31 Mar, 2021

Oil on world markets falling gasoline in Russia rises in price

Pavel Sorokin, deputy head of the Russian Ministry of Energy, in an interview with kp.ru, explained why gasoline is becoming more expensive in the country, while the price of oil on world markets has dropped. According to the official, three factors affect the cost of fuel in Russia.

“The first factor: gasoline in Russia is sold in rubles. At the same time, it usually happened that a rise in oil prices led to a strengthening of the ruble, and vice versa. Therefore, when the price of oil on world markets changes, its cost in rubles usually does not change much – as a rule, it is in the range from 3,000 to 3,500 rubles per barrel. But in mid-March, when oil rose in price, the ruble exchange rate did not strengthen. Therefore, oil cost more than five thousand rubles per barrel, “Sorokin explained.

Secondly, as pointed out by the deputy head of the Ministry of Energy, the two-percent growth rate of gasoline prices practically does not differ from the inflation rate. According to Sorokin, if the price of gasoline fluctuated in the same way as the price of oil, this would cause a negative reaction from both business and the population. For this, a special damper mechanism was introduced, which allows keeping the price of gasoline within the framework of inflation and ensuring the predictability of the market.

“And the third point – business is always reluctant to reduce retail prices. Unfortunately, this is typical of the commercial sector. Therefore, even before the damper, when oil prices fell, gasoline did not become much cheaper,” Sorokin concluded.

Influence of kvass, kefir and non-alcoholic beer on breathalyzers

Traffic police officers and representatives of the Public Chamber of the Altai Republic checked how kvass, kefir, cola and non-alcoholic beer affect breathalyzers. Autonews writes about the results of the experiment.

“All participants in the experiment were convinced that after drinking the above drinks, the test results do not show the presence of ethanol vapors in the exhaled air, thereby dispelling rumors that periodically arise in the circle of motorists,” the traffic police said.

Minsk asks to extradite from Russia a Belarusian accused of calling for actions

Belarus has sent documents to Russia for the extradition of a citizen of the republic, who is accused of calling for unauthorized actions and actions that violate public order.

“Just the other day, documents were sent to the General Prosecutor’s Office on the extradition from the Russian Federation of a 36-year-old citizen of Belarus who was being held criminally liable for committing crimes,” BelTA quotes Mikhail Vavulo, head of the international legal department of the Investigative Committee (IC) of Belarus.

Tourists without masks and passports were taken away by the police

In Antalya, another roundup took place: tourists came under a police check taking place on the beaches of the resort. Officially, tourists exempt from curfews can enjoy their time on the beach without any disturbance. However, they are also at risk: during checks from the beach, police officers take tourists who did not have passports with them – the fact is that the beach is still banned for local residents, and police can distinguish a local from a tourist only on a formal basis – by a passport. This is what happened during the Sunday check: the police checked the passports and dates of entry of tourists sitting on the beach. Tourists who did not have their passports were taken away from the beach, while Turkish media noted that checks were also carried out in Fatih and Edirne.

The Prosecutor General’s Office announced the growth of bribery in Russia

The number of corruption crimes in January-February 2021 increased by 11.8%, almost half of them are associated with bribery, according to the portal of legal statistics of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia.

“Compared to the previous year, the array of corruption-related crimes increased by 11.8% (from 6.3 thousand to 7.1 thousand). In their structure, bribery accounts for about half of the detected crimes (3.5 thousand), compared to January- February 2020, their number increased by 21.1%, “the message says.

Algorithms of social networks and online cinemas will take control

Recommender services used on social networks, news aggregators, online cinemas and marketplaces must be independently audited and disabled at the request of users. Such proposals were prepared by experts from the Moscow branch of the Russian Bar Association and sent to the State Duma and the Federation Council to develop a new regulation. Algorithms can create anomalous interest in goods and influence public opinion, increasing the risk of social conflict, lawyers say

A case was opened against Tikhanovskaya on the preparation of a terrorist attack

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus has opened another criminal case against opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. She is accused of preparing an act of terrorism. According to the country’s Prosecutor General Andrei Shved, the reason for initiating the case was the materials presented by the KGB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and members of the BYPOL initiative, which includes former security officials, are walking along it.

