26 Oct, 2020

News digest for 10/24-25/2020

An agreement between Washington and Moscow on the extension of START-3 may be prepared next week, the process of concluding agreements has not yet been completed, said the US President’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.

Assuming we can agree on a suitable verification to freeze (nuclear capability), I think we can strike a deal. At least I hope so. I think we will formulate something in the near future – in the next couple of days or next week, – said O’Brien in an interview with Politico.

China ready to discuss nuclear disarmament

China is ready to discuss nuclear disarmament in the framework of conferences of the five nuclear powers, said the spokesman for the PRC Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian.

I would like to make it clear that China is refusing to participate in trilateral negotiations and not in international nuclear weapons activities. Within the framework of the conference on disarmament of the five nuclear powers, Kitah is ready to exchange views with each of the parties on strategic security and nuclear disarmament, Zhao Lijian said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that Russia is not against the involvement of China and other nuclear powers in the talks on the reduction of strategic offensive arms (START).

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya called Belarus to a national strike.

The People’s Ultimatum is the will of the Belarusian people. On October 25, Belarusians will take to the streets demanding to stop the violence, release political prisoners and hold new elections. And this is impossible without Lukashenka’s departure.

If the demands are not met, the Belarusians will go on a nationwide strike on October 26. I know that workers of enterprises and transport workers, employees of the Belarusian Railways, teachers and students are planning strikes and campaigns of disobedience. I know that private business will support the strikers – many companies and enterprises will close their doors on October 26. Athletes, cultural figures, doctors and religious communities will organize their support actions. This is how the first week of the national strike begins.

Everyone who takes the side of the people will receive all possible assistance from public organizations and foundations. No one will be left in trouble. I will support everyone who joins the people of Belarus on October 26

Pro-government rally canceled in Belarus

Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko explained the cancellation of a mass pro-government rally in Minsk next Sunday by difficulties in ensuring the transportation and safety of its potential participants, as well as the situation with the coronavirus in the country.

“Even if there were 200-250 thousand people – although, I think, it would have spilled over to 300 thousand – such a number of people would have occupied the territory from Victory Square to Independence Square, including all the adjacent streets. Moreover, people would have stood quite tightly. In such situations, ensuring security measures (…) would be very difficult, if not impossible, “Golovchenko told reporters on Friday. The Prime Minister was quoted by the state agency BelTA.

In addition, according to him, the question would arise how to ensure the delivery of such a number of people from the regions, because more than half were from the regions.

In Khabarovsk, Governor Degtyarev was booed at a hockey game.

A traditional march was held in Khabarovsk in support of the ex-governor of Furgal. Despite the first snow, several thousand people walked along the central streets. During the march, the peaceful protest of Belarusians was supported by chants “Zhive Belarus”.

We will remind that in Khabarovsk for several months thousands of rallies have been held in support of ex-governor Sergei Furgal

Math ability can be inherited

According to scientists, the results of mathematical work above the average level were observed in children with clearly presented genetic changes and pronounced areas of gray matter in the right parietal region.

Erdogan said he is satisfied with Azerbaijan’s successes

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that he spoke on the phone with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev and expressed satisfaction with the fact that the Azerbaijani army “liberates its lands from occupation.”

“In the morning I had a telephone conversation with Aliyev. Now our Azerbaijani brothers are moving forward in the occupied lands, liberating them. We will continue to provide any support to Azerbaijan in the struggle for the liberation of the occupied territories, proceeding from the principle of” two states – one people, “Erdogan said performing in Kayseri city.

Scientists have demonstrated algae that caused an environmental disaster

Vice-President of the Academy of Sciences Andrei Adrianov inform that the cause of water pollution and death of sea animals in Avacha Bay is officially recognized as a natural factor associated with algal blooms that emit toxins. Adrianov added that marine mammals did not suffer from the ecological disaster: only fish and aquatic organisms perished.

Also, the mass death of aquatic organisms occurred as a result of the formation of mass deaths on the seabed as a result of the fact that there was a significant depletion of water in oxygen, when a huge amount of organic matter settled on the seabed, and oxygen was required to oxidize all this rotting mass.

Carsharing machines will check drivers for sobriety.

It is assumed that the digital test will reveal the level of concentration of attention and measure the reaction rate. Delimobil announced the introduction of such a check, and a pilot launch will take place in Moscow in the next few weeks.

Since October 23, Delimobil, after a pilot launch in the regions, is introducing a digital test in Moscow, which reveals a driver’s suspicion of a state of increased fatigue and lack of concentration, in which it is impossible or not recommended to drive. After analyzing the data in the regions, we can say with confidence that the indicators of this digital test look quite convincing and comparable to the data of ordinary alcohol testers.

