The WHO announced the version of the origin of the omicron coronavirus strain

The head of the New Diseases and Zoonosis Unit of the World Health Organization Maria Van Kerkhove announced to the Financial Times the version of the omicron coronavirus strain.

“ According to one of the hypotheses under consideration, it could have come from an infected, immunocompromised patient who could not completely recover from the virus and in whose body the virus multiplied for a considerable time, '' & mdash; writes the edition.

Kerkhove urged not to forget about the already existing mutations in the fight against the pandemic. & nbsp;

“ Strain delta '' has not gone anywhere, people all over the world are dying from it. We must not forget how many people are infected with it, '' she urged.

Previously, WHO & nbsp; classified & nbsp; a new variant of coronavirus B.1.1.529 as causing concern. Due to the spread of the strain, Russia has decided on 28 November to restrict entry from South African countries. The same decision was made by some other states. & Nbsp;

On November 27, Germany and the Czech Republic reported & nbsp; the probable detection of cases of infection with the omicron strain. & Nbsp; Also in the Netherlands, dozens of passengers infected with coronavirus from South Africa were identified. & nbsp;


“Festival of Lights” – Hanukkah is celebrated in Russia

Jews in Russia and around the world celebrate Hanukkah on Sunday evening – one of the most important religious holidays.

Hanukkah, the holiday of lights and lights, begins on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev and lasts eight days. In hundreds of cities around the world, on the occasion of Hanukkah, ritual lamps – menorahs – are lit in squares, and when candles are lit at home, the lamp is traditionally installed at the entrance or on the windowsill so that the light can be seen by passers-by. In 2015, the Jews begin to celebrate Hanukkah on December 5 at sunset.

The name of the holiday comes from the expressions “Hanukkat ha-bait” (consecration of the Temple) or “Hanukkat beit Hashmonaim” (consecration of the Hasmonean house). Tradition links the celebration of Hanukkah with the Jewish uprising of 167 BC. against the Syrian king Antiochus IV, who banned Judaism. After the expulsion of the invaders from Israel and the capture of Jerusalem by the troops of Judas Hasmoneus, nicknamed Macabi (Hammer), the Jews rebuilt the desecrated and partially destroyed Temple. … But there was very little oil for the lamp (according to Jewish tradition, it takes eight days to make new oil). When the menorah was lit with it, the fire burned without interruption for all eight days, while the new oil was being prepared.

Zelensky promised to study the issue of banning the entry of Russians to Ukraine

The President of Ukraine instructed Prime Minister Denis Shmygal and the head of the SBU Ivan Bakanov to analyze the compliance of the current regime of entry of Russians to Ukraine with the protection of national interests

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky responded to an electronic petition calling for a ban or restriction on entry to the country for the Russians, promising to study the issue. His answer is posted on the website of the head of state.

“ The introduction of additional changes in the regime of travel of citizens between Ukraine and Russia requires a thorough study and analysis of all possible development scenarios, in particular from the point of view of security aspects and possible social consequences of innovations, '' & mdash; noted Zelensky.

He sent an electronic petition to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Alexei Danilov and the head of the Security Service Ivan Bakanov with a request to analyze the compliance of the current regime of entry of Russians into the country with national interests and security needs.

The author of the petition is the ex-leader of the Odessa Right Sector (an extremist organization banned in Russia) Sergei Sternenko. The petition received more than 26 thousand signatures.

“ I ask the President of Ukraine, in order to protect the citizens of Ukraine and the national security of the state in the context of the ongoing armed aggression of Russia against Ukraine, to initiate the introduction of a ban for Russian citizens to visit the territory of Ukraine or the introduction of a visa regime, '' & mdash; reads the text of the petition.

Sergei Sternenko was found guilty in February of kidnapping a deputy of the Limansky District Council from the Trust Deeds party. Sergei Shcherbich was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison. Sternenko himself pleaded not guilty and stated that the case was politically motivated.

In 2019, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine denied entry to more than 4.5 thousand Russians. In 2018, Ukrainian border guards denied entry to 6.5 thousand Russian citizens. The reasons for the denial were non-confirmation of the purpose of the trip, exceeding the period of stay and violation of the legislation on visiting Crimea.

In the fall of 2018, against the background of an incident in the Kerch Strait, when three Ukrainian ships entered the territorial waters of Russia , the current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced the restriction of entry into the country for men from Russia between the ages of 16 and 60.

The Ukrainian leader explained this decision by the need to exclude Moscow from the possibility of “ forming detachments in Ukraine 'private' armies, which are actually representatives of the Russian Armed Forces. ''

In December of the same year, the Ukrainian border service announced that this ban had been lifted. However, at the border, the Ukrainian side is still checking men from Russia in an intensified manner.

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Russian Ambassador said about “staff shortage” due to the expulsion of diplomats from the United States

According to Anatoly Antonov, on January 30, the United States will be forced to leave 27 Russian diplomats with their families. Washington considers Moscow as an enemy, he said

Doctor Saakashvili told how he prepares for the court session

Photo: Still from video

Nino Gogorishvili, the attending physician of former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, said that the politician plans to attend the court session on November 29 .

Gogorishvili added that the ex-president's health is satisfactory. However, she clarified that Saakashvili is still experiencing weakness.

The doctor said that the politician switched to an extended diet, compiled together with an endocrinologist.

Since November 20, Mikhail Saakashvili has been in the military hospital in Gori, where he was sent from the prison hospital.


Democratic senators think about sanctions on Nord Stream 2


The Hill reports that the White House is asking Democrats in the US Senate to oppose defense budget amendments that include sanctions against Nord Stream 2.

