29 Jul, 2020

News digest for 07/28/2020

Sergei Udaltsov said that he was detained in Moscow

Udaltsov said that he was ” charged with organizing uncoordinated actions in support of the residents of Khabarovsk.”

Avtodor has announced tenders for the construction of the m-12 highway

Avtodor has announced tenders for the construction of eight stages of the m-12 Moscow-Kazan highway. The total amount for all competitions exceeds 500 billion rubles. Applications are accepted until August 17, the results are planned to be summed up on August 28.

Mastercard has launched a cashless tip service

Mastercard and Etiquette platform launched a non-cash tip service in Russia, RIA Novosti reports, referring to the payment system. To leave a tip, a restaurant guest needs to use their smartphone to read the NFC tag or QR code from the waiter, whose card will instantly receive money

Estonia has started building infrastructure on the border with Russia

Construction work includes the construction of patrol trails and access roads, fencing, video surveillance systems, and much more. They will be held on the first section of the 23.5 km land border. The section runs from the intersection of the Estonian-Latvian-Russian border to the Luhamaa border crossing. It is expected that the construction of the infrastructure of the first section will take up to three years.


The Russian government agrees to impose a fine for participation abroad in training of undesirable organizations in the Russian Federation


The foreign Ministry sent protest notes to the US, UK and Canada

The Russian foreign Ministry sent protest notes to representatives of the us, UK and canadian embassies over LGBT flags that appeared on the buildings of diplomatic missions in Moscow at the end of June. This was announced by state Duma Deputy Vasily Piskarev, who heads the Duma Commission to investigate alleged foreign interference in the Affairs of the Russian Federation.

The Ministry of culture ordered libraries to remove books marked 18+from public access

The Russian Ministry of culture has demanded that libraries remove books containing information that is prohibited for distribution to children from public access in halls. This is stated in the order of the Ministry of culture, published on the portal of legal information.

When forming collections, libraries must comply with the requirements for classifying and labeling information products by age categories, take measures to issue information products in accordance with the age of users, as well as spatial isolation of children’s literature collections from adult literature

Residents of Ceresa fight coal mining company

In the Kuzbass residents of Ceresa fight coal mining company “Razrez Kuznetskiy South”. The company wants to build a coal sorting station two kilometers from the village, and all this on fertile land. Residents of Cerisy waiting for black snow in winter and reduced life expectancy. Officials do not interfere in the situation, leaving people alone with the coal miner. And this, as residents say, is not the first time.

In the far East, repression for protest actions began

On July 28, police detained participants of a “political subbotnik” that took place in several Russian cities on July 25. About the same time the detainees were reported by OVD-info.

In Vladivostok, the police came to the civil activist Lana in the morning. She is charged with an article about the organization of an uncoordinated action (part 2 of article 20.2 of the administrative Code) because of the posting of leaflets with an invitation to a subbotnik on July 25. Lana was brought to court. The police officer advised her not to ask for a lawyer — they say, “you can do without it.”

In Khabarovsk have detained the driver of “Fullmobile” Rostislav Buriak. He was taken to the police Department No. 7, the police charge him with an article on obstructing traffic (part 6.1 of article 20.2 of the administrative Code).

Lana and another activist Kirill Chistyakov were detained by the police on July 24-the day before the clean-up day. Then they were released under the obligation to appear for the report, and the next day they initiated administrative proceedings under the article on damage to other people’s property (article 7.17 of the administrative Code). It is not known what kind of property, according to the police, was damaged due to the posting of leaflets.

Which cities have the most CCTV cameras?

Of the top 15 cities in the list, only one is not located in China – London (3rd place), 67.5 cameras per thousand inhabitants. And this is almost half as much as in the record – setting city of Taiyuan. Moscow in this list took 29th place with a fairly modest result of 15.4 cameras per thousand inhabitants. Another Russian city at the top of the rating is Saint Petersburg, 10 cameras per thousand inhabitants, 37th place.

The EU will not open its borders with Russia until at least mid-August

The updated “white list” will be published by Brussels in the coming days, the next time it will be revised in mid-August, a source in the delegation of one of the EU countries to the EU Council told TASS.

“No, Russia will not be included in this list yet. Unfortunately, statistics say that it is too early, ” the source said.

