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Past Issue
September, 2012

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

USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

Russia is now a full-fledged member of the WTO and is expecting changes in 116 economic sectors. The US and Russia have both implemented the new, simplified visa regime with the US side now up and running and the Russian side slowly nearing operability. More progress on Russia-EU visas is expected to be made in October.

For more on both of these stories, and much more news on travel to Russia, Russian business, and Russian cultural events in the US – see our newsletter for 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.

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

A new US-Russia visa regime is now in place.

World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship
(September 26-28, 2012 - Boston, MA) The Summit connects an elected group of the world’s most innovative people to exchange inspiring stories and architect meaningful actions for economic competitiveness and social innovation. USRCCNE members will be especially interested in Eye on Russia: Championing Change, Changing Futures - explore the ideas and solutions of a remarkable line-up of leading US and Russian executives coming together to reveal their roadmap for the future of Russian Innovations.

Optimizing Time and Money in Clinical Trials
(September 27, 2012 - Cambridge, MA) ClinStar will host an educational seminar “Optimizing Time and Money in Clinical Trials: A Russian, Ukrainian, Eastern European Perspective.” The seminar will be followed by an informal networking reception.

Concert with Arkady Beletsky and Jennifer Morlock
(September 27, 2012 - Clinton, MA) Performance takes place at the Museum of Russian Icons' Auditorium. Presented in partnership with Indian Hill Music, Littleton, MA.

Culinary Walking Tour: From Russia With Love
(October 13, 2012 - Brighton, 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.

Lecture with Edward Kasinec: "Russia’s Art Under Armand’s Hammer"
(October 13, 2012 - Clinton, MA) Edward Kasinec takes a closer look at the early career of perhaps the single most important figure in 20th century Russian-American cultural and economic contacts, Armand Hammer, M.D.

USRCCNE and Member News

Visit Auriga at DESIGN East 2012
Auriga is heading to one of the largest international events for the electronics industry, DESIGN East 2012 in Boston, which is to take place at the Hynes Convention Center on September 17-20, 2012.

Science Without Borders: An Ukrainian Example
Two Ukrainian scientists from the Lviv National Politechnic University participated in the International Symposium on Fluid Flow Measurement (ISFFM) which took place in Colorado Springs in June 2012.

Alinga Sponsors Moscow Youth Soccer League
Alinga is proud to sponsor the Moscow Youth Soccer League, a great organization that has been operating in Moscow for more than 15 years. 

Travel News!

Study Abroad
in Russia!


Under New Visas, Mind the Fine Print
Those who believe in the US-Russian "reset" despite disheartening rhetoric in both countries recently may want to celebrate on Sunday when a landmark visa agreement comes into force. But before you put the Champagne bottle on ice, read the fine print carefully.

Free WiFi Available on Four Russian Train Routes
Free WiFi service is now available on four long-distance trains in Russia.

Blackout Hits Sheremetyevo Airport
An electric glitch severed power supply to Sheremetyevo Airport for almost four hours Wednesday, causing the delay of 30 flights.

US Allows Russians 3-Year Visa
Issuing three-year visas is a small step for the United States, which already gives two-year visas to most applicants, but it means a large change for Russia, whose consulates have hitherto issued visas strictly according to applicants' travel dates.

Double-Decker Tourist Buses Hit the Streets
Three red double-decker buses hit the streets around the Kremlin on Saturday, navigating potholes and curious traffic police, as Moscow became the last European capital to introduce the tourist vehicles that are a familiar sight for holidaymakers across the world.

EasyJet May Service Russia
The world’s second-largest budget airline, EasyJet, is aiming to enter the Russian market, RBC Daily reported. The British company has applied for flights between London and Moscow, and also wants to fly to Britain and Switzerland from St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport.

SVO Services for Passengers with Reduced Mobility
Now passengers with reduced mobility can order special care services at the airport by completing the form on the Sheremetyevo website. This must be done no later than 72 hours prior to the time the services will be needed.

