27 Dec, 2019

News digest for 12/26/2019

The Ministry of defense of Russia intends to increase salaries and pensions of military personnel

Salaries of Russian military personnel will grow by 7% in the next two years, and pensions of military pensioners will also be increased, said Deputy defense Minister Tatyana Shevtsova in an interview with Izvestia.

The us Treasury Secretary explained the disappearance of $1.5 trillion in cash

During the program, the host of the Fox News channel asked US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to explain where the printed money in the amount of $1.5 trillion, which can not be counted by the Central banks of the world, went . The journalist did not explain the origin of this data.

“A significant portion of these hundred — dollar bills are literally lying idle in Bank cells around the world,” Mnuchin replied. According to him, “everyone wants to have dollars on their hands”, since the us currency has the status of a reserve around the world. According to the head of the Ministry, this is due to the fact that in the United States it is safe to keep money, invest and possess assets.

The government is discussing the transition of “T-platforms” under state control

The government is discussing financial recovery measures for T-platforms, a developer of supercomputers, and its subsidiary Baikal electronics is developing Baikal-T1 processors and computers on them. One of the options is to transfer 100% of “T-platforms” to the “daughter” of VEB “NM-tech”, said the representative of “T-platforms”. According to “SPARK-Interfax”, at the end of September VEB owned 25% of the developer.

Pulkovo confirmed the introduction of the “open sky” mode»

The “open sky” mode will be introduced at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport from January 1, 2020 for a period of 5 years, according to the Ministry of transport of the Russian Federation. This innovation will allow foreign carriers to fly to St. Petersburg not from their home region.

The list includes Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland. There are also States that can fly with some exceptions — Austria (except Vienna), Bulgaria (you can only fly to Sofia), great Britain (except London), Germany (except Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich), Spain (except Barcelona and Malaga), Italy (except Rome and Milan), Cyprus (except Larnaca and Paphos), France (except nice and Paris) and the Czech Republic (except Prague).

QIWI sold the postamat network to PickPoint

QIWI sold the postamat network-QIWI Box-to the logistics operator PickPoint, a representative of the payment service said and confirmed a representative of PickPoint. The parties do not disclose the transaction amount. QIWI created QIWI Box as a separate asset within the group

Andrey Kostin called the investigation of the FBC about business jets lies and dirt

The investigation by the anti-corruption Fund says that TV presenter Naila Asker-zadeh is connected with Andrey Kostin and uses planes that previously belonged to VTB offshore

“I’ll think again. You see, it’s his job to throw dirt and make money out of it. Why should I help him? You see, it makes no sense when a person wants to slander you and just throw dirt… I won’t comment on it any more,” Kostin was quoted as saying by the BBC.

The head of VTB did not rule out that in response “will take some action.”

100 years ago, Lenin passed a decree “on the elimination of illiteracy”

100 years ago, Soviet Russia issued an important decree regulating the elimination of illiteracy among the population. Anatoly Lunacharsky and Nadezhda Krupskaya undertook to educate the workers and peasants, as well as the red army men who fought for the interests of the Bolshevik government

Russia has found ships to complete the ” Nord stream-2»

The Russian government has issued an order on the control of foreign ships in the Baltic sea, from which it follows that at least a few ships for the completion of the “Nord stream-2” still managed to find. We are talking about the ships Seahorse and Rockpiper, which go under the flags of the Netherlands and Cyprus.

Rospotrebnadzor launched a hotline for taxi and car sharing services

Russians will be able to ask questions about the rules of car sharing and taxi services. Specialists of Rospotrebnadzor will answer them from December 26 to January 15. The Department opens a hotline

Prices for housing services in 2020 will increase by 4%

In 2020, the average Russian utility bill will grow by 4%. Prices will increase on July 1, in the future, the indexation of tariffs will occur once a year, the Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) told Izvestia.

Dirty oil will be removed by the middle of 2020

Energy Minister Alexander Novak said dirty oil could be removed by mid-2020. He gave this assessment to the process of eliminating the consequences of pollution of the Druzhba oil pipeline.

“Now we have significantly reduced the amount of contaminated oil and, I think, until the middle of 2020, we will remove the remaining volumes,” – said Mr. Novak RBC.

