Gref responded to Mikhalkov’s accusations of Besogon :: Society :: RBC

Mikhalkov in several issues of his Besogon program mentioned German Gref and accused him of trying to ruin his education. The director quoted a fragment of a speech by the head of Sberbank in 2012, where he criticized democracy

Herman Gref

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Words criticizing democracy and majority power, which director Nikita Mikhalkov quoted in his Besogon program, are a phrase taken out of context, Sberbank CEO German Gref said in an interview with TASS. In his opinion, he either made a mistake or consciously tried to manipulate the audience.

In the Besogon program, Mikhalkov quoted a fragment of Gref’s speech at SPIEF 2012. According to him, he criticized democracy and spoke out that it is impossible to manage a society where everyone has equal access to information.

Gref recalled that he was the moderator of that panel and a provocative remark only tried to revive the discussion. “The panel called“ Breaking the Management Deadlock: Wisdom of the Crowd or Authoritarian Genius? ”Was called. What to do in a situation when the asymmetry of information ceased to exist as a fact? All panelists began to actively support the democratic model. I realized that the event breaks down: there is no discussion. This was my provocation panel, I acted as a moderator. And the replica, called to revive the conversation, was taken out of context and presented as my point of view, which, of course, is absolutely not correct, ”he explained.

At the 2012 SPIEF panel, Gref said: “You say terrible things. You propose that power be transferred to the hands of the population … Any mass government implies an element of manipulation ”(quote from RIA Novosti). At the same time, in concluding his speech, he emphasized that Sberbank intends to actively use crowdsourcing technology. Commenting on the discussion caused by his own words, Gref in 2012 advised commentators to be critical of them. “Is it really possible for an intelligent person to not understand that the role of a moderator involves provocative remarks that fuel the discussion? Guys, well, you need to have at least a drop of sense of humor! ” He said.

In an interview with TASS, the head of Sberbank again emphasized that “the government should be sensitive to people” and there is no alternative to attracting citizens to management. “I am surprised that Nikita Sergeevich [Михалков], a great professional, did not look at that record and pulled out a quote; or understood that this was not my speech, but a provocation of the moderator of the panel session. Then it’s a manipulation and I don’t understand its purpose, ”he concluded.


In Moscow, two people died in an accident on the Moscow Ring Road :: Society :: RBC

In Moscow, a car and a truck collided on the 7th km of the Moscow Ring Road, two people died as a result, RBC was told in the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Moscow.

“The driver of the VAZ-2115 car, according to preliminary data, lost control and crashed into a truck,” the report said.

In an accident, a driver of a passenger car and a passenger were killed.

Three people injured in an accident with three trucks on the Moscow Ring Road

At the end of May, three trucks collided in Moscow on the 102nd km of the Moscow Ring Road. As a result, three people were injured, one of them refused medical care. A helicopter was used to evacuate the victims.


Two tower cranes fell in Naberezhnye Chelny due to a storm wind :: Society :: RBC

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In Naberezhnye Chelny on Saturday evening, two cranes fell due to a gale. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Emergencies in Tatarstan “VKontakte”.

According to the agency, the first 60 m high crane fell at a construction site on Chulman Street. He collapsed into the garage, damaging several buildings. Work at the time of the fall on the crane was not carried out, as a result of the incident no one was injured.

A second crane of the same height fell around 19:50 local time at the construction site of the Mezhdurechye residential complex. He fell into an open area without damaging other buildings. There were no casualties in this incident.

According to the Ministry of Emergencies, a storm warning was announced in Tatarstan on the evening of June 27 due to strong wind, rain and hail.


Congress will vote on the question of the transformation of Washington into the 51st state of the USA :: Politics :: RBC

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The house of representatives Friday, June 26, will vote on the creation of the city of Washington a separate state. This was announced by the speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi, TV channel Fox News channel.

“We will correct this injustice which confronts our democracy,” she said, speaking about the upcoming vote.

As noted by Pelosi, residents of D.C. pay taxes, serve in the army and contribute to “economic viability” of the US, but they have no right to participate in the vote.

The authors of the initiative the vote were the congressmen from the Democratic party. To date, American capital has the status of district of Columbia and is not included in one of the States that gives residents the right to elect their representatives in the Federal Congress.

