15 Oct, 2020

News digest for 10/14/2020

The US outlined its vision for a nuclear deal with Russia:

  • mutual freezing of nuclear arsenals, including Russian tactical weapons
  • a strong verification regime that a transaction is being honored
  • wording agreements so that they can be extended to China
  • Washington believes that an agreement in principle has already been reached with Russia, and is waiting for agreement in the coming days
  • The United States is ready to extend START-3 (expires in February) “for a while” if Moscow agrees
  • the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the US position on freezing nuclear arsenals has long been known and is unacceptable for Russia

The United States will not receive a nuclear agreement timed to coincide with their elections, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov told RIA Novosti

Four versions of the accident at the thermal power plant in Norilsk

Rostekhnadzor is considering 4 versions of the accident at the TPP in Norilsk, a spokesman for the department said

  • design flaws that caused incorrect load distribution on the piles
  • violation during construction, which led to poor-quality implementation of the pile foundation
    climatic impact
  • violation of safety rules during the operation of the facility

To better protect older teachers

In order to better protect older teachers and teachers suffering from chronic diseases from the threat of coronavirus infection, it is planned to introduce a new teaching format in individual classes in two to three weeks – tutoring, said Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.

Students and graduates of pedagogical universities will be temporarily invited to conduct lessons in schools. Experienced teachers will assist the tutors and supervise the educational process remotely as senior mentors.

Turkey proposes to hold quadrilateral talks

Turkey proposes to hold quadrilateral talks with the participation of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia on the settlement of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkish television reported.

“Since Russia is on the side of Armenia, and we, Turkey, support Azerbaijan, let’s four of us meet to discuss the solution of these problems,” Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin, a representative of the Turkish President, said on the air.

Russian Greenpeace published the results of water analysis in Kamchatka

So far, experts are considering both technogenic and natural versions of the emergency, since none of the substances could lead to the death of animals.

In the samples of sea, river water and biomaterials, components of petroleum fractions, fatty acids and esters, chlorine-containing and some other compounds were found. The Chemical Analytical Center, using various methods, found diallyl sulfide in water samples, which may include the composition of biopesticides, as well as compounds of the terpene group, derivatives of fatty acids and hexaethylene glycol. Also, the presence of a number of metals in the samples, including compounds of mercury, boron, vanadium, selenium, was established at the maximum permissible concentration. No cyanides or organochlorine pesticides have been identified.

Navalny told who paid for his medical expenses in Germany.

The oppositionist wrote on Instagram that a private plane flight from Omsk cost 79,000 euros and was paid for by entrepreneur Boris Zimin.

“The final bill for treatment from the hospital is 49,900 euros. Paid by the joint owner: Evgeny Chichvarkin, an economist, Sergei Aleksashenko, an IT specialist, Roman Ivanov.”

Navalny added that Chichvarkin also promised to pay for his further recovery and treatment, his own accounts were blocked.

Russian media staged a rally in support of journalist Ivan Safronov

A former journalist for Vedomosti and Kommersant was detained 100 days ago. Ivan Safronov. He is accused of treason, but they do not disclose the essence of the charges. More than ten Russian media staged a rally in support of Safronov.

The purpose of the action is not to let the readers forget that the FSB is trying to hide the details of the Safronov case from the public as much as possible. The journalist’s colleagues remember him and express their support for him, – says the website of Novaya Gazeta

Eight countries signed an agreement to extract resources on the moon

Eight countries have entered into an international agreement on the development of the moon, regulating, among other things, the extraction of minerals on it. The signing ceremony took place online at the International Astronaut Congress, NASA reports.

The treaty was named the Artemis Accords after the American lunar program Artemis. His project was proposed by the United States. In addition to the United States, agreements have been signed by the UK, Italy, Canada, Australia, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Luxembourg.

Russia will provide treatment for refugees from Donbass

The federal budget of Russia will spend almost 930 million rubles for the treatment of refugees from Donbass over the next three years, Open Media drew attention. The money will go to those who for some reason have not received Russian citizenship. Officials expect that these funds will be enough to provide medical care to 25,000 Ukrainian citizens a year.

Lavrov spoke about the political solution to the Karabakh conflict.

  • Phased withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from five regions around Karabakh, while observing the security guarantees of Karabakh itself.
  • Determination of the status of Karabakh and the liberation of two more regions.
  • Peace in Karabakh must be maintained, including by peacekeepers

Moscow mayor’s office will learn to automatically catch quarantine violators

The Moscow Traffic Management Center has announced an auction for the modernization of mobile complexes for photo and video recording of traffic violations. Open Media found the relevant information on the public procurement portal. After the improvement, the vehicles of the data center will be able to search for violators of the quarantine regime, including pedestrians, follows from the documentation

Putin agreed to lift sanctions on three Ukrainian enterprises

At a meeting with government members, President Vladimir Putin supported a proposal to lift restrictions on several Ukrainian enterprises so that they could supply products to Russia. Mikhail Mishustin made a proposal

We are talking about those industries that were focused on exporting goods to Russia. We consider it possible to allow deliveries to Bratslav, Barsky Machine-Building Plant and Rubezhansky Cardboard Mill, ”Mishustin said.

