22 Jul, 2020

News digest for 07/21/2020

The number of unemployed citizens in Russia in June this year increased by 93 thousand people compared to the previous month, amounting to 4 million 606 thousand.

This is evidenced by the published preliminary data of Rosstat. According to official statistics, the unemployment rate rose to 6.2% in June from 6.1% in may. In April, the indicator was at the level of 5.8%, in March-4.7%.

The last time the excess of 6% was recorded in March 2012, when the figure reached 6.5%. It was exactly 6% in 2016, and also in March.

The US state Department has made Kadyrov in the black list

The US state Department has blacklisted Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said in a statement. This decision also applies to the wife of the head of the Republic Medni Kadyrova and daughters Aishat and Karina (aka Khadizhat). Being blacklisted means being banned from entering the United States.

“This is due to Kadyrov’s involvement in gross violations of human rights in the Chechen Republic. The state Department has extensive reliable information that Kadyrov is responsible for numerous gross human rights violations that took place more than a decade ago, including torture and extrajudicial executions,” the head of the Department explained.

Kadyrov responded to new us sanctions

After the appearance of the us state Department’s statement on the introduction of new sanctions against the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov published a photo on his Telegram channel showing him in an Armory with two machine guns in his hands. “Pompeo, we are taking the fight! It will be more interesting later!» Kadyrov wrote.

Israeli planes attacked targets in the South of Damascus

Israeli planes attacked targets in the South of Damascus from the Golan heights, according to the Syrian defense Ministry. According to the Ministry, the air defense system shot down most of the missiles, causing limited material damage. Before that, the attack was announced by the Syrian media, the Israeli army traditionally refused to comment on press reports

Trump’s campaign staff accused the Tiktok app of spying on Americans

“TikTok is spying on you. TikTok was caught red-handed tracking what was in your phone’s clipboard.”

The five richest people in the world according to Forbes.

  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos – $189 billion;
  • head of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy Bernard Arnault – $113.8 billion;
  • Microsoft founder bill gates – $113.4 billion;
  • Facebook founder mark Zuckerberg – $90.3 billion;
  • Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk – $74.2 billion

The EU has approved an economic recovery plan.

  • The new Generation EU economic recovery and modernization Fund is being created with a volume of 750 billion euros. 70% of all money will be spent in 2021-2022, the rest in 2023.
  • Part of the money in the new Fund will be collected from the EU member States themselves, part will be borrowed on the market. It is planned to pay off these debts until 2059.
  • Each country will present its economic recovery plan to Brussels. Funds will be allocated to projects approved by the European Commission and most EU countries.
  • Among the key areas for investment are promising projects such as 5G, artificial intelligence and renewable energy.
  • The Fund agreed today is one of several instruments for saving the EU economy. In addition, there are several other support tools worth hundreds of billions of euros.

Putin signed a decree on Russia’s national development goals until 2030

  • population conservation, health and well-being;
  • opportunities for self-realization and talent development;
  • comfortable and safe living environment;
  • decent, effective work and successful entrepreneurship;
  • digital transformation.

