Russia to develop ethical standards for the behavior of judges in social networks

Chairman of the Council of Judges of Russia Viktor Momotov noted that “this will allow us to avoid many controversial issues in the future”

In Russia, it is necessary to develop ethical standards of behavior in social networks for officials vested with judicial power. This was stated during a speech at the Council of Judges of Russia by its chairman Viktor Momotov.

“Judges are required to comply with the rules and restrictions set for them in connection with their special status, including in the digital public space. In connection with the emergence of difficulties and issues related to the maintenance of social networks by judges, I ask the commission of the Council of Judges on Ethics to develop recommendations, ethical standards of behavior in social networks, supplementing them with the Code of Judicial Ethics. This will allow us to avoid many controversial issues in the future,»,— said the head of the council.

At the same time, Momotov noted that the council does not seek to limit judges in this way. “We believe that such standards should help the judge in choosing this or that behavior without fear of being held accountable,” — he added.

On March 4, President Vladimir Putin signed a law criminalizing fakes about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces. For the distribution of such materials threatens a fine of up to 5 million rubles. or imprisonment for up to 15 years. Responsibility is also provided for discrediting the Armed Forces and calls for anti-Russian sanctions. Later, an addition to this law came out— about punishments for fakes about government agencies abroad.

On March 21, the Tverskoy Court of Moscow banned the activities of the American Meta Platforms * social networks Facebook and Instagram in Russia. The reason was a change in the company's policy regarding calls for violence and the permission to publish them in relation to the Russian military participating in a special operation in Ukraine, as well as the leaders of Russia and Belarus. Meta also owns the WhatsApp messenger, but its restrictions did not affect “due to the lack of functions for the public dissemination of information.”

* Meta Platforms is recognized in Russia as an extremist organization and banned.

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Medvedev called Italy’s peace plan for Ukraine “cheap scheming”

Dmitry Medvedev

The modern West has embraced the “itch of creation” peaceful plans to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, and the Italian proposals, in particular, do not correspond to the interests of Russia and are “cheap schemes”; and “nonsense”. This was stated by Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev in his Telegram.

“The West is seized with the itch to create “peace plans” that should lead to a settlement of the crisis in Ukraine. And it would be fine if it was about preparing options that would somehow take into account the realities. But— no, it's just a pure stream of consciousness of European graphomaniacs, — he wrote.

The politician cited Italy's recent proposals to resolve the crisis as an example and stressed that the Italian plan does not provide for the main interests of Russia. In particular, to the proposal for a neutral status for Ukraine and the country's entry into the EU, Medvedev replied that “all this is a lie.” He called the proposal for the autonomy of Donbass as part of Ukraine “obvious nonsense”; and “cheap projecting”, and the proposal for the autonomy of the Crimea, the deputy chairman of the Security Council considered an insult to Russia.

“There is no point in analyzing further. All this is just an attempt to help Kyiv save at least some face… However, Ukraine itself does not want to negotiate at all. They have long preferred to forget about the Russian draft peace treaty. It was as if he didn't exist at all. Reckoning only on the flow of weapons and money from Western countries, — concluded Medvedev.

In turn, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin has not yet seen Italy's proposals for a settlement in Ukraine and they hope that they will be brought through diplomatic channels in the near future.

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Peskov explained Putin’s proposed candidacy for the head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations

President Vladimir Putin personally knows Alexander Kurenkov, who he proposed for the post of Minister for Emergency Situations, well, press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov said, TASS reports.

“Putin personally knows Kurenkov well. And the choice means that, in the opinion of the head of state, Kurenkov's personal, service, and professional qualities will make it possible to perform these functions in the best possible way, — he explained.

According to Peskov, Putin introduced a candidate for the post of head of the department “as soon as he considered it appropriate.” Answering the question whether the president could present Kurenkov in the Federation Council in person or via video link, the Kremlin spokesman noted that there are no exact plans yet.

Putin submitted Kurenkov's candidacy to the Federation Council the day before. A RBC source close to the Ministry of Emergency Situations said that he was an employee of the Federal Security Service (FSO), and also worked as Putin's senior adjutant. The interlocutor also said that in December last year, Kurenkov graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff and received the rank of major general.

Deputy head of the State Duma Committee on Security Alexander Khinshtein said that Kurenkov had until now served as deputy director of the National Guard, oversaw the combat preparation.

On May 24, the relevant committees of the upper house will consider his candidacy.

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The Kremlin did not receive the Italian plan for a settlement in Ukraine

The Kremlin has not yet got acquainted with Italy's proposals for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine, but expects that they will be brought through diplomatic channels in the near future, said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian president.

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Von der Leyen accused Russia of using food as a weapon

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Moscow uses food as a weapon, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said at the World Economic Forum (WEF) ) in Davos. “Russia uses hunger and grain to gain influence,” — she said (excerpts from the speech were posted on her Twitter).

“The Antidote to Blackmail” von der Leyen called global cooperation in food supplies. According to the head of the EC, Europe is making efforts to get grain to world markets, increase its own production and provide food assistance to Africa.

Fears of a global food shortage began to sound after the start of the military operation in Ukraine: Moscow and Kyiv one of the largest grain suppliers in the world (16% and 10% of world wheat exports in the 2021/22 season, respectively). In addition, Ukraine— one of the leaders in the export of corn (14%).

