24 Apr, 2021

Russia plans to build a Stalin Center

On May 8, the Nizhny Novgorod communists will lay the foundation stone for the construction of the first Stalin Center in Russia – a museum dedicated to Joseph Stalin, according to the website of the regional branch of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. The Stalin Center is planned to be built in the town of Bor, Nizhny Novgorod Region. It will be the largest museum dedicated to Joseph Stalin.

It is noted that the construction of the center is a continuation of the integrated development of a section of the territory of the city of Bora. In 2020, the grand opening of the first monument to Stalin in the Nizhny Novgorod region took place here. The center will include halls dedicated to different periods of Stalin’s life.

Saudi Arabia bets on renewable energy

Saudi Arabia – one of the largest oil producers on the planet – plans to generate up to 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, the king said at the climate summit

Czech Republic announced that it is reducing the number of the Russian embassy

On the second day of work, the appointed new head of the Czech Foreign Ministry made the largest demarche in the modern history of Czech-Russian relations. The Czech Republic announced that it will reduce the number of Russian embassies to 7 diplomats and 25 employees – the same number of employees will work in Czech in Moscow

Remind that there are now 27 diplomats and 67 employees in the Russian embassy, ​​5 and 19 in the Czech embassy (figures from the Czech Foreign Ministry). Based on these figures, another 20 Russian diplomats and 42 employees will have to leave the Czech Republic, and 2 Czech diplomats and 6 technical staff will arrive in Moscow.

Prague’s demand to reduce the number of the Russian embassy does not affect the consulate general, said the head of the Czech Foreign Ministry.

In the Czech Republic, there are Russian consulates general in Brno and Karlovy Vary, in Russia – Czech ones in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg.

The Russian Foreign Ministry sums up the results of the conflict with the Czech Republic:

by May 31, the number of Russian embassies will be reduced by 81 people in total: 35 diplomats and 46 administrative and technical staff

by May 31, the number of the Czech embassy will be reduced by 111 people: 16 diplomats, 4 administrative and technical and 91 locally recruited employees

Latvia and Lithuania decided to expel Russian diplomats

Latvia and Lithuania decided to expel Russian diplomats as a sign of solidarity with the Czech Republic. Riga will send one person, Vilnius – two. This was announced by the ministers of foreign affairs of the Baltic republics.

Slovakia announced the expulsion of three Russian diplomats

They will have to leave the country within seven days. This was announced by the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Eduard Heger, reports the local TV and radio company RTVS. The activities of the three Russians who will leave Slovakia extended “far beyond the usual rules of international diplomacy,” said Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nagy.

The decision to expel diplomats was a reaction to recent events in the Czech Republic, where the authorities accused the Russian special services of organizing explosions at military depots in Vrbetica, writes RTVS and Dennik N.

UEFA head salary grows every year

UEFA head Aleksander Čeferin raised his salary by 450,000 euros last season, despite difficult times. In 2020, he received 2.19 million euros (in 2019 – 1.92 million). This is despite the fact that Cheferin himself convinced the top management to cut wages by 20% in May-July last year.

The salary of the head of UEFA has grown every year since his arrival in 2016, he earned a total of 6.7 million euros. UEFA’s revenues fell 21% last season to € 3.04 billion.

The police did not initiate a case on the abduction of a native of Ingushetia

The police refused to open a criminal case on the abduction of a native of Ingushetia, whom her relatives took from Moscow back to the republic. The girl moved to Moscow in 2020, not wanting to observe the traditions of Islam. In February 2021, she was detained at a rally in support of Navalny. At the police station, the girl learned that she was put on the wanted list at the request of her relatives, who reported her disappearance. The police passed the information about the girl’s whereabouts to her family, after which the father and brother took the girl to Ingushetia.

Putin responded to Zelensky’s offer to meet in Donbass

The President proposed to meet “at any time convenient for him.” This is how Putin reacted to Zelensky’s proposal to hold a meeting “anywhere in the Ukrainian Donbass, where there is a war.”

“What do we want to discuss at this meeting? If we are talking about discussing the problems of Donbass, then, first of all, the leadership of Ukraine should meet with the leaders of the republics of the LPR and DPR, and only then discuss these problems with representatives of third countries. If we are talking about the development of bilateral relations, please, we will receive the President of Ukraine in Moscow at any time convenient for him “

PACE adopted a resolution demanding the release of Alexei Navalny

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution demanding the release of Alexei Navalny. Russia has already announced that it will not fulfill the requirement

Angara Airlines was fined 20 thousand rubles

Rospotrebnadzor fined Angara airline 20 thousand rubles for more than six hours delay of the Chita – Chara flight in November 2020. Then all the passengers were taken out of the plane, and a delegation headed by the governor of the Trans-Baikal Territory, Alexander Osipov, flew away on it. Passengers had to wait for the next flight for more than six hours

The winners of the Golden Mask theater award have been announced in Moscow.

