New test system to detect strains of COVID-19 registered in Russian Federation

A new test system that has been created at the Federal Agency for Medicine and Biology for the determination of COVID strains of Alpha; prior to Delta, received a certificate of registration, according to the FMBA website.

“ AmpliTest SARS-CoV-2 VOC v.2 & # 39; & # 39; able to identify the most important genetic lines of the virus within two hours by the polymerase chain reaction method.

It is worth noting that the invention is relevant, because in Russia in recent months there has been a rapid spread of the lineage of the Indian strain “ Delta '' ;, which has become dominant. It is very contagious and has a shorter incubation period. & Nbsp; In addition, the new test system detects the British alpha strain, the South African beta variant and the Brazilian gamma mutation. & Nbsp;

AmpliTest; has already been put into production and is ready for series production at the FMBA production site.

Earlier, the Brazilian strain of the coronavirus Gamma was detected in Russia, as we talk about isolated cases of this mutation of the coronavirus.

According to Rospotrebnadzor official Anna Popova, nearly 70% of cases of coronavirus infection detected since early July in Russia have been attributed to the Indian delta strain.

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What ancient unknown viruses have been found in Tibet?

Scientists at Ohio State University in the United States have discovered viruses more than ten thousand years old in the glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau in China. According to the researchers, they identified the genetic codes of 33 viruses, four of which were already known, and 28 & mdash; completely new, unlike modern ones.

What do we know about the discovery?

In 2015, biologists at Ohio State University took two cores (rock samples) from the Gulia Glacier in western China. They had layers of ice that built up year after year and held back whatever was in the atmosphere at that time. Age of samples & mdash; about 15 thousand years old.

According to an article published in Microbiome, about half of viruses survive by freezing. According to scientists, they are adapted to cold and are able to infect cells at low temperatures.

Are viruses dangerous for humans?

According to scientists, viruses are most likely harmless to animals and humans, but they can infect plants. The study authors believe viruses may have grown in soil and plants (not in animals and humans). Additionally, scientists believe that the cold is not terrible for viruses. According to one of the study participants, Ohio State University professor of microbiology Matthew Sullivan , viruses have characteristic genes that help them infect cells in very cold conditions.

According to the researchers, most viruses came back to life after the ice melted, suggesting that as glaciers melt, ancient viruses could traced back to the area. According to scientists, the study of ancient viruses will allow us to study their evolution and how they reacted to climate change. The results obtained, in particular, will help researchers to predict how the different biological forms will develop.

Scientists also note that the viruses detected do not have a common universal gene, so their identification and naming takes place in several stages. To do this, experts compare the gene sets of new and known viruses already entered into databases.
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What markings on the passport will be needed, and which ones will be affixed at will?

Marks on passports regarding marital status and children will be made at the request of the Russians. This is stated in the decree of the Government of the Russian Federation, published on the official portal of legal information.

& nbsp; What marks in the Russian passport will no longer be needed?

According to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of 07/15/2021 No. 1205, the following marks will no longer be mandatory in the passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation:

  • on registration and dissolution of marriage;
  • on children (citizens of the Russian Federation under the age of 14);
  • on already issued passports and foreign passports.

& nbsp; Russians can add marital status and child information to their passports at will.

& nbsp; As before, will remain optional and other marks:

  • on blood group and Rh factor;
  • TIN (individual taxpayer number).

& nbsp; Why are marital status and children no longer required?

The new decree aims to simplify the process and speed up the time for obtaining Russian passports. However, the exact reason for the cancellation of mandatory marital status and child marking has yet to be officially announced.

As the First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy Valery Ryazansky recalled, the authorities have electronic access to this information. “ All the information about who is married to whom, is married, and so on, can be found in the relevant databases, & mdash; Ryazansky told Rossiyskaya Gazeta. & mdash; Everything is there, so there is no need to put such stamps in passports. If anyone wants to quickly verify a citizen's data, this is done on request. & # 39; & # 39;

The legislator also recalled that soon paper passports will be replaced by plastic cards, which cannot be stamped. Thus, Muscovites will be able to issue electronic passports from December 1, 2021, and residents of other regions of the country & mdash; no later than July 1, 2023.