Wheat prices have jumped to record levels since the outbreak of hostilities.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has accused Russia of aggravating the food crisis in Ukraine. About 20 million tons of grain remain unused on the territory of the country, he specified. The Russian Ministry of Defense has suspended the movement of foreign warships and other government ships in three areas of the Black Sea for six months.

On May 21, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio announced the danger of a “food war” in case of persisting problems with the supply of Ukrainian grain.

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The EU was talking about its readiness to help export grain from Ukraine.

The Russian authorities say that Western countries, which imposed sanctions against Moscow, are responsible for the crisis. According to Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya, Russia remains a responsible supplier of grain crops and can offer 25 million tons of grain for export through the port of Novorossiysk from August 1 until the end of the year.

The Wall Street Journal reported, that UN Secretary General António Guterres proposed easing restrictions on the export of Russian and Belarusian potash fertilizers in exchange for the passage of ships with grain from Ukrainian ports. The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that this issue is being discussed.

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The Party of Socialists of Moldova denied the detention of Dodon

Earlier, the media reported that the ex-president was detained for 72 hours in connection with the treason case. The Socialist Party explained that Dodon was not detained, but was present at the searches in his house and office

Searches in the house of Igor Dodon

Former President of Moldova (2016–2020) Igor Dodon was not detained, deputy chairman of the Moldovan party told Reuters Socialists Vlad Batryncha, whose honorary chairman is a politician. Dodon's office and home are being searched in his presence, the party representative said.

Earlier, Deschide.md, citing sources, reported that Dodon was detained for 72 hours as part of a criminal case initiated against him under several articles. According to the portal, together with the former head of state, his brother-in-law Petru Merineanu was detained, who allegedly tried to destroy the evidence.

Before that, the Prosecutor General's Office announced that Dodon's house was being searched. The ex-president is suspected under four articles of the Criminal Code of Moldova: 337 (treason), 1812 (financing of a political party by a criminal organization), 343 (passive corruption) and 330.2 (illegal enrichment).

A criminal case against the former president was opened on May 18 because of a video published by ex-deputy Iurie Renita in 2020. On it, the former head of the Democratic Party, businessman Vladimir Plahotniuc and his deputy Sergei Yaralov hand over to the president a package, which, according to Renita, contains a large sum. Dodon and Plahotniuc are discussing the creation of a coalition in parliament that would have a constitutional majority. According to TV-8, the head of state mentioned “notes” in the conversation, which he “constantly” wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

After the video was published, the prosecutor's office refused to open a case, failing to identify “elements of crime” in the released footage: the department explained that they could not establish the contents of the package. In May 2022, the Court of Appeal reversed this decision.

Dodon denied receiving money from Plahotniuc. He accused the law enforcement agencies of trying to get him to flee the country and divert attention from the problems of Moldova.

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Turkey called on Finland and Sweden to give guarantees before joining NATO

According to the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Ankara will host the delegations of Sweden and Finland, where they will demand written guarantees from them not to support “terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers' Party” and the lifting of defense sanctions

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Turkey needs to obtain written guarantees from Finland and Sweden not to support terrorists before agreeing to their entry into NATO. This was stated by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Hurriyet reports.

“Sweden and Finland must stop supporting terrorists, we want a written agreement on specific steps from them. Sweden and Finland sent delegations to us, and our President [Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan] accepted this proposal, — he said.

Cavusoglu stressed that the delegations will hold talks in Ankara, and the Turkish side will present demands on the “terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers' Party”; (PKK) and the lifting of defense sanctions. The Minister also did not rule out that after the trilateral meeting, a quadripartite meeting could be held with the participation of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

In mid-May, Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO. However, President Erdogan refused to support the decision of the countries, since they did not want to extradite the terrorists and imposed anti-Turkish sanctions.

According to the Turkish edition of Sabah, the republic suggested that Finland and Sweden avoid contact with PKK leaders, refuse to admit PKK members to the parliaments of both countries, speed up the procedure for their extradition to Turkey as a condition for supporting the application.

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A day later, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto expressed Helsinki's readiness to guarantee Ankara that links with the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the country would be more carefully monitored. At the same time, he stressed that the Finnish side cannot extradite members of the PKK or people associated with this organization to Turkey without justice.

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The State Duma denounced the agreement on pensions in the CIS

Russia will switch to bilateral agreements with these countries, they will help to avoid the loss of periods of experience. In addition, the denunciation will save up to 2.2 billion rubles. from the budget

The State Duma at the plenary session denounced the agreement on guarantees of the rights of citizens of the CIS countries in the field of pensions. The broadcast was conducted on the website of the lower house.

As Andrei Pudov, Deputy Minister of Labor, explained at the meeting, Russia will instead switch to bilateral agreements, most of which have already been concluded. This will make it possible to exclude the situation when people lose their seniority for whole periods since 2002, the deputy minister explained. “This is a bonus for people in terms of protecting their pension rights,” — Pudov said.

The draft law on the denunciation of the agreement was submitted to the State Duma in early April. Exit from the document is planned from January 1, 2023.

As indicated in the explanatory note, the agreement fulfilled the task of taking into account the interests of generations that have work experience in the USSR. At the same time, 30 years have passed since the date of its signing, and the countries— the parties to the agreement switched from the state pension system to its formation on the basis of paid insurance premiums. As a result, citizens cannot “fully exercise their pension rights.”

