6 Nov, 2020

News digest for 11/05/2020

From November 6, China decided to stop buying from Australia at least seven product categories, coal, copper, lumber, barley, sugar, wine and lobster. At the same time, iron ore, Australia’s largest import, was not listed. Bloomberg writes about this with reference to informed sources.

The decision has not been formalized, but the order has been communicated to all major Chinese traders. Thus, the Chinese authorities came up with a new way to put pressure on the country, which in 2018 did not allow Huawei to install 5G networks, and then demanded an international investigation into the occurrence of COVID-19.

LUKOIL will take away the right to sell gasoline from its factories

From the beginning of 2021, the largest private oil company in Russia, LUKOIL, plans to transfer its Russian refineries (refineries) to a processing scheme or a tolling principle of operation. This was told to RBC by a source in the company and confirmed by a federal official.

Russians have increased the amount of cash on hand

More than 12 trillion rubles – this is the amount of cash accumulated as of October 1 in the hands of citizens and at the cash desks of Russian enterprises. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to banking market analysts.

“Cash outside the banking system as of October 1 showed a record growth of 28.3 percent in annual terms. This has not happened at least since 2012. For comparison: just before the coronavirus crisis, as of March 1, 2020, this growth was four times lower and amounted to only 7.1 percent, “- the report cites the calculations of the head of the analytical department of the bank BKF Maxim Osadchy.

The Central Bank revealed a sharp increase in “cash out” through notaries and wage disputes

In the first nine months of 2020, the volume of illegal cashing out of money using executive documents increased 1.9 times, said Ilya Yasinsky, director of the financial monitoring department of the Bank of Russia. According to him, the volume of such dubious transactions is constantly growing, although in general, cashing out and illegal withdrawal of funds through banks is falling.

Earlier, the Bank of Russia indicated that in the first half of 2020 the volume of transactions with signs of cashing in funds reached 38 billion rubles. More than 40% of such transactions (for 10.8 billion rubles) were carried out using executive documents or deposit accounts of notaries.

Sberbank is looking for options for buying media included in Rambler Group

Sberbank sent a letter to the Russian presidential administration with a proposal to evaluate possible options for a deal that would result in the bank acquiring media outlets belonging to Rambler Group, RBC reports, citing two federal officials.

Norilsk Nickel dividend for the first nine months of 2020

Based on the results of the past nine months, the Board of Directors recommends to the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders (EGM) to make a decision on the payment of dividends in the amount of 623.35 rubles per ordinary share. This is about 7.74 US dollars at the exchange rate of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on November 3. At the same time, the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders is proposed to set December 24, 2020 as the date for determining the persons entitled to receive dividends.

The total amount of funds that are planned to be used to pay dividends for the first nine months of 2020 will amount to 98.64 billion rubles, which is about 1.2 billion US dollars.

Moscow City Hall will add money to officials

In the new draft budget for 2021-2023, which the Moscow authorities submitted to the Moscow City Duma, it is planned to cut the expenses for the deputy corps and increase them on the executive branch, Open Media drew attention. Note that the same MPs will have to approve the document.

They want to allocate about 90 billion rubles for the salaries of officials of the executive power for three years, although earlier this amount was only 88.3 billion. At the same time, funding for the Moscow City Duma will be cut by the same amount: from 6.7 to 4.7 billion rubles.

Ministry of Finance of Russia will sell currency

The Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation will send 50.1 billion rubles for the sale of foreign currency from November 9 to December 4, 2.5 billion rubles a day, the ministry reports.

Thus, the total amount of funds allocated for the sale of foreign currency amounts to 50.1 billion rubles. Operations will be carried out in the period from November 9, 2020 to December 4, 2020, respectively, the daily volume of foreign currency sales will amount to the equivalent of 2.5 billion rubles, – the message says.

Russians will be forced to report money on electronic wallets

A bill to the State Duma, according to which Russians will have to report to the Federal Tax Service (FTS) on the use of foreign electronic wallets. The document was posted in the electronic database of the lower house of parliament.

