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Binance player withdraws more than ₽6 billion after the news about the ban on cryptocurrencies in Russia

The crypto market reacted to the statement of the Central Bank in an unexpected way.

In the course of trading on the eve of the Binance cryptocurrency exchange, which is the largest in the world, an anonymous crypto investor withdrew an amount of $83 million (over 6 billion rubles).

This was reported by RBC, citing the Whale Alert service , which monitors large movements of cryptocurrencies in real time.

It is noted that the withdrawal of funds occurred after the initiative of the Central Bank that caused resonance.

The regulator proposed to introduce responsibility for the use of cryptocurrencies in financial transactions in Russia, and, in general, completely withdraw domestic players from the circulation of the crypt.

At the same time, the head of the Financial Stability Department of the Central Bank, Elizavetu Danilova, told the media that the regulator does not intend to introduce any bans on the ownership of the crypt of Russians.

She explained that compatriots will be able to work with their crypto assets in foreign jurisdictions.

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As Topnews wrote earlier, on the eve of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation proposed a complete ban on turnover and mining in Russia cryptocurrencies that currently threaten the ruble with the loss of sovereignty.

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The Ministry of Health was asked to simplify the access of parents to intensive care for children

Children's Palliative Foundation appealed to the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation with a request to facilitate access to intensive care for parents of sick children, the Izvestia newspaper writes. in eight regions of Russia conducted an experiment — From September 2020 to November 2021, we significantly simplified the access of parents to the intensive care units where their children were.

Parents helped the medical staff with sanitary and hygienic procedures, feeding the child, monitored the operation of the equipment that was connected to it .

As a result, more than half of the doctors (57.1%) responded positively to the help of their parents.

Earlier, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, President of the Dmitry Rogachev Center Alexander Rumyantsev said that anesthesiologists Resuscitators of the Russian Children's Clinical Hospital (RCCH) are using modern telemedicine technologies to help provide emergency treatment to children across the country.

According to him, the intensive care unit of the hospital is the largest pediatric intensive care service in the country and serves as an expert in relation to all similar services in the Russian Federation. Doctors of various specialties provide high-tech medical care here according to the most modern treatment protocols.

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On Friday, snow is expected in Moscow and up to minus six degrees

Cloudy weather, snow and sleet are expected in Moscow on Friday, January 21, according to the official website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.

According to weather forecasts, during the day the air temperature in the capital will be from six degrees below zero. On the night of Saturday in the city it can get down to minus seven.

In the Moscow region during the day it is expected from minus four to minus nine degrees below zero. At night, the temperature in the region can drop to minus ten degrees.

Southeast wind at a speed of 6-11 meters per second. Atmospheric pressure will be about 735 millimeters of mercury.

Formerly a leading employee of the Phobos weather center Yevgeny Tishkovets also said that a record amount of precipitation could fall in Moscow on Friday.

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Are the US anthem and “Khasbulat the daring” the same tune?

Weekly “Arguments and Facts” No. 03. Either a bus, or a vision. When will the modernization of public transport reach cities and villages? 19/01/2022

They write that the melody of the US national anthem is completely torn off from the Russian song “Khasbulat Udaloy”. Indeed, one on one! How to understand this?

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Responding Candidate of Historical Sciences Alexander Bayramov:

– Indeed, these melodies are very similar. Moreover, the composition “The Star-Spangled Banner”, i.e. “The Banner Spangled with Stars”, officially became the anthem of the United States in 1931. And the poem of the poet, officer and veteran of the Caucasian War Alexander Ammosov, which formed the basis of the song about Khasbulat, appeared in print in 1858

The music was adapted to it in 1890. So, according to all formal signs, it turns out that ours managed to do it earlier, and significantly. And the Americans just stole the melody.

