The head of the EC compared the poisoning of Navalny with the case in Salisbury :: Politics :: RBC

Previously in the ruling bloc of the FRG CDU / CSU stated about the possibility of imposing sanctions against Russia, since the new data leaves no doubt about the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny with Novichok poison. The official representative of the parliamentary group on foreign policy Jurgen Hardt noted that Germany, together with other EU states, needs to formulate a position with respect to Russia, which does not exclude the introduction of limited measures, including against those persons involved in the incident with the politician.

In addition, in Germany resumed discussion of possible sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. For example, the German Union 90 / Greens party demanded that the German government stop the construction of the gas pipeline due to the poisoning of the Russian oppositionist.

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On the eve of the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell reportedthat the European Union is discussing the “assassination attempt” of Alexei Navalny. She recalled that in addition to the German laboratory, the politician’s poisoning with a substance from the Novichok group was confirmed by laboratories in France and Sweden. However, Russian doctors say they have not found traces of the poison in the politician’s body.


Details of sanctions against Belarus revealed in the USA :: Politics :: RBC

The United States is in contact with the EU on expanding sanctions against Belarus, First Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan said at a briefing. Blacklisted names will be announced shortly

Stephen Bigan

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The Belarusian authorities use violence against the opposition and illegally detain citizens, including the US citizen Vitaly Shklyarov, said on Friday, September 11, First Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan. He called on the authorities in Minsk to release the prisoners and hold new elections, as the Belarusian people want, according to the official.

At the same time, Bigan added that the United States plans to expand the sanctions list and will announce concrete steps in this direction in the near future. “In addition to these 16 individuals, we and the European Union are exchanging information regarding the addition of new names. [в черный список]that we will be ready to announce in the near future, ”Bigan said during a telephone briefing with reporters. The Deputy Secretary of State clarified that the list of personal sanctions will be determined within the “next few days.”

Protests after the presidential elections in Belarus. the main thing

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The State Department does not exclude that in the future the United States may impose more ambitious sanctions against Belarus. “Initially, we are exploring the possibility of introducing targeted sanctions against those most responsible for the circumstances surrounding the violence and the organization of elections. [9 августа]”- said Bigan, specifying that they will be deprived of the opportunity to enter the United States and access to property in this country.

“With regard to sectoral or company sanctions, <...> then as the situation develops, additional measures will be considered, ”added a State Department official, answering a question from one of the journalists. At the same time, Bigan emphasized that the United States does not want to introduce restrictions that would have undesirable consequences for ordinary Belarusians.


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Germany is preparing a response to possible US sanctions, how many people participated in online voting on the amendments, banks began to buy gold, Unilever will be removed from the packaging the word “white”; main news — a review of RBC

The media learned about the plans of Germany in case of sanctions against the “Nord stream-2”

The administration of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is preparing retaliatory measures in case of imposition of us sanctions against the gas pipeline “Nord stream-2”, found out by Bloomberg.

  • In particular, the German authorities are considering a coordinated response of the European Union in relation to possible sanctions. What exactly are these actions has not yet been disclosed.
  • Last week the Chairman of the Commission of the German Bundestag for economy and energy, Klaus Ernst, has suggested several possible measures in response to sanctions: a call to the American Ambassador in Germany, personal limitations against the initiators of the sanctions, the imposition of duties on American LNG.
  • On new sanctions against the pipeline, which was prepared by the U.S. Senate, became known in early June. According to the Ministry of economy of Germany, these restrictions may affect German and European companies, banks and government agencies.

Venediktov said the number of voters on the Constitution online

On the first day of voting on amendments to the Constitution remotely voted for almost half of all registered, have informed RBC head of the public headquarters for the monitoring and observation of elections Alexei Venediktov.


Authorities have denied plans to increase tax on high salaries :: Economy :: RBC

Another source told Forbes that discusses the option is not taxable personal income tax income in the amount of subsistence minimum or more. According to the publication, the question of whether to introduce a variety of approaches to taxation of citizens with different incomes, was discussed even in the winter, in anticipation of the January message of the President.

The interlocutor of RBC, close to the presidential administration, confirmed that there is the option of increasing personal income tax rate from 13% to 15% for wealthy Russians. He noted that “now is the perfect situation for this — sanctions-pandemic”. At the same time, he added, the discussion is still ongoing and concrete decisions had yet been made.

