30 Nov, 2020

News digest for 11/28-29/2020

The July 1 Club, which includes a number of academicians and corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), declared that pre-trial arrests in cases related to non-violent crimes were inadmissible. The statement was made in connection with the arrest of RAS Corresponding Member Alexander Shcherbatyuk. Any accusations against scientists related to their work must be examined by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the club believes.

In addition, any accusations against scientists related to their professional activities must be examined by the Russian Academy of Sciences, and repressive actions against them must be coordinated with its leadership. There are highly qualified specialists in the Russian Academy of Sciences who have access to closed works, so references to the secret nature of the accusations cannot serve as an excuse for arbitrariness, ”the club said.

The July 1 Club is an informal community of academicians and corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who have declared their refusal to recognize the liquidation of the Russian Academy of Sciences and join the new Academy of Sciences.

Xi Jinping calls on Chinese military to prepare for war

Chinese leader Xi Jinping urged the military “not to be afraid of death and prepare for victories.” This is reported by the Daily Mail, citing China’s state media. During a meeting with the command, he called on the armed forces to focus on preparing for hostilities.

WHO head told where to look for sources of coronavirus

According to ToDay News Ufa, citing Reuters, the sources of the coronavirus must be sought in the Chinese city of Wuhan. This was stated by the head of the World Health Organization. According to the specialist, the origin of the virus will begin with the study of the coronavirus in Wuhan, where the first message came from.

The original version of the origin of the new type of coronavirus was put forward by Chinese scientists, who claim that the virus causing COVID-19 arose in India in the summer of 2019 against the backdrop of extreme heat, “which made people and animals drink the same water.”

The authorities have expanded the territory of the seaport of Vladivostok

New territories were added to the seaport of Vladivostok. The corresponding order on expanding the port’s borders was signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, the government’s press service reports. The government said that it is planned to build a sea terminal for transshipment of coal with a capacity of 20 million tons per year on the new territory.

Over a million people fined for violating restrictions in Russia

Since the start of the pandemic, police have fined more than 1.1 million people for violating restrictions, the Russian Interior Ministry told TASS. The total amount of fines amounted to at least 1.7 billion rubles.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation clarified that most of the protocols (976.9 thousand) were issued under Art. 20.6.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation (failure to comply with the rules of conduct in an emergency or the threat of its occurrence). The fine for it is stipulated in the amount of 1 thousand rubles.

More than 109.2 thousand protocols were drawn up under Art. 3.18.1 of the Administrative Code of Moscow (violation of the requirements of the regulatory legal acts of Moscow aimed at the introduction and provision of a high alert regime). The minimum fine for violation of this article is 15 thousand rubles.

The French will develop a technology to quickly clear the ice on the Russian Bridge

Specialists of the French company Freyssinet, which installed the bridge cables on the Russky Island, can come to Primorye to develop a technology for quickly and efficiently clearing the structure from ice in the event of repeated deterioration of the weather, RIA VladNews reports with reference to the Primorsky Territory government.

Carsharing and taxis will get access to the traffic police database on driver’s rights

As reported to TASS in the press center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, taxi aggregators, car-sharing companies and other organizations that allow citizens to drive vehicles, ” services “.

Access to mobile internet was restricted in Minsk before opposition rally

Interruptions in access to mobile Internet services began on Sunday in Minsk before the announced protest action of the opponents of the current government, at the request of government agencies, the Belarusian telecom operator A1 reported a decrease in the throughput of mobile Internet

New payroll tax may appear in Russia

Deputy Head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev supported the idea of ​​introducing a new tax on wages in the country. It is envisaged that a small contribution will be levied from salaries, which will be directed towards “employment insurance”.

Russian pensioners will be checked for additional income

In 2021, pensioners will be checked for other incomes, as well as recipients of “northern” surcharges and living abroad, said the associate professor of the basic department of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia “Development of human capital” of the PRUE. Plekhanova Lyudmila Ivanova-Shvets.

As a result of inspections, there will undoubtedly be those who will be entitled to additional money, and those who will have to return to the fund illegally received, but after that there will be fewer claims and requests for pension payments, “Prime agency quotes Ivanova-Shvets in Sunday, November 29th.

Checks of pensioners for the presence of additional income in 2021 are not planned, the deputy head of the United Russia faction Andrei Isaev told RIA Novosti

Russians take currency from banks

In October, Russia experienced an accelerated outflow of foreign currency deposits from Russian financial institutions. According to the information of the Russian regulator, we are talking about 1 billion 116 million dollars, according to the information and news portal EVO-RUS.COM

Tasmania provides itself with renewable electricity

Tasmania announced that it can now fully provide its population with electricity from renewable sources. In the coming year, they will begin to generate even a little more energy than they need.
We have achieved 100% clean energy levels through our commitment to realizing Tasmania’s clean energy potential through our policies and industry investments. This creates jobs across the state, particularly in our regions.

