3 Oct, 2020

News digest for 10/02/2020

The US house of representatives passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill. 214 people voted in favor and 207 against, according to Reuters. The Senate and the White house have previously opposed this project.

Negotiations over a stimulus package of support measures have been going on since August, when the last $3 trillion package ended. In total, $6 trillion was sent, taking into account the measures of the US Federal reserve system.

Maxidom bought out Castorama hypermarkets

The British group Kingfisher sold the Russian business of DIY retailer Castorama almost two years later. The buyer, Maxidom, will pay 7.4 billion rubles for the chain’s stores over two years.

RussNeft agreed to restructure the loan

RussNeft has signed an additional agreement on a $1.17 billion loan with VTB (as an agent) and Qatari Bank CQUR (as a lender), which allows to continue cooperation with credit organizations in the normal mode, the oil company told reporters

Banks will increase fees for accepting cards online after the Central Bank’s benefits are canceled

From October 1, the measure to curb the tariff of the largest banks of the Russian Federation, which has been in effect since mid-April, ends. Thus, the Commission for accepting cards in online stores will soon be increased and will no longer be 1%.

Sberbank, VTB, Gazprombank, Russian standard, Alfa-Bank, credit Bank of Moscow and OTKRITIE plan to do this — they will return tariffs to pre-crisis values, according to comments from their representatives of RBC.

The Russian government will cut spending on Federal highway repairs

The Russian Government has decided to cut spending on the maintenance of Federal highways. According to the deputies, the current expenditure items are quite large and cause enormous damage to the country’s economy, preventing it from developing. Current regulations will not be met until January 1, 2024

US authorities have charged the management of a large crypto exchange BitMEX

The commodity futures trading Commission (CFTC) and the US Department of justice filed a lawsuit against the owners of the derivatives platform. The Department stressed that reed, who holds the position of CTO of the exchange, was arrested. He will appear in Federal court in Massachusetts. Over the past day, the capitalization of the cryptocurrency market decreased by 4.2%, to $334.3 billion

The Central Bank will receive only 300 billion rubles from the sale of Sberbank shares

On September 30, 2020, it became known that the Central Bank of the Russian Federation will receive only 300 billion rubles from the sale of shares in Sberbank of Russia. This follows from the draft law on the Federal budget for 2021-2023.

Central Bank of Russia starts selling currency from a deal with Sberbank

The Central Bank starts selling foreign currency received from the deal with Sberbank on October 1: the regulator intends to sell the currency for 185 billion rubles by the end of the year. Every day, the market will offer currency for 2.9 billion rubles in addition to its sales to the Ministry of Finance under the budget rule — the volume of such operations is now about 2, 4 – 2.5 billion rubles a day.

Reduce the cost of maintaining the President, but increase the cost of his administration

The Ministry of Finance has proposed to reduce the cost of maintaining Russian President Vladimir Putin, but increase the cost of his administration. This follows from the draft Federal budget for 2021-2023, which was submitted to the state Duma the day before. The explanatory note to the document States that the increase in allocations was influenced by structural changes that occurred in 2020. The article “Functioning of the President” provides for expenses in the amount of 27.4 billion rubles in 2021, 26.9 billion rubles in 2022 and 27.4 billion rubles in 2023.

Spending on information security in Russia will grow eight times

The draft Federal budget provides for an eight-fold increase in funding for activities under the Federal project “Information security” of the national program “Digital economy” in 2022 and 2023.

Initially, funding was planned at the rate of one billion rubles annually. In the new version of the draft budget, it is proposed to allocate eight billion rubles a year for these purposes.

TUI Group cancels all tours to Turkey, as well as cruises for 2021

The sudden addition of Turkey to the UK’s quarantine list, which essentially means a ban on normal tourism to this Mediterranean country for British tourists, forced the tour operator TUI to urgently cancel all tours from London to Antalya.

The state of California will consider paying reparations for slavery

The Governor of California and a member Of the democratic party of the United States, Gavin Newsom, signed a law creating a task force to study the issue of reparations for slavery. The task force will include 9 lawmakers who will have to decide who, in what form and in what amount will be able to receive reparations. We are talking about payments to US citizens who have suffered from slavery or racial discrimination. In addition to, for example, cash payments, they may represent tuition fees.

