The Ministry of Internal Affairs proposed to ban summer tires from driving in winter and winter tires in summer.

The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has developed a draft resolution proposing to prohibit motorists from driving summer tires from December to February, and studded tires from June to August.

The terms of the summer and winter periods can be increased by the decision of the regional authorities. For violation of the new rule, the project provides for a fine of up to 500 rubles. and a ban on car operation. Now there are no penalties for driving summer tires in winter. Public discussion of the draft law proposed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs will last until October 21.

On the new requirements for the operation of cars – in the material “Kommersant” “Rubber standards are introduced into traffic rules.”

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Treasury wants to ban amnesties to fight fraud

The Government has resumed its draft law against tax fraud after last year’s electoral advance finalized the parliamentary processing of the rule that maintains measures such as the as one of the axes in its action plan.

The Minister of Finance and spokesperson for the Executive, María Jesús Montaero, has pointed out that with the prohibition of amnesties the defaulters will not be “forgiven” again through regularizations that usually benefit large fortunes and large taxpayers.

Montero has charged against the process of fiscal regularization that the government of Mariano Rajoy launched shortly after coming to power at the end of 2011. It then allowed the legalization of undeclared income by taxpayers who had defrauded the treasury with a tax penalty. In return, he hoped to expand the taxpayer bases in a context of collapsing tax revenues. Of the estimated 2,500 million it would collect, it finally reached 1,200 million.

The measure was harshly criticized by the opposition since its approval, and led to the electoral promise of the PSOE and United We Can unveil the list of citizens that they had accepted the amnesty. They couldn’t do it because the legislation prevents it, as Montero has recognized this Tuesday.

On the other hand, the bill will limit the payment in cash, which will drop from 2,500 to 1,000 euros for intercompany transactions and professionals. Not so for individuals, who can continue to pay in cash up to 2,500 euros. Although Montero has indicated that the Government’s objective is to continue reducing it to “lower to the minimum expression” cash payments and have traceability of all operations.

According to the list of defaulters that each year the Treasury publishes the debt threshold that entails the inclusion in the list will be lowered from one million to 600,000 euros, with the idea of ​​promoting and expediting the payment of outstanding debts.

In addition, fiscal control over the market for cryptocurrencies, so that taxpayers will have to report the balances and account holders both in national territory and abroad.

The head of the Treasury recalled that the fight against fraud is a priority of the Executive and that in 2019 it allowed to collect 15,715 million euros, 4.1% more than a year earlier, while control over large wealth and digital companies entered 608 million, 75% more. “There is no tax justice if some avoid taxes”Montero has affirmed, who has emphasized that fraud supposes an unfair competition against taxpayers who do comply with their tax obligations and a deterioration in the collection with which public services are shielded.

“Zero tolerance against tax fraud,” added the minister, who stressed that the law includes measures against more sophisticated and complex forms of fraud that require increasingly specialized personnel in the Tax Agency.

In addition, the norm, which maintains the objective of power raise around 800 million each year, it will prohibit the production, possession or commercialization of dual-use computer programs or systems that allow companies to hide part of their activity.

The concept of tax havens will be expanded, taking into account criteria of tax equity and transparency, and the list of havens may be updated to include territories with low or no taxation, which would be incorporated as non-cooperating jurisdictions.

The draft includes the transposition of the European anti-tax avoidance directive, known as ATAD, which establishes rules against avoidance practices that directly affect the internal market.

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Alexey Navalny deepened the business – Newspaper Kommersant No. 185 (6906) dated 09.10.2020

The Department of Transport of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Siberian Federal District reported on Thursday on the interim results of a preliminary check on the fact of the emergency hospitalization of Alexei Navalny in Omsk. The police said that the Omsk airport, where the plane urgently landed after Mr Navalny became ill, had previously received a message about mining from a server located in Germany. In this regard, the Ministry of Internal Affairs opened a criminal case. The police also doubted that the employees of the Anti-Corruption Foundation could take a bottle to Germany, on which later German doctors found traces of poison. The transport police report appeared two days after the publication of a report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), from which it follows that Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok-class substance not included in the Annex to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Russia does not agree with the conclusions of the OPCW and is waiting for the experts of the organization to conduct an investigation. The UN earlier confirmed the appeal of Mr. Navalny to the special rapporteurs on extrajudicial reprisals and freedom of speech and said that they had begun an investigation into his poisoning.

