USSR – a country of cowardice? Afterword to the film “World Champion”

Plot World History with Andrey Sidorchik

According to modern Russian cinema, we won the war in spite of the cowardly and weak-willed leadership, thanks to penal battalions, shovels and Soviet people's keen craving for “rye bun”.

Surrender without a fight: the cunning plan of a sports functionary

Now it turns out that in sports in the Soviet years we also won in spite of the functionaries, who were so afraid of strong opponents that they tried to desert every time.

The film “World Champion”, telling about the opposition of Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi in the fight for the world chess crown, in general, not bad. Chess is really shown in style there, and the acting ensemble did not let us down. And everything would be fine if it were not about a real event and real people.

As you know, Karpov first became the world champion in 1975, due to the refusal to fight on the part of the American Bobby Fischer. Three years later, Karpov had to defend the title in a match with Korchnoi, who by that time had fled to the West. This gave the chess confrontation a bright political color.

According to the plot of the film, the head of the Soviet sports, played by Vladimir Vdovichenkov, decides that Karpov will not cope with Korchnoi. And that's why Anatoly Evgenievich … it's better to refuse the match altogether. When the dumbfounded Karpov explains that in this case the crown will simply go to Korchnoi, the hero of Vdovichenkov expresses the idea — it is better to give the title, but not to lose to the anti-Soviet. When the stubborn Karpov insists on his intention to play, the functionary gives the order to collect dirt in order to mix the chess player with dirt after his defeat.

What really happened

All of the above is like hallucinations. There was nothing like this in reality, and it could not be.

For the USSR, the loss of a chess title, when in 1972 Boris Spasskylost to Fischer was a blow. That's just the loser Spassky no one began to destroy — he continued to be active in both national and international competitions. Moreover, the ex-world champion married the granddaughter of a white general living in France, settled in this country, which did not prevent him from performing under the flag of the Soviet Union for another nine years!

But let's get back to Karpov. Why on earth should functionaries be afraid of his defeat by Korchnoi, if he had already defeated Viktor Lvovich in the final match of candidates in 1974? And Karpov's dominance between 1975 and 1978 in major tournaments left no doubt that he — the strongest chess player on the planet.

But the idea to give Korchnoi the title without playing — yes, just for the thought of such a thing, any Soviet functionary would fly out of his chair and subsequently work somewhere as a sewer.

It can be said that the scriptwriters went to such a trick to turn not Korchnoi into the main antagonist, but the soulless representative of the sinister Soviet system. But, firstly, as it has already been said, this is a fiction, and secondly, it is not the first time in a movie about sports.

The unbelievable “Upward Movement”: how we “refused” the match with the USA

In the blockbuster “Upward Movement”, dedicated to the USSR basketball team that won the Munich Olympics, a sports functionary performed by Marata Basharovawants to withdraw from the final with the US team, as he is afraid of losing. Moreover, in justification of the refusal, the hero of Basharov wants to put the capture by terrorists of members of the Israeli team, interpreting this as … a provocation against the USSR. And only at the last moment this shameful statement is interrupted.

In reality, there was nothing like this — no one thought of avoiding the final against the Americans under any pretext.

Two different films about real sporting events, and in both the functionaries, out of fear of failure, try to abandon the fight altogether.

The scriptwriters, obviously, are in captivity of their own illusions about Soviet realities. Great importance was attached to victories in sports in the Land of the Soviets, and failures were sometimes punished harshly — suffice it to recall how the CDSA football team was dispersed after the failure of the USSR national team at the 1952 Olympics. But no one ever left the fight for fear of defeat.

Without fear, but with politics: how it really happened

In 1959, the USSR national team refused to play with the Taiwanese team at the World Basketball Championship. There was no fear of defeat there — Ours were absolute favourites. But the USSR did not recognize Taiwan, but recognized communist China. Therefore, it was decided to abandon the match. The defeat was credited to Soviet basketball players, but even that would not prevent them from becoming world champions. However, the international federation decided to disqualify the USSR. The story is controversial, but there is no question of fear of defeat.

