More than a third of Russians with higher education (38%) do not work in their specialty; among fellow citizens with a university diploma under the age of 24, this share is 54%, according to a survey by the Research Center of the SuperJob.ru portal, received by Interfax.
Residents of Uzbekistan massively buy air tickets to Russia
The Ministry of Transport of Uzbekistan is negotiating with Russian colleagues to tighten the schedule of regular flights against the background of the rush demand among residents of the country for air tickets to the Russian Federation, RIA Novosti reports.
Air traffic between the countries was resumed on April 1. In social networks, residents of Uzbekistan were outraged that Aeroflot and Uzbekistan Airways flights were sold out three months in advance, and their price increased by about a third.
Malta is ready to pay tourists for visiting the country
The Malta authorities are planning to pay tourists up to € 200 to revive the tourism industry. This is reported by Reuters with reference to the country’s Ministry of Tourism. The head of the department, Clayton Bartolo, clarified that foreigners visiting Malta will be able to receive money on one condition – if they stay there for at least three days. To do this, you must book your room directly with your local hotel. Thus, guests of five-star hotels will be paid 200 euros, four-star hotels – 150 euros, and three-star hotels – 100 euros.
Chinese authorities fined Alibaba
China’s General Directorate of Market Control and Regulation issued an administrative penalty on April 10, deciding to impose a fine of 4% of the company’s 2019 domestic sales … for a total of 18.228 billion yuan, it said in a statement.
It is noted that this decision was made “taking into account the nature, duration and scale of the illegal activities of the Alibaba Group.”
The Veduchi resort in Chechnya needs additional investments
The development of the Veduchi resort in Chechnya will require an investment of about 2.5 billion rubles in the energy supply infrastructure. This was stated by the head of the Ministry of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov during a meeting on the socio-economic development of the Chechen Republic in Grozny.
“There are very complex issues related to energy supply [during the construction of the Veduchi resort], we discussed them, it is clear what needs to be done, we will be completing all these issues. I found programs, otherwise everything else will simply be meaningless, “he said.
Telegram began to return money to some of the TON investors
The Telegram messenger began to pay debts to those investors of the Telegram Open Network (TON) blockchain platform, who, after its closure, decided not to take money, but to leave it as a loan and a year later and receive 110% of the amount, The Bell reports, citing two investors. …
Putin phoned Erdogan
We discussed Donbass, Karabakh, Syria, Sputnik V and the Montreux Convention on the Black Sea. At the request of Erdogan, Putin outlined Russian approaches to resolving the internal Ukrainian crisis. Putin, in the light of plans to build the Istanbul Canal, told Erdogan about the importance of preserving the current regime of the Black Sea Straits in accordance with the provisions of the Montreux Convention – for the sake of maintaining regional stability
Turkey announced the passage of US warships to the Black Sea
Turkey has officially notified the participants of the Montreux Convention about the passage of US warships to the Black Sea, the Russian embassy told RIA Novosti.
The Pentagon said that the sending of ships to the Black Sea is “routine”, the United States is coordinating these actions under the Montreux Convention
Talks between the presidents of Turkey and Ukraine
Presidents of Turkey and Ukraine at a meeting in Istanbul confirmed strategic partnership between two countries – Erdogan
Erdogan after talks with Zelensky expressed support for the “Crimean platform”
Erdogan called the cooperation between Turkey and Ukraine in the defense industry “an important element”. Cooperation between Turkey and Ukraine in the defense industry is not directed against any third country – Erdogan
Zelensky, after meeting with Erdogan, said that they discussed security issues in the Black Sea region: the views of Kiev and Ankara coincide
Zelenskiy and Erdogan issue joint statement supporting Ukraine’s NATO membership prospect
USA not ready to lift all sanctions on Iran
The United States is not ready to lift all sanctions on Iran even if it returns to the JCPOA, the State Department said. The Vienna talks with Iran were in line with US expectations, but questions remain about Tehran’s intentions. Indirect talks will resume next week.
Nuclear facility in Iranian Natanz has an “incident” in the power distribution network
There are no casualties in the incident, an investigation is underway, Iranian media reported, citing the local Atomic Energy Organization. In early April, Iran launched the 4th cascade of new generation centrifuges for uranium enrichment at Natanz
Medical marijuana (cannabis) legalized in Ukraine
The Cabinet of Ministers has excluded some cannabis-based drugs from the list of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors. 64% of voters voted for legalization in the All-Ukrainian poll.
