19 Sep, 2020

News digest for 09/18/2020

Forbes magazine published a rating of the 20 richest wives and husbands of Russian civil servants. The list was headed by the wife of the Deputy of the legislative Assembly of the Kamchatka territory Igor Yevtushka. The woman’s income was 3.12 billion rubles, while her name remains unknown.

Ekaterina Ignatova, the wife of Sergey Chemezov, CEO of rostec state Corporation (1.49 billion rubles), was on the second line of the rating. The third place was taken by the wife of the Governor of the Bryansk region Alexander Bogomaz Olga Bogomaz (1.38 billion), who was named the leader of last year’s ranking of the richest spouses of civil servants.

The top ten also includes Larisa Nazarova, wife of the first Deputy Prime Minister of Bashkiria Andrey Nazarov (864 million rubles), wife of state Duma Deputy Alexander Nekrasov Elena Nekrasova (676.9 million), Alla Sablina (nalcha), wife of state Duma Deputy Dmitry Sablin (629 million), wife of Deputy speaker of the Federation Council Yuri Vorobyov Lyudmila Vorobyova (535.8 million), wife of the legislative Assembly of the Irkutsk region Alexander Bitarov (493.8 million), the wife of the head of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov Gulsina Minnikhanov (480.8 million), and Elena Redkina, wife of the Deputy of the legislative Assembly of the Kamchatka territory Igor Redkin (367.76 million).

Among the husbands of Russian civil servants included in the rating was Kirill Komarov, the husband of Senator Lyubov Glebova (160.8 million rubles), who took 17th place. On the 19th place-Alexey Zolotarev, the husband of an employee of the Ministry of industry and trade Olga Grebneva (157.4 million).

Investments in small businesses in Russia in the second quarter of 2020

According to the results of the second quarter of 2020, investment in small businesses in the Russian Federation fell by 36% compared to the same period last year. This is stated in the HSE study “the Real sector: about the structure and dynamics of investment activity on the background of the pandemic.”

This is actually the volume of investments in fixed capital for the full range of companies in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period of 2019, according to the HSE, fell not only comparable prices but also in nominal terms (1.6%, or 67.5 billion rubles).

Central Bank recorded the highest volume of remittances from Russia

The volume of cross-border transfers from Russia abroad in July 2020 amounted to $837 million. This is a record figure since October 2018 ($856 million), according to statistics from the Central Bank, which takes into account transfers via Western Union, Zolotaya Korona, Unistream, Contact, Blizko (until April 2020) and Russian Post. The main amount of these funds was sent to the CIS countries — $686 million, the remaining part ($152 million) – to non-CIS countries.

Outflow from funds investing in Russia

Net outflow from funds investing in Russian assets and bonds (including funds focused not only on the Russian Federation) for the week to September 16 amounted to $90 million against the inflow of $10 million a week earlier, according to the BCS Global Markets review

Russia demanded clarification from the US on the NBC report

The Russian Embassy in Washington demanded an explanation from the US authorities in connection with the NBC report that spoke of the support of “Ukrainian units” in Crimea by the American side, according to a statement published on Facebook by the diplomatic mission.

The Embassy noted with deep concern the allegations in an NBC report regarding U.S. ties to “Ukrainian units fighting Russian forces in Crimea.” In other words, unnamed US officials say that their country supports terrorist activities in third countries. In this case, they are talking specifically about Russia, ” the diplomats stressed.

Lukashenko announced the closure of borders with Lithuania and Poland

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that the Belarusian army will have to strengthen the state border with Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine. According to the head of state, he does not know what the Western partners will “throw out” further.

We understand that there are very few techniques left in their Arsenal before they start a hot war. Therefore, we have to withdraw troops from the streets, as I have already said, and put half the army under arms, ” Lukashenko said.

In recent days, I have been forced to build a common defense of the Union state together with the President of Russia and the Minister of defense, and we have activated long — forgotten military exercises that are taking place today in the West of our country,” Lukashenko said.

The Lithuanian foreign Ministry reacted to Lukashenka’s statement about closing borders

Statements by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko about closing borders with Lithuania and Poland are inadequate, Lithuanian foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said in an interview with the Lithuanian national radio and television

The largest Venezuelan supertanker switched to the Russian flag

The largest supertanker owned by Venezuela has switched to the Russian flag. This is reported by RBC with reference to the Equasis database of marine vessels. We are talking about the tanker with a deadweight of 320.8 thousand tons “Maxim Gorky”, which was previously called Ayacucho.

