16 Мар, 2022

Sanctions against American politicians

Russia has imposed sanctions against Biden, Blinken and a number of American politicians. Here is the full sanctions list (according to RBC):

Joseph Biden (Joseph Robinette Biden);

Anthony Blinken (Anthony John Blinken);

Lloyd Austin (Lloyd James Austin III);

Mark Milley;

Jacob Sullivan (Jacob Jeremiah Sullivan) — assistant to the President of the United States for national security;

William Joseph Burns — director of the CIA;

Jennifer Psaki (Jennifer Rene Psaki) — Press Secretary of the White House;

Daleep Singh — Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security;

Samantha Jane Power — Director of the Agency for International Development;

Hunter Biden (Robert Hunter Biden) — son of the President of the United States;

Hillary Clinton (Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton) — former US presidential candidate;

Adewale Adeyemo — First Deputy Minister of Finance;

Reta Jo Lewis is President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank.

 

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The Hubble telescope confirmed Einstein’s theory 86 years ago. «Einstein’s ring» — what looks like four stars from the outside, in fact — one star. More specifically, a quasar. It’s just that the light from it is refracted by the gravity of two galaxies.

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Russia has officially notified the Council of Europe of its withdrawal from this organization. The letter signed by Lavrov was handed over to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. This was announced by the head of the Russian delegation to PACE, deputy Petr Tolstoy.

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Russia is banning Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau from entering the country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Moscow also included 313 Canadian citizens on the sanctions list, including the heads of the Foreign and Defense Ministry.

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the UEFA ban on the participation of all Russian clubs in tournaments under the auspices of the organization.

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The American company Intel announced the first stage of the implementation of the plan for the development of semiconductor production in the European Union. Now the company is going to spend 17 billion euros on the construction of a semiconductor factory in Germany, which should start in the first half of 2023. The start of production is scheduled for 2027.

It will also invest 12 billion euros to expand the production of chips in Ireland. In addition, Intel is negotiating with the Italian authorities to create an auxiliary production complex. It is planned to invest up to 4.5 billion euros in it.

Other plans include the construction of a new European research and development center in France.

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A live photo of the first Vivo smartphone equipped with a flexible display was at the disposal of network sources. This device can enter the commercial market under the name Vivo X Fold.

The screen size, according to rumors, will be about 8 inches diagonally, the resolution is QHD +. The refresh rate will reach 120Hz. It will be based on the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor with eight cores (up to 3.0 GHz) and an advanced 5G modem. Power will be provided by a 4600 mAh battery with support for 80-watt fast charging and 50-watt wireless charging.

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Britain has published new sanctions against Russia in response to the military operation in Ukraine. The restrictions will include 350 Russian individuals and legal entities, including former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova and TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov. Also, the UK will impose nine new restrictions on cryptocurrency transactions for Russia.

The restrictions will also affect TV presenters Olga Skabeeva, Tigran Keosayan, Roman Babayan, writer Zakhar Prilepin, and journalist Anton Krasovsky. The head of the presidential administration of Russia Anton Vaino was included in the sanctions list.

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Air Serbia has canceled all flights from Moscow to Belgrade. It is impossible to purchase a ticket on the airline’s website, and passengers received letters about flight cancellation

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The Maldives no longer requires arriving tourists to undergo PCR tests upon arrival. This applies to everyone (vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers).

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The German government suggested that organizations and citizens remove Kaspersky Anti-Virus because the program can transfer user data to Moscow

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German professor Stefan Hessbruggen-Walter, who taught at the Faculty of Humanities, quit the Higher School of Economics, sociologist Sergey Erofeev said on his Facebook page. The professor has been working at the HSE since 2013 and has a lifetime contract with the university.

