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The military correspondent of Vesti reported the death of Major General Kutuzov in the Donbass

The Telegram channel “Military Informant” writes that Roman Kutuzov died in the area of ​​​​the settlement of Nikolaevka. Prior to this, the authorities reported the death of three Russian generals during a special operation

Roman Kutuzov

Major General Roman Kutuzov died in the Donbass, the Russian Vesti military commander said on the Telegram channel Alexander Sladkov. According to him, the commander “led people to attack.” Sladkov called Kutuzov “the fourth Russian general to die in action.” RBC turned to the Russian Ministry of Defense for comment.

According to the Telegram channel “Military Informant”, Kutuzov died in the course of a combat mission in the Nikolaevka area (Popasnyansky district). During his service, he was awarded the Orders of Kutuzov, Courage, “For Military Merit”, Honor and the medal “For Courage”, the channel writes.

On the website of the Ministry of Defense, Kutuzov was last mentioned in July 2020— in the status of chief of staff of the combined arms formation of the Eastern Military District.

Earlier it was reported that three Russian generals were killed during a special operation in Ukraine: Deputy Commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Ground Forces, Major General Andrey Sukhovetsky , Deputy Commander of the 8th Army, Major General Vladimir Frolov and Major General of the Air Force, retired Kanamat Botashev. Local authorities reported their deaths.

The Russian Ministry of Defense officially disclosed the losses of the army during the hostilities in Ukraine only twice, the last time— in March (1351 dead, 3825 injured).

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Media: Russian sanctions brought down the production of microcircuits around the world

The Russian authorities have found a response to anti-Russian sanctions.

Until December 31, by decision of the Russian authorities, restrictions were imposed on the export of inert gases necessary for the production of chips.

In particular, such gases as neon, helium, krypton and others, which were supplied to Japan.

This information, according to “Bloknot”, was confirmed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

Experts agreed that restrictions on the export of inert gases are Russia's response on the sanctions imposed against it.

This step by Moscow will eventually lead to an increase in the supply shortage of chips on the world market, since the production of the same gases was also suspended at Ukrainian plants in Mariupol and Odessa, where half of the world's volume was produced.

As a result, all over the world a new collapse associated with the production of microcircuits is brewing.

Commenting on the decision of the authorities, Deputy Minister Vasily Shpak said that such restrictions will enable Russia to rebuild broken chains and set up new ones.

He explained that Russia would now simply increase its production capacity, which would provide a “competitive advantage” to further build “mutually beneficial negotiations” with colleagues.

The same data was confirmed by economic analyst Denis Efremov, calling the decision of the Russian government a response to the imposed sanctions.

According to Efremov, such a step will force the West to negotiate with the Kremlin, since in otherwise “strategic industries” will collapse.

Also “Notepad” cited data on the share of deliveries of valuable metals from Russia and Ukraine to the United States.

Thus, more than 1/3 of the required volume of palladium in the United States is supplied by Russia, and about 90% of neon – Ukraine. Thus, the production of microcircuits in the USA turned out to be in doubt.

In total, Russia's supply of palladium to the world market is 25-30%, and platinum 8-10%.

Earlier, Topnews wrote, that the head of China, Xi Jinping, instructed to find a way to help the Russian Federation without violating sanctions.

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The best special projects. Internet Content Award Winners Announced

On June 2, the IRI announced the winners of the first National Internet Content Award. The solemn ceremony of presenting the first National Internet Content Award took place in the Moscow Music Media Dome.  

19 projects in the main categories became the winners of the National Internet Content Award. Also, awards were presented in 8 special nominations. The award was established by the Internet Development Institute (IRI) with the support of the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives, the strategic partner was VK.  

Best Video Projects  

In the category “Debut of the Year” The victory was won by the Birchpunk channel with the Russian Cyber ​​Village project. The winner in the category “Proud!”  became the studio "KAMI GROUP ENTERTAINMENT" from the show “Startups of the Russian Empire”.  

First place in the category “Best video content up to 3 minutes” occupied the Line of Life Foundation from the video «Line of Life — it's you». The best in the field of “Enlightenment and Education” became  Russian Society "Knowledge" with the educational marathon “New Horizons”. In the nomination “Russia of cultural and social values” won with the film “100 Years of Yuri Nikulin”.  

“Best Podcast” became the cycle “Memories of the Future” from Here-Here Production. “Difficult teenagers-2” produced by PROSPECT PRODUCTION and  won the title of “Best Web Series”. Statuette as «Best Documentary» received “Baikal. The Amazing Adventures of Yuma from Red Square Studio, Central Partnership and Channel One film company.  

Stories of volunteers and young scientists  

In the nomination “We are together” won by Igor Matvienkowith the project «Live». "Stories of volunteers "Lisa Arlet" from TASS were ahead of everyone in the category “Making the World a Better Place”.  

«Best Blog» recognized “Vasya in the hay” Sergey Lukyanovand “Sprite Media”.  

In the nomination “Development and Opportunities”; won the multimedia special project “AiF” "Science: The Age of the Young".  

"Best Short Film" recognized “Artist” from the series “About people and about the war” Artel Film Production.  

The first in the nomination “Heroes of our time” was the online campaign “History of Doctors. Please breathe!”, initiated by MIA “Russia Today” in support of Russian doctors and volunteers.  

«Social Internet Trigger» became the action “#wewillROCyou”, the main ambassadors of which were Tinatin Kandelaki, Timati and Dmitry Bilan. In the nomination “International Success” won the movie «Silver Skates» produced by Central Partnership, GPM KIT, «Kinoslova» and Trite Studio.  

«Best Journalistic Project on the Internet» “Antonyms with Anton Krasovsky” were recognized.  

In the nomination “Preserving Historical Memory” the victory was won by the VK project “Faces of Victory”.  

«Best feature film» became “Dad” from Good Story Media, TNT, TNT4.  

Winners in special categories  

In addition, within the framework of the award, winners in 8 special nominations were announced. So, the award “Voice of a Generation” were awarded to the authors of the Dobro.University project, which is a course on the basics of volunteering. The VK special nomination was won by the KhakRak program of the Leukemia Fight Foundation. In the category “Internet beyond the age” “for the best travel blog that inspires all generations” the prize went to the travel blogBabushka Zhenya (Evgenia Semyonova).  

Blogger Yury Podolyakawas featured in the Just About Important category — ""for the rapid development of the blog and for delivering up-to-date analytics to a wide audience in an accessible language". In the nomination «I’ll be back» the journalist Vladimir Solovyov («Soloviev LIVE") was marked as "the best Internet journalist who was removed from YouTube for political reasons, but rebelled on other sites».  

In the special nomination “Strength in Truth” “for professional heroism dictated solely by personal choice” war correspondents Irina Kuksenkova, Alexander Kots, Evgeny Poddubny, Alexander Sladkov, Yuri Kotenok strong>, Andrey Rudenko, Maxim Fomin, Dmitry Steshin, Andrey Filatov and Semyon Pegov.  

Prize in the First Person Category left the project Wargonzo Semyon Pegovas “the most readable Telegram channel from the scene in the first person”. Special nomination “The World Should Know” went to the authors of the Rutube show “Show Wheel” pranksters Vovan and Lexus, noted “for high-profile revelations in order to protect public values”.  

Recall, for the main nominations of the award projects (videos, podcasts, articles, projects in the media and the blogosphere, feature and documentary series, films) were accepted, the digital release of which took place from September 2020 to December 2021. Industry leaders could put forward projects: Russian media, content producers, video hosting companies, media holdings, blogging agencies – in total about 100 organizations. The total prize fund of the first National Internet Content Award is 18 million rubles.

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“The mother-in-law here is just a fascist.” Why are our women getting divorced in India?

A native of the Chelyabinsk region, Elena Bilyalova accepted an offer to become the wife of an Indian citizen 12 years ago.

“I was thirty, he was twenty-two.. .as I thought he loved me».

They settled on the outskirts of Mumbai, bought an apartment (mostly with Elena money), a daughter Alisha was born. The Russian wife did not get along right away with the mother of the betrothed. It annoyed the bride from Russia not Hindu,                  of their village «Our Mothers-in-Law — pure angels, — Elena laughs. — Here is the Indian mother-in-law — it's a monster. It looks like hazing in the army, where a young soldier is beaten, and then he himself, becoming a “grandfather”, beats others. The daughter-in-law of the Indians is obliged to unquestioningly comply with any orders of the mother-in-law. Even worse is the wife of the younger brother, who, according to Indian customs, is simply a real free slave — cleans  everyone, cooks».