A new episode has appeared in the criminal case of the former head of OTKRITIE Bank

A new episode has emerged in the criminal case against the former Chairman of OTKRITIE Bank, Yevgeny Dankevich, two sources familiar with the investigation told RBC. The investigation considers fictitious written out shortly before the rehabilitation of the guarantee for 7 billion rubles, the payment of which was required from the Bank structure of Boris mints

Data centers predicted the collapse of the ” Digital economy»

The initiative of the Ministry of energy to introduce a fee for unused electricity reserves from July 2020 will lead to the degradation of the data processing market. As a result, without spare capacity, companies will not be able to ensure the development of the ” Digital economy»

The ANO “Coordination Council for data centers and cloud technologies” warned that the initiative could lead to: an increase in the cost of basic data center services by 50%; a decrease in the investment attractiveness of the industry; failure to meet the objectives of the national program “Digital economy” in part of its section “Information infrastructure”.

Russia will begin deliveries of wheat to Iran

The United grain company planned to send 130 thousand tons of wheat to Iran within a month, Kommersant reports. Most likely, this will not be the only batch of this grain crop that the company will take to Iran.

The Ministry of Finance has found sources of funding for NOVATEK projects»

The Russian Ministry of Finance has prepared proposals for the redistribution of funds from the budget to Finance NOVATEK projects, Kommersant reports, citing sources. We are talking about the construction of the terminal “Morning” and the expansion of the approach channel in the Ob Bay, as well as the construction of transshipment complexes in Kamchatka and Murmansk.

According to the newspaper “Kommersant”, the Federal part of the cost of these projects in 2019-2024 will be 168.5 billion rubles. At the same time, 20.6 billion rubles of this amount in 2020-2021, the Ministry proposes to withdraw from the construction project of the Nizhny Novgorod hydroelectric facility. Another 23.7 billion to 33.7 billion rubles can be attracted from the Unallocated balance of inter-budget transfers for road activities. 25 billion rubles – from the subsidy of the state Corporation “Avtodor” on roads. Another 15 billion rubles were intended for the construction of Federal highways in 2020, which is now proposed to be moved to 2021.

In 2022, it is proposed to reallocate 12.4 billion rubles from the VSM project St. Petersburg-Moscow-Nizhny Novgorod. In addition, additional funding for the development of the Moscow transport hub in the amount of 4.9 billion rubles (and according to another source of the publication, almost 20 billion rubles) is planned to be first provided in 2020, and in 2021 it will be taken away.

Production of cheese products with fat substitutes

For the first time since 2010, the production of cheese products in Russia fell, the Vedomosti newspaper reported, citing data from Soyuzmolok and the milknews analytical center. According to the experts interviewed by the publication, the main reasons for this are the tightening of technical regulations of products and an increase in demand for natural cheeses.

The development of the Internet of things in Russia will require 76.5 billion rubles

“For the development of the Internet of things in Russia until 2024, it is planned to spend more than 76.5 billion rubles, of which 19.2 billion rubles have already been budgeted, 18.2 billion rubles of budget funds will need to be allocated additionally, “writes the publication” Kommersant»

The Russian government approved the privatization plan for 2020-2022

The government at the final meeting approved the privatization plan for 2020-2022, the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers reported. According to the Ministry of economic development, the program includes 293 enterprises, including large ones

“The project provides for plans to reduce the state’s share in the authorized capital of seven major companies: Sovcomflot, VTB Bank, Makhachkala and Novorossiysk commercial sea port, Rosspirtprom, Almazyuvelirexport, Kizlyar brandy factory,” the MAYOR said.

The program did not include such companies as Aeroflot and Russian Railways, but it included airport infrastructure. Rosneft and Gazprom are also not included in the privatization plan.

The Central Bank of Russia began testing a new cryptocurrency

The tests are conducted in a “regulatory sandbox”, which allows its member companies to test their products or services without significant risks of violation of the law. Nabiullina noted that the Bank of Russia is actively exploring the possibility of issuing its own cryptocurrency

The average size of consumer loans decreased by almost 10%

After the introduction of the debt burden indicator, the average size of consumer loans decreased by 9.6%. This is stated in the report of the National Bureau of credit histories (nbki), which was received by RBC.

