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“Our men are better than the Germans.” Russian woman – about life with a foreign husband

Fitness trainer and blogger Aliona Hilt was born and raised in Petersburg. By the age of  she had a good job, and and in the hometown the girl became famous as a successful model. It seemed like a bright future ahead — a dizzying career and & nbsp; a successful marriage. However, a sudden flash of feeling for a German named Arminruined all plans. Aliona moved from the northern capital with its great opportunities to the small town of Dormagen, where the chosen one lived. This union lasted eleven years, but in the end, Hilt returned to her homeland. She already celebrated last New Year in St. Petersburg. What's it like — live with a person of a different culture? How are Russian men different from Germans? And why Aliona never couldn't love Germany, she told in an interview with

This is fate

In the year I met my future husband, I worked as a translator in India. But since the visa ran out, I had to return to St. Petersburg. Only there it was possible to settle the issue with documents. I had two free weeks in hometown, and a one friend asked to replace her employee in the office. She had several businesses: a marriage agency, plus she rented large premises to foreigners. The work is not dusty, and and I agreed.

Literally on the second day, my future husband appeared on the doorstep. The boss agreed with a meeting but got in traffic and was two hours late. I had to entertain the visitor myself. We drank tea and had a nice talk, of course, in English, I didn then know German. When my friend finally got to the office, I said goodbye to the guest and left. In the evening, he unexpectedly called and offered to have dinner. It turns out that my boss gave him my phone number.

At that meeting, we chatted for several hours without stopping, I arrived home at night, and the next day Armin returned to Germany. Since then, he began to write to me, sometimes came to Russia, six months later he invited to to visit then we went on a joint vacation. Naturally, I refused to return to India.

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Groom with "surprise"

In                            Of course, now I understand that after this news, I just had to pack my suitcase and leave, but then I didn did this. The future husband very cleverly lulled my vigilance with the phrases: “We have not been living with wife for a long time”, “I don't love her”; and etc

I did not tell my parents about that I got my fiancé with a "surprise", and they were not delighted with my choice, only my friends knew the details.

I received a nanny visa through my acquaintances and went for time to                     of of       of        that       that fl&nb that&nb;ff&nb that» which» whom I whom I whom I whom I have, I went to of Dormagen. After St. Petersburg, settle in the outback, where you need to walk 8 kilometers — — real test. There is nothing to do there, so I cleaned and cooked all day. Of course, after a couple of months of such a life, I had to pose the question point-blank: either we change something in our relationship, or I leave. Nobody started to detain me: Armin quickly bought a ticket to St. Petersburg. It would    — period, but my foreign friend didn give up: a few weeks later he came to to my birthday and even asked for my parents' hand (although he was still married!) I melted.

Before the real wedding, of course, it came only after the official divorce. We signed in St. Petersburg, agreed with the head of the registry office to register the marriage as quickly as possible. Three days later the issue was settled. Only my relatives were present at the celebration, they simply could not get visas so quickly. Although, even if not this obstacle, I not sure that my future mother-in-law would have come at that moment. This woman — typical German: prim, cold and very narcissistic.

My parents paid for the wedding in full. My husband didn't give me a single penny. But with pleasure he took all the money donated to us. At the end of December 2010, I finally moved to Germany.

Big price

This move came at a great cost to me. I left in Russia my family, apartment, studies (transferred to a correspondence department), friends, and a prestigious job. I had to put an end to the cultural life: forget about theatres, museums, exhibitions. Of course, many people have a question: why did I go for this? The answer was on surface — because of love.

Meanwhile, Armin sincerely believed that he had done a good deed: he pulled me out of "the hole" under the name of St. Petersburg and brought it to the most beautiful industrial city of Dormagen, where everyone knows each other and the greatest entertainment — go to the grocery store for shopping.

By the way, many other foreigners who choose Russian women as their wives think the same as my husband. I say this with complete confidence, because I saw enough of “foreign princes” when I worked at my friend's marriage agency. They firmly believe that girls in Russia most of all dream of leaving the country, only to cook borscht for their beloved and babysit children in some godforsaken village in France or Switzerland. But this I now clearly understand, and many years ago it seemed that my husband is not at all like other foreigners.

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“Plowed during the day and” at night

When I moved, my husband did not help me to adapt, he did not even introduce me to his friends. I simply couldn't practice German with him, because he constantly made comments, laughed at my pronunciation in front of strangers. After a few inappropriate jokes about  my address, I basically stopped communicating with my husband in his native language and switched back to English. But, of course, I completed the language courses that were needed to get a residence permit. Despite many years spent in Germany, I and did not fall in love with German. Every time I hear it, it seems to me that someone creaks with chalk on the wall.

I never saw money from my husband for manicures or some small female joys , although almost immediately after the move she became pregnant and could not earn money herself. Before  the birth of my eldest daughter, I taught yoga once a week, but my income was very modest — 80 euro per month. For understanding: a manicure cost 75!

When Armin lost his business, I had no other option but to start earning more, although I continued to be on maternity leave. By then we had already moved to Lilienthal (another wilderness), bought a house on credit. I taught at a fitness club and went out to replacements if one of the coaches fell ill. She was a photographer at weddings, sewed swimsuits for competitions, and also wrote training programs. In general, she plowed during the day and at night with a baby in her arms.

Of course, the husband also tried to find a new place, but there is very high unemployment in the north of Germany. In the end, he became a night watchman with a salary of 1200 euros. Now he has returned to his main specialty — deals with renewable energy.

Financial difficulties have become a great test for our family, but it is nothing compared to the abuse that has occurred from the side of the spouse from the very first days of our marriage. He was constantly dissatisfied with something, saying that I was a bad housewife, a terrible wife and mother.

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It's a shame to come back

My life in a foreign country was far from ideal, but I could just pack my things and leave. Firstly, because of the strong dependence on my husband: over the years of our marriage, he managed to inspire me that I can represent myself and will be lost without him. Secondly, I was ashamed in front of my parents, because they were right about my spouse, and I was wrong. Thirdly, in the moments of our quarrels, I was told in plain text that I could return to Russia, but nobody would give me a child.

In 2014, I was on the edge and really returned to Petersburg, leaving my daughter with Armin. My parents did not support me and  told me to go back, I had to live with a friend for two months. She helped me understand that I live with an abuser, so I have already returned to Germany only to pack my things.

My husband met me with an expression of universal sorrow on his face (abusers know how to make a victim out of themselves). We talked with all night, he even allowed me to take my daughter and to go with her vacation to Petersburg. There I found out that I was pregnant with my second child. So all my plans for the final return to Russia and divorce collapsed in a second.

Dot after all

During my pregnancy, I started to actively engage in my instagram. Easily gained 50 thousand subscribers, there were offers for advertising, and along with extra money. I  gradually got up on my feet, although internally I was still very unsure of myself. In & nbsp; 2017, she won the Mrs. Russia contest. I had a contract with a PR-agency, according to which I had to present my title in the media. I've been invited to a lot of talk shows. I very often traveled to Moscow: for a week, two. Gradually, in life, besides her husband, many new people appeared — my self-imposed isolation, which Armin so cleverly arranged for me, is over. I understood that I live in a distorted reality.

