26 Апр, 2021

Russia accused YouTube of censorship

The YouTube video hosting administration is biased towards the content posted in the accounts of Russian media, and uses age restrictions as a censorship tool.

Films that were broadcast on Russian federal channels and do not contain age restrictions, in the opinion of the YouTube administration, can only be accessed by adult viewers, the department’s position reported to Interfax. — Many videos are broadcast after authorization on video hosting or additional consent to view adult content.

«Adults» are videos containing a position different from the accepted in the West on certain issues, noted in Roskomnadzor.

Moscow is considering the possibility of asymmetric measures in relation to Prague

Moscow is considering the possibility of asymmetric measures in relation to Prague As it became known to Kommersant, the Russian authorities may limit the import of Czech products, in particular — beer.

First Deputy Chairperson of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Svetlana Zhurova, in an interview with the publication «Rise», said that the statement about a possible embargo is rather a precautionary one.

“This is probably more a warning question, a little bit of such a forwarding, to see how everyone will react to this. This was not discussed in our committee. If only with colleagues who want to drink Czech beer for the holidays, and then they will be told that now you cannot do it. Although I think that anyone who is patriotic, having seen what the Czechoslovak country is doing, may not want to buy it. We have our own good beer now. «

The Pension Fund will pay veterans by Victory Day 10 thousand rubles each

The Pension Fund of Russia will transfer to the participants and invalids of the Great Patriotic War a payment in the amount of 10 thousand rubles, the PFR told Rossiyskaya Gazeta. They clarified that payments are provided by the decree of the President of Russia «On the annual cash payment to certain categories of citizens for Victory Day.»

Kazakhstan reported a traffic jam from trucks on the border with Russia

On the Kazakh-Russian border, a congestion of 750 trucks was formed at the adjacent checkpoints «Syrym» and «Mashtakovo» in the West Kazakhstan and Orenburg regions. The border service of Kazakhstan reported that this is due to increased control by Russia.

«The current situation is associated with the strengthening of control measures of the neighboring state,» — said in the message of the border service of Kazakhstan (quoted by «RIA Novosti»). It is argued that the requirement for «the obligatory provision of a» technological pass «to identify prohibited items and materials has been strengthened.

Bulgaria allows foreign tourists to enter the country

The Bulgarian Ministry of Health has decided to open the border for tourists from May 1. Entry will be possible upon confirmation of immunity to coronavirus or the absence of infection in the entry, said the acting Minister of Health of the country Kostadin Angelov, reports the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency

Belarus imposed sanctions against sponsors of the Ice Hockey World Cup

The government of Belarus has banned the import of products from Skoda, Liqui Moly and Beiersdorf (the main brand is Nivea). These companies and brands are the main sponsors of the Ice Hockey World Championship, which was to be held in 2021 in Belarus and Latvia. At the beginning of the year, sponsors announced a boycott of the championship if it was held in Belarus, after which all its games were transferred to Riga.

The decision was made “taking into account the unfriendly actions towards the Belarusian people” and “to ensure the protection of national interests,” stated on the website of the Belarusian government. It will enter into force ten days after the publication of the decree.

Skoda Auto is part of the global engineering concern Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. For the needs of the security forces of Belarus, Volkswagen and MAN minibuses are being massively purchased at the expense of the budget. Also, MAN is one of the most important suppliers of components for the Minsk Automobile Plant (primarily for buses).

Zelensky won’t meet with Putin in Moscow

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy will not go to Moscow for talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Head of the Kiev delegation to the contact group on Donbass Alexei Reznikov said on the air of Savik Shuster’s Freedom of Speech program. According to him, the President of Ukraine cannot «go to the capital during the war and meet with a person who is a representative of the aggressor country.»

The founder of the Turkish crypto exchange went into hiding

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Turkey has declared the founder of the Thodex cryptocurrency exchange Faruk Fatih Ozer on the international wanted list. He fled the country, taking $ 2 billion in investor funds. Earlier, the Thodex exchange suddenly stopped trading, claiming that it lacked financial security to continue operations.

