18 Aug, 2021

Populism Index 2021

Russia ranked fifth on the Ipsos Populism Index among 25 countries included in the study.

With an average index value of 2.94 for all the studied countries and a maximum of 3.26 (in Chile), Russia scored 3.16, dividing the 4th-5th place with Peru and lagging behind the countries that took the second and third places: Hungary (with a result of 3.18) and Colombia (3.17)

Increased values ​​of the index were recorded (in addition to the already mentioned countries) in many Latin American countries, South Africa, Poland and Italy. The lowest values ​​are in the Netherlands, Sweden and Canada

Regarding the calculation of the index: it is obtained on the basis of the level of agreement / disagreement with statements related (according to the authors of the rating) to populism: that politicians always protect themselves, do not think about ordinary people, are separated from society, etc.

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The Wildberries marketplace announced that it is lowering prices for goods when paying with a Mir card, SBP and SberPay. When paying using foreign systems, a 2% commission will be charged.

The press service of the company said that the difference in the cost of goods is achieved due to significantly lower fees for processing transactions by domestic payment systems, while the fees of international payment systems are higher.

After that, the Visa payment system announced that it was investigating the retailer’s decision, and Mastercard saw the risk of discrimination in the new policy. After the representative of Wildberries clarified that the company did not introduce any additional commissions, but only separately indicated the tariff of payment systems for users.

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Over the past day, the United States has evacuated more than 700 people from Kabul, including 150 Americans – a representative of the White House

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US to complete withdrawal and evacuation of its forces from Afghanistan by August 31, deadline has not changed – Pentagon

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The United States froze the state reserves of Afghanistan in American banks, writes the Washington Post

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A Taliban spokesman (the movement is recognized as terrorist and banned in the Russian Federation) said that other countries are “obliged” to help rebuild Afghanistan

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There will be no more NATO assistance to the Afghan government, since it no longer exists – Secretary General

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Alexei Nazarov has been appointed general director of the Rutube video service, Gazprom-Media reports. He takes office on August 23, will be responsible for the strategic development and operational management of Rutube, increasing traffic and expanding the audience of the service.

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Ukrainians trust the armed forces most of all and the authorities least of all, according to a survey by the Social Monitoring Center.

▪️Traditionally, there is a high level of trust in volunteers (36.2%), the Armed Forces of Ukraine (34.6%), veterans of the operation in Donbass (34.2%).

▪️The level of trust in the authorities is negative: Zelensky – minus 31%, the National Bank – minus 42%, the government – minus 58%, Rada – minus 61.8%.

▪️Two years ago, after the elections, Zelensky’s trust rating was positive – 34.1%.

▪️In addition, Ukrainians do not trust the SBU (minus 39.6%), the police (minus 26.3%) and the prosecutor’s office (minus 51.3%).

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Ten thousand fighters, including the forces of General Dostum, are sent to Panjshir to resist the Taliban (the movement is prohibited as terrorist) – RIA Novosti

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The forces of the Vice President of Afghanistan Saleh have recaptured the Charikar area in Parwan province from the Taliban and are fighting the Taliban (a terrorist movement banned in the Russian Federation) in Panjshir – RIA Novosti

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The first press conference of the Taliban (the movement is banned as terrorist). The main thing:

They declared that they control all the borders of the country

Will not produce drugs

They do not want to settle scores, they issued an act of pardon for all who were against the movement

The territories of diplomatic missions of all countries and international organizations in Afghanistan will be completely safe

Commit to respect the religious beliefs and spiritual values ​​of all Afghans

Assured citizens of safety – even those who collaborated with the United States urge them to stay in the country

They stated that they value the role of women in society, believe that they will help in building the country

Ensure women’s rights, but within the framework of Sharia law

Intend to include all sectors of society in the new government

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The UN Security Council has not yet talked about excluding the Taliban (movement is prohibited) from the list of terrorists, a source in the Security Council told RIA Novosti.

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Humanity will stop using mobile phones in 10 years, George Held, director of digital products of the Veon group, who previously oversaw this direction at VimpelCom, told RIA Novosti.

