21 Aug, 2018

The greatest value of the Internet

The Association of Professional Users of Social Networks and Messengers (APPSIM) published an open letter addressed to the State Duma and the Federation Council, which proposes to abolish the current practice of bringing users to criminal liability for publications in social networks.

Also, the authors of the letter, whose signatures were put by representatives of dozens of large communities in the social network VKontakte with millions of subscribers, advocated the repeal of Article 148 of the Criminal Code (“Violation of the right to freedom of conscience and religion”) and the decriminalization of Article 282 (“Raising hatred or enmity, as well as humiliation of human dignity “).

As believe in APPOSIM, Article 148 of the Criminal Code has long discredited itself. Thus, “incomprehensible people and organizations complain to law enforcement agencies on various content of a religious affiliation.” As an example, the letter cites the case of Sochi’s Vitaly Nochevnov, who had the imprudence to repost several caricatures depicting Jesus Christ. In the end, this case was closed, but this is not always the case.

“We, the undersigned, are outraged by the current practice of bringing users to criminal responsibility for publishing content in social networks and asking the State Duma of the Russian Federation and the Federation Council to repeal Article 148 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and to decriminalize Article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.” All those who were convicted of such violations , amnesty or completely remove a criminal record.As an option, you can re-qualify the committed act from a criminal offense to an administrative one, “the letter said.

Also, its authors are asked to assess the current law enforcement practice and carry out the necessary normative work that will not involve users in criminal liability for the publication of content that does not cause real harm to life and health.

“Free to express thoughts and share interesting content with friends and acquaintances is the greatest value of the Internet, and if we start attracting citizens of our country to criminal punishment for publishing information on the Web, then to build a Digital Society, which is increasingly being talked about from the stands state power, our country will not succeed, “sums up the authors of the letter and asked the president and the head of government to take these issues under special control.

According to the description on the APPACE website, the Association was created to bring together users of social networks into a single community in the form of a public association in order to communicate the aggregated opinion of professional users both before the administration of social networks and messengers and to the state. Members of APPFEM can be owners (or their representatives) of public groups, groups, channels, the number of subscribers of which is more than 100 thousand people.

The authors of the letter reminded that criminal cases for the distribution of photographs or reposts of other people’s records in social networks were brought against more than 300 users, and according to some sources, the number of convicts under these articles has already exceeded 1,000 people.

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SOCIETY

Carpelling drivers are offered a fine for paying for services in cash

Capital carpuling drivers can impose fines of up to 5 thousand rubles for the payment of services in cash. As the newspaper Kommersant writes on August 21, the relevant draft law is being developed by the Moscow Department of Transportation.

Unemployment in Russia has reached a minimum

According to operative data, as of August 15, 2018, the level of registered unemployment in Russia averaged 0.9% of the economically active population (as of August 15, 2017 – 1%), the press service added.

From August 8 to August 15, 2018, the number of unemployed citizens registered with the employment service bodies decreased by 2420 people and amounted to 684,760 people. This is the historical minimum of registered unemployment for the whole history of observations of this indicator – since 1991. – Maxim Topilin

Intranet roaming in Russia

Subscribers of the Big Four (MTS, Beeline, Megafon and Tele2) will stop paying extra for cellular services on trips around Russia. Operators will refuse intranetwork roaming in the coming days.

VimpelCom (Beeline) will begin to cancel roaming on Monday, August 20, MTS from August 30, Megafon from September 1, and Tele2 will complete all events until August 31.

In Russia, mortality from accidental alcohol poisoning has decreased

The number of cases of accidental alcohol poisoning decreased after the suspension of retail trade with alcohol-containing liquids.

“Since the introduction of these measures, there has been a 20% reduction in the number of deaths – from 8,883 to 6,889 cases associated with accidental alcohol poisoning,” the Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement.

It should be noted that if the data on mortality indicated by the supervisory authority are correct, the reduction was not 20%, but 18%.

Ex-deputy head of RSC Energia arrested in fraud case

Babushkinsky court of Moscow sent under arrest the former deputy director of RSC Energia Alexei Beloborodov, accused of fraud. The defense and the accused himself were asked to choose a measure of restraint in the form of a written undertaking not to leave the place, since he fully admitted the blame.

Parents of children with epilepsy asked Putin for help with drugs

President Vladimir Putin was sent an open appeal asking for the provision of terminally ill children and children with epilepsy with medicines that are not registered in Russia.

Payment of pensioners is lower than young colleagues

40 percent of Russians continue to work after retirement. And, with a decrease in wages by half.

Most often, managers and highly qualified specialists remain on their posts, but those who are engaged in trade and services and unskilled workers must change their place of work after retirement. People pass to the positions of the watchman, the janitor (most often men), the cleaner, the concierge, the ticket controller (women).

“There is also a noticeable shift towards unformed employment: among pensioners who have changed jobs, the share of employees on an informal basis is three times higher than that for those who have retained their former workplace,” the study said.

On average, after retirement, people continue to work for 6.4 years. During the first five years, 52 per cent of women and 38 per cent of men retain employment, but this indicator is subsequently reduced.

In Bashkortostan, a 16-year-old disabled person has to live in an emergency house

The Prosecutor’s Office of the Chishminsky District spoke in defense of the housing rights of a 16-year-old disabled child. The teenager’s sister applied for the restoration of her brother’s rights to the prosecutor’s office, which sent the statement of claim to the court.

According to the press service, the regional interdepartmental commission recognized the house in the village of Novomusino, where the 16-year-old lived, fit for housing and in need of only major repairs. However, in making this decision, the commission did not take into account the technical conclusion containing conclusions about the economic inexpediency of repair.

At the same time, in case of recognition of a residential house as an emergency, a minor would have the right to extraordinary provision with new comfortable housing.

Russian Supreme Court obliges doctors to explain the course of treatment to patients

The Supreme Court of Russia ordered the doctors to explain the course of ongoing treatment to patients in a timely manner, and also to warn them about the possible consequences of the procedures.

