21 Nov, 2020

News digest for 11/20/2020

The Russian authorities must admit the failure of the pension reform and return to paying pensions from the budget. This was stated by the chairman of “Fair Russia” Sergei Mironov, according to the party’s website.

“I must admit that the idea of ​​pension insurance with the help of special funds has failed,” Mironov said. He added that the current pension system will not provide “decent pensions, it is bankrupt.”

According to him, the average insurance pension in Russia barely exceeds the subsistence minimum, which is already “impossible to live on.” The average funded pension in 2022 will not exceed RUB 1.3 thousand, the politician noted. According to him, the situation was not saved even by raising the retirement age.

“Therefore, it is necessary to return to payments of pensions from the budget, and to direct pension payments from the incomes of citizens there,” he concluded.

In his opinion, this will reduce the risks from ineffective investment of pension savings, as well as eliminate inappropriate spending.

The traffic police will receive new devices to identify drunk drivers

Traffic police inspectors will receive devices for the rapid detection of alcohol and drugs in the body of drivers, RIA Novosti reported, citing Mikhail Chernikov, head of the traffic police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

As explained by Chernikov, the indicators will allow inspectors to determine in a few seconds whether the driver is drunk behind the wheel. According to him, some of these devices can determine the presence of prohibited substances in the saliva in the human body, the other part – in the exhaled air. Employees will receive such devices in the near future.

Volgograd court arrested three local residents who deny the collapse of the USSR

According to the investigation, the members of the organization propagandized that the Russian Federation is not a state, and also called for the denial of existing laws and “opposition to the activities of government bodies at all levels.”

One of the leaders of the Belaruskali strike committee was detained in Soligorsk

Anatoly Bokun, co-chairman of the strike committee of Belaruskali, was detained in Soligorsk (Minsk region) by law enforcement officers. This was reported on Friday in the strikekom’s Telegram channel

The Russian Orthodox Church has published a list of false priests and schismatics

The Synodal Department for Church Relations with Society and the Media has published a list of false priests, the website of the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church reported on November 19. The new section of the website of the Synodal Department is called “Fighting Internet Abuse”.

Matvienko proposed to introduce resort tax in all regions

Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko made a proposal to grant all regions the right to collect resort tax from tourists. In her opinion, this measure will allow obtaining funds for the development of infrastructure.

This initiative was criticized by the director of the travel company “Lukomorye”, specializing in tours to Karelia, Olga Lukina. According to her, which is transmitted by the 360 ​​edition, Russia can hardly be called a resort country, and due to the introduction of the collection, travel will become even more inaccessible. Also, the head of the travel agency expressed doubts that it would be possible to establish a collection from the point of view of administration. It is not entirely clear who exactly will do this, how and where the money will go.

Sanitary fee will be charged from Russian tourists in Cuba

According to Granma.cu, the innovation will take effect from December 1. The sanitary fee will be $ 30 and will cover the cost of performing the PCR test as well as the cost of the rest of the health protocols used at the border.

Artificial intelligence will study the quality of Russian roads

The developers of the Ekskandor mobile laboratory report that the data collected by the road train will make it possible to create digital copies of Russian roads. Then they will be transferred to artificial intelligence, which will conduct in-depth analysis and give the most accurate quality assessment. Laboratories will appear on Russian roads no earlier than 2021

Physicists got rare type diamonds at room temperature

Researchers have found a way to make diamonds at room temperature in minutes. Using this method, they created not only ordinary diamonds, but also their rare variety – lonsdaleites, which are found in places where meteorites fall. The achievement is described in a scientific article published in Small magazine by a group led by Jodie Bradby of the Australian National University

Rocket Lab returned a launched rocket by parachute

Rocket Lab, an American private space company, successfully launched an Electron rocket in the New Zealand region, placing 29 small satellites into orbit. The spacecraft were put into a 500-kilometer sun-synchronous orbit an hour after the launch. The main result of the mission was a successful experiment to return the first stage by parachute

Intel unveils NUC M15 laptop

The NUC M15 received the following parameters: an eleventh generation Intel Core processor. integrated video card. 15.6-inch display supporting Full HD. battery 73 W / h. allowing you to work up to 16 hours on a single charge. the amount of RAM is 8 or 16 gigabytes, depending on the configuration. The Intel Core laptop is expected to be priced around $ 1,000.

