4 Янв, 2022

The wealth of the richest continues to grow

The wealth of the 500 richest people in the world has grown by more than $ 1 trillion in 2021.

Now the 10 richest people in the world have a fortune of more than $ 100 billion, and the fortune of another 200 billionaires is above the $ 10 billion mark, and Elon Musk has become the richest man in modern history. The combined wealth of the people in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index now exceeds $ 8.4 trillion, more than the GDP of all countries except the United States and China.

Russian oligarchs have grown rich by $ 56 billion in a year.

Co-owner of Novatek Leonid Mikhelson earned the most. He became richer by $ 7.68 billion and now his fortune is $ 32.4 billion.

In second place is the co-owner of Norilsk Nickel Vladimir Potanin. Over the past year, he earned $ 846 million. His total fortune is $ 30.9 billion.

In third place is the co-owner of Severstal, Alexei Mordashov. He became richer by $ 5.77 billion. Now his fortune is $ 28.8 billion.

Co-owner of Lukoil Vagit Alekperov (+ $ 5.51 billion), President’s friend Gennady Timchenko (+ $ 5.78 billion), Alisher Usmanov (+ $ 145 million), Viktor Vekselberg (+ $ 2.37 billion), Mikhail Prokhorov ( + $ 1.2 billion).

According to Bloomberg, Roman Abramovich has become «poorer» by $ 420 million, the main shareholder of EuroChem, Andrey Melnichenko, by $ 622 million. There are 25 Russian billionaires in total.

 

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The Kazakh authorities reacted to the protests of residents — they cannot reduce gas prices. According to the Minister of Energy, the cost of production and the laws of the market have not been canceled. He also noted that prices for liquefied gas in Kazakhstan are still the lowest in the region.

The day before, protests began in the cities of Kazakhstan due to a sharp rise in gas prices. Motorists demand from the authorities to cut the price by half

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Google removed ads with apologies on the camera of detained Belarusians. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya requested this in her letter to the company. She sent more than 40 examples of such videos being promoted through the services of the company.

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Former United States President Donald Trump is set to stand trial for his role in the assassination of a high-ranking general, commander of the elite al-Quds unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Major General Qasem Soleimani, two years ago, or Iran will take revenge.

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In Dagestan, one of the founders of the construction company Granit, Murad Rizaev, was killed, who was involved in the theft of 576 million rubles.

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The New York prosecutor’s office called Ivanka Trump and Donald Jr. to testify as part of an investigation into the ex-president’s business, writes NYT.

The investigation concerns possible fraud by the ex-president’s company. Law enforcers are wondering if Trump’s company has broken the law by reporting a low cost on tax returns, but using a high cost to get benefits. Trump considers the case politically motivated, calls it a «witch hunt.»

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Armed clashes between Taliban militants (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) and Turkmen border guards took place on the border of the two states. Afghan newspaper Hasht-e subh reported this in its electronic version on Monday. As specified, the shootout took place on Monday morning in the Hamab district of the Jowzjan province.

«Three days ago, officers of the border service of Turkmenistan killed one civilian and beat another. In response to their actions during the investigation of the incident, the Taliban fighters (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) fired shots,» said the head of the information and culture department in the northern Afghan province Jowzjan Khilal Balkhi.

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Apple became the first company in history whose capitalization exceeded $ 3 trillion, according to trading data

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Since the beginning of 2022, Gazprom has cut gas transit to Slovakia through Ukraine by three times. As of January 1, 2022, pumping dropped to 49.5 million cubic meters. m, on January 2 — up to 35.5 million cubic meters. m, and on January 3 — up to 26.1 million cubic meters. m., while on December 31, 2021 it was 83.8 million cubic meters. m.

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BlackBerry has announced the complete end of support for its classic smartphones running on BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10. Device support will end on January 4, 2022, and from that date the company no longer guarantees stable operation of even basic functions such as calls and text messages. Dozens of branded services will also stop working, including BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Protect and BlackBerry Messenger.

BlackBerry also warned that all responsibility for the use of legacy devices now passes to their owners. If the smartphone stops connecting to the mobile Internet or cannot call the rescue service, there can be no claims to the company.

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Germans have amassed a record 7.7 trillion euros in 2021. We are talking about the financial assets of private households, reports Spiegel, citing data from one of the largest banking groups in Germany, DZ Bank. The calculations took into account cash and bank deposits, securities, as well as payments expected from insurance companies. In 2021, for every € 100 of income, private households saved an average of € 15.

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A Croatian cheese named Lički škripovac (Skripun škripovac) is entered in the product register with a protected geographical name and can only be produced in the historical region of Lika in the central part of the country. The cheese must be made from the milk of cows raised in this area and with strict adherence to a certain technology. This is already the 32nd product from Croatia, which is recognized as unique in the European Union, HRT reports.

Lički škripovac is a young cheese of neutral taste with a short shelf life. It has a high content of milk fats and proteins, and squeaks on the teeth during meals. Thanks to this, the cheese got its name.

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The consequences of the activities of the Inquisition still affect Spain’s GDP. This is the conclusion reached by economists from Australia, Canada and Switzerland, who assessed the consequences of trials over heretics. They examined documents of investigations carried out by the inquisitors of the Catholic Church from 1478 to 1834.

According to Conversation, places where trials of alleged witches and heretics have taken place most often are characterized by a decline in economic activity.

In municipalities where there were few investigations by the Inquisition, the average GDP per capita is almost 19.5 thousand euros. And where the activities of the inquisitors were often observed, it is equal to 18 thousand euros. According to the authors of the study, if there was no Inquisition in Spain, the country’s annual production today would be 4.1% higher.