The explanatory note notes that due to the growth of migration to Russia, the costs of implementing the agreement are also growing, and those who do not have a minimum work experience in the USSR are also subject to its action. The denunciation of the agreement will save up to 2.2 billion rubles. from the budget of the Pension Fund of Russia (PFR) in the period from 2023 to 2025, follows from the document.

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Future pensioners will receive payments according to the new rules. Thus, according to agreements with the EAEU countries, from January 1, pension costs will be divided according to a proportional system: the experience acquired in different member countries will be summed up, each of the countries will pay only its part. An agreement on the same principles was signed with Tajikistan, negotiations are underway with Moldova and Uzbekistan.

The agreement on guarantees of pension rights was signed in 1992, its participants, except Russia, are nine countries (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan , Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine).

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In the Rostov region, a “recruiter to the Ukrainian national battalions” was detained

On the instructions of the SBU, the teenager recruited about 800 young people via the Internet into the Azov national battalion, a source told TASS. According to him, the task of the teenager was to find schoolchildren who were ready to carry out terrorist attacks in schools jpg” alt=”A “recruiter to the Ukrainian national battalions” was detained in the Rostov region” />

In the Rostov region, a “recruiter for the Ukrainian national battalions” was detained, who was instructed to prepare terrorist attacks in Russian schools, sources told TASS and RIA Novosti.

According to a TASS source, we are talking about a teenager who “was recruited by the Security Service of Ukraine.” The detainee said that, on instructions from the SBU, he recruited about 800 young people via the Internet into the Azov national battalion (its symbols are recognized as extremist and banned in Russia, and the battalion itself is going to be declared a terrorist organization), the agency’s interlocutor said. “According to him, the task was to find schoolchildren who were ready to carry out terrorist attacks in educational institutions,” — TASS source said.

The journalists of the regional TV channel Vesti spoke with the suspect. Don". According to him, the detainee— recruiter of the national battalions “Azov” and “Donbass” from Mariupol, who came to Russia under the guise of a refugee. According to the TV channel, terrorist attacks were prepared at the beginning of the year in schools in Tatarstan and, presumably, in Perm.

RBC sent a request to the Federal Security Service of the Rostov region.

In March, the FSB detained the administrator of the Internet community of the Columbine movement in Sochi. (recognized as terrorist and banned in Russia). The detainee was a Russian born in 2005. He stated that he received administrator rights from a Ukrainian citizen who called himself White Rose and with whom he corresponded on Telegram.

According to the FSB, the detainee is involved “in the propaganda of the ideology of massacres in educational institutions, as well as in the dissemination of deliberately false information about the preparation of terrorist acts in Russian schools.” During interrogation, the teenager admitted that since November last year he had been a moderator of a chat in which members of the movement communicated, ran a Telegram channel and wrote “deliberately false texts about undermining the Tambov school.”

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For participation in the activities of an organization recognized as terrorist in Russia, criminal liability is provided up to life imprisonment.

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Court arrests blogger Veronika Belotserkovskaya in absentia

A criminal case was opened against Belotserkovskaya under the article about fakes about the army. The Ministry of Internal Affairs put the blogger on the wanted list. According to the UK, she is not in Russia

The Basmanny Court of Moscow chose a measure of restraint in the form of detention for blogger Veronika Belotserkovskaya, accused of spreading fakes about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces, follows from the file of the court.

The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against Belotserkovskaya under paragraph "d" Part 2 Art. 207.3 of the Criminal Code (“Public distribution of fakes about the actions of the Russian military motivated by political hatred or enmity”) in March. She faces a fine of up to 5 million rubles. or up to 15 years in prison.

According to the investigation, in March, the blogger published several posts on her Instagram (the social network is owned by the company Meta, recognized as extremist and banned in Russia), in which “under the guise of reliable messages, deliberately contained false information about the use of the Russian Armed Forces to destroy cities and civilians Ukraine, including children”, as part of a special military operation.

According to the department, Belotserkovskaya is located abroad. On May 13, the Ministry of Internal Affairs put her on the wanted list.

Belotserkovskaya— blogger, author of cookbooks. She was born in Odessa.

An article about the spread of fakes about the actions of the Russian military appeared in the Criminal Code on March 4. After the start of the military operation in Ukraine, Roskomnadzor ordered the media to base their coverage of hostilities on data from official Russian sources.

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Criminal cases under the new article were opened against several public figures, including journalist Alexander Nevzorov (who was put on the wanted list on May 4) and oppositionist Vladimir Kara-Murza (arrested on April 22).

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Russian Tu-95MS and Chinese bombers patrol together

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Tu-95MS strategic bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces and Hun-6K bombers The Chinese Air Force conducted joint air patrols over the waters of the Sea of ​​Japan and the East China Sea, according to the Ministry of Defense.

“The event was held as part of the implementation of the provisions of the military cooperation plan for 2022 and is not directed against third countries,” — noted in the Russian military department.

The flight took about 13 hours, they were accompanied by Russian Su-30SM fighters.

At the stages of the route, the aircraft were escorted by F-2 fighters South Korean Air Force and Japanese Air Force F-15s. The Ministry of Defense stressed that the flights took place in accordance with the provisions of international law and the airspace of other countries was not violated.

