The US Embassy in Moscow accused Russia of violating consular agreements. According to the diplomatic mission, the rights of the arrested founder of the Baring Vostok foundation Michael Calvi were violated
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has not yet fulfilled the provisions of the bilateral consular convention and has not given us the opportunity to provide consular assistance to our citizen. Through diplomatic channels, we expressed our serious concern about this postponement, ”the statement said.
On the eve, Calvi was officially accused of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles from Vostochny Bank. The capital court arrested him and alleged accomplices until April 13.
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Venezuela closes the border with Brazil
Venezuela closes the border with Brazil, said the President of the Bolivarian Republic, Nicolas Maduro.
From February 21, the land border with Brazil will be completely closed until the new announcement. For Colombia, I am exploring this opportunity. – Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan politician
The White House announced plans to leave 200 peacekeepers in Syria
A spokeswoman for the White House, Sarah Sanders, said that Washington intends to temporarily leave a peacekeeping group of about 200 people in Syria.
A small group of 200 military peacekeepers will remain in Syria for a certain period of time. – Sarah Sanders, American politician
Putin signed a decree on calling reserve for military charges
Russians who are in the reserve for two months will be called up for military training. The corresponding decree was signed by President Vladimir Putin. The document is published on the official portal of legal information. From the text it follows that the charges will be held in the armed forces, the National Guard troops, state security bodies and the Federal Security Service.
Guaydo signed the first presidential decree
The leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaydo, signed the first “presidential” decree. The link to the document he posted in the Twitter-account. On Thursday, February 21, he issued a decree authorizing the entry of humanitarian aid into Venezuela.
The new division will appear as part of the Airborne Forces
The commander of the Airborne Forces (Airborne Forces) Andrei Serdyukov said that until 2025 the fifth division should appear as part of this type of troops. He said this in an interview with the newspaper “Red Star”. According to Serdyukov, in the future there will be five divisions in the Airborne Forces, not four.
US Navy admiral says Russia will not be allowed to control the Northern Sea Route
The commander of the US Navy in Europe and Africa, Admiral James Foggo, said that the United States would not allow Russia and China to dominate the Arctic and control the Northern Sea Route, writes Washington Examiner.
Verzilov: The killers of journalists flew to the Central African Republic from the Donbass
People who killed Russian journalists Orhan Jemal, Kirill Radchenko and Alexander Rastorguev in the Central African Republic “flew from Donbass and flew back,” said Peter Verzilov, Mediazone publisher, in an interview with RTVi.
The United States is developing a strategy for a Trojan horse against Russia
The United States is developing a new strategy for waging war against Russia and China, the essence of which is “hidden invasion” deep into enemy territory and attacking its weak points, said General David Goldfine, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.
Helicopters “Night Hunter” were too expensive for the Ministry of Defense
The Russian Ministry of Defense will probably not enter into a state contract with the state corporation Rostec for the serial purchase of Mi-28 MN “Night Hunter” helicopters due to the high cost, a military source said, Interfax reported February 21.
Nazarbayev accepted the resignation of the government of Kazakhstan
President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan signed a decree on the resignation of the government. Askar Mamin is appointed acting head of the cabinet. Previously, he served as First Deputy Prime Minister.
In many areas of the economy, despite the adoption of many laws, government decisions, positive changes have not been achieved. The government together with the National Bank failed to fully create real incentives and tools for high-quality growth of the economy. – Nursultan Nazarbayev, politician
Belarus began to export Russian coal to Ukraine
The main share of the total supply amounted to supplies to Ukraine, which grew from 0.6 thousand tons to 588.5 thousand tons. Coal is not mined in Belarus. Last year, the country purchased twice as much coal as the year before.
US embassy demands immediate access to arrested Calvi
The embassy stressed that the embassy insists on the “immediate granting of consular access” to Calvi, who is a US citizen. Last week, four employees of the Baring Vostok foundation, including Michael Calvey, were detained on suspicion of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles.
Russia held a presentation of the MiG-35 fighter for the Indian Air Force
Russia held a presentation of the MiG-35 light fighter, which participates in the Indian Air Force tender for the purchase of 110 light fighters. The show was organized as part of a teleconference between Russia and India.
