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Bloomberg announced the start of exercises in the EU to counter cyber attacks

Bloomberg: The European Union began exercises to combat the cyber threat The exercises will last six weeks

On Friday, EU countries began a six-week exercise to combat cyber attacks, Bloomberg writes, citing documents that came into its possession.

The event should determine the degree of readiness of the countries of the association for a major crisis in the cyber sphere, including in the field of monitoring and determining the source of the threat, as well as countering the attack and eliminating its consequences.

The documents note that the EU countries are closely connected with each other with a friend in the digital space, so a potential hack in one country could affect others. The exercises will help countries establish cooperation to counter hacker attacks. As Bloomberg wrote earlier, participating countries during the exercise will have to jointly organize public information and agree on a diplomatic response to a cyber attack.

For the exercise, a simulation of a cyber attack on a fictitious Finnish energy company will be organized, the agency writes.

The EU exercise began on the same day as a cyberattack on Ukrainian government websites. On the night of January 14, hackers hacked 70 portals, including the websites of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Finance and other departments. On their pages appeared the call to “be afraid and expect the worst”; in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said that the content of the sites was not affected and there was no leakage of personal data.

The SBU suggested that “hacker groups associated with special services” could have carried out a cyber attack Russian Federation”. Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Sergei Demedyuk linked the attack to Belarusian intelligence. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov denied Russia's involvement in the hack.

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, at a meeting of EU foreign ministers on January 13, announced the dispatch to Ukraine of a “mission to support Ukrainians in fight against cyber attacks. According to Borrell, the cyberthreat— this is “one of the risks that they (Ukrainians) will have to face.”

Later, after the hacking of Ukrainian websites, the EU condemned the attack and expressed its readiness to help Kiev in the fight against its consequences.

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Trump says lying about Russia made his job difficult

Donald Trump says Russia fakes made his job difficult during his presidency Trump called the reason “fakes about Russia”

Donald Trump

Donald Trump said lying about Russia made his job difficult when he was President of the United States. His speech at a supporter rally in Arizona was broadcast by C-SPAN.

“People often ask me, <…> which country was the most difficult. With Russia? Or maybe with China or North Korea? With Iran? I answer: “No.” The most difficult country— this is the United States of America. We have crazy people here who create fakes about “Russia, Russia, Russia”— everything invented, everything fabricated, & mdash; said the ex-president.

During his presidency, Trump's opponents repeatedly accused him of colluding with Russia. In particular, it was about an attempt by Russia to interfere in the US presidential election in 2016 in order to influence the result of the vote and achieve a Republican victory.

In 2017, American intelligence published a report on this topic. Exploration “with a high degree of certainty” believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to interfere in the US presidential election, the document says. The Kremlin dismissed the allegations contained in the report as unsubstantiated.

After that, Buzzfeed published a dossier about the contacts of members of the Trump campaign and the Russian special services and about Russia's compromising evidence on the president. Document Author— Christopher Steele, former British intelligence officer MI6. The Kremlin has denied data on compromising evidence on Trump.

The ex-US President himself has repeatedly called such reports “fake news”. and “witch hunts”. Putin also said that one of the purposes of the accusations against Trump is to impose sanctions to contain Russia.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who led the investigation into collusion and interference, found no evidence of Trump administration collusion with Russia. However, the special counsel's report said that Russia interfered in the election to help Trump and escalate tensions in society. Russia denied involvement in the interference and put forward counterclaims.

In the fall of 2021, Trump demanded to deprive The New York Post and Washington Post of Pulitzer Perms, which the publications received in 2018 for articles investigating Russian interference in the elections. The former president once again denied information about collusion with Moscow.

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Naftogaz reproached Berlin for trying to make money on Nord Stream 2

The head of Naftogaz, Vitrenko, reproached Germany for wanting to make money on Nord Stream 2 Germany does not have the right to benefit from Nord Stream 2 at the expense of other countries, Yury Vitrenko believes. In his opinion, another gas pipeline is not needed for gas imports in Europe ” alt = “Naftogaz reproached Berlin for trying to make money on Nord Stream 2” />

Germany should not benefit from Nord Stream 2 gas supplies at the expense of other European countries, said the head of Naftogaz Yuriy Vitrenko in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

“Germany would receive economic benefits if, thanks to Nord Stream 2, became the main distribution point for Russian gas. But as a leading European country, Germany cannot gain a short-term economic advantage at the expense of other European countries, — Vitrenko said (quote from RIA Novosti).

According to him, another pipeline is not needed to supply fuel to Europe: Ukrainian capacities for gas imports are sufficient, they are only a quarter occupied.

The head of Naftogaz emphasized that European companies should decide for themselves how to receive gas: through Ukraine or through Nord Stream 2.

Construction of Nord Stream 2 ended in September 2021, and at the end of December, the head of Gazprom Alexey Miller said that both lines of the gas pipeline are ready for operation. The total length of the two lines laid along the bottom of the Baltic Sea is more than 1.2 thousand km. Gas will be supplied to Germany through the sea territories of Russia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Now the project must be approved by the German and European regulators.

On November 16, the German Federal Grid Agency suspended the Nord Stream 2 certification process: its operator must bring the organizational structure of the project in line with the country's legislation. A month later, the regulator announced that the decision to certify Nord Stream 2 not expected in the first half of 2022.