The young couple were brought together at a ceremony in a Hindu temple. Elena with a shudder recalls — she had to swallow a drink that contained cow urine. After 8 years, the marriage broke up — Elena's husband began to drink, go for walks, and quit work, and and then raised his hand against                        s   she says. —  I never sent her any gift at all. His family too.

Mother-in-law. Frame of the Indian film

“Sneakily bought chicken and ate”

According to Svetlana Khorkovafrom Murmansk, who got married in 1995 in the city of Varanasi, after watching Indian films popular in the USSR, our girls imagined India as a fabulous exotic country where people in beautiful clothes sing and dance, in riding between dances  elephants.

«Well, everyone — Jimmy-Jimmy, acha-acha!   with laughing, Svetlana quotes a song from  the Bollywood hit „Disco Dancer“. — Then it turns out — here is a pipets, and not a fairy tale. You were rightly told, Indian mother-in-law — in general, a fascist, we from the first day of dogging. She gave birth to a girl — began to look like a wolf. Sons are valued here: therefore, the ultrasound procedure in order to find out the sex of the child was banned by law.  — husbands found out that a daughter would be born, and forced their wives to have an abortion. A dowry is necessary for a daughter, a wedding is also played on the money of the bride's parents: and the boy, as they say, will be the breadwinner, provide for the family. Well and of course, I d d not expect such a life. The whole family of the husband — vegetarians, at home only vegetables in spicy sauces: I smuggled fried chicken, scrambled eggs and ate from street vendors. Basically, it is not customary for women to work here, they sit at home. I went out to the office and in the evening I took care of the child, there were 6 sleep hours left. Felt like I was in a zoo — after all, it is prestigious to marry a European woman in India, our husband’s guests constantly came to us, asking permission to take a picture with me. Tired. I didn before thinking that             &nb; But, alas, this is true.

A frame from the Indian film

“Did you try to rake after the elephant?”

Perhaps the coolest “lucky” Oksana Boldyshevoth from Novosibirsk — she fell in love with an Indian student from the southern state of Kerala, and moved in with him in 1999: they played a magnificent wedding. It turned out that the beloved's family lives in a small village, not far from the beach. Coconut palms by the sea, pure romance. But Oksana was in for a surprise — it turned out that the family owns two elephants (!), which are rented out to tourists for riding.

“Do you” imagine what it's like to rake shit for at least one elephant? — Oxana rages.   And there there are two of them, and I the wife of my youngest son! In general, it barely lasted a year. True, I got used to the elephants, they loved me, they took food only from my hands. And actually, they turned out to be elephants, I their Katya and Masha called».

Among the main disadvantages for her, Boldysheva calls the heat. "I although from Siberia, we have strong sun in July, the skin burns. But it's just awful. During the day, like on a frying pan. In the evening I went out, walked for five minutes along the street and was already wet as a mouse. True, by the time of the divorce, I got used to the climate and did did leave I moved to Goa, I work as a tourist guide. Still, the eternal summer and the absence of harsh frosts is a wonderful thing.

Also, Oksana did not like the Indian fauna at all — she, by  her confession, made her 'squeal every night'. “Snakes, huge bugs, cat-sized cockroaches. Monkeys run around, they can grab a bag of food from your hands. And you can't break it — sacred animal. We hesitated.

Photo: AiF/Georgy Zotov

 I shooted for 820 rubles"

As Elena Bilyalova explains, there are usually no people who are indifferent to India. Either our women fall in love with this country in a minute, or they run away in a few months screaming — «more here foot!».

“I belong to the first type of girl, — she smiles. — I immediately liked everything here, and  I happy in the second marriage  — with a Muslim from Kashmir, he is wonderful me  child».

 and the rest  — as a rule, after a divorce from an Indian, a Russian girl rarely comes back, more often she stays in India.

«I had nowhere to go back — Svetlana Khorkova admits.   I sold my apartment in Murmansk, my parents were offended by my marriage to „black“, stopped talking to me. The daughter is dark-skinned, she doesn’t know the Russian language, she was afraid of — how she gets settled in school, they will tease. So I didn't go. Anyway, India is a good country. There are mangoes, bananas, papaya all year round for pennies, and very cheap. It is easy for a European to find a job, albeit not for a lot of money. There was a time, in Bollywood, I often starred in episodes of historical films, portrayed English ladies.  1  >

Almost all the ladies I interviewed noted that the Indians did not mind when, in the case of a divorce, the child remained with the mother: they did not try to kidnap him, as after marriages with the Egyptians.

Photo: AiF/Georgy Zotov

“I begged herrings to bring”

"This is if the daughter — considers a former resident of Rostov, Zinaida Kilskaya, who in 2011 married a student from Delhi — she met him at a party in her hometown. — In  I had a son, and   an Indian family is ready to fight for sons. My husband, his father and brother began to threaten me, they promised to run over me with a car. My mother-in-law said she wanted to poison me. It's real, in Indian films people are so nice, and you just cross the road — you will see what they turn into. I ran away with a child to Goa, hired a lawyer, filed a court. For some time I did not let my son out of the house, until I was sure that I was not being followed. I sent threatening letters to the police, they left me alone. To & nbsp; the question of what caused the divorce, Zinaida answers & nbsp; & mdash; "He began drinking. Can you imagine? I was funny. After all, Hindus do not have such a culture to constantly „sour“. And he said that he was addicted in Russia. Guard, how lucky I am — I could at at at home quietly jump out for drunk, but found myself an alcoholic seven thousand kilometers from Rostov. And the food didn satisfy me. One chicken, Lord! In curry, in kebabs, in kebabs. Where's the sausage? And crayfish, seeds? I constantly begged my acquaintances, who came to Delhi on business, to bring black crackers, lard and herring.

…There are no exact statistics. But according to various estimates, in India and after a divorce, and in happy marriage live from 30 000 to 70 000 citizens of Russia. Most of them married Indians, tens of thousands of who went to study at higher education institutions of the USSR. Now marriages with students are also not uncommon, but most often grooms are found on the beaches of the Goa resort, where our women come to relax. Of course, there are enough divorces and unsuccessful marriages in in Russia itself, and for the same reasons of course I don take care of elephants, but alcohol —      sure for sure. Therefore, in the near future, I will write an article about successful marriages between Russian girls and citizens of India. It may seem surprising to you, but they are more than enough.

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Pedal horse, rubber baby doll. What pleased the Soviet kids “Children’s World”

On June 6, 1957, an amazing store called “Children's World” opened in Moscow. Its construction was conceived as a gift to all the children of the Soviet Union. The author of the project was the famous architect Alexey Dushkin. According to his designs, a high-rise building was built on Red Gate Square (one of the seven Stalinist skyscrapers), railway station buildings in a number of cities, the Ploshchad Revolyutsii metro station, Mayakovskaya and "Kropotkinskaya".

Thanks to the  glass facades, aluminum structures, large-scale four-story arches and large areas, the Detsky Mir building became not only the largest children's store in the USSR, but and the first domestic world-class department store.

Different, but also for children

This building appeared on the site of the Lubyansky Passage, demolished in 1953. And the passage itself was built in the quarter between Teatralny Proyezd, Lubyanskaya Square, Pushechnaya and Rozhdestvenka — in the old trading place of Moscow. “Children's World” was built with partial use of the old foundation left over from Lubyansky Passage. The construction of a grandiose children's department store in the difficult post-war years was by no means accidental. They really tried to give the best to the children and in difficult times. But the most interesting thing is that the store with the name "Children's World" I've already been to Moscow, and it opened ten years earlier, in September 1947 . It occupied part of the building at the very beginning of Kirov Street (now Myasnitskaya), where the Biblio-Globus store is now located. At that time, that children's store was considered a branch of the Central Department Store.

“No frills!”

Old “Children's World” was very popular with  buyers, but the area of ​​the trading floor was too small. Especially for him decided to build a whole building. True, at first they planned to confine themselves to the reconstruction of the Lubyanka passage, but then they demolished the old passage and began to build a completely new building in its place. As a result, a seven-story building was erected with two underground floors and attic rooms with a total area of ​​more than 55 thousand sq. meters.

“Children's World” became the first commercial building in the USSR, where escalators were installed. Daylight entered the room through huge glazed arches. And in the evening, the magical light from these arched windows invited children and adults into the world of miracles and tales. Granite, ceramic blocks were used in the exterior of the building, and in the interior — marble, bronze, precious woods. In the center was a huge two-tiered hall. Its vault at the level of the fourth floor was made of reinforced glass and decorated with stained glass. The initial project included mosaic panels by Pavel Korin, but they had to be abandoned. It was at that time that Nikita Khrushchev began an uncompromising struggle against architectural “excesses”. When he examined the drawings, stated that the department store was “very wastefully designed.”

