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Crimea: It is necessary to take care of investment attractiveness, to prepare promising investment sites and land plots in municipalities

Municipal investment standard, which includes a number of indicators to assess investment attractiveness, is scheduled for introduction in the Republic of Crimea this year. This was reported by Irina Kiviko, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers - Minister of Finance of the Republic of Crimea, following the meeting, held via videoconferencing by the First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Andrei Belousov.

"The issue is very relevant not only for our Republic, but also for the Russian regions as a whole. It is necessary to take care of the investment attractiveness, to prepare promising investment sites and land plots in the municipalities. They shall be the drivers of investment attracting, they shall take care about the development of their territories and creating new working places", - said Irina Kiviko.

Irina Kiviko pointed out that municipal investment standard will include assessment of a number of indicators, including selection of land plots and investment areas, facilities suitable for the implementation of investment projects and their inclusion into the Register of investment areas, preparation of business cases and image events.
Scientists from Sevastopol will study the consequences of hurricanes in Nicaragua

Scientists from the Institute of Biology of the South Seas of the Russian Academy of Sciences, based in Sevastopol, will help colleagues from the University of Nicaragua in studying the effects of hurricanes. This was announced to TASS on Sunday by the director of the institute and doctor of geographical sciences Roman Gorbunov following the signing of a scientific agreement with the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua.

Earlier, a delegation from the Institute of SBSM RAS visited Nicaragua, where a scientific agreement was concluded with the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua. The agreement provides for joint internships, scientific research, exchange of experience and scientific materials.

"Colleagues are primarily concerned about issues related to environmental monitoring of water bodies. They have heavily polluted lakes Managua and Nicaragua. They are interested in issues related to biotechnology and biodiversity of coastal waters. Environmental risks will also be studied, since the country is located in the hurricane zone, coming from the Caribbean Sea," Gorbunov said. He added that due to climate change, the frequency of hurricanes is changing, with each year they move deeper into land due to deforestation in the east of the country.

Hurricanes lead both to the destruction of settlements and to catastrophic consequences for the natural environment. "The warning system works, but we have to understand the threat from hurricanes in terms of preserving biological and landscape diversity, soil resources, economic activity and human habitation," Gorbunov added.

The conducted research can be used for environmental management, as well as for more efficient development of agriculture and forestry.

Nicaragua recognized Crimea as part of Russia, and in 2020 was the first to open an honorary consulate on the peninsula.
Moscow Proposes A Russian Trading House in Cuba

Moscow has proposed opening a Russian trading house in Havana with the participation of the Cuban state corporation CIMEX and is waiting for a response from the Cuban authorities in the next few days. The announcement was made by Boris Titov, head of the Russia-Cuba Business Council on Friday (January 20). Titov is the Chairman and main shareholder of the Russian Abrau-Durso Group of Companies, specializing in fine Russian wines and other luxury products.

Titov recently discussed the issue with Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas, and Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca in Havana, itself following Inter-Governmental discussions last month on the back of the Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel’s official visit to Moscow in late November.

Titov said that “The Russian side is now working very hard to take our economic relations with Cuba to a new level. In turn, the task of the business council is to breathe the energy of entrepreneurial initiative into these relations.” Titov noted that the Russia-Cuba business council includes many Russian companies that are interested in promoting their products in Cuba.

“Our proposal is to create a Russian trading house in Havana, with the participation of CIMEX, which would become the sole wholesale importer of products and independently determine prices on the retail market. In the coming days, we are expecting a reaction from the Cuban government,” Titov explained. The business ombudsman pointed out that “banking support will become very important” for the work of the Russian Trading House

“One of the proposals concerns the creation of a new settlement system in which the accounts of all trading participants would be included. Not only a clearing center, but, by and large, an organization with a banking license, the main task of which is to significantly reduce the volume of cash payments. And, of course, we will have to deal with lending, leasing, and factoring. It is very difficult to develop without financial instruments.” he stressed.
A voice form Greece - Comment from Pavlos Christou, Deputy President of EMPROS Group, active member of the Friends of Crimea in Greece Club

You're out of your mind;;;;

European Parliament resolution in favor of the urgent establishment of a Special International Tribunal to prosecute B. Putin and A. Lukashenko passed with 472 votes in favor, 19 against, while 33 MEPs abstained!!!!!
Astamur Logua, an Abkhazian politician and one of the leaders of the Club of Friends of Crimea in Abkhazia, on the need to promote international recognition of the Abkhazian state.

