11 Dec, 2019

News digest for 12/10/2019

The total amount of claims of Russia to Ukraine

The total amount of claims of Russia to Ukraine in the dispute over unpaid Kiev Eurobonds reaches $ 4.5 billion, according to the report of the Russian Ministry of Finance.

“To date, the amount of claims of the Russian Federation, taking into account the accrued interest is about $ 4.5 billion»

Eurobonds denominated in us dollars were issued by Ukraine in December 2013. The $3.075 billion issue ($3 billion of principal plus a $75 million coupon) was acquired entirely by Russia. The interest rate on them is 5% per annum, that is, it was at that time below the market rate for Ukrainian debt.

However, in 2015, Ukraine did not make a payment to repay the principal amount of debt on these securities and did not pay the next interest. Since then, additional interest has accrued on the balance of the debt.

European version of the American Magnitsky act

The European Union begins work on the creation of a sanctions mechanism similar to the American Magnitsky act. According to an unnamed diplomat from the EU, the decision on the “Magnitsky act” was supported by 23 EU members, representatives of five other countries did not Express objections. The European external relations service will prepare the relevant document, which may take six months.

It is a sanctions mechanism that allows restrictions to be applied in response to human rights violations in any country of the world. The adoption of such innovations was initiated by the Netherlands-the local Parliament ordered the government to either seek a pan-European “Magnitsky law” or adopt a similar national law.

Tomatoes and tobacco “scream” when they run out of water

Israeli scientists have found that tomatoes and tobacco “scream” when they lack water or they cut off the stem. “Screams” in the ultrasonic range from 20 to 100 kilohertz recorded microphones, which were installed near the plants. Tomatoes “scream” about 35 times an hour, tobacco less often-11 times an hour. The human ear does not perceive these sounds.

The U.S. Senate approved the draft law on the defense budget

The House and Senate armed services committees have agreed on a $738 billion defense budget bill that, among other things, bans military cooperation with Russia. It is expected that the Law on national defense will be adopted before the end of 2019.

The results of the “Norman” summit in Paris

Gunnings. We decided that by the end of the year we need to ensure a ceasefire in Donbass.

Exchange. The exchange will be held on the formula “all for all” until the end of the year. The red cross will have full access to them. Zelensky expects to return 72 Ukrainians, to conduct an exchange in stages.

Status Of Donbass. Steinmeier’s formula (after elections Donbass receives the special status temporarily and if they are honest – that permanently) decided to integrate into the Ukrainian legislation, and the special status of Donbass as it should be coordinated that it could operate constantly. Zelensky said that while the law on the special status will be extended to 2020. Zelensky thus declared that to conduct direct negotiations with DNR and LNR won’t be and on federalization of Ukraine won’t go, and elections in Donbass will take place only according to laws of Ukraine.

Border. Zelensky said that his approach: first the border, then the elections-and Putin on the contrary.

The next summit is expected in 4 months in Berlin. On the agenda – the organization of local elections in Ukraine.

 

Negotiations in the “Normandy format” with the participation of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France ended in a conditional “draw”, said the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky

 

The head of the HRC opposed the progressive tax for the rich

The progressive tax on personal income (pit) should not be introduced in Russia in the near future, said the head of the presidential Council for the development of civil society and human rights (HRC) Valery Fadeev during an international conference in the Public chamber of the Russian Federation on inequality.

“We in Russia have been talking for many years about introducing a progressive scale of taxation… I am against raising taxes. The state will not be able to take these taxes from rich people in the near future. And the target will be the middle class with small incomes. Hitting the middle class is unacceptable.”

“I have repeatedly opposed and will explain why-the analysis of my colleagues, when I worked in the magazine [was editor-in-chief of the magazine “Expert” in 1998-2017], showed that in Russia is really not flat, but regressive scale of taxation. Simple calculations show that the richest people in Russia, the richest households do not pay even the 13% that we are supposed to pay as income tax.”

The Russian state Duma adopted a law on the abolition of Bank roaming

The state Duma adopted in the third, final reading a bill on the abolition of Bank fees for money transfers between customers located in different regions of the country. This was reported by the press service of the lower house of Parliament.

The Russian state Duma has protected the rich from high taxes

State Duma deputies rejected both bills to raise taxes for high-income citizens. This is evidenced by the decisions published in the electronic database of the lower house of Parliament. Documents separately from each other made “Fair Russia” and the Communist party.

The state Duma adopted a law to extend the freeze of funded pensions

Deputies of The state Duma adopted in the third reading the law introduced by the government on the extension until the end of 2022 of the freeze of the funded part of the pension, reports TASS.

Calculated Russia’s spending on import substitution

The Russian government in 2019-2020 allocated 1.3 trillion rubles for import substitution projects. This writes “Interfax” with reference to the statement of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. In 2015-2018, spending on these purposes amounted to 1.6 trillion.

Residents of Surgut owe utilities almost 2 billion rubles

Almost 2 billion rubles were owed by Surgut residents for housing and communal services this year. Compared to the same period in 2018, this amount increased by more than 2 percent. About it journalists of Surgutinform-TV were told in the city hall. According to officials, the list of malicious defaulters is mostly the same people. Most of them claim that there is simply no money to pay the debt.

