26 Nov, 2020

News digest for 11/25/2020

In October, a bridge was opened across the Pur River, which connects Urengoy with the mainland. The construction was carried out without government funding. Commercial carriers will pay for the bridge, Novaya Gazeta writes.

Light vehicles and buses can move across the new bridge free of charge. Trucks have to pay. For a Gazelle car, one trip costs 730 rubles, the driver of a “twelve-ton car will have to pay 5,740 rubles. Further more. As long-distance truckers have calculated, for one heavy-duty car to go there and back, about 100,000 rubles must be paid. The highest tariff – 370,370 rubles – is valid for vehicles weighing over 80 tons (the new ferry opened the way to fifty fields for oil and gas companies at once. And oilmen have a variety of cars).

An alternative option – a pontoon ferry – ceased to exist simultaneously with the introduction of the bridge.

Children in Barnaul schools were fed with expired food

Employees of the Barnaul prosecutor’s office revealed violations in the organization of school meals in some educational institutions of the city. In particular, in some educational institutions there is a lack of the necessary equipment in the kitchens, there are problems with the storage of raw materials for cooking, the facts of using expired products have been revealed, the press service of the prosecutor’s office of the Altai Territory reported on Wednesday.

The directors of schools and the head of “KShP-Globus” were presented with representations, a case was initiated against the sanitary doctor of the enterprise for an administrative offense under Art. 6.6 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation (“Violation of sanitary and epidemiological requirements for catering for the population”).

The Insider has published the material “Billions around Kabaeva”

The journalistic investigation is dedicated to the State Duma deputy from “United Russia” Alina Kabaeva. Now the former gymnast works as the head of the board of directors of the National Media Group.

According to the publicly available database of the Federal Tax Service, the official income of the ex-athlete in NMG in 2018 amounted to 785 million 400 thousand rubles (The Insider was able to verify these data). Whether this year was especially successful for her, or she still receives the same salary, it is difficult to say, NMG did not respond to our request, the newspaper writes. – For comparison: the chairman of the board of directors of Rosneft, ex-chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroeder receives, according to the company’s report, an order of magnitude less, $ 600 thousand (46 million rubles) per year

Media reported on Serbia’s delay in commissioning its Turkish Stream section

The commissioning of the Serbian section of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline is likely to be postponed until spring 2021. This was reported by Platts, citing sources close to the project. The Turkish Stream goes along the bottom of the Black Sea from the Krasnodar Territory to Turkey, and then to the countries of Southern and Southeastern Europe.

The State Duma adopted a law on the reform of the CHI system

The State Duma adopted in the third, final reading the law on the transfer to the Mandatory Medical Insurance Fund (MHIF) of the powers of insurers to organize medical care provided by federal medical organizations, the press service of the Duma reports.

After the law comes into force, federal clinics will be financed through the MHIF, medical care in them will be paid through the fund without the participation of medical insurance organizations.

The Russian Orthodox Church considers calls to close churches due to a pandemic unreasonable

Calls to close churches due to an increase in the number of coronavirus infections are unfounded and come from unchurched people, Vakhtang Kipshidze, deputy chairman of the Synodal Department for Church Relations with Society and Mass Media of the Moscow Patriarchate, said on the Russia-24 TV channel.

Dolphins can slow their heart rate when diving

New research suggests that dolphins actively slow their heartbeat before diving and may even adjust their heart rate depending on how long they plan to be underwater. Results of work published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology

Cocoa improves cognition

British scientists from the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with American colleagues from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, claim that cocoa flavanols have a positive effect on the functioning of the human brain.

Scientists have conducted studies, the results of which have shown that the organic substances contained in cocoa increase the level of oxygen supply to the thinking organ, and this, in turn, has a beneficial effect on human cognitive abilities.

The regenerated alligator tail is significantly different from the original

A team of researchers from Arizona State University and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have found that young alligators of the genus Alligator mississippiensis are capable of growing tails up to three-quarters of a foot, or 18 percent of their total body length. The tails that grew on alligators had a peculiar structure that was completely different from the original version.

They found that these new tails are complex structures with a central skeleton made up of cartilage surrounded by connective tissue intertwined with blood vessels and nerves. They speculate that growing a tail gives alligators a functional advantage in their dark aquatic habitat. The results of this exciting new study have been published in Scientific Reports.