On the impossibility of connecting to 5G of the European part of Russia

For the development of 5G in Russia, it is planned to completely allocate the frequency range of 4.7-4.9 GHz for these purposes, said Minister of Digital Development Maksut Shadayev during the Forum on Digital Transformation. According to him, a plan has already been approved for converting the spectrum in this range.

However, according to the President of Rostelecom Mikhail Oseevsky, these frequencies will not allow 5G to cover most of the European territory of Russia due to the fact that the warning systems “friend or foe” for aircraft operate on this range. The deployment of 5G in the 4.7-4.9 GHz range in border areas 300 km from the border requires permission from neighboring states, which Russia is likely to be unable to obtain.

Great Britain included Russia among the threats to the country

The new head of the British counterintelligence service Mi-5 Ken McCallum named Russia among the states hostile to Great Britain. He announced this during his first public speech.

Tikhanovskaya received the McCain award

Former presidential candidate of Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya received the John McCain Prize presented by the International Republican Institute. TASS reports. In her speech, Tikhanovskaya stated the need to “end the violence and begin a peaceful transition to a free Belarus.”

Together with her, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, representatives of the protest movement from Hong Kong, as well as a member of the Ugandan parliament and musician Boby Vine received the award. The ceremony took place online.

Russia declared the need to create pro-Russian NGOs in Belarus

Konstantin Zatulin, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, announced this on the air of the Moscow Talking radio station.

Earlier, Sergei Lavrov, in an interview with the radio stations Govorit Moskva, Sputnik and Komsomolskaya Pravda, stated the need to develop pro-Russian NGOs in the post-Soviet space.

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The Netherlands will allow euthanasia for terminally ill children

The Netherlands will allow euthanasia for terminally ill children between the ages of 12 and 12. Writes about it BBC. The country’s health minister said the new rules, which will be adopted this year, will save some children from unbearable suffering. It is reported that the rule change will affect five to ten children a year. The euthanasia of a child will be allowed (with the consent of the parents and at least two doctors) if he is experiencing “unbearable and endless suffering.”

Now in the Netherlands, euthanasia is allowed for children from 12 years old, as well as babies up to one year old. Belgium was the first to authorize child euthanasia in 2014.

US authorities demanded arrests in Belarus

Those responsible for undermining democracy in Belarus must be arrested, said US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on October 14 at a telephone briefing for journalists

We continue to demand that the leadership of Belarus bring to justice those responsible for undermining democracy, as we did when we imposed sanctions against those responsible for this, together with our democratic allies in Europe and Canada, said Pompeo.

Earlier, the US Treasury Department imposed economic restrictions on eight government officials of the republic, including Interior Minister Yuri Karaev and CEC Secretary Elena Dmukhaylo.

Newest strike submarine launched in Japan

On October 14, the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in Kobe, Japan, launched the latest diesel-electric attack submarine “Taigei” (“Big Whale”). Kyodo agency reports.

Sony showed the first trailer for “Monster Hunter”

The movie “Monster Hunter”, starring Milla Jovovich, is set to premiere on December 3, 2020. In addition to the star of The Fifth Element, Tony Jah, Diego Boneta, Ron Perlman and rapper TI will appear in the film.

An exhibition dedicated to the 175th anniversary of Emperor Alexander III opens in Moscow

An exhibition dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the Russian Emperor Alexander III has opened at the State Historical Museum (SHM). The audience will be presented with archival documents, samples of firearms, personal belongings, family photographs, items from the personal collections of the emperor, paintings and a work chair from an office in the Anichkov Palace. The exhibition will run until February 28, 2021.

Reality may be a simulation

Back in 2003, Oxford University professor Nick Bostrom proposed a theory according to which reality is a computer simulation. This simulation was created by some very highly developed civilizations. Bostrom’s opinion seemed interesting to many scientists who have been trying to prove or disprove the theory since that time.

TV shows about nature improved the well-being of viewers

Scientists from Exter University in the UK conducted an experiment in which they found out which TV programs can relieve stress, writes the Journal of Environmental Psychology.

A new model of real neural networks of the brain has been developed

Researchers at the Cyberphysical Systems Engineering School of the University of California at Viterbi have partnered with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop a new model of how information deep in the brain can be transferred from one network to another and how they Clusters of neural networks self-optimize over time.

Their work, described in the article “Networked Scientific Characteristics of Brain Neural Cultures Deciphered from Quantitative Phase Imaging Data,” is considered the first study to observe the phenomenon of self-optimization in in vitro neural networks and which contradicts existing models.

Great Barrier Reef coral population

Marine biologists at the Australian Research Council’s Center for Advanced Coral Reef Research (CoralCoE) have reported that the coral population of the Great Barrier Reef has halved in the past 22 years. This was reported in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

An installation for obtaining drinking water from air has been created

American scientists, together with colleagues from South Korea, have developed a prototype of an installation that produces water from air even at very low humidity. The energy source for it is a solar battery. The development is described in the Joule magazine.

Roy of robots helped artists create works of art

Employees of the Georgia Institute of Technology presented robots that can move across the canvas, leaving traces of paint of different colors behind them. The artist can control their movement using a special program