But there is one catch. Composition “The Star-Spangled Banner” by that time it was already an anthem. True, not the state, but the fleet. The US Navy adopted it as an anthem a long time ago. The words were taken from the poem “The Defense of Fort McHenry”, written in 1814. At the same time, the song was first performed in Baltimore. Another thing is that the Americans whistled the melody of their anthem. Its author was the English composer John Stafford Smith, who in 1780 wrote for the London club “Anacreontic Society”; hymn “To Anacreon in Heaven”. In this hymn, a promise was made to the ancient Greek poet Anacreon, who above all put good wine, a friendly feast and the love of beautiful women, to follow his precepts.

Apparently, both Americans and Russians musical inspiration was drawn from one source.

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Media: fighters of the elite military unit of Britain arrived in Ukraine

The UK has deployed about 30 troops from the newly created Army Special Operations Brigade to Ukraine, Sky News reports.

According to the TV channel, British fighters will train the Ukrainian armed forces to use new anti-tank weapons, transferred by the United Kingdom. 

It is specified that the military belong to the ranger regiment.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that London had been sending weapons to Ukraine for several days aircraft of their Air Force. In this regard, the diplomat called on the West to stop contributing to the militarization of Ukraine, dragging it into NATO.

Meanwhile, it became known about the plans of the Czech authorities to send shells for heavy artillery of 152 mm caliber to Ukraine.

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Russia sends two S-400 battalions to Belarus for exercises

Two divisions of S-400 air defense missile systems are sent to Belarus from the Far East, the RF Ministry of Defense reported.

The air defense units will reach the Belarusian test sites in a combined way: by rail and at its own pace. On Friday, the divisions marched to the station in the Khabarovsk Territory and loaded the equipment onto the railway platforms.

After arrival, the servicemen will equip positions and take up combat training as part of the test of the reaction forces of the Union State.

Recall that in December, the leaders of the two countries, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, agreed to conduct an unscheduled inspection of the troops and assess their readiness to ensure military security.

The inspection will take place in two stages. At the first stage, until February 9, the redeployment and creation of groupings of troops, the organization of the protection and defense of important state and military facilities, the protection of the border in the airspace, the verification of the readiness and ability of the on-duty forces and air defense systems will be carried out.

At the final stage the Belarusian-Russian exercises “Allied Resolve-2022” will take place. They are scheduled from 10 to 20 February.

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Dismantled monument to Lenin put up for auction in Ukraine

The dismantled monument to the founder of the Soviet state, Vladimir Lenin, was put up for auction in the city of Novgorod-Seversky, Chernihiv region of Ukraine, TASS reports.

The offer is placed on the site of electronic public and government procurement. It is valid until January 26th. The starting price of the bronze sculpture is almost 394,000 hryvnias (about $14,000).

The monument to Lenin was demolished in October 2016. It is stored at one of the municipal enterprises of the city and, by decision of the city council, was recognized as scrap metal.

Recall that in May 2015, a law on decommunization came into force in Ukraine, which involves renaming settlements and streets named after Soviet state figures, as well as a ban on the use of symbols of the USSR. All registered monuments to Lenin were dismantled, 52 thousand streets and almost a thousand settlements were renamed.

Earlier, the expert told how many monuments to Lenin remained in the former USSR.

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Russian troops will receive a system of remote mining “Agriculture”

A separate engineering brigade of the Central Military District (TsVO), based in Bashkiria, will receive the “Agriculture” remote mining system by the end of the year. This was announced by the head of the engineering troops of the Central Military District, Colonel Andrey Gandzyuk.

Such weapons will go to the troops for the first time. According to the colonel, the new system allows faster installation of minefields, especially in hard-to-reach places. In addition, at a given time, mines can be deactivated or self-destruct, which ensures safe and quick clearance after the cessation of hostilities.

The press service of the Central Military District specified that the “Agriculture” includes a combat vehicle on a KamAZ all-terrain chassis, a transport-loading vehicle and transport-launch containers with engineering ammunition equipped with mines.