At the same time, the Democrats are in no hurry to vote – they are trying to create procedural difficulties. Republicans believe that in this way the senators from the Democratic Party are trying to avoid making a difficult decision for themselves.

This is due to the fact that the Democrats used to openly oppose Nord Stream 2, but with the arrival of Joe Biden, their policy has changed : they believe that tough sanctions would be unnecessary in this matter.


Volodin promised to study hundreds of thousands of comments on the post about QR codes

“I didn't expect that there would be so many”

State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that he intends to get acquainted with more than 600 thousand comments left by Telegram users under his post on the introduction of QR codes throughout Russia.


” I didn’t expect so many of them ” , – said the parliamentarian.

According to him, he considers it important that “ all constructive proposals are studied and taken into account. '' In order to study all the comments left, he intends to attract helpers – “one cannot cope with such a volume.”

The post, published by Volodin on November 24, has collected over 611,000 comments to date. In this publication, the speaker proposed to speculate about the prospects for the implementation of bills providing for the introduction of QR codes for those vaccinated against the coronavirus COVID-19 and who have recovered from all over the country.

The opinions of the commentators were divided, but upon a cursory examination it is striking that there are much more opponents of the codes than those who support the introduction of the new norm. Dissatisfied with the codes talk about 'segregation', 'fascism', 'violation of the Constitution', 'the threat of' drain ' personal data & quot ;.

Many also complain that their comments were allegedly deleted by moderators. Some opponents of the codes express the opinion that their opponents – supporters of QR codes – are supposedly bots, since all comments are for look similar.


Mom is more important than everyone. Mother’s Day is celebrated in the country

Plot National projects

Every year, Mother's Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of November in & nbsp; Russia. & Nbsp; this year it is & nbsp; 28 & nbsp; November.

Mom & nbsp; & mdash; the main person in the & nbsp; life of everyone. National project “ Demography '' takes care of & nbsp; families with & nbsp; children, financially helping in the & nbsp; first years after the birth of a child. Comfortable modern kindergartens with nursery groups are opening in all corners of Russia, which give women the opportunity to return to work earlier if they wish. And & nbsp; if mom wants, the national project will help you learn a new profession for free, improve your skills or even start your own business.

Thanks to the national project, families receive payments for & nbsp; children under & nbsp; 3 & nbsp; years old. Monthly payments can be arranged by families with & nbsp; income below two living wages per & nbsp; person. The size of the payment is equal to the regional subsistence minimum for children, in & nbsp; average in & nbsp; country & nbsp; & mdash; 11.4 & nbsp; thous. rubles, and & nbsp; for & nbsp; its & nbsp; appointment, you must contact the & nbsp; MFC or social protection body at & nbsp; place of residence.

In & nbsp; Irkutsk region 19 & nbsp; 071 large families receive additional financial support. Mother of many children Tatyana Garaeva , raising four children, says: “A large family is always costly. Considering that mom is not always & nbsp; works, and & nbsp; is busy raising children, dad has to work & nbsp; times more. And & nbsp; it’s very good that the government is providing us with substantial support by setting additional payments. ”

For the Volgograd region, the size of the average per capita family income for the purpose of payment for & nbsp; children under & nbsp; 3 & nbsp; years in & nbsp; this year is 21 & nbsp; 784 & nbsp; rubles, and & nbsp; the payment itself is 10 & nbsp; 414 & nbsp; rubles. One of & nbsp; its & nbsp; recipients is Olga Topilina, a resident of the village of Nekhaevskaya … & laquo; To our firstborn & nbsp; & mdash; two with & nbsp; half a month. The kid gives us a new reason to rejoice every day. Of course, we & nbsp; love our little miracle and & nbsp; try to surround it with comprehensive care. And & nbsp; monthly payment here & nbsp; & mdash; very good help. For example, the funds received go to & nbsp; the purchase of diapers, clothes. Any mother knows how quickly babies grow. So & nbsp; we have to change outfits every month. With our monthly support, we & nbsp; & nbsp; have no problems in & nbsp; providing Serezha with everything he needs & nbsp; & nbsp; & mdash; shared a young mom.

With the support of the national project “ Demography '' throughout the country, modern kindergartens with nursery groups are being built, which makes it possible to ensure the availability of preschool education for all children under & nbsp; 3 years old, regardless of & nbsp; place of residence, and & nbsp; mothers, if they wish, to go to work earlier. Already, 170 thousand nursery places have been opened in & nbsp; Russia.

In & nbsp; Volgograd region, working village Novonikolaevsky, the grand opening of a new kindergarten for & nbsp; 144 & nbsp; places took place. In a two-story building, modern conditions have been created for educational activities, nutrition, sleep, health protection, a natural history room, a music room, a gym, offices for a speech therapist and a teacher-psychologist are provided. “ This is great support for us, & nbsp; & mdash; shares local resident Maria Kosivtsova . & mdash; & nbsp; And & nbsp; we & nbsp; are glad that our children will now attend a modern and & nbsp; beautiful preschool. By the & nbsp; addition & nbsp; its opening will provide all the children in the & nbsp; village with places in the & nbsp; kindergarten & raquo ;.

