27 Jul, 2020

News digest for 07/25-26/2020

Russia has sharply increased imports of palm oil

Imports of palm oil and its fractions to Russia increased in may 2020 by 2.3 times year-on-year to 113 thousand tons. This data is provided by the Federal state statistics service. In comparison with the previous month, the indicator increased by 65.4% during the reporting period.

More than half of Russians save on food

In the second quarter, 56% of consumers in the country saved on food purchases, according to a survey conducted by Sberbank on June 1-20. A quarter earlier, 61% were forced to cut food costs.

“At the moment, the average Russian spends 38.8% of their income on food,” the study says. Last year, in the same period, this figure was 37.8%.

Despite Rosstat data on stable low inflation (3.3% in mid-July), people continue to complain about price increases. In June, the share of those concerned about inflation was 45%.

Russia plans to build the main temple of the Olympians

Vladimir resin, curator of the 200 churches construction program in Moscow, told Interfax about the plans to build the main temple of the Olympians. According to him, the work will be completed within 5-7 years. A sports complex, Sunday school, Museum and other facilities will be built next to the Church. According to Rosreestr, the complex will be located on an area of 2.4 hectares.

The total cost of the main temple of Russian Olympians in Moscow will be 2 billion rubles, said Maria Akubardia, Secretary of the rector of the Church of St. Prince Dimitri Donskoy in Butovo, near which the new Cathedral will be built. According to her, money for this should be given by philanthropists — both organizations and individuals. She did not say whether any of the benefactors had already agreed to Finance the construction of the Church.

Putin allowed to freeze real pensions of Russians for 10 years

The decree “on Russia’s national development goals until 2030”, signed by President Vladimir Putin, actually gives permission to freeze the real pensions of Russians for 10 years.

Bus services to neighboring regions resumed in Kuzbass

From July 23, flights were resumed from Novokuznetsk to Krasnoyarsk, as well as from Kemerovo to Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Belokurikha and Krasnoyarsk. Recall that since April 3, interregional communication was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic

The rent for July among Russians has grown in completely different ways

Experts explained why the rent for July among Russians has grown in completely different ways. And for some, the payment for housing rose by 4%, and for others — by 20%.

As explained by the head of the Department of regulation in the housing and utilities sector of the Federal Antimonopoly service Alexey Matyukhin, state regulation exists only for utility tariffs. And tariffs for housing services and contributions to capital repairs depend on the” appetites ” of the regions, there are no restrictions at the Federal level. A limit index is set for each region, and monitoring shows that the limit levels are not exceeded, the expert said.

Skytrain launched in test mode in Nizhny Novgorod

The test launch of the “ground metro” from Pochinki station to Varya station took place in Nizhny Novgorod on July 24. The first passengers were employees of the regional Ministry of transport and VVPPK, the press service of the regional government reports. It was reported that on a regular basis, 33 pairs of trains will start running on this route from August 1. And the authorities promised: the travel time between stations is ten minutes.

The nature reserve on the Kamchatka Peninsula will build a nature trail to the seal sanctuary

The reserve plans to build a decking trail, through which visitors will be able to observe the life of seals, sea lions and antlers. This route is necessary to ensure the safety of tourists and not harm the ecosystem of the coast

Almost 70 self-driving cars run around Moscow every day

Every day on the roads of Moscow goes almost 70 cars without drivers, – noted in the publication. The Ministry stressed that the introduction of unmanned vehicles on the roads does not affect traffic safety. However, the full launch will take place after the infrastructure and legislative framework are prepared.

Turkmenistan and Iran resumed railway communication

Turkmenistan and Iran have resumed railway trade suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is reported by centralasia.news, referring to the ISNA news Agency

SpaceX may sell its shares for $1 billion

American aerospace Corporation SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, is in talks with investors to raise $1 billion by selling its shares, writes Bloomberg.

