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June, 2010

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


USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

Summer is a high season for the travel and study abroad industries. This month The School of Russian and Asian Studies presents us with an updated Guide to Russia and a week-long educational trip to Russia!

If you are not likely to get far from home this summer, make sure to check out a workshop in Icon painting presented by the Museum of Russian Icons or at least try out the Shashlyk recipes in this month's newsletter!


Don't Miss This Month!

  • Upcoming events (Business Leaders forum in St.-Petersburg, cultural tour of Russia, icon writing workshop)
  • Travel News (Guide to Russia, latest on Russian airports, etc.)
  • Member News (Investment and Business in Russia)
  • Articles and Resources (Changes to Russian Law on Foreign Nationals, "Leaked" Foreign Policy, Economic News in Review)


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.


The M.N. Adamov Fund For The Blind Is Looking For Couriers
The MN Adamov Fund for the Blind is the only organization in North America dedicated to helping blind students in Russia. The Fund is looking for people traveling from Boston to St. Petersburg who can take a used laptop computer which has its memory wiped out, folding white canes, or digital voice recorders. 


Upcoming Events

Third Annual Business Leaders Investment Forum "Innovation for Business"
(June 30 - July 2, 2010 - Saint-Petersburg, Russia) An exclusive two-day Forum for local business & community leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and Business Angel investors, who are seeking to improve the competitiveness and efficiency of their enterprises via the use of innovation and new technologies.

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

Icon Writing Workshop by Prosopon School of Iconology
(July 26-31, 2010 - Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA)  The Museum is hosting the renowned Prosopon School of Iconology for an intensive six-day course on icon writing.  More events from the Museum of Russian Icons


Travel News!
  The streets of Moscow as seen by folks in space.
The streets of Moscow as seen from the space station.
Photo by astronaut Soichi Noguchi.

Guide to Russia
USRCCNE Member The School of Russian and Asian Studies presents a widely updated Guide to Russia, with a new central page on Navigating Russia's Airports and a vastly expanded Guide to Vladivostok.

Free Wi-Fi in Domodedovo
Moscow Domodedovo Airport is glad to announce to all its customers that since May 14 2010 free Wi-Fi Internet access has been available in the airport.

Siemens and Russian Rail Companies Sign Agreement to Update Stock
RZD JSC, Siemens AG, and Aeroexpress LLC will organize a joint venture in Russia for producing next-generation trains with a DESIRO RUS asynchronous propulsion system.

New Service to Bryansk (Siberia) from DME
On June 3 Region Avia launched new direct scheduled flights from Moscow Domodedovo airport to Bryansk (Central Russia) which is a unique destination for Moscow Aviation Hub.


USRCCNE and Member News

USRCCNE Auriga: Russia Invests in Innovation
Over the past several months, we’ve seen a number of important initiatives from Russian government, all aimed at diversifying the country’s IT abilities.

Seminar: "Update on Doing Business in Russia"
Alinga held a seminar focusing on several key business and legal issues, including the changes in hiring foreign specialists. Information on the seminar and the presentations can be found on the Alinga website.

Conference on Encouraging Young Researchers in Russia
Young researchers were the focus of a conference held April 22-23, 2010 in Voronezh, Russia as part of CRDF's Basic Research and Higher Education (BRHE) program, which transforms and reinvigorates the training of young scientists by strengthening the basic research capabilities of Russian universities.

SRAS Continues Programs In Kyrgyzstan
The reports currently streaming from this Central Asian state have been confined to the southern portion of the country – specifically to the cities of Jalal-Abad and Osh and their surrounding area.



Articles & Resources

Meeting With Heads Of US Venture Capital Funds
President Dmitry Medvedev discussed the investment climate in Russia and the country's innovation potential with heads of US venture capital funds. Watch First Channel's report on the meeting and excerpts from the discussion.

"On the Legal Status of Foreign Nationals in the Russian Federation"
This federal law has been has significantly amended. The pdf document in the above link contains a brief summary of the main changes.

"Leaked" Foreign Policy
Russian Newsweek published a "leaked" Foreign Ministry document (in Russian) that urges Russia to look West. Read a range of views (in English) from Russia Profile here and a review (in English) of how the Russian press covered the document here.

GenPlan Moscow
The General Plan for the Development of Moscow (in Russian only) outlines the capital's construction and development plans up until 2025. Critics are calling it a "death sentence" for the city's historical districts.

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.

Library: Resource Extraction
This updated Library entry on resource extraction and export in Russia includes more current statistics and sources.

Regional Investment: Is Nanotechnology Generating Results?
In 2007, President Vladimir Putin initiated the creation of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (Rusnano) to give Russia a leading position in the world market of nanotechnology products. In February 2010, at a meeting of the Commission for Modernization and Technical Development of Russia’s Economy, President Dmitry Medvedev stated, “we must reduce our humiliating dependence on commodity exports and, perhaps more importantly, stop squeezing the last drops of scientific and industrial potential from the Soviet period.” Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

Russian Corner: SAC Rules On Changes To LLC Law
This month Alinga's experts overview an important court ruling that may affect your LLC (OOO). Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update

Just for Fun: Shashlyk!
The School of Russian and Asian Studies presents recipes even older than Russia... 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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