29 Aug, 2020

News digest for 08/28/2020

The coordinating Council of the Belarusian opposition called it unacceptable to form armed groups on the territory of the Russian Federation or another state for use on the territory of Belarus

The creation of a reserve of law enforcement agencies in Russia at the request of Minsk does not mean plans for military intervention in the Affairs of Belarus, but is directed against such plans by others, said the head of the state Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky.

“The formation of a reserve of law enforcement officers at the request of the current leadership of the Republic does not mean plans for military intervention, but on the contrary, it is preemptively directed against the implementation of such plans from other parties according to the” Ukrainian scenario”, – said Slutsky.

Lukashenko could take part in repeated presidential elections

The incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko could participate in a repeat presidential election in the event of their conduct, said the former candidate in presidents of the country Svetlana Tikhanovski.

“This is a free election, and any citizen of the Republic of Belarus who feels the power and strength to run is welcome,” Tihanovskaya said in an interview with Deutsche Welle, answering a question about whether Lukashenko could take part in re-elections if they were held

Russian operators restrict access to mobile Internet in Crimea

Restrictions on the consumption of mobile traffic on the territory of the Crimean Peninsula are necessary, they allow local operators to maintain a decent quality of communication for subscribers, a source told RIA Novosti and confirmed in the press service of one of the largest Crimean Telecom operators

Kiev took a break all contacts with Minsk

I can officially inform you of this. We are monitoring the situation. And only when we are sure that these contacts will not bear reputational, moral, ethical losses for Ukraine, we will resume contacts, “- said on the TV channel” 1+1 ” foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba.

According to the Foreign Minister, the leaders of the two States Vladimir Zelensky and Alexander Lukashenko last spoke before the elections in Belarus.

Russian submarine surfaced near the coast of Alaska

The us military said it had not yet received any distress signals from the submarine. The Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation has not yet commented on the information of the US armed forces. According to sources of “RIA Novosti”, we are talking about the nuclear-powered submarine” Omsk”, participating in military exercises. The source added that there is no emergency situation.

Japanese Prime Minister resigns for health reasons

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a press conference in Tokyo officially announced his decision to resign as Prime Minister of Japan for health reasons

I regret that I am leaving without resolving the issue of signing a peace Treaty with Russia

VEB asked journalists to delete materials about Shuvalov’s daughter in Moscow state University

According to the telegram channel “Rise”, the press service of VEB asked journalists to delete materials about the admission of the daughter of former Deputy Prime Minister Shuvalov to Moscow state University. On the eve of Forbes released a material where it was reported that “the full namesake of Shuvalov’s daughter was on the list of students enrolled in the psychology Department of Moscow state University on the budget, despite the fact that she lagged behind other “state employees” by more than 100 points.”

Later, the publication first deleted, and then made edits to the note. In the new version, it was reported that a girl came to the University on a commercial basis. At the same time, after deleting the first news, the chief editor of the Forbes website, Vladimir Motorin, announced his dismissal on Facebook. Later, the CEO of Forbes Russia denied the dismissal of the chief editor of the publication’s website

The editor-in-chief of Forbes wrote in a note to the new note that the editorial released the material “without waiting for important comments from one of the parties.”

The press service of VEB also asked to make edits to the material to “Mediazone” and “Rain”: the publications published screenshots of working correspondence and said that they will not delete the notes.

About 20 journalists covering the protests were detained in Belarus.

Correspondents who gathered at the red Church building to cover the protest were loaded into a bus and taken to the Oktyabrsky police Department, reports Tut.by. Among those detained are TASS and KP photojournalists.

UPD: later, the Belarusian interior Ministry commented on the detention of journalists. Media employees were taken to the Oktyabrskoe police Department in Minsk to check their documents, the Ministry’s spokeswoman explained, as the Ministry of internal Affairs “checks the legality of their professional activities”. Journalists of registered media, including foreign ones, will be released “within a day”.

Several Belarusian banks have stopped issuing consumer loans to citizens.

“BPS-Sberbank informs about the temporary suspension of accepting credit applications (applications for increasing the credit limit) from individuals from August 28, 2020. Taking into account the increased demand and the faster pace of lending relative to the business plan, the Bank decided to temporarily suspend the issuance of credit resources to private clients.”

