“Bi-2” denied reports of a “secret departure” from Russia

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Members of the Bi-2 group denied reports that they “secretly and hastily” left Russia. All of them are now on a regular vacation, the group said in a social media post.

“This is the fifth week of our annual summer vacation. We are surprised to read stuffing that we “secretly and hastily left the country.” We prefer to relax whoever, but always— open and relaxed, — written in a message to which the press service attached photos of the band members.

Since the spring in Russia, several concerts of the group in Russia have been disrupted. So, at the end of April, the concert of “Bi-2” was canceled. in Omsk. The musicians blamed the administration of the Krasnaya Zvezda sports complex for the disruption, which decided to dismantle the group's scenery and did not let the audience into the hall. Ivan Kolesnik, First Deputy Minister for Youth Affairs, Physical Culture and Sports of the Omsk Region, said that Bi-2 refused to speak under a banner with the inscription “For the President” against the background of the Russian flag. He explained that the group hung the banner with a “black mourning cloth” secretly at night and without approval, and the administration removed it. In “Bi-2” explained that the black cabinet around the stage— part of the scenery that is installed at all the band's concerts for “visual isolation”.

After this incident, the band postponed summer concerts in Kazan, Ufa, Astrakhan, Cheboksary, Tallinn, Perm and Yaroslavl. "Our music has always brought people together, and not vice versa— we want it to continue to be so. We stay with you, but so far without live concerts,— The band said in a statement.

The departure of the musicians from Russia was reported by the TVCenter.RU portal without specifying the source of information.

In early July, the publication “Fontanka” published a list of “undesirable” artists, which included DDT, Bi-2, Anacondaz, Oksimiron, «Accident» and others. “Fontanka” referred to one of the musicians who found himself on the list. The existence of the list was confirmed by a source in the promotional business. The Kremlin stated that they were not aware of the existence of such a list.

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Another treason case opened in Russia

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In Russia, a man named Titov A.V. became a defendant in a case of high treason (Article 275 of the Criminal Code, from 12 to 20 years old), follows from the court file. The court received a motion to extend his arrest.

"RIA Novosti" writes that Titov was arrested in one of the regions, and then transferred to Moscow. RBC asked the press service of the Lefortovo Court of Moscow for a comment.

The plot of the case is unknown. Usually in Russia, cases of treason are considered behind closed doors.

Punishment under the article on treason provides for imprisonment for a term of 12 to 20 years. According to the Criminal Code, treason implies espionage, the issuance of state secrets to a foreign state or an international or foreign organization, as well as the provision of any assistance to another country in activities directed against the security of Russia.

Since the beginning of the summer, this is at least the fifth case brought under the article on treason. So, in early August, the court arrested Alexander Shiplyuk, director of the Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who was engaged in developments in the field of hypersound. According to investigators, he transmitted information about hypersonic developments, which are a state secret. Prior to this, the court arrested the chief researcher of the institute, Anatoly Maslov, on a similar charge.

On July 14, in the case of treason, the court arrested Valery Timofeev, an employee of the Russian-Finnish company, and on July 1— Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Head of the Laboratory of Quantum Optical Technologies of the Faculty of Physics of the Novosibirsk State University Dmitry Kolker. The scientist was suspected of transferring data containing state secrets to China. On July 3, it became known that Kolker died in jail. The scientist was diagnosed with the fourth stage of pancreatic cancer. He could not eat on his own, he needed maintenance therapy and antiemetics, said his daughter Alina Mironova.

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After the start of the military special operation in Ukraine, the Prosecutor General's Office reminded that the actions of Russians who provide financial and other assistance to a foreign state can be qualified as high treason. In mid-July, Russian President Vladimir Putin also equated switching to the side of the enemy in armed conflicts with treason.

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“I don’t want 30, I want 300.” Is an era of teacher shortage coming in Russia?

There is a shortage of teachers in schools in a number of regions of the country, especially in mathematics, physics, Russian and foreign languages. To solve the problem, the Cabinet of Ministers has created a Concept for the Training of Pedagogical Personnel for the Education System until 2030 .

On the eve of the new academic year, aif.ru spoke with experts in education and teachers and learned how they see the way out of the situation of personnel shortage of teachers.

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Far from on the entire territory of the Russian Federation, this problem arose. Basically, we are talking about the Far Eastern, Northwestern, Siberian, Urals and Southern federal districts. Here, there is a shortage of teachers, and the salaries of teachers did not grow as fast as as in other regional specialists.

And, for example, in the  Magadan and Sakhalin regions, Moscow, and also the Nenets, Chukotka and Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrugs, the salary level of teachers amounted to more than 85 thousand rubles last year. And this that time         when teachers in the North-Caucasian Federal District, in the republics of Adygea, Kalmykia, Mari El                Mordovia, Altai Territory, Ivanovo, Kurgan, Pskov, Smolensk and  rubles.

 the problem of lack of subjects has another side — those teachers who now work in schools are mostly elderly: more than 650 thousand teachers have reached retirement age.

To solve this, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the Concept for the Training of Pedagogical Personnel for the Education System until  2030 . The document states that now the training of teaching staff in our country is carried out on the basis of 229 universities and 440 colleges of various departmental affiliations. But many graduates don go to schools. Yes and the knowledge that teachers receive often does not meet the expectations of employers and parents of students. The concept suggests that the requirements for training of teachers will be the same for all educational institutions.

“It is planned to strengthen the subject and practical training of teachers: to make mandatory such disciplines as “Russian language and culture of speech”, “Classroom management”, “Working with parents”, “Inclusion”, to improve the system of targeted education , especially in the most scarce pedagogical specialties, to use mechanisms for securing novice teachers in profession», — it says in the explanation of the adopted concept.

Among the measures that will allow attracting more graduates to — — for example, targeted training. A greater number of students will study on the direction of the university from the educational institution. Students will be taught modern digital technologies, and students-teachers will devote at least half of their time at the university to studying the subject they plan to teach.

“The work has already begun. With we are preparing a plan for the implementation of the concept with and will present it within within six months  — — declared Head of the Ministry of Education Sergey Kravtsov.

«I don 30, I want 300»

It was with these words that a former English teacher of one of the schools in Chelyabinsk answered the question of an aif.ru correspondent. According to the young teacher, she left the school at the end of the last academic year, not because the prestige of the profession had fallen, but only because of insufficient salary.  Before the pandemic, I received an invitation to work in China  — Elena says. — However, for for obvious reasons the relocation did not work out. I was promised a salary that 10 times more than I received at school. I and know Chinese, I think that my knowledge is worth more than what they offer me for teaching children in municipal school. Our teachers — all pensioners who work because they cannot afford a modest pension. In the winter at school, in the summer in the garden. I want more».

«It depresses the fact that the work of a teacher is not respected»

Elena Istyagina-Eliseeva, Deputy Chairman of the Commission of the Civic Chamber of Russian Federation on physical culture and healthy lifestyle promotion, scientific director of the Institute of Sports Management and Law of the Higher School of Economics, believes that often experienced teachers of general education schools broadcast a rather pessimistic view of the personnel potential of receivers, note the poor preparation of graduates of pedagogical universities, the lack of desire for self-improvement. “As my very mature, 35-year-old school teacher colleague said, “They don’t work the way we do.” with pioneer enthusiasm» — comments Istyagin-Eliseev aif.ru. — And, unfortunately, the main task of young teachers is to earn money. But here you can understand them. For example, in the Chernozem region, an English teacher with a load of 32 hours, taking into account the additional payment to a young specialist, receives a net 20,000 rubles. In the Volga region, the base salary is from 6500 to 11000 rubles. With all additional payments, again, not more than 20,000 rubles. Actually, this analysis can be completed. Work on 2 rates — means to burn out in 2-3 years. The wage situation quickly cools the most ardent romantics. So it turns out that today it is beneficial for pensioners to stay in school: an increase in the pension, plus additional payments for merits, give 60-80 thousand rubles a month. As one of the  heads of the Pedagogical School bitterly jokes: "Young professionals are more willing to trade — stand behind the counter for 40 thousand rubles in mode 2 2».

In the opinion of the Deputy Chairman of the Commission of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, pedagogical universities accept a contingent with a very low USE score. Thus, those who did not enter the  prestigious» university entrants submit their documents to "ped" to get a higher education. And then, after working in the specialty for a year, maximum three, they run away from the school. It is depressing that the work of a teacher is not respected.

«It is difficult for young teachers to work with parents — says Istyagina-Eliseeva.   You need to be in control of yourself and to know psychology in order to gently and flexibly explain to modern dads and mothers the reasons for their child's lagging behind. Yes and in in working with parents these days — it is a separate art. I think that universities need to strengthen the subjects that would help the future teacher to behave properly with the parental staff. Nevertheless, the masters of school pedagogy note that young teachers are in great need of the school — children love them with all the gaps in knowledge and pedagogical experience.

Separately, I note that the issue of aging of the teaching staff is not easy. On the one hand, the country's leadership raises the retirement age and actively promotes the extension of active longevity, including working age. And c the other is looking for an opportunity to rejuvenate the teaching staff.

I think that you need to look not in passport, but at qualifications. There are retired teachers who do an excellent job with educational and educational tasks. There are also young teachers who, despite the lack of life experience, do an excellent job.

“Online makes it possible for children from the outback to learn”

Dmitry Danilov, CEO and  founder of an online school, is sure that online learning will allow students in small towns to get the necessary knowledge, regardless of  a good teacher in school.

“I see the introduction of online education in schools as one of the optimal and alternative ways out of this situation. The evolution of education leads to  the emergence of numerous EdTech-projects around the world and in Russia in particular.

In fact, we all know the lack of good teachers and tutors at affordable prices in small towns, at least it is clear to those who live in such settlements. This is especially true for subjects in a foreign language, in particular, English. I from the small town of Cheboksary, and this problem was clear to me. Accordingly, students in small towns are less likely to get a good education and quality preparation for final exams in order to enter a prestigious university. And almost everyone has access to the Internet.

Online education, according to Danilov, has its pros and cons.