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Beltelecom is going to spend $4.25 million to block the Internet and collect information about users

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The first pharmaceutical giant, the American company Eli Lilly, has limited the supply of drugs to Russia. The company will continue to import only life-saving drugs into the country, such as medicines for cancer and diabetes patients. Profits from sales will go to humanitarian aid

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UK sanctions. A preliminary list of Russian goods has been published, in connection with the import of which into the UK it will be necessary to pay an additional duty of 35%. It includes, among others:

  • iron, steel;
  • fertilizers;
  • tree;
  • tires;
  • railway containers;
  • cement;
  • copper, aluminum, silver, lead, iron ore;
  • drinks, spirits and vinegar (including vodka);
  • glass and glassware;
  • oilseeds;
  • paper and cardboard;
  • mechanical equipment;
  • works of art, antiques;
  • fur skins and artificial fur;
  • ships;
  • White fish such as cod and haddock

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State Department: The US will not import Iranian oil instead of Russian, regardless of how the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program end.

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About two dozen popular VPN services in Russia have already been blocked, Roskomnadzor will continue this work further, said Alexander Khinshtein, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications

According to him, everyone who continues to use Instagram (which has been blocked in Russia since March 14) uses a VPN in one way or another, that is, a network routing bypass system, Mr. Khinshtein said: “VPN is blocked daily. It’s not such an easy task, but it gets done.»

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The largest mailing service Mailchimp stopped supporting user accounts from Russia

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In Spain, the yacht «Lady Anastasia» was detained. Presumably it belongs to the general director of «Rosoboronexport» Alexander Mikheev.

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British MP Stephen Kinnock has asked the UK Home Office to take steps to strip Russian TV presenter Sergei Brilev of British citizenship, ban him from entering the country and freeze his British assets. — the Guardian.

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The German football club «Eintracht Frankfurt» refused sponsorship of «Kaspersky Lab». A further partnership based on trust has become impossible, the club said.

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FIDE has moved the 2022 World Chess Olympiad from Moscow to Chennai, India, according to the federation’s Twitter account. The tournament will be held in late July and early August.

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Israel has changed the rules for the entry of Ukrainian citizens into the country. A quota has been set for 5,000 citizens of Ukraine who will be able to enter the country. Israel has already used part of the quota. Persons who try to enter Israel as tourists cannot enter the country without hindrance.

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Tigran Khudaverdyan leaves the board of directors and the post of Deputy General Director of Yandex N.V., as well as his positions in the Dutch subsidiaries of the company due to being on the EU sanctions list

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Freelance exchange Fiverr suspends work in Russia. A key feature of the service at the start was the ability to order a digital service from freelancers for only $5 dollars, among which the most popular were writing texts, translation, graphic design, video editing and programming.

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One of the world’s largest law firms, Baker McKenzie, is leaving Russia after 33 years of operation. The firm announced this on March 15 on its website.

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International companies that partially or completely leave Russia provide jobs for more than 200,000 people in the country, Forbes magazine reported.

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North Korea launched an unidentified projectile from the Sunan region, but it was unsuccessful, according to South Korean military estimates, the Yonhap news agency reported.

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Fitch downgraded the long-term ratings of 31 Russian banks to «CC» from «B», and also removed them from the Rating Watch list (rating under review — TASS note) with a negative outlook.

Short-term Issuer Default Ratings were downgraded from ‘B’ to ‘C’ and removed from Rating Watch with a negative outlook.

The banks with the revised rating included Raiffeisenbank, MCB, Gazprombank, Alfa-Bank, Sberbank, Tinkoff Bank and others.

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Roman Abramovich must annually pay about £10,000 to the British treasury for the land on which his mansion stands, newspapers write. However, the businessman cannot do this due to the freezing of assets in the UK.

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Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported that four patrol ships of the Chinese maritime police arrived in the area of ​​the disputed Senkaku Islands, located in the East China Sea. Japan considers this territory to be its territorial waters. It is specified that the Japanese side sent a warning to the Chinese ships and demanded to immediately leave this zone.

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D Kazakhstan president admits torture of detainees after January protests

“We acknowledged the facts when law enforcement officers used prohibited methods of interrogation and even torture against detainees. Such barbaric manifestations of the Middle Ages are contrary to the principles of any progressive society.

