25 Янв, 2022

Traffic congestion in European cities

According to TomTom, in 2019 the worst traffic jams among all cities in Europe were in Moscow: the average trip here takes 59% longer than if there were no traffic congestion. Further leaders are Istanbul (+55% by travel time) and Kiev (+53%)

In general, there are three Russian cities in the top 10 at once: in addition to Moscow, these are St. Petersburg (5th place, + 49%) and Samara (10th place, + 44%). And 2 more Ukrainian and 3 Polish. Such a funny concentration of traffic jams in Slavic countries…

<<< News Feed January 25, 2022 >>>

Investors poured a record amount of funding into Latin America last year. Startups raised $15.3 billion in 2021, more than three times the previous record of $4.9 billion in 2019. International funds helped create 17 private startups worth $1 billion or more, including several companies in Mexico.

Venture funding in the first half of last year in emerging markets grew by 128% compared to the previous year. In Latin America, it grew by 335%, according to Bloomberg.

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Intel will build «the world’s largest chip manufacturing facility» in Ohio for $100 billion. The first part of the $20 billion factory will start operating in 2025 to end the chip shortage and return the company to a leading position in the market.

In the future, Intel plans to build six more factories nearby for $80 billion. Thus, the total investment will be $100 billion. As a result, the company plans to get the world’s largest complex for the production of microcircuits.

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The work of Picasso «Open Window» will be put up for auction for the first time. The canvas was written in 1929. Its estimated cost is 14-24 billion pounds.

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Lufthansa and three other airlines have canceled overnight stays in Kiev. The reason for the refusal of Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines and KLM is the current political situation in Ukraine, the Avianews portal writes.

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Anatoly Lebedko, representative of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya for constitutional reform and parliamentary cooperation, said that a criminal case was opened against him in Belarus

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Belarusian oppositionist Roman Protasevich announced the end of house arrest. Now he is starting a new life and will work in the information and educational institution «Systemic Human Rights Protection» of pro-government activist Dmitry Belyakov

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Twenty ships and vessels of the Russian fleet went to the Baltic Sea to participate in the exercises from their bases, RBC was told in the information support department of the Baltic Fleet of the press service of the Western Military District.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed by phone with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez the coordination of actions on the world stage, according to the Kremlin website.

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The Russian government allocates 300 billion rubles a year for the maintenance of Chechnya, said the head of the republic, Ramzan Kadyrov. The live broadcast with the participation of the politician was published on the Instagram account of the Chairman of the Chechen Parliament, Magomed Daudov.

“I also thought that we need a separate Ichkeria. But I swear we won’t be able to live three months. Imagine, Russia spends 300 billion per year on the republic, on the maintenance of the people of the Chechen Republic, ”Kadyrov revealed.

According to him, there is «neither gas, nor oil, nor electricity» on the territory of Chechnya.

“I’ve been looking for seven years now, but I can’t find a single investor to be involved in processing. Without Russia, we will not survive. If we are offered something else, let them write us an economic model. Allah gave us a chance to live and develop. Do not listen to any shaitans,” the head of Chechnya added.

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The price of liquefied gas on the stock exchange in Russia jumped by 14.75% (up to 32,152 rubles per ton), fuel oil by 8.14% (up to 29,253). The price of gasoline and diesel has changed slightly.

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The construction of a fence more than five meters high will begin on the Polish-Belarusian border, said the press secretary of the Polish border guard Anna Michalskaya.

The new barrier with a total length of 186 km and a height of 5.5 m should be ready in June. The contract was signed for PLN 644 million (about $160 million). These funds are allocated from the state budget.

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Russian banks continue to massively block accounts of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs within the framework of anti-laundering regulations, including without explanation. In 2021, every seventh small business in Russia (15%) faced account blocking, PSB analysts write with reference to Magram Market Research.

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The Japanese Foreign Ministry has advised citizens of the country not to travel to Ukraine for any purpose, Kyodo reports. In addition, the agency writes, citing sources in the Japanese government, the Japanese authorities are considering the possibility of evacuating the country’s diplomats from the territory of Ukraine «because of fears of a Russian invasion.»

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The French Foreign Ministry has advised citizens not to travel to Ukraine unless absolutely necessary, AFP reports. A corresponding warning was also published on the website of the country’s Foreign Ministry.

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The military of Burkina Faso dissolved the government and the National Assembly — Parliament, and also closed the borders, Reuters reports, citing a statement by the army.

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The Federal Tax Service clarified the methodology for calculating tax-free income from bank deposits. For the first time, depositors will have to pay this tax for 2021 before December 1, 2022.

