2 Sep, 2020

News digest for 09/01/2020

The Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia has formed a special group that will identify and stop attempts to manipulate the minds of teenagers using Internet resources, RIA Novosti writes with reference to the Agency’s message.

This group includes employees of the main Department of criminal investigation (GUUR) and other departments of the Ministry that deal with the manipulation of the minds of minors in social networks. In particular, representatives of the GUUR analyze information on the Internet and identify informal youth associations that conduct illegal activities, the Ministry of internal Affairs reported.

The Baltic States will stop trading electricity with Belarus

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will stop trading electricity with Minsk after the launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (Belaes) in Ostrovets, the press service of the Estonian Ministry of economy and communications reports. The authorities of the Baltic countries insist that the station threatens their environmental safety.

The law on out-of-court bankruptcy of individuals has come into force in the Russian Federation

Since September 1, amendments to the law “on bankruptcy” will come into force in Russia, which will allow debtors to be released from impossible obligations for them out of court. The amendments allow individuals and sole proprietors to go through bankruptcy proceedings without the participation of a court or financial Manager

Franchisees demand compensation from McDonald’s for racial discrimination

The fast food chain McDonald’s in the United States filed a class-action lawsuit for racial discrimination from 52 former owners of the company’s franchise, reports Reuters. A claim for damages in the amount of $1 billion was made to the defendant. The company is accused of providing white and black franchisees with unequal conditions for business development.

This is a systematic arrangement in non-standard locations because they are black, “Jim Ferraro, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said in a telephone interview.” McDonald’s Revenues are regulated by only one thing: location.

Franchisees claim that the chain regularly directed them to “depressed, criminal areas”, which led to the collapse of their business. At the same time, McDonald’s required plaintiffs to comply with General safety and insurance standards that require high costs.

Students in Minsk celebrate the first of September with a protest March

A column of students from the Belarusian national technical University (BNTU) and the University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (BSUIR) is moving along Independence Avenue towards Yakub Kolas square in Minsk. This is reported on September 1 Tut.by. Near the BNTU, masked men detained two students and a girl who was collecting signatures in support of re-election.

On Independence square, which has become the main meeting place for protesters, urgent repairs began-a fence was put up and a crane was adjusted.

Putin held a video lesson for schoolchildren on the theme of the Victory anniversary

Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in the all-Russian open lesson on the day of knowledge. This year, the theme of the open lesson was the 75th anniversary of Victory in the great Patriotic war.

Debts to banks of the United aircraft Corporation

Debts to banks of the United aircraft Corporation (UAC) amount to about 530 billion rubles, Anatoly Serdyukov, industrial Director of the Rostec air cluster, told RBC in an interview. Earlier, the head of Rostec Sergey Chemezov and Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that the UAC owes banks just over 350 billion rubles.

According to Serdyukov, the company will be capitalized from the budget by more than 250 billion rubles — this money will be used to pay off debts to banks. Debts worth about 150 billion rubles will be restructured. Vedomosti newspaper also wrote about a similar plan for the financial recovery of the UAC, citing sources.

Recorded a sharp reduction of investments from Germany to Russia

After strong growth in 2018 and 2019, the volume of net direct investment by German businesses in Russia showed a sharp decline. Between March and June, German companies withdrew a total of 1.1 billion euros from Russia. This is evidenced by the latest Bundesbank data available to the Russian-German chamber of Commerce, ” Matthias schepp, Chairman of the Board of the Russian-German chamber of Commerce (VTP), told Interfax

Tesla will sell additional shares on the market

American electric car manufacturer Tesla will increase the number of shares that are traded on the exchange, according to company documents sent to the us securities and exchange Commission (SEC). We are talking about the sale of additional shares for a total of $5 billion. In a statement, Tesla said that additional securities will be sold “periodically” and “at market” prices.