Children's World, 1961 Photo: RIA Novosti/N. Rakhmanov

In the summer of 1957, the World Festival of Youth and Students was to be held in Moscow. In order not to lose face in front of foreign guests, the authorities did not dare to radically get rid of all the “architectural excesses”. Yes and a gift to Soviet children would look poor without them. The desire to complete the construction of the building by the opening of the youth forum affected the quality. So, for example, it happened that mixed bricks were used, the slabs were laid incorrectly. But this became known after many years during the reconstruction.

The main place of the “Children's World” there was a pedestal of the central department of toys. First, there was a tower-clock with various little animals, then the good doctor Aibolit, surrounded by cute monkeys, who from time to time made dizzying jumps, took his place. It happened that children and adults froze for a long time before the fairy-tale action unfolding before their eyes, forgetting about purchases.

The railway for half wages

In "Children's World" it was everything that a child of that time could only dream of. For example, a toy railway made in the GDR. For this miracle, depending on the configuration, it was necessary to pay from 100 to 350 rubles. Moreover, the average salary in the country was then 750 rubles. After Khrushchev's monetary reform, this beautiful toy began to cost ten times less, but and the salaries of the parents after the denomination decreased by the same same.

Almost every male baby in the USSR wanted to have another toy that had been produced since the 1950s for three decades. It was called “Pedal Horse” (official name) and was a three-wheeled structure in the form of a racetrack with drawn by a horse. The toy cost about 30 rubles. This device moved with the help of pedals, but there was no steering wheel, you had to control it with a bridle. It was inconvenient, hence  the well-known expression "Pedal horse" appeared.

All kinds of toys-designers made of metal and plastic — from the simplest to complex. They cost much less, and differed from the number of parts and what of them could be assembled. Depending on this, their cost also fluctuated, but, as a rule, it did not exceed a few rubles.

Detsky Mir, 1979 Photo: RIA Novosti/Alexander Nevezhin

Saber on bra and scarce jeans

Little babies that could be bathed cost from 20 to 80 kopecks. For a plastic doll in a dress with rubber head parents had to pay at least 2 rubles, and for walking with closing eyes — three times more. Children's shoes cost on average from 2 to 6 rubles, a coat — about 25. For a domestic baby carriage it was necessary to pay 27 rubles, and for imported German — 50.

On the shelves of "Children's World" new items appear regularly. It was there that children's tights appeared for the first time in the country, replacing traditional stockings, which were held in place with a child's bra with elastic bands. And they were worn not only by little girls, but also by boys. And the most "cool peanuts" attached to these bras a toy saber. imported extremely scarce and not children's goods. With a happy coincidence, it was even possible to buy branded men's Italian jeans there for 60 rubles.

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“My love, my sunshine.” “Honeymoon” of Nicholas II lasted 23 years

150 years ago Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (Princess Alice of Hesse) was born — wife of Nicholas II, one of the few emperors in the world who married for love.

A second cousin and sister, the Tsarevich and Princess met when he was 16, she — 12 years. Nicky couldn't ignore the golden-haired girl with blue eyes. The        wrote in diary:   We love each other         I am very, very sad that dear Alix will leave me»…

They were not even allowed to chat

In 1889 they met again in Petersburg. Alix and Nicky talked a lot, danced. It seems that even then it was clear to them that they were made for each other. Didn't want to leave. The following lines appeared in the Tsarevich's diary: “I” dream of marrying Alix G someday. . All this time I did trust my feelings, didn believe that my cherished dream could come true».

Relatives (including including father Alexander III ) were categorically against this marriage. Moreover, Alix was not Orthodox.

For 10 years, the lovers fought for the right to be together. During this time they saw each other only twice. But with stubbornness they rejected the offers of  profitable parties”, which were made by their relatives. Young people were even forbidden to correspond — assisted by Alice's sister, Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna.

Only in 1894, when the health of Alexander III began to cause concern, he blessed Alix and Nicky for marriage.

The date 8 April 1894  in in Nikolai's diary is underlined three times . “Wonderful, unforgettable day in & nbsp; my life! The day of my engagement to  my dear, beloved Alix».

"She was crying all the time and and"whispered "No, I can can“ — later shared with Nika's mother. — I… kept insisting..and although this conversation lasted two hours, it did lead to nothing   neither she nor I did concede. I handed her your letter… They left us alone, and… from the first same she agreed! I wept like a child, and so did she… She brightened up, and  peace came to her face         the whole world changed for me at once… I don't know how to thank God for such a good deed…”

In autumn, the princess converted to Orthodoxy. And less than a week after the death of the emperor-father, Nicholas and Alexandra got married. Before the wedding, he sent her a note: “My precious Sunshine, I woke up with your sweet name on lips and prayed so deeply and fervently for your well-being, health and happiness. My little, my only, impossible to express in words how much I love you, & nbsp; & mdash; I am full of my love…God bless you, my Alix. Nicky».

The words turned out to be prophetic

The celebration was modest. The first month of the newly-married spouses passed in the atmosphere of memorial services and funeral visits. But bad feelings the newlyweds did not appear. They were happy. In  the diary of her husband, the queen wrote then: “There will be no more separations. Finally united, we are bound forever lifetime, and when this life is over, we meet again in the other world and stay together forever».

No one could have imagined how prophetic these words of Alexandra Fedorovna would turn out to be.

23 years of marriage flew by for the imperial couple like a real honeymoon. In infinite respect, trust, mutual understanding. And in great love, which not many crowned persons managed to know.

Nikolai and Alexandra almost never parted (with the exception of wartime). And the days apart were extremely hard to endure. When they had to part, Alix wrote that she was very bored and kissed Nika's pillow at night. On the anniversary of the engagement on April 8, they were always together, parting only during the war — in 1915.

          the first time in 21 we spend this day not together                   the empress wrote to her husband at the front.     I saved    the princess“dress“which which  was that morning  and I will put on your favorite brooch».

The diamond brooch had its own story. Nicky gave her to Alix on the day they first met, but how could a girl accept such an expensive gift from a second cousin? That time she returned Nicky's brooch. And after the wedding, he again presented it to his beloved. And Alexandra Fedorovna carefully kept the jewelry all her life.

Careful, touching and tender until the end of days were the relationship between Nicky and Alix. Correspondence of lovers, miraculously preserved in Yekaterinburg after the massacre of the family of Nicholas II, — vivid proof of their feelings. It is no coincidence that in Berlin the letters were published four years after the death of the emperor and his family. From July 1914 to December 1916 alone, 400 epistles — twice as many as in 20 previous years. There was a war, the spouses often had to be apart. Alexandra Fedorovna wrote to her husband every day: both detailed letters and short telegrams. She wrote in English, only sometimes inserting in Russian some names, words and phrases.

They did not live long, but died in one day

“My sun, my precious”, “my boy, my sunshine”, “my dear treasure, my dear”, “my most beloved of” beloveds, “my dear love”, & nbsp; & mdash; addressed Nicky Alix.

“My dearly beloved Sunshine, dear Wife”, “my beloved darling wifey”, “my dear, dear”, “my dear little Alix”, ” my Aliki, my beloved, dear wife, "my dear Alix, my own wife, my joy, my happiness, my whole life!", — echoed Niki.

Their earthly path was filled with love, tenderness and happiness. It seems that sometimes they didn't have enough words to express in words the feelings they felt for each other. Despite the  genetic illness of the heir Alexei, the ailments of the Empress herself, the wars and sufferings associated with them, and  stormy charitable activities, which Alexandra Fedorovna was engaged in. Loved, stronger than words can express. I don't know why you choose me. I not especially admire your choice, but  woe to you if you made another   — what was said at the beginning of the relationship with Niki Alexandra Fedorovna could and repeat at the sunset of her life.

Fate measured out half a century for Nicholas II, Alexandra Fedorovna — 46. ​​They did not live long. But died in one day. In order to be glorified in the face of saints many years later.

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The Ministry of Economy of Switzerland questioned the effectiveness of sanctions against Russia

Minister Guy Parmelin said it was difficult to assess the effectiveness of the sanctions, but noted that their main goal – ending the conflict in Ukraine – had not yet been achieved

Sanctions imposed by Western countries against Russia due to a special operation in Ukraine have not yet reached their goal, Guy Parmelin, head of the Swiss Ministry of Economics, Education and Science, recalled in an interview with Blick.

