4 Sep, 2020

News digest for 09/03/2020

The German government issued a statement that Alexey Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok group. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that one of Russia’s main oppositionists was tried to be killed with poison – and called this information stunning. Merkel demanded an explanation from Russia, saying that the Russian government has questions that only it can and should answer

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg condemned the alleged use of a chemical weapon to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and said he would consult with Germany and other allies about the consequences of the incident.

“Germany has announced that Alexei Navalny has been the victim of an attack involving a “Newbie”. I categorically condemn the use of a military-grade nerve agent, which makes it even more urgent for Russia to conduct a full and transparent investigation, ” the head of the North Atlantic Alliance tweeted.

Peskov refused to respond to the German government’s statement

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin is still “unable to respond professionally” to the German government’s statement that Alexey Navalny was poisoned in Russia with a nerve agent from the Novichok group.

Peskov also said that there were no traces of toxic substances in Navalny’s body before his evacuation to Germany

New statement of the clinic “sharite” on Navalny’s condition:

“The state of health of Alexey Navalny, who has been undergoing treatment at the Charite University medical complex in Berlin since August 22, 2020, remains serious.

Symptoms of cholinesterase inhibition caused by proven poisoning gradually subside. The reason for this is the gradual recovery of cholinesterase activity. Alexey Navalny is still in the intensive care unit and is connected to a ventilator.

We expect a long course of the disease. The long-term consequences of severe poisoning are still not excluded. The attending doctors are in close contact with Alexey Navalny’s wife. By agreement with her, “sharite” assumes that public communication about the state of his health is in his interests”

In Sweden, information about the poisoning of Navalny called “reliable”

Erik Lindeman, chief physician of the Swedish toxicology Information center, said that the information received from the German military laboratory of the Bundeswehr that Alexey Navalny was poisoned with a neurotoxin from the Novichok group is extremely “reliable”

Lukashenko said that there is evidence of falsification of the Navalny case

Lukashenko told Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin about the interception of a conversation between Warsaw and Berlin that the German Chancellor’s words about the poisoning of the opposition leader were falsified.

“Our electronic military intelligence intercepted it. Because there are units deployed there (on the Western borders of Belarus), and we are, of course, fighting the NATO forces in the radiosphere as well. And we intercepted an interesting conversation that (I will let you read it, we will prepare it and send it to the FSB) clearly indicates that this is a fraud. There was no poisoning of Navalny, ” Lukashenka said.

Mishustin expressed support for the sovereignty and independence of Belarus

The statement of support for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Belarus was made by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin at a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk on September 3, BelTA news Agency reports.

Mishustin announced progress on the future of the Union state

Progress has been made on many issues on the Russian-Belarusian agenda, including the future of the Union state, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said during his visit to Minsk.

We have made progress on many issues, including the future of the Union state, which will be based on an absolutely independent position of our States, ” BelTA reports Mr Mishustin.

Minsk approves list of sanctions against the Baltic States

Belarusian foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said that Minsk has approved an asymmetric list of sanctions against the Baltic States as a response to their earlier sanctions against the Republic.

Lukashenka revealed the West’s plans for Russia to Mishustin

The West is going to” slip a dirty trick ” to Russia before the regional elections in the country, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said during a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, BelTA reports

Lukashenko said that he never turned away from Moscow

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that he never turned away from the Russian Federation, and also called the statement that he “turned to the West” a “fiction”, BelTA news Agency reported.

Lukashenka announced the deployment of half of the army along the borders

Belarus has deployed almost half of its army along the borders. This was stated by the President of this country Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin

We have deployed almost half of our Belarusian army. In fact, they took control of the Western borders with Lithuania and Poland. And, as I often say, they actually surrounded Grodno to counter these threats

Two former TV presenters who supported the protests were detained in Minsk

Two former TV presenters Denis Dudinsky and Dmitry kokhno were detained in Minsk. Dmitry Kohno’s wife Nadezhda posted a video of his detention on instagram. The footage shows a group of armed men in uniform running up to the car and” shouting: face to the floor ” laying Dmitry on the asphalt

Russians do not know the date of the second world war

According to the results of another opinion poll, VTSIOM experts concluded that only 33% of Russians were able to name the correct year of the beginning of the Second world war (1939). 54% of the study participants confused the beginning of world war II with the beginning of the great Patriotic war

China urged the US to lift restrictions on the work of Chinese diplomats

In a statement, the diplomatic mission said that official Washington artificially creates obstacles to the work of Chinese diplomats. The Embassy called on the American side to reverse the relevant decisions.

