7 Dec, 2018

Russian plus or minus corresponds to Europe

In an interview with Russian TV channels, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev assessed the economic results of the year as generally positive for Russia. Mr. Medvedev noted that in 10 months the growth of the Russian economy was about 1.7%, which was what the government expected.

The growth rate for the ten months of this year is approximately 1.7%. We counted on this figure. Yes, it is small, but, nevertheless, growth continues, and this growth plus or minus corresponds to what is, for example, in European countries. – Dmitry Medvedev, Russian politician

By 2020, Russia should reach a growth of about 2%, and in 2021 – 3%, he added. By the end of 2018, inflation will be about 3.5%, which also falls within target indicators (4%).

According to him, the cost of development and modernization of the economy until 2024 will amount to 23 trillion rubles.

“Huge numbers. Of these – if we talk about large numbers – 22 trillion rubles. “This is money that is somehow connected with the fulfillment of social obligations,” said the Prime Minister.

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Labor veteran sent Medvedev an increase to his pension

A labor veteran from Magadan refused a surcharge in the amount of 683 rubles 66 kopecks assigned to him by the regional authorities and offered to transfer this money to the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

“This pensioner didn’t apply to us with such a statement. This is a payment that is provided to labor veterans of the region as compensation for utilities, ”RIA Novosti quotes Anatoly Kulikov, head of the social center, Anatoly Kulikov. According to him, Popov appealed to the social center for another reason. The veteran asked to suspend the transfer of social benefits to him, as he is going to change the place of registration – to move from the village of Falcon to Magadan.

Nevertheless, the Russian edition of FlashNord has a validated copy of a statement by a Magadan retiree, labor veteran Vladimir Popov, who turned to a local social center.

“Due to the fact that the monthly cash payment in the amount of 683 rubles degrades my human dignity, please transfer the above amount to Mr. Medvedev Dmitry Anatolyevich (…) I hope that this money will help him in the difficult struggle with pensioners and other human material “- said in a statement Popov

Most companies will not award employees for the year

Most employers will not award employees for the results of the year, reports leads TASS with reference to data from a survey service Rabota.ru. 58% of companies will refuse to award employees, 24% will give bonuses only to certain categories of employees.

Blue diamond sold for $ 18.3 million at auction in New York

A brilliant blue was sold at Christie`s gems and jewelry auction in New York for $ 18.3 million, the press office of the auction house told TASS. Initially, the 8.08-carat platinum-set gem was valued at $ 13–18 million.

Announced the main color of 2019

Pantone International Research Institute chose the main color of 2019. The company announced this on the official website and in their Instagram account on Thursday, December 6th. The color of the year is Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral, or “live coral”

The death of the Russians explained the wrong diet

More than half of the deaths of Russians associated with malnutrition, according to Interfax, citing the press service of Rospotrebnadzor. According to the ministry, 63 percent of deaths are due to diseases caused by poor nutrition.

Russian died in the US migration prison

Death, officials said, came for natural reasons from cardiac arrest. Detained in a Florida State Migration Prison, he was detained in 2017 as a person who has expired nonimmigrant visa. Volkov, who had several convictions, was awaiting deportation to Russia.

The head of the Ministry of Health said the “exorbitant mortality” in the Urals

Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Health of the Russian Federation, called mortality in a number of areas of the Sverdlovsk region due to cardiovascular diseases beyond. She stated this in a conversation with a colleague from the region, Andrey Tsvetkov, at a selector meeting of the ministry with departments of the ministry in the subjects.

St. Petersburg police began checking the director’s fund Sokurov

Police officers in St. Petersburg are checking the non-commercial foundation “Example of intonation (Alexander Sokurov Foundation)”. This was reported to “Interfax” and confirmed to RBC in the press service of the State Ministry of Internal Affairs in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region.

In Moscow, the survival rate of premature babies exceeded 92%

For several years, the perinatal centers of the capital were equipped with modern equipment and introduced the most effective methods of nursing and treating premature babies. Due to this, we have been able since 2012 to double the survival rate of these newborns.

Tbilisi police detained son of Georgian president

The son-in-law of the current Georgian President, Mindia Gogochuri, is detained in Tbilisi on suspicion of illegal possession of firearms and failure to report a crime. Information published “Interfax” with reference to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Ponomarev’s protection appealed to the ECHR in connection with his arrest

The defense of the head of the For Human Rights movement, Lev Ponomarev, asked the Strasbourg Court (ECHR) to influence the Russian authorities for his speedy release from administrative arrest and the adoption of a legal decision on his case.

The Prosecutor General’s Office called the main incentive for bribe takers

A portrait of a typical Russian corrupt official is different from stereotypes – a 40-year-old educated man, sociable, with money, but who wants to live “even better,” said Alexander Kurennoi, an official representative of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office

Kuzbassovets shot a friend who hit his dog

A previously convicted 41-year-old resident of Novokuznetsk will face trial for the murder of a friend who kicked his dog while fishing, the SUSK in the Kemerovo region said on Thursday. According to the ministry, in early September, residents of the Tashtagol district found a man shot dead on the river bank.

The Constitutional Court recognized the agreement on the border of Chechnya and Ingushetia

The request of Yunus-Bek Yevkurov is satisfied by the Constitutional Court (CC) of the Russian Federation annulled the decision of the CC of Ingushetia, which canceled the agreement on ratifying the border between Ingushetia and Chechnya on September 30.

The agreement establishing the border between Chechnya and Ingushetia is in compliance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation. The constitutional, in addition, are the provisions of the law of the Republic of Ingushetia, according to which the agreement on the establishment of the administrative boundary was enshrined. – Valery Zorkin, judge

Paid decision to raise the retirement age

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the decision to raise the retirement age in Russia the most difficult in the last decade.

Initially, everyone understood that such decisions did not add to the popularity of power, but it was a hard-won decision. Such decisions cannot be revised frequently, the previous decision on the retirement age was taken 70 years ago. Obviously, this solution is designed for the long term. – Dmitry Medvedev, Russian politician

VKontakte has blocked 8 million units of dangerous content for children

The administration of the social network “VKontakte” since the beginning of 2018 has removed about eight million units of dangerous content for children, reports the press service of the social network on December 6.

The Russians considered the Internet dangerous for their children.

Almost three quarters of parents in Russia consider the Internet a dangerous environment for children. This is stated in the study of the analytical center “National Agency for Financial Research” (NAFI), reports TASS. 72 percent of parents considered the Internet dangerous for children.

Roskomnadzor has blocked the new site “MBH Media”

The website MBH Media mbk.news is blocked on the territory of Russia by the decision of Roskomnadzor. “This is the same requirement of the prosecutor’s office dated February 20, 2018, according to which mbk.media was blocked,” the publication’s website says.

