8 Дек, 2021

U.S. National Anti-Corruption Strategy

The White House has published a national anti-corruption strategy. The document focuses on the «transnational dimensions» of corruption and provides additional measures that would prevent the use of «the American and international financial systems to hide and legalize corruption proceeds.»

The strategy calls for an overhaul of the criteria for intergovernmental assistance to improve recipient transparency and accountability, and make anti-corruption a priority for US diplomacy.

The United States also intends to strengthen the «international anti-corruption architecture» in cooperation with partners in the G7 and G20, intensify efforts to bring corrupt officials to justice and suppress illegal financial schemes, including the use of the real estate market to hide illegal income.

News feed 08 December 2021

The State Duma of Russia adopted in the second reading a bill that will allow the Bank of Russia to introduce a new anti-money laundering platform “Know Your Client” (KYC) on the market. It assumes the division of bank clients, legal entities and individual entrepreneurs (IE) into risk groups according to the degree of their involvement in the conduct of dubious transactions and the direct participation of the Central Bank in the assignment of such assessments.

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Denmark removed the arrest from the Russian research vessel «Akademika Ioffe», detained by the Danish authorities in early November, was allowed to leave the country, a source in the Ministry of Education and Science told RBC and confirmed at the ministry.

Despite the fact that the claims of the Canadian company against the owner of the Russian research vessel remain, Danish legislation helped him avoid arrest.

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Russian Railways responded to TransContainer’s complaints about the state monopoly operators. Russian Railways claim that they never promised that after the sale of the controlling stake in TransContainer they would no longer be involved in organizing container shipping

Russian Railways argue that there is no discrimination against TransContainer’s applications for transportation, and the reason for refusals is the excess of the volume of applications over the quotas for receiving trains, which have been established by China. The position of the state monopoly was announced to RBC by the Deputy General Director of Russian Railways Alexei Shilo.

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On January 1, the Belarusian authorities will impose a food embargo on a number of goods from the European Union, the United States and other countries in response to the sanctions. This was reported by «BelTA» with reference to the press service of the government.

The import ban also applies to goods from Canada, Norway, Albania, Iceland, North Macedonia, Great Britain, Montenegro and Switzerland.

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Owners of channels and groups in Telegram after updating the messenger will be able to prohibit screenshots and post forwarding.

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The decision of the court in Amsterdam to transfer the Scythian gold collection to Ukraine may be challenged in the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in 2022.

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Australia will join the U.S.-announced diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

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From January to November 2021, 103,384 new Chinese cars were sold in Russia, which is 2.1 times more than in the same period last year. Experts note that sales of cars from the PRC showed a historical maximum, breaking the record in 2013, when 100 thousand «Chinese» were sold in 11 months.

Experts noted that 87% of sales accounted for only three brands of cars. The leader remains Haval, which in 2019 opened its own plant in the Tula region. From January to November, the Great Wall brand sold 34,765 vehicles — 2.3 times more than last year.

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To the draft of the US defense budget, agreed upon by the two chambers of the American Congress:

▪️ the mention of the Nord Stream 2 sanctions was not included

▪️ sanctions on Russian sovereign debt were not included

▪️ sanctions against 35 Russians from «Putin’s entourage» were not included (the list of them that was being prepared for the draft is here)

▪️ $ 4 billion entered into the initiative of military containment of Russia (the White House requested about $ 3.5 billion)

▪️ military aid to Ukraine in the amount of $ 300 million entered (the White House requested $ 250 million)

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Google has sued the Russians Dmitry Starovikov and Alexander Filippov, accusing them of infecting a million devices around the world with a malicious bot. By combining the infected devices into the Glupteba botnet, they illegally used the personal data of the company’s users, the lawsuit says.

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Zelensky has introduced new sanctions against candidates for the elections to the State Duma in Crimea and members of the republic’s election commissions.

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Minimum wages in the European Union in 2021 (data from Eurostat).