The Ministry of health will cut the budget for the purchase of medicines for rare diseases

In Russia, budget expenditures on the purchase of expensive medicines for rare diseases will be reduced. This is reported by RBC with reference to the explanatory note to the draft budget for 2021 and the planning period 2022-2023. According to these data, the Federal program budget will be reduced by an average of 12% annually. Over three years, the Ministry of health will receive less than 19.5 billion rubles.

In the Altai territory, because of loans, the hospital can’t buy medicines

Uglovskaya Central district hospital has accumulated 40 million rubles of accounts payable. Because of this, the institution cannot afford to buy the necessary medicines and supplies

6 million rubles is the current debt, most of which will go away, said the Chairman of the Uglovsky district Council of deputies, a member of the Council’s Commission on health and science Vasily Bezrukov.

“But some part, of course, will be added to the amount of the main debt — 34 million. A credit-backed hospital cannot develop, it is simply fighting for survival, ” he said at a meeting of the Presidium of the Council for interaction of the AKZS with representative bodies of municipalities.

The Russian authorities will spend on salaries of Regardie and the Ministry of internal Affairs

On September 16, 2020, the Russian government approved the draft budget for 2021 and the planning period from 2022 to 2023. According to the document, more than 28 billion rubles will be additionally allocated for salaries of employees of the Ministry of internal Affairs and Regardie, “Gazeta.ru”.

Russia will reduce the cost of paying pensions

In 2021, the Federal budget of Russia will reduce the cost of paying pensions in the framework of state support by 2.5 trillion rubles. This is reported in the explanatory note to the draft Federal budget for 2021-2023, reports TASS.

“Reduction of budget allocations provided for: for the payment of state pension pensions in 2021 by 2,491. 1 million rubles,” the document says.

The Nobel prize ceremony was held in the United States

In the Medical education category, the leaders of Russia and Belarus, as well as the United States, Brazil, great Britain, India, Mexico, Turkey and Turkmenistan won for “using the Covid-19 pandemic to teach the world how politicians have a greater practical impact on people’s lives and deaths than scientists and doctors.”

Here are a few more winners:

in the field of psychology, the award was given to Miranda Giacomin and Nicholas rule, who developed a method for identifying daffodils by their eyebrows;

in the “Peace” category, the prize was awarded to the governments of India and Pakistan. Diplomats from these countries rang each other’s doorbells in the middle of the night and then ran away;

in materials Science, a group of researchers won for proving that knives made from frozen human feces don’t work well.

Act of self-immolation in the Minsk region

In the Belarusian city of Smolevichi, a man set himself on fire near a police station in protest against the atrocities of the security forces. UPD the Man was hospitalized with burns over 90% of the body

Twenty-nine countries issued a joint statement

“We, the signatories, are deeply concerned and condemn the partial or complete shutdown of the Internet, which was recently reported and continues, as well as the targeted blocking of content by the government of Belarus after the rigged presidential elections in Belarus in 2020,” the statement said.

The document was signed by representatives of the United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, great Britain and Ukraine.

Nabiullina told how to choose brooches for a press conference

The head of the Bank of Russia Elvira Nabiullina told how to choose brooches for a press conference following the meeting on the rate. At a press conference following the meeting, Nabiullina appeared with a brooch with the “pause” sign. Previously, she appeared with ornaments in the form of a tumbler, a house, a pigeon, a horseshoe and a V-shaped curve.

“As for the brooches, I choose according to the situation and mood,” said the Chairman of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

All the Ministers who were not included in Mishustin’s Cabinet got a new job:

Vasilyeva (Ministry of Education) – head of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Academy of education

Kolobkov (Ministry of Sports) – Vice President of Gazprom Neft

Kotyukov (Ministry of education and science) – Deputy Minister of Finance

Medinsky (Ministry of culture) – assistant to the President

Noskov (minkomsvyaz) – head of the St. Petersburg currency exchange

Oreshkin (Ministry of economic development) – assistant to the President

Skvortsova (Ministry of health) – head of the FMBA

Topilin (Ministry of labor) – head of the Russian Pension Fund

Chebotarev (the Minkowksi) – the head of the Secretariat Medvedev in SB

Konovalov (Ministry of justice) – presidential envoy to the constitutional court

New jobs of all former Deputy Prime Ministers became known a little earlier:

Akimov – head of “Mail of Russia”

Mutko, the head of the “House.Russian Federation”

Kozak-Deputy head of the Kremlin administration

Gordeev-Deputy speaker of the state Duma

Golodets-Deputy Chairman of the Board of Sberbank.

