Virologist put forward a version of the origin of the omicron strain of coronavirus

Plot of a novel coronavirus pandemic that spread from China

Pavel Volchkov, head of the MIPT genomic engineering laboratory, said that the new strain of coronavirus omicron could arise due to the fact that in South Africa people were massively treated with plasma from COVID-19, the newspaper Izvestia writes.

“ If in South Africa and Botswana the main method is & mdash; this is plasma treatment, and if people were not particularly vaccinated there, then resistance to the injected antibodies is formed from the new variant of the virus. We see in the scientific literature many articles that indicate that plasma treatment was carried out there en masse '', & mdash; he said.

The virologist noted that in this case, by analogy with antibiotics, it is extremely important to complete the treatment of patients, because otherwise the virus could survive and mutate, and then infect another person.

< p> Recall that the new strain of coronavirus 'omicron' & nbsp; was identified in Botswana. Later, those infected with this type of virus were registered in South Africa and other countries. According to experts, numerous changes in its genome indicate a high transmissibility of this variant and resistance to protective antibodies of those who have been ill and vaccinated.


Bishop Mytishchensky Theophylact is temporarily deprived of the right to worship

Bishop & nbsp; Mytishchi & nbsp; Theophilact & nbsp; (Moiseev) has been temporarily removed from the priesthood, follows from the order of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill. As the deputy manager of the Moscow Patriarchate, Bishop of Zelenograd Savva (Tutunov), explained to TASS, the General Church Disciplinary Commission is currently studying the case of the governor of the St. The shooting shows how the 72-year-old bishop is trying to hit on the head a priest who has served him.

By order of November 27, Patriarch Kirill temporarily suspended Bishop Theophylact from his duties as abbot of the monastery, & nbsp; assistant to the first vicar of the patriarch in Moscow and head of the Southwest Vicariate of the capital.

According to the Patriarchate Administrator, Bishop Theophylact & nbsp; will not serve “ until the end of the full study of the case in the General Church Disciplinary Commission. '' The deputy manager of the Moscow Patriarchate added that “ the results of the study will be presented to the Holy Patriarch and the Holy Synod, '' since we are talking about the bishop.

The temporary management of the monastery is entrusted to the head of the synodal department for monasteries and monasticism, the governor of the Donskoy monastery Metropolitan of Kashira Theognost (Guzikov). The head of the Synodal Department for Charity, Bishop Panteleimon (Shatov) of Verey, will be in charge of the Southwestern Vicariate.

This spring, & nbsp; the highest church-wide court banned Bishops Ignatius (Tarasov) and Ignatius (Buzin) from serving canons. & nbsp; Bishops are accused of violations of perjury, gambling, adultery, theft and drunkenness.


New clinics and equipment. Healthcare is being modernized in the Kuban

In the & nbsp; Krasnodar Territory, the implementation of the state program “ Modernization of primary health care '' continues. It started in & nbsp; January 2021 & nbsp; year, but & nbsp; for & nbsp; this time in & nbsp; region managed to do a lot. This is & nbsp; introduction into & nbsp; operation of new facilities, and & nbsp; supply of modern equipment, and & nbsp; purchase of vehicles for medical care. AiF tells what results the & nbsp; was achieved thanks to participation in the & nbsp; national project.

The program covers 85 & nbsp; subjects of Russia and & nbsp; is designed for & nbsp; five years. In general, more than 500 billion rubles are provided for the modernization of primary health care up to & nbsp; 2025.

General financing of the state program, which complements the measures provided for by the national project “ Healthcare '', in & nbsp; Krasnodar Territory at & nbsp; 2021 & nbsp; & mdash; 3.7 billion rubles. & Nbsp;

Construction program launched

The Governor of the Kuban Veniamin Kondratyev spoke about the update of 19 & nbsp; polyclinics in & nbsp; 15 & nbsp; regions of the region.

“ In & nbsp; 2021, we & nbsp; sent 416 million rubles from the & nbsp; regional budget for & nbsp; overhaul of clinics. This is necessary, given that many of & nbsp; them were not & nbsp; repaired for tens & nbsp; years & nbsp; and, of course, required investment. Work is already underway everywhere and & nbsp; will be completed before & nbsp; the end of the year. In the & nbsp; krai, not only the existing institutions are being updated, but & nbsp; and & nbsp; for the first time in & nbsp; in recent years, due to the increase in the number of residents, they are launching a program for the construction of polyclinics. The & nbsp; region has already begun & nbsp; designing 19 & nbsp; new objects in & nbsp; different areas & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; said Veniamin Kondratyev.

Overhaul goes on & nbsp; the territory of Belorechensky, Bryukhovetsky, Vyselkovsky, Gulkevichsky, Caucasian, Kanevsky, Krymsky, Kushchevsky, Novopokrovsky, Seversky, Ust-Labinsky, Apsheronsky districts. In & nbsp; Korenovsky and & nbsp; Otradnensky districts, work is being carried out at once at & nbsp; two objects, in & nbsp; Timashevsky & nbsp; & mdash; on & nbsp; three. In & nbsp; institutions change communications, roof, windows and & nbsp; doors, carry out finishing work. & Nbsp;

Help without leaving the & nbsp; limits of the Kuban

In the & nbsp; treatment and diagnostic building of the regional children's hospital in & nbsp; Krasnodar in & nbsp; November finishing work is being completed. The seven-story building with & nbsp; 350 beds is more than & nbsp; 78% ready. Modern equipment has already been purchased for him, including CT, MRI, ultrasound, X-ray systems. Some of the hardware and & nbsp; medical consoles have already been installed.

& laquo; Medical and diagnostic corps & nbsp; & mdash; key project in the & nbsp; health care system of the region. Operblocks will be placed here, which in the & nbsp; region has never been. Today, a number of complex operations are performed for our children only in the & nbsp; centers of Moscow and & nbsp; St. Petersburg. With the & nbsp; opening & nbsp; of the new building, children will be able to receive high-tech assistance without & nbsp; leaving & nbsp; the limits of the Krasnodar Territory & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; explained the vice-governor Anna Minkova .

The total area of ​​the LDK is almost 40 & nbsp; thousand square meters. The & Nbsp; New Building Will Have Surgical, Oncological And & Nbsp; Reception Departments & Nbsp; With An Anti-Shock Ward. And & nbsp; also surgical and & nbsp; operating blocks, cryopreservation station, blood transfusion department. In addition, units for bone marrow transplantation and an & nbsp; resuscitation complex will appear there.

In addition, in & nbsp; 2022 in & nbsp; Krasnodar, in & nbsp; in the former building of the regional Ministry of Education, a branch of polyclinic No. 15 & nbsp; with an office CT. Overhaul is carried out in a three-story building built in 1961.

“ This area is developing, there are many new buildings. Therefore, we decided to organize a branch of the polyclinic. In & nbsp; next year he will be provided with a computed tomograph & nbsp; & mdash; research is very much in demand with & nbsp; taking into account the spread of coronavirus. Seven CT centers have already been opened in the & nbsp; region, which operate around the clock. We & nbsp; do not & nbsp; know when the pandemic will end, and & nbsp; should be fully armed. The number of residents in the & nbsp; region is growing, and & nbsp; primary health care requires development & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; said Anna Minkova.

At the same time, the overhaul of the local hospital is being completed in the Primorsko-Akhtarsky district. As reported in the & nbsp; Ministry of Health of the region, the readiness of the facility & nbsp; & mdash; more than 90%. After the completion of repairs in the & nbsp; local hospital, doctors will be able to admit children and & nbsp; adults. There, a therapeutic department will be opened, the hospital is designed for & nbsp; 28 & nbsp; people. & Nbsp;

Machines for doctors and & nbsp; patients

In & nbsp; this year, doctors received 344 cars under the & nbsp; program. And & nbsp; November 12 & nbsp; hospitals of the region were given rhinestone 76 & nbsp; Lada Largus. Fully equipped vehicles will be sent to & nbsp; 43 & nbsp; health care departments of district and & nbsp; city hospitals. On & nbsp; new cars, patients will be delivered to doctors, transported biomaterial for laboratory research and & nbsp; to deliver to district police by & nbsp; calls.

New equipment for village hospitals

In & nbsp; throughout the year of medical organization the regions continue to equip with new equipment. Thus, hospitals received 178 modern electrocardiographs.

“ These are 44 & nbsp; medical facilities & nbsp; & mdash; city ​​and & nbsp; regional hospitals, an outpatient clinic of Novorossiysk. The devices are indispensable in the diagnosis and & nbsp; treatment of heart disease and & nbsp; vessels. The new equipment is portable, which expands the possibilities of its use & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; said the Deputy Minister of Health of the Kuban Valentina Ignatenko.

“ Surgeons of Belorechenskaya, Pavlovskaya, Labinskaya and & nbsp; Caucasian Central District Hospital can now perform operations much faster and & nbsp; almost bloodlessly. Thanks to the new universal electrosurgical unit ARC-303 & nbsp; a scalpel and & nbsp; suture material is practically unnecessary & nbsp; A big plus of the technique is & nbsp; the fact that now it is possible to remove tumors in & nbsp; the most inaccessible places. The surgeon can personally control several power zones of the regime, achieving the best effect '', & nbsp; & mdash; said the Minister of Health of the Krasnodar Territory Evgeny Filippov.

Doctors of the Gulkevichi regional hospital received two resuscitation tables for the initial examination of infants. They are equipped with light, heating and & nbsp; oxygen. The department installed and & nbsp; two incubator incubators for premature newborns. They provide a comfortable environment for the normal development of the child.

New jugs have been delivered to the obstetric department of the Kushchevskaya hospital. The cost of one device & nbsp; & mdash; more than three million rubles. In total, in & nbsp; 2021, incubators for newborns were purchased at & nbsp; 27 & nbsp; medical institutions of the Kuban. By the way, 43 regional projects are being implemented within the framework of national projects in the Krasnodar Territory. The largest funding was received for the projects “Demography” – 15.1 billion rubles, “Healthcare” – 14.6 billion rubles, “Safe high-quality roads” – 9.2 billion rubles, “Housing and Urban Environment” – 6.5 billion rubles.

