27 Oct, 2020

News digest for 10/26/2020

Beijing has decided to impose sanctions on American defense enterprises Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense and Raytheon over the sale of American weapons to Taiwan. This was announced at a briefing by the representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian.

To protect national interests, China has decided to take the necessary measures and impose sanctions on individuals and American businesses involved in arms sales to Taiwan, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense and Raytheon, Zhao Lijian said.

Salaries in Russia decreased due to gray salaries

Experts from the University of Economics. Plekhanov, it was found that the Russians had lost more than 1.2 trillion rubles during the pandemic. because of gray salaries. This is mainly the case for those in the retail, restaurant and real estate industries – these are the industries hit hardest by the spring restrictions.

Nationwide strike begins in Belarus

Strikes of workers and students began in Belarus. More than 100 enterprises have already joined the strike. The authorities at this time declare that “all enterprises of the real sector of the economy are operating in a regular mode.”

Early in the morning the police detained several employees of the Grodno Azot plant, who had refused to work. “Grodno Azot” is guarded by riot policemen. A white-red-white flag flies over the enterprise – one of the symbols of the Belarusian opposition.

Workers from the Minsk Tractor Plant, Minsk Electrotechnical Plant, and Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant also joined the nationwide strike. Earlier it was reported that hundreds of Belarusian companies declared a day off that day, went on indefinite vacations or closed for technical reasons, for example, for inventory.

Belarusian authorities denied reports of industrial strikes

All enterprises of the real sector of the economy in Belarus are operating normally. BelTA informs about it with reference to the press service of the government.

“Production has not been stopped, as some Telegram channels are presented,” the press service said.

Detention of protesting students begins in Minsk

Employees of the Belarusian riot police put several protesting students in paddy wagons who supported the strike that had begun in the country.

Students from the Belarusian State University (BSU), the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (BSUIR), the Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU) and the Minsk State Linguistic University (MSLU) are taking part in the protest action.

Yandex issues data of Russians at the request of the authorities

Yandex for the first time disclosed statistics on the number of requests for the transfer of information about its users that it received from Russian government agencies. In the first half of 2020, government agencies sent more than 15 thousand requests to the company, and the company satisfied 84% of them.

How Microsoft is forcing users to share their data

By agreeing to create a Microsoft account, you agree to the privacy policy. Here are just a few of the points:

  • We register your first and last name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, etc.
  • We collect data about your age, gender, country, location;
  • We collect data about your interests;
  • We collect data about who you are in contact with and with whom you maintain a relationship;
  • We collect your passwords, collect the security code associated with your payment method;
  • We collect the content of your documents, photos, music or video materials, messages;
  • And if this data is not enough for us, we receive data from third parties

It is proposed to link the registration of sites to public services

The ministry proposes to identify domain administrators in RuNet through the system of public services, which should simplify the work of law enforcement agencies, including the fight against fraudsters. It is assumed that, at least initially, such identification will be voluntary.

Theft during the reconstruction of Domodedovo airport

Investigative Committee initiated a case of negligence of officials of the Domodedovo airport administration during the reconstruction of the runway in 2012-2019. The damage amounted to over 107 million rubles.

Rogozin announced the inability of the United States to master the Moon without Russia

The United States will not be able to implement a new lunar program without Russia’s help, said the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin on the air of Channel One.

“I think that the future conquest of the moon will not be able to be nationalized by some country, they will not do without us,” said Rogozin, commenting on the project of resuming flights to the moon Artemis (“Artemis”), which NASA is implementing jointly with the European and Japanese space agencies.

To increase the carrying capacity of the Angara

Roskosmos plans to spend more than 20 billion rubles on the creation of a heavy-class oxygen-hydrogen upper stage (KHTK), which will significantly increase the carrying capacity of the Angara launch vehicle. This follows from the materials of the state corporation posted on the public procurement website.

Japan’s new prime minister intends to sign peace treaty with Russia

The new Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga intends to sign a peace treaty with Russia and “successfully complete” negotiations on the Kuril Islands issue. According to him, he intends to comprehensively develop relations with Moscow.

Rosreestr hides information about the real estate of the leadership of the FSB and the Ministry of Defense

Rosreestr hid from its USRN information system information about the real estate of the leadership of the FSB and the Ministry of Defense, Mikhail Mishustin and Igor Sechin, as well as other former and current security officials, Open Media found.

Information about the Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu and his deputies, the head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Yevgeny Zinichev is hidden. Objects of civilian ministers can be found for now.

The real estate of the FSB leadership is hidden, including Alexei Sedov, whom the Guardian believes is involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

The Supreme Court authorized the classification of real estate in 2017, now the FSB officers assigned to Rosreestr are doing the cleaning. So far, according to OM observations, objects in Moscow and the Moscow region have been cleaned.

