10 Jul, 2020

News digest for 07/09/2020

Famous writers, journalists and academics have written an open letter warning against creating an “atmosphere of intolerance” in the campaign for racial and social justice.

The authors of the appeal, while welcoming the civil rights movement, expressed their concern that it could generate and is already generating new examples of censorship and self-censorship.

“The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is shrinking daily. While we used to expect this from right — wing radicals, censorship, intolerance of opposing views, fashion for shaming and ostracism are spreading in our own environment,” the letter notes.

The authors of the letter Express concern about the increasingly frequent calls for ” swift and severe punishment for alleged word and thought crimes.” Journalists are banned from writing on certain topics, teachers are harassed for quoting literary texts in classrooms, and heads of organizations are fired for embarrassing mistakes, the letter says.

“We reject the false choice between justice and freedom, which cannot exist without each other. As writers, we need a culture that leaves room for experimentation, risk, and even error. We need to preserve the ability to disagree with each other when it is caused by honest intentions, without severe professional consequences. If we do not protect the most important thing on which our work depends, we should not expect that society or the state will protect it for us, ” the authors of the letter conclude

The letter, which is published in Harper’s magazine, was signed by more than 150 people. Among them are writers JK Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood, linguist and political journalist Noam Chomsky, philosopher and political scientist Francis Fukuyama, Pulitzer prize winner Ann Applebaum, civil liberties advocate Nadine Straussen, chess player and politician Garry Kasparov, and jazz musician Winton Marsalis.

Participants of single pickets cannot be detained.

In my opinion, if the picket is one, even if he agreed with someone else that then another will come with the same requirements ( … ), this is a single picketing, and they do not have the right to detain for this— – said the head of the human rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation Valery Fadeev

Director of the Primorsky aquarium was detained while receiving a bribe

2 million rubles was brought by a representative of the contractor that serves the complex in Vladivostok, a law enforcement source told RIA Novosti.

The Thai government supported the legalization of same-sex marriage

The Thai government has developed and approved a bill allowing same-sex unions in the country. Unions between people of the same sex are proposed to be called “partnership”, not “marriage”, but their participants will have the same rights as couples in a traditional marriage — they will be able to adopt children and inherit each other’s property.

Mishustin changed his mind about unemployment in just a month

The situation on the labor market is gradually stabilizing. This is partly due to the gradual withdrawal of regions from the quarantine regime. The government’s package of measures to support employment and the economy also played a role. We will continue to support citizens who are out of work due to coronavirus

Since April 1, the number of people who were officially registered with the employment service as unemployed has increased by more than 3.5 times. But, according to the Ministry of labor, a sharp, ” explosive growth in unemployment was avoided»

The Union of journalists of Russia asked the FSB to explain the arrest of Ivan Safronov

The Union of journalists of Russia (sojr) sent a request to the Director of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov with a request to provide information about the connection of the case of Ivan Safronov with his journalistic activities. This is reported on the website of the SDR.

The SDR also expressed concern about the detention of journalists who went out on single pickets in support of Safronov. The police explained that pickets are prohibited due to the sanitary and epidemiological situation.

The police promised to continue to detain journalists for single pickets

As reported to Interfax in the Union of journalists of Russia, the organization received an explanation from the Ministry of internal Affairs about the pickets: the police believe that they can not be held because of the remaining quarantine measures in force.

“We were told in the Central office of the Ministry of internal Affairs that quarantine measures are now continuing, so under article 20.2 of the administrative Code of the Russian Federation, people violate these measures if they go out in single pickets and deserve to be punished with a fine of 10 to 20 thousand rubles.”

The US Treasury fined Amazon for selling goods to residents of Crimea

Online retailer Amazon will pay a $ 134,000 fine for violating us sanctions programs, including in relation to Crimea. This was reported by the office of foreign assets control of the us Treasury (OFAC).

In 2011-2018, Amazon provided goods and services to residents of regions subject to US sanctions. We are talking about Crimea, Iran and Syria. Amazon also served customers who personally appeared on the sanctions lists or worked for the diplomatic missions of countries on such lists.

The police came to search the employees of “Open Russia»

On the morning of July 9 in Moscow, law enforcement officers searched employees of MBH media and Open Russia, as well as municipal Deputy Yulia Galyamina. The police came to the chief editor of MBH media Sergey Prostakov, as well as the coordinators of Open Russia Tatyana Usmanova and Olga Gorelik.