Catamarans and air mattresses banned in Anapa

“Due to the strengthening of the northeast wind, the use of inflatable swimming equipment and catamarans in the sea is recommended to be banned”, warned the local administration. Residents and visitors of the city were asked to be cautious and not to expose life and health to danger.

Cancel pension benefits for deputies

“United Russia” proposed to cancel all preferences for the payment of pensions for members of the Federation Council and deputies of the State Duma, said Deputy Secretary of the General Council of the party Olga Batalina at a joint meeting with the council of leaders of party factions.

I think it will be right if the deputies of the State Duma and the senators representing our party in the Federation Council make changes to the law on the status of a deputy of the State Duma and a member of the Federation Council, remove the existing inequality and abolish all pension preferences. – Andrei Turchak, Russian politician

Turkey can abandon the system all inclusive

Turkey is considering the option to abandon the all inclusive system, the so-called all inclusive, in hotels. This is written by the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) with reference to one of the largest Turkish newspapers Hurriyet.

Udaltsov was returned from the hospital to a special detention center

Hospitalized on August 19, the coordinator of the “Left Front” Sergei Udaltsov was taken from the hospital back to the special detention center, his wife Anastasia Udaltsova reported.

The materials of the criminal case on the attempt on Lenin were published

The Presidential Yeltsin Library published on its website the original materials of the criminal case on the attempted murder of Vladimir Lenin, committed on August 30, 1918 by an anarchist Fanny Kaplan. This is reported by RIA Novosti referring to the Presidential Library.

“They include testimony, a description and photographs of investigative experiments, bulletins on the state of health of Vladimir Ilyich, directives of the manager of the affairs of the Council of People’s Commissars Vladimir Bonch-Bruevich,” the report said.

ECOLOGY

Rospotrebnadzor named the regions with the most polluted land

As the newspaper Izvestia reports referring to the report on the sanitary and epidemiological situation in the country, the anti-rating of the regions with the most polluted soil was headed by the Primorsky Territory, where 44% of the samples did not meet the sanitary and chemical standards

It is followed by the Novgorod region – 33%, the Kirov region – 27%, North Ossetia – 23% and the Chelyabinsk region – 21%. In the dozens of anti-leaders there was also Moscow, where about 13% of the land samples did not meet hygienic standards.

Almost half of the soil samples were collected in the territories of kindergartens, schools and playgrounds.

Among the regions with the cleanest soil samples are Sevastopol, Kabardino-Balkaria, Chechnya, Ingushetia, Kalmykia, Adygea, Dagestan, Mari El and Gorny Altai.

Regions in which drinking water does not meet safety requirements.

The leader of the list was the Vologda region, where only 45% of the population is provided with drinking water that meets safety standards.

Then follow the Kostroma region and Karachay-Cherkessia (66.7%), as well as the Kurgan region (69.3%). In the remaining regions, more than 70% of citizens are provided with quality drinking water.

In general, the indicator for the country is 91.5%.

“Over the period of 2012-2017, the total number of sources of centralized drinking water supply that do not meet sanitary and epidemiological requirements decreased by 1.2 thousand units,” Rospotrebnadzor

Chicken catastrophe in three regions

Immediately 3 regions are declared a zone of ecological catastrophe due to the activity of poultry farms. In the Sverdlovsk region, the pipeline of the Sredneuralskaya poultry farm is closed. In the Leningrad region, the poultry farm “Udarnik” can be sealed, and the “Jurm” poultry farm in Chuvashia …

The situation with poultry farms causes serious concern of sanitary doctors, environmental authorities and residents, – says Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor Vladimir Drozdov. -For environmental concerns, there are serious reasons. From one poultry farm to 10 million broiler chickens annually receives more than 80 thousand tons of the estimated mass and more than 500 thousand cubic meters. m of wastewater

Today only in the Central Federal District there are more than 50 poultry farms, 40 factories operate in the Volga Federal District, in the Southern Federal District – 21, in the Northwest Federal District – 16, and in the Siberian Federal District – 27.

Kaliningrad kills ducks

Ducks are dying at the Yalta pond in Kaliningrad, the turbid water produces a strong unpleasant smell. About this “Klops” reported the city woman Svetlana.

“Since this year, something has been dropped into the pond from time to time, sometimes it’s so stiff that it’s impossible to breathe, the water is muddy,” says the woman. “The windows of my office open onto a pond. A year or two ago it was a wonderful picturesque place. six broods of ducks swam here, and this year there are practically no birds. “The other day I saw a dead bird on the shore.”

Capital Cheryomushki attacked hordes of insects

Residents of several districts of the south-west of Moscow complain about an unprecedented number of moths. Butterflies stash cars, trees and prevent quiet walks along the boulevards.

As the editor of the Moscow Red Book, Boris Samoilov, explained in a conversation with the “MK” correspondent, the reason for the appearance of insects is the change in the city’s ecological picture.

Now organisms that regulate the number of caterpillars and larvae disappear. You can pay attention: in the capital there are very few sparrows, which they eat. Accordingly, there are many more insects, because birds that can glue them do not fly, – the expert believes.

Chelyabinsk Region drowned in waste

Kopeysk and the Metallurgical District of Chelyabinsk are “drowning” in the garbage. There, in the private sector, garbage cans were taken away, but the habit of putting people in the place left remains.

Residents of the city demanded from the local administration to tighten control over the company involved in the removal of garbage, or to exclude the corresponding column from the receipt.

As it turned out, it’s the weather

For a day, Omsk citizens left fifty complaints about the smell of gas and the stench from the landfill. It turned out that the day before there was a fire, which accelerated the process of decomposition of waste, and accordingly, and the smell intensified.

According to the Ob-Irtysh UGMS, there was unfavorable weather for the dispersion of harmful impurities. Emissions of enterprises stagnated in the air.

