25 Aug, 2020

News digest for 08/24/2020

Austria expels Russian diplomat

The Austrian authorities ordered the Russian diplomat to leave the country before September 1 in connection with the case of industrial espionage, reports Kronen Zeitung. This information was confirmed by TASS, the official representative of the foreign Minister of Austria Claudia Churcher. The publication also added that the foreign Ministry declared the Russian diplomat persona non grata.

In Russia on Monday, amendments to the law on CTP came into force

The law allows insurers to reduce the rate for careful car owners. If the driver commits gross violations, the insurer, on the contrary, can apply an increasing coefficient when calculating the fare. The base fare to which the coefficients will be applied will range from 2,471 rubles to 5,436 rubles

Sergey Bezrukov improved his living conditions

Putin’s proxy in the elections, a member of United Russia, the head of the state institution “Moscow provincial theater”, an active campaigner for the adoption of constitutional amendments-Sergey Bezrukov, corrected his living conditions by buying an apartment (185, 6m2) in “Barrin House” for only $2.2 million

Navalny was poisoned with poison, said the founder of Cinema for Peace Yaka Bizil in an interview with BILD.

In the interests of national security, I reduced the bandwidth of 3G networks

One of the mobile operators of Belarus reported that at the request of the authorities in the interests of national security, it reduced the capacity of 3G networks in some areas of Minsk

The fifteenth day of protests in Minsk ended peacefully and without detentions.

  • The Ministry of internal Affairs of Belarus estimated the number of participants in yesterday’s protest in Minsk at 20 thousand people, and no more than three thousand people gathered in Brest and Grodno, the Ministry reported.
  • The Minsk police warned in the morning that they had information about the upcoming provocations, the military said that they would protect monuments and monuments, in particular, the stele, from the protesters;
  • By mid-afternoon, the protesters began to gather on independence Square, then moved to the Palace of the Republic, from there to the stele, and from it to the Palace of independence-the residence of the head of state, the approaches to which were cordoned off by the police and military;
  • At around seven in the evening, Lukashenko’s helicopter appeared at the residence. He viewed the situation from the air and commented on the actions of the protesters: “How the rats ran away»;
  • The media spread footage of Lukashenko getting out of a helicopter in a bulletproof vest and with a machine gun in his hands, and then goes with it to the street to the cordon and thanks the security forces for their service: “You are beautiful»;
  • Belarusian telegram channels noticed that one of the special forces accompanying Lukashenko in the helicopter video was actually 15-year-old son Nikolay, who was dressed in special forces gear and was also armed.
  • The press Secretary of the President of Belarus later said that Lukashenko had been working all day at his residence and “did not run away”, and the protesters wanted to go to the assault, but quickly escaped;
  • The interior Ministry told RIA Novosti that there were no detentions during Sunday’s protest.

The Kremlin assessed the actions of protesters and police in Belarus

The Kremlin believes that there were no provocations on the part of the protesters in Belarus, and law enforcement agencies correctly performed their duties, said Dmitry Peskov, the press Secretary of the Russian President.

“While we state that there were no provocations on the part of the protesters, we state that the law enforcement agencies are performing their duties very correctly. Therefore, thank God, various rallies are held without leading them to riots, so this does not force law enforcement to apply any harsh measures. We hope that in the future it will be possible to avoid and prevent, if necessary, any provocations in this area,” RIA Novosti quotes Peskov as saying.

Ukraine urged Belarus not to reject friendly advice from Kiev

Ukraine urged Belarus not to reject Kiev’s friendly advice on resolving the situation in the country. The Agency emphasizes that ” the experience of the Ukrainian revolution of dignity teaches us that not to listen to the opinion of society and the advice of friends, but instead to fight your way forward with clubs – this is the way to nowhere.”

“We sincerely wish Belarus to pass all the tests with dignity, strengthen its independence and democracy,” the message reads.

Lukashenko demanded to dismiss teachers who supported the protests.