In & nbsp; this year, mother of many children Tatiana & nbsp; K. from & nbsp; Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Kamchatka Territory) turned to the & nbsp; employment center in & nbsp; looking for a suitable job. Since at the & nbsp; moment of filing the application, the citizen was not & nbsp; working, she was & nbsp; registered as unemployed and & nbsp; offered to undergo career guidance. It turned out that the woman loves to do confectionery, has a penchant for & nbsp; entrepreneurship and & nbsp; would like to start her own business. According to the & nbsp; direction of the employment center, a mother of many children was trained in the & nbsp; framework of the national project “ Demography '' under the & nbsp; program “ Entrepreneurship ''. After completing the training, the specialists of the employment center conducted several consultations with the & nbsp; citizen and & nbsp; helped to draw up a business plan for opening a mini-confectionery. In & nbsp; October, a mother of many children successfully defended her business plan at a & nbsp; meeting of the employment center commission and & nbsp; received a one-time financial aid, which she is going to spend on & nbsp; buying equipment for her pastry shop.


Rain and up to five degrees Celsius are expected in Moscow on Sunday

Cloudy weather and light rain are predicted in the & nbsp; Russian capital on Sunday, November 28, the official & nbsp; website of the & nbsp; Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.

During the day, the air temperature in the city will be from three to five degrees of heat. South wind at a speed of & nbsp; from five to ten meters per second. & Nbsp;

Atmospheric pressure & ndash; 739 millimeters of mercury.

Cloudy and light rain are also expected in Moscow on Monday night. Thermometer columns can drop to zero degrees.

East and southeast winds at a speed of & nbsp; from five to ten meters per second. & Nbsp; Atmospheric pressure will be 743 millimeters of mercury.

Recall that, according to forecasters, & nbsp; the warm front from the Eastern Mediterranean will retreat from the capital region on November 30, and a mild and snowy winter will come to Moscow on December 1.


Pushkov explained to Gordon who cheated whom in Ukraine

“Ukrainians have the president they deserve”

Photo: Evgeny Semenov

The piquancy of the situation is that until now Gordon has not shown any opposition to the authorities. On the contrary, he defended her.

The journalist's “Revelation” commented on his Telegram channel Russian Senator Alexei Pushkov: “The observer does not even ask the question: who cheated? Russia? Europe cheated? Or China? Or maybe Honduras, the uneven hour, cheated? No, all of them have nothing to do with it, “Pushkov wrote.

According to him,” The Ukrainians have deceived THEMSELVES! ” And why? Because there is no mature elite in Ukraine. There are no responsible politicians who are able to move the country forward in an atmosphere of nationalist frenzy and singing the song “Our Old Man Bandera!” Ukraine has the president it deserves. Once again. We can agree with this, ”concluded Alexey Pushkov.


Hong Kong toughens quarantine for citizens arriving from Africa

Hong Kong authorities have decided to tighten quarantine measures against passengers from eight countries in southern Africa, the newspaper & nbsp; Dimsum Daily reported.

Since November 28, citizens arriving from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini , Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe are due to undergo their first week of quarantine at a dedicated government quarantine center. They can spend the remaining two weeks in hotels.

This decision was made against the background of the detection of a new strain of the omicron coronavirus. Two cases have already been recorded in Hong Kong. One was imported, the other occurred in a quarantine hotel at the airport: a passenger from South Africa infected a traveler from Canada. It is noted that both patients were vaccinated.

Earlier, the authorities of Germany, Austria and the Netherlands reported about the probable detection of cases of a new variant of & nbsp; COVID-19.

Recall that Russia will restrict entry of foreigners living in Hong Kong and nine countries of southern Africa. & nbsp; Read details & nbsp; in the material of


More than 20% of Russians called the profession of a deputy the most overrated

During the survey, the Russians told what professions they consider the most overvalued in the country. The results of & nbsp; research service SuperJob cites & nbsp; RT.

22% of 1600 respondents spoke about unjustifiably high salaries of deputies and politicians. Russians also consider the work of civil servants to be overvalued (14%). The third place was taken by top managers, whose salaries are considered too high by the respondents (9%). & Nbsp;

managers (4%). Bloggers' fees were considered too high by 2% of respondents. & Nbsp;

Another 16% said that realtors, bankers, hairdressers, lawyers, psychologists, coaches, builders and dentists receive unreasonably high salaries . & nbsp;

Only 4% of citizens voiced the opinion that any work should be well paid. & nbsp;

Earlier it was reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to ensure a decent level of salaries for public sector employees. He said that they should receive payments in the amount provided for in the May 2012 decrees.


Dazzling MiG. A fighter from the 70s will be made the most dangerous in the world

Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko reported deep & nbsp; modernization of MiG-31 fighter-interceptors. Overhaul of these aircraft with improvement to the level of MiG-31BM is being carried out & nbsp; at the aircraft plant 'Sokol' In Nizhniy Novgorod. It is assumed that the modernization will significantly increase the combat capabilities, it will be able to destroy any air targets & mdash; ranging from drones and cruise missiles to hypersonic aircraft.

Overhaul with modernization of each aircraft takes about a year. During this time, the interceptors completely change the on-board equipment, the cockpit canopy, and the wiring. The glider, which is made of titanium, is being tidied up. This metal has an almost unlimited resource, however, some aircraft require replacement of the coating. The integration of modern aviation weapons is also being carried out. In particular, the mechanical control system is changed to a fly-by-wire, for which on-board computers are installed on board.

Previously, discussions were held on the fate and timing of the decommissioning of these interceptors. In particular, they consume a lot of fuel – full refueling – about 15-odd tons, about 10 tons are spent per hour. & Nbsp; The State Duma Defense Committee even held special hearings on the MiG-31. As a result, they still began to modernize. This began in 2011, and is currently undergoing repairs to the combatant and in reserve MiG-31B to the level of the MiG-31BM. Under two contracts, the Ministry of Defense ordered the improvement of a total of 114 interceptors for the Aerospace Forces and the Navy. The improved MiG-31BM received an updated radar that allows you to see the enemy at a distance of up to 320 km and destroy them with long-range missiles at a distance of 280 km. The new weapon control system made it possible to equip the vehicle with more modern ammunition. Currently, the development of ultra-long-range air-to-air ammunition is underway for the interceptors.