Operating surgical tables were also delivered to & nbsp; hospitals in Belorechensky and & nbsp; Caucasian regions. The equipment of the tables is controlled with the & nbsp; remote control. This allows them to be tailored & nbsp; for any type of operation.

Doctors of the Kalininskaya and Timashevskaya regional hospitals received analyzers of the acid-base state of the blood. They help assess respiratory functions, diagnose primary hyperventilation and & nbsp; other abnormalities in the & nbsp; work of vital systems.

Medical institutions in Anapa received electroencephalographs for brain studies. Previously, local residents went to & nbsp; Krasnodar for examinations. Thanks to the new apparatus, research will be carried out at & nbsp; place.

Kurganinskaya Central District Hospital received new ventilators. They will help doctors in the treatment of patients with coronavirus with & nbsp; acute or chronic respiratory failure, and & nbsp; also during surgery under general anesthesia.

“ In total, since the beginning of the pandemic, medical institutions in the region received 259 ventilators. Now their & nbsp; in & nbsp; hospitals 740 & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; said Deputy Minister Irina Vyazovskaya.

The & nbsp; plans for & nbsp; 2021 were to supply regional vascular centers with 30 & nbsp; units of medical equipment, & nbsp; including heavy. & Nbsp; 29 & nbsp; devices have already arrived at & nbsp; hospitals in Krasnodar, Armavir, Yeisk, Vyselok, Kropotinskaya , Slavyansk, Novorossiysk. Among the equipment & nbsp; & mdash; stabilography systems, bicycle ergometers, computed tomography systems, rehabilitation simulators. Minister of Health of the Russian Federation Mikhail Murashko: “The key principles of the program relate to increasing the availability and quality of primary health care, including in rural areas and in small towns, strengthening the prevention of infectious and non-infectious diseases. It is important that the regions implement the activities planned within the program as quickly as possible, because they are all aimed at improving the quality of life of people. ”

Thanks to the project, the & nbsp; oncological service of the Kuban was also re-equipped. More than 747 million rubles were allocated for the renovation of medical equipment in five oncological dispensaries and two oncological departments. For & nbsp; this money in & nbsp; seven medical institutions of Krasnodar, Sochi, Novorossiysk, Yeisk and & nbsp; Armavir delivered 77 & nbsp; units of new modern equipment, including heavy equipment. These are X-ray diagnostic complexes, equipment for prostate brachytherapy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, close-focus X-ray therapy devices.


VTsIOM: Russians’ happiness index has grown significantly over the past six months

VTsIOM has published data from a survey of Russians dedicated to happiness.

According to the center, over the past six months, despite the coronavirus pandemic, the happiness index in the Russian Federation has grown significantly.

Thus, 84% of respondents said they consider themselves happy, while 14% do not consider themselves to be happy. Thus, the happiness index was 71 points, which is 17 points higher than the March indicator (54 points) and 5 points higher than the previous year's indicator (66 points in November 2020).

Most of the survey participants consider themselves happy thanks to the health and life of their own and their loved ones (29%), having a family (27%), children (22%), general satisfaction with life (21%) or good work (20%).

Russians can not feel happy because of the state of affairs in the country (8%), general lack of money (7%), lack of stability (6%) and because of family problems (5%).

Previously it was reported that more than 20% of Russians called the profession of a deputy the most overrated. The respondents also believe that politicians, civil servants and top managers receive unjustifiably high salaries.

In addition, sociologists found out how much Russians spend a month on pet food. Pet owners are willing to pay more for guaranteed healthy food for their pets.


Ministry of Internal Affairs: fans after the CSKA – Zenit match were detained due to hooliganism

With regard to those detained after a football match CSKA & ndash; Zenith 51 protocols on administrative offenses have been drawn up, the press center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation reports. places. & nbsp;

In addition, the detainees can be brought to administrative responsibility for petty hooliganism and evasion of administrative punishment. & nbsp;

The Ministry of Internal Affairs notes that the stadium where the match was held, did not meet safety requirements, since the video recording of the sectors with the most active fans was not carried out.

Earlier, after the match at the & nbsp; VEB-Arena stadium & nbsp; in Moscow, the police detained a number of citizens for offenses, for further investigation several the people were taken to the police department to resolve the issue of prosecution.


Climate-lovebird. How warming is changing the appearance and behavior of animals

Scientists have known and said for a long time that global climate changes threaten the existence of many species of terrestrial fauna. But now there is more and more research on how new climatic conditions are changing the appearance and behavior of animals.

Albatrosses have increased divorce rates

According to statistics, every fourth biological species faces the threat of extinction in the XXI & nbsp; century. The main reasons & mdash; & nbsp; rising sea levels, extreme weather conditions and & nbsp; rising average overall temperatures.

So, over the & nbsp; last 40 years & nbsp; the number of birds nesting in Europe has decreased by 17-19%. Every sixth individual has disappeared. & Nbsp; Sparrows suffered the most & mdash; & nbsp; their population has decreased by half. Among other endangered species of birds, ornithologists name yellow wagtails, starlings and larks. & Nbsp; The main causes of extinction & mdash; & nbsp; destruction of natural habitats, & nbsp; urbanization, & nbsp; widespread use of pesticides and other chemical pollution, as well as climate change.

Now the scientific journal of the Royal Society of London & nbsp; reported another scourge: the ongoing warming on the planet & nbsp; destroys albatross families. These birds are known for their fidelity. Their couples rarely break up, they remain with the same partner for decades and together make long flights to find a place for nesting and incubation of offspring. They live up to 50 (and even more) years, spending a significant part of their life in the ocean in search of food, and return to land only to reproduce. & Nbsp; Stability in pairs gives them an advantage in flights (better coordination) and helps in raising chicks.

“This stability is especially important in a dynamic marine environment,” & mdash; & nbsp; says Francesco Ventura, an environmental biologist at the University of Lisbon, one of the authors of the study . & nbsp; From 2004 to 2019, scientists observed a colony of black-browed albatrosses in the Falkland Islands. Traditionally, about 4% of couples break up in it, although in some years the divorce rate did not exceed 1%. This mainly happens when the “ spouses '' unable to leave offspring.

Bird watchers monitored the behavior of 424 females and noticed that & nbsp; in those years, & nbsp; when the water was warmer, & nbsp; the percentage of their divorces with partners almost doubled. & Nbsp; In & nbsp; 2017, when the temperature was the most high for & nbsp; all the time of observation, the share of partings peaked & mdash; 7.7%. & Nbsp; In subsequent years, the temperature dropped, the number of divorces & mdash; too.

Researchers explain this phenomenon for two reasons. & Nbsp; First, albatrosses spend more time in warm water looking for food, which is why they arrive at the colony later and not in better shape. By that time, the female can find herself another partner. Secondly, warming and deteriorating environmental conditions in itself lead to stress in birds. Albatrosses may think that the reason for their discomfort is in their “ spouse '' and abandon him.

This is & nbsp; the first evidence that climate change is affecting the relationship of wild birds, bird watchers emphasize. It is possible that something similar occurs in other monogamous species. If so, scientists can be said to have discovered 'overlooked consequences' global warming.

Ears, feet and tails: size matters

Australian researchers concluded that due to global warming over the past 150 years, animals and birds have increased in size in beaks, ears, paws and other body parts. Thanks to this, the body's thermoregulation improves, and representatives of the fauna can more easily tolerate heat.

Thus, it was noticed that the beaks of helmet cockatoos and red-backed parrots grew by 4-10%. It is through this organ that excess heat is removed in birds. In bats of the species & nbsp; Hipposideros armiger & nbsp; wing size increased by 1.64%, shrews have more & nbsp; tails and paws, rabbits & nbsp; ears, and boars & mdash; & nbsp; ears and tails. In general, there is a rule, discovered at the end of the 19th century, that in colder climates in warm-blooded animals the protruding parts of the body are smaller than in their relatives in hot climatic zones. This helps to regulate the internal temperature.

Another study by scientists from Louisiana State University showed that since the 1980s, the wings of Amazonian birds have become longer, while their bodies have shrunk at the same time. Such metamorphoses allow birds to spend less energy during flight, and massive wings still serve to remove heat.

By the way, the size of the human body has constantly changed in the course of evolution under the influence of climate. The colder it was in the regions where our distant ancestors lived, the more massive their bodies became, and vice versa. The fact is that a large body size helps to better retain heat. & Nbsp;

“ This can be seen & nbsp; and the people living & nbsp; in our time. Those & nbsp; who live in warmer climates are generally & nbsp; smaller than those in the temperate and northern latitudes, & nbsp; says & nbsp; University of Cambridge professor of zoology Andrea Manica who led the study. & mdash; & nbsp; Now we know that over the past million years & nbsp; the appearance of representatives of the genus & nbsp; Homo & nbsp; was significantly influenced by the climate. It was he who was the main driving factor in the evolution of the human body. ''


The Kremlin reported on the analysis of the danger of a new strain of coronavirus

According to Dmitry Peskov, you need to wait for the conclusions of scientists, and then take any new measures

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the operational headquarters is now analyzing information about a new strain of coronavirus, which received the name “ omicron. ''

“ Now the whole world and the WHO are trying to understand how dangerous it is, '' & mdash; he is quoted by a RBC correspondent.

When asked if any new measures related to vaccination would be taken in response to the emergence of a new strain, the spokesman replied that further possible steps depend on the conclusions of scientists.

On Monday, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Yevgeny Ivanov said that on Friday the operational headquarters under the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova made decisions related to the new restrictions. “ Probably, the headquarters will announce about them '', & mdash; quoted by his agency RIA Novosti.

Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that a new strain of coronavirus, first identified this month in South Africa, could change the course of the pandemic. The problem is that due to the 'unprecedented number of mutations' it may be more infectious than its predecessors and there is no guarantee that existing vaccines will be effective against it.

