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Investigation into the murder of a VGIK teacher has been completed in Moscow

In & nbsp; Moscow & nbsp; the investigation of the murder of a 90-year-old woman has been completed, said Yulia Ivanova, senior assistant to the head of the capital's head office, & nbsp; RF & nbsp; & nbsp;

A 70-year-old woman who provided & nbsp; social services & nbsp; and was familiar with the murdered woman.

The body of a 90-year-old woman was found in an apartment on & nbsp; Kutuzovsky Prospekt & nbsp; in Moscow in July 2020, the deceased was an associate professor of the All-Russian State Institute cinematography (VGIK) Ida Shur. & nbsp;

According to the Investigative Committee, the accused wanted to offer the victim care services in exchange for living together, but did not receive a positive response. After that, the attacker inflicted multiple blows on the victim, stab wounds, from which the woman died on the spot. & Nbsp;

Ivanova added that the criminal case was sent to confirm the indictment and subsequent transfer to the court. & Nbsp;

Ida Shur worked at VGIK for over 60 years, was the author of various courses on the theory and history of music, was engaged in teaching, gave concerts and master classes.

Previously & nbsp; 32-year-old & nbsp; actor Nikolai Marimovich was hospitalized in a Moscow hospital with gunshot wounds to his lower back and head bruises after being attacked and robbed by unknown assailants.


Ukraine decided to condemn in absentia the Deputy Chief of the Pacific Fleet of Russia

Denis Berezovsky is charged with treason and the creation of a criminal organization. He headed the Ukrainian Navy from March 1 to March 2, 2014, and at the end of March Shoigu appointed him deputy head of the Russian Black Sea Fleet

Denis Berezovsky

The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (part of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine) sent an indictment to the court in relation to Vice Admiral, Deputy Commander of the Russian Pacific Fleet Denis Berezovsky. This was reported by the press service of the department.

Berezovsky, whose name is not mentioned in the statement, is charged with “ high treason '' and 'the creation and management of a criminal organization.'

The prosecutor's office claims that on March 1, 2014, the acting president of Ukraine at that time, Alexander Turchinov, appointed Berezovsky to the post of commander of the country's naval forces (Navy), but he immediately “ publicly spoke to the personnel of the Ukrainian Navy and media representatives ''; and said that he refused to comply with any decisions, orders and orders of Kiev.

The department believes that by his actions and decisions Berezovsky contributed to “ conducting subversive activities against Ukraine. ''

The day after the appointment of Berezovsky as commander of the fleet, the then acting minister of defense, Igor Tnyukh, removed him from his post, appointing Rear Admiral Sergei Gaiduk to this place. The ex-commander-in-chief swore allegiance to the “ Crimean people ''. The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine opened a criminal case against Berezovsky under the article on high treason.

At the end of March 2014, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu appointed Berezovsky as deputy commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. And in 2018, he became deputy head of the Pacific Fleet.

At the beginning of this year, Berezovsky came under sanctions imposed by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine.

Crimea became Russian following a referendum in 2014 year: 95% of those who voted were in favor of joining the republic to Russia. Kiev did not recognize the results of the vote. Moscow considers the issue of the peninsula's ownership closed.

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Zakharova announced the dispatch of half of the Ukrainian military to the Donbass region

The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Ukraine has sent 125 thousand troops to Donbass

Kiev pulled 125 thousand troops into the conflict area in Donbass, or half of the Ukrainian armed forces. This was stated at a briefing by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.


“ The Armed Forces of Ukraine are building up their forces, pulling together heavy equipment and personnel. According to some reports, the number of Ukrainian troops in the conflict zone has already reached 125 thousand people, and this is half of the entire composition of the armed forces of Ukraine '', & mdash; said the spokesman for the Foreign Ministry.

According to Zakharova, in recent weeks, there have been more frequent exchanges of fire between the Ukrainian military and the armed formations of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. She stated that the OSCE special monitoring mission notes violations of the ceasefire not only at certain points, but also along the entire line of contact of the parties.

“ On some days of their [shelling] the number exceeded the maximums that the mission recorded & lt; & hellip; & gt ;. Heavy weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements are increasingly being used, civilians are suffering from shelling, '', & mdash; said a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry.

Ukraine Raises Concerns About 'Russian Invasion' and called on NATO countries to prepare a new package of sanctions against Russia, as well as deepen military cooperation with Kiev. According to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, quoted by Reuters, new economic sanctions will be able to deter Moscow's possible aggressive actions.

“ We call on allies to join Ukraine's efforts to create a containment system. We are confident that by acting jointly and in a coordinated manner, we can contain President Putin and dissuade him from choosing the worst-case scenario & mdash; military operation & raquo;, & mdash; Kuleba told reporters upon his arrival at the summit of NATO foreign ministers in Riga.

On the eve of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg did not rule out the introduction of sanctions against Russia because of Ukraine. According to him, the summit participants discussed the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border and made it clear that “ aggressive actions will not go unnoticed. '' Stoltenberg called on Russia to “ show transparency and stop escalation. ''

The introduction of economic sanctions was also not ruled out by the US Treasury. US Treasury Secretary and former Fed Chairman Janet Yellen said at a congressional hearing that Washington “ learned about what was going on '' on the border between Russia and Ukraine, and are considering retaliatory steps.

Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on statements about a possible invasion of Russian troops into Ukraine. According to him, this was discussed at the beginning of the year, when Russia conducted the West-21 exercises, but the invasion itself has not happened yet.

“ The point is not to send troops or not to enter, to fight or not to fight, but to establish relations to create more equitable, sustainable development and take into account the security interests of all participants in international activities, '' & mdash; said Putin, speaking on November 30 at the VTB Capital forum “ Russia is calling. ''

In early November, the Washington Post and Politico reported that Russia was increasing the number of troops on the border with Ukraine. The publications referred to their own sources and satellite imagery data. Kiev said that Moscow was preparing an attack on Ukraine in late January or early February.

Sources of Bloomberg reported that about 100 thousand troops could take part in the operation.

Moscow named these messages by stuffing done in order to increase tension. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Russia is not planning any invasions, and asked not to draw such conclusions based on the movements of Russian troops across the country.

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Poland accuses Belarus of firing lanterns on the border

The Polish Ministry of Defense reported that the searchlights installed on the border with Belarus were fired from pneumatic weapons in the Terespol region.

Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak called the actions of the Belarusian side “ completely unacceptable '' and said that the military attaché of the republic was summoned to the ministry.

On the border of Belarus with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, the migration crisis continues for several months, it escalated on November 8. Several thousand migrants, mostly from the Middle East, have set up camp near the Polish border. Some of them tried to enter the territory of Poland, in order to then move to other EU countries. Warsaw closed the border crossing “ Forge '' & mdash; Bruzgi, where refugees gathered, and on November 21, limited freight rail traffic with Belarus through this checkpoint. The border services of Poland and Belarus have repeatedly accused each other of provocations.

On December 1, Poland imposed a three-month ban on the stay of outsiders in 183 settlements on the border with Belarus. The decision was made on the basis of new amendments to the law “ On the State Border '', approved on Tuesday.

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Ambassador explained the difficulties of the Taliban in the fight against terrorism with US sanctions

According to the plenipotentiary, Western sanctions hinder the fight against terrorism in today's Afghanistan

Taliban members (a terrorist group banned in Russia) it is difficult to fight terrorism in Afghanistan due to the lack of funds caused by US sanctions. This was stated by the Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov, reports TASS.

According to the plenipotentiary, the situation with terrorism in Afghanistan in recent months has begun to change for the worse. However, he does not link this directly with the arrival of the Taliban terrorist group. to power in the country.

“ Since September, a month and a half after the Taliban occupied Kabul and then drove the terrorists underground, the situation, unfortunately, began to change for the worse. The new Afghan authorities now have no money, the country's financial accounts have been frozen by the Americans, and Western sanctions have paralyzed the Afghan banking system. In such conditions, it is difficult to talk about an effective fight against terrorism, '', & mdash; explained Zhirnov.