The European Council adopted an economic assistance plan for Belarus

The international monetary Fund and the world Bank want to adopt an economic assistance plan for Belarus, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters in Brussels, where the EU summit is being held. He explained that the plan should support democratic changes in Belarus. Those that should serve a free, sovereign Belarus

Moscow authorities called the amount of fines for violating the rules for remote access

Capital companies and enterprises that, despite the decree of the mayor, will not transfer 30% of employees to the remote location, can be fined 300 thousand rubles. This was told to RIA Novosti by the Minister of the government of Moscow, head of the Main control Department of the city Yevgeny Danchikov

The service and trade sectors on udalenka lost profit

The revenue of trade and services due to the transfer of citizens to remote work for the week has already collapsed by 20%. In the future, the companies ‘ revenues may decrease by another 30%, business associations told Izvestia.

The Federal penitentiary service will ask for 3 billion rubles to fight prison call centers

The Federal penitentiary service (FSIN) at the next meeting of the security Council of the Russian Federation will propose a plan to eliminate fake Bank call centers operating from prisons. The service plans to request 3 billion rubles to install equipment that can situationally generate cellular interference. Customers of the largest banks suffer from phone fraud: Sberbank alone recorded almost 2.9 million customer requests about hacking attempts since the beginning of the year. But the response of the Federal penitentiary service may be late: according to companies in the field of information security, call centers are moving “to freedom” with might and main.

Almost half of Russians do not want to have children

According to the results of the study, almost half of Russians aged 18 to 45 (46 percent) are not going to have children. Financial problems are the most common reason for refusing to give birth to a child (24%), as well as lack of a partner and poor housing conditions. This is evidenced by the results of the NAFI analytical center

Blind sandpipers use their eyes to navigate the magnetic field

Scientists from the University of Duisburg (Germany) found that blind sandworms use their eyes to navigate in a magnetic field. The authors of the study found that sandpipers that had their eyes removed retained the ability to find food, but could not find the southwest for nesting without visual organs

Microsoft has introduced a low-cost laptop Surface Laptop Go

Microsoft has introduced a low-cost laptop Surface Laptop Go. The device weighs only 1.1 kilograms and has a 13-hour battery life. At the same time, the new product is based on a Quad-core Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor with a frequency of up to 3.6 gigahertz and support for multithreading. The laptop has a 12.4-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1,536 by 1,024 pixels, the cover is made of aluminum, and everything else in the case is made of polycarbonate.

In the basic version, the laptop has 4 GB of RAM and a 64 GB eMMC module, and in this version it costs $ 550. However, there are other options for the Surface Laptop Go. So, the version with 8 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of internal memory costs $ 700, and for the version with 256 gigabytes of internal memory you will have to pay $ 900.

Segway released an electric scooter

Segway has introduced its own improved scooter with a maximum speed of 32 km/h and a power reserve of 85 km. The cost of new items is from 1900 dollars. Electric scooter from Segway was named eMoped C80. It is reported that it will be available in two color options.

UE Fits wireless headphones will take the shape of an ear themselves

Ultimate Ears has revealed a new model of wireless in-ear headphones that independently adjust to the shape of the user’s ear. The process takes no more than a minute, according to the promo video.

Windows 10 will warn about the imminent “death” of the SSD

We are talking about the fact that now the system will warn users about the end of the service life of the solid-state drive SSD. In addition, the device owner will be advised to make copies of data to a new hard drive to avoid losing important information.

New Marshall Major headphones get wireless charging

Zound Industries will release the fourth-generation Marshall Major headphones. This is reported by The Verge. The Major IV headphones will go on sale in the US in mid-October this year. They will cost $ 149.

WhatsApp allowed to permanently disable notifications

Not everyone can try out the new feature yet. WhatsApp users have repeatedly complained that it is impossible to disable notifications of new messages for a long time. Now the app offers to make them silent for eight hours, one week, or one year.