By 2019, I was already the main earner in the family: I paid off the loan, dressed and shoes the whole family. Then on New Year's Eve, we had a huge scandal, after which I returned to Peter and decided to put an end to my marriage.  I had savings, with which I bought an apartment in St.Soon the pandemic began, we were all locked at home. I made the most of   — turned to a psychiatrist to establish a dialogue not only with her husband, but and with herself. Working with a specialist helped me a lot then, a plan for a future free life gradually formed in my head. I even thought about running away with the kids in case of emergency.

Also besides, I began to study to psychology and I used many of the techniques that were given to us on my own husband  ;— treated him like his own patient. The situation in the house was gradually getting better, we began to take the first steps in the direction of a divorce, even agreed that after parting, the youngest daughter would go with me to Russia, and the eldest would stay with dad in Germany.

Now the lawyers have drawn up a peace agreement. It says that I do not apply anything, i.e. our house, for which I also paid off a loan (about 100 thousand euros in total), remains with my husband, plus a car, and I also refuse alimony. But I went to all these conditions in order to calmly leave with daughter for Russia.

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Bad experience

Personally, I don't know a single story about a successful marriage with a foreigner. Why? Because we have completely different mentalities. My aunt was married to a Frenchman for 10 years, and the same result as in in my family. I understand that not everyone likes such reasoning, subscribers often ask: “Do you think Russians are better?”. No, I don't think so. Everywhere there are inadequate personalities: both here and abroad. But marriage with foreigners is much more difficult for women!

And if to compare our men and Germans, our — it is better. They have not yet forgotten how to open the door for a lady, to help her if she carries a heavy bag. I once arrived from Russia with three suitcases of gifts and clothes for children after a very difficult abdominal operation. My husband didn't even meet me at the station. And when I asked him why he didn't help me, I got the answer: «Your problems, you didn didn't have to type so many things».

The Germans are also very economical, I an athlete, and when I was preparing for competitions, I ate chicken breasts. My husband told me absolutely seriously then that I cost him dearly. “Expensive” — it's 10 euro per week.

I now have a friend who is divorcing a German because she didn't get vaccinated against the coronavirus. His whole family stopped communicating with her. And this is not an isolated case. For the Germans, this behavior — norm. So if you are going to marry a foreigner, I advise you to think carefully — is worth is it?

I I am sincerely glad that I left Germany because I never liked this country. Firstly, everyone is poking you there. Even children have no respect for teachers, they call   "you". I can can put up with it, I was brought up differently. The second thing what I couldn get used —  you are endlessly knocked. Neighbors consider it their sacred duty. If your friends came to pandemic, this will be reported to the appropriate authority, and you will receive a reprimand. But at the same time, the Germans will always smile in the face. And the locals also sneeze very loudly and absolutely don know how to relax culturally. For them, the main entertainment — not  theater, not museum or cinema, but food! For me personally, Germany and culture — These are two opposing concepts. And not because I lived in the wilderness. When I communicate with girls who live in big cities, they tell the same thing. So  I agree to travel to this country only as a tourist, but to live there — no for nothing!


Will farmers start using artificial rainfall?

Weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” No. 4. Crack in education 26/01/2022 Expert answer 0 + –

– Good idea, – considers ecologist, Doctor of Biology Dmitry Zamolodchikov. – Technology for artificial precipitation has been developed since the late 1940s. For a long time they were used primarily to prevent unwanted rain or hail – for example, when holding festive events in cities. Now there is increasing interest in their use where precipitation is needed. For example, last year in the UAE conducted experiments to cause rain with the help of drones during extreme heat.

But in order to apply these technologies on a large scale in agriculture, more research is needed on their potential, taking  economic indicators.


The Gaza Strip, with the support of the UAE, received a batch of vaccine against covid “Sputnik V”

Story Coronavirus pandemic of a new type that spread from China

The Ministry of Health of the Gaza Strip has received a batch of Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V from the UAE, TASS reports.

It is reported that the convoy with cargo arrived in the coastal enclave through the checkpoint ” Rafah, located in the southern part of the sector.

It is noted that this is the largest shipment of medical supplies delivered to the Gaza Strip with the support of the UAE since the beginning of the pandemic.

Formerly the representative of the World Health Organization in Russia, Melita Vujnovic said that in 2022 WHO may recognize the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V..

She noted that ten vaccines are currently on the list of drugs recommended for emergency use. In this regard, they can be used in a pandemic, which refers to health emergencies, Vujnovic explained. Together with “Sputnik V” 16 vaccines are in the process of being added to the list, she added.


SpaceX rocket launch with Italian satellite postponed due to bad weather

The SpaceX developer company has announced that the launch of the American Falcon 9 heavy rocket with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed (CSG-2) radar surveillance satellite has been postponed for a day due to bad weather conditions, Interfax reports.

The launch is now scheduled to take place at 6:11 PM EDT Friday (Saturday at 02:11 AM BST) from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

It was previously reported that SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 launch vehicle with a batch of 49 Starlink satellites.

The Starlink network is designed to provide the inhabitants of the Earth with broadband Internet access. In total, the American company is going to deploy There are 11 thousand satellites in orbit. The total cost of this project is estimated at ten billion dollars.


Minus 6 degrees Celsius expected in Moscow on Friday

Cloudy weather is predicted in the Russian capital on Friday, January 28, according to the official website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.

“Snow. Blizzard in places. Black ice,” the message says.

Daytime air temperature in the city will be from minus four to minus six degrees. Atmospheric pressure – 739 millimeters of mercury.

Southeasterly wind at a speed of five to ten meters per second. In some places, its gusts can reach 15 meters per second.

On Saturday night, cloudy weather, sleet and snow are predicted in the capital. Wind southeast at a speed of five to ten meters per second. In some places, its gusts can also reach 15 meters per second.

Thermometers can drop to marks minus seven degrees. Atmospheric pressure will be 738 millimeters of mercury.

It was previously reported that about 25 centimeters of snow fell in Jerusalem over the past night and Thursday morning, which became an anomalous weather phenomenon for the city.


Zelensky appointed Lebed head of the National Guard of Ukraine

President Zelensky appointed Lieutenant General Yuri Lebed as head of the National Guard of Ukraine Earlier, the commander of the National Guard, Mykola Balan, resigned after a conscript soldier of the National Guard shot five people in the Dnieper. In his place, Deputy Yuri Lebed was appointed as acting deputy

Yury Lebed

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree appointing Lieutenant General Yuriy Lebed as Acting Commander of the National Guard of Ukraine. The corresponding decree is published on the website of the president's office.

Zelensky fired Nikolai Balan, who had previously resigned after a conscript soldier of the National Guard shot five people at the Yuzhmash enterprise, by another decree. in Dnipro.