Let me remind us all once again of the advantages of Abkhazia:
1-Union relations with the Russian Federation.
2-Big and strong Abkhaz- Adygei diaspora in Turkey.
3-Brotherly Circassian world, of which we are an integral part.

It is important and necessary to note the improvement of relations between Russia and Georgia, which should not infringe on the interests of the Republic of Abkhazia, but this fact should be accepted and thought about. It is necessary, of course, to convey to the Georgian society the necessity (expediency) of historical justice in the form of recognition of the independence of the Abkhazian state and building of good-neighborly relations.

We must establish peace and justice in our region and show that Abkhazia is not the rotten apple of the region. I am sure that whatever internal contradictions and domestic problems we may have, the main thing is our state and the promotion of its status in the world.
FACTBOX: How Russia cultivated ties with African nations

TASS-FACTBOX. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov set off on a tour of African countries on January 22, 2023. TASS-FACTBOX brings you a review of the Soviet Union and Russia’s relations with the countries of the continent.

Economic relations
Work to update trade and economic agreements began in the second half of the 1990s. Russia’s move to write off African nations’ debts exceeding $20 bln in total gave a boost to bilateral trade. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Russia’s state and private companies, including Alrosa, Lukoil, Gazprom, Rusal and Rosneft, began working in a number of African countries.

The Coordinating Committee on Economic Cooperation with Sub-Saharan Africa was established under Russia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2009 (renamed the Coordinating Committee on Economic Cooperation with African Countries in 2020), which is aimed at promoting Russia’s interests in the legion and creating a mechanism to support the overseas economic activities of Russian businesses. The Association for Economic Cooperation with African States (AECAS) was established in 2020 in order to promote Russian projects in Africa and make preparations for the next Russia-Africa summit.

Humanitarian field
The number of African students in Russia rose from 9,000 in 2008 to 27,000 in 2021, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry’s data. As for research cooperation, Russia’s ties with Egyptian and South African organizations are accelerating. Russian centers of culture and science are active in eight countries of the region, namely, Egypt, Zambia, Morocco, the Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Tunisia, Ethiopia and South Africa.

Russia provides assistance to African countries both at the bilateral level and on international platforms such as the United Nations Development Program and the World Food Program. During the coronavirus pandemic, Russia sent medical aid to nearly two dozen African nations.
Stefano Valdegamberi, Presidente del Club Friends of Crimea in Italia:

ATTENZIONE La partecipazione di Zelensky a San Remo è pianificata con uno scopo ben preciso: addolcire la pillola dell'entrata in guerra dell'Italia, convincendo gli italiani che lo dobbiamo fare per una giusta causa. Poi, mi raccomando, nessuno dica che non pensava alle conseguenze.

ВНИМАНИЕ участие Зеленского в Сан-Ремо планируется с очень точной целью: подсластить пилюлю идущей на войну Италии, убедив итальянцев, что мы должны это делать ради справедливого дела. Тогда, пожалуйста, не говорите, что они не думали о последствиях

Убеждены ли мы, что начинаем мировую войну из-за проблем, о которых мы даже не знаем и не касаемся? Этот вопрос задают себе даже многие генералы на Западе
Investors From ‘Friendly Countries’ To Have Easier Access To Russian Markets and Investment Capital

Investors and businesses from friendly countries will have easier access to the Russian market, according to the ‘Strategy for the Development of the Financial Market 2023-2030’ which has been approved by the Russian Cabinet.

The strategy outlines plans to improve tax conditions for foreign investors, including the development and the issuance of securities in Russia by foreign investors. The Moscow stock exchange and its brokers have supported the initiatives, noting that the main plus is in increasing liquidity. The Russian stock market is likely to appeal most to investors from Asia and the Middle East.

The Russian regulatory authorities plan to simplify Russian access of investors and companies from friendly countries to the Russian stock market, stating “Against the backdrop of sanctions restrictions, it is necessary to create incentives for non-residents to invest in Russian instruments. It is required to improve tax conditions for foreign investors, including in the field of remote identification, the document says. It is also planned to develop the issuance of securities by companies from friendly countries on the Russian market.”

