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Past Issue
May, 2013

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

USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

This June will bring several exciting events to Boston and beyond. Join us June 5th in the great city of Philadelphia, PA for USRBC's Legal Forum, which will focus on managing risks, due diligence, anti-corruption measures, commercial arbitration and litigation, FCPA enforcement trends and what steps the Russian government is taking to tackle the serious issue of corruption. USRCCNE members and newsletter subscribers qualify for a special registration rate!

June 13 will see Russia Day celebrations in Chicago. USRCCNE is partnering with the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International to bring you this event, a black tie gala that will feature His Excellency Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States.

Lastly, clear your calendar to attend Doing Business with and within Russia on June 20. USRCCNE's president Daniel Satinsky will be presenting the key note address at this conference that will look at, among other things, opportunities in Russia; compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; outsourcing from Russia; and expanding to Russia.

Thanks to everyone who made our most recent event – hosting Yaroslavl Deputy Mayor Oleg Vinogradov's official delegation to Boston from May 5 – 8. We are proud to have been a part of this exciting effort to promote innovation in Russia and cooperation between Russia and New England!

See our newsletter this month for more events and exciting news from us and our members - as well as the best articles that we've come across over the last month on issues affecting US-Russia business and concerning Russia and its culture.

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.


Daniel Satinsky, USRCCNE President
Daniel Satinsky, President of USRCCNE, will speak in Boston on June 20 about developing business in and with Russia.

Upcoming Events

Developing Business With and Within Russia
(June 20, 2013 - Boston, MA) Russia is a promising market for United States businesses that are looking to expand their reach to Russian consumers, or engage Russian experts to help with local business needs. United States-based businesses that export products and services or outsource work to Russia face certain legal and practical challenges. In this program, we will explore both the risks and the opportunities in doing business with and within Russia.

Matryoshka: The Russian Nesting Doll
(May 18 - July 20, 2013 - Clinton, MA) The Museum of Russian Icons is pleased to announce the new exhibition Matryoshka: The Russian Nesting Doll, featuring 83 Matryoshka sets of lavishly painted wooden nesting dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other. Whether depicting ancient legends, religious themes, or political caricatures, Matryoshkas can reveal a subtle narrative—as one bell-shaped doll opens to reveal the next one inside—about the history of Russia.

Traditional Russian Tea
(June 1, 2013 - Clinton, MA) Join Russian hostess Larissa Dyan for a fun and educational program that celebrates the central role of tea in Russian culture.

USRBC's Russia Legal Forum 2013
(June 5, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA) The focus of this year's Russia Legal Forum will be on managing risks, due diligence, anti-corruption measures, commercial arbitration and litigation, FCPA enforcement trends and what steps the Russian government is taking to tackle the serious issue of corruption.

Concert: Russian Masters with Marianna V. Rashkovetsky
(June 6, 2013 - Clinton, MA) Pianist Marianna V. Rashkovetsky presents a program of Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff at a concert presented in partnership with Indian Hill Music.

Russian Vodka Gone Global
(June 8, 2013 - Clinton, MA) Patricia Herlihy, Professor Emerita of History, Brown University, will speak on her new book about vodka.

Russia Day Gala
(June 13, 2013 - Chicago, IL) Chairs Aleksandra Efimova and Prince Piotr Galitzine of the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, in partnership with the US-Russia Chamber of Commerce invite you to the Third Annual Russia Day Gala at the Drake Hotel’s Gold Coast Ballroom. The black tie gala will honor His Excellency Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States.


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USRCCNE and Member News

Yaroslavl City Delegation Visits Boston to View Innovation Ecosystem
Yaroslavl Deputy Mayor Oleg Vinogradov led an official delegation to Boston from May 5 – 8 to observe how innovation is promoted in Boston and Cambridge. The visit included a presentation to the Chamber members on Tuesday, May 7 at the Downtown Harvard Club.

SRAS Publishes 13th Issue of Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies
VESTNIK is a scholarly journal which publishes the best in undergraduate and graduate research on any subject of relevance to that geographic region. Subscribe to the SRAS Newsletter

Language Connections Joins Boston in Healing
As a language service company we are proud to participate in events aiding the healing process, including providing interpreting services during today’s memorial service at Boston University (BU) in honor of Lu Lingzi, the graduate student who was killed due to the Boston Marathon bombing. Language Connections provided English to Mandarin Chinese interpreting for the student’s family attending the BU ceremony, as well as Chinese to English during Lu Lingzi’s father’s speech. The event was broadcast both in the United States and in China, bringing the two countries closer during this time of mourning. In light of the circumstances the services were provided pro bono.

Auriga Looks Forward to Meeting You at CTIA 2013
With mobile technology at the forefront of all areas of business, the importance of comprehensive industry events can’t be underestimated. Auriga is heading to one of the must-attend events of this year—CTIA 2013 taking place in Las Vegas, May 21–23.

Alinga Hosts President & CEO of PrimeGlobal
In March, Alinga Consulting hosted Mr. Kevin Mead - President & CEO of PrimeGlobal. During this busy 3-day visit, Mr. Mead was able meet with officials of the leading business associations in Russia including Mr. Kokarev of the Association of European Business and Mr. Somers of the American Chamber of Commerce.

CRDF Global Visits Northern (Arctic) Federal University
CRDF Global staff Stuart Politi, Elisabeth Shoop, and Dasha Romanova, along with Stephen Hoyt of Eastern Washington University, paid a site visit to the Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V.Lomonosov, in Arkhangelsk, Russia.

Travel News

Thunderstorms May Stop Moscow's Record Heat Wave
As unseasonably sweltering weather swept Moscow on Thursday, forecasters said thunderstorms might prevent the temperature from hitting a record high for a third day in a row.