The Cabinet of Ministers allowed to extend the contract for renting housing for orphans

The document is published on the website of the Cabinet. The possibility of concluding an employment contract for a period of five years is provided for by the federal law “On Additional Guarantees for Social Support of Orphans and Children Left Without Parental Care”.

Where to hide in the event of a nuclear war

Which countries are suitable as a refuge in case of a nuclear war between Russia and the United States, TenTree has identified. A list of safe and isolated places is in PrimaMedia.

The safest experts called the island of Tristan da Cunha in the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean – there are only 297 people living there, there are no restaurants, hotels and airports, and you can only reach it by boat in seven days

In the county of Medog in Tibet – the road to this place was paved quite recently.

The city of Illokkortormiut in Greenland. You can only get there by helicopter

In Russia, it will be possible to wait out “terrible time” in Yakutia, the most suitable for this will be the city of Oymyakon.

As a refuge, travelers recommended the McMurdo settlement in Antarctica, Easter Island in Chile, Kerguelen Island in France, Pitcairn Island in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii State in the USA, and Socotra Island in the Indian Ocean.

Russians may charge to register their phones

The Federation Council has prepared a bill on the introduction of a control system for phones and tablets by their identification numbers (IMEI), to prohibit operators from registering stolen devices on the network. This was reported by the chairman of the commission of the council of the department of information society development


At the end of the year, inflation in Russia could reach 4.1–4.2%

Despite the rather bland comments of the Fed on Wednesday, increasing the chances of a more cautious approach by the Fed to raising rates in 2019, the arrest of the Huawei Chinese CFO in Canada with the threat of extradition to the US clearly reminded the fundamental differences between the US and China, despite recent encouraging statements regarding the prospects for mutual trade.

Central Bank revoked licenses from two banks

In both cases, the license was revoked due to the decision of banks to voluntarily liquidate. Both Economics Bank and CBC, on the basis of the reports provided by the Central Bank, have sufficient assets to satisfy the claims of creditors, the report says.

FAS did not find Rosneft’s fault in refusing to sell fuel on the exchange

The head of the FAS, Igor Artemyev, said that there was no legal fault in the suspension by Rosneft of the exchange trading in fuel, and therefore there was no reason to punish the company, TASS reports. According to him, the FAS order on stock trading is advisory in nature.

Ministry of Finance decided to place OFZ in RMB in 2019

The Russian Ministry of Finance expects to place federal loan bonds (OFZ) in RMB in 2019. This was stated by Konstantin Vyshkovsky, Director of the Department of State Debt and State Financial Assets of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation at the Cbonds Russian Bond Congress.

Gazprom will increase its loan program in 2019

The Board of Directors of PJSC Gazprom will discuss an increase in the loan program for 2018. The meeting will take place on December 17th. The Board of Directors will decide on an increase in the program of external borrowing and attracting bilateral and club loans, reports TASS

Permians owed banks more than 36 billion rubles

As of November 2018, the debt of Perm Region residents to banks amounted to 36.3 billion rubles. In total, bailiffs opened 151.7 thousand enforcement proceedings.

The unemployment rate in the world fell to its lowest level in 38 years

An analysis by UBS showed that the unemployment rate in the 48 most developed countries of the world fell to 5.2%. This is not much higher than the minimum 5% recorded in 1980, reports the Financial Times.

“Agricultural Bank” will hold an additional issue of 20 billion rubles in favor of the state

RSHN will place 20 thousand shares at a nominal value of 1 million rubles. a piece. The acquirer of the shares will be the Federal Property Management Agency, reports RSHN. The authorized capital of RSHN will increase after the additional issue to 409.85 billion rubles.

Gazprom filed for bankruptcy of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur heat network

As noted, according to the data on December 3, one of the largest heat supply organizations (TSO) of Komsomolsk-on-Amur owed 23.8 million rubles for the supplied natural gas.

Norway will begin drilling wells on the border with Russia

The sea border with Russia is only 50 km away. According to the Norwegian Oil Directorate, permission to conduct drilling in this area has already been received.

The United States exported oil to Croatia for the first time in history

The Aframax class Iblea tanker is currently sailing to the port of Omisalj, which is located in the northwestern part of the island of Krk in Croatia, reports Bloomberg referring to data from its own system for tracking the movement of oil tankers.

China is preparing to resume imports of soybeans from the US

US can pay multi-billion dollar compensation to soybean producers Large Chinese companies have also expressed a desire to resume trade with the United States. So, Unipec is ready to purchase oil in the USA in the next three months.

The head of the Ministry of Construction has promised a point of state support for developers

Until the end of this year, important point decisions will be taken at the government level, aimed at supporting housing developers. The Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Russian Federation Vladimir Yakushev said this at the plenary session of the annual conference “The Results of the Year with RBC. Real Estate Market 2018 “.

Venezuela and Russia signed contracts for $ 6 billion

Moscow and Caracas signed several contracts for $ 6 billion during the visit of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to Russia. The corresponding post he posted on Twitter. Maduro thanked Russia for supporting the South American country.

Contracts have been signed to guarantee investments of more than $ 5 billion to increase oil production with Russian partners. Guaranteed Russian investments of more than $ 1 billion in the mining industry, mainly gold. – Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan politician

Putin instructed to give the right to a VAT refund when exporting works and services

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered amendments to Russian legislation that give the right to a VAT refund when exporting works and services.

EAEU countries are exploring the possibility of creating a single payment system.

The EAEU countries are considering the initiative to create a payment system for mutual payments, said Tigran Sargsyan, chairman of the board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC)

An investment promotion agency has been established in the Sverdlovsk region

The corresponding decree was published on the portal of legal information. The agency was created in the form of an autonomous non-profit organization. The founder on behalf of the Sverdlovsk region will be MUGISO, the property contribution will be 10 thousand rubles. The agency must perform the functions of a “specialized organization for attracting investment and working with investors”

Belarusian dairy products return to Russia

In June 2018, the Rosselkhoznadzor banned the supply of Belarusian milk to Russia in large (more than 2.5 liters) containers, as well as milk raw materials: milk powder, cream, whey and milk protein. The official reason for the restrictions is the insecurity of Belarusian products.

Deutsche Bank may be involved in the laundering of another € 31 billion

If the current information is true, it was through him that four fifths of all suspicious transactions of Danske Bank were conducted, totaling € 200 billion. According to sources, from 2007 to 2015, Deutsche Bank processed about 1 million such transactions.

Medvedev explained the reason for the gasoline crisis in Russia

According to Dmitry Medvedev, the cause of the gasoline crisis was a reduction in the income of oilmen.