A leak of bacteria in China has infected thousands of people

Chinese authorities said several thousand people in Northwest China tested positive for a bacterial disease in an outbreak caused by a leak at a biopharmaceutical company last year.

A patient at a clinic in Dusseldorf was killed by ransomware hackers

In Dusseldorf, police are investigating the death of a patient from the Uniklinik clinic, who died during the period when a hacker attack paralyzed the work of this institution, focus reports. The incident is being investigated as manslaughter, Sueddeutsche Zeitung said.

Turkey refused to put the S-400 on combat duty

Turkey has not put the S-400 on combat duty. This was stated on Thursday by the country’s foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. According to him, the anti-aircraft missile systems are still not working, although the soldiers know how to activate them. The Minister added that Ankara bought these systems because the country urgently needed them. This is reported by Interfax. In total, Russia supplied Turkey with four divisions of air defense systems worth $2.5 billion.

In Poland, citizens of Ukraine were detained at an underground tobacco factory

At ten sites related to the factory, 16 people were detained, of which 12 were citizens of Ukraine. As reported by IA REGNUM, earlier in Germany, the police detained 12 citizens of Poland and Ukraine at an underground tobacco factory

Bulgaria holds rallies against “Pro-European” government

Violent protests in Bulgaria, which have been going on for more than 70 days, remain unnoticed.

Residents of Idlib, came to the protests against the Turkish presence in Syria

Residents of Idlib province protested against the Turkish presence in Syria. Dozens of people, shouting slogans, approached the observation posts of the Turkish army. The protesters claim that the Turkish military, which is located on the territory of Syria, are in fact occupiers, and their presence only destabilizes the situation in the country.

Russians have sharply increased the purchase of foreign currency

Purchases of currency in the amount of $5 thousand in Russia increased sharply in may and June of this year, Izvestia writes, citing the latest data from the Bank of Russia. Experts believe that this way people create a financial safety cushion in anticipation of a further fall in the ruble exchange rate

Volodin said about the participation of foreign intelligence services in the case of Navalny

State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin announced the involvement of foreign intelligence services in the case of opposition politician Alexey Navalny. He came to this conclusion after statements by the European Parliament about tightening sanctions against Russia.

The Kremlin responded about the role of foreign intelligence services in the Navalny case

Russia is limited in its investigation of the incident with blogger Alexey Navalny, so it is not yet possible to say whether foreign intelligence services are behind the situation. This was stated to journalists by the press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov.

We can’t say we agree or disagree with it. There are more questions than answers in this situation. Unfortunately, we are very limited in our ability to conduct any investigations in this regard.

The building of the government of Russia recognized as an emergency

“The white house is recognized as an emergency and will be repaired,” the government said. It is indicated that the engineering systems in the building that have been used since the object was put into operation in 1978 have a significant percentage of wear and tear and are technically and morally outdated. The government will renovate the White house at a cost of $ 5.27 billion.

Open Russia Director Andrey Pivovarov arrested for 10 days

Moscow’s Meshchansky court has ordered administrative arrest for 10 days for Andrey Pivovarov, Executive Director of Open Russia, for organizing a protest action that was not approved by the authorities. The court found Pivovarov guilty of committing an offense under part 2 of article 20.2 of the administrative Code of the Russian Federation.

Trump called the condition of pardoning Assange

Us President Donald trump said that he is ready to offer a pardon to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, if he names the source from which the texts of emails stored on the servers of the Democratic party were received

Lukashenko asked Putin about some types of weapons

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said that during a recent meeting in Russia with President Vladimir Putin, he asked the latter about “certain types of weapons”, Sputnik Belarus reports

Scheme of deception of tourists in Abkhazia

A tourist who had a summer vacation in Abkhazia, told about how local residents deceive travelers. He said that when selling excursions to the sights of the Republic, they “forget” to mention that they will have to pay extra for a number of services that are not provided in advance.

China and Russia accused of stealing vaccine development

Chinese and Russian hackers were again accused of stealing the development of a coronavirus vaccine from Spain. This is reported by El Pais with reference to unnamed sources.

