7 Dec, 2019

News digest for 12/06/2019

The Russian Finance Ministry will no longer be able to borrow in dollars

In August, the United States imposed additional sanctions against Russia, banning the participation of American banks in the initial offerings of bonds denominated not in rubles issued by the Russian government or the Central Bank. Thus, Russia is unlikely to be able to issue new Eurobonds in us dollars in the foreseeable future: in fact, any dollar payment passes through the us correspondent Bank, even if it does not buy these securities, and they are now prohibited in any way to participate in the initial offerings of Russian currency state securities, said the Director of the Department of public debt and state financial assets of the Ministry of Finance Konstantin vyshkovsky

In 2019, Russia raised $5.5 billion and €750 million on international markets, most recently placing Eurobonds in June. The budget for 2020 assumes the possibility of external borrowing in the equivalent of up to $3 billion.

French protests against pension reform

Protests against the pension reform were the most massive in a long time: from 800 thousand to 1.5 million people took to the streets. So much is not even collected the largest shares of the “yellow jackets.” At the same time, there was a nationwide strike, many trains did not run, many planes did not fly. The protesters – mostly teachers, doctors and transport workers-are afraid of losing pension benefits.

France strikes over pension reform

There are dozens of different pension schemes in France. Macron argues that the system is too complex and expensive. He wants to introduce uniform rules for calculating pensions. The President’s plan involves the introduction of a points system that will take into account every day worked. The amount of future pensions will then be calculated based on the accumulated points.

Under the new system, pension privileges will be lost to representatives of many professions, for example, sailors, lawyers and even Opera artists.

The retirement age has risen here from 60 to 62 over the past 10 years. Macron’s proposed reform will lead to a further increase in the retirement age, since, under the proposed rules, it will be unprofitable to retire at 62. To receive a full pension, the French will have to work until the age of 64.

Russians hit by US sanctions for cybercrime

The us Treasury Department has added 17 people to the sanctions list, including 12 Russians. According to the us authorities, they are connected with the hacker group Evil Corp, which stole a total of $ 50 million from banks around the world.

Also under sanctions were seven companies from Russia, which, according to the us Treasury, is headed by Denis Gusev-presumably a member of Evil Corp.

Dmitry Peskov said he was not interested in investigations of the FBC

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that he was not interested in the investigations of the Fund against corruption (FBK) Alexei Navalny about the wife of Prime Minister Svetlana Medvedev and TV presenter Naila Asker-zadeh.

“I as one of the first heroes of investigations then made the decision not to get acquainted with them further. At my workplace, I do not monitor the results of these investigations in any way and am not interested in them, ” Peskov told Dozhd.

A spokesman for the President said he did not know if Putin had read the FBC investigation. Peskov refused to answer the question of whether other authorities should examine the information released by the FBK

Tourists from Europe are not allowed EN masse and Russia

Since October 1, Pulkovo began to accept tourists on electronic visas, but it seems not quite successful. Border guards deploy dozens of tourists, citing inaccuracies in filling out their visa documents on the website of the foreign Ministry. The foreign Ministry also clarifies that the problems are on the side of foreigners: they themselves make mistakes when issuing electronic visas and therefore they are deployed at the airport back. As a result, tourists who spent money on tickets will learn that they filled out a visa with errors and will not be allowed into the country now, only at the counter with border guards.

The proportion of literate population in the countries of the world

Now in developed countries, fortunately, literacy is all right, and we are somewhere close to the top of the list: 99.7% of the population of Russia can read and write. More already almost have nowhere, although and 100% are possible (on statistics-outcome Norway).

And in Afghanistan, South Sudan, Niger and Burkina Faso, the literacy rate still does not exceed 30% (around 27-28% in all these countries)

Us-sanctioned Russian vessel arrested in Singapore

The authorities of the port of Singapore arrested for debts under us sanctions Russian ship “Sevastopol”. This was announced by the Deputy General Director of the company-shipowner “Hudson” fleet management Oleg Anikin. According to him, on arrival in Singapore, the ship broke down.

