12 Nov, 2020

News digest for 11/11/2020

Former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has asked the court to keep him in custody, said Kunduz Zholdubaeva, an advisor to the ex-Kyrgyz leader and one of the accused.

Atambayev was released from the GKNB jail by his supporters during mass protests on the night of October 5-6, where he was serving an 11-year sentence. As a result of his release, the court changed the measure of restraint for him to house arrest. But on October 10, the former president was again detained by the republic’s special services.

Nazarbayev’s daughter turned out to be the owner of Sherlock Holmes’ house in London

The daughter of 80-year-old Nursultan Nazarbayev, who previously served as president of Kazakhstan, turned out to be the owner of Sherlock Holmes’ house in London. This is a property located at 221-B Baker Street.

The Ministry of Health approved the requirements for the complete set of a car first aid kit

A first-aid kit that meets the new requirements must include at least two medical non-sterile masks, medical gloves, at least one device for artificial respiration, a hemostatic tourniquet, at least four gauze medical bandages measuring from 5 meters by 10 centimeters and three bandages measuring from 7 meters to 14 centimeters. Among other things, the kit should include sterile medical gauze wipes, scissors, a roll-on adhesive plaster, a case and first aid instructions. At the same time, drivers are obliged to monitor the expiration date of all components and replace them if necessary. The corresponding order was published on the portal of legal information.

New Year in the family circle

The head of the Moscow region, Andrei Vorobyov, called on the residents of the region to spend time in the New Year with their family. The Governor noted that mass events would have to be avoided, but with the family, quietly, in a family-like manner, as it should be in Russia, we will celebrate the New Year

New Year’s corporate parties and banquets were banned in the Kuban

The regional department of Rospotrebnadzor clarified that corporate parties and other massive New Year holidays are dangerous from the point of view of safety. This is due to the fact that a large number of people will be in a confined space for a long time and without masks.

All restaurants in Moscow will be closed on New Year’s Eve

Restaurants and clubs in Moscow will not work on New Year’s Eve, said Alexei Nemeryuk, head of the Department of Trade and Services of the capital, on the Russia 24 TV channel.

Rostec built the first MC-21-310 aircraft with Russian engines

State Corporation Rostec has completed the construction of the first prototype MC-21-310 aircraft with Russian PD-14 engines. According to Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the aircraft is now to undergo flight tests.

The Accounts Chamber announced the growth of natural population decline in 2020

According to the Accounting Chamber, the current demographic situation in Russia is unfavorable. So, for the first nine months of 2020, the number of deaths in the country exceeded the number of births by 1.4 times

Japanese physicists got an impossible superconductor

Japanese physicists have proved the existence of a superconductor in a Bose-Einstein condensate state as an example. According to ToDay News Ufa, this was previously assumed solely in theory. Superconductivity in this case is the property of some materials to have zero resistance

Mussel shell sponge adsorbed crude oil

Canadian chemists have processed mussel shells by heating and acetic acid into a spongy “soft calcite” with a large surface area. The new material was able to adsorb violet crystal dye and crude oil, and the mass of the absorbed substance was comparable to the sponge’s own mass. The article was published in the Matter magazine.

Bacteria helped mine valuable metals in space

Experiments carried out by scientists aboard the International Space Station have shown that certain types of bacteria can extract valuable elements from the rocks of the Moon and Mars in zero gravity. The research results are published in the journal Nature Communications.

Amazonian infusion may be a cure for Alzheimer’s

Scientists at the Complutense University of Madrid have found in ayahuasca herbal decoction, which is prepared by the indigenous inhabitants of the tropics of the Amazon, a substance that promotes the formation of new neurons, as well as auxiliary cells – astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. This substance can be a cure for deadly Alzheimer’s disease. The research, published in Translational Psychiatry, is summarized in a press release on MedicalXpress.

New hydrogel heals wounds without scarring

American specialists have developed a hydrogel that triggers the body’s regenerative capabilities, which helps the skin become healthier and stronger without scarring. The new hydrogel is suitable for the treatment of cuts, burns, diabetic ulcers and other injuries that usually leave scars.

The first modem for the quantum Internet is created

German physicists presented a new development: they managed to create a quantum “modem” that modifies signals from a quantum computer into information transmitted by photons over simple fiber optic networks. So far, the quantum internet is under development

What states of matter exist in the world around us

It became known that in addition to the 4 main states of matter, one more is distinguished – the one that is obtained in the course of experiments in laboratories. That is, in addition to liquid, plasma, solid and gas, there is one more matter. There is practically no movement of molecules in it. This state is achieved by cooling the rubidium atoms to almost zero degrees using powerful magnets and lasers. In this matter, the atoms of matter stick together and form one so-called “superatom”.

