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How much will residents of the Moscow region be fined for visiting the forest?

The authorities of the Moscow region have imposed restrictions on visiting forests. What is the reason for this, how much they will be fined and who will monitor compliance with the restrictions, says

Which forests of the Moscow region should not be visited? 

Deputy Chairman of the Moscow Region Georgy Filimonov recommended not to visit the subject's forests at all. There is no specific list — a special regime has been introduced everywhere.

Why have restrictions been introduced on visiting forests? 

The measures taken are related to the deterioration of the fire situation in the Moscow region. Since August 15, 14 cases of fire have been eliminated — on the territory of the forest fund of the Moscow region, the IV class of fire danger is established.

How much will residents of the Moscow region be fined for visiting the forest? 

Citizens who violate the regime can be fined from 1,500 to 3,000 rubles. Responsibility for violation of fire safety rules, including restrictions and prohibitions established in order to prevent forest fires, is established by Art. 8.32 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation.

Who will monitor the observance of restrictions by the population? 

According to the press service of the Committee for Forestry, patrols have been deployed in the forest fund of the Moscow Region, which included police officers. Roads to places where residents of the Moscow region liked to relax are blocked by barriers.

Where else have restrictions been imposed on visiting forests? 

The fire hazard situation has been established not only in the Moscow region. In the Republic of Chuvashia, a ban on visiting the forest was introduced from August 28 to September 17, 2022, in the Nizhny Novgorod region an emergency regime was introduced and a ban on visiting forests from August 18, in the Voronezh region restrictions are in effect from July 9 and extended until September 20. 

On August 18, the head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Alexander Kurenkov recommended that the heads of subjects located in the Central and Volga federal districts introduce a complete ban on visiting the forest fund.

For how long imposed restrictions?

Visiting the forests near Moscow is limited for the period from 19 to 28 August 2022. 


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CNN Türk reported a change in Moscow’s position on Putin’s meeting with Zelensky

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Moscow has softened its position on possible talks between the presidents of the Russian Federation and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky. This was reported by CNN Türk with reference to its sources.

It is noted that earlier there were talks from Russia that before the summit talks between the Ukrainian and Russian delegations, it is necessary to first draw up a road map for Ukraine. However, now Moscow has allowed its discussion directly at the meeting of the two heads of state.

“Leaders can discuss and define a roadmap. Then the delegations can begin work on bringing this roadmap to life,” sources said.

According to the interlocutor of the agency, during the negotiations between Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which took place on August 5 states made it clear that negotiations at the highest level to agree on a roadmap are possible.


Where does the smoke come from to Moscow?

On Wednesday, August 17, smog formed in the southern and southwestern regions of Moscow. This was also previously reported in social networks by residents of the capital region, who complained about acrid smoke and the smell of burning, RIA Novosti writes.

From what region of Russia did the smoke come to Moscow?

According to Rosleskhoz , a cloud of smoke came to the capital from the territories of a localized fire in the Ryazan region. In particular, on August 17, a fire broke out on the territory of the Oksky State Reserve. The flames engulfed the nearby forest and moved to the reserve.

The day before (August 17), the fire area was 84.8 hectares. On August 18, the fire hit already 181 hectares of forest area. At the same time, according to Acting Governor of the Ryazan Region Pavel Malkov, firefighters managed to reduce the number of active outbreaks from five to three.

Earlier, he specified that there was no danger to settlements.

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When will the fire be put out?

The fire is currently being extinguished by local emergency services. Also, additional forces from Moscow were brought in to help extinguish the fire. In particular, according to the mayor of the capital, Sergei Sobyanin, 240 specialists and almost 80 pieces of equipment have been sent to the Ryazan region.

What is the cause of the fires in the Ryazan region?

In the Ryazan region, a special fire regime was introduced on July 5 due to an increase in the fire hazard situation. Moreover, according to TASS, this is not the first emergency in this area. According to the account, this is the third fire on the territory of this reserve since the beginning of August, the newspaper writes. Then, in early August, the fire area was 16.3 hectares. The cause of the accident was a thunderstorm. Later, on August 7, a ground fire from the border forestry spread to the territory of the reserve. They were able to eliminate the fire only on August 12 on an area of ​​100 hectares.

According to the Ryazan media, the third fire broke out almost in the same territories where it had previously raged. The flames were blown by the wind, writes the local press.

How long will the smog last in Moscow?

The wind, which brought caustic smog and the smell of burning from the Ryazan region, will last in Moscow for another two days, RIA Novosti reported a leading employee of the Phobos weather center Eugene Tishkovets.

“In the lower boundary layer, the southeastern removal of air masses will remain, which means that the fires that are now observed in the Ryazan region, the particles of this burning will reach Moscow and worsen the environmental situation,” — the weatherman explained to the publication.

He added that the direction of the wind will not change for another 36-48 hours. If the situation cannot be stabilized, the results will be reflected in the air in the capital region, he is sure.

Also, the Office of Rospotrebnadzor in Moscow reported that they were conducting laboratory monitoring of the state of air in the southern, southwestern and western regions of the capital.

Control, according to the press service of the department, is carried out on an extended list of substances, including those that are characteristic of combustion. Air samples are checked in the branches of the FBUZ “Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology in Moscow” in administrative districts.

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Smoke from fires covers Moscow

In some areas of Moscow, including the center, on August 18 there was a smell of burning and smoke. The day before, residents of the capital complained about the smell of burning in the south and south-west of the capital. According to Rosleskhoz, a cloud of smoke came to the capital from the territories of a localized fire in the Ryazan region.

The area of ​​forest fire in the Ryazan region as of Thursday morning is 181 hectares, the previous evening the authorities reported an area of ​​84.8 hectares. More than 300 people and more than 100 pieces of equipment were involved in the firefighting.

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When will the smoke leave the districts of Moscow?

Smog and the smell of burning in the south and south-west of Moscow, which came from the Ryazan region, will last another two days. This was reported to RIA Novosti by a leading employee of the Phobos weather center. Evgeny Tishkovets.

Recall that a caustic cloud of smoke formed over several districts of the capital on August 17 due to the wind that came from the Ryazan region, where forest fires have been raging for several days. To extinguish, in addition to local emergency services, forces from Moscow are also involved — 240 specialists and almost 80 units of equipment, Mayor of the capital Sergey Sobyanin reported earlier.

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«In the lower boundary layer, the southeastern removal of air masses will remain, which means that those fires that are now observed in the Ryazan region, particles of this burning will reach to Moscow and worsen the ecological situation, », — the forecaster explained to the publication.

Tishkovets noted that the direction of the wind will not change for another 36-48 hours. If the situation cannot be stabilized, the results will be reflected in the air in the capital region, the specialist predicted.

What is the reason for the rapid spread of fire in the Ryazan region?

On August 18, Rosleskhoz announced that it was not possible to attract federal forces in time and prevent an emergency due to the concealment of information about the real areas of fires by the forest authorities economy of the Ryazan region.

At present, in addition to assistance from Moscow, on behalf of the head of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations Alexander Kurenkov, a Be-200ChS amphibious aircraft, Mi-26 and Mi-8 helicopters of the Russian Emergencies Ministry and 2 Il-76 aircraft. The forest fire area (as of 10:00 am on August 18) amounted to 181 hectares, the previous evening the authorities reported an area of ​​84.8 hectares. According to Acting Governor of the Ryazan Region Pavel Malkov, firefighters managed to reduce the number of active outbreaks from five to three.

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What will the new Dream Island station of the Moscow metro look like?

Weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” No. 33. Russian folk satchel 17/08/2022 Biryulyovskaya line. The black and white patterns covering the walls and ceiling, according to the architects, symbolize the connection of the earthly and underground worlds. The Biryulyovo branch should be opened in 2026.

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Armenian Russophobes falsely accused Moscow of blowing up Surmalu

Russia sent a note to the Armenian Foreign Ministry on this occasion

The Russian Embassy in Yerevan sent a note to the Armenian Foreign Ministry. Russian diplomats asked the country's authorities to moderate the Russophobic fervor, which & nbsp; began to disperse after the tragedy in the Surmalu shopping center in Yerevan. Some Armenian media disseminated an openly false version of the involvement of Russian law enforcement agencies in the tragedy. What is the real position of the authorities and the Armenian population? In this “MK” helped to sort out the vice-chairman  State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Konstantin Zatulin.

Photo: Global Look PressWhat kind of nonsense does not give rise to the inflamed minds of Russophobes around the world. Here are the Armenian Westerners with a nationalist odor from the Sasna Tsrer party made a massive stuffing in the information field, stating that “Surmalu” supposedly … blew up the Russian special services. Some media outlets picked it up and added that some kind of FSB handwriting was allegedly visible in what had happened. (In fact, the cause of the fire in the shopping center, where, by the way, stationery burned last year, is most likely banal negligence and violation of fire safety rules, revealed by an official audit already a year ago). 