In the Federation Council thought to create a common system of remuneration of teachers

Salaries of Russian teachers should be brought to a common denominator, for which it is necessary to create a common system for the whole country to pay them. This was reported to Izvestia in the Committee of the Federation Council on science, education and culture.

Medvedev spoke about the growth of incomes of Russians

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that the real disposable income of the population at the end of the year can grow by 0.2-0.3 percent. The broadcast of his conversation with representatives of Russian TV channels is conducted By the YouTube channel “Russia 24»

Kirkorov owed several million euros for a mortgage

The Tagansky court of Moscow partially satisfied the claim of the Latvian Bank ABLV, which demanded to recover from the contractor Philip Kirkorov about 4 million euros on a mortgage loan. This amount included both the principal amount and the fine, penalty and interest.

In Russia, the procedure for checking meters will change

“Electronic registration of results of verification and approval of types of measuring instruments will be the only legally significant confirmation of the results of metrological works. Issuance of paper certificates will remain possible, but optional and only at the request of the applicant”, – said the Minister of industry and trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov.

According to him, all Russians will be able to feel the effect of the innovation. After the expert will make verification, he will have to enter its results in the register of Rosstandart-the Federal information Fund for ensuring the unity of measurements, which has been functioning for six years.

The interior Ministry opposed the reduction of the threshold of speeding

The interior Ministry opposed the possibility of lowering the non-punishable threshold of speeding from 20 to 10 kilometers per hour, said the head of the Department Vladimir Kolokoltsev.

In Russia proposed to verify the authors of comments in the media

This initiative was made by the Association of professional users of social networks and messengers (APPSIM). The organization sent a letter to the Ministry of digital development, communications and mass communications.

According to the author of the initiative, many users leave comments under fictitious names under media publications. At the same time, users often spread unreliable and prohibited information in Russia in this way. However, this is the responsibility of the online publication and not to the users.

It would require the resources of nine planets like Earth for all of humanity to live at the same level of well-being as the people of Luxembourg now do. The American standard of living would require the resources of five planets, the Chinese only two. And if everyone lived at the standard of living of the population of Somalia, we would have enough resources of half the Earth.

More than 13 thousand Barnaul residents were left without heating and hot water

63 houses, three schools, five kindergartens and six administrative buildings fall under shutdown. Without heat there were 13,2 thousand inhabitants of the city. The damage was discovered on December 5.

For drivers in Russia will introduce new fines from January 1

From the beginning of next year, the traffic police will be able to fine drivers of commercial vehicles that leave their vehicles overnight in the yards of high-rise buildings. The penalty for Parking in this case will vary from 1 to 5 thousand rubles. For legal entities will operate an increased tariff, writes life.ru

Manipulation of the public hearings on the renovation

The same scammers that forged the signatures of Pro-government candidates and spoilers in the Moscow city Duma elections in the summer (their” factory ” was spotted by Navalny at the time), today, as discovered by Open media, are engaged in rigging public hearings on renovation. They pay dummy “residents of the district” to portray concerned citizens.

The correspondent of “Open media” managed to talk to several members of the crowd. According to them, they are paid from 500 to 1500 rubles for one event, and for the most difficult tasks — 5000 rubles. rehearsals are held in Advance: the extras are taught how to respond to real residents and chant together “We are for renovation”.

Large scale theft left the FSB without two border guards

UKS paid contractors about 658 million rubles, but the work was not completed. According to a source in the security forces, the damage from the actions of the officer and other defendants in the case is comparable to the cost of building two new border posts. The suspect is placed under house arrest.

Large St. Petersburg retailer reduces the number of stores

General Director of the trading house “Intertorg” Mikhail Abdullayev said that the company will reduce the network of stores “Family” in the North-West. The businessman confirmed this information to RBC. Intertorg will close 20 stores in St. Petersburg and three each in Petrozavodsk and Murmansk.

The company made this decision due to high logistics costs, which was followed by unprofitability of stores. In addition, the trading house continues to sue suppliers, and the total amount of claims is about two billion rubles.