The test before booking a car will have to be taken only at night – from 23:00 to 05:00. It will be a survey with various options for tasks, according to which it is necessary to select a certain sequence of numbers or figures for speed.

Mixed martial arts fighter Shamil Abdulmuslimov was shot in Dagestan

The body of a 35-year-old athlete was found in Khasavyurt in a cafe-restaurant. According to media reports, Abdulmuslimov quarreled with the Muradisov family over a land plot. Soon after the conflict, the suspects left the building and returned with weapons.

In Grozny, the chief referee of the match “Akhmat” – “Spartak” was beaten

The game ended dry, and after the final whistle one of the Chechen club employees attacked referee Bogdan Golovko, according to the official RPL channel. The judge was hit several times in the groin and body.

At the end of the Youth Championship match “Akhmat” – “Spartak” (0: 0), an outrageous incident occurred: a representative of the Grozny club attacked the referee of the match, Bogdan Golovko, and the referee was struck several times. RPL strongly condemns such behavior, together with the RFU a thorough investigation will be carried out, the perpetrators will be punished

“Akhmat” club apologized for the attack on the referee

At the same time, the club noted that a fan who ran out onto the field attacked the judge. Earlier it was reported that the attacker was a member of the security service of the Grozny team.

You can’t tell me the details

The referee who was beaten at the Akhmat-Spartak match refused to comment on the incident in Grozny. Bogdan Golovko told the “Rise” publication that it was a working moment

I, unfortunately, have no right to comment on anything. I have a refereeing code that I work by. I signed it. Everything in the press is everything. Sorry, but I can’t comment. My health is fine, there was a working moment, but I am alive and well. You can’t tell me the details

A new concept of teaching Russian history in schools.

On October 23, the Collegium of the Ministry of Education approved a new concept of teaching history at school based on the historical and cultural standard – the subject will now be taught in a new way. From now on, two years are allotted for the study of the domestic twentieth century with its cataclysms and radical changes in the life of society and each person – 10th and 11th grades. Academician Chubaryan stated the main:

  • based on the presentation of the events of history in a key that will contribute to the consolidation of society
  • the concept is a navigator for the teacher, it shows the compulsory topics that must be covered in each school, but their interpretation depends on the teacher
  • the transition from concentric teaching of the subject (first the whole history in chronological order, and in high school again – but deeper) to linear (the entire course in chronological order once)
  • the program for studying the history of the 20th century has been expanded; it will be taught not only in the 11th grade, but also in the 10th grade.

Bank of Russia will increase daily currency sales

The Bank of Russia from Monday will increase the daily sales of foreign currency on the market associated with the sale of stakes in Sberbank and Aeroflot to 4 billion rubles, the regulator said.

Taking into account the need to sell foreign currency on the domestic market as part of a transaction with shares of PJSC Aeroflot, the Bank of Russia will, from October 26, 2020, carry out, in addition to regular operations within the framework of the budgetary rule, the sale of foreign currency in an amount equivalent to 4 billion rubles per day. This amount also includes the previously announced sales of foreign currency related to the acquisition by the NWF of a block of shares in PJSC Sberbank, it was reported.

The neural network was taught to create the faces of non-existent people.

NVIDIA has developed an algorithm that creates human portraits and AI-generated faces that are indistinguishable from real ones

An article by Russian scientists refused to be published in an American scientific journal

The American Geophysical Union refused to accept for publication an article by scientists from the Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Russian scientists have prepared their article “A New Connection between El Niño – Southern Oscillation and Atmospheric Electricity” for publication in Geophysical Research Letters. The reason for the refusal was the fact that Russia is under international sanctions.

American Geophysical Union apologizes to Russian scientists

The American Geophysical Union apologizes to Russian scientists, whose article was not previously accepted for consideration due to sanctions, and now invites authors to reapply.

France recalls ambassador to Turkey after Erdogan’s words about Macron

France has recalled its ambassador to Ankara for consultations following the words of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about French leader Emmanuel Macron, BFM reported. Earlier, Erdogan advised Macron to “check his psyche,” Anadolu reports. Thus, he reacted to the speech of the President of France, who proposed to protect the secular values ​​of the country from radical Islamism.

President Erdogan’s words are unacceptable. Outrageousness and rudeness are not a method. We demand that Erdogan change his political course, because he is dangerous from all points of view, the Elysee Palace said.

