28 Oct, 2020

News digest for 10/27/2020

From October 27 to the end of November 3 (the day the US presidential election will take place), Facebook bans all new political ads on its platform (as well as Instagram) – we are talking about advertising posts and other advertising content on the topic of elections, as well as political and social topics. The ban applies to new content – ads posted before October 27 will continue to be distributed, but posts cannot be edited or changed in any way.

All prohibitive and restrictive measures are introduced with the aim of “preventively protecting the integrity of the upcoming elections,” the company said.

US Department of Homeland Security prepares for possible riots

At once, two departments of the US Department of Homeland Security are intensively preparing for the elections. Despite the lack of any information on the possible use of violence on the streets, they still consider it their duty to be ready for any scenario, CNN reports, citing officials.

According to the interlocutors of the agency, we are talking about the training of officers of the border and customs service and the immigration and customs police. Teams could be brought in to help secure federal buildings, the immigration and customs police official said.

Draft on new powers of Russian police

The Committee on Security and Combating Corruption recommended the State Duma to adopt in the first reading the draft on new powers of the police.

The document arrived at the lower house in mid-May. If it is accepted, the police will be able to open cars to save lives or detain criminals, ensure security during riots, emergency situations and the threat of a terrorist attack. In this case, the owner of the car will have to notify about the incident within 24 hours. In addition, the police guarantee the safety of the vehicle.

The explanatory note says that this is aimed “at strengthening the rights and legitimate interests of citizens.”

Apple announced an increase in the price of applications in the App Store for Russia

Apple has notified developers of an upcoming increase in the cost of applications in the online store App Store. The new pricing policy will affect Russia, as well as Brazil, Colombia, India, Indonesia and South Africa.

In Russia, the rise in price will be quite significant by about a third. It is reported that these measures are associated with changes in exchange rates, as well as new tax rules in a number of states. The updated pricing scheme will take effect in the next few days. The increase in value will cover both the programs themselves and purchases in them.

It is not yet possible to return hot water to Simferopol

It is still impossible to resume hot water supply in Simferopol due to the continuing water shortage. This was announced at a meeting of the operational headquarters for water supply by the head of the Crimea Sergey Aksyonov.

The Russian Orthodox Church opposed the introduction of QR codes for visiting churches

On October 9, a mandatory registration system appeared in Moscow entertainment establishments. Thanks to QR codes, all visitors will receive alerts in case one of them is diagnosed with a coronavirus.

Vakhatng Kipshidze, deputy chairman of the Synodal Department for Church Relations with Society and the Media, told the Moscow Says radio station that such a system is not suitable for situations of mass gathering of people in religious organizations. In his opinion, churches have better communication between people, which ensures timely information about the risks of COVID-19 infection.

Coronavirus book published in Russia

The book Coronavirus. Prayers to help the sick and those at risk. The electronic version can be downloaded from major sites such as OZON.ru, Litres.ru, etc. The book includes the prayers recommended by the Church for reading during harmful weather, the description says. The author of the book is the writer Vladimir Zobern.

Wolves keep residents of the Smolensk region at bay

Wolves from the Smolenskoye Poozerie National Park calmly walk around the settlements, enter private sectors and tear apart helpless, tethered dogs. About twenty such incidents were recorded. Because of this, the residents of Smolensk began to be afraid to go out. Never before, say the people of Smolensk, they behaved like this. By the fall, the situation became even more tense, write Arguments and Facts.

Czech Republic has banned the entry of foreign tourists

The restriction will last until the abolition of the emergency regime in the country The Czech Republic temporarily banned the entry of foreign tourists, the country’s Foreign Ministry said. So far, only business and medical trips, as well as visits for family reasons, are allowed to the Czech Republic. The Czech press notes that the restrictions are likely to last until the emergency regime is lifted. Probably November 3rd. Museums, restaurants, clubs, shops are closed until this date.

Museum of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Mordovia will be included in the tourist routes of the region

In the Republic of Mordovia, specialists from the region’s tourism industry visited the museum of the history of the internal affairs bodies of Mordovia in order to include a new object of tourist attraction in excursion routes.