Putin has limited diplomatic missions of «unfriendly states»

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree limiting the employment of countries unfriendly to Russia in diplomatic missions. It prescribes to limit the conclusion of labor contracts between «individuals located on the territory of the Russian Federation» and diplomatic missions of countries that commit unfriendly actions against Russia or its citizens. The list of unfriendly states, as well as the number of individuals located on the territory of Russia, with whom agreements can be concluded, was instructed to determine the government.

Oleg Deripaska will start trading in Baikal water

The state corporation VEB.RF and En + Group, the largest shareholder of which is billionaire Oleg Deripaska, are launching a project to sell water from Lake Baikal. An enterprise for bottling drinking water from Lake Baikal will be created as part of the creation of the International Center for Water Resources.

Investments in the project are estimated at about 90 million euros, said on Friday the director of the production development department Sergei Ponomarenko. As noted by TASS, the production capacity can reach 1 billion liters of drinking water per year. The number of personnel at the enterprise will be 200-250 people.

Russia closed three areas of the Black Sea to foreign ships

Russia has suspended the right to innocent passage for foreign warships and other state vessels in three regions of the Black Sea. The relevant information, according to RIA Novosti, was published in the bulletin of the Department of Navigation and Oceanography of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

The restriction will be in effect from 21:00 on April 24 to 21:00 on October 31. All zones, access to which for foreign ships is closed, are inside the territorial waters of Russia, the bulletin says.

Waste plastic fuel

Disposable plastics pose a huge threat to the environment, but recycling them, especially polyolefins, has proven challenging. However, scientists from the University of Delaware have succeeded in creating a direct method for converting polyolefins into liquid fuels, including diesel, jet and gasoline.

Climate change on the planet has changed the tilt of the Earth

NASA specialists have been studying the change in the weight of our planet from satellites for two decades. In the latest study, they talked about the change in its slope. This happened in the 90s of the last century, even before the appearance of data from satellites. Scientists analyzed the melting of glaciers and data on groundwater that people are pumping. Also, the climate is influenced by other violent activities of mankind. And he, in turn, affects the movement of the poles of the Earth.

Joe Biden officially recognized the Armenian genocide in the early 20th century in the Ottoman Empire

US President Joe Biden officially recognized the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, which began in 1915. He became the first acting head of the White House to officially call the extermination of Armenians by the Turks as genocide. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan expressed deepest respect to Biden for such a decision. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he honors the memory of the Armenians who died in 1915, but did not indicate who exactly they were killed by

Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned US ambassador after Biden recognizes Armenian genocide

US Ambassador to Ankara David Satterfield was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, where he was protesting against the statement by US President Joe Biden about the Armenian genocide, a source in the Turkish Foreign Ministry told RIA Novosti

After US President Joe Biden’s statement on the events of 1915, US Ambassador David Satterfield was summoned to our ministry and received by Deputy Minister Sedat Onal. Our harsh reaction was expressed to the Ambassador, he was informed that we consider this statement unacceptable, devoid of any historical and legal grounds, therefore we completely reject and strongly condemn it, — said the agency’s interlocutor.

Laureates of the «Golden Raspberry» anti-award have been announced in the USA:

Worst film: «Absolute Proof» about electoral fraud. The award also included nominations for 365 Days, The Amazing Journey of Dr. Dolittle, Fantasy Island and Music;

Worst Actor: Michael Lindell from Absolute Proof. Downey Jr. («The Amazing Journey of Dr. Dolittle») and Sandler («Hubie’s Halloween»), Morrone («365 Days») and Spade («The Wrong Girl») also nominated for the anti-award;

Worst Actress: Kate Hudson from Music. For this «award» were nominated for Hathaway («The Last Thing He Wanted»), Holmes («Doll 2: Brahms»), Lapkus («Wrong Girl») and Siklutska («365 Days»).

Nikol Pashinyan announced that he is resigning

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that he is resigning, but will continue to fulfill his duties until the early parliamentary elections.

«Today I am resigning to hold early parliamentary elections. I will continue to serve as prime minister until the elections,» Pashinyan said in a televised address. According to the Constitution, in order to dissolve the parliament, the Prime Minister of Armenia must resign.

Electricity for Russians will rise in price annually

Electricity tariffs for the population in Putin’s Russia in 2022-2024 will grow by 5% annually, writes TASS with reference to the forecast of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. The first increase in the cost of electricity by 5% will occur in July this year.