Domodedovo Airport Creating a Hub
New procedures will free travelers from the need to go through customs control and baggage screening when catching a connecting flight at Domodedovo Airport.

Articles & Resources

Five Russia-Related Issues to Watch this Fall
Five most important stories of the summer that will continue to develop and be important in US-Russia relations this fall.

The Decline of the Russian Language in Georgia
Georgia's language policies show how language can influence domestic and international politics. The Georgian government wants its youth to speak English to encourage western investment but also to claim further independence from Russia.

Russian Public-Private Partnerships in Science
Does modern Russia have successful examples of public-private partnerships in science? In an article for a Russian media outlet, Dr. Irina Dezhina, Senior Program Advisor at CRDF Global's Moscow office, says one need look no further than the Baikal Research Centre for an affirmative answer.

No Language Exams for Highly Qualified Specialists
Compulsory language, history and legal exams for receiving foreigner work permits will not be required for highly qualified specialists, the head of the Federal Migration Service, Konstantin Romodanovsky, announced on Friday.

Russia Business Watch: Summer 2012
Russia Business Watch (RBW) is the quarterly publication of the US-Russia Business Council. Summer 2012 issue covers USRBC's recent events and activities, including an assesment of US-Russia commercial relations by US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, an interview with Sergei Borisov, President of OPORA Russia on development of small- and medium-sized enterprises in Russia, and Ed Verona's President's Message.

Will Russia Avoid the Global Financial Crisis?
Regardless of some macroeconomic advantages in comparison with other emerging countries, Russia is hardly likely to avoid the consequences of the global financial downturn.

Kinder Surprise Goes Russian
Ferrero Group, the Italian family-owned chocolate giant, is launching production of Kinder Surprise at its factory in the Vladimir region this month and will introduce its first Russian-themed toys inside the chocolate eggs in January.

PepsiCo's Donald M. Kendall on Russia
David Speedie, director of the program on US Global Engagement at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, interviewed former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Donald Kendall about his work in Russia and his hopes for the country’s future.

Russian Central Banker Outperforms Bernanke
The Chairman of Russia’s Central bank Sergey Igantiev beats US Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke and the ECB head Mario Draghi in the World's Top Central Bankers 2012 rating, organised by Global Finance magazine.

BoomStarter.ru, Crowdfunding Service for Russian Talent 
This crowdfunding project is aimed at helping talented people gain recognition without expensive producers and go-betweens—only by using public preferences.

Debenhams Chain Coming to Moscow
The British department store chain Debenhams is opening its first store in Russia on Sept. 1.

McDonald’s to Open in Siberia in 2013
Krasnoyarsk is to be the first Siberian city to host a McDonald’s restaurant.

Russian Steel Giant To Challenge EU Duties
TMK, Russia's largest manufacturer of steel pipes for the oil and gas industry, has announced that it will launch proceedings against European Union (EU) anti-dumping duties in September after Russia becomes a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

For Next Gen Electronics, Violet Sense Technology Bets on Silicon Carbide
In an ambitious effort aimed at setting up Russia’s first silicon carbide detector production, the international Violet Sense Technology team that has brought together researchers from St. Petersburg, Kazan and France’s Marseille is pushing its high-temperature radiation-resistant ultraviolet detectors based on silicon carbide, a material that is expected to bring about a new generation of electronics capable of operating in extreme conditions. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

Russian Corner: Dismissal as a Disciplinary Action
This article written by Alinga's professionals will examine some examples of how dismissal is applied according to the different provisions in LC Article 81 which have been supported by judicial practice.
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Just for Fun: Erin Decker: Translation, editing, and advancement in Russia
Erin Decker holds a BA in Political Science and International Studies (Global Security) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing SRAS's Translate Abroad program in 2009, she went on to find employment as a translator and editor in Moscow and has lived there since. Subscribe to the SRAS Newsletter

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