We were forced to put pressure on oilmen … If everything is stable, we will not touch anything, if the situation gets out of control, we will have to take decisions that are not very popular among oilmen, including the introduction of so-called protective export duties. – Dmitry Medvedev, Russian politician


Fedor Konyukhov went to circumnavigate the world

In the New Zealand port of Dunedin, the start of the round-the-world voyage of the Russian traveler Fyodor Konyukhov was launched. On the AKROS rowing boat, he intends to overcome more than 16 thousand nautical miles (27 thousand kilometers) in less than two years.

New Year’s express trains will be let out from the capital in the Moscow region

Excursions to Istra, Dmitrov, Sergiev Posad, Kolomna and Volokolamsk are planned. Passengers will be told about the history of these cities, will demonstrate the main sights and will be given to companies that make sweets and souvenirs. Express trains will carry tourists until February 28.

India supported the idea of a visa-free regime for Russians

The head of the Indian Ministry of Tourism, Joseph Alphons Kannantkhanam, supported the idea of introducing a visa-free regime for tourist groups from Russia. This was reported by IA Nation News. The Russian Federation turned to India with a proposal to introduce a visa-free regime for organized groups of Russian tourists.

Not only for the samovar. Guests from all over the world are waiting for Tula

To make it easier to organize the implementation of targeted federal and regional programs, the Tula region was divided into three tourist clusters and one territory of prospective development. This will allow to combine administrative, managerial and financial resources in one territory.

The first – the Tula cluster – combines the regional center and Shchekino district. Here are about 80 cultural objects. In the second – Oka – included museums Polenova, Bolotov and Rudnev. The third, the Kulikov Cluster, combines attractions located near the Kulikovo Field. It is planned to build two- and three-star hotels, cafes, to develop the entertainment industry. The territory of advanced development includes Belevsky, Odoyevsky and Suvorovsky districts. Here, the emphasis is also placed on caravanning, so modern campsites will appear in the future.

Over 1.1 million Russians visited Spain in January-October

More than 1.1 million Russian tourists visited Spain in January-October 2018. The Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) reports this with reference to the data of the National Institute of Statistics of Spain.

Yakutia at the festival of the Far East will offer personal tours

Yakutia at the festival of the Far East in Moscow will offer tourists personal vouchers, said Natalia Tyukavkina, a representative of the National Tourist Information Center “Yakutia”, told RIA Novosti. The festival of the Far East at the Moscow Expo Center will be held from December 13 to 15.

“Those who wish can fill out an application for a holiday in the republic, specifying their requests. In the future, these applications will be processed and tourists will receive a personal offer from Yakut tour operators,” said Tyukavkina.

Most Russians would like to rest in the New Year abroad

Most Russians would like to spend the New Year holidays abroad, but many of them will spend holidays in Russia, in addition, the average cost of air tickets has increased, the general director of the Biletix aggregator Igor Konstantinov told reporters

UNESCO added 9 properties from EU countries to the list of intangible cultural heritage

Slovenia is the traditional art of lace bobbin.

Intangible cultural heritage recognized ritual drumming drums. Playing tamborrada is an integral part of the celebration of Holy Week in Spain.

The Christmas tradition from Poland was included in the list: long ago in Krakow before Christmas, masters of Christmas nativity scenes were making.

Unusual tradition represents Austria (and Switzerland) – avalanche risk management.

The list includes another traditional practice that exists in Austria, as well as in Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary. This is a technique of drawing a pattern on the fabric, which is called differently in each country: “blacker”, “modrotisk”, “kekfestes” and “modrotlach”.

The list of intangible cultural heritage is added to the Irish game Herling. This is a team sport: the players of two teams beat wooden clubs (“Hurley”) at the small ball (“Schlitar”) and try to hit them on the opponent’s goal.

“Medzhimurska Popevka”, the folk tunes of Medimurje, represent Croatia.

Another collective technique is the art of dry masonry, which is owned in Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, and Switzerland.

Intangible cultural heritage recognized the famous perfumery Grasse (France): the cultivation of aromatic plants, processing of natural raw materials and the art of making perfume compositions.

In total, the list of intangible cultural heritage sites was supplemented in 2018 with 19 practitioners. Now it has more than 400 items in 112 countries.

Louvre will cancel free admission on Sundays

Starting next year, the Louvre will cancel the action, thanks to which everyone could come to the museum for 6 Sundays a year for free. The action “Sunday in the museum” took place from April to October every first Sunday of the month. It was very popular, especially among foreign tourists.

Instead, the Louvre will open the door for low-income French people. 12 times a year (the first Saturday of each month from 18:00 to 21:45) they can visit the museum for free. So the administration of the Louvre wants to make the museum more accessible to people of different incomes. On the “free Sundays” of low-income French, only 16% of all visitors were present, but mostly the opportunity to get to the museum without a ticket was used by foreigners.

Utair cuts fares, but cuts free hand luggage

The airline Utair introduces a new tariff system. It includes the reduction of free hand baggage allowance, the differentiation of options for checked-in baggage, and in the future the introduction of a fee for choosing a seat. At the same time, Utair promises to reduce the minimum tariff by 1000 rubles – it will amount to 900 rubles in the top ten near destinations. New fares and fees are valid for flights from February 1 and will be on sale on December 10, reports sob. Travel.ru.

Far East by e-visa

The administration of Primorsky Krai proposes to expand the list of countries whose citizens can enter the Far East by e-visa, the regional administration’s press service reported on Thursday.

“We consider the prospects of the project to expand the list of countries, with the inclusion of such countries as Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan (PRC), Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand. The proposal of the tourism department of Primorsky Krai sent to the Ministry The Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East in October of this year “, – said the Director of the Tourist Information Center of Primorsky Krai Daria Guseva, the words of which are given in the message.

Сosta Victoria will take part in the Universiade in Naples

Costa Cruises and the plenipotentiary representative of the Universiade 2019 in Naples, Zhanluka Basile, signed an agreement, under which Costa Victoria will place athletes and foreign delegations on board for a sporting event in the capital of Campania in the summer of 2019

“We are happy that Costa will become part of such a wonderful event. The 2019 Universiade is not only a sporting event, but also an amazing opportunity to introduce the world to Italy and the beautiful city of Naples. For our part, on the Costa Victoria liner, we promise to all participants of the Universiade real Italian hospitality, which has been the company’s business card for 70 years, ”said Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises.

Moomin valley and snow Moomin castle in Lapland

In the underground ski arena of the Vesileppis Spa Hotel, a new ice Moomin valley is being built, which is expected to be the main attraction in the North Savo region. The theme of the park, which is scheduled to open on December 26, is based on the Magic Winter, a book by the Finnish writer Tove Jansson. Ice sculptures in height from 1.5 to 6 meters, snow trails, impressive lights with their play, atmospheric sound effects will fascinate with their fabulous beauty.