— Don't waste time and money on the road.

— The possibility of self-organization of the schedule, because recordings of webinars remain and their you can watch at any time.

— You can study with good teachers from all over the country. This is especially true for small settlements where the school may be very far away or simply absent.

Cons of online education:

— The need to develop self-discipline.

— There may be more lessons than offline.

— A large amount of information for self-study. There is very little structured material at the disposal of the student that will actually be useful to him.

"If we talk in to the future of school education, then I see — a hybrid of online and offline education. Socialization is needed, and the educational element must also remain. The second important part of any educational process — upbringing. Third — the teacher must teach the student to learn, in modern terms, “sell” study, that is, to interest, inspire study, which is exactly what online education with its tools and visibility can do.

If we talk about universities, then here I allow a number of specialties (programming, economics, sociology, and others), which can be obtained in online format and in a shorter period (a year or two, instead of 3-5 years traditionally). The world and  professions are changing too fast today. But there are fundamental sciences — for example, medicine, and  so far I can't imagine how today it is possible to train doctors only online without practical and laboratory classes  — Danilov thinks.

From school — in entrepreneurs

Natalia Maksimova, former teacher of mathematics and computer science at a private school, is sure that online education, on the contrary, is quite difficult, first of all, for the teacher himself:

 I came into school teaching after five years of freelancing as as a tutor. I worked at school the most difficult period — from mid-2019 (eve of the pandemic) to mid-2021 (completion of the second lockdown).

The specifics of the work was that I did not had a pedagogical education. However, I have very good communication skills, an engineering education from Bauman Moscow State Technical University and the desire to show children in school that computer science — this is a lot of interesting projects, and even standard excel tools can help you create applications on your phone. Since the school was private, there was an opportunity to move away from the obligatory Federal State Educational Standards, since no one passed computer science either in class 9 or in class 11, and we work in project mode. The  school also had the opportunity, and they purchased a 3D printer for an additional computer science circle, which I led with pleasure for children in grades 5-8 . However, with the advent of the pandemic, the focus of my work has shifted from teaching to technical support for the entire school to organize the educational process so that children can learn from home, teachers can conduct lessons remotely, and and so on.


This greatly undermined the desire to continue working, yes, and to interact with children. The specifics of children's motivation offline — not  the easiest task, but already online and completely difficult to keep the attention of a child.

For myself, I found out that working with non-adult audience (up to 20 years) is ready only offline, and  ;here with adults who themselves come with a request, you can in any format.

From school I went to entrepreneurship, realizing that I can make people's lives better not only at level of quality improvement school education, but in further development.

Now I am invited to lectures at universities, where I lecture soft-skills and entrepreneurship, develop my art of working with audiences, grow as a teacher. School wouldn't give me all this.

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Russia temporarily closed inspections under the strategic weapons treaty

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Russia has temporarily withdrawn from inspection activities under the Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty (START) its facilities subject to inspections. This is stated in the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, published on the agency's website.

“This exemption also applies to facilities where screenings stipulated by the contract can be held,”— reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Foreign Ministry stressed that this is a forced measure, since the United States is striving to “immediately achieve a restart of inspection activities on conditions that do not take into account existing realities, create unilateral advantages for the United States and in fact deprive the Russian Federation of the right to carry out inspections on American territory.”


As an example, the statement cites the air traffic situation. Between Russia and the United States, it has been stopped, but the airspace of states that are allies and partners of the United States is closed to Russian aircraft delivering Russian inspection teams.

“At the same time, there are no similar obstacles to the arrival of American inspectors in Russia,” — emphasized in the Foreign Ministry. Another hurdle— tightening of the visa regime in transit countries along the possible routes of inspectors. “American inspectors and aircrew members do not experience such difficulties,” — emphasized on Smolenskaya Square.

The Russian Foreign Ministry suggested discussing the resumption of inspections “from the most realistic positions.” Another argument— an increase in the incidence of COVID in the United States, which could jeopardize the health of Russian inspectors.

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“We believe that in the current circumstances the parties should abandon deliberately counterproductive attempts to artificially force the resumption of START inspection activities and focus on a thorough study of all existing problems in this area,”— says the statement.

At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assured that the measures taken are temporary, Russia is committed to complying with all the provisions of the agreement and is ready to resume inspections after “resolving existing problematic issues.”

Russia and the United States signed the START-3 treaty in 2010, the document was signed by Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev. The term of the treaty was ten years and provided for the reduction by the parties of deployed nuclear warheads to 1,500 units, and intercontinental ballistic missiles, ballistic missiles of submarines and strategic missile-carrying bombers— up to 700. The agreement expired on February 5, 2021.

But Donald Trump, who became US President in 2017, considered the agreement unprofitable for Washington and opposed its extension. In his opinion, China should have been included in the limitation of strategic offensive weapons. However, after Joe Biden came to power in the United States, the treaty was extended until February 5, 2026.

August 1, 2022, Biden said that the United States was ready to discuss with Russia an arms control system that would replace the expiring one in 2026 START-3. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded by saying that Moscow had repeatedly advocated negotiations with the United States on the extension of START.

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev responded to Biden's proposal with the words “Do we need it?”.

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A businessman from Russia will challenge the detention of his superyacht in a British court

Russian businessman Sergei Naumenko intends to challenge the detention of his superyacht due to sanctions against the Russian Federation in the High Court of London, writes The Sunday Times.

The Russian businessman also accused the head of the British Department of Transportation Grant Shapps in defamation and informed him of a possible lawsuit against him. It is reported that Shapps had previously posted on TikTok a video taken during the detention of the yacht, in which he called Naumenko an “oligarch”.

Naumenko, however, did not fall into the British sanctions list.

Superyacht Phi worth 38 million pounds was confiscated by the British authorities in March on the territory of London.

Earlier, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia would defend its assets frozen abroad and fight attempts to steal them.

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Riddle for the tourist. Why are there two Rostovs and two Novgorods in Russia?

And our, and even more so foreign tourists (who during the 2018 World Cup left for the wrong city) are worried about a geographical mystery: why is there both Rostov-on-Don and Rostov the Great? Was the “upper” Novgorod, if there is Nizhny? Aif.ru decided to look into it.

Two Rostovs

In short: two Rostovs exist because the first — this is an ancient city, and the other — associated with the name of Metropolitan of Rostov and Yaroslavl Dimitri. And now more. 

It is believed that the origin of the word «Rostov» associated with the root grow-, growth- (“grow”, “grow”, “growth”), that is, go to growth, become more. Fasmer's dictionary connects this toponym with the one-root Slavic name Rost — short for “Rostislav”. Added the suffix “-ov” — became a possessive adjective. That is: whose? Rostov. 

Rostov-on-Don. Photo: www.globallookpress.com/Komsomolskaya Pravda

19th century branding

But the “great” Rostov officially began to be called only in the 20th century. It was, as we would now say, an attempt to brand the city. Historian and researcher at the State Museum-Reserve “Rostov Kremlin” C. V. Sazonov writes that the initiator of the idea of ​​​​the presence of the prefix “great” became Count Mikhail Vladimirovich Tolstoy. In the middle of the 19th century, this Russian church historian wrote that the toponym “Rostov the Great” was mentioned in the Ipatiev Chronicle. But this was the only case. Both in the documents of the 16th century, and in earlier sources, Rostov was simply Rostov. Therefore, the “Great” — it is rather a relatively innovative prefix. Which does not detract from the historical significance of this city.

The city in honor of the priest

But with Rostov-on-Don, everything is more clear. Initially, this place was called “Temernitskaya Customs”. It was a fortress city that protected the southern borders of the Russian Empire from the raids of the Turks and Crimean Tatars. On April 6, 1761, by decree of Elizaveta Petrovna, the fortress was given the name of Metropolitan of Rostov and Yaroslavl Dimitry, whom the Russian Orthodox Church canonized.

Later the name was transformed: the fortress of Dimitry of Rostov, the Rostov fortress, simply Rostov. Finally, in order to distinguish this outpost on the banks of the Don from the ancient Rostov the Great, which was near Yaroslavl, they began to call it Rostov-on-Don.

Novgorod the Great. Photo: www.globallookpress.com/Nikolay Gyngazov

Novgorod = New City

Novgorod — it is literally “new city”. Similar names exist in other countries: Naples, Newtown, Nove Mesto, Neustadt. 

Unlike Rostov, “Great” Novogorod was called for a long time. The epithet has appeared in chronicles and other sources since 1169. True, the toponym received its name from two parts not immediately. In 1914, the city council made an attempt to rename the city. But the First World War happened, later — revolution. As a result, the renaming of Novgorod to Veliky Novgorod took place almost today, in 1999.

Where is Upper Novgorod located?

Nizhny Novgorod was first called one-part — Novgorod. The name could refer both to the meaning of “new settlement” or be part of the opposition of a certain “upper city” located upstream of the Oka or Volga. This can be both Veliky Novgorod and the city of Gorodets. But why was the city given the definition of lower? According to one version, this is due to its location in the so-called Nizovsky land. So in the XII & XIII centuries. part of the Rostov-Suzdal Principality was named. 

Nizhny Novgorod. Photo: www.globallookpress.com/Roman Denisov

Bonus. Settlement and Gorodets

What is the “hillfort” that every now and then meets on the way of travelers? This word denotes the place where the city used to be, that is, a fortified settlement, even if it is small and with a fence made of a palisade. It comes from the word “city”. And & nbsp; in the Old Russian language «city» called not only large settlements with fortress walls. By origin, the word is related to the words “fence”, “enclose”; and was originally used in relation to fenced settlements in general. By the way, there is often a settlement near the settlement. It is also an archaeological term denoting an ancient (disappeared) unfortified settlement. 

Why are there so many gorodets in Russia?

There are several dozen toponyms in Russia with the name Gorodets — villages, villages, towns and, of course, a famous city in the Nizhny Novgorod region. Historically Gorodets — it is a small fortified city. In Dahl's dictionary, the word is listed as “town, fortress, fortified town, village.” 