Factory tests of the system began a few years ago and were successfully completed. In 2020, the equipment was handed over to the army for military testing in conditions as close as possible to actual operation. AiF.ru found out what features this machine has.

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The DPR announced the preparation of Kiev for active hostilities

Ukrainian Armed Forces deployed eight Smerch multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to Donbass and “Hurricane” and are now preparing to attack. This was reported in the People's Militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), RIA Novosti reports.

“The command of the People's Militia of the DPR records the preparation of units of the armed formations of Ukraine to unleash active hostilities in the Donbas”, – reported in the department.

According to a police representative, Donetsk came to such conclusions on the basis of intelligence data received.

Earlier, the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said that the authorities of the republic were ready for any kind of action from Kiev, including a chemical attack.

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Beam of Academician Basov. Will a monument be erected to the father of the Soviet laser?

Russia in different eras was rich in geniuses in various fields, who gave all their talent and strength to serve the Motherland. Some of them were honored in full, but over time they begin to forget about someone, which is extremely annoying.

«It is necessary to celebrate a glorious date»

Russia» addressed Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the Soviet and Russian physicist Nikolai Basov.

“We ask you … within the framework of historical and cultural education, to consider the possibility of implementing, under the auspices of the government of the Russian Federation, a number of measures dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of N. G. Basov, in particular, to erect a monument to him in the science city of Troitsk and a toponymic plaque on Academician Basov Square in Moscow», — stated in the appeal, the text of which is given by TASS.

The Strong Russia Initiative supported by the leader of the Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov. “I found the period when Basov and Prokhorov shone on the scientific horizon and did everything to ensure that our science, from fundamental to applied, showed the best examples, — Zyuganov said in an interview with the Public News Service. — Basov's invention now solves many problems. A friend of mine recently needed a minor abdominal operation. With the help of a laser, everything was done superbly … The same applies to the defense of the country. Therefore, with three hands, “FOR” to erect a monument to Basov. And, of course, this glorious date should be celebrated.

Front-line soldier goes to science

About Basov, you can say this — this is a man of the era who has become a man of the era. He was born in the town of Usman on December 14, 1922, thus becoming the only Nobel laureate in history who was born in a country called the RSFSR. The republic proclaimed after October 1917, sixteen days after the birth of Basov, became part of an even larger country — Soviet Union.

Nikolai's father was an expert on the impact of forest plantations on groundwater and surface drainage. A few years later, the Basov family moved to Voronezh. There, Nikolai graduated from high school, but his dreams of higher education were put aside — the Great Patriotic War began. In Kuibyshev, Basov received the specialty of a medical assistant & nbsp; and since 1943 he ended up in the army. With 1st Ukrainian Front, he reached Prague.

Basov was demobilized in December 1945. The front-line soldier entered MEPhI. Already in his third year, Basov worked as a laboratory assistant at the Lebedev Physical Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Senior colleagues noted that the student promises to become a great scientist. Bass expectations did not deceive — already by 1956, he defended his doctoral thesis on the study of a molecular generator, where ammonia was used as an active medium. 

Laureates of the Lenin Prize (1959) physicists Nikolai Gennadievich Basov (left) and Alexander Mikhailovich Prokhorov — founders of quantum electronics. Photo: RIA Novosti/D. Chernov

Let there be a laser!

To the uninitiated, this will not say much, but the work of Basov in collaboration with his supervisor Alexander Prokhorovmade breakthroughs in the field of quantum physics. Soviet scientists established the principle of amplification and generation of electromagnetic radiation by quantum systems, which made it possible in 1954 to create the first quantum generator (maser) based on a beam of ammonia molecules. This was a step towards the creation of lasers, which are now actively used in various fields of human activity.

For the development of a new principle for the generation and amplification of radio waves (the creation of molecular generators and amplifiers), Basov and Prokhorov were awarded the Lenin Prize in 1959, and in 1964, together with Charles Townesfor “fundamental work in the field of quantum electronics, which led to the creation of generators and amplifiers based on the laser-maser principle”, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded.