Police charged with murdering transgender man in Novosibirsk

In Novosibirsk, charges were brought against policeman Denis Kalinin, who is suspected of murdering transgender woman Victoria Basakovskaya. The charges were brought under part 1 of Article 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (murder without aggravating circumstances), which provides for from six to 15 years in prison. Kalinin is under arrest until December 13.

According to the investigation, Kalinin strangled Basakovskaya, then cut off her finger and took the phone, so that later he could be able to unlock it and turn it on in other places – and thus complicate geolocation searches. Kalinin and Basakovskaya had a close relationship.

The call can be used for covert information exchange

The investigator of the Investigative Department of the FSB, in response to a request from journalist Ivan Safronov to call his mother on her birthday, said that negotiations with the specified person could be used for secret exchange of information. A scan of the resolution on the consideration of Safronov’s petition was posted on Facebook by lawyer Ivan Pavlov.

Navalny rose in the list of public figures who are trusted by Russians

Politician Alexei Navalny has risen to the fourth line of the rating of people enjoying the greatest confidence among Russians, which is the research holding “Romir”. Reported by RBC. In the previous version of the rating, Navalny was in ninth place, in the year before last – in nineteenth

The United States imposed sanctions against the Russian TsNIIHM

As specified on the website of the US Treasury, the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Central Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics is associated with the dangerous malicious computer program Triton, designed specifically to damage and manipulate industrial security systems.

Inclusion on the black list means a freeze of assets in the United States and a ban for American citizens or companies to do business with its persons involved, writes TASS.

Europe is approaching its end because of Islamophobia.

This statement was made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking in the city of Kayseri, Anadolu agency reports. The speech of the head of state in the city of Kayseri was broadcast on his Twitter account.

Commenting on the operation of the FRG law enforcement agencies in the Mevlana mosque in Berlin, Erdogan noted that such “attacks on the rights of Muslims” indicate the transition of “European fascism” to a new stage. “If they (the countries of Europe) do not get rid of it as quickly as possible, then such a disease will destroy Europe from the inside,” he said.

Early presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan

The presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan are scheduled for January 10, 2021, said Ruslan Izrekov, press secretary of the republic’s Central Election Commission. This was reported on October 24 by TASS.

Earlier, the deputies decided to cancel the repeated parliamentary elections, which were scheduled by the Central Election Commission for December 20, and postpone them for a period “no later than June 1, 2021”. They explained this fact, among other things, by the need for a constitutional reform.

Stock up on food, water and medicine

The US Embassy in Minsk called on American citizens who are now in Belarus to stock up on food, water and medicine for at least three days due to the expiry of an ultimatum to the republican authorities announced by ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

Government does not discuss military spending cuts

When making final decisions, I will, of course, proceed from the real situation in the economy, from the real situation related to the income of citizens. Including employees of the law enforcement sphere, the military structure, the military organization of the state, the ratio of income to the civilian sector. There are many factors in order to avoid distortions in the labor market. I repeat once again, in practical terms, these issues have not yet been discussed. These are all discussions within the Russian government, ”said Vladimir Putin, speaking at the Valdai Discussion Club.

Sky News employees detained in Minsk

A film crew of the Sky news channel has been detained in Minsk: British citizen Dayana Magnney, as well as local colleagues Anastasia Leonova and Vadim Nechaev, the Belarusian Association of Journalists said in the official Telegram channel.

Later, the association reported that the Sky News correspondents were released. As the BAJ said, “they didn’t give the video camera, it was sent for examination”. At the same time, according to her, “the driver who helped the film crew remained in the Soviet police department.

Resigned in solidarity with protesters

From the General Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus, the senior prosecutor of the department for supervision over the implementation of legislation by the Investigative Committee of Belarus Oleg Talerchik and the head of the department of public prosecution Eldar Safarov resigned, writes Tut.by

20 thousand euros will be paid for moving to Italy

In Italy, the authorities of the commune of Santo Stefano want to attract new young residents through grants for relocation. This was reported by RIA Novosti. The new residents are expected to help ensure the sustainable development of the commune. To do this, they offer a grant of 20 thousand euros – about 1.8 million rubles for starting a business.

Rogozin fired the head of the Vostochny cosmodrome directorate

The head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin fired Evgeny Rogozu, General Director of the Vostochny Cosmodrome Directorate. In addition, he reprimanded Andrei Okhlopkov, Director General of the Center for Operation of Ground-Based Space Infrastructure Facilities (TSENKI JSC, part of Roscosmos), and Vladimir Zhuk, the center’s chief engineer. Earlier, Kommersant reported on the arrest of Roman Bobkov, director of the Vostochny space center (a branch of TsENKI JSC).