“The US state Department will now require high – ranking Chinese diplomats to obtain permission to visit us University campuses and [hold] meetings with local officials,” Pompeo said in a statement released by the state Department’s press service.

Montenegro’s opposition refused to cooperate with the ruling party

Montenegro refused to cooperate with the ruling Democratic party of socialists (DPS) of President Milo Djukanovic. This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the General Secretary of the movement mileta Radovanich

FBK released the film “Tomsk in captivity of the Deputy mafia”

FBK published the film “Tomsk in captivity of the Deputy mafia”, dedicated to the activities of high-ranking officials and city deputies from United Russia. Navalny took it off before the poisoning. The film tells about the fact that officials and members of the control firms, which provide citizens public services. Contractors of these firms often become companies owned by the same officials without competition.

The Governor of Stavropol territory was acquitted of extortion in schools.

Vladimir Vladimirov during a live line on regional TV said that parents should discount “what is best for children.”

“I am on the one hand the Governor, on the other hand the father. And also on curtains, and on computers, on everything I rent. I never advertise. But connected to the school group of the middle and eldest son. There are space battles going on: you need or don’t need to reset, and maybe this is the responsibility of the school. I agree that it is the responsibility of all of us to provide everything necessary for the school. The school provides this only within the state standard. When reset to what’s best for children, it’s probably the right thing to do.”

Earlier, a scandal broke out in one of the Stavropol schools because the mother of a first-grader refused to hand over money for “big purchases”, including for the teacher’s birthday. Other parents force a woman to take her child out of class.

In Novosibirsk, a police Colonel took bribes with khinkali and cucumbers.

Alexander Gerashchenkov will be tried for bribes totaling 53 thousand rubles, which he received from 2015 to 2018. According to investigators, the former police chief of the Dzerzhinsk district of Novosibirsk periodically went to the cafe “Berezka”, where “systematically received a bribe from three entrepreneurs in the form of illegal provision of products and services to the cafe.” After that, he gave instructions to his subordinates not to draw up reports on administrative offenses against the entrepreneurs who fed him.

The TFR seized the property of the Colonel and businessmen who gave him bribes. The total amount was about 12 million rubles. Gerashchenkov pleaded guilty.

Russia’s HRC will not respond to Navalny’s poisoning

The human rights Council will not respond to Navalny’s poisoning until Russian law enforcement officers complete their own verification, Valery Fadeev, head of the presidential Council, told Open media.

Colleagues in the HRC do not agree with his position: they are sure that the criminal case should have been initiated long ago and investigated at the Federal level under the personal control of the President

There is no discord. There was a misunderstanding

There is no split or discord in the Belarusian opposition, but there is a misunderstanding, former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya admitted in an exclusive interview with Open media. The decision of the staff of another ex-candidate Viktor Babariko to create a party ” Together “was a surprise for her — it” slightly distracts attention from the actions ” of the coordinating Council of the opposition, but she can not ban the creation of parties, says Tihanovskaya.

Other interlocutors of “Open media” in opposition to recognize the significant differences between the environment Tikhanovski in Vilnius and their colleagues remaining in Minsk. After all, the goal of the new party — constitutional reform-coincides with Lukashenka’s plans


In Khabarovsk, the 55th day of protests in support of the arrested ex-Governor of the region Sergey Furgal. Protest March in Khabarovsk, today actively supported by participants of the rally.


The Prosecutor accused Furgal of using Khabarovsk protests

“He looked at the public demonstrations and came to the conclusion that he is a great statesman. And suddenly I decided to take advantage of the social movements that are taking place in the Khabarovsk territory. You are blackmailing the participants in the process, me, as a Prosecutor, ” the representative of the Supervisory authority said.

Sergei Furgal said about the pressure of the investigation. According to the ex-Governor, the investigator demanded that he admit guilt, threatening to arrest Furgal’s wife and daughter.

The US will not join the global initiative to develop a COVID vaccine

The US will not participate in international efforts to develop and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, as this initiative is linked to the world health organization (who), the White house said.

“The United States will continue to engage our international partners to ensure that we defeat this virus, but we will not be limited to multilateral organizations influenced by the corrupt world health organization and China,” white house press Secretary Judd Deere said.

China has become a leader in the negative impact on the world’s oceans

About 40% of the impact on the world’s oceans is accounted for by Chinese fish farms, experts from the University of Sydney and the Sydney Institute of marine biology said. In the course of the study, they collected data on all structures built in the world’s oceans.