Knowledge — strength

Those were the times when no one had any doubts about the leadership of Soviet science in the world. Basov generated ideas one by one — proposed methods for laser heating of plasma, analyzed the processes of stimulating chemical reactions by laser radiation, put forward a proposal to use a laser for controlled thermonuclear fusion, etc.

Nobel Prize winner, Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences Nikolai Basov (right) and employees of the Lebedev Physical Institute in the laboratory of quantum radiophysics. Photo: RIA Novosti/Anatoly Sergeev-Vasiliev

Not everything Basov did was discussed openly. For any great scientist, part of the activity is related to defense tasks. But whatever he undertook, he worked carefully and scrupulously everywhere.

Basov created an entire scientific school, closely followed the growth of his students, since he saw the task in the further development of new areas of physics. He also managed to edit several scientific journals and for 12 years was the head of the All-Union Educational Society “Knowledge”.

“Our theoretical developments are embodied in devices abroad. There these devices often remain»

It is hard to even imagine what it was like for him in the 1990s, when the once advanced Soviet science was practically thrown into the dustbin by market liberals. The pillars of Soviet physics, the Nobel laureates, fought to preserve at least a small part of the heritage, hoping that these “twilight of the mind” didn't come forever. Basov understood that the lost generation of scientists was setting back the country's progress by decades. Unfortunately, even a Nobel laureate at that time found it difficult to reach out to the powers that be.

P. N. Lebedev Physical Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences (since 1991 – Russian Academy of Sciences). Nobel Prize winner Nikolai Gennadievich Basov monitors the installation mode for observing the induced combined scattering of ruby ​​laser radiation in Photo: RIA Novosti/Anatoly Sergeev-Vasiliev

A year before his death, speaking at a meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Basov said: “We must create at least minimal conditions in our laboratories, otherwise our theoretical developments will be embodied in specific devices abroad. There, these devices often remain. The best students, seeing no prospects, went abroad, even the own son of the Twice Hero of Socialist Labor found work in America.

A lighthouse for new generations

Basov himself would be accepted with open arms there , but he remained faithful to the country to the last. The Nobel Prize winner passed away in the summer of 2001, when it was not yet clear whether there would be a revival of the lost. But the scientist believed in the best.

Probably, even now Russian science is still far from those positions in the world that Soviet science occupied. Getting up after a fall is always difficult. But, again storming the lost heights, it is worth paying tribute to those who today serve as a high benchmark. The way Nikolai Gennadievich Basov was.

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30 years later. The court arrested the accused in the murder of Talkov

A new step has been taken in the investigation into the murder of singer Igor Talkov, since which more than thirty years have passed. A decision has been made to arrest the suspect. This verdict, however, was delivered in absentia.

“From the moment of extradition, or from the moment of detention”

According to TASS with reference to the joint press service of the courts of St. Petersburg , On January 20, 2022, the Petrograd Court of St. Petersburg arrested Valery Shlyafman in absentia. “The measure for Shlyafman was chosen for two months from the moment of extradition to the territory of the Russian Federation, or from the moment of detention on the territory of the Russian Federation,” — the message says.

The reopening of the investigation into the murder, which took place on October 6, 1991, became known in 2018. “On November 13, 2018, the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia for St. Petersburg resumed the investigation of a criminal case initiated on the grounds of a crime under par. “b”, “d” Art. 102 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR, on the fact of the murder on October 6, 1991 in the sports palace “Yubileiny” singer Igor Talkov, — according to a statement posted on the agency's website. — During the investigation, sufficient evidence was collected, on the basis of which, on May 6, 1992 and March 18, 1993, decisions were made to bring Valery Shlyafman as an accused in the murder of Igor Talkov through negligence, i.e. on the grounds of a crime under Article 106 of the Criminal Code RSFSR, a preventive measure in the form of detention was chosen. It was established that in January 1992, Shlyafman left for permanent residence in the State of Israel. On March 19, 1993, the criminal proceedings were suspended on the basis of paragraph 1 of part 1 of Art. 195 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the RSFSR (in the case when the accused has fled from the investigation or court, or when for other reasons his whereabouts have not been established), », — stated in the press service of the Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee for St. Petersburg.

