“Even the fund didn’t help us.” 5 reasons for refusing targeted assistance

Are you in a critical situation with treatment/surgery/medication, but no charitable foundation accepts applications for targeted assistance? We will tell you why not every application to the fund ends with an open collection and what problems may arise.

The work of the address department of the fund “AiF. Good heart» is absolutely transparent, and each application for assistance goes through more than one stage of medical and legal verification. But even according to our statistics, only one request out of ten passes this test. Therefore, we decided to analyze 5 main reasons why a charitable foundation (including AiF. Kind Heart) may refuse targeted assistance.

Reason number 1. The foundation does not deal with such diseases

Almost every charitable foundation has its own priority areas for targeted assistance. 

Sometimes desperate parents of seriously ill children apply simultaneously to all the funds they can find, and spend a lot of time in vain — receiving rejection after rejection. Sometimes residents of distant regions turn only to large federal funds, not even knowing that someone in their region is already successfully engaged in the desired direction.

If the disease with which you need help is not included in the priority nosologies of the BF “AiF. Good heart, then the employees of the targeted assistance department will definitely advise — where else can you apply or they will transfer the application to the Family Accompanying Department, where they will help with legal or psychological support. & nbsp;

Reason number 2. Such assistance can be provided under compulsory medical insurance

It often turns out that a family does not even suspect about the benefits that they are already entitled to by law, or that they need surgery and medicines can be obtained under compulsory medical insurance and state guarantees. 

Employees of charitable foundations usually check the possibility of receiving assistance from the state and the availability of regional benefits. And, if the family is still entitled to assistance under the compulsory medical insurance program, then the fund has the right to refuse targeted assistance. But, for example, in «AiF. Good heart» in this case, we offer free consultations of our lawyer so that the family has support during the preparation of documents for preferential treatment.

Usually the exceptions to this — those cases when patients should receive assistance from the state, but at the time of applying to the fund there is no time for this. For example, all patients with cystic fibrosis are legally entitled to a free Ursofalk drug, but in some regions our patients cannot receive either it or even generics for months. This situation threatens not just the health, but the lives of children whom our foundation regularly helps. And so in such cases «AiF. Good heart» opens targeted fees to buy a supply of medicine for at least a few months in advance. And be sure to involve the lawyer of our foundation in resolving the issue with the regional Ministry of Health, so that the family can continue to receive treatment under compulsory medical insurance on time, as expected. 

Reason number 3. Problems with documents

Detailed legal and medical examination of documents in the fund should take place in several stages. And problems with the provided documents can arise on any of them.

Outdated medical certificates and extracts, no family income certificate or proof of disability, no documents confirming the relationship of the applicant/guardian and the patient — this list of problems can go on and on. 

It is important for our foundation to observe the principles of reliability and transparency: we are responsible for each targeted collection with our reputation! And, if parents are reluctant to contact doctors and lawyers, refuse to provide the necessary documents or are not interested in communicating with the employees of the — this is a valid reason for refusing to help.

Reason #4. The foundation cannot arrange treatment in a certain clinic or country

Sometimes the foundation receives applications in which parents or medical professionals immediately insist on rehabilitation in only one specific clinic or country. And they categorically refuse to consider any other options proposed by doctors, whom the foundation turns to for a second (and sometimes third) opinion. 

If “AiF. Good heart» already works with a clinic that the parents themselves have chosen for treatment or surgery, we still carefully check the validity of this choice. Sometimes both we and independent medical experts are sure that the same treatment can be obtained closer to home, cheaper and better, but parents insist on their choice only. In this case, there is a chance that the fund will most likely not approve the targeted collection. 

Reason #5: Fundraising is too big or too urgent

No fund, even the largest and most famous, can help everyone. And dealing with complex and urgent fees always requires additional human and financial resources. Search for partners, organization of collection and PR cooperation with those who can support it, creation of materials, publications on crowdfunding platforms and TV broadcasts — all of this requires the simultaneous efforts of many fund staff. No foundation manages to make such collections often and certainly cannot be organized in a couple of days. 

Therefore, we, too, are periodically forced to refuse in response to desperate calls: “In two weeks we need six million rubles for the operation. Help! 

Alas, the — it's not a magical bottomless wallet. A large address fee — it is also the selfless efforts of hundreds of donors and dozens of volunteers. But even in the most difficult situations, we try not to leave without support any of those who turned to us. Even if our foundation cannot provide financial assistance — we always have experienced psychologists for emotional support, excellent lawyers to fight for the rights of patients and a human attitude towards everyone who believes in us. 

And we are — not alone!

1. Fundraising charitable foundations of Russia: https://rusfond.ru/navigator

2. Register of rehabilitation centers in Russia: https://fond.pravmir.ru/reestr

3. Institutions providing palliative care: https://pro-palliativ.ru/institutions

4. List of reliable funds: https://dobro.mail.ru/sos/

5. Project “To Be Precise”: https://tochno.st/nko

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What gender equality strategy has the Ministry of Labor developed?

The Ministry of Labor of Russia is developing a strategy to ensure gender equality. About this on Monday, August 8, writes RBC. According to them, the document will be aimed at implementing the principle of the rights and freedoms of the sexes in all spheres of life, increasing the economic independence of women, their political activity, as well as overcoming stereotypical ideas about the social roles of Russian women.

Who initiated the strategy? 

The first deputy minister of labor and social protection Olga Batalina is responsible for developing the strategy. In addition, for a deeper study of the issue, an interdepartmental working group has been created, which includes representatives of government bodies, the scientific and expert community. According to the project, the strategy is planned to be implemented in two stages: from 2023 to 2026. and from 2027 to 2030 

The program will include tasks to improve legislation, amend national projects and state programs, conduct scientific research on ensuring equal rights and freedoms of both sexes. 

Which areas for protecting the interests of women will be included in the strategy?

According to the idea, the document will reflect the main areas of action in the interests of Russian women and will consider topical issues. The strategy will highlight ten areas: 

New opportunities for women in the labor market

The agency is ready to help Russian women overcome occupational segregation, participate in flexible forms of employment, and increase the competitiveness of the fairer sex in the labor market. 

The document mentions concepts such as “glass ceiling”; and “sticky floor”. The first concept implies invisible and unmarked boundaries that impede the career growth of Russian women. The second term refers to situations where a woman remains in low positions for a long time. Thus, according to the Ministry of Labor, “the proportion of women holding government positions and civil and municipal service positions is more than 70%. However, among senior managers it is small,” the ministry's materials say.  

In addition, according to Rosstat, women's wages in Russia last year averaged 72.5% of men's earnings. 

The agency invites companies to develop corporate programs to promote gender equality and increase their social responsibility towards family women. 

The growth of the role of women in the field of entrepreneurship

It is planned to increase the integration of women in promising creative areas (media, information technology, etc.), as well as to take new measures to support entrepreneurs in the field small, medium, social and family businesses. There is a desire to expand women's access to financial resources. 

Meanwhile, according to the Federal Tax Service, the share of women among entrepreneurs in the Russian small business sector is 40% at the end of last year. 

