salute from the cable-stayed bridge, hovering above the water Assol and space suits

The brightest evening of the country’s graduates ended, which the guys were looking forward to this year. So, as always, the Scarlet Sails Festival 2020 became a beautiful chord of the All-Russian holiday. This year it was both traditional and completely unusual at the same time. We tell you what the Scarlet Sails 2020 surprised.

The main innovation of this year is the change of locationPhoto: Oleg GOLD

Well, firstly, the main innovation is the change of location. For several years in a row, a snow-white brig passes through the water area Not you along the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage and right under the Palace Bridge. This year, another, no less picturesque place was chosen, with very recognizable sights. Petersburg – stadium “Gazprom-Arena “, Lakhta-center and cable-stayed bridge ZSD.

Access to all locations was closed due to the difficult epidemic situation both in the city and throughout the country. Photo: Artem KILKIN

Access to all locations was closed due to the difficult epidemic situation both in the city and throughout the country.Photo: Artem KILKIN

The second innovation: live Petersburgers and visitors could not see all this beauty. And all because this year there are special requirements: because of the pandemic, access to the park is closed, it was also impossible to see from the water, since part of the Neva and the Gulf of Finland were blocked. GIMS boats and various services went around the water area and made sure that no one violated the ban. Law enforcement officers were also on duty on land: if they met people in a territory where there should not be anyone, they politely asked to leave the place and go home.

Everyone was politely asked to leave the coast Photo: Artyom KILKIN

Everyone was politely asked to leave the coast.Photo: Artem KILKIN

And at home, by the way, everyone would have considered it in the best possible way: there was a live broadcast of a concert and a pyrotechnic show on the Internet and on TV. By the way, on the screen you can see what on the shore would definitely not be accessible to the eye. And all because along the Neva and the Gulf of Finland there were several scenes at once and on each of them there was an action.

The main stage was next to the Gazprom Arena stadium, it was also very unusual – as if soaring in the air, and with it the stars acting on it. Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria Александрова.

The hosts of the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria Alexandrova Photo: Oleg GOLD

Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria AlexandrovaPhoto: Oleg GOLD

Timur Rodriguez, Vera performed their hits Brezhnev, RASA group, Dima Bilan and Surganova. And there were surprises in the form of a show of pirates and drummers, yes, it is worth noting separately what costumes the artists had – just space ones. Be sure to watch Bilan’s performance if you missed. And also a salute, well, the passage itself of a sailboat!

The cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was both a platform for light and a launch site for fireworks. Photo: Oleg ZOLOTO

The cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was both a platform for light and a launch site for fireworksPhoto: Oleg GOLD

By the way, the pyrotechnic show lasted almost half an hour, hundreds of volleys were launched into the sky, the first cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was used. It was both a platform for light, and for launching a salute.

But the highlight, of course, was the passage of a snow-white brig with Scarlet Sails along the Gulf of Finland Photo: Oleg ZOLOTO

But the highlight, of course, was the passage of a snow-white brig with Scarlet Sails along the Gulf of FinlandPhoto: Oleg GOLD

And at the end of the extravaganza, the romantic Assol soared above the water to meet her dream. By the way, this year the holiday was dedicated to the author of the fairy tale about Scarlet Sails Alexander Green – marks 140 years since his birthday.

If you missed the broadcast live, there is an opportunity to watch the best moments of the show.

Graduation Scarlet Sails in St. Petersburg ended with a grandiose salute.Alena CHICHIGINA


The government allowed the introduction of liability for carriers of sanctions :: Business :: RBC

Products of sanctions, reminds the party of the last meeting the Deputy Prime Minister, come to Russia in several ways: they repackage as the products are not embargoed countries, imported under cover (product or hide behind packs of other permitted or documents are drawn on legal products) finally, imported products of unknown origin without accompanying documents. If the owner banned products cannot be found, to prosecute its carrier, explained the meaning of the initiative the interlocutor of RBC.

