14 Апр, 2021

Russia is working to abandon Western payment systems

The Russian authorities are actively engaged in abandoning Western-controlled payment systems. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said this in an interview with IRNA.

“We are talking, in particular, about the steps aimed at the gradual de-dollarization of national economies, the transition to mutual settlements in national or alternative to the dollar currencies, refusal to use international payment systems controlled by the West. In Russia, we are already actively engaged in this, ”said Lavrov (translated by TASS).

Back in 2019, the chairman of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation Elvira Nabiullina said that the Russian authorities are carrying out the so-called de-dollarization in order to “be even less vulnerable” against the background of economic sanctions against the country. In particular, the head of the Central Bank pointed out, “the ruble exchange rate instead of keeping it in the exchange rate corridor, as before, was set free to float”

During a conversation with reporters on Tuesday, at their request, Peskov commented on the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Russia is working to abandon the use of Western payment systems. In this regard, he answered the question about the risks of disconnecting the Russian Federation from international payment systems in connection with Western sanctions.

“We can state one thing with certainty: in one form or another, restrictions against Russia are used by a number of states that pursue the goal of measures of restraining Russia that are illegal from the point of view of international law. These restrictions are manifested in various forms, this is a rather unpredictable process, therefore Within this process, given such unfriendly, and sometimes even hostile forms of behavior towards us, nothing can be ruled out, «Peskov said.

Violations in public procurement identified in the Novosibirsk region

Violations in the amount of more than 800 million rubles were revealed by the auditors of the KSP of the Novosibirsk region in the field of public procurement for 2020. This is reported by the RBC edition.

As the journalists of the edition note, the most widespread violations are related to the purchase of building materials. There are also cases of overstating the initial cost of contracts or splitting purchases into several small lots.

Searches and seizure of documents took place in the Omsk administration.

Searches are carried out in the framework of criminal cases of corruption and abuse of office, initiated as a result of the audit of spending budget funds for major repairs in apartment buildings

A fictitious festival was held in Volgograd

In Volgograd, the budget paid for the festival, which was not actually held. This was reported to a REGNUM correspondent in the press service of the Volgograd Region Prosecutor’s Office on April 12.

“Payment for the state contract was made by the Committee for Nationalities and Cossacks of the Volgograd Region on December 24, 2020 in the amount of more than 600 thousand rubles. However, the supervisory check showed that, in fact, on December 16, 2020, the event was not held, and as an alleged festival, the customer was presented with video footage of a concert dedicated to the Day of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, ”the prosecutor’s office said.

The full cost of the tour will not be refunded if canceled

Russia has decided to suspend charter and regular flights with Turkish resorts and flights with Tanzania from April 15 to June 1, 2021. Tourists will be refunded for canceled tours to Turkey with a departure after June 1, 2021, with the deduction of the actual costs incurred by tour operators, the Federal Tourism Agency reported.

«It should be borne in mind that in this case, the tourist reimburses the performer (tour operator) for the actual costs incurred by him, unless otherwise provided by law or contract,» the department said.

Gazprom approved the Soyuz Vostok gas pipeline project

Gazprom approved a feasibility study for the construction of the Soyuz Vostok gas pipeline through Mongolia to China. It will be a continuation of the Power of Siberia-2 gas pipeline, according to the company’s website.

Presentation of Sakhalin projects in Moscow will cost 10 million rubles

The Sakhalin Region Development Corporation has found a company that will attract investment to the region, but does not refuse its own purchases aimed at the same. The joint-stock company is looking for a company to organize the presentation of projects implemented on the island according to the principles of public-private partnership in order to attract new investors to them. KRSO is ready to pay the company 9,880,000 rubles, writes Sakhalin.info

Bloomberg: Jack Ma’s fortune after Alibaba fine

The fortune of the Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma increased by $ 2.3 billion after the Chinese authorities fined the company Alibaba, which he founded, for $ 2.78 billion.

On April 10, the Chinese authorities announced a $ 2.78 billion fine from Alibaba for violating antitrust laws. According to a statement from the Chinese antitrust regulator, the company pursued a policy of forcing consumers to use their services «no choice», which «negatively affected the competitive environment of the Chinese e-commerce market.»

US budget deficit in the first half of fiscal 2021

The deficit widened to a record $ 1.706 trillion in the first 6 months of this fiscal year, up from a $ 743 billion deficit in the same period a year earlier, according to Treasury data released Monday April 12.

In March, US President Joe Biden signed a new $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package approved by Congress in the face of a pandemic. It provides for the allocation of approximately $ 400 billion directly to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. About $ 1 trillion should be directed to providing assistance to the population, the rest — to stimulate the economy.

The expenses of the Innopraktika fund for 2020

The Innopraktika Foundation spent 785.9 million rubles in 2020. This follows from the data of the report published on April 12 on the portal of the Ministry of Justice on the activities of NGOs.

Most of all — 223 million rubles — the fund spent on salaries of employees, in second place were expenses for targeted events (167 million rubles), in third place — expenses for the services of third parties and organizations (129 million). The least of the disclosed expenses, the fund spent on business trips — a little over a million rubles.

In 2019, Innopraktika spent 819 million rubles, in 2018 — more than 800 million.

The debt burden of Russians continues to grow

The average value of the debt burden indicator (PDI) of Russian borrowers (monthly payments on all loans to average monthly income) has grown over the past six months by 0.52 percentage points, follows from the review of the National Bureau of Credit Histories.

As the NBCH experts state, as of March 1, 2021, the average PIT was 25.63% (as of October 1, 2020 — 25.11%). At the same time, over the past year, the personal income tax rose «more significantly» — by 2.36 percentage points (as of March 1, 2020 — 23.27%), the study emphasizes.

HSE report on the upcoming problems with the pensions of Russians.

In their report on the domestic pension system in the context of long-term challenges and national development goals, analysts at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) concluded that an increasing number of Russian citizens in the future will not be able to claim an old-age insurance pension.

In support of their words, analysts point out both the growing «prevalence of precarious and informal employment» and the low level of wages in our country. These challenges, according to HSE experts, cannot be addressed with the existing tools of the pension system.

How many Russian banks have reimbursed clients of funds stolen by fraudsters

Russian banks in 2020 returned to their clients 1.1 billion rubles, lost as a result of the actions of cyber fraudsters, follows from the materials of the Central Bank.

According to the statistics available to the Bank of Russia, in 2020, clients of credit institutions were returned (reimbursed) 11.3% (1,104.6 million rubles) of the total volume of money transfer transactions made without the client’s consent (in 2019 — 14, 6%, or 935.9 million rubles), — the message says.

In total, according to the Central Bank, the losses of Russians from the actions of cyber fraudsters in 2020 amounted to almost 10 billion rubles, which is 1.5 times more than a year earlier. The regulator notes that banks do not return money if the client violates the terms of the agreement, which provide for the need to maintain the confidentiality of payment information.

USA will increase its contingent in Germany

US to increase its contingent in Germany by 500 people: German Defense Minister

Largest private sponsor of the main temple of the Russian Ministry of Defense

The largest private sponsor of the main temple of the Ministry of Defense was the Sibanthracite company of the heirs of businessman Dmitry Bosov, who shot himself a year ago, a month and a half before the official opening of the temple. She donated a billion rubles for the construction of the cathedral, Open Media calculated based on the reports of the Renaissance Foundation, which was building the temple.

Dmitry Bosov was very friendly with Sergei Shoigu, and the minister several times interceded for the businessman before President Putin, a source close to the Ministry of Defense told OM. In addition, Bosov also sponsored the Night Hockey League competition, in which he played with Putin and Shoigu.