25 Dec, 2020

News digest for 12/24/2020

The State Duma of Russia adopted in the first reading a bill introduced by United Russia Deputy Dmitry Vyatkin, which provides for an increase in administrative fines for disobeying the requirements of law enforcement officials, including during public actions, as well as for violating the procedure for financing such events

According to the text, repeated disobedience to a lawful order or obstruction of the performance of official duties of police officers, the National Guard, the FSB, the Ministry of Defense, the Federal Penitentiary Service, if committed by the organizer or participant of a meeting, meeting, demonstration, march or picketing, entails the imposition of an administrative fine on citizens in the amount of 10 thousand up to 20 thousand rubles, or administrative arrest for up to 30 days, or compulsory work for a period of 100 to 200 hours, for officials – from 20 thousand to 40 thousand rubles, for legal entities – from 70 thousand to 200 thousand rubles

The US State Department accused the FSB of involvement in the poisoning of Navalny by Novichok

A State Department spokesman stressed that the United States “fully trusts” the conclusions of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, made in October 2020, that Navalny was exposed to the Novichok nerve agent.

For a year, telephone scammers stole about 150 billion rubles from Russians

The scammers earned the most by posing as representatives of banks and withdrawing money through ATMs (66 billion rubles). In second place are fictitious medical workers (46.5 billion rubles), in third place are phishing sites and non-existent online stores (18.6 billion rubles).

On new bans for smokers

In Russia, it is planned to introduce new bans on smoking in 2021, the Prime agency reported, citing Yegor Redin, managing partner of the law firm Position Prava. On January 1, a ban on smoking in medical institutions, points of sale, bases and warehouses was introduced.

China began investigating Alibaba

China has launched an antitrust investigation against the Internet giant Alibaba, writes The Wall Street Journal. The investigation was announced by the State Agency for Market Regulation (SAMR) on Thursday, December 24 – the day after it became known that the Chinese authorities advised the head of Alibaba, Jack Ma, not to leave the country.

The reason for this move was reports that Alibaba is putting pressure on sellers using the company’s platforms. Specifically, Alibaba forces partners to sign exclusive cooperation agreements that prevent sellers from offering products to competitors. This is stated in a statement by SAMR, which was quoted by Reuters.

The senator expressed the opinion that Russia will not leave the sanctions unanswered.

Probably, our competent authorities will decide on retaliatory sanctions, and American restrictions will not cause serious damage. The Americans themselves chop the branch on which they sit. In particular, in the field of space exploration. How will the ISS work, where the Russian cosmonauts are together with the American ones? Let’s drown the ISS in the Pacific then. It seems that in the United States the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing, – Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, was outraged on the air of the NSN

The number of bankruptcies of retailers in the United States reaches a record

The number of bankruptcies in the US retail sector this year peaked in more than a decade, and experts do not expect the situation to improve, according to MarketWatch. By mid-November, 49 retailers went bankrupt in the country, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Unmanned passenger train started regular flights in Japan

An unmanned passenger train began to run in the city of Fukuoka on the southwestern island of Kyushu. The information is broadcast by local media. The length of the route is about 13 kilometers, on average there are about 12 flights per day

Sony to release three films and seven TV series on PlayStation games

The American film company Sony Pictures Entertainment is working on TV series and films based on the games on the PlayStation, now they are working on 3 films and 7 TV series. This was announced by the CEO of Sony Pictures Tony Vinchikerra. Possible contenders for the plot of the game are The Last of Us and Uncharted.

Swedish court rejects Gazprom’s appeal in dispute with PGNiG

As a reminder, the Polish gas company PGNiG achieved a reduction in the price for Gazprom’s supplies and a return of $ 1.5 billion for gas purchased earlier at a higher price. According to PGNiG, the court dismissed Gazprom’s complaint as legally

THE LITTLE THINGS – Official Trailer

The film’s genre is defined as a psychological thriller. It stars Rami Malek, Jared Leto and Denzel Washington. Trivia is written and directed by John Lee Hancock. The premiere of the film “Trivia” is scheduled for January 29.

The Administrative Department of the President of the Russian Federation purchased spruce for the New Year from Denmark

The Administrative Department of the President of Russia purchased 35 live firs for the New Year from Denmark for 2.9 million rubles. The contract on the state procurement website was posted by the Office for the Maintenance of Buildings of the Supreme Authorities, subordinate to the Office of the President. This was noticed by the Open Media.

The State Duma adopted a law on state regulation of prices for socially significant goods

The State Duma adopted in the third and final reading the law on state regulation of prices for socially important goods, initiated by the Russian government. The document was drawn up as amendments to the second reading of the law on statistical accounting.

The series “Dark beginnings” was renewed for the third season

On the web the day before there were reports that at the end of this month the second season of the series “Dark Beginnings” will come to an end. According to Deadline, HBO and BBC One have announced the show will be renewed for a third and final season.

Closed Soviet laboratory restored in the Arctic

The work of a special laboratory designed for testing weapons in the Arctic, deserts and other extreme conditions, and closed after the collapse of the Soviet Union, has been restored by the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering (TsNIITOCHMASH, part of the state corporation Rostec).