The complexity of dreams depends on the phase of sleep in which we are.

Researchers in Brazil have come up with a way to objectively analyze dreams in REM and REM sleep by compiling a graph describing REM sleep – the time when brain activity increases and colorful, movie-like dreams occur.

The researchers analyzed 133 dream reports from 20 participants who were awakened during different sleep phases and compiled a word graph by placing words in the nodes of the graph. Thus, it was possible to find and confirm the conclusions of previous scientific works that reports of dreams in the phase of REM sleep are much more complex and connected compared to dreams during NREM sleep.

Inter RAO may withdraw from the project for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Turkey

The board of directors of the generating company Inter RAO at a meeting on October 26 approved the termination of the company’s participation in Akkuyu Nuclear (part of Rosatom, is implementing a project to build the first nuclear power plant in Turkey). This was said in a statement

Peru to open borders to tourists in November

From November 1, travelers from more than five states will be able to see Machu Picchu and other attractions. Lima will open air bridges with Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Houston and Toronto, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Sao Paulo, Lonely Planet reports. It is mandatory for tourists and citizens to wear masks and gloves. When leaving the country, tourists must also take a coronavirus test.

Robot fish demonstrate the benefits of swimming in a flock

Joint movement saves energy, and this has recently been demonstrated using biomimetic robotic fish. This is described by a new article by scientists from the Max Planck Society of Animal Behavior, which was published in the journal Nature Communications.

Deportation and jail await tourists in Egypt for fake certificates

At the Cairo airport, they noted that the authenticity of certificates and their presence among tourists are checked by employees of aviation companies before boarding. The second check is carried out by airport specialists upon arrival of passengers at the airport. If the fact of the absence of the certificate or its non-compliance with the regulations is revealed, the traveler will be deported. The offenders will pay for the return flight at their own expense

Alzheimer’s disease linked to sticky mutant protein

Japanese scientists have found that a mutation in the gene for the MARK4 protein makes its structure more sticky and that is why it is more likely to accumulate in the brain. This ultimately leads to Alzheimer’s disease. The discovery is told in the Journal of Biological Chemistry

Physicists and Tomsk University made metal alloys stronger

In the course of scientific work, the employees of the laboratory of high-strength crystals of the Siberian Institute of Physics and Technology first subjected the alloys to deformation at a temperature close to minus 200 degrees Celsius, then for four hours they were kept at a temperature of plus 650 degrees. After that, its strength increased 2.5 times – both at temperatures from room temperature to minus 196, and at high temperatures up to plus 700 degrees.

Scientists from Japan killed created a bioplastic with high temperature resistance

It is based on biomass, and it is in no way inferior to plastics, unlike other bioplastics. It has the same strength, flexibility, but does not heat up when exposed to temperature and quickly decomposes in nature.

Researchers have conducted a kraft pulp or kraft cooking process. They treated wood chips with an aqueous solution containing sodium hydroxide and sulfide, and received cellulose. It was then combined with chemicals and molecules that together contributed to the creation of a heat-resistant film.

Thus, the final product was a lightweight organic plastic designed without heavy inorganic fillers. It has the highest temperature resistance of all known plastics – it can withstand temperatures over 740 ° C.

Japan and the United States begin large-scale military exercises

The Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and the US Armed Forces have launched a tactical exercise “Sharp Sword” to land on remote islands, Jiji Press reported on October 26. The exercises took place in the southwest of Japan in Kagoshima prefecture

Spanish doctors go on strike amid pandemic

Medics across Spain launched a general strike on Tuesday. The strikes are expected to take place every last Tuesday of the month until the country’s authorities respond to the demands of doctors.