Pension Fund bought Russian software

The pension Fund held a competition for the supply of domestic office SOFTWARE. According to the results of the tender, he purchased 13,567 licenses of the Russian software “Moyofis standard” for 69 million rubles. the results of the auction are published on the public procurement website

State companies will spend 150 billion on the purchase of domestic SOFTWARE

Already in 2021, the expenses of state companies for the purchase of domestic software can reach 150 billion rubles, said Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov. According to TASS, Akimov recalled that such a requirement is contained in all infrastructure contracts.

“Thanks to the policy of import substitution in 2019, the cost of state-owned companies to purchase Russian software will amount to more than 10 billion rubles. Our goal in 2020 is to increase this amount to 82 billion rubles, to 150 billion rubles in 2021, ” he said

Gazprombank’s Gava named buyers of more than 6% of Gazprom’s shares»

A consortium of investors acquired a quasi-Treasury stake in Gazprom with a volume of 6.6%, Gazprombank head Andrey Akimov said, Interfax reports. According to him, mostly among the buyers were Russian investors, including pension funds

Fast payments in Russia will impose a banking Commission

In Russia, fast transfers — a service that most banks currently provide to customers for free-will be subject to a Commission. The Bank of Russia’s tariffs for credit institutions for using the quick payment system (SBP) will be effective from January 1, 2020.

Gref allowed a change in the business model of Yandex.Moneys’»

The head of Sberbank German Gref announced plans to reformat the business model of Yandex.Moneys’». Now the partners are discussing the future of this platform. He said this in an interview with Reuters

“Here we need a solution: for example, we remove all non-compete agreements (agreements on refusal to compete — ed.), and on its basis [its own banking license], Yandex can develop payment services,” Gref said.

According to him, “Yandex.Money ” is not in danger now. However, partners will have to determine the fate of the project if they want the service to make a qualitative leap forward.

Sistema and Sberbank invested in Gzhel porcelain

Vladimir Yevtushenkov’s Sistema and Sberbank of Russia invested in the art industry. “Daughter “of” System “bought 37.5% of the shares of LLC UK “Gzhel”, reported AFK. At the same time, it became known that 37.5% in the criminal code “Gzhel” bought the structure of Sberbank – “Sberbank Investments”. This information was reflected in the system “SPARK-Interfax”, on Wednesday it was confirmed through the press service of the Deputy Chairman of Sberbank Anatoly Popov.

In Russia from January 2020 will increase the price of alcohol

The regulation applies to the following beverages: retail price for a bottle of vodka of 0,5 liter will increase by seven percent, from 215 to 230 rubles retail price for a bottle of brandy with a volume of 0.5 liters will rise by eleven percent, from 388 to 433 rubles Brandy can be bought for a sum of 315 rubles and more.

Russians warned about falling yields on ruble deposits

On the TV channel” Russia 24″, the head of the Bank” FC OTKRITIE ” Mikhail Zadornov recalled that now we have inflation of 3%. It is likely to be 2.5% by the end of the first quarter of 2020.

“There can’t be a Deposit rate much higher than the real value of money and real inflation,” added Zadornov.

According to him, the income in rubles “will soon be 5%, maybe even below 5%.”

Novak spoke about the plan of privatization of “Russian grids»

The government is discussing the possibility of reducing the share in the capital of “Rosset” in 2022 through the mechanism of additional issue of shares, said in an interview with RBC energy Minister Alexander Novak.

The state’s share in Rosseti — 88.04%, the company’s value on the Moscow exchange at the end of trading on Wednesday, December 25, amounted to 283 billion rubles.

Turkey aims to turn the country into a logistics hub

The government has released the logistics Master plan — a long-term forecast that includes more than $ 110 billion of investment in transport infrastructure. The plan was prepared as a result of negotiations with all shareholders in an effort to turn Turkey into a logistics hub, said transport Minister Jahit Turan.

“We must build an export — oriented logistics infrastructure to support the $ 1 trillion export goal,” Hurriyet quoted him as saying.

Turkey wants to attract all possible trade routes, including the Chinese initiative “one belt, one road”, which is also known as the modern “silk road”, said Turhan.

“It is expected that China will invest $ 1.3 trillion in this project by 2027. As a bridge between Europe and China, we have a geographical advantage. We are in a position to attract the vast majority of such investments. With transit corridors passing through Turkey, we will offer our producers advantages that will increase exports, ” the Minister said.

