The construction of the Power of Siberia-2 gas pipeline to China caused panic in the West

The statement on the start of construction of a gas pipeline to China was made by the Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak.

Russian gas project “Power of Siberia-2” received its implementation in the near future.

According to the Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak, the relevant plans have been discussed for a long time, but because of the work on “Nord Stream-2” implementation did not occur.

Now, due to the geopolitical situation and the stoppage of full-scale gas transportation in the European direction, it was decided to develop “Sila Sibiri-2” or Siberian Force 2, which will compensate for lost revenues “SP-2”.

It is reported that work on “Sila Siberia-2” will begin in 2024, InoSMI writes.

Part of the project will pass through Mongolian territory.

At the same time, the volume of gas supplies from Russia to Europe will decrease by 50 billion cubic meters, while supplies to China will increase from year to year, and this part of the supplies will be carried out via “Sile Sibiri-1”.

According to the readers of the French publication Le Figaro, the new energy strategy of the Russian Federation may have a negative impact on the situation in Europe.

Thus, a user with the nickname Yann believes that the measured life of Europeans has come to an end, since Europe will no longer be able to receive gas in the right quantities, and the resources of other gas producers – Norway and Algeria – not enough to fully supply European consumers.

Due to a lack of gas, wind turbines will not even be able to start, since gas generators are still required to support them.

&#8220 ;In general, this is what will happen: we will very soon find ourselves in a state of decline, which will probably mean the end of calm on our continent”, – user notes.

Earlier, TopNews wrote that last fall at the “Gazprom” for “Power of Siberia” there was an explosion.

The incident occurred in the Amur Region.


Scientists decided to teach the robot to laugh at the right time

At the Graduate School of Informatics at Kyoto University, a group of researchers decided to teach a robot to laugh appropriately, according to  journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI.

Scientists have created a robot and named it Erica. An algorithm for studying the main characteristics of laughter was also developed. The researchers collected training data from more than eight dozen speed-dating conversations. between male university students and a robot controlled by women.

According to scientists, the ability to share laughter with the user  is an important function of conversational AI. Erica's ability was tested using four dialogues created using the developed algorithm.

It turned out that  the best effect is achieved if the robot manages to match the type of laughter to the situation, and the duration of the dialogue allows the AI ​​to show its capabilities.

However, according to study lead author Koji Inoue, it may take more than two decades to achieve the ability to chat with a robot as a friend.

Previously reported that Google taught the computer to describe the smell of a substance by its chemical structure.

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The situation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border is stabilizing

The security forces and authorities of the Sughd and Batken regions of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan continue the negotiation process, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the press service of the head of the Sughd region.

It is reported that the negotiations between the Tajik and Kyrgyz delegations led to the stabilization of the situation, the local population is returning to normal life.

Today, in the morning, the work was carried out by representatives of the joint commission to stabilize the situation in the border areas.

Recall, the situation on the border of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan escalated on September 14. Skirmishes began between the military of both countries.

The authorities of Kyrgyzstan evacuated more than 136 thousand people from the combat zone on the border. People were taken out of the Batken and Osh regions of the republic.

In Tajikistan, on September 17, it was reported that the armed forces of Kyrgyzstan had fired at the Sarkhadchi checkpoint. border detachment “Lakhsh”. And in Kyrgyzstan, they said that Tajik servicemen opened mortar fire on the village of Dostuk in the Batken region.

On September 17, a meeting took place between the commander of the border troops of Tajikistan, Rajabali Rahmonali, and the director of the PS of the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan, Ularbek Sharsheev. The CSTO, in turn, welcomed the negotiations and called for a diplomatic settlement of the conflict.

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The IAEA said that the ZNPP was connected to the power grid of Ukraine

Zaporozhye NPP has been reconnected to the Ukrainian power grid after almost a week of using generators and backup power lines. This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the International Nuclear Energy Agency (IAEA).

It is noted that the station receives electricity directly from the Ukrainian national network.

The engineers managed to repair one of the four main power lines, which were damaged during the hostilities.

Earlier it was reported that on September 11, the last operating power unit of ZNPP was shut down. After that, diesel generators were launched at the station to provide for its own needs in electricity.

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APU minimized the actions of the DRG in the area of ​​Krasny Liman and Yampol – Pushilin

Ukrainian troops minimized the actions of sabotage and reconnaissance groups in the area of ​​Krasny Liman and Yampol in the Donetsk People's Republic and switched to artillery shelling of settlements, TASS reports with reference to the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin.

< p>The head of the republic said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not completely control the village of Dibrova and the village of Shchurovo, battles were currently underway with the allied forces.

Pushilin said that the Ukrainian army tried to organize a crossing near the village of Studenok. The allied forces destroyed about 70 military and 18 pieces of equipment.

Earlier, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that the offensive actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the village of Berestovoye in the DPR had failed.

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Five Syrian soldiers killed in Israeli airstrikes

Five Syrian servicemen fell victims of an Israeli air force attack on ground facilities in the province of Damascus. 

This was announced on Saturday during a briefing by the deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Major General Oleg Yegorov.

According to him, four Israeli Air Force F-16 tactical fighters struck four cruise missiles and ten guided aerial bombs. Syrian air defense systems destroyed two missiles and six guided aerial bombs.

Earlier Oleg Yegorov said that as a result of the strike of the Russian Aerospace Forces on a militant camp in the province of Idlib on September 8, it was liquidated  ;leader of the terrorist organization “Katiba Tawhid wal-Jihad”* in Syria.

*Terrorist organizations banned in the Russian Federation

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The head of the NATO Center was photographed in socks with an inscription insulting Russians

Director of the NATO Strategic Communications Center (StratCom) in Riga, Janis Sarts, arrived at the conference in Warsaw in socks of a Ukrainian manufacturer with an inscription insulting to Russian citizens on the ankles, writes RIA Novosti.

The corresponding photos appeared on Twitter on the page of the Ministry of National Defense of Poland, whose head Mariusz Blaszczak was present at the event.

A Ukrainian clothing manufacturer also reported on the incident on his account. Sarts himself confirmed in the comments that he was at the conference in the socks under discussion.

Earlier it was reported that an associate of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, Verkhovna Rada deputy Nikolai Zadorozhny arrived at an event in the Ukrainian city of Trostyanets in a sweater with the letter « V», which is an unofficial symbol of support for the Russian military special operation in Ukraine.

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A thousand smart little things. Why did ladybugs become biting?

Weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” No. 37. With all the consequences. What is pouring from the tap 09/14/2022

2022 recorded an unusual phenomenon in the Krasnodar Territory — ladybug invasion.

Bright red beetles covered various surfaces in a continuous moving carpet. At first, the people rejoiced at the opportunity to take spectacular pictures, offering their hands as landing sites. But unexpectedly, the harmless creatures of God turned out to be very biting. The limbs, of course, did not chop off, but delivered unpleasant sensations. 

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From what all of a sudden? Isn is is one of manifestations of the collective mind of insects, when in mass, large crowd, so to speak, they become a formidable force? After all, serious scientists, entomologists, believe that  some insects have not only an individual mind (if you can call them that mental abilities), but and collective, which they acquire in a group of relatives. For example, one or two ants will not build an anthill, they simply will not know how to act. And only when a certain number of their collections, building skills seem to be found in some of     with premises for various purposes will begin to grow. Bees can communicate with each other using a specific language — “dance” on the surface of the honeycomb hive. This is how they transmit information about where to fly for nectar.

Science fiction philosophers picked up the idea of ​​a collective mind, bringing it to apogee: what if new civilizations literally grow and evolve under our feet? Now their representatives can build their own houses and negotiate with relatives. But, perhaps, they will evolve to the point that they will begin to compete for a habitat with a person (up to now, we, people, have been hard-pressing insects from their territories). And then, it turns out, ladybugs trying “on tooth” human, — are these harbingers of future civilizational conflicts?

“No, of course, what you! — Candidate of Biological Sciences, Researcher of the Department of Entomology of the Biological Faculty of Moscow State University Vladimir Kartsev confidently dismisses these calculations. — Just ladybugs in such a mass are uncomfortable, probably hungry, so they bite. But in vain you thought that these insects are completely harmless, — they may well attack under certain conditions, and some of them are generally predators. Of course, they are not dangerous for a person, but they can deliver unpleasant sensations.

And said the ant to the ant

However, the term “collective mind” entomology still has it. It is used in relation to the so-called social insects — those that live in colonies: ants, bees. Someone even says that colonies, families function as a single organism, consisting of many individuals.

“There are scientists who think so. But I don't support this idea.  In my understanding, the collective mind — it is the wisdom of natural selection, evolution, — explains Kartsev.

Why do ants build their nests in a certain way? Because they inherited certain skills from their ancestors, which were entrenched as a result of evolution: the moves must be of such a length, such a width, etc.  Similarly, bees: the knowledge of how to build honeycombs was inherited, as well as their bee language. But not everything is so simple in the world of these tiny animals.

“If the fact of the existence of the language of bees has long been known, its” signs ” deciphered and  in general, it is not considered a confirmation of the mind, then with ants — on the contrary, — continues Kartsev.   In their ability to communicate with the author of this discovery sees signs of intelligence».

Yes, it turns out that ants can talk. Among themselves, of course, but & nbsp; nonetheless & nbsp; less meaningful. Professor Zhanna Reznikovain a series of experiments showed that ants are able to transmit information about where food is located to their fellows. And, apparently, there are some numerals in their speech. Figuratively speaking, one can say to another: “Food along” the same path as yesterday, but “two turns further.” Apparently, ants can count up to more than 10. Amazing.

This language is considered a sign of the mind, because its skill is not inherited by ants, but acquired in the process of life. Therefore, the ant can only communicate with “colleagues”, worker ants, with which it runs along the same paths. But not with their "relatives" other specializations and not with aliens from other groups of their colony. “What's interesting — notes the entomologist, — it is still not clear exactly how the message is transmitted. Ants tap each other with their antennae for a while. But how exactly do they convey information — sounds, gestures, vibrations? However, the fact is that the information is transmitted, because the ant, having met an experienced relative, runs clearly to & nbsp; bait.

Ant's “tongue” — as yet an unsolved mystery. The reasons why the number of insects in a certain period increases many times over or decreases just as sharply are also unknown.

Why did an invasion of ladybugs happen this year (although                     it they simply multiplied in incredible numbers)? A protracted cool spring, when the aphids, which the cows feed on, have bred, environmentalists say. But this is not the first cold spring, and far from always bad weather gives rise to so many beetles.

And why is now "bad" wasps, which usually in August-September, clouds swirl around vegetable tents? As a rule, scientists can explain a fait accompli, but not predict what the next year will be: “mosquito”; or «bumblebee». This is still the secret of mother nature for us.

Evil Wasp

Wasps — also social insects. How intelligent are they?

Many of us are familiar with the story of    — on dacha terrace, under the window in high-rise building — a nest os is found. To the question "what to do?" on the Internet, they often answer: don’t touch, it’s better to give them a saucer with fruits (and someone also advises sausage). Like, the wasps will remember their two-legged “neighbor”, supplying goodies, and will not cause harm.

«Of course they will remember — laughs Kartsev. — The will be recognized by the smell. When I experimented with bees, they also learned to recognize me, they flew after me. But at the same time, if you accidentally press it, and sting! And              would not  — they are unreliable comrades.

The entomologist admits: a wasp won't attack if it doesn't feel threatened. “And” in general, they make a lot of warnings: first they curl, then they begin to dive and bang their heads, and only then, if they didn't manage to frighten the enemy, they sting. But it to be careful with insects is real if there are not more than a dozen. And when the number of individuals in the nest exceeds a hundred, they start guards that react to vibration. In nature, was has large enemies, such as bears that destroy nests. Behind your steps on the terrace, the wasp guard will feel the tread of the clubfoot, and the insects will go on the attack. And the venom of os is almost the same as bees. Allergies can develop from bites, which can be fatal for some people.

In general, wasp nests are best removed, but this must be done in a protective suit.

By the way, if you accidentally took a sip of soda from a container where a wasp quietly climbed into, and it bit you right in mouth, be sure to seek medical help, even if you are not allergic to bee    poison. A small swelling will still occur. And in the mouth sufficient swelling is enough to block the airways.

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Aliyev told Erdogan about the completion of the “operation” in Armenia

Azerbaijani President Aliyev told Erdogan about the completion of the “operation” in Armenia As Aliyev told the Turkish leader, the Azerbaijani military had completed the operation on the border with Armenia. On September 15, Yerevan reported a night without incident on the border with Azerbaijan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he received information from Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev about the completion of the “military operation” on the border with Armenia. The Turkish leader told reporters about this after his trip to Uzbekistan, where he took part in the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), A Haber TV channel reports.

