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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Protect villages, prevent tree felling (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

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The “All Villages Remain” alliance announced on Saturday:

Today residents of the villages threatened by coal mining took part in an action of civil disobedience. The action took place together with the “Anti-Coal Kidz” and is part of the diverse protest for climate justice in the region this week. At the same time blockades of the action alliance “End of the Grounds” took place, preceded by a demonstration of “Fridays for Future” and “All Villages Remain” with around 500 participants.
“We would have liked to never have to go through police chains – but the state government leaves us no other choice,” said Britta Kox from the threatened village of Berverath. “If Prime Minister Armin Laschet wanted, then he could save our villages. We will no longer stand by and watch the excavators come closer and closer and take our fate into our own hands with actions like these.

The active members of “All Villages Remain, Rhineland” had flowed through a police chain together with the “Anti-Coal Kidz” and tried to block an entrance to the Garzweiler II opencast mine. The police stopped them by using force. Kox sees the state government’s duty as a new brief legal opinion on behalf of Greenpeace this week has come to the conclusion that the coal exit law does not conclusively regulate the future of opencast mining. Instead, when deciding on future open-cast mining borders, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is obliged to check whether the planned coal mining is necessary and proportionate. The “All Villages Remain” alliance does not expect the protests surrounding the open-cast mine to end in autumn either: The coal company RWE plans to start demolishing the village of Lützerath this year and cutting down trees in the region. “We call on everyone to continue fighting with us after this weekend. This autumn it’s about protecting Lützerath and preventing tree felling, «says Antje Pistel from the mining village of Holzweiler.

150 people have on Saturday on the Berliner Oranienplatz commemorated the victims of racism and police violence. The “Where is our monument” initiative explained:

Racist police violence is still common. People experience violence every day – and some don’t survive it. 178 people have been murdered in German police custody since 1990. We want to remember all of these people and demand justice. We don’t have the place for that, because: The victims of racism are not only made invisible in public discourse, but also in public space. That’s why we take the place ourselves and ask: Where is our monument? »We demand justice and memory as values ​​that are more fundamental than the rhetoric of the market. We will stay on the street with our symbols to point out the racist actions of the authorities against People of Color in Germany, «said an activist of the initiative.


Beaters for RWE (Young World newspaper)

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Rabid police operation against environmentalists: Garzweiler opencast mine on Saturday

After the mass rallies of “Fridays for Future” on Friday, the Rhineland was the focus of protests against climate change at the weekend. The Garzweiler opencast mine has become the new center of the fight against the extraction of fossil fuels. The RWE Group wants to mine lignite there by 2038 by dredging villages and driving out their residents. “Ende Ende” called for “civil disobedience” against these plans on Saturday. Around 3,000 environmentalists participated, according to the alliance. Police units used pepper spray, batons, horses and dogs to attack them, sometimes with brutal violence.

Six police officers were injured, but remained on duty, the Aachen police reported. A spokesman for the authority was asked how many demonstrators were physically impaired jW not answer on Sunday. Officials arrested 47 people and took 64 people into custody. The press coverage was hindered several times, for example jW-Reporter Manuela Bechert injured on Saturday around 1 p.m. near the town of Keyenberg. She wanted to take photos of the police operation against a demonstration, while an officer sprayed her pepper spray in her eyes. She then fled to a cow pasture, a police horse went through and pulled away a barbed wire fence. “Suddenly I only saw a fence and a horse above me,” said Manuela Bechert. The reporter was treated by paramedics who found a broken rib. She had to stop reporting on site. She finally noticed how the horse, injured on the foreleg, continued to work after the incident.

The left-wing member of the Bundestag Lorenz Gösta Beutin was an observer at the protest and published the video of a police action on Twitter. It shows a group of demonstrators – “very young and peaceful” – being harassed by police officers. “The documented use of batons and pepper spray against the peaceful climate activists was disproportionate,” he said. Despite the violence on the part of the police, Beutin rated the actions of »Ende Terrain« as »successful and necessary – the climate movement is back in full swing despite Corona«.