The law entered into force, it must support both chambers of the Parliament of the United States, and then approved by the President of the country. If that happens, Colombia will become the 51st US state.

Washington extended the curfew because of riots during protests

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In the capital of the United States has about 700 thousand people — more than in the States of Vermont and Wyoming, and almost as much as in Alaska. In November 2016, residents of the district of Columbia in a referendum, held simultaneously with the election of President of the United States, supported the change of status district in the state. For changing administrative status voted 86% of the population, opposed by 14%.

8 section 1 article United States Constitution establishes the power of Congress over the district which is the seat of government, residents of the district until 1961 even had no right to vote in presidential elections. One of the founding fathers of the United States, the fourth President James Madison wrote that it is important that the capital of the country was not in any state to avoid the risk that he is being treated better than in other States.

The residents of the district have traditionally supported Democrats, so the opponents of the transformation of Washington in the state believe that the change of his status will lead to an increase in the number of representatives of the Democratic party in the U.S. Congress.

Among the opponents of the appearance of Washington — US President Donald trump. In an interview with the New Yourk Post, he said that Washington is 100% owned by the Democrats. However, he noted that its transformation into a state I can only vote “very stupid Republicans”.

“You mean the district of Columbia, state? Why? That is, we can have two democratic Senator and five congressmen? No, thank you. This will never happen,” said trump.

At the request of the office of management and budget the White house (Office of Management and Budget, OMB), which deals with the assessment of legislative initiatives, said that the bill is unconstitutional. If the bill were presented to the President, the trump’s advisers in the White house would recommend that he veto the bill, the document says.


In the DRC, the doctors complain about the difficult management of the health crisis

“I have therefore decided to resign. “ On Wednesday, 10 June, professor Denis Mukwege, Nobel peace prize, 2018, has made a radical decision. Two months after his appointment to the post of president of the health Commission and vice-president of the multisectoral Commission in the province of South Kivu, in the east of the democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), positions in the heart of the fight against the Covid-19, he threw in the towel, denounce the dysfunctions that have prevented to control the spread of the pandemic in the country.

In its press release published on the website of his foundation, Panzi, it points in particular “the inability to have in our province tests RT‐PCR to quickly confirm the diagnosis of Covid + “.

Testing be used ” sparingly “

On-site, doctors in the front line to share its findings, even if the situation has improved since the beginning of June through the opening of a laboratory in Goma, in the neighbouring province of North Kivu. On Tuesday, June 16, another analysis centre is located in Bukavu, capital of South-Kivu. Before, you had to wait sometimes three weeks to receive the results that came back from Kinshasa “at the other end of the country, details the doctor Innocent Kunywana, coordinator of doctors without borders (MSF) Spain.

The local situation of the South-Kivu can not be generalized, but a point of consensus among the physicians at the national level : the availability of tests. “One is obliged to use them sparingly “reveals the doctor Innocent Kunywana. With approximately 600 tests per day, spread between the 26 provinces of the DRC, we are obliged to make choices on who to track “says dr. Baweye Mayoum, medical coordinator of the emergency Covid for the association Alima.

Symptoms, have had contact with patients who contracted the coronavirus responsible for the Covid-19, or come back from a trip abroad, are all criteria that are taken into account before getting checked.

If the professor Denis Mukwege warned in its press release a “the beginning of an epidemic curve is exponential “the doctor Baweye Mayoum, the association Alima, prefers to take precautions. “The ability to test is too limited to know the status of the spread of the virus “, he said.

According to official figures, a peak would have been reached on 28 may, with 178 positive cases for the whole of the DR-Congo. “But we should be able to test 60 % of the population “to obtain a real estimate, evaluate.

The relaxation of the population

For the moment, 90 % of the positive cases detected are to be found in Kinshasa, the capital of the country. But the doctor Innocent Kunywana, all as pessimistic as the professor Mukwege, warns that “the number of patients will increase, we know we are beginning to see the countryside. There is a certain laxity in the population. He must do a work of prevention, awareness-raising to counter the rumors, misinformation. Many Congolese do not believe in the existence of the disease. “

According to figures from the american university of Johns Hopkins, the DRC has 4 974 contaminated and 112 deaths-Wednesday, June 17.

