What do you need to know about trademark registration?

Legislators have allowed any person who earns his own business to register trademarks and service marks, creating his own brand. From June 28, 2023, not only entrepreneurs and legal entities will be able to individualize their products or works/services, but also citizens. An expert told aif.ru about what means of individualization are, why register them, and who can do it.

What is a trademark and a service mark, how do they differ? 

Trademark and service mark — These are means of individualization that allow the consumer to distinguish one product from another, one service from another. Simply put, a trademark and a service mark allow you to distinguish one specific manufacturer from a huge number. “The use of such distinctive signs allows consumers to understand exactly who they want to work with and from whom to buy. The difference between a trademark and a service mark is very easy to explain

simple: trademark — distinctive designation of the goods, and the service mark — works or services. For example „Prostokvashino“ and „Kozelskoe milk“ — trademarks of dairy products of specific manufacturers, and the names of mobile operators: MTS, Megafon, Beeline — service marks, — lawyer Angelina Malysheva explained to aif.ru.

Why do you need to register a trademark/service mark? 

According to the lawyer, any entrepreneur interested in running a successful business should make his product individual. Your own distinguishing mark, — first of all, an important tool for developing a personal brand. In addition, its use allows you to sell goods and services more efficiently.

“It is important to go through the registration procedure, including to protect the business from competitors, as well as to avoid claims from other copyright holders. Obtain a trademark registration certificate — means to assert your rights to the mark and be able to protect them if someone decides to use your mark without permission or “borrow“ its design», — explained Malysheva. 

The expert clarified that the illegal use of a trademark or service mark faces administrative liability under Art. 14.10 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation in the form of a fine with confiscation of products on which there is a designation, and compensation may also be collected under Art. 1515 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation — from 10 thousand to five million rubles or in the amount of two times the cost of the goods on which the disputed trademark is placed.

Who can register a trademark/service mark?

Prior to the entry into force of the amendments to Part IV of the Civil Code (the Civil Code of the Russian Federation), only individual entrepreneurs and legal entities can become the owner of a trademark or service mark. From June 28, 2023, this right will also be granted to citizens. 

“Despite the fact that the mention of individual entrepreneurs was removed from the articles about means of individualization, replacing them with the generalized concept of “citizens”, I doubt that Russians without any status, for example, a payer of tax on professional income, will be able to register a trademark or service mark — self-employed. The law still associates the need to individualize goods, works or services with business activities, and only legal entities, individual entrepreneurs and self-employed people can receive income from such activities — without registration it is illegal», — Malysheva commented.

What happens if there is already a similar trademark or service mark? 

As the expert explained to aif.ru, in order to register a trademark or service mark, you must contact Rospatent — organization under the Federal Institute of Industrial Property (FIPS). When submitting an application, you must indicate the class of MTCU (International Classification of Goods and Services) to which the trademark or service mark will relate, and within this group, Rospatent checks for similarity with other marks of the same group of goods or services that have already been registered.&nbsp ;

“It happens that Rospatent sees no obstacles for registration — then, if there is a threat of violation of the rights to the means of individualization, the right holder can file objections to Rospatent, pointing to similar designations, or to the court. When considering a dispute in court, an examination of the identity of trademarks and their similarity to the point of confusion must also be carried out — Based on its results, the court makes a final decision. If the similarity to the point of confusion is established by Rospatent — registration of means of individualization will be denied. If the court comes to the conclusion that the rights of the owner of the trademark or service mark are infringed, the decision of Rospatent will be invalidated, and the registration record will be canceled, — explained Malysheva.

Who can inherit a trademark/service mark? 

The lawyer said that from June 28, 2023, anyone can become a trademark owner on the basis of a certificate of right to inheritance. “Previously, it was necessary to obtain the status of an individual entrepreneur (IP) or a legal entity, because the law associated the presence of a trademark and the possibility of its registration only with entrepreneurial activity in a particular industry. In the event of the death of the trademark owner, his heirs, in order to inherit the means of individualization, were forced to register as an individual entrepreneur or transfer the rights to another person who already has such a status, — summed up Malysheva.



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Combat work of the Airborne Forces during reconnaissance and search operations

In the course of reconnaissance and search operations, Russian paratroopers discovered a stronghold of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the RF Ministry of Defense, the commander of the reconnaissance company decided to dismount from the military equipment and drive the nationalists out of their positions.

complex and ousted them from their positions. During the operation, two armored vehicles and more than 10 nationalists were destroyed.

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What will the PAK DA bomber look like according to foreigners?

Chinese experts believe that the promising sixth-generation PAK DA stealth bomber, which is currently being developed in Russia, will outperform the American B-2 stealth aircraft in all respects. Although even a prototype of this aircraft still does not exist, foreigners believe that this is a real project that can change the balance of power in the world. In their opinion, in the future, this bomber will become a serious problem and “will not let NATO sleep peacefully.”

PAK DA bomber (3D model). Photo: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

Invisible and deadly

Foreigners assume that the new Russian bomber will become the most inconspicuous bomber in the world, while carrying a large number of various weapons on board. This will allow it to be used in armed conflicts of varying intensity — from large-scale hostilities to local clashes. PAK DA will become a universal tool capable of hitting a variety of targets on the battlefield and at the same time remain invulnerable, and most often even unnoticed. It is planned that the new aircraft will become as versatile as possible and will actually replace all the strategic bombers currently at the disposal of the Russian Aerospace Forces: Tu-22M3, Tu-95 and Tu-160.

For the first time, they started talking about a completely new sixth-generation bomber five years ago, at the same time it was reported that the draft design and working design documentation were ready. In 2020, they talked about the creation of the first elements of the PAK DA, including the development and bench testing of the engine. Despite the secrecy of this project, it is known for sure that it will be carried out according to the “flying wing” scheme. This and a number of other stealth technologies should make it almost invisible to the most modern radars. So, to reduce the degree of visibility, the fuselage will be made of composite materials and covered with a special Russian-made radar-absorbing coating. A technical solution will make it even more invisible, thanks to which all the weapons of the bomber will be placed inside.


The aircraft will be subsonic, it is reported that due to fuel savings, this will help to significantly increase the range and time spent by the aircraft in the air. And this will not make him vulnerable, since the bomber will receive long-range weapons, which will allow him to operate outside enemy air defense zones. In addition, the bombers will receive new electronic warfare equipment that will protect it from being hit by anti-aircraft missiles. 

It is planned that PAK DA will have the most powerful weapons in the world. At the first stage, the main system for PAK DA will be Kh-102 high-precision missiles, which have a high-explosive and nuclear warhead, and their range exceeds five thousand kilometers. These weapons are designed to ensure the destruction of all types of sea and land targets, including well-protected ones. Depending on the mission, the bomber can be armed with all existing and future high-precision bombs and missiles. 

Then, the main weapon of the bomber will be long-range hypersonic missiles, which will be guided and controlled by artificial intelligence. All developments of new aviation weapons systems will also be done with the prospect of being placed on this aviation platform. 

Space fighter 

An additional option for this strategic missile carrier may be the ability to strike targets located in near space, which will make it a new effective element of missile defense. Space interception is necessary to destroy strategic nuclear ballistic missiles that are on the march. The aircraft will also have the ability to destroy military satellites in Earth orbit.

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Ex-deputy of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg Koval sentenced to nine years in prison

The Vyborgsky District Court of St. Petersburg convicted Roman Koval, a former deputy of the city Legislative Assembly, in a case of taking a bribe. This was reported by the United Press Service of the Courts of St. Petersburg.

