According to a survey by the Levada Center (the organization is recognized as a foreign agent), only 46% of Russians took part in the last population census, another 11% were rewritten by a family member. 42% did not take part in the population census at all. For comparison, in 2010 only 7% did not participate in the census, and in 2002 — only 6%
At the same time, most of those who did not take part in the census were among young people (52% in the 18-24 cohort versus 34% in the 55+ group) and Moscow residents: as many as 73% of the Muscovites surveyed did not take part in the population census. Least of all not rewritten in small (up to 100 thousand people) cities: only 28%
Among the reasons for not participating in the population census, almost half (49%) said that the census taker did not come to them. Every fifth (21%) respondent noted that they did not see the point of participating in the census. Another 18% did not have the opportunity to participate (for example, they were absent from their place of residence). Fear of personal data leakage stopped 5% of Russians from participating in the census. For fear of contamination, 2% of the population refused the census. The same number said that they were not allowed into the house of the scribes for fear of meeting with scammers.
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American scientists from the SETI Institute for the Search for Extraterrestrial Life are creating a network of hardware and software systems to search for waves that alien technology can emit. Two LaserSETI detectors have already been installed at the summit of the Haleakala volcano in Maui and at the Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sonoma, California. Their tests are scheduled for 2022.
The Ministry of Economic Development denied information that the European Union is demanding € 290 billion from Russia in connection with the import substitution policy: the EU requirements are reduced to the cancellation or modification of certain measures that Europe considers to be in violation of the WTO rules, and € 290 billion is an estimate of the Russian procurement market not the damage caused by the EU
The Bank of Russia has sent out to credit institutions a new form for reporting on money transfers between individuals. It follows from it that the Central Bank will request information about all p2p transactions (from an individual to an individual), including the personal data of senders and recipients of funds, three sources in the payment market told RBC. The receipt of the reporting form was confirmed by a representative of the QIWI payment company.
The construction of the M-12 highway on the Moscow-Kazan route has risen in price by 200 billion rubles. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin in an interview with Vedomosti.
Schoolchildren in Ufa came to the Demsky park for the New Year’s holiday where they were promised gifts, but when the children opened the boxes, some of them were empty. Dissatisfied parents talked about the sad situation. The event was organized by MUP «Ufapark». They said that, perhaps, this is a manufacturer’s defect. But at the same time, they recalled that the purpose of the holiday is not at all the distribution of gifts.
The Russian Presidential Administration spent 117 million rubles on organizing a press conference of Vladimir Putin, of which almost 1.4 million rubles was spent on treating journalists with silver particles.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg decided to convene a Russia-NATO Council meeting on January 12, a spokesman for the alliance’s press service told TASS. Earlier this date was reported by media sources, including the German DPA and the Turkish «Anadolu».
A representative of the Japanese embassy was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, where he was lodged with a protest in connection with an exhibition in Tokyo dedicated to the South Kurils. Moscow has also expressed concern over the 2021 Japanese-American exercise Resolute Dragon in Hokkaido. They passed at the Russian borders and became a demonstration of readiness for a potential war in the Pacific Ocean.
Hungary froze mortgage interest rates for six months. Until June 30, borrowers will pay payments to banks at rates fixed at the end of November. The measure will take effect from the new year, according to the official gazette magyarkozlony.hu.
The initiative to freeze mortgage rates belongs to Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The moratorium affects about half a million contracts and will cost banks more than 80 million euros.
The volume of mergers and acquisitions in the world for the first time in history grew by 63% and reached a record $ 5.63 trillion by December 16, easily surpassing the pre-crisis record of $ 4.42 trillion set in 2007.
The total volume of transactions in the United States in 2021 will almost double to $ 2.61 trillion. The volume of transactions in Europe increased by 47% to $ 1.26 trillion, and in the Asia-Pacific region — by 37% to $ 1.27 trillion.
The volume of transactions in the field of direct investment more than doubled compared to last year and amounted to a record $ 985.2 billion.
Italy has officially banned the killing of animals for fur. Fur farms have six months to close. The same is for natural fur factories. Breeding fur-bearing animals, including minks, raccoon dogs and chinchillas, with the aim of killing them for fur, was banned. Farmers will receive compensation totaling 3 million euros
China has created a «digital prosecutor» — an artificial intelligence that can bring charges with 97% accuracy based on an oral description of the case, writes SCMP.
The Digital Prosecutor is already capable of prosecuting 8 of the most common crimes in Shanghai (credit card fraud, gambling, dangerous driving, willful personal injury, obstruction of duty, theft, fraud and hooliganism).
