Meet the country that rejected a $200 million loan from Russia because it threatens the sovereignty and economic security
Republic of Moldova was about to receive a $200 million loan from Russia to help in the fight with the pandemic. And yesterday, the Constitutional Court of Moldova declared the credit agreement unconstitutional.
The reason - Russia would be free to turn any private debt into a state debt.
According to the authors, deputies from the Pro-Moldova Group, PAS and the DA Platform:
"The agreement stipulates that the private debts of Moldovan companies to Russian banks can be turned into state debt. We are the only country in the world to which Russia has imposed such a condition. It is an international treaty and today everyone here recognized that even if they avoided it, the respective loan will make the debt to the Russian Federation increase without the Republic of Moldova benefiting from it ", mentioned Sergiu Litvinenco.
At the same time, in their opinion, the loan agreement contains statements that do not correspond to the national and economic interests of the Republic of Moldova, it threatens the sovereignty and economic security of the state.
More controversial, as it is known, are three provisions of the agreement, namely one that assigns a specific role to Russian companies in loan-financed infrastructure projects, another that would allow the consolidation of the current borrowed amount of subsequent private debt, as well as the prospect of capitalization in time of these debts.
Moreover, the one that would exclude legal proceedings in case of disputes between the parties - they should be settled amicably, through negotiations, as the agreement shows.
What brought the three new appellants before the court, in addition to the criticisms already made even at the time of the adoption of the agreement in parliament, are the explanations how these provisions would contradict several principles defended by the constitution, especially that of sovereignty and of the pursuit of the national interest, which should be respected by any such document.
The former President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova, Alexandru Tanase wrote on his page that:
“The importance of today's decision is not necessarily limited to the invalidation of the so-called "Russian credit". Now I want to refer to the atmosphere that surrounded the trial of this case. The harassment of judges of the Constitutional Court, the attempts to blackmail and intimidate them, have highlighted "older diseases" of our political environment.”
State officials who defended the agreement in court against the charges in the appeals said the opposition would operate with non-existent evidence, and if the court stops it, Moldova risks being shunned by other loans from Russia and other states, now and in the future at a time when he needs money the most.
Andrei Balan, head of department at the Ministry of Finance: “In practice, we believe that this will not happen, that it will not lead to debt consolidation, but not even to the consent of the Republic of Moldova for a debtor from here."
A duck was detained in Russia that came from Vietnam because of suspicion of coronavirus - they wanted to kill her, but promised to release her after the 14 days in isolation
Arriving on April 27 in Novosibirsk with a flight from Vietnam, a duck named Borislav was detained at the Tolmachevo airport - taken from the owners and quarantined because the duck did not have veterinary permission to enter Russia, Siberia newspaper reported.
Borislav is registered as a pet: she has an international passport, a special chip, the necessary vaccinations and a certificate of export - in Vietnamese and English. The duck did not have only an import permit from the Rosselkhoznadzor. According to Litvinova, back in Vietnam, she tried to contact the agency by phone and email, but no one answered her.
History of Borislav:
Litvinova and her husband bought a duckling in Vietnam seven months ago. “We saw enough horror in Vietnam, how they sell live ducks for food and wanted to save at least one duckling,” Litvinova said.
At first, the duck was called Borei, because they thought it was a male. Later it turned out that the duck is a female, so she became Borislav. The bird has its own instagram, it lives with the owners in the apartment, it is perceived as a child.
When the mistress and Borislav flew to Novosibirsk, the bird was taken. “Leaving the duck at the airport was scary: when the employee of the veterinary control called her boss, he told her over the speakerphone:“ Write out the act, we’ll kill tomorrow, ”said Litvinova.
What else is known:
On April 30, the Rosselkhoznadzor announced that they would return Borislav to the owners when they received the results of the survey. The duck is still in isolation in Tolmachevo.
“The bird responds adequately to feeding, feels satisfactory and daily takes water procedures,” the department said.
Litvinova and her husband lives in Yalta, while in Novosibirsk they were sent to quarantine for two weeks in an observatory.
Earlier, a Spitz named Mila flew from Thailand to quarantine “without the right to walk”. The owner of the dog was threatened with a fine if this requirement is violated. Mila was placed in the observatory with him.
Residents of Moscow during quarantine will be able to visit the cemetery and monitor the cleaning of burial places online. This was reported in the press service of "Ritual".
