Ukraine will receive another batch of PzH 2000 howitzers from the West

The authorities of Germany and the Netherlands agreed to send another batch of Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled artillery mounts to Ukraine.

Spiegel publications, this decision was made on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid, where the defense ministers of both countries, Christine Lambrecht and Kasja Ollongren, agreed that they would supply the Ukrainian military with 6 such howitzers, three from Germany and three more from the Netherlands.

Recall that Kyiv is waiting for Berlin's approval to purchase another 100 self-propelled howitzers.

Some Telegram channels have previously published photos and videos of the use of the PzH 2000 during the conflict in Ukraine.


Kosachev appreciated the decision of Bulgaria on Russian diplomats: a childish act

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Vice Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev commented on his Telegram channel on the decision of the Bulgarian authorities to expel 70 Russian diplomats.

"It happened in childhood, when there was no appetite, … you dumped porridge from the plate on the floor in protest. This is how the Bulgarians… expel Russian diplomats,” he wrote.

According to Kosachev, this is a childish strategy: “”Just to distract attention from themselves and if only parents would notice.”



Israeli authorities banned Ukrainians from entering the country without visas

Israel has decided to ban Ukrainian citizens who do not have an e-visa from entering its territory. This was announced on social networks by the Ukrainian Embassy in Jerusalem.

The message emphasizes that the Israeli leadership unilaterally, contrary to agreements, banned Ukrainian women and children who do not have electronic visas from entering the country. The embassy also noted that Russian and Belarusian oligarchs have the right to freely enter Israel.


The new law on foreign agents surprised even deputies with its wording

“You can pull up almost anyone – watching foreign films, reading foreign media”

The State Duma adopted in the second reading the bill “On Control over the Activities of Persons Under Foreign Influence”: it provides for the maintenance of a unified register of “foreign agents” – citizens, organizations and persons “affiliated” with them. Proposals to clarify the wording so that the potentially grave status could not be assigned to anyone if desired were not supported by the majority.

Photo: Alexey Merino

Legislation on “performing the functions of a foreign agent” appeared in Russia in 2012. First, it was about NGOs, then – about the media, then – about individuals and associations of citizens without forming a legal entity, as well as “affiliated with foreign agents” persons. All of them are still entered by the Ministry of Justice into separate registers. The bill, which was discussed in the second reading on June 28, is designed to combine four registries into one. The decision on inclusion in it will be entrusted to the Ministry of Justice, no judicial procedures are expected. It will be possible to apply to the court only after the fact to challenge this decision.

To be recognized as a “foreign agent”, it is sufficient to establish the fact of “foreign influence”. They may be receiving no matter how much money or other material support from “foreign sources”, and they are also directly or indirectly associated with foreigners, Russians or Russian organizations. But some “foreign influence, including through coercion, persuasion and (or) other means” is enough. If the person subjected to “influence” is simultaneously engaged in political activity, we can say that we have a ready-made “foreign agent”. And participation in any mass street events, “discussions, speeches”, and observation of elections, and signing collective letters and appeals to the authorities (on any topic), as well as “dissemination” in social networks of “opinions about decisions made by public authorities and their policies.

Reporting on the results of finalizing the text, the head of the Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption, Vasily Piskarev (ER), said that the amendments were discussed with the RSPP, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Opora Rossii, Delovaya Rossiya, and the chairman of the HRC under President Valery Fadeev.

The concern of entrepreneurs is understandable: commercial organizations, Russian or foreign, can also be included in the register. Under no circumstances are state companies, state corporations, political parties, authorities at all levels and “persons controlled by them” physical or legal, religious organizations, consulates and representative offices of international organizations in Russia to be recognized as “foreign agents” under any circumstances. Employers' associations and chambers of commerce and industry were added to the list of exceptions for the second reading. Aleksey Kurinny (KPRF) asked why they didn’t add trade union organizations: “Are they unreliable?” Mr. Piskarev responded that trade union activities “could also be linked to foreign funding.” That is, yes, potentially unreliable.

Independent MP Oksana Dmitrieva called “dangerous” the wording that refers to persons affiliated with “foreign agents” as all those who “belong (was)” in the organization – “foreign agent”, or worked in it. “People ever, two, three or ten years ago, worked in some organization, which was later recognized as a foreign agent,” and now what? Mr. Piskarev said that the procedure for inclusion in the register and other details will be written later in 19 by-laws, which will be developed by the government and the Ministry of Justice. They should appear by December 1, 2022 – the entry into force of the law is scheduled for this day …

Ksenia Goryacheva (“New People”) was also worried about the prospects for Russian science and education: until recently, the involvement of foreign specialists and teachers was one of the indicators of the effectiveness of universities, researchers were encouraged to publish abroad, there were educational programs and internships abroad … “Everything people writing public texts of a political or non-political nature will now be at risk of being recognized as “foreign agents”, we will actually push scientists to leave the country,” she said, suggesting “to rely on common sense” and clarify vague wording.

Mr. Piskarev said that the draft law spells out “everything that goes to ensure the security of the country and protect it from covert foreign interference,” and that inclusion in the register requires political activity and “the influence of a foreign state, a customer.” During the discussion, he used the word “customer” several times, but there is no connection between foreign influence, on the one hand, and political activity, on the other, in the adopted document.

The wording “foreign influence” is written in such a way that “almost every person can be pulled up – watching foreign films, reading foreign media websites or broadcasting meetings of the UN Security Council,” insisted Oleg Mikhailov (KPRF). Here, Mr. Piskarev said that the developers took as a basis “the basic laws that work all over the world, including in America,” and suggested “those who criticize the bill decide who they are with.” According to him, “the task is not to infringe on someone's rights, because the status of a foreign agent is not a punishment.” But the list of restrictions on the rights that the inclusion in the registry will entail is significantly expanded compared to the current ones: in particular, “foreign agents” involved in creative professions will be prohibited from receiving financial support from the state.