10 Tips for Traveling Abroad
Be sure to find out in advance what the local expectations are in the country you are visiting! Subscribe to the LanguageConnections Newsletter

Lenin Mausoleum Reopens After Major Repairs
The mausoleum holding the remains of Russian Communist leader Vladimir Lenin in Moscow’s Red Square will reopen on Wednesday after repairs that fixed the “sinking” foundation and restored the original lighting, the Federal Guards Service (FGS) said. The Lenin’s Tomb has not undergone major repairs in over 80 years.

Russia Planning $3.2 Billion Upgrade of Its Far East Regional Airports
The first airports to benefit from the modernisation and reconstruction programme are expected to be Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Ulan-Ude, as Russia’s Ministry of Transport recently announced that they lacked the infrastructure and technology to match their “strategic importance”.

Moscow Stations Now a Platform for Artists
Russian Railways has launched an initiative intended not only to encourage people to visit stations, but also to teach them about art and culture.


Never Too Many Books!
Karl Marx Karl Marx: A
Nineteenth-Century Life
How the Beatles
Rocked the Kremlin:
An Untold Story of
a Noisy Revolution
The Black Russian
The Black Russian:
The son of US slaves
becomes one of Tsarist
Russia's richest men

Articles - Business and Science

Intern Abroad
in Russia!


Investigators Search Russian 'Silicon Valley'
Russian law enforcement officers searched the offices of the Skolkovo Foundation in Moscow, a centerpiece of the government's high-tech development drive, as part of an on-going inquiry into embezzlement by a former official.

In Russia The Money Is Mostly Where The People Aren't
By virtually any standard of measurement, from the number of foreigners and immigrants, to the density of population, to the average income of a worker, Moscow is very far removed from the “average” Russian’s experience.

Russia Calculates Costs of the Long Holidays in 2013
Russians will enjoy almost a third of 2013 off work, leaving behind most of the world in terms of holiday time. Such long holidays mean employers need to spend about a third more on wages.

Putin's Economic Advisers: Time for Big Change in Russia
On April 22, in the resort city of Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin convened an emergency meeting of economic advisers, government officials, bankers, and others to discuss alarming signals of a slowdown and to hear proposals on how to rev up growth. At least some of the 18 allies in attendance told Putin his policies need an overhaul.

Economically, Russia Is Roughly Where The US Was In The 1950's
While Russia’s economy has, by its own standards, performed quite well over the past thirteen years, the country’s overall level of development remains very far behind the level of an advanced Western country.

Marchmont’s Focus on Innovation: AngioScan and its cardiovascular checkup solution
In a country where cardiovascular diseases are responsible for more than half of all premature deaths, Russian researchers work to keep the enemy at bay. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

The EBRD on Russian Opportunities: Diversifying Investments and Trade Links
EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti, 22 April 2013, speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, New York: "Why Russia? Why now?" 

Russian Postal Service Chief Sacked
Pochta Rossii Chief Executive Alexander Kiselyov has been sacked, Russia’s Communications Ministry said Friday, in an apparent response to mounting accusations of inefficiency as Russia’s postal service struggled to deal with hundreds of tons of backlogged international packages.

Shedding Light on Russia's Tax System
Why the country’s tax system is more trustworthy than those in most European countries.

Russian Corner: To Levy Or Not To Levy VAT On Bonuses (Incentives) - That Is The Question
When it comes to taxation, Russian legislation is unfortunately not always clear-cut. Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update


Articles - Politics and Culture

Crime and Punishment: Juvenile offenders study Russian literature
Something strange is happening at Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center. Residents are so eager to get into a Russian literature class led by the University of Virginia that prison officials use it as a reward.

Moscow Through the Eyes of an American
Interview with Marc McElroy who lives half of the year in Moscow and half of the year in the United States. Subscribe to the LanguageConnections Newsletter

How Elvira Nabiullina Can Improve Russia's Central Bank
Russia’s central bank is about to get a new chairman and this has raised expectations of a more relaxed monetary policy.

Medvedev Offers Prize for Plan to Diversify Economy
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday he would offer a state prize for anyone who could find a method of ridding the Russian economy of its dependence on raw materials in the next few years.

Sechin Named to Time's 100 Influential People
The CEO of the world’s largest listed oil producer Rosneft, and one of Vladimir Putin’s closest lieutenants, Igor Sechin has been named in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People.

Central Asia and the Caucasus, April 2013
Central Asia is of vital importance to Russian foreign policy – in developing resources and transport routes, maintaining a military buffer zone, controlling drug and contraband trade, containing ethnic, religious, and ideological extremism, and in optimizing its immigration and labor policies. It is also of importance to China and the US for many of the same reasons and thus is a location of great competition between these major powers. This new resource from SRAS will serve to track and analyze these issues as they develop in Central Asia – by following local sources inside Central Asia. Subscribe to the SRAS Newsletter 

Nine Questions about Chechnya and Dagestan
You might naturally be wondering about Chechnya and Dagestan, which will no doubt be referenced frequently in coverage of the Tsarnaev brothers. This post is a simple, entry-level explainer on these Russian regions and their years of conflict and trauma, written to give anyone who’s interested a basic understanding.

From Bishkek to Boston
One clue to the motivations behind the suspected terrorist acts by the Tsarnaev brothers in Boston may lie half a world away, in their membership in the marginalized Chechen minority population that lives in the post-Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, located in Central Asia just a few hundred miles north of Afghanistan.

Just for Fun: Ñòðèæêà - A Haircut
Many of SRAS's students are pretty shaggy by the time they go home - because they have no idea what to say to a barber here. Hopefully this will help a bit. Subscribe to the SRAS Newsletter


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