In 1973, the USSR football team refused to go to Chile for a qualifying match for the World Cup. Shortly before this, a military putsch had taken place in Chile, and the junta of Augusto Pinochetused the stadium as a concentration camp for political opponents. The arena was put in order for the game, but it would really be extremely strange to play there from all points of view. Soviet football players were disqualified, but, again, it’s hard to talk about some kind of cowardice here.

But in 1964, the USSR national team played the final of the European Football Championship in Spain, in front of the former Nazi satellite Franco, thanks to the Western powers retained power after the Second World War. The Soviet functionaries were not afraid to play in the enemy's lair, and after the defeat, of course, dissatisfaction was expressed, but no one was sent to the camps. And even the head coach Konstantin Beskov, even though he was fired from his post, continued a successful career.

For kefir with a cap?

Soon, apparently, filmmakers will get to the three-time Olympic champion in figure skating Irina Rodnina and they will tell that, together with Alexander Zaitsev, Soviet functionaries were not allowed to the Olympics in the American Lake Placid, fearing her defeat. In reality, just the leading pair of the United States morally broke down and could not go on the ice. The opponents were simply crushed by the iron confidence of Rodnina and Zaitsev.

But who cares about the truth? It is better to drive into the heads of contemporaries the idea that in sports all victories were achieved in spite of a cruel and cowardly system. And of course, not for the Motherland, Soviet athletes fought in the arenas, but, say, for a carpet on the wall, wristwatches and yogurt with a green cap.



Putin and Macron to hold telephone conversations by the end of the week

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Emmanuel Macron

Russian and French Presidents Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron will hold telephone conversations this week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, a correspondent reports. RBC.

“Such a conversation will take place before the end of this week, it is being prepared now,”— the press secretary said in response to a related question.

Peskov was also asked if the presidents, in addition to the situation around Ukraine, plan to discuss the possibility of holding a summit in the Normandy format.

“Political advisers meet today , let's wait for the continuation of their meeting,»,— he replied.

Earlier, the AFP agency, citing a source in the Elysee Palace, reported that Macron was going to offer Putin his version of the de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine. Also, according to the agency, a meeting of political advisers of the Normandy format is to take place on January 26.

Last December, French and Ukrainian Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Zelensky, as well as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called on Russia to resume work within the Normandy format.

The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, announced Russia's readiness to resume these negotiations, but noted that the agreements reached earlier should be implemented first.

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What Naval Exercises of China and Russia Look Like in the Arabian Sea

In the Arabian Sea, the Russian Navy and the Chinese Navy are conducting the “Peaceful Sea-2022” exercises. The Russian cruiser “Varyag” and the ship “Admiral Tributs” and the Chinese destroyer “Urumchi” worked out the inspection of a ship conditionally captured by pirates


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The Kremlin refused to recognize Chechnya as an investment hopeless region

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There are no investment hopeless regions in Russia. This was stated to journalists by the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the words of Ramzan Kadyrov that he cannot find investors.

“There are no hopeless regions, there are certain reserves for the development of certain industries in the region. There are regions that have pretty much succeeded in this, there are those that have to make up for shortcomings, — RBC correspondent quotes Peskov.

The day before, during a speech published on Instagram, Kadyrov said that Chechnya would not be able to hold out for three months without Russian financial assistance.

"Everyone says we have oil. We are ready to build oil refineries, we will give any territories. We have no gas, no electricity, no oil, these are all invented things. I've been looking for seven years now, but I can't find a single investor to be involved in processing. Without Russia, we will not survive. If we are offered something else, let them write us an economic model, — said the head of Chechnya.

According to Kadyrov, the Russian authorities annually allocate 300 billion rubles for the maintenance of Chechnya. However, he did not specify where this amount comes from. In 2020, total transfers from the federal center to the budget of Chechnya and the territorial CHI fund amounted to 125.6 billion rubles. Of these, 100.7 billion rubles— grants, subsidies and subventions to the regional budget from the federal center.