One year probation for beating a police officer with a bag of smoked fish

According to the investigation, Yulia Kostyukova illegally traded on the platform of the Barabinsk railway station. The police officer who arrived at the scene asked her to leave, but the woman refused and ” deliberately struck him a lot of blows with a bag of smoked fish, which caused physical pain and injuries»

Kostyukova herself claimed that she started hitting the police officer in response, and not with a fish, but with a hat. According to the woman, the law enforcement officer beat her, in particular, in the face. She was diagnosed with a concussion, as well as bruises on her arm and leg.

The court found Kostyukova guilty of using violence, not dangerous to life and health, to a representative of the government. The Novosibirsk regional court upheld the verdict.

A group of Azerbaijanis beat an Armenian in Istanbul.

According to the newspaper “Agos”, the incident occurred in the Istanbul district Gangapur. The mother of the young man who was attacked said that the Azerbaijanis first asked him questions about the Karabakh conflict, and then attacked him.

It is noted that the video of the incident was distributed in social networks by the Azerbaijanis themselves. Also, according to the newspaper, similar attacks were committed against two other Armenians in the same area. In addition, the Azerbaijanis beat up employees in a store owned by an Armenian woman.

The Ministry of Finance decided to confiscate suspicious savings of Russians

The Ministry of Finance proposed to confiscate the funds of citizens who can not prove the legality of their receipt. The Agency offers to transfer “suspicious” money to the Pension Fund. According to Izvestia, most of the state Duma’s factions supported this initiative due to the lack of funds for the FIU and the fall in its revenues.

Mishustin announced the start of the experiment in all regions of Russia

In August 2020, the experiment will begin in all regions of Russia. This was announced on July 27 by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin at a meeting with Deputy Prime Ministers.

In August, an experiment will begin in all regions of Russia, during which businesses and citizens will be able to appeal the decision of Supervisory authorities in a pre-trial manner through their personal account on the portal of public services, including challenging the appointment of a planned or unscheduled inspection, or the inaction of officials. – Mikhail Mishustin, Russian statesman

Russia recorded a boom in the purchase of passports from other countries

In Russia, the demand for so-called Golden passports has grown sharply. Interest in them spurred the coronavirus. Residence permits in other countries and second citizenship have become an alternative to exit visas, Forbes claims.

The most popular country in the region is Portugal. The Caribbean countries (Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis) are in second place in terms of the number of requests, while the island countries of Cyprus and Malta are in third place.

Cryptocurrency mining scams

Qrator Labs experts have recorded a new fraud scheme on sites where people are offered large earnings after paying a “Commission”, Kommersant reports. We are talking about providing computing power for mining cryptocurrency, for the rent of which customers are asked for money.

Russians continue to take currency from major banks

Russians continued to take currency from major banks even after the peak of the crisis and the pandemic. This is reported by RBC with reference to the reports of credit institutions on July 1. In April—June, customers withdrew just over $2 billion from foreign currency deposits, and $1.9 billion was credited to current accounts in the same three months, an analyst at BKF Bank estimated.

China’s Tencent surpasses Facebook in capitalization

So, the South China Morning Post newspaper notes, during trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange, Tencent shares grew by 4.7%, to 544.5 Hong Kong dollars ($70.24) per paper, as a result of which the company’s market capitalization increased to 5.2 trillion Hong Kong dollars ($670 billion). In turn, Facebook’s capitalization reached $657.83 billion during trading on the NASDAQ exchange.

China does not fulfill its contractual obligations to Gazprom

The online newspaper “Ridus ” reports that in may 2020, China purchased 12% less fuel from Gazprom than in January. The portal ” Economy and life“, referring to information received from the Chinese customs, suggests that the reason for the decline in supplies from Gazprom is that China prefers to buy liquefied gas — this resource accounted for three-quarters of Chinese imports in may, and the volume of purchases is growing.

