2 Aug, 2021

Number of isolated in European countries

In Belarus (345 people per 100 thousand inhabitants), Turkey (335) and Russia (331)

At the opposite end of the spectrum are the Scandinavian countries: Iceland has only 33 prisoners per 100 thousand inhabitants (10 times less than ours!), Norway – 49, Finland – 53.

The figures in Eastern Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, …): slightly less than 200 prisoners per 100 thousand inhabitants – about two times higher than in Western Europe (93 in France, 69 in Germany). The figures are high in the Baltic countries and in the Balkans. But in the Vatican there are no prisoners due to the lack of prisons!

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Among the post-Soviet countries, the smokers are the smallest in Turkmenistan: there is a ban on the free sale of tobacco products, and only men can legally buy cigarettes and only in state-owned stores, where you need to queue up in the morning. The most smoking countries are Russia, Georgia and Latvia

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The Children of Fire, a terrorist organization recognized in Turkey, has claimed responsibility for organizing the arson of forests in the country, according to the Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Şafak. According to the newspaper, she is associated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, recognized by Ankara as extremist.

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Since July 31, Gazprom has reduced the injection of gas into underground storage facilities in Europe, according to data from the Gas Infrastructure Europe portal. Pumping to the largest storage facilities in Europe used by Gazprom has decreased – in Austria (Haidach), Germany (Rehden), the Netherlands (Bergermeer).

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In Russia, amendments entered into force that allow the extraction of rare animals from the Red Book in “exceptional cases.” This will legalize VIP hunting, according to Greenpeace. The Ministry of Natural Resources assured that hunting is not included in the list of such cases.

Greenpeace believes that the amendments were initiated by the “hunting lobby in the Duma”. One of the authors of the amendments is a member of the Presidium of the Mountain Hunters Club. In 2016, this club asked Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin to allow the shooting of Putorana rams, included in the Red Book, in “scientific interests”.

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Belarusian runner Kristina Timanovskaya, who came to the Olympics, said that they were trying to take her away from Japan to Belarus by force. Right at the Tokyo airport, the athlete turned to the police and recorded a video asking for help, addressed to the International Olympic Committee. Timanovskaya said that they began to put pressure on her after criticism of the Belarusian sports officials, who, without her knowledge, announced her to the Olympic relay instead of the suspended athlete.

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Belarusian runner Kristina Timanovskaya said that she fears arrest at home. Now she is being transported to a safe place, she plans to apply for asylum in one of the European countries.

“I am afraid that in Belarus they might put me in jail. I am not afraid that I will be fired or kicked out of the national command. I am worried about my safety. And I think that at the moment it is not safe for me in Belarus, ”the athlete said in an interview with Tribuna.com.

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The head of the Czech Foreign Ministry offered a visa to the athlete Timanovskaya. Czech Olympians are ready to take Timanovskaya to Prague on their plane if the Czech authorities grant her asylum, said the head of the National Sports Agency

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Britain is preparing a response to Iran in connection with the attack on the oil tanker Mercer Street. This was stated by the head of the British Foreign Office Dominic Raab. The minister called the attack on the tanker “illegal and violent.” Raab also suggested that Iran attacked Mercer Street using “one or more unmanned aerial vehicles.”

“The UK is working with its international partners to develop an agreed response to this unacceptable attack,” Raab said.

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The number of Russian military personnel to participate in exercises in the south of Tajikistan near the border with Afghanistan, which will be held on August 5-10, has been increased to 1.8 thousand, the equipment has doubled – Central Military District

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The political activity of Russians has dropped to a minimum in 17 years, according to VTsIOM data. This year, only 22% of respondents announced their participation in the elections

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French Foreign Ministry: EU will consider the possibility of granting political asylum to Belarusian athlete Timanovskaya, who refused to return to her homeland

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Negotiations on the Iranian nuclear deal, interrupted in June, will be able to resume only after the inauguration of the new Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi. This was stated by Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna. He clarified that there is no exact date for the start of the discussion yet. The Russian spokesman explained that the rest of the parties to the negotiations did not want to abandon the nuclear deal, so they had to wait for the Iranians.

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Almost two-thirds of Russians will not feel worse about a person or organization if they find out that they are facing a “foreign agent”. And only a quarter of a subject with such a stigma will cause rejection, a study by the Levada Center (an organization recognized as a foreign agent), conducted with the participation of Open Media, has shown. The greatest loyalty to foreign agents is shown by young people and residents of Moscow: in the capital, 72% of the city dwellers will not worsen their attitude to the declared “agent of influence”.

