In March 2022, the export of goods from the United States to Russia decreased by almost five times compared to February, in April it amounted to $89.1 million compared to $101.1 million in March. This is a new minimum monthly level since 2002, RBC reports, citing the observational history of the US Census Bureau.
In the structure of US exports to Russia in April 2022, deliveries in a number of industrial and transport categories were reset to zero: shipments of ships and boats ($1.1 million in April, $1.6 million in February), reciprocating internal combustion engines ($0.2 million in March, $6.9 million in February), tunneling machines, drilling rigs, pile driving equipment ($1.2 million in March, $9.3 million in February). Export of passenger cars amounted to $0.1 million ($3.3 million in March, $27.1 million in February), agricultural machinery — $0.08 million ($1.5 million in March, $9.2 million in February).
Deliveries of Russian goods to the United States in April decreased by 24% compared to March 2022, but remained at a relatively high level of $2.08 billion. For comparison, last year the United States imported an average of $2.47 billion worth of Russian goods per month.
- imports of Russian iron and steel, as well as products made from them, fell to $53.8 million in April compared to $258 million in March;
- imports of Russian nickel in April fell to $15 million compared to $45.6 million in March;
- shipments of Russian cartridges to the United States decreased to $6.7 million in April compared to $20.5 million in March.
The only category in which imports from Russia significantly increased were palladium and platinum: their imports in April rose to $183.2 million from $122.9 million in March, according to US customs statistics. Imports of Russian seafood (mainly frozen crabs) remained almost unchanged — $88 million in April against $89 million in March.
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The Yandex.Maters service will cease to show the boundaries of states and will be focused on natural facilities. The update will affect both the web version and the mobile application.
According to representatives of the company, the task of Yandex.Cart is a display of the world around, so rivers, mountains and other data will appear on the map, more talking about nature than about territorial boundaries.
Vladimir Zelensky imposed sanctions against Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, Mikhail Mishustin, Sergei Shoigu, Andrei Belousov, Tatyana Golikova and other representatives of the Russian government. They are forbidden to have bank accounts and dispose of property, as well as to enter the territory of Ukraine. Sanctions are imposed indefinitely. In addition, the rectors of the largest Russian universities were subject to restrictions.
The drop in sea container traffic to Russia since the end of February has amounted to about 60%, — Bloomberg. There will be no more accurate data — Rosmorrechflot has temporarily suspended the publication of statistics. Major transport companies such as Maersk, CMA-CGM and Hapag-Lloyd suspended their activities in the country at the end of February, the agency recalled.
The European Parliament supported the proposal, according to which the sale of new cars with gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines will be banned in Europe. In this case, the operation of used cars will be allowed.
The Russian State Duma plans to change federal legislation to ban foreign agents from holding protests, participating in educational activities and government procurement, being members of election commissions, donating money to political parties, and keeping simplified accounting records. At the same time, the corresponding package of amendments, submitted to parliament on Thursday, significantly expands the list of places where a ban on holding mass events is introduced.
The largest banks in Russia began to introduce fees for keeping certain amounts in foreign currencies on current accounts. In essence, this is the same as negative interest rates, which are still prohibited by law with respect to bank deposits.
Samsung will turn its refrigerators into TVs: an update for the Family Hub smart refrigerators is coming soon, which adds Samsung TV Plus. This is a free, ad-supported TV broadcast service. Also, Family Hub refrigerators will have access to the Art Gallery application, which will allow you to display images of various works of art on the screen.
More than 70% of Russian schoolchildren do not know who they want to become in the future, and more than 85% of parents would like their children to make a career in IT. At the same time, graduates make a choice more often in favor of a recognizable name of the university or follow other people’s advice.
The American music magazine Rolling Stone has compiled a list of the top 200 hip-hop albums of all time. The leader of the list was the release Ready to Die by The Notorious B.I.G., released in 1994.
Japan has published a list of goods that are prohibited from delivering to Russia from June 17. It includes bulldozers, dump trucks, excavators and other equipment for industry.
The first automobile bridge between Russia and China across the Amur River was opened in Blagoveshchensk. The bridge connects Blagoveshchensk and the Chinese city of Heihe. The fare on the road bridge will be 8.7 thousand rubles, Governor Vasily Orlov said. When the bridge pays for itself—in about 20 years—the price will come down, he promised. Construction of the bridge began on December 24, 2016
The former deputy head of Rosprirodnadzor, Oleg Mitvol, was arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than 900 million rubles. According to RBC sources, the ex-official was detained at Vnukovo airport while trying to fly to Dubai
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic has published the details of the facilitated emigration program for citizens of Russia and Belarus. The quota is 500 people. The program was called «Civil Society».
IT-company Miro, founded in 2011 by Andrey Khusid and Oleg Shardin from Perm, began the liquidation of its Russian division, Multivitamin LLC (Perm), follows from the data of the Unified State Register of Legal Entities. Currently, the only founder of Multivitamin is the American company Realtimeboard Inc.
Miro has developed an interactive virtual whiteboard platform for collaborative work (previously called Realtimeboard). For several years, the revenue of the Russian company has been growing and in 2021 amounted to 1 billion rubles, net profit — 100.3 million rubles.
