24 Мар, 2022

Petrol prices in the UK

As of March 20, 2022, a liter of gasoline in the UK cost 167 pence. At the beginning of the year, a liter cost less than 150 pence.

 

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The International Labor Organization suspends cooperation with Russia.

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From April 1, the Republic of Korea resumes a visa-free regime with Russia, for entry it will be necessary to register in the Korea electronic traver authorization (K-ETA) electronic entry authorization system for foreign citizens, according to the K-ETA website.

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Severstal failed to pay a coupon on bonds for $12.6 million — the payment agent Citibank rejected the payment due to sanctions against its owner Alexei Mordashov. She promised to find alternative ways to avoid default

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In Russia, the work of the Yandex.Food website was limited. The service was included in the register of violators of the rights of personal data subjects. Earlier, the merged database of Yandex.Food customers over the past six months appeared in the public domain.

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Greenpeace activists from Germany and the Nordic countries held a protest in the Baltic Sea: they called on the EU to stop importing oil, gas and coal from Russia as soon as possible.

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The European Commission invited the EU countries to buy gas together. The idea is that the EU, as a major buyer, will be able to negotiate a lower price. It will also avoid competition between different EU states and the resulting increase in gas prices.

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Scientists at the Helmholtz Institute for Infection Research in Würzburg (Germany) have discovered for the first time a new element of the CRISPR system, which provides protection in bacteria against viruses and is used by scientists as a genome editing method.

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Biden will announce sanctions against more than 300 State Duma deputies because of the events in Ukraine — Wall Street Journal. According to the publication, a new portion of sanctions has been agreed with the European Union and the G7, whose leaders US President Joe Biden will meet during his upcoming visit to Europe.

Plans to apply blocking sanctions to the deputies who voted for the recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics were publicly announced in the White House on March 11.

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Finland will not issue a license for the nuclear power plant being built by Rosatom. This was stated on March 22 by the Minister of Economic Development Mika Lintilya during a discussion in the country’s parliament.

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Russia was deprived of the right to host the 2022 World Swimming Championships. The dates of the competitions will remain the same, FINA is negotiating with a new potential partner.

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Two yachts allegedly owned by Russian businessman Alexei Kuzmichev have been arrested on the Cote d’Azur. This was reported by the AFP agency and the newspaper Le Figaro, citing «government sources». The total value of the arrested yachts is estimated at €90 million, according to the same source. So far, France has arrested four ships and three yachts as part of the implementation of EU sanctions.

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Wage arrears in Russia as of March 1, 2022 amounted to 930.9 million rubles, according to Rosstat.

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The French company Danone will continue the local production of basic dairy products and baby food products in Russia, Reuters reported, citing a company statement.

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Turkey will continue its mediation efforts and the implementation of the Montreux Convention to maintain peace and stability in the Black Sea, the Security Council of the Republic reported.

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The Central Bank of the Russian Federation introduced a moratorium until 2023 on the exclusion of shares of foreign issuers from the list of stock exchanges.

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The French pharmaceutical corporation Sanofi will limit commercial activities and clinical trials in Russia and Belarus, but will continue to supply vital medicines.

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Lessors have demanded that Russian airlines return more than 500 aircraft for a total of $20 billion, Russian Transport Minister Vitaly Savelyev said.

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The volume of the National Wealth Fund in February 2022 decreased by 675.16 billion rubles and amounted to about 12.9 trillion rubles as of March 1 of this year, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation said in a statement.

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French automaker Renault has suspended operations at its Moscow plant and is exploring options for its stake in Avtovaz, the company’s press office said.

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The government of the Czech Republic approved the donation by the republic to Ukraine of another batch of material aid, which can be used for defense, Prime Minister of the Republic Petr Fiala said.

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The Ministries of Finance of the Russian Federation and Switzerland have suspended the discussion of an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation, writes RBC with reference to the press service of the Russian department. As the source explained to RBC, the interaction between the ministries of the two countries ceased against the backdrop of sanctions. According to him, the prospects for the resumption of negotiations are uncertain.