Under such conditions, an unpleasant smell is possible even if the enterprises observe the maximum permissible concentration (MPC) of harmful substances, as there is a short-term combination of meteorological factors (calm, weak wind, unfavorable wind, fog), which contribute to the accumulation of harmful (polluting) substances in the ground layer of atmospheric air. When NMU (unfavorable meteorological conditions – Ed.) Occurs, the quality of atmospheric air in populated areas may deteriorate, – the Om1 portal of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of Omsk region cites.

In the Tver region comes the first eco-electric

Participants of the tour will take a total of more than 30 km on foot along the ecotope “Red Stan” and the marsh “Staroselsky moss”, try the local cranberry, if you are lucky, watch the bears, visit the interactive Museum of Nature.

ECONOMY

Rosselkhoznadzor lifted restrictions on import of poultry from Poland

The Rosselkhoznadzor canceled the restrictions imposed by bird flu on the importation of poultry meat from Poland into the Russian Federation, the instructions published on the website of the Russian government indicate.

320 million rubles for the development of domestic tourism

The Russian government will allocate 320 million rubles. on subsidies to tour operators who are engaged in domestic tourism. The relevant resolution is published on the government website

Transneft gets rid of foreign exchange debt

The head of the company pointed out that the company has now fully paid off all its foreign currency obligations on debts. “To date, we have no currency risk in terms of debts,” Tokarev said.

The average premium in life insurance has grown by more than 40%

The Central Bank of the Russian Federation has summed up the development of the insurance market in the first quarter, which indicates an increase in the average premium in investment life insurance by more than 40%, to 516 thousand rubles. The total amount of contributions in this segment increased by 1.7 times, to 66.5 billion rubles.

Copper is getting more expensive on signs of stronger demand

Prices for copper during the London Metal Exchange (LME) traded above $ 6,000 per tonne on the back of easing trade tension between the US and China, as well as signs of stronger demand.

Users lost interest in bitcoin

More than half of the trades on all crypto-exchange exchanges are provided by five coins: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin, according to research by Diar. Since January of this year, trading volume on Coinbase has decreased by 83%, on Bitstamp – by 73%.

Consumer spending during the year does not accelerate growth

The growth rate of consumer spending is at the level of 2.3-2.5% almost a year, and they are significantly lower than in the pre-crisis period (4-5% on average). Alternative indicators, in particular, the average check, also demonstrate weakness.

ICD increased its semi-annual profit

The total loan portfolio (before provisions) in the first half of the year decreased by 12.9%, to 712.9 billion rubles, which was due to large repayments in the I quarter.

The average check of the Russian has grown thin to a two-year low of 500 rubles

More spend on steel purchases only in the republics of the North Caucasus – 681 rubles. But in 2019, everyone will have to be scared, experts predict. In July 2018, the average Russian check index for one trip to the store was reduced to a two-year low

PepsiCo to acquire Israeli SodaStream

PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest producers of soft drinks, buys an Israeli SodaStream for $ 3.2 billion, according to a press release distributed Monday by PepsiCo.

How to spend trillions

The Minister of Economic Development, Maxim Oreshkin, sent Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev a draft comprehensive plan for the development of the main infrastructure for which seven trillion rubles is planned – this document was commissioned by President Vladimir Putin in his May decree.

Greece regained its financial independence

The European Union congratulated Greece on the completion of the third and last program of international macro-financial assistance, under which the country was located since 2010. This is stated in the statement of the chairman of the European Council Donald Tusk, distributed on Monday in Brussels.

“You did it! Congratulations of Greece and its people on the completion of the macro-financial assistance program.” Thanks to great efforts and European solidarity, you saved the situation, “the statement says.

In Russia, equalized in price, weak and strong vodka

Uniform minimum prices for vodka have come into force in Russia, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports. Since August 20, the minimum retail price (MRC) for vodka of any strength from 37 to 40 degrees equals the minimum cost of 40-degree vodka, which is 205 rubles per 0.5 liters.

“SMP Bank” Rotenberg received new support

“SMP Bank”, controlled by Boris and Arkady Rotenberg, will be admitted to work with special accounts of participants in public procurement, follows from the published draft government decree. This is one of the state support measures that came under the bank’s sanction, it is said in the explanatory note.

Moldova decided to get rid of Russian dependence

The current agreement on the supply of gas to Moldova is valid until December 31, 2019. The construction of the Ungheni-Chisinau gas pipeline is planned to start before the end of August and be completed within 10 months.

We really want to see alternative gas available to us as soon as possible. Then there will be competition and everyone will fight for us as a client. And one and the other will offer us the best prices. – Kirill Gaburic, Moldovan economist

Hungary, Slovakia, Poland will reduce the reception of oil from the “Friendship”

Hungary, Slovakia and Poland will reduce the reception of Russian oil from the pipeline “Friendship” in 2018, an average of 7.5%, up to 24.07 million tons, told RIA Novosti adviser to the president of the company Igor Demin.

POLICY

Trump called conditions for the lifting of sanctions from Russia

According to the US president, he is ready to consider the removal of restrictive measures from Russia, if Moscow takes steps to work together with Washington on such issues as Syria and Ukraine. He said this in an exclusive interview with Reuters

I will consider it if they do something that will be in our favor. But without this I’m not going to consider it. – Donald Trump, 45th US President

Lavrov announced the secret UN directive on Syria

The UN Secretariat secretly prohibited the UN entities from participating in the restoration of the economy of Syria. They are only allowed to provide humanitarian assistance. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov.

The political department of the UN Secretariat issued and disseminated throughout the UN system last October a secret directive banning organizations belonging to this system to participate in any projects to restore the Syrian economy. Only humanitarian aid, nothing more. – Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

On Moscow’s response to new US sanctions

It is expected that on August 22 the first package of US sanctions will come into force. First of all, it is about imposing restrictions on the supply of dual-use products to Russia. According to Peskov, “such restriction certainly damages the entire international trade.”

