14 Dec, 2020

News digest for 12/12-13/2020

Fortuna starts completing the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

The Russian pipe-laying vessel Fortuna has begun the completion of a section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which runs offshore in the exclusive economic zone of Germany. It is reported that the Fortuna pipelayer will lay a 2.6-kilometer section of the gas pipeline in waters at a depth of less than 30 meters. They stressed that all work is being carried out in accordance with the permits received.

According to the marine traffic tracking service MarineTraffic, Fortuna is accompanied by the supply vessels Katun and Baltic Researcher. According to S&P Platts, just over 150 km of the pipeline remains to be laid, of which about 147 km are in Danish waters and a few kilometers in Germany.

The Russian Prime Minister has expanded the sanctions list against Ukraine.

In total, the list includes 849 individuals. The latest version of the list included, among other things, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Dmitry Razumkov, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk, head of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Yelizaveta Yasko. Also there were deputies of the presidential faction “Servant of the People” Andrei Gerus, Alexander Kachura, Maxim Buzhansky, Geo Leros and Olga Vasilevskaya-Smaglyuk.

In October 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree “On the application of special economic measures in connection with unfriendly actions of Ukraine against citizens and legal entities of the Russian Federation.” By his decree, the head of state instructed the government to determine the lists of individuals and legal entities in respect of which sanctions will be imposed, as well as to decide what restrictions should be imposed against these persons and “to ensure, in accordance with its competence, the implementation of other measures.”

State Duma deputy urged to add Greenpeace to the list of undesirable organizations

State Duma deputy from “United Russia” Nikolai Nikolaev urged to add Greenpeace to the list of undesirable organizations. He wrote about this in his telegram channel. According to the lawmaker, Greenpeace is engaged in subversive activities, harming the state.

“Interference in the legislative process, pressure on the authorities, organizing information campaigns against the Government of the Russian Federation, misleading the citizens of our country, discrediting government decision-making mechanisms, blocking investment projects and economic activities,” the politician enumerates.

Every third Russian lives in poverty

Every third citizen of the Russian Federation (33%) believes that they live in poverty, while 7% say that they have always lived this way, and 12% say that they became poor more than ten years ago. According to Interfax, such data were obtained by sociologists of the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) during a survey conducted on November 13-15. Among the reasons for their poverty, people cite the extremely low level of wages, their decline, as well as the rise in tariffs and the loss of jobs.

Kadyrov’s daughter was appointed head of the preschool education department in Grozny.

Its republican leader, Aslanbek Dzhunaidov, said that this appointment “is undoubtedly evidence of confidence on the part of the republic’s leadership”, as well as “recognition of the managerial talent” of Khadizhat Kadyrova and her business qualities.

In September, Ramzan Kadyrov appointed his other daughter, 21-year-old Aishat, who heads the Firdaws fashion house, as the first deputy minister of culture in Chechnya. In total, Kadyrov has 10 children.

He himself had previously stated that the appointment of his relatives to leading positions in the republic was due to their relationship with the founder of Chechnya, Akhmat Kadyrov. In addition, there are not many officials among them, and most of the men of the clan are “privates with weapons in their hands.”

According to the Internet edition Rosotkat, earlier Ramzan Kadyrov noted the merits of the women of his family with military orders and medals. awarded the order to his own aunt – Agazert Daaev, the wife of the first person in Chechnya was presented with a badge “For distinction in the fight against terrorism,” daughter Aishat received a medal “For services to the Chechen Republic”. Thus, the achievements of the women of the family of the head of Chechnya were noted.

Prilepin saw a Jewish conspiracy in the Big Book jury’s decision.

The book of the writer “Yesenin. Promising to meet ahead ”did not make it to the top three. In the comments to the post of Storytel editor-in-chief Konstantin Milchin about the unfair results of the competition, Zakhar Prilepin wrote:

“There are about 50 Jews on the jury of the BC Prize. That’s all there was to write, Kostya. “

This year the winner of the “Big Book” is Alexander Ilyichevsky, who lives in Israel, with the novel “Newton’s Drawing”.

The media manager and jury member Demyan Kudryavtsev, in an interview with the “Rise” publication, condemned the statements about the prize of the writer Zakhar Prilepin, whose book was not included in the top three winners.