At the continental level, Matshidiso Moeti, regional director of the world health Organization for Africa, said, Thursday, 11 June, the pandemic “accelerated “. “It took 98 days to reach the milestone of 100 000 cases and 18 only to cross the 200 000. This is a serious sign “, she alerted.

Approximately 256 000 persons have been infected, and 6 800 people have died. South Africa, Algeria, Nigeria, Egypt and Sudan comprise 70% of the deaths.


The court gave 16 years to the American Semi Whelan in the matter of espionage :: Society :: RBC

Officially, the Whelan case was not disclosed, the case was heard behind closed doors. It is known that, according to the investigation and prosecution, Whelan, as a career intelligence officer, was collected in Russia secret information and tried to recruit employees of FSB and Ministry of defense. Including December 28, 2018 a Russian special services officer (according to “Kommersant”, the major of management “To” service of economic safety of FSB by the name Yatsenko) gave him a flash drive with all of the employees of one of the operational departments. The Prosecutor asked for Whelan’s 18 years of the colony.

The Prosecutor demanded 18 years of imprisonment for the accused of espionage Whelan

Whelan denies wrongdoing, told RBC his lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov. “He is considered by the personnel intelligence officer of the United States of America that it is almost a Colonel in the DIA (the intelligence Department of the Ministry of defence). Paul pleaded not guilty. We declared a provocation of the crime, as the whole initiative came from the main witness for the prosecution,” — said the lawyer, stressing that Whelan “loves Russia, with respect to her concerns” and in day of detention and a few days before this, the American almost continuously in a state of alcoholic intoxication and was not capable of any “espionage operation”.

The accused admitted that he received a flash drive from a Russian friend, but, he said, expected that the pictures of their joint vacation in Sergiev Posad. The prosecution Whelan was associated with the desire of the FSB to curry favor, and at the same time to avoid paying American debt of 100 thousand roubles.

From the case materials that Whelan had come to the attention of the Russian intelligence services a few years before the arrest, said the Foal.


The onf has identified a noncompetitive procurement at ₽1 billion under the pretext of a pandemic :: Business :: RBC

Some organizations have used breaks in the period of the pandemic and has held a tender for the construction, maintenance of roads etc. In onf consider that customers could use COVID-19 in their interests, and complained to the FAS

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Bureau of investigation of the Russian popular front (onf) analyzed purchases committed during a pandemic coronavirus infection COVID-19, and identified those that were committed with a single supplier, whereas, according to experts, they had to pass a competitive way. This is stated in the message of the popular front, received by RBC.

As explained by the activist Bureau of investigation Alexander Stefanov, because of the pandemic coronavirus authorities have softened the public procurement system and allowed customers to enter into contracts with a single supplier in order to quickly conduct the procurement, for example, medicines. “However, some customers have decided that they, too, can take advantage of this indulgence to their advantage, and began to enter into contracts for the construction, maintenance of roads, improvement with a single supplier, citing force majeure,” said Stefanov.

All materials were transferred to the FAS. According to Deputy head FAS of Michael Evraev, it will be held unscheduled inspections. “In the case of confirmation of violations officials are brought to administrative responsibility, the information may also be disclosed to law enforcement agencies,” — said Evraev.

The top 10 purchases from a single supplier under the pretext of procurement during a pandemic COVID-19, the popular front included:

  • tenders for the construction of two schools in Kazan, declared a state public institution “Main investment and construction administration of the Republic of Tatarstan”, with the cost of construction of each institution is estimated to 373,2 million rubles;
  • the contract for the construction for 217,4 mln sports complex with a universal game hall, a prisoner of gku “Directorate single customer of the Ministry of construction, housing and communal services and energy of the Magadan region”;
  • the contract value of RUB 88 million for the maintenance of structural elements of roads, yards and facilities on the territory of the settlement Moscow (part of the Novomoskovsk district of Moscow);
  • the contract for the maintenance of roads, facilities and amenities, storm water drainage systems, etc., concluded by the Department of the urban environment of Tobolsk administration;
  • concluded by the administration of the Kirovsky district of St. Petersburg a contract for cleaning intra territories;
  • the contract for the repair of a pontoon crossing of the river Vetluga, signed OGBU “Kostroma regional office of public roads Kostromaavtodor;
  • contract services for maintenance of road of Federal value and road artificial constructions on it from the PKU “Federal highway administration “Urals” Federal road Agency”;
  • concluded between the Ministry of property relations of the Irkutsk region the contract for the provision of services to limit the access of unauthorized persons and vehicles on the territory of a number of enterprises;
  • contract for performance of design and survey works on reconstruction of unfinished construction of a house, enclosed to the management of municipal property, construction and municipal economy of a city administration of Mirny (Arkhangelsk oblast).


