5 Oct, 2020

News digest for 10/03-04/2020

The human rights Council under the President of Russia (HRC) asked the Prosecutor General’s office to check the validity of searches of Nizhny Novgorod journalist Irina Slavina on the eve of her death.

On the afternoon of October 2, the body of a woman with thermal burns was found in the center of Nizhny Novgorod. Subsequently established that the deceased was Irina Muratava (journalistic alias — Irina Slavina).

An hour before the incident, Slavina wrote a phrase on Facebook that can be considered as a statement of intent to commit suicide. The journalist claimed that her apartment was searched in the morning.

Slavina was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Nizhny Novgorod online publication KozaPress.Roskomnadzor issued him a certificate of media registration on November 28, 2016. The publication publishes sharp and emotional notes about what is happening in the region.

In Nizhny Novgorod, a spontaneous March and rally.

Irina Slavina, editor-in-chief of Koza Press, burned herself in front of the Ministry of internal Affairs in Nizhny Novgorod. People are shocked by the self-immolation of Irina Slavina, editor-in-chief of Koza press. Last post: “I ask you to blame the Russian Federation for my death”

Small businesses employ 80,000 fewer people than a year ago

In the 1st half of 2019, 5.55 million people worked in enterprises related to small businesses, and in the 1st half of 2020, 5.47 million – despite the fact that this is the average number, and quarantines began at the end of March.

But the situation in the regions is quite interesting. First of all, because there are 3 regions where the number of people employed in small businesses has not fallen, but has grown – and quite significantly. These are Moscow (+167 thousand), Saint Petersburg (+51 thousand) and the Moscow region (+21 thousand). Apparently, somewhere a small business is falling apart, and somewhere people dismissed from offices get a job “at least somewhere”?

In most regions, the number of people employed in small businesses has fallen. The leaders are Tatarstan (-42 thousand), Khabarovsk territory (-34 thousand) and Krasnodar territory (-28 thousand). From 10 to 20% also in Samara, Voronezh, Penza, Kemerovo, Belgorod, Bashkortostan, Chelyabinsk and Lipetsk. In total, negative dynamics were recorded in 57 regions

About industrial production in August 2020

The industrial production index in August 2020 decreased by 7.2% compared to August 2019. In July, the drop was 8% year-on-year, so there is a definite recovery.

In the leaders of growth in industrial production: North Ossetia (+76%), Vladimir region (+60%) and Karelia (+37%). The Penza region, Stavropol territory, Altai Republic, Kursk and Magadan regions, and Chechnya also showed industrial growth of more than 10% in August.

The three anti-leaders are Mari-El (-38%), Tyva (-34%) and Primorye (-28%). Industrial production in the Yaroslavl region fell by 24%. In total, the fall was recorded in 52 regions.

Russia will support state employees of Abkhazia and South Ossetia financially

Russia will allocate 3.6 billion rubles to raise the salaries of public sector employees and civil servants in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. This became known from the draft Federal budget.

“The Ministry of Finance laid down in the draft Federal budget for the upcoming three — year period about 1.2 billion rubles of additional annual transfers to Abkhazia and South Ossetia,” RBC writes.

The media noted that the budget proposes to reserve up to 1.25 billion rubles in 2021 and 1.17 billion rubles in 2022-2023. Press Secretary of the President of South Ossetia Dina Gassieva noted that the Republic is discussing the issue of raising salaries for state employees.

Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008. Since then, free aid has been provided to the republics. For example, in 2020, the Russian budget will allocate 12 billion rubles to Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The Perm official GUFSIN will take away hotels in the Krasnodar territory

The regional Prosecutor’s office checked compliance with the requirements of the anti-corruption legislation in the GUFSIN of Russia in the Perm region.

It is established that in 2015, the spouse of one of the civil servants of the Department bought a land plot of 3,882 square meters in the Krasnodar territory with two dormitories located on it. At the same time, these buildings were used as hotel complexes. The price of the purchased real estate items significantly exceeded the total income of the employee’s family for the 3 years preceding the transaction. At the time of purchase, the cadastral value of the objects was more than 46 million rubles, according to the website of the regional Prosecutor’s office.

