31 Oct, 2020

News digest for 10/30/2020

The tax authorities of Russia revealed a case of eight-fold overstatement of the cost of equipment in the course of supplies to the construction site of Gazprom. The purchases were carried out through intermediaries associated with the company’s personnel, Interfax writes.

The agency’s report notes that the details of the scheme were disclosed by the Moscow Arbitration Court, where Gazprom tried to appeal against the decision of the Interregional Inspectorate of the Federal Tax Service (FTS) on the largest taxpayers No. 2 following the results of a tax audit of the company’s value added tax declaration for the first quarter of 2017 …

Twitter Shares Drop Due to Slow User Growth

Twitter shares fell more than 17% after the close of major trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The microblogging service reported the slowest growth in active users in its report

Dutch flying car PAL-V allowed on the roads

According to the Danish Internet portal Dutch News, the flying car of the Dutch company Pal-V has finally received permission to be found and used on public roads in the Netherlands.

The United States expanded the sanctions list on Iran

According to the US Treasury Department, four Iranians and one Indian citizen were included in the sanctions lists from individuals. All of them hold senior positions in companies that have come under US sanctions.

Four firms from Iran, five from Hong Kong and two from Singapore were subject to restrictions. Commercial organizations operate in Iran in the petrochemical industry, carry out cargo transportation.

Japan to hold large-scale exercises in case of Chinese invasion of Taiwan

The Japanese military believes that in the event of a military invasion of Taiwan by China, there will naturally be an attempt to capture Senkaku and other remote small islands in southwestern Japan. This was reported on Friday by the national newspaper Yomiuri. It is noted that up to 140 thousand servicemen can take part in the exercises.

Came from Russia on foot

Three men illegally crossed the Russian-Finnish border in Värtsilä. They wanted to seek asylum in Finland, Yle reports. According to media reports, the men tried to cross the border on foot and were detained in Värtsilä in the Tohmajärvi municipality.

EU summit condemned Turkey’s aggressive behavior

The European Union rejects the aggressive approaches of Turkey in foreign policy, in particular the position on the Eastern Mediterranean and militant rhetoric towards the countries of the community, said the head of the European Council Charles Michel on October 29 following the EU summit held in the videoconference format.

Taste buds found in octopus tentacles

The authors examined the tissues of the tentacles of the Pacific octopus Octopus bimaculoides, living off the coast of Mexico and California. In the suction cups, scientists noticed cells of a characteristic shape for receptors, with thin branched endings extended to the surface.

Scientists have noticed a “decrease” in body temperature in people around the world

According to experts, three years ago, the average body temperature of a healthy person was 36.6 degrees, and in 2019 – 36.4. Moreover, two centuries ago, the normal human body temperature was 37 degrees. For what reason the decline occurs, scientists do not know.

A patch has been created to treat heart damage after a heart attack

American cardiologists have created a special patch covered with tiny artificial blood vessels – it helps the heart to recover faster from a heart attack and minimizes its dangerous consequences. Scientists have already tested innovative medical technology in rats and pigs. The development was described on the pages of the ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering.

This is a relatively easy-to-create vascularized cardiac patch that is based on a fibrin gel with pre-engineered microvessels. We tested the patch on animals after a heart attack and confirmed its effectiveness – after implantation of the patch, there was an accelerated growth of blood vessels in the heart, plus, recovery of the heart muscle was generally faster, says Ke Cheng, lead author of the project.

The chaotic flow of digital information degrades memory

Modern people often do several different things at once: they perform work tasks, listen to music and have time to “with one eye” look at the social network. However, this pattern of behavior can lead to negative consequences.

Scientists at Stanford University have come to the conclusion that the chaotic flow of digital information degrades memory, Scientific American reports. This can lead to the fact that it will be more difficult for such people to remember certain events from their lives.

Physicists have learned to suppress magnetic fields at a distance

Physicists have created a special device from electrical wires arranged in a certain way. The current flowing through these wires creates additional fields that “dampen” stray magnetic fields

Dinosaurs also suffered from toothaches

Scientists managed to find out that dinosaurs who lived many millions of years ago also suffered from this disease. The study was carried out on the largest and most complete tyrannosaur skeleton named Sue, which was found in the United States back in 1990. At the moment, the dinosaur is in the Chicago Museum of Natural History. Researchers from the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Manitoba examined the jaws of a dinosaur and noticed three teeth that were fused together.

They want to cancel the mass installation of smart devices

The business urged to abandon the mass installation of smart meters for electricity metering in homes. According to the law, from July 1, 2020, all electricity suppliers must replace broken appliances in apartment buildings at their own expense. From January 1, 2022, all installed devices must be intelligent

A ban on hookah smoking in cafes and restaurants came into force in Russia

The ban on smoking hookah, vapes and other nicotine-containing products in public places, including cafes, bars and restaurants, comes into force in Russia on Friday, October 30.