Prior to his appointment, Yury Lebed was Deputy Commander of the National Guard, he took up this position in June 2019. In the spring of 2014, the National Guard reported that he had been kidnapped by a “group of unknown people.” A few days later he was released. Then Lebed held the position of the acting head of the department of the eastern operational-territorial association of the National Guard and was in the rank of colonel.

The incident in the Dnieper occurred on the night of January 27th. Conscript soldier Artemy Ryabchuk opened fire on his colleagues, who at that time were guarding. Among the dead— four military and one civilian.

Later, Ryabchuk said that he was part of an alarm group that had access to machine guns. According to him, he loaded the weapon and started shooting at the people who were in the guardroom. The head of the guard and his assistant were the first to die, then two colleagues. Ryabchuk also shot a female operator who was reporting on the situation at the Yuzhmash enterprise. to the unit.

After the execution, he fled from the territory of the enterprise and hid in an abandoned building. Then he was detained. A criminal case was opened against Ryabchuk for premeditated murder.

Nikolay Balan removed the command of the regiment, and also resigned himself. “Given that for any action, both good and bad, the commander or commander is serving, this morning I expressed my desire and wrote a report to the Minister of the Interior, a petition to the President for the resignation and dismissal of the commander of the National Guard,” ; he commented on the decision.

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Kadyrov called State Department employees ignorant because of the kidnapping claim

Kadyrov on the State Department's statement on abductions in Chechnya: its authors are still those ignoramuses The State Department issued a statement on “abductions and arbitrary detentions” in Chechnya. Kadyrov said that the staff who trained him are ignorant, because they do not know Russian laws

Ramzan Kadyrov

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, called the employees of the US State Department who prepared the statement on “abductions and arbitrary detentions” citizens in the region, ignoramuses. He published his appeal in the Telegram channel.

“I expected a more sensible statement, but it turned out that the authors of the State Department’s appeal are still those ignoramuses who do not understand what powers the head of the subject of the Russian Federation has and what structures are subordinate to him, and which are not,” — written by Kadyrov. He recalled that the head of the Russian region, in accordance with the law, “cannot condemn, pardon, detain, release.”

Earlier on Thursday, the State Department released a statement on behalf of the representative of the department, Ned Price, in which he expressed concern about the situation in Chechnya. “The United States is concerned about incoming reports of abductions and arbitrary detentions carried out by the authorities of the Chechen Republic, including dozens of reports of abductions and arbitrary detentions in recent weeks against relatives of Chechen human rights activists and dissidents,” it says in the release.

The State Department also expressed concern about pressure on relatives of Chechen “dissidents” who are outside of Russia. “Such acts, which harm entire families, constitute a particularly pernicious form of repression,” added to the department. They also mentioned the situation with the wife of former judge Saydi Yangulbaev, Zarema Musaeva, who was taken from Nizhny Novgorod to Grozny on January 20.

“We reject the unfounded attempts of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, to slander human rights activists and independent journalists, and urge him to stop persecution by the authorities dissidents, representatives of LGBTQI+, representatives of religious and ethnic minorities and other persons, including through repressions against members of their families,— added in department.


Akhmed Dudayev, Minister for National Policy, Foreign Relations, Press and Information of Chechnya, also commented on the statements of the US State Department.

“The baseless accusations of the United States against the backdrop of the atrocities that their government is doing inside and outside the states sound ridiculous and absurd . Human rights in the Chechen Republic are under the reliable protection of Ramzan Kadyrov personally,— said Dudayev on Instagram.

The Chechen minister noted that “countless” incidents of police violence, “harassment” human rights, racial discrimination, abuse of prisoners in prisons. Dudayev also recalled the murder of George Floyd (a policeman who was sentenced to 22 years in prison was found guilty of his death). He wrote that “the whole country protested against police brutality and even this did not lead to anything.”

Zarema Musaeva— wife of ex-judge Saydi Yangulbaev and mother of human rights activist Abubakar Yangulbaev. Armed men broke into her apartment and presented a decision to forcibly bring her in for questioning, after which they took the woman away.

The next day, Kadyrov confirmed that Musaeva had been taken to Grozny, and stressed that the law enforcement officers “committed lawful and agreed-upon operational actions. According to him, the summons was sent to Yangulbayev three times. The head of Chechnya also claimed that the family may have been involved in organizing an attack on a former Chechen security official in Turkey.

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Kyrgyzstan announces ceasefire agreement with Tajikistan

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan agreed on a complete ceasefire on the border Representatives of the authorities of the border regions where the conflict occurred with the exchange of fire agreed to cease fire, withdraw additional forces, unblock the Batken-Isfana road and jointly patrol the area

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan agreed about a complete ceasefire on the border after a conflict broke out the night before, ending in a shootout. This is stated in the message of the Kyrgyz border service, published in the Telegram channel of the special media headquarters of the authorities.

The release says that negotiations were held on the situation at the border, in which the representative of the President of Kyrgyzstan in the Batken region, the representative of the border service in the region, as well as the head of law enforcement agencies of the region participated. From Tajikistan, the head of the Sughd region, representatives of the Tajik border service and law enforcement agencies took part in them.

The parties agreed on the following:

  • complete ceasefire ;
  • withdrawal of additional forces and means previously pulled to the place of conflict;
  • opening of traffic along the Batken road— Isfana;
  • joint border patrols.


Negotiations were held in the Tort-Kocho area, where the conflict began, the Kyrgyz border service reported. According to her, now the traffic on the Batken highway — Isfana is carried out freely.

President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov published an appeal on his Facebook account. The head of state said that the situation on the border was under his personal control and urged citizens not to worry.

The conflict in the border areas of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan occurred the night before. Both sides accuse each other of unfriendly actions.

Thus, in Kyrgyzstan they claimed that the conflict was started by neighbors who unilaterally blocked the Batken highway— Isfana. In Tajikistan, it is believed that the cause of the conflict was the fact that a group of 50 citizens of Kyrgyzstan “forcibly” stopped the car of a citizen of Tajikistan when he was driving from one Tajik village to another.

As a result, a shootout broke out between the border guards on both sides, including with the use of mortars.

«Sputnik Tajikistan» ; wrote that at least one civilian was killed as a result. The Tajik side claimed that as a result of the conflict “there are casualties among civilians and border guards”; Tajikistan.

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FT learned about the preparation of EU sanctions against the gas sector of Russia

FT: The EU and Britain are developing sanctions against new gas projects in Russia because of Ukraine They will affect new Russian projects in the gas sector, reducing funding and technology supplies. At the same time, the FT writes that damage can also be done to Western companies that invest in projects in Russia

The EU countries and the United Kingdom, with the support of the United States, are developing a package of sanctions against new Russian gas projects, which can be activated in the event of an invasion of Ukraine, the Financial Times writes, citing sources.

