22 Apr, 2021

The number of scientists leaving Russia

The number of scientists and highly qualified specialists who leave Russia has increased fivefold since 2012. This was announced by the Chief Scientific Secretary of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Nikolai Dolgushkin during the General Meeting of the Academy.

“Not the least role in the reduction of the number of researchers is played by the not decreasing outflow of scientists and highly qualified specialists abroad. The number of specialists traveling abroad has not decreased annually, and since 2012, it has increased from 14 thousand to almost 70 thousand people at present,” he said. Dolgushkin.

He added that Russia is the only developed country where the number of scientists has been decreasing for several decades in a row. According to Dolgushkin’s data, since 1990, when the Russian Federation ranked first in the world for this indicator, the number of researchers decreased from 992 thousand to 348 thousand.

Putin signed a law on the priority of children of security officials when entering universities

According to a document published on the official Internet portal of legal information, children of security officials will be able to receive an advantage in admission “provided that they successfully pass the entrance examinations.”

In particular, the law grants the preemptive right to enroll in universities under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia and the National Guard, children of employees of the internal affairs bodies, children of citizens serving under contract in the National Guard troops with more than 20 years of service, dismissed from service in these bodies and who also have at least 20 years of experience. Changes should be made to the law “On education”.

The head of the Krasnoyarsk Territory asks for funds for environmental projects

The Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Alexander Uss, asked the government to allocate 190.9 billion rubles to the region. to restore the environment and compensate for damage from the May accident at Norilsk Nickel with a diesel spill

The procedure for providing care to patients will change in Russia

According to the new approved document, which will enter into force on January 1, 2022, cancer patients will be able to receive treatment only in their region. Russians will not be able to independently choose a clinic for treatment, writes Lenta.ru.

Greece Visa Application Centers Start Operations in Russian Regions

Greece Visa Application Centers resume accepting documents for the issuance of a Schengen visa in some regions of Russia. According to ATOR, the centers are currently operating in the following cities: Moscow; Novorossiysk; St. Petersburg; Yekaterinburg; Arkhangelsk; Krasnodar; Murmansk; Petrozavodsk; Pskov; Rostov-on-Don.

Visa centers in Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk and Samara are expected to start working on April 21. Visa centers in other cities are temporarily closed until further notice.

McLaren sold its Woking headquarters

British supercar manufacturer McLaren has sold its Woking headquarters to investment firm GNL for £ 170m, according to released figures.

Montenegro has removed all restrictions on visiting the country for tourists from Russia

Montenegro announced the lifting of all restrictive measures on visits to the country this season for citizens of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and North Macedonia, said Minister of Finance and Social Protection Miloiko Spajic

Traces of Neanderthals found on the coast of the Iberian Peninsula

Traces have been found on the coast of the Iberian Peninsula. It was found that 36 people, including children, were walking along Matalascanas Beach in the Doñana National Park in Spain. Eighty-seven footprints of Neanderthals were identified by a group of researchers from Spain, Argentina and France. This is reported in the journal Scientific Reports.

Apple showed iPad with a processor from a computer

The device came with a mini-LED display and an M1 processor that debuted in Mac computers in November, and received 5G support. The device also has up to 16 gigabytes of RAM and up to two terabytes of internal memory, a dual main camera with a lidar and a 12-megapixel wide-angle selfie camera. The tablet is equipped with a new Thunderbolt port and supports stylus operation. The iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch mini-LED screen is priced at $ 1,099, and the 11-inch model is available for $ 799. The devices will go on sale in May.

Telegram turned into cloud storage with minimal restrictions

The Telegram messenger has turned into a full-fledged and completely free cloud storage that works almost without restrictions. This opportunity was implemented by a GitHub user with the nickname Pato05 – he launched the Uploadgram service, which allows you to upload files to Telegram servers and store them there.

Mozilla drops FTP support

In Firefox 88, protocol support was disabled by default, and now Firefox, when faced with an FTP link, tries to pass it to an external application. In the next release (Firefox 90), the developers are going to permanently remove all code related to the FTP implementation from the browser. Firefox for Android will also be affected by these changes. That is, in the end, you need a separate client to work with FTP.

Shoigu announced the creation of a new division in southern Russia

Another motorized rifle division was created in the Southern Military District (YuVO) in 2020, said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. His words are reported by RIA Novosti. The minister explained that the unstable state of affairs in a number of countries of the Middle East and Transcaucasia prompts the increase in the combat capabilities of the troops of the Southern Military District.