“Naftogaz” reduced the price of gas for the population of Ukraine by 13%

The leadership of NAC “Naftogaz” reduced the price of gas for the population in December. The price of gas for consumers who buy gas on the terms of PSO, will be 4277 hryvnia per thousand cubic meters (excluding VAT, mark-UPS and transportation costs), – said in a press release of the company.

“ALROSA” in November increased sales by 5%

In November 2019, ALROSA group sold diamond products totaling $287.8 million (+5% yoy). Sales of rough diamonds in value terms amounted to $282.1 million, diamonds – $5.8 million

Capital outflow from Russia in January-November decreased to $33.7 billion

The surplus of foreign trade of the Russian Federation decreased to $147.9 billion from $176 billion Balance of financial transactions of the private sector in January-November 2019 amounted to $33.7 billion against $54 billion in January-November 2018

Sweden decided to get rid of the oil billion

Sweden decided to get rid of the oil billion-the investment company SPP Fonder AB, which is managed by $ 24 billion, withdrew funds from firms for the production and sale of fossil energy sources, as well as organizations directly related to the sphere of production, their funds.

“Gazprom oil” has begun producing marine lubricants in the Singapore

Gazpromneft Marine Lubricants (part of Gazprom Neft) started production of Gazpromneft Ocean marine oils in Singapore at the AP Oil plant. Localization of production will reduce the delivery time of products to the port of the city to 2 days, and to the ports of Malaysia to 4 days, the company reports.

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia was awarded the Nobel peace prize

The 2019 Nobel peace prize is presented to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday, December 10. Broadcast of the award ceremony, held in the Oslo city hall, was conducted on the website of the Nobel Foundation.

“Recognizing the importance of your work by awarding the Nobel peace prize, we do not Express any opinions on how you should lead the people of Ethiopia and whether you should do it in the future” – with these words, the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Berit Reiss-Andersen presented Ahmed with a gold medal with a portrait of the founder of the prize Alfred Nobel and a diploma.

China bans American computers and software

The Chinese authorities ordered three years later to completely abandon the use of public organizations and public institutions of computer equipment and software that were created abroad, the newspaper financial Times, citing sources.

Boeing faces fine for defective parts

The Federal aviation administration intends to fine Boeing $ 3.9 billion for installing substandard parts on about 133 aircraft and concealing these defects.

The FAA believes that Boeing failed to monitor the compliance of its suppliers with the requirements of the company’s quality control system. This error turned into problems with the slats, which provide additional vertical thrust during takeoff and landing of aircraft. The Corporation was given 30 days to respond, TASS writes.

The US imposed sanctions against the mayor of the Latvian city

The US imposed sanctions on 15 individuals and 29 legal entities in Serbia, Latvia and Cambodia as part of The so-called “global Magnitsky act”. This is stated on the website of the us Treasury Department. As explained in the Department, the new restrictive measures are timed to the International day against corruption. They added that sanctions are imposed against ” corrupt players.”

The mayor of Ventspils, Latvia, Aivars Lembergs, as well as four related companies, the Latvian transit business Association, the business development Association, the Ventspils free port and the Ventspils development Agency, have been subject to restrictive measures. According to the us Treasury Department, Lembergs “appropriated state assets”, engaged in “expropriation of private assets for his own benefit”, as well as bribery.

In Ukraine 6 thousand inhabitants of the Crimea accused of treason

The Council under the President of the Russian Federation for the development of civil society and human rights will raise the issue of protection of 6 thousand residents of Crimea, against whom criminal cases of treason have been initiated in Ukraine, said the head of the HRC Valery Fadeev.

It turns out that Ukraine opened criminal cases against six thousand Russian citizens. They were citizens of Ukraine, worked as officials. These six thousand people are now almost hostages. They are accused of treason. – Valery Fadeev, Russian journalist

Belarus intends to hold joint exercises with NATO

Belarus is ready for joint exercises with NATO and is negotiating possible formats. This was stated by the first Deputy Minister of defense of Belarus Oleg Belokonev.

Belarus is ready for joint exercises with NATO, there are even talks on possible formats. But this is on the condition that NATO will understand that our strategic ally is Russia. — Oleg Belokonev, commander of the Belarusian

The newest Turkish-Ukrainian drone Akıncı made its first flight

The newest Turkish strike drone Akıncı, created jointly with Ukraine, made its first flight. This is reported by “Ukrainian Militarny Portal”.

On the way to Antarctica crashed military plane Chile

The air force (air force) of Chile recognized the crash of a military aircraft carrying 38 people. The search for the ship, which was headed to Antarctica, continues.

“The C130 Hercules aircraft seven hours after the loss of communication is recognized as a wreck,” the air force said on Twitter. There is a search for possible survivors.

“Admiral Kuznetsov” needed additional repairs

The heavy aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” required additional repairs to the main turbines of the power plant, but this will not affect the term of the ship’s return to the Navy, the President of the United shipbuilding Corporation (USC) Alexey Rakhmanov told Interfax on Tuesday.