Contact lenses for comprehensive diagnostics of the body have been created

American scientists from the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation have developed a special hydrogel lens that collects tear fluid in a special way for further analysis. Tears are no less informative for assessing some human diseases than blood, and at the same time they are easier to store

How the brain encodes hunger and satiety signals

An international team of scientists has found a special area in the human brain that can encode signals of hunger and satiety. During the experiments, we were able to control the work of this site in mice. They were able to save the rodents from hunger and comparable negative sensations, RIA Novosti reports, citing a publication in the publication Nature Neuroscience.

Scientists have created the world’s smallest atomic memory unit

American scientists have succeeded in expanding the scaling limit of memristors almost to the level of atoms – the cross-sectional area of ​​a memory element, presented by specialists from the University of Texas at Austin, is one square nanometer. About the innovative technology that promises a breakthrough in information storage systems, writes the publication Nature Nanotechnology.

Hear only the right people

Modern hearing aids do not allow you to tune in to the voice of the interlocutor if several people are speaking in the room. Now scientists have found a way to correct this deficiency. A hearing aid, created by researchers at the Catholic University of Leuven, addresses this problem. To do this, the new device uses an electroencephalogram to count the brain rhythms that occur in response to the perception of certain sounds.

The cost of the new iPhone 12 from Apple is calculated

Japanese analysts have calculated the cost of the iPhone 12 line of smartphones. It turned out that the difference in production between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is only 33, although the standard model is cheaper on the market by $ 433.

The base model iPhone 12 costs the manufacturer $ 373. Of that amount, $ 70 is a screen, $ 40 for a single chip platform, $ 12.8 for RAM, $ 8 for Sony CMOS sensors, and $ 19.2 for Samsung memory. As of today, the retail price of the iPhone 12 starts at $ 800.

Scammers have learned to deceive Internet buyers using QR codes

Cyber ​​fraudsters have come up with a new way to trick users of virtual message boards. To arouse the customer’s trust, criminals offer him to go through the QR code to view the desired product. Using the scanner, a person goes to a phishing site, where his data is intercepted by criminals. Izvestia was told about this at the Group-IB company, which specializes in cybersecurity.

The scheme is dangerous for several reasons at once: first, a person cannot verify the authenticity of such an image. Secondly, people trust this technology and easily navigate through QR codes. And thirdly, on the eve of Black Friday, it will be difficult to notice in the excitement that he is in the hands of a fraudster. The incidents have already been recorded on Avito, but the schemes are applicable to any similar services.

In the applications of “Chinese Google” found an opportunity for surveillance

China’s two popular apps, tech giant Baidu, have leaked personal information, putting up to 1.4 billion users at risk of surveillance or cybercrime. Forbes reports this with reference to cybersecurity researchers – Palo Alto Networks.

We are talking about the applications Baidu Maps and Baidu App, which Google removed from the Google Play app store a month earlier. The American search engine thanked the researchers for disclosing the problems with Chinese applications. Currently, the Baidu App is available again in the store after the update, but the map application has not yet been restored.

Group “Bi-2” presented the clip “God of the damned”

An exhibition of Carl Faberge has opened in the Hermitage

The exhibition “Faberge – Jeweler of the Imperial Court” is being held in the Armorial Hall of the Winter Palace from November 25 to March 14, 2021, where Carl Faberge’s items from the museums of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Peterhof, Pavlovsk and Baden-Baden will be presented.

The exhibition “Faberge – Jeweler of the Imperial Court” was timed to coincide with the centenary of the memory of the eminent jeweler. Carl Faberge is represented here precisely as a jeweler of the court: after all, things from the collections of the former royal residences, Pavlovsk and Peterhof, remind that Fabergé became a court jeweler in adulthood, and before that he worked as a restorer of jewels of the imperial family.