“The telephone is a rudiment, in 10 years it will be gone, it will be replaced by us, people. And the grandmother, who is lost in the city center, will not need to call anywhere: she can ask the wall” How can I get home? ” she will show the route with an arrow ”

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The press service of Rosleskhoz explained to “Rise” that the word “thermotochka” denotes any thermal anomaly, regardless of its size.

“Thermal anomaly (thermal point) is an object formed by“ hot spots ”in separate sessions during a long observation interval. This is a concept that applies to all fires that are recorded in ISDM-Rosleskhoz, regardless of its area. There is no size limit. ”

Last week Roslezkhoz reported that “a large thermal hopper on an area of ​​more than 1.6 million hectares includes a dozen forest fires.”

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Since August 13, an interregional emergency regime has been introduced on the territory of Yakutia, as well as in the neighboring Irkutsk region. At the same time, today the plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev said that the media are dramatizing the situation.

“The media are dramatizing the situation with forest fires in Yakutia. Most of the grass burned there.”

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The Polish athlete donated an Olympic Games medal in Tokyo to charity. Maria Andreichik sold her silver to finance a heart operation to an eight-month-old boy. Andreichik told about this on her Instagram. According to her, together with the donation of the winner of the auction, she managed to collect more than € 100 thousand. The athlete won the trophy in the javelin throw competition.

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In Belarus, a criminal case was opened against the girl of the head of the “Belarusian House in Ukraine” Vitaly Shishov, who was found hanged. Bozena Acorn is accused of calling for riots in August 2021 near the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Kiev.

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Facebook will remove Taliban accounts and ban all content related to the group’s promotion on its social network, as well as on Instagram and the WhatsApp messenger

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Iran launches second centrifuge system to enrich uranium to 60% – Reuters

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An additional 7 billion rubles will be allocated from the Russian budget for “spiritual and moral” content, previously another 3 billion were allocated for these purposes.

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BostonDynamics robots have already learned to pass the parkour area. For the first time, two Atlas robots passed obstacles without errors. The developers say that robots adapt their behavior depending on what they see. Now they do not need separate programming for each platform

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In Gomel, a volunteer and activist Ilya Mironov, who came to hand over a parcel, was detained near the pre-trial detention center, and a protocol was drawn up against him for “an unauthorized picket.” The police considered Mironov’s T-shirt with the inscription “Write letters” to be such a picket – the activist has already written more than two thousand letters to political prisoners

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Since the beginning of the year, the number of self-employed people under 18 has doubled, according to a letter from the Federal Tax Service. According to the Federal Tax Service, in seven months the figure increased from 19.5 thousand to almost 41 thousand minors.

There are 13 times more payers of tax on professional income among citizens aged 18 to 24, – 524.5 thousand people.

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In the global ranking of the impact of terrorism on life in the country from the Institute for Economics & Peace for 2020, Afghanistan took first place, followed by Iraq and Nigeria. Syria is fourth, followed by Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, India, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Philippines

In general, the most dangerous region in terms of terrorism is the Middle East, followed by Africa and some Asian countries. Although, in Africa there are countries in which there is practically no terrorism – just as there is no terrorism in Belarus, Mongolia and the DPRK, for example

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Scientists at the Swiss University of Applied Sciences (HES) in Graubünden claim that their computer broke the previous world record of 50,000 billion decimal places in its calculations, adding 12,800 billion new digits, unknown until then.

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In Moscow, the police began to bypass people who registered on Navalny’s website, whose addresses were in the database leaked in the spring. The police offer to write a statement about the theft of personal data.

According to OVD-Info, the police came to at least 20 people who were registered on the Smart Voting website, on the page of the April rally “Freedom to Navalny!” or sent donations to the politician’s team.

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Capitalization of Tinkoff (TCS Group) has exceeded $ 20 billion, a historic record. By the close of trading on the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday, one depositary receipt of the group (GDR, corresponds to class A shares) rose in price by 2.6% and cost $ 100.55, according to the exchange data.

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Shoigu believes that humanity is heading towards death with leaps and bounds, and the reason for this is “an unrestrained desire to consume.”