The ex-deputy was found guilty and sentenced to nine years in prison in a strict regime correctional colony. Koval was banned from working in the public service for eight years. The court also imposed a fine of 35 million rubles on him.

Recall that Koval  was detained in the summer of 2020. According to investigators, in the period from 2018 to 2020, the accused personally and through the mediation of his assistant Andrei Grishin received money and a car from the entrepreneur. The total amount of the bribe amounted to more than 15 million rubles.

During the preliminary investigation, Koval partially admitted his guilt. At the same time, during the trial, he refused to admit guilt and asked the court to acquit him.

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The PMC spoke about the conditions of Bayazitova’s detention

Life.ru journalist Alexandra Bayazitova, who is accused of extortion, is in a pre-trial detention center in a cell for six people. Georgy Ivanov, a member of the Public Monitoring Commission (POC) of Moscow, spoke about this, RT reports.

According to him, Bayazitova, who was arrested by the court before October 7, was taken to the pre-trial detention center the day before. Members of the commission recommended the administration of the institution to ensure control of her state of health. For now, the journalist is kept in the so-called “quarantine cell”. Prisoners stay there for up to three weeks, during which time they are tested for COVID-19 and other infections.

The cell has a TV and a refrigerator, but no cleaning equipment or paper for letters. Together with Bayazitova, there are women suspected of robbery and causing grievous bodily harm in the cell.

Ivanov added that other defendants in the case – media technologist Olga Arkharova and PR manager Inna Churilova – are in the same pre-trial detention center, but are kept in punishment cells without TVs and refrigerators. The human rights activist explained that this is not a punishment, it’s just that the pre-trial detention center is now overcrowded.

It is noted that Bayazitova does not admit guilt.

Earlier it was reported that the journalist’s defense insisted on house arrest, as her elderly mother is dependent on her. Recall that Bayazitova, Arkharova and Churilov are suspected of a crime under the article on extortion on an especially large scale.

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Spain confirms 10 cases of Legionnaires’ disease

In the Spanish city of Cáceres, 10 cases of legionellosis, also called Legionnaires' disease, have been identified, and two people have died, according to El Mundo.

Patients were hospitalized with respiratory problems. Currently, six people remain in the medical facility, two have been discharged. A 54-year-old woman and a 70-year-old man died from the disease – they had progressive oncological diseases.

Local authorities said that there was no need to talk about an outbreak of legionellosis, since there is no epidemiological connection between cases, nothing threatens the health of residents.

It is reported that On August 4-9, 30 samples were taken from different parts of the city. The infection was not detected, but for the final results you need to wait 20 days. In connection with the incident, fountains with drinking water and a fountain in Rodeo Park were closed.

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Shoigu visited enterprises in Tula that produce high-precision weapons and MLRS

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Tula, where he checked the progress of the implementation of the state defense order at two enterprises of the military-industrial complex, the press service of the department reports.

At the Instrument Design Bureau named after A .G.Shipunov, he examined the production lines, which assemble lightly armored military equipment.

He was also shown the latest developments in the field of armored vehicles, missile, anti-tank and small arms. The management of the enterprise spoke about the modernization of armored vehicles in service with the Russian army.

Then, the Minister of Defense visited NPO Splav, where he got acquainted with the work of the testing center and production laboratories of the enterprise.

Design Bureau instrument making them. A.G. Shipunova is one of the largest enterprises in the military-industrial complex, which produces a wide range of weapons systems, including high-precision guided weapons. NPO «Splav» is engaged in the design and development of multiple launch rocket systems and ammunition for them.

The day before, Shoigu presented the Gold Star medals; participants of the special operation in Ukraine.

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Shoigu visited the Design Bureau of Mechanical Engineering in Kolomna

Head of the Russian Defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu inspected the implementation of the state defense order by the Research and Production Corporation “Design Bureau of Mechanical Engineering” in Kolomna near Moscow, the press service of the ministry reports.

The Minister got acquainted with the latest samples weapons, military and special equipment that the corporation produces. 

Also, during the visit, Shoigu was shown the process of production and assembly of military products and the work of the enterprise's test complex.

Add, on August 11, the minister visited Tula, where he visited two enterprises of the military-industrial complex that produce equipment under the state defense order.

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Xiaomi presented the humanoid robot CyberOne

The Chinese company Xiaomi held a presentation of the humanoid robot CyberOne.

The robot is made in black and white and can move on two legs at an average speed of 3.6 km/h. The robot has a height of 177 cm and a weight of 52 kg.

CyberOne has many sensors and sensors, thanks to which it can navigate in space, interact with people, including talking, and recognize 45 human emotions. During the presentation, he presented a flower to the CEO of the company.

The robot was created for research purposes and will not be sold. In the future, he will become a household assistant.

Recall that by September 30, Tesla is going to present its humanoid robot Optimus. Musk previously said that in 2022 his company plans to introduce a prototype of the anthropomorphic robot Tesla Bot. Instead of a face, the robot has a built-in display that will display useful information. Elon Musk explained that the robot can be used for simple, routine tasks, including shopping. The robot will be able to move at a speed of about 8 km/h, as well as lift objects weighing up to 20 kg.

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Created by Meta chatbot called Zuckerberg a manipulator and a bad person

The BlenderBot 3 self-learning chatbot created by Meta* using artificial intelligence technology called Mark Zuckerberg a bad person and a manipulator, according to Business Insider.

The chatbot was launched the day before in test mode and is currently only available to residents of the United States. The company said that he can support conversations on any topic, as well as answer questions.

BlenderBot 3, according to the developers, is the most advanced in the world. It uses the so-called “large language models” (LLMS), learning from large datasets from sources on the Internet.

This feature is one of the problems. In the course of communication with different users, the bot called Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg a “bad person”; and “terrible manipulator.”

“He is a good businessman, but his business activities are not always ethical. It's funny how he has so much money and still wears the same clothes! – was one of the answers.

Recall that on August 11, Xiaomi presented the humanoid robot CyberOne, which in the future will be able to help people around the house.

* Organization Meta Platforms Inc. (social networks Facebook, Instagram) was recognized as extremist, its activities are prohibited in Russia by decision of the Tverskoy Court of Moscow dated March 21, 2022.

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In Ukraine, they check the fact of disclosure of information about the strategic plans of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Investigation in Ukraine began to verify the disclosure of information about the strategic plans of the country's armed forces in an interview with a high-ranking Ukrainian military. This was reported by the RBC Telegram channel with reference to the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar.

According to her, the leak disrupted the plans of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as “the enemy corrects his activities and uses the information received against the Ukrainian army.”

According to the SBU, a high-ranking military man gave an interview to a well-known publication. His words contained information revealing the strategic plans for the use of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, issues of preparation and conduct of hostilities.

Malyar said that an investigation was underway, but she did not name the name and title of the suspect.

Earlier it was reported that in Lviv, the SBU detained a man who called for the destruction of a monument to Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera with a rocket strike. The detainee handed over the coordinates of the monument to representatives of the DPR.

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Insolent after Sobchak. “Skopin maniac” will get a new term?

The proverb “The humpbacked grave will fix” is the best suited for the story of the "Skopin maniac" Viktor Mokhov. The criminal, whose release in 2021 made a lot of noise, became a defendant in a new criminal case.

