1 Aug, 2020

News digest for 07/31/2020

The Russians who were detained in Belarus were traveling through the country in transit to Istanbul. This was stated by the Russian Ambassador to Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev.

According to Mezentsev, the Russians were forced to settle in the sanatorium because they were late for the flight from Minsk airport. According to preliminary information from the Embassy, they may be employees of a private security company, and were traveling to work under a contract outside of Belarus.

Kremlin — about the private military company Wagner

UNIAN: Why aren’t the Wagner PMCs being prosecuted in Russia for taking part in the fighting in the Donbas, since they are mercenaries under Russian law? If it’s a company and they get paid for it accordingly.

Dmitry Peskov: Clearly. What is the Wagner PMC? In Russia, legally, de jure, there is no such thing as “PMCs”. What is PMCs?

UNIAN: Private military company.

Dmitry Peskov: there Are private security companies and private security companies. Yes? Private security firms. And there is no such thing as “PMCs” in Russian legislation.

Novaya Gazeta “confirmed the identities of 15 fighters of Wagner

Novaya Gazeta confirmed the identities of 15 Wagner fighters detained in Belarus. At least seven of them fought in Syria, and three took part in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine

FBK found the parents of Mikhail Degtyarev luxury real estate

The parents of former state Duma Deputy from the LDPR, now acting Governor of the Khabarovsk territory Mikhail Degtyarev own a cottage and an apartment in Moscow with a market value of at least 125 million rubles. This is stated in the investigation of Alexey Navalny and the anti-corruption Fund.

At the same time, according to tax returns, the Degtyarev family could not afford such purchases. Degtyarev’s total income for 2011-2018 was 31.5 million rubles, and his wife’s was three million rubles. Degtyarev’s parents worked as doctors in Samara all their lives.


In Khabarovsk, on the evening of July 31, spontaneous rallies and marches are again held in support of Sergei Furgal and against the appointment of the acting Governor of the Khabarovsk territory, Mikhail Degtyarev. This is the 21st day of protests.


Vladimir Putin signed a law on multi-day voting at all levels of elections.

The format of multi-day voting in Russia thus extended to the Duma elections. According to the decision of the election commissions, voting will take place for several days in a row, but no more than three. The voting format will remain in the local territories.

Housing construction in Russia in the first half of 2020

In the first half of 2020, about 27 million square meters of housing were put into operation in Russia – 11.4% less than a year ago.

In the leaders of the fall: Murmansk region (68% less housing was built this year than last), the Jewish Autonomous Republic (-64%), Ingushetia (-53%), Ivanovo region (-48%) and Khabarovsk territory (-47%). In the Moscow region: -4% in Moscow itself and -30% in the Moscow region.

The most noticeable growth in residential construction was recorded in regions where not much is being built: the Magadan region (growth of 2.6 times!) and Nenets Autonomous district (2.2 times growth).

Sales of tours under the preferential program will last a week

Sales of tours under the preferential program, which provides for a refund of part of the funds for a trip to Russia, will last a week, said the head of the Federal tourism Agency Zarina doguzova. According to her, the start date of the program will be announced in advance in the near future, so that citizens can choose a suitable tour. “Everyone will be able to use it, all citizens of our country who want to relax in Russia in August and until the end of the year,” the head of Rosturizm added

The CEC did not find a second citizenship for the current deputies

The head of the CEC, Ella Pamfilova, said that none of the current deputies of the seventh convocation of the state Duma had a second citizenship at the time of registration as a candidate in 2016.

On July 29, state Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin instructed to check whether some deputies have foreign citizenship or a residence permit in another country. The reason for this was the statement of the Communist party Deputy Denis Parfenov, who claimed that “at least 39 deputies from United Russia have foreign citizenship”

The EU has updated the list of countries from which you can enter the EU.

The Council of the European Union has presented an updated list of third countries whose residents can enter the EU countries in the context of the coronavirus pandemic from July 31.

Russia is not included in this list. It includes Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. The list also mentions China — the borders for citizens of this country will be opened if the PRC allows EU residents to travel to its territory.

In St. Petersburg, a Deputy of the legislative Assembly from United Russia was detained

In St. Petersburg, the FSB detained the Deputy of the legislative Assembly from the “United Russia” Roman Koval. According to investigators, he received a bribe in the form of an Audi Q7 car and several million rubles. The Deputy’s assistant Andrey Grishin, suspected of mediation in bribery, was also detained.

The Investigative Committee believes that for a bribe, the Deputy helped to allocate money from the budget of St. Petersburg to certain state institutions, with which companies associated with the entrepreneur then concluded state contracts.

In Poland, a sculpture of Marshal Rokossovsky was stolen and beheaded

Unidentified criminals stole and beheaded a sculpture of Marshal Konstantin Rokossovsky in the city of Legnica in Western Poland, according to a local website LCA.pl.