According to her, the measures are aimed at to seriously cut funding and supply of technology for new Russian projects in the gas sector. The interlocutors of the publication argue that this package of measures will be part of larger economic sanctions. Their degree of severity will be adjusted depending on the scale of the “Russian offensive”.

The FT reports that this is the first time that Europe has admitted the possibility of hitting the gas sector, in which 40% of the fuel comes from Russia.

However, such sanctions could also harm Western companies, including BP, Total and Shell who invest in Russian gas projects, the newspaper writes. She recalls that the French Total, for example, is one of the largest investors in the development of fields in the Yamal, and last year Shell signed a five-year agreement with Gazprom.

The US and EU have already declared their readiness to impose sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which runs from Russia to Germany, in the event of an escalation in Ukraine. “I want to be very clear: if Russia invades Ukraine one way or another, the deal with Nord Stream 2 won't move forward,— State Department spokesman Ned Price. A similar statement was made by Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock also said that the EU has a “wide range of responses.” in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, including responses on Nord Stream 2.

On Thursday, Gazprom reported that more than three-quarters of the gas injected there in the summer had already been taken from underground storage facilities in Europe (data as of January 25). In general, European storage facilities are 40.9% full, while German and French— by 39%, according to the company.

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Moscow authorities will not introduce a lockdown due to “omicron”

The capital's mayor's office does not plan to introduce a lockdown against the backdrop of an increase in the incidence. The authorities maintain a reserve of free beds and focus on hospitalization rates, with the spread of “omicron” they are noticeably lower than with the “delta”

No lockdowns or closures

In Moscow, against the backdrop of the spread of the strain “omicron” a lockdown will not be introduced, the current measures are quite enough, two sources close to the city authorities told RBC. According to one of them, when deciding on new restrictive measures due to COVID-19, the city hall pays attention to the number of hospitalizations. By January 27, this figure in the capital reached 1.4 thousand people per day. According to the source, additional measures will not be considered if the figure does not grow to at least 3-4 thousand per day.

The interlocutor of RBC recalled that during the spread of the Delta strain, the share of hospitalizations in relation to the number of cases reached 20% daily. Now this figure is about 5.5%. There are about 7,000 beds available in the city (42% of the deployed bed fund), he specified.

The RBC interlocutor explains the refusal of the lockdown by its negative consequences for business and the labor market.« And the transfer of the educational process to a long distance mode also does not help reduce the incidence, since schoolchildren and students, due to their age and behavior, are irresponsible in observing the prescribed restrictions.

Last week, the fact that the introduction of a lockdown in Moscow due to the Omicron strain is not discussed, the Kremlin said after the meeting between President Vladimir Putin and the mayor of the capital, Sergei Sobyanin. “We talked in great detail about the coronavirus, Sobyanin informed the head of state about what was happening in the city, & mdash; Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said then. — The city, as you know, is the first to face the wave, the first to take on the incoming wave, but there was no talk of any lockdowns.

What restrictions are in place now

According to the restrictions introduced at different times, self-isolation is now in place in Moscow for citizens over 60 years old and chronically ill, their transport cards have been blocked, remote work has been introduced for at least 30% of employees, and the use of masks in public transport, shopping centers and shops is mandatory.

There is also a ban on holding public events, the work of the Moscow Longevity program has been suspended. offline and there are restrictions on holding concerts, cultural and sporting events (except those organized by the authorities), sporting events with more than 500 spectators (the presentation of QR codes is required).

A ban on visiting fan zones has been introduced , dance floors and other venues for events without seating. Theaters and museums can only be visited by owners of QR codes with no more than 70% of seats filled. There are certain seating rules in restaurants, and a ban on smoking hookahs has been introduced in cafes.

Muscovites with symptoms of SARS can now receive medical advice using the telemedicine system. Moscow schools can make their own decisions about the introduction of quarantine. On January 27, Moscow State University announced a possible transition to remote learning, but clarified that the faculties will make this decision on their own.

On January 27, Moscow set another absolute record for the number of coronavirus cases per day. Their number was 26.5 thousand, throughout Russia— 88.8 thousand. The increase in the number of diseases began with the New Year. Sobyanin warned on January 25 that the increase in cases of infection would continue for about two weeks.

How business assessed the refusal to introduce a lockdown in Moscow

Hoteliers and restaurateurs positively assessed the decision of the city authorities not to introduce a lockdown. “We are always against any lockdowns, especially against the background of the fact that all possible measures to prevent, non-proliferation are being taken by shopping centers,” — President of the Russian Council of Shopping Centers Dmitry Moskalenko told RBC.

Hotels have fully adapted to the situation caused by the pandemic, says Alexis Delaroff, CEO of the A Accor New East Europe hotel chain. “We have implemented all the security measures that were recommended by the city government,” — he says. Hotels comply with all the requirements of Rospotrebnadzor, says Vadim Prakhov, vice president of the Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers of Russia. “The bulk of infections certainly do not occur in hotels, here the question is more likely to be transport, shopping centers, but not hotels,” — he says.

According to the founder of the network of restaurants «Rabli» Roman Rozhnikovsky, all normal restaurants correctly refer to the recommendations and requirements that have already been introduced, — over two years, we have trained to comply with all the requirements regarding masks, temperature, disinfection and ventilation of premises.

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German Foreign Minister rules out NATO eastward expansion in the near future

German Foreign Minister: there is no talk of NATO expansion to the East now, dialogue is important There is no talk about NATO expansion at the expense of Ukraine, therefore there is no subject for dispute, said German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock, speaking about NATO relations with Russia. According to her, she argued about this with Sergey Lavrov for a long time

Ukraine's entry into the North Atlantic Alliance and its further expansion to the East is not discussed, it makes no sense to argue about this now, said the head of the German Foreign Ministry Annalena Burbock in an interview with the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung.

“At the moment, there is no talk of NATO expansion to the east at all. That is why in Moscow I had a long discussion with the Russian Foreign Minister [Sergey Lavrov] about what we are arguing about, — she said.

According to Burbock, it is much more important now to establish a dialogue about the situation in eastern Ukraine, in the Donbass. “The people of Ukraine want to live in peace and security. Many of them have been separated from their families for years due to the conflict in Donbass. This is what we are talking about, and not about the imminent entry into NATO,»— she stressed, noting that now it is much more important to build a dialogue on the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

“As an alliance, we made it clear to the Russian government that we would not go any further. Now a small dialogue window opens. This is exactly what we should be using,— Burbock said.

Also, the head of the German Foreign Ministry noted that for several years Russia and NATO did not conduct a direct dialogue on ensuring security. “Don't expect breakthroughs within a few days. But if you talk, you don't shoot, — she said.

Burbock met with Lavrov in Moscow on 18 January. This was preceded by a short visit to Ukraine, where she met with President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. Russian troops in a neighboring country and threats of new sanctions. Also, the negotiations were preceded by a series of consultations between Russia and the countries — members of NATO and with the OSCE in Geneva and Brussels on mutual security guarantees.