Russia is recognized as one of the worst countries for pensioners to live in

According to Bloomberg magazine, Russia took the last, 44th place in the ranking of the best countries to live in retirement. This conclusion was made by experts based on the analysis of many indicators. The level of welfare and financial security of pensioners was taken into account. Iceland, Switzerland and Norway became the leaders of the rating in 2020. The US was in 18th place

By the standards of the International labor organization, the pension should be kept at 40 percent of the median salary. Russia as a whole maintains this level, but the median salaries themselves are extremely low. “35 thousand? What is it? There is no such average in Europe, well, maybe in Romania or Bulgaria,” commented Georgy Ostapkovich, Director of the HSE Center for market research.

Russian gas transit through Ukraine in January-September

The transit of Russian gas through Ukraine decreased in January-September 2020 by 1.7 times compared to the same period last year — to 39.5 billion cubic meters, according to the statement of the GTS operator of Ukraine

Russia receives latest warning about payments to deported Georgians

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe issued a final warning to Russia about the need to comply with the ECHR’s decision to pay compensation to Georgian citizens who were deported from Russia in 2006, the Ministry of justice of Georgia reported. The Agency reminded that 1,500 applicants are entitled to 10 million euros.

According to the decision Of the Grand chamber of the Strasbourg court of January 31, 2019, Russia is obliged to provide the Georgian state as a plaintiff with moral compensation in the amount of €10 million to transfer to the victims of mass deportations from the Russian Federation in the fall of 2006,” the Georgian Ministry of justice said in a statement.

The Ministry noted that the deadline for payment of money was set for April 30, 2019, but no transfers have yet been made, and Russia will have to pay a penalty for each day of delay.

The report says that Russia now has a deadline for payment until November 12, 2020. If the money is not transferred to the government of Georgia directly or through the Council of Europe, the process will be launched, which is provided for in case of non-payment of the debt.

Armored vehicles entered the center of Minsk, detentions began

The National flag square near the Independence Palace was surrounded by a double Ring of police and military officers at the beginning of another day of protests. According to the Agency, in addition to military equipment, there are cars with barbed wire on the site.

Mass protests have continued in Belarus since August 9 over the official results of the presidential election, according to which Lukashenko won 80 percent of the vote. The protesters accuse the authorities of falsifying the result and numerous violations of democratic procedure, as well as ill-treatment and violation of the rights of protesters during detention. Lukashenka has repeatedly stated that he sees Western influence in the protests

Thousands of marine animals were killed in Kamchatka due to leakage of petroleum products and phenol.

Fish, shellfish, seals and birds were affected by the pollution, and the water in the coastal zone turned yellow-green. Local residents reported that initially suspected something was wrong surfers: after class on Altircom the beach, you notice blurred vision, a few of them later diagnosed a burn of the cornea.

When environmentalists appealed to Rosprirodnadzor and the Governor, the experts took samples and found an excess of oil products in the water by almost 4 times, as well as an excess of the MPC of phenols by 2 times.

Now the Prosecutor’s office is investigating the source of the contamination. According to local residents, this could be the dumping of petroleum products from passing ships or factories, as well as the consequences of military exercises that were held in a nearby Bay.

The Ministry of defense stated that the fleet was not involved in the pollution of Kamchatka waters

In Department of information support the press service of the Eastern military district (TSB) for the Pacific fleet announced that the Pacific fleet had nothing to do with water pollution, which is observed in Kamchatka have galakticheskogo beach


Russia joined the Belarusian sanctions against the EU

Russian foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that EU sanctions against Belarus are an open pressure on the country’s authorities. Therefore, in accordance with its allied obligations, Russia joined the Belarusian sanctions against the EU.

In Ukraine, the verdict of Yanukovych in the case of high treason came into force

The Kiev court of appeal upheld the verdict of the Obolon district court of Kiev ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych in the case of high treason. This is reported on the website of the Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine

The Belarusian foreign Ministry canceled all accreditation of foreign media

According to the amended version, the foreign Ministry will re-accredit all foreign media working in Belarus. The foreign Ministry explained that the new rules are aimed at simplifying and facilitating the procedure for obtaining accreditation for journalists

The expert said about the outflow of residents from Moscow

For the first time in several years, Moscow faced an outflow of population, although previously only an increase in visitors was recorded, said Denis Sokolov, a member of the Urban Land Institute’s urban space regeneration Committee. According to him, the trend of population decline appeared in 2018

The thirteenth Saturday rally in support of Furgal was held in Khabarovsk

Residents of Khabarovsk for the thirteenth Saturday in a row went to a rally in support of the former Governor of the Khabarovsk territory Sergey Furgal, the DVHab portal reports. They gathered in the Central Lenin square, many with red and white balloons. The protesters then marched through the city.