According to the press Secretary of Open Russia, Konstantin Fomin, the formal reason for the searches of Usmanova, Gorelik and Prostakov is the Yukos case, but the real reason may be a request for a rally on July 15 on Pushkin square against amendments to the Constitution. Law enforcement agencies have not yet officially named the reasons for the investigative actions.

The search is also taking place in Tomsk at the home of Alexey Pryanishnikov, the coordinator of “pravozaschita Postcards”. This was reported to MBH media by his wife Nadezhda.

The Agency for the prevention of corruption has drawn up two protocols for the President

The national Agency for the prevention of corruption (NAPC) of Ukraine has drawn up two protocols on the President of the country Vladimir Zelensky because of an administrative offense.

The protocols are drawn up under article 172-6 of the administrative Code of Ukraine (violation of financial control requirements). As explained in the NAPC, the head of state did not report significant changes in the property status.

The Department explained the essence of the claims: Zelensky did not notify the NAPC about the purchase and sale of domestic state loan bonds (OVGZ), the total cost of which exceeded 50 subsistence minimums. These actions were to be recorded in the Register of declarations within ten days from the date of purchase and sale of the bonds.

Kadyrov accused foreign intelligence agencies of killing Chechen bloggers in Europe

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said in a telegram that”special services working against Russia” were behind the murders of two Chechens Mamikhan Umarov (“Anzor from Vienna”) in Austria and Imran Aliyev (“Mansur Stary”) in France.

“Both Anzor from Vienna, and Mansur Stary, and other bloggers who earn money on the idea of pseudo-patriotism, have become and will become victims of the special services working against Russia, and in particular, me,” the head of Chechnya said.

Joe Biden proposed restricting imports from Russia and China

The candidate in US presidents from Democratic party, former us Vice-President Joe Biden proposed to limit imports from Russia and China. This is stated in the text of his proposed plan to reform the supply chains of goods to the country.

According to the candidate, China and Russia pose a threat to the national security of the United States, and restrictions on supplies from these countries should be imposed “where it will be necessary to protect critical infrastructure and supplies.”

According to Biden, neither the US nor its allies should depend on supplies from Russia and China. “This means developing new approaches to supply chain security — both individually and collectively — and updating trade rules,” he said.


Volodin: after the adoption of the constitutional amendments, it is worth analyzing all the agreements concluded in the 90’s within the framework of international organizations


Forest fire in Buryatia Republic had requested air support

The amount of additional funding, according to the official portal of the region, will account for 8.9 million rubles, on 7 July, the main Department of EMERCOM in the Republic of Buryatia announced the arrival in the region of amphibious aircraft be-200. He started extinguishing fires on the territory of the TRANS-Baikal national Park.

The US has decided to resume the death penalty

The us Department of justice will execute Federal prisoners for the first time in more than 15 years, the Associated Press reported, citing sources. According to them, the highest measure will be applied to three prisoners

Russia proposes to introduce mandatory digital labeling of toys

In Russia, it is proposed to introduce mandatory national digital labeling of children’s toys. The corresponding initiative was sent to the Ministry of industry and trade and the Ministry of health by state Duma Deputy Viktor Zubarev, Izvestia writes. The MP notes that the turnover of counterfeit toys in Russia has reached 30 billion rubles.

The court in Amsterdam again postponed the case on the Scythian gold

In Amsterdam, the court again postponed the case of Scythian gold. As reported in the Appeal instance on July 8, this decision was made because one of the judges was again recalled.

Russian Railways will return more than 100 long-distance trains to routes

The Russian Railways company announced its readiness to restore the schedule of more than 100 long-distance trains in the near future — they were canceled because of the coronavirus, TASS reports. In total, since the removal of coronavirus restrictions, Russian Railways will return more than 160 trains to service

Today, every day passengers purchase about 220 thousand travel documents for trips in the summer months and in September, which is twice the volume of daily sales in may, ” the company said.

How much will the EU carbon tax cost Russia

Analysts of the audit company KPMG estimated that if the basic scenario of the introduction of a new carbon tax in the European Union is implemented, domestic exporters will pay about 33 billion euros in 2025-2030. And if the most negative scenario is implemented – if the tax is introduced in 2022 – the burden on domestic exporters in the period up to the same year 2030 will grow to 50 billion euros.

The state Duma adopted a law on installment debts of pensioners and businesses

The new law makes it possible for pensioners to arrange installments to pay debts on loans, insurance premiums and loans for up to 24 months. It is noted that the amount of debt should not exceed one million rubles

For small and medium-sized businesses, the new law provides for installments on loans of up to 15 million rubles for a period of up to 12 months. Benefits apply to all mandatory payments, except for compensation for moral and physical harm, in case of loss of the breadwinner and payment of salaries.