US military transported ISIS gold from Syria
The militants gave their gold to the United States in exchange for their families leaving the village of Baguz, which was besieged by Kurds, according to nation-news.ru. As previously written by FederalPress, several of the American military leaving Syria were killed. US officers became a victim of terrorist attack
NATO learned to fight in cold weather
NATO troops conduct regular exercises, during which they learn to fight in cold weather, snow and ice. This time, new combat skills were developed by the military from the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Such a statement appeared on the official website of the alliance.
Aircraft MiG-31 deployed in Kamchatka
In addition, a new MiG-31 aviation regiment will be deployed in the Pacific Fleet. These supersonic fighters will take control of the Arctic and become a powerful strike force in the Pacific.
The United States is preparing to make Poland a proposal for a military presence
Poland and the United States are discussing the possibility of strengthening the US military presence since the fall of 2018. In March 2019, the Pentagon intends to submit to the US Congress a rationale for increasing the number of American military in Poland.
The FIU clarified the new rules for indexing pensions
Indexation of pensions and monthly cash payments will take into account the subsistence minimum, the press service of the Pension Fund said. The relevant proposal was made by Vladimir Putin during the appeal to members of the Federal Assembly.
Russia’s international reserves declined over the week by $ 400 million
The volume of international reserves of Russia as of February 15 amounted to $ 474.6 billion. Such data are given by the press service of the Bank of Russia. It is reported that during the week the volume of the country’s international reserves decreased by $ 400 million, or 0.1%.
Rosneft paid over 4 trillion rubles in taxes for the year
The head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, spoke at a meeting with the head of government, Dmitry Medvedev, about the record-breaking financial indicators the company reached in 2018
Named the amount of loans to China Venezuela for 2007-2017
According to the study, in 2007-2017, Venezuela received from China 33.3 billion dollars in initial loans, 17 billion dollars in refinancing, 6.2 billion in joint projects, and 5.7 billion in other bilateral loans.
Ministry of Energy: the current cost of oil production in Russia is $ 25 per barrel
The cost of oil production in Russia is $ 25 per barrel. As the Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Pavel Sorokin told in an interview with the Vedomosti newspaper, this figure includes operating expenses of $ 3-10, capital costs of $ 5-10, and transportation costs of $ 5.
Rosneft production cost is about $ 3.1 per barrel
The cost of production of Rosneft was revealed by the head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
For example, in Russian companies, slightly more than we, around $ 5 per barrel, work. Western partners have up to 17. It also depends on the quality of the resource base. In this part, we normally compete. – Igor Sechin
The USA has increased oil imports from Venezuela 5 times in a week
The United States almost reached the pre-sanctioned level of oil supplies from Venezuela, increasing imports 4.8 times a week. According to reports by the country’s Ministry of Energy, by February 15, Venezuela supplied an average of about 558,000 barrels per day to the United States.
The fine for illegal mining of amber will rise to 5 million rubles
The amount of the fine will rise to 5 million rubles, but, in addition, it is also possible to bring to criminal responsibility for the sale of stones. This was told by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Petersburgers owe banks a record 379 billion in mortgage
The regulator noted that, compared with January 1, 2018, the total amount of overdue mortgage payments increased 1.3 times. In the North-West branch of the Bank of Russia, they said that last year banks significantly increased the volume of mortgage portfolios in St. Petersburg. In total, a record 200.3 billion rubles was issued.
The net profit of Air France-KLM in 2018 increased 2.5 times
Net profit of the Franco-Dutch Air France-KLM, Europe’s largest air carrier, jumped 2.5 times in 2018 and amounted to 409 million euros compared with 163 million euros a year earlier.
Nigeria wants to collect unpaid taxes from foreign oil and gas companies
Nigerian authorities have sent official letters to a number of major oil companies in Western countries asking to pay taxes totaling $ 20 billion. This is with reference to sources in Equinor (former Statoil – editor’s note) and Exxon Mobil was reported by Reuters.
India has become the leading importer of Venezuelan oil.
After the introduction of the US embargo on the supply of hydrocarbons from Venezuela, India has become the leading importer of crude oil from the Bolivarian Republic. In February, Venezuelan oil imports to India grew by 66% and amounted to 620,000 barrels per day.