Which markings will continue to be required in passports?

The document states that the following marks will continue to be affixed on the passports of citizens of the Russian Federation:

  • regarding registration on the place of residence and the removal of a citizen from registration;
  • on military duty.

& nbsp; What else will change in the Russian passport issuance procedure?

According to the new decree, when a passport is replaced at the age of 20 or 45, the old passport will be valid until it is validated. he receives a new document. The period during which a Russian can obtain a new passport has been extended to 90 days from the date of birth. The completed document will be issued within five working days.

The resolution also indicates the reasons for replacing the passport if it is worn or damaged. These are flaws that do not allow to establish the authenticity of the passport (violation of security elements), the absence of a page or parts of the latter intended for the entry of information, the inability to visually unambiguously read the information contained in the document or to collate a photo.

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The girl who shot dead three children in Moscow has appealed against her arrest

Plot Investigation into an accident in Moscow in which children died

Student Valeria Bashkirova, accused of having committed an accident who killed two young children, has appealed against his arrest, TASS reports, citing the press service of the Tverskoy District Court in Moscow.

In the afternoon of July 16, 18-year-old Bashkirova, driving a Mazda, collided with three- and five-year-old boys and a nine-month-old girl in a wheelchair driving at an unregulated pedestrian crossing. They crossed the road with two adults.

The children were seriously injured and were hospitalized. The injured boys later died in the hospital.

Student has been charged with a traffic violation which inadvertently resulted in the deaths of two or more people, faces up to seven years in prison .

July 19, Tverskoy court on request The prosecution changed the measure of constraint of the accused from house arrest to detention until September 16.

Valeria Bashkirova received a driver's license last year, after an accident no traces of alcohol in her blood were found. The case against her is currently under investigation by the MIA headquarters in the capital.

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Russian Foreign Ministry: Decision to appeal to the ECHR with a complaint against Ukraine is long overdue

The decision to file an interstate complaint against Ukraine with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is long overdue, said the Russian Foreign Ministry.

As the ministry explained, the current situation in Ukraine leaves Russia no other choice. In particular, we are talking about discrimination in this country from the Russian-speaking population, the persecution of journalists, the water blockade in Crimea and the systematic crimes against the inhabitants of Donbass. The Foreign Ministry also recalled the open airspace over Ukraine in 2014, which led to the crash of flight MH-17 in the Donetsk region.

“ All the claims in the Russian lawsuit against Ukraine are supported by a solid body of evidence that has been accumulated over the years & raquo ;, & ndash; stressed in the department.

Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe, Ambassador Ivan Soltanovsky, in an interview with TASS, also commented on the filing of a complaint with of the ECHR. According to him, this was done due to the “ apparent inability of the Ukrainian state to end the continuing human rights violations by Kiev. '' He stressed that Russia is guided by the interests of European public order.

On Thursday, the Attorney General's Office of the Russian Federation announced that it had filed an interstate complaint against Ukraine with the ECHR on the basis of the article 33 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

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Is it true that Stefanovich's former lover went to a woman's house?

Weekly “Arguments and Facts” issue 29. Eight nannies, one me. How not to depopulate Russia? 07/21/2021

It is said that the former lover of the late A. & nbsp; Stefanovich, one of the & nbsp; Husband of Alla Pugacheva, is now married to tennis player Martina Navratilova. What kind of & nbsp; unusual change of love object?

To be noted immediately: Alexander Stefanovich for & nbsp; the novel of her friend Yulia Lemigova with & nbsp; Martina Navratilova had no relationship & nbsp; & mdash; at this time, Julia and & nbsp; Alexander parted ways a long time ago.

