24 Nov, 2020

News digest for 11/23/2020

The head of Rosmorrechflot, Alexander Poshivay, said that Russia could introduce a fee for passing sections of inland waterways where the infrastructure is being modernized.

He noted that at the initial stage, the fee will be introduced where large-scale work on the construction of hydraulic structures will be carried out and the conditions of navigation will improve.

In addition, he added, it is planned to introduce a fee for the use of special electronic navigation maps based on the GLONASS system, RIA Novosti reports.

Introduce penalties for speeding even one kilometer per hour

A member of the State Duma Committee on Transport and Construction, Alexander Vasiliev, proposed to introduce fines for speeding even one kilometer per hour, RIA Novosti reports.

Russians were advised to give up drinking champagne on New Year’s Eve

The Russians were urged not to drink champagne on the coming New Year’s Eve. This was reported by “RIA Novosti” with reference to the radio station “Moscow speaking”. According to nutritionist Olga Grigoryan, due to the consumption of alcohol with high-calorie foods, as is customary in most Russian families, people with gastrointestinal problems may experience an exacerbation. And help this year will have to wait longer and it is not known how long.

Orthodox Church declared anathema to Lukashenko

The Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church has anathematized Alexander Lukashenko. Archbishop Svyatoslav Login announced this during a divine service at the Cathedral of St. Cyril of Turov in Toronto, Canada.

Share of overdue loans issued by Russia to other countries

The share of overdue loans in loans issued by Russia to other countries may reach 25% in 2020, according to the draft amendments to the program for managing state finances developed by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, Izvestia reports on November 23.

New oil fields discovered in the UAE

The UAE’s Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC) has announced the discovery of new unconventional crude oil fields in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The preliminary volume of the basin is estimated at 22 billion barrels, according to the local agency WAM.

Outflow of funds of Russians from banks in October

In October, the outflow of funds of Russians from banks amounted to 111 billion rubles, writes RBC with reference to the Central Bank. If it were not for the growth of funds on escrow accounts for home purchases, the outflow would have amounted to about 296 billion rubles. As a publication, the outflow of funds from banks in October can be compared to that which occurred in March. Then the depositors took away almost 315 billion rubles, in the following months the outflow fluctuated within 100 billion rubles.

Almost half of the area in new shopping centers in Moscow is empty

The vacancy in the new retail real estate market in Moscow amounted to 40%, said Evgenia Khakberdieva, director of the retail real estate department at Knight Frank.

We are witnessing a tipping point for business models. The level of vacancies in new shopping centers is up to 40%. The overall level of vacancies reaches 11%, which is almost 5 pp more than the end of last year, the expert said.

G20 extended suspension of debt service payments by countries

The G20 announced an extension until the end of June 2021 of the grace period for poor countries to service their external debt. This is stated in the final statement of the G20 summit.

Oxygen Catastrophe Launched Evolution on Earth

In the atmosphere and oceans of the young Earth, there was significantly less oxygen than today, but everything changed 2.4 billion years ago, when the sharply jumped (10 thousand times!) Oxygen level led to the so-called “oxygen catastrophe”, which accelerated the evolution of life on our planet. An article on the topic was published by Popular Mechanics.

NASA joins development of urban air taxi

NASA has announced two new contributors to its Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign, an initiative the space agency is using to integrate new aircraft such as eVTOL and urban air mobility vehicles into the national airspace system.

New “Predator” will be removed by Dan Trachtenberg

Another action movie about predators will be filmed by director Dan Trachtenberg, who is famous for the movie “Cloverfield, 10”, which tells about people locked in a bunker. The script for the film will be written by Patrick Aison, known for his Jack Ryan, The Pines, The Kingdom.

Apple Acquires Tetris Movie Rights

According to the portal Deadline, Apple has acquired the rights to the film “Tetris”, which will be dedicated to the history of the legendary computer game. The picture is currently under development, but filming is due to begin in Scotland next month. The tape will be devoted to the struggle for the rights to the game “Tetris”, which unfolded in the late 80s between several companies at once. The main rivals in the struggle for the right to release “Tetris” on the console market were Atari and Nintendo. The release date of the picture has not yet been announced.

