26 Aug, 2020

News digest for 08/25/2020

Russia should immediately launch an open investigation into the situation with Alexei Navalny, EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Josep Borrel said. According to him, the world wants to know the facts.

Borrel referred to the report of the German clinic “Charite”, according to which the results of Navalny’s examination indicate intoxication with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. Russian doctors, in turn, said that these substances were not detected during the survey in Omsk.

The Kremlin on the state of Navalny:

  • The analysis of doctors in Russia and Germany on Navalny’s condition coincides, but the conclusions differ
  • The accusations of poisoning can’t be taken seriously, they can’t be true
  • The reason for the investigation is also not yet available – it is unclear whether it was poisoning or something else
  • It is unclear why doctors in Germany are rushing to give priority to the version of poisoning – it was also in the Russian Federation, but no one found the substance
  • If there is any data, you need to provide it – as well as voice other versions
  • The very fact of reduced cholinesterase was recorded by Russian doctors in the first hours in Omsk
  • Atropine, which is used by German doctors, Navalny began to enter immediately after entering the intensive care unit
  • The main thing is that Navalny was helped to recover, they hope that the efforts of doctors will have an effect.

In Minsk, there were detentions at the government House after the protest

At the government House of Belarus in Minsk, there were detentions during an unauthorized protest, RIA Novosti reported. Press Secretary of the Minsk police Natalia Ganusevich explained that people were taken to the police as part of the administrative process. The number of detainees was not specified.

Dead souls of the Russian pension Fund

The accounting chamber has revealed pension payments to “dead souls” for hundreds of millions.Relatives of the deceased continued to receive payments. The reason for this was the late receipt of information about the death to the Pension Fund.

During the audit, it was found that as of January 1, 2020, due to late receipt of information about the death and withdrawal of funds from the Bank account by relatives of the deceased pensioner, overpayments of pensions in only two territorial bodies of the FIU amounted to 377.035 million rubles, — the accounting chamber reported.

A rally in support of teachers was held in Minsk at the building of the Ministry of education

Military equipment has already arrived there. People are chanting: “Shame!”

The day before, 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”.

The leader of the group U2, Bono has supported the protests in Belarus.

In the account group there was a post with a photo of the Belarusian poet Valine mort and her quotes.

“Yandex” exports of the staff of the Minsk office of the Belarus

The Bell, citing sources in Yandex, reports that employees of the company’s Minsk office were taken out of Belarus after searches. According to the newspaper, so far only a few employees have been evacuated from the country, and those who refused to leave Belarus were transported from Minsk to country houses.


In Khabarovsk, the 46th day of protests in support of Sergei Furgal was held. There are many new faces on Lenin square


Svetlana Tikhanovski remotely made in the European Parliament.

“[In Belarus] a peaceful revolution is taking place. It is not geopolitical in nature. It is neither Pro-Russian nor anti-Russian. It is also not anti-European or Pro-European. This is a democratic revolution. This is the struggle of the people to freely elect their leaders and determine their own destiny,” said Tikhanovski.

The average student enrollment check rose by a quarter in August

The minimum basic set of students, which includes school uniforms, a backpack and office supplies, rose by 24% in August this year compared to the same period in 2019. Its cost was 4.8 thousand rubles

Russia will restore the Sea launch cosmodrome

The floating spaceport “Sea launch”, transported from the United States to Russia, will be restored. This was reported to journalists by Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov at the forum “Army-2020”. According to him, it is expected that this will take 35 billion rubles.

Armenia is open to tourists

The day before, Armenia became accessible to tourists again. One of its main advantages is affordable prices. It is reported that on arrival, vacationers will have to undergo a two-week quarantine.

Tourists do not want to go to the Urals. Even the cashback doesn’t help

Speaking of cashback, we have no data specifically for the Sverdlovsk region that there is interest. This is due to the lack of branded routes, the basic position and the fact that the residents of Russia do not associate our region with recreation. Perhaps the cashback program will affect this situation and move it. Cashback is one of the measures that should develop and stimulate inbound and domestic tourism. If it does not go in conjunction with all other mechanisms, then one measure will not change the situation dramatically, — said Mikhail Maltsev, Director of the Ural tourism Association, at a press conference “TASS”.

The rotenbergs topped the list of the richest families in Russia

The Rotenberg family, a key asset in the ownership of which is the company “Mostotrest”, for the first time in six years was in first place in the ranking of the richest family clans in Russia, pushing past the previous leaders — the Gutserievs, writes Forbes magazine.