And in the famous Finnish amusement park “Santa Claus Village” in Rovaniemi this winter they will build a Moomin Snowcastle snow castle. On a territory of 10 thousand square meters. meters will house an ice bar, a maze of snow, a school of winter sculpture, a cafe and a 50-meter slide. Moomin castle will open on December 20 and will work until the end of March.

The season of Christmas fairs in Emilia-Romagna began

The season of Christmas fairs started in Emilia-Romagna – markets with festive decorations, gifts, traditional foods and drinks, concerts, tours, exhibitions and other entertainment events for children and adults will be held in the main squares of cities, in museums and theaters until mid-January.

The official start of the ski season in Livigno

On December 1, the official start of the ski season 2018/2019 took place in Livigno. More than half of the lifts were launched at the resort, which serve the slopes of both ski areas – Carosello 3000 and Mottolino Fun Mountain. By the end of the week, all remaining lifts in the Carozello 3000 ski area will be earned immediately after the completion of the necessary technical tests by the Ministry of Transport to increase the capacity of the new Carosello 3000 I and II gondola lifts.

Package tours to Iran from Moscow

Travel agencies will start selling package tours to Iran from Moscow and the regions from December 16, transportation will be carried out on regular flights of Aeroflot, the press service of the tour operator Intourist said.

To enter Iran, you need a visa, but, according to representatives of the tour operator, you can get it and pay for it both in advance in Russia and upon arrival at the Iranian airport.

Tours to Oman

In Oman, there is a desert, green oases, mountains up to three thousand meters high, as well as white sand beaches. Tourists will be comfortable in the country, since Oman is considered one of the safest countries in the world, and the attendants are in English.

Russians need a visa to travel to the Sultanate of Oman. It is issued at the airport by prior arrangement with the tour operator. Also, a visa to Oman is opened in the diplomatic mission located in Moscow. In this case, you must provide round-trip flights and (fully paid) and hotel reservations for the entire period of travel.

Tours to Lebanon on the basis of regular flights of airline “Aeroflot”

Two types of tours are available to travelers: with accommodation in Beirut, daily excursions and paid entry tickets to attractions and a tour in which excursions can be chosen independently. It is worth noting that for entry into Lebanon for the purpose of tourism for up to 30 days, citizens of Russia do not need a visa.

Weekend tours for South Korean tourists to Kamchatka

The first weekend tours for South Korean tourists to the Kamchatka region will be held in February and March 2019. About this in an interview in the framework of the forum “Arctic: Present and Future” said Nikolay Pegin, General Director of OJSC Development Corporation of Kamchatka Krai.

“Now a group of South Korean businessmen working in Kamchatka are conducting pre-investment studies to organize tourist flow to the peninsula. They consider the cost of the package that can be offered to tourists. In addition, we have plans to make test delivery of groups on February 23 and March 1. Tour not more than three days – along with the days of arrival and departure, “- said Pegin.

UK changes the rules for applying for a visa

In early 2019, it will become easier to apply for a visa to the UK, reports VisitBritain. Tourists applying online will be able to use the new TLS Connect visa center service. It will be possible to book the filing time in a convenient visa center, remotely scan and download all the accompanying documents and arrange any additional services that are needed. Documents can be uploaded at any time before the day you visit the visa center.

Visa-free entry to China is under threat

Russian organized tourists will find it harder to visit China, as tour operators cannot obtain confirmation of visa-free entry into the People’s Republic of China, according to the World Without Borders association.

“Due to the simultaneous reorganization of the tourism departments of Russia and China, there may be failures in the visa-free system. By sending documents to the address of the new coordinating department for entry into the visa-free entry program and for prolonging participation in it, tour operators cannot receive confirmation, as the phone number of specialized specialists indicated in the official letter does not respond, ”said Alexander Agamov, executive director of the association.

Ski pass with an open date of skiing will be introduced in the new ski season in Sochi

Year-round resort “Rosa Khutor” in the winter season introduces new types of services for skiers. “The new season is a ski pass with an open first date of skiing. Now the ski pass is not tied to a specific day, and if the weather deteriorates or you feel unwell – you can adjust your schedule so that the ski pass can be rolled off completely, without losing one precious minute, “the Interfax-South news agency was told at the resort press service on Wednesday.

Named the most visited cities in the world in 2018

Experts of the analytical company Euromonitor named the most visited cities in the world in 2018, they became Hong Kong, Bangkok and London.

The ranking of cities headed by Hong Kong (29.8 million arrivals), followed by Bangkok (23.7 million) and London (20.7 million). The leading positions are also Macau (18.9 million) and Singapore (18.6 million). Top 10 includes Paris, Dubai, New York, the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and the Chinese city of Shenzhen.

Among European cities, Istanbul, Rome, Antalya, Prague, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Milan and Vienna became the most visited cities in addition to London and Paris.

The most popular cities in the United States besides New York, experts recognized Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando and San Francisco.

Moscow in the ranking in 2018 ranked 46th. Foreign tourists visited the capital 5.4 million times, which is 12.6% more than a year earlier (4.8 million). St. Petersburg was on the 60th place – in 2018 4 million tourists visited it, which is 11% more than in 2017.

In Kenya, tourists can visit places from the “Lion King”

For tourists in Kenya, a new tour, offering to make a trip to the places that inspired the creators of the cartoon “The Lion King”. The journey, which offers Kenyan tour operators, begins in Nairobi, RIA Novosti reports.

New tourist brand will be presented in Heilongjiang

Landscapes of Heilongjiang Province are called “landscapes of a northern country.” Forests, plains, wetlands, lakes, river – this is what makes the Chinese province so special. It is a point of attraction for eco and ski tourism.

Ural National Parks signed an agreement on cooperation in ecotourism

The administration of the national parks “Taganay”, “Bashkiria” and “Reserves of the Orenburg region” signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of ecological tourism. The hosts of “Taganaya” were invited to the press tour of South Ural journalists to the ceremony

High-speed Internet appeared at the ski resorts of Kuban and Adygea

The Russian telecommunications operator and digital service provider MTS has provided a 4G network at the ski resorts of Krasnaya Polyana and Lagonaki. High-speed Internet works at the highest point of Krasnaya Polyana – at the Alpika-service resort, on the slopes of Rosa Khutor and Gazprom.

IRONMAN 70.3 for the first time in Greece

The first stage of the competition – a swim of 1.9 km (1.2 miles) will begin on the beach of Navarino Dunes in the water of the Ionian Sea with a temperature of about 17 ° C (63 ° F).

Next, they will be waiting for the bike path with a length of 90.1 km (56 miles), consisting of two cycle circles with a total elevation of 800m. Starting from Costa Navarino, the athletes will travel along the Ionian coast.

And finally, the final race of 21.1 km (13.1 miles) starts from Westin Resort Costa Navarino towards Omega Beach (Voydokilia), near Gialova Lagoon, under the protection of Natura 2000. Participants finish at The Romanos Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort at the Costa Navarino


The United States ruled out a military response to the incident in the Black Sea

General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Armed Forces, said that Washington was not debating the possibility of a military response to Russia’s actions in the Kerch Strait.