BMW i3s police electric car fleet sells out in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles police Department purchased 200 of these hatchbacks for a total of $ 10,267,699 all-electric models. And only after the purchase and delivery, it turned out that the range of the car does not exceed 130 kilometers, and it is simply impossible to patrol the streets on them. Now the police leadership sells electric cars at half price for 15-20 thousand dollars.

A Spanish court has ordered the family of dictator Franco to give up the estate

A court in Spain has ruled that the descendants of dictator Francisco Franco should hand over the Paso de Meiras summer Palace to the state, BBC News reported. Franco has lived in this residence since 1938. In 1941 he acquired it as personal property

In Bulgaria, 55 people were injured during clashes with the police

Protests have been taking place in the Bulgarian capital for two months, with participants demanding the resignation of the local government. As the reason that prompted them to take to the streets, residents of the city call the corruption ties of the head of the Cabinet of Ministers Boyko Borisov.

A real three-dimensional hologram has been created for the first time

Holographic animation was achieved using a cinematic approach. Slow-motion images were reconstructed using sequentially arranged metasurface holographic frames.

The European Commission demanded that Hungary cancel the closure of borders

European Commissioner for internal Affairs Ylva Johansson said that Hungary should cancel the decision to close the borders due to the fact that it does not comply with the principles of EU legislation.

Any measures that do not comply with the fundamental principles of EU law, of course, should be immediately canceled ‒ – the European Commissioner wrote on Twitter, noting that she sent a letter to the Hungarian government, in which she reminded of the importance of non-discrimination against all EU citizens and the integrity of the Schengen area.

US launches Minuteman-3 Intercontinental ballistic missile

The US conducted a test launch of the Minuteman III Intercontinental ballistic missile, equipped with a multiple re-entry warhead capable of carrying multiple guided individual-guided nuclear projectiles

Russia has resumed flights to Egypt, the UAE and the Maldives

Russia is resuming international air traffic with Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and the Maldives on a reciprocal basis. The corresponding order was signed on September 3 by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

According to the document, airlines are allowed to make three flights a week to Cairo and two flights a week to Dubai and velana airport in the Maldives. The number of flights to Switzerland has also been increased from two to four per week

The Ministry of health proposed to ban flavoring additives in cigarettes.

According to the Agency’s forecasts, thanks to such measures, the number of smokers in Russia will decrease from 29% to 21% by 2035. As follows from the plan, the Ministry of health intends to achieve this goal, including a ban on the use of flavorings and dyes, as well as additives that increase dependence in the production of tobacco products, nicotine-containing products and liquids for electronic means of delivering nicotine. About it writes “Kommersant”.

The publication’s interlocutors claim that flavorings contain 98% of tobacco products on the Russian market and almost 100% of e-cigarette liquids. Also, food additives are used to soften the taste of tobacco, otherwise tobacco, with the exception of some varieties, will have “an unpleasant taste, like cigarettes produced during the Soviet era.”

Trump wants to strip Federal funding from cities that have become “lawless zones”

According to the signed Memorandum, these measures should apply to Seattle, Portland, new York and Washington, which are not sufficiently, from the point of view of the Federal government, fighting riots.

Ukraine has decided to withdraw from three more CIS agreements

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has decided to withdraw from three CIS agreements, said Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmyhal. We are talking about agreements on cooperation in the field of veterinary medicine, in the field of sanitary protection of the territories of the CIS member States and on the establishment of a coordinating Council for plant quarantine of the Commonwealth members.

Kiev considers it inappropriate to participate in these agreements within the framework of the Commonwealth, since, in particular, the countries have bilateral certificates for the uninterrupted export or import of animals and animal products to the CIS countries. Ukraine will also increase its cooperation with the European Union.

Features of recreation in a Russian resort

Scandal on the beach “coral”, for the fact that the guests turned on their music, an employee of the cafe poured a bucket of water on them from the second floor, and then began to throw dishes and pour beer …. they Say that the actions of the barmaid got and an infant… Recently, employees of the Sochi beach beat up visitors with a dog..

Lukashenka made a castling of personnel

Removed from the post of Chairman of the state control Committee Ivan Tertel appointed head of the KGB of Belarus, and state Secretary of the security Council was the former head of the KGB Supervisor whom Lukashenko also just got removed from the post. Vasily Gerasimov, who was previously the first Deputy Chairman of the Committee, has been appointed acting Chairman of the KGC.