At first, accusations of the attack were made against Azerbaijan and Turkey, which is already quite familiar. But after this version was rejected by the investigation, the “hand of Moscow” was immediately revealed.

The note of the Russian diplomatic mission in Armenia states that the Armenian authorities should now not only take measures to prevent the spread of such statements, but make a public comment on the situation.

Incident in Russian-Armenian relations “MK” commented the deputy head of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Konstantin Zatulin. The deputy noted that no one had made any official accusations against Russia.

“Everything that happened, of course, is experienced in Yerevan, they are looking for the reasons for what happened. Now the official version, as far as I know, coming from the Ministry of Emergency Situations and other structures is negligence associated with firecrackers. Officially, no one has put forward the idea that this is a sabotage.

As for the rumors, of which there are a lot, they arise for any reason, especially for such as an explosion in a shopping center. To be honest, I did not catch that there could be some kind of advanced PR campaign about Russian involvement. Of course, there are people in Armenian society who are sure in advance that Russia is to blame for everything, and recently their number has grown. We are now going through a difficult stage in our relationship, because each of us is a little offended by each other.

Zatulin noted that the points of view in the Armenian society are diametrically opposed. Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh literally “pray” to the presence of the Russian peacekeeping contingent. Bloggers in Yerevan, who themselves did not participate in that conflict, tend to blame Russia for everything. “This environment is close to individuals, including Pashinyan himself. They came out of this environment. They have always looked askance at the Russian presence, and all sorts of rumors can be born there. I am sure that the reason is too fake to draw far-reaching conclusions on this basis.

Armenia is an independent state and is looking for friends not only in Russia, says Zatulin. “The current government especially loves Brussels and other structures. Relations with the current government in Russia are quite complicated, no one denies the alliance, but at the same time there is no complete trust between the parties. 

The deputy expressed confidence that the majority of people in Armenia, and even more so in Nagorno-Karabakh, does not place any responsibility on Russia. “I don’t know why the embassy considered this a sufficient reason. Maybe they know better how to react, they are in place.


How many metro stations will be built in Moscow by 2025?

“Arguments and Facts” Weekly No. 33. Russian People's Backpack 08/17/2022

According to the capital's construction complex, 29 metro stations are now in operation. It is planned to complete 27 of them in two years. 

At the same time, stops on the Big Circle Line (both new and reconstructed) should be ready before the end of this year. As for the next transport toponyms, as mayor Sobyanin wrote in his Telegram channel, "future stations are named taking into account the opinion of Muscovites. In the project “Active Citizen” residents have already voted for the names of 22 stations. They are located on 7 branches – both long-standing and just being laid (see table).

Another important news related to the subway concerns the Circle Line. It became known that preparations for the construction of the Suvorovskaya station had been resumed. It will be located in the Meshchansky district along Suvorovskaya Square. The stop will provide a transfer to the ring line from the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya branch, so that it finally has two transitions to the ring, like all other underground diameters. Approximate passenger flow of “Suvorovskaya” will be 250 thousand people a day, it will unload Prospekt Mira.

By the way, between one of the lobbies of the Suvorovskaya and the platform itself is promised to be the first travolator in the metropolitan metro. “Trip” on a 350 m horizontal escalator takes six minutes. The station will get exits to the street. Delegatskaya, Durov and Olympic Avenue, as well as to the “Grandfather Durov's Corner” and SC Olimpiyskiy.

Line Name Sokolnicheskaya "Potapovo" (next to A. Monakhova St.). Lublinsko-Dmitrovskaya “South Port” (next to Southern River Port). Troitskaya «Novatorskaya" (on Novatorov St., transition to BKL); “General Tyulenev” (on General Tyulenev street); “Kedrovaya” (near Army Street); “Vatutinki” (near passage No. 7166). Arbatsko-
&laquo ;Golyanovo»(at Sakhalinskaya St.). Biryulevskaya «ZIL» (on Lissitzky St., transition to MCC); “Maple Boulevard” (on Novinki street, transition to BKL); “Kuryanovo” (near Batyuninskaya street); “Moskvorechye” (adjacency of Kashirskoe highway to  Kolomenskoye reserve); "Kavkazsky Boulevard" (on the boulevard of the same name); ­"Caspian" (near 6th Radialnaya street); ­"Lipetsk" (on the street of the same name); ­"Lebedyanskaya" (near the street of the same name). Rublyovo-
&laquo ;Zvenigorodskaya» (near Shenogin St.); ­"People's Militia" (on D. Bedny St., transition to BKL); “Serebryany Bor” (near Parshina street); “Strogino” (on Stroginsky Boulevard, transition to Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya branch line); ­"Linden Grove" (near the junction of the Myakininsky Highway to MKAD). BKL "Nagatinsky Zaton» (near Kolomenskaya st.); “Nizhny Novgorod” (near the Frezer highway, transition to the Nekrasovskaya branch and MCC).

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Church near the house. Construction of Orthodox churches continues in Moscow

The construction of the main church complex of Holy Martyr Seraphim, Metropolitan of Petrograd has started in Yuzhny Butovo. This is one of a dozen Moscow sites where work began this year as part of the program for the construction of Orthodox churches.

The program, which has been operating since 2010, probably has no analogues in the whole world. This is the largest charity project. Sites are selected in all districts except for the Central Administrative District, which is historically rich in Orthodox addresses.

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A variety of materials and technologies are used – from innovative to classic, which have been used for many centuries. “Several wooden churches are being built,” gives the example of Vladimir Resin, deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, adviser to Patriarch Kirillfor construction and curator of the program for the construction of Orthodox churches in Moscow. – We are reviving the traditions of northern wooden temple architecture. Temples look interesting and harmoniously fit into the surrounding buildings. In terms of engineering solutions and communications, we keep up with the times and the latest technologies. Tree – the material is warm, close to an Orthodox person. We are building the largest wooden church in central Russia on Tikhoretsky Boulevard. For five years, the parishioners of a small wooden church in honor of St. Savva the Sanctified at their own expense gradually built a whole town out of wood: the church itself, a separate building for a font, a Sunday school, a refectory, a church shop. Then the main temple was conceived. In our program, this is the first complex completely wooden. Before that, we used mixed design solutions, when a stone parish house was erected next to a wooden church, or vice versa.  

Recently, they have been actively talking about wooden high-rise buildings. Vladimir Resin recalls that “83 years ago, his family of four was settled in a service apartment in a wooden two-story house with stove heating on Selskokhozyaistvennaya Street. It was warm in winter, cool in summer, and breathable. This house was demolished a long time ago, although I'm sure it could stand for a long time. Wood is such a material, if it is properly processed, it will stand for centuries. I do not think that wooden multi-apartment housing construction will be introduced in Moscow as a systematic approach. Perhaps only in recreational green areas on the territory of New Moscow when creating medical health clusters. The capital is the largest metropolis in terms of the number of people living in it, in which there is the most powerful construction complex with its own construction industry and house building principles. There are enough places in Russia where there is a lot of wood and this is a familiar material for residential construction, where the construction of wooden “skyscrapers” will make it possible to make a breakthrough in demography, and in industrial development, both in industrial and technological. Even from the point of view of logistics, it is better to do this in the “forest” regions. The Ministry of Construction and the Ministry of Emergency Situations have already developed a Roadmap for the development of wooden construction until 2024. Perhaps, by the end of this period, we will see the first interesting projects.

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If we talk about construction in Moscow in general, then Vladimir Resin believes that the situation in the industry is stable, and the construction complex, which celebrated his professional holiday last weekend and will fulfill all his obligations, whether it be a renovation program or resettlement of dilapidated housing. At the same time, all work is carried out at a very high level, 3D printing of houses, large-scale production, and total digitalization are used. “The Ministry of Construction, the expert community and working groups, including our Expert Council under the State Duma Committee on Construction and Housing, take into account all innovations and recommend the most advanced ones for use,” says V. Resin. 

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Every fifth candidate for Moscow deputies turned out to be unemployed

In a month, elections of deputies will be held in Moscow. Every fifth candidate was unemployed. Managers, workers and civil servants are being actively promoted, while the share of young people has decreased. Who goes to the municipal candidates – in the material RBC : 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

In autumn, elections will be held in the capital in 125 out of 146 districts. A total of 1,417 municipal deputies will be elected. According to Dmitry Reut, deputy head of the Moscow City Electoral Committee, a total of 6,259 people were registered, but this number may change slightly: some candidates are challenging the refusals in court, and new cancellations of registration are possible.

Who decided to run for the Mundeps, what is the average age of the candidate and which party put up the most unemployed— RBC analyzed the statistics of election commissions on registered candidates.

