27 Sep, 2021

What worried Russians in August 2021

The Russians most worried about in August 2021 were poverty and social inequality and corruption, according to an Ipsos survey.

In terms of the share of those concerned about poverty and social inequality, we traditionally rank first in the world: 54% with an average figure of 31%. In terms of concern about corruption, we are among the leaders: our 50% is significantly higher than the world average of 29% and is second only to South Africa, Hungary and Colombia (59%, 54% and 52%)

The coronavirus still does not cause much concern in our country: 26% of respondents were worried about it in August, although back in June, for example, it was 13% – a doubling in 2 months! But we are far from Israel: from 7% in June, concerns about the coronavirus there rose to 38% in August! But in Sweden, everything is calm: only 15% of the inhabitants of this country are worried about the coronavirus

Two more main global topics of concern are also not very popular in our country: 30% of Russians are concerned about unemployment (world average: 31%), about crime only 8% (penultimate place in the world! Lower only in Poland: 7%)

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An unusual “green office of the future” will appear in Hollywood. Its main feature is the total landscaping of the workspace, which is why the whole structure resembles a garden tower. The authors of the idea believe that this approach will create harmony and promote a healthy work environment. The building has received the catchy name “Star”, which is a reference to the celebrity stars on the Walk of Fame on Sunset Boulevard, in the heart of Hollywood.

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs is working on creating a bank of biometric data for Russians and foreigners. The department reported that the deadline for the completion of the work is 2023.

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Since October, Russians will be able to receive child benefits only on a Mir card or in cash. The changes affect only those who receive payments to cards of international payment systems, and do not apply to those to whom payments are credited to a deposit account (to a savings account), a nominal account or delivered by mail.

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The Taliban (a movement banned in Russia as a terrorist movement) in the southern province of Helmand has banned stylish hairstyles and shaving beards, a letter has been published.

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The WSJ says there are thousands of young Taliban in Kabul who have never been to major cities before. In their free time, they go sightseeing, go to amusement parks and have picnics – with the same machine guns. Taliban fighters from other parts of the country also come to the capital for tourist purposes – for example, they go to the zoo and ride on the lake on swan catamarans. The Minister of Defense is dissatisfied with the behavior of the fighters – he criticized them for taking selfies and excursions.

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The Taliban (the movement is banned in Russia as a terrorist movement) stated that Tajikistan is interfering in the internal affairs of Afghanistan and that “there is opposition for every action.” They also reported that they had sent thousands of special forces troops to Takhar province on the border with Tajikistan “to eliminate security threats.”

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In Switzerland, a referendum was held on the legalization of same-sex marriage. 64.1% of the participants voted for such unions. Same-sex couples in Switzerland can now marry and adopt children, and lesbian couples can have children through artificial insemination

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Putin refers to the past elections as “really very competitive, transparent, honest and fair,” Peskov said. The President of the Russian Federation requested all the information to make sure that the remote electronic voting system guarantees the integrity of the elections, he added.

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The main thing from an interview with RT with the director of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin:

– the hasty withdrawal of troops and the flight of the puppet government of Afghanistan is a consequence of the pernicious policy of the United States and the imposition of its own model of social development in the region;

– The States are still trying to maintain influence and control over the Afghan region, strengthening their positions in other countries of Central Asia;

– the events in Afghanistan give American intelligence grounds for rethinking the threats they have;

– US intelligence report on the origins of the coronavirus looks unprofessional. There is no evidence to suggest that this virus was created in the laboratory by the SVR;

– Russia has never been engaged in the development of weapons capable of causing the “Havana syndrome.”

– all allegations of cyber attacks attributed to the SVR are unfounded;

– Russian intelligence helps historians to prove the truth about the reasons, the course and the results of the Second World War, declassifying archival documents

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Japan will start building a “city of the future” at the foot of Mount Fuji next year. It will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells and function as a laboratory for autonomous cars, smart homes, artificial intelligence and other technologies from Toyota.