Famine awaits North Korea, said Kim Jong-un.
The North Korean leader at a party conference called on citizens to be prepared for food difficulties and compared the situation with the crisis of the 90s. Then from 10 thousand to 3 million citizens died of hunger.
Workers in Primorye went on strike
Workers of the museum and theater complex on Russky Island in Vladivostok staged a spontaneous rally at a construction site on March 11. They demanded to give them part of the unpaid salary, and also complained about unsanitary living conditions in the hostel and poor food.
Theology entered the list of scientific specialties in Russia
2021 in Russia will be the Year of Science and Technology. An order of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia was registered, which introduced a new nomenclature of scientific specialties. Theology is now included among the branches of knowledge in this list, according to the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church.
“The adoption of the new nomenclature was a reflection of the progressive development of theology in Russia. An important step has been taken towards the formation of a group of scientific specialties,” the message says.
Theology as a branch of knowledge (a group of scientific specialties), referred to the field of social and human sciences, will include three new specialties: “Theoretical Theology”, “Historical Theology” and “Practical Theology”. Each of the three specialties provides three research areas – Orthodoxy, Islam, Judaism.
Theology, or theology, is the systematic presentation and interpretation of any religious teaching, the dogmas of any religion. – Wikipedia
Draft US military budget
US President Joe Biden proposed to Congress to allocate $ 715 billion for the country’s military needs, according to the draft budget for the 2022 fiscal year.
“The request gives priority to the need to counter the threat from China, as well as contain the destabilizing behavior of Russia,” the document says.
Other funding goals for the Pentagon include supporting defense research, optimizing military shipbuilding, and modernizing the nuclear deterrent. Funding in such a volume should also contribute to the fight against emerging biological threats, the project says.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy approved sanctions against legal entities and individuals
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy approved the sanctions of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine against legal entities and individuals, including former high-ranking Ukrainian officials, including ex-President Viktor Yanukovych and ex-Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.
In total, 27 people fell under the sanctions. Among them are the former Minister of Defense Pavel Lebedev, the former Minister of Education Dmitry Tabachnik, the former Prosecutor of Crimea Natalya Poklonskaya, and the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Pshonka. In addition, the list includes the current head of Crimea Sergey Aksenov, State Duma deputy Konstantin Zatulin and the head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic Leonid Pasechnik.
Innopraktika Foundation has set a new record
In 2020, his income from commercial activities increased to almost 600 million rubles, Open Media discovered after examining the fund’s financial statements. And last year Innopraktika received the same targeted contributions from Russian citizens and organizations. For all eight years of its existence, the fund received from all sources almost 6 billion rubles, they calculated the OM.
The government will send aid to the Jewish Autonomous and Kostroma regions
The JAO will receive more than 1.5 billion rubles to replenish the wages fund, social benefits, as well as medical insurance costs for non-working citizens.
The Kostroma region, where Mishustin was earlier on a working trip, will allocate 1.36 billion rubles. The funds will go to the salaries of state employees
Average salary in Russia in February 2021
The leaders, traditionally, are the regions of the North: 120 thousand per month in Chukotka, 107.5 in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, 97.7 in the Magadan Region, 97 in Sakhalin, 93.7 in the NAO. Moscow is in sixth place: the average resident of the capital received a salary of 93 thousand rubles in February. Next comes St. Petersburg: 66 thousand rubles. And in the Moscow region that follows him – 57 thousand rubles.
Salary outsiders: Ivanovo region (the average resident of the region received a salary of 27.2 thousand rubles in February), Chechnya (28.2), Dagestan (28.7), Altai Territory (28.8) and Karachay-Cherkessia (28.9). The average salary was also less than 30 thousand rubles in Kabardino-Balkaria, Tambov region, North Ossetia, Mordovia and Ingushetia.
The European Parliament called for tougher EU and US sanctions against Russia
The authorities of the European Union and the United States should tighten sanctions against Russia in the event of an escalation of the situation in Donbass or deterioration in the health of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is serving time in a colony
Dzerzhinsk postmen fired for refusing to sell food
A loud scandal occurred in the city of Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod region. 40 postmen were fired for refusing to sell food to retirees. The selling price of these goods is several times higher than the market price. Pensioners do not want to buy this. And the mail has a plan.