At the end of July, representatives of the US state Department claimed that China was sponsoring hackers who tried to get data on the COVID-19 vaccine developed, in particular, by Moderna. Because of this, on July 22, the United States demanded that China close the Consulate General in Houston within 72 hours. In response, China demanded that the US Consulate in Chengdu be closed.

Uzbekistan opens borders for any transport

The Uzbek authorities will open borders for entry and exit of any type of transport from October 1 as part of a phased easing of quarantine measures against the COVID-19 coronavirus, the operational headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic reports.

120,000-year-old human footprints found in Saudi Arabia

Seven human footprints left on a lake in the North of present-day Saudi Arabia about 120,000 years ago are the earliest evidence of modern humans on the Arabian Peninsula.

Territorial origin of the modern horse

An international team of scientists analyzed the remains of ungulates from various sites in Turkey and the Caucasus. Genetic testing has shown that the modern horse was not domesticated in Anatolia, as previously thought, and got there about four thousand years ago from the Eurasian steppes. The study is published in the journal Science Advances.

“Yandex” has closed projects in the evaluation of potential borrowers, banks

Yandex refused to evaluate the credit quality of Bank clients based on its user data, two sources in the financial market told RBC: scoring projects launched by the it company last year were stopped.

Mobile networks suspected of insect deaths

The study, conducted by biologist Alain Till on behalf of the German Union for the protection of nature and several other organizations, was based on 190 scientific publications related to the topic of insects and electromagnetic radiation.

After analyzing all these works, the author comes to the conclusion that electromagnetic radiation produced primarily by mobile and wifi networks can be one of the main causes of increased insect mortality in Europe-along with insecticides and habitat destruction.

Female whale shark recognized as the world’s largest fish

For a long time, the scientific community could not decide which fish is the largest in the world. The main competitors in the long-term confrontation were male and female whale sharks. However, this dispute is now resolved, because it is established that females are the largest fish in the world.

The chitin of insects will help to build the house and to patch tubes on Mars

Singapore engineers have proposed adding chitosan, derived from insects or crustaceans, to regolith to produce a Biolith that can be used to build houses and create tools on Mars. To test their material, the scientists made a model of a Martian house and a hex key, with which the authors successfully tightened the space bolt. The article, which describes the closed cycle of material production on Mars, is published in the journal Public Library of Science One.

Microbes discovered that shed new light on the early evolution of life

Current research suggests that more complex life forms, including humans, have emerged from a symbiosis of bacteria and another single-celled organism known as archaea. However, there is no evidence of a transition period in which the two organisms mixed. That is, until now. In the deep waters of the Black sea, scientists have discovered microbes that can produce membrane lipids – the layer surrounding a cell, like skin, of unexpected origin. Researchers from NIOZ and Utrecht University published their findings in the prestigious ISME Journal.

Insomnia management is in the human genes

A group of scientists from the University of Exeter in the UK found that the predisposition to insomnia is in the genes. Researchers have discovered 47 sections of DNA that determine how easily a person falls asleep

Magma characteristics will help predict the collapse of a volcanic dome

Russian scientists have established the regularities of volcanic eruptions, revealing the influence of magma viscosity on the shape of volcanic domes and the danger of their collapse. This will allow you to predict such collapses and assess the risk of a burning cloud-a mixture of high-temperature volcanic gases, ash and rock fragments. The work was supported by the Russian science Foundation (RPF). The results of the study are published in the journal Geophysical Journal International, and they are briefly reported on the website of the RPF.

Ocean acidification threatens to collapse deep-sea reefs

Deep-sea coral reefs face challenges as changes in ocean chemistry caused by climate change can cause their foundations to become fragile, according to a new study

Hubble records powerful white storm on Jupiter

A powerful storm on Jupiter was recorded by the Hubble telescope, September 18, the official website of the Hubble project reports. A large white storm spread in the Northern latitudes of the planet at a speed of 560 kilometers per hour, the storm was first recorded on August 25, when Jupiter was at a distance of 653 million kilometers from Earth

Tess telescope has discovered a strange star system

NASA experts have reported that the TESS space telescope has discovered a strange star system previously unknown to astronomers. What makes the discovery special is that the giant gas planet WD 1856 b orbits a tiny white dwarf. This is usually the opposite: a small planet orbits a large star.

The planet WD 1856 b is similar in size to Jupiter. It is about seven times the size of the star WD 1856+534, which it orbits. A white dwarf star is a tiny remnant that was previously a sun-like star. Experts noted that the planet circles the white dwarf every 34 hours, which is 60 times faster than mercury circles the Sun.

