15 Aug, 2020

News digest for 08/14/2020

Russian gas imports are not profitable for China

Complex pricing, which is linked to the cost of oil, makes pipeline gas supplied by the Russian Federation less profitable for China than liquefied gas. In This regard, China is deliberately reducing gas imports, which are supplied by the “Power of Siberia”. This information came from the Chinese Agency “Xinhua”, referring to the data of the State Committee for development and reform.

Artem Deev, head of the analytical Department of AMarkets, stressed that the recently discovered gas field in the Chinese province of Sichuan can be compared to the Russian Chayandinskoye field in terms of resource potential.

Income of Gazprom Board members

The revenues of Gazprom’s Board members in the first half of the year increased by 33% compared to the same period last year, according to the company’s RAS reports.

Bonuses for this period increased by 1.8 times-to 602.9 million rubles, and other types of remuneration increased almost six times – to 88.4 million rubles, according to the report. At the same time, it is noted that wages decreased by 17% to 363.6 million rubles.

According to the company’s reports, Gazprom made a net loss of almost 277 billion rubles in the first half of the year, compared to a net profit of 371.1 billion for the same period last year. Revenue decreased by 26% to RUB 1.88 trillion.

Gazprom’s management Board consists of 14 members. In 2019, the income of Board members fell by half to 1.3 billion rubles.

Gazprom reduced gas supplies to Turkey

Gazprom reduced gas supplies to Turkey in the first half of the year by 1.7 times compared to the same period last year, to 4.733 billion cubic meters, according to the company’s RAS report.

The Russian foreign Ministry has offered to pay for evacuation from abroad

Instead of returning to their homeland for free in the event of a threat to their lives, the foreign Ministry offers to guarantee a return from abroad to all Russians, but on condition that expenses are returned to the budget. Now the law provides for the evacuation of citizens to their homeland in exceptional cases.

The Ministry of internal Affairs of Belarus rejected charges of bullying detainees

The Deputy interior Minister of Belarus has rejected accusations of bullying detainees at protests in Minsk. Alexander Barsukov said this when he arrived at the temporary detention center on akrestina street, where the detainees were released on Thursday evening

Protest actions resumed in Minsk

In the capital of Belarus, Minsk, protests against violence by security forces have started again, the portal reports Tut.by. So, in front of the Department store “Belarus” in a chain of solidarity lined up doctors who hold placards “Stop beating our men”.

In Belarus, protest actions resumed in factories and factories

In particular, the natural fees are organized on the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, the Belarusian metallurgical plant in Zhlobin, Minsk electro-technical plant in the enterprise “Grodnopromstroy”, Grodno furniture factory “CALL” the enterprise “Minsk cable network”, the factories “Naftan” and “Polymir” at the Minsk motor plant, the company “Belkard”, with “Grodno Nitrogen”, at the Minsk tractor plant and others.

Roman Abramovich has invested in the creation of games

Gaming company 110 Industries reported that it received $20 million from Roman Abramovich’s investment company Norma Investment, GEM Capital and film producer Sergei Kornykhin, Vedomosti writes.

Number of non-visiting Russians

The number of Russians who cannot travel abroad due to debts increased by 10.1% over the year and reached 3.9 million people as of July 1 this year. This is reported by “Izvestia” with reference to the data of the Federal bailiff service (FSSP) Of Russia

Gold and foreign exchange reserves of Russia

Russia’s international reserves for the week to August 7 increased by another $8.9 billion and reached a record value of $600.7 billion, the Bank of Russia said. Thus, it surpassed the record level of August 2008, when foreign reserves reached $598.1 billion

A loss of Rosneft under IFRS in the I half

Net loss “Rosneft” in accordance with IFRS attributable to shareholders, in the first half amounted to 113 billion rubles against a profit of 325 billion rubles a year earlier, second-quarter profit of 43 billion roubles, is spoken in materials of the company.

More than a million businesses closed in Russia over the year

Russia lost 1 million 95 thousand 423 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by August 2020, or almost every fifth business in this sector, the analytical service of the international audit and consulting network FinExpertiza estimated.