Nominated for “Artist of the Year” at the American Music Awards

Singer Taylor Swift won Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards. Recall that during her career, the performer has received 10 Grammy awards, as well as 30 American Music Awards. Swift is considered one of the most successful artists in the world.

Bring Me the Horizon will come to Russia

Bring Me The Horizon has announced a Russian tour. The Post Human Tour will begin with a concert in Novosibirsk on May 18, 2021. After that, the musicians will go to Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Samara, Krasnodar, Voronezh and St. Petersburg. The tour will end with a concert in the Moscow Sports Palace “Megasport” on May 29. Tickets will go on sale from November 25, 2020.

Robbie Williams recorded a song about 2020

Singer Robbie Williams has released the single “Can’t Stop Christmas” dedicated to the disastrous year 2020. In the video for the song, published on YouTube, the musician listed what humanity had to endure

Bob Dylan’s drafts sold at auction

The items that belonged to the American poet and musician Bob Dylan went under the hammer in the United States for almost $ 500,000, CNN reports citing the RR Auction Company. Items up for auction included Dylan’s personal letters and unpublished poetry.

Google is testing new app for making money for regular users

As it became known, right now Google is testing a completely new application with which ordinary users will earn money by performing simple tasks. The novelty is called Task Mate and so far it is undergoing beta testing in India, according to 9to5Google.

Google releases version of Chrome for Mac and MacBook with M1 processors

Owners of Mac computers and MacBooks equipped with an M1 processor have the opportunity to install a special version of the Chrome browser on them. This was reported by the Screen Rant portal

Khabarovsk City Duma deputies quit LDPR

17 deputies left the LDPR faction in the Khabarovsk City Duma, including Speaker Mikhail Sidorov. In total, there are 35 deputies in the City Duma, Interfax reports. According to the speaker, the reason for this decision was the divergence of views of the deputies with the policy of the regional branch of the party.

G20 leaders signed the final declaration of the summit.

  • support the recovery of the global economy, increase the stability of the financial system;
  • continue to support developing countries amid the pandemic;
  • improve the effectiveness of WHO;
  • ensure uninterrupted supplies of energy resources for economic growth;
  • the leaders also approved an initiative to extend the moratorium on debt payments to the poorest countries until June 2021.

Russia imposed retaliatory sanctions against the British in the “Magnitsky case”

Russia imposed retaliatory sanctions against 25 Britons in the Magnitsky case. They were banned from entering the country. This was reported by the Russian Foreign Ministry. As Maria Zakharova, an employee of the Russian Foreign Ministry, recalled, the British government decided to impose sanctions against the Russian Federation in July 2020. The measures affected a number of officials

Eight development institutions will come under the management of VEB.RF

  • Rusnano (Chubais will be offered a new job);
  • Skolkovo Foundation;
  • Corporation “SME”;
  • Russian Export Center;
  • EXIAR;
  • Industrial Development Fund;
  • Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology (Bortnik Foundation);
  • Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.
  • It is also argued that VEB will receive part of the functions of development institutions, which it was decided to liquidate:
  • Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Far East and the Arctic;
  • Far East and Arctic Development Fund;
  • Far East Agency for Attracting Investments and Export Support.

Rosatom, Roskosmos, Rostec, Avtodor, Rosagroleasing, Rosselkhozbank, the Deposit Insurance Agency, the Russian environmental operator, DOM.RF, the Far East Development Corporation and the North Caucasus Development Corporation, and JSC Resorts of the North Caucasus “will become a Tourism Corporation

Lukashenko accused people of lack of patriotism.

During a meeting with the Minister of Defense of Belarus, he said that the army should engage in patriotic education of young people who are trying to rock the country.