On the eve of the unblocking of the national accounts of Afghanistan, frozen after the Taliban came to power, urged Russian President Vladimir Putin. “ After all, it is possible to unblock it in a targeted way, it will not be used for weapons, and even weapons in Afghanistan for the Taliban '' (terrorist organization, banned in Russia. & mdash; RBK ) is not needed. To the Taliban there are already billions of dollars in weapons left, '' & mdash; he said.

In September, Russia and the Taliban agreed to jointly fight terrorism. This was recorded in a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry following talks between Russian diplomats and the acting Prime Minister of Afghanistan in the Taliban government, Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mottaki and other representatives. terrorist movement.

The internationally recognized government of Afghanistan fell in August following the withdrawal of US troops from the country. On August 15, the Taliban entered the presidential palace in Kabul and announced the capture of most of Afghanistan. Despite the fact that the Taliban achieved its goal, the problem of the terrorist underground in the country remained: there is also an Islamic State. and Al Qaeda (terrorist groups banned in Russia). The growing threat from the Islamic State in conflict with the Taliban was pointed out by the head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons. According to her, now representatives of IS in Khorasan (an offshoot of the Islamic State operating on Afghan territory) is present in almost all provinces and is becoming increasingly active.

The Taliban have been under UN Security Council sanctions since 1999 … Security Council Resolution No. 1988, adopted in 2011, obliges all states to freeze funds and financial assets of the Taliban. and to prevent the supply of any equipment to him that may be used for military purposes. As The Washington Post wrote on August 17, immediately after the takeover by the Taliban, control over Kabul, the United States froze all national accounts and reserves of Afghanistan in American banks. According to the International Monetary Fund, by April 2021, the Central Bank of Afghanistan had assets worth $ 9.4 billion, most of which were kept in the accounts of international banks.

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Lavrov called Lukashenka’s statement on nuclear weapons a warning to the West

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on the statement of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on the possible deployment of Russian nuclear weapons on the territory of the republic … According to him, this is a serious warning to the West.

“I would take this statement as a very serious warning, which is dictated primarily by the reckless policy pursued by the West,” the Foreign Minister stressed.

At the same time, the minister noted that Russia intends to continue to promote agreements on the non-proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

On the eve of Lukashenko said that he would ask the Russian president to deploy nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus in the event that similar NATO systems are installed in Poland.

See also: Lukashenko confirmed his readiness to stop the transit of energy resources from the Russian Federation


WHO countries to start negotiations on joint pandemic prevention

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

World Health Organization member states have agreed to start negotiations leading to an agreement on prevention and control over pandemics.

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In his message, Zelensky called for the return of Donbass “by all possible means”

He called the Ukrainian army the most powerful in the world

Since Wednesday morning, the center of Kiev was tightly closed: chains of national guards stood across the squares, the streets were blocked by military trucks and paddy wagons. On December 1, the day Zelensky announced a coup d'etat, the President of Ukraine addressed the parliament with an annual message. Which this year coincided with the 30th anniversary of the referendum on the independence of Ukraine.


The Servant of the People faction was well prepared for the speech of its leader: the day before, everyone was given T-shirts with the creative inscription “For the President, against the oligarchs”. Some MPs pulled T-shirts right over white shirts with ties. Some “renegades” from the faction flatly refused to spoil their strict costume image with a painted T-shirt. All the others on the sidelines jokingly congratulated each other on the “day of the coup.” Recall that at the end of last week during a press marathon, Vladimir Zelensky announced the disclosure of a conspiracy to prepare a coup in the country with the participation of oligarch Rinat Akhmetov, scheduled for December 1.

In his “reporting speech” Zelensky did not talk about the coup he mentioned, but talked a lot about the achievements of the authorities over the past two years. The ceremonial announcements, as in the best times of the Central Committee of the CPSU, were accompanied by a friendly ovation from the “Servants of the People”, and the applause sometimes interrupted the president in mid-sentence. After twenty minutes of such continuous support, a persistent feeling of a “sitcom” with offscreen accompaniment arose …

What did Zelensky tell you about? About the fact that it was only under him that roads began to be built in the country. Before that, he said, Ukraine and off-road were synonymous. Now 13,000 kilometers of roads have already been repaired. Shouts of “Nonsense!” were unanimously slammed by the deputies in T-shirts. He informed that all ATO veterans received apartments from the state. And now they will begin to give them out to the rest of the servicemen. Against the backdrop of the scandal with homeless naval officers who left Crimea and returned to Ukraine, it was not without loud applause. They also talked about the large-scale modernization of the army, comprehensive cooperation with the United States, Great Britain and Turkey and that the Antonov concern is starting to produce aircraft for the Ukrainian army. And then it was not clear whether to cry or laugh: the concern, which once produced dozens of aircraft a year, which were in demand all over the world, has finally built one aircraft for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. True, no one has seen it yet.

Another achievement is the next construction of a “wall” along the entire perimeter of the Ukrainian border.

After the words that Ukraine has the most powerful army in the world, Zelensky urged to fight for Donbass by all possible means. “If we want to return Donbass, we must do it, not speak. If we don’t want to, then we don’t need to talk about it. ” It sounded like a call for war. Probably because the word “negotiations” and the Minsk process were not mentioned at all ….

After these words, Zelensky began rewarding ATO veterans and other honored citizens – artists, teachers, doctors, donors and engineers .. .


The media told what will change in Russia from December 1, 2021

Laws on indexing, blocking of” spoof “sites, milk labeling and others come into force.

It became known what innovations will take effect on December 1. These included access to social sites on a free basis, indexation of part of pensions, a QR code system and a number of others.

So, from Wednesday, the indexation of pensions on an automatic basis began to operate. It affects three categories of Russians of retirement age. First of all, those who celebrated their 80th anniversary in November can count on an increase, the amount of new payments will be 12,088.96 rubles per month.

The second category & # 8211; Russians who worked until July inclusive, but quit in August this year. They will be credited an increase automatically and will make an additional payment for three months. Another category of pensioners will be those who have applied for recalculation. Their surcharges will also be credited automatically.

In addition, the QR-code system began operating in a number of regions of the Russian Federation on December 1. It was introduced in the Republic of Kalmykia, Oryol, Omsk and Chelyabinsk regions, Khabarovsk Territory and Sochi. The regions themselves determined in which areas the presentation of QR codes was required.

On December 1, the law on free access to Russian socially significant sites began to work. According to the document, access to the Russian socially significant sites included in the list within the framework of communication services and access to the Internet has become free. This list contains portals of state bodies and local self-government bodies, websites of state non-budgetary funds, as well as a portal of public services. The rest of the list will be determined by a special commission of the Government of the Russian Federation.

Pre-trial blocking is introduced for sites that advertise pyramid schemes. The initiator may be the Bank of Russia. Blocked sites may be sites that deceive their customers using similar domain names, design or content and offer financial services to which they have no rights.

Also, from Wednesday in Russia, mineral water in the package will lie under mandatory labeling. The same applies to dairy products with a shelf life of 40 days.

The recalculation of benefits for children from three to seven years old ends at the end of December, until that time the application must be submitted to the State Services. The amount of the allowance depends on the specific situation, and the basic average is 5 650 rubles.

The Civil Registry Office goes over to work on an extraterritorial basis. Since December, a child's birth certificate can be obtained at any department, where the applicant himself decides. Principle & # 8220; by registration & # 8221; remained in the past. Also, not only spouses, but also a third party can apply for divorce. The latter must have a power of attorney certified by a notary with the consent of the husband and wife, or the guardian, if the spouse is incapacitated.