At a meeting with the Minister of education of Belarus, he said that the country has “state education, state schools, state ideology”.

“And those who want to follow these principles, please, welcome: go teach, teach, work. Those who don’t want to, so they shouldn’t be in school. This should be said directly, frankly and honestly… If someone has moved to another camp, we also need to deal with them.”

Previously, many teachers refused to sign falsified election protocols.

Members of the Presidium of the coordinating Council of the opposition of Belarus were detained

Belsat reports on the detention of members of the Presidium of the coordinating Council of the opposition of Belarus Olga Kovalkova and Sergei Dylevsky. They were detained at the checkpoint of the Minsk tractor plant.

Moscow allowed Lukashenko to have a dialogue with the opposition

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on the situation in Belarus. He made it clear that Moscow would not mind if Lukashenko started a dialogue with the Belarusian opposition.

“Moscow will not be against any dialogue that Lukashenko offers to the opposition,” Lavrov said.

Kravchuk told about Lukashenko’s request to Putin for military assistance

The first President of Ukraine, head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral contact group (TCG) on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas, Leonid Kravchuk, said that Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko had asked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for military assistance

The US can provide military assistance to the UAE

The US is considering providing military assistance to the UAE while maintaining Israel’s military advantage in the region, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem as part of his five-day visit to the region.

The contract for the supply of the second set of s-400 air defense systems to Turkey has been signed

Russia and Turkey have signed a contract for the delivery of the second set of s-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile system. This was stated by the head of Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheev at the military-technical forum “Army-2020”

Russia refused to supply India with the S-400 on new terms

The new terms of delivery Of the s-400 Triumph to India were unacceptable for Russia. Russia refused to fulfill the conditions set by India regarding the acquisition of S-400 Triumph complexes

Earlier, India demanded to shift the start of deliveries earlier than the stipulated time due to the conflict with China, which has not only much more modern air defense and missile DEFENSE systems than India, but also has combat aviation facilities, which the Indian air force has virtually nothing to oppose.

TV presenter Dmitry Kiselev has criticized Alyaksandr Lukashenka

TV presenter Dmitry Kiselev has criticized the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, likening the protesters citizens with rats that compared the protesters citizens with rats.

This is a loss, because this in itself can not cause sympathy and repels even potential allies. Russians are a wonder — – Kiselyov wrote in his Telegram channel

The opposition demanded to check the video of Lukashenko’s armed son

The footage of the 15-year-old son of Alexander Lukashenko, Nikolai, getting out of a helicopter with a weapon in his hands should be a reason for checking the competent authorities

Anastasia Burakova, A lawyer for Pravozashchita Postcards, explained what laws and regulations President Lukashenko violated when he gave his underage son a weapon. According to the Belarusian law on weapons, civilians can use them (and carry them) only from the age of 18, and the President’s son, Nikolai, is not a military man. Violations of the rules of circulation of weapons entails criminal liability under article 295 of the criminal code, and the involvement of minors in the Commission of a crime punishable by article 172 of the criminal code, a parent threatens till seven years of imprisonment.

The interior Ministry of Belarus has estimated the number of protesters in Minsk

The interior Ministry of Belarus has estimated the number of participants of yesterday’s protest action in Minsk on 20 thousand people in Brest and Grodno gathered not more than three thousand people, reported the Agency.

According to media reports, more than 250 thousand people took to the streets

The European Union does not recognize Alexander Lukashenko as the “legitimate President”

The European Union does not recognize Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko as a “legitimate President”. This was announced on August 23 by the EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy, Josep Borrel.

At the same time, he added that the EU intends to continue to deal with Lukashenko and Maduro, since they control the government.

As reported, on August 22, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, during a speech at a rally of his supporters in Grodno, said that the instigators of the unrest in Belarus are currently “near Warsaw” and”near Vilnius”.