Digital giants have submitted reports

Alphabet’s half-year net profit +17%, Amazon +25%, Facebook +100%, Apple for 3 quarters +7.6%. Their shares then added 5-6. 5%

A group of US senators offered annual military aid to Ukraine

A group of us senators proposed a bill on annual military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $300 million. The bill is intended to strengthen Kiev’s defense capability, demonstrate to Ukraine and Russia the support of” their friend ” by the United States, and strengthen its diplomatic support from the United States and Europe

Russia may start supplying weapons to the Donbass

Us plans to allocate $300 million annually for military assistance to Ukraine may make Russia think about protecting those people who may be targeted by these weapons, said Leonid Kalashnikov, Chairman of the state Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots. In his opinion, “in such conditions, we also have the right to supply weapons to these republics officially.”

I believe that the allocation of 300 million dollars in the United States for military assistance to Ukraine, on the contrary, opens the door for us to help people who they want to shoot with these weapons-the DPR and LPR, – said Kalashnikov

Iran agreed to pay compensation to Ukraine for the downed Boeing in January”

At the same time, the representative of the Iranian foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi, said that there are “various technical and legal aspects”in the issue of payments. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba noted that “the process will not be easy,” but promised to seek maximum compensation

Blogger Alexey Zakruzhny was arrested for 3 days for “feeding pigeons”

The Central district court of Chita found video blogger Alexey Zakruzhny (Better known as Lech Stoker) guilty of organizing an action inconsistent with the authorities on July 25, 2020 and arrested for 3 days under part 2 of article 20.2 of the administrative Code of the Russian Federation. On July 25, 2020, a campaign in support of Khabarovsk was held in Chita.

The sports Minister said that any money in Russia is state – owned

Any money on the territory of Russia is actually state-owned. This statement was made by Minister of sport of the Russian Federation Oleg Matytsin.

Margaret Thatcher: There is no “public money”, only taxpayers ‘ money.

The delay of Russians on credits

  • Car loans “overdue” increased by 129% to 517 million rubles. The volume of mortgage loans that are not serviced for 30-60 days increased by 125% to 601.5 million rubles.
  • Overdue cash loans for two months increased by 115%: by the beginning of their total amount reached 3,474 billion rubles.
  • People do not pay for credit cards, POS loans and MFI loans for even longer: the delay of 60-90 days is growing at a double-digit rate, according to Equifax.
  • For microloans, its volume for may-June soared by 63.8%, to 3.392 billion rubles, for loans for the purchase of goods – by 56% (to 351.7 million rubles); for credit cards – by 51.7%, to 1.922 billion rubles.

Ukraine will insist on the extradition of Russians detained in Belarus

Ukraine will apply to the Belarusian authorities with a request for the extradition of Russians detained in Belarus, the office of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said.

“The Ukrainian side will apply to the Republic of Belarus with a request for the extradition of militants of the Russian private military company Wagner, who are suspected of war crimes on the territory of the Donbass, in compliance with all the procedures provided for. The Belarusian authorities have published a list of 33 people detained in the Republic of Belarus on July 29, 2020, ” the office reports. The press service noted that Ukraine is currently consulting with the Belarusian side.

Released a teaser of the series “the Comey Rule” about Donald Trump

The series is based on former FBI Director James Comey’s book, Higher loyalty: truth, lies, and the establishment, which was released in April 2018. The book comes after US President Donald Trump fired Comey amid a scandal over Hillary Clinton’s emails.

The number of fragments of the tank of the Russian “Frigate” in orbit has tripled

The number of debris from the tank of the Russian Fregat upper stage, which exploded in orbit in may 2020, has tripled. This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the site tracking objects in orbit space-track.org. The website reports that it is in the object catalog consists of 175 wreckage of the tank.

The us Congress accused Facebook and Google of abuse of influence

In the US Congress, it is believed that the largest IT companies Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google abuse their leading role in the markets. The relevant hearings were held in the Subcommittee on antitrust policy of the house of representatives legal Committee.

“Belavia” has extended the suspension of flights to all cities of Russia

Belarusian airline Belavia extended the suspension of regular flights to Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Kaliningrad until August 14, inclusive, flights to Voronezh, Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod were canceled until October 24, the press service of the air carrier told RIA Novosti on Friday.

US GDP in the second quarter of 2020

The GDP of the United States in the second quarter of 2020 fell by 32.9% against the expected 34.7%, CNBC reports. It is noted that the US economy has experienced the largest decline in history, but not as strong as experts predicted

The Ministry of Finance plans to reduce funding for Roscosmos

Spending on space programs can be reduced by 60 billion rubles in 2021-2023. This figure is contained in the document developed by the Ministry of Finance “Methodology for calculating the maximum basic budget allocations of the Federal budget” for state programs for these years, compiled during the budget process and published on the website consultant.ru

In China, the fight against the gold rush began

Chinese authorities have begun to fight the gold rush in the market, restricting access to trade in precious metals. In particular, CBC Bank prohibits its clients from opening positions in platinum and palladium from July 31. He explained this decision by the need to control risks. Agricultural Bank of China has chosen a similar path, completely suspending operations with gold. The Shanghai futures exchange also called for rational action.