Siluanov has called for the investment of funds of the NWF in gold

First Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Anton Siluanov believes that the funds of the national welfare Fund (NWF) should be invested in gold.

The Ministry of Finance has prepared proposals for a new structure of the NWF, investments will be as close as possible to those that exist in the Central Bank. There is a discussion on whether to invest the NWF money in gold and precious metals. There are many supporters and opponents. The Ministry of Finance does not yet expect investments in precious metals. – Anton Siluanov, Russian economist

Chinese “silk road” passed by Russia

The silk road project from China to Europe via Russia, which officials have been discussing since 2008 and which has been enshrined in numerous memoranda of intent, is being shelved. The transport corridor “Europe – Western China”, which was expected to attract investment and which was seen as a way to deploy foreign and economic policy to the East, continues to hang in the air.

According to the agreement of the SCO member States, it was to be launched on the territory of the Russian Federation no later than 2020. But there is no road, and in the next 7 years is not expected, says the accounting chamber of Russia.

As a result, the money allocated for the project was wasted: 300 million rubles for the project of the road “Bavly – Kumertau” and another 102 million-for land surveying.

Haftar’s army accused Turkey of transferring terrorists to Libya

Turkish intelligence is transporting Islamic state* (is*) and Jabhat al-Nusra* (* – both organizations are banned in Russia) from Syria to Libya through the Tunisian airport Djerba, said major General Ahmed al-Mesmari, an official representative of the General command of the Libyan armed forces.

The Moscow city Duma approved the award list in honor of the 25th anniversary

The Moscow city Duma approved the award list in honor of the 25th anniversary of the capital’s Parliament. “Open media” found among the recipients of the honorary sign ” Moscow city Duma. 25 years “missile cruiser “Moscow”, which took part in military conflicts in recent years.

Winner diplomas of the Moscow city Duma will be the former Chairman, who led this body for 20 years, Vladimir Platonov. In autumn, the anti-corruption Fund Alexei Navalny found his son Ilya Platonov an apartment in a house on the Prechistenskaya embankment and a house in the elite village of “mayendorf Gardens” with a total cost of 4.5 billion rubles. Platonov sold the house in the summer, but Republic found that his property in the same village next door to Igor Sechin was another property for 6.7 billion rubles.

The Russian government said that the Russians are ready to give up Apple technology

Not everyone in Russia will buy Apple equipment, the market is dominated by other manufacturers, said the head of the Ministry of industry and trade Denis Manturov, commenting on the law on Russian software for gadgets, which may cause the departure of a number of major manufacturers from Russia.

According to him, the policy of manufacturers who use only foreign SOFTWARE (nothing third-party is pre-installed on the Apple operating system) is unfair. He added that he was confident in the quality and reliability of Russian software products.

 

In Moscow, near the General staff building, pickets were held in support of Ruslan Shaveddinov, who was kidnapped yesterday and taken to a closed military unit on Novaya Zemlya, to pay his debt to the Motherland. Navalny writes that the guy was assigned a personal observer, who even goes to the toilet for him.

 

One of the us presidential candidates used the labor of prisoners for his own purposes.

The campaign headquarters of billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who entered the presidential race in the United States, worked with a company that uses the labor of prisoners. The contract with the company was promptly terminated.

In a statement, the headquarters said that its representatives no longer support such practices and will continue to carefully check the companies that are attracted to perform various works.

Genetically modified jeans

Plant growers have to deal with insect pests of agricultural crops. For example, to protect cotton, scientists introduced Bt-a toxin that kills insects, but is absolutely safe for humans-into the genome of the plant.

In India, one of the leading cotton — producing countries, about 90% of the area is occupied by genetically modified cotton.So if you wear jeans, there’s a 9 out of 10 chance they’re genetically modified.

The Ministry of Finance of Russia intends to refuse dollar loans in 2020

Russia does not plan to place new loans in US dollars and may completely refuse to enter the foreign loan market in 2020. This was announced on December 24, first Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.

China has created “national” processors for PCs and servers

National Chinese processors in China, the premiere of the latest Loongson 3a4000 and 3B4000 processors, developed by Chinese experts from scratch. About their plans to bring them to the world market, the developers do not report – they will probably be used exclusively within China.