“SpaceX is in talks with investors to raise about $1 billion at a price of $270 per share,” the publication reports

Russian reusable launch vehicle ” Krylo-SV”

In Anapa, a model of the Russian reusable cruise launch vehicle “Krylo-SV”is presented. One stage will send it into space and be discarded, and the other will return the rocket to the spaceport on wings.

The last Russian project of this type was presented almost 10 years ago, but it was never implemented. Photo by RIA Novosti.

Urgently check all Boeing 737s that have been parked for more than a week

US aviation authorities require airlines to urgently check all Boeing 737s that have been parked for more than a week. According to the Agency, the corrosion that occurred during this time can lead to the failure of one or both engines, there have already been 4 such cases. UPD we are Talking about Boeing series cars 737-300, -400, -500, -600, -700, -700C, -800, -900 and-900ER.

Residents of the Far East again came to the rally in support of Furgal

Rallies and marches in support of the arrested Governor of the Khabarovsk territory, Sergei Furgal, were held on Saturday in Khabarovsk, Vladivostok and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Interfax news Agency reported. Participants gathered in the Central squares of cities and then marched through the Central streets.

Residents of the Far East again came to the rally in support of Furgal

Rallies and marches in support of the arrested Governor of the Khabarovsk territory, Sergei Furgal, were held on Saturday in Khabarovsk, Vladivostok and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Interfax news Agency reported. Participants gathered in the Central squares of cities and then marched through the Central streets.The new Governor of the Khabarovsk territory, Mikhail Degtyarev, who was asked by the protesters to come out and talk to them, left Khabarovsk for the weekend

The protesters in Khabarovsk have specific requirements:

  • Return Sergei Furgal to Khabarovsk;
  • Ensure a public trial with a jury in his case;
  • Dismiss the representative of the far Eastern Federal district Yuri Trutnev and the mayor of Khabarovsk Sergey Kravchuk;
  • Appoint a local politician, not a Moscow one, as acting Governor.

Degtyarev advised Khabarovsk residents to do something useful

During the Instagram stream, acting Governor Mikhail Degtyarev advised residents to spend the weekend at their dacha or do something “socially useful”. He himself, as an example of useful work, told about the allocation of money to a zoo where animals allegedly starve and are on the verge of exhaustion.

Protesters in Khabarovsk told “Open media” that even without prompting Degtyarev are busy with socially useful things — they go to meetings every day

Degtyarev’s words about starving animals and that without his money “the animals would have perished” turned out to be untrue. The zoo “Open media” reported: all the animals are full and healthy, their diet is not reduced, but they miss the visitors.

The mayor and head of the city Duma of Komsomolsk-on-Amur went to the protesters

The mayor of Komsomolsk-on-Amur Alexander Zhornik and the Chairman of the city Duma Vladimir Ginzburg went to the participants of the rally in support of the arrested former Governor of the Khabarovsk territory Sergey Furgal and thanked them. The video, which shows how officials communicate with the protesters, was published by the city’s news community Komsagram.

“Well done.<…> This has not been seen in the far East, ” Zhornik said in the video, addressing the rally participants. “Everyone can hear you, all of Russia can hear you. Every one of you who is here now can have a monument erected during your lifetime for being so United. You are good, ” Ginsburg supported him.

Police take part in “peace enforcement” operation

In order to restore peace between the Armenian and Azerbaijani diasporas, 27 people have already been detained in Saint Petersburg and 35 have been taken to police stations.

More than 30 people were detained after mass fights between Azerbaijanis and Armenians and damage to shop Windows in Moscow. Several criminal cases were opened, including hooliganism and robbery. After the participants of the conflicts are punished for crimes, they will be banned from entering the Russian Federation for 5 years, the capital’s gumvd reported.

Amid the aggravation of the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, the Azerbaijani Ambassador called on his compatriots living in the Russian Federation to observe the laws and not participate in street fights. Earlier the Armenian Ambassador to Moscow also called on his fellow citizens to remain within the framework of Russian legal norms

Russian TV series “Chica” was accused of promoting LGBT

“Public Commissioner for family protection” in St. Petersburg Olga Baranets complained to the Ministry of internal Affairs and Roskomnadzor about “propaganda of LGBT and feminism” in the TV series “Chiki”. Baranets saw the promotion of feminism in the fact that men in the series act “as pimps, former criminals, bandits and weak-willed individuals.”