The transport company is responsible for the safety of the cargo that it carries, but is not obliged to answer for its composition, if we are not talking about the violation of the Criminal code, such as transportation of weapons or drugs, said managing partner of consulting company “Infra Projects” Alexey Bezborodov. The decision about the baggage claim takes, as a rule, the recipient or customs broker without the participation of the carrier, said Executive Director of the National Association of experts in the field of transport and logistics (SAL) Olga Fedotkin. She recalled that the transport company is liable if it is proved the fact of forgery, or complicity in the trafficking claim. But if we are talking about a bona fide transport company whose task is to deliver the cargo with necessary documents, what is the malice of the carrier, which should be punished, unclear, perplexed Fedotkin. According to SAL, this initiative will not significantly reduce the supply of sanctioned goods, as unscrupulous parties will find alternative ways. A more effective solution to the Union believes the strengthening of border control on entry to Russia, which will identify and deploy a prohibited item.

The FCS estimated the number of killed in five years of sanctions products

In 2017, the CPS has already proposed to introduce penalties for transportation, possession and sale of banned products and even has developed the corresponding bill. But the document was not accepted and responsibility for their storage and transportation aren’t currently installed, explains partner of the company “Rustam Kurmaev and partners” Dmitry Gorbunov. In the Code about administrative offences there is only article 14.2, punishable by fines for the illegal sale of banned in Russia products or goods, the sale of which is restricted by law. De facto, the only punishment for importers — seizure and destruction of the sanctions if it is found during the import, said Gorbunov.

Why I remembered about the supply of sanctions

To think about how to block a flow of products of sanctions to Russia, Vice-Premier of Victoria Abramchenko instructed in the spring: their proposals to the Ministry of agriculture and Rosselkhoznadzor had to prepare till may 22. The reason was suspicion that the country under the guise of Belarusian can be imported mushrooms from Poland. Question is interested in, after the Federation Council asked the Director General of the agricultural firm “Vyborzhets” and asked to tighten control over the import of mushrooms of the Russian-Belarusian border from Belarus began to receive a lot of cheap mushrooms at a price below the cost of Russian production.

The Ministry of agriculture has proposed to strengthen control over the supply of sanctions products on the whole territory of the Eurasian economic Union (it includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan). For example, to include measures of additional control over the products and potential supply constraints if some of the countries there is a distrust of the system of control of another state, as well as to audit the current system, reported “Vedomosti”.


The U.S. house of representatives passed a bill on police reform :: Policy :: RBC

The house of representatives of Congress on the evening of June 25 passed a bill on police reform prepared by the Democrats. About it reports The Washington Post.

For the document, which is called “the Law of equitable police George Floyd” in honor of the deceased in the Minneapolis African-American, voted 236 congressmen. 181 members of the chamber voted against it.

The bill prohibits the police to use choke holds during the arrest. It also provides for the establishment of a database of unlawful actions of the police, restricts the issuance of warrants for a home invasion. In addition, the document toughens penalties for law enforcement officers, who used unwarranted violence to a suspect.

Trump has forbidden the police to use choke holds during the arrest

House speaker Democrat Nancy Pelosi said that the bill aimed at combating systemic racism and “will fundamentally change the culture of policing” that will ultimately save many lives. The publication notes that many of the points bill was developed a long time, but become relevant on the background of the protests caused by the death of Floyd.


NYT: the EU may temporarily prohibit the entry of the United States, Brazil and Russia

The European Union after the opening of the external borders considering the possibility of a temporary refusal of entry for residents of the USA, Brazil and Russia because of the unfavorable situation with the pandemic coronavirus, writes The New York Times, citing a draft document. Lists compiled on the basis of the data about the cases COVID-19 in the last 14 days per 100 thousand people. In the EU, according to the newspaper, this figure is an average of 16 cases in Russia — 80, US — 107, and in Brazil — 190.

According to the document, there are two lists of “potential countries”, which can allow entry to EU countries. One of them included 47 countries, where the rate of infection is lower than the EU average, in the second there are 54 countries where the score was worse, but not more than 20. In both lists there are, for example, China, Vietnam, Cuba, Uruguay, and Uganda.

Recall that the external borders of the European Union will gradually open from 1 July. Earlier it was reported that the EU decided to act in a coordinated manner, developing a common list of countries which will enter the state with a stable epidemiological situation. The list can include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro. At this statement the European Commission noted that even if a citizen came from relatively safe countries, but is “a danger to the health of the population,” the country may be closed. Similarly, if the epidemiological situation in a third country is deteriorating, it can be re-introduced restrictions.

Read more in the material “Kommersant” “the European Union is preparing a white list for tourists”.