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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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G7 foreign ministers urged Russia to transfer control over Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to Kyiv

The G7 countries believe that the actions of the Russian Armed Forces on the territory of the Zaporozhye NPP allegedly impede the ability of the IAEA to carry out measures to monitor “peaceful nuclear activities of Ukraine” and endanger the entire world community

The Foreign Ministers of the G7 countries (Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, Great Britain and the USA) called on Russia to immediately transfer the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and other nuclear facilities in Ukraine under the control of Kyiv.

“Ukrainian personnel responsible for the operation of the Zaporizhzhya NPP must perform their duties without threats or pressure. Russia's permanent control over the nuclear power plant threatens the region,»— said in a statement.

G7 foreign ministers said Russia's actions “significantly increase the risk of a nuclear accident.” and “endanger the population of Ukraine, neighboring countries and the entire world community.”

In addition, the presence of the Russian military at the facility allegedly hinders the ability of the IAEA to carry out measures to ensure the safety and monitoring of “peaceful nuclear activities of Ukraine”, the document notes.

Earlier, on August 10, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean -Pierre said that Washington is calling on Moscow to stop all military operations at or near Ukrainian nuclear facilities and transfer control of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to Ukraine.

Zaporozhye NPP, located in Energodar,— Europe's largest nuclear power plant in terms of installed capacity. The Russian Armed Forces have been controlling its territory since February 28. However, the station is still run by Ukrainian operators.

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The military-civilian administration of Energodar stated that on the night of August 6-7, the nuclear power plant was fired from the Uragan multiple launch rocket system. from Ukraine. According to her, a radiation control post and a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel fell into the affected area.

The Russian Embassy in the United States reported that a “disinformation campaign” was underway in the American media. against the Russian military, whom they want to accuse of shelling the nuclear power plant.

The Russian Ministry of Defense warned that strikes on its territory could provoke a man-made disaster. The same opinion was expressed in the Kremlin. UN Secretary General António Guterres called the attacks on the station a “suicidal act” and urged them to stop.

On the night of August 10, First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said that Russia demanded to convene a meeting of the Security Council of the organization because of the shelling of nuclear power plants.

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In Kyiv, an attack was made on power lines when Zaporozhye NPP was connected to Russia

The Ukrainian “Energoatom” claims that Russia plans to switch the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to the Crimea, to other power lines. Some of the power lines from which the nuclear power plant is now powered have been damaged by shelling. Russia blames the Armed Forces for it

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Ukrainian troops can “kill” transmission lines, through which Russia can try to reconnect the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to the Crimea, said the head of the Ukrainian state company Energoatom Petr Kotin in an interview with RBC Ukraine.

“I think this will be the right decision from the point of view of Ukraine— kill them the lines they are going to connect. I think our armed forces will be ready to do it if the need arises,— said Kotin.

Head of Energoatom explained: in order to switch the nuclear power plant to the Crimea, it is necessary to completely disconnect it from the Ukrainian energy system and transfer it “to the lines that connect Crimea, — this is a substation in Dzhankoy, with the Kakhovskaya station, and already it connects with the Zaporizhzhya station.

To do this, the head of Energoatom continued, it would be necessary to turn off all the southern territories lost by Ukraine, since “the Ukrainian and Russian energy systems do not coincide in frequency”: before the conflict, Ukraine completely disconnected from the energy systems of Russia and Belarus, and in mid-March connected to the European energy system .

“Although the frequency is the same— 50 hertz, but the systems are out of sync. That is, the peaks of the maximum current and voltage can be in antiphase, and in this case you cannot just take it and connect it, there will be an accident, — explained Kotin.

He claims that Russian forces passed on to the nuclear power plant “a program that says — power supply of ZNPP from Dzhankoy. According to the head of Energoatom, they plan to disconnect the Zaporizhzhya NPP from the Ukrainian energy system, and then power the entire south back, and then gradually from Dzhankoy already at the Russian frequency— “to Kakhovka and then to Zaporizhzhya NPP”. And then the station can no longer be included in the Ukrainian energy system.