Moscow City Hall donates to Orthodox bikers from the city budget

The Moscow City Hall donates almost 9 million rubles from the city budget to Orthodox bikers. As “Open Media” found out, with this money, the organization “Federation of Mototourism” associated with the “Night Wolves” should purchase some office equipment for Russian-language schools in 9 countries: Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Bulgaria, Estonia, Moldova, Cyprus, and also in Abkhazia.

During 2020, officials of the mayor’s office paid a total of more than 21 million rubles to bikers, Open Media calculated. The subsidy for the purchase of equipment and benefits is the largest one issued. Earlier, the federation received money from the Moscow authorities to purchase church utensils for the parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad, as well as to take care of the graves of Soviet soldiers

State Duma deputies suggested imprisoning “foreign agents” for up to five years

The deputies want to imprison natural persons – “foreign agents” for five years for collecting information about the military activities of Russia. One of the co-authors of the bill, Senator Andrei Klimov, in a conversation with Open Media gave an example of such activities: “Let’s say people conduct sociological research in the interests of the Pentagon and with their money through an intermediary organization”. What information cannot be collected without the risk of criminal prosecution, the document does not say

Switzerland imposed sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko

In addition to Lukashenko, Bern imposed sanctions against his son Viktor, the head of the presidential administration Igor Sergienko, the head of the KGB Ivan Tertel, the press secretary of the president Natalia Eismont, the commander of the Alpha group Sergei Zubkov, the chairman of the Constitutional Court Petr Miklashevich, as well as other security officials.

“The sanctions are in line with the decisions taken by the EU on November 6, 2020. 15 people are allegedly responsible for the use of violence and arbitrary arrests following the contested elections in Belarus, ”the report said.

The Swiss authorities have decided to freeze their accounts, if any, are found, and also imposed a ban on entry into the country. The restrictive measures came into force on December 11, 2020 at 18:00 (20:00 Moscow time).

Roskomos signed a contract for the development of a preliminary design of a space nuclear tug

The state corporation Roskomos has signed a contract worth 4.2 billion rubles. for the development of a preliminary design for a nuclear space tug.

The preliminary design is carried out before the start of development work, its purpose is to substantiate the feasibility of a new development. The St. Petersburg design bureau Arsenal named after MV Frunze will do this for Roskomos. The contract was signed on December 10, the work should be completed by July 28, 2024. The cost of the advance was more than 3 billion rubles

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan handed over a note to Russia

Charge d’Affaires of the Russian Federation Alexander Komarov was invited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Marat Syzdykov expressed bewilderment at the statements on Channel One by the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Science of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Nikonov that “the territory of Kazakhstan is a great gift from Russia [and the Soviet Union]” …

“Kazakhstan simply did not exist, northern Kazakhstan was not inhabited at all. They existed, but much to the south. And, in fact, the territory of Kazakhstan is a great gift from Russia and the Soviet Union. “

Nikonov himself later explained his words in his Telegram channel as follows:

“The interests of Kazakhstan were fully observed when defining the borders of the Kazakh SSR, which became the borders of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This is what I said in the Big Game program. ”

British Airways teams up with hydrogen aircraft startup ZeroAvia

British Airways will work with ZeroAvia’s hydrogen aircraft to accelerate the transition to hydrogen powered commercial aircraft. The partnership was announced on Saturday, when the head of IAG SA prepared a plan to achieve zero emissions at the UN climate summit.

ZeroAvia intends to demonstrate its technology on longer flights and hopes to fly more than 1,000 miles in aircraft with more than 100 seats by 2030.

Opposition journalist Ruhollah Zam executed in Iran

According to the authorities, the journalist disseminated fake information through his portal, as well as a Telegram channel. He was found guilty of working for foreign intelligence and anti-government activities.

The deputy lived in France for many years and from there ran his own telegram channel mad News, where he published compromising evidence on high-ranking officials of the country. But in 2019, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps kidnapped him and took him to Iran.

The protests in Khabarovsk took place in a frost of fifteen degrees. Today Khabarovsk residents came out for the 155th time in defense of the ex-head of the region Sergey Furgal

Seven detained after a protest in Novosibirsk

In Novosibirsk, at another peaceful rally in support of the Khabarovsk protesters, a scuffle with the police took place. According to eyewitnesses, the lieutenant colonel “attacked the people.” At least seven people were detained, activists told Taiga.info. Interior Ministry officials talk about a criminal case under the article about an attack on a policeman.