Gorodets. Photo: www.globallookpress.com/Roman Denisov

Only in Russian chronicles, eight cities with this name are mentioned, located in different places in Russia. To distinguish, a clarification was added. For example, there were Gorodets Meshchersky (the current city of Kasimov), Gorodets Radilov (the city of Gorodets).

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Medvedev responded to Zelensky’s proposal to confiscate Russia’s assets

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Ukraine takes away from Russia on paper, and Russia— on the ground. This is how Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev responded to the proposal of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to confiscate Russian property.

“Our Armed Forces are successfully dealing with the issues of confiscation of the criminally acquired property of the Kyiv regime and its return to the suffered residents of Donbass”,— he added.

Earlier on August 6, Zelensky said that Russian assets totaling about $765 million had already been confiscated in Ukraine. According to him, this work continues, and more than 900 objects belonging specifically to the Russian state are proposed to be confiscated.

The day before, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal announced that the government had approved a decree on the transfer in favor of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people 903 objects owned by the Russian state, sanctioned citizens and companies from Russia and Russian banks.

On March 10, Zelensky signed the law “On the Basic Principles of Compulsory Seizure in Ukraine of Objects of Property Rights of the Russian Federation and Its Residents.” According to the document, the seizure of such property in the country will be carried out “without any compensation for its value.” The document concerned only the property of legal entities.

In early April, Kyiv extended the scope of the law to individuals: citizens of Russia and persons closely associated with Russia.

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Western countries are also considering the possibility of transferring seized Russian assets to Kyiv. Thus, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said that London “very carefully” is considering the possible confiscation of frozen Russian assets and their transfer to Ukrainian citizens and authorities affected by the hostilities.

On June 25, the Senate of Canada approved a bill that allows the sale of confiscated assets of sanctioned people . The proceeds can be used to restore a foreign country “suffered as a result of a gross violation of international peace and security.”

The US Department of the Treasury indicated that the confiscation of the assets of the Russian Central Bank would be legally illegal.


The Kremlin said that if foreign countries take measures to seize Russian assets in favor of Kyiv, “it would actually be outright theft”, which would require a response from Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that “theft of other people's assets has never brought anyone good.”

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The soldier who died in Ukraine was awarded the title of Hero of Russia

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Private Alexander Starchkov, who died in Ukraine, was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of Russia for rescuing his colleagues during a special military operation, he said on his VKontakte page. governor of Chuvashia Oleg Nikolaev.

“Private Alexander Starchkov was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation for his services to the state and people, for his heroic deed and the salvation of his comrades,” The report says.

The press service of the administration of Chuvashia said that the governor handed the star of the Hero of Russia to Starchkov's relatives. “The head of Chuvashia expressed deep condolences to the families and friends of the deceased soldier, as well as gratitude to Father Ivan Nikolayevich for the worthy upbringing of his son,” — noted in the message.

Private Starchkov served as the driver of an automobile platoon of a material support company. During a special operation in Ukraine, he volunteered for a special intelligence group. At the cost of his own life, Starchkov saved 12 people, the report says. A bronze bust is planned to be erected in memory of the deceased in October.

“Alexander's act debunked the myth that today's youth are not capable of self-sacrifice. Young people commit conscious actions that show that the spirit of a warrior lives in every heart of a soldier, and that is why our country is strong, — said Nikolaev.

Starchkov died on April 30, the funeral took place on May 12 in his native Alatyrsky district of Chuvashia, the local portal pg21.ru wrote, citing the family of the serviceman. He was 21 years old, he served under a contract, Starchkov's relatives said. The portal also reported that the deceased was posthumously awarded the Order of Courage.

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The United States appreciated the role of Russia in the aggravation between Kosovo and Serbia

According to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, it is important that Kosovo and Serbia decide on license plates, and Russia's role in the conflict is secondary

The reason for the destabilization the situation between Serbia and partially recognized Kosovo became some Balkan politicians, the role of Russia in the aggravation is not so important, said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Gabriel Escobar.

“Russia is trying to play a role, but this role is not as important as the destabilizing factor of some politicians and some actors who operate inside the Balkans,” — said the diplomat during a telephone briefing, responding to a request to comment on Russia's role in aggravating the situation on the Kosovo-Serbia border.

“With rare exceptions, what happens in the Balkans is the result of factors that arise in the Balkans. I would say that what happened in the north of Serbia, — it is a question of Serbia and Kosovo. Therefore, it is important that the leaders of the two countries meet in Brussels as part of a dialogue under the auspices of the EU and resolve differences in the north. Including [adopted] a permanent decision on car numbers and the implementation of the energy road map,— diplomat added.

According to him, at the moment it is necessary to focus on those Balkan problems that can be resolved through diplomacy and constructive dialogue. Escobar noted that Washington views Kosovo and Serbia as future members of the EU and therefore supports the EU's mediation efforts. The diplomat added that as part of the upcoming talks between Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, Washington would like to see a discussion of an agreement on the establishment of a Community of Serbian Municipalities in Kosovo. “Our position is that all previous agreements must be implemented, including the Community of Serbian Municipalities,” — he summed up.

Earlier, the representative of the EU foreign service, Peter Stano, said that the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, invited Kurti and Vucic to talks in Brussels on August 18. They are scheduled to meet with the EU Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Miroslav Lajcak.

The situation on the border between Serbia and Kosovo escalated on the evening of July 31. The reason was the decision of the authorities of a partially recognized state to oblige the Serbs to receive a temporary document on crossing the border when entering the republic. Serbian documents were to cease to be valid on 1 August. In addition, mandatory re-registration of vehicles with Serbian license plates to RKS (Republic of Kosovo) was to begin in Kosovo. In Pristina, they said that in this way they respond to Belgrade, which refuses to recognize certificates issued by Kosovo.

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On the evening of July 31, air raid sirens went off in the areas of Kosovo inhabited by Serbs. Residents of North Mitrovica (the northern part of the city is controlled by Serbian forces, the southern part by Kosovo) began to gather in the city center. Albanians took to the streets en masse in its southern part. The Serbs began to build barricades. Against the background of the escalation, Kosovo postponed until September 1 the adoption of a law on non-recognition of Serbian documents.

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Ukrainian authorities announced plans to confiscate 903 assets of Russia

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The Ukrainian government approved decree of President Volodymyr Zelensky on the transfer in favor of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people of 903 objects belonging to Russia. This was announced by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

According to him, all the property that the Ukrainian authorities intend to confiscate is divided into three categories:

  • property that belongs to the Russian state;
  • assets belonging to sanctioned citizens and companies from Russia;
  • assets of Russian banks.

“Proposed confiscation of 903 objects belonging specifically to the Russian state. 79 items— these are corporate rights, 824 items— property»,— he specified.

Kyiv intends to convert these assets into funds that will be directed to the defense and restoration of the country. According to Shmyhal, this is only the first step in the state strategy.

The next step should be the confiscation of Russian assets in the West in order to restore Ukraine. The Government of Ukraine and the Office of the President are working on this task with teams of international experts, partners and allies, he concluded.

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On March 10, the President of Ukraine signed the law “On the Basic Principles of Compulsory Seizure in Ukraine of Objects of Property Rights of the Russian Federation and Its Residents”. According to the document, the seizure of such property in the country will be carried out “without any compensation for its value.” Then the document concerned only the property of legal entities.

However, in early April, Kyiv extended the law to individuals. It separately mentioned the citizens of Russia; persons closely associated with Russia; companies that operate in Ukraine and whose beneficiary is Russia.

Decisions on confiscation of property are made by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on the proposal of the government.

In early May, Zelensky returned to the Verkhovna Rada the law on the confiscation of Russian assets, amending it. He noted that the law does not establish clear criteria by which a person can be classified as one of those who are subject to such a sanction.

Earlier, the head of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), Kirill Shevchenko, admitted that the Ukrainian authorities could confiscate assets of Sberbank and Prominvestbank totaling about $884 million. he elaborated.

On May 23, the President of Ukraine also signed a law on the confiscation of property and assets of persons supporting Russia's special military operation in Ukraine. We are talking about individuals and companies that “in one way or another” support a special military operation.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said that London was “very carefully” is considering the possible confiscation of the frozen Russian assets and their transfer to Ukrainian citizens or the country's authorities affected by hostilities.

Canadian authorities have developed a bill that allows the sale of confiscated assets of people who fell under the sanctions. The proceeds can be used to rebuild a foreign country “affected by a gross violation of international peace and security.” The country's Senate approved the bill on June 25.

At the same time, the US Treasury Department indicated that the confiscation of the assets of the Russian Central Bank would be illegal from a legal point of view. “Given the massive destruction in Ukraine and the massive rebuilding costs they will face, we will look to Russia to help pay at least some of the cost,” said the head of the department, Janet Yellen.

The Kremlin said that if foreign countries took measures to seize Russian assets in favor of Kyiv, “it would be, in fact, outright theft,” which would require a response from Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that “theft of other people's assets has never brought anyone good.”

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Russia bans Canadian intelligence chief and two priests from entering

The Russian Foreign Ministry blacklisted 62 Canadians in response to sanctions against Patriarch Kirill In particular, Catholic priest Raymond de Souza, editor-in-chief of Convivium magazine, and Protestant pastor, LGBT activist Brent Hawkes were banned from entering Russia

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Russia introduced sanctions against 62 Canadian citizens in response to Ottawa's decision to impose restrictions against Moscow, including personal sanctions against Patriarch Kirill, according to the Foreign Ministry website.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained this decision by the hostile nature of the actions of “the ruling regime of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, carried out with the aim of insulting not only the multinational and multi-confessional people of Russia, but also Orthodox believers around the world.”

The blacklist includes employees of the office of Deputy Prime Minister Christy Freeland, head of the intelligence command of the Canadian Armed Forces Michael Wright, deputy head of the command of special operations forces Stephen Hunter. Among others on the list are Catholic priest, Convivium editor-in-chief Raymond de Souza, and Protestant pastor and LGBT activist Brent Hawkes

Canada all new Russophobic sanctions in the near future will be announced on further retaliatory measures of the Russian side, — added in the Russian ministry.