Set the following targets

  • ensuring sustainable population growth in the Russian Federation;
  • increasing life expectancy to 78 years;
  • reducing the poverty level by half compared to the indicator of 2017;
  • entering the Russian Federation among the top ten countries in the world for the quality of General education;
  • formation of an effective system for identifying, supporting and developing the abilities and talents of children and youth, based on the principles of justice, universality and aimed at self-determination and professional orientation of all students;
  • ensuring the presence of the Russian Federation among the top ten countries in the world in terms of research and development, including by creating an effective system of higher education;
  • creating conditions for the upbringing of a harmoniously developed and socially responsible person based on the spiritual and moral values of the peoples of the Russian Federation, historical and national cultural traditions;
  • increasing the share of citizens engaged in volunteer (voluntary) activities or involved in the activities of volunteer (voluntary) organizations to 15 percent;
  • an increase in the number of visits to cultural events by three times compared to the indicator of 2019;
  • improving the housing conditions of at least five million families annually and increasing the volume of housing construction to at least 120 million square meters per year;
  • improving the quality of the urban environment by one and a half times; ensuring that the share of the road network in the largest urban agglomerations meets the regulatory requirements at the level of at least 85 percent;
  • creating a sustainable solid municipal waste management system that ensures 100 percent sorting of waste and halves the amount of waste sent to landfills;
  • reducing emissions of dangerous pollutants that have the greatest negative impact on the environment and human health by half;
  • elimination of the most dangerous objects of accumulated damage to the environment and ecological rehabilitation of water bodies, including the Volga river, lake Baikal and lake Teletskoye;
  • ensuring the growth rate of the country’s gross domestic product above the global average while maintaining macroeconomic stability;
  • ensuring that the rate of sustainable growth of the population’s income and the level of pension provision is not lower than inflation;
  • real growth in fixed capital investment is at least 70 percent compared to 2020;
  • the real growth in exports of non-resource non-energy goods is at least 70 percent compared to 2020;
  • increasing the number of people employed in small and medium-sized businesses, including individual entrepreneurs and self-employed, to 25 million;
  • achieving “digital maturity” in key sectors of the economy and social sphere, including health and education, as well as public administration;
  • increasing the share of mass socially significant services available in electronic form to 95 percent;
  • increase in the share of households with broadband access to the Internet information and telecommunications network to 97 percent;
  • the increase in investment in domestic solutions in the field of information technology is four times as compared to the indicator of 2019.

Mikhail Degtyarev from the LDPR was put in charge of the rebellious Khabarovsk territory

The new acting Governor of the Khabarovsk territory, Mikhail Degtyarev, became famous for odious legislative initiatives and proposals that were not adopted.

He proposed to ban the turnover of the dollar in Russia, to prohibit homosexuals from becoming blood donors, to introduce GOST on images of Santa Claus and snow Maiden, to paint the Kremlin white, to return the Imperial flag to Russia, to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages one day a year, to create a collection of obscenities.

During the mayoral campaign in 2013, Degtyarev was remembered for offering to introduce leave for women during critical days, going to the bath with Zhirinovsky and talking about himself in the third person.

Residents of Khabarovsk today staged another action

Residents of Khabarovsk today staged another rally in support of Sergei Furgal, but in addition to slogans addressed to the ex-Governor, they shouted calls for a new head, as well as political slogans.

I will be happy to go out, and more than once, to the residents of Khabarovsk, and we will meet more than once. What does it mean to calm? To be honest, I plan to work for everyone … People have completely different points of view on the issue of management, management, and detention in different ways. I respect them. To those who chanted “Degtyarev, come out”, I want to say: let’s take care of each other. Social distance is not maintained, I urge everyone to take care of themselves

Degtyarev promised to talk to Khabarovsk residents, but later. Now, he said, is the time to do more important things. Meanwhile, the rally at the government building of the Khabarovsk territory continued until late in the evening, but the new Governor Mikhail Degtyarev did not come out to the protesters. Under the cover of darkness, the acting Director escaped from the protesters

In Nizhny Novgorod, single pickets were held despite the torrential rain.

In the city of Kotlas, Arkhangelsk region, a campaign was held in support of Khabarovsk.

A restaurant in Saratov made a summer veranda, putting tables directly on the Parking lot.

Residents of the city in social networks began to share photos, which show that neatly arranged tables of the restaurant “Uzbek” occupy almost the entire Parking lot, and people are sitting behind them as if nothing had happened. At the same time, the restaurant administrator told the newspaper “Rise” that the tables were put on the Parking area temporarily.

Russia has introduced unified electronic visas for foreigners

Russia will introduce unified electronic visas for foreigners from January 1, 2021. According to the draft law, already adopted in the state Duma in the third reading, an electronic visa is a single-entry one, and its validity is 60 days from the date of registration, with a permitted stay of no more than 16 days from the date of entry. You will be able to apply for an e-visa within four days.

Face recognition system deployed in Moscow metro

Moscow metro cars will soon be equipped with a facial recognition system. This will cost 1.4 billion rubles — the mayor’s office will buy video cameras and specialized SOFTWARE for them. At the first stage, by the end of the year, they will be installed in fifteen hundred cars — about a quarter of all metro cars.