We know that the bill has been prepared, we know the text of this bill, it is published on relevant Internet resources. We have studied it with great attention, we believe that this is a continuation of unfriendly and illegal actions from the standpoint of international law. – Dmitry Peskov, Russian diplomat

Merkel told Poroshenko about the results of talks with Putin

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a telephone conversation agreed to continue consultations at the level of foreign ministers of the countries of the “Norman format” on the issue of the UN peacekeeping mission for Donbass, the Ukrainian presidential press service said on Monday.

In Kiev, they do not plan to return the Crimea by military means

Deputy representative of the president of Ukraine in the Crimea Izet Gdanov states that the authorities of the country have not yet planned to return the peninsula under their control by military means.

“We have not yet a decision on the military liberation of the Crimea, but there is a decision of the president of Ukraine to increase pressure on the aggressor,” the UN agency quotes Gdanov.

Taliban invited to Moscow

As stated on August 20, the special representative of the Russian president for Afghanistan, the head of the Second Asia Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Zamir Kabulov, the Taliban can come to Moscow for a meeting on Afghanistan, scheduled for September 4.

“We invite the Taliban to the talks,” the diplomat stressed.

Turkey initiated a dispute in the WTO because of US duties

“Turkey requested consultations in the WTO with the United States on additional import duties imposed by the United States on steel and aluminum products,” the document says.

August 10, US President Donald Trump said that double the duty on aluminum and steel from Turkey

The suspect in the bombardment of the US Embassy detained in Turkey

Turkish security forces detain a man suspected of shelling the US Embassy in Ankara

Trump offered assistance to Italy after the tragedy in Genoa

US President Donald Trump offered Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte relief in the aftermath of the collapse of the bridge in Genoa, which killed more than 40 people, said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders

Poland counts on the continuation of the dialogue on reparations

The Polish authorities intend to continue discussing with Germany the theme of reparations for damage caused to the republic during the Second World War. This was stated on Monday by the Foreign Minister of the Republic Jacek Chaputovich at a joint press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas

Ukraine did not let the OSCE mission to the Russian ship “Mechanic Pogodin”

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) did not allow inspectors of the OSCE to the Russian tanker “Mechanic Pogodin”, blocked in the port of Kherson. This was reported in the report of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (CMM) on 19 August.

El Salvador severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan

The government of El Salvador has decided to break off diplomatic relations with Taiwan, reports Reuters. This was reported personally by the President of the Latin American country, Salvador Sánchez Seren. According to the agency, San Salvador intends to establish diplomatic relations with mainland China

The US Justice Department accused Iranians of espionage

Two Iranians are accused of spying on the territory of the United States in favor of the government of their country, they can face up to 35 years in prison if their guilt is proven on all three counts. This is stated in the statement of the Ministry of Justice

Trump criticized the head of the US Federal Reserve for raising the rate

US President Donald Trump criticized the head of the Federal Reserve System (FRS) Jerome Powell for raising the base interest rate. The head of state noted that he was disappointed by the actions of the chairman of the Federal Reserve appointed by him, who acts as the central bank of the country.

Turkey intends to cooperate with Russia on the process against the US in the WTO

Turkey intends to establish cooperation with other countries, including Russia, in the process against the United States in the World Trade Organization (WTO), the country’s Ministry of Trade said.

ARMY and WEAPONS

“Army-2018” opens in the Moscow region

To date, more than 1,200 enterprises and organizations plan to participate in the Army-2018, which will demonstrate over 26,000 exhibits. From the presence of the Ministry of Defense on the street platform of the CEC “Patriot”, 295 units of weapons, military and special equipment

Inspectors of the Russian Defense Ministry will visit a military facility in France

A group of inspectors from Russia will visit an object of the French armed forces on August 21. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the head of the Russian national center for nuclear danger reduction, Sergei Ryzhkov.

A new Kalashnikov AK-308 submachine gun was introduced

Concern “Kalashnikov” presented a new AK-308 at the forum “Army-2018”. A video with a demonstration of a prototype was published on the website of Kalashnikov Media. The machine uses a 7.62-millimeter ammunition and has a magazine capacity of 20 cartridges

In Russia, they refused to build helicopter carriers

“Issues related to the construction of an aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy are currently under discussion, and on the issue of the construction of a helicopter carrier I can say for sure that helicopter carriers in the pure sense of the word will not be built,” Manturov said.

Issues related to the construction of an aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy are currently under discussion, and on the issue of the construction of a helicopter carrier, I can say for sure that helicopter carriers in the pure sense of the word will not be built. – Denis Manturov, Russian politician

200 military policemen returned from Syria to Chechnya

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that 200 servicemen from the Southern Military District military police arrived from Syria to the place of permanent deployment in Chechnya

The army of China sent fighters to the Chelyabinsk region

The military airfield “Shagol”, located in the Chelyabinsk region, arrived fighters, bombers and transport aircraft of the Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army of China, said August 20, the press service of the Central Military District (TSVO).

The test of the Ansat helicopter in the highlands is completed

The tests of the multi-purpose Ansat helicopter, produced at the Kazan Helicopter Plant, have been successfully completed. As a result of the tests, the employees of the Helicopters of Russia confirmed the possibility of operating the aircraft in high-altitude conditions at altitudes of up to three and a half thousand meters.

Russia and Egypt plan to develop military ties

Russia and Egypt plan to strengthen military and military-technical cooperation to strengthen the security of both countries. This was stated by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. According to him, the armed forces and law enforcement bodies in the modern world have a leading role in the fight against terrorism.

We believe that in the current situation, the armed forces and law enforcement agencies are assigned one of the leading roles in the fight against the terrorist threat. To enhance their combat capabilities, they intend to actively develop Russian-Egyptian military and military-technical cooperation – Sergei Shoigu, a Russian military leader

Ukraine launched a series production of shells for the “Hyacinth”

The Ukrainian military completed the testing of shells for the artillery system “Hyacinth” caliber 152 mm. This August 20 on his Facebook page was reported by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

“The tests of 152-mm shells for the artillery system” Hyacinth “have been completed. Now, GAHK (State Joint-Stock Holding Company) “Artem” passes to the serial production of 152-mm shells, which will soon be supplied to the Ukrainian army, “Poroshenko wrote.