Russian online cinema ivi has applied for an IPO in the USA

The parent company of the Russian online cinema ivi, registered in Cyprus, ivi.ru Media Ltd, has filed an application for the registration of an initial public offering of its shares with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

HeadHunter acquired Zarplata.ru

HeadHunter for 3.5 billion rubles acquired a 100 percent stake in the job and personnel search platform Zarplata.ru, the parties said. Zarplata.ru will operate as an independent subsidiary within the HeadHunter group. The company team will be retained

Tesla capitalization exceeded half a trillion dollars

Tesla’s market capitalization has surpassed $ 500 billion for the first time in the company’s history. The shares of the most expensive electric car manufacturer continue to rise day by day. At the time of the news release, Tesla’s shares were valued at $ 561.5 apiece, although a week ago their value was about $ 460.

Poklonskaya said that health care in Crimea has become even worse

Deputy of the State Duma from the Republic of Crimea Natalya Poklonskaya in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda radio said that the health care system of the peninsula after its entry into the Russian Federation is worse than when it was Ukrainian.

The Ukrainian legacy that has remained, and with which many are indignant, has only worsened. It became even worse, – said Poklonskaya.

She noted that devastation reigns in local hospitals, there is a “terrible stench”, there are no white sheets and more than one layer of new paint has been applied to the old, falling off plaster.

Lukashenka discussed with Putin the fate of Belgazprombank

The state is placing a very serious stake on this bank. We discussed this topic with President Putin. He told me word for word that the bank must work, why destroy it. Moreover, the owners of this bank are very rich people. I mean Gazprom and so on, Lukashenko said

Those who announced their withdrawal from the Liberal Democratic Party changed their minds to leave the party

The Khabarovsk City Duma deputies, who announced their withdrawal from the Liberal Democratic Party, changed their minds about leaving the party. According to the speaker of the Duma Mikhail Sidorov, a number of factors influenced the change in the decision, including a meeting with the Acting Governor Mikhail Degtyarev. As a result, 17 deputies considered it “the most correct” to work “in the ranks of the party from which they became deputies.”

Belarusian opposition prepares a program to support business and civil society

The Belarusian opposition is preparing a program to support small business and civil society for $ 150 million, according to a statement on the telegram channel of ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. The corresponding decision was made following a meeting of the cabinet of representatives of Tikhanovskaya.

It is clarified that the program provides for support of small business in the amount of at least $ 70 million, compensation for victims of repression in the total amount of at least $ 50 million. It is planned to allocate at least $ 10 million to support the independent trade union movement, and not to educational programs for victims of political reasons. less than $ 20 million

US seeks new tough measures against China

Senior officials in the administration of US President Donald Trump are seeking new tough measures against China, The Wall Street Journal writes.

The initiative envisions the creation of an informal alliance of Western countries to take a joint response in response to China’s use of trade influence to pressure states. The plan was prompted by China’s economic pressure on Australia after the country called for investigations into the causes of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Beijing protested to the government of India

Beijing protested to the Indian government over the blocking of 43 Chinese mobile applications and called on New Delhi to end discrimination, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.

India recently blocked 43 Chinese apps, including AliExpress, Taobao Live and CamCard. The Indian authorities believe that these programs have been involved in actions detrimental to the sovereignty, integrity, defense, security and public order of the country, according to The Times of India.

The State Duma adopted a law on the State Council of Russia

The State Duma adopted in the third and final reading the presidential law on the status, organizational and legal foundations of the formation and activities of the State Council of the Russian Federation.

Thus, the law provides that the President of the Russian Federation is the chairman of the State Council. Ex officio members of the State Council are: Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Federation Council, Chairman of the State Duma, Head of the Presidential Administration and Heads of Regions. In addition, by decision of the president, representatives of political parties with factions in the State Duma may be included in the State Council; local government representatives; as well as other persons.


Main parameters of the draft budget of the Russian Federation for 2021-2023

  • revenues will amount to 18.8 trillion rubles, 20.6 trillion and 22.3 trillion, respectively
  • spending will also grow – 21.5 trillion, 21.9 trillion and 23.7 trillion
  • the deficit will decrease from 2.4% of GDP in 2021 to 1% and 1.1% in 2022 and 2023
  • the budget rule for 2021 has been relaxed due to the pandemic – costs will be more than the oil cut-off price would allow ($ 43.3 per barrel)
  • further, a return to the rule is laid, and all oil and gas revenues (from oil more than $ 44.2 in 2022 and $ 45 in 2023) will go to the NWF
  • the document was drawn up based on inflation of no more than 3.7% in 2021 and no more than 4% further
  • domestic loans will be large-scale – it is planned to attract 2.1-2.9 trillion rubles per year

Trump has pardoned a turkey in honor of Thanksgiving.