“In response to the provocations of Armenia, Azerbaijan declares that it has completed the operation it has begun. And now that the operation is over, there's no point in worrying about it now. According to the information I received from Mr. Ilham [Aliyev.— RBC], our Azerbaijani brothers are currently in a safe position,— Erdogan said.

He noted that it is important that Yerevan “give up its provocations” regarding Baku, fulfilled its obligations and focused on peace and cooperation as soon as possible.

“We wish that the normalization processes carried out in our region be successfully completed and that peace and stability in the region be ensured on an ongoing basis,” — concluded the head of state.

The SCO summit was held in Samarkand on 15 and 16 September. The members of the organization are Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and China. Belarus, Iran, Mongolia and Afghanistan have the status of observer states. Turkey is not a member of the organization, but Erdogan attended the summit at the personal invitation of President Vladimir Putin.

The day before the summit, Erdogan urged Armenia to “turn off the wrong path”; and expressed his support to Azerbaijan in the conflict. He accused Armenia of violating the agreement reached after the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020. According to the Turkish President, Yerevan not only does not comply with the agreement, but also “shows aggression”, which will not pass without consequences for the Armenian side.

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The aggravation of the conflict between Baku and Yerevan in question occurred on the night of September 12-13. Armenia accused Azerbaijan of shelling settlements on the southeastern border. Baku, in turn, stated that the Armenians had mined the supply lines of the Azerbaijani army and were also firing. Both sides also reported the dead: Armenia— about 135, Azerbaijan— about 79.

On the afternoon of September 13, the skirmishes did not stop, and then Armenia turned to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for help. By the evening of September 14, the parties managed to reach an agreement on a ceasefire. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in a speech in parliament that he was ready to make difficult decisions for the sake of peace, but he did not sign any documents. Nevertheless, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Yerevan closer to the night. On the morning of September 15, Armenia reported a night without incident on the border with Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijani President Aliyev, at the same SCO summit, thanked Putin “for the prompt response to the aggravation, escalation in the zone of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border”, noting that neither side had any intentions of large-scale escalation. Later, at a press conference, the Russian president told reporters that “first of all, under the influence of Russia, this conflict was localized.”

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Nancy Pelosi flew to Armenia

She leads a delegation that includes three other congressmen. Pelosi called the purpose of the trip to support “security in Armenia and the Caucasus region.” The visit takes place against the backdrop of an aggravation between Yerevan and Baku

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The plane of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed at Yerevan's Zvartnots airport, Armenpress reports.

Earlier, Pelosi said that two members of Congress of Armenian origin will accompany her on the trip— Republicans Jackie Speyer and Anna Eshoo, and Democrat Frank Pallon. During the visit, she will meet with the Prime Minister of the Republic Nikol Pashinyan.

The speaker of the lower house of Congress called the decision to visit Yerevan spontaneous. The purpose of the visit, according to her, & mdash; support “security, economic stability and democratic governance in Armenia and the Caucasus region”. In a series of tweets dedicated to her trip to Yerevan, Pelosi recalled that in 2019 the House of Representatives recognized the Armenian genocide by a majority vote, and in April 2021, President Joe Biden became the first American leader to publicly call the massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in the 20th century a genocide. century (at that time, according to various estimates, from 660 thousand to 1.5 million Armenians died on the territory of the state). Turkey and Azerbaijan do not recognize these events as genocide.

Pelosi's visit comes against the backdrop of another escalation of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It began on the night of September 13th. By September 15, the parties reached an agreement on a ceasefire and resumed negotiations. Yerevan reported the death of 135 soldiers as a result of another escalation, Baku— about 77 dead Azerbaijani soldiers.

Pashinyan on September 16, in a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, called the situation on the border “relatively calm”, but noted that the situation remains “very tense”. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on September 17 that he had received information from his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev about the completion of the “military operation” on the border with Armenia.

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CSTO stated that it “has not yet got a saber” in the conflict between Baku and Yerevan

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In Crimea, an SUV and a golf cart were set on fire near the house of Dmitry Kiselev

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An unknown man set fire to a Land Rover Freelander and a golf cart at the home of the TV presenter and CEO of the Rossiya Segodnya media group Dmitry Kiselev in Koktebel, according to “Caution, news”, Mash and telegram channel “ChP/Crimea”.

According to them, the police believe that the attacker set fire to the journalist's car. The attacker came to the scene in a medical mask, hood and shoe covers.

The press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Republic of Crimea reported to RBC that they opened a criminal case on arson of vehicles (part 2 of article 167 of the Criminal Code— deliberate destruction or damage to property by arson, up to five years in prison). “Police officers are investigating all the circumstances of the incident. Eyewitnesses and possible witnesses are being interviewed, — added in the department.

RBC turned to Dmitry Kiselev for comment.

In April, the FSB announced that it had detained a group of people on suspicion of preparing an assassination attempt on TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov. Subsequently, the special service distributed a video in which the detainees confess that they also planned to kill Dmitry Kiselev and other journalists of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company— Olga Skabeeva and Evgenia Popova.

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Lukashenko said that the United States is pushing Europe to confront Russia

According to the President of Belarus, military operations in Europe are beneficial to Washington. The United States is also fueling other conflicts: in Kosovo, in Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh, “tomorrow it will be Moldova or the Baltic states, Poland or Romania,” Lukashenka said

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The United States is pushing Europe into a military confrontation with Russia in Ukraine, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said at an event dedicated to the Day of National Unity (the video was published by the BelTA agency).

“They do not hide their plans. Contracts have already been signed for years to come. That is, Ukraine will be destroyed to the ground. And the goal at the same time— weakening of Russia and destruction of Belarus»,— says the Belarusian leader.

In his opinion, the US— the only country that can benefit from conflicts in Europe. “And put Europe in its place, and remove competitors, — Lukashenka described Washington's aspirations.— Today Ukraine, tomorrow it will be Moldova or the Baltic states, Poland or Romania.

Lukashenka is convinced that it is the United States that is “fueling the war in Kosovo”, “throwing coals into the smoldering conflict in Karabakh, muddying the waters in Syria”, while the White House completely ignores the internal contradictions “on the verge of civil confrontation”. For the first time since the beginning of the Cold War, humanity was on the brink of a nuclear conflict, he stated.

“The world has lost its head and is bursting at the seams. How will it all end?»— asked the President. He assured the audience that in the event of a military threat, Belarus would be able to defend its borders.

