3 Aug, 2020

News digest for 08/01-02/2020

Vladimir Putin signed a law that does not allow the publication and distribution of materials about the FSB without the permission of the Agency’s management. The subject of regulation is related to the observance of professional secrecy.

Americans do not approve of the way Donald Trump builds relations with Russia

The majority of Americans do not approve of the way US President Donald Trump is building relations with Russia, according to a survey conducted by ABC TV in conjunction with the research company Ipsos.

According to the survey, 66% of respondents expressed their disapproval of the way the President “builds relations with Russia.” At the same time, 33% of respondents expressed the opposite opinion. Among Republicans, the share of those who support the President’s handling of relations with Russia was 80%, while among Democrats it was only 8%, the survey said.

The US will be happy to conclude a nuclear weapons agreement with Russia

This was stated by US President Donald Trump a day after the end of the meetings of the interdepartmental delegations of Russia and the United States in Vienna. Earlier, the United States said that it was thinking about extending the strategic start-3 Treaty with Russia, which expires in 2021, but offered to expand it to a large range of new ones

How much did Donald Trump earn in 2019

Trump in 2019 earned at least $446 million only thanks to his business, according to the report of the us authorities on the President’s income. At the same time, trump received another $13.5 million from the sale of a mansion in Beverly hills, has an annual fee of more than $100 thousand for the book “the Art of making deals” and a pension of $77.8 thousand from the screen actors Guild Award. Not without loans – he has 14 of them, five of them worth more than $50 million.

Movies are opening in Moscow. In addition:

theaters and concert halls with the number of seats up to 3 thousand are starting to work-with 50% occupancy

the number of fans in stadiums is allowed to increase from 10% to 50% of the capacity of the stands

Remain under the prohibition of mass events and entertainments in the open air.

The mask and glove mode works in the premises and on transport, and is saved on the street as a recommendation.

And in the Moscow region opened cinemas, hotels and sanatoriums – but there is self-isolation for the elderly and those who came into contact with the sick, mass events are still prohibited, night clubs are closed, there is a mask regime

Domestic medicines have become more expensive in Russia

In Russia, the weighted average cost of packaging domestic medicines increased by 23.8% to 115 rubles over the year. At the same time, the price of imported medicines increased by 7.5 % – to 381 rubles per pack, the newspaper ” Izvestia»

Against the background of rising prices, the revenue of Russian pharmacies increased significantly over the year. In the first half of the year, they sold medicines worth 557.9 billion rubles. This is 13.9 % more than in the same period of 2019. In real terms, sales of medicines in the period from January to June are estimated at 2.6 billion packages, which is 3.1% more than in the first half of last year. Analysts believe that the difference in growth rates may be due to an increase in drug prices or a shift in demand towards larger packages.

Protests in support of Governor Sergei Furgal

In Khabarovsk, the 22nd action in support of Sergei Furgal took place. People came despite the pouring rain. According to General estimates about 10-15 thousand citizens participated in the action

In Komsomolsk-on-Amur, people were walking in the pouring rain

Gathered in support of Furgal in Vladivostok to walk the streets of the city

Novosibirsk. People chant ” Khabarovsk, we are with you!”

A rally in support of Khabarovsk was also held in Krasnoyarsk. Participants chanted “we are the power here»

In Irkutsk, a rally in support of the festival turned into a procession. The people are chanting: “Putin’s gang-on trial!”, ” Wake up, cities-trouble with our homeland!”

Sakhalin on Saturday with Khabarovsk! Participants gathered on Lenin square

Actions in support of Khabarovsk were held in Chelyabinsk, Izhevsk, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-don, Krasnodar!

