17 Янв, 2022

Zero tolerance for corruption

China Central Television aired the first episode of its five-episode investigative documentary «Zero Tolerance for Corruption.»

In the first part, the most interesting episodes are devoted to the case of Sun Lijun, the former vice minister of public security, and Hu Huaibang, the former head of the China Development Bank.

Hu admits to accepting «tens of millions of yuan» in bribes from Ye Jianming, the founder and former chairman of Chinese energy company CEFC, specifically for approving a US$4.8 billion credit line to CEFC.

 

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Former KGB and FSB officer Boris Karpichkov, who fled to the UK in 1998, said he had received seven threatening letters in recent years. The last one to say «death is on the way» came on January 2nd

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Roskomnadzor turned to Meta with a demand to restore the official Facebook page of the Russian delegation at the talks in Vienna on military security and arms control. Roskomnadzor called the blocking an “act of censorship” and recalled that, according to the Russian Constitution, censorship is prohibited.

The head of the delegation, Konstantin Gavrilov, previously announced the blocking of the account. When you try to access the page, a message appears that the content is not available and «the owner may have deleted the content or restricted access to it.»

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Sanctions against Russia, including against the leadership of the country, which the United States is considering, could lead to a complete cessation of relations between the countries, «which will not be in the interests of either Moscow or Washington.» This was stated in an interview with CNN by the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.

Peskov also noted that Russia is a self-sufficient country, and therefore does not feel threatened by sanctions.

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Roscosmos may enter the capital market in order to attract private investment, including foreign investment, for its projects. Maxim Ovchinnikov, deputy general director of the state corporation, announced this on the air of the Big Space program on the Roscosmos TV channel on YouTube on Sunday.

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Peskov, in an interview with CNN, said that during the unification of Germany, the United States promised not to expand NATO infrastructure to the east, but this was not formalized into legal guarantees. He noted that NATO is a tool of confrontation, and Russia is observing the gradual invasion of the alliance into the territory of Ukraine and can no longer put up with it.

“We are witnessing a gradual NATO invasion of the territory of Ukraine with its infrastructure, its instructors, stocks of defensive and offensive weapons, training of the Ukrainian military and the like,” he said (quoted by RIA Novosti).

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Russia will never discuss with anyone the issue of deploying missiles and weapons in Kaliningrad. This was stated by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov in an interview with CNN, aired on Sunday.

«Russia will never discuss with anyone the withdrawal of any missiles and weapons from Kaliningrad. Because Kaliningrad is Russian territory,» he stressed. Peskov gave interviews in English.

«With all due respect, we will never put up with any demands in terms of what we do on our territory. No country will put up with this,» he said.

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Possible deployment of NATO military in Estonia is proof that our concerns are justified and that Russia is not escalating tension — Peskov

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance is ready to discuss arms reduction issues with Russia, despite the fact that the parties disagree on key issues, such as the entry of new members into NATO, in particular Ukraine.

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In Russia, 34% of the SuperJob survey participants do not know about the pension formula, another 29% consider the method of calculating pensions unfair, and only 5% support it. Another 32% of survey participants found it difficult to answer.

The new procedure for calculating pensions has been in force since 2015. To calculate a pension according to the formula, you need to multiply the number of pension points assigned to a citizen by the value of one point in the year of retirement, and add the amount of a fixed payment to the resulting number.

Pension points assess the labor activity of a citizen. Their number depends on the amount of insurance experience and the amount of earnings until 2002, as well as insurance premiums that the employer pays from the employee’s salary

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North Korea has allegedly fired two short-range ballistic missiles simultaneously into the Sea of ​​Japan, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

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Japan has confirmed that North Korea has launched two ballistic missiles. They flew about 300 km and fell off the east coast of North Korea, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said.

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The Japanese government has protested to the DPRK in connection with the missile launches, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said.

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Ukraine is implementing, together with the West, a package of measures to contain Russia, which includes diplomatic measures, sanctions and defense cooperation, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said. He also said that Russia should continue the dialogue to prove the absence of military plans.

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Japanese companies KDDI, Prodrone and China’s Qysea have jointly developed a system that consists of a Prodrone drone and a Fifish Pro V6 Plus robot to work underwater. He is able to descend to a depth of 150 m and perform various tasks there. The drone delivers the robot to the landing site in a special cage. Delivery is managed by an operator from the shore.

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The equipment created on foreign processors poses a threat to national security, and therefore should not participate in public procurement, the developer of domestic Elbrus processors, MCST JSC, believes. The CEO of MCST Alexander Kim wrote about this in a letter to the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Federal Antimonopoly Service and the Ministry of Digital Development (RBC has a copy).

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The Moscow City Hall purchased Microsoft products for educational institutions of the city for 25.8 million rubles, Kommersant found on the public procurement portal. Domestic developers consider this a gross violation of «all government decrees and presidential instructions on the transition to domestic solutions.»