An old rapist's new case

“On August 7, 2022, in the courtyard of one of the abandoned houses in the Skopinsky district, the body of a local resident born in 1979 was found with signs of violent death. On this fact, the Skopinsky Interdistrict Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Ryazan Region initiated a criminal case on the grounds of a crime under Part 1 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Murder, that is, the intentional infliction of death on another person”), — informs the official website of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Ryazan region. — The investigation established that on August 2, 2022, in the evening, the 39-year-old suspect, while at the house of his friend, during a quarrel while intoxicated, struck the victim with an elbow bend in the area of ​​​​the front surface of the neck. The victim died at the scene from his injuries. In order to hide the traces of the committed crime, the suspect, together with his acquaintance, moved the body of the deceased to the courtyard of an abandoned house at night. On this fact, the Skopinsky Interdistrict Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Ryazan Region initiated a criminal case on the grounds of a crime under Part 2 of Art. 316 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. A man, born in 1950, suspected of committing this crime, previously convicted of kidnapping two minors, rape and sexual assault of minors, confessed. The issue of choosing a preventive measure against him is being decided.

72-year-old Viktor Mokhov for six years after his release had no right to attend mass events, appear on the street at night, and was also required to report to the police twice a month.

However, he apparently considered these measures optional for himself. Mokhov participated in feasts, which sometimes took place at his house, and sometimes at his acquaintances. As a result, another booze at Mokhov ended in a murder. According to a law enforcement source, the killer suspected the victim of petty theft and, without thinking twice, “punished.” Mokhov, without much hesitation, undertook to help in hiding the evidence.

While the new case is being investigated, the “Skopin maniac” imposed a penalty in the form of arrest for 10 days for violating the established regime — Mokhov did not spend the night at home.

The owner of the underground prison

In 2000, Mokhov, a resident of the town of Skopina in the Ryazan region, kidnapped two girls aged 14 and 17, whom he kept for four years, regularly raping them, in an underground prison specially equipped for this. Almost four years later, the captives managed to hand over a note thanks to which they were released.

Skopinsky City Court found Mokhov guilty of committing crimes under Part 2 of Art. 126 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Kidnapping of two or more persons”), Part 2 of Art. 131 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Rape of a knowingly minor”) and part 2 of Art. 132 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Violent acts of a sexual nature”) and sentenced him to 16 years and 10 months in prison in a strict regime colony.

And in the spring of 2021, many were shocked by the news — «Skopin maniac» goes free. Life imprisonment in his case was not provided, good health allowed him to serve the term in full, after which he returned home.

And soon there were rumors that Mokhova was going to invite one of the federal channels to a talk show. After the uproar, the personal visit of the “Skopin maniac” did not take place in the studio, but Ksenia Sobchak came to him.

“The journalist who does not take advantage of the chance that has turned up is bad”

The ex-presidential candidate of Russia explained the film about Mokhov, filmed for her YouTube channel, as follows: “This is our conscious choice — mine and my team. And this is our right as journalists — explore the boundaries of good and evil. One cannot understand the nature of evil unless one enters its territory. Talk about the fact that Ksenia Sobchak's film about a maniac can provoke or inspire someone to commit crimes, of course, they flatter me, but you overestimate me. A much more inspiring example is the feature films — let's ban them! … For some reason, everyone is used to thinking that an interview with a maniac or a film about him — it's some form of compliment. What if the interview, then always with a good and right person. And as for me, the journalist who does not take advantage of the chance to interview Hitler is bad.

Shooting with Sobchak herself clearly affected Mokhov — and before that, the criminal, who had not suffered from remorse, felt like a real star, and increasingly began to neglect the restrictions prescribed for him. Probably, in this situation, a new criminal case became virtually inevitable.

«Shadow of Mokhov»

But here's what's interesting — it seems that the “shadow of Mokhov” also fell on Sobchak, because the number of dubious stories involving herself and her closest associates increased significantly.

In October 2021, Sobchak near Sochi got into a fatal accident . Without waiting for the proceedings, the politician and blogger rushed off to the airport, afraid of being late for the Moscow flight. 

In addition, the Federal Antimonopoly Service — because of the intrusive advertising of alcohol brands in her videos. There was also a conflict around her educational course “The Sobchak Method”. — paying 600,000 rubles each expected Sobchak to enlighten them personally, but instead they received only pre-recorded lectures. Considering themselves deceived, the clients turned to the competent authorities.

And the day before it became known that a permanent member of the film crew Sobchak Sergey Yerzhenkovwas fined 15,000 rubles by the Kasimovsky District Court for vandalism against a monument to Lenin. Yerzhenkov and his accomplice painted the monument with white paint, putting political slogans and obscenities on it.

What else was there — political activism or alcohol abuse — unclear.

Companion Sobchak claimed that he would be “imprisoned for three years”, but the court's decision turned out to be the mildest possible. The prosecutor's office, by the way, is considering filing an appeal against the decision.

A new term is very likely

And now Mokhov again. But they told Ksenia Anatolyevna that nothing good came from an interview with the “Skopin maniac” will not work. It is clear that to accuse Sobchak of provoking the criminal to new “exploits” — that's too much. But, most likely, without these shootings at the “Bloody Lady” he would not have become so insolent.

Part 2 of Article 316 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation provides for a maximum penalty of two years in prison. In the case of Mokhov, he is unlikely to count on indulgence.

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Deadly hype. Stories of high-profile murders associated with bloggers

A 26-year-old porn actress Anastasia Grishman was killed in St. Petersburg. Her boyfriend confessed to the crime. The case of Grishman (real name Khamlovskaya) once again showed that complex and dramatic personal relationships can be hidden behind beautiful photos on the social network. Aif.ru recalls the stories of high-profile murders associated with bloggers.

Sad glory

The body of 26-year-old Anastasia Grishman, who starred in porn videos and ran a TikTok channel with hundreds of thousands of subscribers, was found in an apartment on the Southern Highway of St. Petersburg. The girl was found in the bathroom with multiple stab wounds. Experts determined that the corpse had lain there for at least a week. A friend became worried about the disappearance of the girl and contacted the police with a request to check the apartment. By an evil twist of fate, it was death that brought Grishman the level of fame that she madly wanted to have in life.

"I want a million subscribers and that instead of advertising on the street banners with my ass hung, and in churches showed porno», — Anastasia once wrote on the social network.

The suspect in the crime was a 24-year-old young man from the Omsk region, with whom the murdered woman lived lately. After being detained by the police on August 10, a guy named Dmitrysaid that he allegedly accidentally stabbed Nastya during a quarrel, and then he got scared and ran away. At at the same on he wrote in his account that the girl had mental problems and she herself asked to kill her. It is known that before this young man had already been prosecuted for committing thefts and avoiding service in the army.

Model in suitcase

The story from the banks of the Neva has much in common with the murder of blogger-model Ekaterina Karaglanovacommitted three years ago. The body of a 24-year-old girl was found in her rented Moscow apartment. She was lying in a suitcase practically without clothes with slit throat and two dozen stab wounds. More than one hundred thousand people were subscribed to  her page on the social network, but, as in the case of Anastasia Grishman, millions of people only learned about her after her death. This crime was discussed on the airs of the most popular talk shows on Russian television.

The version was repeatedly expressed that Ekaterina Karaglanova provided sexual services to rich men and was obsessed with the idea of ​​u200bu200ba beautiful life. Her intimate pictures were published on the network. Although the unpleasant version was rejected by many friends and relatives of the deceased. In favor of their words the fact that Ekaterina — from a non-poor family of doctors, and and she herself received a good education. In the end, it turned out that the girl was killed by her lover from Moscow RegionMaxim Gareev. He applied to the police himself and confessed to the murder. The man said that the reason was frequent conflicts and insults from Catherine's side. Like, she scoffed at his sexual and financial capabilities. As a result, the court sentenced Gareev to 9 years in prison in a strict regime colony.

