22 Oct, 2020

News digest for 10/21/2020

In the village of Krasnoe, Orenburg Region, on the territory of the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, the Cossacks unveiled a monument to Timofei Sladkov, a participant in the First World War and the Civil War, whose detachment defeated the headquarters of the 25th division together with its famous commander, Vasily Chapaev

Chapaev’s granddaughter was outraged by the monument to the murderer of her grandfather

According to Tatyana Chapaeva, the erection of a monument to the Cossack Timofey Sladkov, who went down in history as “the winner of Vasily Chapaev,” is blasphemy.

What opinion can there be? We have how many monuments to these White Guards have stumbled across Russia. I consider it sacrilege. I don’t know at all what the Orenburg people themselves think about this. Why haven’t they demolished this monument yet? What are they thinking about? Are they waiting for me to come and push this pedestal? You have to take up the ax, ” she told Gazeta.Ru

Interim head of Kyrgyzstan announced economic amnesty in the country

The interim head of Kyrgyzstan announced an economic amnesty in the country; On October 21, President of the country Sadyr Japarov signed a decree on the introduction of an economic amnesty for corrupt officials, a statement about this was posted on the website of the government of Kyrgyzstan.

Stores sell counterfeit cigarettes

Experts from Evotor conducted a study of barcodes from smart terminals and found that 7% of stores sell counterfeit products from Belarus and Kazakhstan, as well as domestic products. There are 10% of such outlets in Moscow, and almost 20% in the Ulyanovsk and Smolensk regions. In Karelia, this figure is 16%, in the Novosibirsk region and Tatarstan – 15%, in St. Petersburg – 11%. Illegal packs can be bought even despite the mandatory labeling of all tobacco products.

Nobody wants to be the mayor of Magadan

Nobody wants to be the mayor of Magadan so much that not a single application was received by the competition commission for the selection of candidates. The reception ended yesterday. The competition itself was supposed to take place on November 23. The current mayor Yuri Grishin, it seems, also does not really want to remain the mayor and has already told the newspaper “Very” that a new deadline for the competition will be announced

Putin awarded the title of Hero of Labor to Nikita Mikhalkov

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree conferring the title of Hero of Labor on director, actor and cultural figure Nikita Mikhalkov. This was announced on Wednesday by the Kremlin press service. On this day Mikhalkov turned 75 years old.

For special merits in the development of domestic culture, art and many years of fruitful work to award the title of Hero of Labor of the Russian Federation to Nikita Sergeevich Mikhalkov – film director, public figure, the city of Moscow, – the text of the decree says

In Ufa, doctors diagnosed a man with pregnancy

In the hospital №21 in Ufa, doctors diagnosed the man with pregnancy and referred him to a gynecologist. The patient Salavat Askhatov told about this on his page in “VKontakte”. According to him, he found the corresponding diagnosis in his medical history.

According to the agency “Bashinform”, the department called the incident a technical error. The Ministry of Health noted that the patient’s photo of the document was posted on the Web before the sheet was checked by the head of the unit, that is, it does not have the head’s signature.

The Ministry of Labor considers the subsistence minimum of pensioners of the Russian Federation to be underestimated

The subsistence minimum (PM) of pensioners in Russia is underestimated, said Olga Batalina, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection. She stressed that its increase should be more significant. Now, in the country as a whole, the pensioner’s PM is 9,311 rubles

Car prices in Russia rose to 15% due to the weakening of the ruble

From January to October 20, 2020, car prices in Russia increased by 3-15%. This was reported by the newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to the calculations of the Avilon car dealer. As the representative of the car dealer noted, the main reason for the rise in prices was the weakening of the ruble against the dollar and euro.

The authorities will cut funding for youth policy

Over the next two years, spending on youth policy in Russia will decrease by 12% compared to the law on the budget for 2020 and the planning period of 2021–2022. This follows from the draft federal budget for 2021-2023 submitted by the government to the State Duma.

Real disposable income of Russians in the III quarter

Real disposable income of Russian citizens in the third quarter of this year fell by 4.8% in annual terms. Such data were published by Rosstat. In the period from January to September, the decline was 4.3%. Rosstat also provided preliminary data on the unemployment rate in the country.

VEB allocated a loan for a garbage disposal plant in Kazan

VEB. The Russian Federation allocated the first tranche of the bridge loan with a disbursement limit of up to 2.5 billion rubles. for the construction of a plant for energy utilization of municipal solid waste with a capacity of 550 thousand tons per year and an installed electrical capacity of 55 MW. This is stated in the message of the state corporation.

Russia proposed to reduce support for renewable energy

The Ministry of Economic Development of Russia is considering the possibility of reducing the program to support generation based on renewable energy sources (RES) from 400 to 200 billion rubles. According to Kommersant, this is stated in the response of the ministry to the proposals of the Ministry of Energy for the selection of projects under the new program.

The program is designed for 2025 – 2035. The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade expects that by 2035 the cost of electricity from power plants using renewable energy sources will be comparable to the wholesale price from traditional sources. At the same time, the department wants to raise the level of equipment localization to 100%, and set fines at the level of 100% of the payment.

Saudi Arabia will replace oil with renewable energy sources

The Saudis are seeking to reduce CO2 emissions and free up oil currently burned to generate electricity for export, the report said. They intend to receive such 30 GW, using renewable energy sources, by 2025, and in another five years – 60 GW.