The postmen collected signatures from pensioners that they did not need these goods, announced this to their superiors, reported in the media, the prosecutor’s office, the labor inspection, but they were simply fired for allegedly refusing to fulfill their labor duties.
Russia accused Germany of “complicity with Navalny”
Russia accused the German authorities of allegedly helping opposition leader Alexei Navalny in the work on his video about the estate near Gelendzhik, which is called “Putin’s palace”, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the film could not have been made without the assistance of the official authorities of the Federal Republic of Germany and, in particular, the German special services. The Kremlin believes that information about the ownership of the house mentioned in the film to the President of the Russian Federation “is complete nonsense and lies.”
Norway’s sovereign wealth fund invested in alternative energy
The Norwegian Sovereign Fund will buy a 50% stake in the Borssele wind farm for € 1.4 billion (approximately DKK 10.2 billion). For the fund, the deal will be the first investment in renewable energy infrastructure, the fund’s manager Norges Bank Investment Management said in a statement.
Previously, the fund completely got rid of assets related to oil exploration and production, and aimed at building a portfolio based on companies operating in the renewable energy industry.
Funds from Navalny investigation increased profits
Non-profit funds, which in its investigation the Anti-Corruption Foundation (recognized as a foreign agent) linked with the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, recorded a net profit for 2020 in the amount of 676 million rubles, according to MBH Media, citing data from the State Information Resource of Accounting.
In Russia, the average maturity of overdue loans has grown
Russian debtors take an average of 15 months to pay off overdue loans, according to the National Association of Professional Collection Agencies (NAPKA). In 2019, the average maturity of overdue loans was 12 months, the report said.
The average amount paid for 2020 increased by almost a third (+ 29.3%) and amounted to 128 thousand rubles, according to RBC NAPKA data. In the first quarter of 2021, the average size of bad debt increased to a four-year high, 137.6 thousand rubles.
Russia paid WADA annual fee
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has received from Russia the mandatory annual contribution for 2021 in full. This is evidenced by the latest financial report of WADA, which was at the disposal of TASS.
The amount of Russia’s contribution in 2020 was $ 1,091,877. Every year, the amount of countries’ contributions to the WADA budget increases by about 8%. In 2020, Russia paid $ 1,015,977.
The largest contributions to the WADA budget in 2021 should be made by the USA ($ 2,931,923) and Canada ($ 1,465,962). Canada, like Russia, has also already paid WADA the due amount.
In March, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency paid the World Anti-Doping Agency 400 thousand Swiss francs (about $ 432 thousand) in compensation for funds spent in the proceedings in the Court of Arbitration for Sport
Russia has become a leader in the shadow crypto transactions market
Russia recently became the leader in the shadow cryptocurrency market, with a whopping 41.1% of the total. This is reported by the vc.ru edition.
US calls for flat income tax rate
The White House plans to negotiate with other states for corporations to pay taxes where they actually sell. In parallel, the Ministry of Finance put forward the idea of introducing a minimum income tax rate, thereby covering up all possible “tax havens”.
Debts of Komi housing companies
Komi Energy Retail Company has published a list of housing organizations that have accumulated a lot of debts for public services. The total debt for electricity and heat exceeded 1.6 billion rubles.
Bacteria found in Death Valley
Under the American Valley of Death, bacteria of the species Candidatus Desulforudis audaxviator were discovered, unique in that their ecosystem is completely isolated from the outside world, and they themselves have undergone too little evolutionary changes since the collapse of the Pangea supercontinent, which occurred about 175 million years ago.
The secret of turtles that allows them to swim across the Pacific Ocean
The unusual behavior of loggerhead sea turtles has long been of interest to biologists. The fact is that representatives of this species hatch from eggs on the coast of Japan, and then appear off the coast of Mexico, overcoming more than 14 thousand kilometers across the North Pacific Ocean. Turtles are cold-blooded animals, and staying in cold water can turn out to be death for them.
It turns out that near the northern coast of America, thanks to the wind rose, the waters of the Pacific Ocean are sometimes warmed by warm currents, which are pushed to the coastline. Then the warm current retreats into the ocean again and carries away all marine life, according to Frontiers in Marine Science.