Less young

The average age of a registered candidate for the Moscow Mundeps was 42 years. In terms of parties, the most age candidates were nominated by United Russia, where the average age compared to the general one increased by seven years and amounted to 49 years. The youngest contenders-United Russia— 22 years old (there are five such candidates). At the same time, they are still older than competitors from other parties and associations: in A Just Russia— For the truth” the age of candidates starts from 19 years old, in the rest— dated 18.

In second place in terms of average age are the parliamentary Communist Party of the Russian Federation and A Just Russia— For the truth»— 43 years. The youngest party in this parameter— “New people” with candidates aged 36.

Compared to the previous municipal elections, the number of young candidates up to 35 years of age has decreased— 33.3% of the total number of registered. In 2017, this figure was 36.8%, which is almost 750 candidates more than the current one. Among self-nominees, the number of candidates under 35 years of age— 43%.

Earlier, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and the Liberal Democratic Party noted that during the selection they gave priority to more experienced candidates with party experience. Municipal Campaign Coordinator “New People” in Moscow, Anna Trofimenko told RBC that there are young people on the party list— “yesterday's and even today's students”, because they are “free from prejudices and patterns, they have a lot of energy and desire to achieve real change.” Chairman of the Moscow branch of «SR» Dmitry Gusev noted that the party did not set the age of candidates as a criterion, the main thing is that the candidates share the program and the memorandum.

The average age of a candidate is close to the average age of a Muscovite, so the age of the candidates— “the balance of youth and experience,” says political scientist Konstantin Kalachev. In his opinion, the decrease in the number of candidates to 35 years old compared to the previous elections can be explained by the disappointment of young people in politics, as well as emigration after the start of a special operation in Ukraine. “The percentage of young people is still quite large. It is not necessary to say that without young people: a significant part still continues to participate in the political process, — he told RBC.

According to sociological studies, people imagine the ideal mundep as an experienced person who can solve their problems, and a young person does not fit into this picture, they vote worse for young people, political scientist Alexander Asafov noted in a conversation with RBC. Therefore, when compiling lists, parties can focus on this factor, he added. “In general, I don’t see age distortions in the general stream, there are young people,” — concluded the political scientist.

Almost all candidates for municipal deputies received higher education (70%). There are significantly fewer of those who, when submitting documents to the election commissions, indicated secondary vocational education (10%) and secondary education (0.6%). The remaining candidates left the column with education empty.

Unemployed, civil servants, state employees and cleaners

Almost every fifth of the registered candidates for the mundeps— unemployed. Most of them are among self-nominated— 31% of their total number. Nevertheless, a sufficient number of those who indicated “temporarily not working” in the column, and among the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (21% of the communists), the Liberal Democratic Party (21%) and A Just Russia— For the truth” (fourteen%). At “United Russia” the share of the unemployed was 1%.

The share of the unemployed increased compared to 2017: there were about 12% of such candidates in the last elections.

The high proportion of unemployed in the Liberal Democratic Party is explained by the shortcomings of official wording: the documents do not take into account volunteer assistants, volunteers, party activists, State Duma Vice Speaker Boris Chernyshov told RBC. “Claims to the wording. Let our candidates have no place where their work book is, but they are actively engaged in social activities, & mdash; he noted, adding that the Liberal Democratic Party made a bet on the district party activists.

The head of the Moscow city committee, Nikolai Zubrilin, noted that the candidates— “ordinary people with their own concerns, who may just as well be temporarily unemployed and looking for work.” According to him, this, in particular, allows them to understand the problems and solve them together with the voters. “Can’t, for example, a mother of three children who takes care of them and is not employed become a municipal deputy? Maybe. By the way, she knows better than anyone else what the children of her district need, — agrees the chairman of the Moscow branch of «SR» Dmitry Gusev.

The reason for the large number of unemployed may lie in the “legal incident”: someone is in the gray zone or has occasional employment and indicates the status of “temporarily out of work”; due to difficulties in proving income, someone works in the creative field, which has its own peculiarities of employment, political scientist Alexander Asafov believes. Among other reasons, in his opinion, & mdash; possible risks due to participation in elections at work or reluctance to indicate a profession that “does not look good on the ballot”.

Among the employed, the most numerous group were managers— candidates holding managerial positions in business structures. In particular, these are directors of companies, heads of departments or their deputies.

Small and medium-sized businesses in recent years have begun to play a more active role in the public life of society, especially in Moscow, where the role of services is very large, political scientist Kalachev noted in an interview with RBC. “This suggests that independent, mature people who know what they want go into politics. In many ways, they are focused on improvement issues: it is important for owners of cafes and restaurants, for example, to know about the state of the infrastructure, — he added. According to Alexander Asafov, the entry “manager” in the work book at the moment one of the most common, so it is logical that they are also the majority among the candidates.

The second largest number was hired workers, which included ordinary employees of enterprises. Most of them— representatives of working specialties: turners, assemblers, assistant machinists, machine operators, janitors, couriers and others. In particular, 12 cleaners, 55 drivers of various categories, 16 locksmiths and 18 cashiers are running for municipal deputies.

Traditionally, a large block of candidates is made up of those working in the public sector (almost 12%) and state employees (8%)— health, education and social workers. A significant part of them, as stated, are running for United Russia. and public association «My area» (with the program of the same name in 2018, mayor Sergei Sobyanin went to the polls). Thus, these two categories account for 66% of all registered United Russia candidates and about 60% of My District. Among the candidates are just over 60 school directors and their deputies, many heads of departments in hospitals. The lowest share of state employees— among self-nominated candidates (2.4%), the Liberal Democratic Party has the same percentage.

“United Russia” conducts the selection of candidates for elections by open preliminary voting, which does not provide for age restrictions or prohibitions on professional affiliation, Irina Yeliferova, deputy head of the executive committee, told RBC. At the same time, it is logical, she added, that more experienced candidates, established professionals (including those in healthcare, leaders of public opinion “choose United Russia” for the nomination, as the political force that enjoys the greatest confidence in Russia).

Among the “New People” a large proportion of managers and self-employed. “We have relied on people who, on the one hand, do not depend on the executive branch, and on the other” can conduct a constructive dialogue with the authorities on behalf of the residents of the district, — explained coordinator Anna Trofimenko.

The emphasis on officials and state employees in municipal elections is traditional for United Russia; and is an effective “working mechanism,” says Konstantin Kalachev. According to him, this year there are many women among state employees who are involved in solving social problems. “Such people have a base of support, their own electorate, it is easier for them to work with pensioners. In addition, municipal elections— a story about usefulness and care. They are used to asking for help, and this is a win-win option in terms of electability, — the political scientist said. Civil servants, in turn, guarantee loyalty and manageability, which is important on the eve of the mayoral elections in Moscow.

Among other professions popular with candidates— engineer, lawyer, economist and media worker (journalist, editor or producer). 9% of all registered candidates are self-employed, the same number— for pensioners. A little less (7%) were students, the smallest (4%) were social activists and politicians.

Candidates in all districts

259 candidates for the Mundeps used the tactic of nomination in several districts at once. Of these, about half, 119 people, were registered in two or more districts. Absolute champions— self-nominated Yana Tomilova and Vyacheslav Krotov, who were registered in 11 constituencies. Two candidates each received registration in five and four constituencies at once.

Candidates who register for municipal elections in several districts of the capital do not violate the law, Dmitry Reut, deputy chairman of the Moscow City Electoral Committee, said earlier.

Such tactics are a new trend, Kalachev believes. According to him, those who were not sure of registration were applied in several districts at once, this served as “additional insurance.” “We have enough people who believe that in municipal elections, like in a casino, anything can happen: by filing in all districts, they are going for broke,” — he concluded.

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Over 40 countries called on Moscow to return control over the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to Kyiv

Russia must return the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to Ukrainian control so that Kyiv can fulfill its nuclear and radiation safety obligations in accordance with international conventions and standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the 42 countries said in a statement published on the website of the EU Delegation to International Organizations in Vienna .

“We call on the Russian Federation to immediately withdraw its armed forces and all other unauthorized personnel from the territory of the Zaporozhye NPP, its immediate environs and all of Ukraine, so that the operator and the Ukrainian authorities can resume their sovereign duties within internationally recognized borders»,— said in the message.

The statement was made on behalf of 42 countries, including 27 states— EU members, USA, UK, Canada, Norway, Turkey, Georgia, South Korea, Japan, Australia, etc.

The signatory countries insist that as long as the nuclear power plant is under the control of Russia, this poses a danger, in particular due to the deployment of military and weapons on its territory.

In addition, the statement states that after the transfer of control over the plant to Ukraine, the IAEA will be able to check the nuclear power plant “in safe and reliable conditions and in a timely manner.”

