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Scandal: Czech Deputy Prime Minister called Russia to build nuclear power plants

The opposition demands to dismiss the Minister of Industry Karel Havlicek for ignoring the demands of the special services

Five opposition parties in the Czech parliament are calling for the removal of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Trade, and Transport Karel Havlicek, who invited Russia to participate in the construction of a new unit of the Dukovany nuclear power plant.

This was reported on April 1 by iDnes.

The parties “Pirates”, TOP 09, “Measures and Independence”, the Civil Democratic Party, and the Christian Democratic Union-Czechoslovak People’s Party recalled that for national security purposes, the Czech intelligence service demanded that China and Russia be excluded from the tender.

However, the Russian energy giant Rosatom was among the four potential partners of the nuclear program, along with EDF (France), Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (South Korea), and Westinghouse Electric (USA-Japan).

“Minister Havlicek bypassed the government, bypassed the agreement that was in the hall of the Chamber of Deputies, and invited Russia to the so–called security review,” said the leader of the “Pirates” Ivan Bartos.

He also recalled the scandal with the dismissal of the government commissioner for atomic Energy Yaroslav Mila, who opposed the participation of Rosatom in the program.

In turn, the chairman of the Civic Democratic Party, Petr Fiala, called Russia’s admission to the project “an extremely dangerous and short-sighted step”, as well as” games with national security and the future “ of the country. He also recalled that the Kremlin is trying to strengthen its position in Central Europe in every possible way.

Earlier, another scandal broke out in the Czech Republic-President Milos Zeman demanded to dismiss ministers who oppose the simplified legalization of the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus “Sputnik V”. The opposition called him an imbecile for this.

Between the USA and China have promised a new economic war

The next economic war between the United States and China will be related to the problems of climate change, experts promised. Reported by CNBC.

Bank of America’s managing director for research, Haim Israel, suggests that the “climate war” between Washington and Beijing will follow the technology and trade wars, as climate change will become the dominant economic and political theme in the coming decades. “It’s not just about saving the planet. We believe that climate strategies offer a path to global excellence because there is much more at stake here, ” he concluded.

The advantage in the production of electric vehicles will also be important. “So far, about half of the oil goes to the transport market, and cars make up the bulk of it,” Israel said. The expert is confident that whoever becomes the leader in the production of electric vehicles will definitely have a huge advantage in the future. So far, the market is ruled by the American Tesla, but competitors from China are already stepping on its heels.

Under Donald Trump, a trade war broke out between the United States and China, and tensions remain under the administration of new President Joe Biden. In February, he said that the United States is working with the European Union to fight China and resist its “economic abuse and coercion.” Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Biden said the US and its foreign partners should “make China accountable for its economic practices.”

However, experts are confident that the United States will be richer than China for several decades, judging by GDP per capita. According to the latest data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), China’s GDP per capita last year was projected at $10,582, which is about six times less than in the United States.

Espionage scandal: Italy expels two Russian Embassy employees

An Italian soldier arrested on suspicion of spying for Russia sold information not only about Italy, but also about NATO.

Two employees of the Russian embassy are being expelled from Italy because of the espionage scandal. This is reported by the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Luigi Di Maio.

“The Italian government protested to the Russian Ambassador to Italy, who was summoned to the Foreign Ministry. He was also informed of the immediate expulsion of two employees involved in a serious case. I thank our special services and all state bodies working for the benefit of the security of our country, ” the minister said in a statement.

The Russian Foreign Ministry commented on the expulsion of its diplomats from Italy.

“We regret the expulsion of two Russian diplomats from Italy. We are investigating the circumstances of the decision, ” the report says.

According to CorrieredellaSera, an Italian soldier arrested on suspicion of spying for Russia sold information not only about Italy, but also about NATO.

For the transfer of documents to a Russian serviceman, he was supposed to receive 5,000 euros.

The captain of a Navy frigate accused of selling confidential documents is in custody.

Recall that in Rome on March 30, a Russian officer accredited to the Russian embassy, as well as a captain of the Italian Navy, was detained, who are accused of spying for the Russian Federation and disclosing state security secrets.

In the USA, they are working to strengthen the protection of power grids from cyber attacks

The administration of US President Joe Biden is developing a new plan to protect the country’s electricity sector from cyber attacks, Bloomberg reports, citing sources.

According to the agency’s interlocutors, Deputy Assistant to the US President for National Security Ann Nyberger and the country’s Energy Minister Jennifer Granholm discussed this issue with industry representatives on March 16. The plan includes a new strategy for cooperation with companies to prevent hacking. It is noted that in the coming weeks it will be presented.

According to the report, the US authorities decided to start with the power grid, as they are important for the economy of the United States. In addition, it indicates that they decided so in connection with the increased attacks on these networks, which are carried out by foreign hackers.

Earlier, the US corporation Microsoft reported the discovery of four critical zero-day vulnerabilities in its messaging service. According to the company, the security gaps found have already been exploited by a professional group of hackers from China — Hafnium, who attacked a number of US departments, organizations, universities, government contractors, NGOs, and analytical centers in order to steal classified data.

Before that, it became known that an unknown hacker tried to poison a city in the United States by hacking a water treatment plant.

German MPs were victims of hackers from the Russian secret service

Members of the Bundestag and local parliaments were subjected to cyber-attacks. According to German intelligence agencies, Russian intelligence may be behind the hacking, writes Spiegel.

At least seven federal deputies and 31 members of parliament from the land legislatures tried to hack the personal e-mail. It is assumed that we are talking about the group of hackers Ghostwriter, allegedly associated with the Russian special service GRU.

Hackers are known to have used phishing emails. Whether they managed to achieve information leakage is not reported. Politicians from the parties belonging to the ruling coalition were attacked. The attack also affected political activists from Hamburg and Bremen.

In February, the head of the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD), Erik Akerbom, spoke about catching hackers from Russia and China: according to him, they threaten the country’s security, infrastructure, and business on a daily basis.