In general, any “foreign agents” will not be able to claim any “state financial support”.

“What, do they recognize a woman as a foreign agent, and she will not receive a pension or mother capital? With the vagueness of the wording on indirect grounds, will you doom people to a miserable existence? – Mikhail Matveev (KPRF) wanted to remove the mention of “indirect influence” from the definition of foreign influence. “You have already mentioned the American experience in the fight against foreign agents twice. Have you yourself come under indirect foreign influence?” he asked Mr. Piskarev. The speaker refused to answer this question.

The third reading will take place on June 29.


Belarusians will help Russia create an unmanned attack helicopter

The domestic aviation industry failed to cope with the task on its own

The media reported on the development in Russia of attack helicopter drones weighing almost a ton. Now the Russian army does not have such drones. According to RIA Novosti sources, it is planned to create a “flying infantry fighting vehicle” capable of destroying enemy manpower and light armored vehicles. As Denis Fedutinov, an expert in the field of unmanned systems, told MK, the unmanned helicopter will most likely be created in cooperation with Belarusian specialists.

< /p> Photo: Russian Helicopters.

Helicopter-type drones have one indisputable advantage – they do not need an airfield strip with dense coverage for takeoff and landing. Therefore, the leading armies of the world have acquired such drones. Shipborne versions of unmanned helicopters also appeared. So far, the Russian aviation industry has only promising “projects” in this area. Not a single helicopter-type heavy unmanned vehicle has been adopted.

Therefore, the information published in the media could not but attract attention. It is said that the mass of the device will be 750 kg. It will be able to carry a 200 kg payload. In the strike vehicle version, this is a decent amount of missile ammunition.

Helicopter-type drones are also in demand in the navy. All for the same reason – they are easier to launch from the deck, they are more compact, than drones with wings.

There are analogues abroad. For example, the French VSR700, which is being developed for the country's Navy based on a conventional Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter.

Commenting on the information about the new strike drone, Denis Fedutinov noted that, most likely, we are talking about replenishing the line of unmanned aerial vehicles of the domestic helicopter holding “by acquiring another foreign development.”

– Namely, an unmanned aerial vehicle Hunter, created by the Minsk Design Bureau “Unmanned Helicopters,” the expert said.

According to him, in recent years, Belarusian developers have managed to significantly develop their competencies in the field of unmanned vehicles.

Such Russian-Belarusian cooperation in the development of military equipment became possible thanks to the latest important decisions of the leaders of Russia and Belarus in terms of military and military-technical cooperation.

– It is worth noting that this practice is not used by the Russian helicopter holding holding – said Denis Fedutinov. – In the same way, the task of developing a lighter device in the family of promising drones – BAS-200, which was first demonstrated at the MAKS-2021 international air show, was solved. The same Belarusian company was involved in its creation.

According to the expert, the idea of ​​attracting third-party developers to form a line of drones for the Russian army has been expressed for a long time.

– Initially, they concerned the segment of lighter vehicles, – said the expert. – At the same time, not against the background of the fact that Russian companies have not implemented their own successful projects in the dimension of “Hunter”, the idea to use the achievements of Belarusian specialists looks like a logical step.


Matvienko called for a radical reform of the state apparatus

The Speaker of the Federation Council called on the head of government to adapt the management structure to modern realities

Valentina Matvienko called on Mikhail Mishustin to continue the fight against bureaucracy and adapt the management system to the new realities, in which, due to sanctions, turned out to be a country. The speaker of the Federation Council expressed her doubts about the need for redundant “padding structures”. She also complained about the unprofessionalism of the deputy ministers. “Our contacts show that not everyone has a specialized education and relevant competencies,” she said. Mishustin demanded more specifics from the senators: each personnel problem, according to him, has a first and last name.


Members of the Federation Council came to a meeting with ministers at an odd hour: the spring session is coming to an end, long summer holidays are ahead. However, no one seems to be going on vacation this year.

“The situation requires maximum mobilization and concentration of efforts,” Matvienko said. She lamented that not all government officials are aware of the urgency of the situation: “some “expect that the sanctions will be lifted and everything will be as before, although the collective West did not impose them at all for this.” In general, “Russia has been living under certain sanctions since the time of Ivan the Terrible.”

The speaker of the Federation Council expressed confidence that the administrative reform carried out by the head of the Cabinet of Ministers in the current conditions is no longer enough: “it’s not about the number of officials”, but in the cumbersomeness of the system and redundancy of bureaucracy.

No one has been able to completely defeat the bureaucracy, but, according to Matvienko, it is quite possible to reduce its pernicious influence. “We need to adapt the management system to the new realities,” she stressed. And I asked myself a question that had already repeatedly (albeit unanswered) been heard both within the walls of the White House and in other high offices: why do we need “lining structures” between the authorities and the real sector?

“I understand, Rosatom, Roscosmos. But there are questions about others,” Matvienko said, noting that in each region there are from 50 to 70 representative offices of various federal authorities.

The speaker of the Federation Council believes that it is time to rethink the philosophy of the state apparatus: “somewhere strengthen the role of the state, and somewhere, on the contrary, loosen the reins.