China has increased investment in real estate

China’s investment in real estate increased by 3.4% year-on-year in the first seven months of 2020 against 1.9% growth in the first half of the year, the national Bureau of statistics of China reported on August 14

The Russians took another 6 billion dollars out of the country in July

Capital outflows continue to accelerate in Russia. In July, the Russians took another six billion dollars out of the country. The rate of capital outflow increased 1.5 times over the year. Since the beginning of the year, capital outflows have reached $ 34.9 billion, which is 1.5 times more than in the seven months of last year. In January-July 2019, the Russians took out of the country 22.8 billion dollars, writes finanz.ru.

Rosneft has reduced its production of hydrocarbons

Rosneft’s production of liquid hydrocarbons for the first half of 2020 amounted to 4.34 million barrels. per day (106.5 million tons), a decrease of 7.3% compared to the same period last year.

In Turkmenistan, the resulting inflow of natural gas from new wells

A new industrial inflow of natural gas with a daily flow rate of 400 thousand cubic meters has been received at the “Tajibay” gas field located in the South of the Lebap velayat, the electronic newspaper “Nebit-gaz” reports

US authorities accused Yale University of discriminating against whites

The US justice Department has completed a two-year investigation into Yale University. The Department found “illegal discrimination against Asian-Americans and white applicants,” its press service said.

For the vast majority of Asian-American and white applicants, the probability of admission is between one-fourth and one-tenth compared to African-American applicants with the same academic achievements, the statement said

The Pentagon will create a working group to study UFOs

Employees of the American channel CNN reported that the Pentagon intends to organize a working group that will study UFOs seen by us air force pilots. According to correspondents, David Norquist, Deputy head of the defense Ministry, will oversee this research team

The US has detained four tankers with Iranian fuel

The US has detained four tankers “Bering”, “Bella”, “Luna” and “Pandi” loaded with Iranian fuel, and is transporting them to the port of Houston, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing knowledgeable sources. The U.S. Department of justice declined to comment on the publication of information about the detention.

The US has distributed almost $250 billion to the unemployed

The U.S. labor Department said the Federal government spent nearly $250 billion on payments to citizens recognized as victims of the pandemic. Payments under the package of measures passed by Congress and approved by trump were made from the beginning of April to the end of July and amounted to $600 per week.

The us Congress has frozen all arms shipments to Turkey for two years

Four key figures in both houses of Congress have frozen all U.S. arms shipments to Turkey for two years. This is reported by Defense News, citing anonymous sources.

The head of the Senate foreign relations Committee, Jim Risch (Idaho), and a senior member of the House Committee on foreign Affairs, Mike mccaul (Texas), have already officially announced their support for restrictions on Ankara.

Trump called the timing of the signing of a peace agreement between the UAE and Israel

The delegations of Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will sign a peace agreement within three weeks. This was stated by US President Donald trump, reports ABC News. The President specified that the official signing will take place at the White house.

The UAE became the third Arab country in the world to agree to establish fully settled diplomatic and economic relations with Israel. The peace agreement was brokered by the United States, and the text of the joint statement of the three countries was published on August 13.

Palestine recalled its Ambassador from the UAE

The Palestinian authorities have decided to recall their Ambassador to the UAE amid the country’s peace agreement with Israel. According to TASS, Palestinian foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki noted that this decision was announced in a decree of President Mahmoud Abbas.

Belarusian interior Minister apologizes for police actions at protests

Belarusian interior Minister Yuri Karaev has apologized for the fact that during the suppression of protests, injuries from security forces were received by random people. He spoke on the ONT TV channel. The video of the interview with the Minister was published by Radio Liberty.

More than a thousand scientists have signed a petition against violence in Belarus

Law enforcement agencies harshly subdue demonstrators, the number of dissatisfied is growing. Against this background, scientists of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Belarus have drawn up an open letter-a petition about what is happening, writes Onliner. The NAS scientists called their message “an Appeal of representatives of the scientific community»

The letter lists exactly how the law enforcement agencies of Belarus violate the rights and freedoms of citizens. They cite concrete examples of the use of stun grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas against unarmed demonstrators, as well as Recalling civil rights guaranteed by the country’s Constitution.

At the end of the message, scientists, teachers and employees of scientific institutions list their demands to the authorities. There are only two of them:

  • Immediately stop any violence against civilians;
  • Release all detained rally participants and political prisoners


Khabarovsk continues the protest rally. Passers-by and residents of houses welcome the procession


Schoolchildren appealed to Degtyarev not to sell the VIP yacht of the regional government

The speakers did not explain why Victoria is needed for children’s research at a cost of 30 million rubles. It is also unclear how the yacht’s filling will be used for the benefit of education — a mahogany bar, three bedrooms with their own bathroom, and a teak deck.