Sony does not have time to produce cameras for smartphones

The company has not managed to produce cameras despite the fact that all its factories are working around the clock, seven days a week, without holidays and weekends for the past two years, even though global sales of smartphones have fallen.

China, Japan and South Korea have advocated for reform of the WTO

The trilateral summit with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President moon Jae-In took place on Tuesday in the Chinese city of Chengdu in Sichuan province.

“Taking into account each other’s level of development, we will coordinate our development strategies to raise our cooperation to a new level. In this regard, the three countries will strive to create an open, honest, transparent, predictable and stable trading and investment environment and leave their markets free. We reaffirm our support for the need to reform the WTO and improve its functioning, ” – said in a statement published on the website of the Chinese foreign Ministry.

Huawei’s global growth has been boosted by government support

According to WSJ estimates, the Chinese technology leader received up to $ 75 billion in tax breaks, government funding and cheap credit resources.

Huawei denied the publication of the newspaper The Wall Street Journal about special financial support from the Chinese government.

“The Wall Street Journal has again published false information about Huawei,” the company said in a statement posted on its Twitter page. “This time, the ridiculous accusations completely ignore the fact that for 30 years we have been purposefully investing in research and development activities that contribute to the development of innovation and technology in General.”

 

Daily consumption of 1 g of alcohol per 1 kg of body weight during the year reduces the volume of the brain by 0.25 cm3. Such cruel experiments were carried out on macaques at the University of Oregon (USA). For a person, this is 4 cans of beer a day.

 

Amount of debt on consumer loans in Russia

The debts of the population of the Russian Federation on consumer loans will increase by the end of 2019 to 1.7 trillion rubles, said the Minister of economic development of the Russian Federation Maxim Oreshkin in an interview with the TV channel “Russia-24”.

“The problem still remains to some extent with consumer credit — it grew much faster than the population’s income is growing. And this model of financing final costs is unstable and leads to long-term risks. We see that the volatility that consumer lending has picked up will have a very strong impact on the dynamics of consumer demand on the short-term horizon. We have this year the debt of the population on consumer loans will grow to about 1.7 trillion rubles, ” he said.

Zelensky banned the import of electricity from Russia

President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky signed the law “on the electricity market”, which prohibits the import of electricity from Russia. As reported on the website of the Ukrainian leader, these restrictions are needed “for proper control over electricity prices in conditions of insufficient competition in the market.”

The head of Transneft responded to Lukashenka’s threat to “take away” two pipes

The head of “Transneft” Nikolay Tokarev considers the statement of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko about the possibility of Minsk to “pick up” two pipes of the Druzhba oil pipeline political.

Apparently, most likely, the political nature of all these statements, because they do not pass on the economy. In my opinion, these statements require serious economic study. No one will do something that is irrational in terms of benefits for the country. – Nikolai Tokarev, Russian businessman

President Vladimir Putin has fired five generals

As follows from the presidential decree published on the official Internet portal of legal information, the head of state also dismissed from office:

  • head of the Department of internal Affairs at the Moscow metro Nikolai Savchenko.
  • Deputy head of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Krasnodar territory major General of internal service Vyacheslav Bolgov;
  • Deputy head of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Voronezh region, major General of justice Vyacheslav Vorontsov;
  • Deputy head Of the main Department of criminalistics SK major General of justice Sergey Ryabov;
  • the head of the St. Petersburg University Of the state fire service of the Ministry of emergency situations, Lieutenant General of the internal service Eduard Chizhikov.

In addition the President appointed:

  • major General of the internal service Vladimir Denezhkin Deputy chief of the fire Department head of The special Department of the Ministry of emergency situations;
  • major General of police Leonid Kolomiyets head of the Ministry Of internal Affairs of the Tyumen region;
  • major General of police Alexander Pryadko head of the Ministry Of internal Affairs of the Arkhangelsk region.

In St. Petersburg, launched the submarine “Volkhov»

Diesel-electric submarine project 636.3 “Volkhov” for the Pacific fleet was launched at the shipyard “Admiralty shipyards”. The ceremony was held in St. Petersburg.

Iran has offered Syria assistance in the withdrawal of American troops

Iran has expressed its readiness to help Syria with the withdrawal of American troops in the country, if the Syrian authorities make such a request, said in an interview with RT Arabic adviser to the Supreme leader of Iran Ali Akbar Velayati.

