1 Oct, 2021

The most expensive countries to live in

The most expensive country in the world turned out to be Switzerland: living there (including the cost of renting housing) turned out to be only 12% cheaper than in New York, which is taken as the base in this ranking.

Life in Hong Kong will cost 78% of New York’s price tags, in Iceland – 75%. The leaders are also Singapore (almost 73%), Norway (70%) and Luxembourg (69%)

And then life becomes cheaper quite sharply: in Ireland, which is on the 3rd place, it is already almost 40% cheaper than in New York

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The second round of talks between Russia and the United States on strategic stability took place in Geneva. The main thing:

▪️ Progress has been made on some issues, but many discrepancies remain

▪️ Agreed to establish two working groups. One will deal with the principles of arms control. The second is the potential of strategic weapons.

▪️ Russia has voiced its concerns about the creation of AUKUS, which does not fit well with the nonproliferation regime

▪️ Agreed that the bilateral START Commission will start work on October 5 in Geneva

▪️ Russia voiced its position that the US military presence in Central Asia is unacceptable

▪️ Made progress in cybersecurity negotiations

▪️ The State Department said the negotiations were “intense and substantive.” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov said that the parties have a desire to “move the process further”

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Joe Biden Signs Interim US Budget Preventing Government Shutdown, White House Says

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In Germany, 96-year-old Irmgard Furchner was detained, who during the Second World War served as the commandant’s secretary and typist in the Stutthof concentration camp. Furchner, who is accused of complicity in more than 11,000 murders in Stutthof, did not appear in court.

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Belarusian Human Rights Center “Viasna”: About 50 people were detained in Belarus on criminal charges of insulting a government official and inciting social hatred. According to human rights activists, the arrests are allegedly related to comments under posts on social networks about the recent shootout in which a KGB officer and an IT company employee died.

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Lukashenko said in an interview with CNN that there are no grounds to demand an apology from him to Belarusians, because allegations of human rights violations in the country are fictions and fantasies.

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The Tverskoy Court of Moscow has arrested two top managers of Sberbank. They are suspects in a fraud case against the bank’s vice-president and former deputy education minister Marina Rakova.

According to a RIA Novosti source, Rakova lobbied for the allocation of budgetary funds (50 million rubles) to the Ministry of Education’s Fund for New Forms of Education Development, which with this money ordered work from a subcontractor – the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences (Shaninka). The work on two contracts was not completed, but the money was transferred for them anyway. In the near future, the investigation intends to check a number of contracts for 150 million rubles.

After the searches, Rakova turned off all phones and left her place of residence. I stopped communicating with relatives.

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Russia owes China $ 125 billion. Oil and gas companies borrowed this amount against future oil and gas supplies. The top five debtor countries of China included Venezuela ($ 85.54 billion), Angola ($ 40.65 billion), Brazil ($ 39.08 billion) and Kazakhstan ($ 39.01 billion). In total, in the world, the amount of “hidden” debts of different countries to China is $ 385 billion.

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American strategic bombers B-1B Lancer with variable sweep wings are planned to be equipped with hypersonic missiles, representatives of Boeing, the aircraft developer, said.

“Testing could begin in September 2022 when development is complete,” said Robert Gass, Boeing’s Bomber Development Program Manager.

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Lukashenko said that in case of a conflict, the entire western part of the Russian armed forces will support Belarus – BelTA

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Russia’s external debt as of July 1, 2021 amounted to $ 472.3 billion, which is 1.05% higher than at the beginning of the year, follows from the materials of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

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LNR and DPR Foreign Ministers exchanged instruments of ratification on the treaty on a single customs territory, it entered into force – RIA Novosti

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Barbados is getting out of the power of the British crown, the first president of the republic will be Governor-General Mason, the prime minister said.

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Lynk has successfully connected conventional mobile phones to satellite. The American company Lynk announced that it was the first in the world to establish two-way communication between an ordinary mobile phone and a satellite. In the future, the company wants to deploy a global satellite network providing communications in remote locations without ground communication towers without the need for a satellite phone.

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Olga Konovalova, former general director of FC Tambov, was detained in Tambov. According to the investigation, the city allocated hundreds of millions of rubles for the football club, some of which were appropriated by the club’s leaders through various schemes.

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The Parliament of Latvia approved a ban on the use of St. George ribbons at festive events, meetings, processions and pickets

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The Tverskoy Court of Moscow fined DOXA editor Armen Aramyan 20 thousand rubles for posting on Twitter a link to a live broadcast from the action on Pushkinskaya Square on September 20

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Vladimir Putin does not use the telephone and the Internet, said ex-adviser to the President of the Russian Federation German Klimenko.

“Putin really doesn’t use the phone and the Internet. All information is brought to him in printed form. I don’t see any particular sin here – someone does not understand ballet, someone does not understand the Internet, but this does not bother many leaders. This is a matter of expertise, ”Klimenko explained on the air of Ekho Moskvy.

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A volcanic-powered Bitcoin mining station opened in El Salvador. It already provides about 95 MW of geothermal energy, while construction is still ongoing. The station, built at the foot of the volcano, converts thermal energy into electrical energy. Vapors do not leave precipitation and completely dissolve in the atmosphere. The President of the country stressed that “it is cheap, 100% clean and renewable energy.” Since September, El Salvador has started using bitcoin as the official currency.

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New and used miner hardware sections have disappeared from all Alibaba sites. It will not be possible to buy and sell mining devices, educational literature, strategies, software there. Sellers will be punished for trying to hide miners in other categories, forgery of descriptions, and other attempts to circumvent restrictions. The decision came after China’s central bank banned cryptocurrencies and mining on September 24.