Conditions for quality education for women

The Ministry of Labor sees the need to introduce STEM education (an educational model that combines natural sciences and engineering subjects into a single system — ed. note) for Russian women in general education schools and vocational education institutions.

In addition, the department is confident that women need to create conditions for obtaining vocational education in advanced areas of the economy, which will subsequently allow them to get a well-paid job.

Female Leadership Development

In the current paragraph, the authors intend to destroy the old ideas about the social roles of both sexes, as well as popularize the image of a female leader, “successfully realizing her business and creative potential in all spheres of public life.” It is planned to implement these measures not without the help of the media, which will show the cases of successful women leaders and entrepreneurs on the platforms of their resources.

The growth of the role of women in politics

The agency is going to include measures to ensuring equal opportunities for women and men in the political life of the country, raising Russian women's awareness of their rights.

Preserving the health of Russian women

The strategy also points to the availability of quality medical services for women regardless of their place of residence, the importance of developing a reproductive health system, as well as the creation of separate programs for the provision of medical services to women with disabilities. 

Longevity of older women

This implies the inclusion of older Russian women in the life of society, care for their health. In particular, the plans include the formation of a system of long-term care and the introduction of programs aimed at preventing premature aging and other age-related changes in the female body (senile asthenia, osteoporosis, cognitive disorders, etc.).

Improving measures to support low-income women

This direction involves improving measures to support Russian women in overcoming financial difficulties, as well as assisting  non-profit organizations that provide assistance to women in difficult life situations. 

Ensuring family-work balance 

The proposal is related to the improvement of the state support system for families with newborn children and their upbringing. The agency draws attention to the fact that it is necessary to evenly distribute household responsibilities between men and women, expand the infrastructure for childcare and care for family members who are completely or partially deprived of the ability to self-service. 

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https://www.rbc.ru/economics/07/08/2022/62ed0f1b9a79473eace8dfa4

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What kind of wheeled hybrids of the Nona-SVK cannon and mortar have been seen in Ukraine?

Plot RF special operation in Donbass and Ukraine

Combat use of self-propelled artillery mounts on 2S23 “Nona-SVK” wheeled chassis was recorded in Ukraine with a 120 mm gun. This is an unusual multi-tasking weapon that can “work” like an anti-tank gun, a howitzer and even a mortar. 

On a long journey

“Nona-SVK” — “land” version of “Nona”, which was created for the Airborne Forces with the ability to parachute from aircraft. The infantry received a combat vehicle made on the basis of the BTR-80, which gives it a very unusual appearance. At first glance, it looks like an armored personnel carrier, but the rotating turret with a cannon makes it look more like a tank. Therefore, “Nona-SVK” second informal name — wheeled tank for the Ground Forces.

“Nona-SVK”. Photo: Commons.wikimedia.org

According to its characteristics, it is an artillery weapon that has high mobility and maneuverability on the battlefield. The wheelbase allows you to quickly transfer this machine under its own power over long distances. On one gas station it can cover 600 km. The combat vehicle has a 260 hp engine. With. ACS, which allows it to accelerate to a speed of 80 km/h. The self-propelled gun is capable of swimming through water bodies, the maximum speed on the water surface — 10 km/h.

Punch through everything

First of all, this multifunctional cannon is needed to destroy the enemy manpower. He will not be greeted if the shells arrive at the position of artillery and mortar batteries, rocket launchers and command posts.

The main armament of this self-propelled guns — the 2A60 gun, which is capable of destroying various targets with conventional projectiles at distances up to 13 km. The ammunition load includes 30 shots, in the arsenal of self-propelled guns — high-explosive fragmentation, active-reactive and cumulative projectiles that can penetrate any armor of a modern combat vehicle. These projectiles, by design, should allow you to fight any tanks at a distance of about 1 km.

Also “Nona-SVK” can fire all types of 120-mm mines, including foreign-made ones. Adjustable ammunition KM-8 “Gran” was adapted for this gun. and “Kitolov-2”, having a range of 9 and 12 km. These projectiles are guided using laser illumination.

The vehicle can only fire from a standing position, however, it is not necessary to prepare a firing position to open fire. It can fire from closed firing positions and direct fire.

For self-defense “Nona-SVK” equipped with a smoke screen system. Also in service with this machine is a 7.62-mm machine gun Kalashnikov tank (PKT). The crew, which consists of four people, is also armed with Igla man-portable anti-aircraft systems.

What's in the name

There is still no clear explanation why this weapon is called the Nona. . According to one version, that was the name of the wife of one of the designers. According to another, less romantic, it's just the abbreviation “New Ground Artillery Gun”.

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CNN showed a story about Ukrainians leaving for the liberated territories

Journalists from the American television channel CNN showed a story about Ukrainian citizens leaving the country for territories liberated by the Russian Federation.

Some citizens said that they were going to the Kherson region to meet with relatives. However, this surprised the TV channel employee, because people are traveling with their families, not forgetting to take their pets with them.

Trucks are also sent to the liberated territories. The drivers told the reporter that they were carrying various goods for sale.

The story shows that all the cars are driving towards territories that are not controlled by Kyiv. There is no transport in the opposite direction.

Earlier, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Lithuania announced that the possibilities for accepting refugees by residents of the country had been exhausted. The department noted that in the event of a new influx of Ukrainian refugees, which is predicted in the autumn, Lithuania will face the problem of their accommodation.

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What kind of unnamed drone did Almaz-Antey start producing?

Concern “Almaz-Antey” began production of a light multi-purpose drone. It will be assembled at the enterprises of the concern. Today, various types of UAVs have already been created. The company has already begun their pilot production, and preparations for the launch of the pilot batch.

Well-tailored

The  drone still has no official name. But it is known that the manufacturing will use modern materials and 3D printing technologies, which will make it very durable and light. It will also become quite fast for drones in its class, with a top speed of 120 km/h. At the same time, the drone is even more maneuverable, withstands strong wind and frost. The dimensions of the drone are 25 cm x 25 cm x 10 cm — midget in the world of modern drones. It can be controlled via a special channel at a distance not less than 5 kilometers, the flight altitude can reach 3 kilometers, the flight distance exceeds 20 kilometers. It will be possible to charge the device from a car battery or a conventional outlet.

At the beginning of 2023, the developers will complete the development of equipment for the television control channel, and the production will be finally localized at Almaz-Antey's production facilities.

Easier than simple

It will be possible to watch videos, control the drone and correct flight tasks using various gadgets, including a mobile phone, tablet or laptop. It will also be possible to control the drone in real time, being a virtual pilot, there is an option to simply set the route.

Soon the drone will be equipped with property identification tools, an encrypted control channel and a video transmission channel to  based on Russian developments. This should provide greater resistance to software encryption interference. The key input device for transmitting information to the integrated part is connected via USB to computer or tablet.

My dear

By the end of 2022, the concern will create an import-substituted flight controller with an identification function and software developed by the holding. The share of Russian components in the product will be up to 90%. According to experts, the production of new drones by Russian companies will allow not only to eliminate the existing shortage of these systems, but to enable to repair them without time delays.