Last year, joint patrols of Tu-95MS and Hun-6K the waters of the Japan and East China Seas took place in November. Then two planes from each side participated in it.

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The State Duma supported the bill on deregistration of mass media for fakes

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The State Duma supported in the first reading a bill allowing representatives of the Prosecutor General's Office to deregister publications and terminate the license for television and radio broadcasting in the event of the spread of fakes, including about the Russian military, and calls for sanctions. “For” 361 deputies voted, “against” no one voted, four abstained. During the discussion, the Communist Party faction spoke out against the initiative.

Deputy Sergei Boyarsky, who presented the bill, called the decision to develop it timely, even belated. According to him, measures against Russian media have long been used abroad, requiring retaliatory sanctions. At the same time, several parliamentarians from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation spoke with questions and criticized the initiative. So, the communist Nikolai Osadchy reminded that the media can spread a fake, not knowing that this information is unreliable. His faction colleague Aleksey Kurinny also allowed political pressure on the media and proposed to deregister them not by decision of the Prosecutor General, but in court.

The bill, introduced by a group of deputies headed by Vasily Piskarev, head of the State Duma Committee on Security, proposes introducing a new article 56.2 into law 2124-1 on the media. It also applies to Russian and foreign media working in Russia.

According to the document, the registration of mass media may be invalidated, based on the requirements of the Prosecutor General or his deputies. This can happen if a publication, radio or TV channel distributes, under the guise of reliable data, “inaccurate socially significant information”, threatening “the functioning or cessation of functioning of life support facilities, transport or social infrastructure, credit organizations, energy facilities, industry or communications, or entailing specified or other grave consequences».

Also, the Prosecutor General's Office will be able to cancel the registration of a media outlet if it disseminates, under the guise of reliable reports, false information about the use of Russian armed forces or the work of Russian government agencies abroad.

Cancellation of media registration will also be possible if the draft law is adopted, for disseminating information in an indecent form that “insults human dignity and public morality, obvious disrespect for society, the state, official state symbols of the Russian Federation, the Constitution of the Russian Federation or bodies exercising state power in the Russian Federation” ;.

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Sanctions can be applied, among other things, for calls to organize or participate in unauthorized actions, and for calls to impose political, economic or other sanctions against Russia, Russians, legal entities of the country.

Requirement for recognition of registration Invalid media is immediately sent to Roskomnadzor. Reprinting the above information, even if it is verbatim, is also punishable.

Appropriate restrictions are proposed to be introduced against Internet resources. If they post this information, the Prosecutor General or his deputies will be able to apply to Roskomnadzor with a request to restrict access to such sites. If the situation repeats, access to the resource may be permanently restricted.

The authors of the bill also specified that if the Russian media is banned abroad, the Prosecutor General’s Office will be able to ban the activities of foreign publications and channels, including on the Internet, as a response . All of the media decisions listed above, if the bill is passed, will be able to challenge it in court.

Earlier, commenting on the proposed bill, representatives of the Human Rights Council considered it to be contrary to the Constitution, which prohibits censorship. Such amendments are “inappropriate and harmful,” the HRC said. If the amendments are adopted, “absolutely any media can be blocked”, since it refers not only to official statements from the authorities, the HRC noted.

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FT learns that Orban invited the EU to postpone the discussion of the oil embargo

Discussing an embargo on Russian oil at the level of EU leaders would be counterproductive, the Hungarian Prime Minister said. According to Orban, the first step is to resolve the differences

Viktor Orban

Hungary will not support the EU's decision to impose an oil embargo against Russia until the EU provides the country with more detailed information about financial assistance to it, and proposes not to bring discussion of this measure to the summit of EU leaders until the resolution of these disputes, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a letter. to EU President Charles Michel, the Financial Times reported.

“Discussion of the sanctions package at the level of leaders in the absence of consensus would be counterproductive. This will only emphasize the existence of internal disagreements and will not give a real opportunity to resolve them. Therefore, I propose not to raise this issue at the next meeting of the European Council, — wrote the prime minister.

Since the end of February, the European Union has introduced five packages of sanctions against Russia and is preparing the sixth. One of the key restrictions should be an oil embargo. According to the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the EU intends to abandon the supply of Russian crude oil within six months, and imports of refined products— by the end of 2022.

So far, the EU has not been able to agree on a new sanctions package. At first, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic opposed the embargo, and subsequently the EC met them halfway and allowed Hungary and Slovakia to continue importing Russian oil until the end of 2024, and the Czech Republic— until June 2024. Since then, Bratislava and Prague have withdrawn their objections, but Budapest is still not ready to withdraw its veto.

For the Hungarian economy, an embargo on Russian oil would be like an “atomic bomb,” Orban said, and it would take years to rebuild the country's energy sector. In this regard, Hungary demands from the EU a five-year delay, as well as compensation for the costs of restructuring the fuel and energy industry, adapted to heavy Russian oil. According to the head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, Peter Szijjarto, its full modernization may require up to €18 billion.

Amid preparations for a possible embargo, the European Commission presented the REPowerEU plan, which contains proposals to abandon Russian energy resources by 2027, for the implementation of which €210 billion is envisaged. However, Orban considered this plan incapable of solving the problems of Hungary in the event of an embargo.

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The Kremlin warned that the imposition of a ban on the import of Russian oil by the EU would negatively affect the energy balance of the continent and lead to changes in the global oil market. Russia will compensate “drop-down orders” deliveries to the east, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov admitted.