Announced the nominees for the “Golden globe»

In Los Angeles announced the contenders for the award of the Hollywood foreign press Association – “Golden globe”. Most nominations this time at the projects Netflix, the leader in their number was” Marriage story ” Noah Baumbak. Also in contention for the title of “Best drama film” are “the Irishman, “”the Joker, “”Once… in Hollywood, “”1917″ and ” Two Dads»

Novosibirsk deputies solemnly opened a warm toilet at the bus stop.

In Novosibirsk deputies solemnly opened a toilet and a transport stop in the residential district “White dew”. Now drivers and passengers of the 25th and 43rd buses will be able to expect departure of flights in comfortable conditions. There was a new asphalt surface, a convenient platform for turning and Parking, as well as a stopping pavilion and a warm toilet. Transformed the final stop at the expense of funds from the budget of the city of Novosibirsk: such changes cost 4.5 million rubles.

Most popular Wikipedia pages 10 years ago

10 years ago (for some reason) people were most interested in the history of the Beatles. In second place was American politics (Barack Obama and the United States), and then-more celebrities, Harry Potter, world War II and celebrities again

How much are Canadians likely to spend on food in 2020

Food prices in Canada are expected to rise two to four percent in 2020 and the average canadian family is expected to spend an additional $ 487, according to a report released Wednesday by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph.

The 2020 forecast says that for the average family following the canadian food guide, total household spending on groceries will increase to $ 12,667 a year

Compulsion to map the WORLD

The government approved a bill to increase the number of entrepreneurs obliged to use cards of the national payment system “Mir”for non-cash settlements with consumers.

Under the bill, the rules will now apply to ” owners of aggregators.” The government will gradually reduce the enterprise revenue threshold, exceeding which allows buyers to pay in this way. Now cards “World” are obliged to accept market participants with a turnover of more than 40 million rubles From September 1, 2020, the threshold is planned to be reduced to 30 million rubles, and from the beginning of 2021 — to 20 million.

Such measure according to officials will allow to struggle with “realization of low-quality and counterfeit production” which through the Internet firms with a small turn often sell.

On a commemorative granite slab placed the wrong text!

In Megion, a long, hard-to-read inscription was placed on the slab of the Walk of Fame. It turned out that it was a draft, according to “Rosbalt”. Now on the plate written:

“The walk of Fame was opened in 2020 in order to perpetuate the memory of those who died in the defense of the Fatherland, home front workers, soldiers-internationalists and preserve the national memory of the people, which reflects the courage and valor of the defenders of the Motherland.”

Earlier:
In the Amur region on the monument to the heroes of the great Patriotic war depicted NATO soldiers
In Cheremkhovo installed a monument to the pilot who died in Syria, which is similar to the American F-15!
In Tuapse on the monument “hero-Cities of the great Patriotic war” forgot to enter four hero-cities

Inflation in China continues to accelerate

Consumer prices in China in November rose by 0.4% mm and 4.5% yoy (0.1% mm and 4.2% yoy were expected). The annual inflation rate repeated the maximum of January 2012.

A sharp rise in consumer inflation this year in China is linked to the African swine fever epidemic, which has caused the price of pork in the country to more than double over the past year. The people’s Bank of China does not dramatize this price increase, believing that it is one-time, non-monetary in nature and will not lead to a reversal of the overall trend for monetary policy easing.

Russian state Duma: anti-corruption laws in Russia are among the most perfect in the world

Russian legislation aimed at combating corruption is one of the most perfect in the world, said the Chairman of the state Duma Committee on security and anti — corruption Vasily Piskarev. Such norms do not exist in all States, the Deputy noted.

“Suffice it to say that we have significantly modernized the anti-corruption legislation. In the last ten years, more than a hundred legal acts in this area have been adopted, and half of them are Federal laws. But the point, of course, is not in their number, but in quality. And here I want to note that our anti-corruption laws in comparison with similar in other countries-one of the most perfect”, – Piskarev told in interview to “the parliamentary newspaper”.

More than 30 billion rubles will be allocated for the Russian census

The all-Russian population census will be held from 1 to 31 October 2020, more than 30 billion rubles will be allocated for its conduct.. At a meeting with Deputy Prime Ministers, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that he had already signed a resolution on the signature. It is published on the government website.

“For the census, we allocate very significant money — more than 30 billion rubles.the Census will be held from 1 to 31 October 2020, in remote and hard— to-reach regions, the period has increased, everything will begin on April 1 and will continue until December 20 next year,” Medvedev said.

To draw public attention to topics that are usually hushed up

In Petrozavodsk, street artists placed red posters with Putin’s face around the city. Young people call themselves “vandals” or “squad”, they want one thing-to attract public attention to the topics that are usually silenced. Their work they performed with reference to the novel by George Orwell “1984”. However, police officers are already interested in activists and are checking, writes “Runa”.