It is possible to “weaken”, for example, control and supervisory measures. (Here, for greater persuasiveness, she cited an extensive quote from Vladimir Putin's speech at the SPIEF, where he spoke of the need to permanently rid all enterprises whose activities are not related to the safety of people and objects from inspections.) Now in Russia there are 132 types of state control, for which they are responsible 33 federal authorities. Moreover, sometimes these bodies make conflicting decisions. For example, the security forces demand that school administrations install bars on the windows of the first floor, and the fire service – immediately dismantle them, Matviyenko cited the example.

As for “strengthening”, it is often necessary for the ministries and departments themselves. “We need a personnel reset, the call to the civil service of anti-crisis managers – people who are able to make decisions, take responsibility, and have practical managerial experience,” she said. Matvienko did not criticize the leaders themselves. But deputy ministers, in her opinion, do not always have the qualities required in the current conditions. “Contacts with them show that not everyone has a specialized education and sufficient experience, some, instead of making independent decisions, are waiting for instructions from above.” “Maybe we need to strengthen the requirements for this category of civil servants,” the head of the Federation Council addressed Mishustin.

However, the prime minister, it seemed, was a little offended by such a formulation of the issue. According to him, before the administrative reform, the structure of all federal executive bodies was carefully studied. “And typification, accuracy in the number of departments and deputy ministers was introduced,” Mishustin said, noting that a total of 30,000 civil servants were laid off. As for the “incompetent” deputy ministers, he said the government is ready to carefully study the claims of senators if names and surnames are indicated. “Directly,” he said.

The prime minister did not support Matviyenko's pessimism regarding the reform of control and supervisory activities. The results, in his opinion, are already very good. “Compared to 2019, the number of inspections has halved and continues to decline,” Mishustin assured, adding that strict supervision is maintained only where it is impossible to do without it.


The expert revealed the secret of the mercenaries burned at Azovstal

“DNA samples should have been taken from them”

Foreign mercenaries and instructors in Ukraine risk getting shot in the back by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and militants of the National Battalion. Executions of those who, in no case, should not be captured and speak, are becoming massive. Recently, a bunker was found at Azovstal with the charred remains of foreign mercenaries, partially burnt personal belongings and documents, including American passports. A few days ago, the burnt bodies of mercenaries from England and Poland were discovered in Lisichansk and Severodonetsk. We talked to political scientist Marat Bashirov and military expert Vladislav Shurygin about whether high-ranking NATO officers could be among the liquidated foreigners.


The bunker at Azovstal, where foreigners were apparently killed and burned, was shown in a TV report by reporter Andrey Rudenko. He also drew attention to the fact that the bodies of fighters of Ukrainian units and Azov fighters (the Russian Federation is going to recognize them as extremist) had previously been found in a refrigerator. Each deceased was packed in a bag, and a tag was attached to the body. And the foreigners were burned so as not to be declassified.

Do I believe that there were foreigners, foreign mercenaries? Yes, says political scientist Marat Bashirov. “Do I believe that foreign mercenaries had certain information that should have been left out of our attention? Yes. Do I believe that they were killed by soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine or militants of the National Battalion? Yes. Was it an order from Kyiv? Don't know. It is possible that this was an initiative, as they say, from below.

— No, I think they looked at them as an opportunity to learn something and get weapons.

In turn, TASS, citing its sources close to the People's Militia of the LPR, reported that the burnt bodies of several foreign citizens killed by nationalists were found in Severodonetsk and Lisichansk. The remains belonged to citizens of Great Britain and Poland. Apparently, a command was issued to eliminate foreign instructors, since they knew a lot about the activities of foreign intelligence services in the Donbass. It was impossible to allow them to speak when they were captured.

“Foreign media write about dozens of dead mercenaries who fought on the side of Ukraine,” says Marat Bashirov. “We should take DNA samples from them and offer to identify them through the Western media. Because any relative – mother, wife, father, brother, sister – will want to know about the fate of their loved one. To do this, they will need to donate DNA and compare with the samples received.

– They received the task directly from their supervisors. These were oral instructions. And those that were received in writing, they probably tried to burn them along with the documents. Why was it necessary to leave witnesses alive who would give names, surnames, passwords, appearances. They are much more convincing than some papers and documents. Therefore, they could be eliminated.

Why do people in Europe and the West need to know that their government is deliberately inflating militarism in Ukraine, spending colossal money and resources, instead of solving internal problems.

– In any military hierarchy, where there are more than ten people, there are always high-ranking officers. They send not ordinary shooters to Ukraine, but at least instructors. And then the leaders of these instructors appear, staff officers, people who make decisions on the spot, ensuring the movement of dozens of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This is such a pyramid, you can detect, identify only the instructor, but you understand that there are several more levels above and below him.

Military expert Vladislav Shurygin, in turn, says that information about foreign advisers and instructors operating in Ukraine will become known one way or another.

— We have 2.5 thousand Ukrainian prisoners of war, each of whom will tell everything he knows for the opportunity to cut off his sentence , — says Vladislav Shurygin.

Now that Ukrainian units are surrounded, foreign mercenaries and instructors seem to need to walk around and look around.

“They are ready for anything, they only think about life and death,” says political scientist Marat Bashirov. “But those who are near Zelensky, who work in his team, must understand that sooner or later information about their interaction with foreign armed forces will leak out. But it seems to me that they are no longer afraid of anything. They only think about money. We are sure that when everything is over, they will leave. And they will have a quiet and happy life.


Delegation of the Public Council under the Ministry of Defense will visit the polar garrisons

How are you serving, defenders of the Arctic?

Members of the Public Council under the Ministry of Defense of Russia, headed by Chairman of the Council, Editor-in-Chief of MK Pavel Gusev, arrived in Severomorsk, the main base of the Northern Fleet, on June 28 . The main goal of the public is to find out in what conditions the sailors of the North Sea serve and live. They are responsible for the vast expanses of the Russian Arctic.