In Omsk ambulance will be forbidden to go to patients with fever

In Omsk, the ambulance will go to calls under the new scheme. Now patients with a low temperature will not be able to call an “ambulance” — they will be dealt with by doctors of local clinics. This was stated by the Minister of health of the Omsk region Irina Soldatova in a conversation with channel 12.

Chief paramedic of the Central ambulance substation of the region Natalia Shemyakina explained that now “ambulances” will only go to accidents, fires, mass tragedies or serious illnesses and injuries. For patients with fever who do not require emergency care, “ambulances” also provide assistance, but only because they can not refuse it.

How many Russians can afford to travel

As tutu analysts found out., after interviewing 1,800 people, in Russia every tenth person can go wherever they want, without any financial strain. Another 29% of Russians can easily go on a weekend trip, but they will certainly have to save up for a full two-week trip. And 38% of compatriots can’t afford any travel at all. Others save money for several months to travel, take out loans, or borrow from friends.

In Melbourne, they created an electronic skin that responds to pain

According to ToDay News Ufa, experts from the University of Melbourne presented their new development, namely a special electronic skin. This skin is able to respond to damage in the same way as a normal living covering of the human body

Scientists have confirmed the importance of writing by hand instead of typing on the keyboard

Scientists analyzed the activity of different parts of the brain while writing by hand and typing on the keyboard. As it turned out, with the first option, the information is still absorbed better. Scientists have seen that writing by hand activates those neurons that are important for memory and encoding new information.

Invisible fibers can recognize breathing, sound, and living cells

Scientists from the University of Cambridge used three-dimensional printing techniques to make electronic fibers. Each such fiber is a hundred times thinner than a human hair. Based on them, they designed sensors that exceed the capabilities of conventional devices created on the basis of thin films.

A circuit is created that generates an electric current from graphene

Physicists at the University of Arkansas have created a circuit that captures the thermal movement of graphene particles to generate an electric current. It includes two diodes and amplifies the power generated by graphene energy, so it can be a ready-made power source for sensors, a variety of systems that do not require high power for operation. Scientists conventionally call this system “perpetual motion”.

Mutant enzymes that effectively absorb plastic were created

Decomposition of plastic in a matter of hours with the help of modified bacteria was achieved by scientists from the University of Portsmouth, October 2, reports The Guardian. The “superenzyme” is derived from a combination of two bacterial enzymes that have naturally developed the ability to absorb plastic. Their findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers are currently studying how to make the enzyme work even faster.

Scientists have learned which protein in the brain regulates stress

In the journal “Molecular Psychiatry” published a Study by scientists from the karolingian University (Karolinska Institutet), which shows what processes in the brain determine stress, depression, mood changes. As it turned out, the p11 protein in the brain affects the release of cortisol, which is called the “stress hormone”. The same protein initiates the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine.

Flexible and biodegradable electronic blood vessels have been created

Experts from China and Switzerland have created artificial blood vessels that can be customized for a specific body. Electronic vessels are based on a metal-polymer conducting membrane, a special biodegradable material

Scientists at the Ohio state University in the United States revealed the paradox of likes

If there are positive reviews of the article, many Netizens do not delve into the essence of the material and do not bother to understand the proposed topic. The author of the study, Daniel Sude, noted that the best way to interact on the Internet if you need to leave your opinion is to write a comment to the article

Scientists are closer to creating an artificial liver

A team of bioengineers from the University of Washington (University of Washington) and Rice University (Rice University) is working on creating a technology that will control the ability of cells to differentiate and function in artificially created living tissues in 3D projection,-reports the portal Medical Express.

