24 Jul, 2020

News digest for 07/23/2020

At the talks on the Donbass in the Minsk format, the parties agreed on new measures to control the truce, the foreign Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s Republic said on Wednesday following the talks of the contact group.

“From Monday, the orders of the leadership of the AFU and the leadership of the people’s militia on additional measures to support and observe the current indefinite truce for the entire period until a full comprehensive settlement of the conflict will come into force,” the DPR foreign Ministry said in a statement following the talks.

Measures to ensure a truce in the Donbass:

  • prohibition of offensive and reconnaissance-sabotage actions and the use of any types of aircraft;
  • ban on the use of fire, including sniping;
  • ban on the deployment of heavy weapons in localities and their environs;
  • application of disciplinary measures for violation of the ceasefire;
  • establishment of a coordination mechanism to respond to violations of the ceasefire.

First Chinese mission to explore Mars

The Changzheng-5 heavy launch vehicle launched on Thursday, July 23, with the tianwen-1 automatic interplanetary station, Xinhua reports.

The purpose of the mission is to search for traces of life on Mars, as well as to study the possibility of human colonization of the planet. If the mission is successful, scientists will be able to study the planet’s atmosphere, terrain, magnetic field and other features, which should help to learn more about its origin.

Asgardia will have the opportunity to track all civilian weapons in the country

By the end of 2020, Rosgvardiya will receive an IT platform that will track all civilian weapons in the country from the factory to the counter, as well as simplify the issuance of permits for their purchase and storage.

It is assumed that gun owners will receive a single plastic card, as well as a mobile app for iOS and Android. The development of the platform will cost 540 million rubles from the national program “Digital economy”, its creation is handled by the state research Institute” Voskhod”.

Relatives of Mamikhan Umarov claimed responsibility for his murder

Relatives of Chechen blogger Mamikhan Umarov, who was killed in Austria, recorded a video message in which they actually confessed to the crime.

“From our family dog who lived in Europe, Mamihan Umarov. Until it was sorted out, we didn’t have a chance to show ourselves… We stopped it because it was supposed to do it”, — quotes the edition of “Caucasus.Realities ” translation of the statement of Umarov’s relatives from the village of Mesker-Yurt in Chechnya.

The organizers of the iPhone Photography Award named the winners of 2020

Dimpi Bhalotia from great Britain won the Grand prize for the photo “Flying boys”, and Artem Baryshev from Saint Petersburg took the first place. Baryshev at the beginning of the year was in India and took an iPhone 6 from the train window fence with vertical lines that merge with the sky.

What is the cost of living?

The cost of living in Russia in the first quarter of 2020 was 10,843 rubles. With this money, we are offered:

  • 5078 rubles for food
  • 2,518 rubles for non-food items (including clothing and shoes, appliances, and everything else)
  • 2518 rubles for services (something will remain after the communal services, I wonder?)
  • 729 rubles for mandatory payments and fees

The US announced an award for information about the President of the Supreme court of Venezuela

The US state Department announced a $5 million reward for information about the President of the Supreme court of Venezuela, Michael Moreno, which will bring him to justice. This is reported on the website of the us Immigration police (ICE). The us authorities consider the Venezuelan judicial official involved in corruption. Moreno and his wife are banned from entering the United States indefinitely.

The 54-year-old chief justice of the Venezuelan Supreme court has been charged by Florida authorities with conspiring to launder money and accepting “tens of millions of dollars” in bribes to settle “dozens of civil and criminal cases” in Venezuela.

Investment in the housing stock of Europe

In the first quarter of 2020, investment in European housing stock increased by 13% compared to the same period last year. This conclusion was reached by analysts of the international company Knight Frank.

According to analysts, the share of investments in the residential sector is 24% of the total investment in real estate in Europe. Knight Frank notes that only office buildings received more investment — 41%. In the first quarter of 2020, investment in industrial real estate amounted to 13%, in retail-12%, in land – 5%.

The US has set a reward for information about Ukrainian hackers

The US state Department has appointed a monetary reward for information that will help arrest Ukrainian hackers Artem Radchenko and Alexander Eremenko. This was stated by US Secretary of state Michael Pompeo.