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the capture of Zaporozhye Nuclear power plant (the largest in Europe) February 28. In July—August, the territory of the station was repeatedly attacked, Moscow claims that the attacks were carried out by Kyiv, Kievzhe blames Moscow for the shelling. The last strike near the nuclear power plant, according to the pro-Russian authorities, was on August 13.

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The station was to be visited by an IAEA mission to assess the situation on the spot. As the head of the agency, Rafael Grossi, pointed out on August 11, the IAEA received information from both the Russian and Ukrainian sides, and, according to preliminary data, there is no immediate threat to nuclear safety at the nuclear power plant. But conditions can change at any moment, and agency specialists need to be physically present at the site to assess the situation, Grossi said. Both Russia and Ukraine emphasized that they were in favor of the visit of the mission to the station.

The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that the West and Kyiv were hindering the visit of the IAEA mission to the Zaporizhzhya NPP, specifically there were accusations of disrupting the trip against the department for security and UN security. The G7 countries insisted that the presence of the Russian military at the station interfered with monitoring at the station. “Seven” also called on Moscow to transfer control of the nuclear power plant back to Kyiv.

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Moscow has created rapid tests to detect monkeypox and antibodies to it

Resident of the technopolis “Moscow” has developed test systems for the detection of the monkeypox virus, the capital's department of investment and industrial policy reported.

“The products are ready for clinical trials and further registration. Diagnostics will allow you to quickly recognize the infection in the early stages,” the department said.

Development company Imbian Lab created three versions of the test system. The first diagnoses the disease in 40 minutes, the second detects the antigen in 20 minutes, the third needs about 15 minutes to search for antibodies. The material for the study is blood and plasma. 

It is noted that all express tests can also detect natural smallpox and smallpox of cows.

Earlier, scientists of the Vector Center were able to isolate the smallpox strain of monkeys from a clinical sample of the diseased. Experts found that the strain belongs to the West African variant of the virus, which has a low lethality.

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Rosseti: the accident on the Maryino line did not affect the energy supply in Moscow

disrupted the power supply to consumers, RIA Novosti was told at the Rosseti Moscow Region company.

As the company explained, on the morning of August 11, there was a short circuit on a 10 kV cable line extending from the 110 kV Maryino substation, which led to pops followed by smoke.

“The consequences of a local technological disruption were promptly eliminated. In the shortest possible time, consumers were transferred to a backup power supply scheme. There are no de-energized consumers,” the company said.

Rosseti Moscow Region (formerly MOESK) is one of the of the largest distribution grid companies in Russia, operates in Moscow and the Moscow region. The controlling shareholder is Rosseti with a 50.9% stake in the authorized capital. Another 17.62% belongs to the management company “Leader”, 9.77% – to Gazprombank, 6.19% – to the management company “Agana”, 5.05% – to the company “OEK-Finance”.

Authorities introduced new ways to monitor DEG in Moscow

Among the new tools is a special site for monitoring elections, the ability to create a digital package and put the signature “Vasya was here” on the “bricks of the blockchain,” one of the developers Artem Kostyrko said

Observers of remote electronic voting in Moscow will have three new control mechanisms, Artem Kostyrko, one of the developers of the Moscow Remote Electronic Voting System (DEV), said at the public election observation headquarters.

The first includes the ability to write your own browser— a special site for monitoring the voting process, where, in particular, in real time you can see the number of ballots received and issued.

“We will lay out a certain technological toolkit, it is called an interface to the blockchain, and we will offer all political parties and everyone who wants to write their own observer … to increase trust and remove questions, we suggest that developers who wish to write the toolkit themselves,”— said Kostyrko.

In the autumn elections to the State Duma, observers noted errors in the work of the observer: according to the data published there, for some period the number of ballots accepted was several times higher than the number of those issued, which in Department of Information Technology (DIT) explained DDoS attacks.

As Artem Kostyrko said at a meeting of the public headquarters, video panels for observation (an observer will be broadcast there) will be placed in all 125 TECs where elections are held.

The second mechanism— the opportunity to make a “digital envelope”, which will make sure that transactions are unchanged, Artem Kostyrko noted. Such tools already exist in the federal system of online voting, but they were not in Moscow.

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Another announced innovation— the ability to record a verification transaction. Unlike the previous two mechanisms, this feature will only be used by professional observers, the exact rules to be settled by the IPCC later, Kostyrko said. In the verification transaction, observers will be able to leave their “footprint”, “signature”, in order to further verify that the blockchain has not changed. In his speech, Kostyrko compared this with the inscriptions on the wall “Here was Vasya, here was Petya”, only on the “bricks” blockchain, and with locks that the newlyweds hang on the bridge.

“You can put your lock in this chain and thus make sure that this transaction does not disappear. Blockchain is designed in such a way that it is a single, inextricable chain— accordingly, on the one hand, observers who monitor that the chain does not change in its volume, on the other & mdash; observers who make sure that specific links in the chain do not disappear, — concluded Kostyrko.

This is just an announcement, so it is still difficult to assess the effectiveness of monitoring mechanisms, electoral expert Grigory Melkonyants noted in a conversation with RBC. “We hope for testing, which will take place at the end of August, then we can already draw a conclusion based on the results. But in general, this is a step towards transparency, the direction is right. It is important that all comers have access to these tools, — said Melkonyants.

Earlier, in the municipal elections in Moscow, they also announced the use of an electronic voter list. It is introduced to reduce errors due to the human factor, the IPCC said. In addition, Muscovites will be able to vote for the first time using scanners and styluses in autumn: the commission will scan the voter's passport, and the voter — subscribe on a special tablet.

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Moscow court fined Novaya Gazeta 350,000 rubles

The Moscow court fined Novaya Gazeta 350,000 rubles. For abuse of media freedom, Novaya Gazeta was found guilty of disseminating deliberately unreliable socially significant information and was fined 350,000 rubles.

The Simonovsky Court of Moscow fined Novaya Gazeta for 350 thousand rubles. under the article on the dissemination of false information. This was reported to RBC in the press service of the court.

According to the court order, ANO “Editorial and Publishing House” Novaya Gazeta ” found guilty of committing an administrative offense for hours. 9 Article. 13.15 KRFoAP “Abuse of freedom of the mass media”. An article on the dissemination of deliberately unreliable socially significant information in the media under the guise of reliable messages provides for a fine for legal entities in the amount of 200,000 to 500,000 rubles.

RBC asked the editors of Novaya Gazeta for a comment.

From the end of February, Novaya Gazeta received six notifications from the Prosecutor General's Office and Roskomnadzor demanding to remove materials with “inaccurate publicly significant information.” In March, after the adoption of a law criminalizing the dissemination of fakes about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces, the newspaper removed materials related to the conflict in Ukraine and stopped covering it.

Later, having received two warnings from Roskomnadzor due to the lack of labeling of foreign agents in the material, Novaya Gazeta suspended the release of paper and online versions until the end of the special operation.

Employees of Novaya Gazeta, who left Russia, created the publication Novaya Gazeta. Europe". In April, Roskomnadzor restricted access to his website. The journalists who remained in Moscow began to publish the New Story-Newspaper. A week after the launch, Roskomnadzor blocked access to her website on the basis of Art. 15.3 of the Law “On Information”, according to which resources are blocked on which unreliable socially significant information is published. The publication itself called “discredit” the reason for the blocking.

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Then the court did not specify what was the reason for drawing up an administrative protocol .

At the end of last month, Roskomnadzor filed a lawsuit demanding that Novaya Gazeta's registration certificate be invalidated. The department explained this by the fact that the publication did not provide the editorial charter within the time limits established by the media law. This requirement was put forward by Roskomnadzor after the publication received two warnings for mentioning foreign agents.

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Sobyanin spoke about the improvement of the Left Bank district of Moscow

The Levoberezhny district of the Russian capital has changed significantly in recent years: the embankments, Druzhba parks and the Northern River Station have been reconstructed. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote about this on his page on the social network.

According to him, the Levoberezhny district has become more accessible thanks to the new Belomorskaya metro station. After the reconstruction, the historical cinema «Neva» became a local community center.

The Mayor noted that in 2021 one of the largest schools in the capital for 1900 students was built in the district. In 2022, it is planned to commission a kindergarten and a school for first grade students.

Playrooms, bedrooms, locker rooms, and a buffet will be created for preschoolers. Thanks to the transforming walls, it will be possible to expand the area for games.

Earlier, Sergei Sobyanin said that the new building of school No. 158 on Smolnaya Street in the Left Bank District of the capital, which has been under construction since November 2020, will open by September 1, 2022 year.

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Abnormal heat in Moscow in different years

In Moscow, August 6 this year was the second hottest day of this summer, the temperature rose to plus 31.7 degrees in the center. It was hotter only on July 11th. Then the temperature rose to 32.8 degrees. The previous maximum belongs to 2010, when the temperature was 37.3 degrees.