The system for tracking Muscovites has an error of more than 20%

Muscovites are fined even if their faces do not fully resemble the data from CCTV cameras. “Automatic” fines for violation of self-isolation are issued with an error of up to 20-25% – this follows from the decisions of the administrative inspection, which were reviewed by Open Media.

Even for cameras that record traffic violations, the requirements are higher: the probability of recognizing a license plate must be at least 90% according to GOST. But the capital’s courts, where they appeal against quarantine fines, do not doubt the reliability of such “evidence by 75%”

Banks now automatically transmit your transactions to nalogoviki

During the epidemic, the tax authorities introduced a new regulation requiring banks to automatically provide information about their clients to the Federal tax service. The new forms and formats for transmitting automatic messages from banks were approved by the Federal tax service of Russia by order no.ED-7-14/354@of may 28, 2020. The Federal tax service will automatically (without requests) receive information about:

  • Opening and closing deposits and accounts
  • Transfers of funds from and to e-wallets
  • Cash receipts and transfers
  • Some other operations

This automatic system was already applied in 2019 in Sberbank, where two databases are processed at once: current accounts and phone contacts. And if you transfer money to a contact with whom you have never spoken on the phone before, the system will receive a notification about possible left earnings or fraud. This includes transfers of round amounts (for example, 10,000 rubles) and transfers of more than 100,000 rubles. Now the Federal tax service will receive data marked as suspicious and will decide what to do with this data.

Greta Thunberg received a prize of one million euros

The Galust Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal awarded the prize “for humanism” to 17-year-old Swedish eco-activist Greta Thunberg. She was awarded for her “persistent struggle” to preserve the environment and her ability to attract young people to this struggle. The award amount is almost one million euros. Thunberg said she would give all the money to environmental organizations.

Eleven aggressive Uzbeks

For participation in mass riots, 11 most aggressive Uzbeks were detained, who organized pogroms of office premises, shops and mobile phone salons in the Amur GPP.

The reason for the unrest was a conflict between employees from Uzbekistan and the management of the contractor organization, which arose on the basis of disagreements over the reimbursement of labor patents.

The Russian state Duma introduced a draft on penalties for threats to collect debts

The Russian government has submitted to the state Duma a draft that increases the responsibility for violating the law when collecting overdue debts from citizens, the fine for such a violation can be up to 500 thousand rubles, the document is published in the electronic database of the lower house of Parliament.

Expenses for the administration of the President of Russia

Spending on the presidential administration in the next three years will grow by 3.5 billion rubles, according to budget projections published on the website of the Ministry of Finance, which were reviewed by Open media. Taking into account the changes, the total amount of expenses for the line will grow to 25.9 billion rubles next year, and in 2023 it will amount to 26.4 billion rubles.

The additional money will also be used to pay Dmitry Medvedev in his new role as Deputy Chairman of the security Council and to maintain its Secretariat. In addition to Medvedev, there was another high official with his staff-Deputy head of the administration Dmitry Kozak.

In new York, banned the sale of foie Gras

The new York city Council has banned the sale of foie Gras from 2022. For violation of this rule, a fine of $2000 is provided. The sale or production of foie Gras is restricted in India, Israel, the United Kingdom, and other countries.

This decision was made because this delicacy is prepared from the liver of a goose or duck that is overfed. To increase the liver of birds, they are force-fed through tubes. Such treatment is cruel, according to animal advocates.

In Russia, they proposed to cancel the secrecy of correspondence and conversations on the phone

The Ministry of economy proposed to remove the processing of personal data under experimental legal regimes from the current regulation, including the secrecy of communications, correspondence and telephone conversations, as well as medical secrecy.

Magnit announced the creation of a new grocery chain

Pilot retail outlets will be named “My price”, and their assortment will be based on the most affordable products, as well as products produced under their own brand (about 18%).

Putin signed a law on deferred payments on debts

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a Federal law on deferred debt payments for pensioners. The text of the law was published on July 20 on the official website of legal information.

Europe has found a replacement for Russian gas

The Israeli government approved an agreement with European countries on the construction of a gas pipeline that will supply Europe with natural gas, writes Reuters. Israel may become a new supplier for Europe, which is looking for a replacement for Gazprom.

