9 Sep, 2021

The best and worst roads in Europe

The best roads in Europe in 2019 were the roads of the Netherlands: on a scale from 1 to 7, they scored close to ideal 6.4 points!

The leaders are also Switzerland, Austria and (unexpectedly) Portugal. And poor Croatia, for example, unexpectedly bypassed Germany and France in road quality.

The worst were the roads of Moldova: only 2.6 points out of 7. In lagging also Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Romania – and in general in the Balkans with the quality of roads for the most part not very good

Russia scored 3.5 points in this rating – quite a bit, but still not the worst result! And we are not far behind the figures of Eastern Europe (in the Czech Republic, for example, 3.9), and some figures of Western (Iceland scored a modest 4.1, Ireland and Italy at 4.4)

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The Russian budget from the introduction of a supranational new digital tax will receive tens of billions of rubles annually, said Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Sazanov, RIA Novosti reports.

“According to our modest estimates, it will be tens of billions of rubles, if we are lucky,” he said. Earlier, the deputy head of the Ministry of Digital Industry Maxim Parshin said that a detailed description of the digital tax model for global companies in Russia may be known in November.

The authorities want to take from foreign IT companies three percent of the income received from users in Russia. The amount of this payment was previously known to Forbes from a source in the Ministry of Digital Security. They plan to use this money to benefit domestic digital companies. In European countries, digital tax rates range from 1.5 percent (Poland) to 7.5 percent (Turkey).

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Kremlin – about the action “There are no foreign agents, there are journalists” and a letter from the editors of independent media

Ekho Moskvy: Today, several Russian media outlets are holding a solidarity action “There are no foreign agents, there are journalists”. You said that you received a letter [from the editors of independent media] and that this is a reason to start a constructive dialogue. Can we state something about this: has this dialogue begun?

Dmitry Peskov: It’s too early to talk about it. You know that, in fact, while the parliament is still to be formed, commissions and so on, then an expert conversation will begin. Still, without the participation of parliamentarians, and the parliament has yet to be elected, such a conversation with the shop floor is hardly possible. So here you just need to wait, [gain] a little patience. Yes, we see constructive proposals, but to what extent they are realizable, we will discuss with experts.

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In St. Petersburg, they found an apartment where 3.4k migrants were registered. LLC “Positive Group” registered gastrobeiters, and of course did not provide anybody with actual housing. The prosecutor’s office has shown interest in an office with such “huge opportunities.”

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The Verkhovna Rada did not have enough votes to appeal to the US Congress to grant Ukraine the status of Washington’s main ally outside NATO (MNNA)

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Rada legalized the cryptocurrency market in Ukraine. Regulation and control over the circulation of virtual assets will be carried out by the Ministry of Digital Transformation. Cryptocurrencies will not be a means of payment, but they can be legally disposed of, including exchanging for other virtual assets or money.

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China has decided to urgently provide Afghanistan with food, winter goods, vaccines and medicines for $ 31 million

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The head of the Federal Tax Service of Russia told how the global tax will work:

▪ it can be called digital only historically – it will concern all global companies with a turnover of more than 20 billion euros per year, except for mining resources and banks

▪ the tax will be structured so that global corporations can keep only 10% of their profits

▪ all other profits will be distributed between the countries of presence based on the number of consumers of their services in each country

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Russian Su-30SM fighters arrived in Belarus to form a combat training center for joint training

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The inauguration of the Taliban government (the movement is banned in Russia as terrorist) is scheduled for September 11, a source told RIA Novosti. According to him, Russia, China, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran and Qatar are invited to the ceremony. In addition, Deputy Prime Minister Baradar travels to Qatar to invite a number of other countries.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, when asked whether Russian officials would attend the ceremony, said earlier: “We have an ambassador there and no one needs to go.”

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VTB announced that it received a 32.89% stake in Channel One

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Pakistan will send three planes with medicines and food to Afghanistan, deliveries will continue, Pakistan’s special envoy for Afghanistan said

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The Taliban (the movement is recognized as terrorist and prohibited in the Russian Federation) entered the Norwegian embassy in Kabul. According to the Norwegian Ambassador to Iran, they say they will return him later.

“But first we need to break wine bottles and destroy children’s books. Weapons are apparently less dangerous,” the diplomat said.

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Iran will become a member of the SCO, the start of the procedure for including the country in the organization will be announced already at the summit in Dushanbe (September 16-17), the Kommersant newspaper reports, citing sources

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The Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation began testing a digital copy of the vehicle registration certificate (STS), the Ministry of Digital Industry said in a statement. The ministry added that the STS can be stored in the new “Gosuslugi.Avto” application, which is already available in the App Store and Google Play. Now motorists can show the traffic police a QR code instead of the STS. But to be on the safe side, you will still have to carry a paper document.

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Taliban call on US and UN to remove blacklisted officials from US – statement

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About 26 thousand abandoned oil wells are explosive in Russia due to the fact that they were not mothballed, Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko said on the Russia 24 TV channel.

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The head of Yakutia, Aisen Nikolaev, for the first time named the real area covered by forest fires in the republic.

“The area of ​​all fires registered since the beginning of the season has exceeded the record figure for the last ten years, reaching almost 8.5 million hectares,” Nikolayev said.

Let us remind you that in June the federal center caught the head of the republic in underestimating the data on fires.

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A military parade was held in Pyongyang in honor of the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the DPRK: without missiles, but with biological protection suits. Kim Jong-un watched the parade but did not speak. Putin congratulated him on the founding of the republic. The parade ended with a festive fireworks display.

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The European Court of Human Rights has considered the appeal of several migrants from Afghanistan with a request to suspend their deportation back to Belarus, through which they got to the Lithuanian border

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In Russia, after the blocking of six VPN services, users of large gaming and streaming services had difficulties with access. In particular, this affected FlashScore, Avito, World of Tanks and World of WarShips.

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Roskomnadzor approved the text of the message, which should accompany the Internet content of foreign companies that violate, in the opinion of the Russian authorities, Russian legislation. The marking should sound like this: “A foreign person who owns an information resource is a violator of the legislation of the Russian Federation”

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