Russian Railways will reduce the number of passenger trains

The movement of 19 pairs of long-distance trains and 38 pairs on unclaimed routes will be canceled or reduced in the fall and winter of 2020. This was reported by Russian Railways. The schedule will be adjusted only for certain dates and on condition that there is an alternative railway route that the Russians can use. The company promised that the funds will be refunded to ticket buyers for canceled flights ….

Russia has increased the export of precious metals

According to the latest data from the Federal Customs Service, Russia exported 20.6 tons of gold worth $ 1.3 billion in August 2020, which is 1.9 times more than last August. Exports peaked in April (42.6 tons for $ 2.3 billion).

Samsung CEO Lee Gong Hee has died.

Chairman Lee was a true visionary who has transformed Samsung from a local business into a global innovation leader and industrial giant, according to the company’s published obituary. Forbes estimates Lee Gong Hee’s fortune at $ 20.9 billion. How it will be distributed between the widow and three children is still unknown.

An explosion on an oil tanker took place in the Kerch Strait.

There were 13 people on board. Ten of them were saved, three more were overboard, now they are looking for. The tanker was empty, apparently exploded with residual fuel vapor

What did Lukashenka and Pompeo talk about?

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during a telephone conversation with Alyaksandr Lukashenka, demanded that “the unjustly detained American citizen Vitaly Shklyarov” be immediately released and released from the country. In Belarus, Shklyarov is suspected of preparing riots.

Belarusian TV channel ONT Contents of the conversation between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Alesander Lukashenko

  • The parties discussed the situation in the world. By mutual opinion, the situation has changed dramatically since Pompeo’s February visit to Minsk.
  • Lukashenko and Pompeo spoke about the internal political situation – both in Belarus and in the United States. The Secretary of State stressed that he invariably remains an adherent of the sovereignty and independence of our country and a supporter of the development of cooperation with Belarus.
  • Lukashenko told the Secretary of State about the national dialogue, which is now actively being conducted in Belarus.
  • Lukashenko stressed that Russia is the main ally, especially noting the support provided in the current period. Russia does not interfere in the internal affairs of Belarus. At the same time, the countries are ready to jointly respond to emerging external threats.
  • In accordance with the agreement within the CSTO – on the protection of the common space – in the event of external aggression from Poland, Lithuania or other countries – Belarus and Russia will be forced to react. Pompeo noted that such a threat should not be feared either from NATO, nor from Poland and Lithuania, because it does not exist.
  • Lukashenko stressed that we are in favor of a peaceful and calm resolution of all conflicts, including on the external circuit.

There is a major interethnic conflict in the Saratov region.

Representatives of the Kurdish diaspora quarreled with local Kazakhs. It all ended in a big gathering, with sticks, stones and bottles. The militant parties managed to be separated by the police. As local residents note, Kurds and Kazakhs quarreled over some kind of conflict during the farewell to the army.

The clashes took place near the village of Timonino in the Dergachevsky district of the Saratov region. According to local residents, the opponents, occupying opposite sides of the road, began to shower each other with various objects. In the middle, they were separated by police officers, with their bodies, in fact, preventing the mass brawl. In total, about 150 people from both sides took part in the incident.

Universal Studios to Shoot Battlestar Galactica

Universal is launching the feature film Battlestar Galactica, based on the popular science fiction series. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Simon Kinberg, creator of the X-Men: Dark Phoenix comic book adaptation, has been appointed writer and producer.

The trailer for the film “Dreamland” with Margot Robbie is published

The trailer for the retro crime drama “Dreamland”, starring the star of “Suicide Squad” and “Tonya Against All” Margot Robbie, was published on the Web. The video appeared on the official YouTube channel of the Paramount Pictures studio. The plot of the picture tells about the thirties of the XX century.

New technology will help create large quantum computers

It is noted that the more qubits in a computer, the harder it is to avoid errors in the operation of the system. However, with the help of new technology, scientists have managed to reduce the number of these errors. It is emphasized that physicists are now developing improved technology for more complex operations

Toshiba will start selling quantum encryption services

The technology will be presented to the public in the first quarter of 2021, with commercial rollouts starting in April of that year. Toshiba representatives also added that the company is in talks with carriers in South Korea, but did not name specific companies.