Moscow began to conduct a special military operation in Ukraine to “demilitarize and denazify” 24 February. The authorities stated that the purpose of the hostilities— protect the people of Donbass and ensure the security of Russia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said in August that the United States was not only prolonging hostilities in Ukraine, but also stoking “conflict potential in Asia , Africa, Latin America».

Lukashenko has spoken about US involvement in the conflict in Ukraine before. According to him, “no Ukraine is at war today— Today, the entire NATO bloc and America above all are at war with Russia, and Europe would have stopped what is happening long ago if Washington, with the help of Poland, did not continue to spur hostilities.

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Ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania called the borders of Ukraine “unnatural”

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Andrey Marga

Ukraine is in “unnatural borders” and must cede part of the territories to Russia, Hungary, Poland and Romania, said the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Education of Romania, Andrei Marga, at the presentation of his book The Fate of Democracy. in Alba Iulia, reports

“We are here with a very special situation, and I take this with all responsibility, Ukraine is located in unnatural borders. She must yield to Hungary— Transcarpathia, Poland— Galicia, Romania— Bukovina, Russia— Donbass and Crimea. These are the territories of other countries,»,— Marga said.

He noted that until the situation is resolved through discussions with the United States, Russia, Germany, Ukraine and China, an agreement is not reached, there will be no peace in Europe, and without peace “democracy will suffer” ;.

“The superpowers USA, China, Russia and the European Union should have an idea of ​​the new security structure in Europe and the world”,— added ex-minister (quote from Libertatea).

Andrei Marga was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania from May to August 2012 and the Minister of Education from 1997 to 2000. In addition, from 1993 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2012, he served as rector of the Babeš-Bolyai University.

At the end of July, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev published in his Telegram channel has two maps, one of which shows the borders of Ukraine in much the same way as the ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania says.

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On another map, Ukraine is shown with Crimea, Donetsk and Lugansk regions. As the deputy head of the Security Council pointed out, President Volodymyr Zelensky wants to restore the country in this way, that is, within the borders of 2013.

Zelensky has repeatedly said that Kyiv will not cede its territories, including for a diplomatic settlement of the conflict. “Ukrainians are not ready to give up their land, to agree that these territories belong to Russia. This is our land. We all talk about it and intend to prove it, — he said in an interview with CNN in July.

In addition, in August, during the Crimean Platform online summit, the Ukrainian president announced his intention to return the Crimea “by any means that he deems right.” Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said that since Ukrainian territory is being shelled from the peninsula, this makes the Russian military infrastructure there a “legitimate military target”.

Russia has repeatedly stated that the issue of Crimea's ownership after the 2014 referendum is non-negotiable. “The people of Crimea made a decision and voted. The question is historically closed»— stated in 2016 by President Vladimir Putin.

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The authorities of the Kursk region reported the shelling of the checkpoint

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The border checkpoint “Krupets”, which is located in the Rylsky district of the Kursk region, came under fire, the head of the Rylsky district, Andrey Lisman, told RBC.

“Yes, there really was a shelling of the checkpoint. There was no damage or casualties among the civilian population. No evacuation needed, — Lisman said.

Automobile checkpoint “Krupets” (“Katerinovka” from the side of Ukraine) is located near the border with the Sumy region of Ukraine. The checkpoint was shelled several times. On June 15, the governor of the Kursk region Roman Starovoit reported this, noting that there were no casualties and no damage. One more time «Krupets» came under fire in mid-July.

During September 14, the Ukrainian military, according to Starovoit, fired at the Russian military near the village of Elizavetovka (the village is located in the Glushkovsky district of the region, about 1 km from the border with the Sumy region of Ukraine) in the Kursk region. “The firing points of the Ukrainians were suppressed by return fire,” — said the head of the region in his telegram channel.

In the Kursk region, along with other border regions of Russia, a yellow (high) level of terrorist threat has been introduced, its action is regularly extended for two weeks, now it is valid until September 22. At the end of May, the Ministry of Defense sent additional forces and weapons to the region to ensure security.

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Kharkiv VGA accused Kyiv of detaining seven students from Sri Lanka

The regional administration warned of possible provocations against the CAA and Russia and “fake fabrication”. According to the Ukrainian side, the students were previously held by the Russian military, and the Ukrainian Armed Forces rescued them =”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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The Armed Forces of Ukraine detained in Kupyansk (Kharkiv region of Ukraine) seven students of the local medical college from Sri Lanka and took them to an unknown destination, said the head of the military-civilian administration (CAA) of the region Vitaly Ganchev. According to him, the authorities learned about this from local residents.

“Considering the well-known methods of work of the Ukrainian special services, we do not exclude provocations against the military-civilian administration of the Kharkiv region and the Russian Federation”,— Ganchev noted. In his opinion, foreigners are very likely to be used “to fabricate regular fakes, testimonies by analogy with Bucha and Izyum.”

In order to draw the attention of the international community to the incident, the CAA will inform the Sri Lankan embassy in Russia about this, he added.

The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said that it demanded that the Ukrainian side confirm or deny the information about the kidnapping of students.


RBC sent a request to the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Russia.

The day before, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that seven students of the Kupyansky Medical College from Sri Lanka were captured by Russian soldiers in March and held in the basement, and the Ukrainian military rescued them.

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On September 12, Ganchev explained that in the Kharkiv direction the number of Ukrainian troops exceeded the number of Russian troops by eight times and the decision to withdraw troops was made to preserve personnel.

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Events of the week in pictures: September 12 – 16

Farewell to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain in London, VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan, flooding in Italy. These and other events — in the photo feed.

