6 Aug, 2020

News digest for 08/05/2020

According to the German newspaper Bild, citing a secret report from the German foreign Ministry, Russia is going to build military bases in the Central African Republic (CAR), Egypt, Eritrea, Madagascar, Mozambique and Sudan. The report claims that the Russian army is already semi-officially training the soldiers of these countries. For example, 180 instructors of the Russian army are allegedly based in the CAR and other parts of Africa.

“Since 2015, Russia has signed agreements on military cooperation with 21 countries in Africa,” the report notes. Previously, the Russian Federation had only four such agreements with the countries of the continent.

Ulan-Ude authorities will order buses with Putin quotes

Ulan-Ude city hall announced two competitions for the purchase of buses with quotes from Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was noticed by the publication “Baikal-Daily”. The tenders were posted on the public procurement website on July 27 for a total amount of about 200 million rubles. Each car will cost 4.7 million rubles. A total of 42 buses are planned to be purchased. Transport is purchased for the municipal enterprise “City routes”.

In the documents attached to the procurement files with the models of buses. Their sides will depict the sights of Ulan-Ude and Vladimir Putin’s quotes “the people’s budget is the initiative of people”, “the far East is the key direction of development”. Correspondents could not find any mention of such a statement by the President. At the same time, the final appearance of the buses will be agreed upon after the conclusion of contracts.

The Ministry of justice asked to punish Ivan Safronov’s lawyers

The Department of the Russian Ministry of justice in Moscow wants to bring to justice four lawyers of the journalist Ivan Safronov. Due to the fact that they refused to give a subscription for non-disclosure of the investigation data. Safronov’s defense considered this an attempt to pressure

Mishustin lifted restrictions on entering Kaliningrad by train

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an order to restore passenger rail services between Kaliningrad and other cities for all Russian citizens. This was reported by the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers.

Safe and high-quality roads in Russia

Less than half of regional and municipal roads (44.2%) meet regulatory requirements. Over the past two years, their share has grown by only 1.1%, according to the report of the accounting chamber, which is dedicated to the maintenance of highways.

According to the accounting chamber, the share of Federal highways that meet regulatory requirements increased by 7%. Currently, 84.8% of the Federal road network meets the standards.


Khabarovsk hosts the 26th day of protest! The steadfastness of the far East is worth envying. It has been raining for five days in Khabarovsk, but people are coming out despite the weather. Every day we get news about the harassment and detention of activists. But they don’t give up!


Neil young sued Donald trump

Neil young sued the staff of Donald trump, who ignored the musician’s demand not to include his songs at rallies. Young demands maximum compensation from the trump staff for copyright infringement, the amount is not specified

SpaceX conducted the first tests of the second stage of the Starship SN5 rocket

SpaceX conducted the first tests of a prototype of the second stage of the superheavy starship SN5 rocket. The launch took place at the company’s landfill in Texas. Four previous starship launches failed: the Mk1, SN1, SN3, and SN4 prototypes exploded. This time, the rocket took off at 150 meters, spent about 40 seconds in the air, moved to the side and made a soft landing. The first full launch of the final version of the rocket should take place next year. The rocket will be able to launch a cargo weighing more than a hundred tons into earth orbit.

Armenia to restrict broadcasting of foreign TV channels

The Armenian President signed a law on restricting the broadcasting of foreign TV channels, including Russian ones. It will take effect in 10 days. Already issued licenses will continue to be valid until January 20, 2021.

Bitfinex offered a reward for catching hackers

The exchange for trading cryptocurrency Bitfinex offered a reward of $400 million for the capture of hackers who broke into it in 2016, as reported on its official website. Then about 120 thousand bitcoins were stolen from the trading platform, at the current exchange rate it is more than $ 1.3 billion.

The company promises to pay those who report information about criminals, 5% of the amount that will be returned. If the hackers themselves decide to return the stolen funds, they can keep 25%.