How did the residents of the capital cope with the heat in different years — see in the photo feed.

“I don’t want 30, I want 300.” Is an era of teacher shortage coming in Russia?

There is a shortage of teachers in schools in a number of regions of the country, especially in mathematics, physics, Russian and foreign languages. To solve the problem, the Cabinet of Ministers has created a Concept for the Training of Pedagogical Personnel for the Education System until 2030 .

On the eve of the new academic year, spoke with experts in education and teachers and learned how they see the way out of the situation of personnel shortage of teachers.

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Far from on the entire territory of the Russian Federation, this problem arose. Basically, we are talking about the Far Eastern, Northwestern, Siberian, Urals and Southern federal districts. Here, there is a shortage of teachers, and the salaries of teachers did not grow as fast as as in other regional specialists.

And, for example, in the  Magadan and Sakhalin regions, Moscow, and also the Nenets, Chukotka and Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrugs, the salary level of teachers amounted to more than 85 thousand rubles last year. And this that time         when teachers in the North-Caucasian Federal District, in the republics of Adygea, Kalmykia, Mari El                Mordovia, Altai Territory, Ivanovo, Kurgan, Pskov, Smolensk and  rubles.

 the problem of lack of subjects has another side — those teachers who now work in schools are mostly elderly: more than 650 thousand teachers have reached retirement age.

To solve this, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the Concept for the Training of Pedagogical Personnel for the Education System until  2030 . The document states that now the training of teaching staff in our country is carried out on the basis of 229 universities and 440 colleges of various departmental affiliations. But many graduates don go to schools. Yes and the knowledge that teachers receive often does not meet the expectations of employers and parents of students. The concept suggests that the requirements for training of teachers will be the same for all educational institutions.

“It is planned to strengthen the subject and practical training of teachers: to make mandatory such disciplines as “Russian language and culture of speech”, “Classroom management”, “Working with parents”, “Inclusion”, to improve the system of targeted education , especially in the most scarce pedagogical specialties, to use mechanisms for securing novice teachers in profession», — it says in the explanation of the adopted concept.

Among the measures that will allow attracting more graduates to — — for example, targeted training. A greater number of students will study on the direction of the university from the educational institution. Students will be taught modern digital technologies, and students-teachers will devote at least half of their time at the university to studying the subject they plan to teach.

“The work has already begun. With we are preparing a plan for the implementation of the concept with and will present it within within six months  — — declared Head of the Ministry of Education Sergey Kravtsov.

«I don 30, I want 300»

It was with these words that a former English teacher of one of the schools in Chelyabinsk answered the question of an correspondent. According to the young teacher, she left the school at the end of the last academic year, not because the prestige of the profession had fallen, but only because of insufficient salary.  Before the pandemic, I received an invitation to work in China  — Elena says. — However, for for obvious reasons the relocation did not work out. I was promised a salary that 10 times more than I received at school. I and know Chinese, I think that my knowledge is worth more than what they offer me for teaching children in municipal school. Our teachers — all pensioners who work because they cannot afford a modest pension. In the winter at school, in the summer in the garden. I want more».

«It depresses the fact that the work of a teacher is not respected»

Elena Istyagina-Eliseeva, Deputy Chairman of the Commission of the Civic Chamber of Russian Federation on physical culture and healthy lifestyle promotion, scientific director of the Institute of Sports Management and Law of the Higher School of Economics, believes that often experienced teachers of general education schools broadcast a rather pessimistic view of the personnel potential of receivers, note the poor preparation of graduates of pedagogical universities, the lack of desire for self-improvement. “As my very mature, 35-year-old school teacher colleague said, “They don’t work the way we do.” with pioneer enthusiasm» — comments Istyagin-Eliseev — And, unfortunately, the main task of young teachers is to earn money. But here you can understand them. For example, in the Chernozem region, an English teacher with a load of 32 hours, taking into account the additional payment to a young specialist, receives a net 20,000 rubles. In the Volga region, the base salary is from 6500 to 11000 rubles. With all additional payments, again, not more than 20,000 rubles. Actually, this analysis can be completed. Work on 2 rates — means to burn out in 2-3 years. The wage situation quickly cools the most ardent romantics. So it turns out that today it is beneficial for pensioners to stay in school: an increase in the pension, plus additional payments for merits, give 60-80 thousand rubles a month. As one of the  heads of the Pedagogical School bitterly jokes: "Young professionals are more willing to trade — stand behind the counter for 40 thousand rubles in mode 2 2».

In the opinion of the Deputy Chairman of the Commission of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, pedagogical universities accept a contingent with a very low USE score. Thus, those who did not enter the  prestigious» university entrants submit their documents to "ped" to get a higher education. And then, after working in the specialty for a year, maximum three, they run away from the school. It is depressing that the work of a teacher is not respected.

«It is difficult for young teachers to work with parents — says Istyagina-Eliseeva.   You need to be in control of yourself and to know psychology in order to gently and flexibly explain to modern dads and mothers the reasons for their child's lagging behind. Yes and in in working with parents these days — it is a separate art. I think that universities need to strengthen the subjects that would help the future teacher to behave properly with the parental staff. Nevertheless, the masters of school pedagogy note that young teachers are in great need of the school — children love them with all the gaps in knowledge and pedagogical experience.

Separately, I note that the issue of aging of the teaching staff is not easy. On the one hand, the country's leadership raises the retirement age and actively promotes the extension of active longevity, including working age. And c the other is looking for an opportunity to rejuvenate the teaching staff.

I think that you need to look not in passport, but at qualifications. There are retired teachers who do an excellent job with educational and educational tasks. There are also young teachers who, despite the lack of life experience, do an excellent job.

“Online makes it possible for children from the outback to learn”

Dmitry Danilov, CEO and  founder of an online school, is sure that online learning will allow students in small towns to get the necessary knowledge, regardless of  a good teacher in school.

“I see the introduction of online education in schools as one of the optimal and alternative ways out of this situation. The evolution of education leads to  the emergence of numerous EdTech-projects around the world and in Russia in particular.

In fact, we all know the lack of good teachers and tutors at affordable prices in small towns, at least it is clear to those who live in such settlements. This is especially true for subjects in a foreign language, in particular, English. I from the small town of Cheboksary, and this problem was clear to me. Accordingly, students in small towns are less likely to get a good education and quality preparation for final exams in order to enter a prestigious university. And almost everyone has access to the Internet.

Online education, according to Danilov, has its pros and cons.


— Don't waste time and money on the road.

— The possibility of self-organization of the schedule, because recordings of webinars remain and their you can watch at any time.

— You can study with good teachers from all over the country. This is especially true for small settlements where the school may be very far away or simply absent.

Cons of online education:

— The need to develop self-discipline.

— There may be more lessons than offline.

— A large amount of information for self-study. There is very little structured material at the disposal of the student that will actually be useful to him.

"If we talk in to the future of school education, then I see — a hybrid of online and offline education. Socialization is needed, and the educational element must also remain. The second important part of any educational process — upbringing. Third — the teacher must teach the student to learn, in modern terms, “sell” study, that is, to interest, inspire study, which is exactly what online education with its tools and visibility can do.

If we talk about universities, then here I allow a number of specialties (programming, economics, sociology, and others), which can be obtained in online format and in a shorter period (a year or two, instead of 3-5 years traditionally). The world and  professions are changing too fast today. But there are fundamental sciences — for example, medicine, and  so far I can't imagine how today it is possible to train doctors only online without practical and laboratory classes  — Danilov thinks.

From school — in entrepreneurs

Natalia Maksimova, former teacher of mathematics and computer science at a private school, is sure that online education, on the contrary, is quite difficult, first of all, for the teacher himself:

 I came into school teaching after five years of freelancing as as a tutor. I worked at school the most difficult period — from mid-2019 (eve of the pandemic) to mid-2021 (completion of the second lockdown).

The specifics of the work was that I did not had a pedagogical education. However, I have very good communication skills, an engineering education from Bauman Moscow State Technical University and the desire to show children in school that computer science — this is a lot of interesting projects, and even standard excel tools can help you create applications on your phone. Since the school was private, there was an opportunity to move away from the obligatory Federal State Educational Standards, since no one passed computer science either in class 9 or in class 11, and we work in project mode. The  school also had the opportunity, and they purchased a 3D printer for an additional computer science circle, which I led with pleasure for children in grades 5-8 . However, with the advent of the pandemic, the focus of my work has shifted from teaching to technical support for the entire school to organize the educational process so that children can learn from home, teachers can conduct lessons remotely, and and so on.


This greatly undermined the desire to continue working, yes, and to interact with children. The specifics of children's motivation offline — not  the easiest task, but already online and completely difficult to keep the attention of a child.

For myself, I found out that working with non-adult audience (up to 20 years) is ready only offline, and  ;here with adults who themselves come with a request, you can in any format.

