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February, 2011

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


USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

This month we have a dual focus. Our travel section overviews some of the measures now being taken to tighten security at Russian airports. Expect delays and plan on being at the airport a few hours early – certain entrances are now closed and there are more checkpoints to pass. Our articles focus on innovation in Perm, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, and elsewhere in Russia! Also, don't miss the Global Technology Symposium happening in California next month - or the International Women's Day concert to be held in Massachusetts! See our events section for more details!

Don't Miss This Month!

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

International Women's Day Concert
(March 8, 2011 - Cambridge, MA) The Russian Club of Massachusetts Institute of Technology has organized a concert marking International Women's Day.

Piano Concert with Pavel Nersessian
(March 19, 2011 - Clinton, MA) Pavel Nersessian is widely considered one of the most remarkable pianists of his generation in Russia. Gramophone magazine of London has called Nersessian “the sort of free spirit who can set a stage alight with high-flying bravura, personal colour and imagination.”  

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. This investment conference is focused on venture capital, entrepreneurship, and growth companies in emerging markets.

Concert: Golosá Choir, University of Chicago
(March 24, 2011 - Clinton, MA) Founded in 1997 at the University of Chicago, Golosá (meaning “voices” in Russian) is a University of Chicago-based ensemble that sings Russian folk songs, with an emphasis on the polyphonic choral tradition of the Semeiskie Old Believers from the Transbaikal region of Siberia.

The 30th Annual World Russia Forum
(March 29, 2011 - Washington, DC) The Forum is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the first manned flight in space. The main goal of this gathering is to discuss and generate new ideas for the development and broad expansion of US - Russia business, political, science, education, and cultural cooperation.

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! 
   8th of March 
A happy 8th of March (International Women's Day) to all our readers and the great women in your lives!

Russia plans to cordon off airports
Russia’s airports are to get a new security cordon in response to the Jan. 24 suicide bombing at Domodedovo.

Sheremetyevo Steps Up Security
Officials at SVO recommend arriving to the airport well ahead of time. Several entrances to the airport are closed due to increased security regime.

Customs Declaration Online at SVO
Now passengers can fill out their customs declaration forms in the comfort of their home after downloading the forms from the Sheremetyevo Airport website.

Tourist SIM Cards For Sale on Aeroexpress Trains
Buy your SIM card on the way from the Airport! Calls to mobile numbers in the Moscow Region, Europe, Asia, the USA, and Canada cost 3.50 rubles per minute.

Aeroexpress Guarantees Schedule
Starting from February 1, 2011, Aeroexpress will refund the full cost of tickets if the train arrives at their destination more than 15 minutes late.

Transaero and Domodedovo Airport Agree on Additional Aviation Security Measures
Transaero will set up additional security checkpoints and increase the number of flights on which passengers have to undergo an interview with airline security officers prior to check-in.

USRCCNE and Member News

CRDF Grantee Receives Prize in Science and Innovation
The grantee received the award from President Medvedev for a series of contributions in the field of elementary particle physics and fundamental problems of the evolution of the universe.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Continues Significant Kazakhstan Eurobond Representations into 2011
After advising on successful debt capital market transactions involving the issuance of nearly $13 billion of notes in 2010, including over $3.8 billion of notes offerings in the fourth quarter, Dewey & LeBoeuf has advised two Kazakhstan issuers on significant new transactions to start 2011.

Alinga Carries On Holiday Charity Tradition
Continuing a tradition it began two years ago, Alinga Consulting Group offered as a gift to its clients the opportunity to have a donation made on their behalf to one of several non-profit organizations.

SRAS Offers Innovative Art Course
The Arts in Russia presents art as a living artifact reflecting government actions, socio-economic conditions, and the hopes and concerns of the individuals that created, collected, and display it. 

 Articles & Resources

Perm: Russian Technology Success Stories
This article by Daniel Satinsky of Russia Innovation Collaborative illustrates different routes to success for Russian technology companies – commercialization of university knowledge, transformation of a Soviet enterprise, and entrepreneurial adaptation to the 2008 downturn.

Innovative Siberia
A series of articles from the Moscow Times on the business of innovation in Siberia.

Novosibirsk’s NIITO to Launch Russia’s First Medical Technopark
In a move to double its high-tech medical services and help commercialize biotech innovations, Novosibirsk-based healthcare provider and medical R&D major, NIITO, is launching a $27m innovation medical technology center. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service  

Russian Corner: Shareholder Contributions Tax Exempt
A new federal law has introduced very important amendments for Russian commercial companies (both limited liability and joint-stock) experiencing problems in financing their business activities and reimbursement of current expenses. Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update

Just for Fun: Cheap Eats
It's not easy to find cheap grub in Moscow - but this semester The School of Russian and Asian Studies has two interns and a project to show one and all that it is possible to eat out and not break a student budget! Subscribe to the SRAS newsletter 



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