Canada expanded sanctions over the operation in Ukraine and imposed restrictions on Patriarch Kirill in early July. The former head of Yandex also fell under the restrictions. Tigran Khudaverdyan, head of Roskomnadzor Andrey Lipov, TV presenter Ekaterina Andreeva and others. The United Kingdom had previously introduced similar restrictions against the patriarch, and the Russian Orthodox Church called the sanctions “absurd and futile attempts.” intimidate the patriarch.

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In Zaporizhzhia, they showed how expulsion for discrediting Russia looks like

In accordance with the decrees of the heads of the military-civilian administrations of the Kherson region and Zaporozhye, citizens who discredit Russian government agencies and obstruct the work of local officials may face expulsion within 24 hours


The authorities of the part of Zaporozhye occupied by Russian troops showed what the process of expulsion from the region looks like for “activities aimed at obstructing the work of the military-civilian administration” and “discrediting the bodies of the Russian Federation”. The video was published by the civil-military administration of the Zaporozhye region.

Decrees on the introduction of such a measure as expulsion from the territories of the regions were issued in July by the authorities of Zaporozhye and the Kherson region. They prohibit in the regions obstructing the activities of military-civilian administrations and volunteers, discrediting Russia’s foreign policy and the actions of Russian government agencies, disseminating knowingly false information about them, as well as “creating a threat to public security in other forms.” Public events without the consent of the current authorities and “creating a threat to public safety in other forms” are also prohibited.

Those who violated the norms of the decree may be forcibly expelled from the region within 24 hours by decision of the military commander.

In Russia, citizens can also face liability for discrediting the use of the Russian Armed Forces: both administrative (Article 20.3.3. of the Code of Administrative Offenses) and criminal (Article 280.3 of the Criminal Code). According to the Code of Administrative Offenses, the punishment provides for a fine of up to 50 & ndash; 100 thousand rubles, according to the Criminal Code— from fines to imprisonment for up to five years.

Since the beginning of hostilities in Ukraine, the southern and central parts of the Zaporozhye region (Melitopol, Berdyansk, Energodar) have come under Russian control. The Kherson region is controlled almost entirely by the Russian authorities.

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Zelensky predicted World War III if Russia wins in special operation

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, at a meeting with African journalists, began to scare media representatives with the Third World War in the event of Russia's victory in a special operation.

The video of the meeting was published on Volodymyr Zelensky's official Telegram channel.

The conversation turned to the crises that the world is now facing and Zelensky said that they could escalate into the Third World War.

“If Putin wins this war, this will be the beginning of the Third World War “, Zelensky said, adding that he was sure of it. According to him, chaos will reign in the world.

In this regard, Zelensky urged “not to step on this rake” and draw conclusions.

Recall that the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said today, that the real threat to the world order and the situation in the world, and on the European continent, was the coup that took place in Ukraine in 2014, and which was carefully staged, including by NATO member countries.

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The Ministry of Justice proposed to exempt business in Russia from criminal punishment for entrepreneurship without registration

The Ministry of Justice proposed to exclude three economic articles from the Criminal Code of Russia.

The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation by a new bill proposed to exempt businesses from criminal liability for entrepreneurship without registration. The bill is still being approved by the executive authorities.

Now all entrepreneurs caught for this offense will be held liable under Article 14.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses in the amount of a fine of up to 200 thousand rubles with confiscation of products.

Also suspension of activities up to 90 days is possible. Previously, punishment was provided in the form of a fine of up to 300 thousand rubles and arrest for up to six months. In the case of acting as part of an organized criminal group, the punishment was up to five years in prison.

It is also proposed to exclude from criminal offenses the registration of illegal real estate transactions, the deliberate distortion of land survey data, and other things, evasion of disclosure or provision of information about securities.

The authors proposed to recognize these articles as obsolete, and the changes are aimed at liberalizing the criminal legislation on economic crimes in order to minimize unreasonable criminal prosecution and improve the business climate.

In addition, the Ministry of Justice in the bill proposed to increase the amount maximum damage from 12 to 18 million rubles to bring to criminal liability for the qualification “especially large size”.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that the Ministry of Justice recognized Bykov, Albats and Aleshkovsky as foreign agents.

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Finnish stores will limit the sale of sanctioned goods to tourists from Russia

Goods that “may contribute to strengthening the industrial and military potential” of the country began to be confiscated from people traveling to Russia. In particular, drones and sonars

Shops in Finland must refuse to sell sanctioned goods if the buyer plans to import and use them in Russia, the Yle portal reported, citing an explanation from the country's Foreign Ministry.

Legislative secretary of the department Mikael Ruotsi referred to the EU regulation, according to which “the sale, supply, transfer or export, directly or through intermediaries, of separately listed luxury items is prohibited”; citizens and organizations located in Russia, this prohibition also applies to cases when the goods are planned to be used in Russia. Ruotsi stressed that the ban applies to everyone, not just Russians.

At the same time, the Finnish Foreign Ministry noted that in practice it can be difficult for a seller to determine whether the goods will be used in the country or exported to Russia. In this regard, the decision in each individual case should be made by stores individually, the department added.

Finnish customs told Yle that they have begun seizing goods from people traveling to Russia that “may contribute to strengthening the industrial and military potential of Russia, such as aids used in navigation.” In particular, drones and sonars were taken away from those leaving.

In mid-March, the European Union banned the supply of luxury goods to Russia. The restriction applies to goods that cost more than €300 per piece (18.7 thousand rubles at the current exchange rate), with a number of exceptions. In particular, the list of goods prohibited for importation includes wine, beer and strong alcohol, perfumes and cosmetics, clothing, shoes and accessories, watches, cigars, horses, caviar and truffles. In addition, the list included cars more expensive than €5 thousand (318 thousand rubles), electronic goods for home use more expensive than €750, including smartphones and game consoles, as well as cameras costing more than €1 thousand. dual-use goods are also subject to sanctions.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly stressed that they consider EU sanctions illegal and will be answered. The Kremlin, in turn, noted that restrictive measures have never led to a change in the position of the countries against which they were introduced, and “all the more this is not happening.” with Russia.

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Where in Russia are they planning to open a national park for the Amur tigers?

In Russia, a project has been developed to create a national park "Pompeevsky" for the conservation of the Amur tiger population. The authors of the initiative — experts of the Ministry of Natural Resources — propose to place the park on the territory of the Jewish Autonomous Region (JAO) in the  Pompeevka and Amur river basins.

«National Park„Pompeevsky“ is created on on the basis of the order of the President of the Russian Federation to preserve the local population of the Amur tiger and its habitat», — said in the explanatory note to the document.

The creation of the national park, according to the developers, also contributes to the development of domestic and international ecotourism.

What area will the Pompeevsky National Park be?

As follows from the documentation published on the federal portal of regulatory legal acts, the area of ​​the future national park will be more than 162,000 hectares.

“Create in  Jewish Autonomous Region on the territory of municipalities the Oktyabrsky municipal district and Obluchensky municipal district the national park „Pompeevsky“ with a total area of ​​162,260.5734 hectares, including forest fund and agricultural land», — It is said in the text of the project.

It is planned that the national park will include two state nature reserves of regional significance (“Crane” and “Dichun”), located in Obluchensky and Oktyabrsky districts of the JAO.

It is also noted that the territory of the park will reach the border of the existing Taipingou Nature Reserve. in China.

«Together specially protected natural areas„Pompeevsky“ — „Taipingou“ will serve as centers of a unified transboundary nature conservation system aimed at preservation of the Amur tiger population, its habitats and distribution routes  — noted in document.

What else is known about the territory where the national park is planned to open?

According to the information provided in the explanatory note, the territory of the JAO, which is planned to be designated as a national park for the Amur tigers, contains:

  • about 80% of the mammal species protected in the JAO, including including Amur tigers;
  • 31% of rare bird species, and one reptile out of five protected species and four fish species out of six protected areas;
  • 42 plant species grow, included in the Red Book of the region, including 10 species listed in the federal Red Book.

When is it planned to establish the boundaries of the Pompeevsky National Park?

It is planned to establish the boundaries of the park before 1 December 2024 . At the same time, it is noted that the allocated lands must be included in the  category of specially protected territories and objects.

"The Ministry of Natural Resources and ecology of the Russian Federation shall ensure the regime of special protection of natural complexes and objects on the lands of the national park" ;, — written in the document.

How many Amur tigers are in Russia?

According to the latest estimates of Russian scientists the population of Amur tigers is about 650 individuals. More than  80% of the population of these predators lives in Primorsky Krai, and also in neighboring regions: Khabarovsk Territory, Amur and Jewish Autonomous Regions, the expert said. Amur tigers are listed in the Red Book as an endangered animal species.



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Russia and Ukraine exchanged prisoners 27 times

At the same time, the Russian side accused Kyiv of violating international law in relation to the prisoners. At the end of June, the parties exchanged 144 soldiers for 144 at the direction of Vladimir Putin. Kyiv called this exchange the largest since the end of February media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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Russia and Ukraine have already exchanged prisoners and the bodies of dead servicemen 27 times, said Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin, TASS reports.

“With the participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), it was also possible to organize a dialogue with Kyiv on the issue of the exchange of prisoners of war and the bodies of dead servicemen. To date, 27 such operations have been carried out,— said Fomin at a briefing for foreign military attaches.

The Deputy Head of the Ministry of Defense accused Kyiv of violating international law in relation to prisoners of war, arguing that they are subjected to torture, bullying, extrajudicial executions, they are not provided with medical assistance.

At the end of June, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that Moscow and Kyiv exchanged 144 captured military personnel for 144 on the direct orders of President Vladimir Putin. All released— injured or seriously injured. The official representative of the department, Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov, then said that the total number of Ukrainian soldiers who were taken prisoner exceeded 6 thousand people.

The Ukrainian military department clarified that among the prisoners who were exchanged, 95 surrendered servicemen from the Azovstal plant. in Mariupol, including 43 fighters of the national battalion “Azov” (The Supreme Court of Russia recognized “Azov” as a terrorist organization and banned its activities). The Ukrainian side called the exchange the largest since the start of hostilities. In early June, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed the surrender of 2.5 thousand soldiers from Azovstal.