Analyst, FNS has assessed the possible losses of the budget due to the abolition of the income tax for the poor

Finance Minister Anton Siluanov in an interview to RBC in February said the Agency may consider the introduction of a progressive tax rate on incomes of physical persons (NDFL) in 2024, the principles of taxation will not change and now this issue the government is not discussing.


New Zealand epidemiologist assessed the probability of a second wave COVID-19 :: Policy :: RBC

Advisor to the government of New Zealand Michael Baker considers the likely increase in the incidence of coronavirus after the lifting of restrictions in Europe. To reduce the risks introduction mask mode, said epidemiologist in an interview with RBC

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The decision of governments in European countries, including Russia, to remove introduced to combat COVID-19 restrictions is likely to lead to a new wave of infections. In an interview with RBC said the scientific Advisor to the government of New Zealand Professor Michael Baker. “If you remove restrictions at a time when the infected are thousands of people, it is easy to predict what will happen next: the number of infections will spike again, and foci of the virus will grow,” he warned. A new wave of infections could come to Europe in the summer or fall. According to Baker, many people underestimate how low percentage of the population have had the virus and how it is still vulnerable to the disease. “The epidemic of the virus in most countries is at an early stage. If current trends of infection continue, the virus can claim the lives of 20-30 million people,” he said.

How different measures of various countries against the coronavirus. Map

As measures which can help to avoid a new wave of infections, Baker said that the introduction of controlled regime: “it is Possible that if many countries will enter mask mode, there is a chance that this way will be able to bring down the rate of spread of the virus to an acceptable level.” As noted new Zealand scientist, in Asia wearing masks proved itself as very effective. “The mask creates a barrier to the transmission source of the infection, and in some measure protect healthy people,” he explained.

As noted by Baker, in the future more and more countries in the West can think of a change of strategy against COVID-19 to completely suppress the infections. “If the coronavirus is not to destroy, who knows how long he can continue to be distributed in different countries — probably he does not disappear by itself even after years”, — said the epidemiologist. New Zealand has already eliminated all foci in its territory, and such success is able to repeat almost any country, said Baker. “If you put people under strict quarantine for four to six weeks, you can destroy the virus, like it was done in New Zealand. Maybe it would take more time, but it’s doable. In many Asian countries strict quarantine was not imposed, but instead there were widespread mask mode”, — he reminded. Baker also drew attention to the importance of monitoring countries on the borders, not to deliver itself to the infected.

The spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 in the world

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Michael Baker called the sluggish response of Western countries to the threat of a pandemic. “Western countries have been sorely underestimated the threat of coronavirus, and it was a gross miscalculation. Being an English-speaking country and member of the Organization for economic cooperation and development, New Zealand used to be to the West. But neither the US or Britain, nor the structures like the who or the services of the EU have given us no answer as to resist the pandemic,” — said the expert. In the end, the approach New Zealand took the example of Asian countries. “Success in the fight against COVID-19 showed mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan,” he said. “In Taiwan, for example, began to take active measures to contain the virus in January and has tightened control over borders, entered mask mode and track contacts of infected with other people,” said epidemiologist.

First case of coronavirus infection in New Zealand has registered 28 February. Since the epidemic began COVID-19 1504 sick man, 22 died. The government on March 21 announced that it developed four levels of restrictions for citizens. March 23 was set for the third level: among the restrictions is a ban on public gatherings of more than ten people, a significant reduction in travel in the country. On 26 March, the government increased the level of restrictions until the fourth, most serious, which meant a ban on travel except for essential personnel, such as trips to work or to the doctor. All public events were banned and public places are closed, only worked supermarkets, pharmacies, hospitals, gas stations, educational institutions were closed. On 27 April, the government eased restrictions by entering the third phase, which was allowed events for ten, and opened kindergartens.May 14, the country returned to the second level, which allowed the collection of less than 100 people in one place, which made it possible for holding birthday parties and weddings, opened museums, shops, cinemas. On the weakest level of restrictions of New Zealand passed on 8 June. Last weekend in New Zealand was conducted Rugby with the audience.

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