Vitrenko previously stated that Nord Stream 2 certification is not worth it, because the gas pipeline does not comply with EU rules. “Naftogaz” admitted to certification of the project, therefore, according to the head of the company, the German regulator will have to take into account the position of the Ukrainian side. The representative of the Federal Network Agency pointed out that the Ukrainian companies participating in the certification would not be able to block the decision of the regulator.

Even at the construction stage, Ukraine opposed the project. According to Kiev, Moscow can use Nord Stream 2 to put pressure on other states. In addition, the country's leadership is afraid that after the launch of the gas pipeline, gas transit through Ukraine will stop.

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Peskov explained the statement about the possibility of deploying troops in Ukraine

Peskov on the possibility of deploying weapons in Ukraine: “These are the words of the media” Previously, Bloomberg quoted Peskov from an interview with CNN that Russia would not give guarantees of non-deployment of offensive weapons in Ukraine. The presidential press secretary advised to read the context

Dmitry Peskov

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov commented on the conclusions made by the media based on his statements about the possibility of Russia deploying offensive weapons in Ukraine.

Peskov gave an interview to CNN, it will air on Sunday. In an interview, he said: “We will not say that we will not deploy any offensive weapons on the territory of Ukraine.” (quoted by Bloomberg). After that, some media began, referring to these words, to publish materials that the presidential press secretary did not rule out the possibility of deploying troops in a neighboring country.

In response to a question from RIA Novosti, about whether Russia really has such plans, Peskov said: “These are their words. See the context».

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“Looks like he left”: Satanovsky spoke about the fate of Nazarbayev

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Russian scientist, political scientist Yevgeny Satanovsky is inclined to agree with those who believe that the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has died. “It is very likely that he did go to another world, and everything that we observe in this post-Soviet republic is the problem of the inheritance of power with the inevitable struggle for it” by opposing elites, “Satanovsky said. At the same time, LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky spoke about Nazarbayev's death earlier. And dozens of signs along Nazarbayev Avenue were torn off the streets of Alma-Ata, literature dedicated to the first president and T-shirts with his image were removed from the shelves in stores.

Satanovsky noted that Kazakhstan is a rich country, and people work there&nbsp ; and the Americans with the British, Germans and French, and the Turks with the Chinese, and Russia has something left. Now Nazarbayev's relatives are losing their high positions and leaving the country. “In the innermost circle there are such shuffles that one involuntarily recalls the death of Comrade Stalin and its consequences,” the political scientist writes in his telegram channel.

At the same time, Satanovsky believes that the situation is far from over. According to him, the fight against riot squads has moved to the countryside. At the same time, despite the assurances of the authorities of the country, there was no security in Kazakhstan, and no.

“Let's repeat: Kazakhstan has ceased to be that island of stability and order that it looked like for so long and that many sincerely considered it to be,” the political scientist emphasizes. Satanovsky also notes that so far no one has an answer to questions about whether the current president of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, will retain power, with whom he will have to share this power, what awaits the peoples of Kazakhstan, whether the country is degrading to the level of “ordinary Asian atrocity” ;, what external players will do there.

The expert notes that there is a lot of crime and drug mafia in Kazakhstan, and the educated urban population is too thin. In addition, there are far more Islamist radicals in the country than one could imagine.

Satanovsky believes that now Nazarbayev’s legacy will be revised, but after some time the era of his rule will be remembered as the “golden century" Kazakhstan.

Footage of the destruction of Nazarbayev's “traces” in Alma-Ata has been published

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Version of Russia’s unexpected response to US sanctions published

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo:

Russia may unexpectedly and asymmetrically respond to the United States on one of the toughest sanctions against Moscow being developed in Congress. Experts expect that Russian President Vladimir Putin will touch upon this topic in his Address to the Federal Assembly.

According to the Nezygar telegram channel, judging by the requested materials for the preparation of the Address, it can be assumed that “the collective The United States will send signals about an unexpected asymmetric response to possible sanctions.

Thus, among the possible answers is the introduction of a ban on the import of household appliances from the United States to Russia, including food processors and refrigerators. Thus, Russia will get ahead of the US intention to impose such sanctions. The volumes of these deliveries from the US to Russia are small, so the economic damage will be negligible, and the political effect will be impressive.

Also, Russia may impose a ban on the purchase of vehicles, machinery and equipment in the US. The volume of such transactions is about $4 billion per year (according to 2020 data). Russia can easily find analogues of these products on the world market.

And, finally, Russia can limit or completely ban the supply of its petroleum products to the United States. This could be painful for the US, the publication notes. Now Russia, according to experts, is in second place in the supply of hydrocarbons to the United States and the volume of transactions is about 12 billion dollars. In this case, some oil refineries in the United States may stop, crisis phenomena will begin in farms, which will begin to put pressure on politics.

Note that there is no official confirmation of this version of Russia's response to possible US sanctions.


Director of Zukunft Gas Koehler named the launch date for Nord Stream 2

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Tim Koehler, director of the German gas industry association Zukunft Gas, told REN TV that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will launch in 2022. Its commissioning will affect the dumping of fuel prices, and the situation in Europe will even out.

The operation of the gas pipeline will also change the situation in the future.

“I know that European partners who work together with "Gazprom" participated in the "Nord Stream– 2", are very interested in long-term relationships with the largest gas supplier to Europe", – the expert noted.

He added that Gazprom» definitely not interested in high gas prices, as then the level of its consumption will decrease.

According to the director of Zukunft Gas, a solution must be found that will allow prices to be reduced to a sustainable level.