The amount of annual income is calculated by multiplying 1 million rubles by the key rate of the Central Bank as of January 1 of the given year. Annual income on bank deposits equal to or below this amount will not be subject to PIT. If the income is higher, the difference between the income and the amount free from personal income tax is taxed. You do not need to declare such income or in any way formalize it.

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The American company Meta has created the AI ​​Research SuperCluster, a supercomputer that works on the basis of artificial intelligence. According to the company, this computer will become the fastest computing machine in the world after a complete overhaul by mid-2022.

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The US Treasury Department has reduced the extension of the deadline for completing transactions with the Russian holding GAZ Group, as well as the period for American investors to get rid of its shares, Reuters reported, citing a representative of the financial department.

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The largest bank in the United States by assets, JPMorgan, which manages $ 2.6 trillion in client money, closed all remaining positions in Russian currency on Monday, January 24, Reuters reports citing a bank statement.

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Experts from the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow (Poland) have proposed a quick way to clean the air from smog. The sonic cannon they created emits a loud staccato sound every six seconds that pushes pollutant particles hundreds of meters high, allowing people to breathe more freely.

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Negotiations between Russia and China on a project to supply gas from the Far East and Sakhalin to China are in a «high degree of readiness,» the Russian ambassador said.

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The Ministry of Culture has prepared a project aimed at «preserving and strengthening traditional values» in Russia. The document defines traditional values ​​as «moral guidelines» that are «passed down from generation to generation and ensure civic unity.»

Among the traditional values, the authors of the document include:

  • a life
  • dignity
  • human rights and freedoms
  • patriotism
  • citizenship
  • service to the Fatherland
  • responsibility for the fate of the Fatherland
  • high moral ideals
  • a strong family
  • creative labor
  • the priority of the spiritual over the material
  • humanism
  • mercy
  • Justice
  • collectivism
  • mutual aid
  • mutual respect
  • historical memory
  • the continuity of generations
  • unity of the peoples of Russia

Among the alien values, the compilers included:

  • cult of selfishness
  • permissiveness cult
  • cult of immorality
  • rejection of the ideals of patriotism
  • denial of the ideals of serving the Fatherland
  • rejection of the ideals of procreation
  • rejection of the ideals of creative labor
  • rejection of the ideals of Russia’s positive contribution to world history
  • rejection of the ideals of Russia’s positive contribution to culture

The Ministry of Culture believes that the main threats of «destructive ideologies» come from the activities of extremist and terrorist organizations, the actions of the United States and its allies, transnational corporations and foreign NGOs, as well as reforms in the field of science, culture, education and information activities, «carried out without regard to traditions «.

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NATO countries announced the transfer of troops, ships and fighters to Eastern Europe. Military equipment and additional units will be sent to Bulgaria, Romania and Lithuania.

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The Scientific and Technical Center «Main Radio Frequency Center» (GRFC), subordinated to Roskomnadzor, proposed to bring social networks to administrative responsibility for improper and untimely response to user complaints. This is with reference to the study of the organization, which contains the proposal, Izvestia reports.

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North Korea fires two unidentified cruise missiles towards the Sea of ​​Japan, media reported

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The Netherlands allowed the voluntary evacuation of its diplomats from Ukraine

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In the Kazakh city of Almaty, there was a large-scale blackout. A power outage was recorded in Bishkek, in addition to this, there is no water in the city. Also, power outages occurred in many regions of Uzbekistan. The reasons are still unknown.

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The European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to answer questions about the abduction of the wife of a former Chechen judge by February 7. On January 21, the “Committee against Torture” (in 2015, after being entered by the Ministry of Justice into the register of foreign agents, the organization was liquidated) filed an urgent complaint with the department.

On January 21, armed men in civilian clothes broke into the apartment of Saidi Yangulbaev, a former judge of the Supreme Court of Chechnya, and abducted his diabetic wife, Zarema Musaeva. Now the woman is in the special detention center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Chechen Republic

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The Kazakh operator called the reason for the blackout that at 8.59 Moscow time due to «a significant emergency imbalance created by the energy system of Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan)» there was a surge in power for the transit of 500 kV electricity «North-East-South of Kazakhstan».

After that, «an emergency separation of the ‘North-East-South of Kazakhstan’ transit took place with the repayment of a significant part of consumers in the southern zone of Kazakhstan.» The volume of restrictions is about 1500 megawatts.

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Alexei Navalny and Lyubov Sobol were included in the list of terrorists and extremists of Rosfinmonitoring. This list also includes Vyacheslav Gimadi, Georgy Alburov, Ruslan Shaveddinov.

