish air defense systems and destroy radar stations at the al-Watyya air base.

Netflix has released a teaser for a science fiction series about a trip to Mars

The teaser for the new fantasy series “away” (Away) produced by Netflix was released on July 7 on the official youtube channel of the organization. The series will tell about the first earth expedition to Mars. A team of astronauts from different parts of the Earth will go to explore the red planet.



Scientists have solved the age-old secret of the phenomenon of “dead water”

For the first time, “dead water” was mentioned in the 19th century when Fritjof Nansen studied the North of Siberia. His ship had slowed to a point where it was difficult to steer.

A drug that protects against radiation at the cellular level has been developed

South Korea has developed a drug that prevents tissue damage at the cellular level. Scientists have published the results of studies that proved the effectiveness of the drug against radiation

State Department approves sale of six UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for Lithuania

The United States Department of state has approved the sale of UH-60M Black Hawk military helicopters and equipment to Lithuania. This is reported by the office for defense cooperation and security of the us Department of defense. It is noted that the transaction amount is $ 380 million.

The producer of the new film about John Constantine will be JJ Abrams

Warner Bros is going to start working on a new full-length adaptation of the John Constantine comics. The film is planned to be put into production as part of a collaboration with producer JJ Abrams. The project will be part of a large-scale idea, built on the example of the marvel movie universe.

Brad Pitt will play in the action movie “Bullet Train”

Brad Pitt signed up for a role in the action movie “Bullet Train”, which will be directed by the Director of “John Wick”, “Explosive blonde” and “Deadpool 2” David Leitch. The screenplay by Zack Olkewitz is based on the novel Mariabeetle by Japanese Kotaro Isaki.

The UK will allocate funds to help the arts

The UK government will allocate 1.57 billion pounds to aid in the arts. This is written by The Guardian.

880 million pounds will be allocated to cultural organizations in the form of grants and another 270 million pounds-in the form of loans. 100 million pounds will be given to national cultural institutions and British citizens as targeted support.

About 120 million pounds will be allocated for the resumption of construction in the cultural infrastructure. Funds will also be allocated to support the national cultures of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Funds of the national project “Culture” were sent to the reserve Fund

More than 1 billion rubles, originally allocated for the national project “Culture”, were redirected to the reserve Fund of the government of the Russian Federation. This was reported by the Deputy Minister of culture Olga Yarilova. According to Alloway, the money had to go to the improvement of cinemas. Initially, the authorities planned to modernize 200 cinemas this year, but in the end, the re-equipment will affect only 60.

A new fraud scheme for selling smartphones has been revealed

Fraudsters have discovered a new way to cheat when selling smartphones – they buy phones on lease and resell them, but after a certain time the device is blocked due to lack of payments.

Lenovo ThinkVision m14t portable touch display is presented

At last year’s Mobile World Congress, Lenovo introduced the ThinkVision M14 portable display, which is designed to increase the working area of your screen. Its disadvantage was the lack of support for touch input.

Xiaomi has released an e-book with a large screen

Xiaomi has announced a new e-book called inkPad X 10 Super Reading eBook. The device was developed in conjunction with MOAAN, a well-known e-book manufacturer in China.

Traffic lights appear on Google Maps

It is reported that initially the update with traffic lights for Google Maps will be released in the United States, and then will appear in other regions of the world

Created a fabric that changes its shape

Scientists from Harvard managed to create a fabric that is able to change its shape independently. The new robotic fabric called Smart Thermally Actuating consists of sealed pouches that are filled with Novec 7000 liquid.

The largest fossilized fish in history has been found in Argentina

As reported in a new article in the journal Alcheringa, paleontologists have discovered a giant fish fossil more than 70 million years old in Argentine Patagonia

Luxembourg scientists have created a molecule that saves from pain and depression

Scientists from Luxembourg have created a molecule that blocks a previously unknown opioid receptor in the Central nervous system. The lih383 molecule, as the portal writes Med-heal.ru, can become the basis of new effective drugs for pain and depression.

Engineers have developed a unique robot

The robot introduced this week is called BionicSwift. Among its features is an almost complete imitation of the flight of birds and their appearance, including a unique plumage, also based on the original from the natural world.

Astronomers have discovered a new source of carbon in the Universe

A study published in the journal Nature Astronomy claims that white dwarfs are able to synthesize the chemical elements necessary for life, including carbon.

The HRC proposed to cancel all fines for violation of self-isolation

The human rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation (HRC) proposed to cancel all fines issued for violating the self-isolation regime, if the offenses did not entail negative consequences.

The HRC believes that the state Duma can declare an administrative Amnesty, in which fines will be canceled. The Council noted that earlier administrative amnesties were not declared in Russia, but this is fully consistent with the Constitution and does not contradict the administrative Code.

There were no candidates for the post of Chairman of the Moscow city court again.

As it became known to Open media, in the near future the Higher qualification Board of judges will announce a vacancy for the post of head of the capital’s court for the third time. The last time the competition was announced in June, the acceptance of documents was completed, and the issue of the head of the Moscow city court was not on the agenda of the July meeting of the vkks. The pause with the appointment of the head of the Moscow city court may be due to the lack of consensus in the country’s leadership about this figure, according to the legal community.