It was organized by the State Confederation of Medical Trade Unions. According to her, the decision to hold the strike “was caused by the current situation faced by professionals <…> due to lack of funding and serious planning and management deficiencies that negatively affect the viability of the national health system, undermine the quality of medical care, which should be provided to subjects and patients, and in a special way worsened the working conditions and professional training of doctors

The state will allocate funds for the experimental reactor of Rosatom

Rosatom expects to receive 65 billion rubles. from the federal budget for the construction of the world’s largest fast neutron research reactor MBIR with a capacity of 150 MW in Dimitrovgrad. The state corporation itself will additionally invest about 43 billion rubles, of which half will be provided by VEB and Gazprombank. At the same time, the launch of the reactor can be postponed until 2028. Rosatom is counting on high international demand for MBIR services due to the lack of pilot facilities. A similar project is being developed in the USA

IKEA reissued 2021 catalog due to racist photography

IKEA reissued the 2021 catalog as it included an image of a black man wearing a T-shirt with numbers on the back, Business Insider writes. They resembled the serial numbers worn by prisoners in prisons.

China plans to become the world’s first economy

China plans to dominate the United States economically for 10 years. This was written by the American Bloomberg agency against the background of the speech of Chinese President Xi Jinping at the opening of the fifth plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

The Amsterdam Museum bought the works of Yulia Tsvetkova

The City Museum of Amsterdam (Stedeleyk) bought works by Russian artists Yulia Tsvetkova and Anna Tereshkina. This is reported by the Het Parool newspaper. The Dutch Museum has been organizing an exhibition of works on feminism and human rights from November 2020. Most of the exhibition will be devoted to contemporary Russian artists and authors from the former USSR.

At the end of last year, 27-year-old Yulia Tsvetkova from Komsomolsk-on-Amur became a defendant in a pornography case. The reason was the publication of pictures of female genital organs on VKontakte.

The Accounts Chamber doubted the growth of the living wage of a pensioner

Changing approaches to the calculation of the subsistence minimum, including the calculation of the pensioner’s subsistence minimum (PMP), does not guarantee its annual growth, follows from the conclusion of the Accounts Chamber published on the State Duma website.

Earlier, the Kommersant newspaper reported that the Ministry of Labor presented a bill at a government meeting, according to which it is proposed to calculate the subsistence minimum (PM) and the minimum wage (minimum wage) from 2021 not as the cost of a consumer basket, but as 44.2% of the median income. in the country. That is, it was proposed to equate the minimum wage to 42% of the average wage in Russia.

Russian Pension Fund will be spent on new buildings

More than 706 million rubles will be spent on the acquisition of new premises for the Pension Fund of Russia in the Sverdlovsk, Kurgan regions and the Republic of Crimea, follows from the materials to the draft budget of the Pension Fund of Russia for 2021 and the planning period 2022-2023, published on the website of the State Duma on Monday. In addition, in 2021 it is planned to spend about 115 million rubles on training new employees of the fund.

Russians withdraw funds from foreign currency deposits

In September of this year, the Russians withdrew a record $ 1.15 billion from foreign currency deposits, RIA Novosti reports, citing data from the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. In general, since the beginning of 2020, Russians have withdrawn $ 11.8 billion from foreign currency deposits. The main outflow of foreign currency deposits in September fell on systemically important banks.

The world’s largest gold deposit

The Sukhoi Log deposit has a quarter of all Russian gold reserves. It was discovered by Soviet geologists back in 1961, but the development of the deposit never began due to the inaccessible terrain.

The Russian gold mining company Polyus, which now owns Sukhoi Log, recently conducted an audit and announced the other day that according to its results, the deposit stores at least 40 million ounces of gold in accordance with international JORC standards. Also, according to company executives, in addition to economically viable reserves, the field contains 67 million ounces of total resources.

Budget deficit of Kazakhstan in 2020

The budget deficit of Kazakhstan at the end of 2020 will be 3.5% of the gross domestic product (GDP), or 2.4 trillion tenge ($ 5.6 billion). This was announced on October 27 by the chairman of the State Revenue Committee Marat Sultangaziev at a press conference.

Norilsk Nickel and Murmansk Region signed a cooperation agreement

Norilsk Nickel President Vladimir Potanin and Murmansk Region Governor Andrey Chibis signed an agreement on cooperation between the company and the region. The document provides for a set of social measures.

Putin instructed to allow the regions of the Russian Federation to exceed the volume of public debt

The head of Russia instructed the Government to develop criteria for a possible increase in the regional budget deficit for next year. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region Alexei Teksler have been appointed responsible for the corresponding report – it must be submitted by January 15 next year.

