6 Дек, 2021

Renting an island in the Kuril Islands

Svetlana Litvinova, press secretary of the Governor of the Sakhalin Region, revealed details about the lease of an island in the Kuril Islands by a Danish company. She spoke about the desire of Copenhagen Offshore Partners to lease only part of Shumshu, writes RBC.

Litvinova confirmed that the Danish company wants to implement a project on the production of hydrogen using wind energy in Shumshu.

“But in no case is it about renting an entire island for this. The issue of using only part of the land for the implementation of the project is being considered. It is also planned to create a museum on Shumshu, ”she stressed.

A spokeswoman for the head of Sakhalin added that the parties are now discussing a hydrogen project.

“To proceed to any specific actions, it is necessary to go through a number of procedures on the possibilities of using the land plot, to obtain data on wind characteristics, the availability of the required volume of water,” she explained.

 

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The British Engineered Arts team has created the Ameca robot with realistic facial expressions. So far, the developers have posted only a short video on their YouTube channel. But at CES 2022 early next year, they promise to show all of Ameca’s capabilities.

However, you shouldn’t expect too much from Ameca. The goal is simply to entertain people. Ameca can only play back pre-recorded phrases and copy movements. The software principle of work is similar to chatbots.

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Ukrainian Defense Minister called on Britain, Canada and the United States to deploy soldiers in the south and east of the country

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French presidential candidate Zemmour announced the creation of his political movement, «Reclaim».

“We are going to reclaim our country in order to regain it,” he said at a meeting with supporters.

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Ex-Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN Christoph Heusgen will become the new head of the Munich conference, Ischinger said. The diplomat will take office at the next conference in February 2022. Ischinger will remain chairman of the board of trustees.

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Japanese space tourist Yusaku Maezawa told RIA Novosti that he had difficulty packing his things in Soyuz — all because of the props for assignments from the list of 100 Things You Want MZ To Do in Space! (Maezawa set up a special website in advance to compile the list).

Maezawa will launch paper airplanes into orbit, fly on a flying carpet, show tricks with yo-yos, look for aliens, do somersaults, put on trousers without an arm, try to shoot auroras, lightning and meteor showers, and much more. He will be assisted by an assistant who flies with him to the ISS on December 8.

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The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said that the DPR’s air defense system is in the process of being modernized to protect it from Ukrainian drones, RIA Novosti writes.

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Ankara began developing its own long-range missile defense system three years ago. The Siper system was successfully tested last month. Turkey believes that it can surpass the Russian S-400. Ismail Demir, head of the Turkish Defense Industry Department, stated this, Sabah newspaper reports.

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Belief in a bright future, confidence in the future, nostalgia for youth are the main associations with the Soviet Union, the VTsIOM poll showed. Only 1% of Russians associate the USSR with repressions and the GULAG, and 5% with deficits and queues

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The US Navy’s missile destroyer Arleigh Burke (DDG-51, Arleigh Burke) has arrived at the Romanian port of Constanta on the Black Sea on a planned visit, the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet press service reported.

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Sergei Shoigu arrived in New Delhi, where he will take part in a 2 + 2 meeting of the heads of the military departments and foreign ministers of Russia and India and in a meeting of the Russian-Indian intergovernmental commission on military and military-technical cooperation.

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A Syrian army soldier was killed and two more fighters were injured as a result of rocket attacks from an anti-tank missile system by militants, the Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties said

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According to «Banksta», Deutsche Bank, the largest credit institution in Europe with assets of $ 1.3 trillion, stops servicing payments to state-owned companies, banks and public persons of the Republic of Belarus.

Ukrainian OTP Bank, which has correspondent accounts in Deutsche, informed about this in a letter to clients. Clients of MTBank faced similar problems, which also carried out foreign exchange transactions through Germany, said a representative of one of the largest Ukrainian suppliers of oil products.

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Saudi Arabia returns to its policy of oil discounts for customers in Europe. In the European market, supplies from the kingdom’s state-owned mining company Saudi Amarco will be cheaper in January across the entire range of grades.

According to Platts, Riyadh gives the maximum discount on the lightest and most expensive Arab Extra Light oil — $ 1.5 for northwest Europe and $ 1.4 for buyers in the Mediterranean.

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From March 1, 2022, Russia will begin to fine for unauthorized glazing and cladding of balconies. According to the new rules, glazing of balconies and loggias will be included in the house plan. Therefore, such initiatives will have to be coordinated separately.

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Donald Trump’s company has raised $ 1 billion to build Truth Social. The Trump team announced the creation of this social network in October (after which it was almost immediately hacked by hackers). Truth Social is expected to launch in early 2022.

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Amazon has begun researching sun blocking technology. The possible consequences of such a step are clarified — they create virtual models that show what will happen if special particles are sprayed into the atmosphere to block radiation. In theory, this should help cool the Earth.

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In Spain, pets were recognized as «living things». The new legislation provides that pets will receive immunity status due to their attachment to humans, and vice versa.

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ABBA will donate all proceeds from the new video clip for their Little Things Christmas song to the UN Children’s Fund. First of all, the money will go to protect children from violence.

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HBO Max has released a teaser for a special episode commemorating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter. But the directors decided not to reveal all the secrets and casually showed only some of the actors in the 50-second video.

The episode, which will be released on January 1, 2022, will talk about the making of the film, and the stars will share stories from the set.

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As Kommersant found out, Russia plans to sell all ten An-148 commercial aircraft remaining in the country. Due to problems with maintenance, Russian carriers stopped flying An-148 in 2020.

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Vietnamese electric vehicle manufacturer VinFast, which plans to start selling electric SUVs in the US, Canada and Europe late next year, is gearing up for an IPO that will make VinFast one of the first Vietnamese companies to be traded in the US. The company expects its post-IPO capitalization to range from $ 25 billion to $ 60 billion.

