4 Aug, 2020

News digest for 08/03/2020

The average monthly salary in Russia over the past year was 35 thousand rubles, a study by RIA Novosti showed. If in a number of industries, the average employee can claim 50-60 thousand rubles a month, then in Laggards, the average salary is less than 25 thousand rubles.

At the same time, high salaries are mainly paid to specialists in six industries: fishing, Finance, mining, IT, communications and mass communications, technology and science. Most employees with a monthly income of more than 100 thousand rubles in fishing and Finance, but in the whole country, 7.2% of employees earn this way.

Light industry and consumer services were the sectors with the highest number of low-wage workers (25.6% and 28.7%, respectively).

Not everyone is released to Belarus

After the announced strengthening of the Russian-Belarusian border, everyone who wants to cross it has to spend about two hours on the street. Russian border guards find out the purpose of the trip from all Russians. Only those who go to work, study, treatment or to sick relatives are released. The rest are removed from flights.

After checking the documents, passengers are issued a small pass,which will need to be presented to the border guard. There are no planes or trains from Russia to Belarus yet, only buses and road transport.


Peaceful protest in Khabarovsk continues


A rally was held in Hokkaido demanding the return of the Kuril Islands by Russia

On the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido, a rally was held in the city of Nemuro, where local residents demanded the return of these Russian territories to Japan. This is reported by the Japanese TV and radio company NHK. Approximately 500 people gathered for the rally.

Poland fined Gazprom

The Polish competition and consumer protection Authority UOKiK imposed a fine of 213 million zlotys (about $ 57 million) on Gazprom, according to Reuters. Russian company fined for refusing to cooperate in antitrust investigation related to the Nord stream-2 gas pipeline

Ivan Safronov was transferred to a foreign citizen’s cell

Adviser to the head of Roscosmos Ivan Safronov, suspected of treason, was transferred to the cell of a foreign citizen who is suspected of terrorism. This was reported to Interfax by Marina Litvinovich, a member of the Moscow ONK.

“Ivan was transferred from quarantine to a normal cell, because his coronavirus was not confirmed. Now he is in a cell with a suspect of extremism and terrorism, he is a foreign citizen, a Muslim, their relations are even,” she said.

According to the human rights activist, Safronov’s new cellmate could have been in the punishment cell earlier for fighting.

“He is a very conflicted person, so if it is really him, and the description matches, it is not good,” Litvinovich said.

The commanders of the Indian and Chinese forces are holding another round of talks

The commanders of the Indian and Chinese forces on the border in the Ladakh region are holding another round of talks to ensure the rapid withdrawal of troops from places of tension along the line of actual control, Indian media reported.

This is the fifth round of talks at the corps commander level in almost two months aimed at defusing border tensions caused by a violent clash between the two countries ‘ militaries near lake Pangong-TSO in may

Lukashenko said that he intends to maintain and support “Belgazprombank”

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that he intends to keep and support Belgazprombank, even if the shareholders-Gazprom and Gazprombank-refuse it.

“I would very much ask that the order be in the Bank, the Bank cannot be destroyed. This is a Bank that, if Gazprom refuses it, God be with them. The workforce is there, the skills are there, and the opportunities will be there. We will support this Bank as a National Bank: our people and our businesses are also there. Yes, we are in a difficult situation because of these corruption manifestations, but we have experience in keeping banks not just afloat, but also their normal functioning, “the Belarusian leader said at a meeting with Nadezhda Yermakova, head of the interim administration of Belgazprombank.

There are fewer people with high incomes in Russia

If we compare the official data for 2019 and for the first half of 2020, we can see that people with high and above average incomes have become somewhat less over the past six months. The biggest losses in the group “over 100 thousand rubles a month”: in 2019, such incomes are 4% of the population, now 2.7%: a decrease by a third. In the 75-100 group, a decrease from 4.5% to 3.6

The number of people with incomes from 7 to 45 thousand rubles a month has increased! The groups that added the most were 14-19 t. p. and 19-27 t. p., 1.1% and 1.2%, respectively. In General, only 20.6% of the Russian population has an average per capita income above 45 thousand rubles per month.


