20 Янв, 2022

Public trust in governments

Public trust in governments has fallen to new lows, according to a global survey by the Edelman group.

Public confidence declined the most over the past year in the governments of Germany, down 7 points to 46%, Australia 53% (-6), the Netherlands 57% (-6), South Korea 42% (-5) and the United States 43% ( -5).

By contrast, public trust in institutions increased in several autocratic states, with China at 83%, up 11 points, 76% in the United Arab Emirates (+9) and 66% in Thailand (+5).

The results of Edelman’s latest poll are consistent with his findings in recent years, which showed growing disillusionment with capitalism, political leadership in democratic countries and the media.

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The amount of announced mergers and acquisitions (M&A, mergers and acquisitions) with any participation of Russian companies in 2021 decreased by 40% compared to the results of the previous year, to $33.9 billion, follows from the report of the analytical company Refinitiv. At the end of 2020, it amounted to $56.5 billion. The number of transactions, on the contrary, increased from 831 to 938.

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A resident of Moscow, Yulia Verklova, had her passport canceled and her accounts blocked, recognizing her as dead, but they continue to levy taxes. The girl herself is in perfect health, which she told Gazeta.Ru about. Verklova went to the Department of the Federal Migration Service to sort it out, but they couldn’t help her there either. According to Yulia, the head of the Department of the Federal Migration Service even yelled at her and said that “fundamentally, nothing will be done.”

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Rostelecom is leaving Armenia by selling the Armenian «daughter» GNC-Alfa for $25 million to Electric Networks of Armenia CJSC, which belongs to the owner of the Tashir group of companies Samvel Karapetyan and Russian citizen Arman Unanyan.

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In the Lugansk People’s Republic, they said that the draft appeal of deputies from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to recognize the LPR and DPR is an exclusively internal history of Russia.

A draft appeal on the need to recognize the DPR and LPR was submitted today to the State Duma. The initiators were deputies from the Communist Party headed by Gennady Zyuganov

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Samsung introduced the mobile processor (system on a chip) Exynos 2200, which uses the AMD RDNA 2 graphics architecture. This made it possible to implement hardware-accelerated ray tracing in the chip, which was previously only available on computers and game consoles

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The National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office (PNAT) of France received a complaint about the actions of Interpol President Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi. He is accused of multiple episodes of inhuman treatment of prison inmates in the United Arab Emirates, according to ABC News.

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The rate of inflation in Britain in December 2021 was 5.4%, and in Germany — 5.3%, which is the highest since 1992 in both countries.

According to the National Statistical Service, in the UK, housing and utilities have risen most of all. In addition, spending on transport, food, soft drinks, furniture, clothing and footwear has increased.

In Germany, according to dpa, prices for fuel oil and fuel have risen sharply. According to the forecasts of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich, inflation will be around 3.5% for the year as a whole.

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Deputy Minister of Transport Vladimir Tokarev was detained, a source in the transport industry told RBC. RBC’s source in one of the railway operators confirmed this information. Documents are being seized in the building of the Ministry of Transport.

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Scientists at UC Berkeley’s High Performance Robotics Laboratory (HiPeRLab) have developed a quadcopter they call the Midair Reconfigurable Quadcopter that uses unpowered hinges to change its configuration in mid-air using gravity or reverse thrust.

Quadcopters can be versatile drones, but the four beams prevent them from performing certain tasks. For example, if a horizontally moving drone needs to squeeze through a narrow vertical opening, it reverses the thrust on two opposite arms, causing them to fold. As a result, a thinner quadcopter can now pass through the hole smoothly and stably. Also, the drone can be used to capture a small flat box by holding it from either side.

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In the press center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, responding to a request from Kommersant, they called the decision to return the fine for exceeding the average speed «premature».

The traffic police, we recall, stopped fining drivers for this violation in 2021, Kommersant reported this in September. The practice, when speeding is recorded by two cameras located at a distance of several kilometers from each other, has been in effect for almost seven years.