Ekaterina Karaglanova. Frame YouTube/MK-TV “Blind wedding” Peter Bigun.

After a terrible discovery in one of the districts of Kyiv, local police found that a missing 39-year-old native of Kramatorsk was the victim of the crime. In the spring, the woman returned from Poland to Ukraine, where she struck up a love relationship with Bigun. But  the unfortunate life in his house was cut short due to a quarrel on the basis of jealousy.

In a fit of anger, Peter Bigun strangled his beloved, after which he decided to get rid of her body in parts. One of them was found in a suitcase that led the criminal's trail.

The killer carried the remains of the woman out of his house for several days and threw them out in various places in Kyiv. During a search of his refrigerator, body parts of the deceased were found, including her genitals. It is noteworthy that for some time Bigun conducted trainings in psychology on the Internet, although with his inclinations he himself clearly needed the help of specialized specialists. In recent years, a man hungry for fame tried to break into politics. He  joined the ranks of the extremist organization “Right Sector” banned in Russia. and tried to become an MP twice, but did succeed. Now he had to take the “post” in camera. In addition to the murder, the man is accused of illegal possession of ammunition.

Death on live

Two years ago, a story made a lot of noise in the media blogger Stanislav Reshetnyak by the nickname Reeflay, who led thrash streams on the Internet. For the money of subscribers, he and his guests performed various tasks: he inflicted injuries, mocked others. One of the  regular participants of these shows was the beloved of a blogger from  Krasnodar Valentina Grigorieva, who dreamed of making a career in the modeling business. But instead of working on the catwalk she had to play an unenviable role in Reshetnyak's online broadcasts. One of them ended in tragedy.

In December 2020, Reshetnyak launched another thrash stream, during which he beat his girlfriend in front of the eyes of the audience. She received a craniocerebral injury, which was called the cause of Grigorieva's death. Moreover, apparently, she was dying in terrible agony. After the beatings, the blogger took the girl outside because she had an unpleasant smell. People who followed the stream said they heard her knocking on the door, complaining about the cold and feeling unwell. But Reeflay didn open the door and remembered the girlfriend only in the morning. By then, she was already dead. He frightened and called an ambulance himself. His broadcast was interrupted only by the police officers who arrived after the doctors, who noticed that the guy had “streamed”. The court found Reshetnyak guilty of intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm, resulting in death by negligence. He was sentenced to six years in a penal colony.

Happiness with filters

A blogger from the city of Sysert, Sverdlovsk Region Kristina Zhuravleva also dedicated her life to social networks, the search for fame and & nbsp; wealth. The 28-year-old girl regularly posted photos in trendy clothes against the backdrop of stylish interiors. Therefore, tens of thousands of her subscribers had the impression that Christina was successful both financially and in personal life. But it turned out that it was just a beautiful illusion. Kristina lived with her husband Dmitryin a modest house where she set up photo zones. There, the blogger took retouched pictures for social networks. The outwardly ideal relationship with the spouse turned out to be fake. Problems remained behind the scenes. The harsh truth of life surfaced last spring.

In April, one of the drivers accidentally discovered the body of Kristina Zhuravleva not far from the curb. But       their identity could not be established for a long time, because nobody reported the disappearance of the girl to the police. Meanwhile, Dmitry Zhuravlev told everyone that his wife left him after a quarrel and asked her not to look. Apparently, for many, the version sounded plausible. More than three weeks after "leaving" wife Dmitry himself reported her disappearance to the police. This made it possible to establish that that random driver found Christina's body by the road. As a result, Zhuravlev quickly confessed to the murder of his wife. He said that their couple had financial problems, against which there were often quarrels. Like, his wife humiliated and insulted him because he earns little. By the way, she herself was declared bankrupt back in 2019 due to debts in  19 banks. Once again, the husband could not stand it and in a fit of anger, he strangled his wife. The court sentenced Dmitry to & nbsp; eight years in prison in a strict regime colony. Pleading guilty, he assured everyone that he continued to love Christina.

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Experts predicted Russia’s response to recognition as a sponsor of terrorism

Moscow may reduce the transit of goods through Latvia, but is unlikely to break off diplomatic relations with the country after Russia is recognized as a sponsor of terrorism, experts interviewed by RBC say 8/36/756602164946368.webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Russia is unlikely to sever diplomatic relations with Latvia after the country's Seimas recognized it as a state sponsor of terrorism, says Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).

“The problem with the rupture of diplomatic relations is that if they are broken, then it will be very difficult to restore them later. You need very good reasons for this kind of step. Usually, countries avoid such decisions except in extraordinary circumstances. I do not think that Russia itself initiates such a decision, but the initiative may come from the Latvian side,»,— Kortunov told RBC.

RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev, in a conversation with RBC, suggested not to think about the issue of breaking diplomatic relations between the countries, but to wait for the reaction of the Russian Foreign Ministry. However, he called such a move counterproductive. The expert urged not to overestimate Latvia's decision to recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism, since it was adopted by the parliament of an individual EU member, and not by an association. “These norms are not pan-European, and they should be considered in the context of Russian-Latvian relations”, — he emphasized.

Timofeev added that he expects further deterioration of economic relations between the countries. “Our economic relations with Latvia have curtailed quite a lot lately. Russia can continue to further curtail them and carry out its own special economic measures, but I do not think that this will radically change the situation. It should be expected that Russia will take a course towards minimizing the transit of its goods through Latvia as much as possible. It has already shrunk and will continue to shrunk,— he explained.

Kortunov recalled that Latvia, among other Baltic countries, has always taken one of the toughest positions in relation to Russia. «Talks about recognizing Russia as a country— have been a sponsor of terrorism for a long time. But let's not forget that so far this is just a decision of the Latvian Seimas, that is, more a political than a legal act. However, it will create problems for bilateral relations. Latvia has already stopped issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens, perhaps there will be additional restrictions on economic and humanitarian cooperation between the two countries,— he said.

According to the expert, the most important thing for Russia is to what extent such a precedent will be used by other EU countries and the United States. “So far, the administration of [U.S. President Joe] Biden does not consider such a move worthwhile. But everything is possible, since the arsenal of obvious sanctions measures to put pressure on Russia is close to being exhausted. We cannot rule out exotic moves like the one made by the Latvian Seimas,— he concluded.

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On Thursday, the Saeima of Latvia by a majority vote recognized Russia as a country— sponsor of terrorism. Riga also called on the EU countries to immediately suspend the issuance of tourist and entry visas to citizens of Russia and Belarus.

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Scholz believes that the restoration of Ukraine will be larger than the “Marshall Plan”

Scholz: Ukraine's recovery will be bigger than the Marshall Plan and will cost billions Recovery of Ukraine after hostilities will be a “big, big task” to be completed by the entire world community, said German Chancellor

Rebuilding Ukraine will be larger than the Marshall Plan and will cost billions. This was announced at a press conference in Berlin by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, reports Handelsblatt.

“It will cost billions. It will be a big, big task that I think is only marginally covered in the Marshall Plan. It's more,— he said, emphasizing that this task must be performed by the entire world community.

“Marshall Plan”— This is a program of post-war assistance to European countries, developed in the United States. Its main goal was to restore the economy of Europe, destroyed after the Second World War, between 1948 and 1952. The plan is named after US Secretary of State George C. Marshall, who proposed the program in 1947. It cost billions of dollars, emphasizes Handelsblatt.