Saudi Aramco will participate in two petrochemical projects in China
Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company of Saudi Arabia, will sign preliminary agreements on investments in two refineries and petrochemical complexes in China during the visit of Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, to Beijing this week, Reuters reports
Wedding with lezginka at the Eternal Flame
Residents of the city of Arzamas, Nizhny Novgorod Region, complained about young people celebrating their wedding at the Eternal Flame. According to eyewitnesses, the guests danced Lezginka near the memorial. Users of social networks report that the incident occurred on February 20.
Schoolchildren in Yekaterinburg showed how police disperse rallies
In the military commandant’s office of the Yekaterinburg garrison in the framework of the patriotic event in front of the students played the detention of “protesters”. Reports the edition about it 66.ru. According to the legend, four people armed with sticks and incendiary bottles approached the territory of a military facility.
Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh plan to enclose a wall
Egyptian authorities have begun work on the construction of a concrete fence around the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, reports The Guardian. However, the publication said that, despite the photographic evidence, the governor of South Sinai denies construction.
The rating of the presidential message in Moscow has decreased
The message to the Federal Assembly, announced by Vladimir Putin on February 20, became the most unpopular in recent years: according to preliminary data from the Mediascope, 5.9% of Muscovites watched it on five channels. This indicator is at the 2013 level. Experts call the decline in interest in the message a consequence of a general decrease in the rating of power.
“The fall in interest in what the president is saying is one of the manifestations of the general crisis of confidence that began last year. People no longer believe that Putin is capable of something new, therefore they do not listen to what he will say, ”political analyst Abbas Gallyamov explained to Kommersant.
In St. Petersburg, a schoolboy was suspended from classes because of dyed hair
The high school student who became blond after dyeing his hair was suspended from private school Pascal Lyceum in the Vyborgsky district of St. Petersburg until he repainted back, family lawyer Anna Radovanovic told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
Shamans burned five camels “to strengthen Russia”
Baikal shamans in Angarsk (Irkutsk Region) conducted a rite with the sacrifice of camels called “Jean Tengäri Yaba” in the framework of the patriotic action “to strengthen Russia”. The video with the rite was posted on YouTube on February 21.
Michael Jackson’s family sued $ 100 million for HBO
“HBO violated the agreement not to defame Michael Jackson by producing or presenting to the public a one-sided, within the meaning of the sample, outright propaganda with the aim of shamelessly making money on an innocent person who is dead and cannot defend himself,” the lawsuit states
Netflix viewers warned about propaganda on the TV series “Trotsky”
Users of the streaming service Netflix, on which the Russian TV series “Trotsky” became available in December last year, were warned about the risk of “mass consumption of Russian propaganda,” reports NSN.
“The kings are changing, Russia remains …”. Premiere clip
In New York, an album is being prepared for release, on which Fedor Chistyakov, Psoy Korolenko, Olga Chikina, Mikhail Novakhov and others will perform the songs of Kati Spring.
The Academy of the Russian Dream opened in Yekaterinburg
In Yekaterinburg, in the multimedia park “Russia – My Story”, the “Academy of the Russian Dream” was opened. The famous Russian writer Alexander Prokhanov arrived at the event and explained why the decision was made to open an academy in the capital of the Urals, reports URA.RU correspondent
“The task of this academy is to investigate the movement of Russian historical thought,” said Prokhanov. According to him, since 1991, Russia has been living “in an anonymous society” and is “in the intellectual shadow.”
Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn in the new trailer for the action movie “Roll Up to Asphalt”
Appeared the second trailer of the criminal action-thriller “Roll up in the asphalt” with Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn in the lead roles. The director and screenwriter of the film was S. Craig Zaler (“Fight in Block 99”, “Bone Tomahawk”).
Competition program of the Spirit of Fire film debut festival announced
On March 1, the 17th International Film Debut Festival “Spirit of Fire” starts in Khanty-Mansiysk. The forum will feature films by young directors from 20 countries of the world. The festival will include exhibitions, lectures, presentations, performances, competitive and out-of-competition shows.
Days of Tatarstan cinema will be shown in Russia
The days of the Tatarstan cinema will be held in five regions of Russia, the press service of the state institution “Tatarkino” informs. The shows will start on February 24 in Ulan-Ude, where the two films will be going to Baigal and Mulla films. The same tape on February 26 will be on display in Irkutsk
A trailer for the biblical film “Barabbas”
The network has the first trailer for the film “Varavva” directed by Eugene Emelin. The picture is based on the biblical story about the death of Jesus Christ
Group Space will record an album during a tour of Russia
Space group leader Didier Marouani told Izvestia about the upcoming tour in Russia. According to the artist, the Russians will see a new concert program in which laser special effects and shows will be used.
