23 Янв, 2022

The level of trust in business in the world

According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, Russia ranked last in terms of business trust: only 34% of our country’s residents trust business. This figure has not changed over the past year.

South Korea (43% of those who trust business) ranks second from the bottom with a fairly large margin, Japan and Germany close the top three anti-leaders (48% each).

Most of those who trust business turned out to be in China: 84%, an impressive +14 p.p. to last year’s results. Further leaders are also mainly developing countries: Indonesia, India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia. And in most of these countries, the level of business confidence has increased over the past year.

In developed countries, on the contrary, the level of trust in business has declined: Germany and the Netherlands are among the leaders of decline (by -6 p.p. per year), the USA and Australia (by -5 p.p.)

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Before the pandemic, the fortune of the top ten was $ 700 billion, now it has exceeded $ 1.5 trillion. Analysts calculated that if they were spending $1 million a day, it would take them 414 years to spend their fortune.

But at the same time, during the same time, the incomes of 99% of people on the planet have decreased, and more than 160 million people have generally fallen below the poverty line.

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Sales of French champagne in 2021 reached an all-time high. In total, about 322 million bottles were sold, which is a third more than the previous year, when figures fell sharply due to the pandemic.

Turnover reached 5.5 billion euros, according to the trade association Comité Champagne. Exports also increased — up to 180 million bottles. This was due to high demand, especially in English-speaking countries. Sales of champagne in France also increased by a quarter — 142 million bottles were sold here, which corresponds to the level of 2019.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is ready for a direct dialogue with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian Ambassador to Berlin Andriy Melnyk told Handelsblatt. According to the diplomat, Zelensky «is also ready to conduct direct negotiations with President Putin at any time,» but Moscow «rejects» Kiev’s outstretched hand.

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The ban on laughter during the solemn ceremony of marriage was excluded from the rules of conduct in the registry offices of the Rostov region due to «public opinion», the agency reports

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The Moldovan government regards Gazprom’s ultimatum demand to repay the debt as an unfriendly gesture, Prime Minister of the Republic Natalia Gavrilitsa said. In her opinion, «Gazprom», as a «big, serious» company, could defer the payment of the debt for ten days or a month.

This is a letter in which the Russian company warned Moldovagaz about the termination of supplies in case of non-payment of debts for already received gas. Gazprom demanded to repay the $25 million debt by January 21. Otherwise, the Russian company threatened to stop deliveries at 9:00 am on January 21, Gavrilitsa said.

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The deputy head of the administration of Voskresensk, near Moscow, was arrested on charges of taking a bribe from a businessman for helping him win the auction

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Commander-in-Chief of the German Navy, Vice Admiral Kai-Achim Schönbach, resigned after saying that Crimea would never return to Ukraine, the Bild newspaper reported. According to her information, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht and Inspector General of the Bundeswehr Eberhard Zorn accepted Schönbach’s resignation.

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The Ministry of Defense of Germany “in no case” agrees with the words of the German Navy Commander-in-Chief, including about Crimea, said a representative of the department

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Roscosmos wants to launch light and ultralight rockets from railway platforms, work in this direction is already underway, Rogozin said. The principle of operation of the railway platform, which is being developed by Roscosmos enterprises to launch space rockets, will be similar to the Barguzin combat missile system that was created earlier, a source in the rocket and space industry told us.

In the USSR, in the first half of the 1980s, the Molodets combat railway missile system was developed. The last such train was withdrawn from the Strategic Missile Forces in the summer of 2005.

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Roskosmos is looking for a foreign partner to operate the Sea Launch platform, Rogozin said in an interview with Russian Space, adding that the revitalization of the project is an important task for the corporation today.

Created in 1995, having gone through bankruptcy and reorganization in 2009 and purchased in 2016 by S7 Group, the floating spaceport has been frozen until better times and is now located in the port of Slavyanka in Primorye.

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The emergency «Fukushima» leaked 4 tons of special fluid used to maintain the «ice wall» around the station, reports NHK. The leak was found last week. The construction of an «ice wall» 1.5 km long cost $300 million in 2016-2018. The «wall» blocks the inflow of groundwater to power units.

The accident at Fukushima occurred in March 2011 and became the strongest in history after Chernobyl.

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Biden discussed the situation around Ukraine with the national security team, according to the White House pool. Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan was at the meeting, some members of the council connected via a closed connection.

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At least seven people were killed and ten injured in an explosion in the northwestern Afghan city of Herat, local newspaper Etilaat Roz reported.

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Venezuela is ready to provide military-technical assistance to Russia in the event of an aggravation of Russian-American relations, said Russian Ambassador to Caracas Sergei Melik-Bagdasarov on the Soloviev Live YouTube channel.

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Bloomberg’s publication that Chinese President Xi Jinping allegedly asked Vladimir Putin not to attack Ukraine during the Beijing Olympics is a fake and a provocation, the Chinese embassy in Moscow said.

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In the village of Domna, Chita District, Trans-Baikal Territory, a pack of dogs killed a 7-year-old girl. A criminal case has been initiated on the grounds of a crime under Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation — negligence, negligently resulting in the death of a person.

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The Minister of Defense of Latvia confirmed the shipment of Stinger man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) by the Baltic countries to Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense of Latvia added that Javelin anti-tank systems will arrive from Estonia to Ukraine.

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The UN mission reported the disappearance of two activists in Afghanistan. The Taliban (an organization banned in Russia) arrested the women in their own homes in Kabul. Nothing has been known about their whereabouts since January 19. The Taliban (an organization banned in Russia) deny the detention of human rights activists

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In Kyrgyzstan, police seized the office of investigative journalists Temirov Live. The police claim that the journalist Bolot Temirov forced the girl to use drugs. Documents and videos are confiscated in the editorial office.

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Silvio Berlusconi withdrew his candidacy from the presidential elections in Italy — ANSA

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Former judge of the Supreme Court of Chechnya, Saydi Yangulbaev, left Russia with her daughter. The reasons are fears for their lives. This was reported by the «Committee against Torture» (the organization is recognized in Russia as a foreign agent). His two sons are now in Vilnius.

Earlier, Ramzan Kadyrov said that the Yangulbaevs are «accomplices of terrorists» and demanded to detain or «destroy» them.

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British singer Robbie Williams is auctioning off three of his Banksy works. We are talking about the paintings «Girl with a balloon», «Kissing policemen» and «Mutilated oil work (turntables)».

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The total cost of a mortgage in December increased by 4.4 percentage points — up to 13.2%, the last time a similar level was observed in 2014-2015, Equifax told RIA Novosti.

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In the Black Sea, the Almuntazah tanker under the flag of the Comoros with a Russian crew caught fire, there are more than 700 tons of fuel oil on board. The sailors were evacuated, there were no casualties.

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In 2020, the United States provided Israel with $3.3 billion in military aid. A little less went to Afghanistan (2.7 billion), Egypt — 1.3 billion. Ukraine took sixth place: the United States provided military assistance to it for $ 284 million

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