On the night of September 12-13, the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Zendaya (Euphoria) won Best Drama Actress. © Reuters/Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Great Britain says goodbye to the Queen: the funeral procession with the coffin of Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster. © Reuters/Frank Augstein/Pool via Reuters

The Mi-171A3 helicopter for transporting passengers and cargo to offshore oil platforms, presented at the Russian Helicopters booth, at the exhibition as part of the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum (SPIGF-2022) at the Expoforum Exhibition Center in St. . © RIA Novosti/Alexander Galperin

Actress Ana de Armas at the premiere of “Blonde” in Los Angeles © Reuters/Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Pope Francis at the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in the Palace of Independence in Nur-Sultan. In total, about 100 delegations from 50 countries participated in the congress. © RIA Novosti/Ilya Pitalev

Pope Francis held a Mass as part of his first apostolic visit to Kazakhstan. © RIA Novosti/Ilya Pitalev

The Journey in Colors street art festival has started at VDNKh. On the territory of the Exhibition, the artists painted three-dimensional images dedicated to various sights and symbols of Russia. Everyone can look at three-dimensional paintings until September 25. © AiF/Eduard Kudryavitsky

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) during a meeting of the Council of Heads of State – members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on the second day of the summit. © Bobylev, TASS

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev (left to right) during a tree planting ceremony at the Congress Center by the heads of the delegation of the countries participating in the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) ©

The annual Tokyo Game Show 2022 has opened in Japan © Tsunoda/AFLO/Global Look Press

In Italy, at least ten people died due to heavy rains that hit the Marche region in Italy on the night of September 16. © Reuters/Yara Nardi/Reuters

In Moscow on September 16 they said goodbye to the editor-in-chief of Komsomolskaya Pravda Vladimir Sungorkin. The farewell ceremony for the journalist took place in the Great Funeral Hall of the Troekurovsky cemetery. Vladimir Sungorkin died on September 14 at the age of 68 in Primorsky Krai. In the foreground: Vladimir Mamontov, journalist, chairman of the board of directors of the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, general director of the Govorit Moskva radio station © AiF/Igor Kharitonov

The New Man exhibition-installation dedicated to the 350th anniversary of the birth of the first Russian emperor Peter I has opened in the New Manege. The exposition includes more than 180 exhibits from major Russian museums and private collections. The exhibition will run until November 6th. © AGN Moscow/Alexander Avilov

Andres Sarda show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid © Reuters/Susana Vera/Reuters

On the night of September 12-13, the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Zendaya (Euphoria) won Best Drama Actress. © Reuters/Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Great Britain says goodbye to the Queen: the funeral procession with the coffin of Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster. © Reuters/Frank Augstein/Pool via Reuters

The Mi-171A3 helicopter for transporting passengers and cargo to offshore oil platforms, presented at the Russian Helicopters booth, at the exhibition as part of the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum (SPIGF-2022) at the Expoforum Exhibition Center in St. . © RIA Novosti/Alexander Galperin

Actress Ana de Armas at the premiere of “Blonde” in Los Angeles © Reuters/Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Pope Francis at the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in the Palace of Independence in Nur-Sultan. In total, about 100 delegations from 50 countries participated in the congress. © RIA Novosti/Ilya Pitalev

Pope Francis held a Mass as part of his first apostolic visit to Kazakhstan. © RIA Novosti/Ilya Pitalev

The Journey in Colors street art festival has started at VDNKh. On the territory of the Exhibition, the artists painted three-dimensional images dedicated to various sights and symbols of Russia. Everyone can look at three-dimensional paintings until September 25. © AIF/Eduard Kudryavitsky

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) during a meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on the second day of the summit. © Bobylev, TASS

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev (left to right) during a tree planting ceremony near the Congress Center by the heads of the delegation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit ©

The annual Tokyo Game Show 2022 has opened in Japan © Tsunoda/AFLO/Global Look Press

In Italy, at least ten people died due to heavy rains that hit the Marche region in Italy on the night of September 16. © Reuters/Yara Nardi/Reuters

In Moscow, on September 16, they said goodbye to the editor-in-chief of Komsomolskaya Pravda Vladimir Sungorkin. The farewell ceremony for the journalist took place in the Great Funeral Hall of the Troekurovsky cemetery. Vladimir Sungorkin died on September 14 at the age of 68 in Primorsky Krai. In the foreground: journalist, chairman of the board of directors of the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, general director of the Govorit Moskva radio station Vladimir Mamontov © AiF/Igor Kharitonov

The New Man exhibition-installation dedicated to the 350th anniversary of the birth of the first Russian emperor Peter I has opened in the New Manege. The exposition includes more than 180 exhibits from major Russian museums and private collections. The exhibition will run until November 6th. © AGN Moscow/Alexander Avilov

Andres Sarda show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Madrid © Reuters/Susana Vera/Reuters


The head of the FSMTC Shugaev: Russia has the best drones and in sufficient quantities

Plot RF special operation in Donbass and Ukraine

Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) Dmitry Shugaev said that Russia has the best drones and there are enough of them in the country, writes RIA Novosti.

“We have no problem with drones, — said Shugaev.

Earlier, some media and Telegram channels reported that fragments of a drone resembling an Iranian kamikaze drone were allegedly found in the zone of a military special operation in Ukraine. Commenting on these messages, Shugaev urged to believe only statements from the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Earlier, the military department shared footage of strikes by the Uragan MLRS on the positions of the Ukrainian military.

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How much will an employee get laid off?

Often, employers solve economic difficulties not only by optimizing production: using new technologies or choosing alternative suppliers, but by using cost reduction due to reducing the number of labor force. The management solves the problems of reducing volumes and closing production facilities by reducing the number of employees through a special procedure — downsizing. figured out what and when can count on.

Will will the downsized employee receive a salary, bonus and compensation for unused vacation?

Oh sure. The employer is obliged to pay this money to the employee, regardless of the reason for dismissal. Salary for worked time — guaranteed payment, premium —  depending on the accrual conditions stipulated in a particular organization, and compensation for unused vacation will be received by those who, for worked time, have not yet rested or used vacation not completely, for example, divided it into parts.< /p>

What's the additional payment for early reduction?

According to the Labor Code of the Russian Federation, the employer is obliged to notify the employee about the upcoming reduction no later than two months in advance. If the employee and the management come to an agreement that it is possible to terminate the employment contract earlier, then the reduced employee is entitled to additional compensation. To calculate it, they take the number of working days (hours) between the actual date of dismissal and the expected date specified in the notice, and multiply by average daily earnings.

What is the payment of average earnings for search time work?

The employer will pay the average salary to the laid-off employee within three months after the dismissal, but on the condition that the employee is officially unemployed.

For the first time, the employer pays money to the employee immediately upon calculation. If, within one month from the date of the reduction, the employee has not found a new job, he/nbsp;can receive a second such payment — in full for the month, or for part of it, if the work was still found.

Example: if the dismissal occurred on the first of March, and already on April 12, the employee started a new job, then the employer must transfer the first tranche in the amount of the average monthly salary, and the second — for the period from 1st to 18 April.

Important To receive payments for the first and second months, you do not need any special documents – you can simply bring the former employee a blank work book without records of new employment.

