Cyber-Security Firm Kaspersky Lab Envisions Moscow’s Future

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Aug 30, 2017 — 13:53— Update: 16:33

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Russian cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab has created a projection of the technological, social and architectural changes Moscow could experience over the next 30 years.

The online interactive project titled “Earth 2050” comprises of a series of global predictions for how the planet will change over the next three decades.

Moscow is among several “smart-cities” featured in the project, with temperature predicted to be one of biggest changes to hit the city by the mid-century.

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According to Kaspersky Lab predictions, global warming will form a new climate in Moscow, increasing the number of hot days threefold.

The 3D map of Moscow is also flush with “climatic domes,” inside which temperature and humidity are regulated, each with its own microclimate. The domes will allow Muscovites to escape hot weather, go skiing in summer or swim in a lake or sunbathe under an artificial sun in the dead of winter.

In 10 years, ground parking spaces are also predicted to disappear from Moscow’s streets. The spaces formerly designated for parked cars will go to the expansion of streets: roadways, pedestrian sidewalks and green spaces.

Screenshot 2050.earth / Kaspersky Lab

Following a Bloomberg article published in July claiming that Kaspersky Lab cooperates with Russian intelligence, the Moscow-based company roundly denied the allegations. Bloomberg deserves a “PhD for ‘banya journalism,’” Eugene Kaspersky, one of the company’s founders and leading shareholders, said on Twitter.

Source  :  The Moscow Times

Russian Anti-Doping Agency Uncovers 100 Violations in 2016

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Aug 30, 2017 — 16:53— Update: 16:52

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Russia’s anti-doping agency uncovered 100 possible doping violations in 2016, 79 of which likely involved the use of the performance-enhancing substance meldonium.

More than 1,500 Russian athletes across 32 disciplines were tested for doping last year, RUSADA’s 2016 annual report, obtained by the state-run TASS news agency, states.

More than 3,000 samples were collected by anti-doping monitors under the supervision of the British anti-doping agency UKAD, the report said. Most of the samples were collected from track-and-field athletes and athletes with disabilities.

A report released by WADA in July 2016 linked more than a thousand Russian athletes across 30 sports to the use of performance-enhancing drugs or concealing positive samples.

The investigation also found evidence that 12 Russian athletes who won medals at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi had substituted urine samples prior to testing.

The findings led to dozens of Russian athletes being barred from competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and a blanket ban for the paralympic team.

In June 2017, WADA allowed the Russian agency to plan and coordinate doping tests under the supervision of UKAD. WADA is expected to review the Russian anti-doping agency’s compliance with its anti-doping code this November.

 

Source  :  The Moscow Times

Russia’s Richest Dynasties See $2 Bln Windfall in 2017 Forbes List

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Aug 30, 2017 — 17:26— Update: 19:07

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The 10 richest families in Russia each earned more than $2 billion in the past year to amass a collective fortune of $27 billion, Forbes Russia said in its latest ranking published Wednesday, with Russia’s top three clans retaining their spots from last year.

Oligarch Mikhail Gutseriev’s family topped the list with $9.91 billion shared between five family members, including new business partners, Said Gutseriev and Bilan Uzhakhov, who are his son and nephew.

Gutseriev’s Safmar Group has in recent months purchased household goods store Eldorado and a majority stake in consumer electronics retailer M.video, with plans to merge the two chains.

Arkady and Igor Rotenberg took the second spot in the Forbes ranking, boasting a $4.2 billion fortune that they share with their sons Igor and Roman.

Last year, the publication estimated the Rotenberg brothers earned $2.8 billion. Forbes attributes their success despite U.S. and EU sanctions to government contracts, including for the construction of the Kerch Bridge to Crimea.

The two sons of former Tatarstan leader Mintimer Shaimiyev and his grandson are the 4th richest family in Russia with a combined fortune of $2.215 billion.

They are closely followed in 5th place by Dagestan’s Magomedov brothers, who expanded into the oil industry after beginning their careers in the banking sector, with a collective $1.75 billion.

With $1.6 billion, banker and Hungary’s richest person Megdet Rahimkulov, is next on the list alongside his two sons. Oil and precious metals magnates Musa and Mavlit Bazhayev, together with Musa’s nephew, share Forbes’s 7th spot at $1.45 billion.

Co-owners of the RESO-Garantia insurance company, brothers Sergei and Nikolai Sarkisov follow with $1.4 billion.

The alleged husband of President Vladimir Putin’s youngest daughter Kirill Shamalov and his father are second-to-last with $1.32 billion, while Koks iron exporter Boris Zubitsky’s two sons and their mother round out the list with $950 million.

Last year, Russia’s 10 wealthiest families earned a total of $26.3 billion, less than 5 percent of the $530 billion combined wealth of the United States of America’s 10 richest clans.

Source  :  The Moscow Times

Ministério Público para setor elétrico foi falsa promessa de Dilma aos brasileiros

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Medida provisória 579 trouxe prejuízo a consumidores e concessionárias. Tarifas não mantiveram queda e reajustes chegaram a quase 50%

Os deputados de oposição na Assembleia Legislativa de Minas fizeram, na tarde desta quarta-feira (23/08), duras críticas à Medida Provisória 579, editada pelo governo Dilma Rousseff em 2012 e responsável pelo o risco que a Cemig corre de perder três de suas principais hidrelétricas. O líder do bloco Verdade e Coerência, deputado Gustavo Corrêa, explicou que, em nome de uma falsa promessa de redução na conta de luz, o PT desestabilizou o setor elétrico no país e penalizou o consumidor.

“A Cemig vive hoje essa situação por causa da MP 579 da ex-presidente Dilma. Essa medida, que prejudicou a Cemig e tantas outras concessionárias, serviu para o PT iludir os brasileiros, e a redução na conta de energia prometida por ela não passou de balela. As tarifas baixaram num ano, mas voltaram muito mais caras nos anos seguintes. Mais uma das hipocrisias do PT para vencer as eleições”, afirmou Corrêa.

Em 2012, Dilma prometeu em rede nacional o corte médio de 20% na conta de luz. No ano seguinte, foi registrada uma queda no preço da energia que não durou muito tempo. Logo em seguida, especialmente em 2015, o consumidor se deparou com uma conta muito mais elevada, anulando completamente a redução média promovida em 2013. Ao ser reeleita, Dilma promoveu um verdadeiro tarifaço no setor, com reajustes de quase 50%.

Gustavo Corrêa lembra que, quando a Medida Provisória 579 foi editada, os deputados que hoje fazem oposição em Minas alertaram para os prejuízos da medida. Diante dos riscos que a MP traria, o governo de Minas, à época, preferiu aderir parcialmente a medida, deixando as usinas de São Simão, Jaguara e Miranda de fora por ter segurança jurídica quanto à renovação automática de seus contratos. Foi graças a essa decisão que a Cemig alcançou uma alta de 43% em seus lucros no trimestre seguinte à edição da MP.

“O que nos causa estranheza é ouvir deputados do PT em Minas dizerem que situação e oposição estão unidas pela Cemig. Nós sempre estivemos na mesma luta, desde de sempre defendendo a nossa maior estatal, enquanto eles jogavam contra e nunca se posicionaram em favor da empresa. Infelizmente a preocupação do PT só veio agora porque dependem da Cemig, porque não podem perder o cabidão de empregos que ela lhes proporciona. Esse governo não tem outra preocupação que não seja com seus companheiros políticos e a perpetuação do poder”, criticou.

 

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