In 2018, the MiG corporation completed the creation of a special modification of the MiG-31K. Its feature is the equipment with hypersonic aeroballistic missiles “ Dagger '' to attack ground targets. The fighter received new on-board equipment, an increased fuel supply, and special communications equipment. Since 2018, ten MiG-31Ks have been on experimental combat duty in the Southern Military District.

MiG-31 & mdash; fighter-interceptor developed by the USSR for air combat in the 70s of the last century. It is the largest aircraft of this class in service with the countries of the world. All the MiG-31BM in service were built in the late 1980s & mdash; early 1990s. Their service life is limited to 2.5 thousand flight hours; the issue of extending it by a thousand hours is currently being considered, which will allow the interceptors to remain in service at least until the mid-2030s. By that time, the MiG will become one of the oldest types of combat aircraft in service with the Russian Aerospace Forces.

Due to its mass of more than 46 tons, the aircraft is classified differently than conventional fighters. The pilot of a two-seater aircraft, the only one in operational-tactical aviation, is officially called the ship's commander. Only pilots of heavy bombers and transport aircraft have this privilege. & Nbsp;

The MiG-31 still bears the title of the fastest fighter in the world. Maximum flight speed & ndash; 3 thousand kilometers per hour. The aircraft is designed to intercept and destroy targets, including cruise and ballistic missiles, at extremely low, medium and high altitudes in simple and difficult weather conditions. Earlier, foreign experts drew attention to & nbsp; for the expanded arsenal of MiG-31BM and MiG-31BSM interceptors, including the new R-74M short-range air-to-air missile, which makes the MiG-31 one of the most versatile aircraft.

Today & nbsp; The MiG-31BM is considered the most effective fighter in aerial combat. It is second only to the aircraft of the fifth generation Su-57. By 2030, Russia is set to commission an entirely new class of interceptors. It is expected that the upcoming sixth generation of MiG-41 fighters will be able to fight even in near space. The interceptor will be able to fly at hypersonic speeds, twice as fast as the current MiG-31.

The Soviet Union also existed & nbsp; program to modernize interceptors, but the collapse of the USSR prevented the implementation of the MiG-31M, the project was canceled in 1995 after several successful flight tests due to the economic situation in Russia. The MiG-31 was more expensive to manufacture than the Su-27. After the collapse of the USSR, Russia decided to focus on universal models. Although the Su-27 was inferior in terms of characteristics to the MiG-31, it was easier to adapt it for various military tasks.


Hill learns of the reluctance of the US authorities to tighten sanctions against Nord Stream

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken calls on Democratic senators to block the corresponding amendment to the defense budget. The Biden administration wants to avoid tougher sanctions, as it fears discontent from Germany

The administration of US President Joe Biden opposes the imposition of tougher sanctions on the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as it “ fears discontent from Germany, an important European ally in the fight against climate change and limiting China's growing influence in the world, '' writes The Hill.

According to the publication, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is calling on Democratic senators to block amendments to the draft defense budget, which involve the imposition of sanctions against companies involved in inspections and certification of the gas pipeline, which are necessary before it is put into operation. Among the authors of the amendments & mdash; Republican Senators James Risch (Idaho) and Ted Cruz (Texas).

According to a source, administration officials are “ creating procedural difficulties to avoid a politically difficult vote. '' The interlocutor said that the Democrats are “ very nervous '' because of the issue of voting on the pipeline, since under the previous administration they themselves opposed the project, but under Joe Biden the situation changed.

Rish and Cruz will insist on a vote, reports The Hill. The publication reports that last week the Idaho Senator opposed the continuation of work on the draft defense budget without this amendment.

The US State Department declined to comment.

Foreign Policy also wrote about the desire of the US President and his supporters to persuade Congressmen to remove amendments to the pipeline sanctions from the defense budget. Interlocutors reported that the administration is trying to prevent the imposition of restrictions on German companies, since it is important for the United States not to “ push away '' Germany, which will prove to be an important ally if Russia invades Ukraine. In addition, the report said, Democrats believe that the inclusion of amendments to the budget could limit the ability of the executive branch to impose and extend sanctions.

A group of Republicans led by Riche proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal 2022 in early November. If it is adopted, Biden will have to impose sanctions within 15 days 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 a company.

Cruz & mdash; a proponent of tough measures against Nord Stream 2, he said that Biden was not doing enough to block the construction of the Russian pipeline. The Republican criticized the decision of Washington, which in the spring did not impose restrictions on the company & mdash; operator of the Nord Stream 2 AG project. He called the deal between Germany and the United States on a gas pipeline allowing Russia to complete the project a disaster.

Nord Stream 2; completed in September this year. The pipeline is ready for launch as soon as it receives the approval of the German and European regulators.

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Hungarian Foreign Minister declared hypocrisy of European countries towards Russia

Peter Siyjarto emphasized that the statements of some Western European countries do not correspond to their deeds, since they verbally criticize Russia and at the same time conclude “major deals” with it

Peter Siyjarto

Western European countries show hypocrisy towards other countries, including Russia, because, while criticizing it, they do business with it, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Siyarto said in an interview with RT.

“ This is a huge hypocrisy because the following is happening: big countries & mdash; big and strong countries & mdash; can afford to speak differently than to act. Small countries cannot afford it '', & mdash; he said.