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky made an appeal in connection with reports of the threat of war with Russia. In his opinion, the risks have not become greater and the war has been going on for eight years. Mr. Zelensky said that now there is an attack «not on our land, but on our nerves, so that we have a constant feeling of anxiety.»

“All this rhetoric is united by one thing, one logical question: what, in fact, is the news? Hasn’t this been a reality for eight years now? Didn’t the invasion start in 2014? Has the threat of war appeared only now? These risks have existed for more than a day, and they have not become larger,” Mr. Zelensky said.

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Eduard Basurin, specifically for 60 Minutes, spoke about DPR intelligence data: the Armed Forces of Ukraine are preparing a series of terrorist attacks in order to involve Russia in unleashing hostilities.

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«A Just Russia — For the Truth» is ready to support the draft appeal of the deputies from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation on recognizing the independence of the DPR and LPR, faction leader Sergei Mironov said.

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A container ship has been rotting off the coast of Nakhodka for the third month already. Environmentalists are sounding the alarm — there are about 130 tons of fuel oil and diesel fuel on board.

The Panamanian ship ran aground and broke in half on November 9 last year. The crew was evacuated, but few people care about the fate of the ship itself.

Ecologists warn: if oil products end up in water, waterfowl and seals will be doomed

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Instagram launched paid subscriptions. True, so far only in test mode and only for a few American bloggers. In the future, account holders will be able to monetize their presence on the social network. They will be able to sell paid subscriptions to exclusive content — live broadcasts, stories and distinctive badges for subscribers.

At the moment, there are several tariffs — from 1 to 100 dollars per month. And the owner himself sets the subscription price for himself

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The need to confirm the disposal of their goods or pay an environmental fee will not lead to an increase in import prices in the Russian Federation, the press service of Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko said.

Earlier, RBC wrote that 14 large business associations of importers of products to Russia sent a letter to Abramchenko, in which they warned of an increase in prices for imported goods after the introduction of a mandatory environmental fee.

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OCCRP and Kazakhstani publications Kloop and Vlast allege that Nursultan Nazarbayev, during his tenure as president, founded four charitable foundations that own multi-billion dollar assets — banks, TV channels, hotels, shopping centers and factories.

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A court in Minsk sentenced sports journalist, blogger and football player Alexander Ivulin to two years in a penal colony.

According to investigators, he participated in the protests, blocking and blocking the path of cars, and also posted videos on the YouTube channel «inciting in order to create a negative assessment of the current government, to discredit the political and social situation in the country»

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Time magazine published an interview with Navalny. The publication received answers to questions from letters from the colony.

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The European Union needs to end its dependence on oil and gas from Russia, French President Emmanuel Macron said in a European Parliament speech on Wednesday. According to him, it is necessary to conduct a dialogue with Russia. But in order to have a negotiating position, one cannot be in a dependent position.

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In Germany, the prosecutor’s office has launched a check against the country’s Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock because of the illegal receipt of «coronavirus bonuses» by her.

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According to Colliers, the total area of ​​purchased housing in comfort-class new buildings in Moscow in October-December 2021 amounted to 498 thousand square meters. m. This is 24% more than in the previous quarter, but 34% less than a year earlier. The greatest demand (94%) fell on apartments, the share of sold apartments is 6%.

Decrease in demand by more than a third of analysts was recorded in new business-class buildings. According to the results of the fourth quarter of 2021, the total absorption amounted to more than 417 thousand square meters. m, which is 3% more than in the previous quarter, but 37% less than in the fourth quarter of 2020. The main volume of demand (91%) here was also apartments

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Until 2024, it is planned to allocate 30.1 billion rubles from the federal budget for the development of the AIS «Nalog-3», which provides automation of the Federal Tax Service.

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More than 90% of Russian doctors have experienced patient aggression in the workplace, with 13% reporting that it came to physical contact. Such data were obtained by the experts of Aktion Medicine (a service of expert support for specialists of medical organizations; part of the Aktion group) during a survey of doctors, nurses, ambulance paramedics, administrators, orderlies, pharmacists and pharmacists.