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

On the territory of the Zaporozhye region occupied by Russian troops, a military-civilian administration (VGA) was formed. In recent months, she has repeatedly reported on shelling of nuclear power plants by Ukraine. On August 5, the military-civilian administration announced that as a result of the attack on the nuclear power plant, two power lines were cut off, which are necessary for the operation of the power units. And during shelling by Ukrainian forces on the night of August 6-7, fragments and a rocket engine fell no more than 400 meters from the operating power unit, according to the CAA.

The Russian Ministry of Defense lays responsibility for the strikes on the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Moscow also emphasizes that Russian forces strike exclusively at military facilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Against the backdrop of increased shelling of nuclear power plants, Russia demanded to convene a meeting of the UN Security Council on August 11.

In turn, the heads of the G7 countries (Great Britain, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan) called on Russia to immediately hand over the Zaporizhzhya NPP and other nuclear facilities in Ukraine under the control of Kyiv.

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Europe paid for Russia for pumping oil through the territory of Ukraine

The Ukrainian side returned the money from Russia.

Oil pumping began along the southern branch of Druzhba in the direction of Hungary and Slovakia.

As it turned out, Hungary and Slovakia paid for the Russian side to resume the process.

According to RIA Novosti , according to the statement of Transneft, the pumping of oil begins at 16:00 (Moscow time) – the oil will come through the Druzhba pipeline, which runs through Ukrainian territory

Earlier, Transneft announced that it had paid for transit through the southern branch of the “Friendship” of Russian hydrocarbons for Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Soon, Ukraine refused to pay and returned the money to the Gazprombank account.

In response to the actions of Ukrtransnafta Europeans took unprecedented measures – they paid for the Russian side.

The Hungarian company MOL and the Slovak Slovnaft intervened. Thus, they circumvented the seventh package of sanctions imposed by the EU.

“Initially, the Russian Federation itself tried to pay for transit, but the payment did not go through due to sanctions, after which Ukraine stopped the pumping of oil. Well, what about the Europeans? They took and paid, do not freeze the same. For some reason, Europe agrees to sanctions in order to pay for everything later. Some kind of schizophrenia”, – ironic on the Web.

European companies explained that there were “technical problems in connection with payment from the Russian side at the level of banks.”

Ukraine confirmed that it had received payment for its transit through its territory.

As Topnews wrote earlier, in November 2021, Belarus cut off oil through the Druzhba pipeline. Poland turned out to be without supplies.


Russia extended the expiration date of the Sputnik V vaccine

The expiration date of the vaccine “Sputnik V” to prevent coronavirus infection, they decided to extend it in Russia, TASS reports with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.

Now for different manufacturers, the shelf life is from six months to a year. The corresponding decision was made on the basis of an expert analysis that confirmed the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine.

Changes were made to the instructions for medical use of the drug.

It is noted that the information on a shorter shelf life indicated on the package of a vaccine produced before the extension of the term does not mean that the drug is expired.

Formerly Doctor of Medical Sciences, Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology of the Russian National Research Medical University. N. I. Pirogov Vladimir Nikiforov told that for revaccination against coronavirus, you can use the first component of Sputnik V, which is identical to the Sputnik Light vaccine.

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Nathan Eismont: what awaits the ISS and why Russia needs a new orbital station

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During the meeting with the president, the new head of Roskosmos Yuri Borisov confirmed that after 2024 Russia will withdraw from the International Space Station project.

About what awaits the ISS further and for what Russia has a new station, "AiF" spoke with leading researcher at the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Nathan Eismont.

Museum at an altitude of 600 km

Dmitry Pisarenko, —     When when do you think will leave ISS?

Nathan Eismont: — Go to 2024  — it's like leaving right now. I'm sure it won't happen abruptly. Firstly, the Russian side must transfer all its competencies related to work on the ISS. Secondly, we ourselves are interested in staying at the station as long as possible. And the Americans are interested in and all other participants. Despite the most difficult geopolitical situation, no tension was felt on the ISS at all. There are excellent relations between everyone.

We will stay at ISS as long as possible. And by the way, I'm not sure that the station will be flooded after 2030 

— What will happen to her?

  There are proposals to raise the ISS orbit by 150–200 km and leave it there for a long time, for decades. At            the atmosphere will not slow down           it will be required to send a spacecraft every few months, as it is now, to return the fallen altitude to the previous value.

And you can use the station as a museum, take tourists there. After all, this is a unique structure, in which huge resources of mankind have been invested. Why sink it in the ocean? This is a monument of our civilization, it is better to save it for posterity.

