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News Feed April 04, 2022

Venezuelan oil exports fell 4% in March from February, Reuters reported, citing vessel monitoring data and documents, in large part due to buyers returning cargo due to poor oil quality.

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Serbia will remain a military neutral country and will try to maintain good relations with everyone, including Russia, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said after declaring victory in the presidential election.

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced the victory of his Fidesz (Hungarian Civil Union) party in the parliamentary elections.

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An American convoy was attacked in Iraq. According to Fars, citing a source in the Iraqi security service, on Sunday evening, an explosion occurred on the route of the American convoy in the province of Salah al-Din.

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Switzerland froze ten properties owned by Russian citizens due to sanctions

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As of March 21, almost 95 thousand IT vacancies were opened in Russia, which is 25% less than on February 21. This is evidenced by the HeadHunter data provided by RBC. The number of resumes during this period increased by 15%, to 286.4 thousand. As a result, the level of competition among IT specialists increased from two to three applicants for a vacancy. However, the figure is still below the average for all industries (5.6 people per seat).

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Social Democrat Rodrigo Chavez is elected president of Costa Rica. His opponent, ex-president and leader of the National Liberation Party, José María Figueres, admitted defeat. According to the latest data, Chavez won 52% of the vote, although in the first round he was more than 10 points behind Figueres.

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The European Space Agency announced the postponement of the launch of the JUICE mission from June 2022 to April 2023. The main goal of the mission is the three largest icy moons of Jupiter — Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. JUICE must study them and evaluate their potential habitability. To do this, JUICE is equipped with a set of 11 scientific instruments created by various European scientific institutions with the support of NASA. Solar panels will be used to generate energy.

The ballistic window for the launch of the device will be open from April 5 to April 23, 2023. Since the Ariane 5 launch vehicle is not powerful enough to send JUICE directly to Jupiter, it will need to perform a series of gravity assist maneuvers to accelerate

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The population in Russia decreased by 1.2 million people, or 0.83%, RIA Novosti reports in its study of the demographic rating of Russian regions.

The highest natural increase is Dagestan (+82.2 thousand people), migration — the Moscow region (+274.4 thousand people).

The highest natural decline is the Moscow region (-103.1 thousand people), migration — the Omsk region (-30.13 thousand people).

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The Supreme Court of Russia upheld the amendments on responsibility for the implementation of sanctions. According to the initiative, liability will be provided for, among other things, for refusing to work with Russian banks that have fallen under sanctions.

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Most of the fines issued over the past year are a record 104 billion rubles. — imposed on video surveillance cameras.

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China intends to provide foreign regulators with access to the audit materials of public companies whose shares are traded in New York, which should remove the threat of delisting these securities.

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The American ExxonMobil froze the Far Eastern LNG project, Mikhail Degtyarev, governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, told Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station.

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In March 2022, prices for new cars in Russia rose by an average of 40%, Kommersant writes, citing data from dealers and Avtostat. According to the latter, 26 manufacturers officially represented on the Russian market, who did not hide their price lists on their websites, saw their cars rise in price by 35-45%. The price increase at AvtoVAZ ranged from 11% to 47%, depending on the model and configuration, the cost of Kia cars increased by 24-39%, follows from Avtostat data.

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Finnish customs officers detained three vans with paintings from the Hermitage and the Tretyakov Gallery, which followed from the exhibition in Paris to Russia. It was announced that Russian works of art were subject to sanctions, after which the trucks were transferred to Helsinki. There were more than 200 masterpieces — works by Manet, Rodin, Monet, Pissarro, Van Gogh, Matisse, priceless canvases by Repin, Korovin, Serov, Malevich, Konchalovsky.

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The net profit of the FESCO group (the parent company is PJSC Far Eastern Shipping Company, FESCO) in 2021 increased 4.5 times, to 37.85 billion rubles, according to the company’s financial statements.

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There was a trend reversal on the Russian grain market. In the last week of March, the average prices for wheat fell immediately by 725–775 rubles, to 16.9–17.07 thousand rubles. per ton, after a period of strong growth.

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Roskomnadzor blocked the job search site Jooble. The Belarusian version of the site also fell under the restriction.

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Central Bank of China to expand digital yuan pilot scheme to more regions, including cities in eastern Zhejiang province

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The revenue of the distributor of cars of the Chinese brand Chery (JSC Chery Automobiles Rus) according to RAS for 2021 soared four times — up to 62.2 billion rubles.