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

The Northern Fleet is not just the most powerful of the four Russian fleets. The responsible tasks that lie ahead of it demanded that the status of the Northern Fleet be changed. Today it is a powerful unified strategic command with the rights of a military district. Neither the Pacific, nor the Baltic, nor the Black Sea fleets have such a status.

The trip of the Public Council to the polar garrisons began with a meeting with the commander of the fleet, Admiral Alexander Moiseev. He briefly spoke about what the fleet is doing, about how the Severomorsk sailors serve in close proximity to NATO countries and their fleets. And then the conversation turned to what the council members came to the North for – about the conditions of service and social security of military personnel.

The commander admitted that, although the security of military units is generally good, unlike what happened, for example, in the 90s, a number of social problems exist.

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Service in This region is complicated by the peculiarities of the climate, which is severe here. Providing garrisons with heat in such conditions is another task. The infrastructure needs repair much more often than in the southern regions.

There are many remote garrisons, which are not easy to reach, especially in winter, during the polar night and long blizzards.

These and other social significant issues are planned to be discussed with the command of the fleet. On the same day, the delegation visited families of servicemen living in Severomorsk. We are planning a trip to more remote garrisons.


The removal of the memorial plaque to the Lithuanian philosopher was not appreciated by the inhabitants of the Kaliningrad region

Expert: “Russia should not be subject to the deadly influences of the West”

The strange actions of the Kaliningrad authorities, who ordered the removal of a commemorative plaque in honor of the Lithuanian philosopher Vidunas (real name – Wilhelmas Starosta) from the house in the city of Sovetsk, caused an immediate response from the locals. They are outraged by the act of their mayors. What happens? We give a mirror response to the Lithuanian authorities, who are demolishing monuments to Soviet soldiers, and after that we continue to consider ourselves humanists?

Photo: Frame from video

Recall that the demolition of the tablet found quite a plausible official pretext. The head of the administration of Sovetsk, Yevgeny Makarov, wrote on social networks that some “comrades” asked Vidunas to perpetuate the memory of hussar Denis Davydov instead of the memorial.

For you to understand, Vidunas lived in Tilsit (the historical name of Sovetsk) since 1892. There he taught English and French at school. Denis Davydov was present in the city at the signing of the Treaty of Tilsit in 1807 between Russia and France.

At the same time, the official did not comment on the situation, but the residents do it quite willingly. “There is no limit to indignation” – this is how you can briefly characterize their reaction.

“In my memory, to be honest, there was not a single case when the plates on the buildings were dismantled,” the sculptor Irina Makarova is surprised. – Even on those buildings in which Lenin once spoke … He did not live, but simply spoke – they continue to hang. What harm did this unfortunate philosopher do to the people of Kaliningrad?

“Radicalization on both sides does not do honor to our country,” sighs political scientist Andrei Kortunov. – It is better to leave the philosophers aside from those interstate disputes that are now taking place in the international arena. If this thinker did not make any ultra-left political statements during his lifetime, the memory of him should not be forgotten.

Political scientist Alexei Mukhin agrees with this opinion. He believes that an attempt to imitate Western politicians and try on the “cancellation culture” that flourishes in Europe will be tantamount to a rejection of universal human values ​​and achievements.

– And what if we then start the selection of physicists, doctors, writers? Mukhin says. – No, Russia should not be exposed to the deadly influences of the West.

Pay attention to one recent story: after liters of dirt poured on Johnny Depp, the Disney company turned its back on him. And as soon as the trial was completed, at which he regained his honest name, contracts for the actor fell again. This is the height of hypocrisy. “Cancellation culture” is now mainstream, but we don't need to go with it. We need moral restrictions that will allow us not to mix with the dirt of truly great people.

Political scientist Alexei Makarkin, in turn, called the completed dismantling a counterproductive measure.

— The decision is clearly strange, because this the memorial plaque is connected with a regional history that cannot be canceled in principle,” he says. – Until recently, the refusal to demolish monuments and rewrite history was our serious argument in historical discussions. And now we have become like our opponents, thereby losing this dispute. I hope the board will be returned to its place in the near future.


Residents of Izyum described the situation: things are exchanged for food

What's going on in the frontline city

The trip to Izyum turned out to be, like most adventures, “spontaneous by design”. In other words, for several days in a row we, a group of journalists, discussed organizational issues, prepared, but everything was decided late at night, almost a couple of hours before the departure of the convoy, with which we were to pass the checkpoints. Looking ahead, I’ll say that you can’t just get into the liberated city in the Kharkiv region.

Photo: Lina Korsak

The adventure began almost immediately. Literally twenty kilometers from Lugansk, our frisky Gazelle crashed. A blade flew off the fan, which pierced the radiator. There was no way to move on, and we had no choice but to return for repairs. To be honest, at that moment my nerves were pretty tense.

“What will happen if they don’t fix it? When else will there be a chance to go to Izyum?” – I was spinning in my head for two and a half hours, while the mechanics unscrewed something, screwed it on, poking around under the hood.

As soon as all the details were replaced, we jumped into the car and rushed to catch up with the column. Plans to sleep collapsed immediately, as soon as the normal road ended. The Gazelle bounced in the pits, justifying its name, and from time to time I wanted to put on a helmet right in the car so as not to stick my head into the ceiling.

The column of the “humanitarian front” was caught up only after Svatovo. This was the first point of unloading humanitarian aid for the fighters of the People's Militia of the LPR. Having shipped the parcels, we set off, and now the long-awaited sign “Kharkiv region” appeared in the distance.