SpaceX Names Remaining Launches For Starlink Global Coverage
The ability to connect to Starlink satellite Internet from anywhere in the world will be achieved after five more launches. This was announced by SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell at the Satellite 2021 forum.
The Ministry of Education and Science opposed the belittling of the role of Russia in space exploration
The Ministry of Education and Science of Russia notes attempts to belittle the role of Soviet and Russian scientists in space exploration and has launched a number of measures aimed at preserving the historical truth in this area. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Elena Druzhinina during a round table dedicated to the historical role of Russia in space exploration.
The Kremlin calls the situation in Ukraine dangerous for Russia
Moscow does not rule out that Kiev may try to solve internal problems by force, in this case the situation will pose a danger to Russia, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov on the air of the Russia 1 TV channel.
“Is it dangerous for us? Of course it’s dangerous. Should we take steps to ensure our safety? Should. This is what we are doing, ”he said (quoted by Interfax).
Philips unveils two new Momentum monitors
Philips is expanding its range of monitors with two Momentum models, the 275M8RZ and 345M2CRZ. The manufacturer did not indicate the cost of the monitors.
Nokia unveils new 5G smartphones with a three-year warranty
The Finnish company HMD Global has announced the Nokia X10 and Nokia X20 smartphones with support for 5G networks. The hardware platform is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 mobile chipset, made according to the 8nm process technology. The microcircuit includes eight Kryo 460 cores with a maximum frequency of 2 GHz, an Adreno 619 video controller and a Snapdragon X51 5G cellular modem. Both smartphones are running the Android 11 operating system. Within three years, the developer will release security patches and updated firmware.
The Nokia X20 smartphone will be delivered to Russia in blue and pink colors, with a set of 8 GB / 128 GB memory at a price of 31,990 rubles. Nokia X10 will be available in two colors – white and blue-green. The Russian market will offer a 6 GB / 128 GB configuration. Price and start date of sales will be announced in May 2021
Graphics editor Paint removed from Windows
The program has been moved to the Microsoft Store, according to the company’s website. The Paint logo has been changed. This change is included in the tenth version of Windows. In an explanatory note from Microsoft, it says that previously built-in Windows programs have been ported from the operating system due to the loss of popularity.
Paint is a graphics editor released by Microsoft in 1985. Despite the simplified functionality, the program is considered a cult among PC users.
Fake third-generation AirPods are on sale
By the end of this year, Apple intends to introduce the third generation of the AirPods wireless headset. However, scammers have already started to trade in a fake. A video showing fake AirPods 3 earbuds has surfaced on TikTok.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge to star in fifth Indiana Jones movie
Trash creator and star Phoebe Waller-Jones will join the cast of the latest Indiana Jones movie 41 years after the first film was released. She will play alongside 78-year-old Harrison Ford in the fifth episode of the franchise about the legendary archaeologist. The fifth film will be released on screens on July 29, 2022
Norway’s prime minister fined
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg was fined for violating quarantine rules, local media reported.
Solberg is known to have hosted a family birthday party. She invited 13 family members to the holiday, the celebration took place at one of the mountain resorts. Earlier, Solberg herself agreed on a ban on events with the participation of more than ten people.
The Norwegian prime minister has apologized to the residents of the country. 60-year-old Erna Solberg will have to pay a fine of two thousand euros to the treasury.
The United States Intends to Participate in the Crimean Platform Summit
Washington representatives will attend the Crimean Platform Summit. Charge d’Affaires of the United States in Ukraine Christina Queen told reporters about this.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy initiated the creation of the “Crimean Platform” in order to coordinate efforts at the international level to return Crimea to the jurisdiction of Ukraine. According to his idea, the work of the platform will begin with the so-called inaugural summit on August 23 this year in Kiev.
Ukraine offered Turkey shares of Motor Sich JSC
The Ukrainian authorities continue to look for buyers for up to 50 percent of the shares of the Motor Sich enterprise (JSC), which specializes in the production of aircraft engines. Most recently, 56 percent of the shares belonged to Chinese enterprises, but Kiev, frightened by the transfer of production to the territory of the PRC, announced the termination of the transaction and the nationalization of the joint-stock company.