Demonstration participants managed to get into the open pit on Saturday and occupy conveyor belts and the coal bunker. In the Weisweiler power station, activists also broke into a coal bunker. The protests by “Endeände” were also directed against the use of gas – the phase-out from coal-fired power generation, which had been planned for 2038, should not become “gas entry”, the alliance said on Saturday. The access to the Lausward gas power station was blocked by around 250 people. According to police, around 200 people demonstrated in front of another gas power plant in Düsseldorf.

According to RWE, the resettlement of the 1,500 residents of the places claimed by the group is already well advanced. A symbolic campaign succeeded on Saturday with the »reopening« of the »Keyenberger Hof« restaurant, which RWE had bought and closed in 2019. Protesters have now occupied the pub to protest against the systematic destruction of village communities. “The last squatters left the restaurant on Sunday at 10 o’clock,” said a police spokesman jW.


Because the market doesn’t regulate it (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

Activists occupying a construction site at Dannenröder Forest (21.9.2020)

Whether in the Rhenish lignite mining area, in the Dannenröder forest or at “Fridays for Future” on the streets and squares of numerous cities around the world: The resistance to an economic and energy policy that is sighted towards ecological collapse is unbroken despite the corona crisis. The number of people who want to fight for an earlier coal exit with actions of civil disobedience in the Rhineland this weekend turned out to be so great on Thursday that the campaign alliance “End of Terrain” had to impose a travel stop “to protect everyone involved the Covid-19 pandemic «.

The alliance’s hygiene concept plans to limit the number of participants to 3,200. “We are overwhelmed that, despite the difficult situation, thousands of people want to commit civil disobedience,” said the press spokeswoman for “Endegebiet”, Paula Eisner, on Thursday. But the limit will soon be reached. “We would therefore like to refer to the various other possibilities of protest,” she said. As an example, she cited a demonstration by the alliance “All villages remain”, in which those affected from all lignite mining areas in Germany came together “against forced resettlement and climate destruction”, on Saturday at the Garzweiler opencast mine and the forest occupation in the Dannenröder forest. While spruce monocultures are dying off in rows, this healthy deciduous forest is to be cleared according to government plans for the further construction of the A 49 motorway. A wide range of organizations, groups and individuals oppose this. Mostly young people have been living in the tree houses for several months in order to oppose the clearing on »Day X« – the Bund für Umwelt- und Naturschutz (BUND) tried to file a lawsuit, but failed in June before the Federal Administrative Court .

But one of the most important excuses for going on a slow strike by those in power in matters of environmental and climate protection has disappeared due to the drastic measures taken to contain the corona pandemic: faster action is undemocratic and endangers the economy, it was said, after 1 year ago in Germany alone , 4 million people had taken part in actions of the “global climate strike”.

However, the corona-related »lockdown« has made many low-income people even poorer – this is one of the reasons why more and more activists in the environmental and climate movement are warning against ignoring the burden-sharing and social issue if the majority of wage-dependent people should not be afraid of change. The Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who founded “Fridays for Future”, is convinced that a different system is needed to justify the necessary energy and transport turnaround, for which there is less and less time. She and her colleagues Luisa Neubauer, Anuna de Wever van der Heyden and Adélaïde Charlier wrote that in July 2020 in an open letter to the EU signed by numerous celebrities around the world.

The ecologist, activist and sea rescuer Carola Rackete suggests using the term eco-socialism for a climate-friendly economic system. Organizations like »Bread for the World« speak of »social-ecological transformation«. But belief in the reform capability of growth-based capitalism is waning. Because one thing is clear: the market doesn’t regulate it. And even the still insufficient tightening of the EU climate protection target for 2030 would not happen without massive pressure from the streets. This pressure must be increased in order to meet the Paris climate protection targets. Otherwise every possible social system would have poor framework conditions in the future.


The gold stays in the earth (

The Pascua Lama gold mine in the Chilean Andes may not be built. Last week, a Chilean court finally confirmed the discontinuation of the controversial project by the Canadian mining company Barrick Gold. In addition, the company has to pay a fine of 7.6 million euros for the development work that has already started. Barrick announced that the verdict was accepted but did not want to give up the open pit project.