Federal space program of Russia

The parameters for financing the Federal space program until 2025 must be provided in accordance with its passport. According to the passport, the Federal budget for the Federal budget should amount to 1 trillion 406 billion rubles by 2025, but in reality it has already been cut by 150 billion rubles. This was stated on August 25 by the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin in an interview with TASS

Russian families take out loans

72% of families in Russia have taken out at least one loan in the past year. Such data follows from the NAFI study, which is available to Izvestia. In 2017, a similar survey was conducted by VTSIOM. In 2017, this figure was 57%. According to the newspaper “Izvestia”, most of the loans are taken by people aged 25 to 44 years.

The Central Bank has identified cases of transferring debts to collectors without the consent of borrowers

“Based on the results of behavioral supervision, the regulator has identified cases when borrowers had no choice or could not influence the terms of the contract, allowing to prohibit the assignment of rights (claims) to third parties, despite the fact that such a right is granted by Federal law No. 353-FZ of 21.12.2013,” the Central Bank said in a statement.

China cut gas imports to a three-year low in June

Recall that China imports gas via pipelines from Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, as well as from Gazprom from Russia. On average, China imported 101 million cubic meters per day in June 2020 – the lowest value since September 2017 – that is, almost three years

Gazprom and Mongolia will set up an enterprise to build a gas pipeline to China

The company will be established in Mongolia. It will develop a feasibility study for the construction and operation of the main gas pipeline. Last December, Gazprom launched the Power of Siberia gas pipeline to China.

China switches to oil from the US

Previously, the Chinese have already purchased oil from the Americans – in may, the country purchased 35.2 million barrels. China is expected to buy $ 52 billion worth of oil from the United States by 2022

The titanium giant cut its net profit

VSMPO-AVISMA, the world’s largest titanium producer (Verkhnyaya Salda, Sverdlovsk region; 65% of the shares are owned by Mikhail Shelkov, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors, and 25% plus 1 share is owned by rostec state Corporation), reduced its net profit by almost 2.6 times in the first half of 2020.

The national debt of the largest countries has reached a post-war record

Countries in all regions of the world are increasing spending on the fight against coronavirus, as a result of which the national debt has reached levels close to the times of world war II, the Wall Street Journal reported

In advanced economies, debt levels reached 128% of global GDP in July, according to data from the International monetary Fund. For comparison, in 1946, this figure was 124%, Interfax reports.

Worldwide dividends

In the second quarter, total dividends paid worldwide totaled $382 billion, the lowest since 2012. This is reported by the Financial Times with reference to the calculations of the British investment company Janus Henderson.

Compared to the second quarter of 2019, the amount of dividends paid decreased by $108 billion, or 22%. This was the most significant decline since 2009, when the company began to conduct such calculations.

Turkey has estimated the cost of gas at a new field

The potential value of the gas field discovered by Turkey in the Black sea, taking into account current trends, reaches $80 billion. This is reported by Anadolu with reference to the head of the International energy Agency Fatih Birol

A TikTok employee filed a second lawsuit against the trump administration

The complaint asks the court to prevent the establishment of a ban on the wages of employees of the American division of TikTok. Earlier, the Chinese company Bytedance filed a complaint against the trump administration in court. The company demands to challenge the authorities ‘ intention to ban the app.

Britain plans to abandon tanks

The Ministry of defense of the country is going to invest funds and forces in the development of other military capabilities, such as cyber weapons, space technology and other areas, the Times newspaper reports.

Trump is confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate

The Republican party officially nominated Donald trump for a second presidential term, the vote of the Congress was held live. The head of state received the necessary 1,276 votes of delegates for the nomination.

For the first time in history, a sitting President will not be supported by any of America’s living ex-leaders. Neither George W. Bush nor MITT Romney, the Republican candidate in the 2012 election, came to the Convention

NASA employee arrested in the US on charges of links with China

In the United States, on charges of ties with China, a specialist who was engaged in research for NASA was arrested.As reported Ufanotes.ru, in the United States, an employee of Texas A&M University who was engaged in research for NASA was arrested. He is suspected of having secret ties to China.

