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January, 2011

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


USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

A big thanks to all of you who came out to attend our latest event, "Why Russia, Why Now?" (And despite the snow storm that day!) We hope you enjoyed the lively discussion as much as we did.

In this month's newsletter, you'll find pictures from and a short description of this event. You'll also find a new original article on Russian dialects from member Language Connections and a new page of Internet resources to introduce you to the IT sector in Russia.

We'd also like remind our member that placement of articles on our site is not only encouraged, it's free! We would like to invite members who are current on their dues to send in banner ads for this newsletter. Any size will be considered in .jpg or .gif. We'll place ads on our newsletter to better showcase our member's activities and include them (one per month on a rotating basis) in our monthly mailing. Just send us a note by return email! 


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Upcoming Events

Managing Risk in Russia: From Start-Ups to Mega Stores
(Feb 10, 2011 - New York, NY) The event will look at general risk management strategies that are relevant for any business in the Russian market

2011 Global Technology Symposium
(March 23-25, 2011 - Menlo Park, California) Registration is now open for the 2011 Global Technology Symposium, which will be held from March 23-25, 2011, in Menlo Park, California, USA. Join us for the premier investment conference focused on venture capital, entrepreneurship, and growth companies in emerging markets!

The Mother of God in Modern Russian Culture Symposium
(January 27-28, 2011 - Clinton, MA) This working symposium will bring together scholars of Russian literature, religious history and art history to focus on the various ways the iconic image of Mary has been used to frame and shape Russian national, cultural and spiritual self-expression. 

The Art of Icon Painting Workshop
(February 22-25, 2011 - Clinton, MA) The 4-day hands-on studio workshop for students interested in learning how to create traditional Russian icons will feature individual attention and step-by-step instruction from renowned Russian artist Marina Forbes. The program will include a detailed discussion and demonstration of traditional materials and methods of icon making.

A Cultural Tour of Russia!
(May 7-15; August 6-14, 2011 - 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.

Travel News! 
   Former Congressman Delahunt mingles with other participants after the event.  
Former Congressman Delahunt mingles with other participants after the "Why Russia, Why Now" Event recently sponsered by USRCCNE and member company Russia Innovation Collaborative.

SVO Adds "Business Class" Passport Control
Sheremetyevo International Airport has added separate passport control booths for business travelers arriving to international terminals E and F.

Aeroexpress Adds Taxi Service
Aeroexpress now offers taxi service from any of its terminals to anywhere in Moscow. Terminals are located at the Belorussky, Kiyevsky and Paveletsky Railway Stations.

USRCCNE and Member News

"Why Russia, Why Now?"
“Why Russia, Why Now?” was the theme of a presentation and panel discussion at the Cambridge Innovation Center, across the street from MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Tuesday, January 18.

USRBC Applauds 123 Nuclear Agreement
The U.S.-Russia Business Council applauds the entering into force of the U.S.-Russia Agreement for Cooperation in the Field of Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy (also known as a 123 Agreement) with today's exchange of diplomatic notes between the United States and Russia.  The agreement, approved by Congress in December, provides a framework for future civilian nuclear cooperation between the United States and Russia.

Interview with Russian Innovation Collaborative
USRCCNE member and former president Daniel Satinsky was interviewed by UNOVO news service about the results of the year for Russia Innovation Collaborative. The video for the interview is available in English online.

RUSSOFT Annual Report
The Russian software export industry continued to grow in 2009. These exports were largely impacted by the sharp drop in the Russian IT market (according to IDC, this drop made up of 37%). However, even for their total turnover (including the Russian market), the revenue of exporters was reduced only by 5% while exports grew in general by 5% (up to $2.75 bln).

SRAS Launches Baikal Environmental Studies
SRAS has started a program for students and young professionals that combines language, history, and hands-on experience with Tahoe-Baikal Institute. Study the Baikal watershed and learn how to advance environmental initiatives through government, NGOs, and academic institutions. Join a new generation of more effective environmental professionals! Apply by February 20th.

Skolkovo Residents Chosen
The Skolkovo Foundation announced its choice of 16 innovative companies as "residents" of the Skolkovo project in a ceremony in Moscow on December 14.

 Articles & Resources

Russian Dialects in Moscow
Russian is the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia and the largest native language of Europe. Although the majority of Russians speak a common literary language, regional dialects are still in use, despite language unification efforts during the 1900s.  

IT News and Information in Russia and the FSU
A new page of Internet Resources to quickly brief you on news and information for the IT sector in Russia and the FSU.  

$700m Russo-Chinese Transbaikalia iron ore complex gets official go ahead
After almost six years of uncertainty China’s Xiyang is moving forward with its $660-730m iron ore mining and processing project in Russia’s Southern Siberia. Tapping the ore-rich Berezovskoye deposit in Transbaikalia, the Chinese expect to produce up to 6 million tons of foundry goods a year and sell billets on both sides of the Russo-Chinese border.

What's New In Russia In 2011
The ITAR-TASS article contains a list of federal laws and norms which came into force in 2011.

Regional Investment: Bolshoy Ussuriysky Island eyes $644m development
Authorities in Khabarovsk region have approved a $644m project to develop Bolshoy Ussuriysky Island in 2010-2016, regional officials report. The authorities reportedly intend to create a tourism and recreation complex of international significance at the island through public-private partnership. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

Russian Corner: Review Of Recent Changes To Tax-Related Legislation In The Russian Federation
This monthly Russian-language service from Alinga and regular feature of the Alinga Market Update is designed to bring your financial personnel a broad view of recent changes to the Russian Tax Code. Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update

Just for Fun: SRAS Launches Own Radio Station
Join us on Live365 and enjoy our new radio station called RusFM. Currently features hits from the 2000s - but we are set to soon greatly expand our offerings! Subscribe to the SRAS newsletter 



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