The head of the Russian Agricultural Bank told Putin about the overdue debt

Agro-industrial enterprises received funding for 1.3 trillion rubles at the end of 2019. This was announced by the head of the Russian Agricultural Bank Boris Listov at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin. In just 20 years of operation, the bank has allocated 9.4 trillion rubles for the development of the agro-industrial complex.

Sberbank starts paying record dividends

Sberbank began paying dividends for 2019. The press service of the company reports. The total amount of dividends will amount to 422.4 billion rubles – a record amount not only for the bank, but for the entire Russian stock market.

They wanted to postpone the payment of Soviet deposits to Russians for another year

It is proposed to postpone the start of the law “On the basic cost of the necessary social set”, intended for full compensation of deposits, until January 1, 2024. The deputies intend to recommend to the government to develop and submit a separate bill regulating the issue of the fulfillment of the state’s obligations on these savings.

Turkey plans to abandon Russian gas

The reserves at the new field in the Black Sea are 85 billion cubic meters. Turkey plans to start gas production from a new field in the Black Sea and will refuse supplies from Russia. Work on the site should start in 2023.

Coal production in Kuzbass decreased by 11.1% to 163.2 million tons

In January-September of this year, the coal industry enterprises of Kuzbass reduced coal production by 20.4 million tons, or 11.1%, compared to the corresponding period of 2019, to 163.2 million tons from 183.6 million tons.

In Bashkiria, the level of oil and gas production has more than halved

The level of oil and associated gas production in Bashkiria has more than halved compared to 2019. The reasons were the coronavirus pandemic and the OPEC agreement, the Minister of Industry and Energy of the Republic Alexander Sheldyaev said at an operational meeting in the regional government on Monday

Minsk fully paid for Russian gas – penalty remains

For deliveries of Russian gas in January-September 2020, Belarus paid off with Gazprom “in full”, said Olga Kozlovich, press secretary of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Bashkortostan, in response to Kommersant’s question about whether Belarus repaid the debt at the expense of the Eurasian Stabilization Fund and Development (EFSD).

Another gas field discovered in Uzbekistan

Epsilon Development Company (USA), following the results of prospecting and appraisal drilling, discovered a new field in the south of Uzbekistan with an estimated reserves of 17.2 billion cubic meters of gas and 1.072 million tons of gas condensate, the company said on its Facebook page.

About a quarter of Russians plan to cut spending on the New Year’s table

Almost a quarter of Russians plan to cut their spending on New Year’s celebrations amid the coronavirus pandemic, and only 8% of Russian residents are going to increase the budget for the New Year’s table. Such data follow from a survey of the Otkritie Bank, the results of which are at the disposal of TASS.

This year the budget will not change for 47% of respondents. Almost a quarter of respondents (24%) said that they will have to save money and reduce the costs of the New Year’s table, ”the document says.

How much Russian banks earned in nine months

Russian credit institutions earned about 200 billion rubles in September, which is almost 20% better than the August result. Such data are presented in the Central Bank’s review “On the Development of the Banking Sector of the Russian Federation in September 2020”. To a large extent, the result of the sector was influenced by the currency revaluation against the background of the weakening ruble (92 billion rubles), the Central Bank explains. Since the beginning of the year, the profit of the sector amounted to 1.132 trillion rubles.

Two new organs were found in the human head

Doctors from the Netherlands have discovered a previously unknown organ in a man’s head. The discovery was made by accident when conducting a new type of tomography of patients with cancer, its details are described in the publication Radiotherapy and Oncology.

Oncologist-radiologist Wouter Vogel and maxillofacial surgeon Matthijs Walstar performed a contrast-enhanced scan using the new PSMA PET / CT technology. On the images they obtained, they identified two organs about four centimeters long, located in the back of the nasopharynx and similar in characteristics to the salivary glands. Subsequently, these structures were identified in 100 patients undergoing examination, as well as during the autopsy of the deceased men and women.

The United States demanded that all allies increase military spending

Recall that in June, US President Donald Trump, after a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the White House, announced the “insufficiency” of NATO countries’ military spending at the level of 2% of GDP.

We also expect them to be able, able and willing to deploy their forces when problems arise. We expect them to stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States in countering Chinese misconduct and Russian aggression.

Justice Department and 11 US states file a lawsuit against Google due to market monopolization

Presumably, Google entered into agreements under which competitors’ access to the sector was limited. According to the authorities, mobile phone manufacturers, telecom operators and Internet browsers received large financial rewards from Google for setting their default search engine. Google denied this information and said that the Ministry of Justice is mistaken about this.

Apple wins awards for exclusive Google search status

The US Department of Justice announced the details of the deal between Google and Apple, as a result of which the company received exclusive search status on the devices of the American brand. Bloomberg reports.

After the department filed a lawsuit against Google, the media released details of the government’s accusations against the company. It turned out that the main goal is the deals, due to which the “default” search status in Apple’s browsers and gadgets was obtained. They were discussed in 2018 and have become a significant source of income as they generated almost half of Google’s search traffic. Apple, in turn, received between $ 8 billion and $ 12 billion each year.

Total ships first zero-carbon LNG

French oil and gas company Total has delivered the first shipment of zero-carbon liquefied natural gas (LNG). This was reported by the press service of the company. The batch was accepted by the Chinese state oil and gas corporation China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)