“The indictment alleges that Radchenko and Eremenko hacked the EDGAR electronic data collection, analysis and search system of the us securities and exchange Commission and stole thousands of confidential files, which were then illegally sold for profit»

The new Jersey state attorney’s office has previously charged Radchenko. It was reported that he and his accomplices hacked the closed databases of the American regulator, also stole financial information of corporations, including information about profits, and then passed it to stock players. Over three years, hackers illegally received more than $4.1 million.


In Khabarovsk, participants of the rally in support of the arrested Governor Sergei Furgal chant “20 years of no trust”

Acting Governor of the Khabarovsk territory Degtyarev reported a call from Prime Minister Mishustin: the Russian government will allocate an additional 1.3 billion rubles to the Khabarovsk territory to compensate for the loss of income

In Khabarovsk, urgent cases on the economy have accumulated, Degtyarev is primarily engaged in them-Peskov about the call of the protesters to the acting ” go out to them”

Kremlin-about the ongoing protests in Khabarovsk

Kommersant FM: Mikhail Degtyarev has not yet communicated with the protesters, having found more priority tasks. According to the Kremlin, there is still no need to communicate with fellow citizens who have claims to local and Federal authorities? Do these people deserve to be heard?

Dmitry Peskov: Of Course. No one refuses to communicate with citizens. Degtyarev has only been working in the region for a few days. It is obvious that there are a lot of operational issues that require urgent solutions to ensure the functioning of the economy of the region, the economy of the region, in the interests of citizens and residents of the region. This is what the acting Director is now doing as a matter of priority.

Kommersant FM: did you see the request for” Degtyarev home ” in the Kremlin?

Dmitry Peskov: I would not make any generalizing conclusions. Obviously, you need to wait some time before giving any estimates.

Echo of Moscow: How do the Kremlin explain the appearance of anti-Moscow slogans in Khabarovsk?

Dmitry Peskov: Again. I would not generalize the situation and put everything under a single denominator.

“Echo of Moscow”: But how did you know in Moscow these slogans? What is their nature?

Dmitry Peskov: I can’t answer that question for you. Like what’s the nature?! Write slogans, say slogans, there are individual people… Now, you know, this is such a fashionable trend for representatives of such a quasi-opposition, which is not averse to making a little noise there, trying to earn some points on this situation. And so in General it is an emotional reaction, of course.

We are talking about the former Governor of the region, who was popular in his region, but nevertheless there was an unusual, emergency situation when charges of involvement in a serious crime were brought against him. Of course, there is a reason for a very acute emotional reaction. That’s what we explain.

Novartis has applied for registration of the drug “Zolgensma” in Russia

Previously, patients had to fly to the USA to obtain “Solvency”. Recently, with the assistance of Novartis, it was possible to make an injection in Russia. However, registration of medicines will help to avoid bureaucratic delays and to gain time for children. Before applying, the company conducted trials in which 100 children received the drug for free (they were determined randomly). One child was from Russia.

This is the most expensive medicine in the world, which permanently stops the course of spinal muscular atrophy in children. One injection at the age of two years is enough to stop its development. The cost of this injection is 160 million rubles.

SMA is a disease in which all the muscles, including the respiratory ones, gradually atrophy. In Russia for treatment is permitted only “Spinrite”, but it needs to chop all my life, several times a year. One injection costs 8 million rubles.

He was sentenced under the juvenile code.

The Hamburg land court sentenced Bruno D., who was a guard at the Stutthof concentration camp, to two years of probation, according to the DPA news Agency. The man, who is now 93 years old, is accused of complicity in the murders in 5232 cases, the defense demanded the release of the defendant. At the time of the crimes, Bruno D. was 17 years old, so he was sentenced under the juvenile code.

Detention on the picket lines in support of the defendants in the Rostov case

Today, the Supreme court had to consider the appeal in the Rostov case. The meeting was rescheduled for July 30.Activists of the “Other Russia” Mikhail Galyashkin, Andrey Plygach, Timofey Filin and Natalia Krivolapova were detained at pickets in Moscow in defense of the defendants in the Rostov case.

The official address of Roman Putin’s party turned out to be a transformer booth

The party itself specified this address on its own website. Mikhail Zmeenkov, the founder of the People against corruption party, told open media that He was not surprised: under the current leadership, anything can happen there.