Where it comes in handy

Theoretically such a UAV can be used in many industries. Given the variety of uses of drones, it can be intelligence, agriculture, and geodetic work. However, most likely, the main purpose of the drone — military. It will be useful for reconnaissance and target designation in to help units in Ukraine. In fact, small drones, especially multicopters, have proven to be extremely in demand by the military.

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Deadly rain. Did the workers in the sewers have a chance to escape?

The general director of the contractor, whose three workers died on Sunday in the sewer, was detained, the press service of the investigative committee reports. A 38-year-old businessman may be charged under the article "violation of safety rules for conducting work, resulting in the death of two and more persons".

How the sewers are arranged and whether the workers had a chance to escape, aif.ru found out from explorer of urban underground tunnels, digger Nikita Dubas.

Valeria Vershinina, aif.ru: —   This is a violation of security rules. What are they in this case?

Nikita Dubas: — According to the instructions of Mosvodostok, it is forbidden to be in similar systems if precipitation is likely to occur. The flow rate increases based on the increase in the water level. Initially, there is less than half a meter of water in the collector, but due to rain it can fill up to 100%. In this case, on August 7, a rainstorm occurred, which caused a rapid rise in the water level in the tunnels of small diameter — up to 2.5 meters. The workers did not take into account the weather conditions: when the water level began to rise, a pandemonium formed at the observation well. Several workers were able to get out, others needed the help of rescuers, and the remaining three people were washed away in the sewer by a stream of water. They were sucked to the bottom of the tunnel, where the dead could no longer control the situation.

— Do mobile and gps work in the sewer?

      In case of getting into such a stream of water, should not rely on GPS or mobile communication, the network in the sewerage does not catch.

— Then there is no chance to escape in such situations?

— The only salvation may be to cling to the first minutes of  any fence, stairs. Next, a person should try to climb under the manhole to the manhole cover, from there report himself or try to open it, which is also not always safe, since such a system regularly passes under roads and under pedestrian boulevards. Being in the  collector, a person cannot identify where the hatch leads; such hatches are not signed and not marked. You can open it and immediately die under the wheels of a speeding car.

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“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, aif.ru 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 aif.ru 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 aif.ru. — 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.

Pros:

< p>— 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.

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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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Putin awarded Shakhnazarov with the Order of Merit for the Fatherland

Putin awarded Shakhnazarov with the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 3rd class Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin, Prime Minister of Tatarstan Alexei Pesoshin and President of the Russian State Humanitarian University Yefim Pivovar will be awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky, and Head of the Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences Yuri Petrov will receive the Order of Friendship< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/0/36/756599690481360.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >

Vladimir Putin and Karen Shakhnazarov

Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the director, director general of Mosfilm Karen Shakhnazarov with the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” III degree, the corresponding decree is published on the legal information portal.

The award is presented “for a great contribution to the development of national culture and art” and “many years of fruitful activity.” The same order with the same wording was received by the artistic director, director of the State Academic Folk Dance Ensemble named after Igor Moiseev Elena Shcherbakova.

In addition, the head of state decided to award Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin and Prime Minister of Tatarstan Alexei Pesoshin with the Order of Alexander Nevsky. They will be awarded orders “for the achieved labor successes and many years of conscientious work”.

By the same decree, the head of state awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky to the President of the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) Efim Pivovar “for active participation in the activities of the Russian Historical Society.” For this achievement, the Order of Friendship is awarded to the head of the Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yuri Petrov.

Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” established in 1994, until the establishment of the Order of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called in 1998, it was the highest state award in Russia. The order has four degrees, the first is considered the highest. The front side of the order is an equal-pointed cross covered with red enamel, which is decorated with the Russian coat of arms. The order is worn on a red silk moire ribbon. Laureates of the VI and III degrees are awarded only the badge of the order, and those awarded with senior degrees— a sign and a star with the motto “Benefit, honor and glory”.

The order is given for outstanding services to the state related to the development of Russian statehood, achievements in labor, strengthening peace, friendship and cooperation between peoples, as well as for a significant contribution to the defense of the country.

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The Order of Alexander Nevsky was established in 1942. It is awarded to civil servants who have distinguished themselves by “special merits in the matter of state building, many years of conscientious service and high results.” The award can also be presented to “prominent foreign political and public figures” and businessmen for merits in cooperation with Russia and promotion of its social and economic development.

The Order of Friendship was established in 1994. It is awarded to citizens “for a great contribution to the strengthening of friendship and cooperation between nations and nationalities, high achievements in the development of the economic and scientific potential of Russia.” The award is also given to earnings for the rapprochement of national cultures, strengthening peace and friendly relations between states.

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Court in Ukraine sentences Russian tanker to ten years in prison

Tanker Kulikov was found guilty of violating the laws and customs of war. According to the Ukrainian investigation, he shot at a residential high-rise building. The Russian Defense Ministry stressed that the military does not strike civilian targets

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A court in Chernigov sentenced Russian tanker Mikhail Kulikov to ten years in prison, who was accused in Ukraine of shooting at a residential multi-storey building, Suspіlna reported.

The Russian was found guilty of violating the laws and customs of war (part 1 of article 1 article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). He will also have to compensate legal costs in the amount of 26 thousand hryvnia (43.2 thousand rubles).

Russian tankers Kulikov and his commander, Major Leonid Shchetkin, were taken prisoner on the outskirts of Chernigov on February 26, according to Suspilna. According to the Ukrainian investigation, Shchetkin ordered Kulikov to deploy the tower and shoot at a residential multi-storey building. The military man fired and hit the apartment on the tenth floor. The building was damaged, there were no dead or injured.

During interrogation, Kulikov confirmed that he shot at the house on the order of the commander. According to the military, Shchetkin told him that a hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher had been installed in the high-rise building. After the shot, their tank was knocked out, and the military hid in the yards of the private sector and were subsequently captured, Kulikov said.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has repeatedly stressed that the military does not strike at civilian infrastructure. Major Shchetkin, who, according to Suspilne, had already been exchanged at the time the trial began, also denied in an interview with blogger Yuri Zolkin that his tanks fired at civilians or residential buildings.

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In May, a court in Ukraine sentenced 21-year-old Russian military Vadim Shishimarin to life imprisonment. According to investigators, the young man fired several shots from a machine gun at 62-year-old civilian of the Sumy region Alexander Shelipov. In a video released by the Security Service of Ukraine, the military man confessed to his deed, saying that he acted on orders. On July 29, the Court of Appeal replaced the Russian citizen with a sentence of 15 years in prison. In Ukraine, it was assumed that after the trial he could be exchanged.

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The competition for the mandate of the Moscow Mundep was five people per seat

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6,259 candidates for deputies were registered for the municipal elections in Moscow, Dmitry Reut, deputy head of the Moscow City Electoral Committee, told RBC, summing up the registration stage. 1261 candidates from United Russia, 928— from the Communist Party, 547— from the party «New people», 503— from A Just Russia, 308— from the Liberal Democratic Party and 179— from the Yabloko party.