We’ve never seen such a huge planet orbiting such a tiny star, let alone at such a close distance. It remains a mystery to us why the white dwarf did not consume this planet at the very beginning,” the scientists wrote in the study.

The study of meteorites has cast doubt on the theory of the Solar system

The period of intense meteor bombardment in the early Solar system occurred much earlier in time and was longer. This conclusion was reached by scientists in an article published on September 16 in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

It seems to us that the early solar system impacts peaked earlier than the LHB and gradually decreased over time. It may not have been the catastrophic period of chaos that current models describe,” said Professor Yuji Sano of the Institute for atmospheric and ocean research at the University of Tokyo.

Satellite monitoring of thermal emissions of any objects on Earth

Satellite Vu is preparing to test its infrared sensor, which it intends to use to build the first service for satellite monitoring of thermal emissions of any objects on Earth. The company’s satellites with unique sensors and high-resolution cameras will be able to get information about economic activity, energy efficiency and carbon footprint from the temperature footprint of buildings.

According to Anthony Baker, CEO of Satellite Vu, the analysis of thermal indicators can be the basis for obtaining a huge amount of useful data — from the actual operating hours of specific enterprises, the effectiveness of thermal insulation to tracking the emissions of refineries and the environmental friendliness of specific industries. And this is only what lies on the surface, in fact, a huge amount of information can be extracted from heat signatures, but services for Earth observation are not developing fast enough.

Sony has introduced a compact smartphone Xperia 5 II

Sony has announced the release of a new top-end smartphone Xperia 5 II on the most powerful Snapdragon 865 5G processor. The screen diagonal is 6.1 inches with FullHD resolution. The camera is equipped with four lenses with focal lengths of 16, 24 and 70 mm, and records video in 4K mode at 60 frames per second. The hull of the new frigate is protected from dust and water as much as possible. The possible amount of memory is 8/128 GB and you can use microSDXC. The battery has a capacity of 4000 mAh. the price of the smartphone on the Russian market is about 70 thousand rubles.

Android OS on Windows 10 is now available for everyone

Games, tutorials, and any other applications for the Android operating system are now available to all computer users. This requires two conditions: Windows 10 installed on a PC and a Samsung smartphone.

A camera that looks like a spyglass

Canon has launched a crowdfunding campaign to Finance the production of a handheld compact camera called the PowerShot Zoom. Canon believes that a portable camera can be useful if you want to capture memories of sporting events, bird watching, and so on. The company launched a crowdfunding campaign on the Japanese platform Majuake and has already reached its minimum goal of 500 sponsors. The manufacturer promises to start delivering the new device in November this year. It is not yet known whether the camera will be distributed outside of Japan.

Facebook instagram and Messenger chats combined in a new app

Facebook instagram Facebook has released a new app for small businesses that allows companies, such as online stores, to manage their Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram profiles. This is reported by the Verge.

The app is called Facebook Business Suite, and it will combine the backend of all three services in a “single window”: it will receive messages from customers and all notifications from all three platforms. In the future, Facebook plans to improve integration with WhatsApp

Google drive will stop storing deleted files forever

Starting from October 13, Google cloud service will automatically delete files that have been in the trash for more than 30 days. This should be known to users who store digital garbage on the “disk” in the hope that it may someday be useful

Facebook has introduced a feature for sharing videos

Facebook has announced the launch of an online video sharing service. The service is called Watch Together. To use Watch Together, you need to start a group video call or video conference in the Messenger Room, and then select this service from the menu.

Any participant can choose a video that is available in the catalog of the Facebook Watch service, and you can also upload your own videos. This feature does not allow you to share content from YouTube or other streaming services.

Disney+ has published a promo video with announcements of movies, TV series and shows

Disney+ has released a promo video with announcements of upcoming movies, series, and shows this year. It includes fragments of the films “Hidden figures”, “Big”, “X-Men-2” and the original Disney+ shows “Guys what you need”, “Mandalorian” and “Vandavizhen”.

To overtake China and be successful

More than $350 billion has been proposed by Democrats in the us Senate to strengthen the us economy and try to get ahead of China. This is stated in the bill submitted on September 17, the press service of the Committee on foreign Affairs of the upper house of the American Parliament reports.

The investments provided for in the draft law will be used to restore the economy. The authors of the initiative believe that workers, entrepreneurs, researchers and manufacturers will receive the skills and support necessary to “overtake China and be successful in the 21st century.”