In addition, new rules for registration of loan agreements will come into force on December 30. Banks from this date will be prohibited from ticking the additional services in advance. They must be chosen by the borrower himself. It also introduces a & # 8220; cooling period & # 8221 ;. This means that the borrower within 14 days can refuse additional services, including insurance, legal support and others.

From December 29, new rules for foreign citizens who arrive in Russia for a period of more than three months will come into effect. They will need to be fingerprinted, take a photo for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, undergo a medical examination, get tested for HIV and other viruses, and take a drug test.

As Topnews wrote earlier, the media told that it will change in Russia from November 1 .

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In Belarus, offered to judge in absentia the opposition émigrés

Photo: possible in absentia sentencing in criminal cases of oppositionists who went abroad.

“There was probably an omission in the criminal procedural legislation …”, – said Volfovich.

According to him, under the current legislation, the “principle of inevitability of criminal punishment for a committed crime” was not fulfilled. Because of this, the Secretary of State added, a “criminal” can leave the country and live in peace, and even at the request of security officials, other states do not extradite him “for political reasons.” If the amendments are made, the court will be able to sentence such people in absentia, concluded Volfovich.


Peskov reported on “very positive” contacts with the EU on the recognition of covid certificates


Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the current situation with the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates from coronavirus between Russia and the EU has a positive trend.

“There were very positive contacts, – he said. – An analysis of” homework “is underway.

He explained that the mutual recognition of -10 is in many ways a technological process that includes “many technologically different tasks.” At the same time, Peskov added that “there is every reason to believe” that it will be possible to move on to direct mutual recognition “within a certain number of months.”


Dushanbe ran into Khorog: more and more victims every day

The head of the Gorno-Badakhshan region was thrown with stones

The protest situation in Gorno-Badakhshan is spreading throughout Tajikistan. The head of the region, Alisher Mirzonabot, was wounded in the capital of GBAO yesterday during a speech in front of protesters. MP Aziz Giyozoda was also hospitalized with severe bodily injuries. After that, already in Dushanbe, a picket was held near the UN building: young people stood with posters “ Badakhshan is part of Tajikistan '' and Criminals Must Be Punished. They were attacked by the natives of GBAO. Separated them from the police.

Photo: Still from video

In Khorog itself, local residents have been protesting on Somoni Square for three days. From several hundred people their number increased to several thousand: the population of the surrounding villages joined the townspeople. The demands of the rebels: remove military posts around the city, leaving only the traffic police posts, but the main thing is & mdash; to conduct an investigation into the death of a resident of the village of Tavdem Gulbiddin Ziyobekov. & nbsp;

Let us remind you that on the morning of November 25, security officials came to Ziyobekov's home and tried to detain him. He was accused of kidnapping the assistant prosecutor. This incident took place back in February 2020. Then Ziyobekov, together with his family and friends, kidnapped the assistant prosecutor Abdusalom Abirzoda and kept him for 8 hours, periodically beating him and demanding an apology for harassing his sister. There is even a video in which Abirzoda, surrounded by a crowd of men, asks for forgiveness from all residents of the autonomous region for his behavior. Since Ziyobekov did not appear before the investigators for interrogation, it was finally decided to bring him in by force. It all ended in a shootout, & nbsp; as a result of which & nbsp; the attacker and two of his friends were wounded. According to eyewitnesses, Ziyobekov was taken out of the house alive, put in a police car, and after a while he was informed of his death. & Nbsp;

The body of the native of Gorno-Badakhshan was not allowed to be taken out: the killed was brought to the square and a meeting was held. After the dispersal of which, two bodies turned out to be on the square: during the shooting on the square, another young native of the region, 21-year-old Tutisho Aslishoev, was killed. Five law enforcement officers were also injured. On Saturday, another attempt was made to establish a dialogue “ with the square '': the head of the region, Alisher Mirzonabot, came out to the protesters. He said that a commission has been created that is conducting a thorough investigation into the death of Ziyobekov. In response, stones were thrown towards the official. Moreover, as the organizers of the rally say, they themselves do not know who these attackers were. On the eve, everyone was asked to refrain from provocations. “ We stood next to him, several masked young men began to throw stones. We were also hit by stones. A scuffle began, some tried to get the chairman and again take him out to the protesters … '', the organizers said. Sunday in the rebellious region & nbsp; arrived & nbsp; Head of the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Sughd Region Abdullo Navjuvonov. It was decided to conduct a joint investigation. “ We will have our own commission, which will work in the investigation team and report the results to the protesters. '' – one of the activists told the local newspaper. One of the demands of the protesters: not to touch those who participated in the attack on the head of the region and the police. & Nbsp; Will it be possible to extinguish the incipient fire now, or will there be attempts to rock the situation again?


Omicron strain explodes the Kremlin: Putin found himself between two fires

Traps in the fight against coronavirus

A new and, as they say, especially harmful strain of the coronavirus “Omicron” is sweeping across the planet. The planet, however, is trying no less rapidly to slam the doors in front of him – either completely blocks the entry of foreigners, like Israel, or restricts prohibitive measures to a group of African states. But, as British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin used to say in the first half of the last century, “a bomber will always break through.” The Omicron will also break through. Its appearance within our borders is only a matter of time, and, as the experience of previous strains shows, in the near future. And that poses a brain-blowing question to Russia's leaders. Even before Omicron appeared on the horizon, the country was deeply bogged down in the coronavirus crisis. How should the Kremlin respond to the new additional challenge?


Of course, you first need to understand the essence of this additional challenge. Do current vaccines protect against Omicron, and if so, to what extent? If not protected or insufficiently protected, then the world faces the prospect of returning to the dark times of spring 2020. But even if the current panic is later declared unjustified, it will not greatly diminish the scale of the problem facing the Kremlin. The problem, which is not medical, not informational and propagandistic, but primarily a pronounced political one.

The Russian expert group “European Dialogue” recently published on its website an article by University of Pennsylvania professor Christine Godsey. It is dedicated to the following phenomenon: the zone of particularly low vaccination rates in Europe almost coincides with the outline of the notorious socialist camp that has long since sunk into oblivion. Here are the figures given by the professor. Bulgaria, vaccination rate 26.2%. Romania – 39.6%. Russia – 36.3%. Ukraine – 20.2%. What is our common problem? According to Christine Godsey, in the loss of society's ability to trust anyone else: “The region is full of misinformation. This is a consequence of the collapse of trust in government institutions after the communist era. Crazy conspiracy theories overwhelmed these countries, becoming the shadow of the coronavirus. ”

So, the root of the problem lies in the fact that thirty years ago the artificially maintained “belief in communism” was replaced by the belief in the “charged water” of Kashpirovsky? I think that this is not the only point. I apologize for the tautology. But the other root of the problem is that up to the present moment, mass belief in the conditional “charged water” has not been a problem in the eyes of the political class. The political elite lived according to the principle: “No matter what the child (in this context – the broad strata of the population) doesn’t amuse himself, if only he doesn’t buzz!”

Passion for esotericism was perceived as a useful (or at least harmless) way to drain and sublimate the extra energy of citizens. I don’t know how much a deliberate “pact on the division of spheres of influence” was concluded between society and the government. “Caesar” was given “Caesar's”: a political clearing, questions about power and the distribution of property. And “Caesar” in return pledged not to get too involved in the inner spiritual life of citizens, in their value ideas about the structure of the Universe. This system worked relatively effectively until the moment when, after the appearance of vaccines against coronavirus, it turned into almost the main brake on the country's development.

Power is now between two fires. Continue to adhere to the “pact on the division of spheres of influence”? It is possible, but very destructive. A consistently high mortality rate puts an end to Russia's plans to get out of the demographic hole. To put up with such a situation for the sake of preserving the political status quo is the most real defeatism, moral collapse. For Putin, who is accustomed to meeting challenges at full gallop and with an open visor, a passive line of conduct is strategically completely unacceptable. However, tactics based solely on frontal force pressure will also not be effective. Hard pressure from the authorities can lead to an imbalance in the political system and a decrease in the level of governance.