Pascua Lama is located in the border region of Chile and Argentina at an altitude between 4000 and 5000 meters. The gold deposits are located in an ecologically sensitive area and glaciers. 80 percent of the mine area is located in the Atacama region of Chile and 20 percent in the Argentine western province of San Juan. According to the mining company, 17.8 million ounces of gold are to be stored here – it would be one of the largest as yet unexploited deposits in the world. Barrick wanted to invest billions of dollars in the development and began building the infrastructure in 2009.

A long legal tug-of-war followed. In 2013 the Supreme Court upheld a temporary construction freeze imposed by the environmental agency. This decreed permanent termination in 2018. The agency had found the mining company to have over 30 violations of environmental regulations, including damage to the glaciers and the discharge of acidic sewage into a nearby river. Barrick appealed against this. This has now been finally rejected: “The extent of the risk of damage to people’s health makes it necessary to discontinue the Pascua Lama project, since other alternatives for safe operation for the environment and the health of the population do not appear to be feasible,” the judges explained to her Judgment.

The current decision was received with great joy and relief in the local communities. “20 years had to pass, three generations were affected, irreparable damage has occurred,” says a statement by the “Assembly for the Water of the Guasco Alto”. “Our great joy comes from the fact that we have succeeded in saving our territory from certain death that the Pascua Lama project would have meant.”

For Lucio Cuenca from the Latin American Observatory for Environmental Conflicts (Olca), the judgment is “historic and the most important decision of the new environmental legislation to date”. It is undoubtedly thanks to the tireless struggle of the local communities and will certainly stop other mining companies with similar projects, said the expert from the Chilean non-governmental organization. Nevertheless, his euphoria is limited: “The damage to glaciers, wetlands and the entire ecosystem is irreparable,” said Cuenca. The fine with which the renovation is to be financed does not change anything.

The mining industry is still Chile’s most important source of foreign currency. The main export product is copper; the narrow country along the Andes is the world’s largest producer of the metal, which is in great demand. But even Chile’s mining minister Baldo Prokurica showed that the industry had to adapt to environmental standards. “The companies that do not comply with these will no longer be able to carry out their projects,” said the minister after the verdict was announced.

The reaction in Argentina was completely different. For the local mining state secretary Alberto Hensel, the company has two options after the judgment: Barrick Gold could work out a “reformulation of the project with a new environmental impact statement” because the Chilean courts did not question the concession for the open pit mine per se. Or the Canadian company is concentrating entirely on the Argentine part of the mine, even if the exploitation is considered to be far less lucrative, according to Hensel.

Barrick immediately took up the template from Argentina. “Pascua Lama remains an important project,” explained the responsible manager Marcelo Álvarez. The company will now »thoroughly review the technical, economic, social and environmental aspects and work on a different approach to the approval and development process«. Every new project development should “comply with the applicable laws in Chile and Argentina,” Álvarez said.


Super stocks for the dollar slows investments of US $ 25,000 million in gold, copper, silver and lithium | Business Opening

The new provisions of the Central Bank, which limit the ability of companies to pay their debts abroad, casts doubt on projects throughout the mining industry, investments that exceed u $ s 25,000 million. This was suggested by sources linked to the Argentine Chamber of Mining Entrepreneurs (CAEM), based on a diagnosis that the entity made of the situation.

“The most immediate is going to get on hold”, They assured. The sword, today, hangs over $ 2.5 billion to be decided about projects of copper in San Juan and Catamarca, lithium operations that were planned for next year and initiatives to expand Veladero (gold and silver) that should now be reviewed. Total, There is talk of six new projects, two existing and two under construction, which could be stopped.

On Tuesday, the Central Bank ruled that companies that must face external maturities between October 15 and December 31, will only access, at most, 40% of the capital commitments they need, as long as they do not exceed the u $ s 1 million monthly. In practice, in the short term, this massively forces companies to reprofile quickly, with a high risk of default. In the long run, in addition, it adds uncertainty about obtaining new financing.

Suddenly, all the existing and necessary ways of generating productive investments began to be closed. Mining is a sector with a net export scale. But it also requires, for years, investments that have no repayment ”, explained a qualified source from the sector. “Many investments in exploration go to nothing because the projects do not advance. But all that money remains in the country, “he added.