Answering the publication's question about whether the EU should not tighten sanctions against the energy sector of the Russian economy, the minister said that “the real question” lies in the degree of effectiveness of already introduced restrictions. In this particular case, if the goal of the sanctions is to end the Russian operation in Ukraine as soon as possible, “I want to note that this goal has not been achieved so far,” Parmelin said.

The effectiveness of sanctions, he said, depends largely on how they are implemented, as well as on other “political, diplomatic and legal means” used. The sanctions, which have received broad support from the world community, will be more effective than those adopted by individual states, the Swiss politician added.

In response to a journalist's request to evaluate the effectiveness of sanctions against Russia, Parmelin said that it was difficult to answer such a question. “If Russia sells less oil to the West, but sells part of this volume to other countries at higher prices, the result for Moscow is the same,” he noticed.

Western countries began to impose sanctions against Russia after the recognition of the DPR and LPR and the start of a military operation in Ukraine. Switzerland has taken measures similar to the first five EU sanctions packages.

On June 3, the EU approved the sixth package of anti-Russian sanctions. It included, in particular, the gradual abandonment of the import of Russian oil and some oil products by sea.

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Interfax announced the cancellation of Lavrov’s visit to Serbia

The Balkan countries did not let Lavrov's plane into their airspace, and Russian diplomacy does not have the ability to teleport, the source of the agency explained

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Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro did not allow the overflight of the plane of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Serbia, his visit to Belgrade will not take place, told Interfax source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"Our diplomacy has not yet mastered the ability to teleport",— noticed the interlocutor of the agency.

Earlier, the Serbian publication Evening News reported that the Balkan states closed the sky for Lavrov's plane, citing sources. Russian Ambassador to Bulgaria Eleonora Mitrofanova confirmed to TASS that the country has refused to provide an air corridor for the Russian government plane carrying Lavrov. Ambassador to Montenegro Vladislav Maslennikov told RIA Novosti that Podgorica indeed refused to allow the Russian aircraft to fly in its airspace.

Lavrov's visit was scheduled for June 6-7. He was to meet Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, his colleague Nikola Selaković, Speaker of the Parliament Ivica Dacic and Serbian Patriarch Porfiry. According to the Evening News, due to problems with the flight of the Russian Minister, Vučić will meet with Ambassador Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko on the morning of June 6.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic described the situation with Lavrov's arrival in the country as “exceptionally difficult” and said that Vucic is personally involved in organizing this trip. “It is unbelievable that in Europe and in the world there is such a situation that the president of the country should deal with such things as the logistics of the trip of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, on which it depends whether he arrives or not,” — Brnabic said. In her opinion, Lavrov's visit would create “some kind of space for dialogue.” and would give the Russian minister the opportunity to express his position on the current situation in the world.

Vučić previously noted that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who is also due to visit Serbia soon, could have given up after Lavrov's arrival.

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The President of Serbia has repeatedly spoken about the neutrality of the republic, but noted that its path is directed to the EU, although Belgrade does not intend to “trample its friendship that it has in the east.” After the start of the military operation in Ukraine, Serbia did not impose sanctions against Russia, and Vučić spoke of his intention to adhere to this policy as long as he could.

In late May, the President of Serbia announced that Belgrade had no Russophobic or anti-Western course. “Dostoevsky, and Shakespeare, and Goethe, and Hemingway are welcome here, and Serbia can be proud of this, even if it is a rare country in today's world,” — stressed the head of state.

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Kazakhstan publishes exit poll data on constitutional amendments

Exit polls: amendments to the Constitution of Kazakhstan supported by 74.8% of citizens According to exit polls, amendments to the Constitution of Kazakhstan were supported by 74.8% of Kazakhstanis. Turnout was 70.1%. President Tokayev called the amendments to the Constitution an opportunity to prevent the recurrence of protests “Kazakhstan published data on exit polls on amendments to the constitution” />

Kazakhstan announced the results of exit polls at a referendum on amendments to the Constitution of the country, according to which more than 70% of Kazakhstanis voted “for”, reports .

Thus, according to the exit poll of the research institute “Public Opinion”, 74.8% of the participants supported the amendments, 25.2% were against. The turnout was 70.1%.

According to the results of the exit poll of the Sotsis-A Institute for Comprehensive Social Research, “for” 76.7% voted, «against»— 23.3%. The turnout was 67.5%.

The results of the exit poll conducted by the “Institute of Democracy”: “for” 79.4% voted, «against»— 20.6%, and the turnout was 66.3%.

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev believed that voting on amendments to the Constitution would be a guarantee that the protests that took place in January would not be repeated.

He also expressed confidence that the amendments would change the “paradigm of relations between the state and society.” because “human rights come to the fore.”

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In total, 33 amendments were put to the vote, which affect a third of the text of the Constitution of Kazakhstan. Amendments to the Constitution provide for restrictions on the President of Kazakhstan. In particular, one person cannot be elected to a post more than twice in a row, and for the duration of his term he is obliged to leave the party, and his relatives will not be able to hold leadership positions in state and quasi-state structures.

It is also proposed to change the order of parliamentary elections. A mixed system will be introduced: 30% of the deputies will be elected by the majority system, the rest— proportional.

In the judiciary, it is planned to create a Constitutional Court, establish an independent status of the Commissioner for Human Rights and prohibit the death penalty.

Another of the changes will be the removal of provisions on the legal status and powers of the former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. He assured that he supported the amendments, since the Constitution should reflect changes in society.

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Zelensky visited Zaporozhye region

The President of Ukraine visited the Zaporozhye region for the first time since the beginning of the Russian military operation. According to the deputy head of the presidential office, he talked with the residents of Mariupol “Zelensky visited Zaporozhye region” />

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Zaporozhye region for the first time since the beginning of the Russian military operation. This was announced by Deputy Head of the President's Office Kirill Tymoshenko, UNIAN reports.

“Zaporozhye. We communicate with the people of Mariupol»,— he wrote. The city, located in the Donetsk region, is under the control of the Russian military.

According to the agency, the head of the presidential office, Andriy Yermak, visited the Zaporozhye region together with Zelensky.

This is the second public working visit of the Ukrainian president outside Kyiv region. On May 29, he visited the Kharkiv region, where he inspected the advanced positions of military personnel. Zelensky talked to the military, presented them with state awards and gifts.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military operation in Ukraine to demilitarize and denazify the country. The Russian Defense Ministry assured that it strikes only at military facilities, and nothing threatens civilian infrastructure and civilians. Kyiv imposed martial law, declared mobilization and severed diplomatic relations with Moscow.

Most of the Zaporozhye region is controlled by the Russian side. Now there is a military commandant's office in local cities. The Russian ruble was put into circulation in the region, and Russian TV channels began broadcasting in some cities, including Melitopol.

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Pro-Russian The authorities of Zaporozhye were in favor of joining the Zaporozhye region to Russia after the referendum. Thus, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration of the region, said that the only way for the development of the Zaporozhye region involves joining Russia as a full-fledged region without the formation of the Zaporozhye People's Republic or any kind of gray zone.

Zelensky warned that Kyiv will withdraw from the negotiation process with Moscow when holding referendums in the regions of the country occupied by Russian troops.

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Zelensky instructs the Cabinet to consider the idea of ​​banning fireworks

The idea to ban pyrotechnics was put forward by citizens who filed a petition. Zelensky said in his response that the use of fireworks should be regulated under martial law ” alt=”Zelensky instructed the Cabinet to consider the idea of ​​banning fireworks” />

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky instructed the government to study the issue of banning the use of fireworks during martial law in the country. Earlier, citizens addressed the head of state with a corresponding petition.

“I support the concern about the increase in dangerous consequences due to the use of a variety of pyrotechnic products in everyday life and I believe that their use during martial law should be clearly regulated at the legislative level»,— Zelensky's response says.

He also drew attention to the fact that the production, storage, transportation and trade of pyrotechnic products in Ukraine are not subject to licensing, and the rules for their sale and use are not defined by the current legislation.

According to President, the petition was sent to the Cabinet of Ministers with a request to consider it, take the necessary response measures and inform the author of the results.

The text of the petition is posted on the website of the President of Ukraine. It says that a variety of pyrotechnic products in recent years have become extremely popular when celebrating various events. The author points out that pyrotechnics are often used near residential buildings and playgrounds. Because of this, people often get injured, participants in hostilities experience stress, and pets are endangered, the petition notes.

The author proposes to legally ban the import, sale and use of any pyrotechnics, close shops selling it and impose a fine for violating these rules.