Photo: Lina Korsak < p>Contrary to my expectations, the road surface here was in perfect condition. As well as the first city through which our path ran. If it weren't for checkpoints and occasional military equipment, the situation would be quite peaceful.

– This is Kupyansk, our driver Stas explained. As you can see, he survived completely. “Dill” left him without a fight, thereby saving both the people and the city itself.

However, despite the outward calm and grace, it is a mistake to think that the life of Kupyansk has not changed in any way over the past four months. Gasoline problems. Prices in stores, as the military said, have increased significantly, but locals are not doing very well with money. Ukraine has stopped paying pensions and benefits, a number of firms and enterprises have closed or have not yet had time to adapt to the new government.

About prices. For example, the 92nd gasoline in Kupyansk, which hucksters sell from canisters without shame or conscience, costs 40 hryvnias. Transferring to Russian money – 80 rubles. For understanding, in the same Luhansk where we came from, it costs 39 rubles.

On the outskirts of the city, the “war horse” let us down again. This time, the “gazelle” began to boil, which, in principle, was expected in a thirty-degree heat.

While the driver conjured under the hood again, we hid in the shade of a tree.

– Do you have dry rations? ? – a child's voice interrupted our conversations.

Three boys of about ten years old with inflatable swimming rings under their arms looked hopefully at the gathered people in uniform.

– No, guys, no, – answered one of the fighters.

– How is it not? Are you military? – as if doubting the refusal, one of the boys was indignant.

– Well, we are not such military men, – our driver Stas laughed.

The child clearly did not appreciate the joke and frowned.


– Do you have any money for ice cream?

I had to give the boys change, and they rushed off happy.

Photo: Lina Korsak

– A month ago they stood all along the road, – Stas explained without raising his head. – Military vehicles were met and dry rations were asked. And even earlier, it was possible to exchange a bottle of vodka for a machine here, and a pack of cigarettes for a good “bronik”. People picked up all the Ukrainian goods, and then they went and offered.

This time, the repair of the car took only about half an hour, and we moved on. The closer they approached Izyum, the less prosperous landscapes opened around. Broken houses, burned-out military equipment, asphalt “suspended” from the arrival of shells.

Izyum himself, with clearly traces of front-line life, did not evoke in me the horror that arose at the sight of Mariupol, Rubizhne, Popasna and other cities burned by Ukrainian artillery. And the silence was also amazing, absolutely incompatible with devastation. As the guides said, fortunately, the last week in the city, one might say, is quiet. Shelling, of course, is still there, but their number has decreased significantly. As well as the amount of military equipment. The front line moved further. Most people are returning to their homes, the city has been provided with electricity and water, and humanitarian aid is being delivered.

– And where are all the residents? – I'm interested in the military.

– The curfew has not yet been lifted. From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., it is forbidden to wander the streets, otherwise you can go to the commandant's office for an explanation. It is only at first glance that everything is quiet, Ukrainian DRGs – sabotage and reconnaissance groups – are operating, be healthy.

For the night, it was decided to stay at the location of the military. And it's safer and there are no conveniences.

The night passed quietly.

At 7 in the morning, as my interlocutor promised, the city came to life. Civilian cars with tied white rags were cutting along the roads, cyclists were hurrying somewhere, mothers with strollers were walking peacefully.

– Tell us, how is the situation now? – I decided to ask a young couple passing by me.

– Oh, what can I say? – turning away from the camera, the dark-haired girl Ekaterina in a colorful summer dress was embarrassed.

Photo: Lina Korsak

– Heavy environment , – instead of her, a young man who introduced himself as Sergey decided to answer. – It's been quieter for about a week now, there's less shooting.

According to the man, everything is still not easy with food in the city. Humanitarian aid is brought in limited quantities. Those who have their own farms sell eggs, milk, and vegetables. However, not everyone can buy something, with people things are even worse with money. Therefore, those who do not have cash are forced to exchange personal belongings for food. So they survive.

– At the very beginning, did the Ukrainian side somehow try to help people?

– They say that they seemed to be taken to the other side, – Katya says emboldened.

During the shelling, according to the couple, people hid wherever they could – in the basements of private houses, cellars, shelters. There were no centralized bomb shelters.

When asked what they think about the changes that have taken place, young people honestly answer that the main thing is for everything to get better faster.

– It doesn’t matter who will be, – he admits Sergey. – I believe that Russians and Ukrainians should not be enemies, we speak the same language, and we have no reason to fight. All ordinary people just want to live in peace.

Izyum, Kharkiv region.


US Treasury bans gold imports from Russia

Japan, Canada and Britain also joined the US decision.

The US authorities have imposed a ban on the import of Russian gold into the country, according to the website of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.

According to a press release, the decree comes into force on June 25 and will not affect the amount of gold that is already outside of Russia.

Japan, Canada and Britain also joined the US decision.

It is noteworthy that a little earlier, according to the Independent newspaper, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the G7 summit in Germany confirmed the intention impose a ban on the import of Russian gold.

Note that in addition to this, the United States imposed sanctions against about 100 objects of the Russian Federation related to the military-industrial complex.

Moreover, about 70 of the organizations included in the list play a key role for the military-industrial complex of the Russian Federation, including Rostec, as well as 29 individuals, the FSB (repeatedly) and 45 legal entities.

In addition, the US State Department introduced visa restrictions, adding more than 500 officers of the RF Armed Forces to the lists.< /p>

Earlier, Topnews wrote that the FT explained why anti-Russian sanctions were useless and it could not be isolated rove.


How many diapers are certified?

