29 Oct, 2020

News digest for 10/28/2020

The Ministry of Finance of Russia cannot yet support proposals for indexing the pensions of working pensioners. The report of the head of the State Duma committee on labor, social policy and veterans affairs Yaroslav Nilov following the meeting of the LDPR faction with the head of the Ministry of Finance Anton Siluanov is published by TASS.

According to Nilov, currently the Ministry of Finance has a priority to keep the indexation above the inflation rate for non-working Russians of retirement age. It is difficult to return to the indexation of payments to working pensioners in the current conditions. For these purposes, it is necessary to find about 400 billion rubles a year.

Pensions for working pensioners have ceased to be indexed since January 1, 2016. This was abandoned in order to reduce the Pension Fund deficit.

Tu-154 made the last civil flight in Russia

Alrosa Airlines has completed the operation of the Tu-154 after its last civil flight from Yakutia to Novosibirsk, the press service of the air carrier reported.

Charlie Hebdo releases cover with caricature of Erdogan

On October 27, a cartoon appeared on Twitter of Charlie Hebdo showing the alleged Turkish president, in his underwear and holding a can of drink, lifting the hem of a woman’s dress. The caption to the cartoon reads: Erdogan is very playful in his personal life.

In Ankara, the image was considered a consequence of the anti-Muslim program of French President Emmanuel Macron. According to the head of the communications department of the Turkish presidential administration, Fahrettin Altun, Turkey does not intend to react to such “racist and Islamophobic” incitements. At the same time, Altun called on sane European friends to resist discrimination and attacks on culture.

Ex-mayor of Chelyabinsk Teftelev was sentenced to three years in prison for bribes

Former deputy governor of the Chelyabinsk region, ex-mayor of Chelyabinsk Yevgeny Teftelev was sentenced to three years in prison in a maximum security penal colony for bribery. This was announced on Wednesday, October 28, by the press service of the regional prosecutor’s office.

Convicted actor Efremov threw a feast with a goose in the capital’s jail

Mikhail Efremov arranged a party for inmates with a goose stuffed with apples worth 6 thousand rubles. The actor made a personal order on the territory of a pre-trial detention center in Moscow. The 100% markup on the cost of the order did not bother the convicted artist, according to Komsomolskaya Pravda, citing an employee of a Moscow food company.

Lukashenka called protesters drunk, drenched in smoky and drug-stung crowd

Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday that he had given an order to disperse the protest rally held on Sunday, October 25, in Minsk. The plot with the speech of the head of state was posted on the website of the STV TV channel.

There are no pictures, they walked, walked around Minsk. The goal was to capture the center, they were not allowed into the center. Twilight – went to the police stations. Worst of all, let’s go to the sleeping areas. It’s dark, people are scared. Someone went outside with the kids at seven o’clock. Is it normal when a crowd, drunk, distraught, drugged, smoked and drunk, hundreds of people rushed to these areas? – Lukashenka said. – What did the police have to do? This was my order to keep people safe. They began to open the apartments, rushed into these apartments. I had to get these drug addicts out of their apartments. This is not normal, this is intolerable

Putin signed a law to reduce fees for low-quality utilities

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law to reduce fees for low-quality housing and communal services. The corresponding document is published on the official portal of legal information.

A religious procession will take place in Yekaterinburg instead of the Russian March

The traditional Russian march this year will not be held due to the pandemic, instead, the organizers are going to hold an Orthodox procession with icons, as well as hold a cultural event

Nationalist Maxim Vakhromov, who usually organizes the actions, told Znak.com that he had consulted with the Ministry of Public Security of the Sverdlovsk Region. I was told that even if we submit a notification, we will not be banned from the action, but they will ask for a postponement, ” Vakhromov said. The activist added that he considers such a restriction part of an extensive program to restrict human rights and freedoms in the Russian Federation.

Results of an unscheduled inspection of Norilskgazprom

During the unscheduled inspection from September 25 to October 22, Rosprirodnadzor revealed 82 environmental violations at the Norilskgazprom enterprise (part of the Norilsk Nickel group).

Norilskgazprom operates in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. The company’s plans to prevent and respond to oil and oil products spills were developed in violation of current requirements. These plans do not contain all possible scenarios for the prevention and development of emergencies.