I think that the international community must respond in the field of diplomacy, economics or security … Now there is no discussion of the military dimension of the response to the incident in the Sea of Azov. – Joseph Dunford, American military leader

The actions of the Russian Navy in the Atlantic threaten the United States

The 2nd fleet was created on February 12, 1950, it was disbanded on September 30, 2011. In addition, Spencer expressed the opinion that, in general, Russia represents a “threat in the future” for the United States, and China is already a “formed threat”.

The nuclear submarine “Kazan” will be tested in the summer of 2019

The head multipurpose nuclear submarine of the upgraded project 885M (code Yasen-M) Kazan will be put on state tests in the summer of 2019, and in the fall the submarine will conduct test firing. It is reported by Tass, referring to a source in the shipbuilding industry.

UN confirmed the presence of tunnels on the Lebanese-Israeli border

The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) confirmed the presence of a tunnel on the border between Lebanon and Israel. This was reported by the press service of the peacekeeping forces on Thursday, December 6. “Based on the results of the inspection, UNIFIL can confirm the presence of a tunnel in this location,” RIA Novosti reports a message from UNIFIL.

Canadian instructors prepared 10 thousand military in Ukraine

Training courses from Canadian instructors in Ukraine since 2015 were more than ten thousand troops, according to the Ministry of Defense of Canada. According to the data on November 1, the Canadian military trained more than 10 thousand people from the security forces.

Since the beginning of this year, the troops of the airborne troops have filled up more than 1.5 thousand officers

In 2018, the troops of the Eastern Military District replenished more than 1.5 thousand officers, 240 of them were drafted from the reserve before being appointed to officer positions, and 65 soldiers were given the primary officer rank of “lieutenant” during contract military service.

Ukrainian border guards allowed to shoot without warning

It is reported that border guards can open fire without warning during armed attacks and invasion of armed armed groups and criminal groups on the territory of Ukraine, as well as to end armed conflicts and armed provocations.

Poroshenko sent to the border with the Russian Federation assault troops

From the Zhytomyr region “on the important directions in the defense plan,” units of the Landing Assault Forces of Ukraine are deployed. This was announced on December 6 by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, congratulating the Ukrainian military on the Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

As part of this process, combat units and units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are redeploying to the most dangerous directions along the entire line of our border in order to enhance defensive capabilities. – Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine

Su-57 will receive a hypersonic rocket

The nomenclature of armaments of the promising Russian Su-57 fighter aircraft will be replenished with a hypersonic rocket, the characteristics of which will be similar to those of the Dagger rocket already adopted for service.

Ship with cruise missiles sent to Sevastopol

Rocket ship “Orekhovo-Zuyevo” began the transition from Novorossiysk to Sevastopol This was announced by the official representative of the Black Sea Fleet Alexei Rulev, Interfax writes.

Became known technical features armored “Tiger-2”

The new car of increased security will receive a powerful engine and an automatic transmission. Perspective armored car “Tiger-2” will receive enhanced armor and new units. About this “Star” said the general director of “Military-Industrial Company” Alexander Krasovitsky.

Motorized infantry began large-scale exercises in Chechnya

The tactical groups of the motorized rifle formation of the 58th combined arms army of the Southern Military District (South-East Military District) are conducting large-scale military exercises in Chechnya, the district’s press service reported.

The developers defended the project of a strategic bomber B-21

The American company Northrop Grumman, engaged in the development of a promising strategic bomber B-21 Raider, successfully defended the project of this aircraft. This, according to Aviation Week, said US Air Force Minister Heather Wilson.

US urged Russia to abandon the 9M729 missile or modify it

The United States called on Russia to abandon the 9M729 (SSC-8) missile or modify it so that its range, as stated in Washington, does not violate the provisions of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF).


Lukashenko apologized to Putin for a public dispute

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko apologized to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for a public dispute over the price of gas, which he began at a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. The cadres of the conversation between the head of state and the journalist VGTRK were published on YouTube.

Yes, it was possible in such a bad shape that I had to apologize later to the host of today’s meeting. The explanation was very stormy, but you better not hear it. Therefore, we have discussed all the issues. – Alexander Lukashenko

Rada adopted a law on the expansion of controlled territory at sea

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a draft law on the adjacent zone, which makes it possible to expand the territory controlled by Kiev by 12 miles. This follows from the database of the Ukrainian parliament.

“Roskongress” canceled “Russian House” at the forum in Davos

“Roskongress” stopped the preparation of the events of the “Russian House” project at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, the Fund’s website says. This decision was made due to the refusal of participation of Russian businessmen.

State Duma deprived of immunity of deputy Belousov

Deputies of the State Duma in a closed meeting on Thursday voted for the deprivation of immunity of the parliamentarian (“Fair Russia”) Vadim Belousov, Interfax reports, citing the relevant decree. The decision was made in response to the submission of the Prosecutor General.

We found it possible to give consent to the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation to deprive the partial immunity of our colleague and institute a criminal case against him. – Otari Arshba, Russian politician

Putin appointed Rogozin to a new post

Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin has been appointed as the special representative of the president for international cooperation in the field of space. The corresponding decree was signed by Vladimir Putin, follows from the document published on the official portal of legal information.

Huawei and ZTE will be banned from receiving government contracts in Japan

The Japanese authorities decided to prohibit Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturers ZTE and Huawei from receiving any government contracts. It clarifies the TASS, thus in Japan intend to deal with possible cyber attacks and leakage of valuable information.

Ecuador announced the possibility of Assange without the risk of leaving the embassy

The founder of the organization WikiLeaks Julian Assange can leave the embassy and stand before a British court without risk to life.

Hungary stops issuing passports to Ukrainians

Klimkin stressed that the abolition of the issuance of Hungarian passports at consulates in Ukraine is “a matter of principle.” At the same time, he added that he could not guarantee that Hungarian citizenship would not be issued to Ukrainians in Hungary, where Kiev could not control the situation.

Hungarians say they do not give out passports now. And they will not do that. This is already good, because I remember the statements of Siyarto, when he said that the issuance of passports on our territory does not contradict Ukrainian laws. Now it is by definition over. – Pavel Klimkin, Ukrainian diplomat

Trump decided to appoint Heather Nauert a new US envoy to the UN

US President Donald Trump decided to appoint the head of the State Department’s press service, Heather Nauert, as the country’s permanent representative to the UN after leaving Nikki Haley. This was reported by Bloomberg. According to the publication, this decision was confirmed by three sources


The territory of the Netherlands floods faster than previously thought.