“Citizens are provided with the opportunity to visit the burial site remotely, one-time cleaning at the burial site, laying flowers. These services include finding a burial place and a photo report, ”the press service told TASS.
For the duration of the quarantine in Moscow, employees of the institution continue to work on landscaping cemeteries as usual.
On May 9, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin signed a decree on a temporary procedure for visiting Moscow cemeteries for a period of self-isolation to combat coronavirus infection.
The mayor noted that he understood the desire of many citizens to visit cemeteries for religious holidays and to tidy up there. However, due to the current epidemiological quarantine, it will be impossible to visit the graves of deceased relatives.
In the Russian Orthodox Church, the decision of the Moscow authorities was called expected and reasonably justified.
From the evening of March 29 in the Moscow region, and later in many other parts of Russia, a mandatory self-isolation regime was introduced. You can leave your home when you see a doctor, to go to the store or pharmacy, and also to walk with your pet. Similar restrictions apply not only in Russia, but also in a number of other countries.
As of April 13, in Russia, the total number of virus infection cases was 15,770, out of which. 130 patients died and 1,291 recovered. Across the world, the number of people infected with coronavirus is heading to 2 million people, with over 1,792,766 confirmed cases and 109,785 deaths, according to Worldometers.info.
Do you drink a lot while you sit at home?
The head of the Ministry of Health, Mikhail Murashko, during a speech in the State Duma, said that in Russia during the pandemic of the coronavirus COVID-19, people egan to die more often from alcohol. He did not provide statistics, but noted that it is based on operational monitoring data on mortality rates.
Murashko also recalled the agency’s initiative to increase the age of alcohol sales from 18 to 21 years. According to him, now it is precisely from the age of 18 that mortality rates increase sharply, especially in men. And this must be fought.
Murashko noted that in conditions of self-isolation, the consumption of alcoholic beverages increased by 2-3%. However, alcohol in the current situation can have a negative effect on immunity, making you more vulnerable to the virus.
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The study of the world's first vaccine from COVID-19 by volunteers at Sechenov University was successfully completed. The first group of volunteers will be discharged on Wednesday, the second on July 20, Vadim Tarasov, director of the Institute of Translational Medicine and Biotechnology at Sechenov University, told RIA Novosti.
Clinical trials at the university began on June 18. They stated that the safety of the coronavirus vaccine was confirmed during testing. Earlier, Sechenov University said that volunteers who test the coronavirus vaccine “generally” tolerate it well. In total, 38 people participate in the research. The Ministry of Defense also reported positive results earlier.
Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said research was underway on 17 promising vaccines. According to him, vaccination in Russia will be voluntary. For more details, see Kommersant FM, “Vaccination is gaining supporters.”
A Russian athlete from Primorsky, Dmitry Yakuhny ran a hundred kilometers around the bed in ten hours during self-isolation, in order to check how well is he prepared for the ultramarathon in the Sahara desert.
"In April, I was supposed to participate in the heaviest ultramarathon in the world - MDS (Marathon Des Sables), 250 kilometers in the Sahara desert, but because of the coronavirus it was postponed for another date. So I decided to run 100 kilometers around the bed at home," told RIA Novosti Dmitry Yakuhny.
He added that he was preparing for the marathon for nine months and decided to test his strength.
According to him, the family initially took the idea as a joke, but then the children became interested - the son Artem and daughter Nicole even ran part of the distance.
"The whole family supported the initiative, the children ran a little, the wife filmed everything on video and prepared the food," Dmitry said.
He added that the marathon lasted almost ten hours, the neighbors were received the news "with understanding."
According to the athlete, music also helped to overcome the distance. Diet - oranges, bananas, "everything is on the run, as in regular competitions."
Dmitry went live on Instagram every hour, and the final broadcast lasted half an hour. A second breath opened after the 50th kilometer, and the 76th kilometer of the ultramarathon around the bed turned out to be the most difficult.
"Usually at the 35th and 75th kilometers there comes a" wall "- a lack of carbohydrates, but I tried to eat and drink on a schedule," Dmitry said. The athlete finished by 20:00 (13:00 Moscow time) local time.
The beginning of the 35th Marathon Des Sables is scheduled for September 18, the race will be held in the Moroccan part of the Sahara, during which participants will have to run 250 kilometers in seven days.