Those who do not comply with the law may be fined 40% of their annual income. The law applies only to transactions over 600 thousand rubles. This is done to ensure that citizens comply with the law. Now the same rules apply to the owners of bank accounts, – said Anatoly Aksakov, one of the authors of the new norm, State Duma deputy, chairman of the Council of the Rossiya Banking Association, to URA.RU

Criminal cases have been opened in Belarus against the administrators of the Telegram-channel NEXTA

The Office of the Investigative Committee (USK) in Minsk has opened criminal cases against Stepan Putilo and Roman Protasevich, administrators of Telegram channels, which contain calls for participation in rallies. This was reported by the Investigative Committee of Belarus.

Ants swallow their own acid to fight infections

Experiments have shown that after eating and drinking, ants try to swallow a drop of their own acid in order to destroy the microbes that have entered the digestive tract and protect themselves from diseases. This is covered in a new article published in eLife magazine.

Russia is negotiating the supply of hydrogen to Japan

According to him, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Energy Pavel Sorokin in an interview with Nikkei, Russia is currently negotiating with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Corporation, as well as a number of other companies on the supply of hydrogen. Deputy Minister expressed hope that a bilateral cooperation agreement will be signed between the two countries

Japan to build hydrogen plant on the moon

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has an intention to build a hydrogen plant on the moon. It is planned to place it closer to the South Pole.

Samsung introduced the foldable smartphone W21 5G

It has a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display on the inside and a 6.23-inch Super AMOLED screen on the outside. Gorilla Glass Victus is responsible for protecting the coating. At the heart of the foldable smartphone is the Snapdragon 865+ processor. The cost of the novelty is $ 3005.

Apple adds a secret button to iPhone

With the release of the latest iOS 14 software, the Back Tap feature has been added to the iPhone, according to TheVerge. This update actually adds a new touch button on the back of the smartphone, which many users did not even know existed. With its help, the user can control various applications and functions of his phone using hold, double or triple tap

There is no money to liquidate the ship cemetery in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk

The Ministry of Transport reported about the lack of funding sources for the disposal of ships that sank in the Nagaev Bay in the Magadan region. This follows from the minutes following a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko, who oversees work with environmental problems, writes RBC

Russia proposed to introduce fines for Google and Twitter for media censorship

The Association of Professional Users of Social Networks and Messengers (APPSIM) proposed to the Ministry of Digital Industry to introduce fines for foreign Internet companies for censoring Russian media. This is stated in a letter from the director of APPSIM Vladimir Zykov to Minister Maksut Shadayev (RIA Novosti has a copy). The author also urges to consider the possibility of forcibly arresting the money of violators.

According to Roskomnadzor, Facebook, Google and Twitter restrict access to materials from about 20 Russian media outlets, including RIA Novosti, RT, Sputnik and Russia 1.

Rosatom will take over the management of the FESCO port in Vladivostok

Rosatom will receive the management of the main asset of the FESCO group – the Vladivostok Commercial Sea Port (VMTP), where disputes continue after the change of the general director. The state corporation does not plan to enter the capital of the company yet. Now the port continues proceedings after the change of the general director of Zairbek Yusupov

The defendant in the case “about Putin’s doll” in Perm changed the sentence

The Perm Regional Court has replaced the real term with a suspended sentence for a local resident who was convicted of installing a mannequin with a mask of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the center of Perm, the court’s press service told Interfax on Thursday.

As a result of the consideration of the appeal, Shabarchin changed the real punishment to a suspended one – two years conditional, on Vasiliev and Etkin – without change, – said the interlocutor of the agency.

At the end of August, Shabarchin was sentenced to two years of imprisonment in a general regime colony, Vasiliev was given a one year suspended sentence, and Etkin was acquitted by the court. According to the court, the defendants were charged under Part 2 of Art. 213 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (hooliganism).

Fare for the Central Ring Road

The maximum fare for a passenger car along the northeastern section of the Central Ring Road (TsKAD) in Moscow will be 510 rubles. It will be possible to get in and out of the Central Ring Road in four places: at the intersection with the M11, M7, M8 and the Nikolskoe-Gorki road near Moscow (with an exit to the “small concrete” A107). Separate tariffs will apply between interchanges within the Central Ring Road.

Russian airlines resume tourist flights to Cuba

Russian airlines intend to resume flights to Cuba within a week, officials from Cuba’s tourism ministry said, Prensa Latina reported. A number of Russian tour operators will work with Russian airlines Nordwind and Royal Fligths to transport tourists to the Sabana-Camaguey archipelago, better known as Jardines del Rey, the ministry said.