Kazan, Samara joined the campaign in support of Khabarovsk

Detained at the all-Russian rally in support of Khabarovsk

Saint Petersburg-21
Moscow-13
Vladivostok-5
Kazan-5
Chelyabinsk – 3
Yekaterinburg-2
Krasnodar – 2
Spassk-Dalny-2
Barnaul-1
Nizhny Novgorod – 1

Aeroflot promised to return the money instead of vouchers

People who bought tickets for Aeroflot’s August flights over the past week will be able to get their money back, not vouchers, a representative of the airline told Open media. This is how Aeroflot responded to dissatisfied passengers who complained to the Federal air transport Agency that it refused to refund money for canceled flights

The Ministry of economic development does not discuss the introduction of new taxes in Russia

“In connection with the appearance in the media information about the introduction of a new tax, the press service of the Ministry of economic development considers it necessary to declare that the introduction of no new taxes is not negotiable,” the Ministry said

The UAE has commissioned the first in the Arab countries a nuclear power plant

The first in the Arab world NPP was commissioned in UAE on Saturday, according to the Arab newspaper Gulf News, citing the Vice-President and Prime Minister, Sheikh of Dubai Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.

Mishustin signed a decree on the unified system of technical inspection

The Russian government approved the regulation on the unified automated system of inspection, diagnostic card will be stored in the system for at least five years, said on Saturday the press service of the Cabinet.

“The issued diagnostic cards will be stored in the unified automated inspection system for at least five years. During this period, they cannot be destroyed or removed. The regulation on the maintenance of the inspection system was approved by the government by its resolution, ” the report says.

Poland announced new details in the case of the Tu-154 crash near Smolensk

The Polish Commission to re-investigate the crash of Tu-154 President Lech Kaczynski near Smolensk has submitted an interim report with new details, RIA Novosti reports. The document again claims that the cause of the crash was an explosion. At the same time, the Commission said that TNT was put in the plane during repairs.

Putin signed a law equating vapes and hookahs to cigarettes

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law on vapes and hookahs in anti-Smoking legislation. During the session of senators on July 24, the law was approved, according to which the anti-Smoking legislation in the Russian Federation will apply to VAPE, hookahs, e-cigarettes and snus.

A 17-year-old was blamed for the largest Twitter hack.

Graham Clark, a 17-year-old teenager from Tampa, Florida, was arrested in the United States. Hacking the social network allegedly allowed fraudsters to steal more than $100,000 in one day.
Belarusian investigators claim inconsistencies in the statements of detainees

Belarusian investigators claim inconsistencies in the testimony of Russian citizens detained in the Republic from a private military company, Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Belarus Ivan Noskevich said. In particular, he said that was the basis for suspicion in respect of the Russian citizens. This group entered the territory of Belarus on the evening of July 24, allegedly intending to leave Minsk on a flight to Istanbul.

“According to some of the suspects, the flight is at 10: 50. However, having sufficient time to check in for the flight and, accordingly, for departure from the country, the whole group passed by the airport and checked into the IBB hotel in Minsk,” the head of the IC noted.

Lukashenko – about the detention of 33 Russians

I see that our older brothers have also fallen silent. They are no longer shouting that they sent these guys to Istanbul. There was no Istanbul and could not be, as it turned out. It’s clear that this group had different goals. Well done for finding out that this is the first group. As I understand it, this is only the first group of 180 or 200 people that was planned to be transferred to Belarus. And besides, when I say this (I read the report), this is accurate data today. And the attempt there now to hide the “tail” in Russia and say that they almost agreed with us on the arrival of this group, this is complete nonsense. It is nonsense that Russia agreed with us on the location of the military of another state, even without weapons, on the territory of Belarus. We will not build a policy on lies.

We will remind, the press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov earlier said that the Russians detained in Belarus were employees of the PSC, they were in Minsk in transit and missed the flight to Istanbul.

In Crimea, a hotel guard attacked holidaymakers with a whip.

The girl who told about the incident explained that she goes to this beach for more than six years, pays for the use of sunbeds, but this time the man in camouflage in a sharp form began to expel the family from the “private territory”. He explained this by the fact that the guests of the hotel “foros “”pay 200 thousand” for “that no one was here” and are afraid for their health when contacting strangers. The second guard advised holidaymakers to move to a nearby beach, but the aggressive security guard caught up with the family and after a verbal argument threw their belongings into the sea.

