28 Nov, 2020

News digest for 11/27/2020

Orthodox priests of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), public figures and cultural figures from Russia and other countries published an appeal to the Christians of Belarus on the Orthodox World portal, in which they expressed solidarity with the protesters and condemned the brutality of the security forces. The appeal says that the Belarusian authorities have begun to persecute priests as well. The authors of the appeal noted that only a peaceful dialogue is the only alternative to violence.

The letter is signed by 77 people, mostly from Russia, but also from Spain, Bulgaria, Ukraine, USA, Italy, Estonia, Belgium and Georgia.

Russians were allowed to fly to Thailand on special conditions

To obtain a visa, you need to collect a package of documents, which includes a passport, a color photo, an application for a visa (for children – separately), a copy of a bank statement showing a balance of 20,000 baht per person (about $ 700), confirmation hotel reservations, marriage certificate, birth certificates for children, health insurance that covers medical treatment costs, including coronavirus, application fee of US $ 40. Upon arrival, the Russians will have to sit in quarantine for two weeks,

The Ministry of Internal Affairs plans to introduce electronic passports

The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs plans to introduce an electronic passport in a pilot project in Moscow by December 1, 2021. This was announced on Friday, November 27, by the press service of the department. The Ministry of Internal Affairs explained that the document will be a plastic card the size of a bank card with an electronic carrier of information of domestic production, on which the data contained in a valid paper passport will be placed. In this case, the basic information about the citizen will be placed on the plastic card itself.

Venezuela resumes direct oil supplies to China

Venezuela has resumed direct oil supplies to China, which, due to sanctions from the United States, were carried out in an underground regime. Reuters reported this on Friday with reference to data from the analytical company Refinitiv Eikon and official documents of the Venezuelan state oil and gas company PDVSA.

Trade between North Korea and China

In the period from January to October 2020, the volume of trade between the DPRK and China amounted to $ 530 million, which is 73% less compared to the same period last year. This was reported by KBS with reference to a report by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA).

UK completely abandons Huawei

Earlier, the UK had already banned Huawei from participating in the development of 5G infrastructure in the country, and also demanded that local telecommunications companies completely remove Huawei equipment from the country’s network by 2027. Now, about 250 million pounds will be allocated to help this.

Greece urges EU to limit Turkey’s actions in the Eastern Mediterranean

This statement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Dendias. Turkey is causing serious harm to the region, Dendias said. According to him, Ankara only increased tensions between the parties by an attempt to search for gas and oil in the disputed waters. Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly ignored the claims of Greece, thus complicating the negotiations. Dendias called on the European Union to determine the borders, which will be covered by the powers of the Turkish authorities. Dendias also asked European partners to stop selling weapons to Ankara. The request referred to Germany, which supplies equipment for the Turkish army

Mongolia’s climate is getting irreversibly hotter and drier

An international team of climatologists has concluded that over the past 20 years, the Mongolian plateau has seen a dramatic change towards a drier and hotter climate. This is due to heat waves that dry out the soil, which in turn heats the air. The changes matter not only for the ecosystems of Mongolia, but for the entire Northern Hemisphere. The article was published in the journal Science.

Deutsche Bank received a recommendation to leave the Russian market

American observers recommended Deutsche Bank to leave the Russian market. This is reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation. According to them, the financial organization was going to expand its business in Russia, despite a series of mistakes and heavy fines.

Forbes announced a drop in the salaries of top managers in the oil and gas industry

The average salary of the CEO or president of an oil and gas company in 2020 decreased by 15% to $ 2.79 million compared to last year, according to the Forbes ranking of industries, which top managers receive the highest remuneration.

China raises duties on Australian wines

The Chinese authorities will introduce additional duties on the export of Australian wines from November 28 – they will range from 107% to 212%. This was announced on Friday by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. It calls it not a duty, but a temporary “anti-dumping guarantee”, but in fact the measure will act as an export tariff

Gazprom’s Management Board approved projects for 2021

In 2020, the investment program was planned for 922.489 billion rubles. The borrowing program in 2021 is planned at the level of 511.626 billion rubles (in 2020 – 501.287 billion rubles). Capital investments are planned at RUR 864.062 billion. (720.674 billion rubles in 2020), expenses for the acquisition of non-current assets – 20.764 billion rubles, the volume of long-term financial investments – 17.587 billion rubles. The final parameters of the investment program and budget will be approved by the Board of Directors.

The government expects the growth of the state debt of Russia

The Russian government considers it possible that the country’s national debt in 2021 will grow to 24% of GDP and by 3.7 percentage points. will exceed the plan provided by the draft budget. This was reported by the Izvestia newspaper with reference to the program for managing state finances, which was developed by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Export of Azerbaijani gas to Turkey

In January-September of this year, 8.278 billion cubic meters of gas were exported from Azerbaijan to Turkey, which is 20.6% more than the supply of Azerbaijani gas to this country for the same reporting period in 2019, Report informs citing the report of the Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority ( EPDK).

Debts of Russians for heat resources

The debts of Russian residents for heating and hot water supply in 2019 amounted to 615 billion rubles, and the total debt – 1.39 trillion rubles, then by the end of 2020 it will increase to 1.6 trillion rubles. And this is not the limit: as industry representatives fear, next year this amount may grow, according to forecasts, by about one and a half times.

Send yachts of Russian oligarchs to Belarus

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny spoke at a meeting of the Foreign Relations Committee of the European Parliament. He called on EU countries to impose new sanctions against Russian oligarchs and their assets. He is confident that the Russians will not object to such sanctions.

As long as Usmanov’s yachts are in Monaco, no one will take the sanctions seriously. And they should hit exactly the oligarchs, then these measures will be supported by 99% of Russian citizens. Force Abramovich, Rotenberg and Usmanov to take their yachts and transfer them to Belarus, the oppositionist said.

Biden invited Tikhanovskaya to the inauguration of the presidency of the United States

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya will attend Joe Biden’s inauguration. The oppositionist announced that the democrat had invited her to the ceremony in the “Prosvet” program. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden supported protests in Belarus and condemned Alexander Lukashenko’s actions during their suppression

Lukashenko accused Poland of trying to bring down the economy of Belarus

Poland proposed to create a situation in Belarus so that the economy collapsed, the ruble depreciated, and the shelves were empty. Alyaksandr Lukashenka said this with reference to the KGB, BelTA informs. According to him, Warsaw has taken many steps to help the Belarusian revolution

TASS funding will grow

State funding for TASS was increased by almost a billion rubles, Open Media found in the draft budget, which was approved by the State Duma yesterday. The money to support the agency will be taken from the closed part of the budget, which includes classified defense spending.

In the spring of 2020, TASS released a series of interviews with President Vladimir Putin. And the PR agency founded by the CEO of TASS was responsible for informing Russians about the amendments to the Constitution.

Former deputy director of the FSIN Valery Maksimenko detained

According to the investigation, in 2018 Maksimenko illegally organized the conclusion of state contracts for the construction and repair of facilities under the federal target program “Development of the Penitentiary System”, although the builders obviously did not have the resources to execute them.

As a result, the program turned out to be unfulfilled in the amount of over 2.1 billion rubles, 14 facilities were not put into operation, and the construction department in the North Caucasus suffered damage in the amount of over 189 million rubles, the UK reports.