20 Jul, 2020

News digest for 07/18-19/2020

Real disposable income of the population in the second quarter of 2020, which was the main blow of the pandemic crisis, decreased by 8% in annual terms, according to Rosstat data. This is the record quarterly drop in real disposable income of Russians since 1999. Although the Ministry of economic development, which is subordinate to Rosstat, said on July 7 that there was no sharp drop in income for Russians.

Since 2005, there has not been such a deep drop: the maximum reduction was in the fourth quarter of 2008 (-6.1% in annual terms), as well as in the third quarter of 2015 and the fourth quarter of 2016 (-5.6%). From 2000 to 2005, real disposable income grew steadily at a high annual rate, which allows us to conclude that there was no strong decline in quarterly terms (+12% in 2000, + 8.7% in 2001, +11.1% in 2002, + 14.9% in 2003 and + 9.9% in 2004). The last time real disposable income of Russians fell more strongly in 1999: -12.3%.

Rallies in support of Furgal have resumed in the far East.

In Khabarovsk, the action takes place at the government building of the Khabarovsk territory. Participants did not refuse to hold it, despite the heat above 30 degrees. In addition, unauthorized actions are taking place in Komsomolsk-on-Amur and in Vladivostok, where residents gathered at the monument to The fighters for Soviet power. People are chanting: “Khabarovsk, we are with you.”


A source in the Khabarovsk territory police reports that according to their calculations, the rally in support of Furgal in Khabarovsk gathered 82 thousand people.


Patriarch Kirill dismissed the priest from his post

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church dismissed Archpriest Chuvikin, rector of the Nikolo-Perervinsk theological Seminary, who violated the order of services during the coronavirus pandemic

Pirates attacked the tanker Curacao Trader in the Gulf of Guinea

Pirates have kidnapped 13 of the 19 members of the Russian-Ukrainian crew of the tanker MV Curacao Trader in the Gulf of Guinea. This is reported by the Maritime Bulletin portal, with reference to a statement from Alison Management Corp, which owns the tanker. It is noted that the ship was attacked about 210 nautical miles off the coast of Benin at 11.00 local time on Friday, July 17.

The Emir of Kuwait was hospitalized for examination

The crown Prince of Kuwait temporarily transferred a number of powers of the head of state in connection with the hospitalization of the 91-year-old Emir, local media reported. The Emir of Kuwait, Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah, was hospitalized for examination, but authorities assured that he was feeling well.

Russia’s GDP in June 2020

Russia’s GDP in June 2020 decreased by 6.4% in annual terms, the Ministry of economic development reported. At the height of the quarantine measures in April, the Russian economy shrank by 12% in annual terms. The Ministry revised its may estimates from minus 10.9% to minus 10.7%. For the second quarter, the Ministry calculated, Russia’s GDP fell by 9.6% in annual terms after growing by 1.6% in the first quarter.

“The growth in consumer activity was accompanied by a recovery in consumer-oriented manufacturing industries — such as light industry, furniture manufacturing, etc. In addition, the production of basic necessities continued to grow, which did not stop in the previous months. In the service sector, the recovery is slower due to continuing restrictions in a number of regions”

For three persons involved in the case of the death of the head of Total requested real terms

The state Prosecutor has asked to sentence three people to real terms of imprisonment in the case of the crash of the head of the French oil company Total Christophe de Margerie in 2014. His business jet crashed on takeoff due to a collision with a snowplow.

For the dispatcher Alexander Kruglov asked for six years, the head of flights of the air traffic control center of Vnukovo airport Roman Dunaev-six years and for the taxi dispatcher Nadezhda Arkhipova-five years and ten months.


Sergey Desnitsky has come up with a new campaign. On July 16, at Lubyanka, he would stand in front of a police officer and stare into his eyes for a long time without taking his eyes off. For this, he was arrested!


In the Khabarovsk territory, they want to introduce an emergency mode

What is meant by the introduction of emergency situations:

  • establishment of restrictions on freedom of movement in the territory where a state of emergency has been imposed, as well as the introduction of a special regime for entry into and exit from the specified territory, including the establishment of restrictions on the entry and stay of foreign citizens and stateless persons in the specified territory;
  • strengthening the protection of public order by special forces, objects subject to state protection, and objects that ensure the life of the population and the functioning of transport;
  • prohibition or restriction of holding meetings, rallies and demonstrations, marches and picketing, as well as other mass events;
  • prohibition of strikes and other ways of suspending or terminating the activities of organizations;
  • restriction of movement of vehicles and their inspection;

Elizabeth II knighted a 100-year-old world war II veteran

Queen Elizabeth II knighted 100-year-old world war II veteran Tom Moore. Moore became famous after he began collecting donations for the National health service in March 2020 — in exchange for donations, a veteran recovering from hip surgery promised to walk around his garden 100 times before his centenary. By his birthday, Moore managed to raise more than 30 million pounds.

In the US, a Navy officer was suspected of passing secret information to a Russian citizen.

Charles Briggs, who works at the Portsmouth Naval medical center, is suspected of giving the Russian secret data in early January 2019, obtained from a computer at an air base in Nebraska. It is not specified what data it transmitted

Sea mud festival

The South Korean city of Poren has hosted the sea mud Festival since 1998 — one of the most popular mass events in the country, which attracts several million people every year. During the festival, they take mud baths, ride down mud slides, and participate in wrestling and mud races. In 2020, due to the coronavirus epidemic, the festival was held in an online format-people took mud baths at home and broadcast it on the Internet.

US approves sale of up to 16 Mark VI patrol boats to Ukraine

The US has approved the sale of up to 16 Mark VI patrol boats and related equipment to Ukraine, Ukrainian foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said.

“The US has approved the sale of up to 16 Mark VI patrol boats and related equipment to Ukraine. This will increase the capabilities of the Ukrainian Navy and help counter existing and potential threats in the Black and Azov seas. I am grateful to the American partners who continue to firmly support Ukraine! ” – wrote Kuleba on Twitter.


Half of the World’s wealth belongs to 26 people, and the vast majority of the population lives in conditions of growing inequality. This was stated on Saturday by UN Secretary-General Anton Guterres, speaking at a lecture dedicated to the memory of Nelson Mandela.


In September, the capital will celebrate the city Day

The city day will be the first major event after the coronavirus pandemic, mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station. An informed source of Interfax clarified that this year Moscow’s birthday is planned to be celebrated on September 5-6.

“I think this is the first festival that we will not miss. In my opinion, we will hold it. If the situation does not worsen, and we remain in the same trend of reducing the incidence, then the probability that the city Day will take place on schedule is very high, so to speak. Most likely, it will be,” he said.

Young people arranged a noisy party under the Windows of the government of the Sverdlovsk region.

The head of Yekaterinburg Alexander Vysokinsky told the newspaper “Rise” that now the police are dealing with this party. An administrative case was initiated under the article “failure to Comply with the rules of conduct in an emergency or threat of its occurrence”.

According to the local portal e1.ru, the organizer of the disco was promogroup “Flock”. During the event, guests were asked to keep a social distance and dance only with their companies. In response to criticism due to the accumulation of people during the pandemic, the promogroup said that the ROC for the procession that took place earlier in Yekaterinburg, with the participation of 10 thousand believers, no one made a claim.

The greed of local “entrepreneurs” knows no limit

According to the public VK Typical Sochi, local residents “ponavtykali on the beaches of umbrellas and sun beds” and make visitors pay for them if they lie down next to them.

Trump did not recommend that Americans wear medical masks

The US President noted that he wants people to have some freedom.