Sevastopol can be transferred to hourly water supply

According to the Deputy Vyacheslav Gorelov, the rivers and streams have dried up, and, in the absence of Dnieper water, the city may be in an unprecedented situation. As Gorelov reported, the rivers and streams of Sevastopol have dried up, the long drought and lack of precipitation have borne fruit. If winter and spring are also non-stop, the city will be in trouble.

Fortunately, in Sevastopol there is a small reserve reservoir under the mountain Gasforta, which could help in case of a serious problem. Only here it is in private rent at “Night wolves”. The estimated water reserves in this reservoir are about five million cubic meters, says Gorelov.

Ukraine has recovered from “Gazprom” two billion dollars

Naftogaz managed to recover from Gazprom about $ 2.1 billion, or 45 percent of all compensation awarded by the Stockholm arbitration. About it in interview to a portal LIGA.net said the head of the Ukrainian company Andrei KOBOLEV.

Russians have become more likely to buy used cars on borrowed funds

In November, sales of used cars on credit increased by 15% in quantitative terms and by 25% – in cash. As the newspaper notes, referring to the data of “AUTOSTAT”, the Russians have become more likely to buy on credit is used cars, not new. The share of car loans in the latter, on the contrary, is declining.

Chubais was suspected of wanting to “lay a paw” on the pensions of Russians

The head of “RUSNANO” Anatoly Chubais has a firm intention to cash in on pension money of Russians, using them for projects of the state company. This opinion was expressed by journalist Yuri Pronko in the program ” Dry residue»

The village in Chukotka reflects the invasion of polar bears

Dozens of polar bears approached the village of ryrkaypiy (Chukotka), because they can not leave the vicinity of the settlement due to thin ice, reported on December 5, the press service of the world wildlife Fund of Russia.

On the black market sell access to Moscow cameras with facial recognition system

In Moscow and the Moscow region there are at least 170 thousand municipal CCTV cameras. At least 3 thousand devices are connected to the facial recognition system while in test mode. At the same time, access to the system should be limited and strictly regulated.

According to the website “MBH media”, for the money you can connect to the live broadcast or get an archive of videos. Most Internet sites where access is sold are not blocked by Roskomnadzor.

The Urals can forgive part of the debt

The Ministry of Finance of Russia can restructure the debts of the Kurgan region to the Federal budget, postponing the final settlement on them for five years. It is also likely that some of these debts will be forgiven the region. This was the head of the financial Department of the TRANS-Urals Konstantin Ermakov said at a public hearing on the draft regional budget for 2020, answering the question of the Deputy of the regional Duma Yuri Alexandrov.

According to the financial Department, on November 1, the state debt of the region exceeded 16.5 billion rubles, including more than 5.3 billion — debt on budget loans.

Trump says he will not send military to Saudi Arabia

“Today’s story that we are sending 12 thousand troops to Saudi Arabia is a lie, or to be precise, it is fake news!”- wrote the American leader in his Twitter.

Earlier, Fox News channel, citing sources in the U.S. Department of defense said that the Pentagon can send to the middle East to confront Iran up to seven thousand troops in addition. Before that, the Wall Street Journal reported that the United States is considering sending 14 thousand troops to the region

Polar explorers ‘ brains shrunk in 14 months in Antarctica

Prolonged isolation of polar explorers leads to a decrease in their brain. This was found out by a group of German scientists who measured the participants of the expedition to Antarctica. The results were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Donald and Melania trump light a Christmas tree at the White house

The tradition of lighting lights on the Christmas tree at the White house dates back to 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a garland of 2.5 thousand red, white and green lights.

China warns Canada against sanctions

Chinese Ambassador to Canada Tsung Peiu warned the canadian authorities against imposing sanctions against China, reports CBC News.

“I think it will cause serious damage to bilateral relations,” he said.

According to the Chinese diplomat, such decisions are not in the interests of Canada.