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A draft has been submitted to the State Duma of Russia, according to which female employees of the state apparatus will be entitled not only to bonuses “for the fulfillment of particularly important and difficult tasks,” but also payments for “conscientious performance of official duties.”

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In Iceland, for the first time in European history, women will make up the majority of parliament. They received 52% of the seats.

The country, unlike many European neighbors, does not have a quota for female representation in parliament. Previously, the Swedish parliament was considered the most “female” in Europe – there were 47% of women-deputies.

There are now only six parliaments in the world, in which the majority are women: in Rwanda, Cuba, Nicaragua, Mexico, UAE and Iceland

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Elections to the Bundestag took place in Germany. The SPD won 25.7% of the vote, the CDU / CSU bloc of incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel received 24.1% of the vote, the Greens received 14.8% of the vote, the Free Democratic Party of Germany 11.5%, and the Alternative for Germany “- 10.3%. The Left won 4.9% of the vote without breaking the 5% threshold.

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After retirement, Angela Merkel plans to stay in an old apartment building in the center of Berlin. There is no fence around, and only one policeman is on duty at the entrance.

Locals have long been accustomed to such a neighborhood. The Chancellor often comes to dinner at the corner restaurant and, according to the waiters, “Frau Merkel is very nice”, you can chat with her and take a photo.

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The Japanese government adopted on Monday a draft cybersecurity strategy for the next three years, for the first time naming Russia, China and North Korea as potential sources of cyberattacks, local media reported.

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Two-thirds of Russians do not follow their diet, do not go in for sports regularly and continue to consume alcohol and tobacco, follows from the results of a study by Rosgosstrakh Life IC and the Doctor Nearby digital medical service.

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In Russia, they want to increase tariffs for housing and communal services in order to repair communal systems, the Izvestia newspaper reported with reference to the minutes of the meeting of Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin.

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Russia plans to provide Cuba with a deferral for payments on interstate loan, which the republic stopped servicing at the beginning of 2020 – Vedomosti

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For the first time, YouTube CEO Susan Wodzhitsky commented on the blocking of the video by the associates of the opposition Russian politician Alexei Navalny with the recommendations of “Smart Vote”. According to her, the service in some cases is forced to comply with the requirements of the authorities to remove content. She noted that YouTube considers freedom of speech to be its “core value”:

“But when we work with the authorities, we have to consider a lot of things, be it local laws or what is happening on the ground.”

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The cost of the flight on the Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station is about $ 50 million, said Sergei Kostenko, head of the US company Space Adventures in Russia. According to him, the competition with Elon Musk’s SpaceX company had no effect on the number of those wishing to fly into space on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

“No, it didn’t affect it in any way. Musk operates in the same price ranges, so everything costs the same for both Musk and us, ”Kostenko said.

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Ankara expects that US troops will be withdrawn from Syria and Iraq in the same way as they were previously withdrawn from the territory of Afghanistan, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. According to him, if one strives for peace, then it makes no sense for the American military to stay in these countries.

At the same time, he noted that Turkish troops are present in Syria with the aim of rebuilding the country. “In Syria, we are building 100,000 housing units. People, families were displaced, they were expelled from their homeland. We build housing for them. I’m interested in what other countries are doing. It is very important to understand this, ”Erdogan said.

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“Hurriyet” reports that in an interview with the American TV channel CBS, Erdogan, when asked “is it possible for Turkey to buy the S-400 systems again,” Erdogan answered “yes”.

“In the future, no one will be able to interfere with which defense systems we acquire, from which country, at what level. Only we can make such decisions, ”the Turkish leader said.

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The $ 4 million satellite, about the size of a box of cereals, is sent into space later this month to study the physics of distant exoplanets. The miniature satellite was developed at the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics, Boulder University (LASP), USA. It was named CUTE. Its launch is scheduled for September 27th.

