20 Mar, 2021

Wind and solar energy will become cheaper than coal and gas

“If we are talking about some kind of prospect for the development of wind and solar energy in Russia, then in a few years they will still be cheaper than other types of fuel. Over the years, the cost of technologies has been decreasing, and efficiency is increasing. Therefore, it is worth developing its technologies and developing its own technological base, “Tatiana Lanshina, senior researcher at RANEPA, general director of the Association” Goal number seven “, told RIA Novosti.

The expert noted that over the past 10 years, the cost of gas generation has decreased by about 30%, while the cost of wind generation – three times, and the cost of solar generation – 10 times.

Edward Snowden is doing well in Russia

Former US intelligence officer Edward Snowden feels good in Russia, understands Russian well and speaks it, but misses his homeland, where his parents remained, said Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer representing Snowden’s interests in Russia.

Several people were detained in Bulgaria on suspicion of spying for Russia

According to media reports, there are no Russians among the detainees. Some of them are active government officials with access to classified information. The Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Bulgaria do not confirm or deny reports of detentions

FSB of Russia detained Ukrainian neo-Nazis

The FSB of Russia detained 14 members of the Ukrainian youth radical neo-Nazi community “MKU” in Gelendzhik and Yaroslavl. Nazi materials, weapons and instructions for the manufacture of explosive devices were seized from them, we were told at the FSB Public Relations Center.

Former head of Udmurtia convicted of corruption, released from punishment

The court in Udmurtia granted the petition of the former head of the region, Alexander Solovyov, who was convicted on corruption charges, and released him from prison due to illness. He has high blood pressure.

Last year, a court sentenced 70-year-old Solovyov to ten years in a maximum security penal colony, found guilty of accepting bribes worth more than 140 million rubles. He was also sentenced to a fine of 275 million rubles.

Vladimir Putin invited Joe Biden to hold an open online discussion.

“I just thought about this. Last time, the initiative for the telephone conversation came from President Biden. I would like to invite President Biden to continue our discussion, but on condition that we do this actually live, as they say, online. Without any delay, but right in an open, direct discussion. It seems to me that it would be interesting for the people of Russia, and for the people of the United States, and for many other countries as well. “

The Kremlin said that in the event of a conversation between Putin and Biden, the topic of baseless accusations by the United States would be raised. At the same time, Peskov clarified that there can be no debates between the presidents, a dialogue is proposed.

The White House responded to Putin’s offer to speak with Biden.

“I have nothing to tell you about future negotiations, the president will be in Georgia tomorrow and will be very busy,” said Jen Psaki, a White House spokesman.

Joe Biden did not respond when asked if he would talk to Vladimir Putin.

After the president’s speech on the coronavirus was over, one of the journalists mentioned Putin’s offer to talk and asked if Biden agreed to the conversation. He did not answer and left the podium, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris.

The United States will not call the ambassador from Moscow for consultations

The US Ambassador to Russia remains in Moscow; Washington has no plans to return him to his homeland for consultations. White House spokesman Jen Psaki said this at a briefing. At the same time, she stressed that the United States is confident that they can find areas for cooperation with Russia, despite the difficulties in relations.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it was summoning the Russian ambassador from Washington for consultations to Moscow. This was done a few hours after the release of Biden’s ABC interview in which the US President called Vladimir Putin a murderer.

The State Duma of Russia adopted amendments on educational activities

On March 16, the State Duma adopted in the third (final) reading amendments to the law “On education”, which introduce the concept of “educational activities” into it. The scientific community and popularizers of science actively opposed them. Now the law must be approved by the Federation Council, and then signed by the president. Meduza explains why we would very much like them not to.

The “outreach” amendments place the dissemination of any knowledge and in any form under the full control of the government. Even in the most liberal version of the application of these amendments, officials will decide for themselves what is “historically reliable”, what is not, who calls for violating the Constitution and who is not. It will become more difficult to invite a foreign professor, and to travel abroad for an exchange as well.

Search in the editorial office of “MBKh Media”

The search in the editorial office of MBH Media is being carried out in the framework of a criminal case against Mikhail Iosilevich from Nizhny Novgorod on the activities of an undesirable organization (Article 284.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), Aleksey Pryanishnikov, a lawyer for Human Rights Protection of the Postcard, told Open Media. After a series of searches as part of the investigation of this criminal case, Irina Slavina, a Nizhny Novgorod journalist, committed self-immolation in Nizhny Novgorod in October 2020. Iosilevich is charged with cooperation with Open Russia.

Ilya Yashin demanded to punish the organizers of the concert “Crimean Spring”

Municipal deputy Ilya Yashin demanded that the Investigative Committee establish the organizers of the Crimean Spring rally-concert held in Luzhniki on March 18, and bring them to justice for violation of sanitary and epidemiological norms. The concert was dedicated to the seventh anniversary of the annexation of Crimea to Russia, and Vladimir Putin performed there.

