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October, 2011

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

USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

In this month's newsletter, USRCCNE, together with the Harvard Club of Boston, is pleased to invite you to breakfast with Loren Graham, the leading scholar on Russian science outside of Russia and professor emeritus at MIT.  The topic for his presentation will be "Why Does Russia Have So Much Trouble Modernizing?" Please join us!

This month's newsletter brings you lots of other business and arts events happening soon in the Boston area or in Russia. We also have the latest in travel news that might affect you and links to articles and resources ranging from a great new site for Russian economic stats (with customizable graphs) to a Russian Halloween film suggestion! 


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

USRCCNE Presents: L. Graham on Russian Modernization
USRCCNE (November 7, 2011 - Boston, MA) Loren R. Graham is a noted historian of science, considered the leading scholar on Russian science outside that country. For almost fifty years he has published on that subject and others, and has taught at Indiana University, Columbia University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University, where he is currently a research associate.  He usually goes to Russia several times a year.

International Forum "Russian Regions"
(November 9-10, 2011 - Moscow, Russia) The forum’s key objective is to draw attention of foreign investors to new projects in the Russian regions and to demonstrate the huge potential of the country. This event will consist of intensive and interactive sessions, covering industries such as energy, construction, urban infrastructure, real estate, IT & telecoms, tourism, banking, agriculture, and innovation. USRCCNE member Russia Innovation Collaborative is an information sponsor for this conference.

Afrika Boston Museum of Fine Art
Learn about the origins of Russian contemporary art at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston!

Alinga Seminar on the Practical Implications of the Legislative Changes in 2011
(November 1, 2011- Moscow, Russia) Learn about the latest developments in VAT calculation, the new social insurance premiums, how to form contingencies, create accounting reserves, formulating accounting policies, the new transfer pricing rules, and the new law on personal data. 

The Birth of Russian Contemporary Art: A Personal History
(November 2, 2011 - Boston, MA) Internationally renowned artist Afrika, real name Sergei Bugaev, will give a personal history of the underground art and music movements of the late Soviet Union and the evolution of contemporary art in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union, in both of which he has played an active role.

Ready, Set, Russian! - Introduction to the Russian language
(November 12, 2011 - Boston, MA) Join us for a 90-minute workshop that will introduce some basics of Russian language and conversation with instructor Larissa Dyan at the Museum of Russian Icons. This drop-in class will introduce students to the Russian alphabet, some conversation starters, icon-related terms, and useful phrases. Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservation is required. Free with admission.

The Icon and The Stage: Lecture by Anne Winestein
(November 12, 2011 - Boston, MA) This talk by Anna Winestein examines the work of three Russian artists of the first half of the twentieth century whose creative output was deeply, but differently influenced by icons. 

Culinary Walking Tour of Brighton and Brookline
(November 19, 2011 - Boston, MA) Where can you find the best Russian borsch, pirozhki, and caviar? What is the Russian way to drink tea and vodka? Discover the answers at our 3-hour culinary adventure while tasting delicious authentic Russian specialties. Learn how to make traditional Russian dishes and find out the unique Russian ingredients that can spark up your every-day meals.

Tolstoy Under The Lens
(November 27, 2011 - Boston, MA) Despite his professed desire to retreat from the world, at the end of his life Tolstoy was one of Russia's most photographed personalities.  He was also fascinated by the new possibilities offered by film.  This talk will discuss how and why Tolstoy became one of Russia's first international media celebrities, and will include some of the priceless footage of the great writer chopping logs and walking about his estate shortly before he died in 1910 - an event also captured on film.

USRCCNE and Member News

Chet Bowling Speaks on Liability Insurance at RBCC
Chet Bowling was invited to present at the RBCC-organized Liability Insurance Conference. He presented on the 5th panel dealing with professional liability insurance and shared Alinga’s successful experience in working with local insurers providing such coverage.

SRAS Posters Available
One poster vividly shows why you should study abroad in Russia and the other shows you how to do it

Travel News!

Doing Business in Russia!
Tax Inspection

If you have an ad to submit to this space, contact us! Free for members!

Aeroexpress Launches "REKS" Electrichkas
(In Russian) Aeroexpress, the company that runs the express trains running to Moscow's airports, will now offer express commuter trains between Moscow and surrounding locations. Currently there is only one to Lubnya, but future locations will include Vladimir, Ryazan, Kaluga, Tula, Alexandrov, and Orekhovo.

Transaero doesn't show up in most search engines like Travelocity. However, they have recently expanded their international offerings to include NY and Houston and currently  have rates considerably less than Aeroflot or Delta.

Aeroflot and Government Squeeze Rivals out of SVO
Transaero's SVO flights will soon be moved out of SVO. Other airlines may also be affected.

Avianova to Cancel Flights
The saga of Avianova, a popular discount airline in Russia, continues with the firm announcing that it will file for bankruptcy and stop flying.

Moscow Launches English-Language Tourist Signs
(In Russian) Moscow has invested in 100 street signs that point the way to tourist attractions in English. More are planned.

Articles & Resources

From American High School to St. Petersburg
The NSLI-Y organization sponsors students to immerse themselves in a foreign language considered to be an integral part of the global economy and international diplomacy, but isn’t taught in enough schools or learned by enough U.S. citizens. Subscribe to Language Connection's Newsletter

Russian IT Takes Aim at Internet and Software Piracy
In an effort to stop software and Internet piracy, several Russia IT firms are moving aggressively to address the problem. Moscow’s Protection Technology Research is unveiling its $3m anti-piracy program designed to safeguard Android and other mobile software systems while Perm’s Pirate Pay is developing solutions for protecting legitimate Internet content from unauthorized dissemination.

Rusnano Joins RF Push to Create Dual GPS/GLONASS Chipsets
Word came earlier this week about the RF’s plans to step up the development of dual-system navigation chipsets, to be designated GeoS-4, that will support both the U.S.’ GPS and Russia’s GLONASS. New production is expected to fully come on-line by late 2013. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

Russian Economic Stats
This site provides a range of customizable economic charts for various indicators for Russia.

My Family’s Experiment in Extreme Schooling
What happens when you take three American kids and throw them in a Russian grade school where they can’t speak the language?

The New Moscow
Moscow as seen through the enlightened mind of a "Snob."

Tax Overhaul in Russia Aims to Keep Country at Top of Oil-Producing Heap
The overhaul will dial back taxes on crude oil exports. The new policy, which took effect Oct. 1, was one condition that helped secure a major investment last month by Exxon Mobil.

Russian Corner: The Rough Guide to Responding to a Tax Claim
So, the tax audit is over – now what? As soon as the claim is in the taxpayer’s hands, the company begins a long fight to defend its interests. Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update

Just for Fun: Russian Halloween Film: Âèé
Halloween is just around the bend - celebrate it with the best-known Russian horror film of all time! It's free on YouTube and has English subtitles! Subscribe to the SRAS newsletter

 Never Too Many Books or Movies!
Exporting Raymond on DVD Everybody Loves Raymond
er... Vova!
soviet fates lost alternatives Post-Soviet history understanding russian politics
A great new book!


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