We need some kind of middle, hybrid version, which the authorities still cannot find. Why doesn't it work? In my opinion, this is because the current Russian government simply does not have experience in solving problems with such specifics and, as a result, there is no understanding of how they should in principle be solved. The Kremlin knows how to organize elections. The Kremlin knows how to confront the West. Finally, the Kremlin knows how to quickly neutralize internal political troublemakers aimed at conquering power and resources. In the current situation with the coronavirus, all this experience is partly useless, and partly even harmful. The situation in which, albeit not structured, but a very powerful and aggressive “opposition party” of the country has become anti-Axis, requires a fundamentally different set of skills and political tools.

What exactly should this “skill and toolbox” look like? It's time to remember the famous saying: “If you are so smart, then why are you not so rich?” Because I don't have a clear answer at the beginning of this paragraph. I have only a twofold firm conviction: such a set of skills and tools, in principle, exists. In trying to grope for this toolkit, the authorities must avoid several very dangerous psychological traps. The first trap is “do at least something.” I am a supporter of firm action in the fight against coronavirus and the promotion of vaccination. But when I, for example, read about plans to make the presence of a quar code a mandatory condition when buying air tickets, something clicked in me. Rigidity should not be an end in itself. Rigidity has a right to exist only if it is well thought out. Measures that can dramatically reduce the competitiveness of the Russian transport industry do not give the impression of being well thought out.

The second dangerous trap. It is not necessary to treat that part of the population that at the moment does not accept vaccines as enemies, as an ignorant and aggressive mass, from which any rational arguments rebound. There are also enemies (in the sense – political and ideological opponents) in this mass. But it is based on people to whom it was simply not possible to find a key. Let's see how this “political equation” will change “Omicron”: will he make the task of power a little easier, catching up with fear, or, conversely, will complicate everything by mixing variables. However, the essence of the authorities' task does not change from this. The Kremlin has so far failed to effectively mobilize Russian society to combat the threat that is undermining the nation's future. A threat of this magnitude cannot be left unanswered.


Kedmi explained the Kremlin’s tactics towards Ukraine: no need to send troops

“It itself is rotting and itself is destroyed”

The warnings from Washington, London and Kiev that Russia is grouping troops and is about to attack Ukraine have nothing to do with reality and contradict the essence of Moscow's policy towards the neighboring country. This is the opinion of Yakov Kedmi, an Israeli diplomat and political scientist, former head of the Nativ special service.


Since October & nbsp; leading American and British media have written many times that Russia & nbsp; allegedly & nbsp; grouped troops on its western borders to attack Ukraine. Some Kiev politicians also spoke about this. No evidence of military preparations was presented. Moscow has repeatedly denied the existence of such plans in relation to Ukraine. Commenting on this information hysteria, Yakov Kedmi on the air of the program “ Right to Know! '' on the TV Center channel said it was initiated by the United States, which launched it “ out of stupidity. ''

“This is purely American handwriting. I don't know what's going on with their brains there. They are unable to learn and draw conclusions from what happened before, '' said Kedmi.

According to him, if the United States really fears Russia and Putin, it should have studied the tactics of the enemy. “ Putin has always acted and is acting unexpectedly. Just as it was with the Crimea and in Syria … His tactics are always unexpected, '' the expert said.

Assessing the tactics of the Russian leadership, Kedmi noted: “ Russia is not going to accumulate troops and send troops to Ukraine, because you don't need to. ''

According to the expert, the situation in Ukraine will change due to the “ natural development of events ''. “ It will ripen and fall by itself. Ukraine itself is rotting and itself collapsing, going from one catastrophe to another, '' said Yakov Kedmi.

If someone, he said, decides in Russia to “ remove power in Ukraine by military means, he will not bring in troops for this. ''

“ To bring it (Ukraine. – 'MK') to a different state, it is necessary to destroy the Ukrainian army, – said the political scientist. – In order & nbsp; to destroy the Ukrainian & nbsp; army, no need to send troops to Ukraine. In general, troops are not needed there. Without even one Russian soldier crossing the border of Ukraine, the Ukrainian army will cease to exist from five to ten hours. … For the Russian army, for any modern army, this is not a problem. Why bring in troops? It will crumble itself like a house of cards when there is no army. '' “ The only thing is that there will be a crush at the airport, on the roads and in the Odessa port, who will board the steamer faster, '' the political scientist joked, apparently hinting at the recent events at the Kabul airport after the Americans left it.

For USA, considers & nbsp; Kedmi, Ukraine & mdash; a consumable they don't think about. “ For them, this is a geographic space that you need to climb into in order to be closer to the heart of Russia, that's all, '' the expert concluded.

The US behaved in the same way in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya. “ There were stupid people in Afghanistan, but have they grown wiser here? '' he asked rhetorically.


How Vucic charmed Putin

Low gas price for Serbs and its explanation

Serbia is Russia's last ally in Europe. At the end of last week, Sochi hosted the 20th meeting of the Presidents of Russia and Serbia, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Vucic. The main applied topic of the meeting was the extension of the gas contract with Belgrade at an acceptable price for the Serbs. For Vucic, this issue had not only economic, but also political significance – on April 3, 2022, presidential and early parliamentary elections will be held in Serbia. On them, the current Balkan leader is going to be re-elected for a second term – until the spring of 2027. And it has every reason for this – the Serbian GDP has been showing the best growth rates in Europe for the second year already, and the average salary in the country is approaching 600 euros (about 54 thousand rubles).


Vladimir Putin gave Aleksandar Vucic a truly royal gift – right during the meeting, he instructed the head of Gazprom to “find the best option for gas prices for Serbian friends.” As a result, after the negotiations, it became known that Gazprom would keep the current gas price ($ 270 per thousand cubic meters) for Belgrade for the next six months. After the price may be revised, but this issue will be discussed, firstly, in the spring-summer period, when world gas prices usually fall, and secondly, after the Serbian elections. The current price against the background of world indicators is the lowest in Europe.

Even Moldova, which experienced certain problems with gas supplies in November, ended up receiving $ 450 per thousand cubic meters. Only Belarus gets cheaper Russian gas – $ 138 per thousand cubic meters. There are clear political grounds for this – nevertheless, we and the Belarusians, albeit formally, live in the same Union State … At the same time, world prices for “blue fuel” beat all records and reach $ 1100 for the same volume.

In response, the Serbian president promised to purchase additional volumes of Russian weapons – by the end of this year Belgrade will receive Russian Kornet anti-tank missile systems, which, in turn, could not but cause “concern” in Washington. Also, according to insider sources of, Vucic raised an extremely ambitious topic at the meeting – the construction of its own nuclear power plant in Serbia. The fact is that the Serbs do not have enough energy of their own. In a rapidly recovering economy after 20 years of stagnation, this is becoming the main condition for continued growth.

Therefore, low prices for gas and its own electric power industry, primarily nuclear power, are vital for Belgrade. We may recall that back in 2008–2010. Serbia was the second fastest growing country in Europe. Meanwhile, Rosatom has become the last of the major Russian corporations to open a representative office in Serbia this year. So the probability of participation of Russian specialists in the design of the first Serbian nuclear power plant is quite high.

Of the 90 questions voiced by Vucic, put to him by Putin during the three hours of negotiations at the Bocharov Ruchei residence, some probably related to the situation in Kosovo and Metohija. This formerly Serbian region unilaterally proclaimed its independence on February 17, 2008, at the moment it is recognized by less than half of the UN member states, however, a compromise solution to its fate, which suits everyone, is not yet visible. On the one hand, this is Serbian Jerusalem – in terms of the number of church monuments and Orthodox churches, this is the most densely built-up part of Europe.