New plan to support the British economy

The UK government has presented a new plan to support the economy in the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, providing incentives totaling about 30 billion pounds ($37.6 billion). Among the measures designed to save jobs and breathe life into the British economy are tax breaks for hotels and restaurants, as well as the housing market, payments to companies to save jobs

The Federation Council approved a package of laws on state support for business in the Arctic

The Federation Council approved the law “on state support for business activities in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation”at a meeting on Wednesday. The document defines the legal regime, procedure for conducting business and measures of state support in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation

Beneath the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation refers to the land territory of the Murmansk region, the Nenets, Chukotka, the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous districts, parts of the territories of the republics of Karelia, Komi and Sakha (Yakutia), Krasnoyarsk territory and the Arkhangelsk region, the adjacent internal waters and territorial sea, areas of the continental shelf of the Russian Federation, and also lands and Islands, which in the future can be opened in the Arctic ocean to the North coast of Russia to the North pole and are not foreign countries.

The fall in income of the world’s population was explained by digitalization

Digitalization and the beginning of the fourth industrial revolution are reducing traditional middle-class jobs: skilled workers, a number of small and family businesses. This was stated to the REGNUM news Agency on July 7 by the President of the Russian-Asian Union of Industrialists and entrepreneurs (RASP) Vitaly Mankevich.

“The decline in the population’s income is not a purely Russian problem. In the same US, the middle class is shrinking. Digitalization and the beginning of the fourth industrial revolution are reducing traditional middle-class jobs: skilled workers, a number of small and family businesses. One programmer can replace many white-collar workers whose work is now automated, ” Mankiewicz said

The government rejected increasing deposits to collect personal income tax

Today, on July 7, 2020, it became known that the government Commission on legislative activity rejected the proposal of the liberal Democratic party of Russia (LDPR) to raise the bar for deposits with income that will be charged personal income tax from 2021 to 5 million rubles.

The state Council of Turkey approved the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque

The state Council of Turkey has unanimously voted to change the status of the Hagia Sophia Cathedral-Museum to a mosque. This was written on his Twitter page on Thursday, July 9, by Turkish journalist Raghip Soylu, citing sources in the country’s government. According to him, the change in the status of the Cathedral should be officially announced on July 10.

Men’s clothing brand Brooks Brothers declared bankruptcy

The American chain of clothing stores Brooks Brothers, owned by Italian entrepreneur Claudio del Vecchio, declared bankruptcy. This is reported by the Wall Street Journal.

A collection of previously unreleased stories by Terry Pratchett

A collection of previously unreleased short stories by English writer Terry Pratchett will be released five years after the author’s death. The book is expected to be released in September 2020. Prachett died on March 12, 2015.

The facts of mass destruction of Tula zrpc “Pantsir” were confirmed»

Cases of mass destruction of anti-aircraft missile and gun systems “Pantsir-S”, located in Libya and Syria, confirmed in the Ministry of defense of Russia. This was informed by the publication “Zvezda”.

Australia suspends extradition Treaty with Hong Kong

The new national security law adopted in China caused the suspension of the extradition Treaty between Australia and Hong Kong. This was announced by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. He stressed that the measure was of concern to Canberra.

Defense Arabic reported on the transfer of Russian missiles to Iran for the s-300 air defense system

Journalists said that Tehran is quickly engaged in the placement of Russian-made complexes. Officials are afraid that the enemy will suddenly attack the local nuclear center

Large-scale exercises of the Northern fleet have begun in the Barents sea

The Northern fleet of the Russian Federation has begun large-scale military exercises in the Barents sea. Several dozen ships and aircraft take part in the maneuvers. The main part of the exercise will take place in the Barents sea, and maneuvers are also planned in the Norwegian sea

The number of combat-ready ships of the Ukrainian Navy has been named

Among the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, only 23% of the total ship and boat personnel of the country are combat-ready in terms of their technical condition. 21 units of the ship’s personnel are not combat ready, which is 77% of the total number of ship and boat personnel in Ukraine. This was reported by the hacker group “Beregini” on July 7 on its Telegram channel.

“Inoperable artillery installations, anti-aircraft missile systems, faulty radars and radio stations, dismantled engines-this is the real picture of most of the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,” – said in a statement.