Sochi will host the jazz festival “Sirius” under the direction of Butman
From 7 to 9 March, the Sirius Science and Art Park will present the annual jazz festival, which will be held under the direction of Igor Butman. The event will be opened by singer and pianist Anthony Strong, who is called the new jazz star of England.
Van Gogh digital exhibition opened in Paris
In Paris, in the Center for Digital Art Atelier de Lumiere – “Workshop of Light” opened the digital exhibition of Van Gogh. With the help of modern technologies, it is possible to plunge into the world of colors and plots created by the artist. Pictures are projected in motion on the walls and on the floor. Famous sunflowers bloom here, a lamp lights up in a closet near potato eaters, and the sea wave with a boat bobbing on it in Saint-Marie is literally underfoot. Especially for the exhibition created sound design, which is organically combined with the works presented.
New Elton John Movie Trailer Released
Studio Paramount has released a new trailer for the film “Rocketman”, which tells about the youth and the path to fame of Elton John. The name of the picture is a reference to one of the most famous songs of the British musician Rocket Man, reports buro24 / 7. The main role in the tape went to Teron Edgerton, known for the Kingsman spy franchise. The director of the biopic was the director of the comedy “Eddie Eagle” Dexter Fletcher. In the Russian rental film should be released on June 6.
Alexander Sokurov will create a project based on the works of Rembrandt for the Venice Biennale
Director Alexander Sokurov will take part in the design of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale, which will be held from May 11 to November 24. His art project will occupy the upper space of the two-story historic pavilion of Russia in the gardens of Giardini, reports The Art Newspaper Russia.
Apple will issue a credit card with the Goldman Sachs Group
Apple, together with Goldman Sachs, will issue its own credit cards. Testing will begin within a few weeks. About this newspaper The Wall Street Journal.
TCL in the Russian Federation began selling Alcatel 1X and Alcatel 1C 2019
TCL Communication announced Russian sales of Alcatel 1X and Alcatel 1C in 2019, which can be bought for 7,990 and 4,990 rubles, respectively. In Alcatel 1X installed a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of HD +. The device also received a fingerprint scanner and a dual camera with sensors of 13 + 2 Mp.
Nike’s smart sneakers refused to work with Android
Users of “smart” sneakers are faced with the fact that after the next update of the Android operating system, an application specially created by the Nike brand for managing shoes with smartphones has stopped working correctly.
Four new letters have been added to the genetic alphabet.
A group of American scientists were able to add four new nucleotides to the genetic alphabet, which they report in a new issue of Science. New “letters” are derived from classical nucleotides and are called W, B, C and P. They also form complementary pairs between them: W with P, and B with C. The resulting alphabet was called the Japanese word “hatimodzi”, which means “ eight letters.
The eight-letter hakimo-ji-DNA molecules appeared to be similar to the classical double helix in their crystal structure, stability, and melting point (separation of the chains). Moreover, on the basis of such DNA, it was possible to construct the corresponding RNA copy, that is, natural enzymes easily pick up new “letters” and embed them in a chain.
In the US, found a tyrannosaurus deer-sized
It is noted that the predatory reptile reached about 1 meter in length and weighed about 80 kilograms, in its size it was comparable to a deer. In the analysis of the fossils, it was found that the dinosaur was 7 years old at the time of death – this means that he was practically an adult.
Robotics Museum in Seoul builds itself
A robotics museum will be built in Seoul, which is called the Robot Science Museum (RSM) and will be built by the Turkish architectural bureau Melike Altinisik Architects. The first exhibitions in the new museum will begin in 2020, and the museum will be fully commissioned in 2022. The robots will build the RSM, and decided to use several commands, where one will have to assemble the facade, and others will be asked to create a landscape for which a construction 3D printer will be used.
Alcohol and smoking related genes found
Norwegian scientists were able to identify 500 mutations in the genome, which determine the development of these bad habits.
