19 Ноя, 2021

The largest sovereign wealth funds

The Norwegian Pension Fund, valued at $ 1.3 trillion, is still the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world — in fact, it is larger than the largest mutual fund (Vanguard, also about 1.3 trillion) and the largest ETF (replicating the SP500 SPY, 391 billion). And the Norwegian pension fund is one of the largest co-owners of Apple: it owns a share of $ 27 billion.

The second place is taken by the Chinese China Investment Corporation — 1.2 trillion, invested mainly in American companies. The Kuwaiti investment fund closes the top three with a relatively modest estimate of $ 693 billion. And then — Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, two (!) Singaporean funds, another Chinese fund, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

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For the first time since 2013, the Israeli prime minister held a telephone conversation with the Turkish president, The Jerusalem Post reported. Naftali Bennett thanked Erdogan for his efforts to free Israelis Natalie and Mordi Oknin, who were arrested in Istanbul for photographing the Turkish president’s residence.

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The border service of Ukraine reported that it prevented 15 foreigners from trying to illegally enter from the territory of Belarus.

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The death toll among protesters in Sudan after the military came to power on October 25 has reached 37 people. According to the doctors, the security forces used firearms and tear gas against the demonstrators, and also blocked the access of ambulances to the victims.

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Russia supplied Cuba under the UN program more than 670 tons of sunflower oil worth about $ 3 million. It will be distributed free of charge among the citizens of the country.

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NPO «Splav» them. A. N. Ganicheva (part of the Tekhnodinamika holding of the Rostec state corporation) is developing new multiple launch rocket systems for the Russian Navy, which will allow for missile and artillery strikes and provide protection against underwater weapons, said Director General Alexander Smirnov.

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Clubhouse has added support for live subtitling on iOS, making the app accessible to the deaf or hard of hearing. So far, the function supports 13 languages, including English, Cantonese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Russian. However, some users have found that Clubhouse sometimes does not recognize the language properly, resulting in incomprehensible subtitles. It is also not yet known when Clubhouse will make subtitling available on Android.

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US prosecutors are investigating Meta’s efforts to bring children and young people to Instagram, New York State Attorney General Laetitia James said in a statement.

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The Department of Project Activities is being created in the apparatus of the Government of the Russian Federation in order to improve monitoring of the implementation of state programs, national projects and other priority initiatives.

One of the main tasks of the department will be expanded monitoring of the implementation of measures and the achievement of indicators while tracking the risks of deviations from the schedule and feedback from citizens, the Cabinet of Ministers said.

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France is concerned about the persistence of significant Russian forces on the border with Ukraine, the French Foreign Minister said.

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Warsaw issued an «ultimatum» to Belarus, demanding stabilization of the situation on the border until November 21, otherwise it will close the railway point in Kuznitsa — Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs

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For Telegram channels that do not mark organizations banned in the Russian Federation, and also do not use the wording about foreign agents, in the future, sanctions can be applied in the form of a requirement to block or delete the channel (through the administration of Telegram, Apple and Google), also under the entire messenger could be a threat of blocking, said a source close to the Russian government.

Similar measures will be taken in relation to channels and chats that publish extremist, knowingly false (fake) information about the coronavirus pandemic and vaccinations, as well as containing information that violates the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, the source added.

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The Mufti of Moscow urged not to mention the nationality of the criminals in the media. When the media mentions the nationality of the criminals, the society is divided, an alternative solution is to always indicate the nationality, including «if a person has done something good,» said the mufti of Moscow from the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of the Russian Federation, the chief imam of the Moscow Cathedral Mosque Ildar Alyautdinov in an interview with RIA Novosti. …

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At an expanded meeting of the Foreign Ministry’s collegium, Putin called on the Belarusian authorities to engage in dialogue with the opposition. Tikhanovskaya replied that she welcomed calls for dialogue, but no dialogue would start in prison:

«All political prisoners must be released, the violence must be stopped»

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Labor migrants and foreign citizens who have come to Russia for more than 90 days will have to provide medical certificates on the absence of drug addiction and HIV infection from December 29. The corresponding draft order was prepared by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia

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UNESCO refuses to contact the only World Cultural Heritage site located in Crimea — the ancient city of Tauric Chersonesos. Elena Morozova, Director of the State Historical and Archaeological Museum-Reserve «Chersonesos Taurichesky»

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NASA intends to send three new types of robots to the moon by the end of next year. The plan is to send a lunar lander equipped with a special robotic driller, a flying drone and a wheeled drone that will test the first 4G base station on the moon, which will also be housed in the lander.

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Five police officers detained a 14-year-old girl in the Kalininsky district of St. Petersburg for crossing the road in the wrong place. They twisted her and tried to put her in the car — the men drove the girl to hysterics and even hit her several times. The teenager has bruises in both forearms and shock — the schoolgirl said that her arms were very sore. The Investigative Committee of St. Petersburg opened a criminal case against the police for abuse of office.

