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June, 2012

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

USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

Join us for a breakfast event with leading members of the Russian delegation to the BIO International Convention on Wednesday, June 20 from 8:30 – 10:00 AM. Full information on this exciting event is included here. This event is not to be missed!  

See our newsletter for more great events, travel and business news for those involved with Russia, and news from our members!

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.

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 will be welcoming leading members of the Russian delegation to the 2012 BIO International Convention at a business breakfast seminar on Wednesday, June 20 at the offices of Chamber member K&L Gates.

Breakfast Seminar: "Russia's Place in World Biotech"
(June 20 - Boston, MA) USRCCNE will be welcoming leading members of the Russian delegation to the 2012 BIO International Convention at a business breakfast seminar on Wednesday, June 20 at the offices of Chamber member K&L Gates.

Palekh Icons: The Enchantment of Russian Painting
(June 14 through September 1, 2012 - Clinton, MA) Works from the private collection of a Berlin art dealer and restorer, Thomas Mönius, are augmented with paintings from the Museum of Russian Icons collection, and showcased in new exhibition.  

Hermitage Museum Foundation White Nights Tour
(June 24-30, 2012 - Saint-Petersburg, Russia) For six days, you will have exclusive access and experiences in Saint Petersburg, including a day in the Hermitage when the museum is closed to the public, curator-led tours of other museums and palaces, private excursions by boat and horse-drawn carriage, behind-the-scenes visits, great restaurants and more.

The 14th International Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival
(July 1, 2012 - Boston, MA) The Boston Lithuanian American Community will be hosting as many as 47 Lithuanian folk dance groups from around the world. The dance festival is held every four years and for the first time will be coming to Boston. The festival begins with an entry march, as 1,800 dancers dressed in distinctive folk costumes fill the stadium floor, then together perform intricately choreographed dances, creating a kaleidoscope of movement, music and color. Come experience this celebration of Lithuanian dance and culture!

SnapShot Tours: Summer Series at the Museum of Russian Icons
(beginning July 5, 2012 - Clinton, MA) These 20 minute weekly talks/tours by museum volunteer tour guides highlight aspects of the collection. They take place at 5:15 pm and again at 6 pm. Make the Museum of Russian Icons your Thursday evening destination this summer!

Prosopon School of Iconology
(July 30 - August 4, 2012 - Clinton, MA) The Museum of Russian Icons has the honor of hosting the renowned Prosopon School of Iconology for an intensive six-day course on icon writing.


USRCCNE and Member News

Living and Working in Russia: 2012
On 11 May 2012, SRAS hosted its latest successful seminar on the ins and outs of living and working in Russia – and the practical and professional opportunities that a knowledge of Russian and international experience can offer.

Alinga Hosted Seminar on Legislative Changes
On May 22, 2012, Alinga Consulting organized a workshop to discuss major changes in Russian legislation which businesses must take into account in 2012. Possible upcoming changes were also discussed.

Commercializing Innovation – Workshop in Kazan
Daniel Satinsky participated as one of the main speakers at “Legislative Institute: Legislative Foundation of Commercializing Innovation,” recently held in Tatarstan. He was representing Russia Innovation Collaborative, LLC. 

Yaroslavl – New Capital of Democracy in Russia?
On May 26, 2012, Daniel Satinsky attended the inauguration of Evgenii Robertovich Urlashov, the new Mayor of the ancient city of Yaroslavl. Daniel Satinsky, President of the US-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England, was part of the official delegation of dignitaries participating in the full day of ceremonies marking the occasion.  

Auriga Develops First MS Project-based Mobile Application for Project Escalations
Recently, Auriga engineers developed a mobile client for project monitoring web-services based on MS Project Server. 

Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Files for Chapter 11 Protection; Seeks Orderly Wind-Down of Business
The international law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP today announced that in an effort to preserve assets and wind down its business in the most orderly and efficient way possible, it has filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code. 

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Blueseed's Start-up Ship to Steer Past US Immigration Laws
A Silicon Valley start-up called Blueseed wants to convert a cruise ship into a floating centre for foreign workers who cannot get visas to work in the US.

US-Russian 3-Year Multientry Visa Bill to Go to Duma
A new visa agreement between the U.S. and Russia stipulates that successful applicants from both countries would automatically get three-year multientry visas.

Putin Calls for Visa-free Travel Across EU
Russia's president Vladimir Putin said the European Union must shed 'stereotypes' about the country.

Luxury Hotels Compete to Raise Service
As competition on the luxury segment in Moscow continues to grow — several premium hotel projects, including a Four Seasons hotel, are in the pipeline — the level of customer care will likely also improve.