&quot And we certainly need a stronger development of the natural gas market in Europe, in particular in Germany. So in the future, the demand will be met, and the strategic role of natural gas will be reflected in the change in the energy balance in Europe, in particular in Germany”, & ndash; summed up Koehler.

Earlier, the head of “Naftogaz” Ukraine Yuriy Vitrenko said that Germany intends to benefit from Nord Stream 2. In his opinion, Berlin does not have the right to do this, as it will gain an advantage at the expense of other countries.


Peskov responded to the publication about the possible deployment of weapons in Ukraine

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

The Kremlin is not going to promise that it will not deploy offensive weapons on the territory of Ukraine. At the same time, the Russians are not going to attack the republic, and all accusations of preparing a provocation in the Donbass are false.

This statement was allegedly made by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov. His words are quoted by the newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to his still unpublished interview with CNN. According to the transcript of the conversation, the Kremlin spokesman expressed hope that the dialogue with NATO would not drag on. According to Peskov, the military bloc can give guarantees of non-acceptance of Ukraine, since this is “legally possible.” In this case, there will be no talk of military operations.

In an interview with RIA Novosti, Dmitry Peskov advised to get acquainted with the question he was asked and the context.

“These are their words. Look at the context,” he said.

Earlier, the former head of the Investigation Department of the SBU, Major General Vasily Vovk, said that Russia was not going to fight with the republic. He called all reports of preparations an information campaign related to the negotiations between Russia and NATO.


Marauders lit bonfires near the Medeo skating rink in Kazakhstan

Our special correspondents broadcast from Alma-Ata

Construction machinery is working on the central streets of Alma-Ata after the recent tragic events. Utilities insert glass, change the lamps in the lanterns. New video surveillance systems are being installed at the site of almost 500 shot and broken video cameras. The owners of the looted shops and cafes are preparing to open their establishments. They told what happened in the terrible January days and who attacked them.

Photo: Irina Bobrova

The streets adjacent to the central square of Alma-Ata are like in the frontline zone. It still smells of burning here. The facades of buildings are covered with soot. Broken windows boarded up with plywood. Not a single whole bank and pawnshop remained here. The pogromists destroyed many shops, and did not bypass the lingerie boutique.

“When crowds of people rushed to the square, we lowered the curtains in the store. Through the window, you could see how they began to smash everything, break it out on their way, – says Malika. Together with her husband, they run a small shop. – We went up to the living room, which is located above the store. Suddenly they heard the door being pulled, once, twice. Then they tore it off its hinges and started screaming. The husband rolled down the stairs, tried to calm them down, repeating over and over again: “What are you doing, you said that there should be no looting.”

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They started demanding vodka and cigarettes. My husband said that we do not sell vodka. We were saved by an iron grate, which was located immediately outside the door. The husband had to fight off the attackers with a knife. He nevertheless touched one of them, traces of blood remained on the blade. As a result, he gave them four packs of cigarettes, all we had. When I saw the eyes of these animals close up, large, dilated pupils, I lost consciousness from fear. Actually, it was very scary. There were about 30 of them.

– They had clubs, bayonet shovels, fittings in their hands. There were also women with them.

Photo: Irina Bobrova

– Approximately 25-40 years old. The women were all young and looked like students. They did not participate in the pogrom, they just stood and filmed what was happening on their phones. After the first attack, I called my parents, they quickly arrived, then my husband's brothers rushed in. They all lined up in a human chain and did not let anyone near the store. But the rioters made several more attempts to break through to us. One of them was angered by a piece of paper with a photograph and data of the district police officer, which was pasted on a glass display case. They wanted to break it. We said that this is our store, and we will clean it ourselves, scrape off this paper. Among the protesters were those who pulled the looters away from our store. Shouted at them: “What are you doing?” But the attackers still broke one glass for us.

Almost everyone was drunk. We saw how cars without license plates drove up to them, shouting from there: “Come on, come on, Kazakhstan, go ahead!”. They gave them something to drink, and they went on to smash everything in their path.

The hostess of the beer restaurant also told us about the horror she experienced.

– A crowd broke into me, demanding microphones, speakers, amplifiers. I invited one of them to go down to the back room so that he could look at the equipment. In fact, it was important for me that he got on the surveillance cameras. Having secured the microphones, the attackers moved on. Then we managed with the police to find this young man.

Photo: Irina Bobrova

Marauders also destroyed the office of the Mir television and radio company. Correspondent Kirill Kharlamov told us that for some reason the attackers were looking for room No. 104, although they had only 24 rooms. Broadcast control rooms and all equipment were smashed and burned. Employees themselves tried to put out the fire. They deployed fire hoses, they also managed to connect to the hydrant. But the fire began to spread rapidly. TV crews with difficulty got out of the blazing building.

Eyewitnesses said that Molotov cocktails were handed out to the attackers from the arriving cars. Not surprisingly, the building of the city administration, the akimat, was soon engulfed in fire. Now its front facade is covered with a special construction grid. Builders work on the floors. A guard is sitting near the entrance, whose machine gun horn is wrapped with insulating tape. There are also charred metal helmets. We were not allowed inside the building, because the accreditation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was required. But officials passed freely. We were approached by several black foreign cars. Men in formal suits and ties donned construction helmets and signal vests. We lined up like a wedge, took a few photos and disappeared into the sinkhole of the burnt akimat.

Photo: Irina Bobrova

Protesters and the old residence of President Nazarbayev got it. The spherical entrance to the building complex is all charred. With the help of trucks, entire sections were knocked out in a high twisted iron fence. Now, with the help of technology, they are trying to put them in their place. In fortified bunkers lined with sandbags, there are submachine gunners in helmets and cloth medical masks.