Earlier it became known that from the issuance of loans declined Technobank, Belgazprombank and RRB-Bank. Financial organizations report that previously issued loans will be serviced in accordance with the established procedure

Searches in the case of voting on amendments to the Russian Constitution

Gallery owner Marat Gelman said that his apartment in the center of Moscow is being searched in the case against the Russian Yulia Ilyinskaya, who was able to vote three times on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

Earlier, a court in Moscow arrested Ilyinskaya in absentia for attempting to vote multiple times. The Cheremushkinsky court also concluded that traces of the woman’s stay can be found on Ostozhenka, in the apartment of Gelman, with whom Ilinskaya has a common child, although the gallerist himself has been living in Montenegro since 2014. He told RBC that the security forces searched for his computer, but in the end nothing was seized.

Recall that on June 28, Yulia Ilinskaya reported on Facebook that she was able to first participate in electronic voting, and then vote offline twice — at the Embassy in tel Aviv and at the Consulate in Haifa. The woman has dual citizenship.

Parents of students will not be allowed to go to school this year

As reported by the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova, the meetings go online. Unified calls from the lesson will also be canceled: students of different classes will have their own schedule of changes, as well as individual routes around the school

The CEC of Belarus refused to name the date of Lukashenko’s inauguration.

The press service of the Department told the newspaper “Rise” that they are not dealing with this issue. At the same time, the Central election Commission previously informed that the country’s President will take office no more than two months from the date of election – the official results of the election were approved on August 14, therefore, the ceremony should be held no later than October 14.

In previous years, the date of the swearing-in ceremony (inauguration) was set by its organizers, and the head of the CEC was always present, who presented the President with a certificate. Between 10 and 33 days passed between the announcement of the election results and the inauguration. The press service of the administration of the President of Belarus did not comment on the date of taking office of the head of state

Trump after agreeing to run for a second term:

  • promised that the US economy will recover quickly after the coronavirus
  • took credit for the “toughest” measures against China
  • he said that China supports Biden, and Biden himself will destroy the economy with a quarantine
  • called the Democrats radicals who will destroy the American way of life
  • compared himself to the slave liberator Lincoln
  • he boasted of his success in middle East politics
  • promised to send the first female astronaut to the moon and plant a flag on Mars

Sony Pictures has published a trailer for the drama “Choi” directed by Alexey Uchitel.

The plot of the film is a fictional story that occurred after the death of the leader of the Kino group Viktor Tsoi in a car accident in Latvia in August 1990.

The main character is the driver of the “Icarus” Pavel Shelest (his role was played by Eugene Tsyganov), who collided with the musician’s car. He also had to become a bus driver, taking the coffin with the body of the musician and his relatives to the funeral from Riga to Leningrad.

More than 200 people were detained on Independence square in Minsk

Belarusian riot police started to detain participants of the protest have appeared on the Independence square, reports “Radio Freedom”. According to the publication, there are about a thousand people on the square. Radio Liberty journalists were broadcasting live from the square, but after the arrest of two employees of the publication, the broadcast stopped.

Svetlana Tikhanovski addressed to the Belarusian teachers.

In the video, Tihanovskaya expresses support for election Commission employees who refused to falsify the results of the presidential election, and also responds to Alexander Lukashenko’s demand to dismiss teachers who do not support the state ideology.

Let’s clear the school and the good name of teachers from hypocrisy and fear. If one of you succumbed to pressure and went on a forgery, make a promise to continue to act on your conscience, which is more important than fear. Now there are threats to dismiss teachers who disagree with the state ideology.

But if lies and falsifications are given out as state ideology, then what is such an ideology worth? Show solidarity and protect your colleagues-honest teachers. Let the schemers and careerists quit

The Supreme court ruled the governors of the law on the abuse of power

The Supreme court stopped the administrative case against saleswomen from Kotlas to insulting the Governor of the Arkhangelsk region, reported in the Telegram the head of the international human rights group “Agora” Pavel Chikov

Baksheevo fined for the post of “Vkontakte”, where she responded to the words of the Governor, who called the activists against waste dump Cheese “riffraff”. The court decided that the post contains “a negative assessment of the personality of the Governor, I. A. Orlov,” Pavel Chikov said in a statement.

The Supreme court of Russia noted that the lower courts ignored the argument that it was impossible to refer the Governor to the bodies that exercise state power in the Russian Federation. Now the woman must return 30 thousand rubles from the budget. This case has become a precedent for cases involving abuse of power.

