3 Dec, 2020

News digest for 12/02/2020

US to add four Chinese companies to sanctions list

The US Department of Defense intends to add four more Chinese companies to the sanctions list of “military companies”, Reuters reported. All of them are suspected by American intelligence of cooperation with the military leadership of China.

Biden refused to end trade war with China

The likely winner of the presidential election in the United States, Joe Biden, said that he did not intend to immediately end the trade war with China and cancel the trade duties imposed by the current head of state, Donald Trump.

Singapore allows the sale of artificial meat for the first time in the world

In Singapore, for the first time in the world, authorities have given permission to sell laboratory-produced chicken meat. This is stated in the statement of the Food Agency of the Republic spread on Wednesday, December 2

Deceived investors from Novosibirsk declared an indefinite hunger strike

The defrauded equity holders of the Novomarusino microdistrict in Novosibirsk have declared an indefinite hunger strike. They reported this to the publication “Taiga.info”. Five people were accommodated in a trailer next to the unfinished houses of the residential complex. They plan to eat nothing until they wait for the decision of the supervisory board of the “Fund for the Protection of the Rights of Citizens – Participants in Shared Construction” in the microdistrict.

Unified automated vehicle inspection system

As TASS reports with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, from March 1 next year, a unified automated vehicle inspection system will start operating in Russia. The draft order on putting the new base into operation has already been prepared by the Ministry

New Zealand introduced an emergency due to climate change

The initiative to introduce an emergency due to the weather was supported by parliamentarians on Wednesday. Thus, the country joined 32 more developed countries of the world, which officially recognized the threat from weather changes, writes The Guardian. Earlier, similar decisions were made in the European Parliament, Interfax wrote.

Estonian intelligence announced the recruitment of Russian-speaking employees through the media

Thus, the newspaper Eesti Ekspress reported that the department is looking for a specialist in intelligence operations “who understands that life also goes beyond the office and normal working hours.” In addition, this worker must be well educated and broad-minded. The specialist must have Estonian citizenship and be fluent in Russian and English. The application must be submitted by December 13

Tesla plans to produce half a million electric vehicles in Germany

500 thousand electric vehicles a year should be produced by the Tesla giga factory in Germany from 2022, the founder of the company Elon Musk said on December 1, according to the German publication Welt.

To the Tokyo Olympics without vaccination

The Japanese authorities intend to allow foreigners to attend the Tokyo Olympics without compulsory coronavirus vaccination or quarantine, provided that those who enter will provide negative tests for COVID-19 and download a special tracking application.

Turkey and Israel are in secret negotiations

The head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Service, Hakan Fidan, is in secret talks with Israeli officials to normalize relations between the two countries, Al-Monitor reported.

Daimler will make one-time payments to employees

A one-time payment of € 1000 will be provided to each of its employees in Germany by the German auto concern Daimler as compensation in connection with the new coronavirus pandemic, Reuters reports, citing a representative of the company’s board

Croatia closed borders for foreign tourists

From December 1, foreign citizens will not be able to visit Croatia for tourist purposes, ATOR reports with reference to a government decree signed on November 30 and posted on the website of the country’s foreign ministry.

Rome 2021 G20 Summit

The annual G20 summit in 2021 is scheduled to be held in the Italian capital Rome on October 30 and 31, according to the press service of the Italian government. Italy’s presidency of the G20 began on December 1, 2020.

Europe reduced LNG imports in November

The supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to European terminals in November 2020 decreased by 39% in annual terms, according to the information platform Gas Infrastructure Europe.

Oil from the USA to go to Asia

About twenty American oil tankers were chartered to ship to China, South Korea, Singapore and other Asian countries from the Gulf Coast in December, Bloomberg reported, citing ship brokers. The vessels were chartered by Vitol Group, Litasco SA, Unipec and other oil companies

Salesforce announces purchase of Slack messenger

The messenger will cost Salesforce $ 27.7 billion, which will be the company’s largest acquisition in its history, writes The Wall Street Journal. The deal calls for Slack shareholders to receive $ 26.79 billion in cash and 0.0776 Salesforce common shares for each Slack share.

Israeli drug manufacturer Teva will sell a plant in Russia

The Israeli drug manufacturer Teva will sell its only enterprise in Russia to the R-Pharm company of Alexei Repik, Vedomosti newspaper reports, citing representatives of both sides.

Russian citizens continue to actively withdraw their savings from banks.

According to the Bank of Russia, in October 2020 there was the sharpest outflow of deposits since March, 111 billion rubles were withdrawn. Experts note that part of the funds was transferred to escrow accounts, which are now used to finance the construction of new buildings.

In just a year, the outflow of funds reached 1.2 trillion rubles. It should be remembered that the final churn value is even higher, since the interest added to the total amount of deposits is taken into account.

Pension reform plans to be carried out in Belarus

The Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko announced the implementation of the pension reform in the country. According to him, the mechanism of private pension savings, as well as corporate pension programs of employers, will be maximally used for this.

