Search engines began flagging Telegram, TikTok, Zoom and other services as violating Russian law, attendance at shopping malls fell to its lowest level in four years, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade announced that there was no law on the mandatory labeling of beer. RB continues to cover major business events.

Telegram and Zoom brands, empty malls: essential for business August 21


  • World cotton prices have risen 30% this year as crops decline due to heat waves and drought, according to Bloomberg. This is the highest price increase since 2011 and could weigh on the prices of T-shirts, diapers and other items.

  • Reuters: In July, Russia supplied China with about 1.68 million barrels of oil per day. Russia remains China’s largest energy supplier for the third consecutive month. Saudi Arabia, ranked second, supplied China with 1.54 million barrels per day.

  • New Zealand will simplify immigration laws to attract 12,000 new employees from various industries next year. The country has a labor shortage after the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The price of olive oil may rise in the world. In Spain, the largest producer of the product, they are preparing for crop problems due to abnormal heat and drought.


  • Russian search engines, at the request of Roskomnadzor, began labeling TikTok, Telegram, Zoom, Discord, and Pinterest as violators of Russian law. In particular, when searching Yandex, under the information about one of the services, the inscription appears: “RKN – the site violates the law of the Russian Federation.”

  • The Ministry of Industry and Commerce denied information about the department’s mandatory requirement for special labeling of beer. The ministry emphasized that there are no regulations with labeling requirements, and the idea of ​​identifying an alcoholic beverage was proposed by a group of government experts.

  • In the summer of 2022, the number of tourists in Crimea decreased by 50% compared to the previous year. Due to the closure of the Simferopol airport, travelers are forced to reach the peninsula by car (95%) or by train (5%).


  • Amid the exit of foreign brands, attendance at Moscow shopping malls in the first weeks of August fell between 9% and 39% compared to the same periods in the last three years. The number of visitors to shopping malls in Russia fell by 9% compared to last year and by 19% since 2019 (RBC).

  • YouTube began blocking videos of Tesla Autopilot tests on children. Following accusations by human rights activists against the electric car maker, car owners have begun testing whether the self-driving system will be able to stop the car in front of the child.

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Ahmed Sadulayev

Source: RB

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