  • Best dramatic performance of large form – “The Tale of the Last Angel” by Andrey Moguchy (Moscow Theater of Nations);
  • Best Small Form Drama – Pinocchio. Theater “Boris Yukhananov (Moscow” Stanislavsky Electrotheatre “);
  • Best Drama Director – Yuri Butusov (Peer Gynt of the Vakhtangov Moscow Theater);
  • Best Drama Actress – Anna Antonova (Extremals of the Chekhov Center Theater in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk);
  • Best Drama Actor – Timofey Tribuntsev (Boris, a project by director Dmitry Krymov, producer Leonid Roberman and the Museum of Moscow);
  • Best Opera – Sadko (Bolshoi Theater);
  • Best ballet – Giselle (Bolshoi Theater);
  • Best musical operetta – “Foma” (Novosibirsk Musical Theater).

Large doses of radiation did not introduce a significant number of mutations

Russian, Ukrainian and foreign biologists compared the genomes of liquidators of the consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (ChNPP) and their children, which helped them find out that large doses of radiation did not introduce a significant number of mutations into the sex cells of the liquidators and did not affect the health of their descendants. The findings of the scientists were published in an article in the journal Science

Prices for socially important products in Russia

The cost of socially important food products in Russia in March rose by 15.6 percent in annual terms, which is almost three times higher than the official inflation rate. Such data are contained in the study of the international audit and consulting network FinExpertiza, which is at the disposal of “Lenta.ru”

Golden visas for foreign investors

The Russian government has supported the draft law of the Ministry of Economic Development on “golden” visas for foreign investors, which provides for the issuance of a residence permit in exchange for investing in the country’s economy, said the Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov.

Reshetnikov said that the main issue that was discussed in the government was the minimum investment threshold for obtaining a residence permit. It was about 30 million rubles. As the minister noted, two ways of investment are being considered: either an investor creates a company and invests money in it, including creating jobs, or he invests in real estate.

Russians have cut spending on food

As it became known from the results of a study by Tinkoff Data analysts, citizens began to save on basic products. For example, spending on the purchase of vegetables and fruits was cut by 30-60 percent, on meat – up to 25 percent, on bakery products – by 40 percent. The newspaper “Kommersant” writes about this. On the other hand, against the backdrop of lower spending on food and clothing, citizens’ spending on government fees, including taxes, duties and fines, increased.

Gref called Sber’s billion-dollar spending “kopecks”

Over the past few years, Sberbank has spent 145 billion rubles on purchases within the ecosystem. This amount for a credit institution is “kopecks”, said the head of Sberbank German Gref

“All our purchases [within the ecosystem – approx. ed.] over the past six years – 145 billion rubles. For the size of our business, this is a penny – 1.5 months of our profit, 3% of our capital, ”he said in an interview.

If we compare the bank’s transactions with purchases of Facebook or Alibaba, then the credit institution buys “by orders of magnitude less,” Gref said. At the same time, a significant share of Sberbank’s funds is directed to the development of innovations and the cultivation of competencies. Also, a credit institution invests in startups and infrastructure.

Otkritie’s net profit grew 8 times

The net profit of Otkritie Bank in accordance with Russian accounting standards (RAS) in January-March 2021 amounted to 26 billion rubles, which is more than eight times higher than the indicator for the same period last year (3 billion rubles).

Overdue debt of Russian consumers for gas

Overdue debts of consumers for gas last year increased by 4.1 billion rubles, to 178.4 billion rubles. Most of the overdue debts are the debts of the regions of the North Caucasus, Vitaly Markelov, deputy chairman of the board of Gazprom, said in an interview with the corporate magazine Gazprom.

Share of overdue debts of Russian citizens on consumer loans

The share of overdue consumer loans as of April 1 reached 25 percent, which is 5.3 percent more than in the same period last year. This is evidenced by a study by the National Bureau of Credit Histories (NBCH), to which TASS refers.

For microloans, the share of overdue loans for more than 90 days increased by 4.8 percentage points to 30.4 percent. The problem with car loans reached 7.5 percent, with mortgages – 1.5 percent, and the situation with credit cards, on the contrary, improved. Compared to last year, the share of delinquencies decreased by 0.8 percentage points, to 7 percent.

A one-man company got the right to explore for oil in Komi

As the BNK news agency reported in April, when the auctions were announced, the starting price for all five sites – Druzhny, Extreme, Nizhny, Otradny and Trudovoy – was 5.8 million rubles. According to the results of open auctions, which were announced by the Department for Subsoil Use in the Northwestern Federal District, OOO Komineftedobycha was recognized as the winner in all tenders. The company offered a price for each auction that was higher than the announced one. As a result, the total amount of the payment was RUB 6.7 million.