Separately, it is noted that the company discharges daily water into water bodies in excess of the maximum permissible concentrations of pollutants. Among such substances, including oil products, and they lead to serious pollution of water bodies. The company also discharges wastewater from treatment facilities onto the terrain. The company carries out decommissioning of capital construction projects without implementing environmental protection measures. Waste is placed on land in the absence of a license to carry out such activities.

Russians lose money over tickets for non-existent flights

Russian tourists who independently purchased air tickets for non-existent regular flights of foreign airlines began to lose money en masse. The portal of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia writes about this with reference to industry experts. According to the estimates of tour operators, at the moment there are several thousand injured travelers in the country – the situation is especially acute with flights to the United Arab Emirates and the Maldives.

These flights are virtual: they exist in the schedule of airlines, but in fact they are not operated, and it is unclear whether they will be operated at all. At the same time, tickets for these flights are present in popular ticket search engines, – explained Artur Muradyan, general director of the tour operator Space Travel

Created a robot whose wheels can become legs

Scientists from Texas A&M University (USA) have created a robot whose wheels can become feet. The development was named α-WaLTR. On a relatively flat surface, the robot can move on four wheels equipped with rubber protectors. Upon collision with an obstacle, it expands into three sections resembling claws, with the help of which the robot grabs onto an uneven surface and climbs over the barrier.

The remains of an ichthyosaur discovered in Vladivostok on Russky Island

Russian paleontologist Yuri Bolotsky reported that fossils were discovered on Russky Island, near Vladivostok, which may have belonged to an ichthyosaur. This find was made by participants in a regional educational project while exploring the island. They found a stone slab, split in two by a typhoon and bearing the imprints of the ribs of an unknown creature. After that, the researchers confirmed their guesses that we are talking about the remains of a prehistoric lizard.

A giant coral “skyscraper” discovered off the coast of Australia

A group of Australian and American oceanographers managed to find a huge skyscraper made of coral near the coast of Cape York, located in Australia. Near the base, its width is 1500 meters, and near the top – 40 meters. For example, it is half a kilometer higher than the Empire State Building (New York) and 324 meters larger than the Eiffel Tower (Paris).

According to the researchers, it takes at least several thousand years for corals to grow to this size. Among other things, they need to constantly adapt to changing ocean levels. This skyscraper is part of one of the 7 largest coral reefs on the planet.

Another version of how the Earth’s atmosphere received oxygen

Researchers at the Universities of Chicago and California have painstakingly recreated the chronology of events on ancient Earth and analyzed very old rocks, the composition of which changes with environmental conditions.

It is known that the ancient oceans contained large amounts of iron, which should have prevented the accumulation of free oxygen in the atmosphere. In this case, part of the oceanic iron combined with sulfur emitted by volcanoes and formed pyrite. This process is accompanied by the release of oxygen. The research is published in the journal Science.

South Korea will begin to create a modern aircraft carrier

South Korean enterprises will develop, build and commission a light aircraft carrier by 2033. According to the Korea Herald, in the near future, several Korean companies will start developing various technologies and materials that can be used in the construction of a promising ship with a displacement of 40 thousand tons.

The intention to develop a light ship capable of receiving and dispatching short takeoff and vertical landing aircraft was first announced by the South Korean military in July 2019.

The computer predicted the future

Scientists from Britain have developed a special system for predicting future events. FAN reports about it with reference to arXiv.org. It is explained that it works on the basis of key concepts of the theory of relativity. According to one of the researchers Athanasios Vlontsos, the new algorithm was successfully tested in the task of predicting and generating new frames based on a set of images.

Found immune cells to reverse dementia

A team of scientists from the University of Michigan and Ohio State University led by Benjamin Segal have discovered a new subtype of stab (immature) neutrophils among mammalian immune cells. In laboratory conditions, they have shown the ability to stop the death of neuronal cells and even restore connections between them. The results of this work were published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Immunology

Logitech introduced wireless

Logitech in the coming days will begin selling a new computer input device – the Ergo M575 trackball. The manipulator is designed for right-handers: there is a ball in the area of ​​the thumb, the rotation of which is converted into movement of the cursor on the screen. Thus, there is no need for constant movement of the input device itself, thereby significantly reducing the load on the forearm and hand.

It is about compatibility with computers running Apple macOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems. The novelty will be available in graphite and white color options for an estimated price of $ 50.

ASUS introduced two new laptops

ASUS has announced the launch of the 14-inch M415 and 15.6-inch M515 laptop – two powerful, stylish and affordable models powered by AMD Ryzen 7 3700U processors. They feature thin bezel NanoEdge displays for a more compact design, and the M415 also optionally includes an ASUS NumberPad with LED backlighting for easy data entry.