The management of the region bought the yacht in 2006. It hosted receptions of distinguished guests, receptions and other parties. But when Furgal came to power, he asked to sell the Victoria — a lot of money was spent on its maintenance a year and this was an occasion to save a lot of money. But the Governor was arrested, and Mikhail Degtyarev came to the region.

Medvedev said about the necessity to introduce state control of the Internet

The state should have the right and a real opportunity to manage its information space, Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Russian security Council, said on Wednesday.

“For Russia, this issue is of fundamental importance,” he wrote on Facebook, adding that control of the Internet is one of the signs of sovereignty.

Now, according to Medvedev, the work of the network is under the control of the United States, including the management of domain names and IP detection.

“This is how it happened, but it shouldn’t be like this,” he stressed. “The latest decisions of the administration of Donald trump regarding the owners of social services and video applications from China show that the US intends to continue to strictly pursue its policy on the Internet in its own interests.”

“This proves that neither network users, nor businesses, nor States can be sure that their rights and interests will be properly protected,” Medvedev said.

What corruption ?!

The authorities of the Ryazan region explained how the 14-year-old daughter of the Governor received an income of 10 million rubles. Nikolay Lyubimov himself for 2019, according to his Declaration, earned 4.3 million rubles, and his wife 1.8 million rubles.

Press Secretary of the head of the Ryazan region Denis Arapov told the newspaper “Rise” that such a large income of the minor daughter of the Governor is associated with the sale of real estate registered to the girl.

The apartment, non-residential storage room, and Parking space were purchased using income received from the sale of real estate and father’s savings for 2018. If you look at the Declaration for 2018 for a minor child, there are real estate items that are not available in 2019, that is, they were sold. The funds received from the sale are reflected in the Declaration for 2019. What corruption?! Real estate items were registered on the child, they were sold, and the amount of income received was included in this column of the Declaration.

Russia will change the law on defense

The Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation proposes to classify information about the defense sector, which is not a state secret, as confidential and make it an official secret, according to the draft of the military Department to amend the law “on defense”.

Prosecutor’s office checks metro for non-payment of “coronavirus” bonuses

The driver of the Moscow metro complained to the Prosecutor’s office about the non-payment of bonuses to ordinary employees for their work during the pandemic. For some reason, only bosses and administrators received money in his depot, but not ordinary employees, who ensure the daily operation of the metro. The same problems in other metro divisions, their employees told Open media

Published the trailer for the movie ” The Devil All The Time”

The film will be directed by Antonio Campos. The film stars Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Jason Clarke, Riley Keough and Sebastian Stan. The film will be released on Netflix on September 16.

Disney Studio accused of banning LGBT characters

The author of the animated series “Gravity falls” Alex Hirsch said that eight years ago, he was not allowed to add LGBT characters to the show. According to him, in 2012, the disney Studio did not allow non-traditional relationships to be broadcast in children’s programs.

However, in his Twitter, the screenwriter assured that the situation is gradually changing: already this year in the new cartoon “house of the owl” there is a hint of bisexual relations between the two heroines. Hirsch believes that this is a big step forward, and congratulates the show’s Creator

Theses of the first video address by Tihanovskaya from Lithuania:

  • urged to sign a petition for a recount
  • I am sure that 60-70% supported it in the elections, and up to 90% supported it in the New Borovaya district of Minsk%
  • we need to stop the violence, the authorities must start a dialogue
  • On August 15-16 peaceful mass meetings should be organized in every city
  • law enforcement officers who did not use force against the protesters, well done
  • participants of the strike-BMZ, MTEZ, MAZ-also

Employees of the Minsk metro supported the protests

According to Nasha Niva, about a hundred employees gathered on Independence Avenue. They were approached by the head of the power supply Department, who said that employees had the right to protest, but asked them not to stop working

Girls in black gathered near the CEC of the Republic of Belarus.

They handle complaints from candidates. The girls decided to organize a “day of mourning” here. They gathered in black with placards in the spirit of” my voice died Here”.

Meeting on “Grodno Azot”: employees announced the final requirements

  • immediately stop violence, harassment and detention, and release prisoners
  • determine the time and place where citizens can peacefully Express their disagreement with the election results
  • stop pressure on medical experts who perform forensic examinations
  • hold new elections with independent observers within a month

Those gathered are ready to wait until August 18 to meet the requirements, otherwise they will start an indefinite strike.