In the US, a Singaporean citizen pleaded guilty to collaborating with Chinese intelligence.

Yeo Jun Wei was recruited by the security services during his trip to China in 2015. A Singaporean citizen faces up to 10 years in prison.

A man disguised himself as an old man to steal money.

In 2019, a resident of the us state of Michigan, 55-year-old John Christopher Coletti, began forging identity cards to enter the casino under the names of VIP customers. This allowed him to receive cash payments in advance at the cash desks of gambling establishments.

The head of the Ural branch of Transparency International was detained in Kazan

In Kazan, the head of the Ural branch of the international organization Transparency International Ekaterina Petrova was detained — – Maya Pakulova, an employee of the Ural branch of Transparency, told the correspondent of Open media. Petrova flew to Kazan the day before to give lectures on methods of detecting corruption in the analysis of public procurement.

Immediately after the beginning of the lecture, riot police broke into the headquarters of the public organization “United Democrats” and detained all those present. Together with Petrova, 15 students of the lecture were detained, and they are now being taken to the police station No. 16. According to preliminary information, they were arrested on a report of an upcoming terrorist attack.

Chinese diplomats leave the Consulate General in Houston

Earlier, Chinese foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin called the demand to leave the Consulate a unilateral political provocation by the United States and a serious violation of international law.


Russia does not consider the test of the satellite inspector to be a weapon deployment in space

Russia does not consider the test of a new satellite inspector, which caused concern in the United States and great Britain, the deployment of weapons in space, said the former head of the 4th Central research Institute (CNI) of the Russian defense Ministry, retired major General Vladimir Dvorkin

Patriarch Kirill has blessed the sale of Mercedes Benz S-class

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia has blessed the abbess of the Pokrovsky monastery in Moscow, abbess Feofani (Myskina), for the sale of a Mercedes Benz S-class car in her possession, ROC official Vladimir Legoyda said.

The Patriarch reminded of the blessing to all clergy and monastics not to use cars, which are considered to be luxury, and to register the necessary vehicles for work at the monastery. Earlier, a wide response in the media and social networks received information that abbess Feofania purchased in her name “Mercedes” worth 9.5 million rubles.

Tesla plans to launch an insurance company for its customers

American electric car manufacturer Tesla plans to launch a major insurance company for its customers. This was stated at a meeting with investors by the company’s co-founder and CEO Elon Musk.

Tesla will use data from its cars ‘ onboard computers about driving style. Based on this information, the company will determine the probability of a driver getting into an accident and calculate a personal insurance rate for them. The more aggressive the driving, the more expensive the insurance will be, Musk said.

For the first time, Tesla offered its own insurance in August 2019. The project that the company launched in California, Musk promised to expand to other States in the future. Tesla customers were offered discounts of 20%, but even so, some electric car owners reported that the cost of insurance was higher than that of other insurers. Musk, commenting on the project, said that it is “version 0.9”.

Russia and the US will meet to discuss nuclear doctrine and arms control

Representatives of Russia and the United States will meet in Vienna to discuss the nuclear doctrine and trilateral arms control, the US state Department said in a statement. The Russian-American working group will meet from July 28 to 30. The American delegation will include representatives of the foreign ministries, defense and energy, as well as security councils.

“Officials will discuss nuclear doctrine and warheads, as well as transparency and verifiability as part of US efforts to establish trilateral arms control»

The police came to the hotel to the employees of “Open Russia”

In Khabarovsk, police officers came to members of Open Russia to send them to a 14-day quarantine for coronavirus. The decision on isolation was made by the chief sanitary doctor of the Khabarovsk territory, Tatyana Zaitseva. Political scientist Alexander Kynev was also tried to be sent to a 14-day quarantine, but the forced observation was prevented by an error made in the documents

How productive is remote work?