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The Kremlin expressed concern about the increased readiness of US troops

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The Kremlin is concerned about the US actions to escalate tension, in particular the Pentagon's statement about the transfer of the US military to a state of high alert in Europe , said the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.

“What is happening both informationally and de facto from the United States, escalating tensions, we talked a lot about this yesterday ,— nothing changes here. We are watching these actions of the United States with great concern, — said Peskov.

This is how he commented on the Pentagon's statement about its readiness to transfer 8,500 troops to Europe.

The press secretary added that this information would not affect the course of negotiations between Russia and the United States on security guarantees. “At the present stage they are completed”, — explained the spokesman.

On the eve of the US Department of Defense announced an increase in the readiness of 8.5 thousand military personnel in connection with the situation around Ukraine. The department indicated that they were ready to quickly transfer troops to Europe at the request of NATO or “in other situations”, but the decision to send them has not yet been made. In addition, the head of the Ministry of Defense decided to reduce the time for the transfer of military personnel from ten to five days in some cases.

According to The New York Times, US President Joe Biden is considering deploying troops to the Baltic countries and Eastern Europe. One of the options presented to Biden at the Pentagon involves sending from 1,000 to 5,000 troops to Eastern European countries with the possibility of a “tenfold increase” their numbers if the situation deteriorates.

On January 24, NATO announced the transfer of troops, ships and aircraft to Bulgaria, Romania and Lithuania. The head of the North Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, emphasized that NATO does not threaten Russia or another country, and “the deployment of forces has been agreed by the national committees and is necessary to strengthen security in Europe.” invasion» Russia to Ukraine. The fact that Moscow is preparing for an attack was announced by the United States and a number of other Western countries. They drew attention to the accumulation of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border.

The Russian authorities are accused of preparing an “invasion”; repeatedly rejected. The Kremlin called the movement of troops across the country an internal matter. According to Peskov, the buildup of forces near the borders of Ukraine— a forced precaution against the backdrop of increasing NATO activity near Russian borders.

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In which region officials receive the highest salary. infographics

The average salary of an official in Russia amounted to 65.8 thousand rubles. and in the pandemic 2020 increased by 9.8%, follows from Rosstat data. In which regions the salaries of officials are the highest – in RBC infographics ” alt=” In which region officials receive the highest salary. Infographics” />

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Putin did not discuss with the President of Cuba the deployment of Russian bases on the island

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Miguel Diaz-Canel

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a conversation with Cuban leader Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, did not touch upon the issue of deepening the military-technical cooperation and deployment of military bases on the island, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The Kremlin representative gave a negative answer to the relevant question of journalists. Peskov added that relations between the two states “have deep traditions” and “filled with specific content.”

“Synchronization of positions on international and regional issues that are of mutual interest is extremely important. And this is exactly what the leaders of the two countries were talking about yesterday, — said the press secretary (quote from TASS).

Putin and Diaz-Canel had a telephone conversation the day before, on January 24. The Kremlin's message noted that the leaders discussed issues of “coordinating the actions of the two countries in the international arena in accordance with the principles of strategic partnership and traditions of friendship and mutual understanding.” On January 20, the Russian president also spoke by phone with another Latin American leader, the head of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.

In December, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with RTVI that Moscow, after unsuccessful talks with Washington on security guarantees is considering the possibility of deploying Russian troops in Cuba or Venezuela.

Peskov, earlier commenting on the possibility of deploying weapons in Latin America, said that against the backdrop of escalating tensions, Russia is considering various options for ensuring its security. At the same time, he noted that during the talks with Maduro, Putin also did not discuss the deployment of Russian military bases in Venezuela.

