US and Ukraine label Nord Stream 2 as energy threat to Europe

“The Following the meeting between US Presidents Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine, a statement was released in which the countries announced their intention to fight the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

The two presidents also announced Russia & # 39; s “aggression” vis-à-vis Ukraine.

According to RIA & # 8220; Novosti & # 8221 ;, the statement indicates that the construction of the SP-2 is an energy threat to the country, but it also underlines the preservation of the transit status of Ukraine and the intention to deal with the security of gas supplies to Europe in the run-up to the launch of the Russian project.

The United States has announced it will not allow the transformation of & # 8220; Nord Stream 2 & # 8221; into a geopolitical weapon of Russia, and will continue to apply sanctions in the area of ​​energy diplomacy.

The declaration sets out the intention of the two countries, taking advantage of the policy of & # 8220; sustainable, effective and long-term solutions & # 8221; as well as the reform of corporate governance, to strengthen the security of the Ukrainian energy sector.

Efforts will continue to hold Russia responsible for & # 8220; aggression & # 8221; to a neighboring country.

Both leaders blamed the Russian authorities for violating the basic rule of not changing borders by force.

In addition, Washington will support Ukraine on the path to European integration.

According to Biden, the United States supports Ukrainian sovereignty. At the same time, according to the American leader, a commission with the participation of the two countries on the strategic partnership will start working again.

Its objective, for which Washington will allocate $ 60 million, will be the emergence of strategic defense mechanisms.

& # 8220; The Ukrainian and US governments are supporting efforts to increase the capacity to supply gas to Ukraine from diverse sources & # 8221 ;, & # 8211; says the document.

In turn, Zelensky promised Biden to hand over to the United States prisoners of the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass and the Russian Federation, that is 450 people.

Zelensky also spoke about the US pledge to introduce sanctions against Nord Stream 2, if the project creates energy problems for Ukraine, reports TASS.

The Ukrainian president considered the atmosphere of the meeting to be productive, but not always sunny, although the United States made no claims on Ukraine.

As Topnews wrote earlier, Biden earlier announced the end of the era of US attempts to rebuild other countries by force.

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What will change from September 1, 2021 in Russia: Russians have been reminded of changes in laws

 What will change from September 1, 2021 in Russia: Russians were reminded of changes in laws

These included” amnesty from the garage “, payments to retirees and servicemen, and others.

On September 1, a number of legislative changes began to apply in the Russian Federation, including & # 8211; one-time pension payments, maintaining a & # 8220; garage amnesty ', changes in hospital payments for child care and others.

From September 1, 2021, schools will introduce a new subject and free meals

So, on the day of knowledge, Russian schoolchildren will get acquainted with the new educational rules, according to which, in parallel, it is impossible to perform more than one test time in 2.5 weeks in each subject . Introducing a new article & # 8211; financial literacy, but it will not be studied separately, but will be included in other lessons.

From September 1, all children studying in primary classes (grades 1 to 4) will eat for free.

Sick leave allowance

Also with September 1, the payment of sick leave for childcare until at 7 years (inclusive) will change, the cost of which will increase to 100% of the average salary, and the experience of parents will not play a role.

Maximum payout per day this year & # 8211; 2,434 rubles.

& # 8220; Garage amnesty & # 8221;

Thanks to the 'Garage Amnesty' from September 1, you can save the land under the garage, as well as the garage itself, in a simplified way. Condition: the garage must be built before December 30, 2004.

Appeal of fines by state services

From September 1, changes await motorists who will be able to remotely, via state services to appeal against traffic fines, and visits to the National Traffic Inspectorate or the National Traffic Inspectorate. Sending a letter is no longer necessary.

Changes to the Highway Code (SDA) from September 1

Also today, a change of the road sign 8.23 “Photo and video recording”, warning the driver of the camera, goes into effect.

It has been replaced by a 6.22 sign with the same designation, but not indicating the precise location of the camera. This sign only indicates that it is nearby.

Compensation for OSAGO with the loss of value of the goods

From September 20, in addition to compensation for material damage caused to a car in an accident in the form of the cost of spare parts and repair costs, car owners will also be reimbursed for the loss in market value.

Insurers will do this automatically, without a victim impact statement.

The amount will be included in the payment of insurance within the limit: up to 400,000 rubles & # 8211; for damaged goods, up to 500,000 – damage to health and life.

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Sale of drugs

Already on September 1, pharmacies start selling drugs according to simplified rules. Entrepreneurs involved in this activity do not need to have their own website and at least 10 outlets in Russia.

Note that we are only talking about drugs registered in Russia and sold without a prescription.