—      ISS, our cosmonauts will move to  ROSS (Russian Orbital Service Station), which      is much talked about. But and there is little specifics: according to documents there is no such project, the goals are unclear, the costs — too. Yes and pull will we it 

— There are doubts whether plans for the development of our own station will fit into other already approved plans for space activities. You may have to sacrifice something.

The new station will have an orbit with an inclination of 96.9° to the plane of the equator, and supporters of this option say: oh, great, all of Russia will be constantly visible from orbit! Indeed, from the orbit on which the ISS is currently flying (with an inclination of 51.6°), it is impossible to observe zones north of this latitude. But these areas are perfectly viewed by satellites, of which these orbits are so full. These are Earth remote sensing devices, meteorological satellites … Sun-synchronous orbits are overloaded with them, there are even special services that monitor around the clock so that there are no collisions.

Of course, ROSS will fly below these satellites, and collisions do threat   , but the question is what for what purpose is it needed, for what tasks? If for observations of the surface of the Earth, then satellites cope with this. True, we have very few there there only 10, and this is a serious gap, but it is unlikely to fill it with the launch of an orbital station.

With a dream of Mars

— Maybe we don't know everything about the tasks of the new station? Rogozin, being the head of Roskosmos, said that it would look like Picatinny rail — rail fastening system used in small arms. Maybe such a comparison is not in vain?

— Indeed, there is talk of military purpose. But now, again the same, these tasks are perfectly solved by automata. And one thing — to observe from orbit, and completely different — bring weapons there. There is an international treaty according to which it is forbidden to launch weapons into space, and I don't think that anyone would risk violating it. After all, by doing so, he will open the way for others. This is a very delicate balance, and everyone has an interest in keeping it.

— Then what are the arguments in for ROSS? Conducting scientific experiments? But them and ISS was underloaded. The last argument — preservation of the manned flight program.

— Disputes about whether manned spaceflight is needed all the time arise between specialists. Many people involved in science are against it. Why? Because if you look at the scientific results obtained from manned and unmanned programs, the comparison is in in favor of manned, and strongly. If you take the experiments on ISS, for fundamental science there are not particularly outstanding results.

Nevertheless, manned astronautics is needed, and here's why. The thing is that all recent scientific achievements related space exploration — all these dark matter, black holes, exoplanets and gravitational waves are incomprehensible and uninteresting to a person from the street. And here is a man in space — quite another matter. Each of us, regardless of the country in which we live, feels a bit like an inhabitant of space. And                 there             this is important and necessary.

— So manned astronautics serves to promote space research in the broad sense?

— Absolutely, although the word « propaganda» gives off negative. If we want people to support scientific space exploration, we need to launch manned missions too. WhyElon Muskconstantly mentions an expedition to Mars as the ultimate goal? It is customary to laugh at him, but there is a deep meaning in this: it attracts people's attention. And, by the way, our ROSS can play a crucial role in the upcoming expedition to Mars. The point is that without the experience of constant flights in near-Earth orbits we will not be ready for a long flight to Mars and back. We still don much to ensure the safety of such an interplanetary flight.

If we suddenly stop working on orbital stations, the experience gained will be irreversibly lost. Therefore, manned programs need to be continued. Mars still remains a dream, but      the        refuse   refuses  >


Yuri Borisov, Director General of Roscosmos.

About ISS:

— If we talk about the timing of the termination of Russia's participation in the ISS project — we declared that we intend to do it not from 2024, but after 2024  In Russian, these are two big differences.


— The set of technical problems makes us think about the goal of continuing the manned program — about the creation of a Russian station. And this transition — completion of work on ISS and commencement of work on Russian station, — must definitely be synchronized.

Sergey Krikalev, Executive Director of Roscosmos on manned programs.

About ISS:

— After 2024 it could be 2025, 2028, 2030  The exact decision to stop work will be made on the basis of an analysis of its technical condition.

About ROSS:

— Today we are discussing whether a completely new Russian station will be built or we will attach the new station to the old one, and then undock. Now our American partners on ISS offer the possibility of docking, including commercial modules, and using them as a test platform for testing.

Dmitry Rogozin, ex-CEO of Roscosmos.