The Kremlin noted that the main thing for Russia— the return of all the military who are “fighting for the right to life of people in the DPR and LPR.”

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Kyiv declared the impossibility of applying the article on aggression to Russia

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The International Criminal Court cannot apply the article “aggression” to a military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, reports the publication “Ukrinform”.

“In its (International Criminal Court.— RBC) charter it is written that one of the crimes on which he can judge is aggression. But in practice, purely for legal reasons, he cannot apply this article specifically to the case of Ukraine and Russia,— the minister explained.

According to Kuleba, Ukraine's partners urge Kyiv to abandon the idea of ​​creating a special tribunal for Russia, so as not to create an alternative to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

«And we say: what is more important— the interests of the ICC, which does not want any temporary alternatives to itself, or the justice for which the ICC exists? Here they have a stupor, because they are both for justice and for the ICC, — said the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. He called this contradiction the problem of “institutional selfishness”.

Nevertheless, Kuleba stressed, work on the creation of a special tribunal continues.

The ICC is not part of the UN structures, it was established in accordance with the Rome Statute, signed in 1998. The Court is mandated to try individuals, not states, and has jurisdiction to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Ukraine and Russia signed the Rome Statute in 2000 but have not ratified the document. In 2016, Russia abandoned the Rome Statute, Vladimir Putin gave the order to refuse to participate in the work of the ICC. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained this decision as “national interests.” The Foreign Ministry, in turn, said that the Hague court “did not justify the hopes placed on it and did not become a truly independent, authoritative body of international justice.”

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The ICC began investigating events in Ukraine back in March. The court's chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, said “there are reasonable grounds to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in Ukraine.” since the end of 2013.

In May, 42 ICC investigators in The Hague arrived in Ukraine, including forensic experts and analysts, whose purpose was to fix possible war crimes.

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US bans 893 military and officials from Russia from entering

More than 30 foreign officials are also under US sanctions, whom Washington suspects of “supporting Russia’s annexation of Crimea”

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United The states have expanded visa restrictions for 893 Russian officials, including members of the Federation Council and military personnel. This is stated in the statement of the US State Department.

The sanctions included persons whom the United States considers “responsible for ordering or otherwise directing actions that threaten or violate the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of Ukraine.”

In addition, more than 30 foreign officials fell under US sanctions , who previously “acted in support of Russia's annexation of Crimea.”

After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Western countries, including the United States, have already introduced several packages of sanctions against Moscow. The restrictions affected, among other things, the top officials of the state, the banking and financial sectors, military and technology companies, as well as the reserves of the Central Bank. Washington previously reported that $330 billion worth of Russian assets were blocked, including about $300 billion— Bank of Russia.

At the same time, the United States noted that it is illegal to confiscate blocked assets, in particular those belonging to the Central Bank of Russia. “I think it's only natural, given the massive destruction in Ukraine and the huge rebuilding costs they're going to have to face, that we'd look to Russia to help pay at least some of the cost,” US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.

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In addition, at the end of July, the US Senate adopted a resolution calling on the head of the State Department, Anthony Blinken, to include Russia in the list of states— sponsors of terrorism. The document mentions military actions in Ukraine, as well as the “brute force” that Russia used “against civilians during the Second Chechen War”, Moscow's support for “separatists in acts of cruelty against Ukrainian civilians in the Donbass”; and some other reasons.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that Moscow would not leave such an “idiotic” measure unanswered. In the Kremlin “very negatively” assessed the potential consequences of such a move, noting, however, that it would be difficult to further damage relations between the United States and Russia.

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The US Department of Commerce will prohibit the maintenance of another 25 aircraft used in Russia

25 Airbuses of Ural Airlines, S7 Airlines, Red Wings, Yamal, North Wind and iFly were affected by the restrictions. In total, almost 200 aircraft of Russian companies and individuals are under the sanctions of the US Department of Commerce image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

The US Department of Commerce will list 25 more Airbus aircraft operated by Russian airlines as potential export control violators. This was reported by the ministry to Reuters.

We are talking about A320, A321 and A330 aircraft, the operators of which, according to the agency, are Ural Airlines, S7 Airlines, Red Wings, Yamal, North Wind and iFly. RBC sent a request to these companies.

The ministry justified its decision by violating export restrictions imposed on Russia.

Since the end of February, the US Department of Commerce has already expanded several times sanctions list of Russian aircraft, which are prohibited from service abroad under export control. The last time the list included 73 commercial and private aircraft, before that— 100 more.

The US and the EU closed the skies for Russian aircraft, imposed restrictions on the export of aviation products to Russia, and demanded that all leased aircraft be returned to lessors.

By March 23, Western companies demanded the return of more than 500 aircraft worth $20 billion By the end of March, 78 aircraft were under arrest in other countries.

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In response, the Federal Air Transport Agency recommended that Russian airlines not operate flights abroad on foreign leased aircraft, and Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to transfer foreign-leased aircraft to the Russian register. By June 15, more than 600 aircraft had been added to it.

In early July, the President's special envoy, Sergei Ivanov, said that Russia's stocks of aviation equipment would last for three to four years.

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Celebrating the Day of the Airborne Forces in the cities of Russia

In Russia, August 2 is celebrated as the Day of the Airborne Troops, today marks 92 years since the birth of a separate branch of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. On the Day of the Airborne Forces, solemn events are held throughout the country. The holiday is also celebrated in city parks, where paratroopers traditionally gather. How the Airborne Forces Day is celebrated in the cities of Russia — see in the AiF.ru photo feed.

What kind of new telephone fraud appeared in Russia during the holidays?

A new type of telephone fraud appeared in Russia during the summer holidays. This is reported by RT with reference to Honored Lawyer of Russia Ivan Solovyov.

Intruders easily gain confidence in gullible citizens, since clients of credit organizations receive messages from the number from which real bank alerts are received. 

What is known about the new “banking” fraud scheme?

According to Solovyov, the attackers call the victim from a phone number with the capital region code — 495. At the same time, the caller ID does not mark the call as unwanted, and other warnings about spam calls do not work either.

After answering the call, a person hears a typical voice assistant sound, which informs that the bank has received an application to change the client's phone number. In the future, he asks to confirm the operation by pressing the number “one”, or to reject it by pressing “two”. “Whatever number the person presses, and also if no number is pressed, after the musical loss, the call is transferred to the “bank employee”. He calls the name of the client and reports on the presence of a request to change the telephone number. To clarify everything, he offers to wait for an SMS from the bank, — Solovyov said.

In the future, a person actually receives a message, moreover, from the number from which real bank alerts are received. In the SMS, the client is asked to enter a code to confirm the phone change.

How not to become a victim of a scammer?

The lawyer strongly advises not to enter the code from the received SMS, and you should also stop talking with scammers. If the code is entered, the bank client may lose money from his bank account. “Their only goal — funds deposited in your accounts. Be vigilant», — he noted.



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Russia blacklisted 39 British politicians and businessmen

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The Russian Foreign Ministry responded to the expansion of the personal part of the British anti-Russian sanctions lists. 39 more British politicians, businessmen and journalists have been added to the Russian “stop list”, RIA Novosti reported.

Among those who fell under Russian counter-sanctions, according to the Foreign Ministry, are persons “who contribute to the hostile course of London, aimed at demonizing our country and its international isolation.”

Among those on the list are former Prime Minister David Cameron and current Labor leader Keir Starmer, a significant number of British MPs, including municipal ones, ministry officials, as well as journalists working for the BBC, Sky News, Daily Telegraph.

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How many refusals of the West to extradite criminals has Russia received?

Since March 2022, the number of refusals by Western states to extradite criminals to Russia has sharply increased. Some countries have officially stopped cooperating with the Russian Federation on these issues, as well as executing requests for legal assistance in criminal cases. Vladimir Tarabrin, Director of the Department of New Challenges and Threats of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said this in an interview with RIA Novosti

«Such destructive steps only harm international efforts to combat and prevent crime lead to a sharp deterioration in the crime situation as a whole. The only one who will benefit from such short-sighted and ill-conceived steps, — this is a crime», — said Tarabrin.

How many refusals to extradite criminals has Russia received?

According to the diplomat, in January and February, Moscow received only four refusals from Western countries to extradite criminals. In March-June, their number was already 60, while at least 28 of them were dictated by political motives.

How else has the cooperation of the Russian Federation with Western countries in the field of combating crime changed?

Tarabrin noted that Western countries are calling for Russia to limit the possibility of using Interpol channels to search for criminals and are even trying to suspend Russia's membership in this international organization. According to him, they want to “undermine the purely substantive nature of the work of interstate anti-criminal structures,” use Interpol for political interests, and “pressure its participants in order to block Russian law enforcement agencies from accessing information resources.” this organization. 

The diplomat recalled that the third article of the Interpol charter prohibits the organization from carrying out political activities and in any way interfering in the internal affairs of the participating countries. However, according to him, some members express a desire to amend the charter of the international criminal police organization “in order to put political pressure on any objectionable government in the future.”

Such actions by Western politicians jeopardize the goal of creating Interpol — to unite the efforts of law enforcement agencies of participating countries in the fight against crime, Tarabrin believes.

Sources: https://ria.ru/, https://normativ.kontur.ru/

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Gordon tries to appeal absentee arrest in Russia

Ukrainian TV journalist Dmitry Gordon* filed an appeal against the decision of the Basmanny Court of Moscow, which sentenced him in absentia to arrest for a period of two months, follows from the data bank on the website of the Moscow City Court.
The complaint was filed by Gordon* July 25 – three days after the decision to take him into custody. 
A Ukrainian journalist is accused in the “fake” case. In March, it became known that the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case against him under articles on public calls to unleash an aggressive war (part 2 of article 354), incitement of hatred on the grounds of nationality (paragraph “b” of part 2 of art. 282); Ukraine, to the list of wanted persons.

