23 Aug, 2021

Social Sentiment Index in Russia

In July 2021, public sentiment in Russia has deteriorated markedly compared to the previous measurement in May this year. The composite index of public sentiment (ISN), calculated by the Levada Center, dropped to 102 points after 110 points in May (minus 7% in two months).

First of all, negative changes in mood were manifested in the assessments of the prospects for the development of the situation – the index of expectations (EI) decreased by 9%, to 94 points. At the same time, pessimistic expectations are more connected with the situation in the country as a whole, rather than with personal expectations for the future.

The assessments of the family’s life prospects in the coming year worsened least of all (minus 7%). And the idea of ​​impending changes in the political and economic life of Russia, the ability of the country’s leadership to cope with problems has deteriorated by 9-10%.

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Boris Johnson convenes an emergency meeting of the G7

“It is vital that the global community works together to ensure safe evacuations, avert a humanitarian crisis and support the Afghan people in consolidating their achievements over the past 20 years,” Johnson wrote.

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Vladimir Putin opposed the placement of Afghan refugees in Central Asia

“Imagine, refugees have entered any country … who are these refugees? How do we know? There may be thousands, or even hundreds of thousands. Or maybe millions.”

“And we, with these our closest allies and neighbors, do not even have visa restrictions. But what kind of border? A thousand kilometers. I got on anything, even a car, even a donkey, and drove across the steppe. And what are we going to do about it? ? ”

“This is important for our security, is directly related to our citizens. We do not want fighters under the guise of refugees to appear in our country.”

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Zelensky has awarded Merkel the Order of Freedom (awarded for merit in asserting Ukraine’s sovereignty). Other cavaliers include the co-author of the “Norman” format Hollande, Kravchuk, Klitschko, Soros, McCain, Biden, Mustafa Dzhemilev and Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

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About 400 people turned to the Russian Embassy in Kabul with a request for help, these are Afghans with Russian citizenship – Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov

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Zelensky said that the Crimean Platform offices will work not only in Ukraine.

“There will be a central office in Kiev, and in many countries where there are signatories, there will be certain areas related to the de-occupation of Crimea.”

Forum “Crimean Platform” will start in Kiev. One of his stated goals is to discuss ways to “de-occupy” the peninsula.

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The monument to the members of the armed nationalist formations, known under the general name “Forest Brothers”, was inaugurated in the village of Hyuti, Võru County, in southeastern Estonia.

The Forest Brothers were nationalist groups that acted in the 1940-1950s on the territory of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia against the Soviet regime and advocated the restoration of the independence of these republics.

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The Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia), which controls almost the entire territory of Afghanistan, has issued an ultimatum to the self-proclaimed leader of the resistance, Ahmad Massoud. The Taliban demanded that Masood and his supporters lay down their arms within four hours. Massoud rejected the ultimatum, saying that it was the Taliban who should make concessions and form a government with the participation of all forces, otherwise “war is inevitable.”

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In the Samara region, a national park has been engulfed in fire, and train traffic has been stopped. Two settlements suffered from the fire – Gvardeytsy and Turgenevka. The movement of long-distance trains has been stopped. The fire covered about 100 hectares.

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In Moscow, fans were detained who hung out at the match of the national team of Belarus a white-red-white flag at the World Cup beach soccer match. According to “OVD-info” with reference to one of the detainees, the fans were taken to the police department in “Luzhniki” and they drew up protocols on violation of the rules of behavior of spectators during official sports competitions (Article 20.31 of the Administrative Code). The trial, which will impose their punishment, will take place on Monday. The detainees were left overnight at the police station. One of the teams of the match “Belarus – Switzerland” played in red, and the other in white.

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The Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with the Fregat upper stage was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome, according to the website of the Roscosmos state corporation. It is supposed to launch 34 communications satellites from OneWeb into orbit. The rocket was launched on August 22 at 01:13 Moscow time. After 564 seconds, the orbital block with satellites was placed on a suborbital trajectory.

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The Taliban announced that several hundred of their fighters had moved towards Panjshir province, as “the local authorities refused to peacefully hand over control.” Panjshir is one of the last territories in Afghanistan where Taliban rule is not recognized.

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In Russia, in January-July, citizens’ funds in current foreign currency accounts increased by 17.6%, to $ 35.6 billion as of August 1, RBC reports, citing Central Bank statistics. There has not been such a sharp increase in seven months since 2017.

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Elizabeth II is preparing a response to attacks from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. According to a Sun source, the royal family is hiring lawyers to deal with libel and privacy issues. Lawyers will study the content of Harry’s memoirs, which are due out in 2022. Buckingham Palace declined to comment on this information.