From here came the Serbian epic, “from here the Serbian land went.” On the other hand, there are only less than 100 thousand Serbs left there – from 5 to 7 percent of the local population. And these people in Albanian Kosovo are significantly infringed on their rights, they are practically second-class citizens. Any initiatives of Belgrade to somehow resolve their situation are blocked by the official authorities in Pristina. Even the theoretical plan for the exchange of territories – the Serb-populated north of Kosovo in exchange for two Albanian communities in the south of Serbia – provoked rejection of the Kosovars, proceeding from the principle “everything is ours, and what is not ours, we will take”.

So, this year, for the first time when budgeting for next year, Pristina officially provided more than two million euros for “assistance in the integration” of its Serbian co-religionists in the Presevo Valley in southern Serbia. It is almost as if the Russian budget had officially allocated funds for the integration of Russians in Odessa, Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk. But Moscow cannot afford this. In contrast to … Pristina, obviously, has adopted a similar experience from Ankara. Only in October did the scandal over the denial of cars with Serbian numbers by Kosovar border guards end – then, for the first time since Yugoslav times, Belgrade deployed an army stationed at the very border with Kosovo. At that time, in the end, everything worked out, but it's not a fact that it will work out the next. Therefore, the main issue of achieving peace and stability in the Balkans is a compromise between Serbs and Albanians.

It will work out for them – with a high degree of probability, it will work out for everyone else. However, everything would be too simple if there was no external factor not interested in stability in the Balkans. And this factor is the United States, thus controlling the situation in the underbelly of Europe. Until 2003, the Russian peacekeeping contingent was located in Kosovo and Metohija, but then it was withdrawn. Now Moscow can only call for the maintenance of the status quo in the form of UN Security Council Resolution 1244, according to which Kosovo is the autonomy of Serbia within Yugoslavia. The only problem is that Yugoslavia has been gone for over 15 years.

Many observers note the external similarity of the multi-vector policy of Aleksandr Vucic with the policy of Marshal Tito, adjusted for the country's scale reduced three times in comparison with Yugoslavia. Indeed, both under Tito and under Vucic, Belgrade pursues a policy of neutrality, beneficially cooperating with both Moscow and the West – primarily Europe and partly the United States under the Trump administration. Now, due to objective circumstances, this list has been joined by the countries of the Persian Gulf and Beijing, which is actively investing in the construction of transit routes in the Balkans for the shortest access to European markets for its goods. It's like that. But I would draw another parallel.

Aleksandr Vucic in his policy is guided in many respects by Vladimir Putin. The same Byzantine style of government, the same vertical of power, which was not previously characteristic of Serbia. Only with the amendment that the place of the siloviki in this vertical is taken by a party – the Serbian Progressive Party, one of the largest political parties in Europe in terms of the number of political parties. A political system that has its own Surkov, Miller and Kadyrov. The same recently introduced social benefits for the birth of the first and second child (up to 4 thousand euros), preferential mortgages for young families. And the well-deserved position of the leader, if not of the entire Balkan Peninsula, then certainly of the former Yugoslavia from Bosnia to Macedonia – the very Serbian world that the supporters of the ideas of “Great Serbia” Vojislav Seselj spoke about earlier, from whose party the current president left.

Of course, he has long ceased to be a radical, but his universities were not in vain and today are helping to build the future of a small but important seven million country that recently gathered 120 countries of the world to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement. Yes, I almost forgot – Russia's last ally in Europe, who did not impose any sanctions against Moscow and opened a representative office of the Russian Ministry of Defense in its defense department. At least a sufficient explanation for the low gas price, isn't it?


The price of a deed is life. What was the task of Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya?

The weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” No. 47. Why there are fewer fish, birds and animals 24/11/2021 The plot of the Great Patriotic War war

80 & nbsp; years ago, 29 & nbsp; November 1941 & nbsp; g., in & nbsp; the village of Petrishchevo sounded the words: “ No matter how many & nbsp; hang us, do not & nbsp; hang everyone, we are 200 & nbsp; million. But & nbsp; for & nbsp; our comrades will take revenge on you. ''

These were the last words of Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya … She pronounced them & nbsp; already with a & nbsp; noose on & nbsp; neck. & Nbsp; the next second, a box was kicked out from under her feet, and & nbsp; the noose tightened. It was this version of Zoya's death that prevailed in the & nbsp; late USSR & nbsp; & mdash; without much detail. Which later did a disservice, giving unscrupulous people a reason to arrange a whole parade of “ revelations ''. Say, “ the most guarded Soviet secret was & nbsp; the fact that many fellow villagers reacted to & nbsp; Zoya's death without sympathy. '' & Nbsp;

Painting of the execution of Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, painted by the Kukryniksy in 1947. Photo: Public Domain

Indeed, when Kosmodemyanskaya was brought to the & nbsp; gallows, one of the & nbsp; residents of the village of Petrishchevo, Agrafen Smirnov , hit her & nbsp; feet with a stick, shouting: “Who have you hurt?” They burned my house down, but & nbsp; did nothing to the Germans … & raquo; & nbsp;

Direct forgery

However, it was not a secret in & nbsp; during the war and & nbsp; in the & nbsp; time after the war. About & nbsp; the act of Smirnova and & nbsp; about & nbsp; her trial in & nbsp; September 1942 & nbsp; writer Pavel Nilin prepared an essay with & nbsp; characteristic title “ Meanness ''. Where, by the way, it was mentioned that Kosmodemyanskaya also burned the huts of the Karelovs and & nbsp; Solntsevs: “ Hit her, & nbsp; & mdash; said the German officer Ivan Solntsev … & mdash; & nbsp; She burned your hut … '' Ivan Yegorovich Solntsev, an old collective farmer, a Russian man, looked at the & nbsp; tortured Russian girl and & nbsp; said nothing. Then the Germans called Agrafena Smirnova, and & nbsp; the old woman, in & nbsp; rage, hit the girl. Hit once and & nbsp; another. And & nbsp; swung at & nbsp; the third time, spewing foul curses. But & nbsp; then a Russian woman Praskovya Petrushina appeared and & nbsp; blocked the girl with her body. Agrafena Smirnova and & nbsp; her & nbsp; accomplice Fedosya Solina , who incited fellow villagers to & nbsp; beat Zoya, were tried and & nbsp; shot. As well as the & nbsp; headman Semyon Sviridov , who gave Zoya to the Germans.

Then this episode from the & nbsp; story of Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya dropped out. About & nbsp; the fact that there were no “ many fellow villagers '' condemning Kosmodemyanskaya was forgotten. But the words “ she burned down the house, but & nbsp; did nothing to the Germans & nbsp; '' have become a little & nbsp; is not & nbsp; the banner of those who question her & nbsp; feat. This can make an impression on gullible people, especially when it comes to the & nbsp; “ suffering of civilians who, as a result of Zoe's actions, were left homeless in winter. ''

In & nbsp; these words and & nbsp; lies a forgery that distorts the idea of ​​& nbsp; what happened in & nbsp; those & nbsp; days. Civilians were indeed left homeless in winter. But & nbsp; not & nbsp; in & nbsp; as a result of the actions of Zoe and & nbsp; other fighters of sabotage groups. Better than others, witnesses and & nbsp; witnesses from both & nbsp; and & nbsp; from & nbsp; can tell about this.

Legitimate goals

“ It was on the & nbsp; Russian front in & nbsp; November 1941 & nbsp; g. Our battalion withdrew to the & nbsp; village of Petrishchevo, & nbsp; a few kilometers from the & nbsp; front. We & nbsp; were happy to rest and & nbsp; occupied the hut. The Russian family was put on the & nbsp; street. As soon as we took a naps, the alarm went up: four huts were on fire … '' This is the testimony of a captured non-commissioned officer of the 10th company of the 332nd regiment of the 197th Wehrmacht division Karl Beyerlein .