Recall that the reason for initiating a criminal case against Dmitry Gordon* was his speech on the air of the Ukrainian TV channel and on the YouTube page with calls to attack the Russian Armed Forces, destroy the Russians and unleash against RF war with the use of nuclear weapons. In addition, according to the ICR, the Ukrainian journalist disseminated false information about the actions of the Russian army.
*- included in the list of individuals and organizations in respect of which there is information about their involvement in terrorism or extremist activities.

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Three admirals: representatives of the Kasatonov dynasty have been honestly serving Russia for more than a century

Famous naval commanders spoke about their no less famous ancestors

The surname of the Kasatonovs is called admiral. The ancestor of the dynasty, Afanasy Stepanovich Kasatonov, was a full Knight of St. George.

Admiral Vladimir Afanasyevich Kasatonov commanded three fleets: the Baltic, Black Sea, Northern and became a Hero of the Soviet Union.

Admiral Igor Vladimirovich Kasatonov retained in the 90s for Russia, the Black Sea Fleet became a national hero of Russia.

Vice Admiral Vladimir Lvovich Kasatonov commanded the heavy nuclear missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky, now he is Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy.

About how dramatic their fate was, in the material of the special correspondent “MK”.

Igor Vladimirovich Kasatonov. Photo: Personal archive

“Four Georges as a reward for bravery”

– My grandfather, Afanasy Stepanovich, from a working family, from peasants who worked on the land, – says Igor Vladimirovich Kasatonov. – He was tall, stately, distinguished by dexterity and dexterity, was an excellent rider. When he was drafted into the army, he had the honor to go to Peterhof, served in the Life Guards Ulansky Regiment of Her Majesty Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. Sometimes, he christened himself, kissed the august lady three times on Easter.

At the races, Afanasy Stepanovich invariably took prizes. He skillfully overtook the grand dukes, who were considered excellent riders. The audience enthusiastically greeted the simple lancer Kasatonov, who came first.

The First World War became a test for everyone.

— Their regiment was brought to the front. There were cuirassiers – heavy armed cavalry, and my grandfather served in light cavalry, in regimental intelligence. The goal of the lancers was quick maneuvers and calls to the rear of the enemy.

Afanasy Stepanovich was a very brave man, at the same time smart and prudent.

– He distinguished himself by the ability to get a “language” in the most difficult conditions. Went to the front line. The scout had to act quietly, covertly. It was also necessary to have sufficient physical strength to deliver the captured “tongue” to the command. For these exploits, Afanasy Stepanovich received four “George”. The George Cross was considered the most honorary soldier's award in the Russian army. The decision to award was made by the council of the St. George Knights of the regiment. It was the highest authority, and no one could interfere and influence their decision.

Full Knight of St. George Afanasy Kasatonov, Peterhof, July 17, 1950. Photo: From the personal archive

When the Bosphorus operation was planned, the recruitment of two divisions was entrusted to the Cavaliers of St. George. They personally selected people in the division.

– Afanasy Stepanovich always spoke very well of the officers of the regiment. He told, for example, that they never sat down at the table if the soldiers were not fed. It was a matter of honor. And if one of the officers violated this rule, he was expelled from the regiment. According to the norms, the officers were given raincoats, but the privates were not, they were wet and cold. So, the officers of the regiment chipped in and bought raincoats for all their subordinates. Remarkably, the officers taught the rank and file to read and write. Grandfather learned to read and write when he was already in the army.

There was a war, but the soldiers were allowed to go home on leave. Then children were born.

– My father, Vladimir Afanasyevich, was born, then his sister Sofia, uncle Fedya, uncle Yasha. Even earlier, Uncle Vasya was born, who in 1916 was 13 years old.

Soon, revolutionary events swept the country.

— Chaos began. Semyon Budyonny served with his grandfather, who left with a cavalry detachment to the Don to fight the White Guards. And Afanasy Stepanovich, having received a severe concussion, returned home, to Peterhof, it was necessary to raise four sons and a daughter, the family was starving.

Afanasy Stepanovich worked in the land department of the City Council of Workers', Peasants' and Soldiers' Deputies. Then for many years he worked in the office of Glavvtorchermet. He still wore a beautiful lancer mustache, which he was very proud of.

“Resigned from the post of naval attaché”

The family lived in Peterhof, where the imperial country residence, palace and park areas, museums, ponds, magnificent fountains were located. In this atmosphere, the character of the younger generation of the Kasatonovs was formed.

— At that time there were 17 churches in Peterhof. All children were baptized by their grandparents in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. Father, Vladimir Afanasyevich (who was destined to become an admiral in the future, command three fleets: the Baltic, Black Sea and Northern. – Aut.), recalled how they rode yachts in the summer, and on iceboats in winter. In the former imperial yacht club, life was in full swing even in Soviet times.

First Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Nikita Khrushchev and Commander of the Northern Fleet Admiral Vladimir Kasatonov. Cruiser Murmansk, July 1962. Photo: From personal archive

My father told how they ran with the boys on the pier and one of the yacht captains suggested: “Whoever unties the sea knot will go to sea with us.” The father was the fifth in a row to whom this knot got, and he untied it. Nobody could, but he did. And he went on the yacht for half a day, helped with the sails, chose the sheets. When the captain looked at his father's hands, he did not notice a single blister on the palms. They just blushed, that's all. The Kasatonovs were working people, accustomed to hard work. And my father was really addicted to yachting, he spent days on the piers. I watched how battleships and cruisers were moving along the Gulf of Finland. All this was stored in the subconscious.

— My father decided to become a submariner. In this profession there was something mysterious, inaccessible, incomprehensible, and therefore interesting. When my father entered the Frunze Naval School, it was not yet a higher educational institution. Such outstanding people studied with him as Sergei Gorshkov, who later became Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, Andrei Chabanenko, the future commander of the Northern Fleet, Ivan Baikov, who became an admiral, Serafim Chursin, the future commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Leonid Bekrenev, who became a military diplomat, head of the Soviet military – maritime intelligence.

At that time, a serious system of personnel training was formed. When my father swam on the legendary submarine “Panther”, switching to the “Pike”, he went to study, in 1932 he graduated from the command classes of the training detachment of diving named after Kirov. And he went to the Far East, where the Pacific Fleet was created. Sections of submarines were transported on railway platforms. Then they were welded on the spot. At the same time, the strength of the Pacific Fleet was replenished. Such outstanding submariners as Aleksey Zaostrovtsev, Konstantin Griboedov, Georgy Kholostyakov served at the Pacific Fleet. They were both good leaders and educators.

The growth of the command staff was then exceptionally large. Father was appointed commander of the Shch-112 submarine. He commanded her well, realizing that the tasks of combat training are the main thing.

– Considering the technical features of the submarines and their technological equipment, swimming under water in those years was an extreme situation. But nevertheless, they swam in any weather, went under the ice, came out from under the ice, went without food. My father sailed on the Pike, but they were very poor on the Malyutki. There were few people on these boats, the crew consisted of 20 people. They left for two or three days, but in reality it turned out that for a week. There were not enough products.

Admiral of the Fleet Vladimir Kasatonov on the ship with his son Igor Kasatonov (far left), BOD “Agile”, summer 1968. Photo: From personal archive

The years 1937-1938 were terrible. Everywhere they looked for conspirators, spies, saboteurs. The chief of staff of the fleet, captain 1st rank Orest Solonnikov, who was from the nobility, was arrested. Together with him, the former leaders of the fleet Viktorov, Orlov, Kireev were on the hit list … My father said that their commander of the submarine brigade, the most authoritative Georgy Nikitich Kholostyakov, who was declared a Polish, English and Japanese spy, was also in trouble. He ended up in a cell with criminals who treated the “politicals” very badly, tried to humiliate and oppress them in every possible way. But Kholostyakov was not touched. Being a well-read person, for three months he retold various books from memory, including The Count of Monte Cristo.

Father, who then commanded the L-12 submarine, was also summoned for interrogation. They began to ask what Kholostyakov taught them. Father said: “He taught us what a real communist should teach.” Father was scolded, beaten, but lagged behind. Georgy Nikitich Kholostyakov was sentenced to 15 years in labor camps, but then his case was reviewed, and in 1940 he was released. He came out of the dungeons without teeth and nails. He was reinstated in rank, returned the awards and party card. In our family, he has always been a very respected person.

– After graduating from the Voroshilov Naval Academy, he received an unexpected offer to become the naval attaché of the USSR Embassy in Sweden. His candidacy was approved by Kollontai, who at that time was the ambassador to Sweden. My father had a very high level of training, he swam a lot, prepared important documents, and spoke as a highly cultured, educated person. These qualities greatly helped him conduct important negotiations with the Americans in 1971-1972. But the father refused the post of naval attache. And, as he refused, he was appointed to the post with a demotion. He became chief of staff of a separate training division of submarines of the Kirov Red Banner Diving Training Unit in the Baltic Fleet. The division was stationed in Oranienbaum. When the Great Patriotic War began, they went to combat positions. We saw our father only two years later.

Meanwhile, the situation in the Baltic was extremely difficult.

– In the first days of the war, we lost 13 submarines, the Germans managed to mine our rear zone. During the evacuation of the main forces of the Baltic Fleet from Tallinn to Kronstadt, out of 225 ships and vessels, only 163 reached the place. For some time there was even a question of undermining the ships of the Baltic Fleet. Neither Commissar of the Navy Nikolai Kuznetsov, nor Marshal Boris Shaposhnikov could take on such a responsibility. They turned to Stalin so that he himself would sign the order to mine the ships of the Baltic Fleet. The Supreme Commander-in-Chief did not sign it, he kept the document with him. It was a very important psychological moment. The assault on Leningrad was repulsed. The ships remained intact and undefeated.

Vladimir Afanasyevich Kasatonov led convoys under continuous bombardment. Participated in the defense of Leningrad.