Following good old tradition, the President of the United States ordered the pardon of a turkey named “Corn” (Corn) before Thanksgiving, which is celebrated on November 26.

“Korn, I will grant you full pardon,” Trump said, referring to a turkey that was brought from Iowa specifically for the ceremony.

A second turkey named “Cob” (Cob) was also pardoned. Prior to the ceremony, the birds were kept at the 5-star Willard Intercontinental Hotel

Biden spoke about plans for 100 days of presidency:

  • will fight the coronavirus;
  • intends to reverse some of Trump’s decrees that have damaged the climate and human health;
  • plans to introduce an immigrant law to the Senate, which will allow 11 million people to obtain citizenship

Three Russian companies come under US sanctions

Three Russian companies have come under US sanctions for violating US nonproliferation laws against Iran, Syria and the DPRK. These are Nilco Group, Elekon Plant JSC and Aviazapchast JSC. The sanctions were imposed for two years.

According to Washington, the companies donated goods, services and technologies to Syria, Iran and North Korea to help develop weapons of mass destruction.

In Ethiopia, armed conflict continues for three weeks

In Ethiopia, the parliamentary elections were postponed for a year due to the conoravirus, which is why the authorities of the Tigray region accused the federal government of usurping power and refused to recognize its legitimacy. In response, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (Nobel Peace Prize laureate!) Sent troops to the rebellious region. The result is hundreds of killed, thousands of wounded, tens of thousands of refugees.

Journalist Igor Ilyash detained in Minsk

Correspondent of the Polish TV channel “Belsat” Igor Ilyash was detained in Minsk. The reasons for the detention are still unknown. According to Belsat, Ilyash has been in the detention center on Akrestsin Street since yesterday evening.

In mid-November, Ilyash’s wife, journalist Yekaterina Andreeva, was detained for broadcasting a live broadcast

Moscow Mayor’s Office has ordered an expanded digital dossier for city residents

The Moscow City Administration will develop a system that will collect a detailed digital profile of users of all city services and will be able to study the activity of Muscovites in individual districts and at city facilities. The enriched user profile will include data on debts and fines, information about a travel document and social card, the system will compare this with information from public Wi-Fi hotspots and from operators, track territorial bans and medical violations, and take into account survey data in the context of individual areas of the city.

Information about this “Open Media” found in the materials for the purchase, which the Moscow Department of Information Technologies (DIT) announced on November 20. We are talking about the development of an “information system for monitoring and analyzing Internet activity”, or “IS STATS”, in 2020-2021. The initial cost of the work is 280 million rubles

The Weeknd has released a new video for the song “In Your Eyes”

Canadian musician The Weeknd has released a new video for the song “In Your Eyes”, recorded in collaboration with American saxophonist Kenny G. The video appeared on the singer’s YouTube channel

The Kremlin announced anxiety and pessimism in society due to the pandemic

The Kremlin is recording anxiety and pessimism in society amid the coronavirus pandemic, said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian President. RIA Novosti quoted him on Wednesday, November 25.

“Unfortunately, [the situation] does not add optimism,” he said.

Condition for a discount to Minsk on Russian gas in 2021

If Belarus expects to receive a discount on Russian gas in 2021, Minsk should be ready to provide benefits for Russia on Belarusian goods. This was stated by the Russian Ambassador to Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev.

If one party asks for a “discount”, it means that the other party has the right to count on a similar approach, on a “discount” for certain groups of goods, the diplomat emphasized

Ozon shares rose at the opening of trading in the US

On Tuesday, November 24, online retailer Ozon held an initial public offering (IPO) of its American Depositary Shares (ADS) on the NASDAQ. The company placed 33 million ADS at a price of $ 30 and raised $ 990 million. Immediately after the start of trading, the price of ADS Ozon on NASDAQ exceeded $ 40 per share, which is more than 33% more than the placement price. Capitalization exceeded $ 7.4 billion