Julia Lemigova, first vice-miss of the Miss Universe contest & nbsp; & mdash; 1991 & # 39; & # 39 ;, was familiar with & nbsp; Alexander Stefanovich of the & nbsp; late 1980s. It was Stefanovich, a director by profession, who brought Lemigova to the modeling business. And & nbsp; the profession of mannequin, at & nbsp; in turn, brought Julia to & nbsp; Paris. It was there that she met the banker Eduard Stern , a friend of Nicolas Sarkozy . From & nbsp; Stern, she gave birth to a son & nbsp; & mdash; however, after 5 & nbsp; month, the child was found dead in the & nbsp; cradle. After a while, Edward Stern was also killed. He was found wearing a pink latex costume, and was killed by his 'mistress', along with & nbsp; with whom he had fun and & nbsp; that he refused to pay a fabulous sum.

Yulia, meanwhile, has started another relationship and & nbsp; gave birth to two daughters. … And & nbsp; then when the girls got a little older she said she was in & nbsp; relationship with tennis player Martina Navratilova. Julia told her daughters that Martina & nbsp; & mdash; their & nbsp; second mom.

Julia Lemigova and Martina Navratilova. Photo: www.globallookpress.com/Lev Radin

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In Sakhalin, the killer of an eight-year-old schoolgirl received a life sentence

The court found spouses Igor and Kristina Dvornikov guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering an eight-year-old girl, according to the website of the Commission for ; Russian Federation survey for the Sakhalin region.

The 45-year-old man was sentenced to life imprisonment in a special-regime colony, his 31-year-old wife was sentenced to 15 years in a general-regime colony.

The investigation and court established that in July of last year, the spouses, traveling in a minibus, saw a child walking by the side of the road and decided to kidnap him “ in order to satisfy a man's sexual needs. & # 39; & # 39;

The intruders convinced the girl that they would take her to her destination. It is noteworthy that the deceased agreed to get into the car, believing the woman. Then the spouses took the child to the forest.

“In the car, a drunken man raped and sexually assaulted the victim. In order to cover up the crimes, the accused put a plastic bag over the child's head and held it until death ', a said the UK.

Reminder, & nbsp; an eight-year-old girl disappeared in Novo-Aleksandrovsk & nbsp; July 6, 2020 … She was heading to Dolinsk, where her friends lived. The child's body was found a week later on the bank of the river. & Nbsp; The identity of the criminals was established using CCTV cameras.

It also turned out that in 2001 Igor Dvornikov & nbsp; killed a Chinese citizen and an unidentified resident of Sakhalin. Additionally, he was found guilty of committing lewd acts and raping a 12-year-old schoolgirl in 2018.

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The court arrested four other defendants in the case of corruption in the traffic police of the Stavropol region

Intrigue Criminal case against the head of the Stavropol State Road Safety Inspectorate

The municipal court of & # 39; Essentuki has arrested four other defendants in the criminal corruption case at the State Road Safety Inspectorate of the Stavropol Territory, TASS reports.

“ Five defendants have been taken into custody, including Safonov. Two – a house arrest, and one more – a ban on certain actions, ”said Vyacheslav Khloponin, representative of the Attorney General's Office of the Russian Federation for the Federal Districts of the North and South Caucasus.

Head of the State Road Safety Inspectorate of the Stavropol Territory Alexey & nbsp; Safonov & nbsp; and six of his subordinates & nbsp; were arrested on the morning of July 20. They are suspected of corruption and embezzlement and accepting bribes worth 19 million rubles.

A criminal case has been opened under the section 'Accepting a bribe on a particularly large scale.' According to the investigation, members of the organized group made illegal passes for grain and inert cargo carriers.

Earlier, the Yessentuki court arrested Alexey Safonov, head of the Stavropol Territory Traffic Police Department, for two months.

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It has become deserted. The drone learned to land independently in a “wild” place

The US Air Force has successfully tested the MQ-9 strike drones with a take-off system and an automatic system. Thanks to her, & nbsp; drones will be able to fly in the air and & nbsp; land on aerodromes without traditional infrastructure and & nbsp; orders for their & nbsp; launch and & nbsp; maintenance. AiF.ru found out what kind of & nbsp; drone and & nbsp; what new opportunities it will offer for the expansion of independence.

