10 Nov, 2020

News digest for 11/09/2020

According to estimates by the Accounts Chamber, in January-July 2020, the natural population decline increased by more than 30% compared to the same period last year and amounted to 316.3 thousand people. In general, the joint venture called the demographic situation in the country unfavorable.

In 78 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, there was a decrease in the number of births, while in 62 constituent entities the number of deaths increased … In general, in the country in January-July 2020, the number of deaths was 1.4 times higher than the number of births (in the same period of 2019 – 1.2 times) , in 41 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, this excess was 1.5–2.4 times, ”says the operational report of the Accounts Chamber on the execution of the federal budget and budgets of state extra-budgetary funds.

According to the ministry, the number of births in January-July 2020 amounted to 811.7 thousand people, which is 48.7 thousand people, or 5.7%, less than in the same period of 2019 (860.4 thousand people). person). The number of deaths increased to 1128.0 thousand people, which is 57.9 thousand people, or 5.1%, more than in January-July 2019 (1070.1 thousand people).

More than a thousand people were detained at rallies in Belarus

The number of people detained at protests in Belarus exceeded 1,000 people, according to the Viasna human rights center, which is not registered in the republic. Most of the detentions took place in Minsk. People were also detained in Gomel, Bobruisk, Mogilev, Lyakhovichi and Baranovichi. According to the latest data from the center, the total number of detainees is 1,043.

Protests have not stopped since election day in August. Demonstrators disagree that Alexander Lukashenko was declared the winner

In the Ministry of Internal Affairs against lowering the penalty threshold when speeding

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia was categorically against lowering the fine for speeding from 20 to 10 km / h. The Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Vladimir Kolokoltsev said that the position of the department was taken into account in the new edition of the Administrative Code

The Russian Ministry of Health has set the maximum time for a patient to be seen by a doctor.

The corresponding order of the department entered into force on November 9, the Parliamentary Gazette reports. The document regulates the work of doctors of six specialties. 35 minutes, examination by a phthisiatrician may take. An appointment with an infectious disease specialist or hematologist takes 20 minutes, a pulmonologist or surgeon – for 26, and an oncologist – for 23.

If the reason for going to a doctor was not a disease, but a preventive examination, then the duration of admission is reduced – for phthisiatricians – by 10 – 20 percent, for other specialists – by 30-40 percent. At the same time, it is noted that doctors can spend 35 to 39 percent of their time filling out the documentation.

In Odessa, an action was held with the requirement to demolish the monument to Catherine II

On the eve of a protest rally in Odessa, demanding to dismantle the monument to the Russian Empress Catherine II, RIA Novosti writes with reference to the publication Suspilne. As it became known, this action was organized by representatives of the public initiative “Decolonization of Ukraine”

UAE Authorities Allow Alcohol Consumption and Sharing Out of Marriage

President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has approved amendments to the personal status law, the federal penal code and the federal criminal procedure law. In accordance with them, the consumption of alcoholic beverages and living together outside of marriage in the country are no longer considered criminal offenses, reports The National.

Russians were offered to massively fire for the future of the country

Experts from the Center for Macroeconomic Analysis and Short-Term Forecasting (TsMAKP) analyzed the prospects for the development of the Russian economy and proposed massively dismiss the ineffective for the sake of the country’s future, Vedomosti writes. The task of maintaining low unemployment and, at the same time, improving labor productivity is obviously impossible, the authors of the CMASF report state

RusHydro plans to increase dividends

RusHydro plans to increase its dividends by one and a half times from next year to RUB 25 billion. a year, said the general director of the company Nikolai Shulginov. At the end of 2019, the shareholders of RusHydro (Federal Property Management Agency – 61.73%, VTB – 12.95%) approved dividends for RUB 15.674 billion.