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Martial law was introduced in Ukraine early in the morning on February 24, immediately after the start of Russia's military operation. Initially, the regime was introduced for a period of 30 days, but later it was repeatedly extended. The last time martial law was extended until August 23.

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On the website of the Ministry of Construction of Russia there was a message about hacking

The hackers demanded that the administrators transfer 0.5 bitcoin to their wallet by June 7 and said that otherwise they would make public the data of users of the site

The site of the Ministry of Construction of Russia was subjected to a cyberattack. When trying to access the department’s website on the evening of June 5, instead of its main page, a message appeared saying that it had been hacked, RBC drew attention.

“The entire database has been exported and may soon appear on our forum.” ,— burglars said. They gave the administrators until midnight on June 7 to transfer 0.5 bitcoin (almost 1 million rubles) to the specified wallet. Otherwise, the hackers promised to make publicly available all the personal data of users, “and possibly not only.”

Shortly after that, the message on the main page of the site was replaced by a white screen with the inscription: “Technical work in progress.” ;.

RBC sent a request to the press service of the Ministry of Construction.

In recent months, the websites of Russian government agencies, the media and other organizations have not have been subjected to cyberattacks. For example, in March, hackers hacked the websites of the Federal Antimonopoly Service, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Digital Development and Roskomnadzor. The latest major hack attack— to video hosting Rutube— happened in early May.

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Russian Foreign Ministry confirms ban on overflight of Lavrov’s plane

Maria Zakharova said that Montenegro, Bulgaria and North Macedonia thus “closed another communication channel.” However, Russia does not intend to fence itself off with the Iron Curtain, she stressed =”The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed the ban on the overflight of Lavrov's plane” />

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that Montenegro, North Macedonia and Bulgaria closed the sky for the overflight of government aircraft carrying the Foreign Minister Affairs Sergei Lavrov. She said this on the air of the Italian TV channel La7.

“Just today, an hour ago, the countries surrounding Serbia closed the communication channel, preventing Sergey Lavrov's flight from flying to Serbia. The Russian delegation was supposed to arrive in Belgrade for negotiations. The member countries of the EU and NATO closed the airspace, closed another communication channel, — Zakharova explained (quote from RIA Novosti).

At the same time, she stated that Russia did not intend to fence itself off with the Iron Curtain.

The refusal of the three countries to let Lavrov's plane, which was supposed to follow to Serbia, became known on Sunday. The Russian minister's visit to Belgrade was scheduled for June 6-7. Lavrov was supposed to meet with President Aleksandar Vučić, Foreign Minister Nikola Selaković, Chairman of the National Assembly (Parliament) Ivica Dacic and Patriarch Porfiry of Serbia. noting that the President himself is dealing with this issue. Vučić, in turn, argued that how Lavrov would arrive in Serbia— “difficult question”.

After that, Interfax citing a high-ranking source in the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that Lavrov's visit to Serbia has been cancelled.

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Against the background of what happened, Vučić planned an address to the nation on Monday.

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The Ministry of Construction announced the security of the site’s data after the hacking report

A message signed by hackers appeared on the website of the ministry, in which they demanded 0.5 bitcoin for not disclosing the personal data of users. The Ministry reported that there is no threat to data

The personal data of the users of the site of the Ministry of Construction is safe, they are not in danger, the department said after the message about the hacking of the resource. The ministry's statement is quoted by RIA Novosti.

“The personal data of our website are protected and regularly monitored, there is no threat to them, they are safe,”— said a spokesman for the Ministry of Construction.

On Sunday evening, a message appeared on the website of the Ministry of Construction that it had been hacked. The statement, signed by the hackers, said that the entire database had been exported and might soon appear on the hacker's forum. They demanded to transfer 0.5 bitcoins (almost 1 million rubles) to them, promising otherwise to make the stolen data available to the public. They gave time until midnight on June 7 to fulfill their demand.

After that, the message disappeared from the ministry’s website, now the resource is unavailable.

In recent months, hacker attacks subjected to a number of sites of government agencies, including the Federal Antimonopoly Service, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Digital Development, arbitration courts. In mid-May, Rutube, some pay TV guides, and the Yandex TV program were hacked.

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US and South Korea launch eight missiles in response to North Korean launches

Eight surface-to-surface missiles were launched from the American ATACMS missile system in response to North Korean launches on June 5. Then North Korea fired the same number of shells. South Korea fired seven missiles, the US fired one in response to the launches of the DPRK on June 5, Yonhap reports with reference to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The first launch was carried out at approximately 4:45 am local time (19:45 Moscow time on June 5). The remaining missiles were launched within 10 minutes. The South Korean military fired a total of seven rounds, and the American side— one. The launches were made from the American operational-tactical missile system ATACMS.

The day before, the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea reported that the DPRK launched eight short-range ballistic missiles towards the Sea of ​​Japan. According to the military, the shells were launched from several points around Sunan Airport in Pyongyang between 09:08 and 09:43 local time (from 03:08 to 03:48 Moscow time). A Yonhap source also claimed that North Korea fired from at least two different locations. According to the calculations of the South Korean military, this launch was the 18th for the DPRK since the beginning of the year.

North Korean missile tests have been confirmed in Japan. The head of the Ministry of Defense of the country, Nobuo Kishi, announced the launch of at least six missiles from the DPRK in the direction of the Sea of ​​Japan, some of the shells fell in its waters outside the exclusive economic zone of Japan.

The Indo-Pacific Command of the US Armed Forces then announced that the unit is aware of multiple ballistic missile launches from North Korea and is consulting with allies. Then the United States reaffirmed its commitment to the defense of South Korea and Japan.

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Ambassador Sullivan ruled out a break in relations between Russia and the United States

Washington and Moscow cannot completely sever diplomatic relations, as they must maintain bilateral contacts, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan said in an interview with TASS.

“We will also never part at all. We cannot take and break off diplomatic relations and stop talking to each other,— he said.

In late May, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, speaking to alumni of Georgetown University, quoted American singer Taylor Swift's song “We are never ever getting back together.” and hinted that Washington might not re-establish relations with the Russian leadership. Then he said that he would like to dedicate these words personally to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov later said that Moscow would “seriously think” before resuming relations with Western countries, even if they themselves offered to do so .

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Politico learned about the US refusal to lift sanctions on Russia in exchange for grain

The source of the newspaper said that the United States would not agree to such a deal. Politico says most U.S. officials are waiting for the completion of ongoing negotiations and whether Moscow will drop its demands to ease sanctions 5/83/756544763596835.jpg” alt=”Politico learned about the US refusal to lift sanctions on Russia in exchange for grain” />

The US will not agree to a deal under which part of the sanctions on Russia will be lifted in exchange for the unhindered export of Ukrainian grain, Politico reports citing a US official.

He called Russian statements on the subject “extortion diplomacy.”

According to Politico, US presidential administration officials, as well as US lawmakers, are skeptical of Russia's claims that it is ready to help overcome a possible food crisis. . Idaho Senator Jim Risch called the idea of ​​lifting sanctions on Russia as part of the grain export issue “blackmail”.

The newspaper notes that most officials are waiting for the outcome of the current negotiations to resolve the situation with the supply of Ukrainian grain and Russia has abandoned its claims to ease the sanctions pressure.

Politico source at the UN in his the turn said that the proposal to remove sanctions from Russia complicates the already “fragile” negotiations that are currently underway at the level of the organization.

In early May, the UN estimated the volume of grain accumulated in the ports of Ukraine at 4.5 million tons. However, on May 19, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stated that about 20 million tons of grain remained unused on Ukrainian territory.

Read on RBC Pro Pro x The Economist What the tightening of the policy of the European Central Bank threatens the Italian economy what will happen to the online education market in RussiaThe UN stated that the export of grain is hindered by the blockade of Ukrainian ports by Russian forces. The US has argued that Russia's actions are exacerbating the global food crisis. Against this background, Secretary General António Guterres proposed easing restrictions on the export of Russian and Belarusian potash fertilizers in exchange for the passage of ships with grain, wrote The Wall Street Journal.

Moscow, in turn, stated that the blockade of grain supplies was led “illegal activities” West. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that in order to resume supplies, Western countries must “cancel those illegal decisions that prevent the charter of ships, the export of grain, and so on.”

He also explained that the water areas in the port area are heavily mined and the passage of ships through them is dangerous. “A demining operation is needed there now, it is a very difficult operation. While the danger for navigation and navigation in general in those parts, for navigation, is very, very high, — said Peskov.

