8 Aug, 2020

News digest for 08/07/2020

Russia has sharply increased gold exports to the world market, according to statistics published on Thursday by the Federal customs service. According to the results of the second quarter, 87 tons of precious metal were sold abroad against 10 tons for the same period a year ago. In monetary terms, export volumes soared 11 times to $ 4.75 billion.

Export peaked in April, when 42.6 tons of bullion left the country. In may-June, exports slowed to 24-25 tons per month, which, however,is four times higher than last year.

The main recipient country of Russian gold remains the United Kingdom. London, which is one of the largest hubs of the world’s precious metals trade, accounted for more than 90% of exports in June – 22.5 tons.

Twitter has started marking accounts linked to the state

Twitter has introduced tags for accounts that belong to state-linked media outlets and their executives. RT, TASS and RIA Novosti agencies have already received such labels. At the same time, the account “Radio Liberty”, funded by the US authorities, does not have a label. Twitter explained that state-funded media outlets with an independent editorial policy will not be labeled

Trump signed a decree  on combating the threat of TikTok

In September, a ban on any transactions with ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, will come into force. The spread of mobile apps from China in the United States is called a threat to national security, foreign policy and the country’s economy


Roscosmos enterprises have been instructed to prepare projects for Buran-type spaceships to replace the Soyuz spacecraft, Rogozin said in an interview with RIA Novosti


The Ministry of Finance explained the intention to reduce health care costs

As have informed “to the Newspaper.Ru ” in the press service of the Department, the figures presented are not final and may change. According to the first Deputy Chairman of the state Duma Committee on budget and taxes, Sergey Katasonov, the methodology approved by the Ministry of Finance will go to the lower house in the form of a budget bill.

The budget is still adopted by the state Duma, and we can make any decision regarding it. For example, to redistribute funds between Federal Executive authorities – – the Deputy explained.

According to the plan of the Ministry of Finance, in 2021 it is planned to increase spending on the activities of the President and his administration, reduce funding for Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as cut spending on education and medicine.

Telegram users were warned about a new method of fraud.

Hackers disguise the account as a chat “favorites” or Saved message, send a message to the user, quickly delete it and lure out personal information, because many people do not notice the difference and send private messages that they want to save to the chat with the fraudster.

To avoid information leaks, users are advised to pin the conversation with themselves at the top of the list, pay attention to the interface language (if Saved message suddenly turned into a “favorite”, it means something is wrong). In addition, the fake account will be marked online. And the real “favorites” will always be in the first line of the list, if you search for it by typing the first letters

Officials from the KHMAO distributed apartments to subordinates instead of beneficiaries

The authorities of the Surgut district distributed apartments to officials and state employees in a new building in the village of Bely Yar for official hire instead of providing them to those in need of relocation. This is not known.RU reported local MP Natalia Matviychuk

In Russia, spending in the economy on “closed” sections has decreased

The volume of expenditures of the Russian economy in “closed” categories amounted to 4.83 trillion rubles in 2018, that is, it decreased to 4.6% of GDP. This was reported on August 7 by RBC with reference to its own calculations according to Rosstat

Poland promised to help Ukraine return the Donbass and Crimea

Polish President Andrzej Duda promised to help Ukraine “fully restore its territorial integrity”during his inauguration. This was reported by the publication “Glavred”.

A special opportunity to act for the security of our country and our continent will appear in 2022, when Poland assumes the OSCE chairmanship. This is an important task, which is also to restore the full sovereignty and territorial integrity of our neighbor — Ukraine,” explained Andrzej Duda.

Russians allowed to write off bad debts for free

From September 1, Russians who owe an amount of 50 thousand to 500 thousand rubles, have the right to file for bankruptcy in the MFC “My documents” and the center’s specialists will take over the interaction with creditors and bailiffs. This is reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

According to the publication, in five years, a person who declared bankruptcy will not be able to indicate the fact of bankruptcy when applying for loans. However, only those whose bailiffs have not found any real estate, cars, or money in accounts that can be foreclosed on will be able to use the out-of-court procedure. This is reported by ” Rambler”
Falcon 9 launched from the spaceport in the United States

The Falcon 9 launch vehicle with 57 Starlink satellites launched from the Cape Canaveral space center. This is stated on the SpaceX company’s Twitter page. It is noted that along with 57 Starlink satellites, two blacksky spacecraft are being put into orbit on a contract basis.