Photo: Irina Bobrova

Onlookers go to the ruined buildings as if on a tour. Having taken a picture against the background of sooty walls, they immediately post pictures on social networks.

After the pogroms and skirmishes, firefighters used water hoses to wash away blood from tiles and asphalt near the buildings. But on the approaches to the Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, dried blood clots remained. Two local residents who were walking their dogs diligently avoided this place.

– This is not the blood of “peaceful” protesters, so that you have illusions. On January 6, it was the clothes of the security forces that were covered in blood, says the owner of one of the dogs. – In the morning after the pogrom, our entire yard was littered with old shoes. The attackers smashed an elite sports shoe store, immediately abandoned their shoes, put on brand new sneakers. Moreover, according to a rural habit, they made up their old shoes in even rows. We then saw how one of the young men, obviously under drugs, walked in sneakers to which a tag was attached.

Photo: Irina Bobrova

Now the acquaintances who were in the Medeo area say that fires are burning in the mountains. Those who stole all sorts of good things in stores are now urgently trying to get rid of it.

In the meantime, more and more detainees are being delivered to pre-trial detention centers.

Footage of the destruction of Nazarbayev's “traces” in Alma-Ata has been published

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In Germany, they said that disconnecting Russia from SWIFT will hit the West

According to the WirtschaftsWoche portal, Oliver Hermes, head of the German Eastern Economic Committee, said that the idea of ​​disconnecting Russia from the SWIF system, if implemented in practice, would cause serious damage  Western countries.


The official recalled that Russia is not Iran, and it is much stronger integrated into the global economy.

"Disconnecting Russia from SWIFT will create significant problems in the Western market," Hermes said.

He also recalled that the "exception" The Russian Federation from the Western world will help strengthen its ties with China, which is an extremely dangerous trend.

“In this case, Moscow will increase its economic sanctions with Beijing … and the West will not receive any gain”, – summed up the head of the Eastern Committee of the German Economy.


California governor refuses to release Robert Kennedy assassin on parole

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has refused to grant parole to Jordanian Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated Senator Robert Kennedy, TASS reports.

“Mr. Sirhan's assassination of Senator Kennedy is one of the most infamous crimes in American history. After decades in prison, he was never able to deal with the flaws that made him kill Senator Kennedy,” the governor said in a statement.

Recall that Sirhan Sirhan shot Senator Kennedy on June 5, 1968. According to the killer, he did this in retaliation for Kennedy's support for the supply of American military aircraft to Israel.

Earlier, US authorities released new materials regarding the assassination of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, in November 1963.


Almost one and a half thousand previously classified documents were published on the official website of the US National Archives and Records Administration.

The materials include thousands of pages of investigative reports, memos, as well as documents from the CIA, FBI, Pentagon and State Department.


A kilometer-long asteroid is approaching Earth – NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced that asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1), which is more than a kilometer in size, will approach Earth on January 18, RIA Novosti reports.

It is reported that it will be at a distance of just under 2 million kilometers from the planet, which is equal to about five distances from the Earth to the Moon.

It is noted that the celestial body is classified as an Apollo class asteroid. — potentially dangerous.

The asteroid was discovered in 1994 by astronomer Robert McNaught.

According to NASA, among the asteroids approaching Earth in 2022, this will be the largest.

Earlier, the state corporation Roscosmos estimated the probability of a collision of the asteroid Apophis with the Earth.

The official Telegram channel of the department notes that the results of observations of the celestial body have refined the parameters of its orbital movement, which has increased the reliability of forecasts of its approaches to the Earth.

According to representatives of Roscosmos, the information received indicates that the probability of an asteroid colliding with the planet is “very, very small.”


The EAEU may ban the use of single-use plastic – Izvestia

The Eurasian Economic Commission has developed a project to study the issue of a phased ban on the production and import of disposable plastic products into the EAEU member countries, the newspaper Izvestia writes.

According to the information of the publication, the study should begin in April this year and end in June 2023. Its development will cost 9.7 million rubles.

During the study, experts from the EAEU countries want to understand how waste from polymer products affects human health, the environment, and how to gradually limit their use.

Recall that the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation proposed to ban the use of 28 disposable goods. The list of such goods includes cotton buds, colored bottles, as well as products that are difficult to extract or not recycled at all. The Ministry of Natural Resources believes that such goods should be replaced with those that can be recycled.

Before that Greenpeace asked the Ministry of Natural Resources to ban single-use plastic in Russia.


Blizzard and up to one degree of heat expected in Moscow on Friday

Wet snow, a blizzard and snow drifts are expected in the capital region on Friday, January 14, according to the official website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.

According to weather forecasts, the daytime air temperature in Moscow will be from minus one to plus one degree. On the night of Saturday, the temperature in the city will drop to minus three.

In the Moscow region, it is expected to drop to minus four degrees during the day. At night, the thermometers can drop to minus five.

A yellow level of weather danger has been declared in the region. The warning will be in effect until 5:00 p.m. Saturday. According to the agency, heavy snow, a blizzard, sticking of wet snow, as well as sleet and snow drifts are expected in some places.

Northwest wind with gusts of up to 18 meters per second. Atmospheric pressure will drop sharply and amount to 720 millimeters of mercury.

Earlier, the scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center Roman Vilfand also said that a record number of dangerous weather events were recorded in Russia in 2021.


