13 Фев, 2022

The share of national wealth in the richest

The Republic of South Africa became the leader in terms of the share of national wealth in the possession of 1% of the country’s population. In South Africa, the richest 1% of the country owns 55% of the national wealth.

Chile ranks second in this indicator (49.6%), Brazil closes the top three (48.9%). Russia ranks 5th, behind Lebanon (where the top 1% have 48.2% of the national wealth).

In Russia, 1% of the country’s population owns 47.7% of the national wealth

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Harvard has created a robotic fish from human heart cells. The 25mg device recreates heart beats, allowing it to float in water. Scientists say that thanks to their invention it will be possible to better understand how the human heart works

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Gucci buys land on The SandBox platform to build Gucci’s Vault virtual space. The brand intends to release virtual clothes and vintage bags that players can buy and use in the game.

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Intel Corporation on Friday unveiled a new chip for blockchain technologies such as bitcoin mining and NFT creation to capitalize on the growing use of cryptocurrencies.

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Shoigu spoke by phone with the US Secretary of Defense, discussed security issues of mutual interest, according to the Russian Defense Ministry

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The Pentagon ordered the withdrawal of about 150 US military instructors from Ukraine

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Dutch airline KLM stops flights to Ukraine, media write

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The White House gives details of the conversation between Putin and Biden and its outcome:

  • The conversation was professional and substantive
  • The United States is ready to increase assistance to Ukraine if the Russian Federation continues to escalate
  • The US still does not understand whether Russia is ready to choose diplomacy or military force
  • Biden, in a conversation with Putin, expressed his concern about the fate of American citizens remaining in Ukraine
  • US Sees No Fundamental Change in Ukraine Crisis Dynamics
  • Biden told Putin that the United States is ready for any scenario around Ukraine and is aimed at diplomacy with Russia

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Conversation between Putin and Biden. The main thing was told by the assistant to the Russian leader Ushakov:

  • The presidents spoke on the phone for more than an hour, the conversation was balanced and business-like, it was requested by the American side against the backdrop of hysteria and escalation of the situation in Ukraine
  • In Russia, an interdepartmental study of actions has been completed in the light of the response of NATO and the United States to Russian proposals, in the near future Moscow will bring its response to the United States and NATO on security guarantees
  • NATO expansion is fraught with a direct confrontation between the alliance and Russia
  • Putin reminded Biden that in the 2000s there was a degradation of relations between the two countries, Biden said that the United States and Russia are still competitors, but must do everything to avoid the worst scenario in Ukraine
  • Tensions have been escalated around the movement of Russian troops across Russian territory for more than a month, and in recent days and hours the situation has been brought to the point of absurdity, it is not clear why this should be done.
  • Putin told Biden that the West is not exerting due pressure on Ukraine to implement the Minsk agreements
  • To the accompaniment of allegations of an «invasion» of Russia, prerequisites are given for possible actions by the Ukrainian military
  • Biden, as expected, mentioned possible sanctions in the context of Ukraine, but there was no emphasis on this

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Canada suspends embassy in Kiev due to ‘deteriorating security situation’, foreign minister says

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Australia also suspended the work of the embassy in Kiev and ordered the departure of its employees, the Foreign Ministry said. The operations of the Australian embassy are transferred to a temporary office in Lviv.

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Russia will look for opportunities to expand cooperation with those countries where there is reciprocity, Peskov told RIA Novosti

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Russians living in Baikonur and wishing to leave for Russia will receive 600 certificates for the purchase of housing in 2022, this should be enough for all residents of the city waiting for resettlement, a source in Baikonur told RIA Novosti. There are 598 families, or 1399 people, in the queue now. The certificate gives approximately 1.3 million rubles per person.

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The Iranian Embassy in Kiev appealed to Iranian citizens who are on the territory of Ukraine. The Iranian embassy said in a statement:

  • We urge our compatriots to remain calm, we ask them to be prepared for a possible emergency and keep in touch with the embassy in order to be aware of the necessary recommendations.
  • The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran considers the health and safety of Iranian citizens to be extremely important and makes this an important priority of its duties.