China has tested a missile capable of hitting US targets

Flight tests of the new submarine-based missile were conducted by the Chinese military. This is reported by the Washington Post, citing information from the Pentagon. According to media reports, the missile is capable of hitting targets throughout the United States

Miller confirmed the readiness to supply gas through the ” Turkish stream»

Gas supplies via the new Turkish stream export pipeline will begin in a few days. This was announced at the new year’s conference call by the head of Gazprom Alexey Miller on Thursday, December 26.

American soldiers will be equipped with tracking sensors

U.S. Army soldiers will begin receiving tracking sensors from 2020, which will allow them to determine the location of soldiers with relatively high accuracy in conditions when there are no GPS signals. According to Defense News, the sensors will be delivered by the company Robotic Research, which recently completed their development. In total, the military will receive payments totaling $ 16.5 million.

Shoigu announced the completion of the deployment of laser installations “Peresvet»

The Russian Armed forces completed the deployment of laser systems “Peresvet” , also came to the end of a large-scale work on the re-equipment of all missile brigades of the Ground forces on the complex “Iskander”, said defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at an expanded meeting of the Board of the defense Ministry.

Russian fighters attacked Israeli planes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that as a result of the uncoordinated actions of tel Aviv, four emergency incidents occurred in the sky over Syria, during which the Israeli air force almost lost its combat aircraft.

“Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu during a speech on “radio Army”: Putin told me that without our relations between the two countries could be a military clash. He said that there were at least four cases when the Israeli air force planes were almost attacked by Russian fighters, but the severe consequences of the incidents were prevented due to the conflict resolution mechanism,” the Jerusalem Post reported.

Buyers do not want to take SSJ100 aircraft without Rostec guarantees»

The delayed start of deliveries of Superjet (SSJ100) to Aeroflot is explained by the fact that rostec has long agreed on a guarantee of the residual value of the aircraft, the Vedomosti newspaper reported, citing sources. The residual value guarantee allows the buyer to sell the aircraft back to the manufacturer (or guarantor) after a certain period of time (usually 10-12 years) for a certain part of the cost of a new one.

According to sources of the newspaper, it is necessary to guarantee “Rostec”, as the guarantee of the manufacturer of aircraft – “Sukhoi Civil aircraft” (GSS) — no one needs because of its difficult financial situation. GGS is a “daughter” of the United aircraft Corporation, which is owned by Rostec.

Justin Bieber announced a tour and the release of a new single

Bieber’s tour will begin on may 14 in Seattle, the us state of Washington. The last date is currently listed as a concert in East Rutherford, new Jersey, where the artist will arrive after the canadian part of the tour.

In addition, Bieber announced that on January 3, he will release a new song Yummy. Fans are also waiting for a new documentary about the singer on December 31, and an album, the exact release date of which is not yet known.

Radiohead have released their entire discography to the public

The British band Radiohead published their main discography on YouTube. Nine albums, two mini-albums and 18 singles appeared on the band’s channel, as well as a collection of remixes, a live album and bonus editions of full-length albums.H

Exhibition ” Zdanevich: Here and now”

The exhibition “Zdanevich: here and now” is dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the birth of the writer and theorist of the Russian avant-garde, as well as the 70th anniversary of the publication of “Poetry of unknown words”, one of the most striking collective publications of Ilya Zdanevich.

The XXIII Kustendorf film festival will be dedicated to young Directors.

This was announced by the Serbian Director Emir Kusturica at a special press conference dedicated to the festival. According to Kusturica, in modern cinema there is a tendency when it is less important who is the Director of the film, and more important who is the main guest star. According to him, currently “actors dictate, not Directors”, so films “are simplified, the language of cinema becomes more flat and banal”.

The Kustendorf festival is free of red carpets, glamour and advertising. According to Kusturica, the idea was to make the festival free “from the spirit of Hollywood”, which, according to the Director, is a threat to the author’s cinema and cinema in General.

The creative review will be held from 13 to 18 January in the Serbian ethnic village of Drvengrad, built by Kusturica.

Xiaomi presented a new smart refrigerator

Xiaomi has expanded its range of refrigerators with a new advanced model with the function of dry freezing. The new product was called Viomi Internet refrigerator, and it differs from all other refrigerators of the company with a 21-inch display on the door.