Or not just swing, but overturn. We see how one of the main drawbacks in this situation is the lack of real patriotism, especially among our men. First of all, for those (we can see from the students) who did not serve in the Armed Forces, who did not taste this bread. True, there are some among the past, but these are very few. Therefore, we have a big gap in patriotic education, it must be eliminated.

Earlier, Lukashenka said that civil servants participating in the protests should be fired, and opposition-minded students should be expelled and sent to the army or “into the street.”

Fighting an icy emergency in Primorye, as of Monday:

  • About 80 thousand Primorye residents remain without electricity, according to the forecast, it will be able to return not earlier than Wednesday
  • Large families and people in need of help will be accommodated in observators and hotels
  • The Governor announced the need to create a triple reserve of energy capacities: the double failed, the system was completely shut down
  • The bridge to the Russky Island in Vladivostok, which was closed due to the icing of the cables, will not open until November 25. Launched a ferry that takes people to the mainland
  • The head of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East arrived in Primorye, ordered to provide the region with maximum resources, work with the Ministry of Finance will continue

On Russky Island, the military deployed field kitchens

Due to the icing of the structures, the bridge was closed, the island was cut off. The authorities have organized a ferry that takes people to the mainland. It accommodates 20 cars and runs every two hours, but dozens of people and cars are waiting in line each time. In shops in Russian since Saturday evening there is no water in 5-liter bottles, matches, gas cylinders and bread.

Russia moves to progressive taxation

  • the flat scale in force since 2001 is canceled, when all Russians – regardless of income – paid personal income tax at 13%
  • for income over 5 million rubles per year, an increased rate of 15% is introduced
  • a one-time increase in income above 5 million due, for example, the sale of an apartment or a car or receipt of a large insurance payment will not be subject to increased tax
  • the proceeds (estimated at about 60 billion rubles in 2021) will be used to treat children with orphan diseases
  • new regulations take effect on 1 January

The wife of the arrested mayor of Tomsk was suspected of violence against a policeman

The lawyers of the accused of exceeding the authority of the mayor of Tomsk Ivan Klein, announced the initiation of a criminal case against his wife, who is the general director of Tomskoe Pivo.

One of the inspirers of the Ice Bucket Challenge flash mob dies

Patrick Quinn died in the United States at the age of 37. In 2014, he helped create the world famous Ice Bucket Challenge flash mob aimed at helping people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The participants of the flash mob poured cold water on themselves and posted their notes on social networks. Many celebrities took part in the action. Ice Bucket Challenge raised $ 220 million for ALS research


Village school teacher fined for picket against closure

An elementary school teacher in the village of Aksenovo in the Omsk Region was fined for picketing against its closure. The school building was recognized as somewhat emergency. They did not repair it, but transferred the students to study at a school in a neighboring village.

The teacher was laid off and organized a rally in which nine students and their parents participated. As a result, the teacher was fined for violating the procedure for holding a mass event

The authorities of the Moscow region will allocate funds for a paid gymnasium on Rublevka

Elite paid gymnasium. Primakov, will receive 930 million rubles from the Moscow region budget in the next three years, according to Open Media. Two-thirds of this amount will go to the center for talented youth, which was established at the school last year. The annual tuition fee here is 700,000 rubles

Another protest action of pensioners took place in Minsk

The next protest action of Belarusian pensioners took place on Monday in Minsk, RIA Novosti correspondent reports. People of retirement age traditionally gather on Mondays on Independence Square in the center of Minsk, from where their protest march begins along the avenue of the same name. The procession goes along the pedestrian part of the avenue through Oktyabrskaya Square and Victory Square to Yakub Kolas Square.

Netanyahu secretly meets with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, November 22, secretly visited Saudi Arabia, where he met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The New York Times reports.

American destroyer heads for the Black Sea

US destroyer Donald Cook is heading to the Black Sea for regular patrols as part of a NATO mission. “USS Donald Cook DDG 75 has begun its passage through the straits into the Black Sea,” – said in a message from the command of the US Navy