Iran has deployed its air defenses in Syria

Uncontrolled Israeli strikes on Iranian military formations in Syria, forced the Iranian military to deliver to this country’s own air defense, including, we are talking about the installation, which resembles one of the most recent Iranian SAM-Bavar-373, which, according to some analytical resources, is a direct analogue of the Russian S-300, but optimized for the defeat of “stealth” targets.

The state Duma approved the bill on the reform of the Deposit insurance system

The document was submitted to the state Duma in the summer by a group of deputies headed by the head of the Duma Committee on the financial market Anatoly Aksakov. Earlier, the Russian government approved a bill to increase in some cases the insurance amount of depositors from 1.4 million rubles to 10 million rubles.

In life, there are situations when the amount of the Deposit significantly exceeds the amount of insurance compensation. For example, when receiving an inheritance, selling an apartment or compensation for damage caused to life, health or personal property. – Vyacheslav Volodin, Russian politician

Mongolian Prime Minister announced the start of the gas pipeline project from Russia to China

Prime Minister of Mongolia Ohnehin of Khurelsukh announced the launch of the project of a gas pipeline from Russia to China through Mongolian territory.

“We are pleased that the Russian side supports the project of building a gas pipeline from Russia to China through the territory of Mongolia. I understand that today we have launched this project, ” he said at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

Russia announced that the Bulgarian diplomat persona non grata

The Russian government declared the official representative of the Bulgarian Embassy “persona non grata”. Russia retaliated after Sofia expelled a Russian diplomat and denied a visa to an incoming Russian defense attache.

“This step is a response, a mirror measure to the decision of the Bulgarian authorities to expel a Russian diplomat from the country in October this year,” the statement said.

Kiev filed a lawsuit against “Pro-Russian Cossacks” because of the executions in the Donbass

The Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine has transferred to the international criminal court (ICC) in the Hague materials on extrajudicial executions of nine Ukrainian soldiers during the battles for Ilovaysk and debaltseve. This was reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Supervisory authority.

“Ukraine has provided photo and video evidence that directly indicate the fact of capture of the Ukrainian military prisoners, eyewitness accounts of the killings of prisoners, documents confirming the death of soldiers in captivity,” – said in a statement the Ukrainian Ministry.

Lukashenko: Minsk and Moscow have not yet resolved a number of issues on gas and oil

Minsk and Moscow have not yet agreed on a number of fundamental issues, in particular, on gas and oil, including compensation to the Belarusian side for costs due to the emergency with “dirty” oil in the Druzhba pipeline, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday
Ukraine puts forward new conditions for negotiations with the DPR and LPR

Presidential aide Andrei Ermak said that Ukraine is not satisfied with the delegates from Donbass in the Trilateral contact group. According to the Minsk agreements, “representatives of the territories” should participate in the consultations, but more than 4.5 million people from the 6 million population of Donetsk and Luhansk regions have left. This should be reflected in the group. Kiev will talk about this in more detail at the meeting in the “Normandy format” on December 9.

We want the representatives of the territories to be people who have a connection, have a residence permit, real estate-that is, have a legal binding on the fact that they can represent these territories. We want them to be well-known people in Donbas.

Israel to arm f-35 nuclear bombs

By the end of 2024, Israel will have at least fifty F-35S under contract, and perhaps the country’s defense Ministry will order more. So far, the Israelis have only five aircraft. All fighters, according to The National Interest, will be armed with nuclear bombs or missiles, which poses a huge threat to Iran and Syria in the first place

At the moment, there are approximately 100 warheads in Israel’s nuclear Arsenal. The country has a real nuclear triad-Jericho land-based missiles, Dolphin-class submarines with cruise missiles and 18 f-15I fighters with Gabriel missiles.

During the construction of the port near Kaliningrad stolen 1.6 billion rubles

Theft in the amount of 1.6 billion rubles was revealed during the construction of the international sea terminal in the city of Pioneer, Kaliningrad region, three suspects were detained, the press service of the RF IC reports

Shnurov was taken to the cultural Council of the Russian-Chinese friendship Committee

The leader of group “Leningrad” Sergey Shnurov became part of the Council for culture of the Russian-Chinese Committee of friendship, peace and development. The Committee is headed by Director Fyodor Bondarchuk.