Lottery for the vaccinated

From September 1, vaccinated Russians will be able to participate in the lottery and win 100,000 rubles. The winners, 1,000 people, will be determined twice before December 1. To participate, you must create a State Services account and a “World” card.

The results will be announced on the Bonuszdorovye.rf site.

Education in universities and & # 8220; Pushkin card & # 8221;

Students attending universities will now not be able to choose one, but study in several qualification areas and change faculty and profile after the 2nd course.

On September 1, the program “Pushkinskaya Karta” begins, which can be used by Russians 14 & # 8211; 22 years old. You can register it at the Russian Postal Bank. The face value of the card is 3000 rubles. They can pay for visits to 800 cultural institutions across the country.

Electronic certificates for people with disabilities

From September 26, Russians with disabilities can receive an electronic certificate for self-purchase of rehabilitation means. The certificate can be used in any store, including online.

Last possibility to unsubscribe from social services

Until October 1, recipients of a set of services can unsubscribe from the benefit of monetary compensation. To do this, in September, you must submit an application to the FIU. Those who pass will receive 1,211.66 rubles from 2022 instead of services. Those who don't have time will not be able to refuse.

Payments to retirees

Payments to Russian retirees in September: they will receive 10,000 rubles one-time without submitting any documents or requests for payment.

As Topnews wrote earlier, payments to the military will also start arriving in September. By decision of the President of the Russian Federation, they will each receive 15,000 rubles. Cadets of military education organizations will receive the same payments.

The reason is the growth in inflation this year.


Forbes named Russia's richest family, which earned $ 13 billion

Forbes named the richest family in Russia, which earned $ 13 billion

Last year has not become unprofitable for Russian businessmen.

The Russian edition of Forbes ranked the richest Russian families for the 8th time.

According to reporters, in just one year, clans of entrepreneurs earned $ 42.9 billion (their fortune increased from $ 16.1 billion)

The richest family in Russia is the family of Tatiana Bakalchuk, the leader of Wildberries. The same entrepreneur became the richest woman in Russia, according to Forbes. Over the course of the year, a businesswoman's fortune has grown from $ 1 billion to $ 13.1 billion.

If before Bakalchuk fully owned the business, in 2019 she allocated 1% to her husband, now Vladislav Bakalchuk has $ 130 million in his account.

The Bakalchuk family has five children, they live in the Moscow region. Previously, almost all family members were involved in the Bakalchuk family business, no one reports on their condition.

The Guriev family came in second place, whose fortune in 2020 was $ 1.8 billion, and in one year it reached $ 6.9 billion.

And the former leader of the top – the Rotenberg clan – closes the top three. Their fortune increased by half a billion dollars in a year. It is now $ 5.95 billion.

By the way, experts noted that the year was successful for many Russian business families.

Only the Gutseriev were unlucky – because of the EU and UK. sanctions, the billionaire lost part of his income. Now, the family is in 4th place with an income of $ 3.7 billion.

Meanwhile, the families of Russian officials were not included in the ranking.

As Topnews wrote earlier, this memo in This year, the deputy of the Chelyabinsk Legislative Assembly, Konstantin Strukov, led. His family earned 8.6 billion rubles in one year.


Europe offered Gazprom to sell Nord Stream 2

Europe offered

German officials made a proposal.

The Russian company Gazprom was offered to sell Nord Stream 2, the gas pipeline that extended to Germany.

According to new EU rules, the gas pipeline can be partially filled by an alternative supplier. In another case, its part, which is located in the EU, should be owned by another company.

Previously, Nord Stream AG had filed a complaint with the Regional Supreme Court in Düsseldorf, demanding the removal of Nord Stream 2 from the new EU directives. The court refused to follow up on the complaint.

The company is currently preparing for a new decision, it does not agree with the court verdict, writes RIA Novosti.

Meanwhile, the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper Zeitung writes that Europe is offering to sell the pipeline to circumvent the gas directive. This has been confirmed by anonymous German officials.

Recall that Germany and the United States demand to ensure the fuel supply of Ukraine after 2024 using Nord Stream 2. L & # 39; America also wants to promote its LNG in Europe.

As Topnews wrote earlier, Gazprom called 2021 the launch date for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which has a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year.


The Ministry of Labor announced when retirees would start paying 10,000 rubles

The Ministry of Labor has learned when retirees will receive 10,000 rubles each

We have learned when retirees in Russia will receive a lump sum.

The head of the Ministry of Labor Anton Kotyakov indicated when a lump sum payment will be transferred to pensioners of the Russian Federation.

Recall that the size of the & # 8220; presidential & # 8221; the payment is 10,000 rubles.