Jamie Foxx to play Electro again in spider-Man movie

According to the Te Hollywood Reporter, he will return to this image in a film starring Tom Holland, which will be created jointly by Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. The project with the working title “spider-man 3” was announced for release on November 5, 2021, and Jonathan watts was appointed Director.

Netflix will make a series about Conan the barbarian

According to Deadline, they are currently looking for a Director and screenwriter for this project. The series will be produced by mark Wheeler and Fredrik Malmberg from Pathfinder Media.

The trailer for the horror Comedy “Vampires vs. the Bronx” has been released

The Netflix service showed on its YouTube channel a trailer for the horror Comedy “Vampires Vs The Bronx” (Vampires Vs The Bronx). Apparently, we are waiting for some “spiritual continuation” of the tape “Strangers in the area”.

Two exhibitions dedicated to the anniversary of Ivan Bunin will open in Voronezh

On October 15, the Kramskoy Museum will open two exhibitions dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Ivan Bunin’s birth, the press service of the regional Department of culture reported.

The exhibition “Through the Bunin a word. Painting, drawing, sculpture” will present more than 100 works created by artists from ten cities. A significant part of the works at the exhibition is devoted to landscape. In addition, the exhibition will feature paintings, graphic and sculptural portraits of the writer.

Another exhibition “Painting the word. How to tell about all this beauty” will present more than 40 exhibits from the collections of the Voronezh regional Museum named after Kramskoy and the Oryol United literary Museum named after Turgenev.

Infected with coronavirus, trump will remain in the White house

As the President noted, he will go through a “recovery process” here. Trump’s doctor, Sean Conley, issued a statement saying that Donald trump and the first lady plan to stay in their White house residence until they recover.

Ozon sent documents to the SEC about its intention to conduct an IPO

Online retailer Ozon said it sent a draft registration statement on form F-1 to the U.S. securities and exchange Commission (SEC) about its intention to conduct an IPO, the company said. The number of shares planned for placement on the exchange, as well as their price range, have not yet been determined

Jupiter caused the death of life on Venus

Jupiter caused the death of life on Venus. This was reported by an international group of scientists. Astronomers believe that due to fluctuations on this planet, life could not form on a neighboring object.

The US will reduce the limit on accepting refugees

The United States authorities intend to take in up to 15,000 refugees next year, the state Department said on September 30. According to CNN, the refugee level set for 2021 is a new historical minimum for the United States.

The United States expects to receive more than 300,000 new applications for asylum and refugee status in fiscal year 2021. Of this number, up to 15,000 will be refugees who will be admitted under the US refugee program, the statement said.

Volvo begins production of the all-electric XC40 Recharge P8

Production of the first Volvo electric car, the XC40 Recharge P8 crossover, has started in Belgium. The press service of the automaker reports that the entire annual circulation of the new product has already been sold out, and customers will receive the first electric cars at the end of October

Geneva decided to introduce a minimum wage of 4 thousand dollars

In the Swiss city of Geneva, citizens agreed on a new minimum wage. According to CNBC, it will now rise to 23 Swiss francs per hour. Taking into account that the working week lasts 41 hours, it turns out that local residents will receive at least 3.8 thousand Swiss francs (4.1 thousand US dollars) for it. The new rules are expected to take effect from the end of October.

In Russia, they started talking about the Nord stream-3

Russia is talking about expanding the Nord stream project and building the fifth and sixth lines to supply Europe with hydrogen in the future. Vladislav Belov, Deputy Director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said this during an online conference, RIA Novosti reports.

Russians approve of Navalny’s Activities

The Levada center conducted the largest study in its practice on the attitude of Russians to Alexey Navalny. The questions were formulated in conjunction with the “Open media”.

We present the results of the survey, which revealed:

  • only 18% of Russians do not know about Navalny’s activities, just a year ago there were 31 such people%;
  • over the year, Navalny’s job approval rate rose from 9% to 20%;
  • at the same time, its anti-rating increased from 25% to 50% ;
  • among young people the popularity of the politician has reached 30%;
  • 77% have heard about his poisoning, 25% believe it%;
  • 50% of Muscovites who believe in poisoning blame the authorities

Mishustin forbade officials to talk about problems

Members of the Russian government should carefully monitor their statements, including about large companies, in connection with the difficult economic situation in the country, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said.