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The Federal Penitentiary Service asked to replace Navalny’s brother’s probation with a real one

Oleg Navalny was sentenced to a year of probation on the so-called “sanitary case”. He was forbidden to leave the house at night and attend public events


Troops in southern Russia raised on training alert

Combat readiness check has begun in the Southern Military District, units have been raised on a training alert Against the backdrop of the aggravation of the situation around Ukraine, the Russian army has begun regular exercises, they are taking place in the Southern Military District with the participation of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla. At the same time, the transfer of forces to Belarus continues. raised on a training alert” />

In the Southern Military District, a check of the combat readiness of the troops began, military units were raised on a training alert and withdrawn to the areas of concentration, the press service of the Southern Military District reported, RIA Novosti reports.< /p>

More than 6,000 servicemen are involved in the check. “According to the verification plan, a number of formations and military units began to carry out marches in a combined way to combined arms training grounds located at a considerable distance from permanent deployment points to perform combat training tasks,” — said the head of the press service of the Southern Military District Vadim Astafiev.

During the exercises, the military will conduct practice firing. At the same time, the Ministry of Defense will test the ability of commanders of formations and battalion tactical groups to organize interaction between different types of troops. “In a single concept of the operational situation, the tasks of the formations and military units of combined arms formations, the Air Force and Air Defense armies, ship groups of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla” reported in the press service.

The Russian armed forces have conducted a series of exercises over the past month, including in regions bordering Ukraine. The maneuvers come amid growing tensions between Russia and NATO and reports of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. So, on January 11, Russian exercises began in the Smolensk, Belgorod, Bryansk and Voronezh regions. About 3,000 military personnel and 300 units of military equipment, including BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles and T-72B3 tanks, are participating in them.

To conduct major exercises, together with the Belarusian military, personnel and military equipment from the Eastern military district. The exercises are called “Allied Resolve.” At their first stage, until February 9, it is planned to redeploy and create groupings of troops on the territory of Belarus, organize the protection and defense of important facilities, protect the state border in the airspace, check the readiness of the air defense forces on duty. At the second stage, from February 10 to 20, the troops they will begin operations at the training grounds.

The fleet is also involved in the exercises. In the Baltic, 20 ships take part in them, the day before they left their permanent bases.

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Lukashenko announced his unwillingness to start a “war”

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Alexander Lukashenko

Neither the President of Belarus, nor any of the country's military leaders would like to start a new war in Europe. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko, BelTA reports.

“I want you to understand me not only as a president, but also as a person in charge of the armed forces. Neither I, nor any of our generals and military leaders would like any war, — he said.

At the same time, he noted that unwillingness does not mean inaction, especially “when before your eyes there is an example of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War.” “Belarus was brought to its knees. We all talk about heroism, but we forget about the mistakes that were made, — Lukashenko said and noted that “we must not repeat these mistakes.”

In mid-January, Lukashenko pointed out that 30 thousand foreign military, along with equipment and weapons. He also argued that in these states “on a rotational basis” there are between 8,000 and 10,000 US military personnel.

On January 24, against the background of the ongoing escalation in eastern Ukraine, NATO announced the transfer of troops, ships and aircraft to Eastern Europe. Military equipment and additional units will be sent to Bulgaria, Romania and Lithuania.

In turn, Russia and Belarus agreed to conduct joint exercises “Allied Resolve” in February of this year. Lukashenka previously said that the maneuvers would take place against the backdrop of “the ongoing militarization of European countries.”

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Bloomberg learned that the United States will respond to Russia’s security requirements

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinkenas meets with Minister Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov in Geneva

The United States is coordinating with the European Union and NATO the content of a written response to Russia's demands for security in Europe published in December 2021. This was told to Bloomberg by one of the EU officials, who wished to remain anonymous.

The interlocutor of the agency also revealed the approximate content of the response that Washington is preparing to send to Moscow.

According to him, it is unlikely to contain detailed response to specific requirements. Instead, the White House will name areas where the US and its allies are ready to “resolve” Russian issues.

In addition, the United States also intends to point out to Moscow its actions, which cause concern among NATO allies in Europe.