According to him, the next step for the Ukrainian defense-industrial corps is to proceed to the production of shells for other artillery systems from 100 mm to the NATO standard – 155 mm.

“Our next step is to move to the production of shells for other artillery systems in sizes from 100 mm to the NATO caliber of 155 mm in a short time. We continue to strengthen the defense capability of the Ukrainian army, “added Poroshenko.

China did not participate in military operations in Syria

In Beijing, a distortion of China’s policy was reported by the Arab media about the alleged presence of a military contingent of the country in Syria. Such a statement was made on August 20 by the special envoy of the Chinese government in the SAR Xie Xiaoyan.

“Recently, there has been speculation in the media about the fact that China is preparing to take part in the Syrian conflict, this is a distortion of China’s policy. <…> China resolutely supports the settlement of the conflict exclusively by peaceful means, “Xieoyan stressed.

“Kalashnikov” is developing a bracing engineering machine

Concern “Kalashnikov” is developing a bracing engineering machine, reported on August 20 in “Kalashnikov Media”. The concept of a guided straight-up complex will be demonstrated at the international forum “Army-2018”.

Syrian Kurds are preparing an operation against IG

“The forces of democratic Syria” are preparing for an offensive against terrorists on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. The backbone of this armed coalition is formed by Kurdish fighters.

Israelis after military service will be able to keep their weapons

Under the new rules, officers and servicemen of a non-commissioned officer can not only not pass a license after the end of their service, but also the weapons themselves, which will remain with them as long as they are on reserve.

ACCIDENTS and SAFETY

The investigation identified the identities of two assailants against police officers in Chechnya

The identities of two assailants against police officers in Chechnya have been established, Tass learned from the press service of the Russian Investigative Committee.

“The identities of two of the attackers have already been established – they are residents of the city of Shali,” said the UK

Victims of the case Sisters Khachaturyan recognized their uncle

Victims of the case of three Sisters Khachaturian who are accused of murdering their father, the husband of the deceased’s sister is recognized, Yaroslav Pakulin’s lawyer said.

The guards of the poultry factory threatened the schoolchild with murder

In the Sverdlovsk region, the circumstances of the conflict at the poultry farm are being investigated. The members of the family of the minor applied to the law enforcement agencies. According to the Sverdlovsk Investigative Committee, the employees of the PSC of a poultry farm detained a 16-year-old student in a nearby parking lot. He distributed leaflets with a call to pay attention to the fact that the company builds treatment facilities. The guards held him for some time and threatened with reprisal.

On the fact of state of emergency, the case was initiated under two articles: unlawful deprivation of liberty (clause “d”, part 2, article 127 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and the threat of murder (art.119 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

An attack on a police station in Catalonia is viewed as a terrorist attack

An attack on the commissariat in Catalonia is seen as a terrorist attack, said Rafel Komas, deputy head of the Catalan law enforcement agency Mossos d’Esquadra.

The tourist fell overboard and survived thanks to the songs

The passenger of a cruise liner from Norwegian Cruise Line, who was traveling from Croatia to Italy, fell overboard and was saved thanks to songs and yoga. It is reported by The Sun.

46-year-old British Kay Longstaff swam in shorts and a T-shirt in 20-degree water for about ten hours.

“When we swam, the British waved her hands in the water. This is a real miracle! She survived, falling from the 20-meter height and swimming in the sea for ten hours, “- surprised the captain of the ship Lovro Oreskovic

The ninth-grader saved the driver of a sinking car

The incident occurred near the village of Urik near the road Irkutsk – Ust-Uda. A company of men was resting near a pond, two of them in a drunken state boarded a car and, maneuvering on the shore, drove into the water. When the car began to sink, the passenger got out, and the driver along with the car went to the bottom.

Rejected Russian threw his friend cartridges and handed her to the police

A 27-year-old resident of the city of Lipetsk was convicted of military ammunition, which she threw her suitor and later reported them to the police. On this on Monday, August 20, the press office of the regional prosecutor’s office.

Chechen arrested in Germany for relations with IG

The prosecution party proved that the defendant left in March 2014 from Bremen to Turkey, and from there – to Syria, where he joined the terrorist group IG. In Germany, he returned in 2015 after being injured.

SHOW BUSINESS

Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves learned that they have been married for 25 years

Hollywood actress Winona Ryder said that she is married to actor Keanu Reeves for 25 years. Reeves did not remember the process of marriage, but he did not deny it either.

Buzova, Tarasov and Kostenko together in a restaurant

By the will of fate (or because of a confluence of certain circumstances) TV presenter Olga Buzova was simultaneously in the same Moscow restaurant with her former spouse Dmitry Tarasov and his current wife. The participant of “Doma-2” gave a press conference in the capital’s institution, timed to her new project.

Alexander Isakov died of a fatal infection

Alexander Isakov died at the age of forty years from bilateral pneumonia. Friends and relatives blamed the doctors for what had happened, since they could not give Alexander the correct diagnosis for a long time. However, it is now known that the cause of the death of Alexander Isakov could be HIV infection.

Anna Khilkevich second time became mother

Joyful news with their fans shared the actress “Univer” Anna Khilkevich. She became the mother of the second child. Today, Khilkevich laid out a picture from the hospital on her page in Instagram.

They waited … for our truly long-awaited lion cub, or rather lioness. Now Ariashenka has a girlfriend in life or a native little man, who can be nursed as a sister. It was a difficult but very fruitful night! Thanks to everyone who participated. – Anna Khilkevich, Russian actress

Sergei Zhukov was discharged from the hospital

In late July, Sergei Zhukov canceled the concerts because of health problems. It turned out that the singer had already undergone two operations and was preparing for the third. Later, the artist recorded a video message to calm his fans, but he keeps his diagnosis in secret.