SpaceX launches beta version of Starlink satellite provider

Some users received an email from the company inviting them to participate in the testing. According to one of the recipients of this letter, the speed of the Internet connection in the beta testing will be from 50 to 150 Mbps, the delay will be from 20 to 40 ms. It is also reported that sometimes the Internet may not be available, since so far few satellites are used for tests.

Internet connection latency is expected to be 16-19 ms by the summer. Starlink testing is paid – the cost of a monthly subscription is $ 99. In addition, you will need special equipment, which will cost $ 499.

In Kuzbass, doctors will treat patients through a mobile application

The Kuzbass authorities disseminated information that now you can get a doctor’s consultation via the Internet. To do this, you need to download the SberZdorovye application and talk about your symptoms. This application is designed for those who have pneumonia or have a confirmed coronavirus diagnosis.

Former organizer of the Spirit of Fire film festival was fined

Former executive director of the International Festival of Cinematic Debuts “Spirit of Fire” Larisa Zhuravleva was fined 50 thousand rubles under the Code of Administrative Offenses on the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.

Apparently, the court’s decision on the lawsuit filed by the Prosecutor General’s Office is an echo of the scandal that erupted in the spring of this year as part of the Spirit of Fire festival, when the Russian film Outlo about unconventional sexual relations among youth was shown as part of its program.

New mini-series “Queen’s Stroke” released on Netflix

The plot of the series tells the story of a girl who lost her mother in a car accident and now lives in a shelter where children are given tranquilizers, passing them off as vitamins. Under the influence of such medicines, the heroine develops a talent for chess. Every year the girl wins more and more games, but with each victory her dependence on forbidden substances grows.

Harry Styles has released a video for the song “Golden”

The composition “Golden” became the fifth single from the album of the 26-year-old musician “Fine Line”. Earlier hits, in particular, on American radio stations were three songs “Adore You”, “Watermelon Sugar” and “Falling”. Besides, “Watermelon Sugar” topped the prestigious Billboard Hot 100, which became a kind of milestone in the career of the young Briton.

Singer Kylie Minogue presented a new single

Well-known Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue has released her third single from Disco. The new track was named I love it, reports Intermedia.ru. The premiere of the new album of the performer will take place on November 6.

Turks attacked Armenian demonstrators in France

The Turks with hammers and knives attacked representatives of the Armenian community during a rally in support of Nagorno-Karabakh in France. Reported by Sputnik. It is noted that the Armenians held a rally demanding to recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh, even blocking the A7 interstate highway.

Erdogan accuses Russia of attacking opposition training camp in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Russia of attacking a Syrian opposition training camp in Idlib province. His words on Wednesday, October 28, are quoted by RIA Novosti. According to the Turkish leader, such actions of the Russian side testify to Moscow’s unwillingness to maintain stable peace and tranquility in the region.

Turkey will open a new page in world history

Turkey will open a new page in the history of the region and the world in 2023, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on October 28 in a video message to the people, timed to coincide with the 97th anniversary of Republic Day, celebrated on October 29

Lira once again updated its historic low against the dollar

The pressure on the Turkish currency is exerted by the Central Bank’s decision to keep the rate and geopolitics. Chart of the dollar against the Turkish lira at 1 hour intervals The next difficulties of the lira have become the most obvious indication at the moment that the central bank of Turkey missed the opportunity to regain the confidence of traders last week. The Turkish Ministry of Finance promises not to introduce capital controls.

Turkish F-16s carried out an air raid on Stepanakert by order of Erdogan

F-16 fighters of the Turkish Air Force carried out a massive air strike on the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, Stepanakert. This is reported by the telegram channel WarGonzo

“Turkish F-16 planes have dealt a massive blow to civilian facilities and infrastructure of Stepanakert,” the message says.

The sources of the authors of the publication report that the attack on Stepanakert was carried out on the personal order of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Erdogan allowed a new operation in Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that his country is considering the possibility of a new operation in Syria if terrorist organizations in the country do not move away from the Turkish borders.

Trump lowers the quota for accepting refugees in the United States

The current US President Donald Trump has lowered the refugee admission quota in FY2021 (started on October 1). This was reported by the press service of the White House. Next year, the United States plans to accept 15 thousand refugees, which is 3 thousand less than this year.

