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June, 2013

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

USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

USRCCNE has two exciting announcements! First, we are pleased to announce that, as a result of the recent Yaroslavl delegation to Boston, City Counselor Tito Jackson sponsored a resolution that was unanimously approved by the Boston City Council to pursue further ties between the two cities. Second, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Board member, Chris King. We are sure that Chris' extensive international business experience in Russia, America, and the UK will make our Board and organization even more dynamic and effective. Welcome, Chris!

In this month's newsletter, you'll find great updates on travel to Russia (including about a proposed new stop on the Trans-Siberian – to Tokyo!), about business, politics, and culture in the former Soviet space (including information on the recent Putin-Obama meeting in Ireland, thoughts from students on the ground in Kiev, and the development of intellectual property law and the hotel, beer, finance, banking, and retail industries in Russia).

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Upcoming Events

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.

Matryoshka Nesting Doll Workshops
(June 27, July 10, 2013 - Clinton, MA) In celebration of the special exhibition from The Museum of Russian Art, Matryoshka: The Russian Nesting Doll, traditional Russian artist and lecturer Marina Forbes will offer a unique three-hour workshop on the rich Russian folk tradition of nested doll painting. The workshop is open to adults and families with children 6 and up. This class is a great opportunity for adults and children to work together and learn about Russian crafts and culture.


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USRCCNE and Member News

USRCCNE Welcomes Chris King as Board Member
The US-Russia Chamber of Commerce (USRCCNE) welcomes our newest Board member, Chris King, who was unanimously elected at our Board meeting on May 29.

Boston Supports Partnerships with Yaroslavl
USRCCNE is pleased to announce that, as a result of the Yaroslavl delegation to Boston, City Counselor Tito Jackson sponsored a resolution that was unanimously approved the Boston City Council to pursue further ties between the two cities. The text of the resolution is included here.

Satinsky Speaks on Doing Business in and within Russia
Chamber Board President Dan Satinsky discussed Russian business with a lively audiance recently in Boston.

Auriga Announces Year Results
Auriga is pleased to announce the results for FY2012, which ended March 31, 2013. In 2012, we continued to strengthen our market positions in the software research and development field.

Alinga Hosted Seminar "Foreign Companies in Russia: Issues for 2013"
Alinga Consulting organized a workshop to discuss issues which foreign businesses operating in Russia should take into account in 2013 including tax accounting for companies with foreign investment and employing foreign employees in Russia.

Auriga at Interop and CTIA
Auriga experts took part in two large events: Interop and CTIA. Both events took place in Las Vegas, and both proved to be great platforms for networking, collaborating, and learning.

SRAS Students Put Kiev on the Map
Students Abroad, a website sponsored by the The School of Russian and Asian Studies, has recently opened coverage of Kiev, Ukraine. Two students on the ground will be creating new entries on local eateries, cultural institutions, and life on the ground. The site now covers Irkutsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Bishkek, and Kiev.

Travel News

10 Best Places to Visit in 2013
The world is a beautiful place and there are so many countries to see and so many things to do. Language Connections’ Multinational team members share their personal  traveling experience and give their recommendation of the top 10 best places to visit in 2013, including Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Sukhoi Superjet Gets "EU Green Card"
The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) has granted the Russia-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 its first export certificate that allows it to be purchased by European airlines.

Novosibirsk Airport: International Traffic Doubles in Two Years
Russia's largest airport east of the Urals is situated at the crossroads of major transit routes between Europe and Asia.

Russia-Japan Rail Link Considered
Plans are afoot to extend the Trans-Siberian railway to make it possible for people to travel by train from London to Tokyo in approximately two weeks.

Moscow Plans New Rail Stations for High Speed Trains
Moscow is looking to build four new railway stations in the next few yearsl for high-speed trains running to St. Petersburg, Adler (near Sochi) and Yekaterinburg (1,155 miles from Moscow) at speeds of up to nearly 250 miles per hour.

Sheremetyevo Airport Opens Capsule Hotel in Terminal E
Sheremetyevo International Airport has opened a modern capsule Air Express Hotel for transit air travelers.

New Air Service Between Russia and Iceland from Pulkovo
Icelandair, the flagship air carrier of Iceland, has started operating scheduled flights from St. Petersburg to Reykjavik.

Never Too Many Books!
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for the Soviet Famine
Former_People Final Days of the
Russian Aristocracy

The_Read_Russia_Anthology (FREE!) Read Russia!
Anthology of New Voices

Articles - Business and Science

Intern Abroad
in Russia!


Russia's Natural Gas Monopoly Pushes Innovation
Gazprom, a company that some think is not particularly receptive to newness because of its sheer size and production philosophy, is pushing an array of efforts aimed at not only boosting natural gas production but also improving the environment and infrastructure. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

Intellectual Property Court to Launch July 1
The Intellectual Property Court (IPC) will start working on July 1, the plenary meeting of the Supreme Commercial Court said in a draft resolution published on its website.

Small Business in Russia: Hostels
More regular citizens are trying their hand at capitalism by opening small businesses including hotels and hostels.

