30 Мар, 2022

The cheapest cities in the world

British Manchester topped this rating: only 10% of the inhabitants of this city believe that living in it is expensive (poll 2021). Second place was shared by Budapest, Johannesburg and Montreal (17% each), and St. Petersburg closes the podium: only 18% of residents of the northern capital said that living there is expensive

On the other hand, the ranking is headed by Swiss Zurich: 99% of residents said that living in it is expensive. In Tel Aviv, 87% talk about it, in Paris and Los Angeles, 86% each.

 

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Russian entrepreneurs have submitted dozens of applications to Rospatent to register well-known brands that have left the country, including Mastercard, Starbucks, Levi’s, Shiseido and Chanel.

In most cases, the applications corresponded to the names of the original brands, but there were changes in some documents. For example, the RBC publication found applications for the creation of the Nezpresso brands (instead of Nespresso from Nestle), as well as Idea and Idea Furniture Factory (instead of the Swedish company IKEA).

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Five more people left the board of directors of Alfa-Bank, the credit institution said. These are Andrew Baxter, a member of the board of directors of ABH Holdings, a former top manager of Alfa Bank Alexei Marey, the founder of the KupiVIP.ru, Carprice, Aktivo, CarFix projects Oscar Hartmann, deputy chairman of the board of Alfa Bank Ildar Karimov and the head of Vimpelcom Alexander Torbakhov.

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The Netherlands is expelling 17 Russian diplomats because of a threat to national security. According to the country’s Foreign Ministry, they worked for Russian intelligence.

Belgium is also expelling 21 Russian diplomats «for espionage and a threat to security.»

Ireland is expelling four more Russian diplomats. The reason is «activities incompatible with diplomatic status.»

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Scientists from South Korea talked about a way to charge electric cars in nine seconds. They relied on quantum mechanics to model the ultrafast charging station. So, theoretical science offers a solution according to which all the cells of the battery would be charged simultaneously, and not in turn.

According to scientists, a classic electric car has a battery containing about 200 cells. With innovative technology, full charge time can be reduced from 10 hours to three minutes, recharging at the station from 30 minutes to nine seconds

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The UK government has seized the $50 million 58-meter Phi superyacht owned by a Russian businessman. The ship was detained in the Canary Wharf area a few hours before it was supposed to leave London.

Phi is owned by a Russian businessman who has not been named. The owner of the yacht was not subject to British sanctions, but under the law a vessel owned, controlled, chartered or operated by persons linked to Russia may be subject to detention.

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Belarusian law enforcement agencies have detained the management of BelVEB Bank (a subsidiary bank of VEB.RF in Belarus), including the chairman of the board, former Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Matyushevsky, Belarusian media report.

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The United States intends to impose sanctions on companies involved in the supply chain to Russia, Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo said on Tuesday.

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Polish government spokesman Mueller announces ban on Russian coal imports — Reuters

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The Cypriot company Wandle Holdings Limited, through which Said Kerimov owns 76.34% of the Polyus gold miner, is redomiciliating to the Russian Federation. As follows from the materials of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation and the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, the international company Wandle Holdings Limited was registered at the end of March by way of re-domiciliation on Russky Island in Primorye.

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The operator of the Croatian oil pipeline system JANAF, due to EU sanctions, has suspended the pumping of oil by the Serbian company NIS, which is part of Gazprom Neft.

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According to the Levada Center (recognized as a foreign agent in Russia), the share of Russians who want to move abroad has grown to 22% in 2021. For comparison: in 2017, 15% of respondents wanted to emigrate from Russia. The age of almost half of those interested in immigration (48%) is about 18-24 years old.

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O’Key and Auchan Retail retail chains (Auchan and Atak hypermarkets) refused to limit margins on some socially important goods, which they notified the Federal Anti-Mopolist Service (FAS).

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The court rejected Oleg Deripaska’s appeal against the 2021 decision. In 2019, the businessman began to sue the US Treasury after most of his companies were withdrawn from sanctions, but restrictions on him were retained

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US-based Uber Technologies and UK-based BP Plc are expanding their partnership to deliver essentials, including fresh and prepared food, through Uber Eats from BP stores and cafes around the world.

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On March 24, RusHydro fulfilled its payment obligations in a timely manner and in full and transferred funds in the amount of 812.5 million rubles to pay coupon income on the issue of Eurobonds maturing in 2022 on March 28, the company said.

However, the funds received by the payment agent The Bank of New York Mellon (London division) are blocked in accordance with sanctions restrictions imposed by OFSI on March 24, and have not been transferred to Eurobond holders, the company said.

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Polish retailer and clothing manufacturer LPP Group, which owns the Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito and Sinsay brands, has closed stores in Russia.