VTB restored its net profit

VTB in the third quarter of 2020 restored its net profit under IFRS to 17.2 billion rubles after an unsuccessful second quarter, in which it received only 2.1 billion rubles, according to the group’s statements. Compared to the result for the same period last year, VTB’s quarterly profit fell by almost three times

Gazprom Neft will extend the grace period for contracts with contractors

Gazprom Neft, which in the summer of 2020 introduced a delay of payments for six months under contracts with oilfield service companies, offered contractors to extend it to 2021 and beyond. This is stated in a letter from Mikhail Zhechkov (head of the procurement department of the procurement and capital construction directorate of Gazprom Neft) and Igor Shkirov (head of the planning, performance and data management department), which they sent to contractors on October 29.

RBC has a copy of the letter, its authenticity was confirmed by several employees of its various contractors. Service companies that are part of the Tyumen Association of Oil and Gas Service Companies have received this letter, its president Vladimir Borisov told RBC.

In Russia, the number of people planning to take out a loan has halved

Only 20% of Russians are planning to take out a loan or a loan at the moment – in January the share of such people was about 50%, follows from the survey of the financial marketplace “Unicom24”.

With the onset of the crisis caused by the pandemic, Russians have changed their attitude towards loans and the criteria for their selection. If in January about 50% of the respondents were going to take out a loan or a loan or were considering such an opportunity in the future, in May their share dropped to 20%. In September, the mood of borrowers changed and a third answered that, in principle, they did not see any obstacles to obtaining loans, but with the onset of the second wave of coronavirus, this figure again dropped to 20%, – TASS cites excerpts from the study

On the execution of the federal budget of Russia

According to the report of the Accounts Chamber, treasury revenues from January to September fell by 12.1% compared to the same period last year. At the same time, oil and gas revenues fell by 35.9%. In total, over three quarters of the year, the budget received 13.216 trillion rubles. This is 64.2% of the forecasted volume for the year.

Expenses for the implementation of national projects and a comprehensive plan were executed in the amount of 1.21 trillion rubles, or 55% of the indicator of the consolidated list, taking into account changes.

2.31 trillion rubles have been allocated from the reserve fund of the Government of the Russian Federation. According to experts, 67.9% of these funds are aimed at financing activities that should prevent deterioration in sectors of the economy due to COVID-19.

Most of the most important goods have risen in price in China

According to Xinhua news agency, 50 items monitored by the government, including seamless steel pipes, gasoline, coal, fertilizers and some chemicals, 27 items have risen in price over the past 10 days. Another 18 items fell in value, and five remained unchanged, the National Bureau of Statistics of the PRC said. Liquefied natural gas gained the most in price, followed by polybutadiene and natural rubber.

Prices for these critical goods in China are measured every 10 days based on data from nearly 1,700 wholesale suppliers and distributors in 24 regions of the country.

LUKOIL sold unsold gas consignment to Uzbekistan

The authorities of Uzbekistan bought out an unrealized batch of gas mixture from LUKOIL. Blue fuel was not in demand due to a decrease in demand for energy resources. Chinese consumers reduced demand for Russian gas by five times

The construction of the Balkan Stream gas pipeline has been completed.

This was reported by TASS with reference to a source on Sunday, November 8. It is noted that the Bulgarian section of the pipeline was connected to a gas pipeline in Serbia. The interlocutor of the agency also pointed out that there are no official events to mark the completion of construction. However, he did not rule out that the ceremony could take place later.

The Balkan Stream is a branch of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline. Its construction began in September 2019.

Sale of real estate started in Spain

A massive sale of residential and non-residential real estate has begun in Spain, which will last until December 15. As the newspaper Idealista reported yesterday, the banking syndicate Bankia and the real estate agency Haya Real Estate have thrown into the market more than 4.5 thousand objects with a discount of up to 40%. The largest number of residential properties is presented in Valencia (458), Andalusia (450), Murcia (341) and Catalonia (324). Many households are located in coastal areas

Microsoft plans to buy Japanese studios

Bloomberg, citing its own sources, reports that Microsoft has approached several Japanese studios – both small and large – with an offer to buy their business. Microsoft has yet to close any deals yet, but Xbox Asia says there are acquisitions, but the company has nothing to announce at this time.

Turkish finance minister resigns amid collapse of lira exchange rate

Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, who is the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has decided to leave his post. He himself announced this on the social network Instagram. Albayrak, 42, indicated that he had health problems. However, observers point out that the resignation followed amid a sharp depreciation of the Turkish lira.