WHO Representative in Russia Melita Vujnovich admitted that the new strain may be & oacute; more dangerous than previous variants of infection. “ It looks like this now, you have to wait a little bit, because 'beta' behaved like this, had such, say, opportunities '', & mdash; She noted.

In Russia, no omicron-strain has been imported yet. As a precautionary measure, authorities restricted entry from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar and Eswatini, as well as from Hong Kong. Israel and Morocco have completely closed flights due to the new strain, and other countries are introducing additional quarantine measures. Subscribe to RBC's Twitter Receive news faster than anyone


Lukashenka threatened “not to stay away” in a new war in Donbass

According to the president, the whole situation with migrants was provoked by the West in order to divert the attention of the Belarusian army

Alexander Lukashenko

If the West unleashes a war in Donbass again, Belarus will not remain on the sidelines, Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting on military security, BelTA informs.

Lukashenko commented on reports of Russian military activity near the borders of Ukraine, noting that “ active body movements are beginning around the Russian Federation under the guise of the fact that it is 'going to attack Ukraine'. According to him, he has no data on such plans.

According to Lukashenka, the West uses the situation with migrants as a way to contain the Belarusian army in the event of a conflict with Russia. “ They understand perfectly well: if only Ukraine tries to unleash a conflict with Russia, Belarus will not be left on the sidelines, so the Belarusian army must be contained, strained on the western borders (Latvia, Lithuania, Poland) and in the south & mdash; strengthening of the Ukrainian border & raquo;, & mdash; he explained his position.

Lukashenko instructed the Chief of the General Staff to prepare a response plan for 'possible aggression and illegal actions' in relation to Belarus and at the same time not to react to provocations. “We need to protect our country. I am not dramatizing events, but I warn the military: for any possible body movement, '', & mdash; he added.

Earlier, Lukashenka argued that the migration crisis is being used by the United States. In his opinion, NATO's involvement in resolving the refugee situation is nothing more than provoking a war. “ Europe does not want war. Who needs this war? Americans '', & mdash; said the Belarusian president.

The EU countries, the UK and the US argue that the migration crisis on the borders of Poland and Lithuania was provoked by Minsk itself, in connection with which a new sanctions package is being prepared against Belarus. Russia was also repeatedly accused of involvement in the crisis. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, in turn, said that publications by Western media that Moscow was using the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border to prepare an “ invasion '' to Ukraine, nothing more than another 'mythologeme'.

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Photo of the wife of the President of Turkmenistan Berdymukhamedov published for the first time

Photo: Still from video

Turkish edition Son Dakika published a joint photo of the presidents of Turkey and Turkmenistan Recep Erdogan and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with their wives … Thus, the photo of the first lady of Turkmenistan first appeared in the media.

The farewell photo was taken during Erdogan's visit with his wife Emine to Ashgabat on November 27. After the meeting and lunch, Berdymukhamedov took his wife Ogulgerek out. Moreover, when the Turkmen media report on the national leader, only his sons and grandchildren are present with the president.

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Recall that Berdymkhamedov has been the head of Turkmenistan since 2007. Journalists sometimes report on the authoritarian regimes established in the country. For example, the authorities have long banned the use of the word “ coronavirus '', and human rights activists call the country an anti-leader in terms of the number of political prisoners among the countries of the former USSR.


Political scientist Pogrebinsky spoke about the true attitude of Ukrainians to Russia

And he advised to abandon the idea of ​​”occupation” of Nezalezhnaya

The well-known Ukrainian political scientist Mikhail Pogrebinsky said in an interview with BUSINESS Online that a full-fledged armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia is useless will lead. In his opinion, this is due to the fact that the Ukrainian army is not capable of giving a serious rebuff to Russia, but Russian troops cannot simply occupy the whole of Ukraine.

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” There are millions of people who hate Russia. You don't have to be Archimedes to understand that this is impossible '', & ndash; noted the political scientist.

Pogrebinsky added that Ukraine is currently the most hostile towards Russia and the Russian state. At the same time, the expert does not believe that war is a solution to the problem. However, he understands some representatives of the Russian leadership and Russian patriots who are calling for a radical solution to the problem. The maximum you can count on is & ndash; to provide Moscow support to Donbass if the Ukrainian Armed Forces launch an offensive.

It is worth noting that earlier Pogrebinsky, who lives in Ukraine, said that he was not threatened in connection with his position. And some people, recognizing him on the street, even come up to him and express their support.


NATO has started to create a new military grouping in the Baltics

Why the Alliance is transferring forces to Eastern Europe

Foreign media and eyewitnesses in social networks report about the transfer of additional NATO troops to Latvia. Residents of Poland filmed several army columns moving north and east. The Alliance claims that the increase in the contingent is caused by “growing aggression” by Russia. Earlier, units of the armed forces of Germany and the United States were deployed to the eastern borders of the European Union. Experts link the actions of Western countries with possible plans to invade the territory of Belarus.

Photo: Still from the video

A column of heavy military equipment proceeded from Slovakia through the territory of Poland and Lithuania to Latvia. Experts identified Zuzana-2 large-caliber self-propelled artillery pieces in the column. Artillery, accompanied by supply vehicles and army trucks, was later seen in the area of ​​the border between Latvia and Belarus.

According to the official statement of the NATO command, the military equipment of the Slovak army is sent to the Baltic States to “ensure a flexible and effective ability to respond to Russian aggression in this region.” Earlier, large units of the armed forces of the United States and Germany arrived at the western borders of Russia and Belarus. The US military is deploying large-caliber artillery in the border zone, while the Bundeswehr is deploying tanks and light armored vehicles.

The strengthening of the NATO contingent is taking place against the background of statements by a number of officials about the impending “Russian invasion” of Ukrainian territory. Washington states that armored groups are concentrated near the Russian-Ukrainian border. Kiev claims that Russian aggression may begin in January 2022. The desire to send troops to support Kiev has already been announced by the United States, Great Britain and Canada.

According to military expert Alexei Valyuzhenich, the publicly available information on the transfer of NATO forces indicates the desire of the Alliance to increase the firepower of its group in Europe. Such preparations may indicate the preparation of a large-scale military operation.

– If you look at the photos and videos taken in recent weeks, the trend is obvious. The West is driving heavy artillery to our borders. The Americans are carrying 155-mm Palladin self-propelled artillery mounts, the Germans are carrying PzH 2000 self-propelled guns, also 155-mm. Now the Slovaks are being sent with their self-propelled gun mounts Zuzana-2 152-mm caliber. That is, everyone is pulling large-caliber artillery to the east. Such weapons can, of course, be used for defensive purposes. But in general, these are offensive weapons. They were created in order to hack into the enemy's defenses, suppress his artillery batteries, and cover the concentration of troops. In short, this is a very serious weapon.

“I can't say for sure. I think that the part of the troops that arrives at the border with Ukraine (these are primarily US Army units) can be used to provide fire support to the Ukrainian army in Donbas. During the years of trench warfare, the forces of the LPR-DPR created a deeply echeloned defense there with many secrets. Therefore, I see such a scenario for the development of events. At some “X hour” NATO declares that Ukraine is under the threat of invasion, and is sending its troops to Donetsk and Lugansk. Artillery, directed from satellites and drones, covers the positions of the DPR and LPR forces. For example, this is how Turkey acted in Syria: they guided self-propelled guns from drones, which, due to the advantage in firing range, destroyed several Syrian batteries. After creating such an advantage, the Ukrainian army enters the breaches: tanks, infantry, reinforced by all sorts of Nazis and mercenaries.

– Demonstration of force. Like, you do not interfere, because all your borders are at gunpoint. At the very least, NATO's statements and actions now look extremely aggressive. This is not just the usual saber rattling. This is actual pressure on our western borders, an attempt to intimidate. In a word, pressure on our country. So far, it has been mediated through Ukraine and Belarus. But the ultimate goal is our country.


They did not believe President Zelensky in Ukraine: the announced “coup” is expected with laughter

Where more people are concerned about the lack of electricity and heat

The press marathon launched by the team of Volodymyr Zelenskyy last Friday is still under discussion in Ukraine. Judging by a number of indirect signs, there will be no violent change of power. The people are not up to revolutions, fellow citizens are racking their brains, first of all, over how to survive the coming winter in warmth and comfort.


It quickly became clear where the “Lubyanka version” of the coup d'etat promised on December 1 had come from. Christopher Miller, an American journalist with many connections at all levels of the Ukrainian government, named the names of three interlocutors of the “FSB emissary of the Russian Federation” mentioned by Zelensky. Two of them are definitely not “defectors to the Russian Crimea” (as Vladimir Zelensky assured). We are talking about the former head of the Poltava regional police department Eduard Fedosov and the retired general of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Vasily Gritsak, namesake and namesake of the previous SBU chairman, who faithfully served Petro Poroshenko.

According to the former Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the republic, Lieutenant General Gennady Moskal, Gritsak never got into politics during his service in the authorities and never entered into unauthorized contacts with the oligarch Rinat Akhmetov. Well, the military rank of the allegedly Russian curator of the “December 1 coup” Gennady Gennadyevich, by definition, could not but amuse. He is only a captain. That is, it has neither the proper powers from Vladimir Putin, nor extensive connections in the Kiev “top” …

However, an attempt on the foundations of the constitutional system of Ukraine still took place the other day. Even if not in Kiev. Operatives of the SBU Directorate for the Kirovograd region opened criminal proceedings “for actions aimed at violently changing the constitutional order or seizing state power.” The defendants in the case named either 15 or 20 local activists, headed by a certain Tatiana Andreichenko. The “conspirators who received funding from the aggressor country” (that is, from Russia) set out to create “parallel authorities” in the regional center of Kropyvnytskyi: the Serf and Podolsk district councils. The activists were going to “return everything that has been stolen by the state authorities, from 1991 to the present day.” Simply put, to transfer to the state all utilities that, after the collapse of the Ukrainian SSR, “were liquidated, privatized and illegally sold” to private individuals. The “conspirators” were also strongly opposed to the sale of land that had begun in Ukraine.