The World Bank granted a loan to Ukraine

The World Bank provided Ukraine with a loan for another $ 300 million to overcome the consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic. This was reported on the WB Facebook page.

“Additional funding will help strengthen the guaranteed minimum income program in Ukraine and will help about 1 million Ukrainians not fall below the poverty line due to COVID-19,” the World Bank said in a statement.

Mass extinctions of animals on Earth

Scientists have found that mass extinctions of animals occur regularly, recurring approximately every 27 million years. This is the conclusion reached by biologists from New York University (NYU), who studied data on the mass extinction of land animals and ocean inhabitants. Various cataclysms – volcanic eruptions and asteroid fall – became the cause of mass extinctions of animals on earth.

Blocking one protein made old mice young

Scientists from Stanford University have identified a regulator, the protein 15-PGDH, which plays an important role in muscle function and condition. They conducted experiments on mice models that were able to restore strength and endurance in just a month.

A cure for incurable heart disease

Russian specialists, together with scientists from America, have discovered a drug that can cure calcified aortic stenosis. The medication was previously ineffective. Treatment is performed surgically.

Aortic stenosis is an incurable heart disease that affects older people, many are carefree and do not even know how this disease manifests itself. According to statistics, the percentage of early detection of this disease is very low.

Scientists talk about the role of quantum vibrations in the transfer of electrons

American chemists from Princeton University have collected new evidence that quantum vibrations play an important role in the transfer (transfer) of electrons. An article about this work, published in Nature Chemistry, may turn out to be an important milestone in the study of solar energy conversion processes.

Scientists were able to see ultrasound

In a study by employees of the Institute of Organic Chemistry named after ND Zelinsky RAS (IOC RAS) using the method of liquid electron microscopy using a specially developed ultrasonic micro-reactor, the effect of ultrasound on a liquid was clearly visualized for the first time. Scientists have found that micro-structured solutions based on water and ionic systems interact with high-frequency sound waves, which leads to a rearrangement of the internal structure of the solution, accompanied by a change in its physicochemical properties. The work was carried out in the laboratory of Academician V.P. Ananikov and published in the journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS Gold, An Open Access Journal of the American Chemical Society).

A planet where a year lasts 15 thousand Earth years

The Hubble Telescope has discovered an exoplanet that lasts 15 thousand Earth years. The results of the study are presented on the pages of AJ. Exoplanet HD 106906 b was first discovered by astronomers back in 2013

The bubble our galaxy lives in: a cosmic anomaly

The universe may seem like a relatively calm and static place. But astronomical observations over the past century have shown that it is expanding with acceleration caused by mysterious forces called dark matter and dark energy. At the same time, scientists cannot agree on their estimates of the rate of expansion of the boundaries of space.

The answer may lie in the fact that we live in the “Hubble bubble” – a giant region of space, with a different density than the rest of the universe. This theory was put forward by the theoretical physicist from the University of Geneva, Lucas Lombreiser. The bubble hypothesis is more than two decades old, but the other day in the journal Physics Letters an article was published, which described the possible sizes and characteristics of this bubble.

Leica SL2-S introduced

Leica closed the week with the announcement of the SL2-S full-frame mirrorless camera, preliminary information about which appeared the day before. According to the manufacturer, the Leica SL2-S is a versatile camera that complements the SL system, serving as an alternative to the Leica SL2. Sales have already started at $ 4,895

Subsistence minimum by regions of Russia in Q3 2020

According to Rosstat calculations, 11,468 rubles a month is enough for the average Russian to live. For an adult a little more – 12392, and for a pensioner 9422 rubles.

The cheapest accommodation will cost residents of the Voronezh region: 9362 rubles. 16 rubles will be needed in Mordovia, another 4 rubles – in the Belgorod region. In total, the cost of living was less than 10 thousand rubles in 11 regions! In addition to those already mentioned, there are also Penza, Tatarstan, Adygea, Chuvashia, Saratov, Lipetsk, Orenburg and Stavropol.