The transport police said that on August 20, when the plane with Alexei Navalny made an emergency landing at the Omsk airport, there was a message about mining. Recall, for the first time this became known from the recordings of the negotiations between the pilot of the aircraft and the air traffic controllers published on the Internet. From it it came out that the message arrived five minutes before landing. Then this information was confirmed by the representative of the Omsk airport Galina Gavrish. On Thursday, the transport police said that the message about the mining was sent through a mail service, whose servers are located in Germany. In this regard, the Tomsk Line Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs opened a criminal case on knowingly false reporting of an act of terrorism and sent four requests for legal assistance to Germany and one to France, but has not yet received a response. The police are working out the version according to which the threat was supposed to prevent the landing of the plane with the oppositionist in need of emergency hospitalization.

Sergei Potapov, deputy head of the transport police department of Omsk, said that “information about the mining of the airport was not disclosed,” so it is not clear to him how Mr. Navalny, who was in Germany, learned about him.

The police also have “many questions” for Alexei Navalny’s associates who refuse to testify, in particular, FBK employee Maria Pevchikh: she took a bottle of water to Germany, on which German scientists found traces of a poisonous substance. Mr. Potapov insists that during the pre-flight search, the bottle was not found in Mrs. Singers’ belongings – the policeman believes that she bought it at the airport after the search.

Earlier, the head of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) Ivan Zhdanov said that the police had already interviewed all the participants in the events (in total, the police interviewed more than 230 people who had contact with Mr. Navalny during his trip to Siberia), but the investigation did not initiate a case, extending the pre-investigation check in violation of the legal deadlines, therefore “no FBK employee will testify again”. The FBK published a video in which Mr. Navalny’s associates seize water bottles and other items from his room in Tomsk to transport them to Germany. Maria Pevchikh said that the participants of the search divided the seized items among themselves and secretly took them abroad to transfer them for research, because they feared that in Russia the evidence of Mr. Navalny’s poisoning could be destroyed. Alexei Navalny himself said in an interview with Yuri Dudyu that everything removed from his issue was transferred to German doctors in order to help them in his recovery. Telegram channel Mash previously published an X-ray of a suitcase allegedly belonging to Maria Pevchikh, on which a bottle cap is visible. Companions of Mr. Navalny called the message of the Ministry of Internal Affairs absurd. The head of the regional headquarters of Alexei Navalny, Leonid Volkov, wrote that the police “investigated for a month and a half what Pevchikh herself told in an interview,” referring to her interview with the BBC.

Note that the message of the Ministry of Internal Affairs followed two days after the publication of the OPCW’s findings about the poisoning of Alexei Navalny with a Novichok-class cholinesterase inhibitor.

The message does not name the exact formula of the substance, but it says that the politician was exposed to a substance of this group, which is not included in the annex to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, updated in this part in 2019. One of the developers of Novichok, Vladimir Uglev, explained to Kommersant that the substance described by the OPCW differs from the already known and banned substances in less danger to others and can be used internally or cutaneously – this, he said, can explain the symptoms that are not recorded during poisoning with other poisons of this group. Earlier, another developer of Novichok, Leonid Rink, argued that the symptoms of Alexei Navalny and the absence of other victims confirm that he could not have been poisoned by Novichok.

In an interview with journalist Yuri Dudyu, Alexey Navalny suggested that he was poisoned through the skin – for example, when touching objects in a hotel room. Laboratories in three countries confirmed the conclusion that the politician was poisoned with a Novichok-class substance, Mr. Navalny reminds, thus, we are talking about the use of chemical weapons, and Alexei Navalny blames the FSB and SVR for his poisoning, which, in his opinion, could have done this with knowledge of Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW, Alexander Shulgin, commenting on the organization’s report, said that “Russia owes nothing to anyone,” since foreign countries “unsubstantiatedly assert that Russia is allegedly guilty of” poisoning “Navalny. The diplomat called on Germany to submit materials and physical evidence of the crime.

The publication of the report inevitably sparked a discussion of the introduction of various sanctions against Russia by the West.