Subject Social Security

If the rehabilitation program states that two diapers per day are required, how many diapers will be issued an electronic certificate?

For disabled people, an electronic certificate for diapers is issued for 90 days. Accordingly, in this case, a certificate for 180 diapers will be issued.

If the individual rehabilitation or habilitation program (IPRA) ends earlier, the validity of the certificate and the number of diapers will be reduced, taking into account the indicated period of provision.

< p>For persons affected by accidents at work and occupational diseases, an electronic certificate will be issued for the number of diapers recommended by the rehabilitation program (PRP) for the duration of its validity, but not more than 12 months.

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How to buy a hearing aid?

Subject Social insurance

How to use the issued electronic certificate for the purchase of hearing aids in the store?

First you need to choose the product itself &mdash ; Which hearing aid do you need? In the Catalog of technical means of rehabilitation on the website of the Social Insurance Fund (, find the required product. In its description, you can find out the specific characteristics of the product, as well as points of sale using the electronic certificate on the card.

When paying in the store, you must present the MIR bank card to which the electronic certificate is linked. Then the amount of TCP that you purchased will be debited from the certificate (within the remaining amount on the certificate). In this case — hearing aid.

If you need to pay the amount from your own funds, this can be done either from the “MIR” card on which the certificate is recorded, or from another card or in cash.

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Can you buy one item for the price of two?

Subject Social insurance

Is it possible to buy one hearing aid for 10 thousand rubles without paying extra if there is an electronic certificate for two hearing aids with a maximum price 5 thousand rubles for each?

No, when paying with a certificate, as many units of goods are deducted from it as were purchased. Moreover, if the price of a unit of goods in the store exceeds the maximum unit price in the certificate, then the difference for each unit of goods will have to be paid from your own funds.

Thus, when buying one hearing aid for 10 thousand rubles. One hearing aid will be debited from your certificate, and you will need to pay an additional 5,000 rubles. After the purchase, one hearing aid with a maximum price of 5,000 rubles will remain on your certificate.

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Can I get cash instead of an electronic certificate?

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Is it possible to receive the amount of an electronic certificate in cash or on a bank card and use the money to purchase rehabilitation equipment?

< p> No, the current legislation does not provide for the transfer of an electronic certificate into a monetary form. In the same way, when buying a product at a price less than the maximum price of a TCP unit in an electronic certificate, the difference is not refundable. Let's say if you have an electronic certificate for a cane for 1000 rubles, and you bought a cane with a certificate for 700 rubles, the remaining 300 rubles. cannot be received in cash.

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What is the amount of the certificate?

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The maximum amount for paying for a technical means of rehabilitation using an electronic certificate is determined by the price of a similar TSR, which the Social Insurance Fund purchased under a contract to provide citizens in a particular region. Moreover, according to the new government decree, a government contract is taken into account, during which at least one product was delivered (work, service was performed) within 60 calendar days before the date of filing an application for securing TSR using an electronic certificate. That is, the available funds on the electronic certificate will be equal to the amount of this last purchase. This is done so that people with disabilities can purchase rehabilitation equipment at a more current market value, which may change due to price increases.

So far, such a mechanism for determining the amount available on an electronic certificate for the purchase of a technical rehabilitation equipment , is valid until January 1, 2023. Then the authorities will analyze its effectiveness and make a further decision on its extension or change.

If the selected technical means of rehabilitation costs more than the amount of the certificate, you can pay the difference from your own funds.

The approximate amount that will be available for the purchase of TCP using an electronic certificate can be found in the Technical Catalog means of rehabilitation ( It is indicated for each specific type of technical means of rehabilitation.

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Can I return a product purchased with an e-certificate?

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Yes. This possibility is provided. The return occurs to the point of sale or distribution network where the purchase was made. If the outlet agrees to the return of TCP, you need to present the “MIR” card, on which the certificate is recorded. The amount returned will be added to the certificate. If the certificate has not expired, it can be used again to purchase TCP. The certificate does not expire when returned.

Exception — Certain items that are non-refundable. The list of non-food products of good quality that cannot be exchanged was approved by Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of December 31, 2020 No. 2463.

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Why are certificate amounts different?

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One electronic certificate for a cane issued for 1 thousand rubles. Another was issued to the victim at work in the amount of 1.5 thousand rubles. Why?

The Social Insurance Fund acquires technical means of rehabilitation to provide for the disabled (veterans) and for the provision of persons injured as a result of accidents at work and occupational diseases, under various contracts. The price of some types of TSR in contracts may differ, since the volume of state guarantees for the disabled and for persons injured at work is different. The maximum price of a TCP unit in an electronic certificate is determined separately under contracts for disabled people and for those injured at work.

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How to calculate a purchase using an electronic certificate?

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Several purchases were made using an electronic certificate, and now there are 10 diapers left with a maximum price of 20 rubles. a piece. In the store, diapers are sold in packs of 30 pieces, a pack costs 750 rubles. Can I buy a pack of diapers?

Yes, you can buy more items than what is left on your certificate, but in this case, for an item that exceeds the balance on the certificate, you will need to pay the full price from your own funds.

In this case, you purchase 10 diapers at the expense of the certificate and 20 diapers at your own expense. One diaper in the store costs 25 rubles. Therefore, for 10 diapers you pay extra 5 rubles apiece, and for 20 diapers you pay the full price — 25 rub. a piece. In total, you pay 550 rubles. from own funds.

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How many items are debited at checkout?

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If an electronic certificate is issued for 180 diapers with a maximum price of 20 rubles. per piece, is it possible to buy 120 diapers at a price of 30 rubles. per piece, without paying extra money, because the total amount of the purchase will be equal to the amount of the certificate — 360 rubles?