  • the situation in the southwestern strategic direction remains difficult due to attempts by a number of countries to increase their military presence at the Russian borders
  • US and NATO continue provocations in the Black Sea
  • Kiev keeps course towards destabilization in Donbass

Russia does not intend to comply with PACE resolutions

Russia will not comply with the resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the situation around opposition leader Alexei Navalny, said the head of the Russian delegation to PACE Pyotr Tolstoy.

“We will not comply with this resolution,” Tolstoy told Interfax on Tuesday. He noted that “the resolution is of a recommendatory nature, so let them recommend it.”

Earlier on Tuesday, PACE published a draft resolution calling on the Russian Federation to provide medical assistance to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as well as return his freedom. It is planned that the vote on the draft will take place on April 22

Cosmodromes for flights to the new station of Russia

Spaceports Vostochny and Plesetsk can be used for flights to the new station of the Russian Federation, according to the materials of RSC Energia. True, the documents indicate that both the one and the other cosmodrome are still lacking the necessary infrastructure for this.

There is a total quarantine in the DPRK, and there is no prospect of its cancellation

The last workers of humanitarian organizations, including the UN World Food Program, left the country due to quarantine, not a single container of humanitarian aid has been received since autumn, the ministry said.

 

“Mr. Putin, I am ready to invite you to meet anywhere in Donbass, where there is a war,” – President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy

 

Message from Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Federal Assembly

The prerequisites for admission to the site where the President will read out the Message are:

  • Journalists: three negative PCR tests
  • State Duma deputies: have a single certificate (issued after 3 negative PCR tests)

Conduct test purchases of drugs only with court approval

The European Court of Human Rights demanded from Russia to change the legislation on operational-search activities and to appoint control purchases in drug cases only with the sanction of the court.

In its decision, the ECHR indicated that there is a structural problem with drug trafficking cases in Russia, which is the lack of effective control over the police. The existing legal framework, the court ruled, does not provide protection against abuse and violates the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in terms of the right to a fair trial.

Donbass receives Russian citizenship

The Minister of Internal Affairs of the self-proclaimed LPR Igor Kornet said that more than 215 thousand applications for obtaining Russian citizenship were approved in the republic, the Luhansk Information Center reports.

Earlier, the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin said that 224 thousand residents of the republic received Russian citizenship in a simplified manner.

The number of convicted corrupt officials decreased to a minimum

According to statistics from the Supreme Court, 6948 people were convicted last year in cases in which corruption was the main article of the sentence. This is 40% less than six years ago, but in general, the recorded figure was the lowest since 2012.

Against this background, the courts continue to treat corruption cases condescendingly, guided primarily by the principles of humanity, finanz.ru notes. For example, only 15% of those convicted under the corruption article – 1035 people – received a real term in 2020. And more than half of them were sentenced to imprisonment for three years or less.

Only 33 convicts were sentenced to imprisonment for more than 8 years, while every third convicted corrupt official received a suspended sentence, and almost half – 45.7% – got off with fines altogether. But even the total amount of such fines in 2020 fell by more than two times – to 1.67 billion rubles against 3.5 billion rubles in 2019.

Lukashenka’s press service spoke about the topics of the upcoming meeting with Putin

The parties will discuss:

  • Bilateral relations (subject – trade and economic issues);
  • Fighting the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Steps to restore transport links;
  • Union themes will also be among the priority themes;
  • Joint response to urgent challenges and threats;
  • International agenda;
  • The situation in the region.

Beluga whales caught in ice captivity in Chukotka will not be rescued.

In the national park “Beringia” the publication “Rise” was told that the strongest would survive. There is no way to call an icebreaker to cut the way for animals to open water.

“This is a natural situation – beluga whales are annually covered with ice. The strong will survive, the weak will die and become food for other organisms. Icebreakers do not come to supply people in Chukotka villages – fresh food is not delivered from November to June. Calling an icebreaker to rescue 20 beluga whales – how do you imagine that? “

About 20 belugas were trapped in ice in three openings in Penkigngei Bay on the territory of the Beringia National Park. The nearest open water is at least 40 kilometers away. Scientists note that while the animals manage to get their own food. National park staff are monitoring the situation.