None of the “stars” came to say good-bye

Last week, it became known about the death of the 73-year-old songwriter Nikolai Zinoviev, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease for several years. Zinoviev is the author of songs performed by such artists as Alla Pugacheva, Valery Leontiev, Sofia Rotaru, Igor Nikolaev, Larisa Dolina and Mikhail Boyarsky.

Meanwhile, none of them was present at the farewell to the poet, which took place on the eve of the Central House of Writers in Moscow.

“I will not judge – these are their problems. But he gave them his soul! I opened my soul to them! I do not know why this happens. And, in principle, he ended rather dramatically. Like great poets. They almost all tragically leave, “- emotionally noted actor Alexander Mikhailov.

Video from the luxurious wedding of the daughter of billionaire Potanin got into the network

Judging by the frames that the guests of the wedding put on the network, the celebration was held in the luxurious five-star hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, located on the Côte d’Azur in France. As Starhit writes, the organization of the holiday cost the bride’s father nearly $ 10 million.

Milan Kerzhakova spoke about the reasons for her nervous breakdown

To be able to see her regularly, Milana flew to Thailand for treatment. After completing the rehabilitation course, the daughter of ex-senator of St. Petersburg Vadim Tulpanov told about her treatment and confessed to another addiction, which caused a nervous breakdown.

Victim of Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment

Victim Harvey Weinstein is herself harassed colleagues, and minors. Journalists of the New York Times found out that Asia Argento, who practically launched a campaign against the eminent producer, paid almost 400 thousand dollars for the silence of young actor Jimmy Bennett.

Alec Baldwin is outraged by too frank pictures of his eldest daughter

22-year-old girl grew up a real beauty. Recently, she increasingly published her candid photos in microblogging, which caused resentment from her father. On one of the last pictures, Ireland is posing in a black tight swimsuit, sitting on a motorcycle.

Lorak lit up with a new man

A well-known performer, in whose life the drama happened recently, published a picture with her young man on her Instagram page. About the one with whom it was photographed, Ani Lorak chose not to speak.

Announcing the divorce, Rita Dakota asked for help from a psychologist

The actress admitted that Vlad’s friends are spreading the conjectures and it pains her to read negative statements on the web about this topic. By the way, earlier the divorce of Sokolovsky and Dakota was expressed by human rights activist Katya Gordon, who will defend the interests of the singer in court.

MUSIC

Marilyn Manson collapsed on stage during a performance with Zombies

In Houston, during a joint concert with rock musician Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson fainted and collapsed right on the stage, reports the NME portal. After this happened, Zombie told the public that his “dear friend Mr. Manson is not feeling well”.

My dear friend Mr. Manson got sick because of the weather. He’s probably on the bus now and feels lousy. I need a partner for the next song, so let’s sing it very loud to make Manson feel better. – Rob Zombie, an American musician

Album of the band Eagles became the most sold in history

The album of the American rock band Eagles became the best-selling music album of all time, having overtaken Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Day of Russian music dedicated to the 145th anniversary of the birth of Rachmaninov

August 26 at the Square of Arts for the fourth time will be the Day of Russian Music. This year the event is timed to the 145th anniversary of the birth of composer Sergei Rachmaninov. This is reported by the publication “City +” with reference to the press service of the Committee for Culture

Ex-vocalist Led Zeppelin Robert Plant celebrates the 70th anniversary

He was called both the “golden voice of rock” and the “golden-haired god”, but the parents of young Robert did not believe in his vocal talent and dreamed that his son would become an accountant.

Radio station Planet Rock in 2005 decided to interview listeners to compose the best supergroup that could exist in the world if participants of different teams came together. A few thousand people were asked to name the best guitarist, vocalist, bass player and drummer. Leaders were Jimmy Page, who overtook Ritchie Blackmore and Slash, Robert Plant (he was not even reached by Freddie Mercury and Paul Rogers), John Paul Jones (he left behind Chris Squire and John Entwistle) and John Bonham (defeating Cosie Powell, Phil Collins and Neil Peart).

Three and a half thousand listeners “collected” Led Zeppelin as an ideal supergroup, without even talking. However, even after leaving the unique team, Robert Plant continued a successful solo career.

Telephone booths and wires in the Cardi Bee clip

Cardi Bee released a video for the joint with Keilani track “Ring”. In the new video Cardi Bee hovers over the ocean in the phone booth, and Keilani gets tangled in the telephone wires. The track “Ring” entered the debut album of Cardi Bi “Invasion of Privacy”, which was released in April.

Lana Del Rey was branded for a trip to Israel

Participants in the BDS campaign (Boycott, Isolation and Sanctions) called on Lana to act like the New Zealand singer Lord, who canceled her performances in Israel at the end of 2017 for political reasons. However, the idol of millions of Lana Del Rey took a completely different position.

The best video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards

A clip for the song of Camilla Cabello Havana is named the best video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards. The 35th ceremony of awarding the award for the creation of video clips was held at the New York concert hall of Radio City Music Hall. The live broadcast of the event was conducted by the MTV channel.

CINEMA

The trailer of the movie “The King Out of the Law” is published

Netflix posted on its Youtube channel a trailer for the movie “The King Outlawed” with Chris Payne in the lead role. Chris Pine is known for the works “Startrek”, “Wonder Woman”.

Film Festival “Man and Nature”

XVII Baikal International Film Festival “Man and Nature” named after V.G. Rasputin opens with the film “Sea-buckthorn summer”, which was shot by the studio “Lendok” (St. Petersburg). This was reported by the Minister of Culture and Archives of the Irkutsk Region Olga Stasyulevich.

In the network appeared trailer of the second season of the series “Two”

The HBO television channel has released the trailer for the second season of the series “Two”. The video was posted on the official YouTube channel. It is known that the picture tells about the world of the sex industry of the 1970s and its connection with the criminal world.