— In the meantime, my family and I were evacuated to the Urals, to Irbit. They settled in the lobby of the cinema. There they constantly played the picture “The Pig and the Shepherd”. Subsequently, when I heard: “I will never forget a friend if I made friends with him in Moscow” performed by Vladimir Zeldin and Marina Ladynina, he recalled the evacuation. Of course we were poor. We didn’t take warm clothes with us, we thought that we were leaving for a short time. Mom had a thousand rubles with her, and a loaf of bread then already cost 100 rubles. As I remember now, a woman named Zagorskaya brought two padded jackets to my mother. Mom sewed coats for my sister and me. They also served as blankets for us. And then they were stolen. Father sent us newspapers, they were convertible goods. Mom managed to exchange some paper for groceries. And then the invalids who were selling shag demanded that she give them all the newspapers. At that time, my father had already been transferred to the Main Naval Headquarters, and was the head of the operational management department. In the middle of 1943, after the Battle of Kursk, he came to Irbit to pick us up. We gathered in half an hour, hired a cart and set off. We arrived in Moscow when it was still half empty. We lived in a communal apartment, cramped, where there were 20 neighbors. Everything was not easy.

George's bow by Afanasy Kasatonov. Photo: From the personal archive

“We reached the North Pole under the ice and hoisted the flag”

– My father oversaw the Pacific Fleet, was part of the delegation, was a member of the working group of the People's Commissar of the Navy of the USSR Kuznetsov. I recalled that the atmosphere was working, the mood was victorious. At the Yalta Conference, Roosevelt and Churchill already addressed a request to Stalin. They asked the Soviet Union to go to war with Japan and support the creation of the UN. When I asked my father if there were any photographs left, he said: “I would like to stay alive.” Each of them was closely watched, including the NKVD.

The Pacific Fleet made a significant contribution to the victory over Japan. At the age of 34, Vladimir Kasatonov put on admiral's shoulder straps and became rear admiral. At 41, he became vice admiral.

– When Admiral Nikolai Kharlamov told a political anecdote, he was removed from the post of commander of the 8th Fleet of the Navy in the Baltic Sea. His father went to Tallinn to replace him. After the Pacific expanses, it was hard for him there. Somehow Georgy Zhukov came to check. As a result, he told his father: “You will go as commander of the Black Sea Fleet.” Father remarked: “But what about the Central Committee, all the necessary conversations?” Zhukov snapped: “What a Central Committee, I have already decided everything.”

Vladimir Afanasyevich was transferred to the most difficult direction after the battleship Novorossiysk sank from an external explosion on the Sevastopol roadstead in the fall of 1955. More than 600 people died, including emergency parties from other ships.

– A difficult situation has developed in the Black Sea Fleet. Father recalled that some personnel there were not quite efficient. He forbade harassing those who in one way or another were involved in the death of Novorossiysk. We had to work, to move forward. I had to cut the old ships, where the classical artillery stood. There was a scientific and technological revolution. There are already rocket weapons. Long-distance voyages began in the Mediterranean Sea. Once we passed through the Bosphorus, other business trips were already going on, instead of tea they were given cocoa and coffee with condensed milk. My first long-distance voyage took place in 1957.

Vladimir Afanasyevich commanded the Black Sea Fleet for almost seven years.

In 1962, a B-37 diesel submarine exploded in the harbor of the Polyarny naval base, 35 kilometers from Murmansk. The explosion of torpedoes was so strong that the nearby S-350 submarine also sank. Not only submariners were killed, but also sailors from the coastal base. And Vladimir Kasatonov was again thrown into a breakthrough, where it was most difficult. He was appointed commander of the Northern Fleet.

— At that time there was a massive construction of nuclear submarines. We had to catch up with America. From 1960 to 1967, the Americans built 41 nuclear submarines with Polaris-type ballistic missiles. It was a serious threat to the Soviet Union. All forces were thrown to achieve parity. There was as much money as needed, because it concerned the security of the country. Father stood at the origins of the formation of the nuclear fleet. It was necessary to prepare commanders, to master new equipment. And everything had to be done quickly.

Father and son. Vladimir and Igor Kasatonov, Sevastopol, 1976. Photo: From the personal archive

The first nuclear boats were not so perfect. There were fires and radiation emissions in excess of the norm.

– In order to show the commanders the reliability of nuclear-powered ships, in the fall of 1963, my father himself boarded the K-181 submarine of project 627A “Kit”, took the best specialists with him, and they went to the North Pole. It was the hardest, unsurpassed trip. The father had to prove that it was safe, that it was possible, that it was necessary. Approaching the point where all the meridians converge, 90 degrees north latitude (the pole has no longitude. – Aut.), they broke through a small layer of ice, surfaced, set up a mast on the ice and raised the flags – the State USSR and the Naval. In 9 days, 3464 nautical miles passed, of which 1800 were under ice.

In eight years, from 1967 to 1974, 34 submarines were built in the Soviet Union. A strategic submarine fleet was formed. The country's nuclear missile shield helped keep the peace.

Vladimir Kasatonov was appointed First Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the USSR Navy. For testing new ships and showing personal courage, he was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

Opening on the D-2 submarine Narodovolets” museum exposition, St. Petersburg, September 2, 1994. Vladimir Putin, Admiral Igor Kasatonov were present … Photo: From the personal archive

“Saved villages on Novaya Zemlya from freezing”

The son of Vladimir Afanasyevich Kasatonov, Igor Vladimirovich, continued the maritime dynasty. The truth chose the surface fleet.

– As a boy, I ran in Kronstadt, where there were many ships. Frozen in front of the battleships. I remember that the battleship Marat stood without a bow, in 1941 Hans-Ulrich Rudel dropped a thousand-kilogram bomb from the Junkers on it. The battleship was then raised, the water was pumped out. And his guns fired at the enemy. The battleship “October Revolution”, the cruiser “Kirov” is still standing before my eyes … It was real power! In general, I gravitated towards surface ships. The whole situation in Kronstadt, where Vice Admiral Yuri Rall was in charge, was conducive to this. He was one of the royal officers, served in the Imperial Navy, had many awards. He only slept in the office. At lunch he drank a “soup” glass of vodka, did not change his habits. Somehow a commission from the Central Committee arrived. When it was time for dinner, the sailor brought Rall a glass of vodka on a tray in front of the high Party authorities. He knocked it over and said: “That's it, time for dinner!” The nomenklatura lost the power of speech … And no one could force him to work at lunchtime. Yuri Rall was a member of the commission for the division of the German fleet. With the British he spoke on the phone in fluent English, with the Germans in pure German. After dinner he read, and no one approached him. Therefore, sometimes I walked with his sheepdog. And he absorbed like a sponge that Kronstadt post-war unique atmosphere.

Igor Kasatonov graduated from school with a silver medal, the Black Sea Higher Naval School named after Nakhimov – with honors. As well as the Naval Academy.

9 candidates were considered for the position of commander of the newly formed Kola flotilla of heterogeneous forces. And they chose Igor Kasatonov, who commanded the 30th division of anti-submarine ships in the Black Sea Fleet. From Sevastopol, he flew to Polyarny, to the Northern Fleet.

Russian President Vladimir Putin during his stay on the Peter the Great TARKR with cruiser commander Vladimir Kasatonov. Severomorsk, August 17, 2005. Photo: From personal archive

The area of ​​responsibility was huge: the entire water area of ​​the Barents and Kara Seas. Igor Kasatonov gave 10 years to the Northern Fleet. He flew to all emergencies: fires, natural disasters, rescued the Komsomolets submarine. When a water-bearing station burned down on Novaya Zemlya, a water conduit thawed, it went to save the villages from freezing.

– It was the end of January, the polar night, the blizzard was chalk, the thermometer dropped below minus 30 degrees. The village of Belushya Guba could freeze. Together with the builders, they loaded pipes and pumps onto the icebreaker. I was then the first deputy commander of the Northern Fleet. On Novaya Zemlya there was a nuclear test site, five organizations “with ambitions”. Arrived, subjugated everyone. Otherwise it is impossible – an emergency situation has arisen. Mobilized all GTSki – all-terrain vehicles. But, when I was driving down the street, I noticed one moving GTS. The all-terrain vehicle slowed down near the store, women in furs got out of it. He stopped them, offered to take them home. And we took the all-terrain vehicle. We had to extend a water conduit from Lake Chayachye. They built a tarpaulin conduit – it froze after 16 hours, laid another conduit – it froze after 6 hours. We decided to build an already insulated version. And the ice on the lake is almost two meters. While we pumped water, it froze. And there was one engineer girl who offered to put a cast-iron boiler room of the Vitok type on the water intake. We fired it up for three days. And everything worked out, the New Earth came to life. The deputy commander of the Northern Fleet for construction, Major General Anatoly Gaiduk, as a token of gratitude, presented me with boots in which they stand on guard – they resemble felt boots, only the tops are leather. True, his wife then put them out the door.

In 1991, Igor Kasatonov was appointed commander of the Black Sea Fleet. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he banned personnel from taking the Ukrainian military oath until another political decision was made and the legal process began. He knew that behind him was strength and truth. Thanks to a tough position, he saved the Black Sea Fleet for Russia. (“MK” talked about this in detail in one of the previous issues.)

He also defended the heavy nuclear missile cruiser Peter the Great. The ship was mothballed, it had practically no prospects to stand on an “even keel”. Igor Kasatonov, who was appointed chairman of the government commission, having connected personal connections, secured the allocation of funds. The cruiser was completed. On April 18, 1998, the Naval ensign was raised on it. “Peter the Great” began its service in the Northern Fleet.

Father and son. Igor and Kirill Kasatonov, Sevastopol, 1996. Photo: From the personal archive

Igor Kasatonov had a chance to serve in the Black Sea, Pacific, and Northern fleets. In total, he traveled more than 200 thousand miles, made 15 long-distance ocean voyages, and completed 10 military services. 32 times on the commander's bridge he passed the Vilkitsky Straits near Cape Chelyuskin, the Bosporus and the Dardanelles. Like his father, he became an admiral, First Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Navy.