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For the week from March 12 to March 18, prices in Russia rose by 1.9%, Rosstat reported. Growth slowed down a little compared to the first two weeks after the start of the military operation in Ukraine and the imposition of tough Western sanctions — then the figures were 2.2% and 2.1%, respectively. That is, for three weeks, prices increased by an average of 6.2%.

Rosstat has been publishing weekly statistics on price dynamics only since 2008; in the 14 years of observation before that, weekly inflation never exceeded 1%.

According to the estimates of the Ministry of Economic Development, annual inflation as of March 18 reached 14.5% per annum.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry handed a note to the diplomat of the US Embassy in Moscow with a list of deported American employees, according to the agency’s website. Their number is not specified.

American diplomats are being expelled from Russia in response to the declaration of persona non grata by 12 employees of the permanent mission to the UN. Washington accused them of activities that «are not in line with their obligations and the work of diplomats»

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his fiancée, lawyer Stella Morris, married at Belmarsh High Security Prison in London, Bloomberg reports.

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Roskomnadzor blocked access to the Internet service News.Google. Google has confirmed that users cannot access the website and app of the Google News internet service in Russia, Reuters reported.

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Norilsk Nickel and UC Rusal fixed nickel and aluminum prices in Russia. This recommendation was given to them by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Norilsk Nickel accounts for less than 10% of sales in Russia, UC Rusal for almost a quarter

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France has tested a modernized missile capable of carrying a nuclear charge. We are talking about a medium-range air-to-ground missile; at the time of testing, there was no charge on it. The projectile was produced by the French developer MBDA. The missile was fired by a Dassault Rafale fighter jet taking off from Kazo airbase.

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The United States has reinstated 352 exemptions from customs duties on affected Chinese goods by the end of this year, according to a statement by the office of the US representative in trade negotiations.

“The solution recovers 352 out of 549 valid exceptions. The restored product exemptions will take effect from October 12, 2021 and will be valid until December 31, 2022 [year],” the statement said.

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The international rating agency Fitch cancels the ratings of Russian companies and their subsidiaries that were under EU sanctions. This is stated in the statement of the agency. All ratings will be withdrawn by April 15 «in order to comply with European Union sanctions.»

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Roskomnadzor restricted access to the websites of Meduza (recognized as a foreign agent in Russia), Papers and TJournal, follows from the data of the register of prohibited resources.

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British authorities have arrested a Russian helicopter. The helicopter is located at a private airfield in the UK, the authorities did not report who exactly the plane belonged to.

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The United States did not impose sanctions against Roman Abramovich at the request of Vladimir Zelensky, writes WSJ. The President of Ukraine asked Joe Biden to remove Abramovich from the already prepared sanctions list so that he could continue to mediate in negotiations with Russia.

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The UN Security Council did not support Russia’s draft resolution on the situation in Ukraine. Russia and China voted in favor, none voted against, the remaining 13 members of the Security Council (France, Britain, the United States, India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates) abstained.

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INTERFAX.RU — In Russia, as of March 21, 36,765 organizations with a total number of 8.4 million people announced a change in their employment regime, 95,865 people are idle, said Galina Karelova, Vice Speaker of the Federation Council. She recalled that a number of foreign companies have stopped or are stopping their work in the country, and stated that measures must be taken.

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China refused to transit goods through Russia. Container carriers send goods by sea — Bloomberg.

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Israel refused to sell the highly effective Pegasus spy system to Ukraine due to possible Russian dissatisfaction. Washington Post reports.

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Domestic passenger cars have risen in price in Russia from the beginning of the year to March 18 by 20.7%, foreign cars — both imported and Russian assembly — by 23.7% — Rosstat

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Journalist Alexander Nevzorov, who was charged with spreading fake news about the actions of the Russian military, is in Israel, this is a planned trip, his wife Lidia Nevzorova said.

“As for emigration, we are not planning yet. We ended up in Israel right now solely because the performance was postponed three times for two years due to covid. Tickets for the event were sold two years ago,” Nevzorova wrote on social networks.