Note that Alexei Navalny announced the ineffectiveness of sanctions against Russia as a whole, but suggested introducing them personally against the close circle of the Russian president, oligarchs and supporters of Vladimir Putin – among them, in his interview with Bild, he named, for example, conductor Valery Gergiev. Germany and France have come forward with proposals for sanctions against the Russian Federation in connection with the poisoning of Alexei Navalny; this proposal has already been supported by the Netherlands. Note, the Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Heiko Maas emphasized on Thursday that this is not about “Russian-German consequences”, but about a reaction to a violation of an international agreement on the prohibition of chemical weapons, therefore, the reaction can only be international. For its part, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Berlin and Paris had decided to “lead an anti-Russian coalition” in order to support the “behind-the-scenes intrigues of the West.” The Foreign Ministry called the OPCW’s report “a continuation of the fantastic story” planned “at the suggestion of Berlin by its Euro-Atlantic allies” and promised to provide Western countries with a chronology of their “behind-the-scenes manipulations.”

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Russia “sincerely wants to establish the circumstances” of the incident with Mr. Navalny, and noted that the authorities are waiting for OPCW experts who will be able to see in Russia “what they need.” The OPCW has already confirmed that they will come to Russia to conduct an investigation. Mr. Peskov added that the information published by the OPCW is of a general nature and the Russian side is “waiting for specifics.” He also stressed that Moscow is a responsible party to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and is not developing it. The head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, said that the destruction of chemical weapons stockpiles in the Russian Federation was “recorded”, and its production in the country was “disinformation.” Mr. Naryshkin called the absence of poisons in the body of Alexei Navalny in samples taken in Russia “an indisputable fact”. He called the accusations made by the oppositionist against the SVR “stupid Russophobic propaganda.”

In turn, Mr. Navalny called the statements of Russian doctors that he had no signs of poisoning when he was admitted to the Omsk emergency hospital as a lie.

The FBK on Thursday demanded that the FSB initiate a case on the development, production and stockpiling of chemical weapons (Article 355 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), and Alexei Navalny previously appealed to UN special rapporteurs on extrajudicial reprisals and freedom of speech with a request to investigate his poisoning. The UN confirmed that an investigation has begun.

Alexei Navalny on Thursday confirmed his intention to return to Russia after rehabilitation. Political analyst Pavel Salin believes that the poisoning incident has increased the recognition of the oppositionist in the world and in Russia, and his return is not beneficial to the Russian authorities. He assumes that the pressure on the supporters of Alexei Navalny in Russia will increase, the authorities will try to “block the activities of the FBK” and “weaken the position of Alexei Navalny inside the country as much as possible.” Political strategist Grigory Kazankov emphasizes that, despite the large number of statements from different sides, there is a strong lack of information in the story with Alexei Navalny: “There are no pictures, no formula of the substance. One gets the feeling that various forces are trying to use this situation for their own purposes. ” Political scientist Dmitry Gusev talks about an information war, during which “all the arguments of the Russian side are rejected”, and as a result Europe will try to impose new sanctions against the Russian Federation, and imposing retaliatory sanctions, in his opinion, is unproductive – it is better to “find a common language.”

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Several new laws will come into force in Russia in October

Some support measures to expire on October 1

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Russian legislation expects several changes at once in October. They will concern the registration of Russian citizenship, the rules for collecting donations, conscription, hookahs and taxes.

October 1 starts autumn conscription… In 2019, 132 thousand people were sent to the troops. This year the number of recruits is four thousand lower – 128 thousand recruits. All of them will be provided in military units with disposable medical masks and antiseptics.

In addition, from October 1 in Russia, restrictions will be lifted, which allowed charging overpayment of tax against the payment of such a tax. Now it will be possible to redistribute excess funds between different types of taxes.

Get Russian citizenship it will be possible under a simplified scheme for those who have adult children with Russian citizenship. The law will come into force on October 12.

Also in October, a ban on hookah smoking in restaurants.

From October 1 will end some support measures… Individual entrepreneurs who closed their business after March 1 will no longer receive the maximum amount of unemployment benefits 12 130 rubles

The action will end bankruptcy moratorium for businesses from the hardest hit industries.