Measurements confirmed the slow warming up of galaxies

The average temperature of interstellar gas in modern galaxies reaches about two million kelvin – many times higher than that of galaxies in the young universe. This is discussed in an article by Johns Hopkins University professor Brice Ménard and his colleagues, published in The Astrophysical Journal.

Stellar flares reduce the planet’s chances of habitability

In a new international study led by the Center for Space Sciences at New York University in Abu Dhabi (UAE), based on calculated data on the rate of erosion of planetary atmospheres, scientists have determined which stars are most likely to be inhabited exoplanets. In an article published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, astronomers present the process of analyzing stellar flares from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (NASA’s TESS) observatory.

In the United States put up for auction the only photo with a man on the moon

American collector Victor Martin-Malburet has put up a private collection of 2,400 rare NASA photographs for an online auction, including the only photo of Neil Armstrong on the moon next to the US flag. According to him, the images convey the atmosphere of the “golden age of space discoveries.” Bidding will take place until November 19, a total of 700 lots will be presented.

The bacteria survived in outer space for a whole year

A scientific article was published in the journal Microbiome, which described the properties of the species Deinococcus radiodurans. They became famous for their ability to survive – they can live outside the ISS. Neither a full vacuum, nor temperatures down to minus 160 ° C, nor even cosmic radiation transforms bacteria into spores, as is usually the case when going through difficult times.

Apple introduced new Macs with its own processor

The American company Apple has introduced new Mac computers on its own M1 processor. The presentation was broadcast on the corporation’s website. As explained by the head of the company Tim Cook, the 8-core chipset is created using a 5-nanometer process technology (like the A14 Bionic). The graphics accelerator also received eight cores.

The new processor is expected to consume much less power than its counterparts. Thus, for example, the MacBook Air can work without being connected to the mains for up to 16 hours.

Microsoft will force Windows update

Microsoft intends to upgrade computers to Windows 10, code number 1903, without user consent. Version support is expected to end on December 5

Cat translator app developed in Japan

Many people would like to understand what their furry pet is saying. This is now made possible by MeowTalk, a program developed by former Amazon engineer Javier Sánchez. The principle of work is the same as that of a regular translator – AI analyzes the sounds of a cat, comparing it with 10 built-in parameters. It is noted that the vocabulary will grow over time.

Former Vertu employees unveil new premium phone

The Xor Titanium was designed by a team led by Hutch Hutchinson. He founded Xor, which includes many former Vertu employees. The technical characteristics of the phone are very simple and only perform basic functions. The pushbutton device supports 2G and 3G communications, regular calls and messages, and the software is Linux based. Unique features include a secret communication channel between the two Xor Titanium models, the ability to remotely clear the phone memory and an air quality sensor. The novelty will go on sale in 2021. The number of devices is limited, and the cost of each will be $ 3,900

Micron begins shipping 3D NAND flash memory

Micron Technology has announced the launch of the world’s first 176-layer 3D NAND flash memory. According to the manufacturer, the use of advanced architecture allowed for a “radical breakthrough”, significantly increasing not only storage density, but also performance.

Zoom cheated users about using end-to-end encryption

Federal Trade Commission officials determined that Zoom’s video calling service did not use end-to-end encryption, despite claims to the contrary. Instead, the service stored cryptographic keys that could be used to access video calls. Thus, users remain at risk of losing their personal information.

US Congress has prepared sanctions against “Nord Stream 2”

The House of Representatives and the US Senate have reached an agreement to include sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the defense budget from 2021, Bloomberg reported. Congressmen intend to approve the National Defense Law 2021 by the end of the year.

Lukashenko invited the President of Poland to resume dialogue

Alexander Lukashenko sent congratulations on the Independence Day to the citizens and President of Poland Andrzej Duda, the press service of the Belarusian leader reported on November 11.

Alexander Lukashenko invited Andrzej Duda to a constructive dialogue on the future of Belarusian-Polish cooperation, the press service of the President of Belarus says.

China equipped its fighters with missiles to destroy the S-400

The Chinese Ministry of National Defense has decided to re-equip its latest J-11BS fighters, modeled on the Russian Su-27. Reported by The Drive. Noteworthy is the fact that now combat flying vehicles have been equipped with missiles capable of striking at a long distance the S-400 Triumph air defense system created in Russia and the radars created in the USA.

Industrial Bank of China issues green bonds

Chinese lender The Industrial Bank Co., Ltd., has so far issued a total of 130 billion yuan (about $ 19.61 billion) of green financing bonds, Xinhua reported.

The purpose of the issue is to accelerate the “green transformation” of the country’s economy. The lender began issuing green bonds in 2016 to finance projects aimed at protecting the environment, saving energy and developing green energy.