This specifically excludes countries considered unfriendly towards Russia, and includes: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The foreign investor strategy was developed jointly with the Russian Central Bank. Details of the implementation rules will be further worked out with the professional community, the regulator said.

Vladimir Gusakov, the Managing Director for interaction with issuers and authorities of the Moscow Stock Exchange has said that the legislation already allows foreign companies to raise capital in the Russian market, but it is important to create additional incentives, including tax incentives, for issuers from friendly countries. This will increase the attractiveness of the domestic financial market as a whole and create new investment opportunities for Russian investors.

Investment income taxes could also be reduced, although this has not yet been confirmed. Ivan Chebeskov, Director of the financial policy department of the Ministry of Finance, has previously stated that the tax on investment income could be reduced from 30 to 13%.

In addition, an important step will be direct access for banks and brokers from friendly countries to the Russian stock exchange market, as well as introducing a market for derivatives. Such a bill was adopted in the first reading in December 2022.
Turkish opposition backs exit from NATO – media

Türkiye could leave NATO within months, a politician there has claimed, citing “provocations” by the US-led military bloc against his nation. Ethem Sancak is a Turkish businessman of Arab descent who is active in politics and who local media describe as close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
He was commenting on an anti-NATO campaign in Türkiye that the Vatan (Patriotic) Party, where he holds the position of vice chairman for foreign relations, has organized.
“NATO forces us to take these actions with their provocations,” he stated, predicting that his party’s goal of getting Türkiye to leave the alliance may come to fruition “in five-to-six months.”
Number of Western firms which left Russia revealed

Less than 9% of companies from the EU and G7 countries that owned subsidiaries in Russia have left the country since the introduction of sanctions last year, research by economists from Switzerland’s University of St. Gallen has found.

The study, based on information from OBRIS, a global database containing information on millions of companies, showed that 36,000 international companies, including 3,444 subsidiaries of foreign entities, were operating in Russia as of April 2022, with a total of 2,405 subsidiaries owned by 1,404 EU and G7 companies.

The researchers then checked how many of these companies had given up their stakes or sold their branches and concluded that of the 1,404 companies, only 120 (8.5%) did so.

The authors of the report noted that they only focused on companies that withdrew their equity stakes and did not look at other commercial ties, such as exports, licensing, and franchising. They found that at the end of November 2022 “8.5% of EU and G7 companies had divested at least one of their Russian subsidiaries.”
The Russian government summed up the development of Crimea and Sevastopol in 2022

Under the state program "The Socio-Economic Development of Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol" a total of 553 projects were realized on the peninsula by 2023. This was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Marat Khusnullin.

"Crimea and Sevastopol are actively developing regions. The necessary impetus was provided by the state program for regional development. Since its launch 553 projects have already been implemented, including the construction of new facilities. Of those, 68 projects were completed in 2022, and now 408 more are in progress. The program has been prolonged till 2027, accordingly the federal budget formed for 2023-2025 years takes into account the plans of advanced construction", - said Marat Khusnullin.

He also stressed that a significant role in the development of the peninsula is played by the regime of the free economic zone.
"Thanks to the free economic zone regime, we can effectively use the mechanisms of public-private partnership and attract private investment in the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol. During the time that the free economic zone has been functioning in the Crimea, it has been possible to attract 276.6 billion rubles of investment into the economy of the peninsula, including 157.6 billion rubles as capital investment. Implemented investment projects have allowed to put into operation more than 5,7 thousand infrastructure objects and create 89,4 thousand jobs", - said Marat Khusnullin.

He also said that last year was successful for the Peninsula in terms of road and social construction.
310 km of public roads and local roads of local importance are made in a normal state. There has been built and put into operation the automobile road Simferopol - Evpatoria - Mirny with length of about 24.5 km, and also there has been reconstructed the regional automobile road Sevastopol - Kamyshovaya Bay port with length of 6.73 km.

Construction of educational facilities has been continued. Nine pre-schools with a total capacity of 1,630 places have been put into operation. Also reconstruction of Zelenogorsk secondary school for 800 places, a secondary school in Kazachaya Bay for 704 places has been completed, and in Sevastopol the first stage of the project "Reconstruction and equipping of a branch of St. Petersburg cadet corps of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation", providing construction of a new building of the cadet corps for 15 classes has been completed.
How to develop domestic tourism in 2023: the main points from the meeting of the President with the RF government

Construction of modular hotels, improving transport accessibility of the Crimea, support for entrepreneurship, bills on the use of protected areas ... Travel Crimea portal collected the most important of the meeting of the President Vladimir Putin with the Russian government, which was devoted to the development of domestic tourism in 2023.