Payment for goods and services using cryptocurrency may be banned in Russia

The bill “on digital financial assets” defines cryptocurrency, but prohibits its use to pay for goods and services in Russia, Chairman of the state Duma Committee on the financial market Anatoly Aksakov told RIA Novosti.

China has sold about 1 million barrels of oil to the international market

China has sold about 1 million barrels of oil from its reservoirs to the international market. The transactions were conducted through the Shanghai futures exchange. Oil was supplied to international buyers who, if there were no supplies from China, would buy raw materials in the middle East or Africa, RIA Novosti notes

According to the state statistical office of China, China in the first half of the year increased oil imports by 9.9% – to 269 million tons. In June, China increased oil imports by a third year-on-year, as a result, the indicator updates the historical record for the second month in a row.

Sberbank will write off a state loan for 150 billion rubles

The state loan issued to Sberbank in 2008 will be included in the main capital of the organization, according to Reuters. This way, it will be debited. These measures will help the Bank cope with possible losses and restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Revenue in the cloud sector increased

A sharp increase in demand for services during the lockdown period allowed cloud companies to demonstrate impressive financial results for the first quarter of 2020.

Revenue from AWS, Amazon’s cloud division and the global market leader (50% share), increased by 33% compared to the same period last year to a record $10.2 billion.

Microsoft’s Azure cloud service accounts for 27% of the global market and generated 57% more revenue in the first quarter. Microsoft does not publish separate figures for Azure, but overall cloud services brought the giant $12.3 billion, which is 27% more than last year.

In third place by market share is Google Cloud (9%), which brought the parent company Alphabet $2.8 billion, which is 52% more than in 2019

Total has signed a gas agreement with Mozambique

A financial agreement for a gas project in Mozambique worth 14.9 billion dollars was signed by the French oil and gas company Total, on July 18, the Brussels Times reports. Total reported that the project is “the largest ever project financing in Africa”.

The Baltic countries began to abandon Russian oil

In recent weeks, the countries of the Baltic region: Lithuania, Finland, and Poland have begun to reduce imports of Russian Urals oil and are switching to alternative supplies from fields in the Caspian and North seas. This is reported by the price Agency Argus.

The US Congress approved the strengthening of sanctions against the Nord stream-2

The house of representatives of the US Congress has unanimously approved the introduction of sanctions in the draft defense budget against the Nord stream-2 gas pipeline, which is planned to deliver gas to Europe via the Baltic sea from Russia. The pipeline is laid parallel to the existing Nord stream pipeline.

Daimler stops production of Mercedes-Benz sedans in the US and Mexico

According to the source, the decision to stop production was made in connection with a new program aimed at optimizing costs.

Turkish stream will temporarily stop from July 27

According to the Turkish company Botas, the gas pipeline will be repaired from July 27 to August 10. Scheduled maintenance of the Turkish stream was carried out from 23 to 29 June, Interfax writes.

The Kremlin explained the appointment of Degtyarev as acting head of the Khabarovsk territory

Russian President Vladimir Putin, when appointing Mikhail Degtyarev as acting Governor of the Khabarovsk territory, was guided by the task of establishing the smooth operation of regional authorities, said Dmitry Peskov, the press Secretary of the Russian leader.

Putin took part in laying of amphibious ships in the Crimea

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the amphibious assault ships (helicopter carriers) at the plant “Zaliv” in Kerch. Via videoconference, he also participated in the laying of two frigates in Saint Petersburg and two nuclear submarines in Severodvinsk.

The Russian state Duma adopted a law on multi-day voting in elections

The state Duma adopted a law on the possibility of three-day voting in elections and referendums. This is reported by TASS. The document States that three days is the maximum possible duration of a multi-day vote. At the same time, the need for this procedure will be determined by the election Commission that conducts elections or referendums.

Iran’s Ambassador to Russia offered to unite against us sanctions

Iran’s Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali suggested creating a club of countries affected by US economic sanctions. According to Kommersant, Moscow and Beijing were invited to join the new Association.