Due to the reduction of the catch, red caviar will become more expensive

Due to the unsuccessful salmon fishing in the far East, the production of red caviar may decrease by 25-30%, writes Kommersant. Wholesale suppliers have already notified retailers that caviar will rise in price by 20-60%, said two sources of the publication in major retail chains

Number of registered self-employed in Russia

Since January 2019, 1 million self-employed people have been registered in Russia, the press service of the Federal tax service (FTS) reported. The self-employed brought more than 130 billion rubles of income out of the shadows and paid 3.5 billion rubles of taxes for the entire duration of the experiment from January 2019, the Federal tax service (FTS) told RBC. Currently, a special regime for the self-employed is in effect in 79 of the 85 Russian regions.

LUKOIL suffered losses in the first half of 2020

LUKOIL presented data on its revenue and losses for the first six months of 2020. According to information on the company’s website, for the first half of this year, LUKOIL’s net loss under IFRS amounted to 64.24 billion rubles, while a year earlier, the profit was 331 billion rubles.

Russia has reduced imports of palm oil

For the first six months of 2020, imports of palm oil to Russia decreased by almost 7%, RBC reported In the center for industry expertise of the Russian agricultural Bank. If in the first half of 2019, Russia imported 506 thousand tons of palm oil, then for the same period of this year — only 473 thousand tons. the Negative dynamics of deliveries in the first half of the year was confirmed by the oil and Fat Union of Russia.

Employees of companies and banks sell customer data

For the first half of the year in Russia, the number of data leaks caused by employees of companies increased by 47%, the total damage is estimated at 1.8 billion rubles. The most frequent violators were employees of mobile retail and banks who sell details of customer actions on the darknet

The company “Sparkling wines” stopped the production of sparkling wine

The St. Petersburg company “Sparkling wines”, known for the brands “Lev Golitsyn”, “Leningradskoe” and others, no longer produces sparkling wines, said the General Director of the company Yuri Dudko. As Dudko explained, the production of sparkling wines is preserved, and the production of other products continues.

Kuban increased sugar exports in 2020

Enterprises of the Krasnodar territory have exported 270 thousand tons of sugar since the beginning of 2020, which is more than eight times higher than the result of the same period in 2019, the press service of the regional administration reports.

A third of Russians in the pandemic stopped paying for housing and utilities

The decrease in utility bills for June reached 31% compared to the beginning of the year, according to a study by the company “Billing Online Solutions”, which is part of the Qiwi group. Analytics is based on payment data from a billing system that includes more than a million active users across Russia.

“Due to the beginning of the pandemic, the level of payment for housing and utilities charges for March-April decreased by 12% compared to January-February this year. When paying receipts for may, the decrease reached 24%, and for June-31%, ” the study says.

Gazprom buys out all Polish transit

For the second month in a row, Gazprom fully buys gas transit capacity through Poland. Gradually, the holding increases the supply of Russian gas to Europe. In may, Gazprom bought 80% of the capacity of the Polish section of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline, which the operator Gaz-System offered for the third quarter

China offers Russia to create a soy union

China is offering a “soy industry Alliance” with Russia as it hopes to ensure sufficient supplies of soybeans in the foreseeable future, the South China Morning Post reports.

Russia has overtaken the European Union in food price growth

As reported by the statistical office, if in the EU countries products have risen in price by 1.6% since the beginning of this year, in our country – by 5%. Forecast for the future: according to experts, the price of some types of food may increase by 30%.

RusHydro’s net profit in the second quarter of 2020

The company’s net profit for January — June also increased by 1.6 times-to 46.825 billion rubles. The company’s revenue in the second quarter increased by 7.4% to RUB 87.652 billion. Operating expenses amounted to 76.311 billion rubles, which is 0.3% more than in the same period last year

Shares of Chinese competitor Tesla

Shares of Chinese electric car manufacturer Xpeng Motors rose 65% to $24.75. This is evidenced by the auction data. The IPO went for $15 per share, although the offering price was previously announced in the range of $11-13.

The head of the US Federal reserve announced the easing of policy on inflation

The us Federal reserve system (FRS), which serves as the country’s Central Bank, is easing its policy on inflation, now the target is an average of 2%. A small increase is allowed. This was stated on Thursday at an Internet Symposium by the head of the Federal reserve Jerome Powell

Lukashenko suggested redirecting trade flows from Lithuanian ports

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko suggested that the government redirect all trade flows from Lithuania to other routes, BelTA reports. He said this after Vilnius threatened Minsk with sanctions if it refused to accept a plan for a peaceful settlement of the situation with the protests.