Tatyana Talkova, the widow of the murdered man, was recognized as the victim in the case.

On October 14, 2021, the crime was reclassified from Article 106 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR (“Murder committed by negligence”) to paragraph “d” article 102 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR (“Murder and attempted murder committed in a way dangerous to life”).

The conflict in Yubileiny

34-year-old Talkov was killed in the Palace Sports «Jubilee» in St. Petersburg during a combined concert of Soviet pop stars, organized by the production company LIS’S.

The performer, who started with lyrical songs, in the last years of his activity focused on exposing the Soviet regime, creating a whole musical program called “Court”. For this reason, versions were put forward that high-ranking representatives of the Soviet elite or KGB officers could be involved in the death of Talkov.

However, such assumptions were not confirmed. Talkov was the victim of a conflict that broke out behind the scenes. The reason was the order in which the artists entered the stage. Since it was considered prestigious to perform as late as possible, 28-year-old Igor Malakhov, bodyguard of the singer Aziza, tried to convince the organizers of the concert and the Talkov team to give up their turn.

About five minutes before Talkov's supposed appearance on the stage, a skirmish broke out between him and Malakhov in his dressing room, after which the artist's guards took Aziza's bodyguard into the corridor.

“How painful”

There, Malakhov took out a revolver of the Nagant system and pointed it at his opponents. His concert director Shlyafman ran up to Talkov, shouting: “Igor, give me something, he got a gun.” Talkov replied: “We will find our own for his cannon.” After that, the singer took out his gas pistol and went out into the corridor.

The musician shot several times from a gas pistol in the direction of Malakhov. The shots had no effect, perhaps due to the fact that the cartridges were faulty or expired. Talkov's security, taking advantage of Malakhov's confusion, attacked him. Malakhov managed to fire two shots from his revolver. One bullet hit the floor, the second hit the equipment box.

Then the revolver was knocked out of Malakhov's hands. But, nevertheless, the third shot from him still happened, and the bullet hit the singer.

According to witnesses, Talkov said: “How painful.” Then he walked a few meters to the stage, fell near a large mirror and died within minutes. By the time the ambulance arrived, it was already impossible to help the singer. Nevertheless, doctors, who feared excesses, took the already dead Talkov to the hospital, where his death was confirmed.

The forensic experts agreed that the wounding of Igor Talkov left no chance of survival.

The examination did not confirm Malakhov's guilt

A criminal case No. 381959 was initiated into the murder of Talkov by the prosecutor's office of the city of St. Petersburg. The first charge in the murder of Talkov was brought against Malakhov, who fled the scene and was put on the All-Union wanted list on October 10, 1991. On October 16, Malakhov voluntarily surrendered to the authorities.

Initially, it was believed that Aziza's bodyguard shot. But the examination showed that Malakhov could not fire the fatal shot. Everything pointed to the fact that they were shooting from the place where Shlyafman was.

In May 1994, the Petrogradsky District Court of St. Petersburg sentenced Malakhov to two and a half years of suspended imprisonment for the illegal acquisition and carrying of firearms .

After that, Malakhov disappeared for almost 20 years. New information about him appeared only in the early 2010s. It became known that Aziza's former bodyguard changed his last name, lived in the village and was married to an actress. In 2016, it became known that the defendant in the Talkov murder case died after a serious illness.

No extradition from Israel

Concert director Shlyafman left for Israel for permanent residence in February 1992.

