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March, 2010

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's newsletter brings information on the Global Technology Symposium, soon to be held in California. In addition, find out the latest travel news for Russia, information on filing personal income taxes in Russia, what's hot in Russian music and film, what the US is doing in Central Asia, and much more!

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.

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

Upcoming Events

Global Technology Symposium2010 Global Technology Symposium
(March 24-26 - CA) The Symposium brings over 300 selected international leaders in business, finance, policymaking, and technology together to discuss how entrepreneurs and blue-chip companies alike can seize the opportunities of globalization. The theme of this year's Symposium will be "Disruptive Technologies for the Economic Recovery."

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


Travel News!
  A very cold Red Square from 2005
The snowy banks of Lake Baikal in Siberia as seen in February, 2009. Photo by SRAS Student Hannah Wilcox.

Free WiFi in SVO Terminal F
Free WiFi now avaiable in the areas of Sheremetevo located beyond passport control.

The Trans-Sib from Google!
Listen to War and Peace or Russian radio while watching the transiberian go by window on Google maps. They actually have video coverage of the whole trip!

Self-Registration S7 Int'l Flights at DOM
S7 airlines, the largest Russian carrier in terms of domestic passenger traffic based on 2009 results, launched a new service of self-registration for all international flights departing from Moscow Domodedovo Airport.

Aeroexpress Introduces E-Tickets 
Electronic tickets for the train running from Moscow's major airports to the city center may now be purchased from the Aeroexpress homepage.  

Online Check-in at Pulkovo for Air France, British Airways
Online check-in for Air France opens 30 hours before and ends one hour prior to departure. British Airways online check-in begins 24 hours before departure and ends one hour before the flight.


USRCCNE and Member News

Satinsky Participates in Business Leaders Forum
Daniel Satinsky traveled to Novosibirsk to speak at the Business Leaders Forum "Innovation for Business" on February 19. The two-day Forum was organized by USRCCNE member organization, Marchmont Capital Partners and was supported by the Russian Venture Company and a host of other local and national organizations.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Advises Alstom on Strategic Partnership with Transmashholding
Dewey & LeBoeuf is advising Alstom of France on its strategic partnership with Transmashholding (TMH), Russia's largest railway equipment manufacturer.

CRDF Russian Grantees Receive Innovation Prize
CRDF congratulates three of its Russian grantees, who received a highly-regarded Prize in Science and Innovation for Young Scientists from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.


Articles & Resources



 Russia's richest man - Vladimir Lisin - pictured here at his shooting range near Moscow.
Photo from

Economic News In Review
The following resource is meant to quickly introduce the reader to some of the major English-language commentary concerning the current financial crisis in Russia, how that crisis might affect Russia's government and ruling structure, and what the international outlook is for Russian business.

Russian Financial Activities (PDF)
This issue of the Russian Analytical Digest examines Russian financial activities after the 2008-2009 financial crisis, covering the Russian banking sector, arguing that although it has shown rapid growth in recent years, it remains highly fragmented, and the problems of the Russian stock market, which retains low levels of trust within Russian society.

Forbe's Billionaire List
The number of billionaires in Russia has doubled.

US Human Rights Report
Russia scores poorly again. Its foreign ministry has already released its annual rejection of the report.

US Energy Diplomacy in Eurasia
"Our job is to listen…to play a facilitating role," said Ambassador Richard L. Morningstar, the U.S. Department of State’s special envoy for Eurasian energy.

21st-Century Russia
The report recently released in English, a think tank close to President Medvedev has made a stir with its report that advises Russia to join NATO and the EU, reduce its military, reintroduce gubernatorial elections and four-year presidential terms and disband its Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service.

Regional Investment: SIBUR and Lider Put Up $30m for Geosynthetics
The materials that the partners are planning to make in Tula are widely used elsewhere in the world in road/railroad construction and upgrades, earthmoving, the laying of pipelines, and oil and gas infrastructure projects. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

Russian Corner: Declaring Personal Income Tax in Russia
This article, written and maintained by the professionals at Alinga Consulting Group, explains the procedure and many aspects of declaring personal income tax and filing tax declaration in the Russian Federation. It addresses the issues of tax status (tax residents vs. non-residents of RF), tax rates for residents and non-residents, the categories and maximum amount of tax deductions amoung other issues. Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update

Just for Fun: Russian Music and Film
SRAS's monthly newsletter now gives you the opportunity to sample today's Russian hits of the airwaves and silver screen! Contact SRAS for more information on how we can help scholars with visas, housing, insurance, and other on-the-ground support in Russia. Click here for new info from SRAS on funding study abroad! Subscribe to the SRAS newsletter


Joining the USRCCNE is Easy!

Members of the USRCCNE become a part of a vibrant network of individuals and firms dedicated to furthering business opportunities between the U.S. and Russia. We work with business organizations in the US, (specializing in the New England region) and in Russia to bring exposure to the USRCCNE, and ultimately, to our members. Join today!

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