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Samsung engineers believe that the best way to develop artificial intelligence is to borrow existing brain structures. Samsung has proposed a method that will “copy and paste” a map of the brain’s neural network into 3D neuromorphic chips. The chips will use nanoelectrodes that will replicate the neurons in the human brain.

This step could serve as a “shortcut” for creating full-fledged artificial intelligence systems that behave like a real brain. However, it will be very difficult to repeat this in the “gland”, since the human brain has approximately 100 billion neurons with a huge number of synaptic connections.

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Migrants in Russia began to commit more crimes, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

“Foreign citizens and stateless persons committed 24.7 thousand crimes on the territory of the Russian Federation, which is 5.9% more than in eight months of 2020, including citizens of the CIS member states – 19.2 thousand crimes (by 8% less). Their share was 77.8% “, – says the materials. At the same time, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the number of crimes against migrants decreased by 1.1% and amounted to 10.3 thousand.

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The top five on the list of United Russia will be headed by specially created party commissions

Sergei Shoigu – will head the commission for the development of Eastern Siberia

Sergey Lavrov – Commission for International Cooperation and Support of Compatriots Abroad

Elena Shmeleva will head the commission on education and science,

Denis Protsenko – in health care.

Anna Kuznetsova – Commission for the Protection of Motherhood, Childhood and Family Protection.

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Czech President Zeman signed a law excluding the participation of Russian and Chinese firms in the creation of a new unit of the Dukovany NPP
NATO expansion into Ukraine means crossing red lines for Russia – Peskov

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The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said that Putin’s “red lines” are limited to the territory of the Russian Federation

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United Russia Russia member Maria Butina, who served a year and a half in an American prison, said that she would be involved in the protection of prisoners’ rights in the State Duma of the Russian Federation. The elected deputy of the Duma admitted that she felt the support of the Russian people when she was “arrested and tortured” in the United States.

She does not consider the mandate of a deputy of the State Duma a “reward” for a trip to the colony to see Alexei Navalny. “This trip was my personal initiative,” Butina explained.

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Published the top 500 largest private Chinese companies (it was compiled by the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce), the top five:

1. Huawei (operating income of $ 138 billion for 2020)
2. online retailer JD. com ($ 119 billion)
3. Hengli Group ($ 107 billion)
4. Zhengwei International Group ($ 106 billion)
5. Alibaba Group ($ 100 billion)

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Scholz’s (SPD) first commentary after the elections on Nord Stream 2: everyone should take on guarantees in connection with the launch of the gas pipeline, in particular, Ukraine should remain a gas transit country

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Ministry of Internal Affairs: 28.3% of crimes in Russia are drunk, 59.4% of crimes are committed by repeat offenders, 2.9% are adolescents and children

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British companies Mahle Powertrain and Allotrope Energy have developed a lithium-carbon battery that can be charged in just 90 seconds. It is noted that the new battery has a lifespan of more than 100,000 recharge cycles. It is well suited for moped drivers who deliver goods on a daily basis.

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A bill has been submitted to the State Duma that removes the ban for governors from being elected for more than 2 consecutive terms, Senator Klishas told RIA Novosti

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Peskov on the terms of governors’ work: Putin is a supporter of the turnover of power, but this should not be an obsession that interferes with work, everything is fine in moderation

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Thailand has reduced quarantine for vaccinated tourists from 14 to 7 days, for unvaccinated arriving – up to 10 days (for those arriving by land, quarantine will remain at 14 days)

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The Prosecutor General’s Office recognized the activities of the European Network of Election Observation Organizations (ENEMO) in Russia as undesirable

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Transnistria agreed with Russia that tariffs for gas, electricity and housing and communal services will not increase – Transnistrian leader Vadim Krasnoselsky

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The government of the Russian Federation approved the Yandex search engine for use by default on gadgets sold in the country from January 1, 2022 – order

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