New modular hotels and support of the industry
As the minister of resorts and tourism of Crimea Vadim Volchenko commented, the Ministry of Resorts and Tourism of Crimea and the Crimean tourist business in every way supported the decision to develop new and maintaining existing mechanisms to support entrepreneurship.
"Especially with regard to modular hotels, which this year have already received 250 new comfortable rooms. We will continue this program, but will also pay special attention to the transport accessibility of the Crimea, to increase the rolling stock, daily flights, primarily from the main transport hub - Moscow. This is one of our priority tasks, which we will work with the federal center, "- said Vadim Volchenko.

Speaking about railway transportation, Minister of Transport Vitaly Saveliev said that during the high holiday season passenger traffic in Crimea will increase up to 3 million people. For comparison: last summer Tavria trains carried 2.2 million tourists, which is 76% more than during the same period of 2021. As Savelyev said, such a load will be able to take on Russian Railways, the agreement has already been reached.

Thus the company-carrier "Grand Service Express", in his words, is going to increase the fleet of trains from 17 to 22 - due to the delivery of 38 new cars and registration of more than 400 cars on lease. In total, this year we plan to attract about 680 additional passenger cars - and thus provide sufficient carrying capacity on all routes to the south.

Also 10 more multimodal routes will be launched - including the resorts of the Black Sea coast. Passengers will be able to buy a so-called "single ticket".
EU is dominated by US – Italian FM

The European Union needs strong leaders, akin to former German chancellor Angela Merkel, to have its voice heard on the global stage, Italy’s foreign minister told La Stampa newspaper on Wednesday.

“There are too many jealousies, too many leaders,” Antonio Tajani said, arguing that the bloc has ended up serving the US instead of pursuing its own interests, and that “even Germany, the strongest [member] country, fails to impose itself. A Merkel is missing.”

During the interview, he was asked if he thought the EU was “too weak,” to which he replied by explaining that “Europe [sic] does not have a real foreign or defense policy… We always come after the Americans,” adding that this has been the case since 1954 [when the European Defence Community collapsed].

He went on to insist that the EU do everything within its power to prevent the Russia-Ukraine conflict from escalating. “Neither NATO nor Europe, which have a duty to help Ukraine, are at war with Russia,” Tajani stated, expressing his hope that, what he called, the “aggressive statements” coming from the Kremlin are simply “propaganda” and that there is no real desire to raise the tone of the confrontation.
Battaglia dei carri armati? Il generale rivela cosa succederà in Ucraina

Intervista al generale Marco Bertolini, già comandante del Comando operativo di vertice interforze, della Brigata paracadutisti Folgore e oggi presidente dell'Associazione nazionale paracadutisti d'Italia

Da un punto di vista politico, possiamo dire che sono state smentite molte delle facilonerie occidentali che parlavano di un rapido decadimento delle capacità militari di Mosca, di una crisi economica in Russia innescata dalle nostre sanzioni, di una crisi politica che avrebbe detronizzato Putin quand’anche fosse sopravvissuto a quella marea di malattie diagnosticate a distanza dai nostri specialisti. A un anno dall’inizio della guerra, la Russia sta continuando questa operazione, utilizzando ingenti quantità di armi e munizioni, attingendo a sempre più personale anche a seguito della mobilitazione voluta da Putin e la situazione non pare cambiare.

Questo per quanto riguarda la Russia. Sul lato ucraino, invece?

Negli ultimi giorni abbiamo registrato le dimissioni di Oleksij Arestovyč - consulente di Zelensky e uno dei suoi possibili successori - che si era lasciato scappare che il missile che aveva colpito un condominio a Kiev non era stato lanciato deliberatamente dai russi ma era stato intercettato dalla contraerea ucraina. Il giorno dopo, il ministro e il vice ministro ucraino dell’Interno sono morti in uno stranissimo incidente elicotteristico. Si trattava di due persone rampanti, determinate alla continuazione della guerra. Infine, abbiamo visto una sfilza di dimissioni più o meno spontanee di vari rappresentanti dell’establishment ucraino. È evidente che c’è una crisi politica in Ucraina.
Crimea "does not expect" an objective decision on the Scythian gold

A member of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, Senator from Crimea Sergey Tsekov believes that the decision of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands on the Scythian gold case, most likely, will have political motives and therefore will not be objective.

