27 Aug, 2020

News digest for 08/26/2020

Vladimir Putin ordered the formation of an Interdepartmental Commission of the Security Council to ensure Russia’s national interests in the Arctic. This Commission will be headed by Dmitry Medvedev, who currently holds the post of Deputy Chairman of the security Council.

The Commission, headed by Medvedev, will analyze the international and military-political situation in the Arctic, taking into account Russia’s national interests.

Czech President Zeman hospitalized with arm injury

Zeman broke his arm because he got up from the chair after watching the news: he did not use his cane and stumbled. Recently, the President complained of problems with his legs, and they let him down

Russian arrested in the United States on charges of committing cybercrime

Yegor Kryuchkov, a 27-year-old Russian citizen, was arrested in Los Angeles. The US justice Department believes that he tried to pay a bribe of one million dollars to an employee of an unnamed company in Nevada to install malware on his work computer, gain access to the company’s internal system and blackmail its management.

Sochi will host the Russian stage of Formula 1

The Russian stage of Formula 1 will be held in Sochi on September 24-27, and Mishustin signed an order to prepare for the race. At the same time, participants will receive visas for free

The US supports the EU’s call for an investigation

The US will provide assistance for a comprehensive investigation of the situation with Alexey Navalny, if the version of doctors at the German clinic “sharite” about his poisoning is confirmed, said us Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

Navalny’s family, Russian people deserve a “full and transparent investigation” and those involved should be held accountable – US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo

The income of the richest wives of officials and parliamentarians has increased by 1.5 times over the year

The ten richest wives of officials and parliamentarians became one and a half times richer: their total earnings amounted to 5.8 billion rubles, Open media calculated. In the TOP 10 wealthiest spouses by income for 2019, the first place was taken by the wife of the head of Rostec Chemezov – her income increased 8 times to 1.49 billion rubles.

The income of the wife of Senator Yuri Vorobyov, the mother of the Moscow region Governor Andrey Vorobyov, increased 4 times (to 535 million rubles), and the wife of Tatarstan President Minnikhanov tripled her income and earned 480 million rubles.

For comparison, 445 state Duma deputies earned 10 billion rubles, and all members of the government together with their relatives – 2 billion rubles.

Officials of the Republic of Belarus have damaged the passports of Russian journalists

The passports of Russian journalists expelled from Belarus were declared invalid on the territory of Russia, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Russian interior Ministry. The documents were stamped with a ban on entering the territory of the Republic for five years. Such marks are not provided for by Russian law, so the passports were canceled. The police noted that the journalists will not be held responsible for the damage of documents, since they are not involved in it.

The ROC replaced the head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church.

The press Secretary of the BOC admitted in an interview with” Podyom ” that the reason could be a conflict between Metropolitan Pavel and Lukashenko. Earlier, the Bishop apologized for congratulating Lukashenko on his election victory.

At the rally in defense of Lukashenko, they are afraid of hell.

“Comrades, if we do not support our President, our relatives will not accept us in heaven, we will all be in hell”

A third of all cars in the world are now made in China

Of the 67 million cars produced in 2019 (the figure has hardly changed since 2014), more than 21 million were made in China. Over the period 2014-2019, car production in China increased by 7.2%. In the traditional leaders of the automotive world – Germany and the United States – over the same period, production fell by 16% and 40%, respectively.

Krasnoyarsk territory became the leader of the rating with the most polluted air

Krasnoyarsk territory became the leader of the rating of regions with the most polluted air by melon for 2019. Enterprises of the region and transport released 4.937 million tons of pollutants into the atmosphere, according to the report of the analytical service of the international audit and consulting network FinExpertiza.

Europe is switching to liquefied gas

Gazprom has only four major European customers for pipeline gas – Serbia, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic. These countries do not yet have direct access to LNG terminals. Hungary is already preparing a contract with Qatar for LNG supplies via Croatia.

In Germany, sales of Russian gas to the Germans fell by a record 21% – they began to buy LNG, and empty pipes are supposed to be used for transporting hydrogen fuel. And these four

Bulgaria last year bought 0.5 billion cubic meters of LNG through a terminal in Greece and reduced purchases from Gazprom by the same amount, which caused Russian gas exports to the country to fall by 24%.

Degtyarev proposed to reduce spending on officials.