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London says there are no plans to send ships to the Black Sea

The representative of the British Cabinet said that London will not send ships to the Black Sea Britain intends to work with partners to find ways to resume exports from Ukraine, in particular through the port of Odessa. The UN has previously called on Russia to lift the blockade of Ukrainian ports London said there are no plans to send ships to the Black Sea” />

At the moment, the UK has no plans to send warships to the Black Sea, a British government spokesman said, Reuters reports.

According to him, “the blockade of Odessa prevents those who need it from getting food.” The government spokesman noted that London will continue to work intensively with partners to find ways to restore exports from Ukraine.

In early May, Martin Frick, director of the UN World Food Program (WFP) office in Germany, said that 4.5 million tons of grain had accumulated in Ukrainian ports, they could not be taken out. Later, WFP Director David Beasley called for the blockade of Ukrainian ports to be lifted, as this would lead to famine and destabilization of countries. With this request, he turned to Russian President Vladimir Putin, noted Reuters. UN Secretary General António Guterres also said that Moscow should stop obstructing the export of food from Ukraine, and Russian food and fertilizer should be allowed to world markets without obstacles.

The Russian Foreign Ministry responded said that a combination of reasons led to the food crisis, primarily sanctions that interfere with normal free trade, so they should be removed.

At the end of March, the United States announced the withdrawal of all ships of its Navy from the Black Sea. The Pentagon said that this demonstrates its disinterest in the escalation of the conflict. The Turkish Ministry of Defense in April announced that it would not allow the introduction of warships into the Black Sea, in accordance with the Montreux Convention. Its 19th article states that during a conflict to which Ankara is not a party, warships of the warring parties cannot pass through the straits. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar noted that the Turkish side is trying diplomatically to warn the allies from entering the Black Sea, since such actions can be perceived as a provocation.

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Russia bans 154 members of the British House of Lords from entering the country

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Russia banned 154 members of the British House of Lords from entering the country in response to sanctions against “almost all” members of the Federation Council of Russia. This is stated in a statement on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“In response to the decision taken in March by the UK government to include almost the entire composition of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on the sanctions list, on the basis of reciprocity, personal restrictions are being introduced against 154 members of the House of Lords of the British Parliament,” — said in the message.

The sanctions list, in particular, included the chairman of the House of Lords, John McFall, as well as many members of the Conservative Party (led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson). According to the Foreign Ministry, these individuals “made a direct contribution to the development of London's anti-Russian sanctions measures aimed at creating conditions for the political isolation of Russia and the destruction of its economy, used their authority to whip up anti-Russian hysteria.” All of them are now banned from entering Russia.

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Western countries, including the EU, the US and the UK, have already introduced several packages of sanctions against Moscow. The UK, in particular, imposed sanctions on 345 Russians on May 15, including many members of the Federation Council, as well as Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov and others.

< p>In March, London continued to include Russian entrepreneurs, officials, politicians and companies in the sanctions lists. Among others, Roman Abramovich, the owner of the Millhouse investment company, Andrey Kostin, the president and chairman of the board of VTB, the head of Gazprom, were subject to restrictions. Alexey Miller, head of Rusal Oleg Deripaska, head of Rosneft Igor Sechin, President of Transneft Nikolai Tokarev and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rossiya Bank Dmitry Lebedev.

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The last time Britain updated the sanctions list on April 13, then it was replenished with another 206 Russian individuals and organizations. Under the restrictions, including the largest co-owner of AFK “Sistema” Vladimir Yevtushenkov, President of LUKOIL Vagit Alekperov, General Director of Surgutneftegaz Vladimir Bogdanov and others.

The Russian authorities called the sanctions of Western states illegal and promised to respond to them. In particular, many foreign politicians, businessmen and cultural figures have already fallen under Moscow's retaliatory restrictions. Russia has also converted zagaz payments into rubles and announced a number of other measures against unfriendly countries.

Medvedev has previously warned that sanctions against Russia could lead to logistical, energy, financial and food crises, new regional conflicts and the activation of terrorists. According to him, as a result, “new international alliances of countries based on pragmatic rather than ideological Anglo-Saxon criteria” may also appear.

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Basurin denied plans for the DPR forces to enter Avdiivka

The DPR military plans to completely block Avdiivka, which is now under the control of the Ukrainian military, and after that “talk” with them. The DPR forces do not intend to enter the city itself

The DPR forces do not plan to enter the city of Avdiivka, located 9 km from the northern outskirts of Donetsk, said the deputy head of the People's Militia of the DPR, Eduard Basurin, on the air of Channel One.< /p>

“I refute the claim [that DPR forces entered Avdiivka]. This is mainly done by Ukrainian representatives, frightening both the population of Ukraine and the whole world with the fact that we went to Avdiivka,— he said in response to a request to comment on the information that the DPR military entered the city.— No, we did not go to Avdiivka and do not plan to go to this settlement. After it is completely blocked, after that we will deal with Avdiivka.

Basurin recalled that the Avdiivka Coke Plant, one of the largest chemical production facilities in Europe, is located on its territory. According to him, the Ukrainian military is shelling Yasinovataya and Donetsk from this territory “in the hope that we will destroy their artillery crews with return fire and at the same time suffer from coke.”