The Russians refuse of rounds, despite compensation

OneTwoTrip, a train and airline ticket selection service, conducted a survey among users from Russia. Travelers indicated that 89.6 percent reacted positively to the possibility of compensating for the cost of purchasing tours in Russia

China has created 76 thousand pig farms in six months

China created 76 thousand pig farms in the first half of 2020, which is 109% more than in the same period a year earlier, Xinhua reported on July 26. As of July 20, about 760 thousand pig-breeding businesses were active in China, the newspaper reports

Drilling of the longest railway tunnel completed in Eastern China

Drilling of an 18.23 km long high-speed railway tunnel has been completed in Zhejiang province in Eastern China, Xinhua news Agency reported on July 27. Its construction lays a solid Foundation for the construction of the Hangzhou — Shaoxing — Taizhou high-speed railway, which is due to be commissioned in 2021.

The railway will link the cities of Hangzhou, Shaoxing and Taizhou in Zhejiang province. Its total length will be 271 km, and the maximum speed of trains on it will reach 350 km/h.

Uzbekistan received the missing electricity from Turkmenistan

Since July 28, Uzbekistan will compensate for the drop in Tajik electricity imports with supplies from Turkmenistan, as well as introduce a domestic consumption restriction regime. This was reported to CentralAsia.news on July 27 in the press service of JSC “National electric networks of Uzbekistan”

Uzbekistan and China hold talks on oil and gas

The talks discussed bilateral cooperation between China and Uzbekistan in the oil and gas sector in the context of the coronavirus epidemic. We have outlined plans to further strengthen cooperation between the countries in this area. CNPC has been implementing several oil and gas projects in Uzbekistan since 2004.

US oil companies wrote off assets by $48 billion in the first quarter

US oil companies in the first quarter of 2020 wrote off assets by $48 billion due to lower oil prices. This was the largest quarterly adjustment since at least 2015, the energy information Administration (EIA) of the us Department of energy said in a statement.

Deutsche Bank refused to Finance new oil and gas projects

Deutsche Bank has tightened its funding policy, primarily for: oil and gas projects that use hydraulic fracturing in countries with water scarcity; new oil and gas projects in the Arctic; new oil Sands projects, including oil exploration, production, transportation or processing

Officials and bloggers will be rewarded for their work on voting on the Constitution

Russian President Vladimir Putin will award and encourage a number of citizens who participated in the preparation, conduct and informing of the vote on amendments to the Constitution. This is reported by RBC with reference to sources. Informants noted that the practice of awarding those who distinguished themselves following the results of elections is standard.

As specified, the list will include officials of the presidential administration, representatives of regions and election commissions, members of United Russia, the all-Russian popular front and the working group on preparing amendments to the Constitution, as well as artists and bloggers.

Iran put a mock-up of an aircraft carrier to sea

The Iranian Navy has brought to the Strait of Hormuz a long-suffering model aircraft carrier of the Nimitz type. the 200-meter vessel, which was based on a decommissioned and heavily modified barge, was restored after almost complete destruction in the 2015 exercises and is ready to fight again.

The US Consulate General in China’s Chengdu has stopped working

In fact, the closure of the American diplomatic establishment was a mirror response to the earlier closure of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston in the United States. It is noted that the US Consulate General in Chengdu has already been taken over by representatives of the competent authorities of China.

Syrian air defense shot down an Israeli drone

An Israeli drone was shot down by Syrian air defenses, a source told the Red Spring news Agency in Syria on July 26. “Air defense destroyed an Israeli drone in the Golan region in Quneitra province,” the source said in a statement. Syria and Israel dispute territorial rights to the Golan heights.

Poland announced its withdrawal from the Convention against domestic violence

Poland initiates withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention), Polish Minister of justice and Prosecutor General Zbigniew Zebro told reporters on Monday in Warsaw

The third season of Star trek: discovery will begin airing in October

The start of the third season of the series “Star trek: discovery” is scheduled for October 15, the date was announced in a short teaser featuring the main character. According to the plot of the third season, the crew of discovery will be in the distant future-900 years after the events of the original series “Star trek”

The trailer for the Comedy horror “here was Kilroy” by Kevin Smith has been released

Released a trailer for the Comedy horror “here was Kilroy” by Kevin Smith (“Jay and Silent Bob strike back”). The film will be released early next year, writes IndieWire. In the center of the story-a monster that punishes people for their immoral acts.