The Ministry of internal Affairs of the Republic of Crimea “Rise” and could not immediately provide a comment. In the sanatorium itself, calls were not answered. This is not the first case of aggression from the hotel security: other tourists also complained about the”Cossacks”. Several victims filed a report with the police.

A security guard who attacked a family in Crimea with a whip was fired

A security guard who attacked a family vacationing on the beach and drove them away with a whip was dismissed from the foros sanatorium. This was reported in the administration of the institution

Residents of Japan and the United States began to receive mysterious parcels of seeds from China.

Also, several hundred citizens of Canada, New Zealand, Australia and great Britain received unusual mailings. According to the Guardian, people find black or white seeds in parcels, although stickers on the packaging indicate that a toy or costume jewelry is inside. The packages contain the exact address and name of the recipient, as well as stickers of Chinese mail. At the same time, the Chinese foreign Ministry insists that the post stamps are fake and denies any connection of its country with the parcels.

The authorities of the countries where the seeds fall, asked residents not to plant them, as foreign plants can disrupt the natural balance, and there is a risk of infection with viruses or insects introduced from outside.

A court in the United States overturned the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

An appeals court in the United States has overturned the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted of the Boston marathon bombing in 2013. At the same time, the court’s decision emphasizes that in General, the verdict of tsarnaev’s guilt remains in force — if the new jury does not sentence Him to death, he will serve a life sentence in prison.

What are the main concerns of people all over the world?

Coronavirus! But from a record 65% in April, its rating has dropped to 43% – still top of the list of most disturbing topics, but it seems that it may soon be moved by other issues.

The main candidate is unemployment! From 30% at the beginning of the year, its “rating” rose to 40% (although in may-June it was even higher). And in General, now the old leaders are again beginning to come to the fore – poverty and inequality (already 32%, almost to a certain level), corruption, and crime.

Interestingly, interest in health care is steadily declining – now only 22% of the world’s population is concerned about the state of health (compared to 28% in April).

What are the main concerns of Russians?

According to Ipsos, the list of worries of the average Russian is quite different from the world average. The most frightening topic in the world as a whole right now is the coronavirus. But only 22% of Russian residents are concerned about it (on average, 43% worldwide). In second place is unemployment, which is experienced by 40% of the world’s population, and in Russia only 35%.

But Russians are very concerned about social issues: poverty and social inequality (59% in Russia – the highest figure among all the countries included in the survey – against 32% in the world) and corruption (53% in our country – second place after the Hungarian 54% – against 27% on average in the world).

The cost of bitcoin reached $12 thousand for the first time since August 2019

The cost of the most popular cryptocurrency — bitcoin — for the first time since August 2019 approached the mark of $12 thousand on the background of a gradual recovery of the world economy. This is evidenced by trading data on The coinmarketcap portal.

The Ministry of Finance of Russia will extend the regime of tax-free withdrawal of dividends abroad

The option to apply the 0% rate instead of 13% on dividends to a foreign company, if the actual right to them belongs to tax residents of Russia, will be extended until 2024. The decision on a three-year transition period was made after discussions with business, the press service of the Ministry of Finance told RBC. RBC has a revised draft law that has been sent to the government.

The price of gold at auction in the US has updated the historical maximum

The price of gold in the course of trading on the Comex exchange (a division of the new York Mercantile exchange) rose by almost 2% to the closing level of the previous session and amounted to $1982.8 per Troy ounce, according to data from the trading platform

Wholesale prices for apples have increased in Russia

The wholesale price of Russian apples has increased by 20% in the country, and it is possible that this type of product will become more expensive. This was reported to TASS by the Director of the National fruit and vegetable Union Mikhail Glushkov. The retail price, he recalls, also includes the cost of networks for storing products in distribution centers and the cost of sales. In July 2020, prices for the main varieties of apples in Russia were higher than last year by 30-45%, said Anastasia Sysoeva, senior consultant at neo Center.