Russia allows visa-free entry of foreigners for business trips

These are holders of diplomatic or service passports-citizens of countries with which there are agreements on visa-free travel, according to the website of the Russian government.

The Ministry of Finance of Russia proposed to reduce spending on the state Duma and the Federation Council

Thus, it is proposed to reduce expenditures on the state Duma in 2021 by 2.9% (378 million rubles), in 2022 — by 4.5% (577 million), in 2023 — by 2% (256 million). And the Ministry of Finance proposes to reduce spending on the Federation Council by 3% (217 million rubles) in 2021, by 4.6% (338 million rubles) in 2022, and by 2.4% (178 million rubles) in 2023. As a result, the funding of both chambers may amount to about 7 billion rubles a year

In the Jewish Autonomous region, a bridge collapsed during military exercises..

In the Jewish Autonomous region, during military exercises, the bridge structures collapsed. As writes on August 5, TASS with reference to the emergency services, as a result, 18 people were injured. Local authorities confirmed the information about the victims.

The lessee of “Fortuna” refused to participate in the completion of Nord Stream 2

The lessee of the barge-pipelayer “Fortuna”, which is able to complete the” Nord stream — 2″, does not accept and does not intend to take part in the work on laying the gas pipeline in the Baltic sea, RBC reports.

VTB will start identifying customers by smartphone

At login, the client is automatically identified by the MAC address. After that, they will be directed to the desired table or meeting room in the chat. By the end of the year, VTB plans to open five new branches in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Bryansk and Kanash.

Rospotrebnadzor named regions with high doses of radon radiation

Increased average doses of radiation to the population from natural sources of radon are typical for the Republic of Tuva, Stavropol and Zabaykalsky Krai, the Jewish Autonomous region and the Irkutsk region, the press service of Rospotrebnadzor told RIA Novosti.

Rostelecom revenue in the second quarter of 2020

Rostelecom’s revenue under IFRS in the second quarter of 2020 increased year-on-year by 13% and amounted to 127.28 billion rubles, the company said in a statement. OIBDA increased by 15% to 48.8 billion rubles. OIBDA margin was 38.3% compared to 37.6% a year earlier.

Gold production in Russia from January to may

Russia has increased gold production in the first half of 2020. This is reported by TASS. Thus, production increased by 3% to 104.31 tons. Earlier in 2019, this figure was equal to 101.44 tons for the same period.

Russia withdraws from tax agreement with Cyprus

According to the press service of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, this step was taken as part of the implementation of the decree of the Russian President on taxation of income in the form of dividends, which are transferred to accounts abroad at the rate of 15%.

Abramovich sold Sviblov shares of Highland Gold

Roman Abramovich sold 6.18% of shares in Highland Gold (HGM), a gold mining company in Russia, to fortiana Holdings, owned by Vladislav Sviblov, HGM said in a statement. In particular, the volume of shares sold is approximately 22.487 million units

“Abrau-Durso” buys vineyards

The group of companies “Abrau-Durso” buys viticultural and wine-making assets of the farm “Yubileynaya” in the Krasnodar territory. “Abrau-Durso” will become the owner of more than 3 thousand hectares of viticultural land “Yubileynaya”, of which about 2 thousand hectares are fertile vineyards

Turkey has reported a sharp increase in cases of coronavirus in resorts

The number of cases of COVID-19 infection has increased sharply in Turkish resorts, health Minister Fahrettin koja said on Twitter. “For the first time in recent years, we see a serious increase in the number of infected people,” he wrote

China is helping to Riyadh to establish production of uranium concentrate

The enterprise for the production of concentrate obtained in the process of processing uranium ore is being built by Saudi Arabia with the participation of two Chinese companies, the Wall Street Journal newspaper writes on August 4.

