7 Oct, 2020

News digest for 10/06/2020

The results of the elections in Kyrgyzstan declared invalid after protests. About this local publication 24.kg Gulnara jurabayeva, a member of the Central election Commission, reported. Information about the cancellation of the election results was confirmed by TASS in the press service of the CEC of the country.

Earlier, supporters of the parties that lost the parliamentary elections staged a rally. By the night of October 5, it turned into riots. The opposition released a number of politicians from jail, occupied the government building, and created a coordination Council. President of Kyrgyzstan sooronbay Jeenbekov allowed the possibility of annulling the results of the parliamentary elections, but called what is happening an attempt of a coup.

Central election Commission of Kyrgyzstan to call repeated parliamentary elections

The Central election Commission should appoint repeated elections of deputies to the Kyrgyz Parliament within two weeks, TASS reports. As the Deputy Chairman of the Central election Commission of Kyrgyzstan Abdyzhapar Bekmatov specified, electoral terms will be reduced by a third

Bishkek mayor Aziz Surakmatov has resigned

The mayor of Bishkek Aziz Surakmatov resigned, Interfax was told by his Advisor ghoul Almanbetova. According to her, Surakmatov wrote a statement of his own volition. Earlier it was reported that representatives of the opposition temporarily assigned the functions of the mayor of Bishkek to Jooshbek Koenaliev.

Assad called Erdogan the initiator of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of supporting terrorists in Syria and Libya, and called the Turkish President “the main instigator and initiator of the recent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh»

Peskov commented on Assad’s words about the militants in Karabakh

The Kremlin has read a statement by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regarding the use of Syrian militants in Nagorno-Karabakh. On Tuesday, October 6, told RIA Novosti press Secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov.

Naryshkin announced the transfer of thousands of terrorists to Nagorno-Karabakh

Militants of terrorist organizations banned in Russia have rushed to the conflict zone in Nagorno-Karabakh, Director of the Russian foreign intelligence Service (SVR) Sergey Naryshkin said. According to him, we are talking about thousands of radicals who plan to take part in the fighting to earn money.

Tikhanovskaya held a meeting with Merkel

In 45 minutes, Tikhanovskaya said that:

  • peaceful rallies continue in Belarus, which is why the regime continues to increase the number of political prisoners.
  • People’s leaders: Sergei tikhanovsky and Maria Kolesnikova continue to be in prison, so it is very important to stop the violence and release political prisoners.
  • Tikhanovskaya stressed that the protests in Belarus are not a fight against Russia or in favor of Europe: they are a consequence of the internal Belarusian crisis.
  • The main goal of the people now is to hold new elections in the near future.
  • At the same time, the people of Belarus also expect investment support, assistance to independent media and civil organizations to overcome the consequences of the crisis.

German Ambassador to Belarus Manfred Huterer left Minsk

German Ambassador to Belarus Manfred Huterer left Minsk for consultations in Berlin, the DPA news Agency reported on Tuesday, citing the German foreign Ministry. According to the dpa source, this way the German government wants to show solidarity with the actions of Poland and Lithuania, which previously recalled the heads of their diplomatic missions from Minsk.

The OPCW confirmed the presence of Novichok in Navalny’s samples.

This is stated on the website of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons. The OPCW noted that the specific substance used to poison Navalny is not on the list of banned substances, but is close to four similar agents that were banned by The organization in November 2019.

The British mission to the organization also reported that the technical analysis of the OPCW confirmed traces of nerve poison in the body of the opposition leader.

Sobyanin promised to fine companies that do not report on the removal

Metropolitan companies will be required to inform the Moscow government on a weekly basis about the transfer of employees to a remote work format. Otherwise, they will be fined or suspended. The mayor of the city Sergey Sobyanin wrote about this in his blog.

Putin signed a decree on the creation of the children’s protection Fund

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the creation of the public-state organization “children’s protection Fund”. The corresponding document is published on the official Internet portal of legal acts

Turkey moved S-400 to the Black sea

Turkey has deployed Russian-made C-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile systems (SAMS) to the Black sea region. The video with the equipment on Tuesday, October 6, was published by Turkish journalist Ragıp Soylu On his Twitter account

Crimea is preparing an agreement with Belarus on direct transport links

Crimea is preparing an agreement with the government of Belarus on direct transport links. This was announced by the Chairman of the Crimean Parliament Vladimir Konstantinov during a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Republic

Russian military gathered in Kyrgyzstan

A group of Russian officers was going to fly to the Russian air base “Kant” in Kyrgyzstan, writes URA.RU with reference to the source. The purpose of the military visit is to establish a backup communication channel. The need to create a new channel is related to the “latest events” in Kyrgyzstan.