Roscosmos announced that it has created a material that can heal itself

The Keldysh Center, which is part of Roscosmos, announced that it has created a material that can heal damage itself, for example, when hit by micrometeorite. Director of the center Vladimir Koshlakov says:

“The effect is actually this: if a hole appears in this material, it literally overgrows within a few seconds, self-healing.”

Two years of research and reflection on the reasons for the appearance of a hole in the Soyuz spacecraft in August 2018, did not yield results. Then Rogozin voiced his version with the sabotage of an American astronaut with a drill

“There is another version that we do not dismiss-deliberate exposure in space. There are several attempts to influence the drill.”

64 billion rubles will be spent on the Universiade in Yekaterinburg

Preparing for the Universiade in Yekaterinburg in 2023 will cost budgets at all levels 64 billion rubles. This amount is contained in the comprehensive program of the Sverdlovsk region “Organization of preparation and holding of the XXXII world summer Universiade 2023 in Yekaterinburg”, approved by the regional government. The Universiade is to be held in Yekaterinburg in 2023

Bali will be closed to foreign tourists until the end of the year

The resort Indonesian island of Bali will remain closed to foreign tourists until the end of 2020 amid the situation with the coronavirus, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports. Previously, it was assumed that the island would open for foreign tourism on September 11

Sberbank started trading foreign securities

Sberbank started trading foreign securities on the Moscow exchange. You can invest in them via phone orders, QUIK, or in the Sberbank Investor app.

The project of the dry cargo area in Taman will be excluded from the national plan

The government plans to exclude the new dry cargo area of the Taman sea port worth 183 billion rubles from the comprehensive infrastructure modernization plan (CPMI), Kommersant writes, referring to the documents of the meeting of the transport Commission, which is headed by first Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov

A quarter of Russians cannot reduce their debt burden

More than 25% of Russians are not yet able to pay less on their loans. Such data was shared by Raiffeisenbank, which conducted a corresponding study. According to the credit organization, almost 40% of debtors in Russia are trying to reduce their monetary burden now. Another 36% of Russians feel comfortable paying off their loans under current conditions.

According to the calculations of the Central Bank, the level of debt of Russians to banks and MFOs was a record since the beginning of the century and reached 19.9 trillion rubles. 19.7 trillion of them are rouble-denominated debts.

The accounting chamber recognized the activity of Rosimushchestvo as unsatisfactory

“The significant amount of violations identified does not allow us to recognize the proper activities of the Federal property management Agency for the administration of non— tax revenues and management of Federal property in 2019,” – said in a statement on the website of the accounting chamber.

It is noted that the reporting figures for the past year were distorted by more than 1.3 billion rubles.

Russian regions ended the half year with a budget deficit

According to the results of the first half of 2020, the expenses of 47 Russian regions exceeded their revenues, Finexpertiza calculated. At the beginning of March, there were 16 deficit regions. the Total “minus” for January–June was 213 billion rubles — against a surplus of 341 billion in early spring. The largest shortfall in budget funds was recorded in Moscow and the Moscow region, Tatarstan, Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk regions.

China in June reduced gas imports by pipeline to a three-year low

On average, China imported 101 million cubic meters per day in June 2020 – the lowest value since September 2017 – that is, almost three years. China covers two-thirds of its consumption from liquefied natural gas and only one-third from pipeline imports

Nio has started offering battery rentals for electric cars

The Chinese company Nio offers customers the rental of batteries, which can significantly reduce the price of electric cars. The most affordable electric car brand Nio ES6 without a battery costs about 39.5 thousand dollars, and with a battery – 10 thousand dollars more expensive.

International companies are withdrawing their production from China

A third of international companies have already moved production and supply chains from China or are planning to do so in the next five years, according to analysts at Gartner Inc.

Trump allowed a break in economic cooperation with China

President of the United States Donald trump has not ruled out that Washington may stop doing business with China.

“They (China) treat us incorrectly. I will think about it, ” the head of the White house said in response to a question from a Fox News reporter.