This conclusion was made by researchers from the Dutch Center for Geodesy and Geo-Informatics (NCG). Together with global climate change and rising sea levels, it threatens not only more frequent floods, but also the destruction of building foundations. In addition, greenhouse gas emissions will increase due to the fact that more oxygen gets into the soil in the marshy areas.

So far there is no single and quick solution to this problem. Some municipalities in the Netherlands are trying to maintain the soil with natural and artificial materials that are less dense than sand.

Ichthyosaurs proved warm-blooded

Almost the entire Mesozoic era, as long as dinosaurs dominated on land, the “kings of the seas” remained related to them ichthyosaurs. Outwardly, they were somewhat reminiscent of modern dolphins, although the dimensions could gain whale.

How to quickly check the quality of whiskey

Russian scientists have created a technique that allows you to quickly and cheaply determine the quality of whiskey and its origin. A study published in the Microchemical Journal.

Chemists have noticed that the various components of the whiskey will in a special way affect the behavior of the luminous molecules. They determined that if you take a few dozen fluorescent substances and mix them with a small amount of whiskey, you can quickly and accurately determine the composition of the drink and the concentration of each type of molecule using the luminescence spectrum.

Scientists hope that in the future this method can also be used to determine certain diseases.

Scientists have found bacteria that can save ancient paintings.

Italian scientists have discovered bacteria living in ancient paintings that protect canvases from the destructive effects of other bacteria and fungi. On the “war for art”, which, as it turned out, occurs at the level of the microworld, writes the scientific publication PLoS ONE.

Vitamin D deficiency at birth is associated with the risk of schizophrenia

A team of scientists from Denmark and Australia found out that a low content of vitamin D in the blood at birth is associated with increased chances of developing schizophrenia later in life.

Scientists completed an experiment on a monkey’s pig heart transplant

The experience in transplanting a pig’s heart to a monkey has been completed successfully. The results are published in the journal Nature. The successful completion of the experiment, as scientists believe, brought humanity closer to the use of a donor heart from a pig.

Scientists have developed a technique for the treatment of cancer with DNA

The purpose of the new technique is to train the immune system with peptides so that it does not even miss such “invisible” malignant cells. Russian scientists have previously developed a new strategy for anticancer therapy using nanostructures that do not harm healthy cells.

Scientists will create a simulator that causes oxygen starvation

Spanish scientists are working to create a simulator for pilots, which will cause oxygen starvation. The main goal of this method will be to teach Spanish pilots the correct behavior during hypoxia, recognition of the first symptoms and alleviate the lack of oxygen in flight.

China has invented long-lasting rewritable paper

The novelty is not only rewritable, it is easy to produce. The invention consists of three components: plain paper with a thermochromic layer applied on one side and black photothermal toner on the reverse side. The ability to rewrite paper gets it with the help of thermochromic layer.

Isopods can become a living “farm” that produces biofuels.

If the production of biofuels from wood waste (including foliage, sawdust and even recycled wood waste) becomes cheap, it can be a worthy alternative to fossil fuels.

Royal Jelly Bee Will Cure Alzheimer’s

Scientists told about the benefits of royal jelly. It turned out that it contains special substances that help the body to be updated, as well as to fight Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists have described the mysterious “leopard” siren

Until now, four types of sirens were known – but scientists finally managed to describe the fifth type. It is called Siren reticulata. Individuals of this species reach approximately 60 centimeters in length, and, like other members of the family, have two forelimbs.


Launch pad for “Angara” on the East will begin to build in 2019

The main work on the construction of the launch pad for the heavy launch vehicle Angara-A5 at the Vostochny cosmodrome will begin in 2019.

China has successfully launched two SaudiSat 5 satellites for Saudi Arabia

On Friday, China successfully simultaneously launched into orbit two satellites for Saudi Arabia – SaudiSat-5A and SaudiSat-5B. This was reported by the Chinese Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

S7 Space licensed to build and upgrade missiles

The company S7 Space has received a license for the construction and modernization of missiles, reports OTR. Representatives of the company said that they are now developing a commercial launch vehicle with reusable elements.

The experiment to simulate a flight to the moon will be conducted in three stages.

The organizers of the SIRIUS experiment on ground isolation of crews to simulate a flight to the Moon agreed to conduct not one, but three phases lasting one year each, the director of the Institute for Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences Oleg Orlov told RIA Novosti.

Named the main version of the birth of the Earth

Scientists from the University of California, USA confirmed the hypothesis of the origin of the Earth, according to which the planet spontaneously formed from a cloud of dust and gas around the Sun

Astronomers have discovered a powerful signal from a distant galaxy

The X-ray source found by an international team of astronomers in a distant elliptical star cluster Messier 86 looks very unusual, writes the scientific portal Phys.org.

Found exoplanet with a “tail” of helium

Comets were not the only space bodies that have a tail. Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet, which has lost its atmosphere and behind which stretches a kind of “cloak” of helium particles blown away by the stellar wind.

Scientists have calculated the exact distance to the North Star

Astronomers reviewing the radius and age of the Polar Star for the first time calculated the exact interval between the space object and the Earth. Previously it was believed that the distance is 322-529 light years. The polar star is a system that includes several bodies.

Scientists tell new facts about the Fermi paradox

The name of the Nobel laureate Enrico Fermi is known to many people whose fields of activity are very far from his scientific research in the field of quantum mechanics and theoretical physics. He probably became well-known after the question asked: where is everyone? This question refers to representatives of extraterrestrial civilizations, which undoubtedly exist, but over the billions of years of life of the Universe, they have not been able to provide humanity with the facts of its undeniable stay on the planet or its orbit.

One of the solutions scientists Fermi paradox is: humanity alone in the universe and other intelligent races do not exist. There is another solution: there are other races, but they are not reasonable. There is also a version that there are other civilizations and they are reasonable, but for some reason they avoid contact with the inhabitants of the Earth.

Powerful ion engines BepiColombo successfully passed the test

Experts checked the engines heading for Mercury probe, and all 4 ion installations worked perfectly. Soon they will have to send BepiColombo to the first planet of the solar system.


Traffic police asks to postpone the introduction of new autonumbers

The traffic police (traffic police) asked Rosstandard to postpone for seven months the entry into force of the new GOST for the numbers of cars and motorcycles. About this newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to the press center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The publication reminded that the introduction of new autonumbers was planned for January 1, 2019.

The route “Scandinavia” plan to completely reconstruct until 2024

The federal highway A-181 “Scandinavia”, which runs from St. Petersburg to the border with Finland, is planned to be completely reconstructed and brought to modern standards until 2024.

It is important for us that there is a decision in principle to continue the reconstruction of the road both to Vyborg and to the Finnish border. “Scandinavia” is becoming one of the best and safest roads in Europe, turning into the artery of economic development throughout the country. – Alexander Drozdenko, Russian politician

Passengers of trains Moscow-Izhevsk will take double-decker trains

Two-story trains are planning to start December 9. These are new cars with a high level of comfort, which will allow to carry twice as many passengers as usual. Recall that in Russia there are already directions on which trains with double-decker cars run.