Gazprom transferred 100 billion rubles to Poland by arbitration decision

The head of the financial and economic Department of the Russian company, Alexandra Ivannikova, explained that the funds were transferred by the decision of the Stockholm arbitration. The arbitration decision, issued in March, involves reviewing the price formula for gas supplied under the Yamal contract to Poland

Russian companies are unable to pay social payments and taxes

In Russia, about 40% of companies are unable to pay state-deferred social payments and taxes to the budget. This is evidenced by the results of the survey, which was conducted on behalf of the expert center under the presidential Commissioner for the protection of entrepreneurs ‘ rights, Kommersant reports

Former General contractor of Gazprom filed a lawsuit against the company

The arbitration court of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region accepted the claim of Stroygazmontazh to Gazprom and Gazprom invest for 884.733 million rubles, according to the file of arbitration cases. The essence of the claims has not yet been disclosed

Another country, after Belarus, found a replacement for Russian oil.

Israel previously did not buy raw materials from the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf due to sanctions restrictions, but after the normalization of relations with the United Arab Emirates, the situation may change, writes the Turkish Anadolu Agency.

Israel’s demand for oil is estimated at 236.25 thousand barrels per day, while the country itself produces only 5.98 thousand barrels. It imports 92 percent of the oil consumed, mostly from Russia and Azerbaijan.

Lukashenko said that he never turned away from Russia

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that he has never turned away from Russia. Lukashenka also called the statements that he “turned to the West” a “media fiction”

Poland responded to Lukashenka’s threats to close its airspace

In an interview with RIA Novosti, former head of the Polish information and foreign investment Agency Slawomir Maiman shared his opinion on the threats of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to close the air space for countries that will impose sanctions on Minsk.

Maiman noted that about 70% of flights from Poland were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the closure of the “corridors” will not cause significant damage to the country. According to him, now most of the planes from Europe that fly towards Asian countries do not cross the airspace of Belarus.

Maiman is also confident that Belarus will not impose serious sanctions against Poland. Otherwise, many enterprises that cooperate with Belarusian partners in terms of export or import of goods may suffer.

Thousands of ethnic Mongols protest in China

Protests by thousands of ethnic Mongols against Beijing’s plans to translate the teaching of some school subjects in Chinese language (an adverb the tangerine) was marked by the first of September in Northern China

Norway plans to develop nine oil fields in the Arctic

Public discussions on the development of nine oil fields in the Arctic have ended in Norway. The deadline for submitting applications for the development of oil fields in the Arctic is the beginning of 2021. The Norwegian authorities assume that work will begin soon after the tender.

According to Professor Ilan Kelman of the Norwegian University of Agder, safe oil production in the Arctic is not possible now, because this region, despite significant climate changes, has remained very difficult for humans in recent years. The scientist also claims that currently there are no technologies to effectively deal with possible oil spills in the Arctic, so it makes no sense to talk about production in the Northern latitudes now.

Chinese authorities have detained a TV presenter from Australia

The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Australia reported that a citizen of the country, Cheng lei, who worked for the Chinese state TV channel CGTN for the past few years, was detained in Beijing.

Ms. Cheng’s detention took place on August 14. However, the Australian Consulate was only able to contact her on August 27. At the same time, the Chinese side has not yet brought any charges against Ms. Cheng. She is in the status of a detainee, not an arrested person. According to Chinese law, she can stay in this status for up to six months without the right to a lawyer or other legal assistance.

Hungary has decided to close its borders

Due to the growing number of cases of coronavirus infection, Hungary will close its borders to foreign tourists from September 1. As a reason, it is said that most infections will be listed.

Putin said that Russia is not a gas station country

Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that the Russian Federation is one of the States with advanced technologies, and not just a “gas station country”, as it is often tried to expose, reports TASS. He made this statement during the all-Russian open lesson “to Remember is to know”, which was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory in the great Patriotic war.

Huawei increased investment in Russia in the face of US sanctions

Chinese technology giant Huawei has increased its investment in the development of production in Russia, as well as expanded the staff of Russian scientists. This was announced yesterday by the company’s founder Ren Zhengfei to the Chinese newspaper South China Morning Post

The President of Montenegro refused to recognize the victory of the opposition in the elections

Milo Djukanovic has ruled Montenegro for almost 30 years, during which time the country became independent and joined NATO. The President’s party won the smallest number of votes in history, about 35 percent.