According to the American leader, the US “so far we have not received anything from China, only lost money”

China declared its unwillingness to concede to the US on the issue of Iran

China does not intend to make concessions to the US on the Iranian issue, despite Washington’s threats to impose sanctions against Beijing and Moscow, Chinese foreign Minister Wang Yi said. He noted that the position of the American side with Iran is illegal, and threats to impose sanctions against countries that refuse to comply with sanctions against Tehran are a provocation

The British army will switch to electric vehicles

The head of the British military Department, Jeremy Quinn, said that the introduction of hybrid drive will increase the stability and combat effectiveness of the army’s vehicles: These developments will provide our armed forces with the latest, safest and most effective technology, while continuing to support the prosperity of the British army.

The latest Russian MiG-35S have been transferred to Syria

According to American experts, it is possible that Russia will later transfer MiG-35 fighters to the Syrian air force. It is known that 2 months ago, Syria received part of the Russian MiG-29SMT fighters. They will gradually replace more Soviet MiG-29A, MiG-21 and MiG-23 fighters

Belarus accused Lithuania of attempting to violate the air space

The Belarusian defense Ministry reported an attempt to violate the country’s airspace by Lithuania. A probe of eight balloons with anti-state symbols was launched from Lithuania, and Belarus stopped their flight by helicopters.

Russia sent a detachment of warships with “Calibers” to Cuba

Russia sent a detachment of warships and submarines to the coast of Cuba, on Board of which, most likely, there are the latest cruise missiles Caliber, the newspaper “Territory of news” specifies that according to available data, their destination is a deep-water Bay near the city of Cienfuegos, which was once used by Soviet warships and submarines.

Six American B-52s have been deployed to Russia’s borders

The maneuvers of the us military continue to complicate the situation in terms of relations between the US and Russia. As it became known, on August 22, under the cover of night, the US air force moved six b-52 strategic bombers to the Russian borders. And at least two of them are capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

Us-led coalition to leave Taji military base in Iraq

The us-led international coalition said it was leaving the Taji military base in Iraq and handing over facilities and equipment on the base to Iraqi forces, RIA Novosti reported. The Taji military base is located North of Baghdad. This year it has been repeatedly subjected to rocket attacks

Berlin film festival prizes made “gender-neutral”

The organizers of the Berlin international film festival Berlinale changed the order of awards, introducing “gender-neutral” awards instead of prizes for the best male and female roles, according to a press release received on Monday in RIA Novosti.

The first teaser of the Batman movie with Robert Pattinson was released

The film is directed by Matt Reeves. The Batman movie is due to be released worldwide on October first next year. Recall that the shooting of the picture was suspended last spring.

Travis Scott introduced the song The Plan

American rapper Travis Scott presented a new song The Plan. The song will be performed in the film “Argument” by Christopher Nolan, which is scheduled for release on September 3

Concerts on the roof resume in St. Petersburg

Fans of music and beautiful views will be able to re-attend concerts on the roof after the removal of coronavirus restrictions. Two musical events for the near future have been announced for residents of St. Petersburg. Both will be held on the roof of the ZaLive bar on Kozhevennaya street

The first half of the fifth season of “Lucifer” was released on Netflix

The first half of the fifth season of the science fiction series “Lucifer”premiered on Netflix. The project tells how the Lord of Hell decides to leave his position and start living in Los Angeles.

John Ridley to release black Batman comics

John Ridley, known for working on the script of the film “12 years a slave” will release a series of comics in which Batman will be black, TMZ reports. The comic will be released in January 2021 by DC Comics

Leonid Parfenov will make a film about Nizhny Novgorod

Leonid Parfenov started shooting a historical and publicistic film about Nizhny Novgorod. The painting was called “Pocket of Russia”. The journalist reported this on his Instagram page.

Exhibition of unknown paintings by Russian avant-gardists

The exhibition of lost paintings of Russian avant-gardists will be presented in Yekaterinburg on September 17, according to August 23, Moskovsky Komsomolets. According to the report, the paintings were found in the local history Museum of the city of Yaransk, Kirov region.