The human brain gradually decreases in volume

Over the past 40 thousand years, the human brain has gradually decreased in volume by about 10%. Having studied the data on 12 thousand people from different parts of the Earth, the researchers came to find out that the brain of modern men is about 160 ml less, in women the indicator has decreased by 250 ml. The size of the human skull reached its peak during the Mesolithic period (15-12 thousand years ago), when the average values ​​for men were 1600 cm3, and for women – 1500 cm3.

SpaceX has launched a new constellation of satellites Starlink

The American company SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 launch vehicle on Saturday with the 15th constellation of 60 Starlink microsatellites. The rocket was launched from the cosmodrome at Cape Canaveral

SpaceX plans to use Starlink communication satellites on Mars

Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to create a network of Starlink communications satellites around Mars, President and COO Gwynn Shotwell told Time magazine on October 22. “Once we get humans to Mars, they need the ability to communicate,” Shotwell said.

US military to deploy sensor network in oceans

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on the Ocean of Things program. Within its framework, a network of sensors in the oceans and seas will be created. As stated, they will collect various scientific data in order to better study the reservoirs.

Cinderella will change gender and skin color in new Disney movie

The Disney studio is filming the film Sneakerella, which translates to “Crossfinch”. This is reported by Deadline. The main hero of the modern interpretation of the tale of Cinderella will be an African American guy. He will be played by Chozen Jacobs. The film will take place on the Disney + streaming service in 2021

The young man will create sneakers and work in a shoe store owned by his late mother. The hero is forced to hide his talent from his stepfather and evil half-brothers. The action of the musical will unfold in New York, and instead of the prince, the main character will meet the daughter of an NBA legend.


Residents of Minsk came out to the protest announced by the Belarusian opposition on the last day of the “people’s ultimatum” to Alexander Lukashenko, despite the fact that the center was already patrolled in many places by security forces in many places. According to media reports, more than 100 thousand people gathered at the Stele in Minsk. People keep coming up.

2 people in “Press” vests detained in the center of Minsk

One of them was taking photographs, they were taken away in an unknown direction, RIA Novosti correspondent reports. A few minutes later, the Belarusian Association of Journalists announced the arrest of Zorky, a photojournalist for Komsomolskaya Pravda, and Dmitriev, a journalist for Novaga Chas.

Ten armored personnel carriers are concentrated at the residence of Lukashenka in Minsk

Ten armored personnel carriers guard the residence of the Belarusian leader in Minsk amid illegal rallies in the city. The provocative events were organized by supporters of the ex-presidential candidate of Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who issued an “ultimatum” to the country’s official authorities.

12 metro stations closed in Minsk before protest

In addition, the A1 telecom operator announced a decrease in the throughput of mobile Internet at the request of government agencies

Iran pulls armored units to the battle zone in Karabakh

The ground forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran have concentrated tanks and other armored vehicles in the northwestern region of the country to protect their borders with Azerbaijan and Armenia from the ongoing military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is going to collect reparations from Russia

Russia owes Ukraine for the damage done in Donbass, and the amount of reparations can reach $ 500 billion, said Kira Rudik, a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada. According to her, the Golos party, of which she is the leader, has already submitted a bill on compensation to the Rada’s profile committee.

Qatar stores removed French goods

Qatari shops have removed French goods from the shelves because of the words of French President Emmanuel Macron about Islam. RIA Novosti reports. One of the stores that boycotted French goods was the state-owned chain Al Meera.

Earlier, Macron announced the fight against Islamic separatism in France and spoke about the need to create, together with the local Council of Muslims, an organization that would help build “enlightened Islam” in the country. According to him, it is necessary “to free Islam in France from foreign influence and tighten control over the financing of mosques.” Macron’s statement came after the murder of history teacher Samuel Pati in the suburbs of Paris

Abandon a human rights convention

Le Pen called on France to abandon several articles of the convention on human rights. Such a solution is required by the tasks of the fight against terrorism and radical Islamism, the leader of the right-wing National Union party believes.

France should abandon the application of a number of articles of the European Convention on Human Rights, since the decisions of the Constitutional Court of the country are often made based on the interpretation of decisions and taking into account the legal practice of the European Court of Human Rights. And in many cases, this prevents France from defending against terrorists or removing them from French territory. It also forces the country to allow potential terrorists to enter the country on the basis of family reunification rules, Le Pen said.

All this creates obstacles in the way of ensuring the protection of the French people, she stressed. – France may well refuse to apply a number of articles of the convention, as Denmark, Great Britain and Ireland have already done. Thus, we will demonstrate that with regard to all components of such a sphere that is the prerogative of the state, such as migration, the French nation intends to remain sovereign, she said.