The interlocutor in Rosreestr called the reason for the classification the dissatisfaction with the ongoing investigations of FBK Navalny

How Russian teenagers relate to officials and police

Interesting results of a survey of 7000 high school students in different cities of Russia: teenagers were asked to choose adjectives to describe different groups (parents, teachers, classmates, officials and police officers).

Their classmates are cheerful, but lazy, teachers are demanding and smart, mothers are caring and affectionate, family fathers, kind and reliable. But with the officials and the police, everything is not very good

The most popular epithets for officials: greedy (more than 70% of respondents), soulless and deceitful (more than 65%), selfish, domineering and insidious

The most popular characteristic of police officers is brutal, according to 56.6% of teenagers. More than half also consider them angry and suspicious.

Source: Article Socio-perceptual image of various social groups in the minds of adolescents, A.A. REAN, Institute of Education, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia and I.A. KONOVALOV, Institute of Education, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

In Moscow, data on legal entities will be removed from QR codes

The Moscow mayor’s office is now changing the QR code system for visiting nightlife in such a way that information about legal entities is not displayed. This is done due to the fact that after the publication of one of these codes, Meduza journalist Ivan Golunov discovered the business of the relatives of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. This is what Meduza writes about.

In Moscow, the judge considered 268 quarantine cases in a day

Judge of the Nagatinsky District Court of Moscow, Olga Shumova, considered 268 cases of violation of coronavirus restrictions by citizens in one working day, setting a record for the number of such cases being resolved. As the publications Vostochnye Stories and Kholod found out, on average, it took a judge 1.5 minutes to consider one case, taking into account the one and a half hour break and the time spent at other sessions. Moscow’s record was set on September 21.

The Russian Orthodox Church asked to give her six objects of the Museum of Urban Sculpture of St. Petersburg

Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Ladoga asked the Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov to transfer six buildings to the churches located on Alexander Nevsky Square, which belong to the complex of the State Museum of Urban Sculpture, Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Evgeny Yelin told TASS on Friday.

All trees were cut down in Ulan-Ude

Residents of Ulan-Ude were alarmed by the massive felling of trees in the Zheleznodorozhniki park, which is located near the station. They are calming down in the ESSD – in the spring of 2021, dozens of seedlings will appear there, including lilacs, junipers and spruce

Scientists have discovered unexpected plasticity of human neutrophils

Scientists at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC) have found that neutrophils, the most abundant cells in the innate immune system, have many more functions in the body than previously thought. In a study published in the journal Cell, the research team demonstrates that neutrophils acquire new characteristics when they enter tissue, and that these specialized functions help maintain organ health.

Scientists confirm link between intestinal microflora and autism

It has been confirmed that the transplantation of healthy microflora to autistic children reduces the manifestations of this syndrome. Further evidence of this unexpected connection is provided in a new article published in the journal Science Advances. The authors of the work – Juan Wang and colleagues from Peking University – demonstrated that the microflora of autistic children differs from the usual, apparently, reduced ability to neutralize toxins.

What helps you get delicious cheese

A new study by microbiologists at Tufts University in the United States has found that smell affects the way cheese ripens. The results are reported by Mail Online. To obtain a particular type of cheese, you need the right combination of bacteria, yeast and fungi involved in its maturation. American biologists have found that the balance between microorganisms in cheese is maintained precisely with the help of smell.

China has developed a new type of train

Chinese company CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles has unveiled a new generation high-speed train that is able to adapt to different track gauges and working conditions.

Saudi Arabia bypassed Russia on oil supplies to China

China bought 7.78 million tons (1.89 million barrels per day) of Saudi oil last month, up from 5.26 million tons, or 1.24 million barrels per day, in August, according to the PRC’s General Customs Administration. Oil imports from Russia amounted to 7.48 million tons (1.82 million b / d) against 5.8 million tons, or 1.37 million b / d, a month earlier. Imports from Brazil amounted to 4.49 million tons compared to 4.15 million tons in August, from the United States – reached a record 3.9 million tons (2.23 million tons).

The Russian government will write off debts to the regions

The Russian government has announced a new mechanism for stimulating investment activity – the regions that will direct funds to investment projects, will write off debts. This was announced by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin at a meeting with the Deputy Prime Ministers.

Revenue of Mail.ru Group in the third quarter of 2020

Despite the lifting of restrictive measures, the gaming direction remained the driver of Mail.ru Group’s revenue: revenue of MMO games in the third quarter increased by 33.8% compared to the same period last year, to 9.6 billion rubles. The revenue of the gaming brand My.Games in the third quarter accounted for 40% of the total consolidated revenue of Mail.ru Group.

Results of the III quarter of 2020 in the apartment market

Analysts of the Metrium company have summed up the results of the third quarter in the primary market of comfort and business class apartments in Moscow. The supply volume decreased by 13.8%. The average price per square meter for apartments in the comfort class was 190,740 rubles. (+ 1.2% per quarter; + 3% since the beginning of the year), in business class – 258,020 rubles. (+ 4.2% QoQ; + 3.1% YTD).