Pulkovo On Track for Expansion
St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport will meet a milestone next week when it completes the  of its new passenger terminal, the airport's operator Northern Capital Gateway announced Wednesday.

Russian Railways Announces Frequent Rider Program
Russian Railways daughter company Federalnaya Passazhirskaya Kompania has announced the details of its new loyalty card program. Passengers will now be able to earn frequent rider points for every long-distance journey that they take on platskart, first- and second-class wagons.

Groups Propose Path for Bike Tours
Need to get to St. Petersburg but don't like the Sapsan or Russian airlines? Try a bike. The St. Petersburg-based club VeloPiter is proposing to build a bike-friendly track between Russia's two largest cities.


Articles & Resources

Bill Enabling US Businesses To Boost Exports To Russia Unveiled
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), International Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member John Thune (R-S.D.), Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Armed Services Committee Ranking Member John McCain (R-Ariz.) unveiled legislation today to enable American businesses to pursue new job-creating export opportunities in Russia when it joins the World Trade Organization (WTO) this summer.

Ruble Volatility Not Serious - Central Bank
The Central Bank of Russia does not view the current ruble volatility as serious and is not planning to change the existing currency intervention parameters, Deputy Bank Chairman Sergei Shvetsov said.

Russian Ruble Hits Lowest Point in over 3 Years
Russia's currency, the ruble, dropped for eight straight days to reach its lowest level since April 2009 as it tracked the falling price of crude oil - a key source of revenue for the country.

Russian Programmers Prove Their Exceptional Talent Once Again
The World Finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) took place in Warsaw, Poland from May 14–18, 2012. The St. Petersburg National Research University ITMO students’ team won the title of Absolute World Champions in Programming, finishing ahead of the University of Warsaw team.

Putin Backs Business Watchdogs
The protection of business rights is to be given a higher profile in President Vladimir Putin’s new administration with the creation of two watchdogs: a special department within the Prosecutor General’s Office to oversee the protection of businesses’ rights, and a Business Ombudsman’s Office to take up entrepreneurs’ complaints.

Meeting with Representatives of Business Organisations
Vladimir Putin held a meeting with representatives of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the Chamber of Commerce, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, national public associations Delovaya Rossiya and OPORA Russia. The meeting participants discussed measures to support small and medium business, and current aspects of relations between the state and the business community..

New Russian Government Gears up for Another Privatisation Push
Unveiling the new cabinet on May 21, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called for Russia's massive privatisation drive to be reinvigorated. Officials promised him to have an accelerated schedule on his desk within 10 days at most. 

Parliament Rejects Luxury Tax, May Adopt Property Tax
On May 30, the State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes held a hearing on the Tax Policy Guidelines for 2013 and for 2014-2015, as approved by the government on May 2. Officials, deputies and business people all said the document could stand some adjustment.

Russia Attracts Foreign Professionals
Surprisingly, Russia has managed to benefit from the European financial crisis as it is becoming more attractive for foreign professionals amid the growing unemployment rate and pay cuts in their home countries. Experts say that the foreign labor market in Russia is undergoing serious changes.

Sochi Tops Best Business Cities in Russia List
The Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi tops the list of Russia’s 30 best cities for doing business, according to a Forbes survey published on Wednesday.

Rules Changed for Russian Work Permits
Two recent changes to rules concerning foreigners will make life both easier and more difficult for some. Rossiiskaya Gazeta today published a list of international universities, degrees from which will be automatically recognized by the Russian state.

Procedures For Dismissing A Foreign Employee
The Labor Code does not make special provisions for hiring foreign citizens and treats them as equal to Russian citizens who have entered into an employment contract.

“Staph Killer” and Nano-cigarettes from Saratov
Scientists of Saratov State University have developed a new nanofiber product that they claim is “unmatched” elsewhere in the world. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

Russian Corner: SMEs Investing in Russia: Things You Should Know
What is important to realize is the need for patience and resilience in creating a successful business in Russia and that the ‘quick fix” may not be the best option in the long term. Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update

Just for Fun: Art in Russia
Everything about art in Russia! Visit this new site from the folks at The School of Russian and Asian Studies, now in its gorgeous final version! Subscribe to the SRAS Newsletter

 Never Too Many Books!
Faith and Humor Protested by some
faithful - studied by
some clergy.
Doubt Doubt, Atheism, and the Nineteenth-Century
Russian Intelligentsia
Post-Imperium Post-Imperium: A Eurasian Story


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