He also dismissed criticism of German arms supplies to Ukraine. “If you look at the list of supplies from Germany, as well as their quality, you will see that this is highly effective and this is exactly what is needed in the current situation,” — emphasized the Chancellor.

Scholz pointed out that the cessation of hostilities can only be with the consent of Ukraine. According to him, only the Ukrainian president, parliament and people can ultimately decide under what conditions the conflict can be resolved. European restoration of Ukraine.

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Back in May, the head of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Werner Hoyer, estimated that trillions of euros could be needed to restore Ukraine. Hoyer stressed that Ukraine should not be left alone with these expenses and the international community should provide it with significant support.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has previously estimated the cost restore the infrastructure and economy of his country at $600 billion. He called on the countries of the world to take patronage over the Ukrainian regions that suffered during the hostilities.

According to him, Kyiv is preparing a large-scale plan for the restoration of Ukraine, but this will also require an international plan, “which will be a modern analogue of the historical” Marshall Plan “.

In July, at a conference in Lugano, Ukraine presented a plan for restoration country in the amount of more than $ 750 billion.

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal proposed to finance the restoration of the country at the expense of confiscated Russian assets. EU diplomat Josep Borrell also suggested considering withdrawing Russia's frozen foreign exchange reserves to help pay for the cost of rebuilding Ukraine.

The Kremlin called the possible decision to seize Russian assets in favor of Ukraine blatant and illegal. It would be “virtually outright theft,” said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on July 20 that Russia would be involved in the reconstruction of the DPR and LPR for a long time to come. “We all have good months and years ahead of us to put everything [the economy of the DNR and LNR] in order, but we will definitely do it,” — he assured.

According to Putin's instructions, the authorities of the Russian regions began to take responsibility for the restoration of cities in the DPR and LPR. By the end of June, 18 Russian entities had already announced such plans.

Donetsk Prime Minister Vitaly Khotsenko stated that Russia should invest more than 2 trillion rubles. to the economy of the DPR. At the end of February, the head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, estimated the restoration of the republic at 1.5 trillion rubles.

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Hungary temporarily bans the export of firewood

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Since August 10, Hungary has banned the export of all energy products, as well as the export of firewood. This was announced on the evening of August 9 by the Minister of Agriculture of the country, Istvan Nagy.

“The government imposes a ban on the export of energy resources, including firewood,” the minister said in a statement. He explained this decision by the energy crisis and the consequences of EU sanctions against Russia due to hostilities in Ukraine.

According to him, the government will control the export of timber abroad, since this resource is of strategic importance from the point of view of the country's energy security, and can, if necessary, exercise its right of first refusal.

According to a decree developed by the government, organizations and private individuals involved in the preparation of firewood are required to report all planned export deliveries to the Ministry of Agriculture.

If the wood that the applicant wants to sell abroad is needed domestically, then the government uses its preemptive right to purchase. “This is not a permanent ban, but a state of emergency that is needed to provide energy to the Hungarian people,” — Istvan Nagy said.

In mid-July, Hungary declared a state of emergency in the field of energy, announced the head of the Prime Minister's Office, Gergelya Ghuyash. According to the politician, this step had to be taken due to a sharp increase in energy prices amid the protracted Russian military operation in Ukraine and EU sanctions against Moscow.

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The state of emergency implies a temporary ban on the export of energy and firewood, an increase in gas purchases abroad, an increase in the production of brown coal and a reduction in fuel consumption at home.

On the morning of August 9, Transneft reported that Ukrtransnafta suspended the transit of Russian oil through the southern branch of Druzhba; to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The stoppage of transit in the company was explained by the fact that Transneft cannot pay for transit due to EU sanctions, and the Ukrainian company provides services on a 100% prepayment basis.

Druzhba oil pipeline passes through the city of Mozyr in Belarus, where it is divided into northern and southern branches. The northern branch passes through Belarus and Poland to Germany, and the southern & mdash; through Ukraine to Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

«Transneft» reported that she had transferred the payment for pumping through Ukraine, but the funds were returned to the account. Gazprombank, which services payments, notified the company that this was due to sanctions. Due to the lack of payment for their services, Ukrtransnafta stopped transportation.

As a result, the Hungarian MOL and the Slovak Slovnaft took over the payment for oil transit to Ukraine. After that, Transneft announced that it had resumed oil pumping.

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In the Zaporozhye region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine were accused of new shelling of the territory of the nuclear power plant

CAA of Zaporozhye region: Ukrainian Armed Forces again fired at the territory of the Zaporizhzhya NPP In total, ten arrivals were counted

The Ukrainian military again fired at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and the territory near the nuclear facility. Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Main Council of the Military-Civilian Administration (CMA) of the Zaporozhye region, reported this. next to the welding site and storage of radiation sources. Grass caught fire in a small area, but, fortunately, no one was injured,— he wrote in Telegram.

According to Rogov, five more strikes by the Armed Forces of Ukraine were carried out in the area of ​​the fire station, located near the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

Due to the shelling at the station, it was not possible to carry out a shift change of workers, because for security reasons, buses with the personnel of the subsequent shift were turned back to Energodar. The work at the nuclear power plant until the situation normalizes will be carried out by the previous shift, said Rogov.

He specified that the Ukrainian military strikes at the nuclear power plant using MLRS and heavy artillery from the right bank of the Dnieper, from the territory of the Dnipropetrovsk region and the settlements of Nikopol, Marganets and Tomakovka.

Over the past two months, Russia and Ukraine have regularly reported shelling and damage to nuclear power plants. So, on the night of August 6-7, the nuclear power plant was fired upon from the Uragan multiple launch rocket system. from Ukraine. According to the Russian side, a post for monitoring the radiation situation and a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel fell into the affected area.

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On the morning of August 11, Rogov reported on the shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant by the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the use of MLRS, heavy artillery and drones. According to him, the Russian military managed to repel all attacks.

The Russian Ministry of Defense warned that strikes on its territory could provoke a man-made disaster. Ivan Nechaev, deputy director of the information and press department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that the shelling of the territory of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant is an act of nuclear terrorism and could lead to a catastrophe, in scale exceeding the consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. UN Secretary General António Guterres called the attacks on the station a “suicidal act” and urged them to stop.

The Foreign Ministers of the G7 countries (Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, Great Britain and the United States) demanded that Russia immediately transfer Zaporozhye nuclear power plant under the control of Ukraine. G7 countries believe that it is Russia's actions that “significantly increase the risk of a nuclear accident”; and “endanger the population of Ukraine, neighboring countries and the entire world community.”

Russia demanded a meeting of the UN Security Council because of the shelling of nuclear power plants, the meeting should be held on August 11. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi will take part in it.

Zaporozhye NPP, located in Energodar,— Europe's largest nuclear power plant in terms of installed capacity. The Russian Armed Forces have been in control of its territory since February 28.

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The court sent Ovsyannikova under house arrest in the case of fakes about the army

Ovsyannikova could face up to ten years in prison under the article on spreading fakes. A criminal case against the journalist was opened after the picket =”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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The Basmanny Court of Moscow sent a former employee of Channel One to Marina Ovsyannikova was placed under house arrest in the case of discrediting the Armed Forces, the press service of the court told RBC. Part 2 Art. 207.3 of the Criminal Code (public distribution of fakes about the Russian army based on political hatred). Under this article, the journalist can face up to ten years in prison.

The reason for initiating the case was the picket that Ovsyannikova held in mid-July, her lawyer Dmitry Zakhvatov said. Then the journalist went to Sofiyskaya embankment in Moscow with an anti-war poster with photographs of children killed in Ukraine.