“ The Germans kicked us out of the houses with rifle butts. In & nbsp; every hut their & nbsp; was packed. '' “ Mom took us with & nbsp; sis on a & nbsp; sled to & nbsp; Zlatoustovo. And & nbsp; when we & nbsp; returned, the Germans at & nbsp; we already made bunk bunks to sleep, & nbsp; & mdash; there was no place for us & nbsp; left. “ When they set fire to the Karelovs' house next to & nbsp; and & nbsp; a shed with & nbsp; horses near it, the Germans jumped out half-dressed. '' These are the memories of the inhabitants of the village of Petrishchevo. It is clear that they could not & nbsp; and & nbsp; and that means the picture is true. It was the Germans who drove the locals out of & nbsp; houses in & nbsp; frost, leaving them & nbsp; homeless. It was the Germans who considered themselves the owners of the houses & nbsp; & mdash; just by & nbsp; right of conquest. It turns out that Zoya was destroying houses that actually belonged to the enemy.

So, the group of fighters, which Zoya entered, by the first entry into the village of Petrishchevo, managed to set fire to three residential buildings, packed to capacity by the Nazis, and & nbsp; one barn. Is it a lot or a little? Someone, maybe, and & nbsp; is not enough. But & nbsp; let's compare the result of this raid of several Red Army men of the reconnaissance and sabotage military unit 9903 & nbsp; with the results of their & nbsp; colleagues. For example, with the & nbsp; results of the raid of the Special Forces of the Western Front, which was formed by Georgy Zhukov on the & nbsp; base of the Airborne Reserve battalion of the Military Council in & nbsp; October 1941 & nbsp; city & nbsp; and & nbsp; totaled 600 & nbsp; people. This is what the senior political instructor of this unit Ignatiy Strigunov said : “ Arriving at the & nbsp; destination on November 26 & nbsp;, the fighters immediately & nbsp; received a task for & nbsp; two days & nbsp; & mdash; destroy several villages where the Germans settled … In just & nbsp; during the march, the detachment burned 62 & nbsp; houses where the Germans settled, destroyed the headquarters of the German division in the & nbsp; village of Petrovskoe … & raquo; & nbsp;

By & nbsp; everything turns out that Zoe's group and & nbsp; she herself acted hardly & nbsp; was not & nbsp; more effective than experienced saboteurs, armed with machine guns, machine guns, grenades, automatic rifles and & nbsp; even rifles – “ silent ''; with & nbsp; devices of flameless-silent shooting. At & nbsp; Zoya's disposal was only a revolver and & nbsp; bottles with & nbsp; Molotov cocktails …

But & nbsp; this was only Zoya's first visit to & nbsp; Petrishchevo. Group Leader Boris Krainov considered the task completed. In the & nbsp; principle, he & nbsp; had reason to believe so. Recall & nbsp; & mdash; on the account of the group there are three houses and a barn, where there were 20 & nbsp; horses. However, Zoe returned to continue the sabotage. What for? Is it really out of & nbsp; love of & nbsp; arson or misunderstood heroism?

A few lines from the & nbsp; “ Act of interrogation of witnesses to the execution of Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, drawn up on January 25, 1942 in & nbsp; d. Petrishchevo, Gribtsovsky Village Council, Vereisky District, Moscow Region '': '' German soldiers caught her & nbsp; at & nbsp; that & nbsp; time when she was performing a combat mission & nbsp; & mdash; set fire to the stable, in & nbsp; of which there were more than 300 & nbsp; horses. The German sentry grabbed her & nbsp; from behind, and & nbsp; she did not & nbsp; had time to shoot.

The calm before the storm

In & nbsp; Wehrmacht sample 1941 & nbsp; g. there were 1 & nbsp; million horses. & nbsp; 90% of & nbsp; them were assigned to & nbsp; infantry divisions. In terms of the number of horses, the standard German division was twice as large as the rifle division of the Red Army. This explains the speed of movement of the Germans. The mobility of the Wehrmacht in the & nbsp; Battle for & nbsp; Moscow was provided by horses. It was no coincidence that Zoya chose the “ stable, where there were more than 300 & nbsp; horses '' as her next target. This suggests & nbsp; the fact that she perfectly understood the meaning of the sabotage operation & nbsp; & mdash; strike at & nbsp; including & nbsp; on & nbsp; mobility of Germans. Apparently, commander of military unit 9903 Artur Sprogis acted in & nbsp; in strict accordance with & nbsp; order of the Headquarters No. & nbsp; 0428 dated & nbsp; 17 & nbsp; November 1941 & nbsp; g .: “ To destroy settlements, select the most courageous and & nbsp; strong in & nbsp; politico-moral terms of soldiers, commanders and & nbsp; them & nbsp; tasks and & nbsp; the significance of this event for the defeat of the German army. Zoya's persistence in achieving this goal is also explained by the fact that the regiment's headquarters was located in Petrishchev and & nbsp; also a communications center, whose tasks were to track the radio exchange of Soviet troops. & Nbsp;

And & nbsp; now remember the date. Zoya was captured on the evening of November 28 & nbsp; They tortured all night. And & nbsp; hung on the morning of November 29 & nbsp;. These were the days of calm before the storm, before the famous Soviet counter-offensive, which will begin on December 5 & nbsp; In & nbsp; conditions of preparation of a major operation, communications and & nbsp; enemy mobility & nbsp; & mdash; targets on which & nbsp; must be struck. At any cost. Zoya decided that her & nbsp; life would be the price.


SpaceX plans to launch a new group of Internet satellites Starlink

The American company SpaceX intends to launch another batch of Starlink Internet satellites into orbit in the middle of the coming week, Interfax reports.

It is reported that this will be the 33rd launch of the group into orbit Internet satellites since May 2019 as part of the Starlink project. At the moment, the orbital constellation consists of 1842 spacecraft

The heavy Falcon 9 launch vehicle with 53 mini-satellites weighing about 290 kg should launch from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral in Florida on December 1 at 18:20 time US East Coast (December 2 at 02:20 Moscow time).

Recall that 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 11,000 satellites in orbit. The total cost of this project is estimated at ten billion dollars.


Axios learns of Germany’s request to the US over Nord Stream 2

According to Axios, the German authorities have asked the US Congress to abandon the introduction of new sanctions against Nord Stream 2. At the same time, Berlin assured that they had invented new levers of pressure on Russia

Receiving terminal of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on the coast in Lubmin near Greifswald

The German Embassy in Washington has called on the US Congress not to impose restrictive measures against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. This is reported by Axios with reference to an unofficial document that came into its possession.

According to the portal, the German authorities told their American colleagues that the imposition of sanctions against the gas pipeline and related directly or indirectly, companies will weaken confidence in the United States and “ ultimately harm transatlantic unity. ''

The document says that now the pipeline does not pose a threat to Ukraine, “ as long as reasonable gas transit is guaranteed '' through this country. It also suggested that possible US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 could be a “victory for [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” as the restrictions would discord relations with Western allies.

In addition, the document notes that Germany is determined to implement the July 21 agreement with the United States on supporting Ukraine, energy security and climate goals, in order to strengthen both Ukrainian and European energy security and “ deter Russia from abusing the pipeline in aggressive political purposes. '' “ Unilateral action by the US Congress could undermine these joint efforts and seriously weaken the transatlantic unity on the subject of Russia, '' & mdash; are excerpts from the document.

It states that Nord Stream 2 In no way did he soften Berlin's policy towards Moscow, and that “ the rise in energy prices is a global phenomenon and cannot be solely caused by Russia. ''

At the same time, the document, dated November 19, describes the steps that the Federal Republic of Germany will take at the national level, including “ strong public statements '' condemning Russia's behavior. According to Axios, the German government will also “assess [the possibility of] limiting or, if necessary, suspending certain bilateral political meetings or certain formats of cooperation with Russia.” In addition, as the document says, Berlin will “ review possible limitations '' for future Russian fossil fuel projects.