An analogue of the card “Troika” want to enter in Pskov

An electronic travel card, by analogy with the Troika operating in Moscow, is being proposed to be introduced in Pskov. The design of the map will be developed taking into account the views of citizens About the work on a single transport card reported. Director of the enterprise “Pskovpassazhiravtotrans” Nikolay Kiyanets.

Luxembourg authorities will make all public transport free

Luxembourg authorities have decided to make all public transport in the country absolutely free. Changes will occur in the framework of the re-elected coalition government plan headed by the new prime minister. The initiative is planned to be implemented in the summer of 2019.

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Health plan to share data

“The draft law on interdepartmental cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Health of Russia concerning the exchange of information about drivers who have medical contraindications to driving vehicles is being coordinated with federal executive bodies, including the Ministry of Health,” the agency’s source said.

Metro will change the navigation on the wishes of passengers

The Moscow Metro will make the first changes to the navigation following the results of the focus groups, the Moskva Agency reports. From October 31 to November 20, the metro held seven meetings with passengers.

New Nissan X-Trail went on sale in Russia

The Nissan X-Trail engine range is represented by a 130-horsepower 1.6-liter diesel engine, combined with the “mechanics”, as well as two petrol engines with working volumes of 2 and 2.5 liters and a return of 144 and 171 hp. Earlier, the Nissan X-Trail was awarded the title of the most popular crossover in Moscow.

Rosstandart allowed to resume the implementation of Chery Tiggo 3

Earlier in the Chinese crossover, there were discrepancies between the declared safety of the glasses and the incorrect operation of the ERA-GLONASS system. This was the reason for the prohibition of the sale of Chery Tiggo 3, but the manufacturer resumed sales after a few days, but already crossovers brought from China.

Lotus will launch an electric hypercar Omega for 2.2 million euros

Hypercar on environmentally friendly fuel received a power plant with a capacity of more than 1,000 hp. and the price is about 2.25 million euros. According to the publication 110km, the novelty, which received the naming of Lotus Omega, will debut next year.

Koenigsegg built the first car with a body of “naked” carbon

The company Koenigsegg on the request of a customer from Switzerland built the first car, the body of which is entirely made of a material called KNC (Koenigsegg Naked Carbon).

The network showed the interior of a new Ford Explorer

Ford will bring a new generation of Explorer to the Detroit auto show, which will be held in January 2019. In the meantime, the new items slowly camouflage camouflage. Photos Salon published edition Autoblog.

Nio is preparing to release a new electric crossover ES632

The company Nio declared itself in 2017 – the electric car EP9 set a record on the Nurburgring. Some time later, the ES8 serial SUV was introduced, the sale of which was launched on the local market recently. On the eve of the brand introduced the “younger” model of the first electric vehicle – ES6.

New Mazda2 will turn into a Mazda CX-3 crossover

The Japanese company intends to release a new compact crossover based on the Mazda 2 hatchback. According to the portal 32cars.ru, the fifth generation of the model will be released in the cross version, and the design of the new product will be in many ways similar to the Mazda CX-3. Official information about the new generation of Mazda 2 has not yet been reported.

Ford Fiesta got the racing version of R2

Due to the new shock absorbers, it became possible to customize the sports car for various types of coverage. The Ford Fiesta rally version will be produced at a factory in Krakow in Poland and, according to preliminary data, the car will cost about 70 thousand euros.

The new Suzuki Ertiga will get a version with a “sport” design.

As is known, in the spring of this year in Indonesia there was a presentation of an updated version of Suzuki Ertiga. In November, the compact van appeared in the Indian showrooms. Production of this model is arranged on the industrial site of the joint venture Maruti Suzuki.

Audi will recall almost 64 thousand cars with diesel engines

Audi will recall about 64 thousand cars with V-TDI diesel engines. This became known from the press service of the manufacturer. The Federal Office of Road Transport has allowed the company to update the engine software for 103.5 thousand cars A6, A7 Sportback and A8, SUV Q5 and SQ5 TDI.

Renault Koleos received a new version

Russian dealers of Renault began accepting orders for the Koleos crossover in the new Comfort standard. Prices for the most affordable flagship SUV Renault start at 1,699,000 rubles, which is 130,000 cheaper than the next version of Exclusive.

Opel will release electric versions of all models until 2024

A hybrid version of the Grandland X SUV model and the electric versions of the Mokka and Vivaro SUV models are scheduled for the next two years. Until 2024, Opel intends to submit the electric versions of all its existing models. “We will get rid of carbon emissions,” said Löscheller.

Pictures of the Stalker pickup truck based on Niva appeared on the net

In the RCI News (Russian Cars Industry) social network group VKontakte images of an experimental pickup truck, which was developed on the units of the legendary Niva, appeared. Over the SUV Apal-2154 “Stalker” works “VIS-Auto”, “daughter” of AvtoVAZ

Introduced electric tractor with five engines

The company Sepp Knusel at the exhibition of agricultural machinery in Switzerland presented a prototype of an economical tractor Rigitrac SKE 50 Electric. As you can guess from the name, the vehicle is powered by electric.

Lexus will bring a hardcore coupe RC F Track Edition to Detroit

Lexus has announced that it will present a hardcore RC F Track Edition coupe at the Detroit Auto Show – apparently the track version. And she published a teaser for the novelty, on which you can see the carbonic rear wing. Photospies, fortunately, were more outspoken than a Japanese company.

Named the date of appearance in the sale of the new Audi Q4 crossover

The leaders of the automobile company Audi officially announced the date of the appearance of the updated crossover Q4. Talk about creating an updated model of the crossover has been going on for the past 5 years.


Named the date of the premiere of the trailer for the movie “Spiderman

The date of the premiere of the first trailer of the film “Spiderman: Far from Home”, which will be a continuation of the film adaptation of the Marvel comic book Spiderman: Returning Home, has become known. As reported, citing its sources, the publication Collider. The debut of the video will take place on Saturday, December 8, during the presentation of Sony during the Comic-Con Experience festival in Brazil.

Swedish cinema will come to Arkhangelsk

From 9 to 25 December, traditional Days of Sweden will be held in Arkhangelsk. This year, the townspeople will see the Swedish cinema, will get acquainted with the Swedish literature and traditions.

Netflix extended “Narco: Mexico” for the second season

The first season of “Narco: Mexico” was released on November 16 on Netflix. The plot of the new series unfolds in the 1980s in Mexico, and not in Colombia, as it was before. The plot tells about the confrontation between drug lord Felix Gallardo and drug agent Kiki Camarena.