The UN believes that the DPRK continues to develop nuclear weapons

Experts believe that in this country, small nuclear devices could have been developed in the last 6 tests. They in turn can be placed in the warheads of ballistic missiles

The US and Israel have agreed to jointly release a missile DEFENSE system

The United States and Israel signed an agreement to create a joint venture Raytheon RAFAEL Systems Protection Systems for the production of the Iron Dome air and missile defense (ABM) system.

Disney will release “Mulan” online

Disney Studio has finally decided on the date and format of the release of the game remake of the cartoon “Mulan”. As reported with reference to the company’s management, the Verge publication, the film will be released on the streaming service Disney+ on September 4.

The trailer for the prequel to one Flew over the cuckoo’s nest

Netflix has released a trailer for the series Ratched (Ratched), which is a prequel adaptation of the novel by the famous American writer Ken Kesey Flying over the cuckoo’s nest. The series will tell the story of the life of nurse Mildred Ratched, who was the heroine of the novel “Flying over the cuckoo’s nest”.

Netflix will film an adaptation of the game Beyond Good & Evil

It is known that the project will be directed by Rob Letterrman, who worked on the projects “Detective Pikachu” and “Monsters against aliens”. Ubisoft Film & Television will also be involved in the production of the game’s adaptation. The release date of the film has not yet been announced.

The game “Beyond Good & Evil” was released in 2003. In the center of the plot is the story of a plot of alien invaders, which reveals the photojournalist jade.

Wireless transmission of electricity was created in New Zealand

Experts from New Zealand have come up with a way to transmit electricity like a Wi-Fi router or Bluetooth. At the moment, the emrod startup already has a working prototype, but it is still in a single version.

LG showed the technology of the future: flexible, twisting and transparent displays

LG presented innovative OLED technologies at the Society for Information Display 2020 conference. So, in the” zone of freedom of unlimited design ” of the South Korean brand, a 65-inch TV was demonstrated. Its feature is the ability to roll up like a scroll and put it in the stand, if there is no need for operation.

Asus VA27AQSB Eye Care monitor

Asus has introduced a 27-inch VA27AQSB monitor for office work. To reduce the load on the eyes, it uses brightness adjustment without flickering and has a function to reduce the proportion of blue in the backlight. The monitor is based on an IPS panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

Huawei will switch to MediaTek processors due to US sanctions

The network has information that Huawei will switch to MediaTek processors due to US sanctions. And in a slightly smaller number on solutions from Qualcomm. So, according to insiders, the Chinese manufacturer has already purchased 120 million MediaTek processors and about 60 million chips from Qualcomm. All this is planned to be used after Huawei runs out of stock of branded Kirin processors, the production of which will become impossible from mid-September 2020

Google announced the closure of Play Music in October

In October, the service will stop working in other countries. Users are given until December 2020 to transfer their collected music collections.

The brain can only process a limited amount of data

British neuroscientists say that the supply of energy to the brain is constant, and it can not exceed the upper limit, no matter how difficult the task may be. Therefore, when the brain uses more energy to process the current task, much less energy goes to process the secondary one.

This leads to” inattentional blindness ” — when stimuli that are in the field of vision are simply not registered, even if they are very important. This may explain why a person sometimes can’t focus on what is being said to them when they are busy with something else. It also shows how dangerous it is to distract the driver’s attention, because the brain may simply stop processing one of the tasks

The largest music festival was held in Austria

The festival in Salzburg is considered one of the largest. This event was the hundredth anniversary. Usually the festival takes place on the Cathedral square. But this time the storm drove everyone into a closed concert hall. The audience covered their faces with masks.

Usually, Salzburg attracts about 230 thousand spectators. The coronavirus has made adjustments. Only 80 thousand tickets were released for sale. All of them were personalized. This was necessary to track possible contacts of viewers. If one of them had a coronavirus after the festival, it would be possible to find the source.