Luxembourg 2201
Germany 1585
Spain 1108
Slovenia 1024
Greece 758
Lithuania 642
Poland 619
Estonia 584
Romania 466
Serbia 366
Bulgaria 332
Albania 244

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Air passenger traffic in the EU decreased by 73% in 2020. The total number of passengers traveling by air in the EU was 277 million, according to Eurostat.

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Roskomnadzor added the Tor browser website, which is used for anonymous access to the Internet, including on the darknet, to the blacklist, providers began to block it.

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Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the leaders of the CIS countries, as well as the Chairman of the Executive Committee — Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth Sergei Lebedev on the 30th anniversary of the organization, noting that the CIS has proven its relevance and effectiveness.

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Sony has created an android robot that is capable of carrying and not damaging fragile and easily deformable objects such as a glass of water or a cake with its manipulators, Sankei reported.

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Americans Dwayne Johnson and Scarlett Johansson, as well as Briton Tom Hiddleston, became laureates of the American People’s Choice Awards, awarded by the audience vote. The event was broadcast on NBC.

Johansson received the award for Favorite Dramatic Actress and Black Widow, starring her, was named Best Film of the Year. Johnson received three awards at once — «Best Comedic Actor», «Best Movie Actor» and an honorary nomination «People’s Champion». Hiddleston was named Best Actor in the TV Show category for his role in the series «Loki.»

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The organization of elections to the State Duma of Russia cost the budget 18.66 billion rubles. According to the CEC, the bulk of the funds was distributed to the election commissions of the constituent entities that organized the elections.

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Group-IB experts discovered a fraudulent campaign to steal funds using the fake website of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.

It is reported that the victim is redirected from the fake site of the department to a fraudulent site with a drawing or receiving a «large money transfer» in the amount of 237,568 rubles. Funds can allegedly be withdrawn within two days, and you must enter your bank card details

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Russia rejected a request from the Netherlands to interview Sergei Muchkaev, who commanded the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces based in Kursk in the summer of 2014, as a witness in the Boeing crash in Ukraine. This was announced by Judge Hendrik Steinhuis.

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The Russian State Duma adopted a law expanding the powers of the police. The law will give the police the right to enter residential and other premises, land plots and territories for detention, as well as cordon off buildings and territories. The police will be allowed to introduce themselves to the detainee after the termination of his illegal actions.

The police will have the right to open cars to save lives and ensure the safety of citizens or public safety in the event of riots and emergencies, to detain suspects or accused, as well as the threat of a terrorist attack.

Provisions were removed from the text that exempted police officers from responsibility for actions during execution, as well as allowing them to open fire if the detainee was simply trying to get closer.

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The State Duma of Russia adopted a bill that obliges to use online resources and electronic teaching materials that have passed state verification in distance learning. The list of educational resources will be established by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.

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Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandr Vulin, during a visit to Moscow in May, handed over to the Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev the recordings of the conversations of the participants in the seminar of Russian municipal deputies in Belgrade. Writes about this Serbian edition Danas.

According to the newspaper, the wiretapping of the Russians at the event was conducted by the Serbian Security and Information Agency (BIA). It is reported that Patrushev thanked Vulin for the data provided.

According to the Serbian newspaper, a «working group to combat color revolutions» was also created. Its activities will include preventing mass demonstrations, spying on opposition activists, non-governmental organizations and independent journalists.

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Professor of Cornell University and a native of the Kazakh SSR Saule Omarova refused to be nominated for the post of head of the US Financial Control Department (part of the structure of the US Treasury Department, controls the activities of national banks). This was reported on the White House website.

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China used artificial intelligence in the development of electromagnetic weapons — this allowed the creation of the world’s most powerful Gauss pistol, and now they are working on electromagnetic guns for ships.

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Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook has signed an agreement with the Chinese government to address threats that could interfere with the company’s devices and services in the country. The deal is valued at approximately $ 275 billion.

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By the end of this year, the turnover of counterfeit products in Russia will increase by 10%, to a maximum of 6.5 trillion rubles, according to a study by BrandMonitor. According to analysts, most of the sales will be offline, and the main groups of counterfeit goods are luxury clothing and shoes, sneakers and children’s toys.