About ISS:

—  So far, we have government permission to work on ISS until 2024  The United States made a decision before & nbsp; 2030 & nbsp; work there. We estimate until 2030  the station will collapse. Her resource — 15 years.


— The new station will be akin to a Picatinny rail. This allows you to quickly change some equipment. The outer side of the station, facing the Earth, will be constantly loaded with various spacecraft. They will be able to conduct both conventional visual observation, and in infrared mode, radar mode, see through the night, fogs.

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Shoigu presented the Gold Star medals to the Heroes of Russia for the special operation

Minister Shoigu presented Gold Star medals to Heroes of Russia for special operation in Ukraine Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu presented four Russian officers with Gold Star medals. She is the insignia of the title of Hero of Russia


Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu presented the Gold Star medals four Russian officers— Heroes of Russia for completing tasks during a special operation in Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense said. Their names were not named in the agency's message.

The medal ceremony took place at the National Defense Control Center in Moscow. Shoigu thanked the servicemen for their dedication during the special military operation to protect the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.

“I am sure that you will continue to serve faithfully to our Fatherland and do many, many more good, kind and important deeds for our country, for the army, for the Armed Forces. I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart and wish you to return home safe and sound every time, — said the head of the Ministry of Defense.

The title of Hero of Russia is conferred by the president for services to the state or people associated with the accomplishment of a feat. Those who have been awarded the title are awarded a diploma and a badge of distinction— medal “Gold Star”, indicated on the website of the Ministry of Defense.

Russia has been conducting a special operation in Ukraine since February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goals the protection of the population of Donbass and ensuring the security of Russia.

Since the end of February, Putin has awarded the title of Hero of Russia to several active servicemen, as well as combatants who died during the special operation.

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In April, State Duma deputy Alexander Khinshtein announced that memorial plaques would appear in Russia in honor of military personnel awarded the title of Hero of Russia for participating in a military special operation in Ukraine. Their names will be immortalized in their hometowns and villages, he said.

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Jerusalem Post learned about the discussion of the departure of Sokhnut from Russia

Jerusalem Post: Sokhnut is considering ending its presence in Russia The Jewish Agency plans to continue its activities remotely – it will carry out all work on repatriation from Israel online or by phone /v6_top_pics/resized/673xH/media/img/0/57/756601526446570.webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Jewish Agency «Sohnut» allows the termination of its physical presence in Russia, despite the progress made in resolving tensions between Moscow and Tel Aviv. This was reported by The Jerusalem Post, citing sources.

According to sources, on August 10, a “tense meeting” was held at the agency's headquarters in Jerusalem, at which the question of how to transfer all operations from Russia to Israel. The organization plans to continue its activities remotely, the newspaper writes.

“The Jewish Agency will carry out all of its repatriation work from Israel online or by phone. The problem is that there will be no way from Russia to call for crepatriation,— said the source of the newspaper.

In addition, according to the source, the agency will change its model of work to the model of charitable foundations. In particular, “Dry” will not engage in any independent activities in Russia, but will continue to fund local events in Jewish communities.

Currently, about 200 employees of the agency are working in Russia, as well as three full-time Israeli employees, whose contract ended in the summer and who are not expected to return to Russia. The agency also could not find a replacement for these employees.

RBC sent a request to the press service of Sokhnut.

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On July 21, the Ministry of Justice of Russia asked to liquidate the Russian representative office of Sokhnut, which is engaged in repatriation to Israel and assistance to repatriates.

Israeli TV channel 13Reshet reported that the Russian authorities suspected “Dry” in the organization of the “brain drain” and seeking to poach businessmen and scientists. The Kremlin denied this information and asked “not to politicize the situation”, emphasizing that the requirement to liquidate the agency is related to compliance with the law.

Agency “Sohnut” was founded in 1929 and contributed to the repatriation of Jews to Palestinian lands, and after Israel gained independence— to the Israeli state. There is a representative office of the agency in Russia, ANO Sokhnut, which has offices and partners in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Rostov, Pyatigorsk, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and Khabarovsk.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid considered that the closure of the “Sohnut” will negatively affect relations between the two countries, and instructed the Foreign Ministry to develop policy measures in the event of the liquidation of the Russian mission.

The day before, on August 9, Russian and Israeli Presidents Vladimir Putin and Yitzhak Herzog held a telephone conversation, during which they discussed the situation with the work of the Jewish Agency in Russia and agreed that contacts in this regard will be continued through the relevant departments of both countries.