On the growth of Russians’ pensions in five years

The average pension in Russia was 15,744 rubles. on January 1, 2021, whereas on January 1, 2016 it was 12 673 rubles, that is, over five years the level of pension provision increased by more than 3 thousand rubles. This was announced on Monday by the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection Olga Batalina.

“As of January 1, 2021, the average pension in the Russian Federation as a whole amounted to 15,744 rubles, as of January 1, 2016, when the strategy started, it was 12,673 rubles,” she said at a roundtable in the Federation Council on the topic ” Increasing the duration, level and quality of life of older people. “

Tinkoff filed a claim against MTS

Tinkoff Bank filed a claim with the Moscow Arbitration Court against Mobile TeleSystems (MTS). The amount of the claim is 1.117 billion rubles. The lawsuit is related to the establishment, according to TCS, of a monopoly high price for SMS messaging services. The third party in the claim is the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS). MTS stated that they do not agree with the bank’s claims and intend to defend their position.

Kudrin explained the difference in salaries of state employees in the West and in Russia

The head of the Accounts Chamber, Alexei Kudrin, explained the difference in salaries of state employees in Russia and in the West. He acknowledged that the level is strikingly different, but the problem cannot be solved simply by increasing budget spending. His words are reported by RIA Novosti. According to him, the share of wages in the GDP of foreign countries is higher, but labor productivity is also higher there.

“This is a different return, it has to do with the structure of jobs, which are more productive,” Kudrin explained. “Countries that have set themselves the task of bringing teachers’ salaries to the level of the average for the economy – only a few countries have allowed themselves to do this,” he added.

Last year, Putin said that since the turn of the century, the proportion of Russians who can be classified as middle class has exceeded 70 percent. The head of state relied on the methodology of the World Bank, where the middle class is considered to be people with incomes one and a half times the minimum wage (minimum wage). For Russia at that time, this income was 17 thousand rubles.

Kudrin named the regions most dependent on federal subsidies:

Ingushetia – 86% of revenues come from federal funds
Tuva, Ingushetia, Chechnya – 83-86%
Dagestan and Karachay-Cherkessia – 74%

Xi Jinping signed decrees to reform Hong Kong’s electoral system.

The Beijing government says Hong Kong should be ruled by patriots and that anti-Chinese forces should not seize power on the island. Local parliamentary candidates will now be screened for compliance with Hong Kong’s basic law and national security law. The Hong Kong Electoral College will expand significantly and will now elect not only the head of Hong Kong, but also a part of the local parliament, as well as nominate candidates, in addition, the way of forming the college will be changed.

Former head of Udmurtia Solovyov left the colony

The ex-head of Udmurtia, Solovyov, who was convicted of bribes for 10 years of strict regime, but after a few months was released from punishment for health reasons, left the colony, RIA Novosti was told at the Federal Penitentiary Service.

Large-scale reshuffles in Brazil:

The country has new ministers of defense, justice, internal and foreign affairs and the attorney general. The new government will have to tackle the new wave of coronavirus that is sweeping across the country. President Bolsonaro has long denied the seriousness of the illness, but “his tone has changed in recent weeks.”

The most resonant was the resignation of Araujo – as his predecessor put it, “the worst foreign minister who has ever been in Brazil.” Araujo was known for his criticism of Xi Jinping and his “loyalty” to Trump, which angered Biden. The minister took a leave of absence during his inauguration, and called those who stormed the Capitol “honest citizens.” Araujo is accused of undermining Brazil’s reputation and for putting the lives of Brazilians at risk, ruining relations not only with China, but now with the United States.

The Kremlin commented on the military coup in Myanmar:

AFP: Is the Kremlin monitoring the situation in Myanmar, where more than 100 protesters died last weekend, according to the UN, during the dispersal of a protest rally? Is there any reaction in the Kremlin?

Dmitry Peskov: Well, the reaction, we have already talked about it. We are very concerned about the growing number of civilian casualties. This is a very deep concern for us. We are following the developments in the situation in Myanmar most closely.

Ekho Moskvy: The fact is that the deputy head of the RF Ministry of Defense was present at the military parade in Myanmar. And in general, the rest of the countries largely ignored this event. Does his presence there mean any support or recognition of the regime that is now established in Myanmar?