According to the acting head of the Khabarovsk territory, cost optimization will free up from 7 to 9 billion rubles in the region’s budget. He said that additional funds will be released by reducing the cost of the state apparatus and transparent fuel purchases for districts.

“The Ministers say that there is no money. But according to the estimates of independent auditors, whom I invited, we can additionally release at least 7-9 billion rubles in the regional Treasury, and without reducing spending on the social sphere,” Degtyarev wrote in his Telegram channel.

Prigozhin bought the debt of Navalny, Sobol and FBK from the “Moscow schoolboy”.

Now they have to pay 88 million rubles personally to the businessman. Yevgeny Prigozhin explained his actions with the intention to “strip and strip the participants of this group of unscrupulous people”.

“Of course, if comrade Navalny gives his soul to God, then I personally do not intend to pursue him in this world. If Navalny lives, He must answer to the full extent of Russian law. As for the anti-corruption Fund and Lyubov Sobol, my lawyers will start working on compulsory debt collection within the framework of Russian legislation from today.”

FBK published an investigation in which it accused the Moscow Shkolnik plant of an outbreak of dysentery in Moscow schools in 2018. The company demanded half a billion rubles from Navalny, Sobol and FBK as compensation for damage to business reputation. The claim was partially satisfied in the amount of 88 million rubles

Prigozhin is a businessman, and his actions, including a court order against the FBC, have nothing to do with the Kremlin or the President, Peskov said

In France, Agatha Christie’s novel “Ten little Negroes”was renamed.

Now the book will be sold under the title “there were ten of Them”, said the great-grandson of the writer James Pritchard.

“We should not use terms that might offend someone – this is how we should behave in 2020. When the book was written, the language was different, and words were used that are forgotten today. The story is based on a popular story not written by Agatha Christie.”

Pritchard noticed that in the UK, the title of the book was changed to” And there was no one left ” in the 1980s.

An 85-year-old resident of the CBD opened a case because of an overgrown cannabis Bush on his property. Three days later, he committed suicide.

Nikolay Zakharchenko was accused of manufacturing drugs on a large scale. The pensioner told the police that he did not understand what he was talking about. According to Zakharchenko, he plucked a plant in the garden in order to then let it feed rabbits, writes “Mediazona”.

The police forced Zakharchenko to tear another cannabis Bush from the garden and only then took the flushes from his hands. After weighing the Bush with stems and roots, experts counted 921 grams of narcotic substances in it, the newspaper reports.

A neighbor who saw the instagram post in the account of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Kabardino-Balkaria reported about the initiation of a criminal case to the family of Zakharchenko. Three days after the visit of police officers to the area the pensioner has committed suicide.

The defense Ministry announced the complete elimination of hazing in the army.

Deputy defense Minister Andrey Kartapolov said at the “Army-2020” forum that this was facilitated by “the correctly chosen course of action to restore the statutory order”. Now, according to him, “such a concept as “hazing” and “barrack hooliganism”has been completely eradicated.” Kartapolov is convinced that this has affected the desire of Russian citizens to serve in the army and the quality of the service itself.

Alexander Tochenov, Executive Secretary of the human rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation (HRC), does not agree that hazing and barrack hooliganism have been completely eradicated in the Russian Armed forces, the number of gross violations has decreased, but complaints are still received.

Russians are afraid to be chipped against their will

45% of Russians said they were afraid of being chipped against their will, a survey by VTSIOM showed. 77% of Russians have a negative attitude to chipping. First of all, the respondents are afraid of surveillance, control, interference in their privacy, as well as the impact of the chip on their health.

Only 8% of Russians have a positive attitude to chipping. Among the main advantages of this technology, they say there is no need to carry documents, Bank cards, and the ability to quickly search for a missing person.

The Belarusian opposition is not going to “close the border” with Russia

In case of receiving the presidential post, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya does not intend to review the integration agreements with Moscow, because she believes that this issue should be decided by the President, who will be elected later, the former presidential candidate herself said in an interview with Onet.

“There were voices that we want to close the border with Russia, which is nonsense,” said Tikhanovski. She noted that the goal of the coordination Council formed after the elections is “to start a dialogue with the current government so that the political crisis in which Belarus finds itself can be resolved as soon as possible and new elections can be held.”