Negotiations have not yet led to any result: Moscow demands guarantees that NATO will not expand to the east and replace weapons in adjacent borders of countries, while NATO indicates that the right of countries to decide on their own membership in various alliances should be unshakable.

Sergey Lavrov, commenting on the US response to Moscow's proposals, said that he did not see a positive reaction in Washington's answer to Russia's main question.

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UK and EU prepare sanctions against new gas projects in Russia

The UK and the EU are developing a new package of sanctions against Russian projects in the gas sector, which may be introduced in the event of an escalation around Ukraine.


The UK and the EU are developing a new package of sanctions against Russian projects in the gas sector, which may be introduced in the event of an escalation around Ukraine. This is reported by the Financial Times, citing its own sources.

The publication clarifies that the next sanctions are being developed with the support of the United States. The goal of the “gas” package is to “hard limit” the technological and financial injections that are associated with Russian initiatives in this industry.

It is clarified that the sanctions may also affect European companies, including Shell, Total and BP, which cooperate with Russian companies and invest in the gas sector of the Russian Federation.

Recall that earlier a number of European officials announced the introduction of restrictions on the construction and launch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the event that Russia invades Ukraine.

Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov stated that Russia does not plan an invasion and does not pose a threat to anyone.


German readers asked the US to give in to Russia


Readers of the German newspaper Der Spiegel urged the US and NATO to come to a compromise with Russia on granting it security guarantees.

Most of the users came to the conclusion that Washington should give way to Moscow.

“The Americans are to blame for the ongoing nightmare,” says user Eugen_der_chinGisKahn, admitting that NATO should be dissolved and create its own defense organization in the EU.

“The US is ignoring the problem of expanding the alliance,” says Mitte.

According to commentator bukowski, it is not clear why the North Atlantic Alliance cannot promise not to accept the Russian Federation join Ukraine: “NATO could wait and see what the political development of such an unstable state as Ukraine will be.”

Another read Tel under the nickname Proton said that the Ukrainian side is behaving strangely. In his opinion, Zelensky does not see any particular danger posed by Russia, while “the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany constantly demands weapons from us for the war.”


Senate of Kazakhstan deprives Nazarbayev of lifetime chairmanship in the Security Council

At the plenary session, the deputies of the senate (upper house) of the Parliament of Kazakhstan approved the legislative amendments.

Photo: Lilia Sharlovskaya

At the plenary session, the deputies of the senate (upper house) of the parliament of Kazakhstan approved legislative amendments, according to which the lifetime chairmanship of ex-President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Security Council of the country and the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan is cancelled.

Chambers) of Parliament Kanat Nurov said that these amendments were adopted at the plenary session. Later they were published on the website of the Senate.

Now the amendments are aimed at the transfer of powers. Among other things, the parliament is discussing the issue of introducing additions and amendments to constitutional laws that retain Nazarbayev's right to be a member of the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan and speak in parliament and government.

Nursultan Nazarbayev headed Kazakhstan for almost 30 years and laid down his powers in March 2019. He retained the post of leader of the Nur Otan ruling party, head of the Security Council and head of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan. In April last year, he decided to leave the post of chairman of the ANC and transfer these powers to the current president of the country, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.


Medvedev explained why there are no Russian bases in Venezuela and Cuba

Russia is unable to establish its military bases in Cuba and Venezuela as these countries seek to break out of isolation and restore normal relations with the US.

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia cannot deploy its military bases in Cuba and Venezuela, as these countries seek to break out of isolation and restore normal relations with the United States.

“Venezuela, Cuba are our partners, countries that are close to us and conduct an independent foreign policy. But these are absolutely sovereign countries. We cannot place anything on their territory, since such actions must be consistent with their geopolitical positioning and their own national interests,” he added.

Medvedev specified that Venezuela and Cuba want to break out of isolation and restore normal relations with America. In this regard, we are not talking about the deployment of Russian military bases on the territory of these countries.

According to him, it is wrong to talk about the deployment of bases. This can provoke tension in the world.

“We have certain agreements with some states on the presence of our troops there, for example, with Syria. But getting ahead of ourselves and saying that we want to place our military base here is wrong and can provoke tension in the world,” he stressed.


Biden told Zelensky to prepare for a Russian invasion

On Thursday, Jan. an invasion is almost imminent, and that he needs to “prepare to strike”. According to Biden, Kiev could be “plundered” by Russian troops.

On the same day, before the two presidents spoke, the US Pentagon issued a chilling warning that an invasion of Ukraine “may be inevitable” amid a sharp increase in military forces on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

“Over the past 24 hours, we have recorded an increase in the military contingent that the Russians are deploying in the western part of their country and in Belarus,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a press conference.

Kirby also said that American military units from Fort Bragg, Fort Carson and Fort Campbell have been put on high alert for deployment to Eastern Europe as tensions escalate in the region.

The White House press office issued a discreet message after the Biden-Zelensky phone call, noting that the United States provided more than $500 million in aid to Ukraine last year, and now Washington is “exploring the possibility of additional macroeconomic support to help the Ukrainian economy under pressure.” from Russia.

The US State Department said it expected the Kremlin to attack Ukraine as early as mid-February. At the same time, Kirby declined to give a specific time frame for the invasion, but added that there was no “final decision” by Vladimir Putin to send his military to Ukraine. “We believe there is still time and room for diplomacy,” Kirby said.

“President Biden reaffirmed the readiness of the United States, along with its allies and partners, to respond decisively if Russia continues to invade Ukraine. He also emphasized the US commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” the message reads.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky published a post on his Twitter page in which he announced a long telephone conversation with the US leader.


According to Zelensky, he and Biden:

  • discussed ongoing diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the situation around Ukraine;
  • agreed on joint actions for the future;
  • we discussed the possibilities of financial support for Ukraine.


The White House called Biden’s warning to Zelensky about the Russian invasion fake

White House National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne released a statement calling CNN's report about US President Joe Biden's alleged “imminent invasion” warning during telephone conversations with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky as disinformation. Russia.

photo pixabay based on some unnamed informed sources in the Zelensky administration. However, all this turned out to be fake.

“This is not true. President Biden said there was a possibility that Russian troops could invade Ukraine in February 2022. Previously, he stated this publicly, and we have been warning about this for several months,” she stressed. official.

Hornv added that all reports of something more or different from this are completely false.

Recall, earlier it was reported that, allegedly during a conversation with Zelensky, Biden warned his interlocutor that the Russian invasion of Nezalezhnaya was “practically inevitable”, and Kiev needed to “prepare for the strike”, and the Ukrainian capital itself could allegedly be “plundered by Russian troops”.