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The son-in-law of Nursultan Nazarbayev Timur Kulibayev left the post of head of the national chamber of entrepreneurs. Kulibayev tops the rating of the country’s most influential businessmen and is among the five richest.

On January 15, it became known that two sons-in-law of the former President of Kazakhstan, Kairat Sharipbayev and Dimash Dosanov, also left the posts of chairmen of the board of the national companies QazaqGaz and KazTransOil.

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Japan intends to develop a full range of relations with Russia, including cooperation in the field of energy, as well as continue to carry on persistent negotiations with a view to signing a peace treaty. This was stated by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, speaking with his keynote speech at the plenary session of the lower house of parliament.

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The head of the police of the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan was relieved of his post. According to media reports, Nurlan Massimov is the cousin of the former head of the National Security Committee, Karim Massimov, who was detained by special services on suspicion of treason.

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The average annual damage from tax crimes in Russia is 58 billion rubles, half of this is reimbursed, said Elena Leonenko, Deputy Chairman of the RF IC.

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The Bureau of Statistics of China has released data for 2021. The main ones are:

  • China’s GDP growth rate was 8.1% (the authorities expected it to be more than 6%)
  • China increased oil production by 2.4% (produced 198.98 million tons), gas by 8.2% (205.3 billion cubic meters) and coal by 4.7% (4.07 billion tons)
  • Disposable income per capita was 35,128 yuan ($5.53 thousand), up 9.1% compared to 2020
  • Unemployment was 5.1%, below the forecast (5.5%), 12.69 million jobs were created
  • Birth rate per 1000 people — 7.52, mortality — 7.18
  • In China, 62.5% of people of working age, 60 years and older — 18.9%
  • 64.72% of the population lives in cities, the sex ratio is 104.88 (almost 105 men per 100 women)

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For the first time since April 2020, the People’s Bank of China lowered the rate of one-year medium-term loans to financial institutions. The rate was reduced by 10 bp to 2.85%. The regulator also announced a cut in the seven-day repo rate.

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Tokayev dismissed Nazarbayev’s nephew Samat Abish from the post of First Deputy Chairman of the National Security Committee

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The head of the Tomsk representative office of Aeroflot was suspected of fraud
According to the FSB, the man fictitiously arranged for his friend to be a dispatcher and disposed of her salary at his own discretion. The service estimated the damage from his actions at 1 million rubles.

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Lukashenko announced the need to conduct joint exercises with Russia on the western and southern borders of Belarus. According to him, the exercise is scheduled for February.

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Navalny not removed from register as prone to extremism and terrorism — lawyer

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In Serbia, a constitutional referendum was held, in which 62% supported amendments to create a High Council of Judges and a High Council of Prosecutors, which would appoint judges and prosecutors instead of parliament.

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Former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko flew to Kiev from Warsaw. At the airport, investigators handed him a subpoena to order a preventive measure in the case of high treason. For about ten minutes, the border guards refused to return Poroshenko’s passport and let him into the country, but in the end he passed passport control.

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Poroshenko spoke at the airport to his supporters. The ex-president of Ukraine in his speech accused the current leadership of the country of corruption.

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Kyrgyz authorities demolish fences near state institutions in the capital

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China has successfully launched an experimental satellite, Shiyan-13, into Earth orbit as part of its first orbital launch this year, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) said on Monday.

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Lukashenka said that more than 30,000 servicemen, equipment and weapons are concentrated in Poland and the Baltic states near the Belarusian borders, the BelTA news agency reports. Lukashenka also said that Poland asked NATO to deploy a multi-layered logistics and technical support system in the region, the agency reports.

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The construction of a new fence on the Polish-Belarusian border will require strengthening the protection of this zone, since the Belarusian side can use the construction period to destabilize the situation, Pavel Solokh, head of the National Security Bureau of the republic, said on Polish Radio.

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The human body in space loses 54% more red blood cells than previously thought. Also, the process of recovery of red blood cells is slower and does not complete completely even a year after the astronauts return to Earth.

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In the UK, they are looking for a king for Peel Island off the northwestern coast of England. The island has a 300-year-old pub, the ruins of a 14th-century castle and a campsite. The competition for a 10-year contract was announced by activists who want to save the island after the departure of previous tenants. They hope to find a new manager by the summer season.

The winner of the competition is crowned by placing him on a throne and pouring alcohol over his head. This is a long tradition, according to the website of the city of Barrow, to whose territory the island belongs. The “king” will need to manage the island and serve the pub, surrounding area and campsite, monitor the toilet and shower.

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The court recognized as legal the refusal of the colony to credit Navalny’s income from work in the media to his account. In a statement filed on December 8, 2021, Navalny challenged the refusal of the colony administration to take into account the funds received by him as part of his work for the Klyuch news agency, subject to accounting on his personal account as earned while serving his sentence in a correctional institution.

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Canadian authorities have changed the level of risk for Ukraine and advised residents of the country to avoid traveling to its territory. The government attributed this to «continued Russian aggression and power building in and around the country» on the official Twitter account.