According to Reut, 599 people withdrew their candidacies or did not bring documents, another 465 were refused. “Reason for refusal — mainly violations in the collection of signatures»,— Reut added. Thus, “about five people” claim one mandate, which the deputy head of the Moscow City Electoral Committee described as “quite good competition.”

The percentage admitted to the elections was 85.4% of all nominated (7326 people), which is lower compared to the last municipal elections in 2017, when 92% of candidates (7665 out of 8330 candidates) were registered, but about the same (84%) as in 2012 (4151 out of 4959 candidates).

Municipal Campaign Coordinator “New People” In Moscow, Anna Trofimenko, in a conversation with RBC, noted that 33 people from the party were not registered: they all withdrew from the elections themselves, mainly due to family circumstances. “It is important for us that the candidates fully work the campaign, the one who felt that he cannot do this leaves,” — she explained.

The head of the city committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Nikolai Zubrilin, in a conversation with RBC, noted that some of the communist candidates also refused to participate in the elections for personal reasons. According to him, at the moment, out of 928 candidates who have submitted documents for nomination, 870 have been registered. The party received nine refusals, in particular, as he said earlier, due to shortcomings in the submitted documents.

Some of the candidates lost the right to run for office due to prosecution for displaying extremist symbols (Article 20.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). The court decision on this article that has entered into force entails a ban on participation in elections during the year— at least 24 candidates were not admitted. Among other grounds for refusals— “involvement in an extremist organization” (on this basis, they refused, in particular, to Konstantin Yankauskas and Sergey Tsukasov).

Self-nominated candidates faced registration denials more frequently than party representatives, but the creators of the two — teams to help candidates appreciate the intermediate results of the campaign.

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88 participants of the project “Nomination” Deputy Zyuzino Alexander Zamyatin and former State Duma candidate from the Communist Party Mikhail Lobanov have already received candidate certificates, another 20 are now appealing against refusals to support the project, Zamyatin told RBC.

“This is significantly higher than our expectations in terms of the number of registered candidates from the platform, so we are very satisfied. We predicted only about 60 candidates, — he noted. Candidates were rejected due to invalidation of collected signatures or errors in filling out documents.

Candidates from Roman Yuneman's team also faced a problem with signatures. According to Yuneman, in the Basmanny district, handwriting experts found a drawing in the signature of a staff member, and in Domodedovo the commission rejected the signature of the candidate's grandmother. Of the 60 candidates initially nominated, 50 were registered (the team is now working with 40 due to disagreements)— such a number of candidates will allow for a good campaign, Yuneman said in a conversation with RBC.

In the fall, elections will be held in the capital in 125 out of 146 districts. A total of 1417 deputies will be elected. The most competitive areas, according to preliminary data, were Izmailovo, Sokolinaya Gora, Veshnyaki, Novogireevo and Bogorodskoye, political scientist Alexander Asafov said. For the municipal elections in Moscow, the rules for the formation of councils of municipal deputies were clarified— their number began to depend on the number of voters in the district, as a result of which the number of mandates decreased by 85 compared to 2017.

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SBU accused the GRU of plotting the assassination of the heads of the Ministry of Defense and intelligence of Ukraine

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The Security Service of Ukraine announced the prevention of contract killings of representatives of the Ukrainian leadership. This is stated in a message posted on the website of the special services.

“As a result of a multi-stage special operation, a sabotage and reconnaissance group (DRG) of the Main Directorate of the General Staff [Armed Forces] of Russia, better known as the GRU, was neutralized. The attackers were preparing for the physical elimination of the Minister of Defense [Aleksey Reznikov] and the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of our state [Kirill Budanov], as well as a well-known Ukrainian activist,— noted in the message.

The name of the activist is not called, however, the publication “Strana.UA” citing sources, he says that he is an ex-serviceman of the Azov battalion; (recognized as a terrorist organization in Russia and banned) neo-Nazi Sergei Korotkikh, nicknamed “Boatswain”. In September 2021, a court in Moscow arrested Korotkikh, also known as Malyuta, in absentia. A native of Belarus, who received Ukrainian citizenship, is accused of involvement in a double murder motivated by ethnic hatred. As Moskovsky Komsomolets wrote, shortly before his death, Maksim Martsinkevich (Tesak), who committed suicide last year, testified against Korotkikh. promised a reward in the amount of $100,000 to $150,000. Kyiv claims that the group included, in particular, a certain resident of Lugansk, who participated in the battles with the Ukrainian armed forces in the Lugansk People's Republic.

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“On the instructions of the coordinator from Moscow, it was he who, using his connections among criminal circles, was looking for a killer to commit contract killings,” — The report notes.

According to the SBU, this person, who is called a “communicant” in the message, contacted a certain resident of Kyiv, after which he arrived in the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities through the territory of Belarus for a meeting.

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Both the suspects were detained in Kovel. During the search at the “connected” Evidence of criminal acts was revealed, as well as a passport of a citizen of Russia, — The SBU said in a statement.

The names of the detainees were not released. The SBU showed a video and a photo of the detention, footage of operational footage of a conversation between two men, presumably in a hotel, as well as fragments of the testimony of one of them.

The detainees are suspected in Ukraine of high treason committed under martial law, as well as preparing premeditated murder. The question of their detention is currently being decided.

The photo also shows items allegedly confiscated from the detainees: a mobile phone charger with a wire, a toothbrush in a package, an unopened package of church candles, a small cardboard icon in a bag, two Mir cards. different banks, a Russian passport and a driver's license.

On August 5, the SBU reported the arrest of another suspected of treason: the former deputy head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. The name of the suspect was not given, the SBU only named his rank — major general. The detainee, according to counterintelligence, passed secret information to the Russian special services about the current military-political situation in Ukraine, as well as classified data on the actions and measures taken by the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the military conflict.

The SBU officers detained the suspect at the beginning of Russia's military operation in Ukraine. During a search at the place of work, he tried to shoot with a Makarov pistol the representatives of the investigative-operational group who arrived to conduct legal proceedings. The detainee, who served as deputy head of military intelligence from 2008 to 2010, is currently in custody. He faces up to 15 years in prison or life imprisonment with confiscation of property.

On August 4, the office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine reported that the SBU suspected former TV presenter Yuriy Kot of treason. According to Ukrainian law enforcement agencies, Kot “used his media fame for his own purposes to damage the information security of Ukraine.” In 2014, the presenter moved to Russia, where he got a job at the Rossiya Segodnya news agency. and News Front.

In mid-July, the SBU and the State Bureau of Investigation detained the former head of the SBU department in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Oleg Kulinich on suspicion of treason. The investigation believes that Kulinich, along with former Deputy Secretary Vladimir Sivkovich, have been working for Russia since at least June 2019 and created the basis for a quick and practically “unhindered occupation” southern regions of Ukraine.