In late May, President Vladimir Putin, during a telephone conversation with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, said that Russia was ready to contribute to overcoming the food crisis if politically motivated sanctions were lifted from it. He stressed that Russia “is unreasonably accused of problems with the supply of agricultural products to world markets.”

Negotiations on the possibility of exporting Ukrainian grain are also underway with Turkey. On June 2, the Anadolu agency reported that Russia, Ukraine and Turkey, with the assistance of the UN, developed a “road map” for for deliveries. In the near future, they will discuss the route, insurance and security of vessels with grain.

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The Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation commented on reports about the hacking of the agency’s website

The Ministry of Construction, Housing and Communal Services of the Russian Federation commented on media reports about the hacking of the agency’s website, RIA Novosti reports.

During a conversation with the agency’s correspondents, representatives of the ministry emphasized that personal data site users are under protection and regular monitoring.

“They are not in danger, they are safe,” the source said.

The day before, there were reports in the media that hackers hacked the official website of the department and demanded to transfer 0.5 bitcoin to their crypto wallet, threatening otherwise to publish the data of users of the resource.

Earlier, Russian hackers of the RaHDIt group stated that before the start of a special military operation, about 70% of fraudulent calls in The Russian Federation came from Ukraine.

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The swimming season on the Black Sea coast of the Russian Federation will begin in about a week

Scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia Roman Vilfand said that the swimming season on the Black Sea coast can be opened in about a week, TASS reports.

“Rain is predicted in southern Russia from Monday, and this, of course, will lead to a decrease in the temperature of the water. In about a week, the onset of the swimming season is predicted, — he said.

According to the weatherman, in Sochi, Tuapse, Yalta, Anapa, the sea temperature was unstable, but approached the 20-degree mark at the weekend.

Formerly, the leading specialist of the weather center &laquo ;Phobos» Yevgeny Tishkovets promised the Russians "honey" summer.

Recall that May of this year in Moscow was the coldest since the beginning of the 21st century. The lowest temperature was marked on May 1st, when thermometers dropped to minus 1.7 degrees.

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Vilfand told when hot weather will come to Moscow

Scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia Roman Vilfand said that hot summer weather will come to Moscow on Thursday, TASS reports.

“There will be a period of moderate summer weather on Monday and Tuesday: in the morning cool (about 15 degrees Celsius), and during the day — 21-23 degrees. <…> On Wednesday, 23-25 ​​degrees are already predicted, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday — up to 27-28 degrees», — he said.

The forecaster added that light rains are predicted from Thursday.

Earlier, wrote about the long-term weather forecast for June 2022. In Moscow and the Moscow region, the average monthly temperature will be +16…+17 degrees. By the end of the first ten days, there will be short rains, and the air will warm up to a maximum of +21 degrees.

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Biden administration decides to exclude Venezuela and Cuba from the summit of the Americas

After weeks of deliberation, the US decided not to invite Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua to the Americas, despite the call of the President of Mexico, who said he would ignore the event unless all the countries of the region were invited to it

Summit of the Americas, which will take place this year on June 6 & 10 in Los Angeles, will be held without representatives of the authorities of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, Reuters and Bloomberg report, citing sources.

According to Bloomberg interlocutors, the administration of US President Joe Biden made a final decision not to invite these three countries to the summit after several weeks of discussions with the states of Latin America and the Caribbean, including Mexico. It is based on Washington's concerns “about the lack of democracy and the lack of respect for human rights.” in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, sources say.

The White House Press Office declined to comment.

On May 26, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel stated that “under no circumstances” will not participate in the summit due to Washington's decision to invite only democracies to it. The Presidents of Nicaragua and Guatemala, Daniel Ortega and Alejandro Giammattei, spoke about this earlier.

Summit of the Americas organized under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS) meeting of the heads of state and government of America. Its goal is to form a common strategy in solving the problems facing the countries of the region. It was first held in 1994 in Miami, until today it was the only meeting that took place on the territory of the United States. The host country of the summit itself decides who to invite. For example, Cuban representatives attended the last two meetings in Panama and Peru in 2015 and 2018, recalls the Los Angeles Times.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador has repeatedly called for the event to be attended by all the countries of the region, saying that otherwise he himself will ignore the summit. On May 27, he said that until he decided on participation, it would depend on the actions of the United States. The possibility of a boycott of the summit was also allowed by the leaders of some other states, including Guatemala and Honduras, Bloomberg notes.

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As The New York Times wrote in May, citing a source, the US administration is seeking an effective regional agreement on illegal migration ahead of the midterm elections in the fall of 2022, and the possible refusal of the President of Mexico to come to the summit of the Americas will complicate his agreement.

Sources of the publication admitted that the President of Brazil, Jair Bol, could also miss the event sonar. However, at the end of May, Reuters sources reported that he would not only come to the summit, but also meet with Biden separately.

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Zelensky’s office announced his visit to Lysichansk

Zelensky visited Lisichansk and Soledar, and previously was in Zaporozhye. The Ministry of Defense reported that the Ukrainian military from neighboring Severodonetsk was retreating in the direction of Lisichansk ” alt=”Zelensky's office announced his visit to Lysichansk” />

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky after Zaporozhye visited Lysychansk and Soledar in Donbass, he was accompanied by the head of the office Andriy Yermak.

“After that, I went with the head of the office to the east. Were in Lisichansk, were in Soledar»,— reported in the office of the head of state.

Earlier, Zelensky's office said that he visited the Zaporozhye region, most of which is controlled by the Russian military. In a number of cities in the region there is a military commandant's office, the Russian ruble has been put into circulation.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

On May 25, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced that LPR forces and the Russian military entered Lisichansk in the west of the republic and “almost entered” in Severodonetsk. These two large cities make up the Lisichansko-Severodonetsk agglomeration and remained the last uncontrolled LPR within the borders of the Luhansk region of Ukraine. On May 28, Kadyrov said that the Russian military had taken Severodonetsk under full control. Later, he clarified that the residential sector of the city is completely under the control of the Russian military, and the building of the Security Service of Ukraine and the territory adjacent to it have also been cleared. “There is a little bit at the industrial zone, there are devils left, there was a big explosion, and we are checking what’s next,” — Kadyrov said.

On June 4, the Ministry of Defense said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine suffered critical losses near Severodonetsk, some units lost up to 90% of their personnel. The Ukrainian army began to retreat towards Lysichansk, the department said.

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The US Ambassador to Russia ruled out the “cancellation” of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky

The diplomat confessed his love for Russian culture, but stressed that it would not be easy for the two countries to improve relations after the current aggravation

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The US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan said in an interview with TASS that his « really frustrating” rupture of cultural ties between countries. The diplomat stressed that “to remove Tolstoy from the bookshelves or stop performing Tchaikovsky” anyway it won't work. He admitted that he himself had always loved Russian history and culture.

“But it will take a lot of effort to put together what has been shattered by the events of this year,” — Sullivan thinks. The ambassador was unable to answer the question of how long it would take to overcome the “great lack of trust” that had arisen in relations between Washington and Moscow, but allowed the possibility of a complete reconciliation. “Our relationship will change because it has always changed. <…> And the moment will come— i don't know when it will happen, if i bet i'd say maybe not in my lifetime,— but I hope that there will be an opportunity for a more complete reconciliation, and certainly a more complete rapprochement between our peoples and our countries, — he said.

After the start of the military operation in Ukraine, the performances of some Russian cultural figures abroad were cancelled. For example, in early March, the Bavarian State Opera stopped working with opera singer Anna Netrebko and conductor Valery Gergiev. Netrebko's performances canceled by the Metropolitan Opera in New York, since by that time she had not publicly condemned the hostilities in Ukraine.

Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Glinski said in April that Russian culture should disappear from public space. In his opinion, now is not the time for Russian ballet or productions based on Chekhov and Pushkin. “We appreciate the achievements of this culture in music or literature, — the politician emphasized.— They are at the highest level, but we are dealing with a country that has gone crazy.

The Russian authorities have repeatedly condemned what they call the “cancellation” of Russian culture in the West after the start of the special operation in Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin in March announced the “blackout” of works by Russian composers from concert posters and the banning of Russian writers and their books, comparing these actions with a mass campaign “to destroy objectionable literature”; in Nazi Germany. Russia's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, also denounced “the abolition of Russia bordering on ideas of racial superiority.” According to him, “anti-Russian hysteria” moved to the household level: restaurants of Russian cuisine are closed, and Orthodox cemeteries are vandalized.

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The persecution of Russian culture was also opposed abroad. Thus, the German Ombudsman Luise Amtsberg called it wrong to remove the works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy from the shelves, to treat Russians with hostility.