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The forest was ordered to round off – Newspaper Kommersant No. 179 (6900) dated 01.10.2020

Vladimir Putin’s proposal to completely ban the export of coniferous round timber from 2022 divided the timber market into two camps. If in large corporations, which often face a shortage of raw materials, the measure is considered useful, then companies that do not have processing facilities call it deadly for themselves. The government promises to support the players. But experts doubt that a sharp halt in exports will benefit the market, which in any case will not have time to reorganize in a year.

The decision of President Vladimir Putin to ban the export of coniferous and valuable hardwood round timber from Russia from 2022 will help increase the volume of scarce raw materials within the country, but will require the state to help many market players, especially in the Far East, say sector participants interviewed by Kommersant. On September 30, the President, following a meeting on the development and decriminalization of the forestry complex, announced that the export of unprocessed or roughly processed timber would be banned from 2022.

The ban has been debated for years.

Sources of Kommersant close to the government confirm that “this has been going for a long time, putting things in order in the sector was one of the key tasks of the renewed cabinet of ministers.”

Last year, the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko suggested stopping the export of round timber, but only temporarily, while the new Forest Code is being developed. And the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources Dmitry Kobylkin proposed to stop supplies only to China, which accounts for up to 70% of timber exports from Russia.

Segezha Group, one of the largest forestry companies, has a positive assessment of the export ban. Nikolai Ivanov, managing director for the implementation of state programs and forest policy of the company, explained to Kommersant that support for timber processing is necessary, and the shortage of raw materials, except for deciduous pulpwood, is obvious. So, although Segezha is 70% self-sufficient in raw materials, the company admits that the introduction of a ban on exports may expand the possibilities of purchasing them on the side.

At the same time, Nikolai Ivanov calls for a clear definition of the concept of “roughly processed wood”: it is important that the export of packaged kiln-dried sawn timber is not banned. He also expresses concerns about the too short transition period: “I believe that not all market players will have time to reorganize. This is especially true for the Far East, small and medium-sized businesses. “

The Ilim group notes that the steps to put things in order in the forestry sector look “certainly right”. They also believe that the ban on the export of unprocessed timber will increase the amount of available raw materials for domestic timber industry producers. “At the same time, in our opinion, it is also important to develop a set of measures to stimulate the development of internal processing,” the company adds.

But many players in the sector consider a complete ban on roundwood exports a dangerous move that could negatively affect the operation of the industry, especially in the Far East. Local companies are already complaining about negative business margins due to restrictive export duties on unprocessed timber.

So, after Russia’s accession to the WTO in 2012, export quotas were formed, which can only be used by processors (according to quotas, the duty is 6.5%). Outside the quotas, rates have increased from 25% to 60%, and in 2021 they will already be 80%. In 2019, the volume of roundwood exports from the Russian Federation decreased by 25%, to 4.5 million cubic meters. m. Association “Dalexportles” asked Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin to reduce duties for all companies to 6.5%, but to no avail.

A complete ban on exports, say Kommersant’s sources in the market, will lead to the opposite effect: it is impossible to arrange processing within the period allotted by the president, so that most of the timber will become “even more gray”, and budget revenues will fall.

The government, however, is going to help enterprises. In particular, Vladimir Putin has already ordered the launch of a program of concessional loans from January 1, 2021. Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Viktor Yevtukhov told Kommersant that “there will be a special program of state support for the rearmament of the timber industry.” At the same time, he believes that the companies already “had a sufficient period to create processing facilities” and given that there is a year left before the export ban, “there are no risks for producers, including in the Far Eastern Federal District.”

At the same time, the government is aware of the problem of a potential increase in gray round timber exports.

This is evidenced by the intention to introduce an information system for monitoring timber harvesting from the plot to the final sale – LesEGAIS. According to Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko, who oversees the forestry industry, “together with the customs authorities and the tax service, we will control the movement of every transaction – from the plot to the warehouse, from the warehouse to processing and beyond”. If the consignment of timber does not have confirmation of the legality of origin, then all transactions with it are blocked. The system will be launched in pilot mode from January, and without fail – from July 2021.