Turkey refused military contract with Ukraine

Ankara has decided to refuse to conclude a contract with Kiev on the use of motors developed by the Motor Sich concern for the production of Bayraktar TV2 military strike drones. This is reported by the authors of the Chergovy OOS telegram channel. It is noted that the designers, when choosing, gave preference to engines produced by a subsidiary of Turkish Aerospace Industries.

Mail.ru securities will be included in the MSCI Russia index

Mail.ru papers will be included in the MSCI Russia index from December 1, TASS reports with reference to the MSCI report. The papers of the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works will be excluded from the list. MSCI Russia is a stock index of the Russian market, included in the group of emerging markets indices MSCI Emerging Markets

The new head of RusHydro will be the son of Putin’s classmate

Viktor Khmarin, the son of a classmate of Vladimir Putin, became the acting CEO of RusHydro. Khmarin has been working as deputy head of the company since 2015. His predecessor, Nikolay Shulginov, was appointed Minister of Energy

Emirati investor to invest in premium Aurus production

The Supervisory Board of the SEZ Alabuga approved the project for the production of premium cars Aurus. 6.6 billion rubles will be invested in the project, the press service of the special economic zone reports.

Debt of residents of Russia on bank loans

The debt of Russian residents on bank loans since the beginning of 2020 has grown by almost 9.8%, reports November 11 with reference to the press service of the All-Russian Popular Front (ONF). In the third quarter, the debt of citizens on loans in banks amounted to 19.28 trillion rubles

Rostelecom revenue in Q3 2020

PJSC Rostelecom’s revenue in the third quarter of 2020 amounted to 134.99 billion rubles, which is 13% higher than the same indicator of the previous year, the company said. The main contribution was made by revenues from digital services (they increased by 62% year-on-year) and mobile business (by 14%).

Russians switched to economy mode

According to a survey by VTsIOM, 70% of citizens believe that for the future, they should save as much as possible, and not spend their salaries immediately on various purchases. However, 21% of those surveyed believe that money is better spent immediately on meaningful acquisitions

Almost half of Russians, 46 percent, believe that it is now better to withdraw money from banks if they are there. More than a third, 36 percent, on the contrary, believe that it would be economically rational to put funds on a deposit

In October, Sberbank depositors took 71.3 billion rubles from their accounts

In October, for the first time in five months, Sberbank recorded an outflow of funds from clients’ ruble accounts in the amount of 71.3 billion rubles, and account balances fell to 11.97 trillion rubles. The current decline did not affect long accounts, as well as escrow accounts, the balances of which increased to 442 billion rubles.

The volume of loans to small and medium-sized businesses in the III quarter of 2020

Banks in the III quarter. In 2020, we issued loans to micro, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the amount of more than 1.04 trillion rubles. The volume of loans exceeded the figure for the second quarter by 27%. this year and by 59% in the third quarter of 2019, according to a study by Frank RG and the United Credit Bureau (OKB).

Released the trailer for the fantastic horror Breach

The trailer for the Canadian sci-fi horror movie “R” Breach is posted on YouTube. Starring Bruce Willis. Other cast: Cody Kirsley (I Am a Zombie), Callan Mulway (Warcraft, Avengers Endgame), Rachel Nichols (Star Trek), Timothy W. Murphy (True Detective, Through the Snow “), Thomas Jane and Sven Temmel (” Castle “).

HBO Closes Outsider Series After Season 1

HBO closed the series “Stranger” based on the novel by Stephen King, despite a good rating and a ready-made sequel script. This is reported by Deadline. It is noted that screenwriter Richard Price introduced the story of the continuation of the picture to the bosses of the TV channel, but she did not suit them. Now the creators of the series are hoping to sell it to other channels or streaming services.

Okko will show performances of the “St. Petersburg Theater Seasons Online”

The Okko multimedia service will show performances of the XIV International Festival “St. Petersburg Theater Seasons Online” for free. They will be available on the platform on November 16. All productions were filmed in TV format, English subtitles are available for viewers.

Olivia Colman will star in an Irish drama

British actress Olivia Coleman, best known for films “The Favorite”, “Murder on the Orient Express” and the series “Trash” and “Crown”, will take part in the new project of the director-winner “Emmy” Amer Reynolds. The film will be written by Elib Kegan and produced by Ifa O’Sullivan.

This women’s team will present a drama about an unfortunate confused woman who is such a pathological failure that she is ready to give her baby to her friend. However, her life changes when she accidentally meets a cheeky boy on the street. The working title of the film is “Joyride”

Russia decided to close trade offices in Ukraine and Lithuania

The Russian government has decided to liquidate Russian trade missions in Ukraine and Lithuania. This is stated in the corresponding resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers, published on the official Internet portal of legal information

Russia has allocated more than $ 1 billion to aid Syria

Russia has allocated more than $ 1 billion to Syria for humanitarian purposes. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the head of the Russian-Syrian interdepartmental coordination headquarters for the return of refugees Mikhail Mizintsev

Emmanuel Macron called for reforming the Schengen area.