The court imposed a fine on the accused of attacking the security official during the rally

A court in Nizhny Novgorod fined an UNN freshman 30 thousand rubles under the article on the use of violence against a police officer. According to investigators, a young man at a rally on January 23 grabbed a security officer to prevent the detention of another protester, which caused the policeman to experience physical pain.

Police tokens are needed to be identified by their superiors – not citizens

So the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia responded to the demand of the deputy of the legislative assembly of St. Petersburg from “Fair Russia” Alexei Kovalev to openly wear tokens at protests. He stressed that if the protesters are brought to justice, then the police are not, and demanded that to simplify this task, officers wear badges.

In its response, the Ministry of Internal Affairs rejected the idea and emphasized that the badges make it possible to identify the employee “not by all citizens, but only by the heads of the relevant police units.” The Ministry of Internal Affairs also stressed that only police officers are required to wear them, and not all employees of the department who may be involved in work at rallies.

Every fifth Russian student will become a “Yunarmets”

The number of “Youth Army”, created in 2016 on the initiative of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, decided to increase to 3.5 million children. In total, the budget will spend 36.7 billion rubles for these goals in the next three years.

According to the authorities’ idea, 19% of the current number of school-age children (16.8 million people) should become “Yunarmets”. In 10 years, the number of the movement, where, according to the official website, the basics of basic military training are being mastered, and “leadership skills” and “technical competencies” are being developed, should increase by 4.2 times. Now 775 thousand people are Yunarmeys.

Kazakhstan issued a coin with Nazarbayev.

Series “Outstanding Events and People”, face value 1,000 tenge ($ 2.4), circulation 1,000 pieces. The building under the portrait of the first president is the residence of the head of state “Akorda”.

Biden meets with UNSC Permanent Representatives, White House said

  • called for action on Myanmar, Ethiopia, Libya, Syria and Yemen
  • said the US wants to demonstrate “values-based global leadership” and re-engage with international institutions
  • talked about health care and economic recovery
  • announced that the US intends to formally join the Group of Friends on Climate and Security at the UN

Members of the UN Security Council at a meeting with US President Joe Biden in video format did not raise the issue of the American leader’s statements about Russian President Vladimir Putin. Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, told TASS on Friday.

The Central Bank of Russia raised the key rate

The Central Bank of Russia raised the key rate from 4.25% to 4.5%. The increase occurred for the first time since 2018. Earlier, the head of the bank, Elvira Nabiullina, said that after the pandemic, business is recovering, therefore, tightening of policy is required.

Google announced the creation of new jobs in the United States

Google has announced a $ 7 billion investment in the US that will create at least 10,000 new jobs this year, less than the $ 10 billion it pledged to invest in 2020 before the pandemic swept the country.

Business in Russia in January 2021 continued to die out

Out of 13,879 new companies, 38,569 were liquidated in January. The leaders of the extinction of business, traditionally, the capital: -9.7 thousand companies in Moscow and -1.7 thousand in St. Petersburg, decreased by 950 companies in Bashkortostan, 759 in Tatarstan, 605 in the Moscow region. Primorye, Krasnodar Territory, Voronezh, Samara and Novosibirsk regions also entered the top 10 with a drop of around 500 units.

The leaders in the growth in the number of companies are the Kostroma Region and Kabardino-Balkaria: both in January and there were added 23 companies each. In Chechnya, the figure is slightly lower (20), 9 units were added in Tuva, 3 each – in Ingushetia and Kalmykia. In other regions – a decrease

VTsIOM: Most Russians consider themselves happy

The majority of Russians (80%) feel more or less happy, while 36% express complete confidence in this. This is evidenced by the results of a survey by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM), available to TASS.

The cost of a food “basket of happiness” in Russia

Sbermarket analysts have calculated the cost of happiness. Bananas, dates, nuts, avocados are included in the list of foods that contribute to the production of hormones of happiness. The average cost of these goods together amounted to 2,740 rubles, according to Izvestia. The most expensive purchase was fish – a piece of 300-400 grams will cost an average of 547 rubles …

Driving license exam will change in Russia

Applicants for a driver’s license from April 1 will no longer take the “site” as a separate exam. These and other changes are reported on the website of the traffic police of Russia

What should be the priorities of the United States in foreign policy in the opinion of Americans

75% of Americans believe the focus should be on protecting US jobs. 71% of the supporters scored “reducing the spread of infectious diseases” and “protecting the United States from terrorist attacks.” Also on the top are preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and improving relations with allies. The main adversaries of the Americans now see China (48% say that it is necessary to limit its influence), Russia (42%). 20% speak about promoting democracy in other countries.