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However, he cautioned that the recent measures of the BCRA will interrupt large projects in the pipeline, with high potential. “The financing channels are cut off. And, those who have already come, were put against the wall because they are obliged to negotiate, in 15 days, all their debt, “he stressed.

Like all mining companies that operate in the country export, none is exempt from foreign debt. In addition to the terms to refinance, The new resolution obliges them to repay $ 130 per dollar, when, due to withholdings, they export at an exchange rate of more than $ 60. Consequently, the financial cost is added to that of the inputs, since, when imported, they are already priced at $ 130.

“Less than 24 hours after the slap, we have black eyes. And the scenario is not encouraging for those who have to come, “they warned. At CAEM, they calculate an investment pipeline for US $ 25,000 million and US $ 35,000 million in the long term. “It is very difficult to decide on a mining project today, when you have to bury US $ 3 billion. If capital contributions and financial loans cannot be repaid, the outlook is very grim. There are investments that will not be made due to the exchange policy and this decision of the BCRA”, They highlighted.

Thus, the sector will insist on getting some flexibility. Last year, mining paid $ 270 million in withholdings. Apart from being convinced that, by eliminating them, in one year, there would be a higher tax collection than what is collected by that tax, The proposal is to leave between 30% and 40% of what is exported abroad, in order to comply with obligations outside the country.


Trump to visit California on Monday to learn about the fires

Monrovia (United States), 12/09/2020.- The Bobcat Fire progresses in the woods in the Angeles National Forest north of Monrovia, North East of Los Angeles, California, USA, 11 September 2020 (issued 12 September 2020). According to reports, the Creek Fire has burnt over 26,000 acres of forest. (Incendio, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, will visit California next Monday to learn “in situ” of the situation in the fight against the multiple fires that burn in the state, one of which is already the largest in its history.

As a White House spokesman, Judd Deere, told Efe this Saturday, the president will go to McClellan Park, in the vicinity of Sacramento, the Californian capital, where he will meet with local and state authorities to transfer the last hour of the efforts against flames.

“Since mid-August (when the state’s first major fire wave was declared), President Trump and Governor (of California, Gavin) Newsom have spoken on the phone and the White House and the Federal Emergency Management Agency they have been in constant contact with local and state officials in responding to these natural disasters, “said Deere.

The Government recalled that Trump had already approved a Presidential Declaration of Major Disaster for the state at the end of August, which activates aid programs and makes federal funds available to the affected areas, and described the fire-fighting efforts as “executed locally, state-managed and federally supported. ‘

The president will stop in California after holding several elections throughout the weekend in neighboring Nevada and Arizona, two key states ahead of the November presidential elections.

California is experiencing the worst year in its recent history for wildfires, with more than 1,214,000 hectares burned to date, the highest annual figure ever recorded, and that has not yet begun what has traditionally been the “season »Of fires, in October and November.

Most of the fires broke out in mid-August due to an unusual electrical storm in the region, and since then the dryness, strong winds and high temperatures have caused them to spread at high speed across the length and breadth of the state.

Monrovia (United States), 12/09/2020.- The Bobcat Fire progresses in the woods in the Angeles National Forest north of Monrovia, North East of Los Angeles, California, USA, 11 September 2020 (issued 12 September 2020). According to reports, the Creek Fire has burnt over 26,000 acres of forest. (Incendio, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Also this Saturday, the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, issued a statement in which he accused Trump of “denying the reality” of the climate crisis and warned that we must act “right now” to avoid a future “of tragedies. Endless like the one that’s affecting the families of the American West these days.

In addition to California, other western states such as Washington, Colorado, Montana and, above all, Oregon, are being affected by the fires, which in the case of the latter keep almost half a million people evacuated and have claimed several victims mortal in the last hours. EFE


Bitcoin miners earned $ 368 million in August

Revenues of bitcoin miners in August reached $ 368.3 million, an increase of $ 23% compared to the previous month, according to The Block.

The graph below shows that miners’ income has been growing for three months in a row. The share of transaction fees is increasing in receipts.

Bitcoin miners’ revenues continue to grow. However, the August indicator is far from the values ​​reached in December 2017 or summer 2019. Then the price of BTC was higher, and the complexity of production is much lower than the current one. Data: CoinMetrics, The Block.