According to information in the Spark-Interfax database, Komineftedobycha LLC is registered in Moscow. The average headcount of the company at the end of 2020 is one person.

Sberbank shareholders decided to pay dividends

At the annual general meeting, Sberbank shareholders decided to pay record dividends for 2020 in the amount of 422.4 billion rubles (56% of net profit). Half of this amount – 211.2 billion rubles – will go to the NWF; for the second year in a row, the bank will pay the largest amount of dividends on the Russian market.

Today Sberbank announced that by the end of 2020, our shareholders, including the state, will receive a record dividend for Russia for the second year in a row – 422.4 billion rubles. Thus, capitalization, taxes and dividends of Sberbank directly affect the finances of the state, – said the head of Sberbank German Gref, addressing shareholders.

At Krasnodar bus stations, passengers are forced to buy SberZdorovya promotional codes.

Cashiers say this service is mandatory due to the pandemic. Residents of the Kuban leave such complaints on social networks. At the same time, the carrier company, Kubanpassazhiravtoservice, denies the massive nature of the problem. As the head of the control and audit department of the enterprise Murat Yeshugov told “Rise”, cashiers are forbidden to impose a service.

“We have carried out a service check. Indeed, the cashier acted in a not entirely correct manner. She will be punished and disciplined. The technology used by cashiers is not intended to impose this service on passengers. It should be sold only at the request of the passenger. “

According to Yeshugov, within five days after the sale of the promotional code, you can return it to the cashier and get your money back.

“This is Sberbank’s idea. We wanted to try, we thought it would work in a pandemic, but the project is going very weakly. “

SberZdorovye began testing due to the imposition of paid promotional codes on passengers in the Kuban. True, the company does not plan to return the money, it will have to be done by the Krasnodar bus stations themselves.

Federation Council approves law on fines for journalists and editorial offices

The Federation Council approved a law on fines for journalists and editorial offices for references to reports of foreign media outlets-foreign agents without indicating this status. The fines apply to cases when one media outlet in its materials refers to information from another media outlet, which has a special status of a “mass media performing the functions of a foreign agent,” and the journalists do not point out this circumstance. Fines, according to the amendment, will range from 2 to 2.5 thousand rubles for citizens, for officials – from 4 to 5 thousand rubles, for legal entities – from 40 to 50 thousand rubles.

 

Former YUKOS shareholders must receive compensation from the Russian Federation in the amount of more than $ 50 billion – the conclusion of the Dutch Prosecutor General

 

Money is collected from state employees in Turkmenistan

According to the correspondent of Radio Azatlyk, in Turkmenistan they collect money from state employees for mourning events on the occasion of the death of President Berdymukhamedov’s father. The amount of “funeral contributions” is determined depending on the size of the salary of each person. For example, employees of public utilities and a water utility, whose salaries are low, are collected 20 manats each, in those institutions where salaries are higher than the average demand to hand over 50 manats, and from police and criminal investigation officers, 100 manats.

Against the background of continuing economic difficulties, extortion of money from employees of state institutions under various pretexts has become systematic. Prior to that, the authorities collected money for environmental protection, cotton picking, purchasing bicycles, purchasing presidential portraits and other purposes.

Lenovo returns to the Russian smartphone market

The Chinese company Lenovo resumes sales of smartphones under its own brand in Russia. Once Lenovo was among the leaders of the Russian market of mobile phones, but in 2017 it stopped their official deliveries to Russia, deciding to concentrate on promoting the Motorola brand.

The company will begin its return to the Russian market with the release of the Lenovo K12 Pro smartphone: four cameras with a resolution of up to 64 megapixels, a 6.8-inch screen diagonal, a recommended price of 12.99 thousand rubles. at the start of sales.

Russian Foreign Ministry announced the expulsion of five employees of the Polish Embassy

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia announced “persona non grata” for five employees of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Russian Federation. They must leave the territory of the Russian Federation before the end of the day on May 15, 2021.

“Warsaw is consciously pursuing a course towards further degradation and destruction of our bilateral relations. Through the efforts of the Polish authorities in recent years, contacts with Russia have been virtually frozen, a shameful war with Soviet monuments has been launched, attempts are being made to torpedo Russian energy projects, a large-scale anti-Russian information campaign is being conducted, history is being falsified, anti-Russian sanctions by the West are endlessly prolonged, ”the ministry said in a statement.

The Moscow Film Festival has removed from the screening a short film about gays.

The screening of the film “Fans” was to take place on April 23 at the Central House of Cinema. The director of the film, Seva Galkin, told Open Media that he had applied for the festival “for the sake of jokes” and was surprised that his film was included in the program.