Russia has adopted the first standards in the field of artificial intelligence

The Federal Agency for technical regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart) reports that the first national standards in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) have been approved in our country.

Rosatom has produced a batch of safe nuclear fuel

The first experimental batch of so-called tolerant nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants, the use of which is believed to help prevent severe accidents at nuclear power plants, was manufactured and passed acceptance tests at the enterprise of the fuel company “Rosatom “TVEL “Novosibirsk plant of chemical concentrates” (NZHK), the press service of TVEL reported.

Intel is preparing a revolutionary cooling system for laptops

At CES 2020, Intel will show a new thermal module design that will increase the efficiency of laptop cooling systems by a third. They will also show ready-made solutions based on it. This project is part of the Intel Athena initiative.

Mosquitoes recognize poisons with their feet

Molecular biologists from the UK and Greece have discovered a special protein in the legs of mosquitoes. It is necessary to protect against the effects of various toxins that are covered with insect traps. The results of the researchers ‘ work are published in the scientific publication Nature.

A miniature robot that can withstand the impact of a fly swatter

French and Swiss experts in the field of engineering told about their recently created miniature robot, which with a weight of 190 milligrams coped with the impact of a fly swatter.

Memory extraction and ketamine reduced the urge to drink beer

British scientists have found that extracting memories of alcohol consumption and further blocking the receptors involved in the process with ketamine can reduce the desire to drink. To do this, they conducted an experiment in which participants were injected with a drug or placebo, and either shown or not shown a glass of beer and then watched how their subjective cravings for alcohol changed. Participants in the experiment also managed to reduce their alcohol consumption by half in a few months, but more research is needed to accurately understand the effectiveness, the scientists write in the journal Nature Communications.

Einstein’s theory of relativity is proved

Scientists at the University of California at Los Angeles have concluded that the center of the milky Way may be a second supermassive black hole. The researchers also proved Einstein’s theory of relativity. This is reported in a press release on Phys.org.
Mealworms were able to process plastic waste

Beetles can help in the fight against plastic waste. As scientists from Stanford University found out, the larvae of the flour beetle (flour crunch) are able to eat plastic. It is important that after this they remain harmless.

The maturity of cheese with holes learned to determine automatically

Physicists have found a way to determine the readiness of semi-solid cheeses with holes by analyzing the acoustic vibrations passing through them in automatic mode. This method allows you to continuously monitor the maturation of the product, as well as send it on sale at the right time of maturity, without damaging it at the same time, the scientists write in the journal Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies.

Scientists have questioned the infinity of the Universe

Astrophysicists of the Baltic Federal University named after Kant Artem Astashenok and Alexander Teplyakov proposed the theory that the Universe has borders and there is no dark energy. It is based on the so-called “Casimir effect”. The article by Kaliningrad scientists was published in the international journal of Modern Physics.

In Russia will test a private rocket engine on hydrogen peroxide

Tests are scheduled for 2020 or 2021. In Russia, will test a private rocket engine on hydrogen peroxide and kerosene thrust of 20 kg. “Laros” can test the return stage of the rocket at the site of Roscosmos or the Ministry of defense.

Physicists are getting closer to solving the three-body problem

The problem is to calculate the elements of motion of bodies that are in gravitational interaction with each other. In this case, the bodies have a comparable mass and rotate around a common center of mass, and not around each other, as the Sun, Earth and Moon. As a result, the center of mass moves all the time, which does not add predictability to the system. It begins chaos, the consequences of which are very difficult to predict mathematical methods.

In real astronomy today, triple systems of stars or black holes are quite common, so the ability to calculate their motion would bring tangible benefits to at least astronomers.

Scientists have tried to simulate the movement of elements of the system using modern computer technology. They limited the motion parameters of the incoming celestial bodies to those that are most often observed in reality, and conducted a mathematical simulation of what would happen.

It turned out that one of the three bodies will inevitably be thrown by the gravity of the neighbors into space. This is not a discovery in itself; scientists have known this since at least the middle of the nineteenth century. But the authors of the study managed to significantly clarify the time of this event and its main parameters: speed and direction.

This is not an exact solution to the three-body problem, and it is still not a fact that there is such a solution. But, for astronomers, this may be a significant help. For more information, see the article published in Nature.

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