9 Апр, 2022

Population of Moscow

The population of Russia, according to the preliminary results of the census, as of October 1, 2021, amounted to 147 million people, said the head of Rosstat Pavel Malkov.

According to him, the final data will be published in May this year. The final value of the population can be adjusted by 0.2–0.3% (per 400–500 thousand people) up or down

 

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According to the latest census, the population of Moscow, as of October 1, 2021, was approximately 13 million people, in October 2010, according to the previous census, 11.7 million people lived in the city, Rosstat told reporters

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The Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which will deliver four tourists to the ISS, was launched from the spaceport in Florida at Cape Canaveral. This is the first fully civilian crew to go to the ISS. The launch was carried out jointly with NASA and Axiom Space, which organized the Axiom-1 commercial mission. The company plans to build the world’s first commercial space station in the future.
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Companies from Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway are no longer required to seek permission from Washington to export technology products to Russia, as their restrictive measures are in line with US sanctions

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The Ministry of Justice closed 15 representative offices of foreign NGOs in Russia. Ministry of Justice accuses them of violating Russian laws

— Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

— Amnesty International;

— Human Rights Watch;

— Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom;

— Friedrich Ebert Foundation

— Friedrich Ebert Foundation in St. Petersburg

— «Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.F.» (Germany) in Russia

— «Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.F.»

— Hanns Seidel Foundation (Germany);

— “Rosa Luxembourg Foundation – Analysis of social development and civic education”

— Heinrich Böll Foundation;

— German research community in the Russian Federation;

— Aga Khan Foundation (Switzerland) in the Russian Federation;

– Association “Vspulnota Polska” in the Russian Federation;

– Corporation “Institute of International Education, Inc.” (USA).

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In March, Russians accounted for 23% of all foreigners staying in hotels in Uzbekistan. In March 2021, Russians ranked only third among foreign tourists (14.5%), behind visitors from Afghanistan (22.2%) and Kazakhstan (15.2%).

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«Invasion» was postponed for the third year in a row. New dates for the festival will be announced by the organizers later. The event has been postponed for the third time, this year it was supposed to be held from July 29 to 31 in Serpukhov

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The Central Bank will cancel from April 11 a commission of 12% for the purchase of dollars, euros and pounds sterling for brokers, the regulator said in an order.

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The European Union extended sanctions against Russia on Friday. In total, the list includes 216 individuals, including the head of Sberbank German Gref and businessman Oleg Deripaska

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The Bank of Russia eased the restrictions imposed due to sanctions and allowed individuals to withdraw from bank accounts and deposits not only dollars, but also euros, follows from the message of the Central Bank. But until September 9, Russians still cannot withdraw more than $10,000 from accounts and deposits.

In addition, from April 18, the Central Bank will resume the ability for banks to sell cash to citizens, but only that which has been received at the cash desk since April 9.

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The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, handed over to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky a questionnaire, which is mandatory for granting the country candidate status for joining the European Union, the EC reports.

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The EU has excluded transit between Kaliningrad and the rest of Russia from sanctions. Under the exception of the European Union were transit road transport between the Kaliningrad region and Russia with goods, the transportation of which is not prohibited by EU regulations

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The Chinese manufacturer of telecom equipment Huawei sent part of the employees of the Russian office on a monthly vacation, Forbes reports citing sources. The forced leave is connected with the decision of Huawei to suspend all orders in Russia, the source of the edition specified

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Biden signed into law a ban on the import of Russian oil and gas. Biden announced the refusal of oil and gas from Russia in early March. Biden also signed a law suspending normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus. These initiatives were approved by the US Congress on April 7

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Financial institutions in the Cayman Islands, which is a self-governing overseas territory of Great Britain, have frozen about $7.3 billion worth of Russian-related assets, Cayman Compass reports, citing a statement from the authorities.

The authorities of the islands have also formed a working group that will make decisions on the implementation of anti-Russian sanctions. It will include representatives of the governor, the financial system, civil aviation and maritime transport. The group will meet weekly.

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved the creation of a managed special account to help stabilize Ukraine’s economy, according to a statement on the fund’s website.

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The Japanese automobile corporation Mitsubishi Motors has suspended deliveries to the Russian Federation and local production at the PSMA Rus auto plant jointly with Stellantis in Kaluga, follows from the company’s statement.

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The German government has unveiled a package of measures to support German companies affected by sanctions against Russia, writes the Financial Times.

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Zarubezhneft plans to expand its presence in Vietnam in 2022 by acquiring a share of the Korean KNOC in a new asset for itself — a promising block 11-2, according to the corporate publication of the Neft company.