Russian companies invested in Iraqi oil and gas projects

The aggregate volume of investments by Russian companies in the development of Iraqi oil fields, following the results of many years of cooperation, exceeded $ 10 billion. This was stated by the head of the RF Ministry of Energy Nikolai Shulginov at a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein

US sends aircraft carrier Nimitz to Persian Gulf

According to CNN, the aircraft carrier is sailing to the Persian Gulf accompanied by other ships. The decision to send the ship was taken long before the murder of nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who took part in the creation of the nuclear program, took place in Iran.

The Prosecutor’s Office of the Oryol region withdrew from sale postage stamps with a portrait of Hitler

The stamps were sold in kiosks for 290 rubles apiece. At the same time, the packaging contained a mention that Hitler was a war criminal, and a warning about the prohibition of Nazi propaganda. It turned out that the stamps were printed by the social-patriotic organization “For the Motherland”.

The organization said that the portrait of Hitler on the stamps is “consolidating the heroic context of the great Victory over the criminal fascist Germany.”

Not because you need some kind of democracy

It is necessary to make amendments to the Constitution of Belarus “beneficial for the country” so that the state “does not collapse later,” believes Alexander Lukashenko. He said this during a visit to the Minsk city hospital No. 6.

I am a supporter of the new Constitution. Not because you need some kind of democracy. It’s not about democracy. What worries me in this situation is that such a Constitution cannot be given to an unfamiliar president. There will be trouble, – Lukashenka is quoted by his press service.

Pussy Riot members hold rally against police violence

Members of the Pussy Riot art group Maria Alekhina and Rita Flores held an action “Beware, fragile!” In the center of Moscow. They tied the artist Farhad Israfilli-Gelman, dressed in the uniform of a riot police officer, to a post

Iran’s leading nuclear physicist was killed.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that the circumstances of the crime give grounds to believe that Israel may be behind him.

The Iranian parliament intends to expedite consideration of the bill on the revitalization of work in the nuclear industry. The decision was made after the death of a leading nuclear scientist, Israel is suspected of being involved in this.

The document, among other things, provides for the possibility of increasing the level of uranium enrichment to 20% or more (such uranium is considered weapons grade). Now Iran is enriching uranium at a level above 4% instead of 3.67% envisaged in the nuclear deal.

Fakhrizadeh was one of the leading developers of the Iranian nuclear program, in 2018 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he is the head of the entire nuclear project of Tehran. The media called him the “Iranian Oppenheimer” and “the father of the Iranian bomb.” At the same time, nuclear weapons in Iran have not yet been created.

The ban introduced by Belarus will operate on the territory of Russia

The ban on the entry of officials from the EU and Canada, introduced by Belarus, will operate in Russia in accordance with the procedure established by the intergovernmental agreement between the two countries of March 3, 2015, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.

“Based on Art. 2 of this agreement, decisions on refusal of entry made by the authorized bodies of one of the parties are recognized as grounds for refusing a foreign citizen or stateless person to enter the territory of another interested party, ”the department said.

The ministry also noted that the sanctions measures introduced by Minsk will apply to citizens of the EU member states and Canada on the territory of the Russian Federation in the event that the Russian side does not make any exemptions from such restrictions.

Igor Sechin asks for new benefits for “the world’s best oil”

As it became known to Baza, Igor Ivanovich asked the government to think carefully and develop a mechanism of preferential targeted financing specifically for the Vostok Oil project. This is a group of oil fields in the Taimyr Peninsula. Igor Ivanovich considers oil from there to be the best in the world; a month ago he even gave the president a bottle from the field.

Several printed newspapers and magazines are combined in Turkmenistan

The authorities say the main goal is budget savings. As reported by “Media-Turkmen” agency, a single subscription will be offered for electronic versions of publications, and only pensioners will receive paper versions. The government believes that the reform will save over 120 tons of paper.

Turkmenistan, as noted by the website “Radio Liberty”, for several years the country has been in a deep economic crisis, despite the fact that it has the world’s fourth proven natural gas reserves.

Roskomnadzor asked to create its own video hosting because of YouTube censorship

Roskomnadzor asked Russia’s leading Internet companies to “help our media” and create domestic video hosting sites for them because of YouTube censorship. In addition, the department demanded from Google to resume access to YouTube channels of the Russian news agency ANNA NEWS.

The most peaceful countries of 2020

According to the Global Peace Index 2020, Iceland was recognized as the most peaceful country in 2020 (for several years in a row). A very low level of crime, no militarization of society, no protests, no terrorists. Further on the list of leaders, too, without any significant changes from last year: New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, Denmark.

121 place USA, 145 place Israel, 148 place Ukraine, 152 place Pakistan, 153 place Sudan. Russia, like last year, took 154th place, followed by the Central African Republic (155th) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (156th), Afghanistan (163rd) – the least peaceful country in the world for the second year in a row, followed by Syria ( 162), Iraq (161), South Sudan (160) and Yemen (159)

The “March of Neighbors” is taking place in Minsk and other cities of Belarus.

Law enforcers try to disperse columns of protesters who took to the streets