Several appeals from Russian law enforcement agencies to their Israeli counterparts with a request for assistance in the investigation did not yield any results. In 1997, the Prosecutor General of Russia, Yuri Skuratov, announced that if the evidence provided was considered convincing enough, Shlyafman would be tried in Israel. However, no investigation and prosecution of Shlyafman in Israel followed.

The former concert director himself, who changed his last name, remained silent for a long time, but in 2012 he told Komsomolskaya Pravda: “The murder took place on October 6th. And I left on February 12! I didn't run. Talkov's wife warned that I was going to Israel. It was to everyone's advantage that the matter be hushed up, that my departure was looked through. Through Kiev flew to Tel Aviv. The investigator came here five months later to interrogate me, but he was not allowed to. The Russian prosecutor's office made so many requests about me! And the Israeli prosecutor's office told them: send the case materials, if guilty, we will judge, and if not, leave it alone. The case was not sent. Nobody wants to be carried through to the end. About eight years ago, they sent a paper that the case was closed due to prescription. I had to sign, but I refused. I stated that I could only sign a termination for lack of corpus delicti. This would recognize my innocence.

Shlyafman insisted that Malakhov was the killer, and the evidence against him was destroyed in order to hush up the case. However, it is not clear who and why would need to shield Malakhov — the version of the political assassination was not confirmed, and Malakhov himself had no serious connections in the criminal world.

Stupidity and cheap “show-offs”

The representative of the investigation, as part of the current meeting on the choice of a measure of restraint, said that Shlyafman initially interfered with the investigation, trying to put the case on the wrong track, and not only testifying against Malakhov, but and urging others to do the same. According to the competent authorities, Shlyafman's guilt is confirmed by expert opinions and investigative experiments.

The political version, general chaos in the country, active interference with the investigation by Shlyafman prevented the investigation from being brought to its logical conclusion back in 1991-1992. Although eyewitnesses noted — the concert director, by his behavior, actually dragged Talkov into a conflict, instead of trying to save him from a dangerous situation.

Fans of conspiracy and now continue to stomp on this story no worse than on the notorious “Dyatlov Pass”. True, the main problem now is not in them. Shlyafman, who is now 57 years old, is an Israeli citizen, and, to put it mildly, is not rushing to his homeland to stand trial. In these circumstances, it is difficult to imagine bringing the story to its logical end, at least in the usual order of legal proceedings.

As for the real reasons for the murder of Talkov, retired police lieutenant colonel Andrey Kivinov , the author of the idea of ​​the legendary “Streets of Broken Lanterns”, once very accurately described what happened in the “Yubileiny” as a common story of that era: “Due to any stupidity and cheap show-offs, they could start shooting. In addition, nervousness reigned in society: a little — clung to the barrel».

So, we can say that Talkov was ruined by the onset of the criminal era, a quick temper and a mistake in choosing a person who enjoyed his trust.

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How was the meeting between Lavrov and Blinken in Geneva organized? Video

A meeting between Lavrov and Blinken took place in Geneva. It lasted 1.5 hours. How the meeting started and how it was organized – in the RBC video

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Lavrov and Blinken on the talks in Geneva. Video

Talks were held in Geneva between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. What the parties agreed to, Lavrov and Blinken said. RBC broadcast live

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A trader from the Mitinsky market was detained while selling microchips for the S-400

RBC sources: a Russian was detained while trying to sell S-400 chips on the Mitinsky market According to RBC sources, the detained businessman brought military microchips from Ukraine. He sold them for 15 thousand rubles. per piece

The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against an individual entrepreneur for importing chips for S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) into Russia and their further sale on the Mitinsky radio market. This was reported to RBC by a source in the territorial police department and confirmed by a source familiar with the materials of the case for smuggling from Ukraine to Russia.