“Each of us has a serious responsibility, and every word we say is carefully analyzed by business and financiers. Ambiguity in words about Russian public companies can be negatively interpreted and affect quotes or investment decisions, cause direct damage to the economy,” Mishustin said, adding that he “asks to be more careful” and that this applies to “all members of the government”.

For example, Rosneft received 113 billion rubles of net loss for six months. And increased the debt to 4.255 trillion rubles. During the existence of Rosneft, the debt has grown 100 times, while Sechin’s powers in Rosneft have been extended for five years

Ukraine has become the main carrier of sanctioned goods on the territory of Russia

Ukraine became the main carrier of sanctioned goods on the territory of Russia after the opening of transit, according to data from the center for the development of digital platforms (CRCP), a developer of a system for tracking the transport of goods by road and rail.

In total, from March to September 2020, international shippers, according to the CRCP, carried out more than 4.4 thousand transit flights with sanctioned goods through the territory of Russia. The largest part of transportation was for food products: most often meat and meat offal were transported through Russia — the share of flights with such goods was 37%. In addition to meat, they also carried grain and cereal products (12%), paper and cardboard (9%), dairy products (9%), fruits and nuts (5%), cocoa (4%), fish and crustaceans (3%).

Register for photos of the class schedule

A student of school No. 45 in Tolyatti published a photo of the class schedule in the local public. After that, the boy was taken to the Director, his parents were called and threatened with death, said a classmate of the teenager. In the school itself, the publication “Rise” said that his post eighth-grader disclosed the personal data of teachers.

“This is all not reliable. First, the student’s parents haven’t been to school yet to register him or something… Secondly, teachers spend a lot of time on conducting verification, diagnostic and other work, and there is absolutely no time to participate in children’s disassembly. The child posted a post there, and he used the teachers ‘ personal data. He gives his last name, first name, and patronymic. The teacher did not give him permission to use personal data.”

At the same time, information about the teaching staff, including the full name of teachers, education and experience, is publicly available on the school’s website.

Council of federations will add new equipment to PR campaigns

Starting next year, the Federation Council will cost Russians significantly more: only for PR events like the Eurasian women’s forum invented by speaker Matvienko, they will spend an additional 350 million rubles over three years, Open media found out. It is logical: thanks to the amendments to the Constitution, the Federation Council received new powers — and with them additional funding.

Officials will spend another 200 million rubles on increasing the salaries of senators and assistants: by 2023, members of the Federation Council will receive from half a million a month. And almost a billion rubles were reserved for the maintenance of presidential and life-long senators, such as Dmitry Medvedev

NATO has set up a hotline for talks between Greece and Turkey

According to NATO, a bilateral military mechanism for resolving the conflict was created with the participation of Greece and Turkey on October 1, 2020.

“It is designed to reduce the risk of military incidents or accidents in the Eastern Mediterranean. The mechanism provides for the creation of a hotline between Greece and Turkey, which will be used to resolve conflicts at sea and in the air,” the report said.

The European Union has agreed on sanctions against Lukashenka’s supporters

The leaders of the EU countries unanimously supported the introduction of sanctions against the Belarusian authorities. The EU is currently considering a list of 40 officials who want to be punished for rigging elections, using violence and violating human rights. At the same time, Alexander Lukashenko is not on this list, RIA Novosti reports.

Macron explained the non-inclusion of Lukashenka in the EU sanctions list

Emmanuel macron said that if sanctions are imposed against Alyaksandr Lukashenka, it will mean refusing to hold a dialogue on the situation in the country. He noted that the EU wants to do everything possible for this dialogue to take place.

Merkel will meet in Berlin Tikhanovski 

Cancer of Germany Angela Merkel will meet with the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovski in Berlin on 6 October. This is reported by TASS with reference to the Deputy official representative of the German Cabinet Ulrike Demmer

NATO Secretary General calls on Russia to withdraw troops from South Ossetia and Abkhazia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia to withdraw recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and withdraw Russian troops from their territory, according to the Alliance’s website. NATO believes that the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are occupied and part of Georgia