Until now, the military personnel of the air base used the resources of local authorities to organize communications, ” the source said.

Kiev is preparing sanctions for Russian passports in the LPR and DPR

The Ukrainian government will impose sanctions in connection with the fact that Russia grants citizenship to residents of the people’s republics of Donbass. On Tuesday, October 6, RBC reports, citing its own sources.

Swedish Quintus Technologies refused to supply spare parts to GAZ

The Swedish company Quintus Technologies AB refused to supply spare parts for industrial presses to the GAZ group, which in 2018 fell under us sanctions, Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

Canada suspends arms exports to Turkey

The government of Canada has suspended the operation and issuance of permits for the export of military products to Turkey due to reports of their use in the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The statement of Canada on suspending permits for the export of certain military products to our country, referring to the legitimate struggle of Azerbaijan for the liberation of the territories occupied by Armenia for 30 years, testifies to the policy of double standards pursued by Canada, representatives of the Turkish foreign Ministry said.

In Germany, H&M was fined for collecting personal data

H&M was fined 35 million euros by the German regulator for violating the privacy of employees and collecting information about them, October 5, Business Insider reports.

McAfee antivirus company founder charged with tax evasion

The founder of the American anti – virus SOFTWARE company McAfee, John McAfee, is accused of tax evasion in the United States. This is reported on the website of the us Department of justice. John McAfee was charged on October 5

The people of Sudan demanded the resignation of the transitional government

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Khartoum demanding the resignation of The transitional government, Anadolu reported on October 6. Protesters held placards reading “Down with the government of famine!” and chanted slogans calling for the resignation of the Abdullah Hamdok-led Cabinet.

There were also protests in the city of Omdurman (Khartoum state, Sudan). Participants demanded lower prices for essential goods, saying the government was unable to cope with the deteriorating economic conditions and the high exchange rate of the dollar against the Sudanese pound. The Sudanese authorities have not yet commented on the aggravation of the situation.

Greece to increase defense spending

Greece, amid a sharp deterioration in relations with Turkey, intends to sharply increase defense spending. According to the Kathimerini newspaper, the draft budget for 2021, which was recently submitted to the Greek Parliament, assumes the allocation of 2.5 billion euros for the purchase of weapons. This amount is five times more than in the current year, the newspaper notes.

Microsoft invests in Greek data centers

The American Corporation Microsoft plans to build three data centers in Greece and invest $1 billion in the construction. The presentation of the project took place at the Acropolis Museum, attended by the company’s President brad Smith, US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The event was broadcast by the Greek TV channel ERT.

Cloud centers will be built in Athens, they will serve Greece and neighboring countries, said Theodosius Michalopoulos, head of Microsoft’s Greece, Cyprus and Malta division. These will be the Corporation’s first data centers in Europe.

Communists banned from immigrating to the United States

The US Department of homeland security has banned granting immigrant status to members of “totalitarian parties” — mainly Communist parties. This is how the US Congress fights internal threats, the document explains.

Any immigrant who is or was formerly a member of a Communist or any other totalitarian party, or is associated with one, whether a domestic or foreign party, is unacceptable to the United States. This condition applies only to foreigners who want to obtain immigrant status in the United States, the document says.

Britain will survive without a trade deal with the EU

A trade deal between London and Brussels is needed, but even if it doesn’t happen, the UK can thrive without it, despite the upcoming “hard winter” of restrictions on coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, October 5 writes The Times.

Body size of extinct giant shark Megalodon determined

The researchers were able to find out that the prehistoric Megalodon shark was about 15 meters long, that is, it was almost 2.5 times larger than a white shark. We are talking about a fossil shark that lived in various parts of the world several million years ago.

Amazon forests will soon turn into savanna

Much of the Amazon’s forests will soon turn into savanna due to the climate crisis and mass deforestation. Previously, it was thought that this would happen no earlier than 50 years from now. However, new research from the Stockholm center for sustainability shows that this tipping point may occur in the near future. According to a paper published in the journal Nature Communications, up to 40% of the Amazon rainforest has almost reached the point of no return.

Scientists have taught the program to create molecules

Experts from the University of Glasgow have created a program that can automatically turn words into molecules. The authors of the development claim that the new development will allow digitizing chemistry. Moreover, the program can become a universal digital repository that will contain formulas of important molecules and even medicines.