No, when paying with a certificate, as many units of goods are deducted from it as were purchased. If you buy 120 diapers for 30 rubles, then for each diaper you will need to pay an extra 10 rubles. from own funds, only 1.2 thousand rubles.

After the purchase, 60 diapers will remain on your certificate.

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Can I pay for rehabilitation services for a disabled child with a certificate?

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My child needs rehabilitation due to a disability. Can I choose an organization providing rehabilitation services myself and pay with an electronic certificate?

So far, only parents in some regions will have this opportunity. The Government of the Russian Federation approved a resolution (No. 2339 dated 12/17/2021) on conducting a pilot project for the rehabilitation of disabled children from 4 to 17 years, who were diagnosed with disability for the first time and determined the need for comprehensive rehabilitation and habilitation services.

The project began to operate from 2 June 2022  in the Sverdlovsk and Tyumen regions. 300 & nbsp; million rubles have already been provided in the federal budget. for the provision of rehabilitation services for children with disabilities using an electronic certificate. The use of an electronic certificate will allow parents (legal representatives) of children with serious health problems to choose an organization providing rehabilitation services, the period for the provision of such services and pay for them independently.

The certificate will be able to pay for rehabilitation services, as well as meals and accommodation of a disabled child and an accompanying adult in the chosen organization. The Social Insurance Fund provides travel by rail to the place of rehabilitation and back of the child and accompanying person. It also compensates for travel expenses by a private car (if necessary).

The project will last until the end of 2024  After that, the Ministry of Labor will submit a report on its results to the government, and a decision will be made on the advisability of extending the service to other subjects of the Russian Federation.

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When are disabled people provided with vouchers to a sanatorium?

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I'm disabled. Applied for spa treatment. When will I get a voucher?

Permits are purchased within the budget funds approved by the Social Insurance Fund for the current financial year, and are provided to persons entitled to receive state social assistance, in the order of priority that is formed depending on the date of application. 

The period of provision of social services to citizens – calendar year (Part 2, Article 6.3 No. 178-FZ dated 17.07.1999) However, this norm does not establish the obligation to provide annual spa treatment, i. they are obliged to provide you with a ticket to the sanatorium no more than 1 time per year. Let's say if 50 & nbsp; vouchers are allocated, and there are fewer applications, then all beneficiaries will receive vouchers. If there are more applications, then the vouchers will be distributed to the first 50 people in the queue.

If a citizen has not been provided with a voucher for sanatorium treatment during the calendar year, then this service is not considered provided, and he retains the right to provide it. You can find out your queue number at any convenient time on the website of the regional branch of the FSS. To do this, enter the SNILS number in the proposed field.

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How does the one-stop-shop principle work?

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I heard that now disabled people can apply for technical rehabilitation equipment or vouchers to a sanatorium not only in the Social Insurance Fund, but also in Pension Fund. Is this true?

Yes, from June 1, the Social Insurance Fund and the Pension Fund of Russia switched to accepting applications on the principle of “one stop shop”. This means that in all branches of the Social Insurance Fund it is now possible to apply for PFR services:

  • on the delivery of a pension;
  • on obtaining a certificate of inclusion in the category of citizens of pre-retirement age.


At the same time June 1, 2022  in all branches of the Pension Fund, you can apply for:

  • providing disabled people with technical means of rehabilitation;
  • provision of vouchers for sanatorium treatment, free travel on intercity transport to the place of treatment and back.

Mutual provision of services became possible thanks to the resolution of the Board of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation and the FSS RF dated 25.04.2022 No. 67p/12«O conducting a pilot project to organize information interaction between the territorial bodies of the Pension fund of the Russian Federation, the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation in the provision of public services within the framework of the “one stop shop”.

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How secure is information on documents in electronic form?

Subject Social insurance

Now there are more and more services and documents in electronic form, including medical diagnoses, information about benefits. And can a person be sure that his personal data and diagnosis information will not fall into the wrong hands?

The information system of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation provides all the necessary conditions for protecting information and saving its confidentiality in in accordance with requirements of legislation in the field of information technology.

At the same time, information about diagnosis of a patient of a medical organization is not displayed in the electronic certificate of incapacity for work.

Third-party access to  ;they don't have an electronic certificate of incapacity for work.

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Sometimes the parents of our children cannot even immediately believe that a stranger gave them the most valuable gift with his translation – brought back hope. But for  us, these are no longer strangers, but confirmation that a person can become a support and support for a person, despite distances. And that even one transfer from Tyumen can save a girl from Zelenograd and a boy from Ulyanovsk. Thank you to everyone who does not stand aside!

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How to buy diapers if there are 2 certificates?

Subject Social insurance

If there are 4 diapers left in the electronic diaper certificate for the previous period. There is also a new certificate for a new period for 180 diapers. The store sells diapers in packs of 30. Can I use two certificates for purchase: write off 4 diapers from the old one, and 26 from the new one?

No, it will be used for purchase only one certificate. In your case, 4 remaining diapers will be written off from the old certificate, and for 26 diapers you will need to pay the full cost. 



Living things require care. How to help older people keep their interest in life

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Gardenotherapy for psychosocial resilience. Retro parties as a remedy for loneliness. Support program for social workers. Interesting initiatives are being implemented in the regions so that the older generation continues to live actively.

In No. 23 “AiF” (06/08/2022) we talked about three projects that became the winners of the II All-Russian selection of the best practices for active longevity. It is held annually with the support of the national project “Demography”. Today we present 3 more interesting programs.