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Altai soldier awarded the title of Hero of Russia posthumously

Soldier from the Altai Territory Oleg Shipitsin posthumously became a Hero of Russia for the feat he accomplished during a special military operation in Ukraine.

«Gold Star» the mother of the deceased soldier, on behalf of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, was handed over by the governor of the region Viktor Tomenko. The head of Altai expressed his condolences to Shipitsin's relatives and promised that the state would take care of his family, according to a message published on the website of the regional government.

Oleg Shipitsin was a professional soldier, took part in the hostilities in Chechnya, was involved in restoration of order in Tajikistan, was a peacekeeper in Karabakh, then participated in a special military operation in Ukraine. He died in March of this year, under what circumstances, it is not specified. He was awarded two government awards.

Earlier, Commander of the Central Military District Alexander Lapin presented state awards to servicemen who showed courage, bravery and heroism during a special operation in Ukraine.

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What kind of BMP-3 with artificial intelligence was created in Russia?

In August, a combat robot based on the BMP-3 will be demonstrated for the first time. This combat vehicle, which was born by crossing a conventional transport platform and elements of artificial intelligence, was the result of many years of work of two Rostec enterprises “High-precision complexes” — Kurgan machine-building plant and VNII “Signal”.

Movement by sensors

The new robot is a hybrid of the BMP-3 tracked chassis and the new remote-controlled modern combat module Sinitsa, they are planned to be installed on the promising Kurganets infantry fighting vehicles. under the control of artificial intelligence. The robot actually received technical vision, as it is completely covered with integrated panoramic sights, all-round cameras and various sensors and meters. This is the basis for the traffic planning subsystem, with the help of which the route is set based on the received data. With the help of sensors, the robot will be able to collect data on the environment, landscape, road surface hardness and build a 3D map, while artificial intelligence will form a route.

Paired with a drone

Weapons of a crewless combat vehicle for infantry fighting vehicles — this is one of the most common 30mm cannons — 2A42 and the modern anti-tank complex “Kornet”. This weapon has proven itself well and has acceptable characteristics. Particular attention should be paid to the aiming systems, the optoelectronic complex, which is the basis of the fire control system, is responsible for accuracy. Its capabilities make it possible to observe targets simultaneously in all spectral ranges and in various modes. Even hidden objects can be detected by a new optical locator that the robot will receive. Also, a reconnaissance drone will be placed on board the robot, which will collect information about targets and transmit target designations to the vehicle.

Kornet-T on BMP-3 chassis. Photo: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

One in three persons

In fact, the new combat robot — this is a universal transport platform with the ability to install various equipment and weapons that are required in a given situation. The military department wants to create three robots with different functions. We are talking about a reconnaissance-strike, engineering and transport-evacuation unmanned device. They will act both individually and in a group.

The main task of the reconnaissance and strike robot — destroy the enemy with his weapons, and if his firepower is not enough, then direct attack aircraft and bombers, artillery and other strike systems at the targets. The engineering vehicle will receive a multi-position manipulator and various other devices for removing debris and eliminating destruction, as well as gadgets for detecting and eliminating explosive objects. The robotic transporter will be used to transport ammunition and personnel to the battlefield, and it will also be tasked with evacuating the wounded.

Power reserve

During the show, the combat robot will be remotely controlled by the operator. In addition, according to manufacturers, he has the option of moving completely offline without human intervention. True, when this feature of the machine will be implemented, it is not reported. Theoretically, a power reserve of 600 km will allow the robot to operate deep behind enemy lines. The power unit of the robot — Reliable V-shaped engine UTD-19 with a power of 500 hp, which will allow you to overcome the most difficult obstacles. This motor allows you to reach speeds of up to 70 km/h, which will make the robot a rather difficult target. It is also reported that the car will be able to overcome ditches up to 2.5 meters wide, which means that there are no impassable roads for it.

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“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, 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 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 — 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? 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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

Ukrainian Prime Minister Shmygal: Kyiv intends to confiscate 903 assets owned by Russia Kyiv intends to confiscate assets owned by the Russian state, sanctioned citizens and companies from Russia, as well as Russian banks /673xH/media/img/7/99/756597160699997.webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >


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.


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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