VinFast, which plans to build a plant in the U.S. by the end of 2024, unveiled two of its electric SUVs, the VF e35 and VF e36, at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The company expects to accept pre-orders for these electric vehicles in the first half of 2022, Bloomberg writes.

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Sberbank raised mortgage rates for the second time in a month. The base rate on mortgages when purchasing housing under construction is now 9.3%, which is 0.5 percentage points more than before.

The base rate for buying a finished home is now also 9.3%, which is 0.2 percentage points more than before.

The previous time Sberbank raised rates for mortgage loans on November 15. This is the fourth increase in a year.

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On the basis of the decision of the court section of the Tagansky district of Moscow, four cases were initiated on the enforced collection of fines. Three — against Google, in the amount of 8.5 million rubles and one — against Telegram, in the amount of 3 million rubles.

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The court fined the publisher of «Mediazona» Pyotr Verzilov (recognized as a foreign agent) 1,500 rubles for the lack of appropriate labeling on his social networks, lawyer Leonid Solovyov said.

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The railways of Uzbekistan will perform seven special flights from Volzhsk to Tashkent in December to transport Uzbek citizens from the Russian Federation, the press service of the Ministry of Transport of the republic said.

According to the Ministry of Transport, trains will leave Volzhsk on December 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24 and 27 at 20:57 local time. Tickets for these flights are sold only in one direction — to Tashkent. According to official data, at the beginning of 2021, almost 1.6 million people were working outside Uzbekistan, or 20% of the economically active population, including about 1.2 million in Russia, the Uzbek Ministry of Transport notes.

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In Australia, they are building a «black box» of the Earth — a recorder with information about the current civilization, which is still accumulating on the site created for this in order to draw attention to the problem of warming on the planet.

Inside the huge bar of steel armor will be data warehouses with an internet connection, powered by solar panels on top and batteries inside the monument.

The Black Box will record land and sea temperatures, ocean acidification, atmospheric carbon content, species extinction, land changes, population size, military spending and electricity consumption, news headlines, social media posts and messages from meetings on climate change.

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The European Defense Agency (EDA) has published a report for 2019-2020, which describes the defense spending of 26 EU countries (Denmark has refused to participate in the bloc’s military projects).

In 2020, total defense spending will amount to € 198 billion. This is the highest level ever recorded by the EDA since the start of data collection in 2006. The EU countries’ spending on this item has been consistently growing for the sixth year.

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The court ordered the journalist of «Holod» Sonya Volyanova, to pay 300 thousand rubles to the former professor of the Russian State Pedagogical University Aleksand Kobrinsky because of the text about harassment of female students

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Sales of arms and military services of the 100 largest companies in the world totaled $ 531 billion in 2020, up 1.3% in real terms over the previous year. This is stated in a report published on Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

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Every fifth adult Russian cannot correctly decipher the USSR. Such disappointing results of the poll were received by VTsIOM. These are mainly young people between the ages of 18 and 24. 6% of the respondents were able to list the republics of the Soviet Union.

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The European Union has extended for one year, until January 8, 2022, the sanctions regime against people and organizations involved in human rights violations, according to the website of the European Council. In total, 14 people and four organizations fell under the sanctions — from Russia, China, Libya, South Sudan, Eritrea and the DPRK.

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The German Ministry of Defense in the Scholz government will be headed by Christine Lambrecht (56 years old, SPD), now she is the Minister of Justice and Minister of Family and Women’s Affairs

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President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping spoke of the need to «Sinize» religion in the country and the importance of concentrating religious activities around the Chinese Communist Party. This was reported on Monday by the South China Morning Post.

«China should take a course towards the Sinification of religion, as well as strive to centralize believers and clergy around the party and government,» the publication quoted the Chinese leader as speaking at a state conference on religious issues.

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The Belarusian airline Belavia was disconnected from the billing and settlement system (BSP) and the cargo account settlement system (CASS), writes Zerkalo.io with reference to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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Alibaba will reorganize and replace CFO. The company will form two divisions, one of which will deal with international trade and the other with domestic sales. The company is set to make «globalization» a key focus of Alibaba, in addition to cloud computing and the domestic consumer market.

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At the end of November, the total volume of the NWF fell by $ 12.55 billion to $ 185.196 billion, the Finance Ministry reported on Monday. The decline in the dollar value of the fund’s assets has become unprecedented in the 14 years of its existence, follows from the official statistics.

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In Turkmenistan, employees of state institutions are required to communicate with each other to use the pure Turkmen language without using words from other languages. In addition, the requirements for the appearance of employees of state institutions have been tightened.

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The Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Rostov Region has completed the investigation of the criminal case on the theft of parts of the Il-80 aircraft, also known as the «Doomsday plane.» The accused in the case is 36-year-old resident of Taganrog Zhora Khachunts.

According to the investigation, in December 2020, he was able to get to the carefully guarded airfield, got on board the aircraft through the emergency door and stole details for 2.5 million rubles. He himself does not admit guilt, according to his lawyer, there are many gaps in the case, and the accusation is based on two pieces of evidence: DNA traces on the plane’s hatch handle and the testimony of a secret witness.

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India signed an agreement with Russia, according to which AK-203 assault rifles will be produced on the territory of this country. The Ministry of Defense of India will receive the weapon, the Kalashnikov group of companies told RBC.

“Now that the contract has been signed, we are ready to begin production of modern AK-203s in the city of Corva within the next few months,” said Vladimir Lepin, general director of the Kalashnikov group of companies.

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Uber will begin testing a new system, the essence of which is to record sound while traveling. The country for the experiment is the United States. The company regularly receives complaints from customers about sexual abuse and pays fines

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