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Actions of solidarity with Russian political prisoners were held in different countries. Rallies and pickets were timed to coincide with the anniversary of the return of politician Alexei Navalny to Russia from Germany

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The number of births in China in 2021 was 10.62 million, the lowest birth rate since 1949, when such data began to be collected. Mortality 10.14 million

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According to Global Firepower, the US Army was recognized as the most powerful army in the world this year. Russia is in second place, China closes the top three, and India is in fourth place. The United States leads the sea and the air, Russia leads the land (first in tanks and artillery), and China leads in total military strength.

The index includes many indicators that are not purely military: international reserves, the level of public debt, and the transport infrastructure in the country.

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The Israeli company Smart Shooter introduced the Smash Dragon system for drones. It allows you to equip vehicles with machine guns, sniper rifles, grenade launchers and other high-precision weapons. The system combines the stabilization system with Smash technology, which allows you to accurately hit static and moving targets. You can manage it remotely. The system has already been fire tested

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In 2021, the number of vehicle recalls for service campaigns in South Korea reached the third highest level after the figures achieved in 2017 and 2018: 2,932,820 vehicles of 2,443 models were recalled. Moreover, for the first time in the history of observation, more than a million imported cars were recalled.

Nearly a third of the recalled cars had problems with their power generators, about the same number had problems with the brake system, and various electrical defects caused the recall of 730,763 cars sold in South Korea.

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On January 16, the Polish Border Service announced that almost 50 illegal migrants tried to break through from the territory of Belarus to Poland. And 18 people tried to storm the border — they threw stones and branches, pulled out pipes.

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Nord Stream 2 «does not fully comply» with the laws of the European Union, therefore certification has been suspended, the head of the German Foreign Ministry said.

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Brazilian scientists have found a new species of rain frogs. The amphibian was found in Panama on Mount Chukanti. The choice of name for it was put up for auction, and the winner chose to name the frog Pristimantis gretathunbergae after environmental activist Greta Thunberg.

Greta Thunberg is fighting against climate change, and the life of a new species of frogs directly depends on this — an increase in temperature will destroy their habitat

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The Indonesian authorities will move the capital from overpopulated Jakarta to the east of the island of Kalimantan. The new city will be called Nusantara, which means «archipelago».

Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced plans to reschedule as early as 2019. Almost $32 billion was allocated for it, but the project had to be suspended due to the pandemic. Today it became known that work on the transfer of the capital will be resumed in two years. Nusantara will be located 1000 kilometers from Jakarta

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Lukashenka revealed the details of the Allied Resolve exercise with Russia. The joint maneuvers of Russia and Belarus will take place against the backdrop of «the ongoing militarization of European countries.» According to Lukashenko, the military will work out «opposition to the forces of the West — the Baltic states and Poland — and the south — Ukraine»

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The Ministry of Natural Resources has prepared a concept for a bill on the implementation of federal state control over forests, proposing to allocate 4.75 billion rubles to the Federal Forestry Agency (Rosleskhoz) for this purpose. annually. RBC has a copy of the document, its authenticity was confirmed by the press service of the ministry.

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Gazprom did not order pumping through the Polish section of the Yamal-Europe pipeline and refused to book additional gas transit capacities through Ukraine for February, TASS reported citing data from the RBP and GSA Platform platforms.

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NATO has published a space strategy: it is now declared a space of collective defense, and an attack in space can lead to the activation of Article 5 «an attack on one is an attack on all.»

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The resignation of the Komi government is connected with new tasks for the development of the region and the need to diversify the economy according to the plan, which was approved at the federal level, the press service of the regional government reported.

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The volume of gas in European UGS facilities is 25% less than last year, Gazprom reports. 62.6% of the volume of gas pumped in the summer period has already been withdrawn from UGSFs in Europe.

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The company «Gazprom» reported that gas reserves in Ukrainian UGS facilities decreased to 12.6 billion cubic meters. m, which is 44.2% lower than last year.

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The volume of gas deliveries via the Power of Siberia in the first half of January is one and a half times higher than the same indicator last year, Gazprom reports.

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Joint Resources, owned by Timur Kulibayev (son-in-law of Nazarbayev), has sold its stake in KazAzot JSC, Forbes Kazakhstan reports. As noted in the company, the auction took place on December 10. As a result, 85% of ordinary shares of KazAzot were acquired by Kazakhstan Petrochemicals LLP, and 5% remained with the former owner Bakharidin Ablazimov.

Kulibaev’s company and two individuals, Dinmukhamed Idrisov and Yerzhan Dostybaev, sold their shares. The composition of the board of directors of KazAzot has also changed.

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Huawei has released a school backpack with built-in GPS that allows you to track the location of children. Parents can set specific zones in it, such as «school» and «home». If the child goes outside these zones, a notification will be sent to the application. In addition to GPS, the BeiDou navigation system module is installed in the backpack.

The backpack also has a small 1.54-inch display that can display the clock or class schedule. Such a portfolio costs 699 yuan (about 8.3 thousand rubles).

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