A test of patriotism

People don't voluntarily go to confession, then the confession will come where they can't escape.Marina Volkova"The President of the Council of Muftis of Russia Ravil Gainutdin hoped that the presence of the clergy in the army will contribute to the growth of patriotism". (www.narodinfo)What is common between Oleg Deripaska and father a native from the village of Krukowski?"What they may have in common?", - answered a question with a question ten out of ten respondents, even without specifying who the grandfather Fomich and what village is this - Krukovka (fame Oleg Deripaska doubt not subject). "Look at you!", equally all ten responded when I gave them the answer: "And Deripaska, and grandfather Fomich - citizens of Russia".Russian citizenship have in common, besides Oleg Deripaska and grandfather Fomich, 141 867 538 people of our planet. Be conceived of citizenship as a common characteristic of Russians hard. It is difficult not because we are so different, but because our common - Russian - lost.We talk about patriotism in Russia is almost bad form. Not enough vocabulary to talk about love of country and accurately repulsive. Читать полностью -->

The end teterovski era (The Financial Times, UK)

Gideon Rachman, 28 April 2009'The British people are totally disillusioned with socialism. Thirty-year experiment has clearly failed - and now the people are ready to try something else'. Reasoned Margaret Thatcher on the eve of his first victory in a General election on 3 may 1979, But now, with the approaching thirtieth anniversary of the move 'the iron lady' at Downing street, many Britons have come to the conclusion: 'failed' yet another 'thirty years 'experiment'. This time, however, we are talking about the Thatcher era.The end of the Thatcher era - an event of global significance. Many steps, first undertaken by her office in Britain, and copied in other countries - privatization, deregulation, tax cuts, the abolition of control over the exchange rate, the attempts to weaken the influence of trade unions and an emphasis on the creation and not wealth distribution.Mrs. Thatcher came to power a year and a half before Ronald Reagan; later between the two leaders struck up 'ideological novel'. Читать полностью -->

Recalculate and tell

In October 2010 will be held in Russia census. The authorities intend to find out not only the number of Russians, but also to count all illegal immigrants. This time the participation of citizens in the census will be voluntary, but in the future, do not exclude Rosstat, it may become mandatory for allMoscow. On 11 December. IFX - all-Russia population census, which almost became a victim of the crisis cuts, will be in a previously planned in October 2010. "Rosstat, all territorial authorities across the country continue to prepare for this event", - reads the statement of the Federal service of state statistics (Rosstat).Fun to know how many now in the country of citizens and non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, as I live and breathe, not cheap. Читать полностью -->

The smoke returns

Last night in Moscow, the rain has broken records in a few hours the rain fell more than in all of July. He also dispelled the smog in the city, but the joy of Muscovites was short - lived-by noon, the smoke is back in town. And the expected deterioration of the situationMoscow. On 13 August. INTERFAX - IN the night from Thursday to Friday, the capital came to life in the most heavy rain in recent weeks, and perhaps months. In some parts of the city, rainfall lasted from midnight until 7-8 o'clock in the morning, occasionally the thunder roared, and the air temperature on the eyes and almost miraculously dropped to 20 degrees.On Friday morning in the cool and wet weather, the sky was covered with clouds. Читать полностью -->

The Council of Evangelical Protestant churches of Ukraine will intensify its activities in the spiritual and social spheres

In the office of all-Ukrainian Union of churches of Christians of Evangelical faith Pentecostals 24 February a meeting of the Council of Evangelical Protestant churches of Ukraine (the COUNCIL). The meeting participants expressed their views about the state of Church-state relations in Ukraine and discussed the plan of activities of the Board for 2010, which envisages active cooperation of the Protestant Churches in the spiritual and social spheres, the Agency reports ProChurch.info the Institute for religious freedom.The opening address was made by the President CHAIR Bishop Michael Panochko, which outlined the guidelines for the work of the Council during the current year. After this, the leaders of the Protestant Churches considered topical issues of Church-state relations and inter-religious dialogue.The meeting participants agreed that the continuation of the constructive cooperation of Churches and public authorities is necessary to address the most complex social issues and care of vulnerable segments of the population.The members of the COUNCIL reviewed the draft of the concept of pastoral care, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, taking into account the fact that the Ministry of defence of Ukraine resumed its work on finalizing this document. The meeting participants agreed to prepare joint proposals to the draft Concept and hold a special meeting of the Secretariat of the COUNCIL. Accumulated changes will be forwarded to the Council for pastoral care of the military personnel at the defense Ministry.The heads of the Protestant Churches also reviewed the status of the regulatory framework for the conditions of spiritual and social activities of religious organizations in Ukraine, which was presented by invited to the meeting, the head of the Institute of religious freedom, Oleksandr Zaets. Those present welcomed the announcement of the decision of the Government with respect to mitigation for religious organizations of tariffs for utilities. Читать полностью -->