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From July 10, the European Union introduces quotas on the import of a number of Russian fertilizers for a period of one year. The quota for the import of potassium chloride (code 3104 20) will be 837.57 thousand tons, complex and other fertilizers containing potassium (codes 3105 20, 3105 60 and 3105 90) — 1,577,807 thousand tons.

The size of quotas can be adjusted by the European Commission. There are no restrictions on the import of other types of fertilizers

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The UN has published new data on refugees from Ukraine. Most of them went to Poland — more than 2.5 million people. Over 671,000 people went to Romania, 408,000 to Hungary, 404,000 to Moldova, 373,000 to Russia, 307,000 to Slovakia and 19,000 to Belarus.

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The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation named new foreign agents: lawyer Mark Feigin, Novaya Gazeta special correspondent Irina Tumakov, scientist Dmitry Dubrovsky, journalists Andrei Filimonov, Ekaterina Mayakovskaya and rapper Face (Ivan Dremin).

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The US Film Academy banned Will Smith from their events, including the Oscar ceremony, for 10 years for the incident with Chris Rock

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In Hamburg, Germany, the giant yacht Dilbar was detained. According to NDR, WDR and Süddeutsche Zeitung investigators, it belongs to the sister of Russian oligarch and Putin confidant Alisher Usmanov. The cost of a 156-meter yacht is about half a billion euros.

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A resident of France, who won 200 million euros in the lottery, donated almost all the money to the protection of nature. According to 20 Minutes, the man, who requested anonymity, received the second-largest win in the history of the EuroMillions lottery in December 2020. He renovated the house and bought another one, but invested the bulk of the funds in the creation of an environmental fund.

The foundation was named Anyama — after the city on the Ivory Coast, where its founder spent several years of his childhood. The actions of the fund will be focused on France — and its mainland, and overseas territories. The first payments are expected to be made in favor of the restoration of French forests.

The anonymous donor also intends to act in the field of healthcare, in particular, to help people caring for the sick.

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Stanford has created a solar panel that generates electricity at night. Scientists have proposed an option where during the day, the panel generates solar energy, and at night — energy on the difference in surface and ambient temperatures

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The European Union allowed its companies to execute financial leasing contracts concluded with Russian airlines until February 26. After the expiration of the contract, the aircraft under the terms of financial leasing will become the property of carriers from the Russian Federation.

The exact number of aircraft in financial leasing from Russian companies is unknown. At the same time, according to experts, their number is small, since financial leasing is less common than operating leasing, in which carriers pay only part of the cost of the vessel for the period of its operation.

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The Japanese energy company Kyushu Electric Power intends to stop buying Russian coal this year, NHK reports. The company has already found new suppliers, the channel reports. In fiscal year 2021, the company received a volume of coal from Russia, which was about 7% of its total size.

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The ban on the entry of Russian and Belarusian trucks into Finland in accordance with the fifth package of EU sanctions will come into force as early as midnight on April 9. On April 8, Yle writes with reference to the head of the supervisory department of the Finnish customs, Sami Rakshita.

“All commercial freight vehicles with registration numbers of Russia and Belarus will be stopped and turned back — these are trucks, vans and even vans if they try to clear commercial cargo,” he said.

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Saxo Bank has warned Russian clients to stop servicing their brokerage accounts due to sanctions. Within two months, investors must either close all positions and withdraw money, or transfer them to another broker

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The EU Council obliged the Belarusian cargo carriers to withdraw all transport from the territory of the European Union by April 16 this year.

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The international rating agency S&P Global Ratings has downgraded the long-term and short-term ratings of the Russian Federation in foreign currency to «SD» (selective default), according to a press release from the agency.

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon manned spacecraft, carrying a crew of four commercial tourists, launched into Earth orbit the day before, has docked with the International Space Station, NASA said.

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Poland freezes relations with Hungary. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs of Poland Yaroslav Kaczynski.

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Roskomnadzor blocked the websites of the magazines «Kholod» and «Discourse»

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The main owner of the Lush chain of stores in Russia, Dmitry Azarov, told Forbes that 17 out of 48 stores will be closed, and 200 out of 500 employees will be laid off.

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According to the British motoring association RAC, gasoline prices rose more in March than in any other month on record. Thus, the average price of one liter of gasoline in March increased by 7% and amounted to about 1.96 euros, a liter of diesel increased in price by 12% — up to 2.12 euros.

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Record steel and prices for residential property in the UK. According to the consulting company Halifax, in March, its value increased by 1.4% compared to February, and over the year the growth was 11%. The average price of a house now is about 338.5 thousand euros. Halifax analysts attribute the rise in prices to high demand and profitable mortgages amid a limited number of offers.

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