31 Дек, 2021

World Economic Hope Index

There are almost five times more Russians who believe that 2022 will bring economic difficulties than those who expect prosperity. As shown by the Gallup study, the index of economic hope in Russia is 1.5 times lower than the world average

Economic prosperity in 2022 is expected by 11% of Russian respondents, and economic hardship — 53%, the study says. 24% believe that the situation will not change, and another 12% found it difficult to answer. Compared to last year, the share of those who expect changes, both good and bad, has grown. Then the share of optimists was 6%, the share of pessimists — 47%, and the share of those expecting the status quo to remain — 40%.

Globally, the proportion of those expecting economic prosperity in 2022 was 26%, and those preparing for problems — 41%. Thus, the global index of economic hope turned out to be at minus 26 p.p.

In the EU countries there were as many pessimists as in Russia — 53%, but in the USA there are much less of them — 43%. Economic hardship expectations are most common in Bosnia and Herzegovina (72%), Bulgaria (64%), Poland (64%), Romania (61%), Germany (59%), as well as Turkey (72%) and Afghanistan (60 %).

There are 14% of optimists in the EU, and 21% in the US. The leaders in terms of optimism include Nigeria (61%), Indonesia (58%), Vietnam (55%), Azerbaijan (52%), Albania and India (49% each).

 

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Putin signed a law to replace the London LIBOR rate in legislation with the special rate of the Bank of Russia RUONIA.

For almost half a century, LIBOR served as an indicator of the value of money — interest on loans was tied to it. Following the LIBOR manipulation scandals by the world’s largest banks, a global benchmark rate reform was launched.

Now the reform is nearing its end — the British regulator will stop verifying LIBOR at the end of 2021. The replacement will be benchmarks from world central banks, including the American SOFR, the European € STR, the British SONIA. They are also based on interbank lending rates, but the calculation is based on real transactions, and not some indicative quotes, so they cannot be manipulated.

The law comes into force in 10 days.

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For the first time, Fitch Ratings has assigned Yandex a long-term issuer default rating (IDR) at BBB with a stable outlook. This was reported on the agency’s website.

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Putin signed a decree on criminal liability for reckless recidivists. For repeated speeding and driving into the oncoming lane, the law provides for imprisonment for up to three years or a fine of 300 thousand to 500 thousand rubles.

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Tesla is recalling half a million electric vehicles to fix technical defects that increase the risk of accidents. 475 thousand cars in the USA are responding. In 356.3 thousand Model 3s, released in 2017-2020, the rear-view camera wires may be damaged when opening and closing the trunk, and in 119 thousand Model S assembled since 2014, the hood may suddenly open.

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Putin signed a law abolishing mandatory vehicle inspection for personal cars. Cars and motorcycles are exempt from mandatory technical inspection, provided that they are owned by individuals and are used for personal purposes.

In addition, it is excluded to carry out «roadside inspections» — when the driver already has a diagnostic card, but the traffic police still carry out the inspection

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The cost of January gas futures at the TTF hub in the Netherlands on the evening of December 30 dropped below $ 1,000 for a short time.

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Kaspersky Internet Security is excluded from the list of programs for preinstallation on computers and laptops sold in Russia

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Russia has ratified an agreement with Tajikistan to create a unified air defense system. The ratification law was signed by Putin.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gave Russian citizenship to the former informal adviser to ex-US President Ronald Reagan on the USSR, Suzanne Massy. The corresponding decree was published on the official portal of legal information.

In May 2021, Massy on the air of the NTV channel asked Putin to grant her Russian citizenship. She said that she had devoted many years to bringing the peoples of Russia and the United States closer together. The ex-counselor argued that she could work better in Russia and that her children did not object to such a decision.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law according to which credit organizations will be able to identify the client’s identity in a simplified manner when carrying out monetary transactions using the driver’s license number.

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Nepalese CG Foods (part of the CG Corp conglomerate) will acquire 100% of the Russian company Europe Foods GB, which manufactures Galina Blanca products in the country. The deal was approved by the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS).