According to sources, Konstantin Kozgunov, a 58-year-old individual entrepreneur, took out ten microcircuits from Ukraine that belong to military products and are used to create the S-300 Favorit air defense system. and the S-400 “Triumph” air defense system. At the same time, eight out of ten microcircuits were in working condition, the interlocutor of RBC specified.

After that, Kozgunov tried to sell microcircuits on the Mitinsky radio market at a price of 15 thousand rubles. apiece, but was detained by the FSB. A criminal case was opened against the businessman under Part 1 of Art. 226.1 of the Criminal Code (“Smuggling”). The maximum punishment under this article provides for imprisonment for up to seven years. As a preventive measure, they chose a written undertaking not to leave, the source added.

RBC sent a request to the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Moscow.

S-400 long-range air defense system “Triumph” designed to destroy strategic and tactical aircraft, ballistic missiles, hypersonic targets and other means of air attack in the conditions of electronic and other types of countermeasures. In addition to Russia, the S-400s are in service in Turkey, India, Syria and China.

S-300 air defense systems— an early version of the S-400, which has been produced since 1975 in the territory of the former USSR. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, about 250 such complexes remained on the territory of Ukraine.

In April last year, the court sentenced Ukrainian citizen Oleksandr Marchenko to ten years in prison in a strict regime colony. The man was accused of espionage. According to the FSB, in May 2018, he tried to take spare parts for the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system out of Russia. The Russian special services detained him in 2019.

Marchenko received the assignment from Petr Khomenko, an employee of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) of Ukraine, the FSB found out. Spare parts were supposed to be transferred to the Ukrainian exporter of military equipment of the state company “Ukroboronservice” through an intermediary firm in Macedonia. From an employee of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, Marchenko received $163,000.

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Lavrov spoke about the US reaction to security guarantees

Lavrov: Russia received a preliminary reaction from the United States on security guarantees The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that Russia had heard only a preliminary reaction on security guarantees. According to him, the United States will submit a written response next week “Lavrov reported on the US reaction on security guarantees” />

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During the meeting in Geneva, the Russian side heard a preliminary oral reaction to the projects proposed by the US and NATO on security guarantees. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following a meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, broadcast by RBC.

“The reaction was preliminary, we were warned about this. It was accompanied by some clarifying questions addressed to us, the answers to which will help the American side <…> to prepare a written reaction to our written drafts under an agreement with the United States and under an agreement with NATO,— Lavrov said.

He also stressed that the experience of communicating with Western partners “is replete with examples when something was promised but not fulfilled,” but the parties expressed satisfaction with the negotiations. “Anthony Blinken told me that he was satisfied with the exchange of views that took place, which will help them [USA] next week <…> provide us with a written response [about security guarantees]»,— noted the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

When asked by an RBC correspondent about the right to make public the US responses when they are at the disposal of the Russian side, Lavrov said that he would turn to Blinken with a corresponding request.

Lavrov and Blinken's talks on Russian proposals for security guarantees took place in Geneva and lasted 1.5 hours. Earlier, Lavrov noted that he does not expect a breakthrough in relations with the United States from the negotiations, but he hopes to receive answers on security guarantees. Blinken also said that the State Department did not expect breakthroughs following the Geneva meeting, but would like to find out what the Kremlin came up with as a result of the consultations.

In December 2021, Russia sent the United States and NATO draft agreements on security guarantees, in which they proposed the alliance to consolidate the non-expansion of the alliance to the east, in particular at the expense of the countries of the former USSR, and also to refuse to deploy weapons in countries adjacent to Russia. After that, on January 9 and 10, negotiations between Russia and the United States were held in Geneva, on January 12, the documents were discussed within the framework of the Council of Russia— NATO in Brussels. A day later, the third round of negotiations took place along the line of Russia— OSCE on the same topic.

Following the results of the talks, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that they were unsuccessful. US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who represented the country at the talks, also announced proposals unacceptable to the Americans, in particular, Ukraine's non-entry into NATO and the return of the alliance's borders by 1997.

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