"I do not expect an objective decision. European countries make political decisions against Russia. Therefore, to be honest, there is no reason to expect a decision in our favor. Perhaps they will take an interim decision and postpone until the political situation in the world changes," Tsekov told TASS.

He added that if the court ruling is in favor of Ukraine, museums in many countries around the world will be afraid to organize exhibitions or transfer their collections to the Netherlands and other European countries.
BRICS summit to discuss association’s currency — Lavrov

The topic of creating a BRICS currency will be discussed at the summit of the association in late August, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters after talks with President of Angola Joao Lourenco.

"Exactly in this direction initiatives are coming, stated just recently, about the need to think about creating internal currencies within the framework of BRICS, the framework of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean states. This will certainly be discussed at the BRICS summit, which will be held in the Republic of South Africa in late August and where a group of African nations will be invited, including, as I understand, President Lourenco," the Russian top diplomat said.

"Serious countries with self-respect understand very well what is at stake," Lavrov noted. "They see the underhandedness of the masters of the current international monetary system and want to create their mechanisms to ensure sustainability that would be protected from the external directive," he added.
… today's Ukraine is one big scam. For the nationalists, brought up in the mind of Roman Dmowski , this is the so-called obvious obviousness. For those who do not know, it is worth quoting what Roman Dmowski wrote about the future, "independent" Ukrainian state in 1930;

“There is no human force capable of preventing Ukraine, detached from Russia and transformed into an independent state, from becoming a gathering place of swindlers all over the world, who today are very cramped in their own countries, capitalists and seekers of capital, industry organizers, technicians and merchants, speculators and schemers, cutthroats and organizers of all kinds of prostitution: Germans, French, Belgians, Italians, English and Americans would rush to the aid of local or nearby Russians, Poles, Armenians, Greeks, and finally the most numerous and important Jews of all. The entire League of Nations would gather here...

dzisiejsza Ukraina to jeden wielki przekręt. Dla narodowców, wychowanych na myśli Romana Dmowskiego jest to tzw. oczywista oczywistość. Dla tych, co nie znają warto zacytować, co Roman Dmowski napisał o przyszłym, „niepodległym” państwie ukraińskim w roku 1930;

«Nie ma siły ludzkiej, zdolnej przeszkodzić temu, ażeby oderwana od Rosji i przekształcona na niezawisłe państwo Ukraina stała się zbiegowiskiem aferzystów całego świata, którym dziś bardzo ciasno jest we włas­nych krajach, kapitalistów i poszukiwaczy kapitału, organizatorów przemysłu, techników i kupców, speku­lantów i intrygantów, rzezimieszków i organizatorów wszelkiego gatunku prostytucji: Niemcom, Francuzom, Belgom, Włochom, Anglikom i Amerykanom pośpieszyliby z pomocą miejscowi lub pobliscy Rosjanie, Polacy, Ormianie, Grecy, wreszcie najliczniejsi i naj­ważniejsi ze wszystkich Żydzi. Zebrałaby się tu cała swoista Liga Narodów…
Crimea called the Dutch decision on the "Scythian gold" biased

Director of the Crimean Central Museum of Tauris Andrey Malgin told RIA Novosti that the position of the Prosecutor General of the Netherlands on the possibility of transferring the collection of "Scythian gold" to Ukraine is unfair and biased in relation to the Crimea.

"We will wait for the court and the results of the appeal hearing in September and the final point in this issue," Malgin said.

The Dutch Supreme Court ruling on the "Scythian gold" case is scheduled for Sept. 15.

The collection from four Crimean museums was taken to an exhibition in Amsterdam in early February 2014, before the reunification of Crimea with Russia. In August of that year, the museum in the Netherlands decided not to transfer the exhibits to either Ukraine or Crimea until the court issued its determination or the parties reached an agreement.

The Amsterdam Court of Appeal ruled last October that the treasures should be turned over to Ukraine. But the Crimean museums disagreed, intending to appeal to the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. The head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin ordered an investigation into the failure to return the Scythian gold.

Earlier, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on the subject at the request of journalists.

"We are following, we believe that this gold should be in Crimea," Peskov stressed.