On the compulsory withdrawal from citizens of housing for renovation

The State Duma approved in the third reading the draft law “On All-Russian Renovation”, which provides for the possibility of forcibly seizing apartments from citizens that are not recognized as emergency or subject to demolition. This can be done if the house falls within the boundaries of the complex development area of ​​the residential area.

Chelyabinsk activist fined for video message to Biden

A video message from Chelyabinsk residents to US President Joseph Biden, in which activists complained about poor ecology, resulted in a fine of 20 thousand rubles for organizer Valentina Volkova. The central district court of the city recognized the filming of the video, which brought together more than 10 people, as an uncoordinated rally.

On the unified national plan of Russia

The head of the Russian government, Mikhail Mishustin, said that over 39 trillion rubles would be allocated for the implementation of a single national plan in the country in three years. About 13 trillion will be allocated per year

The State Duma introduces a fine for illegal use of media signs

At a meeting on Thursday, the State Duma adopted in the first reading a bill introduced by United Russia deputy Dmitry Vyatkin on the introduction of administrative fines of up to 30 thousand rubles for the unlawful use of media representatives’ designations during public events.

The State Duma adopted a law raising the age of youth

The document consolidates the status of Russian youth. Now it will include Russian citizens from 14 to 35 years old inclusive. In addition, the law will define the concepts of “youth”, “young family”, “youth policy”, “youth public associations”.

The plan of forcing state-owned companies to import substitution

As it became known to Kommersant, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has prepared drafts of directives addressed to a wide range of state-owned companies on the implementation of quotas for purchases of Russian products. It is assumed that state JSCs will be able to refuse contractors in purchases without confirming the presence of certain items of supplies in the register of Russian products, and they themselves will be required to report on the fulfillment of quotas or the reasons for its failure as a result of purchases. At the same time, the “industrial” Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov intends to appeal to the President with a proposal to include in this work both state corporations and their organizations

State Duma raised the minimum price for cigarettes

Bad habits will cost Russians much more in 2021 than in 2020. The corresponding decision was made by the State Duma, increasing the minimum price for a pack of cigarettes from 89 to 107 rubles. The bill was put forward by a joint group of deputies from the LDPR and United Russia factions.

Traces of tsunami that washed away an ancient settlement found in Israel

A group of Israeli and American scientists have found evidence that about 10 thousand years ago, the most powerful tsunami in the history of the region hit the northwest coast of Israel. The research results are published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Russian scientists have come up with a georadar for soil analysis

A group of scientists from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia proposed an easy-to-implement alternative to taking core samples from soils occurring at great depths. An article about the study was published in Eurasian Soil Science

Roskosmos orders the development of a complex for the extraction of shale oil

Roscosmos State Corporation has signed a contract with the Moscow Institute of Thermal Engineering for the development and creation of a prototype of a hydraulic fracturing complex used in shale oil production. The corresponding agreement “Open Media” was found on the public procurement portal.

Under the terms of the contract, by November 25, 2021, the contractor must create a prototype consisting of 12 vehicles based on Kamaz. The complex will be given a one-year warranty, and its service life must be at least 20 years. The total cost of the work is 1.1 billion rubles. It turns out that one Kamaz with equipment for oil production will cost Roscosmos an average of almost 100 million rubles.

The Moscow Institute of Thermal Engineering is a defense enterprise that developed the Topol-M, Yars and Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles. The enterprise is part of the structure of the state corporation “Roscosmos”.

Gazprom-Media will launch an analogue of TikTok on the market.

The Gazprom-Media holding acquired technologies for launching a Russian service with vertical videos similar to TikTok. The service, aimed at a youth audience, will be built on the basis of the application “I am Done”, which was developed with the support of the “Innopraktika” foundation, headed by the alleged daughter of the President of Russia Katerina Tikhonova.

The Russian Foreign Ministry returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina the icon presented to Lavrov

The icon from Lugansk, which was presented to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov in Sarajevo, was returned to the embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After Ukraine became interested in the origin of the relic

USA imposed sanctions against the Central Election Commission of Belarus, the KGB special forces and the Minsk OMON

The US authorities have expanded the sanctions list against the Belarusian authorities. This was reported by the Department of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury. The first deputy head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus Gennady Kazakevich, as well as the Belarusian Central Election Commission, special forces of the KGB “Alfa”, the main department of internal affairs of the Minsk city executive committee, as well as the Minsk OMON were sanctioned.

The US Treasury explained that the sanctions list has been expanded at the expense of individuals and organizations that are associated with rigging the presidential elections in Belarus in August 2020 and the suppression of peaceful protests after the elections.

Azerbaijani President showed how to uproot everything Armenian

The President of Azerbaijan, while driving through Karabakh, could not drive past a rusty road sign with an inscription in Armenian. He stopped and showed his fighters how to uproot everything Armenian – he knocked down the toponym and trampled on it together with his vice-president wife.