I have instructed the government to make a proposal to reorient all trade flows from the ports of Lithuania to other ports. We’ll see how they live. 30% of the Lithuanian budget is formed by our cargo flows through Lithuania. What else do you need? They’re snacking. So let’s put it in its place.

Shushkevich suggested changing the status of the Russian language in Belarus

Former Chairman of the Supreme Council of Belarus Stanislav Shushkevich believes that the only state language in the Republic should be Belarusian, and the Russian language should be deprived of this status. He expressed his opinion in an interview with the YouTube channel ” And Graham burst out”

Nuclear submarine and cruiser of the Russian Navy conducted training launches near the borders of the United States

The Russian multi-purpose nuclear submarine Omsk and the cruiser Varyag launched cruise missiles during an exercise in the Bering sea. This was announced on its website on August 27 by the Pacific fleet (top). The Bering sea is the Maritime border of Russia and the United States.

The arrested us special forces officer confessed to working with the GRU

Former special forces officer,” green beret ” of the US army Peter Debbins, arrested on suspicion of working for Russian intelligence, admitted to working with the GRU. He signed the relevant document, the Washington Post reports, citing the Federal Prosecutor.

More than 30 new games were presented at the opening of Gamescom 2020

In total, more than three dozen games were shown at the opening ceremony of Gamescom 2020, including Quantum Error, DIRT 5 and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Before the opening, the audience was presented a new video dedicated to Scarlet Nexus.

The trailer for the final episodes of “Supernatural” has been released

The CW has released a trailer for the final episodes of Supernatural. The show, which has been released since 2005, has received 15 seasons.

Richard Gere and Diane Keaton will play husband and wife

Richard Gere, Diane Keaton, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Blake lively will star in the romantic Comedy “The Making of”, variety reports. Producers Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz also wrote the script. It is based on the story of a married couple of Directors (Richard Gere and Diane Keaton).

Premiere date and description of the trailer for “dune»

The date of the network premiere of the trailer for the science fiction film “dune”, based on the literary classic of the same name by Frank Herbert, has become known. According to Geek Tyrant, the video will be presented on September 9, 2020. Previously, it will be shown in cinemas before the sessions of the film “Argument”.

The winners of the Golden plate film award were awarded in Kazan

A ceremony of awarding the winners of the film award “Altyn talink — Golden plate”was held in Kazan. The prize Fund of 1.3 million rubles was distributed among them

  • The oldest feature-length film “Golden plate” was the picture “Deep rivers” directed by Vladimir Bitokov. She received 500 thousand rubles.
  • The best game short was recognized as “Asia” directed by Dinara Abdrashitova. She received 300 thousand rubles.
  • In the category “Best documentary” won three pictures at once: “Bears Of Kamchatka. The beginning of life “directed by Irina Zhuravleva and Vladislav Grishin, “Palekh” by Alexander Abramov and ” Beryze (One)” by Bulat Minkin. At the same time, the film “Odin” received 200 thousand rubles as a picture in the national language, and the other winners received diplomas.
  • The best animated film — “Journey” by Yegor Gornostaev-received an award of 100 thousand rubles.
  • The best screenplay of a feature film was recognized as “Russian Boy” by the author Alexander Zolotukhin.
  • The best female role in a feature film presented at the film awards was played by Yulia Myarina (“Closure”).
  • In the category “Best male role in a feature film”, the winner was Vladimir Korolev, who played in the film “Russian Boy”.
  • The “Best supporting role in a feature film” award went to Julia Aug for playing in the film “bassoon”.
  • Dmitry shpilenko, Mikhail Rodionov, Gennady Shalikov, and Dmitry Voronov were awarded for the best cinematography (the picture ” Bears of Kamchatka. Beginning of life»).
  • Elmir Nizamov won the best composer award for the music for the film “KIRE”.

Apple blocks Facebook update

Apple has started blocking Facebook updates with a 30% tax on App Store purchases. The reason was a violation of the rule prohibiting the display of” irrelevant ” information. Facebook users can use the new feature to buy tickets to online events through the app

Apple may introduce its own search engine

Apple Is working on its own search engine. This is reported by the portal CoyWolf.com. According to the source, several factors point to the possible launch of the “Apple” search engine. First, Apple is the most expensive company in the world – its capitalization has exceeded $ 2 trillion. The publication’s journalist John Henshaw believes that the company does not depend on Google’s money. According to Business Insider, Google pays Apple $ 9 billion annually for making Google search available on the iOS operating system.