A silent rally in support of Nagorny was held in Washington

The rally was organized by the youth wing of the ARF “Dashnaktsutyun” in Washington. The participants gathered near the Lincoln Memorial and held a silent protest against the crimes of Azerbaijan and Turkey against the people of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Two new marsupial species discovered in Australia

A new study, published in the journal Nature Public Access Scientific Reports, describes two new species of giant flying couscous in Australia. This discovery is very important, as it proves that the biological diversity of animals in the region is wider than previously thought.

In Japan, developed cyborg cockroaches

The cockroaches modified with the help of modern technologies were created by scientists from the Japanese University of Tsukuba. As experimental insects were Madagascar cockroaches, writes IEEE Spectrum. The live cockroaches were implanted with electrodes, a chip antenna, a battery and a pixel fixed on the back.

Apple-shaped fusion reactor

British scientists have created a promising fusion reactor Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) Upgrade in the shape of an apple. It surpasses other similar developments of specialists. The reactor makes it possible to reduce the magnetic field strength by 40%. However, the plasma pressure remains unchanged. In this case, it is possible to maintain the field strength with a doubled compression.

Neuroimplant for computer control successfully tested in humans

In the future, scientists intend to use technology to control exoskeletons. Stentrode, introduced in 2016, records brain activity and stimulates it without invasive surgery. Initially, it was implanted into the brain of a sheep, but now experts have switched to human trials.

Safe hair dye made from champignons

Scientists have used champignons to isolate melanin from them and refine it. Thus, using a natural enzyme, a unique hair dye, safe for humans, was created.

Created artificial leather to replace fitness bracelets

Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing an electronic device adapted to human skin. This is reported by the information edition Science Codex.

A new Atlas has been released covering all craters on Earth

Scientists Thomas Keckmann (University of Freiburg), Wolf Uwe Reimold (University of Brazil), Manfred Gottwald (German Aerospace Center) have compiled a new Atlas, which shows all the places where meteorites and asteroids fell on Earth. Their number is approximately 200 pieces.

Scientists have solved the mystery of the survival of bacteria in space

The answer to the question of how bacteria manage to survive in outer space was found by an international team of scientists, on October 29, the journal “Microbiome” writes. The study focused on the analysis of molecular reactions of the bacteria Deinococcus radiodurans in the outer space environment.

By observing Deinococcus radiodurans, scientists have found that they can be so resilient through intracellular stress relief responses by blocking reactive oxygen species. To neutralize reactive oxygen species, and due to this, to restore DNA damage, D. Radiodurans used a biogenic amine molecule – putrescine.

Bloomberg will launch a TV channel for a wide audience

The channel was created on the basis of Bloomberg’s TicToc resource, launched in 2017, which was renamed QuickTale last year to avoid confusion with the Chinese social network TikTok.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will receive a camera with laser autofocus

Insiders have announced new details about an upcoming flagship smartphone called the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. The official presentation of the long-awaited device will take place on January 14, 2021.

Some sources indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphone has a powerful main camera with a main sensor of 108 megapixels. The built-in sensor is supposed to offer up to 12% higher light sensitivity than its predecessor. Also, the camera now uses laser autofocus, which contributes to clearer and higher-quality images

Samsung introduced a new smartphone Galaxy M21s

The Galaxy M21s is equipped with a 6.4-inch Infinity-U Super AMOLED display with Full HD + support. Its work is supported by the Exynos 961 processor, which includes 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory.

The main camera consists of three modules: a 64 megapixel main sensor and two additional 8 and 5 megapixel lenses. The front camera has a 32 megapixel module. The battery capacity is 6000mAh. Samsung Galaxy M21s is available for 230 euros. The smartphone will be available in two colors: black and blue.

Paid filters appear in Google Photos

Until recently, all the tools of the Google Photos service were free for users, but now it became known that you will have to pay for access to some functions. In particular, we are talking about the Color Pop filter, which now only Google One subscribers can fully use.

HP began demanding money for the previously free service.