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A prototype wireless-powered maglev train has been tested in eastern China. Such vehicles, including monorails, have long used electromagnetic induction to generate power. However, Chinese scientists were able to surprise. Instead of the usual efficiency of 20-50% for this method of energy transfer, Chinese technology provides an efficiency of 92.4%

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US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo: US will deny Chinese companies access to US software if they supply semiconductors to Russia in circumvention of sanctions.

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Reuters removes Russian resource TASS from its content market

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Apple has banned the use of Mir cards in Apple Pay.

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Trading in shares on the Moscow Exchange opened with high and steady growth. Shares of Sberbank rose by 13.8%, Rosneft — by 19.6%, Gazprom — by 14%. The Moscow Exchange index rose sharply by 10 percent at the opening of trading.

Shares have not been traded on the Moscow Exchange since February 28. They were suspended after the Russian stock market showed the largest collapse in its history.

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The flight restriction at 11 airports in the southern and central part of Russia has been extended until 03:45 Moscow time on April 1, the press service of the Federal Air Transport Agency reported.

Flights are not accepted by the airports of Anapa, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Gelendzhik, Krasnodar, Kursk, Lipetsk, Rostov-on-Don, Simferopol and Elista. The agency notes that the rest of the country’s airports are operating normally.

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The Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, presented the new composition of the government of the country, for the first time in history a woman became the Minister of Defense. The list is published on the website of the President of the Republic. The post of Minister of National Defense will be taken by Elena Carreiras, who headed the National Institute of Defense of Portugal.

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Azur Air sent some of its employees on layoffs. The company will return to its previous mode of operation «as soon as the situation stabilizes.» Prior to this, Ural Airlines introduced idle time, citing restrictions on the use of aircraft and flights abroad.

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The situation on the labor market in Russia is still stable, Kotyakov said. More than 90,000 workers are idle due to the reconfiguration of production facilities in Russia, Kotyakov said.

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North Korea has fired a projectile that looks like a ballistic missile, Japan’s defense ministry said, according to the Kyodo news agency.

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Since March 30, Russia has been lifting restrictions on crossing land borders with Kazakhstan and Mongolia, RBC was told at the operational headquarters for combating coronavirus infection

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The gross domestic product (GDP) of Russia, according to the Ministry of Economic Development, in January 2022 increased by 6.6% compared to January 2021, data are provided on the website of the ministry.

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Loading of the Ukrainian gas transport corridor on Thursday remains at the same — maximum — level of a long-term contract (40 billion cubic meters per year, or 109 million cubic meters per day).

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The wealth management division of the investment bank Rothschild & Co. stopped accepting new clients with Russian citizenship. This was reported by Bloomberg, citing informed sources.

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The Lithuanian gas supplier Ignitis grupe, which buys part of the gas it needs from Gazprom, will refuse to purchase from the Russian gas concern. Arturas Ketlerius, public relations manager of Ignitis grupe, told BNS about this.

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The oil company LUKOIL acquired 100% of TK EKA LLC, which owns a network of gas stations and car washes in Moscow and the Moscow region, follows from SPARK-Interfax data. LUKOIL also bought 100% of EKA Processing. The amount of the transaction is not disclosed.

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Apple Inc. acquired London-based credit scoring startup Credit Kudos Ltd. while continuing to move into the payment technology space.

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The Moscow authorities have granted the status of a technopark with corresponding tax benefits to the former Krasny Proletarian printing house in the center of the capital, the press service of the mayor and the city government said on Thursday.

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The cost of nickel on the London Metal Exchange is growing by almost 15%, above $37,000 per ton, according to trading data.

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Glass Imaging has developed a camera module for smartphones with anamorphic and periscope optical systems. This allows you to significantly increase the size of the matrix with the same thickness of the gadget, which in turn allows you to increase the light sensitivity and resolution of the camera.

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China promises full-fledged space tourism within 10 years. This will help the Chinese space station Tiangong, which is planned to be assembled in orbit by the end of this year. In 2025, they promise to start visiting the first tourists, and in 10 years, the Chinese want to make tourism a common thing.