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The Israeli embassy in Kiev said it intended to provide emergency services, possibly to facilitate leaving the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also calls on Israeli citizens planning to arrive in Ukraine in the near future to cancel their trip, and recommends that Israeli citizens who are on the territory of Ukraine leave the country as soon as possible.

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The Swiss airline Swiss, the Austrian Austrian Airlines and the Dutch KLM have refused the overnight parking of their aircraft at the Boryspil International Airport (Kyiv) due to the growing threat of Russian invasion.

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Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio recommends that Italians leave Ukraine as a precaution.

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Luxembourg and Belgium called on their citizens to leave Ukraine.

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Canada and Australia have urged their citizens to leave Ukraine and have suspended their embassies in Kiev due to a «deteriorating security situation» and are moving embassy operations to Lviv, western Ukraine.

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Authorities in Romania, Poland, Bulgaria and Turkey are advising their citizens to refrain from traveling to Ukraine, while Slovakia is evacuating family members of its diplomats.

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The authorities of the Bahamas and Cyprus recommend their citizens to leave Ukraine and refrain from traveling to this country, follows from a statement by the Bahamian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The Pentagon denied the accusations of the Russian side about the entry of an American submarine into the territorial waters of Russia.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that on February 12, an American submarine of the Virginia class was discovered in the territorial waters of the Russian Federation near the Kuril Island Urup. The Russian Ministry of Defense claims that the crew of the submarine was ordered to immediately surface, but the submarine did not comply with the requirement. After that, the warship «Marshal Shaposhnikov» used «appropriate means» against her.

After the incident, the Russian Ministry of Defense called the US military attaché in connection with the violation of Russian territorial waters by an American submarine.

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The Spanish authorities recommended that the subjects of the kingdom temporarily leave Ukraine due to the security situation in the country.

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Alleged members of the al-Qaeda group (banned in Russia) have kidnapped five United Nations (UN) employees in southern Yemen, AP reported, citing Yemeni officials.

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In Spain, 185 cottages, a golf club and two hotels were illegally erected in a protected natural area and, through their actions, endangered the population of unique bird species that live on the island of Valdecañas.

Animal rights activists have been writing complaints and suing the developer for several years. And finally, justice prevailed: Themis decided to demolish all elite real estate and transfer the vacated land to the possession of local birds.

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The European Union will allocate 20 billion euros (one trillion rubles) to Africa. The funding package will include support for African transport networks, energy, digital technology, education and healthcare projects, Bloomberg reported. European states also intend to invest in the extraction of renewable energy sources in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Morocco and Kenya.

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Elon Musk held a press conference at which he spoke about the progress in the development of the Starship spacecraft to send people and cargo to Mars and the Moon

According to Musk, the rocket prototype will be tested as part of the first orbital launch later this year. The rocket consists of a Super Heavy booster and a Starship that connect to each other. The total height of the ship in assembled form is 119 meters.

It is expected that the new development will be able to deliver cargo weighing up to 150 tons to low Earth orbit with the return of both stages to Earth. It also provides for the possibility of docking and refueling in orbit.

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The Turkish authorities have decided to reduce VAT on basic food products from 8% to 1% as part of the fight against inflation and support for the population of the republic. This was announced on Saturday by the President of the Republic, Tayyip Erdogan, on the air of the TRT TV channel.

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In 2021, 401 such cases were recorded in Russia for criminal prosecution for posts and comments on the Internet. 44 people were sentenced to real terms for statements in social networks.

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The flying taxi service may become widespread in our country in 2027, Alexander Atamanov, founder of Hover, told Gazeta.Ru. The service itself may enter the market as early as 2025. The cost of such a flight, according to Atamanov, will be approximately 200 rubles per 1 kilometer.

However, experts interviewed by Gazeta.Ru doubted that such flights could be made financially accessible to the broad masses, and not to a narrow stratum. In addition, now in Moscow, within the boundaries of the Moscow Ring Road, flights of aircraft, including unmanned ones, are prohibited by order of the Russian Ministry of Transport.