Anna Pavlikova’s mother went on hunger strike

The mother of the defendant in the case of “New greatness” Anna Pavlikova Yulia Vinogradova went on hunger strike because of the criminal prosecution of political prisoners. She was supported by the mother of the former defendant in the “Moscow case” Daniil Konon Natalia

The most expensive object ever built by mankind

The international space station is the most expensive object ever built by mankind. The ISS consists of 14 stacked with each other modules. Five ISS modules were built by Russia, seven by the USA. One module — Japan and the European Union. The weight of the ISS — more than 417 tons

Ministry of natural resources warned of the danger of garbage collapse

Budget organizations must pay debts for garbage collection, and the information campaign will increase the collection of payments to avoid a garbage collapse, according to the letter of the head of the Ministry of natural resources Dmitry Kobylkin, sent to the regions.

 

FSB officers again detained Yakut shaman Alexander Gabyshev, who was going to Moscow to “expel Putin”

 

The Governor of the Chelyabinsk region banned migrants to work in passenger transport

The Governor of the Chelyabinsk region by his decree banned migrants from Asia to work in passenger transport-the official document is published on the portal of legal information.

Now guest workers will not be able to drive city buses, taxis and minibuses, as well as to go on suburban and intercity flights. For violation of the decree they face a serious fine and deportation.

Amazon is suing the US Department of defense.

The reason for the lawsuit was a 10-billion contract with the Pentagon, which the company lost. Allegedly-because of the “behind-the-scenes attacks” of us President Donald trump. Trump allegedly wanted to hurt his “alleged political rival,” Amazon owner Jeff Bezos

Prove the origin of money when exported across the customs border of the EAEU

Citizens of the Eurasian economic Union from February 4, 2020 will have to provide documents confirming the origin of funds when moving more than $100 thousand across the customs border of the EAEU. This is stated in the message of the Federal customs service (FCS) of Russia.

“From February 4, 2020, when a single individual moves cash and (or) monetary instruments in the amount of more than $100 thousand across the customs border of the EAEU, simultaneously with the filing of a passenger customs Declaration, it will be necessary to provide documents confirming the origin of such funds,” the message reads.

Abolish criminal prosecution for ” Insulting the feelings of believers»

Christians in Russia have created a petition demanding the repeal of article 148 of the criminal code, which implies criminal prosecution for ” Insulting the feelings of believers.” They believe that this article does not so much help believers as discredit religion, presenting it not as a doctrine of mercy, but as an aggressive cult in the eyes of atheists.

The sculpture of Augustus is incredibly similar to the Russian President

In St. Petersburg, a statue of the Roman Emperor Octavian Augustus was installed, said in his Facebook former spokesman for the manufacturer of vodka “Ladoga” Alexey Kolomentsev. The sculpture of Augustus is incredibly similar to the Russian President. The Emperor stands leaning with one hand on a shield with the image of a Roman wolf, and the other patronizingly points to the West. “Open media” could not contact the owners of the shopping center to find out the reason for such an unexpected coincidence.

The statue appeared on the facade of the Evropa shopping center under construction, located on the Petrograd side. According to Google Street View, it appeared on the facade of the building no later than the summer of 2019, along with sculptural images of other emperors.

The police detained the suspect in the case of threats to the judge Alexey Krivoruchko

Police detained another suspect in the case of threats to the judge Alexei Krivoruchko – the same that tried the actor Pavel Ustinov for ” dislocated shoulder riot police.”

This time in the hands of the interior Ministry was a resident of Voronezh Mikhail Kvasov. According to investigators, he left several aggressive comments in social networks on the topic of judge Krivoruchko. Kvasov is suspected under article 296 of the criminal code- ” Threat or violent actions in connection with the implementation of justice.” In the near future Kvasov will be delivered to Moscow

In Russia proposed to equate the theft of the budget to treason

The head of the “National anti-corruption Committee”, a member of the HRC Kirill Kabanov proposes to equate embezzlement of budget funds to treason and put for it for up to 25 years. Kabanov told RIA Novosti on Monday, the international day against corruption.

Loskutov sold the sign “Kostina and Asker-Zadeh” for 1.5 million rubles

Ideologist and organizer of Novosibirsk Monsters Artem Loskutov held a charity auction in the Wake of the investigation of the anti-corruption Fund. The ex-new Yorker sold a sign from new York’s Central Park for 1.5 million rubles. Artem Loskutov himself said this on his Facebook page

In the capital of Russia opened the House of human rights

The Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation Tatyana Moskalkova has inaugurated the House of human rights in Moscow – the new headquarters of the Federal Ombudsman, which will be located on Smolensky Boulevard. The opening ceremony of the new building took place on Tuesday

The man died in hospital, wardens suspect

In the correctional colony No. 6 of the city of Klintsy, Bryansk region, yesterday, December 8, a prisoner died. As reports the edition “Bryansk news”, the man received beatings at staging.

An audit is currently under way. Presumably, the convict was beaten by colony workers. The victim was taken to hospital, but could not be saved. There is no official information about the incident yet.

