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June 2009

The USRCCNE Monthly Newsletter
For those with interests bridging the US and Russia...

 

Daniel Satinsky, USRCCNE PresidentWelcome!
From Dan Satinsky, President Emeritus, USRCCNE
Our Chamber focuses primarily on the business and economic aspect of U.S.-Russia relations, but everyone who deals with Russia knows that politics is never far from the surface and significantly influences business relations. As such, we will be looking forward to President ObamaТs visit to Russia from July 6 Ц 8 for signs of improving relations between our two governments. The White House press release regarding this visit listed the usual list of political and security issues, but we hope that it will also lead to renewed engagement in areas of economic cooperation and citizen diplomacy.

It is just a feeling, but it seems to me personally that there are people on both sides waiting for some positive signals to come from the meetings between Presidents Obama and Medvedev as the necessary precondition for renewed bilateral engagement on a whole range of issues including encouraging the free flow of commerce and ideas between resource-rich Russia and economic superpower of America. This can only be in the best interests of both countries.

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USRCCNE & Members News and Events

Ballets Russes Scores a Boston Triumph
A week-long festival to celebrate the Ballets Russes centenary in the city of Boston that ran from May 16th through May 23rd was an unqualified success.

Marchmont Announces New News Service
Sign up for "News Alerts" at MarchmontCapital.com and get free customizable news about Russian business in English or Russian.

Auriga at Summit
On June 15-16, 2009, Auriga will participate in Gartner Outsourcing & IT Services Summit, held in London, UK.

Dan Satinsky Presentation
The spring meeting of the American Bar Association Section of International Law in Washington, D.C considered the legal basis for recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The PowerPoint outline of the presentation is available online.

 

Articles & Resources

international businessBusiness Obzor
A brief list of some major new stories from Russian business in May.

Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe
The think tanks of Central and Eastern Europe, while influencing their governments to improve transparency, legitimacy and integrity, have neglected to develop their own codes of ethics and conduct.

The Geography of Recession
The most important aspect of the United States is not simply its sheer size, but the size of its usable land. Russia and China may both be similar-sized in absolute terms, but the vast majority of Russian and Chinese land is useless for agriculture, habitation or development.

Russia's Judicial System
This issue of the Russian Analytical Digest examines problems related to the reform of the judicial system and the trials of former tycoon M. Khoderkovsky and the trial concerning murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

Global Philanthropy in a Time of Crisis
In this issue of Global Trends we examine legal developments affecting global philanthropy, particularly obstacles to foreign philanthropy and assistance.

The Caucasus in the Global Financial Crisis
This issue of the Caucasus Analytical Digest analyzes the economic development of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia in the context of the financial crisis. The featured articles provide macroeconomic and financial indicators for each country and discuss the implications of the crisis for national development as well national anti-crisis programs.

Important Changes to Limited Liability Company Registration
The changes will come into force on the 1st of July, 2009 and will affect ALL existing and new Limited Liability Companies / OOO.  Even existing companies will need to update and re-register their information.

The Political Role of Russia's Regions
This issue of the Russian Analytical Digest examines political and economic challenges to Russia's regions. Specifically, it considers the role of oblast governors in the regional elections and discusses the financial and management issues that the Rostov oblast faces during the global economic crisis. Further, it analyzes the Marii El presidential administration in the context power of regional government. 

Just for Fun: Off-The-Beaten-Path, Moscow
In this first part of a new two-part series from SRAS, intern Hannah Chapman takes you to oft-overlooked places in Moscow that art lovers shouldn't miss.

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