In addition, Tokayev said that individual officials united and sought to seize power in order to create lawlessness.

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Tokayev, in a message to the people of Kazakhstan, outlined a program of political reforms. Here’s what they will look like:

  • transition from a super-presidential form of government to a presidential republic with a strong parliament;
  • a ban on the participation of the president in the activities of parties;
  • a ban on the work of the closest relatives of the president in positions of political civil servants and leaders in the quasi-public sector;
  • simplification of party registration — the registration threshold will be reduced from 20,000 to 5,000 people, the minimum number of regional offices — from 600 to 200 people, the minimum number of an initiative group for creating a party — from 1,000 to 700 people;
  • the creation of a constitutional court, the Prosecutor General and the Ombudsman will also have the right to apply there;

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Since March 16, Avtovaz has raised prices for Lada cars for the second time in a month, follows from the current price list on the company’s official website. The increase in prices for the six main families averaged 8%.

The cost of the Lada Granta sedan now starts from 727.9 thousand rubles (+6% or 43 thousand rubles),
Vesta — 1 million 121.9 thousand rubles (+ 8.6% or 89 thousand rubles),
Xray — 1 million 106.9 thousand rubles (+ 9.6% or 97 thousand rubles),
Niva Travel — 1 million 66.9 thousand rubles (+6% or 63 thousand rubles),
three-door Niva Legend — 818.9 thousand rubles (+5% or 42 thousand rubles),
Lada Largus will amount from 1 million 235.9 thousand rubles (+12% or 132 thousand rubles).

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Norwegian Equinor will increase gas exports to Europe by 1.4 billion cubic meters. m during 2022, the company said.

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AvtoVAZ will go on a corporate vacation from 4 to 24 April. The enterprises are located in Tolyatti and Izhevsk. The number of employees is 34,198 people.

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As of January 1, 2022, the number of pensioners registered with the Pension Fund amounted to just over 42 million, a decrease of about 970 thousand people (2.3%) compared to January 1, 2021. This is the largest decline since the early 1990s, follows from updated data from the Pension Fund (PFR), which RBC studied.

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Video hosting YouTube has blocked the account of the Orthodox TV channel «Spas», the channel is moving to Rutube, the press service of the channel said.

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Australian engineers tracked the fall of a meteorite to Earth for the first time and found its fragment four days later using a drone, not a search party. We have not yet had time to conduct a full-fledged analysis, but they suggest that it belongs to the class of ordinary chondrites

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Vietnam has returned visa-free entry to the country for Russian tourists. The authorities report that without a visa, you can stay in Vietnam for up to 15 days, regardless of the purpose of entry.

Foreign tourists need to present a certificate of full vaccination («Sputnik V») or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19, as well as a negative PCR or rapid antigen test, made 72 and 24 hours before arrival, respectively, Interfax reports. «.

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At the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office, Roskomnadzor blocked in the Russian Federation the website of Novye Izvestia, the Russian-language Israeli media Channel Nine and Vesti Israel, the Belarusian Euroradio and the Estonian newspaper Postimees, as well as the website of the investigative group Bellingcat and a number of other resources; in total, more than 30 resources were blocked on Wednesday.

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EU finance ministers have reached agreement on a common approach to the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). The mechanism involves paying for carbon dioxide emissions from imports of steel, cement, fertilizers, aluminum and electricity.

According to the website of the Council of the EU, the measure is introduced to ensure that European industry is not affected by cheaper goods produced in countries with weaker environmental regulations than in the EU. The new tool is expected to be launched in 2026.

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The largest German energy concern E.ON stopped purchasing new volumes of gas from Russian companies

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Sheremetyevo Airport has temporarily closed Terminals D, E and the use of the third runway. This is due to a decrease in load and the number of flights.

The schedule of interterminal trains has been temporarily changed: only one of the two trains will run between Sheremetyevo 1 and Sheremetyevo 2 stations.

These measures will be in effect until the restoration of the volume of passenger traffic and the intensity of takeoff and landing operations.