Trade wars aimed at protecting their producers

In Sberbank called the popular scheme of stealing money from cards

According to Sberbank, the attackers, posing as security officers, report that the Bank allegedly identified a suspicious transaction with the card, and then ask to name its full data, the security code on the back of the card and the code from the SMS

When receiving such a call, the client is advised not to perform any operations on the instructions of the caller. At the same time, as soon as the interlocutor asks to provide card data or Internet banking, it is necessary to immediately end the conversation.

The second common fraud scheme, according to Sberbank, is a “call from the buyer”. So, if the customer left his name and phone number on the site of free ads, the fraudster can introduce himself as a potential buyer and ask for payment not only the card number, but also its security code or code from SMS. It is impossible to provide them in any case, the Bank noted.

Finally, scammers often arrange online surveys ostensibly on behalf of the Bank, for the passage of which promise to charge a monetary reward. However, quite often, attackers are asked to transfer a security payment to confirm the card and transfer bonuses, and then disappear, noted in Sberbank.

Amazon Prime Video bought the rights to the series Bogomolov’s “Kept woman»

Video service Start sold the rights to the series Konstantin Bogomolov “Kept” American service Amazon Prime Video. This was reported on Friday by the newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to the representative of the company Start.

Jason Bateman and Ben Mendelsohn in the trailer for “Stranger” by king

Hbo has released the official trailer for the new series based on the book by Stephen king. This time, the screen will get the most recent of the published novels of the master of horror,” the outsider ” (The Outsider). We are waiting for ten episodes, the first of which will be shown on January 12.

Yuri Smekalov staged a play about the underside of the ballet world

In the theater “Shelter comedian” premiere production of ” Three comrades?”Yuri Smekalov, soloist of the Mariinsky theatre, choreographer. Famous writer Alexander Tsypkin debuts in the theater as a playwright.

The play “Three comrades?”- about ballet behind the scenes about people who devoted their lives to the stage, ballet. The subtitle is “what the ballet is silent about”. Three stories of artists – about the underside of the theatrical world, uncut.

Musician Sergey Mazaev told about the recording of the new album

Honored artist of Russia Sergey Mazaev told ” Izvestia “how the group” Moral code ” is preparing to celebrate the 30th anniversary. According to the frontman of the band, he and the musicians want to please fans with the release of a new album, but they will not have time to record it and release it next year.

“Now we have eight new songs, but they are all in the works because we are not very sure about their style. And in the air and to the public we give only things ready without any doubt, ” – said Mazayev.

Concert in the Elevator of the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum

Electroacoustic concert with the participation of musicians of the project “Geometry of sound” was held in the Elevator of the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum. The audience listened to the performance of the artists through headphones and could watch him through the transparent walls of the Elevator, reports TASS

International festival of the Arctic Open

The competition of scenario applications begins on December 6 in the framework of the Arctic Open film festival, which takes place in Arkhangelsk. Arctic Open is dedicated to the cinematographies of the Arctic region. Therefore, the competition of scenario applications is appropriate. It is attended by authors from different regions of Russia from Kamchatka to Murmansk region. They will present their projects in search of investors. In 2019, 36 scenario applications were selected to participate in pitching. It is a documentary, feature film and even a musical Comedy.

The trailer for the superhero series ” Crisis on Infinite Earths»

TV channel The CW, which gave fans a very roomy scattering of superhero series, presented a full trailer for “Crisis on Infinite Earths” (Crisis on Infinite Earths).

Apple is going to release the iPhone twice a year

Apple will change its strategy for the presentation of new smartphones from 2021 and will introduce new devices twice a year, not once, as now, writes CNBC

The publication notes that the new mode will allow Apple to compete with other manufacturers who produce new models of gadgets all year round, as well as make the necessary changes to their smartphones. It is reported that in September 2020, Apple will introduce four new iPhone models

The new feature appeared on smartphones with Android

Google announced the appearance on smartphones with the Android operating system of a new feature to focus the attention of users. As reported iXBT.ru, the option became part of the Digital Wellbeing application and was named Focus Mode.