Washington convenes UN Security Council meeting over Ukraine

The US authorities are convening a meeting of the UN Security Council because of the possible threat of the Russian army invading Ukraine. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 31st. This was reported in a statement by US Permanent Representative to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

According to the American diplomat, the decision to convene a meeting of the UN Security Council was made following lengthy consultations with Kiev and Western partners, which lasted several weeks. At this meeting, the United States wants to discuss Moscow's threatening actions against Ukraine, including the build-up of Russian military forces near the Ukrainian borders and on the territory of Belarus.

These issues, Linda Thomas-Greenfield is sure, are “of the utmost importance for international security” , so the members of the UN Security Council should carefully study the facts and consider what is at stake for Ukraine, Russia, Europe.


Russia blames US for environmental catastrophe

The United States has caused an environmental disaster in Syria. This was stated by Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN.

The Russian side believes that the state of emergency is taking place in the territories “where the Americans steal oil.”

“I would like to use the meeting to emphasizing the disastrous situation that is generally developing in the northeast of Syria, which is still illegally occupied by the United States,” the Russian representative said. He pointed out that the UN does not give any assessment of the situation. Polyansky added that in areas “where the United States is outright stealing oil, an ecological catastrophe is unfolding.”

According to Polyansky, the disaster covered the territory beyond the Euphrates River. He pointed out that the Trans-Euphrates and the Al-Tanf zone are a gray spot on the map of Syria. According to the deputy representative, the militants of “Magavir al-Saura” feel their impunity and permissiveness with the “light hand of the States”.


PFR and the Social Insurance Fund can be merged into one structure

The Government of the Russian Federation wants to merge the Social Insurance Fund (FSS) and the Pension Fund (PFR) into the Social Fund by 2023.


The Government of the Russian Federation wants to merge the Social Insurance Fund (FSS) and the Pension Fund (PFR) into the Social Fund by 2023. This is reported by Kommersant, referring to the documents of the Ministry of Labor.

It is specified that employers will be offered a common taxable base for paying various insurance premiums for social and pension insurance. The innovation will help increase the amount of several social payments for the population by one and a half times.

“The merger of the two funds will make receiving social services more convenient, since their administrative functions will be combined within a single digital platform,” the publication notes.


Among other things, the new structure, unlike the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation and the Social Insurance Fund, will receive the status of an “off-budget fund”. The Ministry of Labor will continue to coordinate the work of the new fund, but at the same time a supervisory board will be created.

This bill will be submitted to the State Duma for consideration in the spring session.


Chinese and Americans staged an underwater race for a drowned stealth fighter

US fears Chinese submarines will reach wreckage of downed F-35 jet sooner

US Navy rushes to recover F-35C fighter jet from the bottom of the South China Sea after after a plane crashed on an aircraft carrier and fell overboard, taking with it highly classified technology that could fall into Chinese hands.


As a result of the crash of the F-35C, an American fighter sank in the South China Sea. Washington is concerned that submarines from China, which lays claim to the area, may be the first to reach the wreckage that fell from the deck of an aircraft carrier.

The F-35C made an emergency landing on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson on Monday during scheduled operations, the US Navy said. As a result of the incident, six sailors and the pilot were injured, who ejected from the plane before it fell into the sea.

The most advanced U.S. fighter jet, a stealth aircraft worth more than $100 million, is packed with top-secret technology and, if found by the Chinese, would be an intelligence success for Beijing, which claims nearly all of the South China Sea is its own territory. The USS Carl Vinson was on patrol to challenge these Chinese territorial claims and protect international freedom of navigation, according to The Guardian.

The F-35C is a version of the aircraft specifically designed to fly from aircraft carriers. The fighter can collect in flight and transmit information in real time, operate in enemy airspace unnoticed. According to the BBC, this is the first carrier-based aircraft in the US Navy with a low reflection of the radar signal. The aircraft can reach speeds of up to 1,900 km/h with the world's most powerful fighter engine.

Marine experts say it could take more than 10 days for a US rescue ship to reach the crash site, which could give Chinese submarines opportunity to find him first.

“We certainly remember the value of the F-35 in every way,” said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. “And as we continue to try to get the plane back, we are going to do so, obviously primarily with safety in mind, but obviously also in the interests of our national security.”

At the same time, in Beijing, a ministry spokesman Foreign Affairs Zhao Lijian said the Chinese government has no ambition to find the crashed plane. “I have flagged relevant messages. This is not the first US accident in the South China Sea, he said. “We are not interested in their planes. We call on the country concerned to do what contributes to regional peace and stability, and not to play muscles in the region.”

But as the BBC notes, military experts believe that the Chinese will try very hard to get to the sunken American fighter jet, while the Americans have a rescue vessel that can lift the aircraft, which is at least ten days away. As defense consultant Abi Austin explains, by then the plane's black box batteries will be dead and hard to find. According to the expert, the F-35 is essentially a “flying computer” that receives information from other combatants, processes and gives them information. The Chinese do not have such technology, and if they get the F-35, then they will probably be able to make a technological breakthrough.

Theoretically, the Americans can, as a last resort, not raise the sunken F-35C from the seabed, but destroy it, but, according to military experts, this option is not yet seriously considered.

This is not the first incident involving US military aircraft linked to China. In 2001, a heavily damaged American EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft made an emergency landing on the Chinese island of Hainan after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet pursuing it. The fighter crashed and its pilot was killed. The EP-3 crew members who were lucky enough to survive the crash were detained and interrogated by the Chinese authorities and released 10 days later. Meanwhile, the Chinese military dismantled and studied highly classified EP-3 equipment and intelligence for several months, eventually returning the aircraft piecemeal.

As The Guardian recalls, in November, the British F-35B, version short takeoff and vertical landing, crashed due to loss of power on takeoff from the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Mediterranean Sea. The pilot ejected, and a few weeks later the plane was raised from the seabed.

In April 2019, a Japanese F-35A, a conventional takeoff and landing version, crashed at over 1,000 km/h in the Pacific Ocean, resulting in which the pilot died, and only the wreckage remained.


KAMAZ refused to produce military equipment due to sanctions

The head of the enterprise named the reasons for the undesirable decision.

According to Sergey Kogogin, General Director of KAMAZ, after a long effort, the company's management decided to abandon the production of military equipment. In addition, cooperation with Rostec has been reduced.

The reason for this decision was Western sanctions.

Kogogin mentioned that the company had been in the “red zone” since 2014, from which there was a risk of falling under restrictive measures.

To prevent this from happening, it was necessary to reduce the share of cooperation with Rostec, which was done, he explained.

The second task is to abandon the production by order of the Ministry of Defense, it was also solved.

The company that produces it is currently removed from the concern. Moreover, purely military equipment “KAMAZ” is no longer produced.

In a conversation with Tina Kandelaki on the program “Special guest”, he explained that the concern cannot ignore the sanctions, because it needs “western solutions&#8221 ; and is built into the global automotive industry.

It is technologically impossible to produce all the parts within the country.

Kogogin explained that over the past few years, the production of many components has been transferred to the country.

He called the pandemic conditions and “political instability” in the world. There are also parts that are easier to produce abroad, for example, if gearboxes are more profitable to make in Russia, then synchronizers – in Germany.