An attempt to restore social justice in one particular region, of course, looks cartoonish. But with the current unenviable position of most people, something still needs to be done.

The well-known Ukrainian politician Volodymyr Lytvyn, who twice headed the Verkhovna Rada, instead of a devastating analysis of Volodymyr Zelensky’s press conference, spoke about the everyday life of the inhabitants of his native village Sloboda Romanovskaya. The villagers in their huts tried to unscrew as many light bulbs as possible from the sockets, because they do not “pull” the current tariffs. Household gas is also turned on only if absolutely necessary. People did not manage to bring firewood on time either, because this type of fuel became fabulously expensive for them.

You won't spend a thousand hryvnia for a full cycle of vaccination against coronavirus in this and other Ukrainian villages. The promised “Vovina thousand”, as “MK” previously wrote, can, by the decision of its recipient, go either to the cashier of a museum and a cinema, or “materialize” in a fitness center. There has never been anything of the kind in the villages.

The recent flights of the Zelensky family to the winter Carpathian residence cost the state a much larger amount. Debating with investigative journalist Mikhail Tkach about his scandalous flight by helicopters of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Zelensky has repeatedly demonstrated his unwillingness to constantly lie. Most likely, at subsequent meetings with representatives of the media, Zelensky will break with even more ferocity than his predecessors. Vladimir Alexandrovich is clearly not ready for this. He begins to lose his mind, get nervous, and in the end he loses with a crushing score. So far, only “to the sharks of the pen and microphone”.


Counting of votes in parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan turns into a scandal

Experts threaten the country with a coup d'etat again

In Kyrgyzstan, on November 28, the fifth elections in 2021 were held, which, according to the president of the republic, Sadyr Japarov, were intended to complete the process of state renewal after last year's October coup. The update ended in a scandal: at first, the total of votes collected by all parties on the CEC portal amounted to 140% of the votes. And after eliminating the crash that happened & ndash; only 86%, the remaining 14% lost and were looking for the whole next day after the elections. And all this with the lowest possible turnout of 34%.

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Kyrgyz voters demonstrated not only low activity, but also a fundamental unwillingness to vote for the proposed candidates. In particular, 4 single-mandate constituencies were organized in Bishkek, and the candidate “ against all '' won in two of them. In the rest of the constituencies, the same candidate took second and third places with results of 28% and 15%, respectively. In addition, across the country, 9.62% of ballots were invalidated. For comparison, from 2017 to 2021, this indicator never exceeded 2% in the republican elections.

According to preliminary data, 6 parties are being held in the Jogorku Kenesh. Three of them are loyal to Sadyr Japarov and gain a total of over 40.29%. The opposition collected about 20.6%. However, this is only according to the lists, and in the majority constituencies, the authorities are expected to have & nbsp; stronger positions.

Director of the Center for Social and Political Research 'Elchi'; Denis Berdakov MK said that the turnout in the parliamentary elections was the result of the fact that the authorities initially abandoned the idea of ​​cheating it. “ Most likely, all previous elections were the result of media pumping and bribery. For the first time in many years, the administrative resource was not used and strongly fought against vote bribery. As a result, we got a European picture. People do not want to vote and even run for parliamentary elections, although a year ago they had to pay 300-500 thousand dollars for a place in the top five of the list '', & ndash; said the expert.

This is largely due to the fact that Kyrgyzstan has reduced the number of seats in parliament from 120 to 90. At the same time, only 54 deputies are elected according to the lists, and the rest must win in the majority constituencies. Considering that after the reform of the Constitution, Kyrgyzstan actually turned & nbsp; into the super-presidential republic, many formerly active politicians became uninterested in participating in the race for the mandate.

“ Many of the MPs have some difficulties with higher education, but this time the oligarchs did not go there, with a few exceptions. Gone are regional leaders who are not the smartest and most intelligent, but they have political will and authority. First of all, they will attract money to their regions. These will be respected people who will establish relations with the deputies of neighboring countries and so on. The situation is similar in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. At the same time, the parties represent both the north and the south of Kyrgyzstan '', & ndash; Berdakov noted.

The collapse of the electronic vote counting system added to the scandalousness of the elections. First, the Secretary of the Security Council of Kyrgyzstan Marat Imankulov said that hackers attacked the resources of the Central Election Commission from 20 countries of the world. Then the vice-premier of the republic Edil Baisalov attributed the incident to a technical error: someone hammered the wrong formula into the system.

As a result, the votes had to be counted manually, and 5 opposition parties that could not get into parliament called for new elections in two days. True, if the recount of votes does not lead to fundamental changes in the list of winners and losers, hardly anyone will listen to them. So far, all 5 parties have managed to gather a maximum of 100 people near the entrance to the CEC.

According to Denis Berdakov, those responsible for the failure in the counting of votes should be punished, but a technical flaw should not affect the final results of the elections.

“ There were observers at all polling stations who did not record any serious violations that could call into question the voting results. There were no stuffing as such, & nbsp; people were caught on carts, but we do not know who they voted for. In principle, this should not affect the legitimacy of the parliament, but so far there are no voting results, the situation is ambiguous. Votes will be counted twice to reduce the tension in society '', & ndash; concluded Berdakov.

In turn, the editor of MK-Kyrgyzstan; Alexander Bannikov believes that a critical mass of dissatisfied people may still accumulate in the country, which will lead to new shocks. & Nbsp;

“ In fact, the protests have already begun, there was a rally in front of the CEC building, which was attended by parties that did not overcome the 5% barrier. They demand new elections, the resignation of the government, and so on. They had a reason, because the voting results changed several times. In particular, they first went to parliament, and then it turned out that they did not. Moreover, according to new data, none of the opposition parties may get into parliament '', & ndash; Bannikov noted.

In the Central Committee, by the evening of November 29, 15% of the votes were manually recounted, and it became known that one of the leading opposition forces in the country & ndash; Butun Kyrgyzstan & ndash; does not go to parliament. What will happen after 100% of the ballots have been counted will become known at best only on November 30, that is, two days after the elections.

“ Serious protests will begin if the voting results differ greatly from what was originally stated. The question is whether the number of dissatisfied people will exceed the critical mass. We must wait for the official election results. If 6 parties, which were discussed the next morning after the vote, pass, then everything will be all right. If only the pro-government parties pass, the society will decide that it is overboard, & ndash; considers Bannikov. & nbsp; & ndash; In general, the elections were very sluggish. There was almost no advertising, parties accused each other of bribery and so on. The CEC almost did not react to this. The turnout is very weak. Within Kyrgyzstan, it barely exceeded 30%, and abroad it was about 10%. Most likely, people simply do not have confidence in the electoral system and candidates for deputies. ''


Expectations from resumption of talks on Iranian nuclear program announced

Will the Biden administration succeed in reaching an agreement with Tehran

In Vienna on November 29, another round of talks between Iran and international mediators started. At the center of the discussion is the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (the so-called “nuclear deal”). An unenviable fate befell the agreement, and the JCPOA participants are trying to come to a compromise for the seventh time. The experience of previous meetings and their consequences, however, clearly demonstrates that even now one cannot count on breakthroughs.

President of Iran Ibrahim Raisi. Photo: AP

2015 nuclear deal was signed by the Iranian authorities and representatives of the states of the so-called 5 + 1 group (Great Britain, China, Russia, USA, France and Germany).

The plan implied Iran's limitation of its nuclear program & mdash; except for reliably peaceful intentions, & mdash; and the international community has pledged to phase out the sanctions in response. Although the process stalled, some kind of dialogue continued not only at top-level meetings, but also at informal consultations (the last such, by the way, took place on November 27), and many experts noted that Tehran seems to be seriously ready for compromises.

The situation got out of control with the coming to power in the United States in 2016 of President Donald Trump, known for much tougher rhetoric in the Iranian direction than his predecessor Barack & nbsp; Obama.

The Trump administration, as promised during the election campaign by the then new leader, withdrew from the agreement two years later, making it clear that it would only increase the sanctions pressure on Tehran. Many associated this with the active pro-Israel lobby in the United States, whose position the same Obama was cautious about, for which he earned in Israel the reputation of the worst American president for the Jewish state.

The rest of the participants in the process have repeatedly stated that the actions of one country cannot disavow such documents (in fairness, for example, under Trump, the United States left the Paris Climate Agreement, but this did not cease to exist). However, from the point of view of the Iranians, the situation has gone too far, and Tehran has declared its full right to return to building up production capacities & mdash; which he began to do.

By the meeting in the Austrian capital, the situation has not fundamentally changed, even despite the seemingly more accommodating than his predecessor Trump, American President Joseph & nbsp; Biden.

This, in particular, is the opinion of an expert from Islamabad, Tom Hussein, whose article on the eve of the Vienna summit was published by the Hong Kong authoritative newspaper South China Morning Post (SCMP). According to the analyst, the Americans came to the meeting with one single goal: to rein in the Iranian leadership and hint at the possibility of expanding sanctions in the event of a threat to the White House's regional partners.

For Tehran, as has been repeatedly and openly said , the fundamental question is to return to the terms of the JCPOA in one way or another by all of its participants.

In light of the confrontation between China and the United States & nbsp; the Chinese will certainly support Iran, but this & nbsp; can only further exacerbate the already not cloudless relations between Beijing and Washington.

According to diplomats, the seventh round of talks on the Iranian nuclear issue is likely to last longer than the previous ones. The head of European Union diplomacy, Josep Borrell, in turn, spoke more optimistically, allowing a return to the first, agreed version of the treaty.

Finally, the Israeli factor cannot be written off. The Prime Minister of this country, Naftali Bennett, has already warned: if there is a return to the JCPOA, that is, Iran again declares a decrease in the rate of uranium enrichment, etc., the nuclear facilities of the Islamic Republic will still remain potential targets for the Israeli armed forces.

In general, the balance of power is so far that it would be naive to expect a momentary and, preferably, a compromise solution from Vienna. Perhaps the most optimal outcome of the negotiations will be at least framework-formed questions for the next meeting. Of course, if the contradictions between the participants in the process do not become even more violent.