Surprisingly, the majority of startup representatives surveyed by Founders Forum believe that remote work during the quarantine was more productive than working in normal mode! Almost 32% report a small increase in productivity, while 23.5% report a noticeable increase in productivity. Only 4.6% reported a noticeable decline.

Another question is, at what price is this productivity growth achieved? The same representatives of start-UPS say that they started working more during the quarantine than before (and this is sitting at home, without having to travel to work every day): there are 55% of them against 31% who started working less.

The Russian Federation Council approved the law on Patriotic education in schools

The law clarifies the concepts mentioned in the Federal law “on education”, such as “upbringing” and “educational program”. Thus, the amendments stipulate that education should form a sense of patriotism among students, respect for the memory of defenders of the Fatherland, the law, the older generation, traditions and the environment. The law will come into force on September 1. Educational organizations will have a year-until September 1, 2021-to adjust their programs.

Navalny found Trutnev’s “abnormally” high income

The anti-corruption Foundation, founded by opposition leader Alexey Navalny, has dedicated an investigation to the presidential envoy to the far Eastern Federal district, Yuri Trutnev. Yuri Trutnev, the representative of the President of the far Eastern Federal district, had a mansion for 2 billion rubles. At the same time, its total income reflected in the declarations for the last three years amounted to 888 million rubles.

Yuri Trutnev is a member of the Supreme Council of United Russia and the President’s Plenipotentiary representative in the far East, who reports directly to Putin, executing his personal orders and plans, the opposition leader recalled. In 2016, the official declared 357 million rubles of income.

“Rosneft” has opened a new oil and gas fields

Rosneft’s subsidiary, RN-Vankor, has discovered a newly Discovered field with recoverable reserves of more than 20 million tons of oil and about 1 billion cubic meters of gas on the border of the Krasnoyarsk territory and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous district, Rosneft reported.

Electronics manufacturers are leaving China

Apple has started production of the new iPhone 11 model in India, the Economic Times reported on July 24. In India, smartphones of the American company were produced before, but not the flagship models. Assembly of Apple equipment in India is carried out at the facilities of the Taiwanese companies Foxconn and Wistron. A few days ago, it became known that the latter sold one of its factories in China to a local company Luxshare.

The Italians tested a light fighter based on a training aircraft

The promising Italian light fighter M-346FA, created by the Leonardo concern on the basis of the m-346 training aircraft, made its first flight. According to the Italian concern, flight tests of the aircraft began on July 13, 2020. These checks were considered successful. The developers plan to start delivering the new aircraft to customers in 2021

New dangerous substances found in household chemicals

New York doctors have identified a new list of chemical compounds that are part of cosmetics, fabrics, household items, detergents and electronics. This applies mainly to the group of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances-PFAS and polybrominated diphenyl esters-PBDE.

We have identified complex relationships of exposure to synthetic substances from EDC with diseases and disabilities throughout life,” the scientists said.

A protest against the monarchy took place in Madrid

In the capital of Spain, a protest against the monarchical form of government took place, according to media reports. Participants of the action took to the streets with the slogan “people’s Republic”. They criticized the “corrupt monarchy”. In addition, slogans were heard “Long live the struggle of the working class”, “Madrid will become the grave of fascism”, “Juan Carlos-the heir of Franco”, “No pasaran”, RIA Novosti reports.

The day before, a Manifesto was published, which announced the intention of “final” change of the “regime”, enshrined after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in the Constitution of 1978. The action was supported by some Catalan separatist organizations and political parties.

Australia rejected China’s territorial claims

The permanent mission of Australia to the UN considers China’s territorial claims in the South China sea illegal. This is stated in the mission’s letter. It is reported that the Australian government rejects China’s claims, as they contradict the UN Convention signed in 1982.