“We created the party in opposition to the work of [Alexey] Navalny, and now it is completely formal,” he said

The state Duma proposed to fine motorcyclists for driving between rows

The bill has already been sent to the government for discussion, Izvestia reported. The penalty will be tightened if there are signs of dangerous driving and maneuvering between the rows – a fine of 15 thousand rubles or a driver’s license for 2-6 months

VTSIOM: more than a third of Russians do not have enough money to pay

33 percent of Russians periodically experience a lack of money before receiving a salary, and 10 percent face this problem regularly. These are the results of a survey conducted by the all-Russian center for the study of public opinion (VTSIOM).

More than half of Perm pilots left S7

According to the agreement of the parties, about 60% of the pilots left, and the rest were offered to move to the airline’s divisions in Novosibirsk and Vladivostok. Earlier it was reported that after the restoration of the number of flights, in 8-10 months, the pilots will be able to return to work

In Russia, it was proposed to prohibit issuing loans in Bank apps

The head of the public movement “for security” Dmitry Kurdesov proposed to ban the processing of loans through mobile applications of banks. A copy of the letter addressed to the Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia Elvira Nabiullina is available to RT.

Mishustin commented on the current economic situation in Russia

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said that Russia currently has sufficient funds to implement national goals and projects, despite the pandemic of coronavirus infection. He said this in an interview with the TV channel “Russia-24”.

Tesla reported its fourth consecutive profitable quarter

Tesla’s net income in the second quarter of this year was $104 million, earnings per share — 50 cents, and revenue – $6.04 billion. Analysts had expected a loss of 11 cents per share and $5.4 billion in revenue.

Such indicators will allow the company’s CEO Elon Musk to receive remuneration in the amount of more than $2 billion and, probably, will give Tesla the opportunity to enter the index of the largest us companies by capitalization of the S&P 500, the us Forbes notes.

Revenue Mail.ru Group in the second quarter

Revenue Mail.ru Group at the end of the second quarter of 2020 amounted to 25.37 billion rubles, an increase of 25.5% compared to the same period last year, according to the financial report of the Internet holding. The company’s EBITDA increased by 3.9% to RUB 7.47 billion.

The Central Bank has found in Russia 77 financial pyramids for the six months

CBR in the first half recorded in Russia 77 financial pyramids – their number slightly decreased compared to the same period last year, with about half of them are online projects from abroad, said the Director of the Department on combating unfair practices of the Bank of Russia Valery Lyakh.

Mishustin explained the cancellation of the unified tax system in Russia

The Russian authorities decided to cancel the tax regime in the form of a single imputed income tax (UTI) for individual entrepreneurs, despite its popularity, due to the loss of regional budgets, said Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, speaking in the state Duma.

The US increased oil supplies to Europe

The United States increased oil shipments for the first time since the start of the OPEC+ agreement in may, deliveries increased by 600 thousand tons compared to June, to about 3.1 million tons, RIA Novosti reports with reference to Reuters.

The US accuses Switzerland of currency manipulation

Switzerland meets three main criteria that can help it be included in the us list of currency manipulators, Bloomberg notes. The country has a current account surplus and a bilateral trade surplus. Switzerland also conducts currency interventions, buying up us dollars, in order to reduce the risk of strengthening the Swiss franc. Switzerland denies all charges.

Volume of foreign currency deposits of Russians

At the beginning of the year, $ 96.5 billion was stored in foreign currency in Russian accounts. However, in January-April, depositors took $ 8.3 billion from banks. Now deposits have increased and as of July 1 amounted to 89.6 billion dollars.

Gas price for the population of Ukraine

The price of gas for the population of Ukraine in July increased by 7% compared to the previous month, to 2.3 hryvnia (0.83 dollars) per cubic meter, the press service of “Naftogaz of Ukraine”. In June, Naftogaz reduced the price of gas for the population by 6%, to 2.14 hryvnia (0.8 dollars) per cubic meter.

Electric cars are cheaper than conventional cars

British economists say that even now the ownership of electric cars is cheaper for owners compared to traditional cars. The calculation is based on the purchase price and the cost of ownership over 14 years.