“What is interesting is that people who are predisposed to smoking are also more likely to suffer from obesity, diabetes and other diseases, while heightened vulnerability to the effects of alcohol worked the opposite way. This does not mean that you need to drink more alcohol, but suggests that the link between bad habits and diseases is more complicated than we thought, ”said one of the authors of the study.
Scientists told why zebra stripes
Scientists from the USA, Great Britain and the Netherlands found out that the stripes on the body are needed by zebras to scare away insects. The results of their research are published in the scientific journal Plos One. For their work, the specialists of 16 hours watched three domesticated zebras and nine one-color horses
Kazan scientists have learned to restore brain function
Kazan scientists from KFU have learned to connect the neurons of the brain in an artificial way. This will help those who, for example, suffered a brain injury, recover faster and more effectively. And it is also an important step towards creating artificial intelligence.
Scientists have discovered an insect that can go without sleep
A group of scientists from Imperial College in London conducted a study, which found that Drosophila can do without sleep. The experiment was conducted on 881 females and 485 males, which were continuously monitored for four days.
The causes and consequences of early gray hair scientists called
Scientists conducted an experiment with the participation of 6300 volunteers and named the causes and consequences of early gray hair. One of the reasons is genes. Also, early graying may occur due to dysfunction in the thyroid gland, anemia, or the syndrome of premature aging. In addition, gray to 35 years may be due to alcohol and cigarettes. The fact is that bad habits undermine the body’s immune defenses and reduce melanin production. Finally, vitamin deficiency promotes vitamin deficiency, say scientists.
Scientists: Dessert is more useful to eat before dinner
Scientists have conducted a series of experiments, and are confident that if you eat a sweet before dinner, you can lose weight. They divided the volunteers into two groups. One was given a cheesecake before dinner, and the second – after. It turned out that the first group chose a less high-calorie meal for further meals. Experiments from the second group had a good lunch and as a result consumed 30% more calories.
Piezo-electric generator powered pacemaker from the heart of the pig
The developers have successfully confirmed the performance of the device on the pig, which was implanted with a piezoelectric generator connected to a pacemaker with the battery removed. An article describing the development and experiments published in ACS Nano.
It was found that salt affects allergic immune reactions.
A team working with Professor Kristina Zielinski at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) demonstrated on cell cultures that salt leads to the formation of Th2 cells. These immune cells are active in allergic conditions such as dermatitis. The team also found an increased salt concentration in the patient’s skin …. However, how salt gets into the skin is still unknown. For this reason, scientists do not know how diets high or low in salt can affect the progression of various allergic conditions ….
Astronomers photographed the fastest object in the universe
Combining the power of the largest radio telescopes of the Earth helped astrophysicists to “see” a very thin and hot beam of matter ejected by merged neutron stars. It moves almost at the speed of light, scientists write in an article published in the journal Science
The Kremlin explained the drop in the TV rating of the President’s address
Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on the fall in the number of viewers who watched Vladimir Putin’s message to the Federal Assembly. According to him, this is mainly due to the transition of the audience to the Web.
This is a process that is observed in all countries of the world. These are, let’s say, issues related to the development of society and the development of technology. Therefore, of course, it is important to analyze the numbers as a whole throughout the country, and not only in Moscow. I think that in the coming days it will be done. – Dmitry Peskov, Russian statesman
Putin instructed to prepare measures to support popular youth music
Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to develop measures to support contemporary popular music, which is in demand among young people. According to the Kremlin press service, such an instruction was given on the basis of a meeting of the Presidential Council on Culture and Art held on December 15, 2018.
Kurt Volker presented the site “On Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine”
“Our new site,” Countering Russian Aggression in Ukraine “, is an innovative attempt to use satellite images, maps and statistics to detail the consequences of Russian aggression in Ukraine,” he wrote on Twitter on Friday
Moldavian Democratic Party accused Russia of interfering in elections
The Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM) considers the criminal case initiated in the Russian Federation against its leader Vladimir Plahotniuc as interference in the parliamentary election campaign in the republic. This is stated in the party’s report on Friday.
Sands did not talk about the financing of the “League of the North”
A spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, did not comment on reports that the Italian Liga Severa party was allegedly funded from Russia. Earlier, American billionaire George Soros said that the “League of the North” is connected with Moscow, and expressed concern about this fact.