Lukashenko agreed to Russian gas for $ 127

As a result of the November 30 negotiations with Alexander Lukashenko, the chairman of the board of the Eurasian Economic Commission, former Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich, said that the cost of Russian gas for Belarus should not be higher than the current level. In 2020, it will cost Belarusian buyers $ 127 per thousand cubic meters.

Uralchem ​​increased its stake in Uralkali

Dmitry Mazepin’s Uralchem ​​increased its share in the fertilizer producer Uralkali from 46.37% to 81.47%. Uralchem ​​announced the closing of the deal to acquire shares. Dmitry Lobyak’s Rinsoco Trading Co Limited reduced its stake from 53.63% to 18.53%.

Oilfield service companies in Russia this year lost

Oil service companies in the Russian Federation have lost about 20-30% of orders due to the limitation of oil production and the consequences of the pandemic. Representatives of the companies spoke about this during the round table “New approaches to inter-industry cooperation in the oil industry: Production. Service. Mechanical engineering. Finance “, which takes place at the” Kazan Fair “.

Debts of Moldova for gas supplies from Russia

By November, the debt for Russian gas supplies to Moldova reached $ 7.24 billion, most of the debt was accumulated by consumers of unrecognized Transnistria, TASS reports with reference to the press service of the Moldovagaz joint distribution company.

Transit of Russian gas through Ukraine

Since the beginning of this year, 50 billion cubic meters of natural gas have passed through the territory of Ukraine from Russia. Sergey Makogon, the head of the Ukrainian GTS Operator, wrote about this on December 2 on Facebook.

Tatneft has reduced investment program

TATNEFT Company in 2020 reduced its investment program by 16%. It is reported by TCC. It is noted that costs were mainly reduced due to the area of ​​production and exploration. However, in the sector of oil refining and petrochemicals, they remained at the same level. At the same time, they did not name the absolute amount of investments in Tatneft. The investment plan for 2020 was RUB 121.5 billion.

Elon Musk plans to deliver a man to Mars in six years

SpaceX founder Elon Musk believes the first human will be able to land on Mars in six years. Under favorable conditions, this could happen in four years, he added.

The fortune of 22 Russian citizens exceeded the size of the country’s budget

In 2020, Russian billionaires managed to build up their fortunes, despite the coronavirus pandemic, which plunged oil prices and plunged the Russian economy into the third recession over the past 12 years. The total wealth of 22 citizens of the Russian Federation included in the Bloomberg Billionaire Index has increased by $ 486 million since the beginning of the year and reached $ 304.67 billion.

Two dozen billionaires own assets worth 23.154 trillion rubles, an amount equivalent to 21.6% of Russian GDP. Their total state exceeds the size of the federal budget for 2021 (21.52 trillion rubles) and the total amount of household deposits in the banking system (21.724 trillion rubles)

Roscosmos created a control and audit group

Roskosmos has created a control and revision group to exclude inappropriate spending of funds and acceptance of low-quality work during the construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome. According to TASS, the construction site is monitored using satellites and aerial photography. Every month Dmitry Rogozin, the general director of Roscosmos, visits the construction site and holds meetings at Vostochny with representatives of the city of Tsiolkovsky, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Russian Emergencies Ministry, the FMBA and the prosecutor’s office.

Exactly a year ago, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that during the construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome every tenth ruble was stolen and 5 out of 19 facilities were not built. It was established that 11 billion rubles were stolen, 3.5 billion were returned.

Report on investigation of torture in Belarus released

The International Committee for the Investigation of Torture in Belarus reports on the ongoing torture and police violence against protesters. This is stated in the organization’s second interim report on the situation with torture and inhumane treatment in relation to detainees from September to November 2020.

According to the committee, as of November 22, security officials detained more than 30,300 people for participating in protests across the country. The detentions “were often accompanied by unjustified use of violence,” many “received bodily injuries of varying degrees of severity”: the most serious injuries were received from rubber bullets and stun grenades.

New restrictions introduced in St. Petersburg

  • From December 30 to January 3, the work of catering establishments is completely suspended. From 25 to 29 December and from 4 to 10 January, cafes and restaurants will not be able to receive customers from 19:00 to 6:00.
  • Also, museums and theaters will not work in the city from December 30 to January 10, it will not be possible to transport groups on sightseeing buses and hold events with more than 50 participants. All exhibitions and the Leningrad Zoo will be closed.
  • On December 4, visitors are prohibited from accessing water parks, aquariums, exhibitions in shopping centers; requirements for holding both indoor and outdoor mass events are tightened.

Putin to start free mass vaccination

Putin ordered from December 7 to start free mass vaccination against coronavirus. Tatyana Golikova explained that I would stage Sputnik V. Doctors and teachers will be the first to receive the vaccine. According to the President, in the coming days the volume of vaccines produced in Russia will reach 2 million doses.

Anatoly Chubais will leave the post of the head of Rusnano

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to head Rusnano to Sergei Kulikov, deputy chairman of the Military-Industrial Commission, Interfax reports. What Anatoly Chubais, who headed Rusnano, will do, has not yet been announced.