Trump declared his readiness to consider the separation of the US and Chinese economies

US President Donald trump said that if he wins the upcoming elections on November 3, he will be ready to consider the possibility of disconnecting the us and Chinese economies. The head of state said this in an interview with Fox News, released on Sunday, August 23

US and China agree on first phase of trade deal

They discussed increasing purchases of US products by 1.5 times. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said a “constructive dialogue” had taken place. The countries agreed to create the conditions and atmosphere for the implementation of the first stage of the trade deal

Zuckerberg warned trump about the dangers of TikTok in 2019

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the Facebook social network, warned the us authorities in 2019 about the danger posed by Chinese technology companies and the TikTok app. This is reported by the Wall Street Journal

Greece and Bulgaria sign agreement on construction of LNG terminal

The signing ceremony of the agreement on participation of the Bulgarian company Bulgartransgaz in the project of the liquefied natural gas terminal in Alexandroupoli took place in Athens. The ceremony was attended by Prime Ministers of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Bulgaria Boyko Borisov

Six countries have joined the EU sanctions on Crimea

Six European Union partner States have joined the EU Council’s decision to extend sanctions against Russia over Crimea for a year. This is stated in a statement published on Monday by the EU foreign service.

We are talking about Montenegro and Albania, which are candidates for joining the EU, members of the European free trade area-Norway and Iceland, as well as Ukraine and Georgia, the Newspaper writes.Ru”.

EU foreign Ministers to discuss sanctions against Belarus in late August

The foreign Ministers of the EU countries will hold another discussion of sanctions against Belarus at an informal meeting in Berlin on August 27-28. This was stated by the Deputy head of the EU foreign policy service Helga Schmid

Ease the conditions of entry to Ukraine for Belarusians

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky proposed to simplify the criteria for entry of Belarusians into the country, Interfax reports. Zelensky noted that the internal political situation in the Republic is currently extremely tense

Kremlin on the desire of the Belarusian opposition to cooperate with Russia

The Kremlin can only welcome the desire of the Belarusian opposition to develop relations with Russia, but did not see a unified position from them on this issue, said the press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov on August 25.

This is great, we can only welcome it, and we really hope that in General, the desire to continue developing bilateral relations absolutely dominates in Belarus. It is unlikely that we can talk about a unified opposition there, since there are different representatives there.

The head of the European Council cannot contact Lukashenko

Deputy foreign Minister of the EU Helga Schmid at an extraordinary session of the European Parliament on the situation in Belarus said that the head of the European Council Charles Michel tried to contact Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in recent days, TASS reports.

Putin and Lukashenko discussed methods of stabilizing the situation in Belarus

During the conversation, Lukashenko told his Russian counterpart about the methods used by the Belarusian authorities to solve the problems that have arisen in the Republic. The parties also discussed the supply of coronavirus vaccine

A court in Khabarovsk started bankruptcy of a company associated with Furgal’s wife

The arbitration court of the Khabarovsk territory began bankruptcy proceedings against LLC Torex — introduced supervision, it follows from the case card. Larisa Starodubova, the wife of ex-Governor of the Khabarovsk territory Sergey Furgal, owns 25% of the company. The bankruptcy procedure started at the request of SME Bank

A militia is being created in Armenia: citizens will be voluntarily put under arms

The Ministry of defense of Armenia has submitted for public discussion the project of creating a paramilitary militia in the Republic, the press service of the Ministry reported today, August 25. Appropriate amendments be made to the Armenian law “On defense”.

The bill is dictated by the need to give the question of defense of the Republic of Armenia universal and national value, to rebuff any encroachment of a potential enemy through the creation and organization of the militia on a voluntary basis, — the Ministry noted

The Taliban blew up Afghanistan

The country’s defense Ministry said a truck bomb was detonated during an attack on an Afghan army commando on Tuesday. As a result of the explosion, three people were killed and 41 were injured. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the explosion in the Northern province of Balkh, saying on Twitter that they had attacked commandos.

Russian security forces will get new shields to disperse mass protests

Russian security forces will receive a “Legionnaire” shield with a laser sight that not only protects, but also fires rubber bullets, stun grenades or pepper gas. The advertising brochure shows how easily protesters armed with sticks and placards in an unknown language can be dispersed with such a shield.

There is a trailer for the series “Raised by wolves»

Streaming service HBO Max published a trailer for the series “Raised by wolves”. One of the Directors of the project was British Ridley Scott. Scott directed the first two episodes of the project


Caviar introduced a luxury version of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 20

Custom models of the Galaxy Note 20 performed by Caviar are presented in cases made of natural marble and rose gold. Thus the Russian brand combines the basic design of Samsung and the author’s reading of the new Galaxy Note 20

The capacity of Tesla batteries will increase by 50%

The American company Tesla will be able to establish mass production of batteries with a longer service life and increased by 50% specific energy intensity in the next three to four years. This was stated by the CEO of the car company Elon Musk on his Twitter page.