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The State Duma of Russia in the third and final reading adopted a law on the next extension of the moratorium on the use of savings until 2024. The entire amount that the employer deducts for the employee to the Pension Fund (22% of the salary) will go to current payments to current pensioners, including 6%, which, as was initially assumed, should have formed citizens’ savings for payments to them in old age.

The funded part of the pension, therefore, will continue to flow into the pay-as-you-go system, allowing the federal budget to save on the annual transfer to the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation, at the expense of which the fund pays for almost 40% of pensions.

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The head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Bastrykin, said that over the past year in Russia, the courts issued less than 1% of acquittals, and explained the nature of these «high rates» by the low quality of the preliminary investigation

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The Israel Defense Forces unveiled a 65 km fence that was built along the Gaza Strip. The barrier is equipped with extensive radar systems and can detect underground tunnels. The project cost about $ 1.1 billion

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Exactly 30 years ago, an agreement was signed in Belovezhskaya Pushcha on the collapse of the USSR and the creation of the CIS. The document was signed by the President of the RSFSR Boris Yeltsin, the President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk and the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Belarus Stanislav Shushkevich.

This document went down in history as the «Belovezhskaya Agreement», its preamble said that «the USSR as a subject of international law and geopolitical reality ceases to exist.»

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French journalists discovered in the capital of France a mysterious commune, closed to outsiders, in which everyone is related to each other. Three thousand people have been living in Paris for three centuries by their own laws, trying not to draw attention to the existence of what they call La Famille («Family»).

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Biologists from China and the United States have found that procyanidin C1 (PCC1), found in grape seeds, has a complex anti-aging effect in laboratory mice. This natural substance destroys aging, malfunctioning cells without affecting the rest. PCC1 appears to be a promising aid in achieving a longer, healthier life. However, biologists note that the research set must first be repeated in humans.

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Tiktoker Konstantin Lakeyev was sentenced to two years and eight months in a colony in the case of an attack on an FSB car during a rally for Navalny. The court found Tiktoker guilty of hooliganism and willful destruction or damage to property. The court also recovered material damage from Lakeev in the amount of 337,850 rubles.

FSB officers detained Konstantin Lakeev at the end of January after the rally «Freedom to Navalny!» He was suspected of attacking a car with FSB numbers on Tsvetnoy Boulevard. Then the protesters threw snowballs at the car. According to investigators, Lakeev jumped on the hood of the car and damaged it.

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Putin has appointed Russia’s representatives on the BRICS Business Council for 2022-2024. Representatives of the Russian Federation will be the head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sergey Katyrin, the head of the Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov, the head of the RDIF Kirill Dmitriev, the general director of Rostec Sergey Chemezov, the chairman of VEB. RF Igor Shuvalov.

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The ex-wife of Vladimir Potanin demanded half of his share in Norilsk Nickel. Vladimir Potanin owns about 34% of the shares of Norilsk Nickel, thus, the value of half of the businessman’s share can be estimated at $ 7.7 billion.

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For nine months, the revenue of Russian large and medium-sized enterprises amounted to 144.2 trillion rubles. Compared to the same period in 2020 and pre-crisis 2019, it has grown by a third. This is the maximum growth for at least the last 16 years, follows from the data of the audit and consulting network FinExpertiza.

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Kolomoisky left the supervisory board of his 1 + 1 TV channel. He made the decision back in May against the backdrop of the adoption of the law on oligarchs. Poroshenko previously sold his TV channels Fifth Channel and Pryamaya.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry handed a note of protest to the US Embassy because of the «provocative actions» of NATO military aviation, which endangers civilian flights.

«The presentation made to the American side lists recent incidents that only by a happy coincidence and thanks to the timely response of Russian pilots and air traffic controllers did not lead to a tragedy,» the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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After 2030, Roskosmos can offer space tourists tours around the Moon, Rogozin said.

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