WhatWood analyst Maria Frolova does not consider the forthcoming export ban an unexpected decision. But, she believes, “such drastic measures, introduced in such a short time, are likely to negatively affect the situation in the industry.” She explains that the export market for coniferous roundwood and valuable hardwood is already limited by quotas and duties. Ms. Frolova recalls that in the Far East, the increase in duties and the introduction of quotas paralyzed the work of a number of enterprises. Most likely, she says, a longer period is needed for the adaptation of industry participants, primarily loggers. At the same time, the expert adds that Chinese consumers are already coping without Russian raw materials, focusing on unprocessed wood from New Zealand and windblown wood from Germany.

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Mayor in Italy introduces mask ban – coronavirus –


Vittorio Sgarbi is one of the sharpest critics of the Corona measures in Italy.
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The eccentric Italian art critic and mayor Vittorio Sgarbi causes a stir. In his community of Sutri near Rome, the art expert and parliamentarian introduced a ban on wearing nose and mouth protection.

According to an order from the 68-year-old mayor, whoever wears face masks “without need” in the community of 6,000 people in the future will be punished. Sgarbi refers to a law from the 1970s, according to which nobody is allowed to take to the streets with a helmet, mask or otherwise disguised. The person’s face must always be recognizable, according to the 1977 law passed in Italy to combat terrorism.

“Thieves and Terrorists Only”

“Only thieves and terrorists put on masks,” said a press release by Sgarbis, who has often changed parties in his political career. He is one of the sharpest critics of the hygiene and preventive measures taken by the government around Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Despite the increasing number of infections, the aversion to the obligation to wear a face mask is growing in Italy. The leader of the right-wing Lega party, Matteo Salvini, was punished by the mayor of the southern Italian city of Benevento, Clemente Mastella, for not wearing a face mask at an election rally with a large crowd. In general, you have to wear mouth and nose protection in shops, buses, trains, museums and theaters in Italy.

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Black Forest: Elementary school student speaks Turkish – this has bitter consequences

Black Forest: Elementary school student speaks Turkish during the break – this has bitter consequences for her

Black Forest: The break conversation with a friend had unexpected consequences for a primary school student.

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Blumberg. Incredible incident at a school in the Schwarzwald!

A third grader of the elementary and plant secondary school in Blumberg (Schwarzwald-Baar-Kreis) talked to a friend during the break – but not in German, but in Turkish. Not really a big deal. But the reaction of a teacher who saw the whole thing is simply speechless.

Black Forest: Elementary school student speaks Turkish – and is punished by the teacher

Because of her conversation in Turkish, the girl was actually given a half-page sentence. The title: “Why we speak German at school” – this is how the lawyer, who the student’s parents called in after the incident, describes it. The latter lodged an objection to the penal work with the school principal.

The lawyer also informed the school department of the Freiburg regional council about the incident. This was confirmed by press spokesman Heike Spannagel according to the “Black Forest messenger”. However, there has so far been no official complaint.



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In principle, there is no general prohibition on speaking in a non-German language at school or even during the break, according to the announcement by the regional council. However, there are still situations in which it makes sense for educational reasons that students speak in German – for example when solving conflicts.

No decision without the school’s opinion

The statement goes on to say that such allegations of discrimination are taken very seriously. Without a statement from the Blumberg school, however, it is currently not possible to assess the course of action of the school or teacher.

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The State School Authority of Donaueschingen was commissioned to obtain an opinion from the school. Office manager Sabine Rösner did not want to comment on the “Black Forest messenger”, however, because it was still an ongoing procedure. However, the matter will be investigated, she says. (at)

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Tiktok: Chinese success app becomes the second Huawei

EEverything looked like a record year. The video app Tiktok, popular especially among teenagers and twens, was downloaded 315 million times in the first quarter. This is the best quarterly result for a smartphone application ever.

Since then, curfews as a result of the corona pandemic have given the daughter of the Chinese company ByteDance, which has its users underlay and publish short videos with music, around the world.

The analytics company Comscore had 39.2 million users in April in the United States. That was an increase of 36 percent in March and three times as much as a year earlier. In fact, the number of users is likely to be significantly higher, because Comscore only considers users over the age of 18.

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All the more sobering for the provider of the video platform that he is now in the middle of international politics. Several British media reports that the plan to set up a center for international business in London is on hold after months of intensive negotiations with the Department for International Trade.