“You have got one rabbit and you will be full. But when you have ten carcasses, you already need a refrigerator, otherwise the meat will disappear. For the refrigerator to work, you need electricity. This requires burning fuel. And you need to get it first … But why do you need these ten rabbits ?! I dream that one day everyone would understand that it is time to stop this crazy race of consumerism “, – he said in an interview with the magazine” Vokrug Sveta “.

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Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann will perform at the Spasskaya Tower on September 4 and 5. He will be a special guest of the festival, which takes place on Red Square near the walls of the Kremlin.

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Bloomberg: Hal Finney was the real creator of Bitcoin. He was hiding under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, and died in 2014 at the age of 58 due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Back in 1993, Hal Finney described the technology of cryptocurrency trading cards, similar to the principle of modern NFTs. Although, there is another version according to which not one person was hiding under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, but a group of developers.

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The Australian authorities have no plans to host refugees from Afghanistan, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

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Slovakia could accept 10 Afghan citizens who previously helped the republic, but there can be no talk of widespread issuance of residence permits, said Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Richard Sulik.

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Austrian Interior Minister: it is necessary to keep the majority of people fleeing from Afghanistan in the region

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UAE Foreign Ministry confirms Ashraf Ghani and his family are in the country – Reuters. Emirates welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his family who left Afghanistan on their territory “for humanitarian reasons” – WAM agency

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Three police officers were detained in Moscow for threatening to plant drugs. The incident itself took place on the night of February 20, but a criminal case against the security forces was opened only the day before.

It all happened on Novinsky Boulevard. The police stopped the BMW car and during the check, according to the passenger of the car, threatened to plant illegal substances on him if he did not pay them 500 thousand rubles.

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VTsIOM: 71% of Russian citizens could not decipher the abbreviation GKChP. The poll was conducted to mark the 30th anniversary of the start of the August putsch. Only 21% of citizens were able to decipher the abbreviation as the State Committee for the State of Emergency.

Among the members of the State Emergency Committee, respondents were able to name Dmitry Yazov, Gennady Yanayev, Boris Pugo and Vladimir Kryuchkov, but they also ranked Boris Yeltsin and Mikhail Gorbachev among them (President of the RSFSR Boris Yeltsin refused to obey the State Emergency Committee and called what was happening “an anti-constitutional coup”, and the last president of the USSR was isolated at the Crimean dacha in Foros and actually removed from power).

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The Kazakh Foreign Ministry said that the issue of accepting refugees from Afghanistan is not on the agenda. At the same time, the country’s president instructed to work out the possible return of ethnic Kazakhs from Afghanistan, there are about 200 of them.

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Two electric scooters collided in the center of an empty square in Belgorod. This reminded users of social networks about exactly the same incident in July in Astrakhan. But neither then nor now, as the Ministry of Internal Affairs told RIA Novosti, the drivers did not go to the ambulance or the police.

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European countries are in no hurry to open doors for refugees from Afghanistan:

London is ready to provide asylum for 20 thousand Afghans, but in the long term, in the first year – five thousand

Merkel said that Germany will have to accept about 10 thousand Afghans, but so far this has not been formalized in any way

Spain is ready to be a temporary haven for Afghans who worked with EU structures, before their distribution to other countries

Paris does not yet say how many refugees are waiting, 184 Afghans were de facto taken out

Belgium does not name the specifics, but directs the planes, today several dozen Afghans have been taken out

Switzerland has no clear plans and figures, but a number of political forces urge the authorities to let in at least 5 thousand people

Italy is ready to accept those who worked with the Italian Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Defense, but the exact numbers are not announced

The Czech Republic reported that about 100 Afghans would arrive in the country, while the prime minister did not rule out that they would later move to other European countries – to their relatives

Poland issues 45 humanitarian visas for Afghans, ready to accept more

Finland increased the quota of Afghans that the country is ready to accept – from 130 to 170

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Former Prime Minister of the DPR Alexander Borodai indicated zero income in his declaration for 2020, although he spent about 15 million rubles, having bought half of the non-residential premises in Moscow and the Lexus GX 460 SUV, follows from the data of the Central Election Commission of Russia. He is running from the Rostov region to the State Duma from the United Russia party

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Baidu showcased its first robo-car and unveiled an app for ordering a robo taxi. The car has gull-wing lift doors and a large display in the cabin to keep passengers entertained while on the move.

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