The number of people infected with coronavirus in the world exceeded 315 million – WHO

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The World Health Organization has reported that the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the world has exceeded 315 million, TASS reports.

According to WHO information, as of 18:19 Moscow time, there were known about 315,345,967 infected and 5,510,174 dead. At the same time, the number of infected people increased by 2,975,094 per day, deaths — by 8,904.

WHO statistics take into account only officially confirmed information about infected and dead people provided by states.

Recall that earlier WHO reported that the end of the pandemic was approaching, but noted that the next three months will be difficult.

Meanwhile, Rospotrebnadzor allowed an increase in the incidence of COVID-19 after the New Year holidays.

It also became known that Finnish scientists created a molecule capable of protecting from coronavirus.


Ten planes with Belarusian CSTO peacekeepers left Kazakhstan

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Belarusian units from the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO flew from Kazakhstan to the Minsk region. RIA Novosti writes about this with reference to the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense.  

«Ten aircraft with peacekeepers of the CSTO of Belarus, having completed loading, flew from the Zhitygen airfield to the Minsk region», – said in the defense department. 

The servicemen are returning to their homeland on board the military transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces. 

It is specified that Russian aircraft will also deliver peacekeepers from Armenia and Tajikistan to the points of permanent deployment . Meanwhile, the military from Kyrgyzstan will march on standard equipment under its own power.

Earlier, four aircraft with Russian paratroopers who took part in the peacekeeping mission of the CSTO countries returned to Russia from Kazakhstan. It is expected that the withdrawal of peacekeepers from the republic&nbsp ;Ends January 19th.


The head of Rosobrnadzor called for a consistent approach to changes in the Unified State Examination

Changes to the Unified State Examination (USE) must be made thoughtfully and consistently so that there are no “sharp distortions”. This opinion was expressed by the head of Rosobrnadzor Anzor Muzaev.

“The exam is being improved, while we always approach changes very carefully, since this is very sensitively perceived by the children and their parents,” – TASS quotes Muzaev's answer.

According to him, the opportunity to enter a university only on the basis of the results of the Unified State Examination and without passing additional tests is one of the main advantages of the exam. Currently, the test result is valid for four years.

Muzaev added that the department takes into account various points of view on the exam, including criticism.

It was previously reported that the level of difficulty of the Unified the state exam in 2022 will remain the same, there are no plans to lower it. The USE is expected to be held in the usual format, but if the epidemiological situation worsens, the schedule may change. 


The disgraced prince. Elizabeth II’s son faces trial for having sex with a minor

​Queen of England Elizabeth II on the eve of the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne has to do things that are by no means festive. Prince Andrew has created problems for the crowned mother that cannot be resolved without consequences.

“The Duke of York resigns his military titles and royal guardian duties”

“With the consent and approval of the queen, the Duke of York resigns his military titles and royal trustees,” — Buckingham Palace press release said. Also, according to sources, Andrew is deprived of the right to bear the title “His Royal Highness”.

The second son of the British Queen has lost the rank of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, Commander of the Navy Aviation, Colonel of the Royal Highland Physiliary Regiment.

More than 150 British veterans turned to Elizabeth II with a request to deprive Andrew of military ranks, indicating that the prince could not meet the high standards of military honor and dignity, and therefore could no longer be in the Royal Armed Forces.

Scandal , as a result of which the queen's son is deprived of titles and titles, has been going on for more than a year. And if a person of a more modest origin had been in the place of the prince, it is very likely that he would have spent his days behind bars long ago.

Prince and financier

Back in November 2019, Andrew announced that he would not be acting as a member of the royal family. A statement released by the Prince's press office said: “Circumstances relating to the friendship that previously connected me with Jeffrey Epstein, have become a serious impediment to the work my family does and to the many organizations and charitable societies I support… I have asked Her Majesty's permission to cease my public duties… I unreservedly regret the decision to maintain acquaintance with Epstein.

66-year-old American financier Epstein was found dead in a holding cell on August 10, 2019. He did not want to live after he realized that his reputation was destroyed forever, and only years of imprisonment lay ahead, from which he could no longer get out.

A successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, owner of a fortune that was estimated at billions of dollars, Epstein was friends with movie stars, pop stars, politicians, crowned persons. “Nice Guy” Jeffrey was considered Woody Allen, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, Tony Blair and many more.

Underage Sex Slaves

However, during a lengthy investigation, it was established that Epstein in his mansion staged sexual orgies, the participants of which were girls under 18 years old. Moreover, he had fun in this way not alone, but offered minors to his influential friends.

Among Epstein's many friends, the name of Prince Andrew also appeared. Moreover, investigators who searched the house of a pedophile billionaire found in his records as many as 16 different telephone numbers of the prince, including two in the palaces of the royal family. This indicated that the friendship between Geoffrey and the son of the English queen was very close.

Moreover, the prince was directly pointed out as the person to whom Epstein put youngsters in the bed.

In 2015, the American Virginia Giuffre, nee Roberts, testified under oath that at the age Epstein effectively turned her into a sex slave for 17 years. One of the people she was forced to have sex with, according to the victim, was Prince Andrew.

“Sorry, I was trying to be polite”

The son of Queen Elizabeth exacerbated his already unenviable position after he gave an interview to the BBC, in which he tried to explain his relationship with Epstein.

The Duke of York said that he does not regret friendship with Epstein, so how it provided him with many opportunities to learn new things about business and trade. The prince does not regret that he regularly stayed at the billionaire's house, as it was “convenient”.

“Do I regret that he clearly behaved inappropriately? Yes, — said the prince.