The longlist for the Booker prize 2020 has been published

The organizing Committee of the Booker prize announced the long list of 2020, writes RBC with reference to the press service of the organizing Committee. The jury selected candidates for the best book from 162 novels published or awaiting publication from October 1 last year to September 30 this year.

Taylor swift’s new album breaks record for first day of listening

Taylor swift’s new album “Folklore” broke the record among female artists for the number of Internet listening sessions-80.6 million — in the first day after release, reports the Independent.

The album was produced by Aaron Dessner of the rock band the National, Justin Vernon of the indie folk band Bon Iver, and long-time collaborator and producer Jack Antonoff.

Melodiya released an album of solo recordings by Alexander Bakhchiev

The Melodiya record company has released a digital release of solo recordings by Russian pianist Alexander Bakhchiev to mark the 90th anniversary of the musician’s birth. Recordings for solo piano were made in 1965, 1969, and 1970.

TSMC will help Intel produce 7-nanometer processors

It is reported that the first 7-nm processor based on the Intel process will be introduced only in late 2022 or early 2023. Therefore, cooperation with TSMC can help Intel catch up with AMD, which has gone far ahead.

Desktop processor Intel Core i9-10850K is officially presented

Intel introduced a new Core I9-10850K processor, which it added to the Comet Lake family of desktop processors. The new chipset is a more affordable version of the flagship 10-core Core I9-10900K processor.

The new ASUS smartphone received a screen refresh rate of 160 Hz

We are talking about Asus ROG Phone 3, which was announced on July 22. As for other technical features of the smartphone, it is known that it received a 6.59-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. Asus ROG Phone 3 is powered by Snapdragon 865+ with an energy-intensive 6000 mAh battery, as well as 16 GB of RAM.

Samsung’s Galaxy M01 Core smartphone is officially unveiled

The screen has a diagonal of 5.3 inches, and its resolution is HD+. On the front panel is a camera with a 5 MP module, and on the back panel is the main camera with an 8 MP sensor. Samsung’s Galaxy M01 Core will be available in black, blue and red. This device has only 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. This configuration was estimated by the manufacturer at $ 73. There will also be a 2/32 GB version, and it will be offered in India for $ 87. The new product has a MediaTek MT6739 processor and a 3000 mAh battery.

The world’s smallest endoscope has been created

A team of researchers has developed the world’s smallest endoscope that can penetrate blood vessels to build a three-dimensional map of the circulatory system. According to the creators, the diameter of the device with a unique protective shell is half a millimeter.

A two-dimensional material that absorbs electromagnetic waves is discovered

Experts from Drexel University suggested using titanium carbonitride for this purpose, writes New Atlas. It belongs to the class of two-dimensional inorganic materials MXene with a thickness of only a few atoms.

American underwater robot sailed across the Atlantic

The Autonomous uninhabited underwater vehicle Slocum G2 Glider, developed by the American company Teledyne Webb Research, made a circular trip across the Atlantic ocean, covering a total of 22744 kilometers. According to the company, it took the robot more than four years to swim this distance. The underwater vehicle made the Atlantic journey in four stages, at the end of each of which it underwent cleaning of the hull and replacement of onboard batteries.

Unpleasant body odor can be completely eliminated

Researchers were able to figure out what exactly provokes an unpleasant smell from the armpits and other parts of the body. An enzyme produced by bacteria has been found that is responsible for this flavor. It is created by the bacterium Staphylococcus hominis, which people inherited from ancient ancestors.

Perseverance will search for possible traces of life on Mars

The key task of the Perseverance Rover is to search for traces of life on Mars and test new technical solutions. This was stated by NASA Director Jim Bridenstine.

The upcoming Mars Rover mission is the first time in history when the main task is research in the field of astrobiology. This is a search for existing or possibly pre-existing life on this planet. We send the Rover to an ancient crater that was once the bottom of a lake. There might once have been life there, but now we don’t know, ” TASS quoted Bridenstine as saying from a briefing on July 27.

The US is going to build nuclear power plants on the moon and Mars

The development will be handled by private companies. The new reactor will start operating in 2026, with the first meeting on the project taking place next month. The work will be carried out in two standard phases – first the reactor itself will be created, and then the sample will be created

A unique supernova was “born” in the constellation of the Dragon

The object located in the constellation Draco, according to scientists, was formed as a result of the collision of a white dwarf and an ordinary star, reports tvbrics.com with reference to the Astrophysical Journal. The uniqueness of SN2019yvq is that it was preceded by a powerful burst of ultraviolet radiation.