The Russian government has reduced the amount of the initial payment on a preferential mortgage. This was stated by Prime Minister Mishustin. The program allows you to take out a loan for housing at 6.5% per annum. Previously, the minimum contribution was 20%.


Patriarch Kirill urged the congregation not to believe the rumors about his wealth.

“When you read the most terrible things about the Patriarch, about bishops, about priests, remember that there is usually not even a drop of truth there, but all this is aimed at compromising those who proclaim the truth of God so that the people stop listening to them and trust them. Well, what do you say to us, look at what they write about you! ” – Interfax quotes the words of the Patriarch from a Sunday sermon at the temple of the prophet Elijah in Moscow.

Production of Russian electric vehicles

The release of the first Russian electric car Zetta is scheduled for the end of the year, it will be produced in Tolyatti. This was stated by Russian Minister of industry and trade Denis Manturov in an interview with TASS on Sunday, August 3

Inter RAO’s Board of Directors approved the company’s development strategy

On July 31, the Board of Directors of inter RAO approved the company’s development strategy for the period up to 2025 with a view to 2030, according to the company’s message. The strategy defines four key priorities for inter RAO’s development — cost growth, diversification, digitalization and efficiency improvement, as well as sustainable development.

The poverty level in the United States

The us poverty rate fell from 10.9% in January-February 2020 to 8.6% in April-may. That is, the percentage of families with incomes below the poverty line has fallen to this level, the authors of the study “Income and poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic” from the Becker Friedman Institute of the University of Chicago concluded.

The study claims that as a result of unprecedented government spending to support citizens during the pandemic (until the end of may 2020), citizens were paid benefits of almost $ 260 billion, plus $ 140 billion in payments to Americans under the unemployment insurance program. Specific amounts of material support for citizens depended on the level of their income. Often these one time payments were about 1200 US dollars per person

New standards in Turkish hotels

Food standards in Turkish hotels, including those operating on the “all inclusive” system, remained the same, but on the “buffet” food in the plates of customers is now imposed by the staff due to the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the Federation of hoteliers of Turkey Sururi Chorabatyr told RIA Novosti. Also in the hotels in Turkey have been marked, it is necessary to observe measures of social distancing and the use of protective masks.

In Genoa, a new bridge will open two years after the collapse of the old one

In Genoa, on the site of the old Morandi road bridge, which collapsed two years ago and killed 43 people, a new one will be opened on Monday. Italian President Sergio Mattarela is expected to be the first to cross the bridge by car, Le Figaro newspaper reports.

The fate of the Polish monument to Rokossovsky remains unknown

Under a bilateral agreement with Russia, memorials in cemeteries must be maintained, but the Rokossovsky monument was managed by the Museum, which, like the Legnica police, declined to comment.

At air strike distance

Turkish f-16 fighters flew to the capital of Armenia within air strike distance. They turned around only when the distance to the city was 56 km. This is reported by the portal avia.pro

The Chinese company demanded $ 1.4 billion from Apple

The owner of the patent for the voice assistant Xiao-i has already filed a lawsuit in the Shanghai court for damages in the amount of 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion). This is reported on August 3 by the Wall Street Journal.

An impending global flood has been mapped on the planet

Based on the collected data, scientists have modeled a map that reflects the land areas that can go under water in 2100. In the greatest danger are areas of land located at an altitude of about 10 m above sea level. If the disaster unfolds according to the worst-case scenario, about 4% of the world’s population (approximately 287 million people) may die as a result of flooding.

So, flooding threatens the Northern part of Australia, some regions of China, India and Bangladesh, as well as parts of the US States (Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina). In Europe, the Northern regions of France and Germany may be affected by flooding. However, the UK will suffer the greatest damage from global flooding.