The day before, on August 10, Ovsyannikova was searched, after which she was taken to the investigative department. She spent the night in a temporary detention facility. The court session was held behind closed doors, Dmitry Zakhvatov, the journalist's lawyer, said on Telegram.

In March, Ovsyannikova ran on the air of Channel One, where she then worked as an editor, with an anti-war poster and began shouting slogans. After a few seconds, the air was switched to another story, and she herself was detained. The journalist was released the next day. The court then imposed a fine of 30 thousand rubles on her. for the video message calling for the rally, which Ovsyannikova recorded before the rally.

After the incident, the journalist quit and then worked for several months as a freelance correspondent for Welt in Berlin. In July, she returned to Russia, explaining this by the end of the contract and family circumstances.

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After the return of Ovsyannikova, two more fines were issued under the article on discrediting the army. At the end of July, the court ordered her to pay 50 thousand rubles. because of statements about a special operation in Ukraine at the Basmanny Court, which was then considering the arrest of the municipal deputy of the Krasnoselsky district of Moscow, Ilya Yashin (included by the Ministry of Justice in the list of natural persons-foreign agents) in the case of fakes. And in the beginning, the journalist received a second fine — in the amount of 40 thousand rubles. — for a post on Facebook (owned by Meta, the company is recognized as extremist and banned in Russia). hooliganism. At the same time, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin did not agree with this. “Law enforcement needs to sort this out. Not at all in the plane of a hooligan trick, but in all severity in the conditions of the time when a special military operation is taking place, — he declared. Later, the speaker called for the deprivation of citizenship for speaking out against the special operation.

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In Zaporozhye announced three hits in the area of ​​the isotope storage near the nuclear power plant

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Ukrainian forces again shelled the territory of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, local authorities recorded the fall of three shells near the isotope storage, said the head of the military-civil administration (MAC) of the Zaporozhye region Yevhen Balitsky in Telegram.

“Ukrainian armed formations continue shelling the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. <…> At least three arrivals were recorded in the area of ​​​​the storage of radioactive isotopes, — he wrote.

The head of the CAA added that the high-voltage line of the Kakhovskaya substation was damaged as a result of the shelling. A fire broke out in the field due to a power line break, it is being extinguished, he wrote.

Zaporozhye NPP— the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. It was built on the banks of the Kakhovka reservoir in the city of Energodar in the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine. The southern and central parts of this region, in particular Energodar and the territory of the nuclear power plant itself, are controlled by Russian forces. Meanwhile, the station is still operated by Ukrainian operators (NPP— a separate division of the Ukrainian Energoatom).

In recent months, the military-civilian administration, which was formed on the territory controlled by Russian troops, has repeatedly reported shelling the territory of the nuclear power plant from Ukraine. The Russian authorities warned that strikes on the station could lead to catastrophic consequences that would affect not only the territory of Ukraine, the republics of Donbass and Russia, but also European countries.

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Authorities introduced new ways to monitor DEG in Moscow

Among the new tools is a special site for monitoring elections, the ability to create a digital package and put the signature “Vasya was here” on the “bricks of the blockchain,” one of the developers Artem Kostyrko said

Observers of remote electronic voting in Moscow will have three new control mechanisms, Artem Kostyrko, one of the developers of the Moscow Remote Electronic Voting System (DEV), said at the public election observation headquarters.

The first includes the ability to write your own browser— a special site for monitoring the voting process, where, in particular, in real time you can see the number of ballots received and issued.

“We will lay out a certain technological toolkit, it is called an interface to the blockchain, and we will offer all political parties and everyone who wants to write their own observer … to increase trust and remove questions, we suggest that developers who wish to write the toolkit themselves,”— said Kostyrko.

In the autumn elections to the State Duma, observers noted errors in the work of the observer: according to the data published there, for some period the number of ballots accepted was several times higher than the number of those issued, which in Department of Information Technology (DIT) explained DDoS attacks.

As Artem Kostyrko said at a meeting of the public headquarters, video panels for observation (an observer will be broadcast there) will be placed in all 125 TECs where elections are held.

The second mechanism— the opportunity to make a “digital envelope”, which will make sure that transactions are unchanged, Artem Kostyrko noted. Such tools already exist in the federal system of online voting, but they were not in Moscow.

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Another announced innovation— the ability to record a verification transaction. Unlike the previous two mechanisms, this feature will only be used by professional observers, the exact rules to be settled by the IPCC later, Kostyrko said. In the verification transaction, observers will be able to leave their “footprint”, “signature”, in order to further verify that the blockchain has not changed. In his speech, Kostyrko compared this with the inscriptions on the wall “Here was Vasya, here was Petya”, only on the “bricks” blockchain, and with locks that the newlyweds hang on the bridge.

“You can put your lock in this chain and thus make sure that this transaction does not disappear. Blockchain is designed in such a way that it is a single, inextricable chain— accordingly, on the one hand, observers who monitor that the chain does not change in its volume, on the other & mdash; observers who make sure that specific links in the chain do not disappear, — concluded Kostyrko.

This is just an announcement, so it is still difficult to assess the effectiveness of monitoring mechanisms, electoral expert Grigory Melkonyants noted in a conversation with RBC. “We hope for testing, which will take place at the end of August, then we can already draw a conclusion based on the results. But in general, this is a step towards transparency, the direction is right. It is important that all comers have access to these tools, — said Melkonyants.

Earlier, in the municipal elections in Moscow, they also announced the use of an electronic voter list. It is introduced to reduce errors due to the human factor, the IPCC said. In addition, Muscovites will be able to vote for the first time using scanners and styluses in autumn: the commission will scan the voter's passport, and the voter — subscribe on a special tablet.

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The court transferred Tsikhanouski from colony to prison

Tikhanovsky was transferred from the colony to a prison facility, where he will be kept in a cell around the clock. His wife, a former presidential candidate, said that her husband was placed there for three years for unknown reasons

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The court of the Oktyabrsky district of Mogilev toughened the measure of restraint for the Belarusian oppositionist, the husband of the ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Sergei Tikhanovsky, according to the Belarusian human rights center “Viasna”, deprived of registration in the country.

Tikhanovsky will serve time in prison, he was previously held in a colony in Mogilev. The convict will be transferred to another institution in the near future. Human rights activists explained that the prison regime implies 24-hour detention in a cell.

The meeting in the case of Tikhanovsky on changing his preventive measure took place on the same day, August 11, follows from the database of the Supreme Court of Belarus. The question was considered by Judge Zhanna Pushkina.

The wife of the oppositionist SvetlanaTikhanovskaya said that her husband was “sent from the colony to prison for three years” for unknown reasons.

According to Art. 124 of the Criminal Executive Code of the Republic of Belarus, prisons contain those sentenced to deprivation of liberty in the form of imprisonment in prison, as well as convicts transferred to prison for up to three years for violating the regime of detention in correctional colonies for persons serving a sentence of imprisonment for the first time , correctional colonies for persons who have previously served a sentence of deprivation of liberty, and special regime correctional colonies.

Those sentenced to deprivation of liberty are kept in prisons in locked common cells. By order of the head of the prison and with the consent of the prosecutor, they may be kept in solitary confinement. Walks of convicts held in prison are held cell-by-cell during the daytime on a part of the prison territory specially equipped in the open air.