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Delimkhanov found out about the calls on his behalf to deputies with the collection of money for the SVO

Deputy Delimkhanov reported on scammers who extorted money for a special operation on his behalf According to Delimkhanov, he wrote a statement to the authorities because of the actions of scammers who called State Duma deputies on his behalf and asked to “financially support” the conduct of a special operation in Ukraine< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/6/05/756599698287056.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >webp” type=”image/webp”>

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State Duma deputy from United Russia Adam Delimkhanov, who took part in a special military operation (SVO) in Ukraine, wrote a statement to law enforcement agencies because of scammers who extorted money on his behalf to support the special operation. This was reported on the Telegram channel of the United Russia faction.

“As it became known, scammers have been acting on my behalf lately. The scheme is as follows: they call deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russia, heads of regions and other officials from various mobile operators on my behalf. The attackers report that I am allegedly on the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic, then a dialogue follows, which ends with a request to transfer a certain amount of money for the needs of a special military operation, — Delimkhanov is quoted by the Telegram channel.

The deputy said that he had written a statement against the attackers. “I ask citizens who have received such a message to contact me directly or contact my assistants and report such cases. The corresponding statement has already been sent to law enforcement agencies,— he noted.

Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24. In mid-March, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that Delimkhanov “did not sit on the sidelines”; and arrived in the war zone. Later, Kadyrov said that Delimkhanov led the “assault operation” to take over the Azovstal plant (Later, the President of Russia ordered to cancel the assault and block the enterprise).

At the end of April, President Vladimir Putin “for courage and heroism” shown during a special operation in the territories of the DPR, LPR and Ukraine, awarded Delimkhanov the title of Hero of Russia .

In early April, the commission on regulations and ensuring the activities of the State Duma nominated Delimkhanov for the post of first deputy chairman of the Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption. The corresponding resolution was adopted by the State Duma on June 7, follows from the database of the legislature.

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Russia temporarily closed inspections under the strategic weapons treaty

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Russia has temporarily withdrawn from inspection activities under the Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty (START) its facilities subject to inspections. This is stated in the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, published on the agency's website.

“This exemption also applies to facilities where screenings stipulated by the contract can be held,”— reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Foreign Ministry stressed that this is a forced measure, since the United States is striving to “immediately achieve a restart of inspection activities on conditions that do not take into account existing realities, create unilateral advantages for the United States and in fact deprive the Russian Federation of the right to carry out inspections on American territory.”

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As an example, the statement cites the air traffic situation. Between Russia and the United States, it has been stopped, but the airspace of states that are allies and partners of the United States is closed to Russian aircraft delivering Russian inspection teams.

“At the same time, there are no similar obstacles to the arrival of American inspectors in Russia,” — emphasized in the Foreign Ministry. Another hurdle— tightening of the visa regime in transit countries along the possible routes of inspectors. “American inspectors and aircrew members do not experience such difficulties,” — emphasized on Smolenskaya Square.

The Russian Foreign Ministry suggested discussing the resumption of inspections “from the most realistic positions.” Another argument— an increase in the incidence of COVID in the United States, which could jeopardize the health of Russian inspectors.

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“We believe that in the current circumstances the parties should abandon deliberately counterproductive attempts to artificially force the resumption of START inspection activities and focus on a thorough study of all existing problems in this area,”— says the statement.

At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assured that the measures taken are temporary, Russia is committed to complying with all the provisions of the agreement and is ready to resume inspections after “resolving existing problematic issues.”

Russia and the United States signed the START-3 treaty in 2010, the document was signed by Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev. The term of the treaty was ten years and provided for the reduction by the parties of deployed nuclear warheads to 1,500 units, and intercontinental ballistic missiles, ballistic missiles of submarines and strategic missile-carrying bombers— up to 700. The agreement expired on February 5, 2021.

But Donald Trump, who became US President in 2017, considered the agreement unprofitable for Washington and opposed its extension. In his opinion, China should have been included in the limitation of strategic offensive weapons. However, after Joe Biden came to power in the United States, the treaty was extended until February 5, 2026.

August 1, 2022, Biden said that the United States was ready to discuss with Russia an arms control system that would replace the expiring one in 2026 START-3. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded by saying that Moscow had repeatedly advocated negotiations with the United States on the extension of START.

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev responded to Biden's proposal with the words “Do we need it?”.

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Missiles for HIMARS and Javelin included in the new package of assistance to Ukraine from the United States

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The U.S. is providing Ukraine with a new $1 billion military aid package, which will be the largest single delivery of military products, Reuters reports.

Ukraine is to receive HIMARS missiles for multiple launch rocket systems, ammunition for NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems, 50 armored medical vehicles M113, as well as artillery ammunition, a thousand man-portable anti-tank systems FGM-148 Javelin, medical supplies and explosives.

The total amount of US military assistance to Ukraine after the implementation of this package will grow to $9.8 billion from February 2022 and to $11.8 billion from 2014.

The Pentagon spokesman also said that the final analysis of the possibility of delivering F-16 fighters to Ukraine is not yet ready. According to him, this option does not apply to the short term.

On July 21, the head of the US Air Force headquarters, General Charles Brown Jr., said that Ukraine could receive modern fourth-generation fighters from Western countries. “There are American, there are Gripen from Sweden, there is Eurofighter or Rafale. So there are a number of different weapons systems that could go to Ukraine, — the general said at the time.

The planes planned for transfer will not be Russian-made, Brown Jr. added. At the same time, he stressed that he could not yet specify which fighters Ukraine would receive.

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Mars II— German version of the American MLRS M270 MLRS. It is capable of firing various munitions, including guided missiles with a GPS system. Batteries with a combat load of 12 missiles are mounted on tracked vehicles that can move at speeds up to 50 km/h.

Then Reznikov said that four more US-made HIMARS MLRS units arrived in Ukraine.

On August 2, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the Russian military had destroyed 33 American-made M777 howitzers, five launchers since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine the Harpoon anti-ship missile system, as well as six launchers and over 200 HIMARS MLRS missiles.

“We believe that the United States is purposefully and diligently adding fuel to the fire, the United States, obviously, really adheres to the line that fight with Russia to the last Ukrainian,»,— commented in June on the supply of American weapons by the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov. He noted that the supplies “do not contribute to awakening the desire of the Ukrainian leadership to resume peace negotiations.” According to him, Moscow has a negative attitude towards the US plans.

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Lebanon refused 26 thousand tons of Ukrainian corn

Ukraine announced that Lebanon had refused to buy grain from the Razoni dry cargo ship due to a delay. The Razoni dry cargo ship, carrying 26,000 tons of corn, was the first ship to leave the port of Odessa as part of a “grain deal”. It was supposed to go to Lebanon, but the Ukrainian embassy reported that the buyer refused to accept the cargo ” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/2/80/756599795775802.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >

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The Lebanese buyer of grain from the bulk carrier Razoni, the first to leave the Ukrainian port since the beginning of the special operation, refused to accept the cargo due to delays in delivery, the Ukrainian Embassy in Beirut said on Twitter.