Directed by “Blue Abyss” restart “Resident Evil”

Film Studio Constantin Film has decided on the candidacy of the director, who will be tasked to restart the popular Resident Evil franchise. According to the publication Variety, they will be Johannes Roberts, the creator of the sensational underwater drama about the confrontation with sharks, which was shown in the Russian box office under the name “Blue Abyss”.

Roberts will also prepare a new version of the script. It is expected that shooting with a fully updated cast will start in the first half of 2019.

The series “American Gods” will return to the screens in the spring

The premiere of the second season of the popular show, based on the work of the same name by Neil Gaiman, will take place on March 10, 2019. According to The Vulture, during the filming the studio faced some difficulties.

Toby Kebbell will be removed in the new series of Shyamalan

Toby Kebbell (the hateful primate of Koba from Planet of the Apes and the protagonist of one of the episodes of Black Mirror) will play the father and chef Shaun Turner. In the role of his wife Dorothy – Lauren Ambrose (“The client is always dead”), and in the role of her younger brother – Rupert Grint (“Harry Potter”, “Big Jack”, “Hospital Leaf”).

Plot we do not yet know, but the source reports that he will unfold around a married couple Turners, who hire a young nanny to take care of the newborn.

Golden Globe nominees announced in the USA

Announced a list of nominees for the prestigious cinema award Golden Globe. She will be awarded in Los Angeles on January 6th.

The Golden Globe in the Best Film – Drama nomination is claimed by the Black Panther, the Black Clanist, the Bohemian Rhapsody, If Beal Street could start talking and The Star was born. The insanely rich Asians, the Favorite, the Green Book, as well as Mary Poppins are back on the shortlist for the comedy or musical categories.

The award for the Best Dramatic Actor can be given to such first-rate stars as Bradley Cooper, Willem Dafoe, Lady Gaga and Nicole Kidman and Rami Malek, who played Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Teaser of the new season of the Game of Thrones series has been released

HBO channel has released a teaser for the new and last eighth season of “Game of Thrones”

Sami Naseri came to Moscow

The purpose of the visit is to meet with partners about the future film of his brother Bibi “Teacher”. According to the scenario, the main character of the picture is a teacher who works in a colony for minors and helps them find their way in life. It is assumed that the film will be removed as Naseri himself, and Russian artists, whose names have not yet been named.

Chris Columbus will work with Netflix

Netflix has signed a contract with director and producer Chris Columbus, world famous for the cult film Home Alone and the first two parts of the Harry Potter film.


Trans-Siberian Art Festival will be held for the first time at Carnegie Hall

The Trans-Siberian Art Festival, which opens on March 21, 2019, will be held for the first time at one of the main classical venues of the United States and the world – at Carnegie Hall.

YouTube has released a video with the results of 2018

The YouTube service released the YouTube Rewind video, summing up the 2018. In the video by the tradition of the portal lists the most popular memes, people and videos in 2018

The Yandex.Music service has prepared a list of songs, which in 2018 became the most beloved of Russians.

It is reported that the track In My Mind, presented by Dynoro Gigi D’Agostino, became the leader of the nationwide ranking in popularity among Russians.

In second place was the singer MARUV and her hit this year, Boosin Drunk Groove.

In the top three also – Matrang with the popular song “Medusa”.

In addition, the top ten of the most beloved and popular tracks among Russians were “Medina”, performed by Jah Khalib, SuperSTAR Loboda, Sia and David Guetta with their track Flames, Clean Bandit Solo and Demi Lovato, song One Kiss, presented by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa.

The organizing committee of the rock festival “Chernozem” denied rumors about its closure

One of the largest rock festivals in Russia, the Chernozem festival, will be held again in the Tambov region in August 2019. It will take place in a traditional place – on the Tatarsky Val on the border of Tambov.

Igor Lerman Chamber Orchestra was presented with 2 million rubles

The Municipality of Naberezhnye Chelny presented a gift to the Igor Lerman Chamber Orchestra in honor of the 30th anniversary of the creation of the creative team. Deputy Head of the City of Fleur Andreeva handed a certificate for 2 million rubles with the words: “To strengthen the material and technical base.”

Boris Grebenshchikov will give a concert in St. Petersburg in honor of his 65th birthday

The leader of the Aquarium group intends to celebrate its 65th anniversary in the Great Concert Hall Oktyabrsky in St. Petersburg. The organizers reported on the preparation of the concert of Boris Grebenshchikov in the Big Concert Hall “Oktyabrsky” in St. Petersburg.

Requiem Mozart will hear Pskov December 14

As the press service of the TKD informs, the program of the concert includes compositions that have become the last major works of the composers of the two epochs of Mozart and Edward Elgar: Requiem in D minor for orchestra and Concerto for cello and orchestra in E minor.

Garik Sukachev suggested the ban on rappers’ concerts

Rock musician Garik Sukachev considers the prohibitions of rappers’ concerts in the country to be “isolated manifestations.” According to him, there is no counterculture in Russia, since “rap exists in a cultural context”. The musician also believes that the ban on concerts will have a beneficial effect on the rappers themselves.

“Outright Molly” has released a clip for the song “CTRL + Zzz”

The group “Dirty Molly” has released a new video for the track “CTRL + Zzz” from its latest mini-album “Very Scary Molly 3. Part 1”. The director of the video was Liu Chirkova, and together with Pale, Yakov Reznik and Tatyana Chudnovskaya took part in the shooting.

Group “We” announced the collapse

On November 30th, Krause under the pseudonym Mirele released her solo album “Lubol”. The next day, “We” released a mini-album “Winter”, which, in essence, is Daniel Sheika’s solo album: Krause participates in the performance of only one song, which is marked as a fit with Mirele.

Stavropol Cantabile city choir celebrates its 25th anniversary

Two years ago, Tatyana Koshanskaya, Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, became the artistic director of the chapel, the permanent accompanist and lead singer since the founding of the orchestra.

The creators of the festival Chess & Jazz launch a series of parties “Party”.

On December 13 in Moscow, the Party series starts from the founders of the Chess & Jazz summer festival, which was first held in the Hermitage garden on July 7.

The debut party will be held at the Central House of Chess Player (CDS) named after Mikhail Botvinnik (Gogol Blvd., 14), and its headliner will be a three-time Grammy Award winner and the founder of the Snarky Puppy group Bill Lawrence

The lead singer of punk band Buzzcocks Pete Shelley died

British musician Pete McNish, known as Buzzcocks lead singer Pete Shelley, passed away at the age of 63. This group reported on Twitter.

Aleksandrov’s ensemble will perform with tours in seven cities of Poland

Song and Dance Ensemble of the Russian Army named after A.V. Alexandrova in December will arrange a tour in Poland in honor of the 90th anniversary of the team. The first concert will be held on December 7 in Bydgoszcz

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