“No, we are going the other way , we have the experience of Mariupol, the Luhansk residents have the experience of Rubizhne, Popasna, so we will bypass, close logistics, only after that we will talk to them, — concluded the deputy head of the People's Militia of the DPR.

Now the line of hostilities between the forces of the DPR and the forces controlled by Kyiv runs, among other things, to the north of Donetsk, between the city and Avdiivka. Donetsk, as well as nearby Yasinovataya, are under the control of the DPR military.

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Shvydkoy proposed not to send exhibits of Russian museums abroad

Works of art in the Russian museum fund should not be sent to foreign exhibitions, Interfax was told Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special Representative of the President for International Cultural Cooperation.

“I think that you just need to understand that for some time these things should be at home. Maybe this is the most important thing, that today, this is the common position with the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, that things stay at home for a while until the situation calms down. Because it seems to me that today it is better to host exhibitions than to send Russian works of art abroad, even, perhaps, to friendly and neutral countries, — the agency quotes him as saying.

It will be possible to return to the practice of participation in foreign exhibitions when the situation becomes “calmer”, he said.

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In the UK, a criminal case was opened against Russian billionaire Pyotr Aven: he spends more than he should

Sanctions were imposed on the businessman.

Russian media reported the opening of a criminal case in the UK against the head of the board of directors of Alfa-Bank, Petr Aven. Local authorities imposed sanctions on the businessman and found that he was able to circumvent them.

TASS reports on the initiation of a criminal case, citing a source from Aven’s entourage.

According to them, the criminal case was initiated on article “Violation of sanctions”.

According to the restrictions, Aven can spend no more than £ 2.5 thousand per month. But it has been established that he spends more and “lives beyond his means.”

By the way, earlier the media spread Aven's complaints that after the sanctions he did not know how to live on. He will not be able to hire a cleaner, a driver – and the businessman himself did not drive. Nor did he understand how his stepdaughter would drive.

“We don’t understand how to survive,” – Petr Aven complained earlier.

Then the Russian oligarch complained that his business was destroyed, and he had been building it for 30 years.

Now even partners are afraid of him personally They were also afraid of the authorities.

Aven was not going to leave Britain.

Recall that the EU imposed sanctions against Petr Aven, Mikhail Fridman and other Russian officials and bankers on February 28. On March 1, Aven and Fridman resigned from the board of directors of Alfa-Bank.

As Topnews wrote earlier, Pyotr Aven denies that he has a “special relationship” with Vladimir Putin, but admitted that the president warned him in advance about sanctions.

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Who will be banned from working in taxis and public transport?

Citizens with previous convictions will not be able to work in a taxi service and drive public transport. On May 24, the deputies adopted such a bill in the third, final reading. The amendments that are being made to the Labor Code of the Russian Federation, as well as several other laws, will come into force on March 1, 2023.

Previously, the Labor Code did not contain an article prohibiting Russians with an outstanding or unexpunged criminal record from working as drivers of passenger transport . Also in the legislation there were no restrictions on the admission to work of previously convicted drivers.

Who will not be allowed to work? 

Persons with an unexpunged or outstanding conviction for the following crimes will not be able to work as a taxi driver: 

  • murder;
  • intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm;
  • kidnapping;
  • robbery;
  • robbery;
  • crimes against sexual inviolability and sexual freedom of the person;
  • crimes against public safety;< /li>
  • crimes against the foundations of the constitutional order and the security of the state;
  • crimes against the peace and security of mankind.

Drivers who have committed such crimes will not be able to drive buses, trams, trolleybuses, or operate subway trains. The ban on transportation will also apply to individual entrepreneurs if they have an unexpunged or outstanding criminal record.

In addition, drivers suspected of committing these crimes, the employer, in the presence of relevant information from law enforcement agencies, will be obliged to suspend them from work for the entire period of criminal proceedings.

How will they check the presence of a criminal record?

According to the adopted law, the employee must provide the employer with a certificate of no criminal record before September 1, 2023. This rule applies not only to Russian drivers, but also to citizens of — members of the EAEU. They will have to provide a certificate of no criminal record in their home country with its translation into Russian. In the absence of a certificate, the employment contract with such drivers will be terminated. 

When is the conviction considered extinguished? 

According to Art. 86 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, for grave and especially grave crimes, a conviction is automatically extinguished after 8 and 10 years from the date of serving the sentence. A criminal record may become expunged after an amnesty or pardon. 

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Popova: recent cases of monkeypox are caused by the West African variant

All cases of monkeypox that have been identified since the beginning of May on different continents are caused by the West African variant of monkeypox, Anna Popova, head of Rospotrebnadzor, said on the radio station Komsomolskaya Pravda.

According to the representative of the department, this variant of smallpox is less pathogenic and causes a less severe course of the disease.

The head of Rospotrebnadzor added that there is no reason to panic in Russia. There are currently no cases of importation of monkeypox in the country. According to Popova, Russia has already strengthened sanitary and quarantine control, carried out information and methodological activities.

Earlier it was reported that WHO registered 131 cases of monkeypox infection among humans in 17 non-endemic countries. Most infections (40) were recorded in Spain. In second and third places in terms of the number of cases – Portugal (37) and the UK (20).