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The Ministry of Economic Development of Russia has developed a draft federal law, according to which telecom operators will be able to transfer a number of customer data to banks and travel services with their consent.

In particular, travel services that are partners of telecom operators will be able to use the received data to inform customers about attractions, excursions and cultural events in the region of tourist arrival.

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The Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) and the Ministry of Justice are already preparing a bill that will allow convicts to work in the Far North.

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Biden confirmed that the United States is considering the possibility of a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. The White House says Washington has «serious concerns» about human rights violations in China

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Russian food and beverage manufacturers have encountered difficulties importing ingredients from China, Kommersant reported. The problems are related to the loading of the ports of the Far East, says a source in a large food company. According to him, the terms of unloading are constantly shifting, and enterprises may run out of stocks of raw materials before the high New Year’s season.

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26% of Russians believe that the number of real reviews in online stores exceeds the number of fabricated ones, 13% adhere to the opposite point of view, according to a study by the analytical center NAFI, received by RBC.

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Four PRC patrol ships entered the territorial waters of Japan off the Senkaku Islands. This was reported by Kyoto-np, citing a statement from the Japanese Coast Guard.

According to Fukuishimbun, the incident was the 36th since the beginning of this year. The last time Chinese ships entered the strait was a month ago, on September 19.

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53% of students studying information technology (IT) would like to leave Russia. This is the conclusion reached by the educational platform GeekBrains (part of the VK ecosystem, the former Mail.ru Group) following a survey of users. The research was carried out in November, more than 5 thousand respondents of IT students of different sex and age living in various cities of Russia were interviewed.

Of those who would like to leave, 25% said they would like to emigrate to the United States, 7% — to the UK, 6% — to Germany, 5% — to Canada, 23% — to other countries, 34% found it difficult to name the country.

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69% of Russians say they are experiencing financial difficulties; at the same time, every fourth (24%) hopes that their financial situation will improve in the near future, while last year only every tenth thought so. These are the results of a survey conducted by the Center for Civil Society and Commercial Sector Research at the Higher School of Economics (RBC has the research).

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The US congressmen proposed not to recognize Putin as president if he goes to the polls again, since they consider the amendment to «zero» his terms illegitimate. The Federation Council of Russia called it interference in the Russian elections

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The Ministry of Natural Resources proposed to introduce 100% recycling of packaging made of paper, glass and textiles in 2022. The department has developed a bill that increases waste disposal standards.

In particular, in the standards for 2022, the percentage of processing of goods — clothing, equipment, paper and wooden containers, batteries and others — should increase by 10 percent in comparison with the current year.

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The Ministry of Defense has proposed increasing the size of the monthly salary to reservists to 24% of the salary for military positions and ranks. The draft government decree was published on Thursday on the federal portal of draft regulatory legal acts.

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Russia will remove all restrictions on exports and imports for the republics of Donbass, and will also equate the products of Donetsk and Luhansk enterprises with goods of Russian origin in state purchases. All this presupposes the decree of Vladimir Putin on humanitarian aid to the population of the DPR and LPR.

There will be new goods in Russia, and new jobs will appear in the DPR and LPR, and wages will rise. The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin told about this in an interview with «Parlamentskaya Gazeta».

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For 10 years in Russia, the share of scientific workers from 20 to 30 years has decreased by 25%. In order to raise the prestige of the profession of a university teacher and prevent the outflow of young people from it, a new professional holiday was established in 2021. The day of the teacher of higher education was chosen on November 19. This is the birthday of the outstanding Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov, the Parlamentskaya Gazeta reports.

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Prices in pharmacies are growing, and incomes of citizens are gnawing at inflation. This was reported by the chairman of the State Duma Committee on Labor, Social Policy and Veterans Affairs Yaroslav Nilov (LDPR). He proposed to discuss the issue of the piece sale of drugs with the expert community, to understand how much this option is in demand, and, possibly, to regulate it by law.

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The EP has drafted a food-sharing bill that gives stores an equal choice between disposing of unsold food and handing it over to those in need.

In Russia, 17 million tons of food is disposed of — and at the expense of at least some of these products, millions of citizens can be helped, said the head of the State Duma’s youth committee Metelev (United Russia).

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VTB decided to completely get rid of the stake in the retail chain «Magnit», which it acquired three years ago from billionaire Sergei Galitsky. The second state bank of Russia is selling a stake of 17.28%, of which 12.88% — directly to the Marathon Group of Alexander Vinokurov, the press service of VTB reported on Thursday.

Vinokurov, a former investment banker married to the daughter of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, already owns 16.9% of the retailer’s shares, and following the transaction, he will receive a 29.75% stake, which will require FAS approval.

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As it became known to «Kommersant», the Simonovsky District Court of Moscow is holding hearings on the claim of the Prosecutor General’s Office against the former prosecutor of the Ramensky urban district of the Moscow Region, Konstantin Tombulov.