Nas released a new Studio album “King’s Disease”

Rapper Nas has released a new Studio album called “King’s Disease”. This is the 13th record for the musician. “King’s Disease” consists of 13 tracks, many of which were recorded in collaboration with other artists

WhatsApp has a new fraud scheme

Deputy head of Roskachestvo Ilya Loevsky told the press how fraudsters encourage users to click on a malicious link. For this purpose, they cover themselves with the names of well-known companies and play out sharp social topics in their messages.

VKontakte has launched a section for job search

There is a new section for job search in the browser version and in the Vkontakte mobile app. It was launched in conjunction with the Worki service, the companies said in a statement. The new section “Work” was launched on the basis of the VK Mini Apps platform as a separate mini-app.

The company’s s-Pen stylus is priced at $ 40

On the official website of Samsung, a page of the company’s s-Pen stylus for the flagship Galaxy Note20 smartphones was found. It is noted that the accessory will be on sale “soon” at a price of $ 40

LG unveils fastest 4K monitor

LG UltraGear 27GN950 received a 27-inch IPS matrix with 4K resolution, which supports a refresh rate of 144hz and a delay of 1 MS. So it is primarily intended for games, reports ” Hi-tech. mail”

Apple to open its first floating store in Singapore

According to the Straits Times, Apple has confirmed plans to build its first official store on the water in Singapore. The domed pavilion should appear near the Marina Bay Sands resort. The store’s opening date is still being kept secret

Apple has created a Mac mini with an iPod dock

A Twitter user under the nickname @DongleBookPro shared images of a prototype first-generation Mac mini computer with a built-in iPod nano dock. The computer had a 30-pin connector for installing the iPod nano on the top panel.

Samsung has added a search function for missing devices to Galaxy smartphones

The Find My Mobile service can even find smartphones that are not connected to the network. According to today News Ufa, the Korean company Samsung Electronics has added a completely new feature to its service, which is called Find My Mobile (device search).

Motorola Moto G9 on a Snapdragon 662 chip

Motorola has officially introduced a new mid-range smartphone, the Motorola Moto G9, in India. It entered the market to replace the budget model Moto G8, announced in March this year.

Japanese expedition has identified a hot spot in East Antarctica

Scientists at Hokkaido University have identified an atypical subglacial melting hotspot in East Antarctica. The ice is melting at a surprisingly fast rate under the tongue of the Shirase glacier in East Antarctica due to the continued influx of warm sea water into the Lutzow-Holm Bay, – writes eurekalert.org with a link to Nature Communications. Their findings may contribute to further understanding and predicting sea level rise caused by the loss of mass of ice sheets on the southernmost continent

A working model of the human heart was grown from stem cells

American scientists were able to create all human heart cells, chambers and vascular tissue in a sample. A working miniature model of a human heart was grown from stem cells. This was told by scientists from the University of Michigan

Biologists managed to grow a new liver in the lymph nodes of pigs

Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh school of Medicine were able to grow an auxiliary liver in the lymph nodes. Researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to grow a new organ in large animals with liver diseases using their own hepatocytes, thereby creating an auxiliary liver.

An alloy consisting of all six platinum group metals was created

Researchers at Kyoto University, in collaboration with several institutions across Japan, report the first-ever alloy consisting of all six platinum group metals, known as PGM-HEA, and show that it electrochemically catalyzes ethanol oxidation reactions with unprecedented efficiency

Aluminum has been found to have unique plastic properties

Using high-performance electric arc cultivation, researchers obtained aluminum with a ductility that is three times higher than GOST standards. The discovery of scientists can change the view on the creation of structures.

Submission to the orders changes the brain activity

Researchers from the Netherlands Institute of neuroscience have found that people who obey orders violate moral guidelines and commit cruelty to others. But the Dutch scientists do not intend to stop there and now want to find out why so few refuse to obey orders that violate moral norms.