On November 9, a group of Republican senators launched a new initiative that calls for sanctions against Nord Stream 2. US lawmakers have proposed an appropriate amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal 2022. If the amendment is adopted, no later than 15 days after that, US President Joe Biden will have to impose sanctions against “ any organization responsible for planning the project, construction and operation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as well as against the main shareholder of such companies. In fact, we are talking about the company Nord Stream 2 AG & mdash; “ daughter '' Gazprom and the project operator. It was created for the planning, construction and subsequent operation of the gas pipeline.

In July, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden signed an agreement that would allow Russia to complete Nord Stream 2. Berlin promised to advocate for the introduction of sanctions against Russia if Moscow uses gas transit as an instrument of pressure on other countries, including Ukraine.

Nord Stream 2 completed in September. It was supposed to be ready at the end of 2019, but the work was prevented by US sanctions. Because of them, some of the foreign partners left the project. According to Gazprom, the pipeline is ready for launch. For this, Nord Stream 2 AG must obtain approval from the German and then the European regulator. In Germany, the decision must be made by January 8, 2022, then the European Commission (EC) will consider it within two months. The EC also has the right to extend the term for another two months & mdash; until May 8, 2022, Bloomberg reported.

At the end of summer, exchange gas prices in Europe began to rise sharply, and in mid-autumn they reached record levels. So, on August 30, the price for 1 thousand cubic meters. m was $ 600, September 15 & mdash; $ 970, and on October 6, it peaked at $ 1969. At the end of October, Putin, who had earlier blamed the jump in fuel prices as “ harsh rash actions '' and mistakes made by the EU authorities, instructed Gazprom start planned work to increase the volume of gas in European storage facilities. After that, gas prices dropped to almost $ 800 per 1,000 cubic meters. m.

In the EU, the sharp increase in gas prices was associated with the actions of Gazprom. The Russian company refused to book additional capacities for the transit of gas through Ukraine for August, September and October and bought only a third of the proposed transit capacity of the Yamal gas pipeline & mdash; Europe, which goes through the territory of Belarus and Poland, in October. A group of MEPs said that Gazprom could provoke price fluctuations to speed up the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is awaiting approval from German and European regulators. At Gazprom itself these accusations were denied and they stated that the gas volumes were in accordance with the concluded contracts.

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The Sun: Russia and China may want to “rein in America on multiple fronts”

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Russian expert Isabelle Soukins told The Sun that military cooperation between Russia and China could turn into a catastrophe for the West.

“Cooperation between China and Russia and the common concern that unites them about the actions of the West is a really terrifying prospect,” Soukins believes.

The expert drew attention to the economic strength of the PRC. At the same time, Moscow and Beijing are strengthening their cooperation amid exercises conducted by the United States near Russia's western borders.

Soukins believes that if Russia and China unite, they will want to “rein in America on several fronts.”/p>

The expert also noted that the EU will not be able to stay away from this conflict. The States will ask European countries to become allies against the unification of the RF-PRC.


Former US Secretary of Defense Esper filed a lawsuit against the Pentagon


Former US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has filed a lawsuit in federal court for the Metropolitan District of Columbia over a ban on the publication of a significant part of his memoirs, in which he tells about his work in the administration of President Donald Trump. This was reported by the New York Times.

It is clarified that in May the ex-minister, dismissed by Trump after his defeat in the presidential election, wants to publish a book called The Sacred Oath. In his memoirs, Esper tells about “the complete history of our nation, in its difficult periods.”

“Under the pretext of secrecy, the Pentagon removes a significant portion of the text from publication, despite the fact that it is necessary for telling important stories that are affected me in my memoirs, “the publication quotes the ex-minister.

In the suit, Esper accuses the current US administration of infringing on” constitutional rights protected by the first amendment “on freedom of speech.


Israel and Britain oppose the development of nuclear weapons in Iran


The Foreign Ministers of Britain and Israel announced that they will work” round the clock “to prevent Iran become a nuclear power.

Earlier, Liz Truss and Yair Lapid wrote a joint article for the British press, in which they talked about the Iranian nuclear program. The material was published in the Telegraph newspaper.

“In order to prevent the Iranian regime from ever becoming a nuclear power, we are ready to work around the clock. Now the world community needs to work closely together to thwart Tehran's ambitions, “the foreign ministers added.

Recall that on Monday, Israel and Britain will sign an agreement on cybersecurity, technology, defense and trade.


Latvian Prime Minister called on the EU and NATO to send a signal to Russia regarding Ukraine

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins believes that Russia should receive a signal from the European Union and NATO regarding a possible escalation against Ukraine. He stated this at a press conference in Riga after a meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.


“It is important that the European Union and NATO monitor the situation near Ukraine's borders and give Russia a signal that in the event of an escalation, very clear consequences are expected,” he said.

Karins added that another hybrid threat in Europe is the migration crisis on the border of Belarus with Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.


Third case of omicron strain detected in UK

Plot of a novel coronavirus pandemic that spread from China

The UK Health Safety Agency announced the detection of a third case in the country with the new omicron coronavirus strain, reports BBC News.

It is reported that the infection was found in London from a person who has traveled to South Africa. It is noted that the infected person has already left the UK.

Recall that the new strain of coronavirus omicron & nbsp; was identified in Botswana. Later, those infected with this type of virus were registered in South Africa and other countries. According to experts, numerous changes in its genome indicate a high transmissibility of this variant and resistance to protective antibodies of those who have been ill and vaccinated.


Russian Aerospace Forces will receive new aircraft with hypersonic weapons

New aircraft with hypersonic weapons will be put on combat duty in the aviation units of the Russian Aerospace Forces next year, Krasnaya Zvezda reports.

said the deputy commander-in-chief of the Aerospace Forces, Lieutenant General Andrei Yudin.

He noted that next year the department will put on combat alert advanced models of weapons, military and special equipment, including those with hypersonic weapons.

According to the lieutenant general, within the framework of the state defense order for 2022, it is planned to purchase more than 200 units of the main samples of military and military equipment.

Yudin also noted that next year was declared the year of flight training in aviation military units, and for the air defense, missile defense and space forces – a year of combat duty.

Earlier it was also reported that in 2026 serial production of the Russian fifth generation Checkmate fighter will be launched. The first flight of the aircraft is scheduled for 2023.


Wilfand told what winter will be in European Russia

The scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center Roman Vilfand said that frosts down to minus 20 degrees and a thaw are forecasted in the coming winter in European Russia, RIA Novosti reports.

temperatures, and in the short term there can be real frosts … Such fluctuations are associated with climate warming. When the climate warms, the amplitude of fluctuations increases '', & mdash; he said.

Earlier, Vilfand warned that weather anomalies await residents of the European part of Russia in the coming days.

According to the forecaster, in the central part of European Russia at the very end of November, temperatures of five degrees above normal.

At the same time, abnormal cold is expected in the north of European Russia & mdash; frosts can reach minus 20 degrees.


Scientists from Russia have solved one of the mysteries of the Scythian world


3 of 3 Scythian arrowhead, VI – V centuries. BC 1 of 3 Scythian mirror of the first half of the 6th century BC 2 of 3 Scythian arrowhead (amulet), 6th – 5th centuries BC 3 of 3 Scythian arrowhead, 6th – 5th centuries BC

“The new finds allow us to expand the northern border of the cultural influence of the Scythians by at least 300 kilometers. – reserve “Kulikovo field” Evgeny Stolyarov.

Local tribes, according to scientists, were inferior to the more southern Scythian artisans, but they were guided by them when creating their own style. This is evidenced, for example, by the unique horn handle of a dagger found during excavations – it exactly repeats a rare type of bimetallic Scythian daggers, which local craftsmen, apparently, could not make of metal. Where did the Scythians come from and who did they become?