Watching TV for more than two hours a day can kill you

Experts from the University of Glasgow have found that long-term TV viewing is a serious danger to health and even life. According to MedikForum, this lifestyle increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Trump signed an Executive order to reduce the cost of medicines in the United States

Us President Donald Trump has signed Executive orders that provide for reducing the cost of medicines in the country. This is reported by the American publication The Hill. According to journalists, the Executive orders signed by trump will help create conditions for the States to be able to import cheap drugs from Canada.

In Spain, regions have restricted the operation of night clubs

An increase in coronavirus outbreaks in Spain linked to night entertainment venues has led to restrictions on the operation of discos, bars and Banquet halls in at least seven regions of Spain, the Spanish broadcasting and television Corporation (RTVE) reported on July 25.

US air force base in Alaska strengthened with two F-35A

By 2022, the US air force plans to transfer 54 more F-35A aircraft to Alaska. Strengthening the aviation group is part of the strategy to strengthen the US military presence in the Arctic.

The Vyborg plant was transferred to the state defense order

Vyborg shipbuilding plant (VSZ) of the United shipbuilding Corporation (USC) laid down a guard ship for the FSB, the corresponding ceremony was held at the shipyard.

It will be equipped with equipment for cargo delivery, and a powerful power load will allow it to serve and provide a range of up to 12 thousand miles. Good conditions for the crew that will be created on this ship, high autonomy will allow you to solve problems for a long period. – Vladimir Kulishov

Equinor’s net loss was $956 million

Norwegian oil and gas group Equinor for the first half of 2020 received a net loss of $956 million against a profit of $3.18 billion a year earlier, according to the company’s report. On a per-share basis, the company’s diluted loss was $0.29 compared to a profit of $0.95 a year earlier.

Russian and Syrian troops surrounded about 3 thousand fighters in Syria

The Syrian army, actively supported by the Russian air force, has launched a large-scale offensive against the jihadist positions in the North-West of the Arab Republic. According to the publication “Sentry Syria”, the territory on which the Assad army conducts a sweep is about 1.5 thousand kilometers. At the moment, information has been received that about 3 thousand Pro-Turkish militants were surrounded

France has decided to create a military space force

According to Ouest-France, the French authorities decided to create a Military space force in order to protect themselves. The French space force will be part of the country’s air force. According to the French military, they will not participate in the arms race, but will acquire satellites equipped with lasers that, if necessary, will protect flying objects from the hostile actions of other spacecraft. It is planned that by 2025, the number of French space forces will be about 500 people, who will be trained in military schools.

Trailer for the series “Lovecraft Country”

HBO has released a new trailer for Misha green and Jordan Peele’s upcoming series, ” Lovecraft Country.” The video was published on July 24 on the company’s YouTube channel. The show is based on the novel of the same name, published in 2016 by writer Matt Ruff. HBO is expected to show the first episode of “Lovecraft Country” on August 16, 2020

Taron Edgerton will play the main role in the movie about the game “Tetris”

The star of the films “Rocketman” and “Eddie ” eagle”, Taron Edgerton will once again embody the image of a real person on the screen. We are talking about the movie “Tetris”, in which the actor will become the Danish video game designer Hank Rogers.

A concert with a virtual conductor was held in Japan

The Tokyo Symphony orchestra performed with a virtual conductor for the first time in history. The orchestra’s chief conductor and music Director, Englishman Jonathan Knott, has been unable to attend rehearsals in Japan for several months due to the pandemic, RIA Novosti reports.

Elisabeth moss to star in Hulu’s neo-Noir series

Elisabeth moss founded her own production company, Love & Squalor, and signed a contract with the streaming service Hulu and the Studio Fox 21 Television. Elisabeth moss will produce the anthology series ” Black Match»

The Toronto film festival will open with the premiere of “American utopia”

The 45th anniversary Toronto film festival will open on September 10 with the premiere of spike Lee’s film based on David Byrne’s Broadway musical American utopia. The festival organizers have not yet decided whether the format of the festival will be face – to-face or virtual.