In the story, two football fans pursue homosexuals, while they themselves enter into relationships with each other. The film is based on real events – in 2018, Spartak and CSKA fans were sentenced to real terms for murder. The press service of the Moscow International Film Festival could not comment on the reasons for removing the film from the screening.

Association “Orden” asked for money from the federal budget

The cultural and educational association “Orden” of billionaire Alexei Mordashov asked for 10 million rubles from the federal budget, Open Media drew attention. The Order needs the money to make a film that will “strengthen the credibility of the existing government.” The Association plans to shoot three documentaries about the work of the prosecutor’s office and show them on one of the federal channels

On the eve of the owner of “Severstal” Alexei Mordashov for the first time topped the ranking of the richest Russian businessmen according to Forbes. The publication estimated his fortune at $ 29.1 billion.

Ministry of Justice added Meduza to the list of foreign media agents

The agency’s website says that this was done “in accordance with the requirements of the current legislation of the Russian Federation.” Meduza will appeal the inclusion in the list of foreign agents, the publication’s general director Galina Timchenko told MBH Media.

“You know, everything is possible in Russia in 2021. I was not surprised. Although I cannot say that we were expecting this, we thought that such a development of the situation was possible, ”she said.

The Central Bank of Russia raised the key rate

The Central Bank of Russia raised the key rate by 0.5 percentage points at once. This is the most significant rate hike since 2014. The Central Bank was forced to take a sharp step by the risks of accelerating price growth and geopolitics. The Bank of Russia expects that the rate increase will increase the attractiveness of deposits, protect savings and ensure the growth of lending

Nabiullina on raising the key rate and raising the annual forecast for

“Increased inflationary pressure may persist until the end of the year. We have revised our annual inflation forecast. This is significant by one percentage point than expected in February. Our decision to accelerate the return to neutral rate will bring annual inflation back to 4% by mid-2022. If we procrastinate, not only will the goal be achieved later, but the stakes will be much higher. “

We have to fight this

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin suggested combating the belief that a good job can only be obtained with a higher education.

“We have the opinion that you can’t take a job at work if you don’t have a higher education. I think we have to fight this. The guys are professionals who will graduate from a good college, technical school, are absolutely as respected as those who sometimes have higher education, but will not be able to turn the nut, “Mishustin said during a visit to the Grozny State Oil Technical University.

Press Freedom Index 2021

In the press freedom index from Reporters Without Borders, Russia has dropped one place over the year: this year the country is in 150th place out of 180 (last year it was 149) between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Honduras

Traditionally, at the top of the ranking are the Scandinavian countries: Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The 5th place of Costa Rica is surprising (a year ago it was 7th).

But Eritrea took the first place from the end. The DPRK is in 2nd place, and last year’s anti-leader Turkmenistan moved to 3rd place from the bottom. Next – China, Djibouti, Vietnam, Iran

 

The Russian government will allocate 3.75 billion rubles to Chechnya. The money should go to ensure budgetary balance, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said during a trip to the republic.

 

Navalny announced that he was coming out of the hunger strike.

He wrote that he was examined twice by a council of civilian doctors, the last time right before the rally on April 21.

“They do research and analyzes and give me the results and conclusions. Doctors whom I fully trust issued a statement yesterday that we have achieved enough to take off the hunger strike. Well, and, frankly, their words that the tests show: “after a minimum time there will be no one to treat” … mmm … seem to me worthy of attention. “

He added that another factor was the fact that several organizations, including Mothers of Beslan, went on hunger strike with him.

“I don’t want anyone to experience physical suffering because of me. I don’t withdraw the requirement to admit the necessary doctor to me – I lose the sensitivity of the parts of my arms and legs, and I want to understand what it is and how to treat it, but with taking into account the progress and all the circumstances, I am starting to exit the hunger strike. According to the rules, it will take the same 24 days. “

Russia invited Germany and France to discuss an armistice in Donbass

“I hope for a constructive, open and honest discussion of the draft decisions on the current (truce) and strategic issues of the implementation of the Minsk Agreements that are on the negotiating table in the near future (no later than April 27),” says a letter from Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, published in a number of media outlets, the authenticity of which Kozak himself confirmed to journalists.

Peskov ruled out discussion of Crimea at the meeting between Putin and Zelensky

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during the upcoming meeting will presumably discuss bilateral relations, the Crimea issue will not be raised, Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for the Russian leader, told reporters.

Ukraine asked Netanyahu to mediate in conversation with Russia

Kiev offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to mediate negotiations with Moscow. The Ambassador of Ukraine to Israel Yevgeny Korniychuk told about this on April 23.

Afghan authorities hope to get weapons of US troops withdrawn from the country

The Afghan authorities hope that the United States of America and other NATO countries will leave their weapons and military equipment to the country during the withdrawal of troops, Interfax reports, citing Afghan media