Assange received a new Australian passport
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was issued a new Australian passport. About this on Friday, February 22, writes The Sydney Morning Herald. The Australian Foreign Ministry said that the document was issued to Assange in September 2018.
The Russian government will begin to control the Internet
Until July 1, the government will create a Center for monitoring and managing a public telecommunications network, which will be subordinate to Roskomnadzor. The relevant decree has already been signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, told Izvestia in the Cabinet Office.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister promised to “surprise Russia” in the Black Sea
The upcoming passage of Ukrainian warships through the Kerch Strait will be supervised by foreign experts. This was stated by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin in an interview with Tsenzor.NET.
Ministry of Justice supported the introduction in Russia of the “success fee” for lawyers
The draft law proposes to introduce into the legislation the concept of “success fee” – the condition of the agreement, according to which the amount or payment by the principal of the remuneration is made dependent on the result of the legal aid provided by the attorney.
In China, create a “microwave weapon” against terrorists
Chinese engineers are testing under the control of the special services of the new “microwave weapon”. Created by the Beijing Institute of Radio Measurements, the installation acts on the subcutaneous nerves, causing the enemy severe pain.
In Russia, from the beginning of the year, wage arrears increased by 12%
Indicators Rosstat on February 1, 2019 speak of a total wage arrears of 2.7 billion rubles. Since February 1, 2018, debt increased by 1.3%, from the beginning of 2019 – by 12%
The Ministry of Defense announced the schedule of the train “Syrian fracture”
On the official website of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation appeared the multimedia section of the military-patriotic action “Syrian change”. It contains information about the movement of the campaign train with trophies of the Russian army from Syria.
“Visitors to the new section have the opportunity on the interactive map to track the route of the train with military trophies from the SAR in the cities of Russia,” the Ministry of Defense noted.
Russians began to save more on clothes and entertainment
More than half of Russians in 2018 reduced their spending on clothing and entertainment. It is reported by RBC with reference to the study of Nielsen on the dynamics of the market for consumer goods. So, in the fourth quarter of 2018, 64 percent of respondents reduced spending on this.
Last year, 59 and 57% of respondents saved on clothes and entertainment, respectively. Reduced spending can be seen in other categories of consumer spending. Thus, over 55% of respondents began to choose cheaper brands, 40% began to save on food outside the home, and 38% – on upgrading equipment. For comparison, in 2017, 59 percent of respondents saved on clothes, 57 percent saved on entertainment. In addition, 40 percent of respondents began to save on food outside the home, and 38 percent – on upgrading equipment.
Russians are switching to public transport
Citizens of the Russian Federation began to use public transport more often for travel, and also spend more time in it. Now Russians make on public transport an average of 11 trips a week, 50% of the population in the last five years have begun to spend more time on the road. This is evidenced by the fact that Russians travel on public transport by an average of 2 hours more than on travel by personal transport. In the first, citizens spend an average of 6 hours, in the second – 4. These are the results of a survey conducted by the international payment system Visa.
Italy fined the air carriers for introducing hand luggage
The Italian Anti-Monopoly Service (AGCM) fined the Irish air carrier Ryanair and the Hungarian loukoster of Wizz Air after the introduction of hand luggage. Companies must pay three million and one million euros, respectively.
Rosfinmonitoring estimated the size of the shadow economy in Russia at 20% of GDP
In 2016, the shadow economy amounted to 28.3% of GDP, or 24.3 trillion rubles. In 2017, the shadow economy, according to Rosfinmonitoring, decreased by almost 8 points, to 20.5% of GDP (18.9 trillion rubles). According to preliminary estimates, in 2018, the shadow economy amounted to about 20% of GDP.
Professor HSE Simon Kordonsky believes that Rosfinmonitoring, most likely, considers the first and second components, not taking into account informal production. Otherwise, this could add to the shadow economy at least 10% of GDP.
Medvedev instructed to expand the practice of applying tax monitoring
Following the February 13 meeting on the development of a tax monitoring system, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Ministry of Finance to work out the possibility of expanding the practice of using this system. This is the press service of the Cabinet.
Moscow received subsidies from the federal budget
In 2018 Moscow became one of the largest recipients of subsidies from the federal budget. This is evidenced by data from the Federal Treasury on income and expenditure of the Russian regions. The size of subsidies amounted to 27.7 billion rubles