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American designers have released sneakers with dandelion soles. The production technology helps to leave only biowaste. So, dandelions in the future can become an environmentally friendly replacement for rubber. Rubber plantations are believed to be one of the main drivers of deforestation. From 2000 to 2016, the area of ​​land under them doubled to 12.9 million hectares

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In Lithuania, private agencies helped 4,900 fellow citizens find jobs in 2021. Most of them are young people under 29 (45.5%). Persons over the age of 50 accounted for 16.8%. This was reported by the Employment Agency of the Republic of Lithuania.

Private agencies in Lithuania also helped 0.7 thousand residents of third countries find jobs. Every third of them — from Ukraine, every fourth — from Belarus, every sixth — from Kyrgyzstan, every tenth — from Kazakhstan. Also among them were citizens of Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Russia. The majority of third-country nationals employed in Lithuania in this way are middle-aged men.

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According to Al-Ahd, a Yemeni National Salvation Government spokesman urged the United Nations to bring the UAE to the negotiating table in the next round, adding that the UAE is responsible for the disappearance of thousands of prisoners on the front lines of the southern provinces and off the coast of Yemen.

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Sputnik Afghanistan: Every day, hundreds of people leave Afghanistan for Iran and Pakistan. Many migrants do not have any documents.

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More than half of Russians (51% of those surveyed) have reduced their travel spending. At the same time, 21% of respondents increased spending on tourism, according to a survey conducted by Raiffeisenbank.

At the same time, the majority of Russians (about 80%) spend savings on vacation or cover these expenses from their current salary. Only 8% use money from credit cards, and only 4% use consumer loans.

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In Kazakhstan, local residents took to the streets to commemorate the victims of the January events. Those who gathered demand to stop the torture of the detainees and to announce early presidential elections. They also attached a poster with a list of the citizens killed in January to the Independence Monument.

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British insurers have sent an official warning to international aircraft owners that aircraft insurance in Ukraine will cease to operate in 48 hours, Strana reports.

Private jet owners acknowledged receipt of the notification. According to the source of the Ukrainian portal, this means that the work of Ukrainian airlines will be blocked, because the flights of leased aircraft (which are the vast majority) cannot take off without insurance.

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The Samara Regional Court arrested Igor Karpov and the son of the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Denis Zubov for the duration of the investigation in a bribery case, TASS reported.

Earlier, deputy Alexander Khinshtein said that three representatives of the MO TNP tank farm were detained in Samara while trying to give a bribe. According to the deputy, the amount of 18 million rubles was intended for the FSB officer «for general patronage.» In addition, the detainees promised to pay 5 million rubles a month.

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Engineers from Tsinghua University and Shanghai University have achieved record speeds for wireless transmission of information using a new type of millimeter wave. Using an experimental 6G network, scientists sent 1 terabyte of data over a distance of one kilometer in just one second

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The United States and the European Union will not cut Russia off from the SWIFT interbank payment system. They are working on a package of sanctions in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, but the restrictions will target large Russian banks, exports of Russian-made components for the technology and weapons sectors, and specific Russian oligarchs. It is reported by Reuters with reference to the official US and EU.

One of the agency’s sources said those banks could include state-backed VTB and Sberbank. Both are already under sectoral sanctions imposed by the Ministry of Finance after the annexation of Crimea. They limit their ability to raise capital in the United States, but the upcoming sanctions will have much more serious consequences.

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US citizens can enter Poland from the territory of Ukraine without prior approval, according to the website of the US Embassy in Ukraine.

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Every year, Safeguard, a civil liberties group based in Madrid, estimates that about 30,000 people in China are secretly detained, often without public charges or access to lawyers.

What the United Nations calls «enforced disappearances» has increased 10 times under Xi Jinping, who came to power in 2012, compared with the previous decade, the organization said.

While many of those detained are dissidents and activists, China has stepped up its focus on the rich and corporations. By removing some billionaires from the public eye, the party is sending a clear message — “Making profit is a privilege, not a right. The big magnates can get rich at the mercy of the party.»

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The California authorities are relocating the homeless to temporary houses, where they are helped with rehabilitation and job search for 3-6 months. At the end of the program, they have a chance to receive permanent housing from the city

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