Putin supported Lukashenko’s idea to acquire oil field in Russia

Belarus wants to buy an oil field in Russia. As reported by the Belarusian state agency “Belta”, this became known after telephone consultations between Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko. According to the press service of Alexander Lukoshenko, Putin supported this idea

The Bundestag did not officially recognize the results of the elections in Belarus

The Bundestag (German unicameral parliament) adopted a resolution not recognizing the presidential elections in Belarus. The corresponding document is published on his website.

The resolution titled “Belarus – Release Political Prisoners, Allow New Free and Fair Elections, Strengthen Civil Society and Initiate Constitutional Reform” states that August 9 “the vote was not fair and fair.”

German parliamentarians claim that the president of the republic, Alexander Lukashenko, achieved victory through “massive falsifications” and with the help of a “loyal election commission.” Previously, he cleared the electoral field, “arresting his competitors.” All this deprives him of legitimacy, the resolution says.

Kosovo President resigns over war crimes charges

Thaci is leaving office to stand trial in The Hague on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Thaci said that in this way he is taking a step “to protect the integrity of the Kosovo presidency”

A bill on guarantees to the former presidents of Russia was submitted to the State Duma.

According to the document, the ex-head of state cannot be brought to criminal or administrative responsibility, as well as detained, arrested, searched or interrogated. Inviolability extends to the living quarters and office premises occupied by him, vehicles, communications, documents, luggage and correspondence.

The leader of the DPRK can get the rank of Generalissimo

The Japanese newspaper Asahi writes about this. Now Kim Jong-un has the military rank of Marshal. At the same time, the generalissimo were his grandfather, the founder of the DPRK, Kim Il Sung, and the father of Kim Jong Il, who was the country’s highest leader for almost 17 years.

They came to the FBK office in Moscow again with a search

Law enforcement officials came to search the office of the Anti-Corruption Foundation in Moscow, FBK director Ivan Zhdanov said on Twitter. A search is also underway in the Navalny LIVE studio, said Lyubov Sobol, an employee of the foundation.

Andrey Pivovarov filed with TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov

The executive director of Open Russia, Andrey Pivovarov, filed a lawsuit against TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov for the protection of honor and dignity.

Pivovarov demanded five million rubles for what the host in the program “Solovyov LIVE” called him “insignificant”, “bedding of Khodorkovsky”, “scoundrel”, “disgusting bastard” and “cattle”.

The reason for Soloviev’s statements was Pivovarov’s words about the fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, who called French President Emmanuel Macron a “creature” that offends the feelings of believers. Pivovarov believes that such statements are unacceptable.

Russian Pension Fund spend on advertising

The creation of audio and video clips for “conducting an awareness campaign among the population” will cost the Russian Pension Fund (PFR) hundreds of millions of rubles. This information is contained in the tender posted on the public procurement portal.

The organization plans to spend 259.7 million rubles on advertising on the Internet, on radio and television. The aim of the project is to explain to citizens the main provisions and changes in pension legislation and public services of the PFR.

Left – you won’t come back

Lukashenka demanded not to let Belarusian doctors who went to fight the coronavirus in Poland back into the country. He stated that this was not a threat, but an order for the government.

They especially ask our doctors to come to Poland to help the population and the state in the fight against covid. I want to warn you: we have no extra doctors. We ourselves need to heal our people. But, following our principle, we will not keep anyone. However, you need to understand: if you left, you won’t come back, you will work there and earn the big money for which you left.

Earlier, Lukashenka ordered to close the country’s borders and prohibit the entry of foreigners through ground points, explaining his decision to the situation with the spread of coronavirus.

Rosgvardia decided to purchase six Swiss ventilators

Rosgvardia plans to purchase six Hamilton-T1 artificial lung ventilation devices (IVL), which are manufactured by the Swiss company Hamilton Medical. The corresponding request for prices for the devices was found by MBH Media on the government procurement portal.

The Hamilton-T1 is a compact ventilator used to transport patients. The manufacturer’s website says that it is intended for the military. The price of one such device is about 3 million rubles