“In order to reduce the volume of cross-subsidization in the electric grid complex, the indexation of tariffs for the transmission of electric energy to the population on average in the Russian Federation will remain at the level of 5% annually. Regulated electricity tariffs for the population will grow at the same rate, ”the ministry said.

A coup d’etat was being prepared in Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko said

In Belarus, a coup d’etat was being prepared with the aim of introducing NATO troops into the country and thus creating a «springboard» for an attack on Russia. This was stated by the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.

“They had to come to power here for a day, ostensibly to come and declare that we are in power. For what? To ask to send NATO troops into the territory of Belarus and line them up on the eastern border near Smolensk. It was a springboard, I always told you, for an attack on Russia, ”Lukashenka said.

He also argued that the conspirators had multiple coup scenarios. According to him, one of them consisted in the elimination of the president at the May 9 parade, the second in an attack with the presidential cortege with grenade launchers, and the third in an armed attack on the country residence of the head of state.

The Hatters presented a live album in honor of the band’s anniversary

The Hatters have released a new album called «V». The release is timed to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the group’s founding. The disc includes the best compositions, which were recorded at the anniversary concert of The Hatters, which took place in St. Petersburg on February 10, 2021 at the Litsedei theater.

Homo sapiens found genes for creativity that Neanderthals lack

Scientists have discovered in the modern human genome sets that are responsible for creative thinking. Our ancestors lacked such genes. For this reason, the kits could have allowed Homo sapiens to survive.

China announced plans to create its own space station

The Chinese space agency spoke about plans to create their own space stations and a telescope. One ISS in orbit is no longer enough. According to the available information, the first module is already ready for launch.

A New Way to Measure the Expansion Rate of the Universe

Scientists at Stanford University have found a way to measure the expansion rate of the universe. As it turned out, this is possible with the help of radio bursts. They usually come from deep space, and scientists believe they may be from magnetars. In science, a new way of independent measurement will be able to calculate the Hubble constant. Thanks to this, it will be possible to observe cosmic flares.

Scientists believe that the new way of measuring has great prospects, and the first experiments showed that the expansion rate of the Universe is about 62.3 km per second. So far, science cannot answer the question of why such radio bursts occur and what they are associated with.

World’s most powerful tidal turbine installed off the coast of Scotland

Orbital Marine Power, a Scottish company, has completed the deployment and commissioning of the Orbital O2 tidal turbine, which manufacturers describe as «the most powerful in the world.» The installation, 72 meters long and weighing 680 tons, was transported by sea from the Danish port to the Orkney Islands. The declared capacity of the plant is 2 megawatts.

Rock group Dinosaur Jr. released a new album

Alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr. released a new album, «Sweep It into Space». This is the 11th full-length LP of the Massachusetts trio and the fifth since reuniting in 2005 with the original line-up. You can listen to «Sweep It into Space» on most streaming services.

USA deployed new air defense systems in Germany

Threats from Russian drones, helicopters and attack aircraft led the US Army to deploy four Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) Stryker mobile air defense systems in Germany in April, Breaking Defense writes.

Ministry of Labor proposed to abolish the consumer basket

The Ministry of Labor has developed a draft order to invalidate the provision on the consumer basket in Russia. Another project proposes to abolish the quarterly establishment of the subsistence minimum, it follows from the explanatory notes published on the portal of regulatory legal acts.

Interactive Brokers has stopped working with partners from Russia

Russian brokers will have to close their accounts with the American broker Interactive Brokers (IB), RBC said, citing sources. According to them, the company itself put forward the demand for closure.

The company is forced to take such a step to ensure the tax and legal security of clients’ accounts, since after a fine from the regulator, Interactive Brokers began to restrict work with Russia and some other countries, the broker said.

Banks handed over record debt to collectors

Russian collectors, which are engaged in debt collection in favor of creditors under an agency scheme, received 582 billion rubles worth of problem debts in the last 2020 (the year of the coronavirus pandemic). As RBC writes with reference to the National Association of Professional Collection Agencies (NAPKA), this is a record amount for Russia since at least 2013