The third time it will be more difficult to get an average salary from an employer. It is very important to get registered in the CZN no later than two weeks after the reduction. If you miss the deadline, then, of course, they will take the employee into account, but, according to the Labor Code of the Russian Federation, the employer will not be able to pay compensation for the last month. To transfer the third tranche of payments, the EPC must decide on the reasonableness of maintaining the average salary, for example, to study the reasons for refusing the offered job and other factors. In addition, according to the bases of the tax and social insurance fund, no deductions from incomes — any money, even for a one-time freelance job, can deprive you of the status of unemployed and oblige you to return all benefits received.

What documents do you need to provide to an employer to receive an average salary?

If the first time the employer pays without any conditions, then the second and third transfers will need to be addressed specifically, collecting a small package of documents:

  • application for payment of retained earnings;
  • < li>passport;

  • original work book without records of employment;
  • certificate from CZN about saved average earnings.

In order not to lose the right to receive this money, the employee has only 15 working days after the second and third month without work to contact the former employer. If the person managed to the deadline, then the employer must transfer the money within within 15 calendar days after receiving the application.

Is it obligatory to go to the employer for payment every month?

No. An employer can pay the average salary three times at once when calculating, however, this is his right, and not an obligation.

Who will be paid the average salary not three months, but six?

< p>Extension of the obligation of the employer to support the laid-off worker — the privilege of workers from the regions of the Far North or areas equated to it. Such workers may be paid the average salary in the fourth, and fifth, and sixth month, if he does find a job. But for this you need a special decision of the EPC on exceptional circumstances for extending payments. In order to receive a transfer from the employer, you will also need to provide a new certificate from CZN on maintenance of average earnings and application every additional month.

Can can get unemployment benefits? when abbreviated?

This is the last type of payment that an employee dismissed due to staff reduction can receive. Despite the fact that a person needs to get registered at the employment center as soon as possible after dismissal, it will be possible to receive state benefits as an unemployed person only after all calculations are made by the employer. Everyone who registered in CZN and worked before dismissal has worked for at least six months.

The nuances of calculating and  payment of unemployment benefits are enshrined in  Law of the Russian Federation «On employment in RF». In accordance with Art. 33 of law the size of the allowance directly depends on what salary the employee received for the last three months preceding the dismissal. In addition, the allowance is calculated as a percentage: most of all — 75% of salary (but not more than 12 792 rubles in 2022 year) will be paid for the first three months after receiving the last payment from the employer, starting from the fourth month — 60% (but not more than five thousand rubles).

An employee registered with the CZN can receive more if he is registered in a region where any allowances are provided, for example, in  ;connections with climatic conditions. So, for the subjects of central Russia, allowances are not provided, and for the northern regions (Yakutia, Chukotka, Sverdlovsk region, etc.), the federal unemployment benefit is multiplied by the regional coefficient.

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What does the expression “pull chestnuts out of the fire” mean?

At the beginning of this year, during the plenary session of the State Duma, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that countries sacrificing their national interests to pleasure Western countries and "pulling chestnuts their fire" is getting smaller as the world is no longer unipolar.   “Humanity has matured. Sacrificing fundamental national interests, dragging, as they say, chestnuts out of the  fire for senior comrades from  Washington and  Brussels who are less and less  — noted the minister.  

What is the expression “pulling chestnuts out of fire”?

The expression “pulling chestnuts out of fire with a cat's paw” occurs in  the text of the French theologian Jean Boucher of 1612 and also in "French Curiosities" linguist Antoine Houdin 1640 & nbsp; This phrase was later popularized by Jean de La Fontainein his fable "The Monkey and"the Cat" (Le singe et le chat).  

What what does the fable say?

the monkey Bertrand convinces the cat Raton (in the Russian version of Vaska) to pull the chestnuts out of the embers:   "What, Vaska, — says the Monkey, — Get two chestnuts, so you will do well!»   Propre à tirer marons du feu, Certes marons verroient beau-jeu.  Having discovered that people were roasting chestnuts on fire, the monkey wanted to eat them, but did not risk getting burned herself, but persuaded the cat to do it. He removed the chestnuts one by one, burning his paw, and the monkey ate them in turn. The moral of Lafontaine's fable is that with the help of skillful manipulation, one can easily achieve one's goals.  

What does the phrase mean?

The French idiom tirer les marrons du feu (“pull chestnuts out of” the fire) means to do hard and dangerous work for someone. The phrase has the peculiarity of a double meaning: from  the point of view of a cat it means “to make an effort, try to serve the interests of others”, and from the point of view of a monkey the meaning is reversed  — use the situation for personal gain. There is a similar saying in Russian: to rake in the heat with the wrong hands.

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Gautam Adani became the second richest person in the world, overtaking Jeff Bezos

Indian multibillionaire Gautam Adani overtook American entrepreneur Jeff Bezos in the list of the richest people in the world (Bloomberg Billionaires Index), taking second place, reports Bloomberg.

It is noted that Adani “has been climbing up the wealth list at breakneck speed this year.” He started the year at number 14 and increased his net worth to almost $147 billion.

As the agency writes, the Indian tycoon became the first person from Asia to reach such a financial level.

In this rating, Adani is second only to American entrepreneur Elon Musk, whose assets are estimated at $260 billion.

It was previously reported that Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton became billionaires after the death of the British Queen Elizabeth II. Their fortune is estimated at 1.1 billion pounds.

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Zelensky’s colleague arrived at the event in a sweater with Russian symbols

Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine from the ruling Servant of the People party; Nikolai Zadorozhny arrived at the city event in Trostyanets in a sweater with the letter “V”, writes RIA Novosti.

The Trostyanets City Council published the corresponding photos on the social network. The event was organized in honor of the Day of Forest Workers.

Later, the parliamentarian asked for forgiveness on the social network for his appearance, calling the incident “reckless”.

Recall that the letters “Z” and “V” are unofficial symbols of support for the Russian military special operation in Ukraine and are painted on the sides of Russian military equipment participating in it.

The other day it was reported that the Gymnastic Ethics Foundation (GEF) appeal tribunal partially granted the appeal of Russian gymnast Ivan Kulyak, who was disqualified for the letter “Z” on the form.

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The number of deaths due to coronavirus in the world exceeded 6.5 million

Story Coronavirus pandemic of a new type that spread from China

The number of officially registered deaths due to coronavirus in the world exceeded 6.5 million, and the number of infected — 608 million, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.

It is noted that in a day (as of Friday evening, September 16), the number of infections increased by almost 500 thousand, and deaths — by more than 1.7 thousand.