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Britain to vote on vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson

Voting will take place on the evening of June 6th. The reason was the scandal over the participation of the prime minister and the leader of the conservatives in parties during strict coronavirus restrictions in Britain

Boris Johnson

Members of the UK Conservative Party will vote on a vote of no confidence today, June 6 Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the government party scandal during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is with reference to a statement by Graham Brady, chairman of the party “Committee of 1922”, reports The Guardian.

According to Brady, the vote will take place on Monday, June 6, from 18.00 to 20.00 GMT (from 21.00 to 23.00 Moscow time). He also said that yesterday he informed Johnson about this.

If Johnson gets enough votes in his support, a new vote cannot be held within the next year.

A no-confidence vote is held if Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, receives letters of request from 15% of the party's deputies (at the moment it should be letters from 54 party members). “Committee of 1922” name the parliamentary group of conservatives who did not get into the government, left the government or recently joined the party. Brady did not tell the journalists exactly the number of appeals he received.

How the voting works

Voting for confidence in the party leader is secret, ballots with the results of the vote are collected in a ballot box.

It is forbidden to take pictures in the premises of the party committee. This is to ensure that party activists cannot demand photo proof of voting results from party members and that party members who are paid as members of government can freely vote against or for Johnson. In total, the Conservatives have 365 seats out of 615 in the House of Commons.

If a Member of Parliament is outside London, he may appoint a colleague to vote on his behalf as a proxy. The counting of votes begins immediately after the completion of the process, and Brady will also announce the results of the vote.

The fact that Brady has received the appropriate number of applications and is preparing to announce a vote on the issue of confidence in Johnson was previously reported on Twitter by a journalist from ITV channel Paul Brand and Times Radio political commentator Lucy Fisher. As The Guardian explains, TV and radio journalists are often the first to know about such events, as they need to set up cameras and other equipment in advance to cover what is happening live.

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Graham Brady last week declined to comment on the process and answer the question of whether he received letters asking for a vote of no confidence from 54 deputies, citing confidentiality. About 30 Conservative MPs have previously publicly confirmed that they signed the letter of no confidence, but it is believed that about as many MPs may have done so secretly, The Guadian notes.

Calls for Johnson's removal from power have been emerging since December last year due to the scandal with the prime minister's parties during the quarantine. Then The Guardian newspaper published photos of Johnson and his wife surrounded by several civil servants in the garden on Downing Street in May 2020. On the table in front of the politician and the company— wine and cheese. According to the publication, a total of 19 people attended the event. At the time, there were strict anti-COVID restrictions in Britain: only two people who did not live together could communicate with each other in person.

Later, The Mirror also published a photo with Johnson during a quiz, which, according to the publication, was held at Downing Street on 15 December 2020. The photograph shows the prime minister sitting at a table next to two colleagues: on the right hand— a man with festive tinsel around his neck, on the left— a woman in a Santa hat.

Johnson initially denied that there were parties on Downing Street, but on December 8, speaking in the House of Commons, he promised to check.

January 31, 2022 Second Secretary of Government Staff Sue Gray released her report on events, including Johnson's birthday parties on June 19, 2020 and before Christmas, held at his residence at the height of the pandemic.

Johnson issued a public apology. The head of government promised to “fix” everything and assured the British that the Cabinet of Ministers can be trusted.

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UK to send MLRS to Ukraine despite Putin’s warning

The Russian President said the day before that the military would begin to strike at Ukrainian targets that they had not previously attacked if Western countries supplied Kyiv with long-range missiles. London has not abandoned its intentions

M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System

After a warning from the Russian authorities, the UK will not abandon the idea of ​​supplying Ukraine with long-range multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS). Plans to transfer the M270 installations to Kyiv were confirmed by the head of the Ministry of Defense of the Kingdom, Ben Wallace, reports The Guardian. The minister did not name their exact number.

«Russia is changing its tactics— our support to Ukraine must also change,— explained Wallace's solution.

According to the source of the publication, London demanded assurances from Kyiv that the MLRS will not be used to strike targets in Russia, and there is confidence “that the weapons will be used properly” & mdash; “to protect Ukraine on the territory of Ukraine.” A diagram is attached to the newspaper material, on which, next to the M270, one of the missiles used with the installation is shown— M31A1, its flight range is up to 80 km.

Wallace has previously voiced plans to send the M270 to Ukraine, noting that the decision was made in coordination with the United States, which will transfer the HIMARS MLRS to Kyiv.

The US State Department had recently promised not to send long-range missiles “that go beyond the battlefield in Ukraine.” Kyiv has assured Washington that it will not use MLRS to strike Russian territory, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also ruled out attacking targets in Russia with long-range Western weapons: “We are not interested in what is happening in Russia. We are only interested in our own territory.

The Russian authorities accuse the countries supplying weapons to Kyiv of seeking to prolong the conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview released on June 5 on the Rossiya 1 channel said that the military will begin to strike in Ukraine on those objects that have not yet been struck if foreign states supply Kyiv with long-range missiles.

UK Undersecretary of Defense James Hippie has previously spoken of the “legality” of possible strikes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on military targets in Russia with the help of Western weapons. After that, the Russian defense department warned of a proportional response to provocation from London.

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The Ministry of Defense announced a blow to the plant, where the equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was being repaired

Konashenkov announced the destruction of a plant near Kharkov, where armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were being repaired, as well as the downing of a Ukrainian MiG-29 aircraft and 13 drones


The Russian Aerospace Forces launched long-range missile strikes at a plant in the Kharkiv region, where armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were being repaired, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. The production buildings of the plant were destroyed, he said.

The Russian military hit four command posts of the Ukrainian troops, as well as 15 areas of accumulation of manpower and Ukrainian military equipment, he said.

At the request of Roskomnadzor RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

In addition, Russian air defense systems shot down a Ukrainian MiG-29 aircraft in the Slovyansk region. According to Konashenkov, 13 Ukrainian drones were also destroyed in the areas of the settlements of the DPR, LPR, Kharkiv and Zaporozhye regions.

A representative of the Ministry of Defense claims that the Russian military destroyed “more than 300 nationalists”, ten tanks, two multiple rocket launchers “Grad” and three weapons depots of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Gorlovka area.

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The day before, Konashenkov said that the Russian military hit the buildings of a car repair enterprise on the outskirts of Kyiv, where, according to the department, there were T-72 tanks and other armored vehicles that arrived from the countries of Eastern Europe. A few hours earlier, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital, Vitaliy Klitschko, announced several explosions at infrastructure facilities in the eastern part of the city — in the Dniprovsky and Darnytskyi districts —and one victim. The office of the President of Ukraine clarified that the facilities of Ukrzaliznytsia & mdash; railway operator.

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Medvedev warned about the consequences of the “100500” package of EU sanctions

The Deputy Chairman of the Security Council believes that European citizens and businesses are the first to suffer from the restrictions. He criticized the measures under the sixth package of Brussels sanctions as ineffective and detrimental to the EU itself .jpg” alt=”Medvedev warned about the consequences of the '100500' EU sanctions packages” />

Dmitry Medvedev

The goal of the next package of EU sanctions— not Russia, but “the fire of the world revolution in the economy,” said Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Security Council, on Telegram. You can also introduce “new, as they like to say now, 100500th package of sanctions”, but the economic situation in the EU already shows that “something went wrong”, the politician believes.

The EU approved the sixth package of sanctions against Moscow on June 3. It included a gradual rejection of Russian oil supplied by sea. Medvedev criticized the phased embargo, suggesting that now “Europeans will have to scour the world for raw materials of the same quality” as in Russia. According to his forecasts, there will be a shortage in Europe, for example, of diesel fuel needed for trucks and agricultural machinery. As a result, the EU will look for gray schemes to receive Russian oil products and pay for them, “bypassing its own idiotic sanctions,” Medvedev is convinced. He warned of the “club of the people's war” that would “warm” officials of these countries: truckers are already on strike in Italy, recalled the deputy head of the Security Council.

“Tried to pack another pig in a bag” ban on insurance of tankers with Russian oil to complicate deliveries to third countries,— he added.— Europe is not at all interested in how this measure will affect our [European] partners.” Medvedev noted that the issue of insurance can be resolved with the help of state guarantees under interstate agreements with third countries.

Another measure within the sixth package— sanctions against the National Settlement Depository (NSD)— deal a “crushing blow” in the investment field, the politician writes.