The French President spoke about this during a press conference following a meeting of the European Union. The politician called on his colleagues to strengthen control at the external borders of the EU. He also advocated the creation of a European Homeland Security Council.

Oppositionists of Belarus are preparing new protest tactics

Perhaps the picture will change, there will be fewer people, because already at the approaches to the gathering place, people are taken away, they are not allowed to get together. We now need to change tactics in order not to substitute people. A lot of work is being done on this, “said ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

The oppositionist refused to disclose details of the upcoming changes. According to her, the results will be presented later, but the protesters will continue to fight and put pressure on the current regime in Belarus.

Tikhanovskaya announced a desire to communicate with the Russian authorities

Such contacts with neighboring countries are very important. I would like to talk, explain my point of view that we will always have trade relations with Russia … Maybe with the new president they will be better and more mutually beneficial than under the current circumstances, ”Tikhanovskaya said.

She offered to hold similar negotiations with representatives of the coordination council of Belarus, if the Russian authorities do not want to communicate with her personally.

The court overturned the sentence of the former policeman from Ufa

Three police officers who were imprisoned after being accused of raping a colleague have their sentences reversed. On the first sentence, they were imprisoned for a term of six to seven years, after an appeal, two were acquitted, and the third was reduced from six to four years. Now the case will be considered again. The police themselves have already been dismissed from the police. The investigator who accused them of rape also no longer works for the police.

Roskomnadzor decided to protect the right of Russians to access information

Roskomnadzor is concerned about the right of Russian residents to access information: the agency reported that it “sent to Twitter” a demand to unblock the account of a certain “Committee for the Protection of National Interests”. This committee, according to its own statement, “informs people about the activities of foreign agents on the territory of the Russian Federation.” He had 103 followers on Twitter at the time of the ban. The account was created in September 2020. The site was registered in June

In St. Petersburg, new restrictions are introduced for two months

  • Outdoor and indoor events are limited to 50 people
  • Clubs, circles and sections are suspended in the premises of state institutions
  • In theaters, concert halls and cinemas, auditoriums can be filled no more than 50%
  • From November 16, employees over 65 years old, as well as employees with chronic diseases are transferred to remote work
  • Petersburgers over 65 and people with chronic diseases should self-isolate

Switzerland will host the next referendum.

One of the questions that will be brought up to him causes a very great resonance in society. We are talking about the initiative “For a ban on financing manufacturers of military materials.” If the people support it, organizations such as pension funds and the National Bank will not be able to invest in weapons companies. In addition, in particular, the National Bank will have to sell shares of more than 300 companies!

Tatiana Navka registered a construction company

The wife of the president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov became the owner of the N-ice construction company, Open Media discovered. The main direction of the company’s work in the registration documents indicates “the activities of the customer-developer and general contractor.” At the end of last year, Tatyana Navka declared 235.9 million rubles.

Rosreestr has declassified the names of the sons of the ex-prosecutor Chaika

As Open Media discovered, the sons of the former prosecutor general no longer appear in real estate statements either as LSDU3 and YFNU9, or as the Russian Federation or an individual.

After the resignation of Yuri Chaika from the post of head of the supervisory department, his relatives ceased to be especially protected persons, so information about them was declassified, the Rosreestr explains. However, not all and not all at once: some apartments of the Chaek brothers are still registered in the Russian Federation.

The rise in food prices in Russia broke a 4-year record

The October devaluation of the ruble brought a new acceleration of inflation to the Russian economy. According to the results of the last month, the consumer price index added 4% in annual terms, showing a record growth for more than a year, according to statistics from Rosstat. On an annualized basis, nationwide, sugar prices soared by 39.8%. Cereals became more expensive by 22%, vegetables and fruits – by 9%, pasta – by 9.3%, sunflower oil – by 14.5%.

Ten-year-old ballerinas were sent to perform at a private party

The scandal erupted after young ballerinas of 10-12 years old performed at a concert at the Opera and Ballet Theater without parental permission. It turned out that this concert was dedicated to the birthday of the daughter of local oligarch Artyom Shishakin …

The parents were outraged: “Our children do not dance like monkeys at private parties!” As a result, the director of the choreographic school was fired, but the prosecutor’s check continues …

FBK sells the door to its office

The Anti-Corruption Foundation is auctioning the door to its office. The one that was repeatedly opened. She was beaten and sawed. Now this door can be yours!

Russian senators bought paintings from the state budget

The Federation Council buys the painting “Clear Day” for 50,000 rubles and 85 mother-of-pearl panels “My Country Russia” for 1.3 million rubles. Relevant contracts (1,2) Open Media found on the public procurement website.