Xiaomi has presented a list of smartphones updated to Android 11

According to Notebookcheck, Android 11 will not get Xiaomi Mi CC9e, Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 8T and Redmi Note 8, Redmi-Note 7 Pro and Redmi Note 7/7S, Redmi 8, Redmi 8A Dual and Redmi 8A, as well as Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G and Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha.

In Europe, the first portable batteries from Prestigio were released

Prestigio announced the first portable batteries on the European market, which are based on graphene, with a capacity of 10,000 mAh and 20,000 mAh. The first model charges from 0 to 100% in just 50 minutes, and the second – in 100 minutes. You will be able to purchase the devices from September,but the price remains unknown.

Xiaomi has introduced a low-cost model of an electric bike

Xiaomi has unveiled the successor to the 2016 Qicyle R1 electric bike, the Qicycle Electric Power-Assisted Bicycle National Standard. The price of the new product is 400 dollars.

Google has introduced wireless file transfer technology Nearby Share

In the near future, Google intends to extend the new feature to all Andriod devices. Recall that a similar function for transferring files between nearby devices was introduced by Apple in 2011.

Rostelecom will lay a communication line to Hong Kong and Japan

Rostelecom plans to lay a high-speed communication line from the Western to Eastern borders of Russia and further to Hong Kong and Japan for 40 billion rubles. This was announced by Rostelecom President Mikhail Oseevsky during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Proton-M missiles with defects returned from Baikonur to Moscow

All three proton-M launch vehicles, which were found to contain defective components manufactured in 2015-2016, were returned from the Baikonur cosmodrome to Moscow for repair, a representative of the Roscosmos press service told RIA Novosti. The press service added that one of the missiles has already been repaired and sent back to the spaceport.

The Ministry of Finance proposed to reduce spending on health and education

According to the document, compared to the legislatively established budget allocations base budget allocations on health can be reduced in 2021 65.7 billion, to 721,9 billion, in 2022 – to 71.6 billion rubles to 716,5 billion in 2023 – 115.4 billion rubles to 672,7 billion.

In addition, it is proposed to reduce funding for education development in 2021-2022. Basic budget allocations may be reduced by 33.3 billion rubles in 2021, to 355.2 billion rubles, and by 30.7 billion rubles in 2022, to 307.7 billion rubles.

Earlier, the Russian Finance Ministry proposed to increase funding for the President and his administration

The Ministry of Finance proposed to cut funding for the nuclear industry

The Russian Ministry of Finance has proposed to reduce funding for the development of the nuclear industry in 2021-2023 by about 67.5 billion rubles.

Medieval ointment proved to be a super-effective germ killer

Scientific Reports published the results of a study, according to which the ointment, which was made according to a thousand – year-old recipe, was able to destroy pathogenic bacteria and kill biofilms-resistant microbial structures in almost a second. The miracle recipe of the remedy was found in a medieval book

The composition of the remedy includes garlic, wine, onions and bile.Surprisingly, all the ingredients can only work together, individually they lose many of their useful qualities.

When the borders are closed, foreigners go to Russia

Two-thirds of the foreigners who came to Russia at the height of the pandemic were citizens of five countries: Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, and the Philippines. 34.2 thousand people arrived from this Republic in South-East Asia in April—June. All of them were vehicle maintenance personnel.

The vast majority of foreigners who arrived in the second quarter of 2020 — only 437.5 thousand people — declared this goal — vehicle maintenance personnel when crossing the border.

The Ministry of Finance suggested that the Netherlands increase the tax on income from Russia

Following Cyprus, Malta and Luxembourg, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation sent a proposal to the Netherlands to revise the agreement on the avoidance of double taxation in the direction of increasing the tax rates on dividends and interest paid from Russia to 15%

Yandex wants to create its own Bank

The Russian multinational company Yandex is thinking about creating its own credit organization and has already submitted an application to Rospatent to register its own trademark Yabank

Business income in Russia has fallen to a record low

The share of business income in the structure of all monetary income of the Russian population in the second quarter of 2020 decreased to 3.5%, according to Rosstat data. This is the lowest quarterly reading since at least 2000.