Microsoft announced a new Pluton processor

Microsoft has unveiled “the shared future of Windows PCs.” It will be the new Pluton processor, developed in collaboration with AMD, Intel and Qualcomm, with data security built into the core.

According to the information from Microsoft’s announcement, it follows that information about credentials, user IDs, personal data and encryption keys cannot be removed from Pluton. Even malicious software or gaining full physical access to a personal computer will not help attackers.

Erdogan declared Turkey’s leading place in the new world order

According to Anadolu, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country has the necessary capabilities to expand its power and influence in the new political and economic world order. The President also noted that Turkey has made greater strides in the fight against coronavirus than many developed countries.

The most efficient CO2-absorbing forest types are identified

Equatorial and tropical forests, such as, for example, the northern Chilean forests of Patagonia, due to species diversity, are able to most efficiently absorb carbon dioxide. This conclusion was made by an international research group led by experts from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), which analyzed which types of forests in terms of biodiversity are the most efficient in storing carbon.

China’s state-owned companies declare default

At the end of last week, the Chinese debt market was literally shocked by the unexpected default of the state-owned mining company Yongcheng Coal and Electricity Holding Group, which, by the way, recently received the highest credit rating AAA. The company defaulted on 1 billion yuan ($ 151 million) bonds.

Germany postpones the operation of the second string of the Eugal gas pipeline

It was previously expected that the Eugal gas pipeline will start operating at full capacity in January 2021, but it turned out that the infrastructure is not fully ready. It is emphasized that this gas pipeline will supply gas from Nord Stream 2. Only in April next year will Eugal be operated at full capacity.

US mortgage rates have dropped to historic lows.

This is reported by the US mortgage agency Freddie Mac in its weekly report. The average rate on mortgages for a period of 30 years in the United States is currently 2.72%. This is the cheapest mortgage since 1971. The rate on a fifteen-year mortgage is currently 2.28%. A year ago, this figure was 3.15%.

Tax receipts to the budget for 10 months

By the end of the year, the Federal Tax Service expects a 10% reduction in revenues to the consolidated budget of the Russian Federation, said the head of the Federal Tax Service Daniil Yegorov at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Accounts Chamber revealed the theft from the budget under the guise of construction

The Accounts Chamber under the leadership of Alexei Kudrin has revealed yet another black hole into which Russian taxpayers’ money is flowing. This time, this is capital construction – as of January 1, 2020, 5.094 trillion rubles. the federal and regional budgets were invested in construction projects that were not completed. As a result, almost 75 thousand objects were recorded across the country, which were used for embezzlement of budget funds by officials.

Putin urged not to allow Russian regions to borrow money from banks

Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with members of the government, urged not to allow Russian regions to borrow from banks. The leader of the country argued for his position.

It is difficult to call loans from banks cheap and affordable. In the future, the debtor regions, in order to pay off their debt, may need to use budgetary funds aimed at social and economic development. Because of this, the problem is not solved, but only aggravated and delayed in time.

Over a month, wage arrears in Omsk and the region increased

Omskstat published fresh data on overdue wage arrears in Omsk and the region as of November 1, 2020. So, according to statisticians, for a month – from October 1, 2020, debts on remuneration for labor in the region increased by 27% and stopped at a figure of 15.6 million rubles, of which 11.3 million rubles should be in the organizations of the city of Omsk …

The Duma of Russia has increased the minimum wage

Published the size of the minimum wage from January 1, 2021. The new minimum wage was approved by the Duma in 1 reading. In accordance with the bill, the minimum wage in 2021 will amount to 43% of the median salary, or 12,792 rubles.