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In the UK, under the trademark of Elizabeth II, they launch royal brown sauce, writes The Sun. Brown sauce is one of the most popular in the country. It is served with traditional British meat dishes, sausages and fried potatoes.

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The state company Lithuanian Railways terminated the scandalous transit agreement with Belaruskali, 15min.lt reports. The Belarusian supplier of potash fertilizers has been under US sanctions since December, and the Lithuanian authorities feared the use of the US secondary sanctions mechanism.

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Opera has released a test version of the browser with a built-in crypto wallet. With the help of the new browser, Opera intends to make it easier to use decentralized applications (dapps), games and metaverse platforms. The browser can be downloaded for devices with Windows, MacOS and Android operating systems.

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The Court of Cassation rejected the defense’s complaint against Navalny’s sentence in the case of libel against a veteran

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The European Parliament intends to call for an international investigation into the events in Kazakhstan and for the imposition of EU sanctions for human rights violations, follows from the draft resolution

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The Parliament of Moldova introduces a state of emergency for 60 days due to the energy crisis. Earlier, Gazprom warned of a possible cessation of gas supply to Moldova if the country does not pay the advance payment for January in full by January 20

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Only 15% of Russians have no credit history at all. Most of these people are in the Far East (24%). Half of Russians have active loans

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The Ministry of Sports has approved a training program for cybersportsmen. They must run three kilometers in a maximum of 15 minutes, squat non-stop 25 times, and also pump the press at least 33 times.

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Gostekhnadzor warned that for driving a snowmobile or an ATV while intoxicated, they are deprived of the right to drive a car for 1.5-2 years. Drivers driving a snowmobile or an ATV are required to have the rights of a tractor driver-machinist of category «A1».

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The concept for the development of youth sports until 2030, aimed at creating accessible conditions for sports activities for children and adolescents, was approved in Russia. The document is posted on the website of the Government. It includes 44 events to form a unified physical culture and sports educational space in the country to unlock the potential of children

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The Central Bank of China lowered the main LPR rate: in December it was reduced to 3.8%, now to 3.7%

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The largest NATO exercise in the Arctic is scheduled for March, with the participation of 35,000 troops from 28 Cold Response countries, the US office said. From the United States, among other things, will be the aircraft carrier Harry Truman.

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A supplier of school lunches in Chuvashia, in a commentary to RIA Novosti, called the reason for tiny salads made from several pieces of vegetables their low cost.

«The weight of a serving goes according to the menu … At that time, the portion was 31 grams. Everything depends on the cost — the products have risen in price very much. As far as we can, how much salad in grams to give the children — we give as much, based on the cost»

According to her, lunch costs 55.6 rubles for elementary school students, 56 rubles for high school students without the first course, 58 with the first course. The Ministry of Education of Chuvashia confirmed these figures.

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The FSB convinced the head of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, Elvira Nabiullina, to support a complete ban on operations with cryptocurrencies in Russia in order to deprive the opposition and foreign media agents of access to funding, Bloomberg writes, citing two unnamed sources.

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The Japanese Ministry of Defense will make every effort to help the people of the Kingdom of Tonga, who suffered from the eruption of an underwater volcano and the subsequent tsunami, said the head of the Japanese defense department Nobuo Kishi.

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Joint naval exercises of Iran, China and Russia in the Indian Ocean will begin on January 21, ISNA reported.

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The German government plans to abandon the visa regime for Russian youth under the age of 25 — students and schoolchildren, said Consul General of Germany in Novosibirsk Bernd Fincke.

According to him, it is planned to take this measure only for Russian youth. In the near future, the German authorities intend to discuss this issue with other Schengen countries.

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The FSB in Dagestan stopped the activities of crypto farms with equipment worth 500 million rubles. According to the information of the regional FSB of Russia, 4,343 units of computer equipment were seized, the exact amount of damage caused by the attackers is being established.

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