Q&A: Baltika Boss Likes to be Challenged
Isaac Sheps, CEO of Russia's largest brewer Baltika, says that his job is "selling fun."

22 Years of Economic Modernization
The Russian economy offers modern ideas and solutions and, in contrast to southern Europe, learned to live within its means.

Online Piracy Law May be Adopted Next Week
The State Duma plans to adopt next week a bill on online piracy designed, in part, to prevent the illegal posting of films and music on torrent trackers.

How Foreign Investors Can Fight Corruption
Surveys conducted among foreign investors have consistently shown that corruption matters enormously in the decision to invest in Russia or increase the scale of existing operations in the country.

Rehabilitating the Court System
If the system of criminal prosecution is not capable of acknowledging its mistakes and sensibly evaluating the quality of evidence, the whole purpose of criminal justice will be lost. Why go through the whole cumbersome and formal process of a criminal trial if there is practically no possibility the defendant could be found innocent?

Business Ombudsman Backs IKEA in Russia Tax Dispute
Business ombudsman Boris Titov has sent a motion to Supreme Commercial Court Chairman Anton Ivanov supporting household goods retailer IKEA in a 500 million ruble ($16 million) tax dispute.

China Builds $5 Billion EU Beachhead in Belarus
China is building an entire city in the forests near the Belarusian capital Minsk to create a manufacturing springboard between the European Union and Russia.

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

The Armenian Language
Armenian belongs to an independent branch of the Indo-European language family which has about 6.7 million speakers worldwide, the majority of which live in Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Southern Caucasus. It is an official language of the country of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, and has official minority language status in Cyprus, Poland and Romania.  Subscribe to the LanguageConnections Newsletter

"Putin Has Been Good for Russia"
An apology for tyranny? Or a realistic appraisal of modern Russian realities? That’s the line that fiercely divides opinion and over which the experts from Russia and elsewhere battled on at the Royal Geographical Society on 23rd May 2013.

Who are You in Kyrguzstan
In Kyrgyzstan, 'Who are you' is a very important question. This is a country where you are expected to know exactly who you are: where you’re from, where your father is from, where your father’s father is from, and so on and so forth down the ancestral line for seven generations.

Dmitry Konradt's Soviet Rock Photography
As rock music caught on and found its audience,  new bands sprung up, taking their cue from Britain’s Fab Four and Western rock ‘n roll – and giving Konradt motivation to pick up a camera.

Countries to Jointly Fight Tax Evasion
Greater cooperation between tax authorities from 45 countries, including more extensive information sharing to help catch evaders, was the result of an international conference in Moscow that was hosted by the Federal Taxation Service and ended on Friday.

Russian Smoking Ban Takes Effect Amid Dispute over Higher Taxes
A Russian anti-smoking law that came into force two on June 1, 2013, needs to be supported by a higher tax on tobacco in order to “radically” reduce smoking, a top government official said.

Living in Russia Is Like Living on the Moon
One of the most popular media misrepresentations in the West is that Russia’s federal government is simply partying off the proceeds of the country’s vast oil wealth, completely leaving ‘regular’ Russians to fend for themselves.

Russia's Real Middle Class
Today’s middle class was reared in the twin traumas of Soviet waste and market bolshevism and obtained their class status in Putin’s petro-fueled economic success and political and social stability.

Russia's Internet Use is Exploding
Levada just released a fascinating poll on Russians’ use of computers.

Russia Plans Urgent Evacuation of Arctic Post as Ice Melts
Russia has ordered the urgent evacuation of the 16-strong crew of a drifting Arctic research station after the ice floe that hosts the floating laboratory began to disintegrate, officials said Thursday.

Obama-Putin meeting gets brusque coverage in Western media
While Russian media focused on covering the agreements that have been reached at the G8 summit, Western press singled out issues that remain unresolved.

Rice and the Russians
Will Obama's new national security advisor play nice and get along with Moscow?

US and Russia Sign New Anti-Proliferation Deal
Russia and the United States have a signed a bilateral agreement for protecting, controlling, and accounting for nuclear materials, continuing important aspects of a now-defunct program that was seen as a cornerstone of post-Soviet cooperation between the former foes.

"Blasphemy Bill" Passes Duma Unanimously
Fines and possible prison sentences are introduced for offending “feelings of religious believers,” after months of criticism and wrangling over the bill's definitions and potential impact on free speech.

Lower House Bans Single Foreigners from Adopting Russian Children
Russian legislators have drafted amendments to the Family Code, banning the adoption of Russian children by gay couples, as well as by single individuals living in countries where same-sex marriages are legal.

Why Russia Is Taking On The West Over Cyber Warfare
With the United States embroiled over the National Security Agency's alleged spying on American and foreign citizens, there are other battles taking shape over the Internet.

Just for Fun: History and Myths of Moscow State University
Built between 1949 and 1953, the main building of Moscow State University  (MSU) on Lenin (Sparrow) Hills, was one of the largest construction projects in post- WWII Soviet Union. Subscribe to the SRAS Newsletter


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