Huawei Watch Fit smart watch is presented

The watch can act as a fitness trainer. There is a GPS module, water protection (5ATM), an optical heart rate sensor, and measurement of blood oxygen saturation (SpO2). The battery life can be up to 10 days, in “intensive use” mode — 7 days, and with GPS enabled-12 hours.

The watch is available in three case colors-light pink, black and light green. The straps are available in the same three colors, plus an additional orange. The price is $ 110. The first region where the watch came from, of steel in the UAE. Sales will start on September 3.

LG introduced a wearable air purifier

South Korean manufacturer LG has announced the launch of a wearable air purifier. In fact, the device is a protective mask that is put on the face. However, unlike conventional medical masks, it is equipped with HEPA filters

Businessman Shkulev bought out the American share of the city media network

Hearst Corporation has parted with its stake in a network of 43 regional sites, including Fontanka, E1.ru, Ngs.ru, 45.ru, 74.ru and 59.ru. The amount of the transaction was not disclosed, but Viktor Shkulev said that he paid for the partners ‘ share with his own money, and now Hearst has completely withdrawn from the ownership of the portals. According to the businessman, there are no political reasons for the transaction.

According to Kommersant, one of the reasons for the sale was “numerous reproaches for financing the activities of city portals in Russia by the American side”. This allegedly caused the public to question the coverage of such topics as the protests in the square of Yekaterinburg or the explosion in a residential building in Magnitogorsk.

The NHL asked for money to fight racism and make the dividing line black.

The hockey diversity Alliance, created to combat racism in hockey, asked the NHL leadership to Fund anti-racism initiatives for 10 years and increase the percentage of blacks in the NHL administration and among the hockey staff. The organization also wants pre-match rollouts to be held in special black jerseys, and the blue barrier line to be temporarily replaced with a black one.

The Secretary General of the Union state of Russia and Belarus gave an interview to RIA Novosti:

  • the formation in Russia of a reserve of law enforcement officers to assist Belarus does not interfere with activity of bodies of the Union state
  • the security forces of the two countries are in constant contact, can make joint decisions
  • work as usual: collaboration with scientists, military, diplomats goes normally
  • Lukashenko communicate as necessary and work, the Belarusian opposition is in contact with me did not go
  • at the September meeting of the high level group of Deputy Prime Ministers of Russia and Belarus
  • the Union state budget this year better than last

Charite clinic, requested the help of experts

Berlin’s Charite clinic, where opposition leader Alexei Navalny is being treated, has requested the help of experts on poisons and chemical warfare agents from the Bundeswehr laboratory, Spiegel reports, citing anonymous sources.

In Munich, there is a closed military laboratory complex for pharmacology and toxicology, where the best experts in Germany on poisons and chemical warfare agents work, the publication notes. In addition, information was requested from the British Porton Down laboratory, which was involved in the case of the poisoning of former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

A resident of Kurgan opened a case on charges of extremism

  • In 2010, she reposted the video.
  • In 2016, the video was considered extremist.
  • 6 years after the repost, they started a case.

Stories of those injured and maimed during the protests in Belarus

At least 450 people were severely beaten and injured during the protests in Belarus, and many are still being treated. A correspondent of Open media visited hospitals and recorded the stories of several victims.

Amount of overdue corporate loans

As of August 1, the amount of overdue debt on corporate loans issued by Russian banks exceeded 3 trillion rubles, or 8.2% of the corporate portfolio, according to statistics from the Central Bank. In July, debts of 271.5 billion rubles were transferred to the problem category. this is the maximum monthly increase since January 2019, when there was a technical increase in arrears due to the transition of banks to the new reporting standards of IFRS 9 (+478.7 billion rubles). The rise in bad debts has also affected the ruble and foreign currency liabilities of the business: for loans in national currency, delinquency increased by 98.4 billion rubles, and for foreign currency loans-by $2.1 billion.

Sberbank made the largest contribution to the negative dynamics. According to the Bank’s turnover statement as of August 1, the volume of overdue ruble loans in the Bank increased by a record in the history of Sberbank 92.6 billion rubles. The volume of foreign currency liabilities of businesses that did not make payments increased by $1.96 billion (also a historical maximum). This is 94 and 93% of the growth in the entire sector, respectively.