Ground system verification completed for NASA’s Rome space telescope

Scientists expect the spacecraft to collect more data than any of NASA’s other astrophysical missions. GLAS previously wrote that machine learning has been able to help create artificial proteins that are virtually indistinguishable from those that exist in nature and are natural.

NASA will launch a new telescope into the stratosphere in a balloon

NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory (JPL), which manages the project, is about to send the telescope on a three-week journey over Antarctica. Hovering at an altitude of about 40 kilometers, the device will observe far-infrared light, in which young stars are clearly visible.

China has become the largest buyer of Russian meat

China has become the largest buyer of Russian meat, ahead of the previous leader, Ukraine. From January to June 2020, meat products from Russia were delivered abroad for more than 330 million dollars, reminds the TV channel “Russia 24”.

MTS was the first in Russia to receive a license to create a 5G network

The company said in a statement that the license to create a network covering almost all regions of Russia (83 out of 85), within which communication will be carried out in the range of 24.25-24.65 GHz according to the 5G/IMT-2020 standard was issued by Roskomnadzor until July 16, 2025.

Foreign Internet services want to oblige to open offices in Russia

Foreign Internet services and social networks may be required to open representative offices in Russia. This proposal was made by the Commission of the Moscow branch of the Russian bar Association for legal support of the digital economy

Avtodor introduces seasonal fares on three toll roads

Avtodor will introduce seasonal tariffs on several toll roads for unloading during the summer season from July 28 to October 31. We are talking about the M3 “Ukraine”, M11 “Neva” and M4 “don” highways. Last year, seasonal fare changes began on April 15 and ended on October 13.

Residents of the Russian city were forced to pay for snow and rain

In the city of Chusov, Perm region, residents were forced to pay for precipitation for several years — utilities included a fee for snowmelt and rain in the cost of water disposal. This is reported by URA.RU with reference to the regional office of the Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS).

3 billion rubles a year for the construction of Orthodox churches

In Moscow, every year sponsors and parishioners donate about 3 billion rubles for the construction of right-wing churches, said the curator of the “program-200”, state Duma Deputy Vladimir resin.

The tourist season has started in Chukotka

The tourist season began in the national Park “Beringia” in the Chukotka Autonomous district, on July 27, the press service of the national Park reports. It is reported that Beringia employees made the necessary preparations for the tourist regime in July, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. They checked boats, engines, cleaned trails and guest houses, and collected trash and installed information signs

The Russian government approved an additional issue of shares of Aeroflot

The Russian government has approved an additional issue of Aeroflot shares with the condition that the state’s share in the airline remains at least 51.17%. The corresponding document was published on the official Internet portal of legal information on Tuesday, July 28.

Nissan reported losses in the first half of 2020

The net loss of the Japanese automaker Nissan Motor, attributable to the shareholders of the parent company, for the first quarter of the 2020-2021 financial year (ended June 30) was 285.59 billion yen (2.7 billion dollars) against a profit of 6.377 billion yen (60.5 million dollars) a year earlier, according to the company’s report.

ECB extends ban on banks paying dividends until the end of the year

Payment of dividends and repurchase of own shares for European banks are frozen until the end of 2020 by the decision of the European Central Bank (ECB), July 28, the Financial Times reports. The ECB urged lenders to continue to freeze dividend payments until at least January 2021 and urged them to be “extremely moderate” in awarding staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

Donor money to support the budget

The government of the Republic intends to attract grants and loans from international donors in the amount of $506.4 million to support the budget of Kyrgyzstan, Deputy Finance Minister Abdybaly Tegin Suerkul said at a briefing on July 24.

“Petersburg oil terminal” increased transshipment by 25%

In the first six months of 2020, Saint Petersburg oil terminal (JSC” PNT”) increased the transshipment of petroleum products by 25% to 4.59 million tons. According to the company’s press service, the increase in shipments during the second quarter was 23% (2.4 million tons) , compared to the same period in 2019.