“What Western Europeans do: They say and act differently. They always criticize Russia, but at the same time they conclude the largest deals with it, '', & mdash; continued Siyjarto. The same is happening in relation to China, he said.

The minister stressed that this duality negatively affects the trade and economic relations of the EU, since China has significantly increased its share in the world market.

Siyarto also noted that Europeans adhere to a similar approach in relation to the Russian vaccine against coronavirus Sputnik V ': in private conversations they speak very well of her, but in public they make different statements.

The fact that the statements of Western European politicians do not always correspond to their deeds, Siyarto said at the beginning of the year in an interview with RBC. “ Take a closer look and see: many of the countries that criticize Russia most harshly have the most profitable businesses here. I am against double standards in such matters. You need to understand that in some cases, cooperation with eastern neighbors, including Russia, is simply critically important, '', & mdash; he emphasized.

In March, the head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry noted that Hungary faced political pressure after its authorities approved the use of Sputnik V, without waiting for the approval of the European regulator (it became the first EU country to make such a decision) … Earlier, the EU stated that any vaccine purchased by EU countries must undergo a certification procedure in the EU market.

Despite protests from Brussels, Hungary purchased 2 million doses of Sputnik V from Russia. In early September, Budapest announced that the purchased vaccine had ended, but noted that the country as a whole has 8 million doses of drugs, so it does not need additional supplies.

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In isolation: the end of the first 100 days of the Taliban in power

The end of November marks 100 days when the terrorist organization Taliban, banned in Russia, came to power in Afghanistan. They promised to establish a dialogue both within the country and abroad. What we did – in the video of RBK


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The expert named the problems on the way of introducing self-driving cars in Russia

Besides technological, there are moral and ethical issues

Unmanned technologies seem to be ready to seriously register on the roads. Almost every day brings new news about the success of car robots in the world. What about the self-driving car industry in Russia? What problems stand in the way? An expert in the field of intelligent transport systems spoke about this to MK.

Photo: AGN” Moscow “

Hyundai recently announced tests of a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in Seoul in the first half of 2022. As reported by Yonhap, test drives will take place on the streets in a designated area in the center of the South Korean capital. The 4th level means that the car works with minimal intervention or control from the human driver, reacts to unexpected situations. The goal of the developer company is to implement a robotic delivery service.

On the same day, the French company EasyMile announced that the EasyMile EZ10 unmanned bus developed by it had reached the 4th level. The company has obtained permission to use unmanned shuttles to transport people in general traffic. This is the first vehicle of the 4th autonomy level in the European Union, approved for use on public roads. In the fall of 2022, the EasyMile EZ10 mini-shuttle will start regular flights on the Oncopole medical campus in Toulouse, along a predetermined route.

There are already about 3 thousand unmanned vehicles in the world.

And what about Russia? As recently the Department of Transport and Development of Road and Transport Infrastructure of Moscow told reporters that readiness for testing unmanned vehicles in the city & ndash; high. The streets where unmanned taxis will travel as part of a pilot project were examined. It is alleged that Moscow will become the first capital in Europe where unmanned taxis will go. & Nbsp;

However, the introduction of unmanned vehicles in Russia is not so simple, says the head of the Mobility Group; Andrey Volgin. The company is part of Urbantech and is engaged in the creation of intelligent transport systems.

According to the specialist, unmanned vehicles have a powerful economic driver: it is more profitable, reduces personnel costs, and reduces the negative consequences of the human factor.

In addition, Andrei Volgin believes, the introduction of unmanned vehicles stimulates such large infrastructure projects as the creation of until 2024 of the cargo & nbsp; corridor along the Moscow highway & mdash; St. Petersburg. & Nbsp;

There are two options: either equipping the routes with a dedicated short-range connection based on WiFi (DSRC), or providing communication between the vehicle and any object based on 5G communication networks (C-V2X).

These systems allow positioning elements of road infrastructure and cars on the road and give everyone information about who and where is.

“ Trucks will eventually be able to drive in columns, '' said Andrey Volgin. – Cars will be warned if someone ahead brakes or is about to drive around a corner. ''

Among the problems on the way of introducing unmanned technologies, Andrei Volgin named the following: not all roads in Russia are provided with continuous 4G coverage, and 5G exists only in pilot zones; lack of up-to-date data on road transport infrastructure facilities.

“ It is necessary to create a digital twin of the transport system, and for this, Russian companies have all the necessary technologies, '' the expert believes.

Yes and other problems. “ In addition to technological barriers, which are already being solved by the forces of the IT business and state-owned companies, there is still the moral and ethical side of the issue, '' said Andrei Volgin. & ndash; Is it possible to teach a car to make the right decisions in all situations? For example, what choice will the drone make: crash into a crowd of pedestrians or self-destruct by ramming a concrete wall? What happens if an unmanned vehicle falls into the hands of terrorists? Therefore, it is important to regulate these issues by law before the launch of full-fledged unmanned driving in Russia. ''


Miners are doomed to die for a broken penny: private incomes are more valuable than lives

Terrible news of the week

The main event of the past week was the tragedy at the Listvyazhnaya mine. The worst thing about this is the doom of the miners, who knew that there would be an explosion and still went down the face, bravely won back a broken penny. Even worse, such tragedies will repeat themselves over and over again.


