6 Apr, 2021

Russia starts construction of the second branch of BAM

On April 5, Russian railway troops will begin construction of the second branch of the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM). All 10 brigades will be sent to this work, said Deputy Defense Minister General of the Army Dmitry Bulgakov.

“On the 5th, the fifth brigade begins to enter the assigned area. We must build the second branch of the Baikal-Amur Mainline, ”said Mr. Bulgakov. His words are quoted on the website of the Ministry of Defense.

Extension of the Dzerzhinskaya metro line of Novosibirsk has risen in price by one and a half times

The preliminary estimated cost of extending the Dzerzhinskaya metro line from the Zolotaya Niva station to the Molodezhnaya station is 17.5 billion rubles. It is also necessary to build a second running tunnel between Berezovaya Roshcha and Zolotaya Niva stations with a preliminary estimated cost of about 1 billion rubles, the mayor’s office told TASS. – Thus, the extension of the Dzerzhinskaya line requires about 18.5 billion rubles, excluding the construction of the depot.

The data of potential borrowers are being sold on the Internet “Dom.RF”

On the Internet, data on people who applied for a loan from Dom.RF was put up for sale. The bank confirmed the leak. The Central Bank is checking, a source told RBC. According to the publication, the data of the Russians are put up for sale on a specialized website. The announcement was posted on April 3rd.

According to the owners, they have more than 100,000 records of those who applied for a bank loan. Entries date from 2020-2021. They may contain information about the request for the amount of the loan, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, full name, date of birth, passport data, TIN, SNILS, addresses of home and place of work, position, income and information about the authorized person. The base is sold for 100 thousand rubles, some lines – for 7-15 rubles.

Russian universities will double the quota for Belarusian students

The quota of the Russian government for admission of Belarusian students to Russian universities will double this year – up to 700 places, Russian Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov told RIA Novosti.

Fraudsters began to offer Russians to make a deposit on favorable terms

Fraudsters have launched a new scheme to deceive bank customers, RIA Novosti reported, citing information from Sberbank. Now they offer Russians to make a deposit at a high percentage, and those who are interested are sent a link supposedly to an online bank page, where they need to enter a real username and password.

Experts: vacation in Crimea in 2021 will be more expensive

Vacation in Crimea in the summer of 2021 will rise in price by an average of 10-25%, which is due to the rise in prices for food and lubricants, the cost of hotels to improve the quality of services and the purchase of equipment necessary to ensure sanitary safety. Representatives of the tourism sector told TASS about this.

The volume of overdue loans of Russians

As of March 1 of this year, the amount of overdue debt on loans to individuals amounted to 976.1 billion rubles, an increase of 22% over the year. This follows from the data of the Central Bank, which Izvestia got acquainted with. The indicator increased for the first time in the last three years, with a stable lending rate. In previous years, the amount of delinquencies has decreased. So, at the beginning of March 2020, compared to the same period of the previous year, it fell by 1.2%, and in the corresponding period of 2019 to 2018 – by 5%.

Lukoil asks the authorities to support one of the fields

LUKOIL warned the Russian authorities about a possible reduction in investments or even the mothballing of a large oil field named after Korchagin in the Caspian Sea due to the unscheduled cancellation of the export duty exemption at the end of 2020, the Kommersant newspaper writes on Monday, citing a letter from the head of the company, Vagit Alekperov, to the first vice-president. Prime Minister Andrei Belousov

Tested Wireless Brain-Computer Interface for Paralyzed People

Scientists from the United States of America were able to test a wireless brain-computer interface. And they did it at home. The relevant material appeared on the pages of Naked Science. It is noted that a distinctive feature of such an interface is that it is capable of transmitting data at a speed that is characteristic of a wired analogue.

A fabric for smart clothes was created in the USA

MIT scientists have developed a fabric for smart clothes. Clothing will be able to track a person’s movements, as well as correct a person’s posture and gait.

NASA has begun assembling the Europa Clipper interplanetary station

This device will be launched into space in 2024 and will study the icy surface and subsurface ocean of Jupiter’s moon Europa, where conditions may be favorable for the development of life, according to the NASA website.

LG has stopped production of smartphones

South Korean company LG Electronics Inc. announced its retirement from the mobile phone market due to unprofitable work and high competition, the agency Yonhap wrote on Monday, April 5.

Screen Actors Guild Awards

The drama “Trial of the Chicago Seven” and the jazz tape “Ma Rainey: Mother of the Blues” were the main winners at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The American Film Awards is one of the last major ceremonies before the Oscars.

BTS Releases Music Video For New Japanese Single “Film Out”

BTS has released the music video for their latest single, “Film Out,” which is also the theme song for the Japanese adaptation of “Signal.” The song is included in the upcoming album “BTS, The Best”.