Belarus has adopted Russian su-30SM fighters

The official commissioning ceremony of the Russian su-30SM fighters adopted in Belarus took place on July 1 at the 61st base of the Belarusian air force, on July 9, according to the Chinese Sina news Agency. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of defence of the Republic of Belarus Victor Granin.

US authorities approved the sale of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft to France

The US state Department has approved the possible sale to France of three e-2D Advanced Hawkeye long-range radar aircraft and related equipment, the total amount of the transaction is estimated at $2 billion.

The US received a replacement for Russian RD-180 rocket engines

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. This is reported by Interfax with reference to the company’s website.

Ernest Kline will release the book ” Second player get ready”

American writer Ernest Cline will publish his new novel “First player get ready” on November 24, 2020. The work will be a continuation of the story told in the novel “the First player to get ready”.

The creators of the series “Batwoman” found a new performer of the main role.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Javisha Leslie will wear the superhero costume instead of ruby rose. Thus, the DC comics heroine will become a black LGBT representative.

“I am extremely proud to be the first black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television, and as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show that has become such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community,” Leslie commented

Universal studios moved the new part of “Halloween” to 2021

In may, the film’s release was postponed indefinitely. And the premiere of “Candyman” is scheduled for October 16, 2020, that is, it will take place just three weeks later than the previously planned date,Variety reported.

Disney has published a trailer for the movie About Ivan the gorilla

The trailer for the movie “Ivan, the one and only” was published by Disney on July 8 on its YouTube channel. The film is based on the novel by Catherine applegate, it tells the story of Ivan the gorilla, who lives in a cage in a shopping center.

Disney has started shooting the movie “Tron-3”

Disney has launched production of a new film called “Tron-3”. The launch was announced by Mitchell Loeb, President of Disney’s music and soundtracks division, on the Light the Fuse podcast. The public assumes that the main role in the film will be played by American actor and musician Jared Leto

Sberbank announced the launch of the system of payment services SberPay

Sberbank launches a new system of payment services SberPay, the credit institution said in a statement. SberPay provides the ability to pay for purchases on online sites (in the app) and offline (in retail outlets equipped with POS terminals of Sberbank that accept contactless payment).

China’s Zhaoxin has developed its own GPU and is starting to produce video cards

It was only a matter of time before Zhaoxin released video cards on discrete GPUs, as they produce processors with embedded graphics cores.

Huawei will release its own OS for PCs and Wearables

After the US blacklisted Huawei last year, the Chinese manufacturer took an important step towards reducing its dependence on other companies and released its own operating system, called HarmonyOS.

According to a new report, the Chinese giant is ready to launch a second version of HarmonyOS in September this year. HarmonyOS 2.0. is significantly better than its predecessor, because it will work on wearable devices and even on PCs.

Rock band “Night snipers” released a new album

A new album called ” O2 “was released by the Russian rock band” Night snipers”, as announced on July 8 by the band’s leader Diana Arbenina on her Instagram page. According to Arbenina, the album’s name is associated with one of the most important elements of the chemical table of Mendeleev — oxygen.

Created a test that allows you to determine the quality of water in just a minute

Scientists from the United States have developed a rapid test to determine the quality of water, allowing just a couple of minutes to detect antibiotics and dangerous metals in the water. The technology presented by employees of northwestern University resembles pregnancy tests-the portal writes Med-heal.ru.

Belarusian scientists have developed a reusable protective mask

Scientists from the Belarusian state University have developed a reusable protective mask made of a polyester-based material. The polyester material is biocompatible with human skin and can withstand repeated boiling in water

Physicists have created a stealth coating for metal antennas

Scientists have developed a new metamaterial that makes aircraft antennas, ship masts and other elongated metal objects completely invisible to radar.

Early Neolithic human figures found in Jordan

The journal Antiquity published an article about the discovery of dozens of Neolithic figurines during excavations in Jordan. Experts believe that these are figures of people used during funeral rites.

In July, three missions from different countries will go to Mars at once

The US is launching its fifth Rover, hoping that Perseverance can provide definitive answers to questions about life on Mars; China will send a Rover to Mars for the first time; the UAE will launch an Orbiter — this will be the first interplanetary flight of the Arab region.

Israel launched a reconnaissance satellite into orbit

The Israeli defense Ministry and the Israeli aircraft industry concern IAI successfully launched the OFEK-16 reconnaissance satellite into space. The device was launched into orbit from the cosmodrome in the center of the state using the Shavit launcher.