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Spain suspends the issuance of «golden visas» — a residence permit in the country when investing in its economy. This was reported to RIA Novosti by the Spanish Foreign Ministry.

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The team of China’s first rover, Zhuzhong, has published the results of an analysis of data collected over the first 60 sols of its operation on the Utopia Plain. It turned out that the soil at the landing site is much more durable than the lunar regolith, and also quite sticky. In addition, scientists determined that the terrain in the landing area was formed due to the physical and chemical weathering of rocks, including with the participation of water.

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The Government of the Russian Federation will cancel the registration of scientific articles in the international databases Web of science and Scopus to assess the effectiveness of Russian scientists. The moratorium is expected to last until December 31, 2022. The text of the draft resolution is at the disposal of Gazeta.Ru.

The publication of texts in the databases will not be taken into account when assessing the effectiveness of scientific, scientific, technical and innovative projects, projects to support higher education, as well as the state task for scientific research.

Accounting for such publications will also be canceled when allocating grants and subsidies from the federal budget.

Also, the requirement to take into account publications in Web of science and Scopus is planned to be canceled when defending dissertations. Participation in foreign scientific conferences will also become optional. Previously, this was also considered an important positive factor for Russian scientists.

The draft resolution, which should be signed by Mikhail Mishustin, was approved by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation «without comment.»

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The world’s largest index provider S&P Dow Jones Indices has decided to exclude bonds of Russian and Belarusian issuers from the calculated indices. This was reported by the press service of the company. S&P Dow Jones Indices will remove Russian and Belarusian bonds after March 31, 2022.

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The head of the Swiss Federal Department of Economics, Education and Research, Guy Parmelin, approved sanctions against more than 200 Russian individuals and legal entities due to the military special operation of the Russian army in Ukraine. The Swiss sanctions list is now fully consistent with the EU list.

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The Swedish space agency refused to launch a satellite on a Russian rocket from the Vostochny cosmodrome

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Dmitry Konov, Chairman of the Board of PJSC SIBUR Holding, will step down and leave the Board of Directors due to EU and UK sanctions.

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International biopharmaceutical company Merck & Co. Inc, against the background of events in Ukraine, announced the termination of further investments in Russia, but the company will continue to supply vital medicines and vaccines to the country.

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The WTO reported that 14 more members of the organization have notified their intention to deprive Russia of the most favored nation treatment. Among them: the EU, UK, USA, Canada, South Korea, Moldova, Norway and Iceland, Australia and New Zealand, Montenegro, Albania and North Macedonia.

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The energy system of Ukraine has officially completed the unification with the European one and became part of ENTSO-E

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BMW and Volkswagen factories are suspending work due to a shortage of parts imported from Ukraine, the Financial Times reports. According to Auto Analysis, cited by the newspaper, Ukraine, in particular, accounts for about a fifth of the supply of electrical cables.

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Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG suspends investments and commercial activities in Russia. However, its plant in St. Petersburg will continue to produce medicines for the Russian market, Bloomberg reported, citing a company statement. About 2 thousand people work at the Russian Novartis plant.

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Italian authorities have arrested real estate in the province of Sassari in Sardinia, which belongs to the former head of the board of directors of Alfa Bank, Peter Aven, who fell under EU sanctions, La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera report.

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Roskomnadzor blocked the BBC News website, the main site of the British corporation. The website of the BBC Russian service was blocked in early March

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Intuition Robotics has released the ElliQ companion robot, which is aimed at the elderly. Unlike most companion robots, ElliQ does not wait for the owner to call him, but initiates the interaction himself.

The robot remembers the information that the user shares with him, and uses it in the future, gradually moving closer to the owner. ElliQ includes access to a variety of content: workout videos, music, news and games. The robot also conducts daily health checks, evaluates the quality of sleep and other indicators. It allows you to make video calls, exchange messages and notify loved ones about the state of health. In addition, ElliQ helps you set reminders, set a timer, order flowers, and use Uber transportation services. In the coming months, developers are going to add food delivery and other services to this list.

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