The limit on the admission of refugees to the United States this year will be increased from 15 thousand to 65 thousand. The corresponding statement by President Joseph Biden was published on the White House website.
“Based on my administration’s previous consultation with Congress, I decide that the increase in the allowable limit for refugees to 62,500 in fiscal 2021 is justified by humanitarian concerns and also in the country’s national interests,” the statement said.
It also states that in the near future 2,000 people will be admitted who were denied entry to the United States by the previous administration. In the message, Biden recalled that the increase in the quota for receiving refugees was part of his election program.
Grand Prix of the documentary film festival «Artdokfest»
The best film of the Artdokfest international documentary film festival in 2021 was «A Quiet Voice» by the director working under the pseudonym Reka Valerik. The hero of the film is an MMA fighter from Chechnya, who is forced to leave the republic after his relatives learned that he is gay.
In Belarus, confidants of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya were sentenced
In a criminal case on preparation for the seizure of government buildings, the court appointed Yuri Vlasov six and a half years in a maximum security colony, Dmitry Ivashkov and Alexander Shabalin — six years in a maximum security colony, Tatyana Kanevskaya — six years in a general regime colony.
The Russian government has banned the export of buckwheat from the country in the summer
The restrictions on the export of buckwheat will be in effect from June 5 to August 31. An increased demand for buckwheat has arisen in foreign markets, which may lead to an increase in prices in Russia. The average price of buckwheat from January 1 to March 30, 2021, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, increased by 39% compared to the first quarter of 2020
NABU filed a lawsuit against permission to build Nord Stream 2 today
The German non-governmental organization Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) has filed a lawsuit with the Hamburg administrative court against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
“NABU has filed a lawsuit today against a permit for the construction of Nord Stream 2 issued by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie, BSH). The suit concerns a still unfinished section of the pipeline in the exclusive economic zone of Germany, ”the statement says.
Union President Jörg-Andreas Kruger stated that the gas pipeline directly destroys the habitat of marine fauna at the bottom of the Baltic Sea on an area of more than 16 football fields. Eco-activists, said they want to seek compensation for work on the seabed. The claims relate to construction «from January to June» in the economic zone of Germany.
Germany announced that the permit for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has been temporarily suspended until the end of May due to a lawsuit filed by environmentalists. Now the decision will be made by the court.
Lukashenko threatened the European Union with problems
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko requested data on large projects and enterprises of the European Union operating in the republic. He gave such an order during a meeting with the Prime Minister of the country Roman Golovchenko, whom he received with a report on May 4. Lukashenko said that Belarus is trying to intimidate with sanctions, that in intimidation «Europeans are especially zealous», and added that if they «want problems at home in connection with these sanctions, they will get them.»
I won’t say anything else. Time will tell. But I’ll ask you how it was before this American show off in the economy, give me information about the largest European projects in our country and the enterprises that have been established in Belarus: let’s look at their work, ”BelTA quotes Lukashenka.
Lukashenka instructed to reconsider the activities of Western «humanitarian» organizations and programs in the country, they will be re-registered. According to him, such «non-profit organizations, foreign agents, all sorts of bandits are ripping off here.»
The state debt of Belarus has broken the record for the entire time of observations
According to the Ministry of Finance, as of April 1, the domestic public debt amounted to a record 11.763 billion BYN. This amount of public debt has become the maximum for the available period of statistics. The previous record for domestic public debt lasted only a month.
External public debt as of April 1, 2021 amounted to USD 18.1 billion. For comparison: as of April 1, 2020, the external public debt was equal to USD 16.634 billion, as of April 1, 2014 — USD 12.131 billion. It turns out that over 7 years the external public debt has grown by almost one and a half times.
The deterioration in indicators is associated with the devaluation of the Belarusian ruble and the strong currencyization of the state debt. Almost all external public debt is not denominated in Belarusian rubles.
Money seized from the family of ex-President Yanukovych returned to the budget of Ukraine
«These are not some mythical securities, these are $ 1.3 billion in cash and about $ 200 million in securities,» Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yevhen Yenin. — They collected money from all over Ukraine, from all sectors of the economy, laundered it first in Ukraine, then through the so-called hub enterprises they took this money to international «laundering» centers