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The UK has introduced a new package of sanctions against Russian businessmen and several banks. In particular, the head of Sberbank German Gref, his deputy Lev Khasis, the founder of Tinkoff Bank Oleg Tinkov, and Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Yuri Trutnev fell under them. Gazprombank, Rosselkhozbank, Alfa-Bank, SMP-Bank, Russian Railways (RZD), Sovcomflot, RusHydro and Russian defense enterprises also fell under the restrictions. In total, 59 individuals and legal entities were on the sanctions list, the British Treasury said in a statement.

The assets of all individuals and companies from the list in the UK will be frozen, and transactions with them will be prohibited. However, these restrictions do not apply to Oleg Tinkov. He just can’t arrive at the country’s ports on his yachts and fly on private planes.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi traveled to Kabul on an unannounced visit to meet with Taliban officials. Upon arrival in Kabul, Wang Yi was met by Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mottaki.

Taliban-controlled media reported that China’s foreign minister was to meet with senior Taliban officials and discuss various issues, including expanding political, economic and transit ties.

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The US and EU are close to an agreement on reducing Europe’s dependence on Russian energy resources, reports Bloomberg. The United States is ready to supply Europe with natural gas and hydrogen, other details of the deal are still unknown.

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Medinsky called for a prayer to start the day in schools in Russia.

“In all public and private schools in the United States over the past 150 years, the school day begins with a short prayer for the glory of America, its symbols and flag, written by American public figures in the second half of the 19th century, which has not changed since then …

I would suggest that we turn to the Russian Ministry of Education as a recommendation from our commission to offer a similar system in our schools right now, right today. Please, by virtue of the powers that you have, try to implement this. We will sign the protocol and send it to the Minister of Education.”

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According to Kommersant, the volume and number of orders for food delivery from restaurants across the country decreased by an average of 10%, and in Moscow by 20%. The Russians also reduced visits to catering establishments, where traffic fell to 60%

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The Ministry of Digital Development of Russia has prepared a package of support measures for the Russian Post in terms of replacing foreign sorting equipment and software. The ministry proposes to encourage Chinese manufacturers of such equipment to localize production in the Russian Federation.

In the Russian Post itself, they claim that they are not experiencing problems and are already cooperating with Asian suppliers, although some of the equipment is Japanese, German and Dutch. Changing European suppliers to Chinese ones will not be a problem, but it will be expensive, experts warn.

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A group of German and Swiss scientists implanted two microchips with needle electrodes that pick up nerve signals in a 34-year-old patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The man imagines how his body moves, and the implants capture this brain activity and transmit it to the computer in the form of a yes / no signal. A special computer program reads the letters of the alphabet aloud, and the person chooses the right ones using the power of thought. This process is slow — in a minute it turns out to select only one letter

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Prosecutor General of Belarus Andrei Shved, at the suggestion of the chairman of the State Security Committee, sent an application to the Supreme Court declaring the informal organization «NEXTA» with its structural subdivisions «NEXTA Live» and «LUXTA» terrorist.

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The German glove brand has decided to end its partnership with Russian skier Alexander Bolshunov, VG reports.

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Kazakhstan will not be able to redirect the entire volume of oil exported via the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) to alternative routes, said Energy Minister Bolat Akchulakov.

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The Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan proposes to introduce a ban on the export of medicines from the country for six months.

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The French logistics operator GEFCO, with the support of the state, is looking for a buyer for 75% of its capital, which is owned by the sanctioned JSC Russian Railways (RZD), writes Les Echos.

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia announced the cancellation of scheduled business inspections, with the exception of those affecting security issues, the press center of the department said on Thursday.

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The Russian IT business in the field of software development has lost about eight thousand people due to the departure of specialists abroad, Valentin Makarov, president of the Russoft software developers association, told reporters in Moscow.

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American startup Nikola Corp on Wednesday announced the start of production of its first electric truck Tre, according to CNBC.

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Russian employers have announced about 59,000 employees to be laid off from work, while most companies are trying to keep their workforce under sanctions, said Elena Mukhtiyarova, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection.

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