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Court in Moscow arrests blogger Veronika Belotserkovskaya in absentia

A court in Moscow has arrested blogger and journalist Veronika Belotserkovskaya in absentia, accused of spreading false information about the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

She was sentenced to a two-month detention as a preventive measure from the moment of detention or extradition to Russia, Interfax reports.

Belotserkovskaya is charged with two episodes of public dissemination of deliberately false information about the Russian army. The blogger faces up to 10 years in prison.

The ICR opened a criminal case against 52-year-old Belotserkovskaya on March 16. According to investigators, she posted several publications on social networks that discredit the Russian Armed Forces.

In mid-May, the Russian Interior Ministry put Veronika Belotserkovskaya on the wanted list. The blogger is a native of Odessa, now she lives outside of Russia.

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Rospotrebnadzor: more than 97% of cases of COVID-19 in the Russian Federation fall on “omicron”

More than 97% of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Russia accounts for the omicron strain. This was reported by the press service of Rospotrebnadzor.

According to the department, the strain “delta” found in 0.4% of the country's population. In just the past week, doctors diagnosed 32,772 cases of COVID-19, which is 2% higher than a week earlier.

The department reminded of the need to continue to comply with preventive measures. They added that this would reduce the likelihood of new outbreaks of the disease.

Earlier, Rospotrebnadzor said that the coronavirus is increasingly acquiring the features of a seasonal infection.

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Russia and China conduct joint air patrols in the Pacific region

Air groups of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Chinese Air Force conducted joint patrols in the Asia-Pacific region as part of the provisions on military cooperation between countries for 2022, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Russians took part in the maneuvers Tu-95MS missile carriers and Chinese Hun-6K bombers. They flew over the waters of the Sea of ​​Japan and the East China Sea. 

According to the agency, at some stages of the route, the missile carriers were accompanied by South Korean F-2 aircraft and Japanese F-15s.  

The Russian Defense Ministry stressed that the Russian and Chinese Air Forces acted “strictly in accordance with the provisions of international law, no violations of the airspace of foreign states were allowed.”

We will add, last week Beijing warned Washington against interfering in China's internal affairs, calling to refrain from playing  "the Taiwan card".  

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The work of howitzers “Msta-B” during a special operation in Ukraine

Artillery units of the RF Armed Forces carry out fire missions to destroy artillery batteries of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, destroy defensive structures, suppress command posts, destroy enemy fire weapons, weapons and military equipment.

According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, calculations of 152-mm howitzers “Msta-B” Western Military District (ZVO) launched an artillery strike on the fortified positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Range of fire from howitzers “Msta-B” — up to 30 kilometers. High-explosive shells are used to destroy fortifications, thus it is possible to inflict maximum damage on fortifications, including buried concrete fortifications of the enemy.

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The State Duma approved in the first reading a bill on strengthening the protection of personal data

Deputies of the State Duma adopted in the first reading a bill aimed at strengthening the protection of personal data of Russians, the press service of the lower house of parliament reports.

The proposed amendments should strengthen the protection of personal data (PD ) citizens, including passport data, information about real estate, air travel, as well as data that allows the identification of military personnel and law enforcement officers.

Personal data operators after the adoption of the law will be required to immediately report cyber attacks and data leaks. They will also be required to inform about the intention to transfer PD abroad. In some cases, the transfer will be limited.

“It also establishes a direct ban on refusing to provide services to citizens if they are not ready to provide their personal data (including biometrics), even if necessary. At the same time, a restriction is introduced on the processing of biometric personal data of minors, », — said in a press release from the State Duma.

In addition, the bill introduces new rules for providing personal data from the USRN. This will be possible only with the consent of the owner of the object.

Finally, the deputies propose to introduce the extraterritoriality of the application of Russian legislation on personal data.

Earlier, Roskomnadzor proposed to tighten liability for theft and trade in personal data.

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How will schoolchildren from the DPR and LPR take the USE in Russia?

Graduates who were forced to interrupt their studies in the LPR, DPR and Ukraine and were enrolled in schools in Russia will take the USE with the general flow in the main period. Head of Rosobrnadzor Anzor Muzaev stated this in an interview with the Vedomosti newspaper.

How will graduates who remain in the DPR and LPR take the exam?

According to Muzaev, in 2022, for the first time, five USE examination points will open on the territory of the LPR. The number of such points in the DPR will be increased from four to 14.

The authorities of the republics will assess the safety of the tests and “make decisions on the appropriateness of the exam according to the situation.” If the situation turns out to be unfavorable, “high school graduates may have to travel to Russia to take the exam,” Muzaev said. In this case, schoolchildren will be provided with all the conditions for passing the exam on the territory of the Russian Federation and ensure the safety of the trip.

The head of Rosobrnadzor recalled that graduates of Donbass schools came to take the exam in Russia even earlier — since 2014. Schoolchildren wrote the exam in the border regions of the Russian Federation: Rostov, Voronezh, Kursk and Belgorod regions.

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Glorious battles of the past. Computer games on the history of Russia

Russian history is again in the center of attention of the creators of computer games. Cyberia Limited received a grant to create a game in the genre of role-playing action “Trouble”, writes “Kommersant”. The basis for the plot of the game will be the novel by the Russian writer Mikhail Zagoskin “Yuri Miloslavsky, or the Russians in 1612”, published in 1829. The novel tells about Prince Miloslavsky (this is a fictional character), who participates in the events of the end of the Time of Troubles and in the fight against the Polish invaders. The game is scheduled for release in 2024.