Russian authorities have decided to create a “single window” of state support

The authorities plan to create a single information platform for industrial enterprises, which will allow them in one place to get all the information about the measures of state support, follows from the letter of Deputy Minister of economic development Mikhail Rasstrigin, sent to the government (RBC has, its content was confirmed by a Federal official)

Teachers of Kazan school rested in the UAE at the expense of parents of students

Teachers of the elite gymnasium No. 19 in Kazan went on vacation to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the expense of the parents of their students. On Monday, December 9, the website reports kp.ru with reference to the Prosecutor of the Republic Ildus Nafikov

The official from the Leningrad region decided to dismiss for a Mat at the youth forum

The head of the Department for youth policy of the administration of Sosnovy Bor in the Leningrad region Alexandra Pozdnyakova scandalized at the youth forum. During her speech, she urged young men and women to work hard, using an obscene synonym for this. Pozdnyakova said that “if it was absolutely profanity, then, of course, I would not say it, but in this speech it is quite fit”, reports the TV channel “Lentv24»

Medvedev approved the program of free medical care

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev approved the program of the state guarantee of free medical care in Russia for the next three years.

“It is in this program that it is determined what kind of medical care and for what diseases each person who has a policy of compulsory medical insurance can receive free of charge,” he said at a meeting with Deputy Prime Ministers.

Air ticket prices in Russia will continue to grow

Russian airlines in 2020 will be forced to raise prices for air tickets due to increased costs, transmit December 10, “Izvestia” with reference to the Association of air transport operators.
The booking services note that tickets for the first quarter of 2020 have already risen in price by 3-18% depending on the direction. The growth Rate of revenues of domestic air carriers in the I – III quarter of 2019 slightly exceeded the growth of costs-12.8% against 12%, respectively

A thousand people signed a petition against the landfill in Volosovsky district

Residents of Volosovsky district of the Leningrad region protest against the expansion of the landfill near the village of Kalitino. They plan to hold three meetings and collect signatures under the petition to the Governor Alexander Drozdenko. The landfill near Kalitino was put into operation in 2004, earned since 2007.

Created a gel for healing intestinal wounds

Experiments on animals have shown that the drug, like a plaster, protects intestinal wounds and promotes healing of the mucous membrane. The current therapy for treating patients with inflammatory bowel disease is expensive, relieves symptoms and causes side effects.

Published ranking of the most tourist cities in the world

The first lines of the rating were taken by the American cities of Miami and Las Vegas. In these places, there are 1641 and 993 tourists per 100 local residents, respectively. In third place was Dubai — in the largest city of the UAE, the concentration of tourists and locals is about 6 to 1. Next comes the Scottish Edinburgh and the Irish capital Dublin. In these cities, there are four times as many tourists per 100 people of the local population.

The top 10 also included Hong Kong, San Francisco, Vienna, Singapore and Washington.The capital of Russia was also in the list, located on the 38th place of the rating: the ratio of local residents to the number of tourists in Moscow was 100 to 43. Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Mexico city and Sao Paulo complete the ranking. For 100 people of the local population in these cities there are no more than 20 tourists.

Thailand will strengthen security measures for tourists in the country

Thailand’s interior Ministry has instructed authorized government agencies to strengthen security measures for tourists in the country. This was reported by the Thai newspaper Bangkok Post. The reason for this decision was the German documentary Achtung Abzocke, in which European tourists were warned about the dangers of holidays in Thailand. For example, TV reporters told how scammers extort money from Europeans, posing as employees of the tourist police, as well as cheat when paying for a taxi.

Major General Verapong Tongpaibun, head of Pattaya’s tourist police Department, was the first to respond to the appeal of the Thai interior Ministry. According to him, the resort has already installed a lot of security cameras and in the near future their number will increase. In addition, in Pattaya, it is planned to introduce a Lite version of the curfew – from 22:00 to 04:00 tourist police together with other services will patrol the city beach to prevent fraud against tourists. Beaches will be divided into three zones, which will be on duty at least nine employees of the interior Ministry.

Counted the number of Russians with black salaries

The number of Russians who do not pay taxes on salaries is about 13 million people, or 18 percent of the working population. A quarter of the labor income of citizens is not visible to the state. This conclusion was reached by experts of the Agency “National credit ratings”, writes owned by Grigory Berezkin edition of RBC.

Experts note that mostly people with black salaries work in the areas of services, repair and small-scale production. The state is unlikely to be able to bring all 13 million out of the shadows, because it simply does not have the necessary incentives or administrative measures, they say.

“Any attempt to establish control over payments through the banking system will lead to the cashing out of all settlements in this area,” the economists point out.

EU countries have decided to return gold from London to their banks

Some EU countries have decided to return home their gold stored in the UK. According to analysts, this desire is caused by a number of reasons. So, in Slovakia, there is talk that London should not be trusted, because in case of political and economic troubles, Britain can take unexpected steps, appropriating someone else’s gold. With such statements is a former Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert fico. It is known that Poland has already completed the operation to withdraw from the UK 100 tons of gold. The authorities of this country explained their decision by the difficult geopolitical situation.

Small pharmacy business, Khakassia Republic threatens to ruin

Anastasia Filippova, an entrepreneur from Chernogorsk (Khakassia), claims that since the new year the pharmacy business of the Republic risks suffering enormous losses due to a number of innovations related to labeling and taxes. Local authorities can solve the problem, but for some reason they are in no hurry to help the panicked pharmacists. If there is no reaction, the drug trade can become unprofitable. As a result – at first medicines will start disappearing from pharmacy shelves, and then pharmacies themselves will disappear, says a businesswoman from Montenegrin.