The dumbfounded reporter asked, “Inappropriately? He was a sex offender.

“Yes, I'm sorry, I was trying to be polite when I thought he was a sex offender,” — recovered the Duke of York. As for an intimate relationship with Virginia Giuffre, he continued to deny it in an interview, claiming that he could declare this under oath.

Back in 2009, Giuffre and Prince Andrew's representatives entered into a settlement agreement under which she dropped all charges in exchange for $500,000 in compensation.

Andrew will have to pay. And disappear out of sight

But now Giuffre's new lawsuit is being considered, and all attempts by the prince's lawyers to close it have failed. Senior Judge for the Southern District of New York Lewis A. Kaplan denied the defense motion, setting a hearing on the merits for September 2022.

Giuffre's lawyer told reporters that his client is not interested in money — she needs confirmation. Nevertheless, American experts believe that Prince Andrew can end the case with a settlement agreement, but this time it will be about compensation in the amount of at least $5 million.

However, reputational costs look much more serious. That is why now Andrew is being stripped of all regalia — he will conduct further legal proceedings not as a representative of the English royal family, but as a private person. This will at least somehow reduce the damage caused to the ruling dynasty.

Andrew's prison is not threatened at the moment. In the United States, we are still talking about a civil lawsuit, and in the UK, the London police closed the investigation into these allegations in the fall of 2021, considering that the claims against the prince were not sufficiently substantiated.

According to British experts, the measures taken by Queen Elizabeth II , signify a kind of internal isolation of Andrew. They will try to remove it from sight so that an extra mention does not spoil the already shaken prestige of the crown.


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The priest explained in which case it makes no sense to swim in the hole for Epiphany

Swimming in the hole for the feast of the Epiphany is an old folk tradition, but without regular visits to the temple and participation in divine services, it loses all meaning from the point of view of spiritual life, priest Alexander Volkov, chairman of the Information Commission of the Moscow City Diocese, told RIA Novosti.

“Epiphany bathing is a folk tradition. blessed water. <…> This tradition does not replace either participation in divine services and the sacraments, or the acquisitive spiritual life of a person associated with repentance and correction of their actions. But we have people who believe that, once a year, once bathed in the font, they yes They can only continue to live a normal life… This is a rather sad thing, and we are trying to fix it: if you are already immersed in baptismal water, then you need to come to the temple. But just diving once a year is more like winter swimming, which has nothing to do with the traditions of Orthodoxy and spiritual life,” Volkov said. Orthodox Christians celebrate the Day of the Epiphany on January 19. Along with Easter, this is one of the most ancient and significant Christian holidays, in Russia it is traditionally accompanied by mass bathing in ice water in specially cut and consecrated ice holes.


“The ball didn’t fly”: what Russia and the West expected from the meetings and what they achieved

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Golikova announced that the authorities have postponed the bill on QR codes

Golikova: the government and deputies decided to postpone the consideration of the draft law on QR codes Initially, the document was prepared as a response to the delta strain, but new challenges have appeared, the Deputy Prime Minister explained. By the second reading, it will be amended to allow visiting public places for PCR tests


Consideration of the bill on QR codes in public places in the second reading was postponed. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Tatyana Golikova.

“The government together with the United Russia party” in conditions of high uncertainty in the development of the epidemiological situation, we worked out a joint decision on the advisability of postponing the consideration of the bill in the second reading, — said Golikova.

The Deputy Prime Minister explained this by saying that the document was originally prepared as a reaction to the spread of the delta strain of coronavirus, but recently “new challenges” have arisen.

Secretary of the United Russia General Council Andriy Turchak explained that it was decided to postpone consideration of the bill due to the situation with the spread of the COVID-19 omicron strain. According to him, the party has carefully studied the situation and considers “the only right thing is to postpone” consideration of the document.

By the second reading, the government will introduce amendments to the draft law, according to which:

  • from February 1, citizens will be able to use a negative PCR test to visit public places;
  • The Ministry of Health will be able to set the validity of certificates for citizens who have received a medical exemption from vaccination;
  • military or persons equivalent to them will be able to obtain a certificate in compliance with the necessary data protection requirements.

The bill on the introduction of QR codes in public places was submitted by the government to the State Duma on November 12, 2021, along with the initiative to introduce QR codes for travel by rail and air, as well as on long-distance and international routes. The latter was removed from consideration by the State Duma for processing after criticism, in particular from airlines.

In accordance with the document, it was planned to introduce QR codes from February 1, and this measure was to be valid until June 1. To visit public places (including cultural organizations, public catering establishments and retailers), at the request of regional authorities, it will be necessary to present a QR code, which is provided after vaccination or a past illness, or a withdrawal from vaccination issued by a medical institution.

The bill did not affect the work of public transport, pharmacies, grocery retail and stores with essential goods.

The government explained the amendments by the fact that with the required 80% of herd immunity in early November, this figure only approached 50 %.

The document was sent for discussion to the regions. Most of them approved the amendments. In North Ossetia, the deputies of the local parliament initially voted against, but approved the document a few hours later.

On December 16, 2021, the draft law on QR codes in public places was considered in the first reading, it was supported by 329 deputies.


Deputies of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation came out actively against QR codes, who, before voting, hung out in the meeting room a poster “Communist Party against QR-fascism”. They also did not support the document “Fair Russia”; For the truth” and “New People”. So, for example, the leader of the Right-wing Russia, Sergei Mironov, proposed introducing a QR code system only in case of an emergency. In “New People” stated that the restrictions should not be applied to transport, as this would be followed by a decrease in passenger traffic and an increase in prices, which would lead to damage for the vaccinated.