In 2022, spending under the state defense order will increase by 600-700 billion rubles, Andrey Elchaninov, First Deputy Chairman of the Collegium of the Military Industrial Commission (MIC) of Russia, told Interfax. He referred to the commission’s forecast
The FESCO transport group (parent company PJSC Far Eastern Shipping Company, FESCO) has launched a regular FESCO Amur Shuttle westbound (FASw) rail service from Khabarovsk to Moscow, the group said.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States, which presents the Grammy Awards, has announced the creation of five new nominations, according to the academy’s website. Starting next year, the Grammy Awards will be available in the following categories:
— Best Songwriter (the award will recognize the «most prolific» songwriters who are not performers or producers);
— Best performance in the genre of «alternative»;
— The best performance in the genre of «americana»;
— Best soundtrack for video games and other interactive media;
— The best poetry album (for the best album with the performance of poetry — with or without music).
In addition, there will be a new award for special merit — «Best Song for Social Change». She will be honored with «lyrics that touch upon a current social issue and promote understanding, peacebuilding and empathy.»
The Grammy Awards this year took place in April. The Best Song award went to Leave The Door Open by Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak). Olivia Rodrigo was named Best New Artist.
The Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the Russian Federation Batyr Niyazliev and Vice Governor, Chairman of the Government of the Astrakhan Region Oleg Knyazev signed in Moscow agreements on cooperation between the Astrakhan region and the Turkmen Balkan velayat (region), twinning between the cities of Astrakhan and Turkmenbashi and an agreement in the field of education, the Turkmen news agency Orient reports. .
Chief Rabbi of Moscow Pinchas Goldshmidt and his wife Dara Goldshmidt left Russia.
The State Duma wants to ban street signs in foreign languages. The author of the bill was the head of the committee on culture, Yampolskaya. She said that in Moscow, up to 80% of signs contain foreign words, and this is “disrespect for the Russian language and native country.” Speaker Volodin added that the initiative could be considered by the State Duma even before the summer holidays.
The Central Bank of the Russian Federation lowered the key rate from 11% to 9.5%. She returned to the level before February 28. The regulator explained this by the fact that economic activity is not declining too much, and prices are rising at a “low pace”.
The Saudi royal family has decided to invest a billion dollars annually in the Hevolution Foundation, a non-profit organization. She is looking for methods to combat aging and develops life extension technologies.
Switzerland has decided to bring the restrictions imposed on Russia in line with the sixth package of EU sanctions. This was reported on the website of the government of the country.
In particular, we are talking about a phased embargo on the supply of Russian oil and certain petroleum products, which will come into full force by early 2023, a ban on audit and consulting services to the Russian financial sector, as well as a ban on advertising in some Russian media (RT, Sputnik and others), specified in the message.
In addition, the state will impose sanctions on more than 100 Russians, Belarusians and organizations from Russia and Belarus in accordance with the EU list.
Train traffic on the Prague-Lviv-Kyiv route will be launched due to high demand: now only buses run along this route, which have to stand idle at the border for many hours, according to a press release from the Czech transport company RegioJet.
Flights will be daily. Their passengers are waiting for a transfer. From Prague, the train will arrive in the Polish city of Przemysl, where it will be necessary to transfer to the Ukrainian Railways. It will take travelers to Lviv and Kyiv.
NASA has announced the creation of a research group to study UFOs. Starting in the fall of 2022, scientists will need to determine what data about these phenomena already exist, how best to collect data in the future, and develop methods for studying the nature of UFOs, both for scientific purposes and for aerospace defense purposes.
Vladimir Putin and President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdymuhamedov signed a declaration of deepening the strategic partnership between countries.
Russia and Turkmenistan will deepen cooperation in the energy sector, including the development of oil and gas fields.
Also, the President of the Russian Federation during negotiations with the new head of Turkmenistan, Serdar Berdymuhamedov, supported the idea of creating a Turkmen-Russian University.
The Migration Service of Azerbaijan refused the chef of the Sputnik Azerbaijan agency Veronica Antonova-Triso and her husband Anton Pavlova in extension of work permit. This will automatically cancel a residence permit in the country.
Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina at a press conference.
The policy of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation will have to balance between the need to support the structural restructuring of the economy and avoid stagflation.
The scale of reducing the rate will also depend on inflation expectations.
The Central Bank expects a further decrease in inflation in the Russian Federation.
We consider it important to return to a particular budgetary rule in the future.
Credit activity in May slowed down, especially in retail, but the reduction in the rate will maintain lending in June.
The Central Bank of the Russian Federation carefully looks at the introduction by banks of commissions on foreign exchange accounts, in the case of current deposits, this will be a violation of the law.
There is no talk of the forced conversion of foreign exchange accounts of Russians in ruble in Russia.
Anatoly Chubais will leave the post of co -chair of the Association for the Development of Renovated Energy. Earlier it was reported that the former general director of Rusnano and the ex-commander of the President of Russia for sustainable development Anatoly Chubais is located abroad and does not plan to return back to Russia
The Clearstream International Depository has suspended the converting of depository receipts on Russian securities due to the sanctions that affected the national depository of securities (NRD). Previously, Frank Media reported billions of funds of Russian banks, companies and investors hanging in NRA accounts
Hyundai decided to suspend the reconstruction project of the former General Motors Automobile Plant in St. Petersburg, in which they planned to invest 36 billion rubles. It was expected that from 2023 the crossovers of Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Palisade and Kia Sportage would be produced since 2023
The Ministry of Digital Development of Russia froze a project for issuing digital passports for an indefinite period, Forbes found out. To begin the issuance of digital passports, which are plastic cards with a Russian chip, was planned in early 2023 in three regions
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