Banks again refused to borrow the Sverdlovsk Ministry of Finance

Banks for the second time ignored the auctions of the Ministry of Finance of the Sverdlovsk region, which planned to take out loans for 13 billion rubles. According to the public procurement portal, seven auctions for opening credit lines did not take place. Regional Ministry of Finance tried to get loans for 370 days at a rate of 5.25% per annum

BP net loss for nine months

The net loss of the British oil and gas giant BP Plc. Attributable to shareholders for the nine months of 2020 amounted to $ 21.663 billion against profit a year ago, follows from the company’s statements.

BP is a British company, one of the six largest oil and gas corporations in the world. Founded in 1909.

Toyota will present its own cryptocurrency

Toyota is working to create its own digital currency. The crypto asset can be exchanged for bonus points or gifts from the catalog, RBC reports. The token will be created using the DeCurret blockchain platform.

Banking experts called the cost of SpaceX

It is reported that since the beginning of July 2020, the company’s value has increased from $ 52 billion to $ 100 billion. Morgan Stanley experts note that the main contribution to the company’s value is made by the Starlink near-Earth satellite project.

The trailer for the ending of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been released

The invariably bright video is available on the YouTube channel of the Netflix service – it indicates that the farewell to the heroine is scheduled for December 31. And if we are to be objective, this is still not the fourth season, but the second part of the second. Which, like the first, was split into two parts.

LGBT drama Outlo was canceled in the Tretyakov Gallery

The screening of the film by Ksenia Ratushnaya’s Outlaw at the New Tretyakov Gallery has been canceled, said Maxim Pavlov, head of the film programs department at the State Tretyakov Gallery, on October 26 on his Facebook page.

Hollywood makes first cloning film in Finland

Hollywood came to Finland … The first Hollywood release to be filmed entirely in Finland is called Dual, and it will be in the popular science fiction genre. Filming has already begun in Tampere, Finland. Directed by Riley Stearns. Starring: Karen Gillan, Aaron Paul and Bela Koale

The film will tell the story of a girl who, upon learning about her incurable disease, decides to have a cloning procedure to alleviate the suffering of her family and loved ones. However, when she is suddenly and miraculously healed, she is faced with a new problem: the clone cannot be simply abandoned. All attempts to write off the double lead to a court-sanctioned duel, which will continue until one of the participants dies.

In Belarus, a Russian woman was detained for an illegal action

Marina Petrushko, head of Internet projects of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center (“Yeltsin Center”), was detained in the Belarusian city of Baranovichi. According to lawyer Anton Gashinsky, she was detained for participating in an unsanctioned mass event, and until the trial she will be in a temporary detention center. The woman feels satisfactory, but complains that it is very cold in the isolation ward, it is not heated.

Marina does not admit guilt and emphasizes that she did not participate in any unauthorized events, but was going to go to her 83-year-old mother. The Russian woman was detained when she was standing at a public transport stop, RIA Novosti reports.

The Kremlin promised to check the information about the detention in Belarus of Marina Petrushko, chief editor of Internet projects of the Yeltsin Center. This was announced by the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, reports “RIA Novosti”

Shoigu announced an attempt to disrupt the integration of Belarus and Russia

One of the goals of the “color revolution” in Belarus was to disrupt the integration of the Union State, as well as a split in relations between Minsk and Moscow, said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, RIA Novosti reports.

Shoigu said about the turbulent situation on the border of the Union State with NATO

The situation on the border of the Union State with NATO countries remains turbulent. This was announced on Tuesday, October 27, by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

As before, a turbulent situation remains on the western borders of the Union State, where NATO continues to build up its forward presence, ”he said during a meeting of the joint board of the Russian and Belarusian defense ministries.

The head of the Russian military department also emphasized that in the current military-political situation in the region, the RF Ministry of Defense considers ensuring the military security of the Union State as a priority.