David Arquette won the main role in the film about the mafia

American actor David Arquette, best known for the films “Scream”, “Racers” and “Cannibal”, will play a major role in the film “Apalachin”.

Debut Trailer and release date Life is Strange 2

Of course, in Life is Strange 2 players have to make different decisions that affect the development of the plot and the relationship between the two brothers. In addition to the debut trailer, the game has a release date: Life is Strange 2 will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on September 27.

Photos from the filming of the new “American horror story”

The creator of the popular series “American horror story” Ryan Murphy delighted the fans of the photos from the filming of the new season. In his Twitter, he posted a picture of the actresses involved in the show.

Robert Downey Jr. returns to the role of Sherlock Holmes

The actor posted in his Twitter GIF-ku, which he signed: “Practicing Sherlock-face.” This can only mean one thing, Robert Downey Jr. has finally begun preparing for the shooting of the third part of the comedian detective. According to rumors, work on “Sherlock Holmes 3” starts at the end of this year.

At the film festival “In short” the winners were named

In Kaliningrad, the Sixth Short Film Festival “Shorter” was completed. The main prize was the film “Your mother” directed by Victoria Runtsova. The results of the festival were summed up on Sunday in the city’s Central Park of Culture and Recreation, TASS reported.

GADJETS and INTERNET

Nvidia unveils next-generation GeForce RTX graphics cards

Improved the construction of a three-dimensional image, and processing graphics runs six times faster. The price for Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 is 47.9 thousand rubles, GeForce RTX 2080 is already worth 63.9 thousand rubles, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti will cost almost one hundred thousand rubles. The stores will arrive on September 20.

Google was accused of illegally monitoring the movement of users

US citizen Napoleon Pataxil accused Google of illegally tracking the movements of millions of users. He sued the company in the District Court of the Northern District of California, reports Reuters.

Apple registered six new models of smart watches

Immediately six models of new smart watches Apple Watch Series 4 are registered by the American corporation Apple. Before the September presentation of new gadgets, the company received certificates on the models under the numbers A1977, A1978, A1975, A1976, A2007 and A2008, the Federal News Agency reported.

Fitbit Charge 3 activity tracker works without recharging for up to seven days

The bracelet, equipped with a touch screen, is suitable for swimming and offers more than one and a half dozen modes with control of the achievement of the goal of the exercises. At the same time, it has functions that allow you to stay in touch, and can work without recharging for up to 7 days.

Apple has removed 25 thousand applications from the App Store for China

Removing applications from the App Store for China, the company took up to meet the new requirements that the local authorities put forward. As a result, Apple has removed 25,000 applications from the App Store for China, and this is 1.4% of the total number of applications in the Chinese App Store.

Smartphone Huawei Honor 8X equipped with a display diagonal of 7.12 inches

The network published a photo box smartphone Huawei Honor 8X, which has not yet been presented. Thanks to the packaging it was possible to reveal some characteristics of the gadget. Huawei Honor 8X will be equipped with a display with a diagonal of 7.12 inches with a resolution of 2244×1080 pixels

New features of Google Pixel Watch became known

One of the main features of the watch will be the application Coach, representing a new round of development of the idea of Google Fit.

Logitech introduced vertical mouse MX Vertical

Logitech once again rethought the computer mouse and its management system, as a result, the MX Vertical device appeared. As the name implies, the manipulator refers to the flagship ruler and rests on the table not horizontally, but vertically.

Xiaomi August 23 will introduce a new 15.6-inch laptop

The screen of the laptop will be made by IPS technology, and will cover its protective glass. Presentation of the new laptop from Xiaomi will be held on August 23

“The most expected” smartphone from Nokia will be Nokia 6.1 Plus

Judging by the sent out invitations, where there are hints on the smartphone, Nokia’s “most expected” smartphone will be Nokia 6.1 Plus. Recall that the “most anticipated phone” the new smartphone called the company itself. This smartphone will become global, and in fact it is an international version of Nokia X6 for China.

There were live photos of the smartphone Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Resource Slasheaks, known for its leaks, first published an image of the alleged poster of the future smartphone Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, and then – his live photos. If you look carefully, the devices on the images are different.

Apple will release a new model of Mac Mini PC

Apple will introduce three new smartphones in the fall. However, judging by the multitude of rumors, we will also see many other novelties. For example, the source claims that we are waiting for a new model mini-PC Mac Mini.

Skype added end-to-end encryption to chats and calls

Skype service added end-to-end encryption of chats and calls for all users.

Pentagon will develop a new anonymous messenger

In the US, they plan to develop a mobile messenger, which will be resistant to burglary and ensure complete confidentiality for each user. According to the information provided, $ 44 million was allocated for the development of the application.

Netflix tests advertising between episodes and films

On Friday the company published a statement on its website in which it assured users that the streaming service thus checks whether the pop-up recommendations help to find the content that users like faster.

Twitch bug allowed users to read other people’s messages

The developers emphasize that the problem was limited only to Twitch Messages, but did not affect Twitch Whisper messages. Now users can visit their page and check if their private messages have flowed into other people’s archives

In the issuance of Yandex, you noticed the block “You may be interested”

Yandex is testing the “You may be interested” block in issuing desktop search. The innovation was noticed by SEO specialist Pavel Lukin. A block of 4 relevant query responses appears after the user returns to the page: The block displays the title, domain name and pictures.

Google will develop a new service for communication

The developers of Google said that in the autumn of this year the market will have a new service called “Android Chat”, the work of which will be carried out with a direct link to the sim card device. According to engineers, the new development will become very popular among users.

Skype tests SMS service for desktops

Developers of Skype announced a new service in the functionality of the application. Soon you will be able to reply to SMS messages from your personal computer. A similar option appeared in the assembly of the application, tested in the framework of the preliminary assessment program – the so-called Skype Insider, writes Engadget

Experts found an error in the code of the WhatsApp messenger

CheckPoint works in the field of IT security. Specialists have discovered some errors in the codes of the popular messenger, in connection with which hackers have the ability to change the texts of messages from users, especially in group chats.

SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY

Personality of a person does not change during life

Psychologists from the University of Houston studied the data provided by Project Talent Personality Inventory. Since 1960, psychologists have studied the personal qualities of 1979 students from different schools in the United States, and how they change over time.

They came to the conclusion that 40% of the respondents had significantly changed in character, while the remaining 60% remained unchanged. At the same time, their dominant personality traits almost did not change.

Nanoparticles of hafnium oxide will help to detect and remove plaque

American scientists synthesized a new type of nanoparticles based on hafnium oxide, which allows you to diagnose and treat dental plaque as part of a regular dental examination

The paradox of a status signal

An international group of scientists conducted a series of social experiments and found out that people prefer to make friends with those who do not have attributes of high social status: expensive cars, watches or clothes. At the same time, they themselves believe that these attributes will make them more attractive in the eyes of potential friends. Scientists called this discrepancy a “paradox of a status signal” and described it in detail in an article in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Studies.

Light-sensitive bacteria turned into an interactive screen

Italian researchers have created a screen, the image in which is formed using photosensitive bacteria and a projector that displays the negative image

Genetics traced the evolution of Plasmodium vivax malarial plasmodium

Geneticists followed the evolutionary history of the causative agent of malaria Plasmodium vivax, described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Presumably, at the beginning of its evolution, the pathogen infected gorillas, chimpanzees and humans, and after the release of ancient people from Africa, along with them penetrated into Asia and, later, to South America. Africans, however, developed a mutation that suppresses the pathogen, so now P. vivax almost never occurs on the continent.

The poison of the spider will stop the death of nerve cells

In diseases of the nervous system, there is an excessive activation of glutamate receptors, especially those that perform calcium well. The intake of too much calcium in the receiving neurons triggers the processes of apoptosis and leads to the death of nerve cells.

Scientists have created a working paper battery with bacteria

Scientists have developed and created a working paper battery. Its power is still sufficient only for the operation of small devices, for example, an LED or a calculator. The researchers began creating a paper battery with the development of a special material.

Microsoft has taught the robot to serve refreshments

Experts from the Microsoft Research unit have created a robot that can navigate in space and interact with the environment. During the demonstration, he opened the refrigerator and took out cold drinks from there.

Scientists: Electronic cigarettes can “rebuild” DNA

The experts conducted a study and found that prolonged smoking of these devices can increase the level of carcinogens, breaking the chemicals that are in aerosols – formaldehyde, methylglyoxal and acrolein, accumulate in tissues and organs.

Scientists have created the most wear-resistant material in the world

Scientists of Sandia National Laboratories have created a material that is considered to be the most wear-resistant in the world. The authors of the project made a new alloy, combining platinum and gold during numerous studies.

AUTO

Lexani Motorcars made a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter “house on wheels”

California company Lexani Motorcars, known for its unusual projects to “restructure” cars in luxury camper, introduced another “house on wheels” based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van. The finished novelty with off-road equipment was called LM-EXTV.

Concern “Kalashnikov” has developed a hybrid buggy for the Defense Ministry

The domestic concern “Kalashnikov” presented the next development – a hybrid buggy OV-2, created by order of the Russian Defense Ministry. The presentation of the vehicle took place in the framework of the annual forum “Army-2018” in the Moscow region of Kubinka.

The manufacturer of vacuum cleaners Dyson chose the name for future electric cars

The British manufacturer of household appliances Dyson, famous for its vacuum cleaners, patented the name of Digital Motors, under which the company will produce its electric cars

A new Chinese brand Trumpchi is coming to Russia

The official presentation of the new Chinese brand for Russia will take place at the end of August within the framework of the Moscow International Motor Show. As experts say, sedans, crossovers and minivans Trumpchi will occupy an important place in the average price segment of the Russian car market.

Aston Martin will release a series of classic cars model DB5

Many admirers of James Bond remember his legendary car from the Goldfinger series. And just yesterday the manufacturer Aston Martin said that he wants to release a series of classic DB5. Cost “a novelty from the past” will be not less than 2 million 750 thousand dollars.

Heico Sportiv has reworked the Volvo V60 wagon

The German tuning studio Heico Sportiv has reworked the Volvo V60 wagon. Specialists have made changes in the appearance and technical parameters of the car.

The performance of the diesel engine has increased from 190 to 220 hp, and the peak torque from 400 to 480 Nm. The petrol engine now produces 340 hp. and 470 Nm, instead of the previous 310 hp. and 400 Nm.

The car was equipped with a four-barrel exhaust system with oval chrome-plated nipples, lightweight 21-inch wheels and Continental tires or Pirelli tires. Also, customers will be available for 19 and 20-inch drives

Supercar Rimac C_Two will be presented in the “Californian” version

The company Rimac introduced its supercar C_Two at the motor show in Geneva, now the manufacturer presented a special version of the model for California. California Edition Rimac C_Two was shown at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles

Isuzu Company presented in Melbourne extreme SUVs

The Japanese company has shown two new concepts – an extreme off-road car and a pickup truck. Both new products have the same name – Concept X. The pickup is built on the basis of the D-Max model and has a length of 5 500 mm, a width of 2,150 mm, a height of 2,100 mm.

Zotye launches sales of new three-row crossover Traum Seek 5

The company Zotye launched sales of the seven-seat crossover Traum Seek 5. The model was the third in the model line of the company, which produces cars for young people.

The dimensions of the machine are 4771х2859х1735 mm, and the distance between the axes is 2,800 mm. In motion, the SUV is powered by a 1.5-liter unit generating 150 hp. As the transmission is a 6-band manual transmission or automatic transmission.

The minimum price of the model is 77.9 thousand yuan (about 757 thousand rubles). For the top version, dealers ask 128.9 thousand yuan (about 1 252 000 rubles)

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