“According to the information of the shipper, the final buyer in Lebanon refused to accept the cargo due to a delay in delivery (more than five months). So the shipper is now looking for another recipient. It can be either in Lebanon or in another country,— The report said.

On the eve of the fact that the bulk carrier Razoni, allegedly carrying 26,000 tons of corn, changed its original course to the port of Beirut and, apparently, is awaiting instructions on determining its new destination, the Minister of Public works and transport of Lebanon by Ali Hamia.

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Razoni left the Ukrainian port on August 1 as part of the “grain deal” between Ukraine, Russia, the UN and Turkey. As the Turkish Ministry of Defense pointed out, the ship sailed under the flag of Sierra Leone to Lebanon, the A Haber TV channel specified that 26,000 tons of corn were loaded onto it. On the evening of August 2, the ship arrived in Istanbul, where it then went through an inspection: it was checked for weapons and ammunition.

A few days later, dry cargo ships Navistar, Rojen and Polarnet also left Ukrainian ports and headed for Istanbul. According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, Navistar left Odessa under the flag of Panama and is transporting 33,000 tons of corn. Rojen went from Chernomorsk to the UK. There are 13 thousand tons of corn on board. The cargo ship Polarnet also left Chernomorsk. The ship is sailing under the Turkish flag. There are 12 thousand tons of corn on board. The ultimate goal of delivery— port of Karasu.

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Reuters learned about the refusal of the parties to the “grain deal” from attacks on ships

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As part of the “grain deal” concluded in Istanbul on July 22, Russia and Ukraine pledged not to attack merchant and civilian ships, as well as port infrastructure. Reuters reports this with reference to a document in which the procedure for the execution of the transaction is recorded.

“The parties will not undertake any attacks on merchant or other civilian vessels and port facilities involved in this initiative,”— says the document.

In addition, according to the agreements, a military vessel, aircraft or drone cannot be closer than 10 miles (16 km) from a merchant vessel passing along the sea corridor. The exception is the territorial waters of Ukraine.

RBC sent a request to the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Russia signed an agreement on the export of grain from Ukraine through the Black Sea with Turkey under the testimony of UN Secretary General António Guterres on July 22 in Istanbul. Ukraine signed a similar part of the agreement separately from Russia.

In accordance with the document, the parties undertook to create a safe corridor across the Black Sea, along which ships with grain should be escorted by Ukrainian pilots, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said. The military will not accompany the deliveries. Representatives of Ukraine, Turkey and the UN will act as observers and will monitor the loading. Vessels will be inspected so that they do not carry weapons.

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Grain from the ports of Ukraine was no longer exported after the start of the Russian military operation on February 24. Kyiv and Western countries blamed Moscow for this and warned of a food crisis. Russia, in turn, argued that the export of food was impossible due to the mining of ports by Ukrainian troops.

According to Oleg Ustenko, economic adviser to the President of Ukraine, the country could export 60 million tons of grain in eight to nine months with ports work without failure. If, due to hostilities, they cannot function properly, Kyiv will need up to 24 months for transportation.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the departure of six foreign ships from the ports of Ukraine

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A tanker from Turkey, two dry cargo ships from Liberia, as well as two dry cargo ships and a tanker under the flag of the Marshall Islands left Ukrainian ports on August 7 and 8 as part of the implementation of the “grain deal” concluded on July 22 in Istanbul. This was announced by the head of the National Center for Defense Control of Russia Mikhail Mizintsev.

At the same time, according to him, 61 ships from 14 countries remain blocked in six Ukrainian ports (Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhny). “There is also a danger to navigation and damage to port infrastructure from the drift of Ukrainian mines torn from anchor along the coast of the Black Sea states,” — added by Mizintsev.

The representative of the Ministry of Defense noted that safe corridors operate in the Black Sea daily from 8:00 to 19:00 (Moscow time). In particular, for the exit from the ports of Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhny, a corridor was opened in the south-west direction from the territorial sea of ​​Ukraine, 139 miles long and 3 miles wide. To exit the port of Mariupol— corridor 115 miles long and 2 miles wide towards the Black Sea.

“The Russian Federation strictly follows its obligations to fulfill the agreements reached in order to ensure the export of grain crops, food and mineral fertilizers from Ukrainian ports,” — concluded the representative of the Ministry of Defense.

On the morning of August 8, the Turkish Ministry of Defense reported about the departure of two ships Sakura and Arizona with grain for Italy and Turkey. The day before, four more ships departed from Ukrainian ports: dry cargo ships Mustafa Necati, Star Helena, Glory and Riva Mind. Mustafa Necati with sunflower oil is heading to Italy, Star Helena with sunflower seedlings — To China. Glory, which transports corn, is heading to Istanbul, and Riva Mind with corn — to Iskenderun.

Three more bulk carriers —Navistar, Rojen and Polarnet— left Ukrainian ports on the morning of 5 August. And the very first ship that left the Ukrainian port along the “grain corridor” August 3, became the bulk carrier Razoni under the flag of Sierra Leone.

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Russia signed an agreement on the export of grain from Ukraine through the Black Sea with Turkey through the mediation of the UN on July 22 in Istanbul. Ukraine signed a similar agreement separately from Russia.

In accordance with the documents, the parties undertook to create a safe corridor across the Black Sea, along which ships with grain should be escorted by Ukrainian pilots. The military will not accompany the deliveries. Representatives of Ukraine, Turkey and the UN will act as observers and will monitor the loading. Vessels will be inspected so that they do not carry weapons.

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The Pentagon said that the position of the United States on China and Taiwan has not changed

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The United States adheres to the policy of one China and does not recognize the independence of Taiwan. Colin Kahl, Deputy Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs of the United States, spoke about this at a briefing. The broadcast was on the Pentagon's Twitter (the social network was blocked in Russia at the request of the prosecutor's office).

“The United States adheres to the policy of one China, and our policy has not changed” it is support for the status quo,— Cal reported.

China wants to change the current state of affairs, according to a Pentagon representative, Kahl answered a journalist's question about Chinese army exercises in the Taiwan Strait.

China announced military exercises in response to the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who visited Taiwan's capital Taipei on August 2. The Chinese authorities sharply criticized Pelosi's visit, saying that she challenged the world, deliberately committed a provocation and violated the “one China” principle. Beijing has suspended US cooperation in a number of areas and decided to impose sanctions against Pelosi.

Washington insists that Pelosi's arrival does not contradict the “one China” principle; and does not mean a change in US policy towards China. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned that Beijing's suspension of US-China dialogue on some issues, including climate change, would have long-term consequences. He called the measures that China is taking as part of military exercises disproportionate to Pelosi's peaceful visit to Taiwan.

According to the Taiwan Ministry of Defense, 66 aircraft and 14 warships are taking part in the Chinese exercises. Another 22 Chinese Air Force aircraft, according to the military department, entered the Taiwan air defense zone during August 7.