To a full-scale and transparent investigation of the situation with Alexey Navalny

The head of the British government, Boris Johnson, called for a full-scale and transparent investigation of the situation with Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

“Alexey Navalny’s poisoning shocked the world. The UK stands in solidarity with him and his family. We need a full and transparent investigation of what happened. Those who did this must be brought to justice, and the UK will join international efforts to ensure that justice prevails,” Johnson tweeted.

A lifetime monument was erected to the first President of Tatarstan.

The monument to Mintimer Shaimiev appeared in his native village of Anyakovo, Aktanyshsky district. The event was held on Mintimer Shaimiev street with the participation of Shaimiev himself and the current head of the Republic, Rustam Minnikhanov.

Khabarovsk 47-protest action

Fewer and fewer people go to protest actions in Khabarovsk on weekdays. The remaining ones continue to protest, but they will not last long. Khabarovsk residents now simply need support , but unfortunately there is almost no support from other Russians.

The Russian authorities do not plan to Finance the treatment of Alexey Navalny.

Russian authorities do not plan to Finance Alexey Navalny’s treatment in Germany, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Open media. «No. There are no such plans, ” he stressed

In the Russian Orthodox Church decided to preach among the Papuans

“At the meeting (of the Holy Synod), it was decided to include The Singapore diocese of the States of East Timor and Papua New Guinea in the sphere of pastoral responsibility,” reads the updated logs of the Synod meeting, which began to be published on the ROC website on Tuesday.

Started a case for reposting the clip ” Alai Oli»

In Yekaterinburg, against the 29-year-old artist Polina Guzeeva, an administrative case was opened because of the clip of the group Alai Oli “Why did you lie under the black” in the video on the page in Vkontakte, writes 66.RU. According to 29-year-old Polina Guzeeva, she added the clip in 2009, but in 2016 it was listed as banned.

Norwegian scientist stripped of hair collection in St. Petersburg

The Moscow district court of St. Petersburg confiscated envelopes with hair samples of 76 people from Norwegian citizen Yungvar Tomassen. The scientist wanted to study them in Scotland, but did not know that human hair under Russian law must be declared.

In St. Petersburg metro builders refused to get out of the mine

After a night shift employees “of Metropozitan” refused to get out of the mine on Leninsky Prospekt. Employees demand salaries for June and July.

Metrostroy explained that from September these workers will be transferred to the Mining and construction Department, which is a division of the General contractor for the construction of the line.

Russians will be protected from Bank fraud

Mobile operators together with financial organizations will create an anti-fraud system that blocks calls from fraudsters to customers on behalf of banks, as well as calls from hackers made allegedly from customers to credit institutions.

In retail chains, the share of sales of goods by shares is falling

In the second quarter, Russia experienced the strongest decline in the share of sales of consumer goods (FMCG) with discounts in the last three years, Nielsen reported. According to analysts, in monetary terms, the indicator decreased from 51.2% to 50.1% year-on-year.

The effectiveness of discounts is also reduced. According to Nielsen, in 2019, FMCG manufacturers and sellers increased their investment in promo by 12%, to RUB 380 billion, year-on-year.

Ministry of energy requests funds for LNG production

The planned increase in LNG production in Russia to 120-140 million tons (from the current 30 million tons) by 2035 will require between $80 billion and 110 billion in investment over the next 10 years. This was reported to journalists by Russian Deputy energy Minister Pavel Sorokin.

“If you look at the investment, these additional 100 million tons of large-capacity LNG that can come, it’s about $80 billion to 110 billion of investment over the next 10 years,” he said.

Parliament passed a bill to raise the minimum wage in Ukraine

“The draft amendments to the law on the state budget of Ukraine for 2020 provide for an increase in the minimum wage from September 1 by 5.86% to 5,000 hryvnia per month,” – stated in the text of the explanatory note to the bill.

Thus, the minimum wage in Ukraine has become equal to 5 thousand hryvnia or 180 dollars – this is about 13.5 thousand rubles.

In Ukraine, the law will come into force on September 1, 2020. It is assumed that the minimum wage in Ukraine will continue to grow – by the beginning of 2021, the indicator will grow to 6 thousand hryvnia, and by July – another 500 hryvnia.

Recall that in Russia, the minimum wage in 2020 is 12 thousand 130 rubles ($162).