Turkey detained naval admirals who supported the Montreux convention

The Turkish Prosecutor General’s Office has recently launched an investigation into the retired admirals of Turkey, who stated in an open letter to President Erdogan of their dissatisfaction with the possible withdrawal of their country from the Montreux Convention.

This information was received from the NTV channel. It is also emphasized that the Ankara Prosecutor General’s Office is going to soon find out who exactly is related to this letter. It is also necessary to find out who was currently involved in its preparation.

Japan and Germany to hold talks in the “two plus two” format for the first time

The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and Germany intend to hold talks in the “two plus two” format for the first time in April this year. This was reported on Monday by the national newspaper Yomiuri.

It is noted that the talks will be held via teleconference due to the situation with the spread of the new coronavirus. According to the newspaper, negotiations, the main topic of which should be China’s actions in the region, the implementation of the concept of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, as well as strengthening bilateral relations in the security sphere, may take place on April 16.

Chinese naval warships entered the western Pacific

The naval forces of the Japanese self-defense recorded the exit of Chinese warships into the western part of the Pacific Ocean. They constantly monitor their route from the moment they pass between the islands of Okinawa and Miyako, which belong to Japan.

The aircraft carrier Liaoning is at the head of the Chinese grouping of ships, Voenniy Obozrevatel Telegram channel reports. The authors also note that at almost the same time, the United States sent its USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier to the region.

The Ministry of Finance of Russia will buy foreign currency

The total amount of funds allocated for the purchase of foreign currency is +185.7 billion rubles. The operations will be carried out from April 7, 2021 to May 7, 2021, respectively, the daily volume of purchases of foreign currency will amount to the equivalent of 8.4 billion rubles, “the ministry said in a statement.

Netflix first disclosed profits in Russia

So far, Netflix’s earnings in Russia have not been disclosed. The newspaper Kommersant drew attention to their publication. So far, they are presented only for the last 2.5 months of 2020, in which the service’s revenue amounted to 462.96 million rubles, and the net profit – 24.4 million rubles. Based on these data, the number of paid Netflix subscribers in the country could be 180-500 thousand, depending on the calculation methodology.

In Russia, spending on science has dropped in ten years

Over the past ten years, spending on science in relation to GDP has fallen in Russia. This is evidenced by the figures of the Institute for Statistical Research and Economics of Knowledge of the Higher School of Economics, to which Kommersant refers. Research and development spending in absolute terms in ruble terms increased by 13.4 percent, amounting to 1.13 trillion rubles. But if in 2010 1.13 percent of GDP was allocated for these purposes, then in 2019 – 1.03 percent.

Russian e-commerce market

The volume of the Russian e-commerce market in January-February 2021 amounted to 431.3 billion rubles, an increase of 44.2% compared to the same period last year, the Association of Internet Commerce Companies told RIA Novosti

Kremlin – on the maneuvers of the Russian army near the border with Ukraine

UNIAN: Over the weekend, there were reports that Russian military units were moving around the Rostov region with sealed numbers. Why has the Russian army become so shy on Russian territory and will it not turn out that they can get lost as in 2014, and then, as a result, begin to die in Donbas, including children?

Dmitry Peskov: Nobody wandered or wandered. The Russian army moves on Russian territory in the directions in which it considers it necessary, in the form in which it considers it necessary. To ensure the reliable security of our country. This should not cause the slightest concern to anyone. Russia does not pose a threat to any country in the world, including Ukraine. But he is always very attentive to his own safety.

The police disrupted the opening of the Artdocfest festival in St. Petersburg.

The police and Rospotrebnadzor sealed the halls where screenings of the Artdokfest documentary film festival were to take place in St. Petersburg. The festival has been organized since 2014 with the money of donors, since the Minister of Culture Medinsky said that “not a single project of Mansky, including Artdokfest, will ever receive any money while I am the Minister of Culture.”

Ukraine has restricted the entry of Belarusians into its territory.

At the Odessa airport, women and children arriving from Belarus are allowed to pass. And the men are sent for a conversation and put on a plane to Minsk.

Roskomnadzor will continue to slow down Twitter until May 15.

They will not block it yet, since the social network has already removed “a significant part of the prohibited content”. According to the RKN, on April 1, the leadership of Twitter contacted the Russian department and asked under what conditions the Russian authorities would refuse to slow down its traffic. The companies explained that in order to do this, it is necessary to remove all prohibited content and continue to do it faster.

The decision on the indexation of pensions for workers has not yet been made

The decision on the indexation of pensions for working pensioners has not yet been made, but the corresponding proposals have been formulated, the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said at a briefing.

As for the indexation of pensions for working pensioners, the government was actively involved in this topic. The prime minister sent various considerations to the president’s name in the administration. No decisions were made here