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The US Department of Justice announced the permission of the court to arrest the “Skoch plane”

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The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York allowed the arrest of an Airbus A319-100 belonging to “Russian oligarch Andrey Skoch”. This was reported on the website of the US Department of Justice. Forbes estimates the fortune of Skoch and his family at $4.7 billion, the main assets of the family— shares in USM (30%) and Vnukovo (61.5%).

The US Department of Justice writes that a Russian businessman and State Duma deputy owns a $90 million aircraft through third parties. The court ruled that the aircraft was subject to arrest and confiscation.

Department of the US Treasury— Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)— March 24 accused Skoch and other members of the State Duma of “supporting the Kremlin’s efforts to violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” and on June 2 identified the Airbus A319-100 as “blocked property.”

< p>Before that, in 2018, the US Treasury imposed sanctions against Skoch.

After Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine, the United States has already imposed several packages of sanctions against Moscow. In early March, the US Department of Justice announced the creation of a multi-agency task force, KleptoCapture, tasked with enforcing sanctions and export restrictions against Russia, as well as fighting “Russian oligarchs”.

The group should explore ways to circumvent restrictive measures and anti-money laundering legislation of the United States and to search for their assets.

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After the West imposed sanctions against Russia due to the military operation in Ukraine, in different countries of the world the yachts and real estate of Russian billionaires began to be arrested.

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Russian Foreign Ministry urges US to remove nuclear weapons from third countries

The United States must remove nuclear weapons from third countries. This was stated by Igor Vishnevetsky, Deputy Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry, at a review conference on the NPT at the UN. Vishnevetsky said.

According to the diplomat, American nuclear weapons are located on the territory of non-nuclear countries that are practicing their use. He called this a factor that increases the risk of nuclear conflict and slows down disarmament.

In March, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov demanded that American nuclear weapons be withdrawn from Europe. According to him, the presence of American nuclear warheads in European countries is contrary to the provisions of the NPT.

In addition, the head of Russian diplomacy then accused the NATO countries of working out a possible nuclear strike on Russian territory. “It's high time to bring American nuclear weapons home, and the associated infrastructure in Europe to be completely eliminated,” — he concluded.

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United States through the World Bank will allocate $ 4.5 billion to Ukraine for social benefits

The United States through the World Bank will provide $4.5 billion in additional assistance. The funds will be used for social transfers, medical services and pensions

The United States, through the Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide the government of Ukraine with $4.5 billion in assistance to help reduce the acute budget deficit. This was reported on the agency's website.

“These funds, provided by the United States through the World Bank, will allow the government of Ukraine to support key areas, including social and financial assistance to Ukrainians,”— the message says.

It is specified that we are talking about paying salaries to civil servants, healthcare workers, teachers, as well as ensuring the supply of gas and electricity to hospitals, schools and other critical infrastructure.

< p> the Ukrainian authorities will receive some tranches. The first tranche of $3 billion will be received in August.

“As soon as these additional funds are fully utilized, the US government will provide the government of Ukraine with a direct $8.5 billion in budget support,— noted in USAID.

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The Coordinating Center allowed two more ships with grain to leave Ukraine

The Joint Coordinating Center permitted the departure on August 9 of two ships with food from the Ukrainian Chernomorsk. It is reported by “RIA Novosti” with reference to a UN statement.

“The Joint Coordinating Center today authorized the exit of two vessels through the maritime humanitarian corridor as part of the Black Sea Grain Initiative”,— the statement says.

We are talking about two ships: MV OCEAN LION (will leave the port of Chornomorsk with a cargo of 64,720 tons of corn) is heading to Incheon , Republic of Korea and MV RAHMI YAGCI (will leave the port of Chernomorsk with a cargo of 5300 tons of sunflower oil)— destination Istanbul. In total, the cargo will consist of 70200 tons.

Russia signed an agreement on the export of grain from Ukraine through the Black Sea with Turkey through the mediation of the UN on July 22 in Istanbul. Ukraine has signed a similar agreement separately from Russia.

In accordance with the documents, the parties undertook to create a safe corridor across the Black Sea, along which ships with grain should be escorted by Ukrainian pilots. The military will not accompany the deliveries. Representatives of Ukraine, Turkey and the UN will act as observers and will monitor the loading. Vessels will be inspected to ensure that weapons are not carried on them.

The first ship with grain left the Ukrainian port on August 3rd. They became the cargo ship azoni under the flag of Sierra Leone. Three more bulk carriers— Navistar, Rojen and Polarnet— left the Ukrainian ports on the morning of August 5.

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On August 7, four more ships left Ukrainian ports: dry cargo ships Mustafa Necati, Star Helena, Glory and Riva Mind. Mustafa Necati with sunflower oil is heading to Italy, Star Helena with sunflower seedlings— To China. Glory, which transports corn, is heading to Istanbul, and Riva Mind, carrying corn— in Iskenderun.

On the eve of the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that a total of 16 foreign bulk carriers and tankers left Ukraine. According to the agency, another 61 ships from 14 countries remain blocked.

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Kadyrov announced taking control of the territory of the Knauf plant in Soledar

The forces of the Chechen special forces of the Russian Guard “Akhmat” together with the troops of the LPR and the DPR, they took control of the territory of the Knauf plant in Soledar (Donetsk region). This was stated by acting. commander of “Akhmat” Akhmed Saidarkhanov in a video posted on the Telegram channel of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov.

“Allied forces in the city of Soledar took control of the territory of the Knauf plant”,— the message says.

According to Kadyrov, a special military operation of Russian troops in Ukraine is going on as usual. President Vladimir Putin announced its beginning on the morning of February 24.

The Chechen military went to Ukraine a little later than the start of the military operation, later Kadyrov repeatedly reported on volunteers who went there. The head of Chechnya assured that they would pass through the hottest spots. He repeatedly reported on their actions as part of a military operation. After the territories of the Lugansk region of Ukraine were taken under the complete control of the Russian military and the forces of the republics of Donbass, the head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, awarded Kadyrov the title of hero of the republic and thanked the Chechens for their help “in the confrontation with the Ukrainian Nazis.”

The actions of the Chechen units in the Donbass became one from the topics of conversations between Kadyrov and Putin. The head of the region met with the president in early August on the sidelines of Putin's summit with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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In the United States announced a serious attitude to the issuance of visas to UN delegates

The United States takes its visa obligations seriously under its New York headquarters agreement with the United Nations. This was stated in the American Permanent Mission to the UN, TASS reports.

Journalists asked if visas would be issued to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other members of the Russian delegation to participate in the high-level week of the General Assembly. Since February 26, Sergei Lavrov has been under US sanctions. They prohibit him from entering the United States, except as specifically determined by the US authorities.

“As a host country, the United States has an obligation under the UN Headquarters Agreement to facilitate travel to the UN Headquarters area for representatives of states— UN members. We take our obligations under the UN Headquarters Agreement seriously,— said in the permanent mission.

At the same time, representatives of Washington noted that according to US law, visa issues are confidential.

The high-level week of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly will be held from 20 to 26 September. This year it will be held face-to-face, unlike the previous two years, when due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some performances were pre-recorded on video. On the eve it became known that, on behalf of the President, the Russian delegation will be headed by Lavrov. His speech is scheduled for September 24.