NSD — the central depository in the Russian stock market, it is engaged in servicing securities and providing clearing services. After the US decision to ban settlements on Russia's foreign debt, Citibank refused to act as a paying agent for its dollar issues, and the Ministry of Finance transferred them to NSD.

After the sanctions, the depository declared an emergency situation and suspended banking transactions in euros.

“What will happen after all? Russia will not be paid, Russia will not return, although we have all the possibilities for this,— writes Medvedev.— As a result, no one will receive anything— either here or abroad. Investments have turned to dust».

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The EU also decided to disconnect Sberbank, Moscow Credit Bank and Russian Agricultural Bank from the SWIFT system. “Banks continue to operate normally, domestic Russian operations do not depend on SWIFT and are carried out in the standard mode,” — Deputy Chairman of the Security Council commented on the measure.

Other restrictions imposed by Brussels included the suspension of broadcasting of three Russian state television channels (Rossiya RTR/Planeta RTR, Rossiya 24 and International TV Center), a ban on provision of accounting and consulting services and cloud services to Russia and new sanctions against individuals and legal entities.

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The US Ambassador called the excellent work of Nabiullina to strengthen the ruble

US Ambassador: Nabiullina has done a 'great job' to temporarily strengthen the ruble The central bank has been able to effectively strengthen the Russian ruble, but it remains to be seen what happens to the economy due to sanctions, according to US Ambassador John Sullivan. According to him, the head of the Central Bank, Nabiullina, is a talented person. The US Ambassador called Nabiullina's excellent work on strengthening the ruble” />

John Sullivan

The head of the Central Bank of Russia, Elvira Nabiullina, did a “great job” to strengthen the ruble, according to US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan, but over time, the impact of sanctions on the Russian economy will grow. They stated this in an interview with TASS.

“The Chairman of the Central Bank [Elvira Nabiullina] is an exceptionally talented person, she did an excellent job of temporarily strengthening the ruble— maybe even excessive. The ruble rose. But I think that the impact of sanctions and export controls will increase significantly over time, — Sullivan said when asked if he thought sanctions against Russia were effective.

The US ambassador added that if he were Russian citizens, he would be worried about how the sanctions affected the Russian economy. «Their influence on the Russian economy— influence, which I believe will be significant, — he said. It took decades to build trade relations between the United States and Russia as they were before the sanctions, he said, and “it will take years” to restore them. “This is on the condition that people themselves want it, until they leave, that is, while we don’t even think about it,” — Sullivan noted.

The ruble, which had been seriously shaken by the imposition of Western sanctions due to Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, strengthened against the dollar and the euro in April after the Bank of Russia imposed foreign exchange restrictions, as well as on against the backdrop of an excess of exports over reduced imports.

After reaching the bottom point in March at 126 rubles. per dollar and 135 rubles. for the euro, the ruble fully won back the fall, reaching by May 20 the minimum level for four years— 58 rub. per dollar. Following the growth of the ruble in Russia, inflation began to decline. According to the latest data from Rosstat, for the week from May 7 to May 13, prices increased by 0.05%— this is 44 times less than in the first week of the sanctions.

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The inflow of oil and gas revenues in foreign currency also contributed to the strengthening of the ruble. Oil prices— the key export commodity of Russia— continue to be high. The Russian brand Urals traded in April at an average price of just over $70 per barrel, which is a high level, even despite a discount of 30% compared to the international benchmark Brent.

On May 23, the Ministry of Finance announced that the mandatory sale rate foreign exchange earnings by exporters was reduced from 80% (it was at this level since the end of February) to 50%.

The influx of export earnings from the sale of hydrocarbons at high prices and the strengthening of the ruble, including through internal currency restrictions, carry the risks of “Dutch disease” economy, when a high exchange rate leads to a backlog of high-tech industries and a rise in the cost of goods in the long term, and in the face of a shortage of critical imports, a strong ruble can motivate market participants to look for alternative supply channels, economists say. Experts also pointed out that due to the strong national currency, the Russian economy is becoming less competitive.

According to the Ministry of Economic Development, “now the strengthening of the ruble is at peak levels.” “Imports, capital flows will adapt to new conditions. An important role in these processes should be played by the further reduction of the key rate by the Bank of Russia,— said RBC in the press service of the department.

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Moskalkova told Putin about concern for prisoners in Ukraine

There is no information about the condition of the captured Russian military, Moskalkova requested data from the Red Cross. According to the Ombudsman, she received more than 3 thousand appeals in defense of the rights of citizens and the military, violated by Kyiv

Vladimir Putin and Tatyana Moskalkova

Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova presented a report to President Vladimir Putin on her activities, spoke about the work to protect the rights of refugees from Ukraine and Russian military personnel, the Kremlin reports.

«Tatyana Moskalkova also spoke about her work on returning from captivity Russian military personnel and to ensure the rights of citizens who arrived from the DPR, LPR and Ukraine”, — the message says.

Moskalkova said that since the beginning of the military operation, she had received more than 3 thousand appeals in defense of the rights of citizens and military personnel violated by Ukraine. “Thanks to the Ministry of Defense, measures have been taken to restore violated rights,” — said the Ombudsman.

She told Putin that the International Committee of the Red Cross had not informed Moscow about the visits to captured Russian soldiers, which she said was a matter of concern. “We do not have information on how the control over compliance with international norms and rules is carried out with respect to our servicemen who find themselves in this situation,” — noted the Ombudsman.

Moskalkova also spoke about visiting Ukrainian prisoners of war in Sevastopol and noted that their rights are fully respected.

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According to the Ombudsman, a large number of truckers, sailors and other people who “turned out to be like hostages” turned to her office. because of the fighting in Ukraine. Moskalkova said that as a result of the dialogue with Kyiv, 45 truckers, 36 sailors, crew members of four ships, as well as employees of the Rosatom enterprise returned to Russia.

to the head of the ICRC, Peter Maurer, with a request to provide information about Russian prisoners of war and help with their visit. She pointed out that relatives did not know about their condition. After that, the Red Cross Committee promised to provide a response to Moskalkova's request as soon as possible and announced a constructive dialogue with her.

Earlier, Moscow and Kyiv reported several exchanges of prisoners of war, as well as the release truckers and sailors held in Ukraine. At the end of April, the Ombudsman stated that Kyiv had returned all truckers whose return the Russian side demanded, including citizens of Belarus. However, the cars and the goods they transported were not handed over.

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The court arrested another suspect in the attempt on Solovyov

Timofey Mokiy, who is suspected of attempting to assassinate a TV presenter, has been arrested until August 3. On the eve of the media reported the arrest of his full namesake in the case of an attempt to set fire to the military registration and enlistment offices in the Moscow region .jpg” alt=”The court arrested another suspect in the attempt on Solovyov” />

Vladimir Solovyov

The Basmanny Court of Moscow until August 3 arrested Timofey Mokiy, suspected of preparing an assassination attempt on TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov, the press service of the court told RBC.

TASS, citing a law enforcement source, reports that Timofey Mokiy was involved in the case group of nationalists Anton Vasiliev, whose members were convicted for a series of explosions and attacks on foreigners motivated by interethnic hatred in 2008-2009. According to the agency, he helped collect explosive devices.

On the eve of the Baza Telegram channel, it was reported that the full namesake Timofei Mokiy was detained in Lyubertsy near Moscow, who is suspected of trying to set fire to military registration and enlistment offices in Balashikha and Shchelkovo in May. According to Telegram channel 112, Mokiy was involved in another incident on April 25: then he set fire to the checkpoint of the police department in the Kosino-Ukhtomsky district in Moscow. 112 also writes that the name Mokiya figured in the case of the Vasiliev gang.

On April 25, the FSB announced that the assassination attempt on Solovyov had been prevented. According to the agency, it was trained by members of the terrorist organization National Socialism/White Power, banned in Russia, on the instructions of Kyiv. The service distributed a video with one of the detainees, where he claims that attacks on Dmitry Kiselyov, Olga Skabeeva, Yevgeny Popov, Tigran Keosayan and Margarita Simonyan were also discussed.

The Security Service of Ukraine called the information about Kyiv's involvement in what happened. The department emphasized that it had no plans to make an attempt on Solovyov.

The next day, the Basmanny Court arrested two other defendants in the case— Maxim Druzhinin and Vasily Strizhakov— until June 25th. They were charged with Part 1 of Art. 30, paras. "b, f, g, h" Part 2 Art. 105 of the Criminal Code (preparation for murder in a generally dangerous way) and part 3 of Art. 144 of the Criminal Code (obstruction of the legal professional activities of journalists with the threat of violence). Strizhakov pleaded not guilty.

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