Russia and Belarus agreed to deepen military cooperation

Russia and Belarus have agreed to deepen military cooperation between the countries. The relevant documents were signed by the military departments following a meeting of the joint board of the defense ministries of Belarus and Russia


Russians’ trust in television

Russians’ confidence in television has fallen to a record low in the past five years. According to Deloitte, only 23% of citizens trust information on TV. At the same time, 55% consider the Internet the best source of news, taking into account news and official sites, social networks and blogs.

Lukashenko vows to resolve all issues of Belarusian citizens

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko made an address to the Belarusian people. During his speech, the head of state took an oath that “at the end of his presidential life” he would resolve all issues

Lukashenka: students participating in protests should be expelled from universities

Students who take part in protest actions must be expelled from universities. This was stated by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday during a meeting on the preparation of the sixth All-Belarusian People’s Assembly.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya: It was just the beginning

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya addressed the Belarusians after the first day of the nationwide strike that began on October 26. She notes that people managed to launch a “chain of solidarity” as representatives of different professions united to express their rejection of the results of the elections held on 9 August. Tikhanovskaya notes that this frightened the regime, and he will try to deploy reprisals against the protesters, including through deprivation of work.

Let us remind you that the protests on October 26 took place within the framework of the “People’s Ultimatum”, the conditions of which were not fulfilled in 13 days by the unrecognized President Alexander Lukashenko.

Erdogan demanded to prosecute politician from the Netherlands

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed a complaint with the country’s Prosecutor General’s Office about the actions of the leader of the far-right Dutch Freedom Party, Gert Wilders, after he posted a post on Twitter with a caricature of the Turkish leader, calling him a terrorist. Anadolu agency informs about it.

Ukraine estimated losses from war in Donbass

The Ukrainian economy lost $ 100 billion from the war in Donbass, Vice Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Alexei Reznikov said on the evening of October 26 on Ukrainian television.

Erdogan considers it fair to give Crimea to Turkey

In an interview with the Turkish newspaper Haberler, Erdogan said that he does not consider Crimea either Russian or Ukrainian. According to the Turkish leader, in 1783 Russia allegedly unjustly took the Crimea from the Ottoman Empire, and this land should be returned to the empire of progress of modern Turkey

Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed pro-Turkish militants in northern Syria

A bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces inflicted a targeted air strike on the camp of militants of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group (an organization whose activities are prohibited in the Russian Federation) in the north of the Syrian province of Idlib, ANNA NEWS reported on October 26, citing local sources

OKB: The volume of credit cards issued in the III quarter of 2020

According to the United Credit Bureau (OKB), in the III quarter. In 2020, banks provided the population with credit cards with a total credit limit of 144 billion rubles, which is 36% less than in the third quarter. last year. In January-September, the volume of loans amounted to 395 billion rubles, which is 42% less than in the same period last year.

Banks in the III quarter. provided credit cards with an average limit of 68.2 thousand rubles, which is 14.7 thousand rubles less than in July-September 2019. The average total cost of a loan (principal payments, interest payments, other fees and commissions) on credit cards in the third quarter was 25.5%. A year ago, the CPM was 26.9% per annum

Mass demonstrations have resumed in Thailand.

The protesters took a step that would have been unthinkable here a year ago – they demanded an investigation into the king. They sent a request to the German embassy to check whether the king had exceeded his authority during his trips to Germany. Parliament met at the same time.

Vladimir Putin approved a strategy for the development of the Arctic. What is planned:

  • Increase in liquefied natural gas production to 91 million tonnes by 2035 (8.6 million tonnes was in 2018)
  • Average wages more than doubled – up to 212.1 thousand in 2035
  • Equipping the army with weapons and equipment adapted to local environmental conditions
  • Construction of eight nuclear-powered icebreakers, including the three most powerful icebreakers in the world “Leader”
  • Creation of a unified emergency prevention and response system
  • Providing small peoples with mobile energy sources
  • Adaptation of the economy and infrastructure to climate change
  • Creation of tourist clusters in Anadyr, Pevek and the village of Provideniya

The authorities in Karelia will forcibly demolish private buildings

The authorities in Karelia will seek through the courts the forced demolition of private buildings that are in an unsatisfactory condition.