Ukraine gives preference to the Russian coal

For 11 months of 2019, Ukraine slightly increased imports of coal by 8.38 thousand tons (0.04%) of stone and anthracite (HS code 2701) by 0.04% compared to the same period in 2018, to 19.1 million tons, according to “Ukrrudprom” December 10

From the Russian Federation imported coal for $1.51 billion (58.19% of total imports), from the United States – $808.52 million (31.22%), purchases of Kazakh coal cost $123.07 million (4.75%), the remaining ($151.07 million, 5.83%) purchased from other countries.

Earlier it was reported that the Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky in November bought a large batch of Russian liquefied natural gas, becoming the largest Ukrainian importer of LNG to Ukraine.

Shouting about” increases ” to pensions urged not to shame

“I remind you, dear friends, all employees of the FIU and journalists: this is not an increase to the pension, it is an indexation under the law! And there is nothing outstanding and supernatural. Previously, they added an average of 500 rubles, now — 1000. I emphasize, on average!”- wrote in Facebook the leader of the” Fair Russia ” state Duma Deputy Sergei Mironov.

Insurance pensions of non-working pensioners of the Russian Federation from January 1, 2020 will be indexed by 6.6%, which will ensure an increase in payments by an average of 1 thousand rubles per month. Moreover, most pensioners who have a pension-8 thousand rubles, will receive even less.

“Therefore, all shouting about “increases” it is better to simply be silent and not to be ashamed. Shame on you! “Communal”, the prices of food and medicine have long “devoured” these pathetic handouts, and the people continue to beg, ” – outraged parliamentarian.

Russia’s international reserves grow for 14 consecutive months

On December 6, 2019, it became known that Russia’s international reserves have been growing for 14 consecutive months. This is evidenced by the data of the Central Bank. During this time, they increased by $82.9 billion or 18.1% and on December 1, 2019 amounted to $542 billion.

The Bank of Russia on December 5 bought currency for the Ministry of Finance for 14.11 billion rubles

The Ministry of Finance from November 8 to December 5 plans to purchase currency for 228.2 billion rubles. The daily volume of purchases during this period was supposed to be 11.4 billion rubles. Since February 1, the Central Bank has also started to carry out deferred currency purchases in 2018 (their volume is estimated at about $30 billion).

Elon Musk drove through the streets of Los Angeles on the new Tesla Cybertruck

American entrepreneur Elon Musk drove through the streets of Los Angeles behind the wheel of an electric pickup Cybertruck, produced by his company Tesla. According to the portal TMZ, Musk effectively drove his electric pickup to the restaurant “Nobu”.

The US will temporarily transfer to Europe 20 thousand military

The United States in February will transfer to Europe 20 thousand military to participate in large-scale exercises “Defender of Europe 2020” (Defender Europe) and a number of other exercises, told reporters Brigadier General Sean Barnaby.

Berlin zoo shows twin Panda cubs

Two Panda cubs have been born at Berlin zoo. According to Chinese tradition, 100 days after birth, the cubs were given names. They were called Meng Xiang and Meng yuan, which means “cherished dream” and “fulfilled dream”.

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on the” militarization ” of Crimea

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on the “problem of militarization” of the Crimea and the Azov and Black seas. The document was proposed by Ukraine. 63 countries voted in support, 19 opposed and 66 abstained.

The document, in particular, condemns “the presence of Russian troops in Crimea.” This, among other things, violates the sovereignty of Ukraine, the document says. Its authors call on Russia to ” withdraw its troops.”

Ukrainian website “Peacemaker” ceased operations

Ukrainian website “Peacemaker”, which publishes personal data of those whom the site administration considers “enemies of Ukraine” and “traitors to the Motherland”, ceased its activities. About it on December 10 it is reported on the website.

Day of death of industry and victims of economic reforms

Deputies of the regional Duma of Saratov from the Communist party proposed to establish a memorable date-The day of the death of industry in the Saratov region and the victims of economic reforms. Such a draft law was considered at an extraordinary meeting of the regional Duma. It is proposed to celebrate on September 21: on this day in 2012, the entry about the Saratov aviation plant was excluded from the register.

Presenting the project, Deputy Alexander Anidalov said that it will allow to learn from their mistakes and pay tribute to the former employees of the plant. According to him, the destruction of industry in the region continues, so the law should be adopted: “It is a matter of conscience.”

The former head of the FSB, Stepashin said that Russia “will be free»

Former Deputy Prime Minister and first FSB Director Sergei Stepashin said that in the next 20 years, Russia will change greatly and become a “free country”. He voiced this opinion at the conference “How the war in Chechnya changed Russian society” in Yekaterinburg.

Sergey Stepashin in 1994-1995 was the Director of the Federal counterintelligence service (since 1995-FSB), in 1996-1998 – a member of the defense Council of the Russian Federation, from July 1997 to March 1998 – the Minister of justice of the Russian Federation.