As Topnews wrote earlier, “KAMAZ” held a presentation of the first Russian electric car “Kama-1”.


Among those who arrived at the Olympics revealed 12 new cases of coronavirus

Story Coronavirus situation in China

The Organizing Committee of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games announced that the Chinese authorities have identified 12 new cases of coronavirus infection among people who arrived at the Olympics, TASS reports.

It is reported that on January 27  1682 & nbsp; people arrived in China, of which 1042 athletes & nbsp; and 640 — «representatives of other stakeholders».

As a result of PCR testing, 10 new cases of infection were detected, two — among athletes and officials, eight — among representatives of stakeholders 

Eight more positive results were identified among those who arrived at the Olympics earlier.

Earlier, China's regional health committees reported that the outbreak of coronavirus in Beijing led to a worsening of the epidemic situation in some other administrative-territorial units of the PRC.

It was noted that in 10 days, the Beijing authorities recorded more than 40 cases of coronavirus infection.


The Japanese clinic presented a plan for preclinical trials of “Sputnik V”

Story Russia has registered a vaccine against coronavirus

The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Japan announced that the Hibiya Kokusai Clinic officially presented a project for preclinical trials of Russian vaccines “Sputnik V” and Sputnik Light, RIA Novosti reports.

The press release of the clinic says that vaccination with the Russian drug will be paid and will not be considered official human immunization.

«Test vaccination aims to study such aspects as the rise in the level of antibodies, the period of preservation of effectiveness, as well as safety testing, — to be specified in the statement.

Earlier, the head of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Mikhail Murashko, said that all data on Sputnik V transferred to the WHO. The visit of the World Health Organization specialists to Russia is expected in the first quarter of 2022.

Earlier, the head of the WHO Health Emergencies Program Michael ‎Ryan reported that more than half of the world's population is fully vaccinated against coronavirus. According to him, they received two doses of the vaccine.


“Hazing” and five corpses. Why did the Ukrainian soldier shoot his colleagues?

Practically every army in the world is faced with situations where a serviceman, under the pressure of certain factors that remained out of sight of the command, uses weapons against colleagues. This time it flared up in Ukraine.

He shot, and later surrendered

At 3:40 am on January 27, 2022 in Dnepropetrovsk on the territory of the Yuzhmash enterprise; shooting began in the guardroom. As a result, five people were killed and another five were seriously injured.

The shooter, a 20-year-old conscript of the National Guard of UkraineArtemy Ryabchuk, fled the scene, taking with him a machine gun, as well as magazines filled with ammunition.

A few hours later, it became known about the detention of Ryabchuk. As it turned out, while wandering around the city, he asked one of the local residents to call the police and report his readiness to surrender. When the security forces appeared, Ryabchuk offered no resistance.

The attitude to keeping official secrets in Ukraine is about the same as to observing security measures when handling weapons. The soldier who committed the crime was still on the run, and the records from the surveillance camera in the armory, as well as photographs taken by forensic experts at the scene, have already become the property of journalists. So that the nature of the injuries received by those killed, anyone who has read these materials, could personally assess.

Video footage of the crime

How exactly did the events unfold? After opening the armory, two people entered it. The first opened the cabinet for storing ammunition, the second, placing the machine gun in the weapons pyramid, then put two magazines from the machine gun into the cabinet. At the very moment when he went to the exit from the armory, Ryabchuk, who was in the corridor, shot him.

The second serviceman, without offering resistance, tried to hide behind the door of the weapons cabinet. Ryabchuk, having fired several shots in the corridor, returned to the armory, fired again at the wounded man lying on the floor, then at the officer on duty, who was trying to hide from him. At this point, the shooter ran out of ammo.

He grabbed a new magazine from the closet and continued shooting. With another shot, he finished off his first victim, after which he continued to fire at those in the corridor. Having completely suppressed the resistance, Ryabchuk again returned to the armory to put the magazines from the closet into a backpack. After that, he leaves for good.

Emergency at a strategic facility

The victims of the shooting were 34-year-old head of the guard senior lieutenant Alexander Buganov, 23-year-old junior sergeant Alexander Dragan, 21-year-old senior soldier Artem Levkovsky, 19-year-old senior soldier Leonid Chernik, as well as a 35-year-old employee of the Yuzhmash enterprise. The woman tried not to let the soldier out of the enterprise, and he killed her.

Five more people were injured of varying severity. Doctors are fighting for the lives of two, including a 22-year-old National Guard soldier who lost three liters of blood.

Enterprise “Yuzhmash” in the Soviet years it was the flagship of the country in the production of rocket and space technology, and, first of all, strategic missiles. Now “Yuzhmash” in a deep crisis, although it is considered one of the most important enterprises of the defense complex of Ukraine, in connection with which it is guarded by the fighters of the National Guard. For this reason, an emergency of this kind here — an extraordinary event.

“The Russian trace”?

20-year-old Ryabchuk was called up for military service from the city of Izmail, Odessa region, in the fall of 2021. Prior to this, the young man managed to graduate from the Izmail Agricultural Technical College and work as a storekeeper at a commercial enterprise.

Ryabchuk was born in the village of Broska, Izmail district, which is located on the outskirts of Izmail, in a family of Old Believers. 

Familiar Ryabchuk families claim that they were not sociable, although they were polite. The same is said by those who knew the young man — he was never the soul of the company, but he behaved emphatically correctly.

A number of Ukrainian media have already spotted the “Russian trace” in this case. The fact is that the 28-year-old sister of a soldier lives in Russia. According to some information, Ryabchuk's mother may now be in Russia with her eldest daughter. & nbsp;

“Finally, I could have gone AWOL, but not to shoot 10 people!” on the social network: “Now a discussion has begun on social networks, in which a number of opinion authors call Artem Ryabchuk, who shot 10 people in cold blood, a victim of hazing.

Of course, both the National Guard and law enforcement agencies will conduct a detailed investigation of this tragedy with a minute-by-minute restoration of the course of events.

But as for me, Artem — a tough, narcissistic killer with possibly mental disabilities.

Let me remind you that there are two women among Ryabchuk's victims. One of which was not familiar to him at all, and a number of his colleagues were just sleeping.

Ryabchuk himself, 194 centimeters tall and weighing more than 90 kg, is not very drawn to the victim.

He had the opportunity to report to his immediate commander that he was being persecuted, or to his commander's commander.

Or call the “Hotline” NSU, ​​which is on the main page of the official website. Could, finally, go AWOL, but not shoot 10 people!

No regrets

The picture of the crime at the moment looks like a classic plot of a massacre on the basis of the so-called hazing. A soldier who has served less than six months and is under pressure from old-timers, at some point cannot withstand the pressure and, using access to weapons, takes revenge on the offenders. Moreover, often in such a situation, those who have nothing to do with the conflicts that have arisen become victims of the — they just get in the way of an out-of-control armed man.