US deployed B-1B strategic bomber to Japan

For the first time in three years, the U.S. Air Force deployed a B-1B strategic bomber to Japan. Photos of the aircraft’s arrival were posted on social media on October 28. The plane landed at Misawa airbase.

Aggregate profit of Russian enterprises and organizations

At the end of January-August 2020, the balanced financial result (profit minus loss) of organizations (excluding small businesses, banks, insurance organizations and state (municipal) institutions) in current prices fell by 38.1%, or 1.6 times, and amounted to 6 trillion 502.8 billion rubles compared to 10 trillion 501.1 billion rubles in January-August 2019, according to the operational data of the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat).

Gazprom cuts investment program for 2020

“In accordance with the new edition of the investment program for 2020, the total volume of investments will be 922.489 billion rubles. – by 182.235 billion rubles. less compared to the investment program approved in December 2019 “, – said in the message

Peskov commented on Kadyrov’s criticism of Macron

In Russia’s foreign policy, the heads of the subjects need to be guided by the line formulated by the head of state. This was announced on Wednesday, October 28, by the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the criticism of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, against French President Emmanuel Macron.

Our legislation provides for the leading role of the president in determining the country’s foreign policy. The heads of the constituent entities cannot deal with foreign policy, especially they do not form foreign policy, do not make any decisions, therefore it is necessary to focus on the line that is formed by the head of state, said Peskov, answering the question of how the Kremlin views Kadyrov’s statements.

Kadyrov, after the Kremlin’s comment, said that he assessed Macron’s words not as a politician, but as a Muslim

Political strategist Vitaly Shklyarov left Belarus

Political strategist Vitaly Shklyarov, who was detained in the summer of 2020, left Belarus. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded to release Shklyarov, who is an American citizen.

Ministry of Health banned doctors from speaking publicly about coronavirus

The Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation sent out an instruction to subordinate doctors and medical institutions to coordinate any public comments on the new coronavirus infection. The letter is at the disposal of the editors of Meduza. Its authenticity was confirmed by the press service of the Ministry of Health. A source in the leadership of one of the major federal centers subordinate to the Ministry of Health confirmed that Meduza had received such a letter

Leaders of Azerbaijani nationalist group detained in Moscow

In Moscow, the FSB detained the leaders of the Azerbaijani nationalist group VBON – For the Good of the Common People. Members of this organization tracked down users who, in their opinion, left negative comments on social networks and beat them. They also forced their victims to apologize on camera.

The special operation to detain the leaders of the group took place on October 19, the FSB officers worked together with representatives of the CPE of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. It all started with searches of suspects’ homes. As a result, specialists found a silencer for a pistol, 19 mobile phones, religious literature, flash drives, discs, computers, more than 10 million rubles, almost 5 thousand dollars and about 2 hundred euros.

Two detained leaders of the VBON – Rahim Bayramov and Roman Agayev – have already been put under house arrest. In total, seven people are involved in their case. The case was opened under the article “Hooliganism”.

The State Duma of Russia has placed a request for dishes with gilding and precious stones

The State Duma intends to purchase souvenirs with 999.9 standard gilding and precious stones by the end of the year. The request posted by the State Duma apparatus on the public procurement portal lists items: gilded sets of dishes, a goblet, caviar bowls and bowls in the Zlatoust engraving technique. However, the tender has not yet been announced. The approximate price of the contract is not specified, as well as who is intended for the gilded dishes with precious stones.

The State Duma has consolidated the priority of the Constitution over international law

The State Duma in the third and final reading adopted the presidential law on the priority of the Russian Constitution over the norms of international law. Changes will be made to the law “On security”.

The explanatory note says that Article 7 of the Law “On Security” will be supplemented with a provision according to which “decisions of interstate bodies adopted on the basis of the provisions of international treaties of the Russian Federation in their interpretation, contrary to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, are not subject to execution in the Russian Federation.”

The USA solved the problems of the engines created to replace the Russian RD-180 engines

Blue Origin has resolved the turbo pump problem for the BE-4 rocket engine, which is being built as a replacement for the Russian RD-180. According to Ars Technica, after troubleshooting, the engines were returned for testing

Employees of Grodno Azot began to be fired due to participation in protests

14 employees participating in a strike or protest actions were dismissed from the Belarusian plant Grodno Azot. This was reported in the telegram channel of the Azot Strike. Employees were fired retroactively, the message says