Previously, all takeoffs and landings of the MQ-9 required a dedicated launch and recovery brigade located where the Reaper intended to land. The flight crew had to perform electronic checkpoint markings in advance when the aircraft was physically on the runway. A & nbsp; these points, the device and & nbsp; could & nbsp; sit down. However, experiments have shown that such requirements are outdated. The technology is now ready for an aircraft to land on terrain without a dedicated infrastructure to land an unmanned aerial vehicle. In addition, the drone will be able to land where it has never been before.

Today MQ-9 & nbsp; & mdash; the base of the US Air Force weaponry attack drone fleet. The name MQ-9 & mdash; 'Harvester' & mdash; translated from & nbsp; English as & laquo; reaper & raquo ;, he has a hint of & nbsp; the expression & laquo; grim reaper & raquo; & nbsp; & mdash; mower.

It was developed in the early 2000s. It was created on the basis of MQ-1 & nbsp; Predator, which is why it is sometimes referred to as Predator B. The MQ-9 is designed for reconnaissance, observation and launching of missiles and bomb attacks on ground targets. With a length of & nbsp; 11 & nbsp; meters and & nbsp; a wingspan of 7 meters, the maximum takeoff weight of the aircraft & nbsp; & mdash; 4.8 & nbsp; tons.

The MQ-9 can fly up to 1,800 km at speeds of up to 482 km/h thanks to the turboprop, being in the air for up to 14 hours. The maximum flight time of the MQ-9 Reaper drone is 24 hours. The practical cap is 13 & nbsp; 000 & nbsp; meters. The drone is capable of carrying bombs and rockets with a total mass of up to 680 kg. To do this, & nbsp; has 7 suspension points.

The MQ-9 tactical unit consists of several drones, a ground control station, communication equipment, spare parts and equipment, service personnel. The drone crew consists of a pilot and an electronic systems operator. In & nbsp; according to & nbsp; combat mission, the UAV can carry various combinations of weapons and electronic equipment.

Rises in the air and & nbsp; so far lies MQ-9 with the help of a team of specialists, which arrives at & nbsp; take off and & nbsp; landing.

The US Air Force successfully completed testing of the MQ-9 attack drone with automatic take-off and landing on July 8. On the first day, they switched to & nbsp; the basis of Creech, and & nbsp; the operators controlled it from & nbsp; the base of Nellis by & nbsp; satellite communications to & nbsp; a distance of almost 90 & nbsp; kilometers. On the second day, the MQ-9 was tested at the Holloman base. On & nbsp; this time on & nbsp; it was installed a container with & nbsp; target recognition equipment & nbsp; target designation. With & nbsp; his & nbsp; help, the drone has found the trail.

From & nbsp; next spring, the automatic take-off and the & nbsp; system will be installed on & nbsp; MQ-9A drones with & nbsp; a planned software update. It will allow them & nbsp; to take off, & nbsp; tunes and & nbsp; land on & nbsp; remote airfields, where there is no traditional infrastructure and & nbsp; staff who could & nbsp; provide them & nbsp; take off, landing and & nbsp; towing.

Along with & nbsp; 2030s, US Air Force to withdraw MQ-9 & nbsp; of service.

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Smog in New York City due to forest fires

New York is engulfed in smoke from the fires in the western United States. We are talking about the elements raging in the forests of the three western states & mdash; Oregon, Washington and California.

New Yorkers are complaining about the burning smell, and forecasters warn & mdash; the content of harmful substances in the air has been exceeded. City officials recommend that city residents with asthma or heart problems not leave their homes at least during the day.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that fires in the western United States were the cause of the smoke. There are now 13, the largest & mdash; in Oregon. The first fires were recorded there on July 6, its area is more than 1.5 thousand square kilometers. No casualty or fatality data has yet been reported.

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