Geniuses among the Russians there

Alexander ArtemevAmerican Foreign Policy magazine published the first list of 100 great thinkers of our time. It is headed by the head of the us Central Bank, Ben Bernanke, followed by U.S. President Barack Obama. Russians among the prominent intellectuals of no. Russia has no interest, because that is neither prosperous democracy nor terrifying tyranny.The influential American magazine Foreign Policy in the December issue for the first time published a list of 100 great thinkers of our time. A hundred people, including policy makers and military leaders, writers, scientists and public figures, made "with the ideas that have changed our world in 2009". Читать полностью -->

Housing will never be affordable

Viktoria NikitinaIn February 2008 the prices in Moscow the five story building has almost reached its ceiling - 4275 dollars per square meter. This growth continued in March and in the coming months, it seems, will not endFor all classes of housing capital caught up with and in some cases surpassed, the level of housing prices in Europe. The quality of housing in Moscow in many respects inferior to the European.If at the end of 2007 the average cost of a one-room apartment in Moscow began with 150-160 thousand dollars, now the minimum threshold jumped to 180-200 thousand dollars, that is almost 20%. Are you ready to pay 5 million rubles for a small in a flat with a tiny kitchen and the sitz bath? Despite the fact that for a similar price in the world's major capital cities (except Tokyo and London) you can buy quite a decent 2-bedroom apartment, and in Montenegro - even a new apartment of 40 square meters and with private Parking. In most European metropolises, the price per square meter of the middle class is 2-5 thousand dollars. We have the same initial level of prices of "cheap" housing is 4-5 thousand dollars, experts say "Integrum".Why grow?The main factor in the rapid rise in cost of real estate analysts call the psychological factor. Читать полностью -->

Modern science suffocate in lies

c.newsLies in the form of silence," and in other forms has grown in modern science, especially in genetics, to such an extent that it itself becomes a subject of scientific interest. Exposing counterfeiters follow one by one.In November 2005, first in ethics violation, and then in the falsification of scientific results has been accused of world-famous Korean scientist Hwang In-Suk , a pioneer in cloning the world's first announced the successful cloning of a dog.In January 2006 it became known that Professor at the faculty of chemistry and biotechnology, the University of Tokyo and a member of the Japanese society for DNA Kazunari Taira is suspected of lying through falsification of scientific results. Prof. Tyra in several publications announced that it managed for the first time in history to teach the bacterium E. coli to produce human protein. Repeat the experiment independent scientists have been unable.The staff of the journal of cell biology with a special test found that 25% of all accepted for publication in 2002 of scientific papers contained at least one illustration, and even more that were special, not valid in scientific publications processing. Читать полностью -->

Post collapse in Moscow takes a chronic form

Vesti-MoscowOn the Moscow post managed to stem the rapid growth in the number of undelivered parcels. However, at the post office recognize that the clock mode and the expansion is only able to correct the situation, TV channel "Vesti-Moscow".The flow of goods increases and to cope with increasing volumes, it is necessary to change the whole system of delivery, consider staff.Postal collapse covered the capital in the early years. As a result, by mid-March at the post, which receives all the international mail the Moscow region, has accumulated more than 50 thousand packages. The average delivery time of parcels increased from two weeks to two months.Employees of the post office and customs decided how to optimize the processing of parcels. In the end, in post offices increased the number of staff and switched to clock mode."Prior to the introduction of mode clock operation at the customs post "international post office" was registered about 3 800 mailings. Now, yesterday was decorated 8 592 international postage" - said the head of the customs post "international post office" in Moscow, the Central customs administration Andrey Zimin.According to Zimin, that emergency measures. Читать полностью -->

Russia demands from the EU to abolish visas for its citizens — otherwise fall through the presidential modernization

During the summit Russia-EU which will take place in Rostov-on-don on 31 may and 1 June, is expected to finish work on a joint document "Partnership for modernization". One of the main points of the partnership should be the cancellation of the visa regime between Russia and the EU to "facilitate human contacts and liberalization of labor migration", writes "Kommersant".The issue of visas is at the moment, "the main priority in the dialogue with the EU", said a source in the foreign Ministry. It addresses the real interests of millions of citizens, and without addressing the modernisation agenda will stagnate, writes the newspaper.As the newspaper notes, Russia intends to attract more foreign skilled workers to the project "innovation city" in SKOLKOVO. Free access to the country would be in this case the only advantage.Russia is going to establish a specific timeline for the transition to a visa-free regime and to determine what exactly this should be done by both sides, said the Russian presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko."Europe seems to signal us about your willingness to move in this direction, but we need to fix the date for introduction of visa-free regime. We know what questions worries Europeans: the introduction of biometric passports for all citizens, with a single EU procedure at the border. But for us it's no problem! We are ready tomorrow for us to cancel a visa under the condition that Europe will reciprocate," said Prikhodko.According to experts, substantive dialogue on visa-free regime with the EU can be considered a positive sign, but also of the orientation of Russia towards the West. Читать полностью -->

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