“Trouble” — not the first computer game that shows the events of Russian history. We are talking about some projects that were once very popular among gamers.

«XIII Century: Rusich", 2007

Formally, this is an addition to the strategy «XIII Century. Glory or Death”, in which, by the way, it was possible to play for the faction of the Russians (Western, Central or Northern). To play in the actual “Rusich” the main game was not needed, and the main character was the Lithuanian prince Dovmont, who fled to Russia and ruled Pskov for more than thirty years. During this time, Dovmont performed many feats of arms (and the player is invited to repeat them), and after his death he was canonized as a saint and is considered the heavenly patron of Pskov.

«Cossacks: European Wars», 2000

A historical real-time strategy game dedicated to the wars of the XVII and XVIII centuries. The player has access to several campaigns — French about the events of the Thirty Years' War, English (about pirates in the Caribbean), and Ukrainian (developer — Ukrainian company GSC Game World), which dealt with the war of the Cossacks with Poland, and Russian — from the uprising of Stepan Razin to the battles of the Northern War. In the second part (“Cossacks II”, 2005), the player could command the armies of the Napoleonic Wars. About the events of the first “Cossacks” you can also learn from the game “Mount & Blade: With fire and sword (2011) — independent addition to the role-playing action «Mount & Blade".

"Tannenberg", 2019

A multiplayer online first-person shooter whose title refers to the Battle of Tannenberg in 1914. The plot of the game develops around the battles of the Eastern Front of the First World War, and the player can choose one of the sides of this conflict (including the side of the Russian army) and fight with authentic weapons of that time on maps based on real battles of that war.

«Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia», 2016

It's part of the larger Assassin's Creed franchise. (“Assassin's Creed”), in which the player becomes an assassin-assassin and receives tasks to kill various historical characters. There are many games in the franchise, their action takes place in different historical eras and in different countries. Trilogy “Chronicles” also tied to geography and history — in "Chinese" part the player finds himself in China XVI century, in the "Indian" — in India XIX  Well, in the “Russian” the player leads his character through the 1918 Russian Civil War engulfed — gets a valuable artifact from the palace captured by the Bolsheviks, saves the daughter of the last tsar Anastasia from execution, and at the same time fights the Templars.

«IL-2 Sturmovik», 2001

For obvious reasons, a huge number of — games are dedicated to the events of the Great Patriotic War, both by Russian developers and foreign ones, who, however, consider it as part of the Second World War. “IL-2” — this is a flight simulator, and the player is waiting for several campaigns covering the entire period of the war, from 1941 to 1945. You can also recall the game “Death to Spies”, dedicated to the activities of SMERSH, the games “Blitzkrieg” or “Behind enemy lines” and many others, covering, perhaps, all game genres.

«Kholat», 2015

Adventure horror from the Polish studio IMGN.pro —&nbsp ;this is a very free reconstruction of the events of the winter of 1959 in the Urals, when for some unknown reason a group of student skiers led by Igor Dyatlov died. The player does not participate in the “Dyatlovites” campaign, but can shed light on what happened to them.

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What does the phrase “nenka-Ukraine” mean?

Nenka-Ukraine — a phrase that Russians could hear in some pop songs. AiF.ru figured out the meaning of this phrase.

What is Nenko-Ukraine?

In translated from Ukrainian, Nenka — mother, mother. Thus, Nenko-Ukraine — this is Mother Ukraine or Mommy Ukraine.

In what popular songs are sung about Nenko-Ukraine?

The phrase "Nenka-Ukraine" can be heard in  the song «Ukraine — Nenko! Mother — Russia!», performed by Iosif Kobzon:

«Ukraine — Nenko! Mother — Russia!
He will hurt his own son.
everything is one in the heart:
Ukraine — Nenko! Mother — Russia!»

The song called “Ukraine-Nenka” was also in the repertoire of the Soviet group “Freestyle”. The composition is written in Ukrainian.

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Falkov: Russia will abandon the Bologna system of education and create its own

Head of the Ministry of Education and Science Valery Falkov said that Russia will soon abandon the Bologna system of education, creating its own unique system, reports TASS.

“The Bologna system should be treated as lived stage. The future belongs to our own unique education system, which should be based on the interests of the national economy and the maximum space of opportunities for each student, – he said.

Recall that Russia joined the Bologna system in 2003, after which it began work to bring domestic higher education in line with European standards. In particular, two new levels of education were introduced: bachelor's and master's degrees.

The European education system is often criticized in Russia. Recently, State Duma deputy Vitaly Milonov took the initiative to return to the country the traditional system of higher education, which involves five years of study.

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YouTube CEO says the company wants to stay in Russia

Video service YouTube has no plans to leave Russia because of a special operation in Ukraine, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said Tuesday, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“We see in this conflict that information really plays an important role. This is the reason why we are still working in Russia. We believe it is important to deliver independent news to Russia, – she said.

Despite these statements, YouTube has disabled and removed a number of accounts of Russian media and politicians in recent months. Including two warnings, the Russian Foreign Ministry account received.

Recall that at the end of April, Google, which owns the YouTube service, was fined 7 billion rubles for not removing prohibited content.

Earlier head Ministry of Digital Development Maksut Shadayev said that the closure of YouTube video hosting is not included in Russia's plans, as many domestic users will suffer from this.

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