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The law necessary for the start of payments to pensioners (10 thousand rubles) and the military (15 thousand rubles), announced by the president, will be adopted by parliament at the very beginning of the autumn session, Senator Ryazansky told RIA Novosti

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Retail sales of red caviar over the past year fell by 20% in kind, according to the calculations of the research company GfK, which tracks purchases of more than 20 thousand households across the country.

The data was taken as a basis for 12 months – from July 2020 to June 2021 – in comparison with the same period of previous years. At the same time, the sales of not only natural red caviar, which is obtained from salmon fish species (pink salmon, sockeye, etc.), but also its imitation, a cheaper product resembling caviar, but made from seaweed, were evaluated.

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The Russian concern AvtoVAZ has suspended work on all three car production lines at the Togliatti plant for a week due to a shortage of components.

“Due to the ongoing shortage of supplies of electronic components Bosch, all three lines for the production of cars at the Togliatti plant will be stopped throughout the week,” – said in a statement.

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The Swedish company SSAB has supplied Volvo with the first batch of a new type of automotive steel – “green”. The term is still unofficial, this material is also called “environmentally friendly steel”, because it does not use fossil fuels and the energy produced with their help. There are also no emissions into the atmosphere in the process of producing eco-steel, which is very beneficial for companies.

SSAB does not deny that the new steel is significantly more expensive than usual, but the exact price is not given. The current steel market is in a fever, prices are constantly growing, so experts do not undertake to estimate how much such an eco-metal might actually cost.

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The Project edition will be relaunched under the new name Agency. The publication, which specializes in investigations of high-ranking Russian officials, temporarily suspended its activities after July 15, when the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation declared the American company Project Media, Inc. “an undesirable organization”. – the publisher of the “Project”, and the Ministry of Justice entered eight journalists of the “Project” into the register of “mass media – foreign agents”.

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The rating of the US President fell below 50% amid the events in Afghanistan. Biden’s decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan is disapproved of by almost 70% of Americans, and not only Republicans, but also Democrats are criticizing, USA today reports.

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Samsung is going to invest large sums in Vietnamese factories. This is despite the fact that the company has already spent over $ 17.5 billion in the country.

North of Vietnam, by the way, is especially convenient, since it is geographically close to China, where many participants in the supply chains are located, as well as due to the convenient industrial transit system and the low cost of industrial land. In addition, Vietnam attracts investors with its technology park system.

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The Taliban (the movement is banned in Russia as a terrorist movement) stated that August 31 is the deadline for the withdrawal of US forces, the delay will be perceived as an extension of the occupation and “there will be consequences.”

 

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The Taliban (the movement is banned in Russia as a terrorist movement) said that Afghans do not want to leave the country out of fear – they just “everyone wants to move to the West.”

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The United States will now allow only its citizens, green card holders and citizens of NATO countries to enter the Kabul airport, CNN reports.

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In India, at least 75 people were deliberately harmed at a religious festival. Every year, the Bagwal Stone Throwing Festival is held on the grounds of the Devidhura Temple in the northern state of Uttarakhand – believers throw stones at each other to appease the ruling deity with their shed blood. In 2013, a court ruled that local residents should replace the stones with fruits and flowers. But the believers believed that the absence of a “bloody sacrifice” to the deity would lead to misfortune.

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In the courtyard of a house on Biryulevskaya Street in the south of Moscow, a 3-year-old child was riding a scooter on the roadway and was hit by a car; he is in the hospital with suspected concussion.

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Extinction Rebellion, an international environmental movement, have launched a series of two-week protests from Trafalgar Square in central London demanding an end to fossil fuel extraction.

The organization previously said it plans to disrupt the work of the City of London “in order to eliminate the main cause of the climate and environmental crisis – the political economy.” Police are on duty at the scene, which has developed a special plan in connection with the protests, as well as helicopters.

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A group of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) has arrived in Belarus to investigate the RyanAir landing at the Minsk airport, the final report will be released by November

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The prosecutor’s office will check the legality of registration and implementation of the activities of the Kurgan Cossack society after the incident with the soldering of minors

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Lukashenko accused Poland of border conflict and violation of the state border of Belarus – BelTA

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Russia will not interfere in the conflict between the Taliban and the resistance in the Panjshir province, there is no talk of diplomatic mediation – Peskov

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The Polish authorities decided to build a 2.5 meter high fence on the border with Belarus – Minister of Defense of the Republic Mariusz Blaschak

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Shoigu’s idea of ​​building new cities in Siberia appeals to Putin, but such a proposal needs to be carefully considered – Peskov

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The Crimean Platform Summit has started in Kiev. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the summit’s goal “to coordinate international efforts to return Crimea to Ukraine.” The event is attended by representatives of all EU countries, the USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Turkey, Georgia, Moldova – more than 40 countries in total, as well as representatives of the EU and NATO.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that many leaders of Western countries did not come to the Crimean Platform forum because they are afraid of Russia.