After discussion in the State Duma, the document was re-sent to the regions, the Federation Council and the government.


The very next day, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his speech at the RUIE congress, asked to finalize the law on COVID-certificates in public places, to make it clear and precise. Even before that, on December 9, Putin demanded to do without “rash decisions”; when entering QR codes. He said that when adopting the bill, it is necessary to carefully consider everything, work out the idea with the regions and not violate the rights of citizens.

Although the introduction of QR codes is not fixed at the level of federal legislation, the regional authorities independently introduce the system depending on the epidemiological situation (including the occupancy of beds in hospitals). One of the toughest was the option in Tatarstan, where public transport was banned without a QR code.

At the same time, in some regions, the authorities imposed restrictions only for a while. So, in December they refused to check QR codes for visiting public places in the Stavropol Territory. In the Vladimir region, they were allowed to stay in hotels without restrictions, and in the Sverdlovsk region they were allowed to visit shopping centers.

In Moscow, QR codes were introduced in the summer amid a low level of vaccination. Later, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin spoke about the decision to “take a dosed approach to QR codes,” since in the long term this system could lead to huge business losses. As a justification, he cited the example of the summer, when incomes fell by 20–80%.

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Annual press conference of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Broadcast

The head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, holds an annual large press conference. On it, he is going to take stock of the work in 2021. RBC broadcasts live

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Lavrov announced NATO attempts to artificially lure new members

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that NATO is trying to artificially lure countries into an alliance The Foreign Minister cited the Scandinavian countries that are not members of NATO as an example. He recalled that the organization is already making statements that these countries will be welcome there

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The North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) continues its attempts to artificially lure new members. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, broadcast by RBC.

“Attempts to artificially expand the composition of the North Atlantic Alliance do not stop. In particular, quite interesting statements have recently been made that the Scandinavian countries <…> would be welcome»,— he said.


Lavrov added that Russia is preparing for any developments while waiting for a response from the US and NATO on the proposed security guarantees. “Our patience has run out. <…> We harnessed for a very long time, and now it's time for us to go. We are waiting for the driver on that wagon to answer us specifically on our proposals, — concluded the minister.

NATO includes 30 states. The Scandinavian countries in the alliance include Norway and Denmark. Sweden and Finland have the status of states — partners of the military bloc.

In early January, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that the country retains the possibility of applying for membership in NATO. “We retain the ability to apply to join NATO. We must cherish and preserve this freedom of choice, because it concerns the right of each country to make its own decisions in the field of security, — she pointed out.

Later, US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said that the US was ready to discuss with Finland and Sweden their accession to NATO if they wanted to. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in turn, noted that the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO “can go very quickly.”

The discussion on the inclusion of new states in the North Atlantic Alliance is taking place at against the backdrop of negotiations with Russia on security guarantees offered by the Foreign Ministry in mid-December. In particular, they provide for non-expansion of the alliance to the east and non-deployment of weapons near Russian borders.

Security talks between Russia and the United States were held in Geneva on January 9 & ndash; 10, meetings with NATO and OSCE representatives were held on January 12 and 13, respectively . As a result, Lavrov declared that NATO was completely incapable of negotiating. Stoltenberg, in turn, once again noted that Russia cannot veto Ukraine's entry into the bloc. He stressed that all members of the alliance are unanimous in this opinion.

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Bloomberg learned about US pressure on Europe due to sanctions against Russia

Bloomberg: US believes that Europe is ill-prepared for sanctions against Russia The US is unhappy that European countries are slow to agree on a list of potential sanctions against Russia and the conditions for their imposition

The United States is putting pressure on European allies in connection with dissatisfaction with their position regarding sanctions against Russia. This is reported by Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the negotiations between Washington and Brussels.

Washington is dissatisfied with the fact that so far they have not been able to agree on the sanctions that will be imposed in the event of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the agency's interlocutors explain. In addition, according to the United States, European allies are ill-prepared for possible cyber attacks or disinformation campaigns from Russia.

With the Europeans, the United States, in particular, agrees on a list of potential triggers for sanctions— events in which restrictive measures will be put into effect. In addition to sending troops to Ukraine, we are talking about any attempts to stage a coup against Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky or other actions to destabilize his government, according to Bloomberg.

According to one of the interlocutors of the agency, European officials are NATO meetings this week admitted they were ill-prepared to respond to a “hybrid” Russian attack and would like to know in which cases the US will impose sanctions.

The United States has been threatening the United States with possible sanctions against Russia in connection with the aggravation of the situation around Ukraine since autumn. The State Department and the White House have repeatedly warned that if Russia invades Ukraine, then severe sanctions will follow. The sanctions rhetoric has not stopped, despite the talks between Russia, the United States and NATO countries on security guarantees that took place this week in Geneva and Brussels.

On January 12, the US Senate published a draft of a new package of sanctions against Russia in the event of its “invasion” ; to Ukraine, which turned out to be one of the toughest in recent times. The document provides for restrictions on the leadership of Russia, public debt, the banking sector and the Nord Stream 2 project. However, the Democratic senators failed to achieve its adoption.

European countries, in particular Germany, are more moderate about possible sanctions. Thus, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht urged not to involve Nord Stream 2 in the conflict over the situation in Ukraine. She stressed that this is an economic project.