HP Inc. downgraded the Instant Ink inkjet subscription program by removing the free plan entirely. Now, without exception, all users subscribed to this service must pay a certain amount to the company every month, otherwise their printer will be remotely blocked.

Plans to roll out Starlink in Europe

SpaceX plans to launch testing of Starlink satellite Internet in the European Union in the spring of 2021. According to ToDay News Ufa referring to Twitter Elon Musk, the head of the company announced that the system is now being closed in the northern United States and southern Canada.

Grand Prix of the St. Petersburg Festival

The XXX International Film Festival “Message to Man” has ended in St. Petersburg. The German animated film “Just a Guy” directed by Shoko Hara received the Grand Prix and USD 3000.

According to the organizers of the event, two films were recognized as the best short documentary films. These are “Copyists” by Paul Heinz and “The Invisible Hero” by Christeli Alves Meira.

Duan Yunchong’s Boring Life became the winner in the Best Short Fiction Film nomination. The film “Anna, Cat and Mouse” by Vary Yakovleva was recognized as the best debut

Dutch museums uploaded Van Gogh’s work

The new resource Van Gogh Worldwide contains 1,098 works by Van Gogh, as well as 11 paintings that were previously attributed to the painter. Researchers described each painting in detail and told its story.

Colin Firth got a role in a comedy about a zombie

Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech!”) Signed up for a new project. According to the portal Deadline, the British actor has agreed on one of the main roles in the zombie comedy “New York Will Eat You Alive” (New York Will Eat You Alive).

Foo Fighters presented the track “Shame Shame”

American rock band Foo Fighters have presented a new track “Shame Shame”. The composition was published on the band’s YouTube channel. The song will be part of the new Medicine At Midnight album, which is expected to premiere on February 5, 2021.

The Poetry Prize named the laureates

On November 9, the results of the second season of the Poetry Prize (for 2020) were summed up. Yuliy Gugolev became the winner in the Poem of the Year nomination. “Not a locker door, but, in general, Sanduny …”

Laureate in the nomination “Poetic Translation”: Alyosha Prokopiev. RAINER MARIA RILKE. “Requiem for Wolf Count von Kalkreuth.”

Laureate in the category “Criticism”: Valery Shubinsky. “With love for high words” (about the books of Viktor Krivulin and Oleg Okhapkin).

The monetary content of the prize is 300,000 rubles in the Poem of the Year nomination, and 200,000 rubles in the Poetic Translation and Criticism categories.

Lucifer Writers Completed Season 6

Showrunner Ildi Modrovich posted on Twitter a touching snapshot of the call to Zoom, where you can see everyone who was involved in creating the plot of the series. Writers blow kisses on it, which, apparently, became the official sign of the completion of their work.

Of course, even though the writing of the sixth season of “Lucifer” and finished, the production of the series continues. Last month, showrunner Joe Henderson announced that the film crew was ready to shoot the final episodes, because the work on the second part of the fifth season was finally completed.

First passengers ride the Virgin Hyperloop vacuum train

Near Las Vegas, Virgin Hyperloop conducted the first ever test of a Pegasus vacuum train with people on board. During a test in a 500-meter tunnel, the train accelerated to 160 km / h, and its first passengers were technical director and co-founder of Virgin Hyperloop Josh Gigel and head of passenger service Sara Lucian.

Russian trade statistics for 9 months:

  • trade balance $ 76.8 billion (-42.6%)
  • oil exports $ 54.6 billion (-40.3%)
  • pipeline gas exports $ 16.2 billion (-47.7%)
  • coal exports $ 9.4 billion (-23.9%)
  • aluminum export $ 3 billion (-20.1%)
  • export of ferrous metals $ 11.7 billion (-17.5%)
  • wheat exports $ 5.2 billion (+ 11.7%)
  • vegetable oil export $ 2 billion (+ 28.6%)

Putin fired five ministers

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees to dismiss Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dmitry Kobylkin, Minister of Construction and Housing and Utilities Vladimir Yakushev, Minister of Transport Yevgeny Dietrich, as well as Minister of Energy Alexander Novak and Minister for the Development of the Far East Alexander Kozlov.