Chevron will buy its rival Noble Energy

Chevron Corp, one of the largest us oil companies, has reached an agreement to acquire rival Noble Energy Inc.for $5 billion, according to a joint press release from the companies. This will be the largest transaction in the oil industry since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the Wall Street Journal notes.

HBO renewed “Perry Mason” for a second season

“Perry Mason,” a reboot of the 1957 CBS drama, tells the story of Perry Mason, a low-paid private investigator who lives paycheck to paycheck and worries about a broken marriage.

The series is based on the work of Earl Stanley Gardner, and the Executive producers are Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan. The series stars Matthew Reese, Juliet Rylance, Chris Mel, Shea Whigham, Tatiana Maslany and John Lithgow. The series premiered on June 22 this year. The final episode of the first season will be released on August 9.

The Chinese woman accused by the FBI took refuge in the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco

Chinese researcher Juan Tang, accused by the FBI of hiding her affiliation with the armed forces of the PRC, took refuge in the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. This follows from a Prosecutor’s note filed in the Federal district court of San Francisco, the Guardian reported on July 23.

National banks of the United States received the right to store cryptocurrency

National us banks can now store cryptographic keys from cryptocurrency wallets. The corresponding permission was issued by The office of the Comptroller of the currency (OCC) within the us Treasury.

Trump has sent Federal forces to crack down on urban crime

During a briefing at the White house, the us President called the culprits of the left-wing movement, which intends to destroy local police departments. Donald trump has decided to introduce additional forces to US cities to fight crime.

Steve Wozniak filed a lawsuit against YouTube and Google

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak sued YouTube and Google and accused them of allowing fraudulent material to be posted on his behalf. Wozniak became one of 18 plaintiffs who are trying to recover damages from companies and oblige the video hosting company to delete videos with the distribution of bitcoins, CoinDesk writes.

Apple refused to buy a British developer of processor cores

Japanese SoftBank’s offer to buy British processor core developer ARM was rejected by American Apple, Bloomberg reported on July 23, citing its sources. The companies were in preliminary talks, but Apple was not interested in the offer.

Apple launches new vulnerability search program on iPhone

A batch of iPhones for security specialists is released to the market by Apple. The volume of release of devices in the Security Research Device (SRD) category is limited. The program is designed to analyze SOFTWARE security levels and identify their vulnerabilities. The gadgets are not intended for personal use, and researchers are prohibited from disclosing data. All problems found should be reported to the company. In return, participants will be given access to documentation and the Apple engineering forum.

The SRD security check will operate in parallel with the error reward program, open to all researchers in 2019. You can earn up to 1 million dollars for reporting problems

Lukashenko has threatened to expel foreign media from Belarus

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has threatened to expel foreign media from the country if they submit destructive information.

There is no need to wait for any end of the election campaign. Expel them from here if they do not comply with our laws and call people to the Maidan. – Alexander Lukashenko

The protection of lake Baikal should not interfere with the development of the economy

The protection of lake Baikal and other protected areas remains an unshakeable priority of the Russian authorities, but it should not interfere with the country’s economic development, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The protection of lake Baikal and protected areas remains an unshakeable priority, but at the same time, this unshakeable priority should not and cannot be an obstacle to the country’s economic development. – Dmitry Peskov, Russian statesman

The US considers it almost impossible to make progress in relations with Russia

“The latest steps we have taken against Russia are just part of our response to a long-standing pattern of behavior that makes it virtually impossible for us to make progress with the Russians in any form,” U.S. Deputy Secretary of state Stephen Bigan said at a Senate hearing.

So Bigan answered the question of what exactly caused the recent sanctions against the Russian entrepreneur Yevgeny Prigozhin and related individuals and companies.

India has tested an anti tank guided missile Nag

In India, the Nag anti-tank guided missile was tested in a direct attack mode and an armored vehicle attack from above. They were conducted by the defense research and development Organization (DRDO) near the city of Balasore in Odisha. This was reported by the Indian newspaper Financial Express.

One of the accused policemen asks to resume the case against Golunov

Igor lyakhovets, a former employee of the Department of internal Affairs for the Western administrative district of Moscow, said in court that he would ask the Prosecutor General’s office to reopen a criminal case on drug sales against Ivan Golunov. It should be noted that he is also considered the main person involved in the case of the journalist’s detention.