Most of all confirmed cases of the disease have been registered in the USA — over 94.2 million followed by India, Brazil, France and Germany. In terms of the number of deaths, the States are also in the first place — more than 1 million. Next on the list: Brazil, India, Russia and Mexico.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said earlier that the death rate from COVID-19 in the world fell to the lowest level since March 2020.


According to Konstantin Chernov, Development Director of the Scientific Center for Research and Development of Immunobiological Preparations named after M.P. Chumakov, the origin of the coronavirus may remain a mystery.

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The expert warned about the dangers of oil heaters in the apartment

Expert Maxim Sokolov warned about the danger of oil heaters in the apartment, RIA Novosti reports.

During a conversation with the agency correspondents, the specialist noted that the main danger lies in the thermostat, which is responsible for automatic shutdown of the device when the appropriate temperature is reached. If the sensor is faulty, the oil in the device will quickly overheat, as a result of which it may explode.

Sokolov emphasized that thermal sensors fail quite often. This breakdown is one of the three most common reasons for contacting a service center.

The expert also recalled that any electric heater creates an increased load on the power grid, for which wiring in old houses may not be designed. At the same time, it is strictly forbidden to use tees and extension cords to connect several powerful devices to the outlet at once.

The specialist also pointed out the need to carefully read the instructions for heaters, which indicate the operating conditions and the allowable time of continuous operation of the device.


Earlier, security expert Sergei Pobedonostsev also warned about the dangers of heating apartments with gas stoves.

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Where did the mushrooms near Moscow disappear?

Weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” No. 37. With all the consequences. What flows from the tap 09/14/2022

After each trip to the forest for mushrooms, the baskets are half empty. Why was the year lean?

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— Guilty hot and dry summers with extremely high temperatures and little rain, — explains Chief Researcher of All-Russian Research Institute of Vegetable Growing — branch of the Federal State Budget Scientific Institution of the Federal Scientific and Practical Center for Education, Dr. s.-x. Sciences Natalia Devochkina. — The formation of the rudiments of the fruiting bodies of mushrooms occurs only when the soil is moist, and the air temperature is not  above +15°C.

It is interesting that scientists have proven that mycelium mushrooms have the ability to collect information about  state of the environment. This means that they will not bear fruit in an unfavorable year, endangering their lives, exhausting themselves to the limit. This summer, the mycelium had to survive in austerity mode, minimally consume precious moisture reserves, so the harvest turned out to be poor.

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The head of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation spoke about the results of the forest fire season

This year, the forest fire season was much calmer than in 2021. About this “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” said the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources Alexander Kozlov.

According to the minister, this year the average fire area was 160 hectares, while last year it was 380 hectares. The head of the ministry noted that this, first of all, is connected with prompt detection and response. In addition, the Ministry of Natural Resources received additional funding, which made it possible to strengthen the group.

Alexander Kozlov added that it is necessary to reduce the area of ​​forest fires in Russia by at least two times. According to him, in 2021 10 million hectares of forest were covered, and this year – 3.3 million.

Earlier it was reported that the state of emergency was canceled in the Ryazan region, which was introduced earlier in the region in connection with forest fires. 

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Gunzburg admitted the emergence of a more contagious strain of COVID-19

A new strain of coronavirus may appear in South Africa due to the large number of people with immunodeficiency. According to the director of the center N.F. Gamaleya Alexander Gintsburg, the mutation will spread faster than the “omicron”, reports TASS.

The scientist noted that the coronavirus has a “colossal” variability potential. According to him, this virus has not yet shown variability at the level of recombination.

Earlier it was reported that the number of officially registered deaths due to COVID-19 in the world was more than 6.5 million, and infected – 608 million. Such data was provided by the World Health Organization.

According to Konstantin Chernov, development director of the Chumakov Center, the source of the coronavirus may remain a mystery. According to him, this virus “does not contain unambiguous signs of man-made.”

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More than 4,200 patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized in Russia per day

In Russia, 58 305 cases of coronavirus infection were detected over the past day. The number of hospitalizations per day was 4 216, which is 0.9% more than on September 16, according to the federal operational headquarters for combating the spread of COVID-19.

Also, 49 962 people recovered per day – 0.1% less than the day before. 107 coronavirus patients have died over the past day.

Earlier, a commission of scientists from the Lancet magazine published a report stating that hypotheses about the laboratory origin of the coronavirus are still probable. We are talking about infection with a natural virus in the laboratory, infection while working “in the field”; and infection with a modified virus in the laboratory.

PhD Sergey Chudakov advised the people of Russia to check blood clotting due to the rise in the incidence of COVID-19. According to him, the disease increases the risk of blood clots.

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How to distinguish fraudsters from bank employees?

Telephone scammers keep coming up with new ways to infiltrate the trust of a potential victim.

Recently, Post Bank employees exposed a fresh discovery of intruders, which is carried out in two stages. First, a person is allegedly called by bank employees and persistently offers a loan. And after a while they call back and thank you for successful registration. The victim is trying to figure out what happened, and gets involved in a conversation with scammers.

According to lawyer, honored lawyer of Russia Ivan Solovyov, discussions with telephone criminals can be dangerous .

“This is one of the & nbsp; traps in which callers are caught in order to start a conversation with them. The first target of the scammers — evoke an emotion in a person. It can be joy from a prize, fear from loss of money or surprise from some unexpected information. If a person doesn hang up the phone and starts trying to find out something, it results in the fact that he begins to give out confidential information about themselves. The most unprepared and completely begin to enter the card number, PIN and etc», — lawyer Ivan Solovyov explained to

According to a specialist, in order to distinguish a real loan offer from a fictitious one, you need to pay attention to loan conditions.

“In the first place, the low rate should alert. If it is below the market — so they are 99% scammers. At the same time, I can say with confidence: banks do not offer loans over the phone. They use the official newsletter (and then, if the bank has an aggressive marketing policy). When opening a link, you need to make sure that it does not lead to a double site, but to an official banking resource. Banks also never send advertising in instant messengers. If something came via WhatsApp and Viber — it is dangerous. Most banks are content with outdoor and TV advertising. About all their bets are known in advance. If you are not interested in a loan, you should immediately hang up. And if you need a loan — you have to go to the bank», — a lawyer advises.

If scammers report that someone has taken a loan in your name, you need to keep in mind that this is almost impossible.