A highly efficient cooling fabric has been created

American scientists have created a material that can effectively cool the human body without the use of electricity. According to the developers, the fabric has water-repellent properties, transfers heat, and also allows moisture to evaporate from the skin.

The “cradle” of ancient Egyptian civilization turned out to be the Libyan desert

Rock symbols Dating back 5,000 years, discovered by Polish archaeologists in Egypt, indicated that the” cradle ” of ancient Egyptian civilization was the Libyan desert, whose resources contributed to its formation. An article on this topic was published by the portal Archaeology. wiki

“Sunscreen” based on skin pigment will protect Martian pioneers from radiation

In laboratory experiments conducted by the team of Nathan Gianneschi, a biochemist at northwestern University in Evanston, USA, skin cells treated with selenomelanin demonstrated resistance to such doses of x-rays that are fatal to humans. The work is published in the journal of the American Chemical Society.

The first flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the ISS was completed successfully

The first manned flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the ISS was completed successfully. How to meet American astronauts on water and land-in the material “Newspaper.Ru”. The space expedition, which has been followed around the world since may, has ended.

Europe to launch satellites to track CO2 levels

The Copernicus mission has already received a contract worth 445 million euros, this money was invested by OHB-System AG, which will also lead an industrial consortium that will start building the first two satellites.

Scientists have confirmed the hypothesis of the existence of a “previous” Universe

Experts have analyzed the “cosmological paradigm” that Penn state University has been working on for the past 40 years. Researchers are convinced that this paradigm is based on loop quantum gravity. That is, “all modern large structures of the Universe are quantum fluctuations in space-time that occurred at the birth of the world.”

Astrophysicists have studied the smallest inhomogeneities in the structure of the Universe and concluded that our universe was born from the super-compressed mass of another, earlier Universe.

“We have long accepted that our universe is expanding, but now it turns out that there was an “earlier” one that, imagine, was shrinking,” writes one of the authors of the work.

Twitter has announced the creation of the first paid subscription in its history

A paid subscription will be introduced by the largest American social network Twitter, August 2, according to the publication TechCrunch. It is known that the social network introduces a paid option for the first time in 14 years of its existence.

In Izhevsk will be held the youth festival “Atmosphere”

On August 16, the youth festival “Atmosphere”will be held in the fan zone of Kirov Park. The purpose of the holiday is to say “thank You” to all the volunteers who help in organizing national projects

Dubai will host the world’s largest rock concert

The world’s largest rock band Rockin ‘ 1000 will perform at the start of the anniversary season of the Global Village world fair in Dubai. The band invites thousands of musicians and singers from all over the world to participate in the concert in order to organize the largest virtual rock concert on the planet. The concert will be broadcast on the main stage of the Global Village fair on October 30, 2020.

Disney has announced a new cartoon from Pixar studios

The new cartoon will be created at Pixar studios. The film will be directed by Italian Director Enrico Casarosa, who previously directed the short film” moon”, nominated for an Academy award and also created by Pixar

Russian Navy Exercises begin in the Baltic sea

More than 30 ships of the Russian Navy are taking part in the “Ocean shield-2020” exercise on the Baltic fleet. This was reported in the Department of information and mass communications of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation.

The US has transferred nine combat helicopters to Lithuania

The United States has transferred nine combat helicopters from the Air force to Lithuania. This was reported by the national radio LRT with reference to a source in the Lithuanian army. A source in the Lithuanian army said that the helicopters arrived to participate in the exercise of the “Zhemaitiya” brigade-Grifono kirtis/Medžiotojas 2020. He refused to specify details, and there is no information where the equipment was transferred from.

Haftar’s Libyan army turned to the US

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan national army sent a message to the US authorities, sources say. The LNA insists “on international control of land and sea terminals.”

Medvedev announced an increase in the number of crimes committed by migrants

The shortage of places in detention centres for foreign nationals in some regions of Russia creates difficulties in deporting migrants who commit an offence while a growing number of such cases were reported in July in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other subjects of the Russian Federation, whose leaders must take action, said the Chairman of the security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev.