23 Май, 2022

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TV is an important source of information for two-thirds of Russians, according to a survey by the Levada Center (the organization is recognized as a foreign agent in Russia). But, in fairness, even 6-7 years ago, the popularity of TV reached 90%, so the situation here is changing, and not even to say that it is very slow

The Internet and social networks, on the contrary, are growing in popularity: 39% of Russians now use social networks to receive news, and 32% read online publications.

Respondents trust television (52%), Internet publications (17%) and social networks (17%) as sources of information most of all.

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An 82-year-old Maryland woman graduated with a bachelor’s degree, according to United Press International May Beal, 82, who had a long career in nursing, came to the University of Maryland at an old age to get a degree in business management.

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The Verkhovna Rada extended the period of martial law in Ukraine for another 90 days — until August 23, 2022, People’s Deputy Yaroslav Zheleznyak said on Sunday in his Telegram channel.

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The Ukrainian parliament has denounced the Agreement between the governments of Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the avoidance of double taxation of income and property and the prevention of tax evasion.

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a law on withdrawal from the Agreement on Cooperation between the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in the fight against illegal migration.

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The Jordanian authorities stopped the attempt of smugglers to smuggle a large consignment of drugs from Syria to the kingdom, Al Arabiya TV channel reported on Sunday.

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The Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) of Tajikistan reported the death of the leader of the local organized criminal group Mamadbokir Mamadbokirov, who was named among the organizers of an illegal rally in Khorog at the beginning of the week and attacks on representatives of the law enforcement agencies of the republic.

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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and European Council President Charles Michel agreed on the start of the work of the Armenian-Azerbaijani commission on border delimitation at a meeting in Brussels on Sunday.

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Australia’s Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese was sworn in as the new prime minister on Monday, 7NEWS reported.

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US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu will lead a delegation that will visit Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan May 23-27, the US State Department said.

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Biden signed a bill on assistance to Ukraine in Seoul, where the American president arrived as part of an Asian tour. The additional financial aid to Ukraine runs through September and dwarfs the earlier $13.6 billion.

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APEC participants did not reach a consensus on the issue of the final declaration, the Russian and US delegations left the hall during each other’s speech.

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Sayyad Khodai, an officer of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was shot dead in eastern Tehran. This was reported by IRNA with reference to the statement of the IRGC public relations department. The IRGC called it an «act of terrorism» and the agency is now trying to identify and arrest the attackers. Condolences were expressed to the relatives of the deceased.

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Austria has frozen about €254 million in the accounts of Russians as part of the sanctions imposed by the EU, ORF TV channel and Kurier report, citing a government release.

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Saudi Arabian airline Flyadeal has operated an all-female flight for the first time in the kingdom’s history, the carrier announced on Twitter.

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Kommersant announces Levi’s plans to sell Russian business. Previously, the company temporarily suspended work in Russia, but now it has decided to completely leave the Russian market, the newspaper writes. Levi Strauss & Co has already stopped deliveries of its clothing to the country

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Since Sunday, the exchange operator Nord Pool has stopped trading in Russian electricity from its only importer in the Baltic countries, the Inter RAO group of companies, the LRT portal reports.

This means that the company cannot sell electricity in the price zone of Lithuania and Latvia. Also, the subsidiary Inter RAO Eesti can no longer operate as an electricity seller in Estonia.

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The unmanned Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft docked with the ISS for the first time. Starliner will spend four days at the station. Seven crew members can fit inside, but NASA missions will have 4-5 people. The ship is built on a partially reusable scheme: the service module is used only once, and the capsule with the crew can be reused

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For the first time, a decanter was synthesized — “a miracle material of a new generation”. For decades, they tried to create it, and scientists from California finally succeeded.

A carafe is a two-dimensional allotropic modification of carbon formed by a layer of carbon one atom thick. It can start a new era in semiconductors, electronics and optics

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In Samara, a «record for mass rotation» was set. According to local media, 484 people took part in the dance. Members of the dance groups rotated to the composition «Valenki» in modern processing. Now their achievement will be included in the Russian book of records.

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Mercedes showed the concept of electric Vision AMG. It will form the basis of the production model, which will be released in 2025. The front optics is made in the form of a three-beam star, and the rear one imitates the exhaust pipes. The windows on the doors were made «invisible» due to the mesh, the rear-view mirrors were replaced with cameras, and a retractable spoiler was installed at the stern. The technical characteristics are unknown, but she promised to release a whole family of powerful electric cars on the same AMG.EA platform.

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The Government of the Russian Federation has prepared a draft law abolishing penalties for «grey» imports. Entrepreneurs involved in the import and storage of goods will not be subject to administrative and criminal liability. The Ministry of Economic Development says that this will protect the business if brand owners decide to sue because of violations of their rights.

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The Russian supplier of IT solutions Softline reduced salaries for the company’s employees by 25%, Forbes found out. This 25% goes into a «surcharge» that will only be paid out if the employee reaches a certain level of margin plan fulfillment. At the same time, the margin plan in 2022 grew by about 20% compared to the plan for 2021, a Forbes source close to Softline noted. If the work of an employee does not involve the implementation of a sales plan (for example, in the accounting department), then his salary is simply reduced by 25%.

This change will be in place throughout 2022, but if “company results” change for the better, it could be rescinded. Softline, whose revenues fell by about 30% in April, also plans to cut some of its employees in the near future.

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In the first quarter, deliveries of push-button phones to Russia increased by 43% and reached the level of 2017.

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As Kommersant found out, Russian airlines transported a little more than 5 million people in April, which is a third less than a year ago. Aeroflot lost more than a third of traffic year on year, and Ural Airlines showed the strongest drop — by 45%.

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ANO «Internet Development Institute» (IRI) allocated 260 million rubles to the Novosibirsk studio. for the development by 2024 of a computer game in the Action-RPG genre about the period of the Time of Troubles in Russia. According to its plot, the Russian prince Yuri Miloslavsky, together with Dmitry Pozharsky and Kuzma Minin, will launch a war against the Polish invaders.

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The cheapest gas in Europe is purchased by residents of Kazakhstan, where it costs 4.1 rubles per cubic meter in terms of Russian currency. In second place is Russia with a price of 6.7 rubles per cubic meter. The third place is occupied by Belarus, where gas is three rubles more expensive than in Russia. Turkey and Hungary are in the top five in terms of cheap gas.

The most expensive gas in Europe is bought by residents of Scandinavia — Sweden and Denmark. In Sweden, in terms of the Russian currency, a cubic meter of blue fuel will cost 137 rubles. In Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain, a cubic meter of gas costs more than 80 rubles.”

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Poland is terminating the agreement on the supply of Russian gas without waiting for its completion at the end of 2022, said Anna Moskva, Climate Minister of Poland. It has been active since 1993.

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The EU has suspended rules against cost overruns by EU governments until 2023.

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The leadership of the Moscow «Spartak» decided to close the second team. Spartak-2 will not take part in the next season of the FNL due to budgetary difficulties, it is specified that further cooperation with coaches, staff and players who have valid contracts with the club will be discussed on an individual basis. Spartak-2 has been the farm club of the Premier League team of Moscow FC since 2013.

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Royal Dutch Shell withdrew from the charter capital of a joint venture with Gazprom Neft — LLC Gydan Energy, operating on the Yenisei project on Gydan (north of the Krasnoyarsk Territory).

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According to the South China Morning Post, China cut exports to Russia by 25.9% in April compared to the same period in 2021, to $3.8 billion.

More than 40% of Chinese exports to Russia were various types of machinery and electronic equipment, both industrial and consumer. According to Chinese customs data, they fell 26% in March from the previous month, and fell another 17% in April.

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In the countries of the European Union, solar panels will become mandatory on all new buildings. This initiative aims to end the EU’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels by 2027 and accelerate the transition to green energy

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Starbucks will close its locations in Russia and liquidate the Russian legal entity. Employees will be laid off within 3 months.

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Environmental engineers from the University of California have learned how to remove «eternal chemicals» from water using iodide. Carbon and fluorine atoms in toxic compounds are destroyed in just a few hours

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The Spanish oil and gas company Repsol has completed the sale of the assets of its organizations to Gazprom Neft. Evrotek-Yugra and ASB Geo are now owned by a Russian gas company.

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Kazakhstan froze $21.5 million in branches of Russian banks

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The head office of Tetra Pak has ceased to interact with the Russian Tetra Pak JSC, including coordinating financial documents, deliveries and providing digital support, despite the fact that the entire information system of the Russian company is located on servers abroad, access to which is limited, which carries risks a complete halt in production, a source close to the company told RIA Novosti.

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Tetra Pak continues to work on the Russian market, production at a factory in the Moscow region and shipments to food industry enterprises continue, a representative of the company in Russia told RBC.

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Bank of America Corp. (BofA), one of Wall Street’s leading banks, said it had raised the minimum wage to $22 an hour. Now the minimum annual salary of a full-time bank employee will be $45,000 a year.

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The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation has decided to recognize the activities of the German Heinrich Böll Foundation as undesirable. According to the supervisory agency, the fund’s activities «pose a threat to the constitutional order and security of the Russian Federation.»

«Heinrich Böll Foundation» is a non-governmental organization engaged in projects in the field of civil society development, political education, social and political activity and responsibility, human rights, international dialogue, and ecology.

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