15 Янв, 2022

Ranking of the best citizenships for the wealthy.

According to the report of the consulting company CS Global Partners, which specializes in granting residency and citizenship through investment, Switzerland, Denmark and Finland, Norway and Sweden were recognized as the best countries. The United States ranked 67th in the rankings, while China was ranked 76th. On the last lines are Somalia, Yemen and South Sudan.

Russia took 82nd place, losing to Kazakhstan, Armenia and Ukraine (78th, 79th and 80th places respectively).

In Russia, the situation with security and financial freedoms is the worst. According to the first parameter, it shared 153rd place with Pakistan, according to the second, it remained at 76th. The country received the highest rating for economic opportunities — 38th place, and for the quality of life and global mobility the country was placed at 49th and 56th.

 

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Apple, in accordance with the requirements under the law on the «landing» of foreign IT companies, has registered a personal account on the Roskomnadzor website.

Apple has not yet posted an electronic form on its information resources, and has not created a branch, opened representative offices or established a Russian legal entity.

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Gazprom and Gazprom Export applied to international arbitration with a demand to revise the prices for gas supplied under the Yamal contract with the Polish company PGNiG. The appeal concerns the contract period from November 2017, the Polish side reports. The Polish PGNiG said that Gazprom is demanding an increase in contract prices for gas supplies retroactively and has filed a lawsuit in arbitration.

Gazprom Export confirmed that it had applied to the court to revise the price terms of the gas purchase and sale contract with PGNiG, without disclosing the details of the lawsuit.

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The Social Fund «To the People of Kazakhstan» was created on behalf of President Tokayev, it was headed by the former head of the Ministry of Finance Zhamishev

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Finland has no plans to join NATO, said Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, Reuters reports.

The day before, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in an interview with the Mongolian channel MNBC that Finland wants to become a member of the alliance. The text is posted on the website of the State Department.

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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and her German counterpart Annalena Burbock will visit Ukraine. The press conference of the head of the French Foreign Ministry was broadcast on Twitter by the French representation in the Council of the EU.

“Mrs. Burbock will first go to Ukraine for her inaugural visit, and then prepare a joint Franco-German visit to the demarcation line,” Minister Stern quoted as saying.

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The media “This Message” and “Number Seventy-Seven”, the creators of which are foreign agents, have been included in the register of media-foreign agents, follows from the updated data of the register on the website of the Ministry of Justice of Russia.

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The family of nine-year-old student Alisa Teplyakova is putting unprecedented pressure on the psychology department of Moscow State University, where the girl entered in 2021. This was reported to RIA Novosti by the press service of the faculty.

Moscow State University claims that the Teplyakovs continue to publish publications that contain information that is not true and discredits the honor and dignity of the university, its staff and students.

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Sweden sent armored fighting vehicles and the military to patrol the streets on the island of Gotland because of «Russian activities in the region.»

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This is the first time a transgender woman has appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan in its 50-year history. 34-year-old Monroe Bergdorf became the face of the new issue of the British version of the magazine.

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On January 1, changes to tax legislation came into force in Russia related to the calculation of personal income tax (PIT) in real estate transactions. Their list is published on the website of the Federal Tax Service (FTS).

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The Portuguese Commission for Data Protection (CNPD) has fined Lisbon City Hall 1.25 million euros for transferring personal data of the organizers of a rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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North Korea has revealed the details of the latest missile launches. The last launch of two ballistic missiles was made from a railway missile complex. This was reported by the South Korean agency Kyodo, citing the Central News Agency of Korea (KCNA).

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In 2021, Russians issued 1.9 million housing loans for a total of 5.7 trillion rubles. This was a record figure in the entire history of the mortgage market. Compared to 2020, mortgage issuance increased by 7% in quantitative terms and by 28% in monetary terms.

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U.S. officials have discussed with representatives of several international energy companies contingency plans for natural gas supplies to Europe, Reuters reported, citing two U.S. officials and industry sources.

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The royal family of the Netherlands refused the golden carriage, as the door shows a picture of several Africans and Asians presenting gifts, including cocoa and sugar cane, to a seated white woman, symbolizing the Netherlands. At the same time, one of them is on his knees.

The King stated that the image on the carriage door was offensive to most people. He acknowledged that it is pointless to deny the historical past, and it «will continue to cast a shadow» on the country as long as there is discrimination.

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The United States and NATO are ready to meet again with the Russian side to continue the dialogue, the State Department said in a statement following telephone conversations between Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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In 2021, the volume of investments in the Russian real estate market in 2021 amounted to $5.4 billion, which is 30% more than in 2020. The share of warehouse real estate reached a record 23% for this sector in the total volume of transactions up to $1.2 billion.

In terms of investments, the warehouse segment ranks second in the investment structure after residential real estate (47%). Office real estate accounted for 18% of investment transactions, retail real estate — 6%, another 4% was the share of mixed-use complexes and 2% — the share of hotel real estate (2%).

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Citizens of Russia last year more often than others were citizens of Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Armenia.

«For 11 months of 2021, more than 667,000 foreign citizens and stateless persons were admitted to the citizenship of the Russian Federation, for the same period of 2020 — about 563,000 people,» the Ministry of Internal Affairs said.

The department noted that over 800 foreign highly qualified specialists were accepted into Russian citizenship in 11 months of 2021.