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The US Embassy in Russia announced that it has suspended the processing of applications for immigrant and non-immigrant visas:

“Please note that the US Embassy in Moscow is currently not processing applications for immigrant and non-immigrant visas due to restrictions imposed by the Russian authorities,” the diplomatic mission’s website states.

“Citizens of the Russian Federation can sign up for an interview on a non-immigrant visa at a US embassy or consulate in any other country,” the embassy added.

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Rospatent will not register trademarks of well-known international brands. The department told Podyom that each application is subject to an examination, and in case of similarity with an already known logo, registration will be denied.

Earlier, more than 50 applications for registration of well-known international brands were submitted to Rospatent, including Adidas, Apple, BMW, Chanel, Mastercard and McDonald’s.

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From February 25, it is impossible for Russians and Belarusians to obtain a work permit, a blue card in the Czech Republic. Even if you have issued documents and you have been approved for a visa earlier. This is reported by the publication 420on.cz.

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The Norwegian Embassy in Moscow will resume accepting applications for non-tourist visas and residence permits from April 4, according to a notice on the website. The Embassy expects that it will be possible to apply for a tourist visa as early as May this year.

VFS visa centers in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Kazan, Krasnodar, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk will start working from Monday.

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The largest Polish oil refinery Orlen has reduced the share of Russian oil in its refineries from 50% to 30%. This was stated by the head of the company Daniel Obaitek on Monday in an interview with the newspaper Rzeczpospolita.

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has suspended cooperation with Belarus and Russia. Both countries are deprived of access to EBRD resources: the bank has stopped financing new projects, and it also has the right to refuse further financing of existing ones.

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The Anti-Corruption Service of Kazakhstan has revealed facts of embezzlement by companies controlled by the nephew of the first president of Kazakhstan Kairat Satybaldyuly — the owners of access railways, the press service of the department reported.

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JSC «Mercedes Benz Rus» (100% subsidiary of the German concern Daimler AG) in 2021 increased its net profit under RAS by 1.7 times year on year, up to 10 billion rubles, according to the company’s report in the analytical system «SPARK- Interfax».

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Consumer prices in Turkey rose by 61.14% in March compared to the same month of the previous year — the highest rate since March 2002, data from the country’s statistical institute (Turkstat) show.

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The 64th Grammy Awards took place in Las Vegas. John Baptiste led the way with five awards, including Album of the Year and Best Video, while Silk Sonic’s Leave The Door Open was named Best Recording and Song of 2022.

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Wargaming, the publisher and developer of computer games, including the famous World of Tanks, has announced its withdrawal from Russia and Belarus. The company’s business in these two countries will be transferred to local management from Lesta Studio. Wargaming games will remain available in Russia and Belarus during the transition period.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on retaliatory visa measures for citizens of 48 unfriendly countries. The Decree suspends visa facilitation agreements between Russia and the European Union, as well as Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The document was published on the official Internet portal of legal information

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Alfa-Bank and its employees have established a new company — «A-Investments», it will be engaged in brokerage activities in transactions with securities and goods, according to the Unified State Register of Legal Entities.

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Denmark lifted entry restrictions for all travelers from March 29, 2022. All arrivals, regardless of their country of origin and vaccination status, are now allowed to enter Denmark without any health requirements, regardless of the reason for their travel.

Danish Visa Application Centers in Russia accept applications for short-term visas, including those for travel for the purpose of tourism, according to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia. It is now possible to fly to Denmark from Moscow with a transfer in Istanbul.

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The Council of the European Union adopted legislative changes that allow EU countries to redirect up to 17 billion euros from European funds aimed at implementing regional policies and helping those most in need.

It is noted that the decision will allow EU member states to have enough resources to meet the needs of refugees in housing, education and health care.

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The love of alcohol could have come to man from monkeys. Primatologists in California have found that spider monkeys in Panama are purposefully looking for fruits that contain ethanol. Moreover, a urine test showed that monkeys process alcohol almost like human organisms.

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Denmark has imposed a moratorium on the purchase of Russian oil, according to Western media

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Lebanese Deputy Prime Minister Saad al-Shami said on the air of the Al-Jadid TV channel that both Lebanon and its Central Bank are bankrupt and are no longer able to fulfill their financial obligations.

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Astronomers have discovered cyclopropenylidene in Titan’s atmosphere, an extremely rare molecule composed of carbon and hydrogen atoms that is not found on any planet.

Titan, the largest satellite of Saturn, is the only celestial body, with the exception of the Earth, on the surface of which there is liquid. The seas and lakes of Titan are made up of liquid hydrocarbons, and scientists suggest that it is quite possible that life exists there.

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