Much more will be needed to live in the northern regions. 22734 in Chukotka (number 1 in terms of the subsistence minimum), 22219 in the NAO, more than 21 thousand in Kamchatka and in the Magadan region. 18 thousand in Murmansk – and in 6th place we see the first non-northern region, Moscow! In the capital you can, they say, you can live on 17,841 rubles a month …

Google and Apple decide to ban sharing of user location data

X-Mode Social’s code can be used in a number of mobile applications in use that track and sell user location data. Now Google and Apple are trying to end this. According to a Wall Street Journal article, tech companies have demanded that developers remove X-Mode code from their apps, or their software could disappear from their respective app stores. Apple gave developers two weeks to remove this SDK, and Google only one week, but with the option to apply for an extension of up to 30 days.

Google will opt out of linked ads

Advertising in various forms is currently used on the Internet. About 13 years ago, Google started using link blocks in its Adsense network. Currently, the company has decided to develop in accordance with modern realities, and therefore left this format behind. As early as March 10 next year, users will be deprived of the ability to form AdSense blocks with support for links to their pages

Disney + to release new series on Star Wars and Marvel universes

The Walt Disney Company announced new projects that will be released on the Disney + streaming service in the coming years. In particular, viewers will see 10 Star Wars TV series and 10 Marvel Universe, as well as films and TV series from Disney and Pixar. This was reported on the company’s Twitter.

Feature series about the rock band The Rolling Stones

FX studio has started to create a mini-series about the legendary rock band The Rolling Stones. This is reported by the publication Deadline. Nick Hornby has been appointed as the scriptwriter for the project. The film will be produced by Left Bank Pictures.

The plot of the series will focus on the period of the group’s formation in 1962 and the moments of its wild popularity. It is known that the events of the narrative must end in 1972. At the moment, the release date of the series is unknown.

Regular protests take place in Belarus

In Minsk and other cities of Belarus, Sunday protests were held against the results of the presidential elections and violence against protesters. According to Tut.by, in some districts of Minsk, groups of people took to the streets with white-red-white flags. Military equipment and minibuses with security forces were brought to Minsk. Eyewitnesses reported water cannons. Mass arrests took place in different districts of the city, reports Tut.by.

Subsistence minimum by regions of Russia in Q3 2020

According to Rosstat calculations, 11,468 rubles a month is enough for the average Russian to live. For an adult a little more – 12392, and for a pensioner 9422 rubles.

The cheapest accommodation will cost residents of the Voronezh region: 9362 rubles. 16 rubles will be needed in Mordovia, another 4 rubles – in the Belgorod region. In total, the cost of living was less than 10 thousand rubles in 11 regions! In addition to those already mentioned, there are also Penza, Tatarstan, Adygea, Chuvashia, Saratov, Lipetsk, Orenburg and Stavropol.

Much more will be needed to live in the northern regions. 22734 in Chukotka (number 1 in terms of the subsistence minimum), 22219 in the NAO, more than 21 thousand in Kamchatka and in the Magadan region. 18 thousand in Murmansk – and in 6th place we see the first non-northern region, Moscow! In the capital you can, they say, you can live on 17,841 rubles a month …

A week to take action to stop the rise in food prices

Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded that measures be taken in a week to stop the rise in food prices. The head of state gave such an order at a meeting on economic issues on December 9, a recording of the working meeting was shown on the Russia 1 TV channel on December 13

Restrict content coming out on TV screens

At a meeting of the Russian president with members of the HRC, during which Vladimir Putin announced the need to impose restrictions on the release of content on television screens that are outside the bounds of moral and ethical standards. When asked by media representatives what the head of state means by moral and ethical standards, Putin replied:

To be honest, I rarely watch TV, for example, I just don’t have enough time, but sometimes, if I come across, I take it, ” Putin said

According to Putin, the material being broadcast depends on the cultural level of the people who are responsible for broadcasting it on TV screens. The President expressed the hope that the situation will change in the near future and this will have a positive effect on strengthening the consciousness of Russians.

Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Turkish consul after Erdogan’s statements

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement during the victory parade in Azerbaijan, where the Turkish leader voiced a number of “expansive” ideas. RIA Novosti reports.

On Thursday in Baku, Erdogan quoted the poem “Araz-Araz”. It is considered the slogan of a radical movement that advocates the unification of the Turkic peoples. In particular, the work deals with the separation of the northwestern part of Iran, where ethnic Azerbaijanis live.

Let us remind you that yesterday the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev also spoke about his predatory moods, who called a number of cities in Armenia and Iran “historically Azerbaijani”