“ My husband came home from work every day and said: this will not end well. It was surging so much that all the sensors were beeping there. And on the night of November 14-15, there was a fire, no measures were taken, '' said the widow of one of the dead miners. The same thing, carbon copy, said the widows of those killed in 2000 at the Komsomolets mine, in 2003 at the Ziminka mine, in 2004 at the Taizhina mine. and in the same year at the same Listvyazhnaya, in 2007 at Ulyanovskaya, in 2010 at the Raspadskaya mine. In the same way as now, the directors were arrested. Vladimir Vladimirovich, at a meeting with the permanent members of the Russian Security Council, said that systematic work is needed to prevent tragedies, like at the Listvyazhnaya mine. After the accident at Ulyanovskaya, where 110 people died, Vladimir Vladimirovich was dissatisfied with the results of the investigation, and as a result, in 2015, the director of the mine, Andrei Funk, was imprisoned for 6 years. In 2017, after a little over two years in prison, Andrei Funk was pardoned by decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Vladimir Vladimirovich also said that it was necessary to provide assistance to the families of miners. And on Saturday, the governor of the region, Sergei Tsivilev, has already reported: “The government of Kuzbass and the municipality are already making payments.” The relatives of the victims will receive 250 thousand rubles each from the Kemerovo region and municipalities. The victims of the accident will also receive financial assistance. Okay, right?

The state will pay. But why is it not heard that the owner of the mine will be ruined by payments to the families of the victims? What would he pay for the death of his workers so much that he would wander around the world with caramel, at best, for the cheek?

Because this is how it works in our society of victorious capitalism & ndash; private income and government spending. Because power serves capital, and capital is power. Private incomes of entrepreneurs built into the system & ndash; this is sacred, and the cost of the lives of workers … God has a lot of us, a kilogram per penny.

So, this is inevitable & ndash; “ It won't end well, it goes off scale so that the sensors are beeping. ''

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Even last week, our Duma demonstrated that it has grown old. It used to be, in which case they splashed with juice and beat their muzzles. Now times are different. Zhirinovsky decided to dance on the bones of the cynically surrendered Rashkin. Rashkin, of course, is to blame for poaching, but the setup with the elk was so clumsy that the performers did not even try to hide the & ndash; the setup is. The main thing is the result. And here is the result obtained & ndash; Rashkin is deprived of immunity, and Vladimir Volfovich is being delayed by the last words on the communists. The communists write to the prosecutor and demand to open a criminal case on the basis of incitement to hatred. Sad and funny & ndash; ask for protection from the government against which you oppose. And which, obviously, really wants to rein in the Communist Party. Which, by the way, is what Gennady Andreevich Zyuganov said: “ Operation 'moose' ' organized by Vyacheslav Volodin, who cannot forgive Rashkin for losing in court … They decided to drown him, but they drown & nbsp; first of all the Communist Party.

Volodin did not react in any way. He is not up to that & ndash; he unexpectedly became one of the most popular bloggers on Telegram. And all he posted was a post in which he told how the work on the bill on QR codes is going on and opened comments for feedback. Comments have already accumulated over 600 thousand. & Nbsp; And on Saturday Volodin wrote that constructive ones will be studied. The edition & nbsp; The Bell & nbsp; took an arbitrary & nbsp; fragment from hundreds of comments in a row and calculated how much constructive there is. & Nbsp; 27% & nbsp; were & nbsp; for voluntary vaccinations, & nbsp; but against QR codes, about the same & mdash; & nbsp; just against & nbsp; codes. From the remaining posts & nbsp; & ndash; 23% anti-Axist and other conspiracy comments. Posts in defense of compulsory vaccination and QR codes are rare & mdash; less than 5%. & nbsp; Another 20% – information noise. Although something else is much more interesting – & nbsp; in relation to a number of citizens who commented on Volodin's post about QR codes in Russia, pre-investigation checks and examinations are expected, and based on their results, administrative and criminal cases may be initiated. In short, the 'cart' Volodina & ndash; not a place for discussion. And the effect of the comments will be the same as from the inscription on the fence. Here's a simple fact. & Nbsp; Head of the United Russia faction Timur Ortabaev resigned in the parliament of North Ossetia & nbsp; after the parliament was unable from the first time to approve the draft law on codes sent by the State Duma to the regions for discussion. Is everything clear?

Here is the singer Morgenstern & ndash; has long been clear. Head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin met with Svetlana Svetlichnaya. After that Svetlichnaya was hospitalized in neurology, and Alexander Ivanovich said that the Unified State Exam & ndash; this is torture for schoolchildren, and Morgenstern distributes drugs on social networks. And Morgenstern, it seems, decided to dump, until Bastrykin's subordinates (in the hope of a 13th salary and a New Year's bonus) found drugs on his social networks. It's funny, but a couple of months ago Morgenstern called Russia the best country in the world, his most beloved. He said that he would like to live only in Russia and nowhere else. But he admitted that he “ would have to emigrate if he sharpens a tooth on me too much (obscenely). ''

However, he will run away or not run away & ndash; the country will not lose anything, it’s not scary.

It’s scary that the miners, too, have understood everything for a long time. And nothing to lose. But they do not walk on their own land, but doomed underground.


Pensions in Russia will be increased for three categories of citizens from December 1

The lawyer commented on the level of indexation of pension payments.

Three categories of citizens of the Russian Federation will increase their pensions from December 1.

Accrual will be carried out automatically.

According to MK, citizens who have worked until August of this year will receive a supplement to their pensions and those who quit, as well as everyone who applied for recalculation, and citizens who have turned 80 years old.

All of them will receive 6044 rubles as a one-time annual payment. Thus, this payment will double.

Commenting on the indexation of pension payments, lawyer Artem Zelenkov said that the indexation level for Russians of retirement age, taking into account the planned inflation of 8.1% and the current indicators of a decrease in the purchasing power of the population, could reach 9%.

Nevertheless, more detailed data can be seen only in December.