Alibaba’s FINTECH division has filed for the world’s largest IPO

Ant Group, which is the FINTECH division of Alibaba, has applied for an IPO in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Reuters reported. The company can raise up to $30 billion if market conditions allow, three sources told the Agency

Mints ‘ O1 Group debts reached almost $2 billion

The creditors ‘claims against Boris mints’ O1 Group Limited, which is being liquidated in Cyprus, amount to almost $2 billion. Details of the procedure became known from the materials of the liquidator of the company — senior Director of CRI Group Chris Iakovides.

Subsidies for railway carriers in Russia

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a decree on subsidizing rail transit of container cargo. This was announced by the government’s press service on Wednesday, August 26. The amount of compensation will be from 25 thousand to 77 thousand rubles for a cargo container, depending on its type and direction of transit, — stated in the message of the Cabinet of Ministers. It is specified that this will allow offering a competitive price to foreign clients

Visa intends to change the currency conversion rules

Visa intends to change the rules for currency conversion on ruble cards starting from April 2021. The payment system sent a notification letter to credit institutions in August, four banks from the top 30 told Izvestia.

Belarus asked Russia for money to pay its debts

As TASS has learned, Minsk will have to pay $ 3.6 billion in foreign debt in 2020. Of these, two billion have already been repaid, and the Republic’s authorities hope to borrow 1.6 billion from Russian banks.

Azerbaijan to deliver new oil shipment to Belarus

At the end of August, a batch of Azerbaijani oil for Belarus with a volume of 94 thousand tons will be shipped from the Turkish port of Ceyhan, the SOCAR representative said. In March 2020 the company shipped two tanker shipments of 90 thousand tons and 85 thousand tons respectively

The US has imposed sanctions against 24 Chinese companies

This is stated in a statement by the us Department of Commerce. State-owned companies were blacklisted for helping Beijing build and militarize artificial Islands in the South China sea.

China launched ballistic missiles to “warn the US”

The Chinese military launched two medium-range ballistic missiles in the waters of the South China sea to “warn the US,” the media wrote, citing a source close to the people’s liberation army of China. The Chinese defense Ministry does not comment on the situation with the launch of missiles.

Beijing has protested over the appearance of a US aircraft in the zone of Chinese exercises

Beijing has protested over the appearance of a US aircraft in the zone of Chinese exercises. This was reported by reporters from Reuters with reference to the Chinese defense Ministry. The military clarified that they noticed an American reconnaissance plane that entered the no-fly zone.

Clean fuel from light, water and CO2

Cambridge has learned to generate clean fuel from light, water and CO2. This was reported by the authors of the work in the publication New Atlas. Scientists noted that back in 2019, chemists created an artificial leaf that converts sunlight and water into a synthetic gas consisting of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Perovskite solar cells are used for conversion. In a new experiment, researchers used new photocatalysts in a semi-conducting powder.

Turkey has criticized the EU for its support of Greece in the Mediterranean sea

Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu criticized the European Union on Tuesday for supporting Greece on the situation in the Mediterranean sea.

Instead of providing unconditional support, the EU and other countries should warn Greece. Greece must show common sense and take sensible steps. This provocative behavior will not help anyone, ” the foreign Minister said after talks in Ankara with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas.

Erdogan said that Turkey is ready to” militarily ” fight for resources

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a sharp form said that his country will take all that it is entitled to in three seas: the Black, Mediterranean and Aegean. According to the Turkish President, we will protect the country’s resources ” by any means»

Canada blocked Huawei’s access to 5G

Canada is the only member of the five Eyes intelligence exchange network that has not officially blocked Huawei’s access to 5G networks. However, the government of Canada actually did this by postponing a decision on the issue for some time, long enough to force telecommunications companies to abandon the services of a Chinese equipment manufacturer.

The US Department of Commerce blacklisted two research institutes of the Russian defense Ministry

The Bureau of industry and security of the us Department of Commerce has blacklisted the 33rd Central research and testing Institute (33rd tsniii) and the 48th Central research Institute (48th tsniii) of the Russian Ministry of defense, as well as the Moscow State research Institute of organic chemistry and technology (Gosniioht).

The Belarusian military accidentally revealed its air defense scheme

After bringing the Belarusian armed forces into full combat readiness and activating air defense systems, NATO has the opportunity to fix all the positional areas of the Belarusian air defense systems with an accuracy of tens of meters. This will allow you to easily open the defense of this country.