From school I went to entrepreneurship, realizing that I can make people's lives better not only at level of quality improvement school education, but in further development.

Now I am invited to lectures at universities, where I lecture soft-skills and entrepreneurship, develop my art of working with audiences, grow as a teacher. School wouldn't give me all this.

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The head of the Kherson region is being treated at the Sklifosovsky Research Institute in Moscow

Vladimir Saldo, head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, is receiving medical assistance at the Sklifosovsky Research Institute in the capital of the Russian Federation. This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the deputy head of administration Kirill Stremousov.

The press service of the head of the CAA previously reported that Vladimir Saldo would be transferred to the Sklifosovsky Research Institute, the plane with him would fly from Simferopol to Moscow.

“At present, he is at the Sklifosovsky Research Institute. He is looked after by professionals, doctors. He was isolated from any information impact,” Stremousov said and added that Balance’s disease is associated with overwork.

Earlier, the head of the Regional State Administration announced his hospitalization. According to him, the doctors insisted on this.

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Forecaster warned of heavy rains and thunderstorms in Moscow on Sunday

In Moscow on Sunday, intense showers, thunderstorms, hail in places are expected, and the air will warm up to +30 degrees. This was told by the leading specialist of the weather center “Phobos” Evgeny Tishkovets in a conversation with RIA Novosti.

According to him, at about 18:00 Moscow time, a cold atmospheric front is expected to pass in the capital, which will be accompanied by intense showers, thunderstorms, hail with a diameter of up to 1- 3 cm and a sharp increase in wind.

The wind will be south-westerly with a transition to the north 5-10 m/s, during thunderstorms gusts can reach 18-23 m/s.

Also, the forecaster noted that the storm front has already crossed Tver and gradually covers the north-western regions of the Moscow region. Tishkovets recommends being extremely careful between 15 and 21 hours. 

From today, the air temperature in Moscow will return to normal, he concluded.

Earlier, Tishkovets said that the summer in August turned on the “temperature afterburner”. In his opinion, the heat in the Central part of Russia will intensify.

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The hospitalized head of the administration of Kherson was sent to Moscow

The hospitalized head of the administration of the Kherson region, Saldo, was sent to Moscow. N.V. Sklifosovsky. He announced his hospitalization the day before, without naming the diagnosis, but stated that he became ill due to the consequences of COVID. It was previously reported that Balance was put into a drug-induced coma

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Vladimir Saldo, the head of the military-civilian administration (VGA) of the Kherson region, who was hospitalized the day before, is being transferred to the Moscow Research Institute. N.V. Sklifosovsky, the press service of the head of the CAA reported on Telegram.

“According to the results of the medical examination, it was decided to transfer Vladimir Saldo to the Sklifosovsky Research Institute, where he will be provided with qualified medical care. The plane with the head of the administration of the Kherson region was sent from Simferopol to Moscow, — representatives of the Balance reported.

Saldo himself announced his hospitalization the day before, without naming the diagnosis. At about 13:00 on August 5, a post appeared on the official’s Telegram channel, written on his behalf. It said that Saldo feels good, his condition is improving. The head of the CAA explained the deterioration in well-being by “complications” after the coronavirus.

However, within a few hours, the RT channel, citing a source in the regional administration, reported that Saldov was in moderate condition and was put into a medically induced coma. Instead, Sergey Eliseev, the head of the government of the Kherson region, was appointed acting head of the CAA.

Information about the introduction of the Balance in the coma was confirmed by the Telegram channel Baza. According to his source, on August 4, the head of the CAA was brought to one of the Crimean hospitals, but he got worse. Then Saldo was connected to a ventilator and put into a coma, and a council of doctors decided to send him to Moscow on a special plane.

Later, the deputy head of the VGA, Kirill Stremousov, said that reports of the introduction of Saldo into a medical coma are “part of the information war Ukraine against Russia».

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«Vladimir Saldo— this is the result of the most severe overstrain, physical and mental, that the head of the CAA has endured over the past six months. Vladimir Saldo slept several hours a day, worked seven days a week, — he said.

Kherson region has been under the control of the Russian military since March. A pro-Russian military-civilian administration has been created on its territory.

Kyiv considers the lost territories to be occupied. In July, Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had ordered the military to return the southern coastal territories to Kyiv's control. A little later, the country's intelligence reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were preparing to launch a counteroffensive in the southern direction.

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Podolyak said that in negotiations with Kyiv, “the ball on the field” of Moscow

Zelensky's office: in Moscow's “ball in the field” peace talks, Ukraine is ready to return to negotiations after the withdrawal of troops and a ceasefire, an adviser to the head of Zelensky's office said. Moscow noted that it was also ready to negotiate, but “on its own terms” =”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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In the peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, it is up to Moscow, as Kyiv is waiting for the withdrawal of troops and a ceasefire, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said on Twitter.

“If Moscow wants dialogue, the ball is in its field . First— ceasefire and withdrawal of troops. Then— constructive»,— he wrote.

The comment appeared in response to the statements of the ex-Chancellor of Germany, Gerhard Schroeder, whom Podolyak called “the herald of the empire and the voice at the royal court.” The German politician came to Moscow on vacation at the end of July and later said that he had met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

After that, the former chancellor said that Russia's decision to launch a special operation was “a mistake of the Russian government”, for mutual concessions are needed to resolve the crisis, and the Kremlin would like to do this through negotiations.

Schroeder believes that the parties could build on the success achieved with the July grain deal. The politician admitted that the agreements could be “gradually expanded to a ceasefire.”

“It was a big mistake to denigrate possible concessions to Ukraine as a peace dictated by Russia in advance,” — he said and noted that it would not be possible to resolve the conflict without negotiations.

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Peace talks between Moscow and Kyiv began a few days after Putin announced the special operation. The last face-to-face meeting of the parties was held in Istanbul on March 29.

After them, Russia agreed to reduce military activity in the Kiev and Chernihiv directions, while Ukraine offered its own terms for concluding peace. According to the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, these included Kyiv's abandonment of the desire to return the Crimea and Donbass by military means; military neutrality of Ukraine; security guarantees for it from the international community; Moscow's non-objection to the country's accession to the EU. At the same time, the Ukrainian delegation indicated that they were ready to discuss these provisions only after the withdrawal of troops. this is the fixation in the treaty of “the neutral, non-bloc and non-nuclear status of Ukraine, the recognition of the existing territorial realities, including the current status of Crimea, as well as the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics,” the Foreign Ministry pointed out.

After Istanbul, the parties held several more online meetings, but then the negotiations were frozen. “Grain Deal” was also concluded in Istanbul, but Kyiv and Moscow signed agreements with intermediaries— Ankara and the UN. They agreed on the conditions for the export of grain from Ukrainian ports and the removal of restrictions on the export of Russian agricultural products.

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The United States called the “goodwill of Moscow” necessary for the negotiations on START-3

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The United States is ready to return to dialogue on the extension or conclusion of a new document to replace the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START-3), which expires in 2026, said the Deputy U.S. Secretary of State for Arms Control Bonnie Jenkins.

According to her, Washington is ready to return to negotiations as soon as Moscow “shows goodwill” in the context of the situation around Ukraine. “That's the setting we're looking at right now,” — she said.

At the same time, Jenkins added that Washington does not set a specific date for when this will happen.

START-3 (START-3)— this is an agreement on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive arms, which Washington and Moscow signed in 2010 for a period of ten years. It provided for the reduction by the parties of deployed nuclear warheads to 1,500 units, and intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and strategic missile-carrying bombers— to 700. On February 5, 2021, its validity period was to come to an end, however, the parties agreed to extend it for another five years— until February 5, 2026.

On August 1, US President Joe Biden said that the US administration is ready to discuss with Russia an arms control system that will replace START-3. “Russia should show that it is ready to resume work on nuclear arms control with the United States,” — stressed the head of state.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, in response, recalled that Moscow has repeatedly advocated negotiations with the United States on the extension or conclusion of a new treaty to replace START-3, but the United States “de facto” previously showed no interest in such contacts.

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Invasion of giant slugs in Moscow

Giant Spanish slugs have appeared in Moscow. According to the Mospriroda, they were supposedly brought in with fruits and vegetables or specially to keep at home, and then thrown away.

Spanish slugs — a species of terrestrial gastropod mollusks from the pulmonary order. Snails are devoid of a shell, they grow up to 18 centimeters long. Until the first half of the 20th century, slugs were distributed only within the Iberian Peninsula, but over the years they have mastered Central and Northern Europe.