Kostroma Garden

The Japanese, as you know, love to contemplate flowers and other plants. There is a special philosophical meaning in this. But our people love to work in the garden and in the garden. And even those want to tinker in the ground, whose home has become a boarding school, — especially if they arrived there from the countryside.

“We would like a greenhouse or a small vegetable garden,” — Residents of the Zavolzhsky boarding school for the elderly and disabled began to turn to its leadership. It is located in the Kostroma region. There are a lot of people there, and everyone wants to taste zucchini grown with their own hands, cucumbers and tomatoes.

They got their own beds, and high for convenience. They installed them on the territory where there were always flower beds. And here — who is in a chair, who is in a wheelchair — pensioners took up garden therapy. That is, they began to cultivate their own garden: pumpkin, onions, radishes, peppers, cabbage, lettuce, strawberries.

Those who are younger focused on flowers and landscape design in areas with ornamental plants — enjoy beauty and harmony. In winter — indoor floriculture in a beautiful “green living room”, where there are many plants.

Half of the residents of the boarding house take care of the plants: 65 people do it on the territory of the institution, 85 grow seedlings and indoor flowers. Kostroma gardeners and gardeners admit that working with plants distracts them from sad thoughts and especially helps in the autumn-winter period.

They called this project “Emerald City”. Deputy director of the orphanage Ekaterina Romanovaexplains: “We wanted to make the stay with us more comfortable for older people and people with disabilities, to create conditions for them to increase their self-confidence and realize their creative potential through horticulture.”

This special direction of psychosocial and labor rehabilitation calms and at the same time disciplines: in the morning it is necessary to check the beds, loosen, tie up, weed, water. Living things require care, and almost everyone has a desire to give it. Communication with plants (and after all, many people talk to them) improves the psycho-emotional state, a person becomes softer, more friendly, easier to contact with others.

In the boarding school beds like at home. Photo: head of the practice

It's good for neighbors together

Loneliness — a terrible thing, especially if a person is already in years, not very healthy and lives in a remote village. But this is not about the inhabitants of the Predgorny municipal district of Stavropol.

Retro parties with verses, dances and songs, charlotte and pie holidays, excursions to the best places in the region, cultural trips, Nordic walking and even a workout for them — ordinary leisure.

257 people met and became friends at the Piedmont Social Services Center. Now they cannot live without each other. These elderly people turned out to be especially united during the pandemic — they helped each other simply in a kindred way: they shared the harvest, preparations, called back, inquired about health. In general, loneliness receded. And from a person 85+ you can hear: “I love life and want to live!”

«Our project “Friendly Neighbors”, — says director of the center Natalya Donskaya, — allows older people to forget about loneliness and return to an active life. We help them get rid of anxiety, bring variety to their lives. The project does not require long preparations, large human and material resources, which makes it easy to implement it in any region of Russia, extending the period of active longevity for hundreds and even thousands of people.

Indeed, the idea is simple and clear: take it do. She has already become interested in other regions — people from all over the country come to this region of Stavropol to study the experience.

As part of the project, elderly lonely people were united in groups of 3–8 people, each of which was assigned a social worker. Neighbors gather for various events at least 2-3 times a month. The meetings are timed to coincide with public and private holidays, socially significant events.

Volunteers of the “Silver” age, motivating old people to spend their leisure time actively by their example. The project is open to people with cognitive impairments, mild to moderate dementia, and mobility problems. The group support plan includes activities aimed at preventing cognitive disorders and motivating a healthy lifestyle, organizing a healthy diet.

Help those who help

The older generation of social workers of the Ryazan center for social assistance “Good deed” — women of great spiritual generosity. And they know their business. But when it took them to master digital technology to educate their caregivers and master the skills of long-term care, they somehow withered. Solid experience, professionalism, empathy of 50+ employees, proven over the years, did not help to maintain self-confidence in the face of new trends. They began to think seriously about leaving their jobs.

But, according to general director of the center Olga PostnikovaWhen it is easier for a person to leave, the leader must create conditions that make it easier for him to stay. This is how the “Program to support the labor and social activity of women 50+” appeared here. Based on the results of testing, an individual plan was drawn up for each employee, which allows filling in the missing competencies. But the most important and effective were group psychological trainings: business games, elaboration of behavior patterns in various situations. The participants of the program, in addition to stress resistance, had a sense of shoulder. And, according to management, they have become a real pillar of the organization.

Group training — a good option to acquire new competencies. Photo: head of practice

“People who work one on one with a person, — says Olga Postnikova, — I really need psychological support. In the routine mode, they do not receive it, this is possible only while participating in special programs. It would seem that everything is simple and there is nothing special here, but in fact this technique is very effective.

Gradually, the “skeleton” lined up, and kept the center of his employees. And some of them even got a second wind. Alla Fyodorovna Kuznetsova, for example, having been seriously ill with covid and having lost a loved one in a pandemic, she returned to service at 72 and began to show double attention and care to her wards. She persuaded a deaf-blind woman to go to the doctors, and they were able to restore her hearing, and seriously took care of her eyes.

The employees of the center also mastered what they were most afraid of, — work with gadgets. So much so that they easily began to teach these skills to their wards. Now to contact Minsk and Kamchatka — Grandma and grandpa can do everything. By the way, the so-called reverse mentoring also worked in the team: the young began to help the elders navigate the virtual world, become active in social networks, make videos and photographs.

“We did not include this in the program. Just people helping people. Those whom these elders until recently led here by the hand, now they are being taught, & raquo;, — adds the director of the center.

By the way

You can get acquainted with the winning practices on the Smartek platform; Agencies for strategic initiatives:

Information about them is also available on the site national projects.rf.

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