Such indicators are given in the instruction of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to which the head of state ordered the government to develop measures to indexation of payments to pensioners above the inflationary mark.

It also assumes that by 2022 the average annual pension will reach the level of 17 thousand rubles, by 2023 & # 8211; 18 thousand rubles, and by 2024 & # 8211; 18.7 thousand rubles.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that a bill was submitted to the State Duma on the indexation of all pensions not lower than inflation.


Chinese scientists find radioactive potassium-40 in bananas

Bananas contain a radioactive element. Scientists from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Zhang Xiaotian and Liao Jie told about this in a material for WeChat.

Experts found out that in addition to ordinary potassium, bananas contain its isotope & mdash; potassium-40, a source of ionizing radiation. However, there is very little of it in fruits.

“ The dose of radiation received when eating one banana is about 0.0778 microsievert. This is negligible ', & ndash; explained the scientists, adding that computed tomography of the chest for this indicator is equivalent to 70 thousand bananas.

Previously, the nutritionist told about the risks of excessive consumption of apples. Fruit, among other substances, contains many organic acids that speed up metabolism. But in addition to the benefits, they can lead to unpleasant sensations when it comes to people with high acidity.


How will the procedure for granting vacations change from November 30?

Starting November 30, Russia will have new rules on vacations. Changes are made to Art. 263 of the Labor Code of the Russian Federation in accordance with Federal Law No. 373-FZ of November 19, 2021.

According to the amendments, the list of employees to whom the employer must provide additional leave without pay will increase.

Who can take additional leave? & nbsp;

Annual additional leave without pay at a convenient time will be able to take & nbsp; employees who care for a family member or other relative & ndash; disabled person of group I. & nbsp; A person can take a vacation at any time convenient for him, but it will be unpaid leave.

For how many days can you take additional leave? & nbsp;

The duration of the vacation can be up to 14 calendar days, the conditions for it must be spelled out in the collective agreement. Additional unpaid leave can be added to the main one or used separately, in parts.

Who else is granted unpaid leave?

Unpaid leave can be obtained by: & nbsp;

1. Any employee in the event of the birth of a child, registration of marriage or death of a close relative (up to five calendar days, part 2 of article 128 of the Labor Code);

2. Employee & ndash; graduate of preparatory departments at universities and applicants (up to 15 calendar days, part 2 of article 173 of the Labor Code);

3. Employee & ndash; full-time student at a university (intermediate certification – 15 calendar days in the academic year, preparation and defense of the graduation project with the passing of final state exams – four months and passing the final state exams – one month, part 2 of Art. 173 TC);

4. Employee & ndash; applicant of a state-accredited secondary vocational education institution (entrance examinations & ndash; 10 calendar days, part 2 of article 174 of the Labor Code);

5. An employee who studies in an institution of secondary vocational education that has state accreditation (full-time education) (intermediate certification – 10 calendar days in the academic year, preparation and defense of qualifying work and passing the final state exams – two months, passing final exams – ; one month, part 2 of article 174 of the Labor Code);

6. Employee & ndash; participant of the Great Patriotic War (up to 35 calendar days a year, part 2 of article 128 of the Labor Code);

7. Retired employee (up to 14 calendar days a year, part 2 of article 128 of the Labor Code);

8. Employee & ndash; father (mother) or spouse (spouse) of military personnel who died or died due to injury, concussion or injury received in the performance of military service duties or due to an illness associated with it (up to 14 calendar days a year, part 2 of article 128 of the Labor Code );

9. Disabled employee (up to 60 calendar days a year, part 2 of article 128 of the Labor Code);

10. An employee-parent or spouse of an employee of the internal affairs bodies, the federal fire service, the bodies for control over the circulation of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, customs authorities, employees of institutions and bodies of the penal system, who died or died as a result of injury, concussion or injury received during service or as a result of an illness associated with the passage of service (up to 14 calendar days a year, part 2 of article 128 of the Labor Code);

11. An employee with two or more children under the age of 14 (up to 14 calendar days a year, if such an obligation is established by a collective agreement, Article 263 of the Labor Code);

12. An employee with a disabled child under 18 years of age (up to 14 calendar days a year, if such an obligation is established by a collective agreement, Article 263 of the Labor Code);

13. A single mother with a child under the age of 14 (up to 14 calendar days a year, if such an obligation is established by a collective agreement, Article 263 of the Labor Code);

14. A father who brings up a child under the age of 14 without a mother (up to 14 calendar days a year, if such an obligation is established by a collective agreement, Article 263 of the Labor Code);

15. A woman who works in rural areas (one calendar day per month, Article 263.1 of the Labor Code);

16. Employee & ndash; a disabled war veteran (up to 60 calendar days a year, article 14 of the Law of January 12, 1995 No. 5-FZ);

17. Employee & ndash; combat veteran (up to 35 calendar days a year, article 16 of the Law of January 12, 1995 No. 5-FZ);

18. A military employee who served in military units, military educational institutions that were not part of the active army in the period from June 22, 1941 to September 3, 1945 for at least six months, or a soldier who was awarded orders during this period or medals of the USSR (up to 35 calendar days a year, art. 17 of the Law of January 12, 1995 No. 5-FZ);

19. An employee who worked during the Great Patriotic War at the objects of air defense, local air defense, the construction of defensive structures, naval bases, airfields and other military facilities within the rear borders of operating fronts, operational zones of operating fleets, on the front-line sections of iron and highways (up to 35 calendar days a year, art. 19 of the Law of January 12, 1995 No. 5-FZ);

20 Employee awarded with the sign “ Resident of besieged Leningrad '' (up to 35 calendar days a year, article 18 of the Law of January 12, 1995 No. 5-FZ);