US strengthens Ukrainian air force with Brazilian attack aircraft

Donbass does not yet have effective protection against such aircraft

Six Brazilian Super Tucano EMB 314 turboprop attack aircraft will be deployed at an airbase in Ukraine. This is US assistance to the Ukrainian Air Force. The planes were purchased from Brazil for the war in Afghanistan, but now the Taliban are in charge there (the Taliban movement is prohibited in Russia), so the United States decided to support the new ally. Earlier, the same decision was made on the Mi-17 helicopters purchased by the Americans in Russia for Afghanistan.

Photo: Staff Sgt. Larry Reid Jr.

The situation with the aircraft fleet in the Ukrainian Air Force has long been poor. The inherited Soviet aircraft Su-27, Su-25, Su-24, MiG-29 are pretty outdated, and after Kiev severed cooperation ties with the Russian aviation industry, it became very difficult to repair the aircraft headquarters. & Nbsp;

At the same time, according to official data, in 2014-2015, during the armed conflict in Donbass, the Ukrainian “ midwives '' forces lost 11 aircraft (An-30, An-26, Il-76, two Su-24, two MiG-29 and four Su-25), 7 & nbsp; helicopters (3 Mi-8 and 4 Mi-24) and 2 jet unmanned aerial vehicles Tu-143.

In a word, the Ukrainian Air Force for any “ friendly freebie '' happy.

According to a military expert, editor of the magazine “ Arsenal of the Fatherland '' Alexei Leonkov, Ukraine's use of 'overseas aid' in the armed conflict in Donbass can pose a real threat to the militias.

& ndash; Super Tucano & ndash; it is a lightweight turboprop attack aircraft manufactured in Brazil by Embraer, & ndash; said the expert. & ndash; Well-established & nbsp; as a 'counter-partisan' airplane. It was used in Colombia to fight the partisan movement. In a number of countries, it is used to counter the movement of drugs by air. By itself, Super Tucano & ndash; quite lightweight and maneuverable. It can reach speeds of up to 590 km/h and is capable of staying in the air for more than 8 hours. It was originally designed as a training aircraft, but was later modified to strike weakly protected air and ground targets. The attack aircraft can be equipped with American air-to-air missiles AIM-9 Sidewinder, Brazilian & nbsp; MAA-1A Piranha & nbsp; or Israeli Python 4. Thanks to missiles & nbsp; Super Tucano is able to conduct defensive air combat with jet fighters. The aircraft is also armed with four blocks of unguided rockets, freely falling and guided bombs.

In 2011, the US Air Force acquired these attack aircraft for use in Afghanistan. But now, after the withdrawal of troops, it is easier for the United States to get rid of them, because most likely there is no need to exploit them in the quantities in which they used them in Afghanistan. & Nbsp;

Operating an aircraft, even just storing it, costs a certain amount of money. It's easier to send them somewhere & nbsp; and also earn extra money on this & nbsp; thanks to the fact that the US Congress allocates funds for military assistance to Ukraine. As part of this military assistance, donate ten million apiece, or maybe more – why not. Everyone will make money on this. Except for Ukraine, of course. That will be spent on the maintenance of cars, pilot training, etc.

& ndash; Yes, it is quite. Due to their high maneuverability, low thermal signature and good survivability & nbsp; these aircraft have proven themselves perfectly during combat missions.

& ndash; The aircraft can be used as a high-altitude bomber and as an attack aircraft. If Ukraine uses it as an attack aircraft, then such complexes as the Strela-10 air defense system or Wasp, they'll get it. If & nbsp; Super Tucano will perform the functions of a bomber and be at altitudes that exceed the capabilities of these anti-aircraft complexes, then it will already be a danger. And in this case, Donbass cannot do without Russia's help. Especially without the help of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems. If Russia, in response to the manifestation of Ukrainian aggression, will deploy in the Rostov and Voronezh regions & nbsp; anti-aircraft missile systems S-400, then & nbsp; Tucano will not be good. He will not get away from these missiles. & Nbsp;


Barbados left Elizabeth II without a royal title

Prince Charles arrives on the Caribbean island that has passed to republican rule

The small island state of Barbados in the Caribbean has decided to become a republic and deprive Elizabeth II of the title of its queen. British Crown Prince Charles went to the celebrations to confirm the preservation of Britain's ties with the former colony.

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About The intention to become a republic and remove Queen Elizabeth II from the post of head of state Barbados was widely announced to the world in September last year.

This one of the most populated and prosperous Caribbean islands gained independence from Great Britain in 1966, but formally remained a constitutional monarchy led by a British queen, represented by a governor-general.

The Barbados government announced more than a year ago that it was time completely leave behind the colonial past. It was decided to time the transition to the republic to coincide with the 55th anniversary of Barbados' independence, which is being celebrated today.

Barbados & ndash; not the first state in the Western Hemisphere to break with the British monarchy and become a republic. In 1970, itself was declared the Republic of Guyana (formerly British Guiana), in 1976 & ndash; Trinidad and Tobago, in 1978 & ndash; Dominica. At the same time, all these states, having become republics, remained part of the Commonwealth. In other parts of the world, India, Pakistan, Fiji, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Mauritius, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), Malta, etc. have declared themselves republics.

It is not surprising that in London, without much tragedy, they took the exit of Barbados from the crown of the British monarch. After all, Elizabeth II, in addition to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is still considered the queen of more than a dozen countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Canada, New Zealand, Papua – New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Jamaica).

Her son, the Prince of Wales, arrived in Barbados at the invitation of the island nation's prime minister, Mia Mottley, to reaffirm “the countless ties between the peoples of our countries.” at the ceremony for the removal of the Queen from the post of head of state of Barbados and the transition to the republic, according to Sky News.

“ As your constitutional status changed, it was important for me to join you in confirming the things that do not change, & ndash; said in the address of Prince Charles. & ndash; For example, the close and reliable partnership between Barbados and the United Kingdom as vital members of the Commonwealth; our shared determination to defend the values ​​we hold dear and to pursue the goals that we share; and the innumerable ties between the peoples of our countries. '' While & nbsp; as Barbados was preparing to become a republic and remove the British queen from the post of its sovereign, some residents of the capital & ndash; Bridgetown & ndash; on Sunday they admitted that they still do not understand what this change means and how it will affect them, says Reuters.

The Caribbean island gained independence from Britain in 1966, but still as a title The head of state in Barbados remained Queen Elizabeth II, as is the case in a number of former British colonies, including Jamaica and Australia.

Now, instead of Elizabeth II, the head of state in Barbados will be President Sandra Mason. However, Reuters calls her a largely symbolic figure compared to Prime Minister Mia Mottley.


Saakashvili spoke about Russians “buying up apartments in Batumi”

Former President of Georgia made a rousing speech in court

Former President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili appeared in public for the first time after his arrest. True, under very dramatic circumstances: in the Tbilisi City Court, where on November 29 another hearing was held on the case of dispersing the opposition rally and the seizure of Imedi TV in 2007.

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Despite a 50-day hunger strike and a serious brain disease found by a council of doctors, the politician did not look exhausted. He immediately denied the charges and stated that he did not recognize Georgian justice.

Saakashvili was brought from a military hospital where he is being rehabilitated after a hunger strike. Earlier, the Ministry of Justice refused to transport the politician to court, fearing that his supporters would arrange street riots. The fears were not unfounded: hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the court on Monday, chanting “Misha! Misha! ” Supporters of the ex-president blocked the avenue adjacent to the courthouse, resulting in a huge traffic jam. The police officers had to use pepper spray against them. During the clashes between law enforcement officers and Saakashvili's supporters, the former mayor of Tbilisi, Gigi Ugulava, was even detained at the Tbilisi City Court.

The process began with the fact that the judges offered the ex-starving man to drink water. Saakashvili thanked him, but immediately took the initiative into his own hands. “I do not admit the accusation of the prosecutor’s office and the Georgian justice. I’m not here to be part of a comedy already written in advance, ”he said. Saakashvili further said that he cannot be a criminal, since he is the “founder of the Georgian state”. Shevardnadze and Gamsakhurdia quietly turned over in their coffins at these words.

The ex-president boldly outlined the main threat: these are the Russians who are massively buying up apartments in Batumi. Before his arrest, he managed to secretly visit Batumi and saw how “many Russians walk there.” “Provincials, rootless Russians buy 70% of the apartments that are being built in Batumi.” With these words, the ex-president unconstrainedly brought down the business of hundreds of Georgian entrepreneurs – builders, owners of hotels, cafes and restaurants who work in Batumi. All their efforts to advertise in the Russian Federation the Adjarian “tourist paradise” and unsuitable for life birdhouse apartments in the areas of mass development instantly went to waste.

And towards the end, Saakashvili said that he was twice offered the post of Prime Minister of Ukraine , and the Ukrainians want him to be the head of their government. In Ukraine, he has a good apartment and a salary, but he gave up everything and came to save Georgia.

Usually it happens like this: an event occurs, and then experts comment on it. Political scientists, scientists, and even doctors. If there is a medical case. In this case, the sequence of events was different. The best commentary on today's speech by Saakashvili was given the day before by doctors. Let us remind you that the council of doctors discovered a serious mental disorder in the politician – post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This disease is also called the “disease of veterans”, as it usually occurs in the military – participants in hostilities, as well as in civilians who find themselves in the battlefield, and victims of rape. Moreover, the “threshold” after which irreversible changes in the psyche begin, is quite high. The author of this text spent several days in Tskhinval under shelling in August 2008, but I have no PTSD. And for some reason, Saakashvili has, although he has never been to the war. It seems that he cannot be called a victim of rape either. The diagnosis that he was diagnosed earlier looks even funnier: Wernicke's encephalopathy. In 90% of cases, alcoholics suffer from this disease, and binge drinkers who have been drinking for many years. At the same time, patients develop psychoses, hallucinations, they do not remember anything, it is impossible to communicate with them. It is unlikely that this is the case of Saakashvili, although he undoubtedly has a diagnosis.