Kotyakov said that 30.7 million pensioners will receive 10,000 rubles each on a bank card. This will happen before the end of next week.

An additional 12.7 million people who are brought in in person will start receiving a lump sum from September 3.

As TopNews wrote, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced last week that Russian retirees must make one-off payments.

According to him, this decision is due to the fact that the increase in payments of one thousand rubles is offset by inflation, which is felt hard by the elderly.

The decree on one-off payments was signed by Putin on August 24, 2021.

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Forbes named richest woman in Russia

Forbes named the women richest in Russia

The leading rating status increased by 1200% during the year.

In Russia, women are appointed who are considered the richest in the country. Forbes magazine has listed entrepreneurs and businessmen's wives, whose total fortunes exceed $ 20 billion.

Tatyana Bakalchuk, who runs the online store Wildberries, has become Russia's richest woman with high income.

year increased by 1,200% and amounted to $ 13 billion. A year ago, the entrepreneur could boast a $ 1.4 billion income.

TASS reports that the Bakalchuk company employs over 53,000 people. In 2020, Wildberries' turnover amounted to 437.2 billion rubles.

Elena Baturina, the ex-director of Inteco Management, has become the second in the ranking of rich women. Yuri Luzhkov's widow increased her fortune after the business was sold. She has $ 1.3 billion in her account.

Lidia Mikhailova, CEO of Cherkizovo, closes the Forbes rating. She was able to earn $ 1.3 billion in one year.

Among the five richest women in Russia are also Yekaterina Fedun and her 900 million dollars, the patron saint of discounters Svetofor Valentina Schneider with 650 million dollars. Also on the list is Arkady Rotenberg's daughter, Lilia, who has $ 550 million in her account. Lilia is in 11th place in the ranking. Above her – in 10th position – investor Elena Rybolovleva and $ 600 million.

As Topnews wrote earlier, Forbes magazine has already prepared the top 50 successful Russian stars. The rating was led by fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, whose revenues reached $ 12 million.

Morgenstern was in second place and $ 7.4 million.

In third place is singer and TV presenter Olga Buzova with a fortune of $ 3.3 million.


Russian national debt has exceeded 20 trillion rubles

Russian national debt has exceeded 20 Trillion rubles

As of July 1, it amounted to 17% of GDP.

According to the analytical note of the Accounting Chamber of Russia, it became known that the country's national debt on July 1 exceeded the threshold of 20 trillion rubles.

Like RIA & # 8220; Novosti & # 8221; clarifies; referring to the document, from january to june the debt increased by 1.48 trillion (7.8%), so that on the first day of the second half of the year it is estimated at 20,423 trillion, or 17, 7% of GDP, which had previously been predicted by analysts.

The document indicates that the domestic debt represents 16,200 billion dollars, an additional 506 billion was spent on debt service, while 434.5 billion dollars for the domestic debt.

According to the head of the Russian Ministry of Finance Anton Siluanov, in the next few years the debt will be around 18 & # 8211; 20% of gross national product against a background of declining borrowing level compared to last year.

Recall that in 2020, the national debt will rise amounted to 18.99 trillion rubles, in 2019 & # 8211; 5.4 trillion less.

Moreover, in the period from mid-2019 to July 2020, Russia's so-called net debt reached negative values ​​thanks to government reserves . But the decline in oil growth and the pandemic crisis have worsened the situation.

Earlier, as Topnews wrote, Bloomberg suggested that new US and UK sanctions against the Russian Federation could affect the oligarchs and national debt.


The Ministry of Labor named the poorest regions in Russia

The Ministry of Labor has appointed the poorest regions of Russia

During the year, the number of citizens with incomes below the subsistence level reached 17.8 million.

The Ministry of Labor of Russia has listed the regions of the country where the level of poverty is high. The regions with the lowest poverty level were also named. According to the most recent data alone, during the year in Russia the number of citizens who receive below subsistence level reached 17.8 million people.

According to data from Rosstat, which was announced by representatives of the Ministry of Labor at the community forum, most of the poor in Tuva – just over 34%. In Ingushetia, a third of the citizens receive little money. The number of poor people in Kabardino-Balkaria reaches 24.2%.

Interestingly, there are a lot of poor people in Altai – over 23%, reports TASS.

The subjects where wealthy citizens live are also named. … These are Magadan and Sakhalin regions, Chukotka, Tatarstan, Kursk region. These regions also include Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Experts have also listed ways out of “grounded poverty”, when the “family is deeply poor” and parents cannot give their children a good education.

The region is expected to have a high employment rate and good social and economic policy with developed social contacts. In particular, families need to pay benefits quickly, making payments only to those who need them.