The correspondent of “Rain” told the details of his detention in Minsk

Dozhd correspondent Vasily Polonsky told the details of his detention in Minsk in a new issue of the podcast “We make news”.

We take 5-6 steps, and from behind we hear “Everybody down!”. I lie down myself, even put my hands behind my back so that there is no resistance, but no, these people are special perversions. They have to put their foot on me, beat me, RUB me hard on the asphalt, tie my hands together with a screed.

What is happening now is beyond anything that could have been imagined. This is an atrocity I have never seen. There is absolute lawlessness at the state level. A police officer can do anything. There is no way you can challenge this, no way you can go to court and win this trial.

They’re just animals

Published the trailer for the ninth part of the Comedy ” American pie»

On YouTube posted a trailer for the Comedy American Pie Presents: Girls ‘ Rules (“American pie presents: rules of girls”), which will continue the series of the franchise “American pie”, becoming the ninth part.

Linkin Park announced the anniversary reissue of ” Hybrid Theory»

Linkin Park announced a new reissue of the debut album “Hybrid Theory”, which turns 20 this year. The release will be released by Warner Records on October 9. Along with the announcement, Linkin Park released the previously unreleased 1999 track “She Couldn’t”. It uses an excerpt with the voice of Mos Def from the track” B-Boy Document ’99” by High & Mighty.

Microsoft has announced a smartphone-book Surface Duo

Microsoft has unveiled its first Surface Duo smartphone in four years. The $ 1,399 device is aimed at the corporate segment. The device will be available for purchase on September 10. The device has the ability to connect to a full-fledged Windows 10 in the cloud via Windows Virtual Desktop….

Redmi will release a gaming laptop for Intel 10 generation

Redmi brand began to deal with the issue of laptops. This time, representatives of the company that belongs to Xiaomi are preparing a new product in the form of a redmi g gaming laptop. This device will run on a Core i5 10200h or 10300H processor. It is worth noting that their clock frequency is 2.5-4.5 GHz. And if you believe the images that got into the network, the screen will get a narrow frame, and its diagonal will be 15 inches.

The new Russian the wireless communication system

Rostec state Corporation reports on the development of a new wireless data transmission system that allows you to create high-speed reliable secure networks in territories located far from the communication infrastructure. The complex was named “Steppe”. It includes an access point that is integrated with the ground communication infrastructure: it acts as a relay. To connect remote users to the network, subscriber devices that function as mobile modems are used.

The data transfer speed can reach 50 Mbit / s, and the range is 80 km. Thus, the system allows you to transmit large amounts of information over long distances. The equipment can withstand extreme temperatures (from -50 to + 65 degrees Celsius) and is protected from the influence of precipitation.

TCL introduced QLED TVs of the 5th and 6th series.

The sixth series will be offered with 55, 65 and 75-inch screens at a recommended retail price of 650, 900 and 1400 dollars, respectively. The fifth series is offered with a 50, 55, and 65-inch screen, and these versions are priced at $ 400, $ 450, and $ 630.

The updated Xiaomi RedmiBook Air 13 received three configurations

Now the laptop is equipped with an IPS display, which at the previous 13.3-inch diagonal has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. The screen supports DC Dimming technology, which allows 100 % use of the sRGB color space. The overall dimensions of the RedmiBook Air 13 in a metal case are 297.5 x 212 x 12.99 mm with a weight of only 1.05 kg.

  • Core i5 configuration, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD costs $705;
  • the price of Core i5, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD is $ 750;
  • the cost of the Core i7 version, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB SSD is $850.

Chinese spy apps track millions of users

Apps from Chinese developer QuVideo Inc are spying on users, warn IB researchers. So, some of them request a huge number of permissions to access smartphone functions, and one even contains a virus. At the same time, dangerous services have already been downloaded hundreds of millions of times, and users do not even know about the threat

Koreans have created a printer for printing electronics on the skin

A group of engineers from the Korean Institute of advanced technology, led by Andrea Bianchi, created a 3D printer to print flexible electronics on human skin. The device is able to print electronic tracks on any part of the body. The chips will work as sensors to create a computer model and capture movements. The developers plan to talk about the printer in detail at THE Uist 2020 autumn conference