We must comply with a huge number of administrative procedures, starting with warnings, ending with a protocol on administrative offenses, going to court with an appropriate evidence base … so that the courts are in our favor, in favor of local self-government bodies, – said the Minister of Property and Land Relations of Karelia Yanina Svidskaya

Mikhail Mishustin signed a decree to extend the preferential mortgage.

Preferential mortgages are issued for the purchase of apartments in new buildings. The maximum loan amount for residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as the Moscow and Leningrad regions is 12 million rubles. For other regions – 6 million rubles. The initial payment must be at least 15% of the cost of housing. The difference between the preferential rate of 6.5% and the market rate is reimbursed by the state, ”the press service of the Russian government said.

Metrium: The supply of apartments in ready-made mass new buildings fell to a minimum

In September, the supply of apartments in ready-made mass new buildings in Moscow fell below 1,000 units, and for the first time their share fell to 6% of the total number of premises for sale in massive new buildings at different stages of construction, Metrium experts calculated. The previous minimum supply of apartments in new buildings that received a permit for commissioning (RWE) was recorded in July 2020, and the peak – in January 2016.

Her work is well recognized with state awards

The authorities of the Rostov region do not associate the departure of the head of the local Ministry of Health with the “oxygen scandal.” The governor’s press service, in response to a relevant question from the Podyom newspaper, said that “this is Tatyana Yuryevna’s decision”.

I left of my own free will in connection with my retirement. The Governor signed a decree today. This is Tatyana Yurievna’s decision. I think her work is well appreciated by the state awards that she has, including the Medal of the Order of Merit to the Fatherland, 2nd degree.

In 2019, Bykovskaya was detained and placed under house arrest. The official is accused of abuse of office in organizing a competition for the disposal of medical waste. In the future, the arrest was not extended, and the governor said that the minister would retain his post until the court decision (it has not yet been taken out). This is not the first scandal involving Bykovskaya. In 2013, her deputy was arrested in the case of fraud in the purchase of three tomographs.

Dozens of websites in France have been attacked by Islamists.

Slogans appeared on the websites calling for the victory of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed and the death of France, as well as images of Macron in the form of a pig. Thus, hackers reacted to the statements of the President of France about the murder of 47-year-old teacher Samuel Pati, who showed cartoons of the prophet in the lesson. Speaking at the mourning ceremony, Macron said Islam was in crisis and called for the protection of France’s secular values ​​from radical Islam. Macron’s statements about Islam have sparked outrage in several countries in the Middle East.

Mufti of Chechnya called French President an enemy of all Muslims

The mufti of Chechnya and adviser to the head of the republic, Salakh-Khadzhi Mezhiev, called French President Emmanuel Macron “terrorist number 1” and “enemy of all Muslims.” His statement was published on the Instagram of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Chechnya.

In his address, Mezhiev condemns the actions in memory of the murdered teacher Samuel Pati, during which cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad were shown on government buildings in France.

Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov addressed Macron

As a result, you elevate him [Party] to the rank of hero of France, and the person he provoked is made a terrorist. Well, Macron, if you call him a terrorist, then in this case you are a hundred times worse, because you force people to terrorism, push people towards it, leave no choice, create all the conditions for nurturing extremist ideas in the minds of young people. You can safely call yourself the leader and inspirer of terrorism in your country, Kadyrov wrote.

In Chechnya, OMON and SOBR fighters staged a firefight

The shootout took place at the Smile cafe in the village of Achkhoy-Martan, 35 kilometers from Grozny. According to Baza, the manager of the establishment took to the street and tried to calm down two riot police officers who were rowing in the cafe, after which he called for help from a friend of the SOBR officer. Together with him two more special forces arrived. They entered into a verbal skirmish with the riot police, after which the participants in the conflict took out knives and then started shooting.

Regions with the greatest population decline will be supported in Russia

The government and the State Duma will create a working group that will deal with measures to support the regions with the greatest population decline. Chairman of the State Duma Viacheslav Volodin made a corresponding initiative during a meeting of the leadership of the Duma and leaders of factions with Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. The working group, according to Volodin, should study the situation and then propose measures to support the regions that cannot independently cope with this challenge.