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Medical facilities will no longer penalize the use of drugs purchased for a course of treatment by patients or charitable foundations. The Ministry of Health has made the corresponding amendments to the rules of compulsory health insurance, writes Kommersant.

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation approved an order obliging the organizers of rallies and marches in the Russian Federation to submit a financial report on its holding within 45 days after the event

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The Taliban (the movement is banned in Russia as a terrorist movement) are developing an offensive against one of the largest Afghan cities of Herat in the northwest. Afghan TV channel Tolo reported that the Taliban had advanced into the central regions of Herat and controlled almost the entire surrounding province. Herat airport is closed. Flights at the airport of another large city of Kandahar (in the south), where two missiles hit the runway during shelling, were also canceled. Fighting with the Taliban is also taking place in Lashkargah, the capital of the southern province of Helmand.

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Belarusian athlete Kristina Timanovskaya has applied for political asylum in Poland. This was told by Alexander Opeikin from the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Fund on the air of the Present Time

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Poland announced that it is ready to accept Belarusian athlete Timanovskaya and ensure her continued sports career

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The military who came to power in Myanmar announced the formation of an interim government, with the commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlain becoming prime minister. In addition, regional governance has been reorganized – electivity has been abolished, and all state leadership will be appointed by the central government. The military said that the new system will be introduced before 2023 – then elections will be held, and power will pass to the civilian government

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Over the past 24 hours, Lithuanian border guards have detained 289 migrants from Belarus – this is the highest figure this year. Official Vilnius accuses Belarus of facilitating the transfer of foreigners to the border

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At present, there are 217 forest fires on the territory of Russia on an area of ​​838 thousand hectares, the federal Avialesokhrana reported.

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For the period from January to July 2021, Russian billionaires increased their capital by a total of $ 39.4 billion, and Alexei Mordashov, the owner of Severstal, added the most in income – plus $ 6.1 billion. The new ranking has been published on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index (BBI).

There are 500 billionaires from all over the world on the list, including 24 Russians. The richest man on the planet is Jeff Bezos ($ 193 billion), and the richest citizen of the Russian Federation is Vladimir Potanin ($ 33.4 billion). The second and third places among Russians were shared by Leonid Mikhelson ($ 30.6 billion) and Vladimir Lisin ($ 29.3 billion). Also, Vagit Alekperov ($ 21.3 billion) and Gennady Timchenko ($ 21.2 billion) entered the top five Russians in the BBI rating.

The calculation takes into account the value of shares of companies owned by billionaires, capitalization, EBITDA and earnings per share.

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The return of Donbass to Ukraine is impossible under any circumstances, the head of the self-proclaimed DPR Pushilin told RIA Novosti.

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Inflation in Russia will be a long-term phenomenon, the head of the Central Bank of Russia Elvira Nabiullina said in an interview with the Financial Times. She recalled that a steady increase in the general level of prices for goods and services occurred both in the late 1990s and in the 2000s.

“Our population has lived during a low inflation rate for very short periods of time,” said the head of the Central Bank.

Nabiullina stressed that the Central Bank will continue to pursue a tight monetary policy. At the same time, according to her, such emergency measures should not be prolonged: it is necessary to expand production in the country: the goal of the inflation regulator at 4% is aimed at fighting poverty. In the fall, the Central Bank will consider reducing the inflation target to 2 or 3%, Nabiullina summed up.

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The smoke of the Yakut fires is so thick that in three districts – Kobyaysky, Vilyuysky and Nyurbinsky – the sun disappeared during the day, according to the regional authorities

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The Belarusian Union of Journalists announced that it freezes participation in the International Federation of Journalists and suspends interaction with its structures

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US Expands Afghan Refugee Program Amid Taliban Violence

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The court allowed an investigation against Yanukovych in the case of the executions on the Maidan. Yanukovych is charged with organizing, as part of a criminal group, illegal obstruction of meetings, abuse of power and authority by law enforcement officers, premeditated murder and deliberate infliction of grievous bodily harm, as well as organizing a terrorist act.

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The United States accuses the Taliban (a movement banned in Russia as a terrorist movement) of massacring dozens of civilians in Kandahar province and believes that this can be viewed as war crimes

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Russia is exploiting the old model of the economy, which does not create new goods, said the head of the Accounts Chamber, Alexei Kudrin, in an interview with RBC. According to Kudrin, the growth of the Russian economy could be more than 5% in the production of goods in demand in the world. “We need to have those goods that suddenly wanted to buy in all countries, like the iPhone. We must create something for the world. Then, theoretically, economic growth can be 5% and higher,” the head of the Accounts Chamber is convinced.

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