An effective method of water purification from sewage has been developed

Specialists of the Russian University of chemical technology have tested the latest technology for wastewater treatment. It is characterized by increased efficiency and quality. The new method works by using active coals mixed with water, from which they “pull” particles of substances that pollute the liquid. After that, electricity is passed through the water, which starts the production of electrolytic gas mixtures that raise dirt to the surface. Thanks to this approach, almost all carbon particles that have absorbed toxins can be removed from the water in a few minutes

Supermassive black hole captures six galaxies

Astrophysicists have discovered an unusually dense cluster of galaxies with a supermassive black hole in the center. The cluster was part of the constellation Leo, according to Astronomy & Astrophysics. The study found that the object is 12.3 billion light-years from the milky Way

Ethiopia will launch its second satellite into space in December

The satellite will be launched into space from the Taiyuan cosmodrome in Shanxi province in Northern China. Solomon Belay said that the first satellite does not cover the entire territory of Ethiopia, and the second one will cover all the gaps. In the next ten years, the country will send ten vehicles into orbit, including a communications satellite.

The most sensitive device will look for signs of life in space

A group of scientists from the University of Bern has created a device that can find evidence of the smallest signs of life. This is a highly sensitive ORIGIN tool, and it is intended to be used in new space missions

Intel discontinued the NUC Hades Canyon mini-PC

Intel has announced the retirement of the NUC Hades Canyon mini-PC. The model debuted two years ago on 8th-generation Intel Core Kaby Lake-g processors. The Hades Canyon mini-PC replaced the Skull Canyon and became the first NUC with processors created not only by Intel

A pocket-sized reconnaissance drone has been created

The Israeli company SpearUAV has developed a pocket-sized reconnaissance drone Ninox 40, which is located in a cylindrical capsule from which the device is launched. According to ToDay News Ufa, immediately after the survey, the operator will be Able to find the drone, as well as use it for the second time.

85-inch Samsung Flip interactive panels go on sale in Russia

If necessary, the teacher can connect a smartphone, tablet, or PC to Flip using the Touch Out function to manage the content on the display in real time from anywhere in the classroom. All content changes on the Flip or personal gadget screen are automatically displayed on the second device.

Transformable HP laptop with 5G support

HP has announced a new generation Spectre x360 13 premium laptop with Intel Evo certification: the device uses the eleventh-generation core processor of the Tiger Lake family with Iris Xe graphics

The laptop is equipped with a 13.3-inch display with touch control. The panel can rotate 360 degrees. The maximum configuration provides for the use of a 4K OLED matrix (3840 × 2160 pixels) with 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space and a brightness of 500 CD/m2.

The transformed laptop has the Windows 10 Home operating system installed. Sales will start this month, starting at $ 1,200. Versions with 5G will be available in early 2021

Google removed the convenient feature of mass editing emails from mail

Users found that Google removed the ability to mass edit emails that match a specific request from the Gmail mail service. Many called this function convenient and were outraged by its disappearance. Google said it removed the feature by accident. The company promised to return it as soon as possible.

Google Maps will get augmented reality landmarks

It will be easier to use the popular Google Maps service. The developer will add so-called augmented reality landmarks to it. Not every person has such a developed abstract thinking that they can quickly put a map on the area they see in front of them.

Sony has released a strap for turning ordinary watches into smart ones

Today, Sony released the third generation of the Wena 3 smart band. it Allows you to turn a regular watch into a smart watch. The strap came in three different versions: leather, metal and silicone. Sony designed the antennas, electronic components, and the strap Board itself to make sure everything fits into the product.

Apple has patented a flexible self-healing screen

A promising folding iPhone can be equipped with a flexible display with the ability to independently repair small scratches, according to a new Apple patent that describes a screen with a self-healing function.

Google will pay the media $1 billion for content for its news service

Google Corporation will pay $1 billion in remuneration to authors of news content for its new Google News Showcase service in the next three years. This is reported by TASS with reference to the post of the head of the company. Google News Showcase will work on the basis of the news aggregator Google News

EU plans to legally restrict the monopoly of IT giants

The European Union is preparing to adopt a bill that prohibits large IT companies to give preference to their own services when searching, as well as pre-install only their own applications on devices, writes Bloomberg. The initiative will increase the responsibility of technology giants for the information that users publish, as well as limit their monopoly on the market

Queen released their second album without Freddie mercury

British rock band Queen has officially released a new album Live Around The World with Adam Lambert as lead singer. The American artist, whose voice will be heard on the new CD, has been performing with the band since the 2010s.

The released album, which was Queen’s second album without Freddie mercury, consists of 20 tracks that are live recordings of various performances from 2014 to the present. The list of songs performed also includes songs from mercury’s solo album.