China launches competitor GLONASS, GPS and Galileo

The last, 55th satellite of the Beidou-3 system was successfully launched into the specified orbit on June 23, according to the Chinese news Agency “Xinhua”. The BeiDou-3 system is a direct competitor to the global GPS (USA) and GLONASS orbital groupings (Russia) and Galileo (European Union).

India has started checking Chinese apps

This was reported by the economic Times. The government will check 271 Chinese mobile apps for violations of national security interests and user privacy laws.

The cartoon “Luka” from Pixar Studio will be released in 2021

Pixar animation Studio is preparing to shoot a new full-length cartoon called “Luka”. This is reported on the official page of the Studio on Twitter. The premiere of the picture from Pixar is due to take place in the summer of 2021.

The story tells about the boy Luca, who is on vacation in the Italian Riviera. There he makes a new friend. However, under the mask of the faithful companion of Luke hides a real sea monster. It lives in the depths of the lagoon, on the shore of which the resort town is located.

The police refused to guard the Congress of the US Democratic party

At least 4 police departments of the state of Wisconsin do not intend to send their employees to guard the us Democratic party Convention in August this year. The corresponding information was received from USA Today.

Putin instructed to work out amendments not included in the Constitution

The President instructed the government to analyze together with the working group on preparing proposals for amendments to the Constitution the appeals received by the working group that were not taken into account when preparing the amendments. This is stated in the list of presidential instructions published on the Kremlin’s website following a meeting with members of the working group on amendments to the Constitution

Two Russian MiG-29 fighters bombed Turkish air defenses in Libya

The Turkish military has again suffered losses in Libya: Russian MiG-29 fighters defeated Turkish air defense, writes Аvia.pro. The aircraft was used to destroy the bridgehead that the Turkish military and the forces of the Government of national accord were preparing to storm the city of Sirte.

Cream Soda released “Intergalactic”

The band’s new album Cream Soda premiered on July 31, 2020. The album, called “Intergalactic”, was released on the Warner Music Russia label.

A documentary about Pierre Cardin will soon be released.

The film “House of Cardin”, dedicated to the legendary French designer Pierre Cardin, is released in the United States on August 14, and in the rest of the world on September 15. The film was directed by P. David Ebersol and written by Todd Hughes. It premiered at the Venice film festival in 2019.

Europe has a new video service called Sooner

The Sooner video service is available for residents of Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Austria. The online cinema is expected to operate in other territories in the future.

Anime “Ghost in armor” will be reissued in 4K Ultra HD

The project is preparing for the 25th anniversary of the premiere of” Ghost in the shell ” directed by Mamoru hoshii, which took place in November 1995. The new edition will be released on Blu-ray in 4K Ultra HD with support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

Children’s film magazine I Want to know everything

The children’s popular science film magazine “I Want to know everything” will have new series. This was told by the General Director of the Gorky film Studio Juliana slashcheva

MegaFon and Beeline launch eSIM sales in Russia

VimpelCom (Beeline brand) announced the launch of virtual SIM card technology (eSIM) in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. This is stated in the company’s message received by RBC. A representative of the operator’s press service clarified that it will be possible to connect to eSIM in communication salons “in the coming days”

Microsoft has added the CCleaner utility to the list of unwanted software

Built into the Windows operating system (OS), Microsoft Defender antivirus now detects The CCleaner utility, which allows you to clean your computer from unnecessary “garbage”, as a potentially dangerous program.

Huawei released the MatePad 10.8 tablet

Huawei MatePad 10.8 is equipped with a 10.8-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1600×2560 pixels and a pixel density of 280 ppi. The tablet is powered by a Kirin 990 SoC processor, combined with 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory. The price of the Huawei Enjoy Tablet 2 is from 230 to 285 us dollars, depending on the modification.

Airbus has tested a communication system for unmanned wingmen

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has conducted demonstration tests of the communication system for remote Carrier unmanned wingmen, which are being developed in the interests of Germany, France and Spain. According to Jane’s, the tests took place during the German air force exercise Timber Express, which took place in the North of the country and over the North sea

Nokia has released a 65-inch TV

As for audio output, the Nokia 65-inch Smart TV comes with 24-watt bass speakers from JBL. There is also support for Dolby Audio and DTS TruSurround. Nokia Smart TV 65′ will go on sale on August 6 at a price of about 879 dollars

Supersonic passenger plane will be released in the United States

Private American company Aerion Supersonic from the United States plans to start mass production of supersonic passenger aircraft AS2 in 2023. AS2 has been under development since 2014

Scientists have found out the cause of global glaciation

American scientists have concluded that global ice ages in the history of the Earth occurred during a sharp change in the level of solar radiation. And this happened in the shortest possible time. The results of the study are published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A