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The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine imposed sanctions against the builders of the Crimean bridge. Restrictions are introduced against six individuals and 24 legal entities. Earlier, Ukraine has repeatedly opposed the construction of the Crimean bridge

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The website of the OVD-Info human rights project (included in the register of unregistered public associations performing the functions of a foreign agent) was blocked for justifying the terrorist attack in the Arkhangelsk FSB building in 2018 and justifying the activities of the Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) and Jehovah’s Witnesses (an extremist organization banned in Russia). This follows from the decision of the Lukhovitsky District Court of the Moscow Region.

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Putin signed a law obliging Russians to evacuate from the emergency zone at the first request of the authorities. Those who violate the order will face a fine of up to 30 thousand rubles. At the same time, they will not be forced to evacuate in any case.

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The dacha amnesty in Russia has been extended until March 1, 2031, and Putin signed the corresponding law. The dacha amnesty recognizes life-long inheritable ownership and the right to perpetual use of the site as a property right. It will also make it possible to legalize houses built before May 14, 1998 on state or municipal land in settlements.

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Putin signed a law banning commercial and coastal fishing for whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Previously, the catch of marine mammals in Russia was carried out according to quotas issued by the Federal Agency for Fishery, but in recent years, especially after the scandal around the «whale prison» in 2018, they were practically not singled out.

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Putin signed into law an out-of-court blocking of websites selling fake vaccination certificates, university degrees, military cards and driver’s licenses. The same rule permits the extrajudicial blocking of sites where false reports of acts of terrorism and calls for riots are published.

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Putin signed a law according to which drones weighing from 250 grams to 30 kg must be marked with registration marks

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German police recorded 11.2 thousand illegal entries from Belarus through Poland in a year

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SpaceX has raised over $ 337 million in equity funding. Investors include Alphabet Holding and Fidelity Investments. The company reached the $ 100 billion mark in market value following a resale in October. In April, it raised about $ 1.16 billion in equity financing.

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The Russian Ministry of Justice has added to the list of foreign agents. Eight people got there:

Taisiya Bekbulatova — editor-in-chief of the magazine «Kholod»
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Veronika Nikulshina are members of Pussy Riot
Marat Gelman — gallery owner, publicist, art manager
Ivan Belyaev — journalist of Radio Liberty
Elena Vladykina — correspondent of «Sever.Realii»
Viktor Shenderovich is a journalist and columnist for The New Times.

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GBFoods, a major manufacturer of instant food products under the Gallina Blanca brand, has decided to leave Russia. The company’s enterprise in the Nizhny Novgorod region will buy the Nepalese CG Foods, which produces Wai Wai noodles. The transaction value may be in the range of 1–1.5 billion rubles. Instant noodle sales in Russia are growing

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Seven out of ten Europeans live in their apartments and houses. According to Eurostat, there are nine out of ten in Romania, Croatia, Slovakia and Hungary.

Only one in three Europeans rent a house. Most of the tenants — just under half of the population — are in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark.

On average, there are 1.6 rooms per person, and 2.3 residents live in one household.

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Санта-Клаус в этом году в 66-й раз совершил кругосветное путешествие и порадовал подарками более 7,6 млрд детей и взрослых со всего мира.

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Все циферблаты лондонского Биг Бена открыли перед Новым годом. Их можно увидеть впервые за несколько лет с тех пор, как башню и часы на ней начали реставрировать.

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В болгарской Софии спасённую от вырубки секвойю украсили как новогоднюю ёлку. Столетнее дерево должны были срубить осенью при строительстве нового дома, однако местным жителям удалось его отстоять.

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Одиноким датчанам помогли найти компанию на Рождество и Новый год. Для этого был запущено специальный сайт, на котором можно пригласить незнакомого гостя на праздник.

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Супруги из Германии установили в своей квартире и саду 444 ёлки, побив мировой рекорд. Таким образом, они побили и свой прошлогодний рекорд, когда установили 420 ёлок на 100 квадратных метрах. На то, чтобы украсить деревья и помещения, ушло 47 тысяч лампочек и 72 тысячи шариков.

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