The USRCCNE Monthly Newsletter
For those with interests bridging the US and Russia
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE
In some of the best news travelers to Russia have received in recent memory, starting March 31, visa registration must be completed within seven working days after entering the country, rather than the current three. If the trip is shorter than seven working days, registration should not be required at all, if that current policy remains in force. The amendments also legislate the practice of registering employees at their place of employment. This is a significant step forward for business in Russia and one which we hope will be followed by many more.
This month we kick off the spring season with a big issue that mixes two things Russia can do extraordinarily well: business and culture. There are upcoming events across the US and Russia, and articles on everything from Pharma to Pushkin! Join us this month!
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Poetry Night - Joseph Brodsky
(March 18, 2011 - Cambridge, MA) The Russian Club of Massachusetts Institute of Technology presents "Joseph Brodsky. Story by Diana Vinkovetsky".
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.
Russian Movie Night: "Formula of Love"
(March 29, 2011 - Cambridge, MA) Russian Movie Nights are organized by the Russian Club of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The story of this popular Russian film is loosely based on the novel "Count Cagliostro" by Alexei Tolstoy. The movie will be shown in Russian with English subtitles, so don't hesitate to bring your English-speaking friends!
Pysanky - Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating Workshop
(April 2, 2011 - Clinton, MA) Just in time for Easter, explore the art, symbolism and joy in creating pysanky. Pysanky are Ukrainian Easter Eggs, decorated using beeswax and dyes that are applied in layers. Each participant will create their own unique and beautiful egg in this hands-on workshop.
USRBC Luncheon Briefing with FAS Administrator Igor Artemyev
(April 13, 2011 - Washington, DC) Igor Artemyev has served as Head of the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service of the Russian Federation since 2004. Previously, he headed the EPICenter-St. Petersburg economic and political research fund and served in the Russian State Duma, holding the positions of Vice Chairman of the Yabloko party and Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Credit Organizations and Financial Markets.
Perm Economic Forum
(April 21-24, 2011 - Perm, Russia) The 7th Perm Economic Forum will take place from 21 to 24 April 2011 at the Permskaya Yarmarka Exhibition Center, Perm, Russia. The program for this year’s event will be based on the concept of “Russia 1990-2000-2010. How to move on?” and will be devoted to a review of the main stages in Russia’s recent history and to creating an agenda for the country’s development over the next decade.
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.
SVO: Delays Expected
A special aircraft division called Rossiya that serves senior officials will transfer most flights from its regular base at Vnukovo Airport to Sheremetyevo from April 15 to June 30 because of runway repairs.
Duma Passes Registration Reform
The requirement is now to register in seven, not three, working days after arrival in the country. Employers may now register employees.
Moscow #1 for Hotel Prices
The average price of a bed in the Russian capital declined over the course of 2010 by 3% when measured in pounds (12% in roubles) to £258.67, yet keeps the city in the top slot for a sixth successive year.
DME to Tel-Aviv Flights
Effective from March 4 this year an Israeli airline Arkia will open scheduled flights Moscow (Domodedovo) – Tel-Aviv (Ben Gurion) – Moscow (Domodedovo). The flight will be operated twice a week.
Pulkovo Project Is "Deal of the Year"
The close of the investment competition on the Pulkovo Airport PPP was awarded with the two highest prizes of Infrastructure Investor Journal, the global magazine for infrastructure finance and investment.
USRCCNE and Member News
Marchmont: "Innovation for Business"
Marchmont Capital Partners kicked off its annual series of Russian regional business conferences with a two-day conference in Novosibirsk from February 24 – 25. Daniel Satinsky, Partner in Russia Innovation Collaborative, took part in the roundtable discussion of infrastructure and cluster development.
Auriga: Russia-India IT Collaboration
A top level India-Russia business meeting took place on January 31 at the Hotel Ritz-Carlton Moscow, with T.K.A. Nair, the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, and the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov as co-chairs. The event consisted of the plenary session and two roundtables: IT and Pharmaceuticals.
Russia Innovation Collaborative at Tomsk Seminar
Daniel Satinsky and Cynthia Bouthot, two of the partners in the Russia Innovation Collaborative, travelled to Tomsk from February 13 – 17 to initiate collaboration with the Institute of Engineering Entrepreneurship of Tomsk Polytechnic University.
Dewey & LeBoeuf Name Russian M&A Lawyer of the Year
Brian Zimbler, managing partner of Dewey & LeBoeuf's Moscow office, has been awarded Russian M&A Lawyer of the Year by International Law Office at the publication's 2011 Client Choice Awards, which are held in conjunction with the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Articles & Resources
Russian Language in the Post-Soviet Space
Andrew Moyseowicz of Language Connections examines post-Soviet language policies.
Hitachi digs Tver for its $67m hydraulic excavator plant
Hitachi Construction Machinery has unveiled its $66-67m hydraulic excavator plant to be built in the Tver region. But with Caterpillar, Komatsu, Liebherr, XCMG, JCB, Sumitomo, Hyundai, Volvo and other heavyweights already well established and the market at just 3,000 machines a year, HCM will have to sell 1,200 excavators just to meet its stated production goals.
The Making of a Russian Blockbuster Drug
A facinating look at marketing in Russian pharma.
AstraZeneca injects $150m into Russia’s pharma market
International pharma major AstraZeneca is coming to the Kaluga region with a $150m pharmaceutical project. In three years the new plant is expected to start making innovative drugs based on localized R&D.
Russia's Rich List
Published annually by Russia's Finans Magazine - a ranking of Russia's wealthiest tycoons.
Pushkin: Our Everything
A new English-language documentary on the importance of Pushkin to Russia's multicultural society.
A long but fascinating analysis of Russia's system of governance and its future prospects.
New American Plays for Russia
The second major stage in the New American Plays for Russia project is complete.
TNK-BP to invest $200m in expansion of its Zaykinsky gas processing complex
Russian-British oil giant TNK-BP has announced plans to invest $200m in expansion of its Zaykinsky gas processing complex in Orenburg region. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service
Russian Corner: Personal Income Tax Filing for Foreigners Living in Russia
Filing your personal income taxes in today’s global world can be complicated and time-consuming. Income and assets in multiple countries mean juggling multiple sets of tax legislation and dealing with multiple tax agencies. Alinga Consulting Group, experts in Russian taxation and accounting since 1999, helps expats living in Russia file their personal income taxes. 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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