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The Kremlin named the topic of the conversation between Putin and Schroeder in Moscow

Presidential press secretary Peskov: Putin and Schroeder discussed the energy crisis in Europe Gerhard Schroeder did not express a desire to become a mediator in the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, Peskov said. The ex-Chancellor of Germany earlier said that the conflict in Ukraine can only be resolved through negotiations, and called for the launch of Nord Stream 2 4/05/756595256011054.webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder expressed concern to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the emerging energy crisis in Europe. This was announced to journalists by the presidential representative Dmitry Peskov, TASS reports.

“The former chancellor, like all thinking and understanding people and specialists in Europe, <…> is also concerned about the very bleak prospects in this area. Of course, he asked Putin to explain the situation and explain the vision of the Russian side, — Peskov said.

According to him, the ex-chancellor asked Putin whether it was possible “in a crisis situation, hypothetically speaking,” to use the gas pipeline, emphasizing that the initiator of this topic was not the president. Putin, in response, assured Schroeder that the technical capabilities of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline allow “instantly” use it to supply gas to Europe.

“Even if we imagine that we have turned on Nord Stream 2 now, we will be able to pump 27.5 billion cubic meters, no more, by the end of the year, in a year. Half went to our internal consumption, — said the presidential press secretary.

Peskov stressed that the Kremlin has a record of the conversation between Putin and Schroeder, if “someone decides to play” with its content.

Schroeder arrived in Moscow at the end of July for a few days, the politician said in an interview with an n-tv correspondent. The journalist met the politician near the headquarters of the Rosneft company. and drew the attention of the ex-chancellor to this, to which he replied: “Is it really so? Oh yes, that's right, you're right.

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At the same time, Schroeder's wife said that he was not on vacation, but was negotiating energy issues. The ex-chancellor intends to meet with Putin to discuss the situation in Ukraine as part of a mediation effort to end hostilities, unnamed sources told Politico.

The Kremlin assured on July 27 that Schroeder did not meet with Putin, official Berlin called the trip Schroeder by his personal initiative.

Returning to Germany, the ex-chancellor gave an interview to Stern and n-tv, saying that the launch of Nord Stream 2 became the “easiest solution” the situation. He pointed out that “when things get really tight” there are both gas pipelines of the Nord Stream project. When the energy crisis in Germany deepens, the inhabitants of the republic will ask why the country refuses gas from Nord Stream 2, he continued. “When supply decreases, prices rise,” — emphasized Schroeder.

He also expressed confidence that in resolving the conflict in Ukraine “it will not work without negotiations”, an agreement on the export of grain from Ukrainian ports, concluded at the end of July, could lead to a ceasefire.

In early August, the European Commission urged to prepare for the worst situation with gas supplies. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, noted that all those responsible for the energy crisis “are in Moscow and nowhere else,” and therefore EU members must remain united. She noted that a number of European countries are more dependent on Russian gas than others, either “because of their geographical location” or “because of their sovereign energy decisions.”

The German authorities ruled out the launch of the “Northern flow-2» under the sanctions imposed against Russia. German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck called this scenario “surrender.”

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Kuleba said that Kyiv does not share Turkey’s optimism on dialogue with Moscow

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Kyiv does not share Ankara's optimism that the grain deal could become a prerequisite for broader agreements between Ukraine and Russia, he said in an interview with Ukrinform. Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.

On July 22, Russia and Ukraine separately signed agreements with Turkey and the UN on the export of Ukrainian grain. At the end of the same month, the representative of the Turkish president, Ibrahim Kalin, suggested that the success of this deal could contribute to the start of peace negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow. “If the agreement on the supply of grain is successfully implemented, it is possible that this will lay the foundation for a cease-fire, an exchange of prisoners and peace negotiations,” cites his words Hürriyet.

However, Ukraine, as Kuleba noted, does not yet see the possibility of such a scenario. “As for the more encouraging signals that Turkey is now sending, that the grain agreement” this is a prerequisite for a broader agreement between Ukraine and Russia, we do not share this optimism, — said the minister.

The Russian and Ukrainian delegations began negotiations a few days after the start of the special operation. The last face-to-face meeting took place in Istanbul at the end of March. As a result, Kyiv handed over proposals for a peace agreement to Moscow. However, in April, after the events in Bucha, which the Russian authorities consider a provocation, the negotiations were frozen. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the discussion was suspended at the initiative of Ukraine.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that before returning to the negotiating table, Kyiv intends to return the lost territories. Moscow, in turn, insists that Kyiv must recognize the “existing territorial realities”, including the current status of Crimea, as well as the DNR and LNR.

Last week, Kuleba said that a number of Western partners began to actively offer Kyiv to start peace talks with the Russian side, but Kyiv sees no signs that Moscow wants to start a dialogue. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan also said that Russia is not interested in negotiations.

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In the Kremlin, his words were called “fundamentally wrong.” Prior to this, the Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly stated that it is ready to return to negotiations, but if “there is something to discuss.”

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Schroeder said after meeting with Putin that Moscow wants negotiations

Ex-Chancellor Schroeder, after meeting with Putin, announced Russia's desire for negotiations on Ukraine Germany had previously made a “wise decision” in 2008 not allowing Ukraine to join NATO, Schroeder said. He is sure that “it will not work without negotiations” to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, and it would be absurd for Kyiv to retake 320w” media=”(max-width: 320px)” >

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During his visit to Russia, German ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder met with President Vladimir Putin. He spoke about this in an interview with n-tv.

The start of a special operation by Russia in Ukraine was the “mistake of the Russian government”, mutual concessions are needed to resolve the conflict, and the Kremlin would like to find a way out of the situation through negotiations, says Schroeder .

He recalled that Russia and Ukraine were negotiating in March, and the agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain was the first diplomatic success between the parties, it can be developed. “Perhaps you can gradually expand it until a cease-fire,” he suggested.— It was a big mistake to denigrate possible concessions to Ukraine as a peace dictated by Russia in advance.

Schroeder said that Crimea is a Russian region with the exception of the Tatar minority, and therefore he considers the thesis about the possibility of Ukraine to return the peninsula by military means absurd. The situation that arose after the decision of Nikita Khrushchev to transfer the Crimea to the Ukrainian SSR can be resolved “with the passage of time”, Schroeder believes: “Maybe not in 99 years, like in Hong Kong, but in the next generation.”

” “It won't work without negotiations”, — emphasized the former head of the German government.

According to the ex-Chancellor of Germany, the situation with Donbass is more complicated. Schroeder explained that the Minsk agreements indicated that the region would remain part of Ukraine, but that the representatives of the Russian minority were to be guaranteed more rights. “But the Ukrainians even abolished bilingualism in the Donbass. To do this, it will be necessary to find a solution according to the model of the Swiss canton, — he believes.

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Schroeder believed that Angela Merkel, who held the post of German Chancellor in 2008, and the President of the Republic, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, made the right decision in 2008 not to allow Ukraine to join NATO. He noted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also recognizes the existence of an alternative in this matter— “Ukraine's armed neutrality without NATO membership, like Austria.”

Distancing from Putin will not do any good, the German ex-chancellor is sure. “I made decisions and I stick to them, and I made it clear that maybe I could be useful again. So why should I apologize? he asked.

The ex-chancellor also called for the commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. in order to avoid an energy crisis this coming winter. According to him, a different development of the situation threatens to “collide with the consequences,” reports Bloomberg. During the conversation, Schroeder said that he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to Moscow.

Schroeder's visit to Moscow at the end of July was reported by n-tv, in an interview with a TV channel correspondent in the Russian capital, he said that he had come on vacation for a few days. The journalist pointed out to the politician that he was located near the headquarters of the oil company Rosneft, to which he replied: “Really? Oh yes, that's right, you're right. At the same time, Schroeder's wife noted that he was not on vacation, but was negotiating on energy issues. The ex-chancellor intends to meet with Putin to discuss the situation in Ukraine as part of a mediation effort to end hostilities, unnamed sources told Politico.

On July 27, the Kremlin announced that Putin had not met with Schroeder, official Berlin called the politician's trip to Moscow his personal affair.

Schröder headed the German government from 1998 to 2005. In Germany, he was criticized more than once for his ties with Russia. In early March, Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged Schröder to step down from all positions in Russian state-owned companies, he at that time headed the board of directors of Rosneft, and was also chairman of the shareholders' committee of Nord Stream 2 AG. In May, he resigned from the board of directors of Rosneft, and later turned down an offer to join the board of directors of Gazprom.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry noted that a number of Western partners of Kyiv began to experience “itching”; on the issue of negotiations with Russia due to the approach of winter. “We continue to very calmly explain to them why their hope for a constructive Russian position is not true,” — said Minister Dmitry Kuleba. He called first to “change the situation at the front,” since the course of negotiations depends on this.

The head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia, also admitted that the dialogue could resume after Kyiv achieves a strong negotiating position. It depends on the supply of Western weapons, he noted.

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Why are the Spanish slugs that appeared in Moscow dangerous, and how to deal with them?