“Many leaders are very afraid, I don’t even want to say who is afraid. And you will see, you know all the leaders who support Ukraine, sympathize. But to the “Crimean Platform”, you understand that we invited all these leaders. Therefore, they are afraid, they are afraid of Russia. And it is true, Europe is afraid of Russia. This must be admitted, and this is normal, ”Zelensky said.

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The FSB announced that it had detained in Tula a citizen of Ukraine, “an agent of the special services of Ukraine.” He, according to the department, collected secret data on promising Russian small arms, and also recruited Russians who had access to secret documents.

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Yandex has launched the ability to block calls from unknown numbers in the application. To identify calls, a database of numbers will be used, including those that users of the application complained about. So the algorithm will be able to identify a call from a fraudster, collector or advertising message and block it. According to Yandex, people consider half calls from unknown numbers unnecessary. And thanks to the new function, you can get rid of 70% of unnecessary calls.

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After the arrest of the head of the Stavropol traffic police department, employees of the Internal Security Directorate began checking all regional departments of the traffic police. They decided to arrange a large-scale check after the loud detention of Alexei Safonov. You definitely remember his emperor’s mansion – a lot of gilding, crystal chandeliers and so on. According to the investigation, Safonov, together with his colleagues, organized an organized criminal group and took money from truck drivers with grain that passed through their territory. After the Stavropol Territory, employees of their own security decided to check other regions as well.

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Investigative Committee of Bashkiria opened a criminal case against seven ex-traffic police officers of the region. According to the investigation, the group was created by the former head of the MREO of the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate of the region, Ildus Shaybakov. Together with his deputy and at least six inspectors, Shaybakov organized a convenient scheme for issuing driver’s licenses without an exam. The prices were different, from 14 to 40 thousand rubles, the traffic cops have been selling their rights since 2016. A criminal case was opened against Shaybakov and his team under the article “Organization of a criminal community.” According to the telegram channel Mash, we are talking about bribes worth a billion rubles

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Several inspectors from the Nenets Autonomous Okrug also fell under the criminal case. The captured employees mainly worked in the village of Kharyaginsky and, according to the investigation, took money from businessmen for not stopping their vehicles. Three policemen were prosecuted for “Bribery”.

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The audit also took place in Novosibirsk, where one inspector was detained (for now). Back in 2020, senior lieutenant Yuri Oshchepkov, at the request of a former colleague, “forgave” one minor driver to drive without a license. Now Oshchepkov is logically suspected of exceeding his official powers (while a check is underway against him).

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Russia did not rule out the sale of weapons to protect against the Taliban

If Afghanistan’s neighbors need to defend themselves against the Taliban terrorist movement (_banned in Russia_), then Rosoboronexport can supply weapons to these countries, the organization’s general director Alexander Mikheev did not rule out at the Army-2021 forum. This was reported by RIA Novosti.

“We are watching events, of course. And if such a need arises for neighboring countries or our partners, taking into account the threat of the Taliban in Afghanistan … we are ready to respond (with the supply of weapons – _app. “Lenta.ru” _), “he said.

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The State Duma of Russia named the source of money for additional payments to Russian pensioners, which was announced by President Vladimir Putin. According to the head of the State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes Andrei Makarov, the financing will come from additional budget revenues, Interfax reports. He did not elaborate on what it was about.

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The Taliban (a movement banned in Russia as a terrorist movement) have sentenced to death the brother of an Afghan translator who worked for the US military, CNN reports, citing their statement

“You are accused of helping the Americans. You are also accused of ensuring the safety of your brother, who was a translator,” the paper, quoted by the channel, says.

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The summit of the “Crimean Platform” adopted a final declaration. The forum participants said they would think about introducing new political, diplomatic and restrictive measures against Russia, “if it is needed and Russia’s actions will demand it.”

The participants in the format wrote that they condemn the “illegal annexation of Crimea”, “violation of the rights of citizens in Crimea” and “the militarization of Crimea, which undermines security and stability in the Black Sea region.”

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The Prosecutor General’s Office recognized the activities of 2 Latvian and 2 Ukrainian religious organizations in Russia as undesirable:

1. International Christian Movement “New Generation” (Latvia)

2. Evaņgēlisko kristiešu baznīca “Jaunā Paaudze” (New Generation Evangelical Christian Church) (Latvia)

3. Spiritual management of the Evangelical Christians of the Ukrainian Christian Church “New Generation” (Ukraine)

4. Spiritual Primary Foundation (spiritual educational institution) International Library College “New Generation” (Ukraine)

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The rover of the Chinese research mission “Tianwen 1” has traveled over the surface of Mars for more than 1 kilometer, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the China National Space Administration.

The Chinese National Space Administration added that the rover will continue to move in the direction of the southern part of the Martian plain of Utopia, where, presumably, was the junction of the ancient sea and land. There, the apparatus will perform a number of research tasks.

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