In Russia, proposed to impose a sales tax on “Avito”

The sale of second-hand items is subject to taxation on a General basis at the rate of 13 percent, Vedomosti newspaper writes with reference to the Ministry of Finance. It is noted that the obligations for calculating and paying tax are assigned to the seller.

The press service of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation denied a report published in Vedomosti that the Agency proposes to introduce new taxes on the sale of second-hand items on electronic platforms and social networks.

“Beautiful” license plates will start selling

The Ministry of economy has sent to the government a draft resolution on the rules for selling “beautiful” license plates for cars and motorcycles through the portal of public services from 2022. For numbers with a catchy set of numbers, prices will range from 300 thousand to 10 million rubles, the Ministry estimated.

The court extended the arrest of Safronov accused of high treason for three months

The Lefortovo court in Moscow extended the term of arrest for Ivan Safronov, an adviser to the head of Roscosmos, as well as a former journalist of Kommersant and Vedomosti newspaper, accused of high treason for another three months.

Delivery of goods to the Crimea by rail was unprofitable

One of the stumbling blocks in the transition of freight traffic from road to railway is the price. This was announced on his Facebook page by the Chairman of the Committee on construction, transport and fuel and energy of the state Council of Crimea Leonid Babashov. The cost of transportation does not suit major players in the construction and other industries, the MP said.

Thus, while large companies are mostly cheaper to pay all taxes and fees (they just go for maintenance and repairs. – ed.) and carry cargo on the highway — – he said.

Gazprom has started designing the Power of Siberia-2 gas pipeline

Gazprom has started designing the Power of Siberia-2 main gas pipeline, which will connect Russia’s Western and Eastern gas transportation systems and increase gas export opportunities to China. This was reported by Interfax with reference to the words of the head of the company Alexey Miller.

Gazprom’s gas export price almost halved in the second quarter

The average export price for Gazprom gas in the second quarter of 2020 decreased by 1.9 times compared to the level of the same period in 2019 and amounted to $110 per 1 thousand cubic meters, according to the company’s materials.

Ozon turnover in the second quarter of 2020

Ozon’s turnover from sales of goods and services (gross merchandise value, or GMV), excluding refunds, increased by 188% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period last year and amounted to 45.8 billion rubles including VAT. This is stated in the company’s message.

Sechin invited Germany to participate in the development of oil fields

We are talking about the development of a group of 15 fields, which are of great interest to international investors. If German business is interested in the project, Rosneft is ready to consider various forms of cooperation, according to a press release.

Russian demand for cash in June

“In June 2020, the total demand of the population for foreign currency in cash (the amount of foreign currency in cash purchased from authorized banks, received by conversion and withdrawn from foreign currency accounts) compared to may, it increased by 52% and amounted to $3.9 billion in dollar terms, ” the regulator notes

Volume of overdue mortgages and car loans in Russia

The number of overdue car loans in Russia increased by 3.5% (to 120.7 thousand loans), the volume — by 5.1% (to 57 billion rubles). the Number of overdue mortgage loans in July increased by 3.2% (to 34.4 thousand loans), the volume — by 3.6% (to 92.2 billion rubles).

The Ministry of transport proposes to allocate subsidies for SSJ leasing

The Ministry of transport of Russia proposed to provide the State transport leasing company (STLC) with subsidies in the amount of 3.5 billion rubles this year to compensate for losses from providing discounts on the rental of Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ) aircraft. The corresponding draft order is published on the portal of draft legal acts.

As follows from the explanatory note, during the operation of SSJ aircraft, “a significant number of technical problems related to their design features were identified.” Because of this, gtlc tenants could not operate them, were left without profit and, as a result, refused to pay rent.

Kamensk-Ural metallurgical plant has financial problems

Large metallurgical holdings are forced to seek payment for materials shipped to the Sverdlovsk region through the court. The problems arose in the framework of cooperation with JSC Kamensk-Ural metallurgical plant, which is acquiring aluminum and alloys from UC RUSAL and the Russian structure of the ERG group. The amount of debt is estimated in hundreds of millions of rubles. KUMZ, which is under the control of Viktor Vekselberg’s managers, recognizes financial problems. The size of the net loss for six months increased by almost 2 billion rubles

World food prices rise for the third month in a row

World prices for food commodities rose for the third month in a row, primarily the cost of sugar, vegetable oils and feed grains increased.