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60% of the world’s rare earth metals are mined in China — and 87% of the world’s processing of these metals is in China. China also occupies the first lines in processing! Its share varies from 35% in world nickel processing to 65% in cobalt processing. Neither nickel nor cobalt is mined in China

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In Komi, four people were injured when the floor in the bathroom in one of the residential buildings collapsed. The incident happened in Yemva. Local media write that the house was built in 2009 and was part of a program of relocation from dilapidated housing.

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In the Southern Military District, a check of the combat readiness of troops has begun, military units have been raised on a training alert and are being withdrawn to the areas of concentration, the press service of the Southern Military District reported, RIA Novosti reports. More than 6,000 servicemen are involved in the check.

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The exercises of the Southern Military District will be held in the Crimea, Krasnodar Territory, Rostov and Volgograd regions. The fighter jets will practice delivering missile strikes. More than 60 aircraft will be involved.

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The State Duma of Russia adopted in the second reading a bill on fines for money transfer services by illegal online casinos. For officials, a fine of up to 500 thousand rubles, for companies — from 25% to 40% of the payment amount, but not less than 5 million rubles.

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The State Duma adopted in the second reading a bill extending sanctions from the Dima Yakovlev law to all foreigners who infringe on the rights of Russians.

The deputies insist on expanding such sanctions as a ban on entry into the Russian Federation, the seizure of financial assets in Russia, a ban on transactions with property and investments, as well as the suspension of the activities of companies that are controlled by a foreigner who fell under the sanctions.

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The Lublin Court of Moscow received a submission from the penitentiary inspectorate to replace Alexei Navalny’s brother Oleg Navalny with a one-year suspended sentence for a real one in the case of violating sanitary standards for actions in Moscow.

The Federal Penitentiary Service believes that Oleg Navalny does not properly fulfill the requirements of a suspended sentence for violating sanitary standards, a source said.

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The exchange price for off-season diesel fuel according to the territorial European index, following the results of trading on January 25, increased by almost 1% and rose above 57 thousand rubles per ton. The cost of this type of fuel updates the historical maximum for the fifth trading day in a row, follows from the data of the St. Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange.

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In the event of a conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the Croatian authorities will withdraw all their military personnel from NATO forces in Eastern Europe, said the President of the Republic, Zoran Milanovic.

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Russian Steel and the Association of Wagon Builders complained about the FAS proposal to raise the tariff for the transportation of steel in containers again, estimating their losses at ₽6 billion per year. The service explains the initiative by eliminating discrimination

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The average salary of an official in Russia amounted to 65.8 thousand rubles. and in 2020 grew by 9.8%, follows from Rosstat data.

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The Ministry of Industry and Trade demanded that INEUM, which produces servers under the Elbrus brand, fully return subsidies in the amount of 325.5 million rubles. and pay a fine of 92.3 million rubles. This organization received subsidies from the ministry at the end of 2016 for the development of a server system based on the Elbrus-8C microprocessor. And although the project is still implemented at the moment, the company has violated the deadlines for the project.

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The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country’s main Internet regulator, has announced the launch of a «clean cyberspace» campaign. It will last a month, during which time the agency intends to strengthen the fight against insults on the Internet, «chaos» in celebrity fan groups and «worship of money.»

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A month after the launch, the James Webb telescope reached the Lagrange point L2, 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, from where it will observe the depths of the universe. The telescope will operate in orbit for the next 5-10 years until it runs out of fuel.

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China will provide the countries of Central Asia with free assistance in the amount of $500 million in the next three years, Chinese President Xi Jinping said.

The leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan on Tuesday held an online summit «Central Asian states — China» on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

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The Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) were accused of infringing on the rights of ethnic minorities to receive humanitarian assistance. Residents of Kabul said that the Taliban have placed local authorities who belong to a particular ethnic group to distribute the cargo. As a result, aid is distributed among the relatives of the elite and does not reach minorities and the poor.

In an open letter from activists, it is said that only 0.2% of humanitarian aid was sent to the regions where the Hazaras live. In turn, 14% were sent to the region where Pashtuns predominantly live.

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The construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome will never be completed, it will constantly acquire new facilities and develop, said Dmitry Rogozin, general director of Roscosmos.

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The authorities of Belarus will strive to ensure that every Belarusian speaks the Belarusian language, and there is nothing anti-Russian in this, Lukashenka said.

“We must not forget our language, if we do not know the Belarusian language, we are not Belarusians. Both the Russian language and the “Belarusian language” are ours,” he said.

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