Life could exist on a large number of exoplanets

According to the Astronomical Journal, a group of researchers led by astrobiologist Stephen Kane from the University of California, using the example of the nearest planetary system to US, TRAPPIST-1, created a model of planets and stars orbiting around them. The simulation results showed that some stars may have up to seven planets with liquid water. As the American scientist explained, if there are more than seven of them, they will begin to destabilize each other’s orbits.

Then scientists found out why there is only one habitable planet in the Solar system. According to them, it’s all about Jupiter, whose mass is almost 2.5 times the mass of all the other planets in the Solar system combined.

Video game as a prescription drug

On June 15, the US food and drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of the game as a prescription drug. We are talking about the mobile app EndeavorRx, a first-person racing game. The FDA’s approval was made possible after clinical trials proved the therapeutic effect of the game. Patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can get a prescription for the game.

Van Damme will play a secret agent in a Comedy action movie for Netflix

Popular actor Jean-Claude van Damme will appear in the action Comedy “the Last mercenary” for Netflix as the main character. The film is being shot in France. In the film, a secret agent, aka Jean-Claude van Damme, has to save his own son, who was accused of trafficking drugs and weapons, although he is not guilty. The film is directed by David Shahron. The release date of the film is not reported.

British pop group Hurts will perform in Irkutsk in February 2021

The British pop group Hurts will give a concert at the Trud sports Palace in Irkutsk on February 20, 2021, according to the official website of the group. At the concert, the musicians will present the new album Faith. Tickets will go on sale on August 7.

Xiaomi has introduced new budget wireless headphones

Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic wireless headphones are able to suppress extraneous noise for more comfortable listening to music. They are also equipped with two microphones for clearer speech capture during telephone conversations. The player and calls are controlled by touch control. Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic provide up to 20 hours of battery life, while a single charge is enough for 5 hours of listening to music. The cost of the new product will be 2,990 rubles in Russia.

Japanese business starts working with IBM in the field of quantum computing

A research partnership with Japanese industry to accelerate progress in quantum computing was launched on July 30 by American technology firm International Business Machines Corp, according to Reuters.

The head of Xiaomi urged to be kinder to him and change smartphones more often

Lei Jun, the head of the Chinese Corporation Xiaomi, which ranks third in the world in terms of smartphone production, urged users to change gadgets more often.

Samsung plans to stop selling last year’s smartphones

The company explains its actions as a desire to increase the popularity of the latest Samsung models, so that customers do not have the opportunity to buy an older smartphone at an affordable price.

Google has launched a new way to track users on websites

Earlier this year, Google said it would ban third-party services from tracking users through cookies in the Chrome browser. However, instead, the Google team launched a new way to track users on sites — trust tokens

Unlike cookies, trust tokens can be used to authenticate users without having to identify them. This tool will allow the website to prove to the advertiser who places an ad on it that the visitors were not bots, but real people.

Google Maps began to put a label on the store’s belonging to a black person

A few days ago, Google Maps was updated: the app began to put a label on whether a store or any other institution belongs to a black person. Now, if a business is owned by a black person, the user will see the inscription “Black-owned”.

Banana fibers for car manufacturing

Researchers at the University of Johannesburg concluded that plantans, i.e. large vegetable bananas growing in Africa, Asia and South America, can be used in the automotive industry.

The properties of the fibers of these plants allow you to create a material with high strength characteristics and low cost. Parts made of this material are not subject to corrosion and have excellent noise and vibration – reducing qualities. Scientists note that natural fibers can be used in the manufacture of door panels, internal engine covers and other car elements.

Archaeological excavations have revealed the cause of the last glaciation

Researchers from the University of Houston, Baylor University and Texas A & M University, who conducted archaeological excavations in the Hall cave in Central Texas, found that the cooling 13 thousand years ago, due to which mammoths died out, was not due to the fall of a meteorite, but to a series of volcanic eruptions. The results are published in the journal Science Advances.

Blueberry extract helps in the formation of blood vessels

During the new study, scientists evaluated two fractions of polyphenols that were found in blueberries. Experts considered their influence on the formation of blood vessel tubes, protein synthesis, and gene expression. These factors play an important role in the tissue healing process.