Evidence was found of an unusual state of matter

Experts have revealed the existence of a quantum spin liquid. This state has ruthenium trichloride. At high temperatures and magnetic fields, the electron spins effectively reduce the total energy when interacting in a given material. This was told by American and German physicists in a publication for Nature Physics.

Experts explained that in magnetic materials, the spins of electrons are aligned with each other in one or opposite directions. This effect increases the magnetic disordering in the material and it ceases to have magnetic properties. Two electrons are combined into a pair, and another one remains in a “suspended” state. With this state of matter, it can be promising for the formation of qubits of quantum computers.

First acoustic thermometer developed

The principle of operation of the new thermometer is that the temperature is measured by capturing sound waves that emit a heated object. According to an expert from the University of Pittsburgh, Tom Purdy, such noise is similar to radio waves, and also noted the dependence of the noise level on temperature changes. Scientists are confident that such a thermometer will find its application in special devices whose operation is due to low temperatures.
Amphibians found snake venom glands

Scientists from the Brazilian Institute Butantan first found amphibian worms “snake” venom glands, which during the bite secrete a poisonous secret into the prey (insect larvae, snakes, small amphibians, earthworms and rodent pups).

The crickets were the first to chirp

The evolution of acoustic communication in insects of the family of crickets and grasshoppers (Orthoptera) was investigated by an international team led by Dr. Sabrina Simon (Wageningen University) and Dr. Hojun song (Texas A & M). For the first time, scientists were able to trace the evolution of the communication system in insects on such a scale. The article is published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

Scientists have found that crickets started chirping 300 million years ago. At the same time, they began to chatter before they had hearing organs. Initially, the chirp served as a defense mechanism to frighten the enemy, who suddenly began to vibrate in the mouth of the cricket.

The Zeiss ZX1 camera is now available for pre-order

Zeiss began accepting pre-orders for the ZX1 compact full-frame camera, which was introduced in 2018. The device is offered to buy for $ 6000.

Google and Samsonite’s Konnect-i smart backpack

IT giant Google and well-known travel suitcase manufacturer Samsonite have introduced the Konnect-i smart backpack, which can exchange data with a smartphone. The new product is offered at a price of 200 us dollars. “Smart” backpack uses the best practices of the Google Jacquard project

In Windows 10 you can now speed up the search within the system

In Windows 10 (1909) and earlier versions of the software platform, users could disable Bing in internal search by changing the corresponding registry setting. However, this option was removed in the Windows 10 May 2020 Update.

The British company presented the project of the plane with vertical takeoff

The British company Samad Aerospace, which recently appeared on the market, presented a project for a new Q-Starling jet. The two-seat hybrid aircraft is capable of performing vertical take-off and landing, writes FlightGlobal. The start of production of the aircraft is planned for 2023, then each year it is planned to produce up to 500 cars.

Instagram started hiding offensive comments

Instagram has started hiding offensive comments posted by users. The company said it will take care of its customers who don’t want to see negative comments, according to Engadget. To do this, it will automatically hide offensive messages, identifying them based on earlier complaints from other users.

The trailer for the Comedy The main character with Ryan Reynolds is published

20th Century Studios has released a trailer for the action Comedy “The main character”. The main role in it was played by canadian and American actor Ryan Reynolds. This is reported by the publication NEWS.ru.

Netflix has revealed the trailer for the animated Series blood of Zeus

Streaming service Netflix has unveiled a trailer for its new animated series called “the blood of Zeus”. It was developed by Powerhouse Studio, which previously made an adaptation of the popular Castlevania game franchise.

The film tells the story of the Greek Heron, who one day finds out that his father is Zeus. Heron will lead the Hellenes in the fight against the army of demons and chop down a lot of enemies. It is known that the screenwriters of the project were the Parlapanides brothers, who previously managed to have a hand in the film “War of the gods: Immortals”. All episodes of the Animated series “blood of Zeus” will be available on the streaming service on November 27.

The festival of modern art Newton will be held in Kursk

From October 12 to 18, 60,000 square meters of factory space will be transformed into a creative space on the territory of the Soyuz industrial Park in front of the audience and will combine street art, fine art, music and installations.