Special Projects – Twenty Years Together

The economic program of the first acting and then President Vladimir Putin was then extremely worried by most analysts. As such, there was no economic election program; in the Address to Voters, the topic of the economy was practically ignored (except for the fight against poverty). Throughout 2000 and at the beginning of 2001, the rumors about what would be the “Putin program” did not stop.

In particular, there was a discussion about whether the new president would prefer the liberal “German Gref program” from the Center for Strategic Research or the “Victor Ishaev program” – a protectionist development of a group of economists of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Formally, the choice was not made. The government of Mikhail Kasyanov, which included German Gref (in the status of minister) and Alexei Kudrin (deputy prime minister and minister of finance), implemented the first option, plus the achievements of the assistant to the president Andrei Illarionov.

It is possible to reconstruct Putin’s actual economic program for 2000-2001 according to the then fundamental decisions of the government and the president. In the tax sphere, this is a reduction in the level of nominal taxation from 60–65% of GDP to 40–45%, repayment of external debt (including the Paris Club), joining the World Trade Organization, a deficit-free budget, lowering the Bank of Russia refinancing rate and the fight against inflation, the creation of a mechanism for maintaining federal budget revenues to smooth out oil price fluctuations (stabilization fund).

In addition, the government was then loyal to the idea of ​​gradually strengthening the ruble (from 32 rubles / $ in 2000 to 10 rubles / $) and abandoning the control of capital flows (one of the first important actions in 2000 was to reduce the rate of sale foreign exchange earnings from 75% to 50%, the Central Bank insisted on 100%).

Solutions for the industrial sector include the consolidation of the public sector, the active attraction of direct foreign investment, the reform of the energy system, the privatization of railways and parts of oil assets, the strengthening of Gazprom’s business and the construction of a pipeline system bypassing Ukraine.

The ultimate goal of the program was to achieve rates of economic growth above 4% of GDP in order to increase real disposable incomes of the population, reduce the number of poor and create a middle class.

Poverty rate

The longest announced in this unofficial and mostly liberal plan was the reform of RAO UES of Russia – ten years. Almost everything else usually fit in four to five years. Almost everything then claimed was somehow implemented and implemented, but three to four times slower than anticipated.

This is actually the main pattern in the “Putin program” – it cannot be said that any initial plans were canceled (the exception is the privatization of Russian Railways). But their unpredictably slow implementation by the time any effect was achieved already made it possible to forget that this was not a natural course of things, not slow progress, but the implementation of the president’s program. He did not back down from the program. He consistently and steadily carried it out together with the entire economy at a speed that no one had expected at the time of planning.


Facebook changes, it looks back on computers – Internet and Social

Facebook changes its look on computers. The social network has in fact decided to progressively distribute its new desktop version to all users. The news had been announced last year during the developer conference, and was later made available to users, who could choose to adopt it and send feedback to the company.

“We did some research in the field, talking to users to understand how to improve the web experience, and today we are happy to introduce you to the new site, a new starting point for the next few years of”, explains the company of Mark Zuckerberg. In detail, the new Facebook allows you to set the “dark mode”, that is, the black background – already present on various apps and operating systems – which is less tiring and allows you to save a little battery. Among other changes, a new layout brings full-screen photos and videos.

The overall look is more orderly, with simplified page layout and larger texts. Navigation is also simplified. The home page loads faster, just as the passage from one page to the other is quicker. Lastly, with a view to simplification, the creation and management of Events, Pages, Groups and insertions is reviewed.