Antonov produced the first production aircraft without Russian parts

The Ukrainian state enterprise Antonov, which develops and produces an-series aircraft, produced the First serial an-178 transport vehicle, which did not use parts from the Russian Federation.

This is the first aircraft without Russian parts. It took some time to import substitution and search for new suppliers, – said the head of the Antonov state enterprise Alexander Los, specifying that this aircraft has 2/3 of the equipment from the United States, and another third-domestic production

In Ukrainian schools, teaching in Russian has been replaced with Ukrainian

Since September 1, all Russian-language schools in Ukraine will switch to teaching in Ukrainian, according to news agencies. The transition to Ukrainian in schools will not yet affect national minorities, whose languages are official in the EU.

Lukashenka threatened officials cooperating with the opposition

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has threatened responsibility “according to the law” to those officials who went to cooperate with the opposition. In particular, those officials who were part of the coordinating Council of the opposition of Belarus will be brought to justice

Choi’s son showed a letter to Putin asking him to ban the Teacher’s film

The son of the leader of the group” Kino “Viktor Tsoi Alexander showed an appeal to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin with a request to ban the release of Alexey Uchitel’s film “Tsoi” about the death of a musician. He posted a corresponding letter on Facebook on Tuesday, September 1.

A resident of Yekaterinburg was found guilty of organizing a rally through Tiktok

Now in Russia, they are fined not only for posts in VK, but also for videos in TikTok. A court in Yekaterinburg fined a local resident Kristina Altschuler for a video about a solidarity rally with protesters in Khabarovsk, published in TikTok. Altschuler was found guilty of organizing an unauthorized rally, writes Znak.com.

Lukashenka dismissed the Belarusian Ambassador to Spain

Alexander Lukashenko dismissed Pavel Pustov, the Belarusian Ambassador to Spain. This was reported by the press service of Lukashenka. Pustovoy was stripped of his diplomatic rank “for improper performance of official duties”.

On August 17, Pavel Pustovoy called the situation in Belarus “unacceptable” for a European state of the XXI century. He called for recounting the results of voting in the presidential elections and holding open trials of those involved in violence during the protests (security forces — for illegal detentions, beatings and bullying of peaceful demonstrators, protesters-for attacks, car crashes and threats to security forces and their families).

Australia wants to force Facebook to pay media for content

Facebook instagram users in Australia will not be able to share local and international news if the Australian government passes a law requiring Facebook to pay the media for their content.

Under the new draft law, Facebook and Google will be required to pay the Australian media for using their content, as well as provide them with data on user activity and the operation of their algorithms. The draft law is aimed at protecting the Australian media.

Lukashenka said that Belarusians and Russians have a common Fatherland from Brest to Vladivostok.

In my message before the election, I said: you call us partners today. They became partners, not brothers. But in vain. This was heard in the Kremlin and everywhere. We are brothers today. But why expect someone to push us in the West, so that we can become brothers again? This is a lesson. The President and I have already made these conclusions. We will preserve our common Fatherland, where two peoples live from the same root. This is the Fatherland from Brest to Vladivostok

Lukashenka explained why he asked the West and the United States for help: The reason was that “it was necessary to survive”, while in Russia it was “not understood»

Oreshkin: Russia may enter the top 5 economies of the world this year

Russia has not given up on its goal of becoming one of the top five economies [in the world]. If you open the latest forecast of the International monetary Fund for this year, you will see that this year Russia will be the fifth economy in the world, will rise to this level. Therefore, from this point of view, we can say that this year it [the goal] has been achieved, ” said Maxim Oreshkin, assistant to the President of the Russian Federation, during the all-Russian youth educational forum “Territory of meanings”

Rating of the standard of living of the Russian population compiled by the Legatum Institute

According to the rating, in terms of living standards in 2020, Russia is ranked 90th among 142 countries in the world, between Guatemala and Laos. Russia ranks 95th in economic indicators, 88th in freedom of business, 99th in terms of corruption and efficiency of government, 92nd in terms of security, 35th in terms of quality of education, and 89th in terms of freedom of citizens.