The state Duma wants to ban the wearing of clothing that depicts Hitler

A bill banning the sale and wearing of clothing that depicts Adolf Hitler or other leaders of the Third Reich will be submitted to the state Duma in the near future. This was announced by the head of the Duma Committee on culture Elena Yampolskaya, who was the author of the initiative.

A resolution against Russia’s participation in the G7 was submitted to the US Senate

The resolution makes it clear that the US Senate will oppose the readmission of Russia if it does not stop its malicious actions against Ukraine, our allies and the US,-the press service quotes the words of the co-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ukraine, Democrat dick Durbin

HBO is looking for Actresses for roles for the prequel “Game of thrones”

A young girl is being sought for the role of Rhaenyra, and a Mature woman should play Alicent. However, while the names of Actresses who will perform these roles are unknown, and shooting should begin next year. The fantasy series will not premiere until 2022.

Hollywood bought the rights to the Ukrainian film

For the first time in the history of Ukrainian cinema, the rights to the picture were bought by a company from Hollywood, writes MK. One of the most famous distributors in the world, Lionsgate, has signed a contract with the creators of the Thriller Let it snow.

Idris Elba will receive a special BAFTA award

“Luther” star Idris Elba will receive a special award for supporting ethnic and cultural diversity and discovering new talent in the industry at the BAFTA Television Awards, which will be held online on July 31, 2020.

The Company Warner Bros. showed the new Tom and Jerry logo

The film was directed by Tim storey and written by Craig Wright, Katie Silberman, April Prosser and Kevin Costello, according to MovieWeb. The main “human” role was played by Chloe grace Moretz. Michael peña, Ken Jong, and Rob Delaney also participated in the project. The feed is due to be released in March 2021.

Scottish rock band Travis presented the video for the song “Valentine”

One of the most famous music magazines has closed

British monthly music magazine Q Magazine has closed, writes Pitchfork. The owner of the publication, Bauer Media, tried to sell the magazine during a restructuring related to the coronavirus pandemic, but could not find a buyer.

Xiaomi introduced a budget projector

According to the official representative of the manufacturer’s press service, The xiaomi Mijia Projector 2 Pro device can already be booked at a cost of 658 dollars. Its sales will start at the end of this month, on July 29.

Nikon Z 5 full frame camera

Officially presented mirrorless full-frame camera with interchangeable optics Nikon Z 5, sales of which will begin next month. The price of the new product will be from 1399 us dollars

In Britain, the concept of a hybrid passenger plane was presented

Engineers of the British company Electric Aviation Group have developed a project for a 70-seat passenger hybrid aircraft. According to the Flightglobal portal, the aircraft was created with the possible conversion into a fully electric aircraft (this possibility will come in handy when the world will have batteries, the specific capacity of which will exceed the performance of modern batteries by an order of magnitude).

Created a navigation system for robots

Thanks to common sense, the navigation planning system allows you to build an optimal route and get to your destination as quickly as possible. Scientists believe that the development will be useful in the production of robot assistants, including those with voice control.

Zoologists have found a hamster in the Andes that lives at a record height

Zoologists have discovered a yellow-tailed leaf-eared hamster in the Chilean Andes on top of the Llulayllaco volcano (6739 meters above sea level). Previously, it was thought that mammals could not live at this height in the mountains. Now scientists will have to reconsider their views on the range of mammals

New technology for carbon dioxide capture

Chinese scientists have developed a new technology for the production of a membrane designed to capture and separate carbon dioxide (carbon dioxide, CO2). This is reported by the Xinhua news Agency. The authors of the development are specialists from Tianjin University.

Scientists from Harvard have discovered the secret of goose bumps

Biologists from Harvard together with Taiwanese experts found out that goosebumps are caused by the contraction of the muscles connecting the sympathetic nerve and the stem cells of the hair follicle. Accordingly, “goose skin” has a positive effect on hair growth.

It is not the fittest that survives, but the friendliest

Most people believe that Darwin spoke of physical strength, meaning that stronger, more resilient, and more resilient species will always win over their weaker counterparts. Scientists from the Center for cognitive neuroscience at Duke University believe that those species that have thrived throughout history had something else that had nothing to do with physically defeating competitors. Scientists say that the friendly partnership relations between species provide a successful evolution. Species survive based on partnership and communication.