In Moscow, they are fined without masks and gloves

In Moscow, more than 12.5 thousand people have been fined for the lack of masks and gloves in shops, shopping and entertainment centers since the beginning of autumn, the total amount of fines exceeding 50 million rubles. This is reported by TASS, referring to the head of the capital’s Glavkontrol Yevgeny Danchikov

The property of the patriarch’s relatives is not related to the Russian Orthodox Church

The property of Patriarch Kirill’s relatives has nothing to do with him and the Russian Orthodox Church, since “any monk has relatives, they did not take any vows”. This was stated by Vladimir Legoyda, chairman of the synodal department of the Moscow Patriarchate for relations between the church, society and the media. On the eve of the “Project” published an investigation that the family of the patriarch registered real estate for 225 million rubles.

Russia asked for an extension of payment to ex-Yukos shareholders

On October 30, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands will consider Russia’s application in the framework of the proceedings on compensation to former Yukos shareholders, said Mikhail Galperin, Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation. According to him, Russia asked to suspend the execution of the decision of the Hague Court of Appeal to pay them $ 57 billion, writes RIA Novosti.

Recall that in July 2014, the arbitration court in The Hague unanimously satisfied the claim of the former shareholders of Yukos and ordered Russia to pay them $ 57 billion.In 2016, the District Court of The Hague overturned this decision, explaining that this case is not at all within the competence of the Hague Arbitration

Almost 4 billion rubles were requested to create a museum of the history of the Russian Orthodox Church

The State Historical Museum sent a request to the Ministry of Culture to allocate funds for the creation of an exposition and exhibition center, which will be dedicated to the history of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Novodevichy Convent. This was announced by the director of the museum, Alexei Levykin, reports RBC.

As specified in the press service of the Ministry of Culture, according to the museum’s estimates, the estimated cost of building the center will be 3.8 billion rubles. The Ministry, together with the Ministry of Finance, is working on the issue of allocating this money as part of the formation of the draft federal budget for 2021 – 2023.

Russia sends a note to Lithuania over plans to cut electricity trade

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak sent a note to his Lithuanian counterpart Zhigimantas Vaichiunas about the new method of electricity trading between the Baltic countries and Moscow. It is reported by Sputnik Latvia with reference to the Lithuanian media.

Earlier, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia developed a trilateral methodology for trading electricity with the Russian Federation after the launch of the BelNPP. The document stipulates that the import of electricity from Russia to Latvia will have a guarantee of origin, confirming that it was produced outside of Belarus. The methodology will come into force in Lithuania only after it is approved by the State Energy Regulatory Council.

Maximum level of terrorist threat declared in France

Once again, our country was subjected to a terrorist attack. In the morning, three of our citizens died in the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice. In this regard, I decided to increase the number of servicemen involved in counter-terrorism operations in the country from three to seven thousand. This will ensure the protection of absolutely all places of worship in the country, as well as guarantee the safety of educational institutions, ”said French President Emmanuel Macron.

New tax on hotel accommodation in Turkey

The tax on accommodation in accommodation facilities, including hotels of all categories, was adopted in Turkey in December 2019 and will come into force on November 1, 2020. The tax rate until December 31, 2020 will be one percent of the amount of services provided by the hotel, including accommodation, meals, animation, SPA and other services. From 2021, the rate will be already two percent.

Smolny handed over to ROC real estate in the center of St. Petersburg and Strelna

The Russian Orthodox Church received real estate in St. Petersburg for free use. ABN reported this on Friday, October 30. The publication notes that earlier the ROC applied to the Committee of Property Relations with a request to transfer several real estate objects to it.

The first is a non-residential building on the Monastyrka embankment on the territory of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. According to Metropolitan Barsophonius, it is used for “servicing religious property.” The second object that the ROC received was the building of a chapel in Strelna on Zavodskaya Street.

A teaser for the horror movie “Halloween Kills”

The film tells about a ruthless maniac who again goes out on his terrible bloody hunt. Only people who share a common past with the serial killer can stop him. Recall that this motion picture is already the 12th in the horror series that have been popular since the 80s of the last century.

Spider-Man 3 Shooting Started

Marvel and Sony have begun filming the third installment of the Spider-Man franchise. Actor Tom Holland, who plays the main role in the project, announced this in his Instagram account. So we just landed in Atlanta. The premiere of the tape is scheduled for December 17, 2021.

Peskov called the condition for the entry of Russian peacekeepers into Karabakh

Peacekeepers can be brought into the conflict zone of Nagorno-Karabakh only with the consent of both sides, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“We have already answered similar questions many times. Any peacekeepers are brought into the conflict zone only with the consent of both sides, “Peskov said.

Sting to release album of duets with Mylene Farmer and Eric Clapton

The English artist, who moved to Tuscany (Italy) for the sake of a warm climate and favorite varieties of wine, told about this to the leading music portal Rolling Stone. The album, called Duets, will include 17 tracks.

Sberbank became the sole owner of Rambler Group

Sberbank of Russia buys 45% of Alexander Mamut in Rambler Group and consolidates 100% of the company, the parties signed binding documents and closed the deal, according to a press release from Sberbank.

Apple reported quarterly revenue

The American company Apple recorded record revenue growth in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020. This is evidenced by the reports published on Thursday. Following the results of three months, which ended on September 26, the company’s revenue amounted to $ 64.7 billion

For the entire 2020 fiscal year, Apple’s revenue reached $ 274.5 billion, up from $ 260.2 billion a year earlier. Net income also grew year on year, from $ 55.2 billion in 2019 to $ 57.4 billion in 2020.