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Tikhanovsky was sentenced in December to 18 years in prison for organizing mass riots, inciting social hatred and obstructing the work of the Central Election Commission, as well as for organizing actions that grossly violate public order. He was arrested during the 2020 presidential campaign in Belarus, after which his wife Svetlana became the only opposition candidate.

Before his arrest, Tikhanovsky founded the opposition project “Country for Life”, dedicated to social problems. Now his website says he helps political prisoners.

The United States supported the creation of a demilitarized zone around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant

The UN also called for the demilitarization of the zone around the nuclear power plant, but stated that it was not necessary to bring the organization's peacekeepers into its territory, since the parties themselves could provide a safe perimeter

️The United States supports the idea of ​​creating a demilitarized zone around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, Reuters reports citing a statement from a State Department representative.

“We support Ukraine's calls for the creation of a demilitarized zone around the nuclear power plant,” — said the official.

However, Guterres' office later clarified that there is no talk of deploying peacekeepers on the territory of the power plant at the moment, since the parties to the conflict themselves can provide a safe perimeter around it. Secretary General's spokesman Stephane Dujarric called the demilitarization of the station and its surrounding area “an urgent need.”

The LPR said that it would take 20 years to clear the republic of mines

Due to the chaotic mining by the Ukrainian army, the Lugansk People's Republic has become one continuous minefield, said the official representative of the People's Militia of the LNR Andrey Marochko

It will take about 20 years to clear the territory of the Lugansk People's Republic, Andrei Marochko, spokesman for the LNR People's Militia, said in an interview with TASS. Now the sappers of the republic and the Russian military carry out this work mainly in densely populated areas and on agricultural land.

Marochko said that for the past eight years, the Ukrainian army has been randomly mining the area, and the authorities of the republic have no maps of minefields. “That is, we can say that we have one continuous minefield,” — he said.

“Specialists make disappointing forecasts, they say that it will take about 20 years to completely clear the entire territory of the LPR. Now the main accents are on residential areas where a large number of people live, on the fields that are cultivated by farmers, — explained the representative of the People's Militia of the LPR.

According to Marochko, active demining work is also being carried out at infrastructure facilities: water stations, bridges, power lines.

He noted that the most densely mined populated points near the border with Russia— the villages of Bolotnoye and Kolesnikovka in the Stanichno-Lugansky district, as well as the Slavyanoserbsky district, in particular the village of Krymskoye.

“Then it’s already moving towards Lysichansk, there is currently a large amount of unexploded ordnance, and remote mining of the area is still going on there, since Ukrainian troops are still shooting to these areas,” — said Marochko.

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The Russian special operation in Ukraine has been going on since February 24th. Its goals, President Vladimir Putin called the protection of the population of Donbass and ensuring the security of Russia. On July 3, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the “full release” of LPR.

In early August, the Ministry of Defense reported that the Russian military and the Ministry of Emergency Situations continue to clear mines in the DPR and LPR. Work in this direction was carried out on an area of ​​​​more than 6.5 thousand hectares, the department noted. They also announced the demining of most large industrial facilities in Mariupol and announced the continuation of similar work in residential areas of the city.

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Medvedev arrived in the LPR with the leaders of the security forces

One of the issues that Dmitry Medvedev discussed during his trip to the LPR was the harmonization of the laws of the Donbass republics with the laws of Russia. The meeting with his participation was attended by the heads of Russian law enforcement agencies

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Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev said that today he visited the LPR, where he met with the head of the republic, Leonid Pasechnik, and the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin. Medvedev wrote about this in Telegram.

“On the instructions of the President of the Russian Federation, he held a meeting on priority measures to ensure the security of the republics of Donbass”,— reported by Medvedev.

The meeting was attended by Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov, First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Sergei Kiriyenko, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Minister of Construction Irek Fayzullin, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin.

One of the main topics of the meeting— harmonization of the laws of the LPR and the DPR with the legislation of Russia. In addition, the participants discussed the restoration of infrastructure, the repair of hospitals and the preparation of schools for the start of the school year, as well as ways to solve the social problems of citizens.

On July 14, Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin visited the LPR. He spoke to the deputies of the People's Council of the Republic and conveyed to them “greetings”; from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Speaker of the Duma also reminded the parliamentarians that Russian citizens also live in the LPR, who voted in the elections to the State Duma (Russian passports have been issued to local residents since 2019). Volodin urged the deputies to work with their voters who live in the republic and “discuss the issues that concern them and solve their problems.”

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On February 21, Putin announced the recognition of the independence of the DPR and LPR. He also instructed the Russian military to ensure the maintenance of peace in these territories. The next day, he explained that Russia recognized the LPR and DPR within the borders of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

“We recognized all of their [DPR and LPR] fundamental documents, including the Constitution. And the Constitution spelled out the borders within the Donetsk and Luhansk regions at the time when they were part of Ukraine,— Putin said then.

In the early morning of February 24, President Putin announced the start of a special military operation in Ukraine, the goals of which are the denazification and demilitarization of this country.

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The Foreign Ministry called the decision of Riga to declare Russia a sponsor of terrorism Russophobic

The decision of the Latvian Seimas to declare Russia a country— sponsor of terrorism— this is yet another manifestation of Russophobia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Russian Federation «state— sponsor of terrorism” with a call to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians as another manifestation of Russophobia, which has long become a “tuning fork”; Latvian Foreign Policy»,— stated in the department.

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What threatens the new anti-Russian steps of Latvia and Estonia

On Thursday, the Saeima of Latvia recognized Russia as a sponsor of terrorism, and Estonia announced the closure of the border for Russians – holders of Schengen visas issued by this country. What are the legal grounds and consequences of these measures, RBC sorted out ” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

What does the recognition of Russia as a sponsor of terrorism by Latvia mean

On Thursday, the Saeima of Latvia adopted a majority resolution recognizing Russia as a sponsor of terrorism and urged other countries to follow suit. The document also calls for an end to the issuance of Schengen tourist visas to Russians and Belarusians and to reduce the total number of Schengen visas for citizens of the two countries.

According to the British edition of the Daily Mail, this statement was made the day after the visit of US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to Latvia, during which he discussed the further development of military cooperation with the country's leadership. The draft resolution was previously submitted to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Latvian Parliament, which made a positive decision on August 2.

The Seimas of Lithuania adopted a similar resolution a month ago, calling Russia a “state sponsoring terrorism.” The Lithuanian parliamentarians also called for the creation of a Special International Military Tribunal to “investigate and evaluate war crimes”; during a Russian special operation in Ukraine.

Both countries are members of the European Union, and they are subject to European laws, which, according to EU rules, are higher than national ones. Brussels has no such thing as «country — sponsor of terrorism”, but there is Directive (EU) 2015/849, according to which the European Commission draws up a list of countries outside the EU, which includes states that have “strategic deficiencies in their regimes for combating money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism and posing a serious threat to the Union's financial system. It currently has 26 countries, including Afghanistan, Syria and Iran. Eight of them were added to the list on March 13, 2022. To expand the list, the consent of all 27 EU member states is required. If included in this list, the states are subject to additional financial monitoring when concluding transactions with the countries of the association.

The term “country «sponsor of terrorism” exists in American law. The US State Department can recognize a country as such. Syria, Iran, North Korea and Cuba are currently on the list. The latter was recognized as a sponsor of terrorism in 2021. In mid-April, The Washington Post wrote that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked his American counterpart Joe Biden to include Russia on the list. A similar request was made to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in mid-July by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Politico wrote, citing sources. Pelosi pointed out to Blinken that if he does not make such a decision, then the US Congress will try to pass this initiative bypassing the State Department. A week after this announcement, a document appeared on the website of the Congress in which the US Senate calls on the State Department to recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism. The New York Times later reported on Blinken's reluctance to include Russia on this list.