As the food and agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported on Thursday, the average value of the FAO food price index, which reflects monthly changes in international prices for basic foodstuffs, was 96.1 points in August, which is 2% more than in July. It is noted that this is the highest level since February this year

The economic recovery plan will cost France €100 billion

The plan to restore the French economy, presented this Thursday, September 3, 2020, will cost the government 100 billion euros, which is equivalent to 4% of the country’s GDP, reports BFM TV.

Russian credit card debt

Russians have growing credit card debt. In July, the amount of credit card debt overdue for more than 90 days reached 149.7 billion rubles. This level of delay has not been observed since September 2018.

Saudi Aramco has discovered two new oil and gas fields

Two new oil and gas fields in the North of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were discovered by Saudi Aramco, al Arabiya TV reported on August 30. Aramco will continue to assess the amount of oil, gas and condensate in the two fields, and will drill more wells to determine their area and size, said energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

The United States reduced oil imports from Saudi Arabia

Us oil imports from Saudi Arabia fell to a ten-year low of 197,000 barrels per day in the week from August 12 to 28. This is evidenced by data from the EIA (energy information Administration of the us Department of energy).

The second trailer for the new bond movie has been released

The authors of the new film about the super agent James bond “No time to die” published a new trailer for the picture. In the James bond video, Daniel Craig is almost hit by a car. You can also consider the main villain of the new film Safin, played by Rami Malek

The trailer for the movie “The Boys in the Band” has been released

Streaming service Netflix has released a trailer for the movie “Guys in the band”. The film was the production project of Ryan Murphy, known as the Creator of the series “American horror story»

Disney announced the premiere date of the second season of the series “Mandalorian”

The official account of the “Star wars” franchise on Twitter called the date of the premiere of the second season of the series “Mandalorian”. The series will be released on October 30. The show will take place on the Disney streaming platform+

ASUS introduced the ZenBook 14 Ultralight laptop weighing 880 grams

The new product has a 14-inch display with Full HD resolution, an Intel Core i7 processor, and 32 GB of RAM. As for the case of the device, it fully complies with military standards MIL-STD-810G. The company stressed that the laptop is a representative of the business segment

Voice payment with Visa cards in Moscow restaurants

The international payment system Visa has launched payment for purchases in the institution using voice via Alice (a voice assistant from Yandex). The new technology has started working in 32 cafes and restaurants in Moscow, the Visa press service told RBC. The project is implemented in conjunction with the service for ordering food and drinks Bartello

Intel updated the logo

Intel representatives presented an updated logo as part of the demonstration of a new line of processors for PC. The last one lasted fourteen years. In the new logo, which has “simplified” the design has been applied to the elements of the previous logos. Employees of the company note that this made it both familiar and new. They add that highlighting the dot in the letter ” i ” is a symbol of the potential and performance of Intel chips.

Information about the hybrid processor appeared on the Internet

Information about AMD’s ryzen 5000 series hybrid processor has appeared on the Internet. The device will belong to the Cezanne generation and is equipped with a chip with the Zen 3 architecture and A VEGA graphics module. The device is expected to be available early next year.

Intel has unveiled the processors of the 11th generation of slim laptops

Intel has officially announced its first 11th-generation Tiger Lake processors for laptops, which will feature new integrated Xe graphics, support for Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6, and a big jump in performance and battery life compared to previous Ice Lake chips.

In the US, they created a Bluetooth keyboard made of paper

American scientists have developed a technology that allows you to create computer interfaces and keyboards based on ordinary paper. So, experts have created a Bluetooth keyboard out of paper.

Smart glasses will help you learn to sit on the phone “just like that”

Canadian startup Auctify announced crowdfunding for the production of glasses that will help you learn to sit on the phone “just like that” and use artificial intelligence to increase human productivity.

Sony announced a sale in honor of the beginning of the school year

Sony has launched a large-scale sale in the PlayStation Store in honor of the start of the school year. The campaign was called “Real favorites”. Most PlayStation releases can now be purchased with up to 85% off.

X5 launches unified customer identification system

X5 Retail Group (manages Pyaterochka u doma stores, Perekrestok supermarkets and Karusel hypermarkets) has developed a system for unified seamless customer identification – X5 ID

Facebook launches a tool for transferring photos and videos

The American Corporation Facebook, which owns the social network of the same name, announced the launch of a special tool that allows users to transfer photos and videos uploaded to the app to other services, including Dropbox and Koofr. This is stated in the company’s press release published on its website on Thursday.