Recall that in the summer of 2020, Vladimir Putin entrusted the government with the task of reducing the number of poor people in the country in 10 years. By 2030, the number of poor citizens in Russia is expected to be 9.5 million.

As Topnews wrote earlier, Vladimir Putin has decided to make payments to some citizens of Russia.

Among them are retirees. They will give 10,000 rubles each, and the military will give them 15,000 rubles each.


'It's like junk in the attic': media found out what would happen to the $ 17.5 billion transferred to Russia by the IMF

 & ldquo; It's like junk in the attic & rdquo;: the media learned what would happen to the $ 17.5 billion transferred to Russia by the IMF

Note experts that Moscow will not be able to monetize the funds.

The International Monetary Fund transferred $ 17.48 billion to Russia as part of anti-crisis aid.

However, the money has been allocated in the form of non-cash receipts to bank accounts, and it is very difficult to transfer these funds into real money.

Recall that about the distribution of anti-crisis money & # 8220; the IMF began to respond in the spring. Grants totaling $ 650 billion are distributed among fund participants based on the country's share of the organization's capital. Russia's quota is around 2.7%.

However, the funds are allocated as & # 8220; special drawing rights & # 8221; which do not have a physical form, so they cannot be removed from the repository.

According to Financial University professor Alexander Safonov, these funds can be used in the form of a so-called firm cash reserve. For example, these receipts can be used to repay debts to the IMF or use them to attract new loans.

Additionally, you can come to an agreement with the fund and transfer that money into receipts.

However, expert Anton Tabakh recalls & # 8220; Moskovsky Komsomolets & # 8221; that Russia repaid its debts to the IMF in 2005 and has not participated in any new credit programs since 1999.

At the same time, little is known about history 39; examples of monetization of such recipes & # 8211; these transactions took place when the IMF agreed to give free grants to another member of the fund.

& # 8220; As a member of this organization, our country does not need the allocated funds: it is like garbage in the attic – there seems to be a lot, but there is nothing to apply them to & # 8221;, & # 8211; Tabakh said, noting that these funds can only strengthen the overall level of Russia's financial assessment.

Earlier, TopNews wrote that the Rada called the IMF a “predatory organization”.

Kiev has made it clear that it may refuse to repay the loan granted.


The Communist Party of the Russian Federation submitted to the State Duma a draft on the return of the previous retirement age

The Communist Party submitted to the State Duma a draft on the return to the old retirement age

The explanatory note of the document mentions the threshold of old age.

A group of Communist Party deputies in the State Duma and parliamentarian Vasily Ikonnikov sent the State Duma a project to restore the retirement age.

As conceived by the authors of the document, the changes are expected to go into effect on January 1 of next year.

According to TASS, the text of the document declares the return of the age for the granting of an old age pension insurance for men & # 8211; at age 60, women & # 8211; 55.

The authors believe that the increase in the retirement age, announced in 2018, was not necessary, but there is a need to improve the mechanism of the pension system itself in terms of financial support. For example, the developers offer to replenish it with new taxes.

The document says that Russia does not need the growth of workers, especially since citizens who are of pre-retirement age report deteriorating health. In addition, the burden on the Social Insurance Fund has increased since 2018.

The document states that the higher the retirement age, the more Russians will apply for disability.

Also, according to the explanatory note to the document, if the age does not return to its previous course, then the risk of youth unemployment will increase.

Recall that at the beginning of the summer, the labor committee of the State Duma announced that the increase in the retirement age and the reduction in the amount of payments are not under discussion. Thus, the head of the committee, Yaroslav Nilov, said that the pension reform in 2018 is in a transitional phase.

A member of the labor committee, Mikhail Tarasenko, focused on the dependence of retirement age on labor productivity.

He noted that most likely you won't have to increase your age, but think in the opposite direction. Reason & # 8211; in the excess workforce that will result from robotization and automation of production.

As Topnews wrote, in April of this year the FIU recalled that some Russians will be able to take early retirement, already in 2021. Thus, this right can be exercised by Russian women born in 1965 and mothers of four children. .

In addition, since 2023 Russian women & # 8211; mothers of three who raised them to age eight will be able to retire at 57.

Russian women who have given birth to at least five children will be able to retire at age 50.

An early pension can also be awarded to Russians with seniority among men & # 8211; 42 years old, female & # 8211; 37. And residents of the Far North were entitled to early retirement, for them the age arrives 5 years earlier than the general rules, if they have at least 15 years' work experience .

Finally, one of the parents can take early retirement in families where there is a disabled child under the age of eight, as well as Russians & # 8211; guardians of the disabled since childhood.