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Blinken himself stated that the matter was still under consideration. “The criteria by which we make this determination are established by Congress. This is what we are considering. And our job is to look at the established criteria, compare them with the facts, to ensure that the facts in a particular situation actually meet the criteria set forth in the law, — he said. The US Secretary of State added that the consequences of the sanctions imposed on Russia are almost equal to those that it would experience if the US included it in the list of countries— sponsors of terrorism.

The recognition by the United States of any country as a sponsor of terrorism implies severe restrictions: a ban on the export of goods for the defense sector, control over the export of dual-use products, financial restrictions, and others. These measures are already in place against Russia after the imposition of Western sanctions. Also, by law, if a country is recognized as a sponsor of terrorism, the United States can impose sanctions against other countries that maintain trade relations with it.

The decisions of the Seimas of Lithuania and Latvia do not imply sanctions measures against Russia at the national level, however, both countries have already taken a number of steps against Russia. In particular, Riga and Vilnius lowered the level of diplomatic relations with Russia, recalling their ambassadors from Moscow, and also closed Russian consulates general on their territory. Lithuania, referring to EU sanctions, in June stopped the transit of Russian cargo to the Kaliningrad region, but was forced to resume it after clarifications from the European Commission.

The Latvian parliament adopted amendments providing for the deprivation of citizenship in case of support for a Russian special operation in Ukraine, and changes were announced to the country's legislation, according to which residents of the republic, in case of obtaining Russian citizenship, will have to leave Latvia. The Ministry of Justice of Latvia instructed the parliament to develop a law allowing the seizure of Russian property. In addition, when entering Latvia, Russians are asked to sign a document stating their disagreement with the special operation in Ukraine. In case of refusal, they are denied entry.

How Estonia banned the entry of Russians on tourist visas issued by the country

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said Thursday that the country will close its borders to Russian citizens with Schengen visas issued by the republic, with some exceptions. According to him, the measure will not affect diplomats and their families, persons whose work is related to international transport, those who arrive in Estonia for humanitarian reasons or visit relatives living in the country, and those who have the right to free movement within the EU. “This restriction means that the issued visas will continue to be valid, but their holders will be subject to sanctions when entering Estonia: they will not be allowed to enter,” — he said.

According to the minister, the sanctions will not affect Russians with Schengen visas issued by other countries of the agreement, but next week the introduction of such a ban will be discussed in the country. At the end of July, Estonia became the first EU country whose government decided not to issue student visas and residence permits to citizens of Russia and Belarus. Later, a one-year exclusion was announced for about 50 students who complete their studies in the country. The country suspended the issuance of tourist visas in March.

The Convention on the Application of the Schengen Agreement of June 14, 1985 does not contain a clause on the possibility of denying entry to visa holders on a national basis, however, entry may be refused if a third-country national holding a Schengen visa does not satisfy a number of conditions of the agreement. Thus, a citizen must be able “if necessary to present documents justifying the purpose and conditions of the intended stay, and have sufficient means of subsistence, both for the period of his intended stay, and for returning to the country from which he arrives, or for transit to a third state to which he is guaranteed access, or is able to legally acquire such funds. In addition, he must not be the subject of a request for information for the purposes of non-admission and must not be considered as a person capable of endangering public policy, national security or the international relations of one of the Schengen countries.

“Estonia can make decisions on issues related to the admission of certain citizens to its territory across the border. But, having joined the Schengen zone and the European Union, she assumed obligations. When Estonia makes any decisions, it must coordinate them with the European Union. If these decisions are contrary to the general principle and spirit of the EU, then the European Commission may cancel the acts adopted at the local level,— Vadim Tkachenko, a lawyer, founder and CEO of the vvCube consulting group, told RBC.

According to him, Lithuania found itself in a similar situation when the country decided to ban the transit of Russian cargo through its territory to Kaliningrad, but the European Commission lifted these restrictions on a number of goods. “The same story is possible here. The European Commission may cancel the decision of Estonia to restrict the admission of citizens with a Schengen visa,— Tkachenko explained. The lawyer stressed that the country's decision is contrary to international legal norms and violates the rights of citizens.

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Turkey accuses Sweden and Finland of not fulfilling NATO promises

Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu: Sweden and Finland did not fulfill their promises to join NATO Turkey has not seen Sweden and Finland take steps to extradite the Kurds, the Foreign Minister said. Swedish SVT writes that Stockholm is ready to extradite one of them. Turkey promises in return to approve the entry of these countries into NATO media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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Sweden and Finland have not yet fulfilled the demands made by Ankara to join NATO, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference, quoted by the Turkish Anadolu agency.

The Minister recalled the agreement that Ankara has concluded with Helsinki and Stockholm. According to him, they must extradite members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which it considers terrorist, to Turkey, close all organizations associated with its structures, and give guarantees to Ankara. Turkey, for its part, undertook not to impede the entry of these countries into NATO. However, the Turkish side has not yet seen Sweden and Finland take any steps in this direction, he said.

For a state to join NATO, it must be approved by all other current members of the organization. However, Turkey has stated that it will prevent this until Helsinki and Stockholm comply with its demands.

Rosseti: the accident on the Maryino line did not affect the energy supply in Moscow

disrupted the power supply to consumers, RIA Novosti was told at the Rosseti Moscow Region company.

As the company explained, on the morning of August 11, there was a short circuit on a 10 kV cable line extending from the 110 kV Maryino substation, which led to pops followed by smoke.

“The consequences of a local technological disruption were promptly eliminated. In the shortest possible time, consumers were transferred to a backup power supply scheme. There are no de-energized consumers,” the company said.

Rosseti Moscow Region (formerly MOESK) is one of the of the largest distribution grid companies in Russia, operates in Moscow and the Moscow region. The controlling shareholder is Rosseti with a 50.9% stake in the authorized capital. Another 17.62% belongs to the management company “Leader”, 9.77% – to Gazprombank, 6.19% – to the management company “Agana”, 5.05% – to the company “OEK-Finance”.

WP: Russia took control of $12.4 trillion worth of deposits in Ukraine during the NWO

In total, they are estimated at $12.4 trillion.

The journalists of The Washington Post, citing the analytical center of the Canadian company SecDev, came to the conclusion that since the beginning of the military defense of the RF Armed Forces in Ukraine, the Russian authorities have managed to establish control over many Ukrainian mineral deposits.

In total they are estimated at 12.4 trillion dollars.

The publication reports that by now the Russian Federation controls 63% of Ukrainian coal deposits, 11% – oil, 20% – natural gas, 42% – metals and 33% – rare earth minerals, including lithium.

In addition, the Kyiv regime has lost control over deposits of uranium, gold and a large limestone quarry.

And according to experts, Kyiv will also lose access to almost 2/3 of its energy and mineral deposits, on which the production of high-tech components (this is from aircraft to smartphones) depends.

As a result, Europe will have difficulty finding an alternative to imports from the Russian Federation and China.

However, that's not all.

As the experts explained, the NWO also led to the freezing of many investment projects in Ukraine in such significant sectors of the economy as energy and mining.

Result for Ukraine, according to Ukrainian analyst Stanislav Zinchenko, it will become rather sad, as the country will cease to be “one of the Baltic countries”, which “is unable to support its industrial economy” due to losses in the commodity sector.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that Russia achieved a jump in oil prices by turning off the valve to three European countries.

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