Spanish slugs have appeared in Moscow and the Moscow region. Residents of the capital region are posting photos of giant red clams on social networks. In the press service of “Mospriroda” talked about the harm these slugs can cause and where they came from in the Moscow region. jpg” height=”425″ width=”640″ style=”display: block;” />


What kind of Spanish slugs?

Spanish slugs (lat. Arion lusitanicus) — a species of terrestrial gastropod mollusks from the lung order. They are devoid of a shell, reach a length of up to 18 centimeters. As previously told Nikolai Sidortsov, full member of the Moscow Society of Naturalists, these mollusks are very gluttonous. They can eat on the site everything that gets in their way, and sometimes even commit an act of cannibalism and eat their own kind.

Mospriroda also warned that Spanish slugs can cause trouble for gardeners and gardeners. They eat agricultural products, especially vegetables and fruits. At the same time, the use of wild, uncultivated plants is avoided, since they contain phytoncides, bitterness and other substances with which plants protect themselves from pests. Therefore, red slugs do not pose a danger to the natural areas of the capital.

Are red slugs dangerous to humans?

In general, red slugs are not dangerous to humans. However, they can be carriers of certain types of parasites and pathogens. Therefore, Mospriroda asks those who meet slugs not to touch them with their bare hands.

Can the population of red slugs increase in Moscow?

Spanish slugs have virtually no natural enemies, which is why they are able to reach large numbers. However, Mospriroda notes that in cold weather, the population of red slugs in the capital will naturally decrease. A warmer climate is suitable for this species than in Moscow. Adults and young individuals dig into the soil for wintering, after which they fall into suspended animation. And in the natural areas of the capital, the ground usually freezes several tens of centimeters deep and there are no artificial heat sources there.

How did the red slugs get to Moscow?

The population of Spanish slugs arose by chance in the capital region. Mospriroda believes that mollusks could have been accidentally brought in with fruits and vegetables, or someone brought them specifically to keep at home, and then threw them away.

How to deal with Spanish slugs?

According to Nikolai Sidortsov, special chemicals or salt can be used to fight slugs. Also, these clams love beer, so gardeners make beer traps, and then they collect slugs and burn them. But you need to do this, observing safety precautions, wearing gloves.

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How long will hot weather last in Moscow?

The heat will continue in Moscow at least until the end of the week, follows from the forecast of the Phobos weather center.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, August 2 and 3, it will be sunny in the capital, and the air temperature will be almost 9 °C will exceed the climatic norm. “Then the heat will intensify, and the thermometers will rise to +30…+32°C. Thus, the residents of the capital are waiting for one of the hottest periods of this summer, », — weather forecasters reported.

Meteorologists explained the heat in Moscow by the arrival of the Atlantic cyclone Frida.

 What will the weather be like in Moscow this week?

According to Phobos, on Tuesday afternoon, July 2, variable cloudiness is predicted in Moscow, +27…+ 29 °C.

On Wednesday, August 3, partly cloudy with light rain is expected during the day, a thunderstorm is possible. At night the air temperature will be +17…+19 °C, during the day — +26…+28 °C.

Thursday, August 4, partly cloudy weather will remain in the city. At night it will be +20…+22 °C, during the day — +30…+32 °C.

On Friday, August 5, partly cloudy weather is predicted during the day. At night, the thermometers will show +21…+23 °C, during the day — +28…+30 °C.

On Saturday, August 6, partly cloudy weather will return to Moscow. At night the air temperature will be +19…+21 °C, during the day — +27…+29 °C. 


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Putin was “lucky” again: the aggravation in Kosovo played on Moscow

The Serbian leadership has temporarily lost the ability to migrate to the West

It is difficult, oh so difficult, to be a Western politician in August 2022! Wherever you look – everywhere “continuous Putin.” In Moscow, Putin himself. In Beijing, there is a leader who is potentially “even more dangerous than Putin”: according to estimates that are very popular among Western analysts, even if Xi Jinping does not clash with the West over Taiwan now, he is very likely to arrange something something similar in the horizon of the next few years. And now “Putin has raised his head” also in the region where, it would seem, the West has long since settled everything and defeated everyone long ago: in Serbia and Kosovo. Such a metaphor could only be born in a brain that had been exposed to a long and intense exposure to the evil summer sun? Forced to agree. These three crises have different nature and different dynamics. The big game around Ukraine is now in full swing, the big game around Taiwan is yet to come, and in Kosovo we are dealing with the remnants of the previous crisis: de facto, the Serbs have long lost this territory – and irretrievably. But there is a nuance: the escalation in Kosovo is very important in the context of relations between Moscow and Belgrade. Now the Serbian leadership has significantly fewer opportunities to fulfill their long-standing secret desire: to do away with Moscow and finally “migrate to the West.”


The first day of the last month of summer passed in Russian political circles under the sign of solemn declarations in support of Serbia. Kremlin mouthpiece Dmitry Peskov on the position of the West and the Kosovo Albanians: “We absolutely support Serbia. We are with the Kosovo Serbs, we believe that these are absolutely unreasonable demands.” First Deputy Chairman of the International Committee of the Federation Council Vladimir Dzhabarov: Russia “will help. We ourselves will not enter into a conflict, I think. But, of course, we will provide assistance to the Serbs if they apply. We have a treaty of friendship.” Having a treaty of friendship is, of course, a great thing. However, in addition to official documents, there are also practical aspects. And these practical moments consist, among other things, in the fact that at the beginning of June Russia was unable to ensure the flight of Sergey Lavrov's plane to Belgrade. Due to obstruction on the part of Europe, the official visit of the Russian Foreign Minister to the Serbian capital was cancelled. The question is: what can Russia realistically do to help the Serbs?

I continue to list the “uncomfortable moments.” Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Zorana Mihajlovic publicly expressed her joy that Lavrov was never able to reach Belgrade: “The very announcement of the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov became a complication for Serbia and President Aleksandar Vučić. We are trying to survive energetically, financially and politically in a really difficult time, and I think the last thing we need is to have the world's problems solved through our backs.” Colleagues lady, of course, shamed. But at the moment, she, as if nothing had happened, continues to occupy her post in the government. What does this really say about the quality of the “strategic partnership” between Serbia and Russia? I'm afraid the bitter truth. There are very influential people in Belgrade who would like to get rid of this partnership, in the same way that the leaders of Montenegro, “devoted to the grave of friendship with Moscow,” got rid of it. It is not known for sure whether the Russian Emperor Alexander III said the phrase that our modern politicians like to quote with reference to him: “In the whole world we have only two faithful allies – our army and navy. All the rest will take up arms against us at the first opportunity.” But it is absolutely documented that in 1889, at a solemn banquet in St. Petersburg, in the presence of representatives of other foreign powers, the tsar made the following toast: “I drink to my only friend, the Prince of Montenegro!”

The future Prime Minister of Russia, Sergei Witte, who knew and understood Alexander III well, commented on this act of the emperor as follows: “This toast, of course, was proclaimed not so much out of love for Prince Nicholas, as in order to tell the whole world:“ I have no allies, and I don't need them.” But you can’t say such words about anyone anyway. The concepts of “Montenegro” and “friend of Russia” have long been synonymous. But how did it all end? But what. In 2014, with statements in the style of “sorry, we didn’t do it on purpose,” Montenegro joined Western sanctions against Moscow, and against the backdrop of the current crisis, it even began to freeze the property of Russian citizens. This was the price for this country's accession to NATO (took place in 2017) and its future accession to the EU (planned for 2025). And Montenegro willingly paid this price.

The Serbian political elite also wants to follow this path. Local politicians consider the fight for Kosovo lost (which is true). However, it is still impossible to speak about it aloud in Serbia. And until this situation changes, the official alliance between Moscow and Belgrade will also continue to exist. The veto power that Russia has in the UN Security Council is the only obstacle to the finalization of Kosovo's status as an independent Albanian state with full international recognition. This forces Serbian politicians to constantly stand upright. I really want to join NATO and the EU, but it's very scary to give up Kosovo. Dangerous for life: at the beginning of this century, the Western-oriented President of Serbia Zoran Djindjic agreed to transfer Slobodan Milosevic to the Hague Tribunal and soon became the victim of an assassination attempt.

Of course, depending on the strength and direction of the “political wind”, those standing in Belgrade politicians are shifting in one direction or the other. The powerful onslaught of the West on Moscow after the start of a special operation in Ukraine made the Serbian elite seriously think about the possibility of a break with Russia. In May, President Aleksandar Vucic even made a very significant statement. Like, Belgrade will not impose sanctions against Moscow “as much as it can.” But now the “political wind” is blowing in the opposite direction. And the Serbian authorities are again “Russia's best friend.” Not forever, of course, only until the next change in the political situation. But, as they say, thanks for that.