The Federation Council of Russia adopted a resolution on state support for Dagestan

The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia adopted a resolution on state support for Dagestan. The document was signed by the speaker of the upper house of parliament Valentina Matvienko.

Israeli company refused to help the special services of Russia and Belarus

The Israeli company Cellebrite refused to sell its developments to Russia and Belarus after criticism of the possibility of using these technologies in political repression. The decision made by the company was announced by its CEO Yossi Karmil.

Netflix releases third season of Formula 1 series

Streaming service Netflix has officially released the third season of its Formula 1 series Drive to Survive. The third season of the series is dedicated to the events that took place in Formula 1 during the 2020 championship.

Michael McFaul put an end to relations between Moscow and Washington

Former American Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul expressed the opinion that the era in relations between Moscow and Washington, when the countries tried to improve relations, is over.

Railway bridge from Jewish Autonomous Region to China

The Nizhneleninskoye (EAO) – Tongjiang railway bridge (Heilongjiang Province, China) may be open for train traffic as early as August, Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev told reporters on Thursday during a working trip to the region.

The Nizhneleninskoe – Tongjiang railway bridge has been under construction in the Jewish Autonomous Region for several years. The Chinese side has already built its part; in March 2019, the sides completed the connection of the spans. The cost of building the Russian part is 9 billion rubles.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka said that he would guarantee Belarusians other presidents and asked citizens to “be patient”.

We will not kneel. We will not live worse only if you keep your head on your shoulders. We live as best we can, and no worse than others. So stick to your land. You will have other presidents. I guarantee you. Then you, comparing everything, will understand. For now, just be patient.

Lukashenko said that there are worthy candidates for the new presidential elections in Belarus, including his assistant in the Grodno region and the governor.

The Grodno officials whom Lukashenko called worthy presidential candidates are the former head of the Ministry of Health Karanik and the former head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Karaev

A new department is being created in the structure of the Russian government

A new department of expertise and planning is being created in the structure of the government apparatus. The work of the department will be supervised by the deputy chief of staff of the White House, Alexander Gribov.

The main task of the new structure will be to improve the White House’s feedback system on government decisions. In fact, we are talking about restructuring the scheme of work of the government with the public, industry associations and unions, as well as legislators, the publication specifies.

The reverse system has evolved unevenly since the late 1990s. In 2012, an expert council was created under the government, its decisions are advisory in nature. “Often, interaction with the expert community is formal, and its representatives are involved in the discussion of decisions already made.”

“Communists of Russia” ask the FSB and SVR to investigate the assassination of Kennedy

“Communists of Russia” ask the FSB and SVR to investigate the assassination of Kennedy, since the United States is unable to do this, the deputy head of the party’s Central Committee told RIA Novosti

New composition of the Central Election Commission of Russia

by the president’s quota

1.the current head of the commission Ella Pamfilova
2.Chief of Staff of the Public Chamber Pavel Andreev
3.Member of the Human Rights Council Igor Borisov
4.An employee of the Kremlin administration Natalya Budarina
5.dean of the Faculty of Political Science of Moscow State University Andrey Shutov

according to the State Duma quota

1.the current member of the commission Lopatin (from the EP)
2.the head of the apparatus of the United Russia faction Konstantin Mazurevsky
3.Acting member of the commission Kolyushin (from the Communist Party)
4. Alexander Kurdyumov (from the Liberal Democratic Party)
5.Acting member of the commission Levichev (from the SR)

according to the Federation Council quota

1.the current deputy head of the commission Bulaev
2.Acting member of the Shevchenko Commission
3.Acting member of the commission Ebzeev
4.the head of the Oryol election commission Lyudmila Markina
5.ex-head of the Moscow Electoral Commission Elmira Khaimurzin

Tesla could pose a threat to national security

The Chinese authorities believe that Tesla electric vehicles can pose a threat to national security, and decided to limit their use by the military, employees of strategic enterprises and officials, writes WSJ.

Authorities have revealed that Tesla’s sensors and cameras can store images of the locations around them, and the company can obtain information about the time and place of use of the car, personal data of the driver and a list of his phone contacts, the newspaper explains.

Ministry of Internal Affairs detained ex-heads of regional energy sales companies

The Ministry of Internal Affairs detained 11 ex-heads of regional energy sales companies suspected of stealing 10 billion rubles from electricity producers and grid companies

“In the course of the measures taken, the former heads of regional energy sales companies PJSC Arkhenergosbyt, PJSC Vologdaenergosbyt, AO Roskommunenergo, AO Khakasenergosbyt, PJSC Chelyabenergosbyt Ilya Shulgin, Elizaveta Sakhno, Vadim Litvinov, Svetlana Nikodimonova were detained Vladimir Gailit, as well as employees of these organizations and the former manager of Mosuralbank Nikolay Korneev, said in the Ministry of Internal Affairs