The supervisory authority wants to confiscate assets from Mr. Tombulov, his relatives and trustees, mainly land plots, estimated at 750 million rubles. Moreover, only the cost of two hours, which were found on the defendant during the search, made up half of his official income for many years.

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Prototypes of Russian base stations of the LTE standard, to the use of which telecom operators are obliged to switch from 2023, did not show the «necessary functionality». The Ministry of Digital Development of Russia was informed about this by MegaFon, MTS, Vimpelcom, Rostelecom and Tele2. Such equipment is being developed, in particular, by Rostec.

The operators propose to create a working group to coordinate the implementation of Russian stations. The government is dissatisfied with the position of the operators and believes that they could develop the necessary equipment together with manufacturers.

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The Minister of Culture of Crimea Arina Novoselskaya was detained, she is suspected of taking a bribe in the amount of 25 million rubles.

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The Kurgan Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church has issued leaflets where it is said that yoga immerses in «occult and mystical depths», and trainings are an illusion of development as they promise «to increase self-esteem, develop charisma, find oneself»

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High-ranking officials of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in Moscow Mishchenko and Samarin were detained yesterday, a source told RIA Novosti. Mishchenko, through an intermediary, received a bribe of 50 thousand rubles for passports for commercial organizations, the source said.

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The Russian gasification program has interested the authorities of neighboring Kazakhstan. According to the Minister of Energy of the Republic, Magzum Mirzagaliyev, Kazakhstan is going to discuss with Gazprom the technical parameters of gasification of its cities in the north and east of the country. By the end of the year, Gazprom and Kaztransgaz will carry out calculations and work out acceptable options.

Earlier, Putin said: «Gazprom» intends to invest 100 billion rubles in the gasification of Kyrgyzstan.

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According to a study by the British company YouGov and the charity End Violence Against Women Coalition, 47% of women and 40% of men in Britain have become less trusting of police officers. Only 29% of the women surveyed said that their attitude towards the police had not changed in any way. At the same time, the overwhelming majority of women believe that the culture of police behavior requires changes.

The reason for the decline in confidence in law enforcement was the rape and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard by police officers. This happened in March 2021, and in October a court in London sentenced a police officer to life in prison.

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The Polish company Gaz-System has completed the laying of the offshore section of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, TVN24 reports. With the help of Baltic Pipe, a new route will be created for the supply of natural gas from Norway to the markets of Denmark and Poland, as well as to consumers in neighboring countries.

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American tourists made their way to the Colosseum at night for a beer. They were fined 800 euros after passers-by complained about the violators.

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New passenger car sales in the EU fell sharply in October. But, in general, since the beginning of the year, there has been an increase in sales: over 10 months, about 8.2 million cars were sold in the European Union.

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Transport workers are on strike in Greece. They protest against the systematic safety violations that led to the death of an electric train foreman earlier in the week.

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Officials of the National Guard of Ukraine conduct exercises in the Chernihiv region at the Novye Yarilovichi checkpoint, which is 800 meters from the border with Belarus — Dom TV channel

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Aeroflot is increasing its fuel surcharge on domestic and international routes from November 22 due to an increase in the cost of kerosene

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Moscow Muslims want to open prayer rooms in the metro and shopping centers, Alyautdinov, the mufti of Moscow from the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims, told RIA Novosti.

The Moscow Department of Transport said it was not considering the possibility of opening prayer rooms in the metro.

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The FSB again proposed to Ivan Safronov, an adviser to the head of Roscosmos, who is accused of treason, and former Kommersant journalist Ivan Safronov, to conclude a deal with the investigation. This was announced by the lawyer of the accused, Ivan Pavlov (recognized by the media as a foreign agent).

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Ivan Safronov refused a new proposal from the FSB on a deal with the investigation, said his lawyer Ivan Pavlov (recognized in the Russian Federation as a foreign agent).

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The number of officially registered unemployed in Russia is less than 810 thousand people, said the Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation Anton Kotyakov.

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The Hermitage earned almost 450 thousand dollars from the sale of paintings by da Vinci and Van Gogh in the form of NFT. The museum received money through intermediaries, because transactions with cryptocurrency are prohibited in Russia

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First Deputy Head of the Emergencies Ministry’s Moscow Directorate Andrei Mishchenko and the Head of the Anti-Crisis Directorate of the Moscow Emergencies Ministry’s Directorate Viktor Samarin received bribes in the amount of 70 and 50 thousand rubles, respectively, for issuing anti-terrorist security passports to enterprises — documents that confirm that the facility is protected from terrorist attacks …

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President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation increasing the threshold for exchange transactions without customer identification.

According to current regulations, without identification, you can exchange an amount of no more than 15 thousand rubles. Under the new law, this amount is no more than 40 thousand. And if the amount is more than 40 thousand, but less than 100 thousand, they plan to carry out a simplified customer identification.

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The Croatian police received an international award for the fight against domestic violence. The awards ceremony was held in Rome at a meeting of the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, HRT reported.

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