In Ukraine, Lukashenko agreed to extradite detained Russian citizens

Belarus is ready to extradite detained Russian citizens to Ukraine, Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon told Radio Liberty after an interview with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.

Lukashenko called a condition for the extradition of detained Russians to Ukraine

Belarus will not extradite Russians detained in Minsk to Ukraine until their guilt is proved. This was stated by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in an interview with Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon, which was published on YouTube.

Belarus announced the beginning of the blockade of Crimea

According to Valery Tsepkalo, a former diplomat and Creator of the high-tech Park, the new government will support the international blockade of the Peninsula. In case of victory, the opposition will not recognize Crimea as Russian, Tsepkalo said in an interview with the Ukrainian portal Apostrophe

Keanu Reeves will star in the fourth and fifth parts of John Wick

As reported by THR, Lionsgate Studio CEO John Feltheimer said that the series about the unkillable killer-avenger John Wick will really appear not only the announced fourth part, but also the fifth. Currently, we are working on the screenplays of the pictures.

Jennifer grey will star in the new version of the movie “Dirty dancing”

Lionsgate Studios CEO John Feltheimer confirmed on Thursday that Jennifer grey will Executive produce and star in the new version of Emile Ardolino’s 1987 film Dirty dancing

US to block China’s access to underwater Internet cables

The new “Clean network” plan under the government’s “Clean path” program was presented by the head of the US state Department, Mike Pompeo. The program “Clean way” involves the protection of data in 5G networks. After its expansion, the new plan will extend protection to cellular communications, mobile app stores, smartphone apps, cloud services, and underwater cables.

A flexible display for e-books has been developed

The network has reported that E Ink has developed the first 10.3-inch flexible display for e-books. Thus, not only the world of smartphones will soon be able to boast of the appearance of many new folding devices

Scientists have recorded the activation of a volcano in Germany

Scientists from the United States recorded the activation of a volcano located in Germany, the last eruption occurred about 13 thousand years. Researchers noticed that the ground level rose not far from the volcano.

Scientists were able to measure the oxidative capacity of ASTAT-211

Physicists at the CERN nuclear center were able to measure the oxidative capacity of the rare element ASTAT-211, according to the journal Nature Communications. According to scientists, ASTAT-211 is one of the most promising materials for radiotherapy, but the scientific community still did not know how often it can form negatively charged ions, which hindered its use.

Scientists have found the DNA of an unknown ancestor in the human genome

The genome of modern humans contains the DNA of an unknown ancestor, American scientists have found. It is possible that these are Homo erectus genes, but it is not possible to verify this yet – its genome has not been sequenced.

Scientists have discovered a switch that makes brown fat burn energy

An international research team has discovered how to activate brown fat in humans, which could lead to new treatments for type 2 diabetes and obesity. They shared their results in the journal Cell Metabolism.

A rope-making tool was found in a cave in Germany

A 40-thousand-year-old rope-making tool was found in a cave in Germany. The tool is cut from a mammoth Tusk and is twenty centimeters long. It has four holes cut into it, provided with spiral grooves, the report says. The artifact was discovered in The hohle Fels cave in southwestern Germany several years ago.

Music during training improves brain function

Scientists claim that the sound of music at the moment when you make physical efforts can improve mood and cognitive functions. “Exercises with music caused an increase in mood (vitality) more actively than exercises with audio signals,” the scientists write in the journal of Neuroscience

White from Europe was found on Inca ceremonial vessels

American scientists have analyzed the isotopic composition of lead whitewash on Inca ritual vessels of the colonial period. It turned out that some of the vessels were painted with whitewash imported from Europe, and some – with whitewash made from lead rock of the Andean mountains. The proposed method of analysis will help to determine more precisely the origin and age of such vessels in the future. The results are published in the journal Heritage Science.

Training at certain times can double your fat burning rate

The six-week experiment involved 30 obese or overweight men. They were divided into three groups: those who trained before Breakfast, after Breakfast, and those who did not change their lifestyle. The results showed that training before Breakfast doubles the rate of fat burning

A super-fast terahertz wireless chip was created for 6G networks

Researchers from Osaka and Nanyang technological universities have built a new chip based on photonic topological insulators that will allow data transmission for 6G networks.