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April, 2010

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


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

If you will be in the Boston area on May 6, make sure to check out our Networking Social with Northeastern University Executive Education students from Moscow State University. The evening will feature lots of interesting conversation, possible new contacts, and Hors d'oeuvres courtesy of Northeastern University and USRCCNE along with a cash bar.

For those in Moscow on May 11-13, USRBC and CG/LA are pleased to invite you and your colleagues to attend the First Annual Russia Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum (RSILF). The Forum will feature the top 50 strategic infrastructure projects identified by the Russian government and leading private sector experts as best to meet that demand. 

Our newsletter this month features lots of interesting member news and articles, with some focus on the recent events in post-soviet space.

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.


Upcoming Events

USRCCNE USRCCNE Networking Social
(May 6 - Boston, USA) Join your USRCCNE colleagues for a networking evening with Northeastern University Executive Education students from Moscow State University. The event will take pace on Thursday, May 6, at Les Zygomates,  Boston.  

2010 Russia Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum
(May 11-13 - Moscow, Russia) The coming decade will be marked by strong growth and development in Russia -- and a key driver of economic growth will be regional integration through quality infrastructure projects. The market demand for infrastructure development is there -- the Forum will feature the top 50 strategic infrastructure projects identified by the Russian government and leading private sector experts as best to meet that demand.

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 makeshift memorial for the victims of the 2010 Metro Bombing
A make-shift memorial marks the location of one of the Metro attacks. Photo by SRAS student Erin Decker.

St. Pete Aeroflot Tickets Get Free Aeroexpress Rides
Beginning April 2010, all passengers who purchase an Aeroflot ticket to/from St. Petersburg can enjoy a free journey on the high-speed Aeroexpress on the Belorussky Railway Station – Sheremetyevo Airport line.

Avianova Launches SVO Service
Avianova, the fastest growing low-cost airline in Russia, successfully launched flights from Terminal B at Sheremetyevo International Airport on 28 March 2010.

Bill Would Prohibit Carry-on Bag Fee
Some lawmakers say, ‘we cannot allow these flood gates to open.’


USRCCNE and Member News

Roundtable Features Top Tech Transfer Experts from Russian Universities
CRDF hosted a roundtable focusing on technology transfer in Russia's research universities at its Arlington headquarters on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The roundtable featured a delegation of top-level technology transfer experts from eight Russian research universities.

Official Statement from SRAS on the Events of March 29th
Our program in Moscow, including all trips, classes and seminars, as well as preparation for our summer program, is continuing as planned. Students, as always, are encouraged to remain curious, active, and vigilant.

Downside Up Thanks Alinga For Donation
The donation was made as part of Alinga's New Year's / Christmas charity program.

Patents on Human Genes Invalidated in Groundbreaking Decision
Dewey & LeBoeuf represented amici curiae March of Dimes Foundation, Canavan Foundation, Claire Altman Heine Foundation, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, National Organization for Rare Disorders, and National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association pro bono.

Auriga in Global Outsourcing 100
Auriga, a U.S.-based software R&D outsourcing services provider with engineering centers in Russia and EU, is pleased to announce that it has been named to the 2010 Global Outsourcing 100 list by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP).


Articles & Resources


Revolution in Kyrgyzstan



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.

To Understand Kyrgyzstan, Read This
When small countries make the headlines, the media focus tightly on events of the day. But there is always a back story.

US Embassy in Russia
The US Embassy has posted official statements from US leaders on the bombings, including from B. Obama, H. Clinton, and televised statement by the ambassador in Russian.

Russia's "Civiliki" Look to Strengthen the Power of Precedent in Law
The chairman of Russia’s Supreme Arbitration Court, proposed in a speech at the Constitutional Court in St. Petersburg that Russia introduce the principle of precedent to its legal system, making rulings on selected cases by top judges into binding examples for lower instances to follow.

Big Breaks For Big Business
This week, Russia's Ministry of Finance completed work on a draft bill to introduce a consolidated taxpayer regime, which could bolster holdings wanting to ease the profit tax burden and provide them with an alternative to transfer pricing rules.

Regional Investment: US-Russia group heats up $1.4bn silicon for solar energy project
A $1.4bn poly- and monocrystalline silicon production project is being put together in the Rostov region by the U.S.’ SM IFG and the RF’s VEB Bank. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

Russian Corner: Developing An Internal Accounting Policy: Contents And Principles
This article, written and maintained by the professionals at Alinga Consulting Group, addresses issues related to developing an internal accounting policy in Russia. Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update

Just for Fun: Books on Central Asia
SRAS asked Dr. Eugene Huskey, an expert on Central Asia as well as the Director of Stetson University's Russian Studies Program and a professor of political science, for his favorite books on Central Asia. 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


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