October 1 will increase the salary of officials and security forces

Putin signed decrees on increasing the monetary remuneration of certain categories of security forces and officials. Separate presidential decrees will increase the salary of the Chairman of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, and for the Prosecutor General, Igor Krasnov, starting from October 1, 2020.

Putin also instructed to increase the salaries of persons holding public positions, individual heads of Federal authorities, employees of diplomatic missions and missions, as well as the head of the security Council.

The salaries of these officials and security forces will increase by 3% on average from the current values. The last time the President raised the salary of civil servants was in October 2019

Trailer for the animated series “Jurassic World”

Netflix has released a trailer for the new animated series “Jurassic World: Cretaceous camp”, which is set during the events of the original “Jurassic World”. The story takes place on the wrong side of the island, which was in the tape

Schwarzenegger will play the main role in the TV series for the first time

Details are not disclosed, but according to the same information that is, so far it looks a little like a “True lie”. In the center of the story will be engaged in international espionage father and daughter. Just casting for the role which now takes place, the insider reported.

Auktsyon group presents a new album

Russian rock band Auktsyon will present their new album “Dreams” for the first time at a live concert in Moscow on September 4. The album “Dreams” was released Online in April. On September 4, the band will sing songs from the album live for the first time and release the album on CD.

The 77th Venice film festival opens

Venice will be the only major film festival to be held in the 2020 coronavirus year. After the American Sundance, which took place in January, even before the introduction of quarantine in the United States, turned out to be an incubator for covid, it became clear that the usual festival life can be forgotten

Toshiba unveils two new portable storage devices

Japanese company Toshiba has introduced two new models of portable storage devices. The new products were named Toshiba Canvio Flex and Toshiba Canvio Gaming. Toshiba Canvio Flex is an external hard drive with a USB-C port designed for PCs, laptops and tablets. The Canvio Gaming model, in turn, is intended not only for PCs, but also for game consoles. In any case, both models will provide the user with up to 4 TB of new memory.

Samsung released the first TV with IP55 protection in Europe

Samsung has officially released the first IP55-protected TV set, The Terrace, in Europe. It is designed for outdoor use and can operate in the range of -30 to +50 degrees Celsius.

Asus Zenfone 7 and 7 Pro released worldwide

Zenfone zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro smartphones were introduced by Asus last week, and now the manufacturer has announced that the new products are being released all over the world at once. At the same time, European smartphone prices became known. Asus Zenfone zenfone 7 is offered for 699 euros, and Asus Zenfone 7 Pro will cost you 799 euros. The younger version has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash memory, while the Asus Zenfone 7 Pro received 8/256 GB of memory.

Motorola unveils new smartphone One 5G

Motorola has introduced a new smartphone, the Motorola One 5G. This is the second model of the American brand that supports the operation of “fifth generation” networks.

MediaTek introduced the Helio G95 gaming chipset

More than a year ago, MediaTek announced its G90 series gaming chipsets with the G90 and G90T, and now The company is introducing a new top dog of the line called G95 – an overclocked version of the G90T with 5% improved GPU performance.

Exercise increases the amount of galanine in the brain

According to a study published in the journal JNeurosci, exercise helps combat stress by increasing levels of the neuromodulator galanine, a protein that affects a person’s mood and is involved in processes related to mental disorders.

Scientists have proven that politicians lie and voters like it

Scientists from the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona attracted 816 city mayors of Spanish cities to a simple game. They asked politicians to flip a coin and say whether it was turned heads or tails, with tails being considered a losing position, heads being a winning one. According to statistics, only 50% of politicians should have received coins that fell like an eagle, but this was stated by 68% of participants.

A study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that politicians who were members of the country’s two main political parties lied significantly more. The researchers also found that those politicians who disliked cheating had lower re-election rates, suggesting that ” honesty may not pay off in politics.”