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The Portuguese national football team defeated the team of North Macedonia with a score of 2: 0 in the final match of the play-off tournament for the right to play at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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The Poland national football team defeated Sweden in the final of the play-off round of qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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The export duty on wheat from the Russian Federation has been raised to $87 from $86.4 per ton since March 30, the Ministry of Agriculture said.

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Canadian gold miner Kinross Gold has confirmed that it plans to exit Russian assets.

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Rossiya Airlines transferred all 125 aircraft to the Russian registry. Obtaining airworthiness certificates will allow the airline to continue using the fleet of foreign-made aircraft under the Russian flag

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on amending the composition of the scientific council under the Security Council, excluding four well-known international experts from it. The staff of the Security Council explained to Kommersant that it was a question of «updating» this structure. By presidential decree, the following are excluded:

  • Alexey Gromyko, Director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
  • Alexander Nikitin, Director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security, MGIMO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation;
  • Alexander Panov, Chief Researcher, Institute for the USA and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
  • Sergey Rogov, Scientific Director of the Institute for the USA and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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Luxembourg froze €2.5 billion worth of Russian assets as part of sanctions – head of the Grand Duchy’s Ministry of Finance.

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The German brand of chocolate Ritter Sport (owned by Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG) will not leave the Russian market, a company representative said.

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Yandex fired dozens of American employees who were testing unmanned vehicles and delivery robots in Michigan, reports The Verge.

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Renault is considering transferring its stake in Avtovaz to a Russian investor, Bloomberg reports. This will allow the automaker to leave the Russian market. At the same time, he cannot transfer the share to another co-owner of AvtoVAZ, Rostec, since the state corporation is under Western sanctions. Earlier, Renault stopped the work of the plant in Moscow due to supply disruptions.

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Representatives of the Azerbaijani, Tajik, Uzbek and Kazakh diasporas in Russia told Vedomosti about the outflow of labor migrants to their homeland that began in late February, after the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions.

“This is a natural process due to the fact that the ruble exchange rate has fallen,” says Shamil Tagiyev, chairman of the Azerbaijani community in Moscow.

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The decision of the Tverskoy Court of Moscow to ban social networks Facebook and Instagram recognized as extremist in Russia does not restrict the use of these platforms for non-prohibited activities. This is stated in the reasoning part of the court decision, which was published on the website of the capital’s courts of general jurisdiction.

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Dust particles collected by astronaut Neil Armstrong in 1969 during the flight of the Apollo 11 spacecraft are going to be sold at Bonhams house auction on April 13.

“The surface is thin and loose, I can freely kick it with my foot. The dust is similar to coal ash, it sticks to my boots in a thin layer. I take small steps, but I can see the marks of my boots and protectors on small sand particles, ”Armstrong himself said, describing the moon dust.

NASA confirmed the authenticity of the dust. Also up for auction will be a fragment of Sputnik 1, the first spacecraft ever launched.

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At the moment, the vast majority of car tires are buried in the ground, which is extremely unfriendly, since the process of rubber decomposition takes hundreds of years. The developed technology for the production of fuel from tires solves this problem.

Scientists propose to use the technology of steam pyrolysis, which occurs with the help of a tubular reactor — a special furnace in which steam is heated to a temperature of about 500 degrees. This method successfully neutralizes harmful substances, and is also quite safe.

The fuel obtained in the process of processing is close in properties to fuel oil and is suitable for combustion in boiler plants and on Arctic ships, since it does not freeze to a temperature of minus 50 degrees Celsius

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The Federal Air Transport Agency has extended the ban on flights to airports in southern and central Russia until April 7. The previous ban was in effect until April 1.

To organize the transportation of passengers to these cities, airlines are still recommended to use the airports of Sochi, Volgograd, Mineralnye Vody, Stavropol and Moscow.

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Reuters, citing data from the Gascade operator, reported that gas supplies through the Malnov compressor station via the Yamal-Europe pipeline on the German-Polish border had stopped

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Rusal’s net profit for 2021 according to international financial reporting standards (IFRS) after correction amounted to $1.54 billion compared to $60 million in 2020, revenue grew by 40%, to $11.99 billion. Revenue increased due to higher prices for aluminum, the company said.

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China has successfully launched three Tianping-2 atmospheric research and orbit calculation satellites into Earth’s orbit using the Long March 11 solid-fuel launch vehicle, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) said on Tuesday.

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Leonid Mikhelson, co-owner of SIBUR and NOVATEK, proposed «in an expedited manner» from March 1 until the end of the year to change the methodology for calculating the mineral extraction tax on oil and condensate, using a rate of no more than 75 rubles per dollar when calculating the tax rate, Kommersant writes from referring to a letter from a businessman to the prime minister.

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Users of «Yandex.Food» filed a class action lawsuit due to the leakage of personal data. They demand 100,000 rubles in compensation for each.