Earlier, the Kremlin and the Foreign Ministry stated that the final assessment of the results of negotiations with the United States, They will give NATO and the OSCE in Geneva and Brussels in the first half of January 2022 after they receive a written response from the United States to the demands made, which in the West have been dubbed “Putin's ultimatum”.

As The Washington Post wrote, the United States asked Russia not to make public its written response to Moscow's proposals. At the same time, a senior State Department official admitted that the Russian side could release the document as soon as Washington hands it over.

The interlocutor noted that while the United States response still does not satisfy Russia's demand that NATO refuse to move east and accept Ukraine into its ranks, the administration of President Joe Biden believes that Russian leader Vladimir Putin,— in the interests of the USA. “There is one person in Russia who makes decisions, and this person— President Putin»,— said an administration official.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said the US intends to send Russia a written response to its security guarantee proposals this week. “We shared our ideas with our European allies. We receive feedback from them and take it into account in the written response. And when we're ready to hand it over, we'll do it. We expect it to happen this week,— Price said.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not announce the content of Washington's written response. She only said that it would present areas of concern and areas where the parties could work together. “But I have nothing to announce about how it will look,” — she added. Nevertheless, Psaki said earlier that the United States would lay out its proposals to strengthen arms control and build confidence.

NATO and US representatives have repeatedly stated that one of the main demands of Russia— ban on NATO expansion— will not be executed and the block will continue to implement the “open door” policy. At the same time, Washington stated that among the proposals of Russia there are both unacceptable and those that can be discussed.

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The Duma adopted in the first reading a bill on a five-year term for mayors

The State Duma approved in the first reading a draft law on the organization of local self-government The draft law establishes a single five-year term for heads of administrations. It also empowers governors to fire mayors for improper performance of duties

The State Duma adopted in the first reading a bill on local self-government, which establishes a five-year single term for mayors, the document is contained in the database of the lower house of parliament .

According to the current version of the document, a five-year term is set for all local government officials who have the authority to “deal with issues of direct support for the livelihoods of the population or for organizing the activities of a local government body.” Now the contract with the mayor is concluded for the term of office of the representative body of the municipality, which decided on his appointment. At the same time, the term of office should not be less than two and more than five years.

In addition, the bill gives the governor the right to issue a warning and reprimand to the mayor for improper performance of duties. If he does not correct the shortcomings on time, the head of the region will be able to dismiss him. According to the current legislation, the governor can dismiss the mayor after a court decision on the misuse of budget money, as well as by decision of the local assembly of deputies.

The draft law was introduced in mid-December by the heads of the committees of the Federation Council and the State Duma on constitutional legislation and state building Andrey Klishas and Pavel Krasheninnikov.

Klishas explained that the draft law was submitted as part of the work to build a unified system of public authority at all levels of government.

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Croatia decided to withdraw its military from NATO during the escalation in Ukraine

Croatian President: In case of escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, we will withdraw our troops According to the President of Croatia, this decision is not connected with Moscow or Kiev, but is dictated by US foreign policy

Croatian President Zoran Milanovic said that in the event of an escalation of tension between Russia and Ukraine, Croatia would withdraw its troops from the region NATO military contingent, RTL reports.

“I see NATO statements about increasing its presence [in Eastern Europe], about sending reconnaissance ships. Not only will Croatia not send troops, but in the event of an escalation, it will recall every single soldier. I promise you this, & mdash; emphasized Milanovic.

In his opinion, the decision “has nothing to do with either Russia or Ukraine.” “It has to do with the dynamics of US domestic politics, Joe Biden and his administration,” the president said. He added that he supported Biden's rise to power, but now sees “inconsistency” and “dangerous behavior in matters of international security.”

In 2019, the NATO forces from Croatia included 15.1 thousand military, in 2021 this number was estimated at about 15.2 thousand. For comparison: from Slovenia in 2021, the bloc included about 7.1 thousand, from Slovakia&mdash ; 13.1 thousand, from Romania— 76.3 thousand. The largest number of military is included in the forces of the alliance from the USA— 1.3 million. The total number of military contingents in NATO in 2021 was estimated at 3.3 million people.

