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November, 2009

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


Josh Wilson, USRCCNE EditorWelcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

This month, USRCCNE presents an original article from member company Language Connections. As the cost of biopharmaceutical research has risen in developed countries, clinical research is moving increasingly to Russia – where costs and, believe it or not, the paperwork requirements are favorable.

This article was written with the editorial collaboration of USRCCNE general editor Josh Wilson. As you make your marketing plan for next year, we encourage you to considering publishing with us – it's free with your membership and we can even help you to republish the article elsewhere online – giving you even bigger bang for your time spent by giving you even more readers and thus potential customers. Just contact us by return email to find out how we can help your business.

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!  

As always, this newsletter is dependent on you. If you have an announcement or a news item to be included in our newsletter, or if you would like to subscribe to this free publication, please contact us.

"Free" Business or Marketing Plan
Fresh ideas for minimal cost - but you need to get your two-page proposal in by December 1, 17:00 EST.


USRCCNE Seeks Intern
USRCCNE is seeking an intern who will be available for the upcoming academic year to take responsibility for compiling a database of companies, organizations, and institutions in New England with connections to Russia.

Upcoming Events

Steinmetz: Contemplating Gogol
(December 1 - Moscow) The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Nikolai Gogol with a solo exhibit by Boston-based artist Leon Steinmetz.

Celebrate the Season with the Museum of Russian Icons!
(December 1 to January 9 - MA) This special exhibit celebrating the life of St. Nicholas will run from dates that encompass Saint Nicholas' feast day which is December 6th and Orthodox Christmas which is January 7th. Join the museum on December 5 for a special tour by the Assistant Curator. See more events like this!

"Eugene Onegin" at MIT
(December 4 - MA) The "Conversations on Russian Music" series brings a Russian classic to MIT!

Tour of Volga Heartland
(June 17 to 28 - Yaroslavl Region) Join Suzanne Massie and Daniel Satinsky in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Russia through the eyes of its own people. See the smaller Russian towns and cities where most Russians live and discuss life with Russian entrepreneurs, artists, and students. 

SRAS Offers Russian Trip!
(July 10, 18 -or- August 7-15, 2010 - Western Russia) This nine-day cultural travel package is unlike any tourism you've ever tried. Eat a home-cooked meal with Russians in their home. Create traditional painted porcelain under a Russian master. Sit in banyas and celebrate life with Russians who will show you how to sing, make toasts, relax, and laugh. Find more travel services from SRAS


Traveler's News!


Terminal D at SVO


 Terminal D at Sheremetyvo

Yandex Streetviews
Yandex now has an equivalent of Google Streetview for Moscow. Just click the link above, find Moscow, select "Ïàíîðàìû óëèö" (you may have to zoom in to get this option to appear), and click on any of the blue-colored streets.

Aeroflot Moves to New Terminal
As of November 15, 2009, Aeroflot's International flights are being moved to a new terminal (next to the old one) at Sheremetyevo 2.

Fly Moscow-Houston for $550
This deal from Singapore Airlines is the best on the market right now!  

Free Holiday WiFi in US
When you’re traveling this holiday season, you can enjoy free WiFi at 47 participating airports and on every Virgin America flight. Just bring a WiFi-enabled laptop or mobile device and stay connected to family and friends for free while you travel now through January 15, 2010.


USRCCNE and Member News

Exigen Services Supports Online Video Conference for BRIC Countries
Exigen Services, a recognized application outsourcing provider, was a key organizer of a recent international video conference named IT Initiative for BRIC Countries. The conference, which focused on international IT industry development, connected speakers in St. Petersburg, New York, and Rio de Janeiro.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Advise on Rare Russian Private Equity Investment
Dewey & LeBoeuf has advised client Russia Partners, which is managed by New York investment firm Siguler Guff, in a rare private equity investment in a Russian bank.

CDRF Leads Russian Technology Innovation Workshop
A 2009 workshop and symposium on technology entrepreneurship led by CRDF and its partners in Tomsk, Russia, gave scientists, engineers and students the training and connections they need to make their technology start-ups a success.

Alinga Registers With PCAOB
As of October 2009, Alinga, a Moscow-based provider of accounting, audit, and legal services, is registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to provide audits to US public companies.


Articles & Resources

Addressing Language Barriers in Russian Clinical Trials
Due to the escalating costs of bringing a drug to market, many pharmaceutical and biotech companies are outsourcing clinical research to emerging regions. However, successful outsourcing of clinical trials in Russia is largely dependent on overcoming language and cultural barriers.

Nizhny Novgorod a Top Developing Outsourcing Destination
A report, issued in October 2009 by Global Services-Tholons research team, features three Russian cities - Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod - ranking in several categories of outsourcing locations, and Russia as No. 2 in the independent "Next 5 Offshore Nations" list.

Russia and the Economic Crisis (PDF 599Kb)
This issue of the Russian Analytical Digest examines Russia's financial vulnerabilities resulting from the global financial crisis. With Russia's foreign direct investment increasing, it also looks at the stimulants driving Russia's FDI amid the economic recession. The policy brief also presents Russia's current economic indicators in an international comparison. 

Regional Investment: St. Petersburg Says Sayonara to "Khrushchovkas"
Authorities have announced prospective auctions of at least thirty-one “Khrushchovka” blocks for new construction. The first four lots comprising 22 blocks will be reportedly sold off by the year end at $1.6-3.3m/lot starting prices. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

Russian Corner: Changes For LLCs in Russia
The main aim of the changes is to provide more transparency in regulating shareholder relations. Thus, the changes are more important for LLCs with several shareholders and not for 100% subsidiaries. However even 100% subsidiaries need to comply with the new law.
 Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update

Just for Fun: SRAS Moves into Facebook!
The new Facebook page for The School of Russian and Asian Studies will primarily deliver info on Russia-related scholarships and jobs. They have also have started running some great contests there for students and professors! Subscribe to the SRAS newsletter

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