International festival of Russian theaters opened in Dagestan

The sixth international festival of Russian theaters opened in Dagestan. This was reported to the news Agency by the press service of the regional Ministry of culture. The event was held online and broadcast on the YouTube channel Of the Russian theater of Makhachkala. The festival runs until October 14

In St. Petersburg there was a mural with the Beatles

At the Beatles Museum on Ligovsky Prospekt, you can now find a mural based on the famous photo of the legendary musical four. This is reported on the page “URBAN-fresco” in the social network Instagram. The image appeared as part of the “Beatles week “in St. Petersburg. The panel was created using urban fresco technology. The five-by-three-meter mural shows the Beatles walking along a pedestrian crosswalk next to Abbey Road studios. It is noteworthy that they are not in the original order

A case was opened on the fact of torture of children in the Sredneuralsky monastery

Russia’s investigative Committee announced the criminal case on the fact of torture of children in the Sredneuralskaya convent, and also under article “Negligence” due to improper performance of their duties by officials of bodies of system of prevention

Moscow will suspend preferential travel for the elderly and schoolchildren

Starting from October 9, Moscow will suspend free travel for schoolchildren, the elderly and citizens suffering from chronic diseases. The corresponding decree was issued by the mayor of the city Sergey Sobyanin, the operational headquarters reported

The Nobel prize in physics was awarded for studies of black holes

Penrose was awarded the prize for discovering that the formation of black holes is a reliable prediction of General relativity, and Genzel and GEZ – for the discovery of a supermassive compact object in the center of the milky Way, said the official representative of the Nobel Committee

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 2020 Nobel prize in physics: one half to Roger Penrose, and the other half to Reinhard Hansel and Andrea GEZ, according to a message on Twitter.

The Ministry of labor promised to increase the minimum wage faster than the subsistence minimum

The minimum wage in Russia will grow faster than the subsistence minimum under the new calculation method. This was announced on October 6 by the Minister of labor and social protection Anton Kotyakov during a meeting of the Federation Council Committee on social policy

Ban the import of railway wheels from Ukraine

The Russian Ministry of transport has proposed to ban the import of Ukrainian railway wheels to Russia. This was reported to RBC by a source in a major railway operator and an interlocutor in the Union of railway transport operators (SOZHT), who attended meetings with the Ministry in early September, where this initiative was discussed. The decision will be made at the government level, but the ban is planned to be introduced before the end of 2020, the RBC interlocutors added.

Bank card users will be subject to a new rule starting in October

The decision of the Bank of Russia will increase the Commission when paying for purchases by card. The new rule will apply to everyone who makes purchases online. OTKRITIE, Alfa-Bank, Gazprombank, Sberbank, credit Bank of Moscow, Russian standard and VTB will be the first banks to raise the rate.

The Russian government will reduce spending on research and development

In 2021, 486.1 billion rubles will be allocated for research and development for civil purposes, which is 6.3% (or 32.8 billion rubles) less than planned in 2019 when the previous budget was approved. This is reported by RBC with reference to the explanatory note to the draft Federal budget for the next three years. In 2022, 514.4 billion rubles will be allocated for such research and development. (4.8% less than planned).

The Board of Directors “Surgutneftegaz” has approved the sale of Treasury shares

The Board of Directors of Surgutneftegaz decided to sell the company’s ordinary and preferred shares at a price not lower than the market price. This is stated in the materials of Surgutneftegaz

ExxonMobil to cut jobs in Europe

American oil and gas company ExxonMobil will cut 1.6 thousand jobs in Europe by the end of next year due to falling demand for energy. This was reported by the Financial Times on Tuesday,

Bloomberg noted that ExxonMobil’s losses in the second quarter were the largest in its recent history. During the reporting period, the company spent $5.33 billion on acquiring new assets and upgrading existing ones. In the second quarter of 2019, these expenses reached almost $8.08 billion.

In the Russian Federation sold fake cosmetics for 10 billion rubles

In Russia, fake cosmetics and perfumes were sold for 10 billion rubles in a year. This is stated in the study by the anti-counterfeit and brand protection company BrandMonitor, reports Prime. According to the study, up to 69% of fake cosmetics are sold in markets, stores and kiosks.

Riyadh was laid in the three-year budget oil price of $50 per barrel

The Ministry of Finance of Saudi Arabia when the budget for the next three years assumes oil prices around $50 per barrel, announced Goldman Sachs analysts who have studied the financial plan.

Using our own estimates of the distribution of state revenues, we calculated that the data presented in the draft budget is based on the average oil price of about $50 per barrel between 2020 and 2023,” said Farouk soussa, a London – based analyst at the Bank.

There are fewer office rentals and sales in Moscow

In Moscow, out of 18.3 million square meters of offices, 2.2 million square meters are empty, and the volume of new lease and sale transactions for the first three quarters of 2020 fell by 25% compared to last year, according to a report by Cushman & Wakefield.