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From February 1, tariffs for trucks weighing more than 12 tons for travel on federal highways will increase by 20 kopecks per kilometer, Interfax reports with reference to the Federal Highway Agency (Rosavtodor). Instead of the current 2.34 rubles, carriers will have to pay 2.54 rubles. Indexation will double the plan announced by Rosavtodor in July (10 kopecks per kilometer).

The decision to raise the tariff above the initial forecast is due to the acceleration of inflation: the actual fee is calculated annually from January 10 to January 20, taking into account Rosstat data on the consumer price index for the previous year, Rosavtodor explained.

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In Afghanistan, Uzbek militants of the Taliban movement (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) took to the streets against the actions of the group’s leadership in another province. The protesters demanded the immediate release of their colleague. Pashtun nationalists reportedly left Maymene and the village under the control of the Uzbek community. The Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) confirmed the protests and noted that they had settled the contradictions with the demonstrators

The reason for the protest in the city of Maymen, Faryab province was the detention of the field commander, an ethnic Uzbek, Makhdum Alyam. The Taliban detained him in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh province, on suspicion of kidnapping three women.

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On January 14, a meeting was held between President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. As a result of the meeting, the following documents were signed:

Joint Declaration of the Presidents of Ukraine and Azerbaijan:

  • Agreement on cooperation in the field of food safety
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Emergency Cooperation in Bilateral Trade.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between ministries regarding cooperation in the agricultural sector.
  • Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation in the Energy Sector
  • Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation in the field of land relations, management of state-owned lands and the state land cadastre.

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky invited US President Joe Biden to organize an online meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. This was announced by the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak during a discussion in the Atlantic Council.

There have been no proposals for a trilateral summit from the American side, said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

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According to the Ministry of Economic Development, the increase in prices for the main groups of goods (bread and bakery products, flour and cereals) for the period from January to December 27, 2021 averaged 12% compared to the same period of the previous year.

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China’s combined exports and imports exceeded $6 trillion in 2021, an all-time high.

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The European Parliament has developed a cross-border system that will help determine whether suspected financial crimes in one of the EU countries have bank accounts in other countries of the bloc.

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In Moscow, a span of a pedestrian bridge collapsed at the Moscow-Tovarnaya-Kurskaya station of the Moscow Railway. The incident happened at night, fortunately no one was hurt. The exit to the city from the suburban train station was temporarily closed, railway experts are working on the spot.

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The Russian government refused to freeze food prices. Previously, the Cabinet of Ministers was able to negotiate with business to keep the cost of sugar and sunflower oil, but now they have decided to abandon this practice.

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Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas proposed the creation of a military mission of the European Union in Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the defense department of the Baltic Republic.

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The opening of the reconstructed Polytechnic Museum in Moscow, which was supposed to take place at the end of 2021, may be delayed until 2025. The museum has been closed for nine years, and the cost of works during this time has increased by 2.5 times

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The National Development and Reform Committee of the People’s Republic of China has approved two new high-speed railway (HSR) projects. The total investment will be 238.26 billion yuan (about 37.4 billion US dollars). Projects include the Tianjin-Weifang Highway and the Ankang-Chongqing section.

In 2021, a total of 4,208 km of new railway lines were put into operation in China, including 2,168 km of high-speed railway lines. As of the end of 2021, the total length of high-speed railways in operation in China has exceeded 40,000 km.

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China is preparing to implement the Golden Tax IV system, under which company data, as well as information about owners, managers, banks and various market regulators, will be connected and available for scrutiny by the tax authorities.

Taxes are one of the six main approaches to achieving «common prosperity» — Xi Jinping’s initiative to reduce economic and social inequality.

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Two sons-in-law of the ex-president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev are leaving senior positions in large national companies. The powers of the Chairman of the Board of JSC «KazTransOil» Dimash Dosanov and the Chairman of the Board of JSC «National Company «QazaqGaz» Kairat Sharipbayev have been terminated, the state fund «Samruk-Kazyna» said.

Dosanov is the husband of the youngest daughter of Nursultan Nazarbayev — Aliya, Sharipbayev, according to some media reports, is in an unofficial marriage with the eldest daughter of the first president of Kazakhstan — Dariga.

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The US authorities have worked out 18 scenarios of actions in case of an escalation around Ukraine, said US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. She did not give details of these scenarios, but noted that Washington expects to inflict “very sharp pain” on Moscow with its steps.

“I’m not going to talk about 18 different scenarios ahead of time… I would just say that our resolve and the negotiations that we have with our allies are aimed at inflicting very sharp pain very quickly if Russia takes this step in any form.” , said Mrs. Nuland.

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All planes with Russian peacekeepers arrived from Kazakhstan in Ivanovo at the Severny airfield. After landing the last board, a solemn meeting of the military personnel took place.

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The plan of the peacekeeping operation of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Kazakhstan was developed by the presidents of Russia and Belarus within an hour. This was stated by the head of the Belarusian state Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with peacekeepers who arrived from Kazakhstan.

“To you, Belarusians and Russians, I will say more, without boasting. This whole operation, down to the details, was developed by two presidents — Russia and Belarus — within one hour, ”Lukashenko said.

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Former vice minister of energy Zhumabai Karagaev has been detained in Kazakhstan. Today there was information that the official was fired from his post. He is suspected of unreasonably raising gas prices — it was after this that protests began in Kazakhstan

In addition to him, the heads of electronic trading platforms and other people involved, according to the authorities, were detained in «an unreasonable increase in prices for liquefied petroleum gas in the Mangistau region.»

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