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American record company Warner Music Group has acquired the rights to the entire catalog of songs by British rock artist David Bowie for $ 250 million, the Financial Times reported.

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Roman Tsymbalyuk, a journalist from the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN, left Russia after being summoned for interrogation on charges of inciting ethnic hatred. He announced this in an interview with the online edition Hromadske.ua.

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced the US intention to continue coordinating with Turkey in connection with the «threat of Russian escalation in Ukraine.» Blinken said this in a telephone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

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The new secretary general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will be a representative of Kuwait, Haisam al-Gais, according to the organization’s website.

Al-Gais will replace Nigeria’s representative Mohammad Barkindo, who has been in office for two consecutive terms since 2016, as Secretary General. Barkindo’s mandate will expire on July 31, 2022.

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Около 54% россиян занимаются поиском дополнительного источника доходов на период новогодних праздников, пишет газета «Известия».

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Состояние американского предпринимателя Илона Маска увеличилось за день на 32,6 млрд долларов до 304,2 млрд долларов в результате значительного роста акций его компании Tesla, свидетельствуют данные рейтинга миллиардеров Forbes.

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Purchases through the FSO, SVR, FSB, Rosgvardia and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, their subordinate institutions and state unitary enterprises will be classified. The corresponding government decree entered into force on January 1, 2022.

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In Kazakhstan, in the city of Aktau, where rallies are held due to the increase in gas prices, a government commission has started to resolve the situation, the President of the Republic, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, said on Twitter.

Since January 1, in Kazakhstan, prices for liquefied gas automobiles have increased from 60 to 120 tenge (from 10.2 to 20.5 rubles) per liter. The next day, residents of Aktau and Zhanaozen protested against rising prices and blocked roads.

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The Chinese authorities are still not going to join the treaty between Russia and the United States on nuclear disarmament, as they consider it insufficient.

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At the end of 2021, the Center for Sports Training of Russian National Teams was allocated 416.8 million rubles to ensure the participation of national teams in at least 213 sports events. The corresponding order of the Government was published on the official portal of legal information.

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In November 2021, the demand for real estate «for a passport» outside Russia increased by 15 percent compared to October. The most popular among Russians wishing to obtain another citizenship or residence permit were Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Turkey and Montenegro.

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NATO convenes an extraordinary meeting on January 7 due to the increase in the military presence of the Russian Federation near the borders of Ukraine

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has set talks between the alliance and Russia for 12 January. This was reported by Reuters, citing a representative of the military bloc.

«Any dialogue with Russia should be mutually beneficial, taking into account NATO’s concerns about Moscow’s actions, taking into account consultations with alliance partners,» the statement said.

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The President of Lithuania called for the abolition of the state of emergency on the border with Belarus. Nauseda pointed out that this is an emergency measure, which is not needed now. The state of emergency has been in effect since the beginning of November

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Since 2014, the European Union has provided Ukraine with an unprecedented amount of assistance of 17 billion euros and intends to continue helping Kiev, including in strengthening its armed forces — the head of Eurodiplomacy Josep Borrell.

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The OPEC + ministers decided to keep the plan to increase oil production by 400 thousand barrels per day in February, sources told Interfax.

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The Polish Border Guard has signed three contracts with contractors for the construction of a fence on the border with Belarus, said at a briefing Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Poland Maciej Wonsik. According to him, the length of the fence will be 186 km. Construction will be carried out simultaneously on four sites.

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The total trading volume on the Moscow Exchange markets at the end of 2021 increased by 6.6% compared to 2020 and amounted to RUB 1.01 quadrillion, the trading platform said.

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Taliban Defense Minister * Mohamed Yakub (son of Taliban founder * Mohamed Omar) has ordered the Taliban Border Service * to attack Pakistani military forces crossing the border, noting that it is not required to ask Kabul for permission to fire.

The situation on the border between the countries is becoming increasingly tense due to active attempts by both Pakistan and the Taliban * to demarcate the border. Despite previously announced agreements on this issue, the Taliban continue to resist this process.

Several Taliban techniques * have been recorded removing parts of a fence set up by Pakistan somewhere along the Durand Line in an attempt by the ISI to give the Taliban a sense of national identity.

“Since ISI serves as Mullah Haybatullah, there is no need for such a fence yet,” says former Vice President Amarullah Saleh.

* — terrorist organization is prohibited in Russia

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A full-fledged trailer for the cartoon «Ice Age: The Adventures of Buck» has been released. The plot will center around the weasel Buck, going on an adventure in the world of dinosaurs with possums with Crash and Eddie. The Ice Age spin-off is scheduled to be released on January 28, 2022.

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American molecular biologists have found that the level of sugar in a person’s blood depends not only on the concentration of insulin, but also on another hormone — FGF1, whose molecules similarly affect the breakdown of fats in liver cells. This was announced by the American Salk Institute.

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The Chinese thermonuclear reactor has warmed up five times more than the Sun. It worked for 17 minutes at a record temperature of 70 million degrees Celsius.

The ultimate goal of the EAST project is to generate almost limitless pure energy that mimics the reactions taking place inside the stars. The project has already cost the Chinese authorities more than £ 700 billion

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A court in the Canadian province of Ontario ordered to recover from Iran $ 107 million in compensation to the families of the six victims of the plane crash of Ukraine International Airlines in Tehran in 2020.

On board the downed plane were 176 people, including 55 Canadian citizens and 35 holders of a Canadian residence permit. Relatives of the victims Shahin Mohaddam, Merzad Zarey, Ali Gorzhi and three other people, whose names are not disclosed at their request due to fears of actions by the Iranian authorities, filed a civil suit against Iran in a Canadian court.

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