21. An employee working in the regions of the Far North and areas equated to the regions of the Far North, next to the place of vacation (depending on the time required to travel to the place of using the vacation and back, part 3 of Art. 322 TC);

22. Employee & ndash; a teacher of an educational institution (at least every 10 years of continuous teaching, up to one year, Article 335 of the Labor Code);

23. Employee & ndash; Hero of the Soviet Union, Hero of the Russian Federation or full holder of the Order of Glory (up to three weeks a year, article 8 of the law of January 15, 1993 No. 4301-1);

24. Employee & ndash; Hero of Socialist Labor or full holder of the Order of Labor Glory (up to three weeks a year, part 2 of article 6 of the Law of January 9, 1997 No. 5-FZ);

26. Employee & ndash; people's vigilante and other freelance police officers (up to 10 calendar days a year, art. 26 of the Law of April 2, 2014 No. 44-FZ);

Which of the employees has the right on vacation at any convenient time? & nbsp;

Employees can take regular paid leave in accordance with a pre-approved schedule. But there are categories of workers who can go on vacation at any convenient time. & Nbsp;

These benefits include:

  • minors & nbsp; (Article 267 of the Labor Code of the Russian Federation)
  • parents, including adoptive, guardians or guardians who are raising a disabled child under the age of 18 (Article 262.1 of the Labor Code of the Russian Federation)
  • employees who were awarded the badges “ Honorary Donor of Russia '' and 'Honorary Donor of the USSR' (parts 1, 2, article 23 of the Law of 20.07.2012 No. 125-FZ)
  • pregnant women before or after maternity leave (article 260 of the Labor Code of the Russian Federation)
  • employees who have three or more children under the age of 18 (Article 262.2 of the Labor Code)
  • a spouse who wants to take leave during the maternity leave of his wife (part 4 of Article 123 of the Labor Code)
  • the spouse of a serviceman who wants to go on vacation at the same time as the vacation of the other spouse (clause 11 of article 11 of the Law of 27.05.1998 No. 76-FZ)
  • veterans of the Great Patriotic War, war invalids, war veterans, including those with disabilities (Art. 14 & ndash; 19 of the Law of 12.01.1995 No. 5-FZ)
  • Heroes of the Soviet Union, Heroes of Russia, full holders of the Order of Glory (part 3 of article 8 of the Law of 01/15/1993 No. 4301-1)
  • Heroes of Socialist Labor and full holders of the Order of Labor Glory (article 6 of the Law of 09.01.1997 No. 5-FZ )
  • employees who received or suffered radiation sickness and other diseases that are associated with radiation due to the Chernobyl disaster or with work to eliminate its consequences, people with disabilities due to the Chernobyl disaster, participants in the liquidation of the disaster (part 3 of article 15 of the Law of 15.05.1991 No. 1244- 1)
  • one of the parents working in the Far North and equivalent areas (guardian or trustee) who accompanies a child under the age of 18 for admission to an educational institution of secondary or higher professional education located in another locality (part 5 of article 322 of the Labor Code)
  • employees who apply for leave for the first working year, if the employer intends to include them in the schedule (article 122 of the Labor Code).

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Czech President appoints new Prime Minister

The opposition coalition Together won elections in October and formed a government with two other parties. They nominated Peter Fialu for the post of prime minister, today the president appointed him

Petr Fiala

The President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman has appointed the leader of the opposition coalition” Together ” Petra Fialu is the new prime minister after the coalition won elections in October, Czech Radio reports.

The ceremony took place at the country residence of the head of state in the Lana Palace, not far from Prague. Due to the fact that Zeman tested positive for coronavirus two days ago, the ceremony was held in accordance with the strictest sanitary standards, according to the radio station. So, in the room where the event was held, there were two entrances, and the room itself was divided by transparent plexiglass. Fiala could only communicate with the President via audio.

Parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic were held in early October. Coalition Together, which includes the opposition Civic Democratic Party, Christian Democratic Union Czechoslovak People's Party '' and Tradition Responsibility Prosperity 09 received the most votes (27.79%). She formed a new government with a coalition that included the Czech Pirate Party and the Elders and Independents movement. (15.62% of the votes). In total, they received 108 seats out of 200 in parliament.

The political movement “ Action of dissatisfied citizens '' (ANO), which was headed by the previous Prime Minister Andrei Babish, gained 27.17% of the vote.

Milos Zeman was hospitalized immediately after the elections, on October 10, due to an exacerbation of a chronic illness. He was hospitalized in the intensive care unit, and was transferred to the usual ward of the president on November 4.

Zeman was discharged on November 25, but it was recommended to organize observation and medical assistance for him. However, a few hours later, the 76-year-old president was again taken to the hospital, as his test for coronavirus was positive. The head of state was discharged two days later.

Pyotr Fiala received his degree in history and philology at Masaryk University, and since 2002 has been a professor of political science. In 2013, he joined the Civil Democratic Party, was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in Parliament.

At the beginning of 2014, Fiala was elected chairman of the party, after which he was re-elected several times.

The new Czech prime minister was earlier spoke in support of the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by Europe. For example, in 2018, he argued that there is no reason to ease sanctions pressure yet, since Russia, in his opinion, is still “ occupying '' Crimea.

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Polish Prime Minister accused Merkel of “legitimizing the regime” of Lukashenka

According to Mateusz Morawiecki, Merkel, having called Lukashenka, contributed to “legitimizing his regime.” In turn, the Belarusian president, according to the Polish prime minister, “abused” the conversation with Merkel

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?


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