Gazprom again did not book the capacity of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline at an additional auction session, the offer has been unclaimed for a week (GSA)
Norway will be the first country to fully switch to electric vehicles in 2022. It is simply unprofitable to buy new cars with an internal combustion engine here: Toyota Land Cruiser Prado in Russia costs from 37,000 euros, and in Norway it is offered for 70,000 euros. And electric vehicles account for 95% of the market in this country. Although, officially, the ban on the sale of cars with internal combustion engines in Norway will take effect only from 2025.
IPhone smartphones have learned to measure heart rate and respiration using the Google Fit app and the camera. To do this, place your finger on the lens of the main camera and press it slightly.
In 30 seconds, Google Fit will track the changes in the light that enters the image sensor and measure your heart rate. Google claims that the accuracy of the process is determined by algorithms that take into account age and skin tone.
The Kremlin has begun preparations for the 2024 presidential election. Preparations for the 2024 campaign have begun in the Kremlin. The scenario for the nomination of Vladimir Putin is currently being discussed as a baseline, sources told RBC
By the end of 2021, the share of Russian software used by state-owned companies was supposed to be 50-70%, but in fact it turned out to be at the level of 30-35%. «The government will draw conclusions», announced in the oversight of import substitution TsKIT
The Russian government will allocate more than 61 billion rubles for the project to create a civilian aircraft MS-21, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said.
Nur-Sultan is discussing with Rosatom the construction of a nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan. The head of the Agency for Strategic Planning and Reforms of Kazakhstan, Kairat Kelimbetov, said this in an interview with Kommersant.
More than 60% of Britons are unhappy with Brexit results. At the same time, 42% of people who voted to leave the EU in 2016 give a negative assessment of how Brexit went. These are the results of a poll published by The Guardian a year after this event.
The researchers note that earlier there were more optimistic people among the supporters of the exit. Now only 17% of those who voted for Brexit say they expected a successful outcome and their expectations were justified. At the same time, 59% of those who voted against said that they expected changes for the worse and waited. Overall, only 14% of all voters said Brexit went better than they thought.
The advisor to the head of Roscosmos, Ivan Safronov, has been extended his arrest until April 7, 2022. The former journalist of Vedomosti and Kommersant is accused of high treason
A court in Minsk sentenced Russian citizen Yegor Dudnikov to 11 years in prison, Sputnik Belarus reports. Dudnikov was accused of inciting social hostility and calls for action against the national security of Belarus. According to the investigation, he administered the Telegram channel «Civil Self-Defense Units of Belarus».
According to the Ipsos poll, the largest number of climate skeptics was in Saudi Arabia: 59% (+8 pp compared to 2020). Other oil-producing countries are also among the leaders: Norway (47%), UAE (43%), Russia (42%). And also the USA (46%), Australia and China (42% each)
It is also interesting that the share of people who doubt the existence / severity of climate change has been growing on average in the world in recent years: from 31% in 2019 it grew to 34% in 2021.
The Kremlin has confirmed preparations for the 2024 elections. The entire work of the presidential administration can be considered preparation for new elections, since if the current president runs for office, the vote will become a vote of confidence on the part of the population, Peskov said.
BBC Russian Service correspondent Andrey Zakharov left Russia. According to him, in Moscow he noticed «rather unprecedented surveillance» and was forced to leave for London.
Ramzan Kadyrov said that employees of the media «foreign agents» should bear «serious criminal responsibility.»
«These corrupt foreign agents should be imprisoned for life for treason, for treason, or expelled to where they receive their fees,» the head of Chechnya said.
The draft amendments and additions to the Constitution of Belarus have been published for public discussion:
• According to the document, the draft of the new Constitution of Belarus prohibits the financing of elections by foreign citizens and organizations.
• The draft also stipulates that the same person can serve as president for no more than two terms.
• The All-Belarusian Assembly will become the highest representative body in Belarus.
• The possibility of military aggression from the territory of Belarus is excluded.
• The All-Belarusian Assembly will remove the President of Belarus if he violates the constitution or commits treason.
• The All-Belarusian Assembly has the right to introduce a state of emergency or martial law in the event of the president’s inaction. The meeting will also decide whether to allow the president to send military personnel outside Belarus.
• The President of Belarus, upon expiration of his term of office, may become a life member of the upper house of parliament.
• The term of office of the Belarusian parliament has been increased to 5 years, elections of the chambers are called no later than 3 months before a single voting day.
• The lower house of the Belarusian parliament will have to give preliminary consent to the president to appoint the prime minister.
• The provision on striving to make Belarus «nuclear-free and neutral» was replaced in the draft of the new constitution with a clause «on the exclusion of military aggression.»
The President of Poland vetoed the law restricting the participation of foreign capital in TV and radio companies broadcasting in the country
The Russian government has submitted to the State Duma a bill that will allow the tax authorities to quickly block the property of organizations and individual entrepreneurs as part of interim measures for tax evasion
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