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Roman Dobrokhotov, editor-in-chief of the foreign media agent The Insider, has been put on the wanted list in the case of illegal border crossing. According to Dobrokhotov’s lawyer, Yulia Kuznetsova, this decision was made by the FSB Investigative Department.

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EU has postponed negotiations on a free trade agreement with Australia after scandal over refusal to acquire French submarines, Australian press reported

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On October 5-8, Kamchatka will host a meeting of representatives of the coast guard of 8 Arctic countries (Russia, Denmark, Iceland, Canada, Norway, USA, Finland, Sweden), the FSB border department reported

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The Royal Court of London in October will consider Abramovich’s libel suit in the book “Putin’s People” (British publishing house HarperCollins), but the exact date has not yet been determined, the court told RIA Novosti. Earlier, businessmen Fridman, Aven, Chigirinsky filed defamation claims against HarperCollins in London courts.

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According to RIA Novosti, the Russian FSB has identified the data, for the deliberate transfer of which abroad you can become a foreign agent. The list consists of 60 items, including information about:

– assessments and forecasts of the development of the military-political and strategic situation;

– deployment of the RF Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies;

– the moral and psychological climate in the army;

– methods of combat training of military personnel;

– work on the modernization of weapons;

– data on the use of quantum technologies and artificial intelligence in the creation of new weapons;

– work of centers for prevention of computer attacks;

– import of dual-use products;

– some information about the activities of “Roskosmos”.

If you collect such information in the interests of foreign states and do not submit an application for inclusion in the register, criminal liability occurs. Under the relevant article, you can get up to five years in prison.

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Former French President Sarkozy will serve a year of home imprisonment in a villa in one of the most expensive districts of Paris. You cannot get close to the house, it is under police surveillance.

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The Russian Cabinet of Ministers has proposed to resume the indexation of officials’ salaries. The government’s proposals have been submitted to the State Duma. Indexation is scheduled from October 1, 2022 for the period up to 2024 inclusive. It will affect all categories of employees of federal government agencies. Indexation will also affect judges, prosecutors and the UK and federal government civil servants. Salaries for these categories will be increased by 4%. From October 1, 2022, the same increase in the salary of the military is envisaged.

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The number of Kyrgyz migrants in Russia today ranges from 700 thousand to 1 million people, with 40 to 50% of them women, said adviser to the Kyrgyz embassy Manas Joldoshbekov.

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Gas pumping through the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline has dropped by almost three times compared to the previous day, RIA Novosti reports, citing data from the German gas transmission operator Gascade.

The gas pipeline with a length of more than two thousand kilometers passes through the territory of four countries – Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany. Yamal – Europe can pump up to 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

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As part of the contract, Russia sent a batch of combat helicopters to Mali: two Mi-171Sh and two Mi-17V5 with a set of weapons and ammunition, a source told RIA Novosti. Earlier, the Minister of Defense of Mali said that his country had bought 4 new Mi-171 helicopters, weapons and ammunition from Russia.

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The Ministry of Justice included in the profile register three organizations that the Prosecutor General’s Office recognized as undesirable

1.Scientology World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International (WISE) (USA)

2. Scientology Church of Spiritual Technology (CST, also known as L. Ron Hubbard Library) (USA)

3. European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO)

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The governor of Kuzbass, at a meeting with Putin, proposed to create two million-plus cities on the basis of Kemerovo and Novokuznetsk (approximately 550 thousand inhabitants).

According to him, Kemerovo and Novokuznetsk will be connected by a high-speed highway (there are about 220 km between them), and in the cities themselves it is planned to carry out a comprehensive development of the territories: “We will demolish the private sector in quarters, build modern houses in place of the private sector.”

With the support of the federal center, it is realistic to implement the plans by 2030, Tsivilev said.

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The Russian register of media – foreign agents includes “Journalist – Foreign Agent” (an organization created by Lyudmila Savitskaya, previously included in this register). The Ministry of Justice draws attention to the fact that Savitskaya herself registered “Journalist – Foreign Agent” as a foreign agent – as required by law.

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The independent French Institute for Strategic Studies at the Military School said it had noticed a change in Beijing’s behavior, writes CNBC.

“For a long time, we could say that China, unlike Russia, wants to be loved, not feared,” says a recently published report.

At the same time, it notes that in recent years, Beijing’s methods of influence have changed. The report lists various areas where the Chinese authorities are seeking to expand their “influence operations.” Among them are the media, in which China invests 1.3 billion euros annually. It also mentions economic coercion. In addition, it is argued that Beijing is trying to influence the election results. American intelligence blames Russia for such actions.

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“Gazprom” has the right to terminate the physical transit of natural gas through the territory of Ukraine, this is provided for by the current transit contract between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, said the head of the company “Naftogaz Ukrainy” Yuriy Vitrenko.

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Inflation in the eurozone in September, according to the preliminary data of Eurostat published on Friday, amounted to 3.4% in annual terms. According to Bloomberg, this is the highest inflation rate in the association since 2008.

Energy prices rose the most in September (by 17.4%; in August – by 15.4%), followed by industrial goods (by 2.1%; in August – by 2.6%), followed by food , alcohol and tobacco (by 2.1%; by 2%), as well as services (by 1.7%, by 1.1%).

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The Supreme Court of Belarus liquidated the Belarusian Helsinki Committee. It was the penultimate registered human rights organization in the country of the remaining

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In Minsk, the car of the head of the Forensic Expertise Committee Aleksey Volkov, who oversaw the preliminary investigation of political cases in August – October 2020, was burned

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The court fined Memorial 300 thousand rubles for a request sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs without specifying the status of a “foreign agent”

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