This script has no national specifics at all — such cases were in the USSR, and in modern Russia, and in the USA, and in France, and in Germany, etc.

To prevent such situations, careful control over the discipline and morale of the fighters is required, as well as strict compliance with the established norms for handling weapons. 

It is obvious that both of these tasks were failed in Dnepropetrovsk.

According to the first testimony of Ryabchuk, some time ago he witnessed a beating another soldier. According to him, contract soldiers beat conscripts, forcing them to do various types of work for themselves. Ryabchuk reported the incident to the command, but no action was taken. The soldier himself was declared by his colleagues to be a “snitch” and subjected to bullying. After making sure that the command was not going to solve the situation, Ryabchuk decided to take revenge himself.

The Strana edition referring to his sources in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, he writes that the soldier does not repent of his deed and considers his act in such a situation to be correct.

For the committed crime, he faces punishment up to life imprisonment.


Vilfand told whether Russians should wait for early spring

Spring this year is unlikely to be early, said Roman Vilfand, scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia, in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

The weatherman explained that the “severe” the beginning of winter  does not guarantee early snowmelt.

«If some pattern is noticed within one decade and some conclusion is formulated, then it is possible that it will be erroneous,», the scientist emphasized. “To say that if winter started earlier and with cold weather, then it will end faster is not scientific,” he added.

At the same time, Vilfand noted that December last year was actually colder ordinary. But January, which is considered the coldest month in Russia, may turn out to be 3.5-4 degrees warmer than the norm. The temperature background in February is also expected to be slightly above the climatic norm or within it.

Judging by the height of the snowdrifts, it is not worth waiting for the rapid melting of snow, the forecaster specified. According to him, it will be possible to more accurately predict the convergence of the snow cover no earlier than mid-March.

Earlier, weather forecasters reported that by the end of January in Moscow, the height of snowdrifts will reach half a meter at a rate of 30 centimeters.

Add, published a long-term weather forecast for February 2022


How long will the prolonged snowfalls due to cyclones “Maria” and “Nadia” last?

Residents of Central Russia are waiting for a period of prolonged snowfalls. It will last five days, according to forecasts at the Phobos weather center. During this time, up to 20 mm of precipitation will fall — almost half of the monthly norm.

When will the snowfalls begin?

The snowfall period will begin on Friday, January 28th. The capital will be under the influence of a North Atlantic cyclone named Maria. Its center will move to the Pskov region. In the second half of the day, the snow will intensify, a snowstorm will begin, visibility will deteriorate to 2 km. Up to 3 mm of precipitation is predicted on Friday.

How will the weather change?

On Saturday, January 29, snowfalls will become even more intense. Up to 5 mm of precipitation is already predicted, visibility will periodically be reduced to 1 km. 

On Sunday, January 30, in the pre-lunch time, the bad weather will weaken. But in the afternoon, a new cyclone — “Nadia”. It will bring regular snowfalls, about 2 mm of precipitation will fall.

On Monday, January 31, the Nadi center will be over Moscow, the cyclone will bring even more precipitation — up to 7 mm. 

On Tuesday, February 1, the region will be in the rear of the cyclone. Snowfalls will continue, but will be fleeting. On the last day of the bad weather period, up to 3 mm of precipitation is expected.

What else will the weather be like in the next five days?

The weather in Moscow this coming weekend will resemble the climate of such Scandinavian capitals as Stockholm or Oslo, according to Phobos. The temperature will be 5-6 °C above the climatic norm. The thermometers will drop at night until & nbsp; -2°-7°C, and during the day they will rise to 0°-5°C. February will also continue a period of relative warmth.

On Monday, January 31, with the arrival of Cyclone Nadya, barometer readings will collapse in Moscow. Atmospheric pressure will drop to 727 mm Hg. Art. — this is 20 units below the norm. Such a sharp jump can negatively affect the well-being of weather-dependent people. 

Source: centralnoj-rossii-zaryadyat-5-dnevnye-snegopady

Media: experts believe that children have become more likely to stutter because of the pandemic

Story Coronavirus pandemic of a new type that spread from China

Due to the pandemic, children in Russia began to stutter more often, writes the 360 ​​website, citing Yulia Pokrovskaya, president of the Guild of Speech Therapists and Defectologists.

According to her, to speech disorders of varying degrees more than 800 reasons can lead to severity, ranging from poor ecology to wrong types of upbringing. The pandemic also affects this.

“There are definitely problems during the pandemic. They are most often of a neurotic nature, including an increase in the number of children with stuttering, — said Pokrovskaya.

She noted that mild speech disorders, such as when a child pronounces a sound incorrectly, can be corrected. Severe disorders, such as speech problems in children with autism spectrum disorders or mental retardation, will require long and painstaking work. this is the motivation of an adult, », — also said the interlocutor of the publication. At the same time, she admitted that if a person himself does not want to get rid of speech defects, and the initiative comes from others, the chances of success are small, and over the years it becomes more and more difficult to solve problems with speech.

“Settings have already been formed , fixed by many years of practice, but if a person wants, he will fix it. Proof of this — a huge number of people who enter theatrical institutes, correcting their speech, », — Pokrovskaya summarized.

Earlier, the specialist explained why a child can stutter and how speech therapists work with such children. also told stories of seven famous stutterers.


Clinical trials of another drug for COVID-19 will begin in Russia

The Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation approved the conduct of clinical trials of a new drug based on molnupiravir, which is used to treat coronavirus in adult patients, follows from the data of the state register of medicines.

“An open two-stage study on assessment of the main pharmacokinetic parameters, safety, and efficacy against COVID-19 of the drug Molnupiravir, capsules (LLC “Advanced Pharma”, Russia) in the adult population, — the study protocol says. 

It is assumed that the studies will take place from January 28, 2022 to December 14, 2026 on the basis of one of the Moscow clinics. 290 volunteers will take part in them. The drug will be available in 200 mg capsules.

Advanced Pharmaceuticals part of the Advanced group of companies, the plant is located in the industrial park Severny in the Belgorod region.

Molnupiravir — antiviral drug, administered orally. It is used for the treatment of COVID-19 in persons infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Recall that the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation included molnupiravir in the 14th version of the guidelines for the treatment of COVID-19.


Lawyers filed a complaint against the arrest of an American who staged a brawl in Voronezh

Representatives of the defense of US citizen Robert Gilman, who was arrested after an attack on a policeman in Voronezh, have appealed the preventive measure, RIA Novosti reports with reference to a representative of the Central District Court of the city. 

According to the source, the complaint was filed against a measure of restraint in the form of detention, the document will be sent to the Voronezh Regional Court next week.

According to investigators, on January 17, an American in a state of alcoholic intoxication staged a brawl in a passenger car trains. The man was taken to the duty unit of the South-East LU of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia by transport, where he kicked a police officer several times.

A criminal case was initiated against Robert Gilman under the article on the use of violence against a representative of the authorities.