Most likely, Saakashvili suffers from psychopathy – this is “a syndrome that manifests itself in the form of a combination of such traits as heartlessness towards others, reduced ability to empathy, inability to sincerely repent of harming other people, deceit, self-centeredness and superficiality of emotional reactions. ”


Peskov believes that the work of the Krug Krug Foundation is efficient and well-functioning

Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov called the effective and well-functioning work of the Circle of Kindness fund, created at the initiative of the head of state, writes RIA Novosti.

In addition, he stressed the importance of the organization for thousands of children in need of help.

“This is an effective solution, and, indeed, the very scheme of financing the fund and the creation of & ndash; it was the initiative of the president, & ndash; the agency quotes the words of Peskov. & ndash; This fund is extremely important for thousands of sick children. Indeed, the work was difficult to debug, but now it has already been debugged, and there is a direct provision of assistance to those children who need it. This is an absolutely demanded, necessary fund, which is already working to its fullest. ''

Earlier it was reported that to implement the tasks of the Circle of Kindness fund sent almost 38 billion rubles. There are now about 1,750 children in the care of the foundation.

It also became known that the Circle of Kindness can expand the list of orphan diseases. Now there are 267 positions in the list of such diseases.


Circular economy. Experts discussed the digital environment in MSW

On Thursday, November 25, at the site of the scientific laboratory “ Digital technologies of tariff regulation '' and NMC 'Higher School of Tariff Regulation' At the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, with the support of the Center for the Development of Competition of the Moscow Research Institute of Polytechnics, the International Scientific and Practical Conference “ State and Prospects for the Development of the Digital Environment in the Field of Solid Municipal Waste Management. Circular economy. ''

The conference discussed a number of problems related to the prospects for the development of the digital environment in the field of solid municipal waste (MSW) management, as well as the implementation of the task related to the creation of a circular economy. The event was international in nature, the conference was attended by representatives of Switzerland, Sweden, Kazakhstan, as well as leading specialists of specialized organizations and experts in the field of digitalization and the circular economy (ECE) of various regions of Russia.

d. t. n., professor, director of the NMC “ Higher School of Tariff Regulation '' PRUE them. G.V. Plekhanova Sergey Belyaev and Executive Director of the Association for the Promotion of the Circular Economy “ Resource '' Albina Dudareva . The conference was moderated by Deputy Director of the NMC Higher School of Tariff Regulation PRUE them. G.V. Plekhanov, Ph.D. Sci., Associate Professor Ivan Kapitonov and Head of the Scientific Laboratory “ Digital Technologies of Tariff Regulation '' PRUE them. G.V. Plekhanova, Ph.D. n. Vladimir Podoprigora .

Prospects for the formation of a circular economy

More than 20 participants made reports, who in their speeches discussed the state and problems of the development of the digital environment in the field of solid municipal waste management, as well as the prospects for the formation and development of a circular economy.

Vladislav Zhukov, member of the Council for Agro-Industrial Complex and Environmental Management of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation , in his speech touched upon the collection, processing and structuring of information from market participants and noted the importance of forming an industry data standard.

Alexander Zakondyrin, Chairman of the Public Council under the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation , opened the topic of safe handling of 1-2 class waste and the functioning of the FSIS OPVK system from the point of view of the principles of openness and transparency. General Director of the Russian production company Big Three Artem Sedov noted the new technical means of control during the transportation of waste, highlighting the Digital Ecology project. Leonid Isakov, Director of the Information Department of the public law company Russian Ecological Operator , reported on the state of digitalization in the field of solid municipal waste management.

Sodnom Budatarov, Ph.D. D., Associate Professor of the Department of Legal Support of the State and Municipal Service of the RANEPA , revealed the topic of introducing a new concept of extended producer responsibility in Russia and spoke in detail about foreign experience in this area. Konstantin Parmenenkov, Ph.D. D., Leading Researcher of the Center for Tariff Regulation in the Sphere of MSW Management , made a presentation on the creation of an exchange for secondary resources. In his speech, he drew attention to the creation and development of an exchange mechanism for handling MSW, which allows to establish market mechanisms and bring the market of secondary raw materials out of the shadow circulation, which will have a positive effect on the development of the principles of EZC and “ green '' economics. & nbsp;

Vladimir Podoprigora in his closing speech summed up the results of the event, noting the extreme relevance, information richness, high qualifications and level of competence of speakers, as well as a fruitful and positive working atmosphere.


Earthquake in Peru

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 occurred on November 28 in northern Peru. The epicenter was located 45 kilometers northwest of the city of Barranca (population about 5 thousand people). Blockages blocked several highways in the Amazon and Cajamarca regions of Peru, and tremors were felt nearly 800 kilometers from the capital, Lima. In the village of Halka Grande, 11 houses were completely destroyed, another 99 buildings were damaged. At least 12 people were injured.

A man near houses damaged by the earthquake in Halka Grande © Reuters

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo went to the earthquake-affected areas of the country © Reuters

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo visiting the city of Jalca Grande © Reuters

Consequences of the Halka Grande earthquake © Reuters

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo (center) visiting the city of Jalca Grande © Reuters

A woman sits near a house damaged by an earthquake in Halka Grande © Reuters

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo (left) visiting the city of Jalca Grande © Reuters

A man near houses affected by the earthquake in Halka Grande © Reuters

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo went to the earthquake-affected areas of the country © Reuters

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo visiting the city of Jalca Grande © Reuters

Consequences of the Halka Grande earthquake © Reuters

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo (center) during a visit to the city of Jalca Grande © Reuters

A woman sits near a house damaged by an earthquake in Halka Grande © Reuters

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo (left) visiting the city of Jalca Grande © Reuters


The Ministry of Digital Development is developing the service “Verified Portfolio of the Applicant”

The Ministry of Digital Science plans to launch a service by 2023 that will allow applicants to refuse to confirm their achievements in paper form when entering universities, TASS reports.

As explained by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry Dmitry Afanasyev, We are talking about the service “ Verified portfolio of the applicant. ''

According to him, this year the function will be partially implemented and tested.

Recall that this year it became available for Moscow schoolchildren a service where their learning outcomes and other achievements are stored. The data is divided into four categories: Study, Science, Sports and 'Creativity'.


Take it higher. New US fighter will be able to destroy satellites in space

F/A-XX fighter of the sixth generation of the United States can destroy satellites in space. So far, only the concept of a fighter has been demonstrated, and experts believe that such an aircraft can be created in the near future. figured out what and why this time the not yet created plane threatens its enemies. & Nbsp;

In the video, which presents the capabilities of the new aircraft, the drawn fighter is moving above the clouds. Let's take a closer look at it. In shape, it resembles a regular triangle – that is, with equal sides. Two corners are wings, one corner is nose. The fighter does not have a tail as such – this is such a short machine. There are two small additional wings – roughly like a shark's mini-fins. The supposed place where the pilot is located is highlighted by transparent convex glass.

& nbsp; Now the words about suborbital flights are reality. The main problem is the high cost of such projects, but this has never scared the military. If the apparatus does not need to be lowered to Earth, it is even easier to make it. Perhaps the fighter will release drones that can destroy satellites – this is more economical and reasonable.

& nbsp; In September, the head of the US Air Force Combat Air Command, General Mark Kelly, in an interview with Defense News, spoke about the secret program for the creation of sixth generation fighters called Next Generation Air Dominance. It was reported that a full-scale NGAD demonstrator made its maiden flight, with & nbsp; and this allegedly “progressed significantly further than many aerospace analysts predicted.”

& nbsp; Previously new concept fighter appeared on Twitter of one of the project participants. He in turn took it from some brochure. & Nbsp;

The US military has two separate next-generation air supremacy programs with a $ 1 billion investment: one for the Navy to replace F/A-18 Super Hornet, and another for the Air Force to decommission the F-22.

& nbsp; According to the video statement, the fighter will destroy satellites because Russia and China are making their sixth generation fighters and these programs have become “ more obvious. '' Let's recall them. & Nbsp;

In China, developers from the Aviation Industry Corporation of China presented a sixth generation fighter. It is already under development and will probably be built in the near future. So far, only a prototype of the aircraft exists. The Chinese do not disclose any characteristics, they only give the conclusion that it belongs to the sixth generation. & Nbsp; In aircraft engine building, China is clearly lagging behind world leaders, which casts some doubt on the veracity of the information presented. & Nbsp;

& nbsp; As for Russia, in June 2016, the head of the Directorate of Military Aviation Programs of the UAC, Vladimir Mikhailov, announced the development of a promising sixth generation fighter. As Sergey Smirnov, a member of the board of the Military-Industrial Commission, said in the summer, artificial intelligence technologies will be widely used in the Russian sixth generation fighter. However, we did not find images of the novelty. According to Smirnov, the development cycle of next-generation aircraft takes many years: the creation of the aircraft itself takes five to seven years, and the engine & mdash; much more. By the way, it was reported that the sixth-generation US fighter stumped Russian experts.

& nbsp; Now the fifth generation fighter Checkmate is at the forefront of military PR – news and videos about it are regularly released.

& nbsp; In general, interest in the military side of space and tension in this area is growing literally every day. There are statements that Russia is testing its weapons in space, that the Americans have their own developments directed against foreign satellites. It seems that the battles of the countries will take place at a height.

& nbsp; By the way, as Dmitry Rogozin said in one of his interviews, in a war, each side will strive to destroy exactly satellites in order to deprive the enemy of navigation and communication. A smart decision is to seize mail and telegraphs, so to speak.

& nbsp; However, it is possible that the satellites will be destroyed by some kind of space debris. One fragment will cause the destruction of an object, and its fragments will begin to destroy others, leading to a man-made disaster. But the likelihood of such an outcome is extremely small, scientists reassure us. Although it grows with the increase in the number of satellites in orbit.

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What kind of bill on chemical castration of pedophiles will be submitted to the State Duma?

Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption Anatoly Vyborny intends to submit to the State Duma a revised bill on the chemical castration of pedophiles. The deputy told Izvestia about this.

What kind of bill?

Vyborny believes that pedophiles-repeat offenders must be forcibly treated. Earlier, he had already prepared a bill on the chemical castration of pedophiles, but he was criticized by part of the public, so the deputy never submitted the document to the State Duma. The parliamentarian intends to return to this problem, finalize the draft law and submit it to the State Duma in 2022.

“ Surgical and chemical castration should not be confused. The last & ndash; just a drug treatment that lowers sex drive. In the case of pedophiles, it should be compulsory and made by the decision of the judge '', & ndash; explained his proposal Vyborny.

Also, pedophiles should not have the right to parole, the deputy believes.

Why does Vyborny want to return to the bill again?

The reason for returning to the bill was the arrest of a recidivist pedophile in Moscow, which happened the other day.

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In the afternoon of November 21, 42-year-old Dmitry Grushnov, repeatedly convicted of sexual acts against minors, committed another crime. He attacked a schoolgirl in one of the houses on Kantemirovskaya Street in Moscow: he forcibly took her to the staircase and performed obscene acts in her presence. Physical contact and rape did not occur. The girl's mother wrote a statement to the police. The Criminal Investigation Department of the Department of Internal Affairs in the Southern District of Moscow identified the suspect and caught him literally in a day. & Nbsp;

“ He was not surprised to be detained, as if he expected it. We asked him: & ldquo; Do you know why? & Rdquo;. He said: & ldquo; I know. I'm sick & rdquo; & raquo ;, & mdash; told Izvestia the operational officer who took part in the detention of Grushnov.

The offender was arrested by the decision of the Nagatinsky Court of Moscow and placed in a pre-trial detention center. & nbsp;

In general, Grushnov spent about 20 years behind bars. He was convicted of both rape (under Part 3 of Art. 131 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), for harassment (Part 3 of Art. 132 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and for two episodes of robbery (Part 2 of Part 161 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

The first crime was committed by a pedophile at the age of twenty, in 1997. He attacked the girl and tried to rape her. Grushnov was sentenced to two years in prison.

Almost immediately after his release in 2002, a man robbed and raped a minor. In 2003 he was sentenced to 20 years of strict regime, but subsequently the term was reduced to 16 years 11 months. & Nbsp;

Grushnov left the colony in July 2019 and spent only a week at large. During this time, he twice attacked minors in the entrances: an eighth-grader and a fifth-grader. The abuse was not proven, he was charged with attempted robbery with the use of violence, not dangerous to health. Grushnov pleaded guilty to robbery, he was sentenced to 3.5 years in a strict regime colony.

The offender was supposed to be released in August 2023, but in July 2021 he applied for a transfer to easier conditions of detention due to good behavior in the colony. The court granted the request. Grushnov was transferred to correctional center No. 2 at the general regime colony in Chekhov, near Moscow. There he had to work for another year and nine months, the convict was entitled to a day off. & Nbsp;

What other initiatives to toughen the punishment of pedophiles will the State Duma consider?

In the near future, the State Duma should consider creating a unified register of pedophiles and protection orders, Vyborny said. We are talking about electronic “ bugs '' that will be able to inform the police if a criminal approaches a school or kindergarten.

A bill has also been introduced to the State Duma that toughens punishment against sexual inviolability, Izvestia said. Anna Kuznetsova, former Commissioner for Children's Rights in the Russian Federation, now Deputy Chairman of the State Duma . In addition, the document expands the list of persons for crimes against whom liability is stipulated, including life sentence.



What is the new military spacecraft launched into orbit?

Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle launched the Fregat upper stage into Earth's orbit with a military apparatus. The exact purpose of the launched device is kept secret. But, according to a number of Russian and foreign sources, we are talking about a satellite of the Kupol space system, also known as Tundra. It will be part of the Dome of the Unified Space System. figured out what, how and why the military was sent into space.

What is the CEN “ Dome ''?

The CEN has been created by the Russian Ministry of Defense since the mid-2000s as a replacement for the satellite the Oko-1 ballistic missile launch detection system, which ceased functioning in 2014. & nbsp;

The system includes the Tundra satellites: the first two & mdash; Cosmos-2510 & mdash; were launched in 2015, Cosmos-2518 & mdash; in 2017 and Cosmos-2541 in 2019. By 2022, the Dome should consist of nine satellites.

The EKS consists of four types of satellites: optical-electronic, radio-technical and radar reconnaissance, a marine reconnaissance and target designation system, missile attack warning devices and communication satellites. These satellites will be able to detect enemy ships anywhere in the oceans and point them with Caliber and Dagger missiles. and “ Zircon. ''

According to representatives of the RF Armed Forces, the creation of the EKS will significantly reduce the detection time for ballistic missile launches, as well as significantly increase the reliability and efficiency of delivering information about missile threats to the country's leadership, to state control centers and armed forces. & nbsp;

What is Tundra?

Devices 'Tundra' (Kosmos-2552) should replace the satellites of the OKO-1 system, which was only able to detect the torch of a launching ballistic missile. The determination of the trajectory fell on the ground services, which significantly increased the time required to collect information. Tundra system itself determines the parameters of the ballistic trajectory of the missile and the probable area of ​​destruction. Also, 'Tundra' will record launches and trajectories of not only ballistic, but also, for example, missiles launched from submarines. These are the so-called fifth-generation vehicles. & Nbsp;

The satellite also has a combat control system, that is, through it, you can give a signal to retaliate. Experts believe that after the launch of this satellite, the Russian military group in space will be provided with almost one hundred percent coverage of the Earth's territory. & Nbsp;

What is the Soyuz 2.1b launch vehicle?

Soyuz launch vehicle & mdash; it is a multi-functional medium-duty launch vehicle that was introduced back in 1966 and has been a workhorse ever since. Soviet/Russian space program. It is capable of launching civilian and military satellites, as well as carrying out cargo and manned missions to the ISS. & Nbsp;

Several variants of the Soyuz launch vehicle have been developed over the decades. “ Union 2.1b '' & mdash; one of its latest upgrades belonging to the Soyuz-2 family of missiles. Two days ago, it launched into orbit a new nodal module, the Berth, which will add to the ISS.

The rocket consists of three stages, all of them are disposable. Dimensions & laquo; Union 2.1b & raquo; are about 46.3 meters high and 2.95 meters in diameter. The total take-off weight is approximately 312 thousand kg. The payload of a rocket into low-earth orbit ranges from 6600 to 7400 kg, depending on the launch site.

Note that the brightest moment of the launch of the Soyuz-2 rocket is the separation of the blocks of the first stage. This happens approximately 2 minutes after launch. The side blocks form a pattern in the sky known as the Royal Cross. (named after Sergei Korolev, a very important figure in the space program and the history of the USSR). The first stage of the Soyuz 2.1b launch vehicle consists of four accelerators with RD-107A engines. Each side booster has two deflectable thrusters that are used for flight control.

The central main stage is driven by one RD-108A engine, and the upper stage is equipped with one RD-0124 engine. 0124 at this stage is that it starts its engine before the stages are separated. This process is called 'hot separation'.

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The state prosecutor requests four years in prison for ex-schema-abbot Sergius

The prosecutor asked the Izmailovsky court in Moscow to sentence former schema-abbot Sergius (Nikolai Romanov) to four years in a general regime colony, RIA Novosti reports.

The former confessor of the Sredneuralsky nunnery was defrocked in the summer of 2020 years for violation of the priestly oath. In September of the same year he was excommunicated, and at the end of December he was arrested.

Sergius was charged under the articles “ Inclination to suicide '', “ Violation of the right to freedom of conscience and religion '' and 'Arbitrariness'. Consideration of the case on the merits began in August.

Earlier it became known that Vsevolod Moguchev, an assistant to the former schema-abbot Sergius, was detained in a criminal case of extremism.


Yakut Scientists: Breakthrough Results of the Year of Science and Technology

The northern republic has collected a unique expertise in the study of permafrost and cold. In addition, in recent years, research in the field of biotechnology and medicine has been actively developed. Achievements aimed at improving the quality and safety of human life in the North and the Arctic are especially valuable.

Photo: & nbsp; provided by the Administration of the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Betting on health

Biotechnologies and medical developments are carried out by specialists from the Yakutsk Scientific Center for Complex Medical Problems, the North-Eastern Federal University, the local Academy of Sciences, the Yakutsk Scientific Center of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the V.I. PI Melnikov, Institute of Biological Problems of Cryolithozone. Resident companies of the Yakutia Technopark are also working in this direction. Everything you need has been created here for this, including a biotechnology laboratory.

Photo: provided by the Administration of the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) ..

Thus, Yakut scientists are constantly working on new research for public health, in the field of biotechnology, ecology, new materials, etc. For example, specialists from the North-Eastern Federal University have developed a prototype of an artificial liver. It will save lives for those who suffer from liver failure.

Photo: provided by the Administration of the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

An important discovery in recent years has been a new way of producing luteal paste using cold. Its importance is that with a lack of this substance, a person develops vision problems, with the worst case & mdash; its complete loss. This development is especially relevant for the inhabitants of the North, where there is a lack of many vitamins and antioxidants.