Immediately after the signing of the decrees, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin nominated Kozlov for the post of the new head of the Ministry of Natural Resources. In addition, the prime minister proposed to the State Duma to appoint:

for the post of the head of the Ministry of Energy – the head of RusHydro Nikolai Shulginov;

for the post of the head of the Ministry of Transport – the head of Aeroflot, Vitaly Savelyev;

for the post of head of the Ministry of Construction – First Deputy Minister Irek Fayzullin;

for the post of head of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East – head of the Far East Development Fund Alexei Chekunkov.

Putin increased the number of deputy prime ministers in the government to ten

Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to change the structure of the federal government by introducing another post of Deputy Prime Minister. Information about the corresponding decree of the head of state is published on the Kremlin website. The text of the document notes:

Establish that the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation has 10 deputies, including one First Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation – Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District and Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation – Chief of Staff of the Government of the Russian Federation.

The European Union called the condition for the introduction of a visa-free regime with Belarus

The European Union does not intend to introduce a visa-free regime for citizens of Belarus in the near future, as requested by the opposition. A conversation about this is possible only after a “democratic transition” of power in the country, the European Commission told Izvestia.

A protest action with the participation of pensioners is taking place in Minsk

A massive protest action, in which people of retirement age participate, is taking place in the capital of Belarus. This was reported on November 9 by the Belarusian opposition portal Tut.by.

Leader of the Belarusian opposition: Crimea belongs to Ukraine

The Crimea peninsula belongs to Ukraine. This was announced today, November 9, by ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

“My personal point of view is that there is international law, legislation. And on the basis of international legislation, Crimea, of course, belongs to Ukraine, ”she said.

At the same time, commenting on the situation in Donbass, she stressed that she opposes any manifestation of aggression.

The Constitution of Russia in priority over the norms of international law

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on the priority of the Constitution of the Russian Federation over the norms of international law. The document was published on the official portal of legal information

Turkey supports full control of Azerbaijan over Karabakh

Azerbaijan will not stop fighting until Nagorno-Karabakh comes under its control, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said.

Turkey has not been silent and will not remain silent about the occupation of Azerbaijani lands. With the liberation of Shushi, our hopes were strengthened many times over. The flag of the struggle will not drop until the liberation of the entire Karabakh from the occupation, including the return of Kelbajar and Lachin to their real owners, the Turkish leader said, speaking at the conference of Turkish ambassadors in Ankara.

Apple suspends new project with Taiwanese firm over employee rights violations

US-based Apple Inc has suspended cooperation with key supplier Pegatron Corp on a new project, after finding out that the company violated the rules regarding the program for student workers in its Chinese enterprises. The tech giant said it has given the supplier a trial period and will not give the company new projects until it takes full remedial action.

Russian trade with different countries in 9 months:

  • with the European Union $ 156.5 billion (-22.7%)
  • with China $ 74.4 billion (-6.9%)
  • with Belarus $ 20 billion (-19.2%)
  • with the US $ 17.7 billion (-8.5%)
  • with Turkey $ 14.9 billion (-23.9%)
  • with Ukraine $ 7.3 billion (-19.3%)

A Russian attack helicopter was shot down in Armenia.

This was reported by Sputnik Armenia with reference to a source in the Russian power structures. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that the Russian helicopter crashed in Armenia.

The Russian Mi-24 helicopter that fell in Armenia near the village of Yeraskh was subjected to fire from the ground from MANPADS. The command of the 102nd military base of Russia is conducting an investigation to establish the identity of those who shot at the fallen Russian helicopter. ”

The Mi-24 was shot down while escorting a convoy to a Russian military base in Armenia. The helicopter crashed in a mountainous area. Two crew members were killed, the third was taken to the airfield with moderate injuries

Azerbaijan apologizes for downed Russian military helicopter in Armenia

On Monday, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry made a statement in which it acknowledged that the Russian helicopter was shot down by the country’s armed forces. In this statement, representatives of the department apologized to the Russian Federation, and also expressed condolences to the relatives of the two dead crew members.