There has been a sharp increase in arrests of officials in Russia

Experts of the St. Petersburg politics Foundation note a sharp increase in the number of arrests of high-ranking regional officials in 2019. This is discussed in the report of the Fund published on Tuesday. The leaders of the anti-rating were Buryatia, Dagestan, Kalmykia, Astrakhan and Rostov regions, and a total of 55 major current and former regional leaders were prosecuted. “Increasingly, arrests and searches look like concerns of state agencies about the situation on a particular issue,” – said the President of the Fund “St. Petersburg policy” Mikhail Vinogradov

Indian military tested the American shell ” Excalibur»

The Indian army for the first time used guided missiles of American production “Excalibur” (M982 Excalibur) caliber 155 mm. as the Military review clarifies, we are talking about shells that were still in service with the United States, Canada and Sweden. Within a few days in India will analyze the first use of “Excalibur”, and then draw conclusions.

Russia will have the northernmost air base in the world

Russia is creating a new military airbase on Franz Josef Land, where fighter jets will be stationed. The deployment of the new infrastructure will be completed in 2020. It is reported by TV 2 NORGE with reference to the military intelligence of Denmark.

Russia began work on the runway at Nagurskoye in 2017 and continues to increase the capacity of the base. When everything is completed, Russia will be able to use Nagurskoye for its largest transport and anti-submarine aircraft, as well as bombers – according to an analytical report compiled by Danish intelligence.

In South Korea reported the test of the DPRK rocket engine

South Korean national defense Minister Chung Kyung-Do said that on December 7, North Korea tested a rocket engine at The sohae test site. He said this at a press conference in Sydney, Yonhap news Agency reports on Tuesday, December 10.

Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier of the US Navy entered the Mediterranean sea

This week, the us Navy aircraft carrier Harry Truman entered the Mediterranean with several escort ships. On 5 December, he sailed through the Strait of Gibraltar. This information was detected in the AIS ship movement surveillance system

The final trailer for Michael Bay’s “six outlaws” has been released

 

 

In Vladivostok will host the international theatre festival

From September 23 to October 8, 2020, the Pacific international theatre festival will be held in Vladivostok for the first time. Nearly 20 performances of various genres and styles will be shown, and seven theaters of Russia and the Asia-Pacific countries will take part in it, the screenings will be held on the Primorsky stage of the Mariinsky theater, in the Gorky regional academic theater and on the Sports Harbor, RIA VladNews reports.

Festival of contemporary chamber music ” Five evenings”

Festival “Five evenings” – review of new music. Its program includes works by more than 40 composers from different cities of 19 regions of the country: including Novosibirsk, Karelia, Vladikavkaz, Yekaterinburg and others. Thus, the festival gives the audience an opportunity to get acquainted with the real picture of the musical life of Russia for five evenings. At the same time, the organizers of the festival do not promise listeners “neither pleasure nor entertainment”, because the music is often complex. But they are sure of one thing for sure: the professionalism of the authors combined with the constant search and pursuit of the unknown is able to surprise even the most sophisticated listener. The festival “Five nights” will end on December 14.

XXV international festival on human rights “Stalker” starts”

The Stalker film festival traditionally opens on December 10 on the day of the adoption of the UN “universal Declaration of Human Rights”. The program of the show includes three competitions: feature, documentary and animated films from Russia; international panorama; as well as special and retrospective screenings. All paintings are somehow connected with the standards and norms of human rights protection enshrined in Russian laws, international conventions and the universal Declaration of human rights. The forum will end on December 15

Kaspersky lab prepares OS for smartphones

Kaspersky lab announced the testing of a new operating system Kaspersky Lab, which will be used in smartphones for the corporate sector, said Grigory Sizov, head of business development at Kaspersky Lab. The release of the devices may take place next year.

Samsung has launched a trade-in for wearable devices

Samsung has launched a trade-in for wearable devices South Korean Samsung has launched a trade-in program for smart watches in Russia. In its framework, you can get a discount by handing over the wearable devices of Samsung and its competitors-Apple, Xiaomi and Huawei.

IPhone protection from theft recognized dangerous

The iPhone lock function has a negative impact on the environment and is dangerous for the environment, as it forces to destroy almost new smartphones. This is the conclusion of iFixit experts, their report drew the attention of the digital Trends portal.

Apple products may rise by 15%

Because of the unresolved trade war between China and the United States, Apple products face a new problem. If the countries fail to agree and come to a common agreement by December 15, new tax sanctions will come into force.

Unofficial renderings of Tesla Phone appeared in the Network

According to insiders, the appearance of the devices will really be similar to the previously presented Tesla Cybertruck pickup. Renderings appeared on the resource Slashleaks, which has a good reputation for the number of confirmed drains. In the images, it can be seen that the Tesla Phone will have a slightly curved rear end, mimicking the roof of the vehicle. On the front side there will be a large frameless display, and the camera and speaker will be installed in the cutout.

In Russia launched a single registration from Apple

According to Telecom Daily analyst Ilya Shatilin, when registering on third-party resources, Apple generates a dummy email, allowing the client not to disclose his personal address. Thus, the company will protect its users from receiving spam, imposed mailings and possible hacking.