Dmitry Peskov: Well, you know that we have long-standing and rather constructive ties with Myanmar. There are still certain developments in terms of bilateral relations. And it is from this angle that you need to relate to this. This does not at all mean, of course, approval of the tragic events that are taking place in the country.

On the pollution of the atmosphere and soil in Siberia

The Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences decided not to publicly publish its report on atmospheric and soil pollution in the regions of Siberia, and also restricted YouTube access to video recordings from the meeting at which the results of the scientists’ work were presented. The decision not to publish the report was explained as follows:

“There is no need to act as alarmists. Often Roshydromet does not have sufficiently accurate instruments, they may have incorrect results “

The presentation said that among 18-20 Russian cities with high and very high pollution levels, 78% are located in the Siberian Federal District. They also talked about the incidence among residents. The highest rates, according to the report, are observed in Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk, Novokuznetsk and Irkutsk. At the same time, oncological diseases dominate in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, in the Kemerovo Region – congenital malformations, in the Altai Territory – diseases of children.

Alexey Navalny re-filed a lawsuit against Dmitry Peskov

Alexei Navalny re-filed a lawsuit to protect honor, dignity and business reputation against the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov. Navalny demands that the statements of Peskov, which he spoke to reporters in October 2020, when the politician was being treated in Germany, be recognized as untrue. In an interview with reporters, Peskov said that “specialists from the United States Central Intelligence Agency are working with Navalny.”

The police began checking the words of Vladimir Solovyov

The Internal Affairs Directorate for the Northern Administrative District of Moscow began checking the words of TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov, who compared the Russian politician Alexei Navalny with the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler. This is stated in the police response to the State Duma deputy from the Communist Party Valery Rashkin, who asked for an audit.

Donald Trump launches personal website to communicate with supporters

Former US President Donald Trump has a new personal website, 45office.com, designed for online communication with his supporters. On the resource, you can “share your thoughts” with Trump by filling out the form with your personal contact information. However, to all appearances, public communication on the site is not expected.

Australia and Canada have imposed sanctions against those involved in the construction of the Crimean Bridge.

“The bridge across Kerch is an attempt to consolidate Russian control over the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula. By their actions, these persons are involved in attempts to legitimize the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol and in supporting separatist activity in eastern Ukraine,” Australian Foreign Minister Maris Payne said in a statement.

List of sanctions:

  • General Director of “Grand Service Express” (operator of railway communication with Crimea) Alexander Ganov;
  • Head of Mostotrest Leonid Ryzhenkin;
  • JSC “Lenpromtransproekt”;
  • Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Crimean Railway”;
  • Crimean First Insurance Company;
  • JSC Berkakit-Tommot-Yakutsk Railway Construction Department.

For the transportation of the bodyguards of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin

The Presidential Administration has allocated 400 million rubles from the federal budget for air transportation of FSO employees who will accompany Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on trips. This amount was allocated for the transportation of the head of government’s guards this year.

The contract assumes that employees and property of the FSO will also be transported “in order to ensure visits” to Russia of prime ministers of other countries and members of foreign delegations, according to MBH Media.

The state contract was signed with the “224 air detachment” (part of the structure of the Ministry of Defense) as with the sole supplier of the service. At the same time, the Department Manager will, at its discretion, choose the type of aircraft for additional spending from the budget for transportation.

Delays in salary payments began in Belarus.

Employees of “Minskmetrostroy” under the contract will earn up their salaries until the 25th. In March 2000, people received nothing. The company’s accounting department reports that there is no money on the accounts of the state-owned enterprise for payments. Nobody names specific terms of payment.

Kadyrov’s family goes to the State Duma

The younger brother of the head of the region and the current acting mayor of Grozny, 30-year-old Khas-Magomed Kadyrov, registered for the primaries from United Russia in the Chechen Republic, Open Media drew attention. Despite his rather young age, Khas-Magomed has already managed to be the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Grozny, the head of the administration of the republican government and the mayor of two cities.

The situation in Donbass should be considered only with the participation of Ukraine

This was stated by the representative of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Oleg Nikolenko, commenting on the reports on the preparation of a video conference of the heads of France, Germany and Russia. According to Nikolenko, Kiev is seeking to hold negotiations with the participation of representatives of all the countries of the “Normandy Four” against the background of the aggravation of the situation in Donbass.