Residents of Russia began to buy currency for savings more often

In everyday life, in order to save savings, Russians often buy foreign currency when the ruble exchange rate fluctuates, said Andrei Rusetsky, an expert at BCS World of Investments. For citizens, the simplest savings tools are deposits and buying foreign currency

Mandatory audit for small businesses

The State Duma of Russia adopted in the first reading a draft law proposing the abolition of mandatory audit for small businesses (SMEs). The document was initiated by a group of deputies and senators headed by Anatoly Aksakov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on the Financial Market.

Ministry of Economic Development proposed to issue a residence permit for investment

The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation has developed a draft law to simplify the procedure for obtaining a residence permit (residence permit) in Russia for foreign citizens in exchange for investments in Russian business, ownership of real estate in the country and companies. The Izvestia newspaper reported this with reference to the relevant document at its disposal on Friday.

Gazprom transferred its stake in Blue Stream to one of its subsidiaries

Gazprom transferred its 50% stake in the Blue Stream Pipeline Company B.V. to the subsidiary company Gazprom International Projects, the parent company said.

The Cabinet of Ministers will support the film industry

The Russian government has issued a statement that it will allocate 4.2 billion rubles to support the film industry. This proposal was made by the Ministry of Culture. It consisted in the fact that funds should be allocated from the reserve fund for further distribution among organizations that produce, distribute and show national films. The corresponding order will be published shortly

Saudi Arabia plans to become the largest hydrogen supplier

The country’s large natural gas reserves allow it to produce blue hydrogen, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said at a briefing in Riyadh, referring to a fuel derived from hydrocarbons.

Saudi Arabia also plans to generate hydrogen from solar energy – in this case, the so-called “green” hydrogen – at the plant in the city of Neom starting in 2025.

The Yamal shift workers, who threatened the employer with the prosecutor’s office, were sent home.

A few days ago, an appeal appeared on social networks from employees of Gazprom Dobycha Nadym, who said that after the end of their three-month shift they were not allowed to go home. At the same time, the company’s management, allegedly, did not even explain to the shift workers. And the days of the forced downtime remained unpaid.

As Gazprom Dobycha Nadym commented, the flight was indeed postponed. The reason for this was bad weather, technical issues, as well as the lack of results of mandatory testing for coronavirus.

Sanctions against companies that finance Lukashenka

The foreign ministers of the EU countries have agreed to introduce a new package of sanctions against Belarus, which may be ready within a few weeks, Reuters reports, citing two diplomatic sources in the EU.

15 days to adopt the charter of republican values

The French President gave imams 15 days to adopt a charter of republican values. As reported in the Elysee Palace, Emmanuel Macron met yesterday with representatives of the Muslim cult council, which includes 9 religious associations. According to Macron, the future charter should proclaim republican values. Foreign interference in French Muslim communities will be prohibited.

Russian Foreign Ministry will hold a New Year’s party

The Main Directorate for Servicing the Diplomatic Corps of the Russian Foreign Ministry plans to celebrate the New Year at the Moscow Country Club departmental hotel in the Moscow Region, despite the restrictive measures. The corresponding auction on the public procurement website was discovered by Open Media.

For example, for a party called “New Year in the Shine of Metal,” the contractor will have to decorate the premises, put up a four-meter Christmas tree, make a bull figure, print invitations and buy 400 gifts for guests. Organization of the party will cost almost 5 million rubles. The employees of the Foreign Ministry are planning to celebrate the New Year from 22:00 to 04:00. The guests will be entertained by a DJ and a presenter, and a performance by a “popular artist” and a choreographic group is also planned.

Profit of Russian insurers

The pre-tax profit of Russian insurers in 2020 will reach a record 305 billion rubles, according to a study by the NKR rating agency. This figure has been growing over the past five years. In 2016, the insurance sector earned 109 billion, in 2017 – 121 billion, in 2018 – 204 billion and in 2019 – 247 billion rubles.

In 2020, insurance premiums across the market will decline by 1.1% to 1.47 trillion rubles, and in 2021 – will grow by 3.8% to 1.52 trillion rubles, the study says.