Even the 3,000 new jobs that should be created will not work for the time being. Tiktok currently employs around 1,000 people in Europe, most of them in the UK and Ireland.

“Everyone is going to check this company”

ByteDance’s withdrawal comes just a few days after the Chinese communications infrastructure company Huawei was excluded from the development of the 5G network in Great Britain. As of the end of the year, British telecommunications providers will no longer be allowed to buy from the company. By 2027, all Huawei components must be removed from the networks.

The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to London, Liu Xiaoming, had already warned that such a move would not be without consequences. “We are still evaluating the consequences. It’s a very bad decision, ”he said in a television interview on Sunday.

Great Britain is making a mistake in discriminating against a Chinese company under American pressure. But he also emphasized: “We don’t want to politicize the economy. That is wrong. “

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A number of conservative MPs who are skeptical about China are now obviously taking on the social media miracle Tiktok and are working to get the company banned. “There are significant concerns as big as Huawei,” said Iain Duncan Smith, a former Conservative party leader. “Everyone is checking this company.”

Critics accuse the private company of storing its users’ private data, estimated at one billion worldwide. These are not safe from the parent company in China and thus the access of the communist party.

Already banned in India

ByteDance, one of the largest privately owned Chinese companies, has repeatedly denied these allegations. Data would be stored on servers in the USA, there was a back-up in Singapore. There is a separate unit for compliance with European data protection rules in Ireland. China does not access all of these data sources.

The UK is not the only country where the video platform has shown considerable distrust in the past few weeks. In the United States, Tiktok has also been criticized by politicians critical of China for days.

In Germany, for example, the Federal Ministry of Health and the Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) are active on Tiktok. Both announced on Monday that they wanted to check whether they would continue to use Tiktok, as the “Tagesspiegel” reported.

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Economic dependency

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened last week to ban a number of Chinese apps for concerns about national security in the country. Tiktok is also on the list. When asked whether Americans should use the video offer, he replied that this was only for those who wanted to put their private data in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.

North America is one of the most important markets for Tiktok. It is also home to the company’s biggest star, the 16-year-old Charli d’Amelio. She has been active on the platform for a year and now has almost 72 million followers.

Australia is also considering taking steps against Tiktok. In India, the app has been banned along with a few dozen since the end of June. This was preceded by a fatal collision at a Chinese-Indian border post.

“Better solution than a ban”

Tiktok, however, has been working for months to paint itself internationally and push its Chinese roots more into the background. With Kevin Mayer, a former Disney manager, the company has just hired a US chief executive. An international management committee, independent of the ByteDance management in Beijing, will be examined as well as the establishment of a separate headquarters outside the country.

Just like Google, Facebook and Twitter, Tiktok has also withdrawn its app from Hong Kong after the controversial new national security law was introduced in the Chinese special administrative zone earlier this month, which restricts freedom of speech and expression in the metropolis and almost pro-democratic activities makes impossible.

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Security is not guaranteed

However, Tiktok managers have been reluctant to testify before Congress hearings on security issues.

Banning the app no ​​longer seems to be the only option, at least in the United States. Larry Kudlow, economic advisor to US President Donald Trump, at least just offered another solution: The company could completely separate from its Chinese mother and work as an independent US company: “This is a much better solution than a ban or a displacement, ”said Kudlow.

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TikTok evaluates the move of the London office – Tlc

With the sword of Damocles of the likely US ban, TikTok evaluates the move of its headquarters to London or other western cities. According to the Reuters website, the Chinese company has been in contact with the British government for months as part of a strategy to distance itself from its Chinese ownership.

London, according to rumors, would be among the different locations that the company is considering, even if at the moment there are no definite decisions. TikTok has so far conducted an aggressive hiring campaign in the United States, enlisting Kevin Mayer, a former Walt Disney executive, as managing director.

ByteDance, the company that created the short video app very popular among the very young and now also among the celebrities and celebrities, is Chinese and this has generated several concerns internationally. The underlying concern is that the Chinese government will use the platform as an espionage vehicle. The United States could impose a ban within the next few weeks, like Huawei, while India has already done so (along with several other Chinese apps) and the Italian Privacy Guarantor in January asked that a European task force investigate the app.

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