Amid the escalation of tension between Russia and NATO over Ukraine, the alliance announced on strengthening its military presence in Eastern Europe. In particular, Denmark intends to send a frigate and four fighters, Spain will send ships and possibly also fighters, France announced its readiness to send a military contingent, and the Netherlands— fighter jets, a Navy ship and several ground units.

Later, the Pentagon said the US put 8,500 troops on high alert. They are ready to be transferred to Europe in a short time if necessary, but the decision to send them has not yet been made.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance is defensive and does not threaten Russia or another country. At the same time, he stressed that the bloc will “do everything necessary” to protect its allies. Stoltenberg called the risk of conflict in Ukraine real.

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Scotland Yard launches investigation into Johnson’s parties during lockdown

London police launch investigation into Prime Minister Johnson's lockdown parties Political opponents of the prime minister have already called on him to resign for partying during the hard lockdown.

Boris Johnson

London police have launched their own investigation into British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as well as other officials, over violations of quarantine restrictions at the government residence on Downing Street and other public buildings. This is reported by the British newspaper The Independent.

According to London police commissioner Cressida Dick, the behavior of government officials is of “deep concern to the public.” She confirmed that her staff is “investigating a number of events that have taken place in Downing Street and Whitehall over the past two years in connection with potential violations of restrictions adopted to combat COVID-19.”

Earlier, a government commission headed by the second secretary of the government apparatus, Sue Gray, launched its own investigation, the results of its work were to be published this week. However, in connection with the beginning of the police investigation, the publication of the report was decided to be postponed until the end of the check. At the same time, the investigation of the Cabinet of Ministers will continue, it will not be suspended, the newspaper writes.

The scandal began in December 2021 when The Guardian newspaper published photos of Johnson and his wife surrounded by several civil servants in the garden on Downing Street in May 2020, when the country was under lockdown. Wine and cheese lie on the table in front of the politician and company. According to the publication, a total of 19 people attended the event. At that time, there were strict anti-COVID restrictions in Britain: only two people who did not live together could communicate with each other in person.

Prior to this, The Guardian reported that Johnson attended a Downing Street party on May 15, 2021, following a press conference held on the same day. He talked with officials there for about 15 minutes. According to the publication, the prime minister told them that they had successfully fought the coronavirus and deserved some drinks. Sources told the newspaper that government officials present at the event drank wine and spirits and ate pizza. The government denied that the party was taking place.

Johnson's approval rating in December polls fell to a record low since he was at the head of government. Two-thirds (66%) of Britons negatively assessed Johnson's activities, and only a quarter (24%)— on the contrary, it is positive. The rest of the respondents did not decide on their attitude towards the prime minister.

Johnson's rating then, equal to a negative indicator— minus 42, down 11 points from the previous survey in mid-November. It is also the lowest figure for the prime minister since moving to Downing Street in July 2019.

Sky News reported on January 11 that the government had opened an investigation into a possible anti-COVID violation. The investigation will also affect the events at the prime minister's residence on Downing Street on May 15 and 20, 2020.

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In Kiev, protesting entrepreneurs tried to break into the Rada building

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Participants in a protest in front of the Verkhovna Rada in Kiev tried to break into the building of the Ukrainian parliament, the police used tear gas. This was reported by RBC-Ukraine.

The protesters built a stage near the Rada building, from which they read out their demands and invited the authorities to come to them to discuss the requests. After that, the police began to push back the demonstrators and gas was used against some of them, including those on the stage.

According to preliminary data, two people were detained.

In the center of Kiev, because of the protest, traffic was hindered on several streets. Several streets are blocked.

Entrepreneurs protest against changes in the taxation system and ask to keep a simplified regime for recording transactions for them— do not introduce the mandatory use of cash registers for small businesses.

The protests of entrepreneurs began in the fall of 2020. According to the Ukrainian portal TSN, the protests took place in December 2021, after which the protesters announced their intention to take to the streets in January.

The material is being supplemented

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