The Scythians at that time, according to scientists, were the brightest culture of the northern Black Sea region, which had a huge influence on all its neighbors. The Scythian world stretched from the mouth of the Danube in the west to Xinjiang in the east, but the question of the northern boundaries of its cultural influence, by and large, remained a mystery to scientists.

“Forest and forest-steppe territories bordering on the Scythian steppes, many centuries to one degree or another were covered by the “veil of the cultural traditions of the nomads.” Often, the Scythians, apparently, acted as conductors of cultural and technological innovations, and their military affairs became a source of inspiration for many younger peoples, “said Evgeny Stolyarov.


Vucic announced attempts to oust Russia from the European gas market

According to the Serbian President, the Europeans are not launching Nord Stream 2 due to US pressure, while Europe does not have enough gas. He added that thanks to the price set by Moscow, Belgrade saved about € 1 billion

Alexander Vucic and Vladimir Putin

Russia is facing problems in the natural gas market in Europe, Serbian President Alexander Vucic told Pink TV.

“ Russians have a problem they don't talk about. Namely & mdash; they are trying to squeeze them out politically so that they do not have gas in Europe '', & mdash; said the head of state.

According to Vucic, Europe lacks 70 billion cubic meters. blue fuel, with 55 billion cubic meters. m is provided for the passage through the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. The pipeline, he said, “ won't start due to American pressure. ''

The head of Serbia added that she saved about € 1 billion due to the gas price set at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on November 25.

The contract for the supply of gas from Russia to Serbia has been in effect since 2012 and expires at the end of 2021. Since 2017, the volume of supplies has increased from 1.5 billion to 2 billion cubic meters. m per year. Serbia is now buying Russian gas at $ 270 per 1,000 cubic meters. m. At a meeting in Sochi, the presidents agreed to extend the gas contract for six months on the same terms. The indicated price is considered one of the lowest. More favorable conditions, in particular, from Belarus, which buys gas at $ 127 per 1,000 cubic meters. m.

At the end of the meeting, Vucic said that he considers the price of $ 270 per 1,000 cubic meters. m “ incredible ''; Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic called the agreement on gas supplies, which Moscow and Belgrade concluded, historic.

Gas prices in Europe began to rise in April, and in early October reached a record $ 1,969,000 . for 1 thousand cubic meters. m. Then a decline followed. On November 16, the market value of gas in Europe exceeded $ 1,000.

Nord Stream 2 completed in September. It was supposed to be ready at the end of 2019, but the work was prevented by US sanctions. Because of this, some of the foreign partners left the project. As stated in Gazprom, the pipeline is ready for launch. Now the operator of Nord Stream 2 AG must obtain the approval of the German and then the European regulator.

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Authorities discussed the new name of the document with QR codes

The authorities are discussing options for the name of the document for the vaccinated and ill with Covid. At the same time, the use of the term “QR-code” is planned to be minimized due to the generally negative attitude of citizens towards it

The Kremlin and the government are discussing the possible names of the document, according to which the citizens who have a medical rejection from vaccination will be able to visit public places when restrictions are imposed due to the coronavirus epidemic. Two sources close to the presidential administration and an interlocutor close to the government told RBC about this.

At the same time, the authorities plan to minimize the use of the term “ QR code '' in public rhetoric, two sources close to the Kremlin said.

QR code & mdash; it is only a tool for transmitting information, such as a flash drive, a federal official told RBC. Using the QR code, you can find out information about a person's vaccination or previous illness. The document itself, which allows you to significantly expand covid restrictions, should be called something else, he adds.

At present, with the help of sociological research, various options are being tested of what name might be used in Russia for a document for vaccinated and officially ill citizens when restrictions are imposed, RBC sources say. Among the options being discussed, according to two interlocutors of RBC, & mdash; health passport, health certificate, green passport (Green pass), 'kovipass', 'sanitary passport' etc.

At the round table of the Expert Institute for Social Research (EISR), close to the internal political bloc of the Kremlin, which took place on November 18 and was devoted to the international experience of using QR codes and their application in Russia, the participants stated, among other things, that the QR code system has been introduced in many countries, but other names are used in the public space. For example, Health pass, Covid Save Ticket, Green pass, etc.

Most likely, the final name of the document, on which the Russian authorities will stop, will be officially fixed, says one of the sources: this can be done by amendments to the second reading of draft laws on QR codes or by a document from the headquarters for combating coronavirus.

In government bills that suggest the possibility of introducing QR codes on air and rail transport, as well as in public places, the abstract term “ documentation '' is now used, which confirms the vaccination, the presence of contraindications to it, or the fact of a past illness. The documentation 'contains a two-dimensional barcode (QR code)', the bills say.

Many people perceive negatively the term QR code itself, says one of the interlocutors of RBC, referring to closed social studies that show that slightly more than 50% of Russians have a negative attitude towards it, & mdash; among them, both vaccinated and not vaccinated, with a possible increase in the number of negative attitudes. Some people consider the phrase “ QR code '' satanic, someone perceives him through the prism of limiting freedoms, explains the interlocutor of RBC.

“ In the history of our country, there was a lot of all this: '666, the number of the beast' '' mdash; popular images among not very educated Orthodox. & hellip; A little earlier, people had a categorical rejection of the INN & hellip; Now everyone has an INN, and nothing terrible has happened. It's the turn of QR codes & raquo;, & mdash; said in an interview with RBC, the head physician of the psychiatric hospital. Alekseeva (formerly & mdash; Kashchenko Hospital), Moscow's chief freelance psychiatrist Georgy Kostyuk, explaining the reasons for Russians' fears of vaccination and denial of the pandemic.

According to him, “ … people admit that someone has learned to do what seemed inaccessible yesterday. '' “ & hellip; Someone thought real conspiracy the idea that Bill Gates developed the chips [and implants them into people along with the vaccine]. Next & mdash; this is already a matter of technology. Who knows what 5G is? What if it is something that is really capable of [infecting the coronavirus]? In addition, viruses are also digital. It is not difficult to convince yourself of this if you initially took a position on the creation of a digital gulag and other similar theories '', & mdash; explained Kostyuk.

The very name 'QR code', and why this name is used, is not clear to citizens: 'This does not correspond to the social practice of people from the point of view of everyday life … Use of the term 'QR code' increases alertness, can be intimidating and generate negative connotations in people who are already anxious about innovations, seeing them as various threats, '' & mdash; says Viktor Poturemsky, director of political analysis at the Institute of Social Marketing. If the authorities use, for example, the word “ passport '', then it will be much clearer: “ Everyone, even small children, knows what a passport is, '' & mdash; says the expert.

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Ukrainian colonel dreamed of the “fled” Russian army


According to the YouTube channel” Apostrophe ” the idea of ​​the inability of the Russian army to conduct hostilities when resisting it.

“If the Russians are given an answer, they will run away. The chatter about the” Russian soldier “is a talking shop,” the soldier suggested.

At the same time, Nedzelsky stressed that he considers Russia to be an aggressor country, which is waging a “war of conquest” in Ukraine.


Lukashenka accused Lithuanian border guards of killing migrants

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Lithuanian security forces are killing refugees and then throwing their bodies into Belarus. He reported two such cases at a meeting at the Ministry of Defense of the republic. This was reported by the BelTA agency.

“In this migration crisis, the scoundrels have reached the point of killing people,” the Belarusian leader said. According to him, one of the bodies was found the day before, the second – on Monday.

According to Lukashenko, the Lithuanians are buttoning the dead body of a half-dead person in a sleeping bag and dragging it to the territory of Belarus, where local security forces are already finding the corpses.

“What an abomination you have to reach in order to kill people and throw them into the adjacent territory,” the politician was indignant.

On the eve of the discovery of a dead migrant, the State Border Committee of Belarus reported. According to security officials, the body of an “emaciated man of non-Slavic appearance” was found at the border. They also found a trail of being dragged from the Lithuanian territory.

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