"As for the legal point of view, if a person has not lost his passport and monitors his financial security, then nobody, of course, will issue a loan for him, — tells Ivan Solovyov, — And  here in the event of a loss, there are certain cases when microloans are issued for someone else's passport. However, this is not easy to do either. Criminals have to re-paste a photo or bribe an employee of a microfinance organization. In & nbsp; banks, such things definitely do not work. Because taking any loan is preceded by the signing of a loan agreement. If a person didn’t sign it, then, of course, there’s no what kind of loan it can be».

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Mayan enemas and scorpion constipation. Why were the Ig Nobel Prizes awarded?

Italian scientists summed up the scientific base under how important it is to be at the right time in the right place. And received their Schnobel-2022. And who else?

At Harvard University hosted another Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. This award, which was originally conceived as a parody of the prestigious Nobel Prize, is awarded for research that “at first cause laughter, and make you think”, according to the organizers of the award.

We tell who and for  ;what they gave Shnobel-2022.

«Applied Cardiology». The heartbeat of lovers

A group of European scientists, joined by colleagues from Aruba (a tiny island nation in the southern Caribbean), conducted a study in which they found that after the first date, the heartbeat of lovers “begins to synchronize.” This should indicate an incipient romantic feeling, as well as increased sweating of the palms.

The participants in the experiments (real dates outside the lab were conducted) wore eye-tracking goggles with built-in cameras and devices to measure physiological parameters. So, scientists have found that it is not such obvious signals as a smile, laughter, look or facial expressions that speak about attraction to a partner, but the synchronism of heart rate and skin conductivity.

This mechanism is still for researchers not clear. But they are confident that such synchronization will help strengthen social ties in society as a whole.

“Literature”. Why legal documents are so obscure

A team of scientists from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia analyzed an array of legal texts (about 10 million words in total) and noted that these documents were unnecessarily difficult to understand. The contracts are the worst     written usually written in the passive voice and caps in the most unexpected places, making it difficult to read and comprehend.

The laureates conducted experiments on volunteers and found out that it is precisely the style of presentation of legal texts that creates problems with understanding, and not lack of knowledge at all. Scientists believe that lawyers need to express their thoughts in a simpler way. But for them to do this, you need to understand why they generally tend to use cumbersome and obscure language constructs.

In fact, maybe they write that way on purpose?

“Biology”. How to Mate During Constipation

Brazilian biologists from the University of São Paulo wondered if constipation affects mating prospects for scorpions and how. The fact is that arthropods of the genus Ananteris are able to drop their tail in case of danger. At the same time, they lose about a quarter of their body weight and remain without part of the digestive tract, including the anus. This prevents bowel movements and leads to constipation. In the perspective, death awaits such a scorpion, but he still has time to find a mate and acquire offspring.

Observations of scientists have shown that the loss of the tail does not affect the running speed and other parameters of the arthropod's motor activity. However, over time, the running speed of males decreases, while females — no. “Since death from constipation takes several months, males have plenty of time to find a mate and breed, — biologists write in their article.

“Medicine”. About the benefits of ice cream in chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is fraught with many side effects for cancer patients, including inflammation of the mucous membranes. Researchers from the Medical University of Warsaw suggested that this effect could be reduced by cooling the patient's mouth while injecting the drug with the help of ice cream.

Scientists analyzed the condition of 74 patients. Some of them ate three servings of ice cream from the hospital buffet after a session of chemotherapy. It turned out that they developed side effects two times less often than others. Polish doctors hope that “cryotherapy” ice cream will be a good method of dealing with at least one negative consequence of toxic chemotherapy.

"Engineering". How many fingers does it take to open a door

A group of Japanese researchers at the Chiba Institute of Technology were awarded for trying to find the best way for people to “use their fingers to turn a knob.” Simply put, they wanted to figure out how many fingers it takes to easily open a door.

The winners analyzed the situation for ball-shaped door handles of various diameters. So they managed to establish at what diameter we turn the handle with two fingers, and at what diameter we use three fingers and and more. In addition, the Japanese learned exactly how a person's fingers move when opening a door.

Scientists consider the results of their work to be very useful — they will be useful for more precise design of door handles. “In the design industry, many people study such unconscious human behavior, and we did it too, — Gen Matsuzaki said during the broadcast of the award ceremony, lead author of the study.

“Art History”. What was in  Mayan enema

Dutch pharmacologists conducted a study called “An interdisciplinary approach to scenes of ritual enemas on ancient Mayan pottery”. After examining the classic examples of this pottery, scientists have noticed that they have many scenes with enemas, and have made the discovery that the Indians of Mesaamerica practiced the rectal administration of intoxicants.

“This idea is contrary to the traditional view that the ancient Maya were a contemplative people, not indulging in ritual ecstasy,” — researchers write. They mention pottery depicting a man being vomited and conclude that this is why the Maya chose rectal alcohol. Yes and not only alcohol. After carefully analyzing the drawings on ceramics, scientists realized that the Mayans injected themselves into the  rectum of a whole arsenal of psychoactive substances, including tobacco and infusions of various colors.

However, is it any wonder, because the study was conducted in ;Netherlands.

“Peace Prize”. Instructions for the gossip

An international team of scientists led by a Chinese Jonghu Wu received the Ig Nobel “Peace Prize” for development of an algorithm to help gossipers understand when it is better to tell the truth, and when to lie. “Honesty and Dishonesty in Gossip Strategies: A Suitability Interdependence Analysis” that was the name of their work.

The researchers simulated four game situations in which two interlocutors participated. In          — unfavorable to anyone, in the two remaining — beneficial to only one of the parties. It turned out that if the significance of the interlocutor for you corresponds to the expected effect of the spread of gossip, it is better to be honest in a conversation with him. If they differ, you can lie.

“Physics”. Ducklings in line

The Prize in Physics was awarded to scientists from China, Great Britain, Turkey and the USA. They were trying to find out how the ducklings line up when they swim behind the mother duck. Having calculated the resistance of the waves, the researchers realized that starting from the third duck in the formation, the phenomenon of the so-called destructive interference occurs. It leads to the fact that the waves do not slow down the chick, but, on the contrary, push it forward.

“Economy”. Talent is secondary

Italian economists received their Schnobel for proving that success most often comes not to talented people, but to lucky people. In other words, it is important to be at the right time in the right place. And talent, purposefulness and applied efforts, it turns out, are secondary.

«Safety precautions». Watch out for moose!

In this category, the award went to Magnus Gens of Sweden from the Royal Institute of Technology. He designed a moose dummy for car crash testing. The researcher hopes that this will make it possible to create cars that are safer both for animals that the car may collide with and for passengers.

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