The share of commissions in miners’ income in August was 10.7%. In July this figure was at around 8.5%.

Ethereum miners generated $ 285.1 million in revenue last month. The growth in comparison with the previous month was 98.2%. This is the highest figure in the last 25 months.

In August, Bitcoin miners earned 1.3 times more than Ethereum miners. However, the rates of income growth of the latter are much higher. Data: CoinMetrics, The Block.

The share of proceeds from transaction fees from Ethereum miners reached an all-time high of 40.5% in August. In May, for example, this figure was 10%.

Dynamics of the share of transaction fees in the income of Bitcoin and Ethereum miners. Data: CoinMetrics, The Block.

The share of transaction fees in the income of bitcoin miners was 10.7% in August. In the previous month, this figure was at around 8.5%.

At the time of writing, the average transaction fee on the Ethereum network is $ 2.63; on the bitcoin network – $ 2.17.

Data: Blockchair.

ForkLog previously reported that Bitcoin miners are allegedly facing a hardware shortage in the market. According to Chinese sources, leading ASIC manufacturers have sold off their inventory this year.

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Fear of more than 50 dead after gold mine collapse in Congo | NOW

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, more than 50 people were likely killed on Friday after a gold mine collapsed after heavy rainfall.

The small-scale gold mine is located near the mining village of Kamituga in the east of the country. When the mine shaft collapsed, at least 50 mostly young workers were at work, said a director of a non-governmental organization who was present at the incident.

Photos that have been mainly shared on social media show that hundreds of people have gathered on the hills around the mine.

It is a small-scale mine where mainly the local population works, often without professional equipment. Accidents in these types of unregulated mines are more common, killing dozens every year.


Constitutional complaint against “Lex Garzweiler” (

How many towns still have to give way to coal?

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RWE intends to excavate lignite from the earth at the Garzweiler opencast mine by 2038. According to the coal phase-out law of the federal government, the energy company is allowed to do that. There, a guarantee of existence for Garzweiler was laid down. Without a special examination, whether the opencast mining is necessary from an energy point of view and whether there might not be planning options that prevent the destruction of the villages on the edge of the mine.

There is resistance to this. There were several demonstrations and excavation occupations following the destruction of a country road connecting several villages and keeping the coal hole at bay. A permanent vigil with a protest camp has been set up. And legal action is also being taken against the mine.

Villagers got together a year ago and bought a plot of land on the outskirts of Keyenberg. The property separates the villages from the coal excavators and the owners are determined not to give it up and to carry out the process of expropriation through all possible instances. In addition, they have now lodged a constitutional complaint against the “Lex Garzweiler” in the coal exit law. “I assume that the Garzweiler paragraph does not stand before the Federal Constitutional Court, because it represents a single opencast mine without any justification as necessary for the energy industry,” said the lawyer Dirk Teßmer, who represents those affected by the mine. Teßmer is no newcomer to this field. In 2013, he won the right before the Federal Constitutional Court when it came to the expropriation of an orchard of the environmental association BUND on the edge of the open pit. The expropriation had already been carried out at this point and the meadow had been dredged, but the court had criticized the fact that the rights of those affected and environmental aspects had not been adequately examined. Teßmer was also involved in the procedure that led to the clearing of the Hambach Forest. He is optimistic about the current constitutional complaint. “The rights of my mandates should take precedence over the promotion of climate-damaging lignite.”

»Everyone should know that people in Germany are still losing their homes to mining lignite – with the full approval of the federal government. That is why we are going to court today. Our fight has only just begun, ”said Barbara Oberherr from the threatened village of Keyenberg.

She is one of 36 plaintiffs against the coal exit law. For them and the other villagers, it is about their home and often also about their economic existence. For example, farms with large lots are not planned in the resettlement villages. The villagers get help from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), a study that had already shown in the spring that it is not necessary from an energy point of view to dredge the coal under the villages. A few days ago, however, I heard from RWE that the group wanted to initiate the expropriation. “As an amicable agreement does not seem to be possible at the moment, RWE Power is preparing an application to the Arnsberg district government for land assignment,” said a spokesman.