Both sons of Igor Kasatonov graduated from the Frunze Higher Naval School in St. Petersburg, then military academies in Moscow, currently serve in the Russian Armed Forces Federation. Alexander Igorevich – Captain 1st Rank, Kirill Igorevich – Colonel of Justice. Nephew – Vladimir Lvovich Kasatonov – became the third admiral in the dynasty. He commanded the heavy nuclear missile cruiser Peter the Great. Now – Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy. Serving the Fatherland is a family tradition of the Kasatonov naval dynasty.

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Russia has spoiled you. Why did the wives of guest workers run away from their husbands?

Firuzawas born in the small town of Jalal-Abad in southern Kyrgyzstan. She moved to Moscow immediately after the wedding, at the age of 20. Husband worked as a taxi driver, she — dishwasher in a diner. Two years later, the couple divorced with a scandal.

«He shouted —  Moscow has corrupted you!» — Firuza laughs. — "You don't wear a hijab, you put on a thin dress, you paint your lips!". I myself am surprised at my own courage. At home, everything was decided by my father and older brother, I was afraid to utter a word in front of them. And what was next for me? Wash dishes for Muscovites and serve your husband all your life?».

Photo: AiF/Georgy Zotov.

The girl remembers — the capital of Russia amazed her.

“Your women are free, independent, on equal terms with their husbands, some even earn more than they do! I want that too.” Her father later came to Moscow to “sort it out”; with her daughter, but Firuza hid with a friend, and he did not find her.

“I don't know how it would have ended, — she admits. — According to our concepts, I disgraced him in front of the neighbors. At best, my dad would have beaten me.

Firuza speaks excellent Russian, although she hardly knew him when she arrived in Moscow: now she has entered special courses and is going to become an artist. As the AiF observer found out, this is not the only case « in recent years, hundreds of wives of guest workers who left for Russia from ex-Soviet Central Asia left their husbands: explaining that they want to live like Russian women  

«She feeds you, the fool,»

«In Russia, you have little idea of ​​the manners in the small towns of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, — explains aif.ru businessman from Tashkent Karim Seifullaev. — Do you remember a recent video from the Internet, where an Uzbek groom hit his bride on the head at a wedding in front of everyone? She got the prize in the game, but he couldn't win. The bully escaped the police — the beaten bride said she had no complaints. Young women from villages work at my factory, they receive 12,000 rubles a month. Their husbands lie at home all day watching TV. But they will not deny themselves & nbsp; in “joy” beat the wife — if she, in their opinion, came home from the factory too late. What for? She feeds you, fool! “And to know, you need to teach a lesson.” Wives in villages have to serve their husband's family, and their mothers-in-law constantly reproach them. They wash everyone, cook, give birth to children, and no one “thanks” to them. does not say, one task is set — to groom and cherish her husband. Then such a girl comes to Moscow or St. Petersburg, and she goes crazy. It turns out that everything is different here! At home, she is a disenfranchised servant, and in your cities, women often do not depend on their husbands. No wonder the case may end in divorce. 

“He choked on his soup, coughed”

Karim Seifullaev tells — very recently the wives of two of his acquaintances have left. In Uzbekistan, where previously the husband was almost always the initiator of a divorce, this is no longer a rarity. “They went to work in America. There, the women looked around and see — wow. No one puts pressure on them, does not reproach them, the husband does not raise his hand for disobedience — immediately put in jail. Dress how you want — there is no hissing around: «What will the neighbors say?». They divorced and the husbands couldn't do anything. So in Russia, a similar thing began to happen with our women from the outback.

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Photo: AiF/Georgy Zotov.

Aigulfrom the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh last year she left her husband in St. Petersburg — he was a cashier in a supermarket, she cut sushi in a cafe. She was sharply surprised by how freely Petersburg women dress. “The girl is walking in the heat, she is wearing a topic, a short skirt, her hair is loose. And I'm steaming in a scarf, in a jacket, in pants. So that other men would not be tempted. My husband was always angry, even when he saw how our women walk around the capital of Kyrgyzstan — in a T-shirt, in shorts, with bare legs: oh, woe, Bishkek has completely turned into St. Petersburg. When you get home from work — cook food, get out. He took my money — you are a woman, why do you need your finances? It will be necessary, I will issue. As soon as I announced that I was leaving, he choked on his soup, sat, coughed.

«My parents renounced me»

Aigul decided to become an architect — she has been saving money for education for a long time, she will soon go to college. In general, after a divorce in Russia, the wives of guest workers often find jobs that pay much better.

“In your country, there are many opportunities for a woman to make a career, — said aif.ru 28-year-old Gulnarafrom Andijan (Uzbekistan). — Of course, Russians also have scandals in their families, and fights, anything can happen… But the question — what… ma-shta-be… Did I say correctly? Novosibirsk was the first Russian city for me. I got a job as a cleaner in a restaurant and saw — women sitting at the table in companies, spending the money they earned… for me it was a shock. They openly drink wine, their husbands and parents don't mind… and do they have these same husbands? I washed floors for two years and lived in a two-room apartment with five other families. Now I run a cafe, and I earn three times more than my ex-husband. But the main problem is not him, but his father and mother. They disowned me saying — «Russia has spoiled you». I hide the fact that I have a lover — that would terrify my parents. Getting divorced — is already a crime, but here it is!».

“They spoke Russian at home, my mother worked as a secretary of the district committee of the CPSU during the Union, — remembers the Kyrgyz psychologist Zhazgul Temirkhanova. — And still — when I announced my divorce from my husband, she only said: «You are no longer my daughter!».

Photo: AiF/Georgy Zotov.

“I left my husband for the sake of debauchery”

Sometimes parting with a spouse for a guest worker's wife ends tragically.

“This does not apply to residents of big cities, — assures 30-year-old Lola, after a divorce, she completed English courses in Moscow. — There are more intelligentsia in Tashkent and Samarkand, mores are softer. But I am from Fergana, and our people are strict and conservative. So I came to Tashkent on business, I’m talking to you in a tea house, and I myself am nervous — suddenly someone from my acquaintances will see, tell my relatives that I am in Uzbekistan. My neighbor in a Moscow apartment, a girl from Osh, was stabbed with a knife by her older brother — for divorce and disgrace to the family. He obviously wanted to kill her, but she locked herself in the bathroom and called the police. In the eyes of her relatives, she left a terrible monster — wife for the sake of «debauchery», and put her brother in jail. Neither I nor other women, having received a divorce stamp, do not feel safe. Paranoia is constantly growing, you suspect even close people. What if they lure you home by deceit, and they won’t let you out — lock you up until you change your mind? In the villages, everyone is in collusion — both the local authorities and the police consider such a punishment to be normal. They don't kill — so what else are you complaining about?".

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None of the women who communicated with aif.ru allowed her surname to be published. “You have no idea what will begin” — Aigul sighs. — "My parents are on medication, and my opinion will just finish them off. It is sad that relatives do not care about our right to choose. Even my sisters don't support me. In Russia, of course, it is not smeared with honey, and sometimes different things happen in families: they beat their wives, and parents interfere in their own business. However, girls from post-Soviet Central Asia are sure — this is not considered the norm. They wanted to leave their marriage behind: all the respondents admitted to aif.ru that they got married without love — parents agreed. I did a report on how guest workers disagree with their wives by SMS, having found a new love in Russia. Well, what about women? They also have the right to arrange life as they want. 

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OPEC Secretary General announced the refusal to compete with Russia

According to the Secretary General of the organization, Russia's participation in the OPEC + format is “vital” for the success of the agreement, so there is no question of any competition with Moscow

Organization of countries— oil exporters (OPEC) does not aim to compete with Russia, and Moscow's membership in the OPEC+ format is important. This was stated by the Secretary General of the organization Haytham al-Ghais, reports Reuters.

According to him, Russia is the “biggest player on the global energy map”, so its participation in OPEC+ is “vital” for the success of the agreement.

At the same time, al-Ghais stressed that the current oil and gas market is “very volatile”, and the rise in energy prices is associated not only with the Ukrainian crisis, but also with the lack of the necessary number of production capacity.

He noted that the influencing factor in the record growth in oil prices is the lack of sufficient investment in the sector.

Oil prices rose sharply after the EU decision to partially ban Russian oil imports under the sixth package of sanctions. Despite the June decision of OPEC to increase the oil production quota for July and August to 648 thousand barrels. per day monthly (instead of the planned increase of 432 thousand barrels per day), Brent prices remain above $100 per barrel.

Earlier, The Wall Street Journal, citing sources in OPEC, reported that members of the organization are considering options for terminating cooperation with Russia. They explained this by saying that European sanctions and embargoes “are starting to undermine Moscow's ability to produce more oil.” The newspaper writes that this year it is expected that production in Russia “will be reduced by about 8%”.

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At the same time, former OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo warned that the loss of Russian exports would be tangible for the energy market and that other countries would not be able to make up for Russian supplies.

At the end of June, Bloomberg reported that the G7 countries were considering setting a price ceiling for Russian oil by limiting the cost of its insurance and transportation. That the “Big Seven” considers setting a marginal cost as a way to limit Russia's energy revenues, Reuters also wrote. According to Bloomberg, we can talk about limiting the price to $40–60.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the Western countries' initiative “fabulous”. According to him, this will cause the world price of oil to rise “to the skies”.

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Russia invited UN and Red Cross experts to Yelenovka

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To conduct an objective investigation of the shelling of the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka, Russia invited experts from the UN and the Red Cross to come to the scene. This was stated in the Ministry of Defense of the country.

Recall that on July 29, as a result of the shelling of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the ensuing fire in the detention center, 53 people died. Another 71 were injured. Prisoners of war were kept in the pre-trial detention center. Most of all, it was here that the militants of the Azov nationalist regiment were captured, who were captured at Azovstal in Mariupol. The place of their stay during the investigation was agreed with the Ukrainian side. It was Kyiv who insisted on a pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka.

Fragments of HIMARS shells were found at the scene. The Russian side announced a monstrous provocation to intimidate the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Kyiv is trying to get his army not to surrender. The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, attributed the attack to the fact that the Azov militants began to testify. The first videos of shocking confessions appeared online on the eve of the shelling.

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