The trailer for the movie “Witches” with Anne Hathaway in the title role is published

Clint Eastwood starts shooting his new movie

Legendary Hollywood actor and Director Clint Eastwood, 90, is preparing to shoot his new film. The film titled “Cry, macho” will be an adaptation of the 1978 novel of the same name by writer Richard Nash

Message to man festival announces competition program

The 30th international festival “Message to man” has announced a competitive program. This is reported in a press release received by the Lenta.ru editorial office. Screenings of the show will be held in the Rodina and Dom Kino cinemas.

For the jury members and the audience, the festival’s selectors prepared 73 competitive films, including 32 Russian and 15 world premieres. Traditionally, the contest is divided into three programs — international, national and experimental.

The Ministry of culture of Russia accepts applications for TV series and non-feature films

From September 29 to October 15, the cinematography Department of the Ministry of culture accepts applications from cinematography organizations applying for subsidies from the Federal budget.

Jewish film festival to be held in St. Petersburg

From October 12 to 17, a Jewish film festival will be held in St. Petersburg, ABN reports. Screenings of feature films, documentaries and short films will take place at the Angleterre cinema in New Holland, as well as at The Cinema house.

The AC/DC group published a photo of the reunited line-up

Cult rock band from Australia AC/DC unveiled the reunited line-up of the band. This post appeared on their Twitter account. In the picture which is presented in the social network you can see five familiar faces for fans

Erdogan said that Turkey is ready to launch a new operation in Syria

Recep Erdogan spoke at the opening of the reservoir in Hatay province in a video conference format. He noted that in case of failure to fulfill the promises made earlier to Turkey to withdraw Kurdish formations from the North of Syria, Ankara will independently resolve this issue

The Rothschilds demanded that Vienna return the property seized by the Nazis

Descendants of the Austrian branch of the Rothschild family of bankers filed a new lawsuit against the authorities of Vienna in order to regain control of the Fund, founded in the early XX century. This was reported in the Financial Times on Saturday, October 3.

Monument to Gorbachev opened in the city of Dessau-Roslau

Monument to Mikhail Gorbachev opened on Saturday on the occasion of the 30th Day of German unity in Dessau-Roslau (Federal state of Saxony-Anhalt) in the center of Germany. According to the authorities of this city, we are talking about the first monument of this kind in Germany to the first President of the USSR and the Nobel peace prize winner.

Saudi Arabia went to Turkey in a trade war

The head of the Saudi chamber of Commerce, Ajlan al-Ajlan, called today, October 3, for a boycott of “everything Turkish”, including imports from this country, as well as any ties with it in the areas of investment and tourism, stressing that this is “the responsibility of every Saudi”.

Police shoot demonstrators in Sudan’s capital

The shooting of demonstrators in Khartoum on September 30 was reported by Anadolu. Police opened fire on protesters heading to the office of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok. The demonstrators demanded the resignation of the government

Naftogaz of Ukraine reported a loss

Naftogaz of Ukraine has published its financial statements for the first six months of 2020. The company ended the first half of the year with a loss of 11.5 billion hryvnias ($388 million), RIA Novosti reports. The company’s huge losses are attributed to “difficult conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant drop in gas prices and demand,” said Peter van driel, chief financial officer of Naftogaz.

The state Duma of Russia approved an increase in contributions for individual entrepreneurs

Deputies of the state Duma adopted a law that deals with insurance premiums for OPS and CHI for the period 2021-2023. It applies to sole proprietors, lawyers, notaries, as well as other persons who do not pay remuneration to individuals.

Starting from 2022, the amount of insurance premiums for OPS will be set by increasing their size at the rate of growth of the average monthly accrued salary of employees of organizations. As for the MHI, the amount of contributions will depend on the rate of inflation growth based on the forecast of socio-economic development of the country. It will be represented by experts from the Ministry of economic development

Get a receipt for payment of taxes only for mailing from Gazprombank

Users of the “People’s rating” Banks. complain about the inability to get a receipt for paying taxes through the portal of the Federal tax service “taxpayer’s Personal account” without consent to an advertising newsletter from Gazprombank. A surge in such reviews occurred at the end of September.

To the Bank’s request. Gazprombank said that it plans to Refine the service of providing receipts on the site nalog.ru. At the same time, the Bank said that providing a receipt through remote channels on the site nalog.ru it is not the responsibility of the credit institution.