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Past Issue
August, 2011

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


USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

As we wind down another summer vacation season and look forward to a new business season, USRCCNE brings you another great lineup of articles, travel news, information on upcoming events, and news about more members!

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

Spotlight Gallery Talk
(August 25, 2011 - Boston, MA) The Museum of Russian Icon’s volunteer docents lead free evening gallery talks for nine summer Thursdays, each focusing on a different aspect of the Museum’s collection. Pre-registration is not required; just drop in.

"Russia on the Cusp" U.S.-Russia Business Council's 19th Annual Meeting
(October 3-4, 2011 - Chicago, IL) This year's Annual Meeting will feature panels exploring Russia's investment attractiveness and market opportunities on the cusp of national elections, the country's leadership of APEC, and its long-awaited WTO accession, as well as energy and healthy workforce issues, and how the country's planned privatization, financial services reforms and industrial policies may impact its competitiveness.  

USRCCNE and Member News

After successful 2010 Auriga plans growth for 2011
Auriga, one of world's top 20 outsourcing service providers (as rated by Datamonitor), continues its growth in Russia, EU and USA, and highlights mobile, rich multimedia and cloud software as technology areas for further development.

CRDF Global Grantee Receives $100,000 Grant from Microsoft Seed Fund
CRDF Global grantee Andrey Klimenko received a $100,000 grant in March 2011 from the Microsoft Seed Fund, making his company -- Internet Content, Ltd. -- one of the first to receive seed funding as the result of cooperation between Microsoft and the Skolkovo Foundation.

Chet Bowling Speaks to Radio Listeners
Alinga's Managing Partner, Chet Bowling, was recently taped by Voice of Russia radio to talk about the business community in Russia.

Travel News! 


Study Abroad
in Russia!

SRAS specializes in innovative study abroad programs to Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan.

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Moscow on Track for Better Commuter Trains
Commuting in Moscow Region is about to get easier and more comfortable following a deal to build a new fleet of double-decker trains.

Moscow Students' Guide
A guide to Moscow written not so much for tourists as for students who come to the city to stay for a few months. This covers quite a few more practical points than many guides do.

Cost Comparison of Key Tourist Cities
The site TripAdvisor.com has ranked Moscow the 4th most expensive tourist destination in the world, below Stockholm, Amsterdam, and (surprisingly) Kiev.

Aeroflot Calls for New Flight Allocations
Russian state airline Aeroflot wants a new approach to allocating lucrative international routes – but rival carriers claim the plans will simply create a monopoly.

Moscow Railway Stations Get Wi-Fi
Russian Railways announced that wireless broadband based on Wi-Fi technology has become accessible in all Moscow railway stations. Up to 2Mbps internet is offered for RUB 50 per hour.

Pulkovo-2 Self-Check-In Services
Russia Airline has launched self check-in service for passengers flying to Helsinki, Vienna and Stockholm. Self-check-in kiosks are available in the departure hall of Pulkovo-2 Airport.

 Articles & Resources

Estonian Business Culture
One can say that Estonia, a country shaped by its invaders, has loosened its bonds to Russia and has moved towards making its own strong economic and cultural advances. Subscribe to Language Connection's Newsletter

Step Aside, Acai: Could Siberian Berry Be The New ‘Superfruit’?
Yes, it is brightly colored (orange), and its Siberian origins are, if not terribly romantic, rather exotic for the average American consumer. Enter "oblepikha," a berry that most in the Russian-speaking world are familiar with and likely haven't given a sustained thought to.

Russians Get Cirque du Soleil From Family That Gave It Big Macs, Coca-Cola
The father and son who boosted Russian consumer freedom with global brands McDonald’s and Coca- Cola are on a mission to do the same for cultural choice with the Cirque du Soleil’s “Zarkana” show.

English and Credit Cards Altering Russians' Travel Plans
More and more travelers are now opting to handle their trips themselves, booking hotels online, applying for visas in person, arranging their own travel schedules, and sparing themselves the sometimes bothersome company of other tourists, tourist industry insiders said.

Russia and Germany to set up $1.4bn SME support fund
The RF President Dmitry Medvedev and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed to set up a $1.4bn joint Russian-German fund to support high-technology innovative and energy efficient projects of Russian small and medium businesses.

RF-EU consortium injects $115m into stem cell pharma venture
Russia’s Human Stem Cell Institute in collaboration with Russian and European pharmas and the RF’s Rusnano is planning to spend $115m to create SynBio, a project that by 2015 will produce next-generation drugs to treat diseases from diabetes to Alzheimer’s. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service  

Russian Corner: Internal Accounting Policy
As a legal instrument, accounting policy is necessary to make an informed decision from a number of options established by law. The correct decision will allow you to regulate many processes of your business, increase the effectiveness of the company’s resources, avoid easily-preventable mistakes, and it will make your accounting report more transparent and your business more attractive for investors. Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update

Just for Fun: American Actor in Russia
This is a great blog from one of SRAS's summer students - one of the inaugural class of its new acting program in St. Petersburg! Subscribe to the SRAS newsletter 



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