Ukraine refused to buy gas from Russia

The state-owned company “Naftogaz” does not plan to conclude deals until Kiev is offered competitive prices and conditions. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has implemented a reform of the gas market, abandoning the policy of state regulation of the cost for the industrial sector of the economy. Such changes made it possible for any Ukrainian and foreign trader to purchase LNG from Russia on favorable financial terms, said Andrey KOBOLEV, head of Naftogaz. Further, the head of this structure noted that the country will not return to the days of energy deals filled with corruption, including energy dependence on the Russian Federation.

BP plans to reduce oil production and increase its contribution to renewable energy

The oil producer BP said that by 2030 it will reduce the production of oil fuel by 40% and increase its contribution to renewable energy by 20 times. By the end of the next decade, the Corporation intends to produce 1.5 million barrels of oil per day, which is 1.1 million barrels less than now.

The UAE and China will be engaged in the transportation of LPG

AW Shipping Limited will transport liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and other petroleum products produced by ADNOC and other major suppliers to Wanhua Group plants in China and around the world.

China’s investment in oil and gas development

China’s investment in the development of oil and gas fields reached a record 82.13 billion yuan (about $11.76 billion) in 2019, which is 29% higher than a year earlier, the Ministry of natural resources of China reported on August 1.

Ex-Google employee convicted of stealing technology

U.S. district judge William Alsup has sentenced former Google engineer Anthony levandowski to 18 months in prison for stealing information about driverless cars from the company.

The Taliban unfurled their flag in the Turkish Hagia Sophia

Members of the Taliban 1 (banned in Russia)unfurled their flag in Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia. One of the activists during the protest and held up an index finger. This gesture is typical of Islamic terrorists.

Zelensky discussed with Lukashenko the issue of extradition of detained Russians

The presidents of Ukraine and Belarus, Vladimir Zelensky and Alexander Lukashenko, discussed the issue of extradition of Russians detained in Belarus by phone, the office of the Ukrainian leader said on Wednesday. According to the office of the head of Ukraine, Zelensky is convinced that the detainees will not be able to avoid a fair punishment.

The heads of state discussed in detail issues related to the detention on the territory of Belarus at the end of July of a group of individuals belonging to the private military company Wagner. The importance of further effective interaction between the competent authorities of the two States was noted, in particular, in the context of the transfer to Ukraine of persons suspected of terrorist activities on the territory of our state, – the message reads.

Lukashenko threatened to fire to Vladivostok

In an address to the people, the President of Belarus said that billions of dollars of resources were thrown against his country, and it was decided to work out new technologies for “color revolutions”. If the situation in Belarus is destabilized, it will be difficult for everyone to get to Vladivostok, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in an address to the people broadcast by RBC. Presidential elections in Belarus will be held on August 9.

Ukraine withdrew from the CIS agreement on border cooperation

Kiev unilaterally disavowed participation in another agreement within the CIS – this time on research cooperation between the border troops of the participating countries. According to RIA Novosti, the decision was made at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers even without discussion.

The US army is looking for an alternative to GPS

The success of Russia, as well as China and North Korea in the field of electronic suppression systems has forced the us military to look for a backup option in case the GPS satellite navigation system is disabled.

One alternative to GPS is called MAGNA. This is a navigation system for The earth’s magnetic field. Its intensity varies depending on the location. If you correlate the sensor readings with a magnetic map, you can determine your coordinates with an accuracy of 10 meters. This is not as accurate as GPS, but much better than inertial navigation systems (ins) or paper maps.

Russia responded to Belarus by sending its own army to the border

Earlier, Belarusian armored vehicles were found near the border between the two countries. Moscow did not leave this provocation without a response, pulling 800 units of military equipment and 3,000 military personnel to the border zone. As a result, Belarus was completely surrounded from the East.