Ninebot-Segway introduced in Russia high-speed electric scooter

The Ninebot-Segway company together with the official distributor “marvel” presented in Russia the Ninebot KickScooter MAX G30P electric scooter developing speed up to 30 km / h. Ninebot KickScooter MAX G30P has a large power reserve — up to 65 km on one charge of the battery with a capacity of 15 000 mA•h.

Nokia has released its “smart” first TV for the price of a smartphone

The cost of new items is 590 dollars or 37.7 thousand rubles. The start of sales will begin in India-there the device can be purchased from December 10, 2019. It should be noted that Nokia Smart TV was developed with the participation of the Indian electronic trading platform Flipkart.

New Opera for Android will “turn off the lights” on any site

Google is actively experimenting with “turning off the light”. Released in October, Chrome 78 for computers allows you to force the inclusion of a dark theme on any site-regardless of whether it has such an opportunity

Mozilla removed Firefox extensions from Avast and AVG for data collection

The reason for the removal is That the avast Online Security, AVG Online Security, Avast SafePrice, and AVG SafePrice extensions collected user data and viewed browsing history in the browser.

In South Korea, only Samsung, LG and Apple buy

In the third quarter, Samsung took 71% of the home market, increasing its share by 4 percentage points. Another 17% is held by LG, that is, these two companies alone account for 88% of all smartphone sales in the country. And it becomes even more interesting to know that 11% is occupied by Apple.

The self domestication of humans is explained by a change in the work of one gene

Scientists have calculated a gene that played an important role in the process of human self-domestication-the acquisition of prosocial behavior and softened facial features. This is the BAZ1B gene: it regulates DNA packaging and the work of other genes, including those that in modern humans have been exposed to positive selection compared to Neanderthals. The work is published in the journal Science Advances.

A monthly contraceptive pill has been created

American researchers have designed a capsule consisting of six compartments filled with a polymer matrix: after entering the stomach, the capsule shell dissolves, and the compartments open into an asterisk. The polymers in the compartments were filled with levonorgestrel, which is used in oral contraceptives, and experiments on pigs showed that the concentration of the substance during the month coincides with the indicators that are observed when taking conventional daily oral contraceptives. The capsule, thus, can be used as a means of hormonal contraception, which should be taken once a month, the scientists write in Science Translational Medicine.

Microorganisms capable of living on meteorites discovered

Scientists have found a significant difference in the growth of colonies depending on the type of “diet”, and the number of archaea on the meteorite peaked much earlier than on chalcopyrite. Microscopy showed that the microorganism has specific tricks that allow you to effectively eat a meteorite

The ancient Romans imported wood from France

Most likely, the wood was transported down the Saone and Rhone rivers to the Mediterranean, and then up the Tiber river to Rome, where demand for high-quality wood probably depleted local trees, writes the journal Archeology

In the Arctic recorded a record release of methane

According to scientists, October 7 was recorded the maximum in recent years, the release of methane in the Arctic ocean. This was due to the melting of permafrost. A total of seven zones were recorded where there was a strong release of methane.

Scientists believe that methane emissions in the Arctic can trigger a natural disaster, which will cause catastrophic climate change. About it writes the website “Komsomolskaya Pravda”.

Russia resumes small satellite launch program with ICBM

Russia is resuming a program to launch small space satellites using Intercontinental ballistic missiles. The works are planned to be launched next year. This is reported by “Interfax” with reference to an informed source.

Scientists have begun to develop hibernation capsules for long-term space flights

According to scientists from ESA, at the moment hibernation technologies and capsules are promising developments, but work on them should begin now, so that in 20-30 years to be able to send people not only to Mars, where the flight will take several months, but also to more distant planets of the Solar system