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The Taliban have ordered civil servants in Afghanistan to wear beards and turbans. Dress code violators face dismissal

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO), which is a division of the UN and regulates international merchant shipping, said that at least 100 foreign merchant ships and more than 1,000 sailors — crew members of these ships — remain blocked in Ukrainian ports.

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The Finnish railway company VR Group again accepts cargo transportation from Russia. Earlier it was stated that Finland completely stops the railway communication with the Russian Federation.

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Polymetal has resumed bullion sales in Russia and entered into agreements with new counterparties on terms similar to those used previously, the company said.

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Croatia has begun measuring the strength of the wind at sea for a power plant project. If the resource proves suitable, the Croatian oil and gas company Ina will build wind turbines in the Adriatic Sea to generate electricity.

In addition, Ina has been building two solar power plants in Croatia since January. They will produce 16,000 MWh of electricity per year. This is enough to provide almost 5,000 households. The stations will start operating next year.

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The average level of mortgage rates in the twenty largest Russian banks in this market exceeded 21% per annum. As follows from the data of Rusipoteka, in the second half of March, Gazprombank, Promsvyazbank, Rosbank, Uralsib, Asia-Pacific Bank and Sovcombank raised rates. The increase was 1.4–11 percentage points, up to 18.9–24.5% per annum

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Russian Prime Minister Mishustin signed a resolution to increase the maximum rate on preferential mortgages to 12%

Previously, Russia had a preferential mortgage program for loans up to 3 million rubles at a rate of 7%.

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France from April 1 will give Russians all types of visas without restrictions. Visa applications are made by appointment at one of the 18 VFS Global Visa Application Centres. The issuance of a visa does not guarantee the possibility of immediate entry into France, where restrictive measures at the border are still in force. The country still does not allow tourists

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The Danish furniture company JYSK announced its complete withdrawal from Russia. From March 31, stores will temporarily open for sales

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Apple employees were equipped with high-tech backpacks and sent to the streets of London, Birmingham and Manchester to collect data for Apple Maps. They will walk where it is impossible to drive a car: pedestrian streets, parks, city squares to create more accurate 2D maps of these places

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The government legalized parallel imports. This means that the country is allowed to import goods produced legally, but not intended for the Russian market, without the permission of the copyright holder, Mishustin explained.

“The purpose of this mechanism is to satisfy the demand for goods containing the results of intellectual activity. Until now, they could not be sold on the territory of our country without the permission of the copyright holder. Recently, a law has been passed giving the government the power to designate lists of products that are de facto subject to the international principle of trademark exhaustion when they are sold by an owner anywhere in the world. Such an approach will guarantee the supply of goods to our country, including despite the unfriendly actions of foreign politicians.”

The list of goods should be determined by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. We are talking about films, music, software, inventions.

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Russian Post has suspended the acceptance of shipments to Poland and Denmark, according to the website of the postal operator.

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The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation recognized electric scooters as a vehicle. Now scooters will be required to comply with traffic rules. How this will be controlled is not specified in the decision.

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Aircraft maintenance and repair provider A-Technics (part of the Aeroflot Group) received permission from the Federal Air Transport Agency to service Airbus A330 aircraft.

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Roszdravnadzor has canceled scheduled inspections of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs for all types of control in the healthcare sector, the press service of the agency said.

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The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation rejected Navalny’s cassation appeal against the decision to replace his suspended sentence with a real one in the Yves Rocher case. A complaint about the decision to place the oppositionist in a pre-trial detention center after returning from Germany was also rejected.

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Apple is working on a new subscription model for distributing the iPhone and other devices. According to Bloomberg sources, this will allow users of Apple gadgets to subscribe not only to digital services, but also to equipment. And, accordingly, to receive new devices as they are released. Notably, Tim Cook hinted at this back in 2019.

The upcoming (not officially announced) program will differ from the installment plan in that the monthly fee will not be equal to the price of the device divided into 12 or 24 parts. Rather, it will be a monthly fee, the amount of which depends on which device the user chooses.

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The Prosecutor General’s Office of Azerbaijan announced the initiation of a criminal case against Russian State Duma deputy Mikhail Delyagin for calling for the destruction of the republic’s energy infrastructure and oil industry.

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INTERFAX.RU — Russian hoteliers do not promise to reduce prices after the law on zeroing VAT for accommodation facilities for five years comes into force on April 26. This is due to the peculiarities of hotel taxation and rising costs, a survey of business representatives showed.

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The Russian government temporarily, until the end of 2022, increased the maximum advance payment for government contracts to 90% of the contract price, follows from a decree on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers.

This rule applies to government contracts funded from the federal budget. Regions are encouraged to apply the same rule to contracts financed from their budgets.

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