In total, the delegation will include ten people, including: Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin, Chairman of the International Committee of the Federation Council Grigory Karasin, Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Vasily Nebenzya.

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Zelensky urged Western countries to close entry for all Russians

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Western countries should ban all Russians from entering their territory. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with The Washington Post.

According to him, all previously imposed sanctions against Russia are “weak”; compared to closing the borders for Russian citizens for one year and a complete embargo on the purchase of Russian energy.

“The most important sanctions are to close the borders— because the Russians are taking away foreign land,»,— Zelensky said in a conversation with the publication, adding that Russians should “live in their own world until they change their philosophy.”

The Ukrainian leader believes that it is possible to “call the entire population to account” Russia, isolating him. “You are telling the whole world that it must live by your rules. Then go and live there. This is the only way to influence [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” — he concluded.

On February 26, the European Union suspended the simplified visa regime with Russia, which meant a simplified procedure for processing documents for officials and entrepreneurs.

A number of European countries advocated a complete ban on visas for Russians. This initiative was put forward by Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu and Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics and Finnish parliamentary parties.

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“This mouse hole needs to be plugged up”, Reinsalu said. He lamented that Russian citizens still enter the country on visas of other states, although Estonia has stopped issuing them.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, commenting on the initiative of Finnish parties to ban the issuance of visas to Russians, warned that Russia could take retaliatory action.

“Restricting the travel of Russian citizens for political reasons will be another step towards aggravating the confrontation in bilateral relations,” — she pointed out.

The European Commission ruled out a complete cessation of issuing visas to Russians, as this is contrary to EU standards. “There are always groups of people who need to be given visas. These are humanitarian cases, family members [of EU citizens], journalists and dissidents,— reminded in the European Commission.

The embassies and visa centers of Belgium, Malta, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Estonia have already limited the issuance of short-term Schengen visas for Russians.

The Association of Tour Operators of Russia reported on August 5 on the suspension by Bulgaria of accepting Russian documents for tourist visas and visas for property owners at the Bulgarian consulate. Later, the Bulgarian embassy in Moscow assured that they continue to issue tourist visas to Russians, however, the terms for the provision of services have increased for technical reasons.

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FBI raids Donald Trump’s Florida residence

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is conducting a search of the home of former US President Donald Trump. This is stated in a statement by Trump, published on the page of his associates on Twitter (the social network was blocked at the request of the prosecutor's office).

“True dark times have come for our nation, as my beautiful house in the residence Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege by the FBI, who are searching it, & mdash; Trump said.

The New York Times, citing sources familiar with the situation, writes that the FBI is searching Trump's house because of the documents that the former president took with him after he left the White House. According to the newspaper, the documents may contain classified information.

According to the publication, the US National Archives requested the return of 15 boxes of documents “for many months” and contacted the FBI because of the likely threat of destruction of these documents. “Mr. Trump is notorious for destroying official papers intended to be kept in government archives during his presidency,” newspaper writes. In February, an article about this appeared in The Washington Post.

According to Trump, no one notified him of the search. Trump called the search itself “optional.” Trump accused the FBI of violating procedures, and the “radical left Democrats” (Democratic Party of the USA) in using the law enforcement system as a weapon. According to Trump, the Democrats “fucking don't want him running in the 2024 presidential election.”

The previous US presidential election took place in November 2020. According to the results of the electoral vote, Trump scored 232, his opponent Joe Biden— 306 votes. Trump then declared “deceiving the American public” and “shame” for the country. According to the ex-president, “millions and millions of people” voted for him, but “a pathetic group of people is trying to disenfranchise them.” Biden insisted that the vote was fair.

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On January 6, 2021, Trump supporters gathered for a rally in Washington, while the House of Representatives was about to approve the election results. Protesters seized the Capitol, and tear gas and stun grenades were used against them. Five people were killed in the clashes. Biden accused Trump of inciting violence.

In early June, open hearings began in the United States in the case of the storming of the Capitol. The Special Committee of the Congress to investigate these events was formed for the most part from Democrats— members of the House of Representatives and began its work in July last year. His intention was to prove that Trump's actions had a direct impact on the events of January 6th. Evidence was presented at the hearing that Trump first tried to falsify the results of the elections, and then achieve the cancellation of the recognition of their results.

The former president himself believes that a special committee of Congress intends to prevent his participation in the next presidential election. The committee's final report is to be published in September of this year, less than a month before the midterm congressional elections.

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The Pentagon said that Ukraine received enough MLRS HIMARS

The United States has already transferred enough Western HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems to Ukraine. Colin Kahl, Deputy Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs of the United States, spoke about this at a briefing. The broadcast was on the Pentagon's Twitter (the social network was blocked in Russia at the request of the prosecutor's office).

“Ukrainians are doing well with the number of systems (HIMARS.— RBC), and the priority is now really is to ensure sustainable supply,— Kal said.

He noted that Washington handed over 16 such MLRS to Kyiv. Ukraine received three more identical M270 systems from the UK. Also, according to him, Germany will transfer three MLRS to Ukraine.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov announced on August 1 that the country's army had already received the German Mars II MLRS. Germany announced the transfer of three multiple launch rocket systems to Ukraine in June.

The latest package of US military assistance to Ukraine included additional munitions for HIMARS, but not the launchers themselves. The total amount of US military assistance to Ukraine after the implementation of this package has grown to $9.8 billion since February 2022 and to $11.8 billion since 2014.

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U.S. Denies Vinnik Bail From California Prison

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Russian Alexander Vinnik, suspected by the US authorities of money laundering, is not subject to bail from the Santa Rita State Penitentiary, California, his profile says.

“Cannot be released on bail,”— says on the website of the prison where Vinnik was assigned (quote from RIA Novosti).

The Russian Embassy in the United States told the agency that diplomats are seeking a telephone conversation with Vinnik and are ready to provide him with consular and legal assistance.

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Reuters: Russian airlines are dismantling planes for spare parts due to sanctions

The agency reports that the Russian government had previously recommended such measures.

Russian airlines, which fell under the sanctions of the West, began to dismantle the aircraft.

Thus, the owners of the ships intend to ensure the availability of spare parts.

In particular, they are now standing on the ground and dismantling several aircraft, including the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and Airbus A350, owned by Aeroflot.

This is reported by Reuters, citing four sources in the aviation industry.

At the same time, the agency indicates that the Airbus A350 – the liner, which had practically no problems with serviceability, the vessel is “almost new,” the source notes.

A similar fate befell two more “Aeroflot” – Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, from which special equipment was removed.

The reason is that these parts are needed for the remaining ships.

The authors of the materials believe that by decision of the Government of the Russian Federation, which recommended that airlines, against the backdrop of sanctions, dismantle some of the aircraft they used.

Thus, there are guarantees that in the event of a breakdown, foreign ships will receive repairs and will be able to stay in the sky until at least 2025.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that Boeing suspended the maintenance of Russian airlines and the supply of spare parts.

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