“Our position is nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine. We are convinced that only in the full, and not in the reduced composition of Normandy, it is possible to achieve shifts in key issues of a peaceful settlement, first of all, ensuring a full and comprehensive ceasefire regime, ”he stressed.

US intends to support President Volodymyr Zelensky

The US intends to “revitalize” its partnership with Ukraine to support its President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the White House said in a statement. It was published following talks between the US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and the head of the presidential administration of Ukraine Andriy Yermak.

“Sullivan conveyed that the administration of US President Joe Biden intends to revitalize our strategic partnership in support of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s plan to fight corruption and implement a reform program,” the statement said.

Biden announced his intention to run for a second term.

At the same time, the US President said that he does not have the habit of planning 3.5-4.5 years in advance – so far these are only his “expectations.”

Peskov accused “immature” society of rampant corruption

The problem of corruption in Russia is related to the fact that society is not “ripe”: people themselves give bribes, and this is unlikely to change in the near future, said presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov in an interview with AiF. According to him, “absolute intolerance towards it” should appear in order to fight corruption.

He added that he sees no point in repeating the experience of China in Russia, where citizens can report cases of corruption to law enforcement agencies through a special application.

“They will knock right and left, on business and without business,” said Peskov, adding that, taking into account “historical experience,” such a mechanism would lead to “a huge amount of abuse.”

ViewSonic Unveils Two New Gaming Monitors

The new gaming monitors will have a response time of just one millisecond, ViewSonic said. This is about half the size of most high-quality similar devices. The developer presented two versions at once, the differences between which are in the size of the diagonal: 23.8 or 27 inches. The picture resolution in both versions is 1920 x 1080 pixels. The cost of new items is expected to be around 290 euros

The cast of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series has been released

Lucasfilm has revealed the full cast of the Star Wars Jedi series Obi-Wan Kenobi. Information about the artists appeared on the official website of the franchise on Monday, March 29th. It is noted that the series will begin filming in April. The show will be released on the Disney + platform.

The main roles, as it was already known, will be played by Ewan McGregor (the performer of the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the second Star Wars trilogy, which was released from 1991 to 2005) and Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker, also known as Darth Vader) … In addition to them, the series will star Kumail Nanjiani (TV series “Silicon Valley” and the movie “Love is a disease”), Moses Ingram (“Queen’s Move”), Joel Edgerton (“Warrior”), Bonnie Pesse (adoptive mother of Luke Skywalker in “Attack Clones “and” Revenge of the Sith “), Indira Varma (” True Comedy “), Rupert Friend (” Young Victoria “), Son Gun (” Pearl Harbor “), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (” Voice of the Streets “) and Simone Cassell (Frost vs. Nixon) and director and actor Benny Safdie.

Continuation of the fifth season of “Lucifer”

The sequel to the fifth season of “Lucifer” will be released on the Netflix platform in late May. As with the first half, 8 episodes are expected. The series itself will end on season 6.

Recall that the series tells how the Devil decided to leave Hell and live in Los Angeles, where he accidentally began to help a local detective with unraveling crimes.

Moscow will host the Grand Piano Competition for young pianists

The International Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow, initiated by Denis Matsuev, – Grand Piano Competition – will be held from April 30 to May 5. The grand opening of the competition will traditionally take place on April 30 in the Great Hall of the Conservatory with the participation of Denis Matsuev, the State Orchestra named after E.F. Svetlanov, maestro Alexander Sladkovsky and the winner of the Grand Prix of the previous Grand Piano Alexandra Dovgan. Auditions of the contestants will take place in the Central Music School Concert Hall (Round I) and in the Tchaikovsky Hall of the Moscow Philharmonic (Round II and the final gala concert).

Roscosmos will refuse festive events in 2021

Roskosmos in 2021 will refuse festive events on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight. A representative of a state corporation told Open Media about this. The state corporation celebrated its previous anniversary on a grand scale, spending 250 million rubles on preparations for the holiday

“Despite the fact that the epidemiological situation is improving, it was decided not to hold concerts, so there will be no mass celebration of the first flight into space,” said a spokesman for Roscosmos. Whether the celebration will take place later this year, he found it difficult to say.