The Kremlin does not rule out changes in the composition of the state Council and its powers

Amendments to the Constitution opened the way for changes in the structure of the state Council and, possibly, its powers. At least, this is not excluded in the Kremlin, and the state Duma is preparing proposals to expand the composition of this body.

The state Council is a very important body, and its status has been re-established in the Constitution. In a few weeks, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of an important body in the Russian coordinate system. As for the various modalities, they are discussed.

The Kremlin refused to assess the actions of law enforcement officers in Belarus

The Kremlin will not assess the actions of Belarusian law enforcement officers against the protesters, it would be interference in internal Affairs, said Dmitry Peskov, the press Secretary of the Russian President.

Poland allowed citizens of Belarus to enter its territory without visas

This was stated on Wednesday by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at a press conference following a meeting with the leaders of political parties in the Polish Parliament, dedicated to the Belarusian events

People who did not have visas and did not have the appropriate documents have already entered Poland,” the Prime Minister said, answering a question about the facilitated entry procedure that the authorities of the Republic promised to introduce for Belarusian citizens a few days ago. “Several dozen citizens of Belarus who suffered from the regime of [Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko] We have found help on the territory of Poland, ” the Prime Minister said.

Our help goes further. I asked the health Minister to prepare our hospitals to be able to receive people from across our Eastern border, ” Moravetsky added.

In Germany, called to stop the “Nord stream-2” because of Navalny

The poisoning of Alexey Navalny should be the reason for stopping the Nord stream-2, according to an article published on August 26 by the German publication Handelsblatt. The West should urgently impose sanctions against Russia in connection with the poisoning of Navalny. The Western community has too long looked at the human vices of the “master of the Kremlin” and treats him with respect and reverence, as a normal person, the author of the article writes.

The Vienna Opera has banned visitors from shouting ” Bravo!”

“Even if it is difficult to do so, Express your enthusiasm with loud applause and refrain from shouting” Bravissimo!”, – says the instructions published on the Opera’s website.

In addition, visitors are asked to wear a mask, maintain a social distance, and not ask for autographs from artists. We recommend that you pay for purchases in the buffet using contactless payment methods.

Minsk DJs have left Belarus

Minsk DJs who were detained for 10 days for playing the song “Change” by Viktor Tsoi at the rally have left Belarus. They fear further persecution by the authorities. Now Kirill Galanov and Vlad Sokolovsky are in Lithuania.

“The Lithuanian Embassy offered to help us. When we were released, the Embassy contacted us. We decided to take advantage of the offered assistance, ” Sokolovsky told reporters.

In Perm, the trials of participants of the action of solidarity with the residents of Khabarovsk began.

Anton Samoshin, Roman Shipitsin, Anastasia Marintseva received an administrative fine of 10 thousand rubles, Daniil Vasiliev-a fine of 15 thousand rubles, and Daniil Masalkin-30 hours of community service.

In Perm, on July 19, 12 people were detained who participated in a rally of solidarity with the residents of Khabarovsk. Seven members of the Other Russia party were among those detained. Participants of the protest action in Perm were accused of violating the “self-isolation “regime for walking from the administration building to the drama theater with the slogans:” Khabarovsk, Perm with you!”, “Freedom to Furgal!”, ” Freedom to political prisoners!”. After that, the activists and ordinary citizens who participated in the protest were detained and taken to the Leninsky police Department in Perm.

Due to lack of gas for wood and coal heating

District centers of the Tevrizsky, Znamensky and Tarsky districts of the Omsk region, where due to the depletion of the Tevrizsky gas condensate field in recent years, gas supply is limited in the cold, will transfer their Central boilers to coal and firewood, and some apartment buildings – to electric heating, reports Tayga.info

Target direction from ministries and departments

Several children of officials were able to enroll in MGIMO without even getting close to the required number of points on the unified state exam. Open media found the daughter of the Vice-Governor of the TRANS-Baikal territory and the full namesakes of the children of the Crimean sports Minister and adviser to the Russian energy Minister in the lists accepted for the first year this year.

All the children entered the prestigious University out of competition — “target direction” from ministries and departments at the expense of these authorities themselves. The record was set by the government of the Tula region: it sent six (!) applicants to MGIMO at once