VTB plans to transfer problem debts to Uralvagonzavod

VTB intends to transfer most of the loans for the military-industrial complex to Promsvyazbank and Novikombank, including the entire debt of Uralvagonzavod. Andrey Kostin, VTB CEO, announced this to the journalists at the investment VTB Capital – “Russia is calling!”

Lukashenka threatened the protesters with decisive action

The security forces will act decisively against the participants in unauthorized actions and those who are trying to destabilize the infrastructure of Belarus. This was stated by the President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko on Friday, October 30, during a meeting with the staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

We do not take anyone prisoner. If someone touches a soldier – I have already made a remark to the generals – he must leave at least without hands. I say this publicly so that everyone understands our further determination. Further – everything. We have nowhere to retreat, and we are not going to retreat, – BelTA quotes Lukashenka.

Competition for the post of Norilsk mayor did not take place

The competition for the selection of candidates for the position of the head of the city in Norilsk was set for Friday, October 30. However, it did not take place because seven of the eight mayoral candidates refused to participate in the selection, news agencies report, citing the Norilsk City Council.

Russia starts supplying modernized tanks to Serbia

The Serbian military department received the first two T-72MS tanks from 30 modernized White Eagle tanks, donated by Russia to Serbia from the availability of the agreement on military-technical cooperation. The tanks were delivered on October 28 this year by Il-76TD transport aircraft

Only the military will be the presidential aides in the regions of the republic

According to the publication of the TASS publication, Alexander Lukashenko, during a meeting with the staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, stated that only people with a military background would become his assistants in the regions of the republic in the future. At the same time, Lukashenka said that the military will integrate into other areas as well.

Belarus has restricted entry to citizens of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine

Such measures are explained by the fact that now there is a tense epidemiological situation in neighboring countries, the press service of the State Border Committee (GPK) of Belarus said.

The restrictions do not include employees of diplomatic missions and consular offices who have service passports, as well as drivers performing international road transport, members of train and locomotive crews of international railway traffic.


Today several actions of solidarity are taking place in Minsk: students and employees of BSUIR, BNTU, MSLU, Medical University, BSU, BSEU and the Academy of Arts came out. All of them oppose completely unjustified deductions and dismissals


Alisher Usmanov donated Sardinia to fight COVID-19

The founder and main shareholder of USM Holdings Alisher Usmanov F ​​7 donated € 500,000 to the Italian region of Sardinia, Tiscali reports, citing a letter that the billionaire sent to President of Sardinia Christian Solinas. A spokesman for USM holding confirmed the donation to Forbes, but declined to disclose details.

In France, several other men who were planning the attacks were detained.

One was seized near the train station in Lyon as he was preparing to board the tram with a knife in his hand. At the police station, the detained Afghan said he heard voices ordering him to kill. Another man attacked police officers in Avignon: he rushed at law enforcement officers with a knife, shouting “Allahu Akbar”. He was shot on the spot.

In which European countries have restrictive measures been introduced

Full lockdowns are currently in effect in France, Germany, Czech Republic and Ireland

Partial lockdowns are currently in effect in the UK, Portugal, Spain and Lithuania.

Countrywide curfews have been introduced in Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Slovakia, as well as in certain territories of Italy, Greece, Montenegro and Cyprus.

The Laptev Sea did not freeze for the first time in October

For the first time in the entire history of observations, the Laptev Sea did not begin to freeze in October. Environmentalists attribute this to global warming.

These witnesses were not random people at all.

Meduza’s special correspondent Ivan Golunov, who is usually involved in economic investigations, has studied hundreds of drug-related criminal cases. One of the results of this work is the material in which Golunov tells how the police force drug addicts to work for the investigation and act as false witnesses. This is a monstrously unfair system that allows anyone to be sent to prison, including an innocent one.

The starting point for this article was the case of Ivan Golunov himself, in which there were also attesting witnesses who were ready to confirm that drugs were found on Golunov’s (although the police planted them on him). And yes, as you might guess, these witnesses were not at all random people.

In Yekaterinburg, drivers staged a protest

In the Sverdlovsk Region, a decree of the governor came into force, obliging drivers to install protective screens in taxi cabins due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus. In the morning of October 30, about two dozen taxi drivers in protest occupied the parking lot under the windows of the mayor’s office on the central square of Yekaterinburg.

Trial in the case of pediatrician Lyubov Yarovikova ends in Ivanovo

In the spring of 2018, she came to see an eight-year-old boy. A few hours after the doctor left, he died. The prosecutor’s office requested two years in prison for Yarovikova. The prosecution insists that the doctor did not conduct the examination thoroughly enough and did not notice complications after ARVI. At the same time, two examinations did not find a direct connection between the actions of the doctor and the death of the child.

Experts believe that Yarovikova could not diagnose the disease that caused her death on an outpatient basis – fulminant myocarditis. Doctors launched a public campaign in support of Lyubov Yarovikova and call the criminal case part of the “repression” against doctors