NEFU also made significant progress in the field of genetics. This year, the university's specialists were awarded for the development of a new method of genetic diagnostics. Award to the best doctors of Russia “ Vocation '' received by scientists of the Research Laboratory of Molecular Medicine and Human Genetics. “ We have received an award for the discovery of two new hereditary diseases in the world & mdash; Soph syndrome and mucopolysaccharidosis-plus & mdash; and for the development, implementation of new methods of DNA diagnostics '', & mdash; noted the head of the laboratory Nadezhda Maksimova. & nbsp;

Photo: provided by the Administration of the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Highest mark

The developments of local specialists during a working visit to the republic were also appreciated by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Presidential Plenipotentiary in the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev . They also received recognition from the Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic Alexey Chekunkov . The projects of scientists from Yakutia were called a good example in the field of advanced technologies for replication in other regions of Russia. At the same time, first of all, attention is directed to the Far East and the Arctic. & Nbsp;

So, in the educational and technological laboratory “ Graphene nanotechnologies '' Institute of Physics and Technology, the minister was presented with electrically conductive textiles with graphene & mdash; touch ultra-thin film based on it. “ Graphene is considered by many to be the material of the future for the creation of various technologies. & nbsp; The fact that motivated young people in Yakutsk are engaged in this with rather modest budgets, but with very high quality, and even use Russian equipment, achieving a multiple of higher financial efficiency, I think it is good an example for the entire Far East and the Arctic '', & mdash; said Chekunkov. At the same time, the minister noted that it is planned to use this experience by all means. And there are many such examples. & Nbsp;

Photo: provided by the Administration of the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Biotech Cluster

It is planned to create a special biotechnological cluster in Yakutia. Its main task is & mdash; stimulate the development of business in this industry in the republic. The cluster can be launched as part of an innovative science and technology center. & Nbsp;

The creation of such a center will allow Yakutia to conduct research and develop new products in such promising areas as regenerative medicine and cell technologies, bioinformatics, technologies in agriculture, etc. The biotechnological cluster has great potential. In addition to scientific developments, it is very good that now IT-technologies are actively involved in this process '', & mdash; noted the head of Yakutia Aisen Nikolaev. & nbsp;

Photo: provided by the Administration of the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Center “ North ''

According to experts, the interregional research and educational center “ North: Territory of Sustainable Development '' plays a key role in advanced research and development in Yakutia. It has already received the status of a world-class center. This center brings together the leading scientific and educational organizations of the Far Eastern Federal District. Among its main tasks & mdash; search for innovative solutions in the areas of new energy, sustainable development of a high-tech economy, behavior of living organisms in the North, global climate change.

REC “ North '' created at the end of 2019. In addition to Yakutia, it includes Chukotka, Kamchatka Territory, Magadan and Sakhalin Regions. Interregionality allows to combine scientific potential, experience and resources to solve common problems, including climate and technological. According to the head of Yakutia, Aisen Nikolaev, the work of REC “ North '' is based on there should be concrete results that will improve the quality of life of people living and working in Yakutia and other regions participating in the project. & nbsp; & nbsp;

As noted by the aide to the President Andrey Fursenko REC development provides for a qualitative expansion of the scientific and technological space of the entire country. And the regions in which such centers appear should be the engines of economic growth. & Nbsp;

Photo: provided by the Administration of the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Genomic Medicine

REC “ North '' answers a number of global calls. Among them & mdash; demographic problems in the Arctic and Subarctic, problems of sustainability of vulnerable northern ecosystems, climate change and degradation of permafrost, socio-economic infrastructure problems. On the basis of one of the center's clusters, namely the cluster of biotechnology, medicine and health care in the Arctic, a program of research on cell technologies and precision methods of genomic medicine is underway to preserve human health in the North.

The study of mammoth fauna, in particular, within the framework of the REC, they plan to create the World Mammoth Center. Yakut scientists, together with foreign colleagues, are trying to clone a mammoth based on the remains of an ancient animal.

The World Mammoth Center will be responsible for the full range of scientific and educational tasks in the field of mammoth fauna. On its basis, they plan to expand work on finding finds, preserving them in their original form. Previously, this center was included by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation in the Strategy for the Development of the Arctic Zone of Russia and Ensuring National Security for the Period until 2035. It will include a scientific and laboratory complex, a cryostorage of mammoth fauna, a museum and exhibition complex and a research site called the Ice Age Park. The natural and climatic conditions of the region make it possible to discover unique finds of mammoth fauna with high preservation of soft tissues. This is of interest for science. & Nbsp;

Now, in one of the NEFU laboratories, technologies for obtaining embryos by transferring the nuclei of somatic cells for cloning animals will be introduced. This is a joint project with the Abu Dhabi Development Fund (UAE) to revive ancient species, including mammoths. & Nbsp;

In addition, a forum dedicated to the topic of mammoths is planned. The international event will take place in Yakutia next year. Within the framework of scientific and popular scientific events of the forum, it is planned to discuss modern technologies and methods of paleontological research, world experience in the activities of paleontological museums, legal norms in the field of collection, extraction and export of mammoth fauna. & Nbsp;


Opening of skating rinks in Moscow

The largest skating rink in Moscow opened on November 26 at VDNKh. The area of ​​artificial ice cover exceeds 20 thousand square meters, and its total area with infrastructure & mdash; 53 thousand square meters. In honor of the opening of the skating rink at VDNKh, the guests were shown the Nutcracker ice show.

On November 28, the grand opening of the GUM skating rink took place on Red Square. The guests were shown a fragment of the ice show of the Olympic champion Tatyana Navka “ Swan Lake '' featuring famous figure skaters Pyotr Chernyshev and Margarita Drobyazko.

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Artists perform during the fabulous performance on ice “The Nutcracker” at the opening of the ice rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

Opening of the ice rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

Artists perform during the fabulous performance on ice “The Nutcracker” at the opening of the ice rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

People go ice skating during the opening of the ice rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

The artist performs during the fabulous performance on ice “The Nutcracker” at the opening of the rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

People go ice skating during the opening of the ice rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

People skate during the opening of the ice rink and the 2021/22 winter season at VDNKh ©

Artists perform during the fabulous performance on ice “The Nutcracker” at the opening of the ice rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

Artists perform during the fabulous performance on ice “The Nutcracker” at the opening of the skating rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

Opening of the ice rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

The artist performs during the fabulous performance on ice “The Nutcracker” at the opening of the rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

Opening of the GUM skating rink season in Moscow © Reuters

Figure skaters Pyotr Chernyshev and Tatyana Navka during the show “Swan Lake” at an event dedicated to the opening of the season of the GUM skating rink and the GUM fair on Red Square © RIA Novosti/Kirill Kallinikov

Figure skaters during the Swan Lake show at an event dedicated to the opening of the season of the GUM skating rink and the GUM fair on Red Square © RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov

Figure skater Margarita Drobyazko during the show “Swan Lake” at an event dedicated to the opening of the season of the GUM skating rink and the GUM fair on Red Square © RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov

Figure skater Tatyana Navka after the show “Swan Lake” at an event dedicated to the opening of the season of the GUM skating rink and the GUM fair on Red Square © RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov

Actress Julia Peresild at the opening of the GUM skating rink on Red Square © RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov

Guests at the opening of the GUM skating rink on Red Square © RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov

Singer Yulia Savicheva at the opening of the GUM skating rink on Red Square © RIA Novosti/Kirill Kallinikov

Guests at the opening of the GUM skating rink on Red Square © RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov

Artists perform during the fabulous performance on ice “The Nutcracker” at the opening of the ice rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

Opening of the ice rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

Artists perform during the fabulous performance on ice “The Nutcracker” at the opening of the ice rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

People skate during the opening of the ice rink and the 2021/22 winter season at VDNKh ©

The artist performs during the fabulous performance on ice “The Nutcracker” at the opening of the skating rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

People skate during the opening of the ice rink and the 2021/22 winter season at VDNKh ©

People skate during the opening of the ice rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

Artists perform during the fabulous performance on ice “The Nutcracker” at the opening of the ice rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

Artists perform during the fabulous performance on ice “The Nutcracker” at the opening of the ice rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

Opening of the ice rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

The artist performs during the fabulous performance on ice “The Nutcracker” at the opening of the skating rink and the winter season 2021/22 at VDNKh ©

Opening of the GUM skating rink season in Moscow © Reuters

© RIA Novosti/Kirill Kallinikov

Skaters during the show “Swan Lake” at an event dedicated to the opening of the season of the GUM skating rink and the GUM fair on Red Square © RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov

Figure skater Margarita Drobyazko during the show “Swan Lake” at an event dedicated to the opening of the season of the GUM skating rink and the GUM fair on Red Square © RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov

Figure skater Tatyana Navka after the show “Swan Lake” at an event dedicated to the opening of the season of the GUM skating rink and the GUM fair on Red Square © RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov

Actress Yulia Peresild at the opening of the GUM skating rink on Red Square © RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov

Guests at the opening of the GUM skating rink on Red Square © RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov

Singer Yulia Savicheva at the opening of the GUM skating rink on Red Square © RIA Novosti/Kirill Kallinikov

Guests at the opening of the GUM skating rink on Red Square © RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov


About a third of Russian schoolchildren would like to become game developers

29% of Russian schoolchildren would like to work in the field of game development, reports, citing data from a survey of 2,000 students from sixth to ninth grade. & nbsp;

< p dir = "ltr"> 38% of respondents named this area as promising for building a career. & nbsp;

In addition, 76% of schoolchildren would like to see lessons or additional lessons on game development. & nbsp;

Among the possible barriers to a career in the gaming industry, respondents named disapproval from parents (21%), as well as lack of information about where to study in order to work on the creation of games (17%). 6% of respondents believe that it will be difficult to get a specialized education in this area and find a job. & Nbsp;

Earlier it was reported that the TechMoscow team from the Moscow children's technopark; won silver at an international competition on artificial intelligence for children.

It also became known that the Ministry of Digital Science plans to launch a service that allows applicants to refuse to confirm their achievements in paper form when entering universities.


Gunzburg proposed to add a children’s vaccine against COVID-19 to the vaccination calendar

The coronavirus vaccine for children should be included in the national immunization schedule, said Alexander Gunzburg, director of the Gamaleya Center.

“ I think it is mandatory '', & ndash; he told reporters, his words are quoted by RIA Novosti.

He added that the center has already submitted documents to research a vaccine against coronavirus among children over six years old.

Recall that recently the Sputnik vaccine -M & raquo; received a registration certificate. & nbsp; It is intended for the immunization of children 12-17 years old. The drug has passed all the necessary clinical trials. Their results showed high safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

The head of the Ministry of Health Mikhail Murashko previously specified that Sputnik M; will be put into circulation in three weeks.