Airbus allowed 15,000 job cuts

In an interview with Handelsblatt Business Daily, Airbus chief operating officer Michael Schellhorn allowed at least 15,000 jobs to be cut at the company, as the Outlook for the aviation industry worsened again due to rising coronavirus infections and renewed travel restrictions. German Airbus plants are not in danger of closing, Schellhorn added.

The cargo turnover of sea ports of Ukraine

Cargo turnover of Ukrainian seaports in January-September 2020 amounted to 118.78 million tons of cargo, which is 3.7% more than in the corresponding period last year, the press service of the administration of seaports of Ukraine reported.

The Wall Street Journal reported on the increase in U.S. oil exports to China

Earlier this year, China pledged to increase purchases of oil and other commodities as part of the first phase of a trade agreement with the United States. Under the agreement, Beijing will purchase $52.4 billion worth of oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States by the end of 2021. As of mid-September, the US accounted for 7% of Chinese oil imports, compared with 0.4% in January, according to Vortexa Ltd., an analytical company.

Hungary will buy LNG from the US

Hungarian state-owned energy group MVM has signed a contract with Shell for the annual supply of about 250 million cubic meters of gas from 2021 through the Croatian LNG terminal for six years. However, three-quarters of its volume will not be received. To reduce transportation costs, Hungary will leave American gas in Croatia, and in return select Russian gas that goes through the country in transit.

Russia allowed to import cheap gasoline

The ban on the import of petroleum products from abroad has ceased to apply in Russia. Thus, the authorities allowed the import of gasoline into the country, which is often cheaper than fuel sold on the domestic market. The ban on the import of fuel from abroad was introduced on June 2.

Germany increased oil purchases from the United States

Germany increased oil imports from the United States and Britain in July, Bloomberg reported, citing preliminary data from the German government. The United States exported 904,000 tons of oil to Germany in July, the highest since January 2018. The UK delivered about one million tonnes, the highest since January

Exxon Neftegaz to build LNG plant in the far East

Exxon Neftegaz (the oil operator of the Sakhalin-1 project) has confirmed that a consortium consisting of London-based TechnipFMC and Japan’s JGC Corporation has received a key contract for the preliminary engineering and design (FEED) of an LNG export plant in the far East.

The volume of oil produced in Libya has increased

The volume of oil produced in Libya increased to 300 thousand barrels per day. This was reported by the Agency ANGI.RU, with reference to the representative of the Union of oil and gas workers of the North African country Ahmed al-Fituri.

Transneft’s profit in the 1st half of 2020

Transneft’s IFRS net profit attributable to shareholders in the 1st half of 2020 decreased by 32.1% compared to the same period in 2019 and amounted to RUB 71.904 billion. Transneft published its financial statements for the 1st half of 2020 in accordance with IFRS on October 2, 2010.

On Kamchatka began to examine military ranges for leaks

Military ranges near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky began to be examined by a special Commission for the leakage of toxic chemicals, said the Governor of the Kamchatka territory Vladimir Solodov on October 5 during a briefing.

Kozelsk is a polygon of pesticides and Radyginskaya. They are regularly examined by Rospotrebnadzor and the Ministry of natural resources of the Kamchatka territory. Recent studies have not shown any excess, but this was a few months ago. There are concerns, and we will study them thoroughly.

Russian airlines were allowed to fly to 24 countries

Russian airlines have received permits for regular flights to 24 countries, the corresponding order was issued by the Federal air transport Agency. In the list of countries, there are also those with which communication has not yet resumed. As the representative of the Federal air transport Agency stressed, this document does not mean the resumption of air traffic.

Airlines were granted access to open countries: Belarus, great Britain, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, UAE, Turkey and Tanzania. Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Spain, and Uzbekistan are among the closed countries that have already been granted access to flights.

The carriers also received permits for Charter flights to Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Spain, France and Cuba.

Navalny named the cost of his treatment in a Berlin clinic

Alexey Navalny said that his treatment at the Charite clinic in Berlin will cost him sixty or seventy thousand euros. According to the blogger, the bill in the clinic has not yet been issued to him, because at present he is still continuing rehabilitation with a physiotherapist. The opposition politician said this information during an interview with journalist Yuri Dudu.

Sberbank will send employees to remote mode

Sberbank is moving up to 70% of office employees to remote operation “in regions where there is a high dynamics in the incidence rate,” the Bank said in a statement. The Bank did not specify which regions were being referred to.

Elizabeth II planned to send Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Africa

As the author of the book notes, Queen Elizabeth II wanted to send the couple to Johannesburg for a few years, where they were to spend several years doing charity work and strengthening the image of the United Kingdom