Another smartphone manufacturer presented its smart glasses

The presentation of the first augmented reality glasses was held at the OPPO Inno Day 2019 conference in Shanzheng. The announcement of this gadget will be an important step for the company on the way to entering the market of wearable devices of additional reality

The most grandiose Google update has become available in Russia

Google has announced the launch of a new algorithm BERT for Russian-language search. Thanks to machine learning technologies, the search engine has become much better at handling queries.

Google introduced neural network-based pre-learning technology for natural language text processing (NLP) last year. The system was called Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers, abbreviated BERT. The company promises that with the help of BERT, almost everyone can train their own question-and-answer system.

Xiaomi launches sale of” smart ” projector-speakers

Representatives of the Chinese giant Xiaomi reported that very soon, namely on December 12, sales of the new “smart” laser projector Xiaomi Mijia, which can be used as a speaker, will open.

Xiaomi revealed a large batch of counterfeit products

As it became known, the company Xiaomi with the police of India conducted a RAID, during which it seized a large batch of fake accessories. It includes more than 2000 devices, including power supplies, popular wireless headphones Redmi AirDots and other accessories

Australians have invented a device for people to communicate with toads

Australian researchers have managed to invent a device for communication between people and toads. The innovation has a lot to do with the phone. This phone is initially placed in places where these amphibians live.

Children of parents with depression have different brain structures

Scientists from the United States found that in the brain of those children whose parents were diagnosed with depression, found a reduced volume of the shell – one of the basal nuclei of the human brain, this was reported by American scientists in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

“The work has revealed a new risk factor that can lead to the development of depressive disorders during adulthood. However, in our previous conditions, the decrease in the volume of putamen showed links with anhedonia-a decrease in the ability to experience pleasure. It is possible that the size of this area of the brain can affect the risk of depression, in other words, acts as a transdiagnostic factor that makes a person more vulnerable to a large set of mental disorders, ” – said the American researchers.

Scientists have discovered another cause that causes hypertension in young people

Scientists have discovered a new gene mutation that leads to the emergence of Liddle syndrome — a rare genetic disease in which hypertension is observed from an early age. The findings are published in the journal BMC Nephrology.

The authors emphasize that the most important element of early detection of Liddle syndrome are genetic studies in combination with hormonal diagnosis, since patients suffering from This disease may not have any symptoms other than high blood pressure.

Changing human facial features in the process of evolution

The BAZ1B gene has played a significant role in the emergence of prosocial behavior and attractive facial features. This was the conclusion of a joint study by Cedric bux of The Catalan Institute for advanced research and Giuseppe Test of the University of Milan. Fragments of their work leads portal Naked Science.

“Our work was one of the first studies to use advanced empirical technology in a clinical setting to understand how the human species evolved after divergence from Neanderthals, and in particular identifies Williams syndrome as a unique atypical pathway for the development of the nervous system in the evolution of our species,” the researchers note.

Neural networks have learned to translate cells into a state of old age

Scientists have taught neural networks to translate the genome of a cell into a state of old age, changing its characteristics and changing the types of cell formations. The method is based on the use of data on gene activity in RNA sequencing. The authors called the method an auto encoder.

Scientists for the first time in history were able to decompose cells into technical and biological components, experts emphasize. The results will help diagnose cancer, the authors note. In the plans of specialists to give the technology an even greater number of opportunities reports popmech.ru.

Microcapsules have been developed to deliver drugs to cancer cells

Scientists of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University together with colleagues have developed a way to deliver anticancer drugs directly to cancer cells. The discovery is based on the use of mesenchymal stem cells and microcapsules from polymer compounds. The results, published in the journal Biomaterials Science, could in the future provide a more accurate effect of the drug on the tumor and help avoid damage to healthy tissues.

Exercise lowered “background noise” in the brain

Sports are useful not only for muscles, but also for the brain, found American neurophysiologists. Motor activity reduces the level of random “noise” affecting the nervous system and memory, according to Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach

The Parker probe transmitted data from a record close distance from the Sun

The Parker probe is located at the closest distance from the Sun – 24 million kilometers from the surface of the sun, these approaches are called perihelion passage. A detailed analysis of the information is published in four papers in the journal Nature.

In particular, the researchers found unexpected changes in the direction of the solar magnetic field, which went past the probe. This field could turn 180 degrees, accelerating the wind to gigantic speeds, and after a few seconds or minutes to turn back. This released a huge amount of energy.

The solar wind is another, almost the main, “object” of scientists ‘ research. The data obtained on the “slow” and “fast” types of solar wind have yet to be analyzed. But they are surprising: the speed of the “slow “wind is” only “1.8 million kilometers per hour, “fast” is twice as fast.

“To our great surprise, the solar wind was rotating… about 15-25 times faster than standard solar models predict, so we’re missing something really fundamental in modeling the Sun” ” said University of Michigan space science Professor Justin Casper.

 

 

Europe has officially approved the mission to destroy the asteroid

According to the publication Space.com, the European space Agency (ESA) during a recent meeting of space research leaders in Seville, Spain, officially approved the Hera mission, which is to evaluate the results of NASA’s double asteroid Redirection Test, the English – language abbreviation of the name of the American mission-DART.

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