Ukraine’s gas storage facilities contain a record amount of gas

Ukraine has pumped record volumes of gas into its underground gas storage facilities (UGS). This was reported in the press service of NAC “Naftogaz”.

On July 27, 2020, the level of filling of Ukrainian UGS reached 21.8 billion cubic meters. This was the active volume of gas in underground storage facilities last year at the end of the injection season in November. This year, this level will be reached 100 days earlier, ” the report says

Google will connect the US, UK and Spain with a new network cable

Cables are usually created by communications firms, which then instruct other companies to use them. The last cable, named “grace Hopper”, will be laid by sea and will be released in the UK, in Cornwall. This is Google’s fourth private submarine cable.

The Prosecutor General’s office demanded to seize the property of Arashukov and his family

The Prosecutor General’s office of the Russian Federation filed a civil lawsuit against former Deputy of the People’s Assembly of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic Raul Arashukov and ex-member of the Federation Council Rauf Arashukov for the seizure of their property and appeal to the state revenue, the Supervisory authority said on Tuesday, July 28.

China has started construction of the southern section of the Eastern route

Construction has begun on the southern part of the China-Russia-East gas pipeline, which will connect with the Power of Siberia gas pipeline, the Chinese newspaper people’s daily reported on July 28. Construction begins in Yongqing in Northern Hebei province and ends in Shanghai in Eastern China.

Modular electric car eBussy will appear in Europe

The basis of the new product will be a transformable “cart”, which will be able to produce a whole range of models with different types of bodies. Next year there will be a camper, a small truck,a single-volume van and even an electric pickup. The exterior of the new product is made in a retro style.

In Hollywood began to fire white actors

According to the Daily Mail, Hollywood has started firing white actors. Black Director Jordan Peele (“Away») he said that he would never give the main role to a white man, because he had already seen enough of white men. The publication notes that if a white Director said this about a black actor, his career would be over.

“We blacks have the right not to hire those who humiliated us,” says Director Ava Duvernay.

How to go to open countries

Turkey. On arrival, they will only check the temperature, and if it is high, they will offer to do a test for coronavirus. If it’s positive, go to the hospital. Plus, you need to fill out a health questionnaire, the Association of tour operators said.

British. It is necessary to fill out an online form 2 days before arrival and specify the address where the Russian citizen will undergo mandatory 2-week self-isolation. On arrival, you need to pass thermometry. To the place of self-isolation, you need to go in a mask, you can use public transport.

Tanzania. You need to fill out a form with contact details and information about symptoms. On arrival, the temperature will be measured, if it is elevated or if there are symptoms of SARS – also a test for coronavirus, and if it is positive-the hospital.

Moscow police have confirmed carrying out masked raids in the metro.

Residents of Moscow reported that in the metro more often you can find controllers and police officers checking the presence of masks. Passengers without protection are selectively fined 5 thousand rubles. At the same time, the press service of the Metropolitan Department of the interior Ministry told the newspaper “Rise” that law enforcement officers only act as escorts in such raids.

“These raids are organized by the gku “transport Organizer”. The police are just escorting them so that there are no attacks by citizens. And it is gku “transport Organizer”that draws up the protocols and organizes everything.”

Kremlin — about the election campaign in Belarus

Medusa: is the Kremlin looking Closely at Alexander Lukashenko’s rivals in the Belarusian presidential election and is it building a possible future strategy for interaction with them? For example, Svetlana Tikhanovski said that she opposes the Union state. And how does the Kremlin assess the election campaign in Belarus in General?

Dmitry Peskov: The election has not yet taken place. We do not evaluate the election campaign, we do not interfere in the internal Affairs of our closest ally, and we will not continue to do so. Belarus is important to us, the Union state is important to us, and the continuation of integration processes – both within the CIS and the EurAsEC, and at the bilateral level-is important to us. And of course, we highly appreciate those representatives of the Union of Belarus who reciprocate in this regard, who are also supporters of further deepening our Union relations.

The US Senate presented a new plan to stimulate the economy.

Representatives of the Republican party in the us Senate on July 27 presented a plan to stimulate the economy in the amount of $1 trillion, which should help overcome the consequences of the crisis due to the coronavirus.