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Lavrov called the United States a “coachman on that wagon” who must answer

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Russia has run out of patience with the West's actions and is waiting for concrete answers to its proposals for security guarantees , Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference. The broadcast was hosted by RBC.

“Our patience has come to an end. We are very patient. You know what we harness for a long time, right? We harnessed for a very long time, and now it's time for us to go. Here we are waiting for the driver on that wagon to answer us specifically on our proposals, — the minister said.

The fact that Russia is waiting for a written response from the United States and NATO following the results of the talks on security guarantees was previously reported in the Kremlin. The American delegation promised to give it next week, Interfax sources said. and TASS.

According to press secretary Dmitry Peskov, the negotiations were unsuccessful. The parties did not come to a common opinion on the issues of security guarantees for Russia. US Representative Wendy Sherman said a number of Russia's proposed security assurance requirements are unfeasible and unacceptable.

A series of talks with the US and NATO on security assurances took place this week. On January 10 and 12, meetings were held with representatives of Washington and the alliance, the next day the discussion took place at the OSCE site.

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Rosfinmonitoring added Zhdanov and Volkov to the register of extremists

Ivan Zhdanov

The Federal Financial Monitoring Service (Rosfinmonitoring) has included two associates of the oppositionist Alexei Navalny, Ivan Zhdanov and Leonid Volkov, in the list of persons in respect of whom there is information about their involvement in extremist activities or terrorism.

Inclusion in the register leads to the blocking of bank accounts from which it is allowed to withdraw and spend only limited amounts for “support of his life, as well as the life of members of his family living together with him who do not have independent sources of income.” It is allowed to spend no more than 10 thousand rubles per month for each such family member.

Additional funds are allowed to be spent on paying taxes, fines, other obligatory payments, as well as repaying loans taken before being entered into the register.


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Kazakh Minister Linked Russophobia Accusations to Virtual Garbage

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The new Minister of Information and Social Development of Kazakhstan Askar Umarov, in response to accusations of Russophobia by Russian officials, said that his emotional attacks on social networks have long been exhausted. He spoke about this in an interview with Sputnik Kazakhstan.

“The accusations and conclusions based on emotional and incorrect skirmishes in social networks more than a decade ago are understandable, but exhausted. This virtual garbage has long since decayed,— he said.

The Minister also stressed that he has great respect for Russia, its traditions, history, literature, as well as “the common historical centuries-old ties between our peoples.” “Our countries are primarily linked by strong friendship, mutual respect and strategic cooperation. Russia is rightfully the closest partner of Kazakhstan»,— he added.

When asked about the attitude to the Great Patriotic War, Umarov pointed out that this was the bloodiest war in the history of mankind and it “a priori could not be someone else's.”


Earlier, on January 12, the head of Rossotrudnichestvo, Yevgeny Primakov, said that the department would not interact with the Ministry of Information of Kazakhstan because of the Russophobic statements of its new head. Primakov cited several phrases attributed to Umarov. In them, Russians are called “imposed diaspora”; and “colonizers”, and also refers to the “incomprehensible Victory Day”.

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“Russia’s patience has come to an end”: Lavrov made a statement about relations with the West

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov explained the reason why Moscow just now raised the issue of non-expansion of NATO, with the word “accumulated”. According to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the North Atlantic Alliance made promises not to advance military infrastructure to the east, but they were “rudely thrown into the basket” and the organization came close to the borders of Russia.

Lavrov also expressed the view that the West “presumptuous”, putting forward a demand to return Russian troops to the barracks.

“Russia's patience with the actions of the West has come to an end, we harnessed it for a long time – now it's time to go,” the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.


Wall Street Journal: “Putin has wrapped the West around his finger”


Russian President Vladimir Putin “confuses the West” with his actions, the US and NATO do not know how to answer the challenge from his side, writes the American edition of The Wall Street Journal.

The publication's columnist Walter Mead said that the Europeans were out of the business of negotiations between the United States and Russia on Ukraine, while they were talking about the “brute force” policy in the 21st century being outdated and untenable. At this time, the Russian Federation and China became more confident and aggressive, and the United States enthusiastically picked up such rhetoric, the observer believes.

The article also says that Putin, who was considered a relic of the past in the West, has fooled everyone around his finger and all this time was engaged in the restoration of the USSR. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moscow ruled many of the republics of the former USSR through local authoritarian leaders. And now she intends to regain control over them in the same way, so she helps Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev stay in power.

Walter Mead also said that out of 15 countries of the former USSR, only countries The Baltics, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia keep their distance from the Russian Federation, while in the rest of the republics, “Putin decides who rules and who sheds tears.” After the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan became more dependent on Moscow than before.

Also, the columnist for The Wall Street Journal is sure that the West is now in a less favorable position for confrontation with the Russian Federation than in 2014. Europe trusts America less, Brexit negatively affected relations between the main military powers of this part of the world. In addition, the EU is dependent on Russian gas and oil, and Putin understands that possible sanctions will hit Europe hard.

“Because of the crisis, Russia has once again found itself at the center of world politics. The crisis has exposed the weakness of the West, horrified Ukraine, and highlighted Putin's mastery of risky ventures and adventures. The success of Vladimir Putin is an indicator of the intellectual and political failure of the West,” the article concludes.

Many readers of the publication agreed with the author.

“If I were an adviser to Putin or Xi Jinping, I I would advise them to attack Ukraine and Taiwan right now”, “Putin senses fear from a mile away and will take every opportunity”, “Europe and Germany, in particular, have disarmed both in terms of weapons and in terms of competence,” the commentators wrote.