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Holiday Issue 2009-2010

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


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

With the eventful year of 2009 drawing to a close, we at USRCCNE wish you all the best in the coming year, with health to you, your team and family. May you grow stronger and better from the challenges you've faced and prosper in the New Year.

This month our newsletter focuses on technology investment and presents materials from a recent conference on that subject co-organized by USRCCNE. In addition, you'll find info on Russia's days off for 2010, an update on Moscow's new international air terminal, and some great summer travel opportunities.

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.

Russian Holidays
The following yearly feature from member firm The School of Russian and Asian Studies presents all Russian Holidays for 2010, their dates and official dates off with short histories of each. Perfect for the Westerner hoping to schedule projects across two continents and cultures!


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

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. See more events like this!

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



The Sapsan


 The Sapsun, Russia's fastest train, is pictured right. 
Photo from bbc.com

Travel News!

Russia's Fastest Train Launched
Sapsan, Russia's first train capable of travelling at a speed of 250 kmph (155 mph), made its first commercial run between Russia's two largest cities in a record time of 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Update: New SVO Terminal
Aeroflot has announced that not all flights will be moved immediately to the new terminal at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. They recommend you check their site before departure to verify which terminal you will depart from or arrive at.   

Chechens Claim Train Bombing
An ultranationalist group has also claimed responsibility, but investigators say Chechen terrorists likely behind attack that killed 26 and injured about 100.


USRCCNE and Member News

USRCCNE US-Russia Technology Investment Conference
Russian investors and entrepreneurs traveled to Boston to meet today with their American counterparts for an open exchange of information, ideas and networking surrounding technology investing and new business start-up.

Auriga Opens New Delivery Center in Rostov-on-Don
Rostov-on-Don, the economic and cultural center of southern Russia, is the 10th biggest city in the Russian Federation. Rostov-on-Don can seriously be considered as a promising IT services outsourcing destination for a number of reasons.

Exigen Services demonstrates 564% growth
2009 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 rating is based on a circulating capital growth indicator over five years. Exigen Services ranked 308 in this rating with a five-year company growth of 564%.

CDRF Energy Competitions
CRDF and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) announced the 2009 CGP-RFBR Climate Change and Energy Competition. This program provides awards of approximately $93,000 for up to two years of support to joint research teams of U.S. and Russian scientists.

Alinga Presents On LLC Registration
Participants discussed registration procedures in connection to disposal of LLC shares, changing an address, and changing a company's general director. Participants also discussed the complexity of concluding and fulfilling agreements among participants regarding the enforcement of one's rights. Click here to see the presentation given by Leonid Romanov, a lawyer with Alinga Consulting Group.


Articles & Resources

Opening Remarks: US-Russia Technology Conference
We can not be discouraged by the difficult times we have endured.  It is said that, to be an entrepreneur, you must be prepared to run headlong into a brick wall, absolutely convinced that the wall will move before you strike it.

From Russia With Software (PDF 599Kb)
An overview of Russian IT written by Auriga's Andrei Pronin for Chinese publication, Programmer Magazine.

Looking Back From 2029
As the year draws to a close, it is customary to mull over the meaning of Christmases past, present, and yet to come. Recommended by a USRCCNE newsletter reader.  

Regional Investment: What's Behind Petersburg Transit's $230m Logistics Complex?
Despite a reported 30-35% drop in demand for St. Petersburg logistics, a little-known St. Pete company, Petersburg Transit, has announced plans to build a $230m logistics center, one of the largest logistic complexes ever built in Russia’s second capital. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

Russian Corner: An End To The Re-Registration Misery
A group of Duma deputies introduced amendments abolishing the preclusive January 1 deadline. Now, companies can implement necessary revisions to their charter documents whenever they wish to introduce changes. Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update

Just for Fun: Books for Winter Reading!
The following are a handful of books that have recently come to our attention. Most have been recently published or updated and provide a wide range of interesting material. Subscribe to the SRAS newsletter

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