The car of the Armenian Embassy was set on fire in Germany

The car of the Armenian Embassy was burned in Germany, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the Armenian foreign Ministry. “At midnight on July 23, the official car of the Armenian Embassy in Germany was set on fire,” the statement reads

ABBA will release five new songs

The independent, referring to the reasons to Be Cheerful podcast host Jeff Lloyd, reported great news for fans of the legendary Swedish Quartet ABBA: the pop group is going to release five new musical compositions next year.

The trailer for the Russian science fiction film goalkeeper of the Galaxy

A trailer for the new Russian science fiction film “goalie of the Galaxy”has appeared online. The film should be released on August 27. “Goalie of the Galaxy” is set in 2071.

The release date of the second season of “the Witcher” became known

The film adaptation of the story about Geralt of Rivia by Andrzej Sapkowski will be continued soon. The team intends to finish shooting in February 2021. By July next year, it is planned to complete the work on visual effects, for which the company Platige Image is responsible. And on the platform of the streaming service Netflix, the series with Henry Canville in the main role will be published only in August 2021.

Google plans to increase requirements for Android smartphones

A prerequisite for installing the Android 11 operating system on a device may soon be that it has at least 2 GB of RAM.devices that do not meet this requirement will install the lightweight Android Go system.

Godfall will not have microtransactions or a service model

Godfall is not a service game, and there will be no microtransactions. This was announced by the technical producer of the title, Richard Hine, in an interview with the Arekkz Gaming channel. Godfall will be released on the PlayStation 5 at the time of its release and will be a temporary PS5 console exclusive. In addition, the game will appear on the PC.

Apple unveils new iOS 14 in beta

Apple has introduced the iOS 14 and iPad OS 14 operating systems, but so far only in beta. Currently, OSS are available exclusively for app developers. A feature of iOS 14 and iPad OS 14 is a complete reinterpretation of the main screen.

Jaguar Land Rover has introduced a contactless touch screen display

Jaguar Land Rover is developing technologies that could reduce the spread of viruses in the car’s interior. As part of the project, an unusual display with touch control was presented. However, you don’t need to touch the display to work with it.

Asus has introduced the world’s most powerful smartphone ROG Phone 3

There is also a cooling system GameCool 3. ASUS presented a gaming smartphone ROG Phone 3, which has truly top-end parameters. The gadget is equipped with an AMOLED screen with a diagonal of 6.59 inches and a refresh rate of 155 Hz

A vulnerability was discovered that allows you to replace the content of signed PDF files

Half of computer applications for viewing PDF files are vulnerable to a new attack discovered by a group of scientists from the Ruhr University, according to the it news portal ZDNet.

The essence of the vulnerability is that an attacker prepares a special PDF file with multiple layers. Another layer with a different content is hidden under the visible layer. The victim signs the document with a digital signature, and then the attacker swaps the layers so that the signature remains correct.

A new basic version of the Chinese desktop OS has been released

Version 20 of the operating system (OS) Unity Operating System (UOS) Professional Edition for personal computers and workstations was released by Union Tech on July 21, according to the it news portal from China cnTechPost.

Bottom-level methane leak detected in Antarctica

Scientists from the University of Oregon have confirmed data on the first active methane leak from the Antarctic sea floor. The phenomenon was discovered in the cinder cones of underwater volcanoes during research work in the McMurdo Strait.

Created a drone that can fly like a bird and hang in one place

Scientists from Singapore and Australia have created a drone that weighs only 26 grams. The robot can fly like a swallow or other small birds. The drone has 4 wings that are made of plastic membranes. The wings are powered by a special motor. The robot also has a tail, which allows the drone to perform maneuvers in the air, as well as sharply change the direction of movement or quickly reduce the speed of flight.

The East Antarctic ice sheet has been melting in the past

Researchers from the University of California at Santa Cruz have found new evidence that the East Antarctic ice sheet lost a significant amount of ice during the warm period about 400,000 years ago. The authors ‘ work is published in the journal Nature.

The underwater equivalent of the ISS will appear in the Caribbean sea

The grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau will build the “underwater ISS” according to the plan, the construction will take three years and it will require $135 million. The amount must be provided by investors whose names Cousteau does not name.