The USRCCNE Monthly Newsletter
For those with interests bridging the US and Russia
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE
The news from Russia this month has been conflicting.
The bad news has dominated the coverage. The recent surfacing of NSA leaker Eduard Snowden in the transit zone of Sheremetevo Airport has had several pundits speaking of US-Russia relations heading to new lows. The recent conviction of an opposition Moscow mayoral candidate and the arrest of Yaroslavl's opposition mayor has had several pundits speaking of the potential political dangers of doing business in Russia.
The good news has been much less reported. Russia has made and is making renewed pushes to extend and improve its transport and communications infrastructure. A new amnesty program due to be enacted could release thousands of businessmen who had been convicted of certain economic crimes. The World Bank has also reported that Russian incomes continue to rise, which could be very good for consumer goods, food services, and automotive industries in Russia.
This will likely perpetuate the current situation in which most investment opportunities in Russia trade at some of the biggest discounts in the world, creating considerable opportunity for those investors and businesses willing to navigate their way to Russia.
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.
From Moscow to Manchester-By-The-Sea Art & Culture Exhibit
(July 26 - August 4, 2013 - Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA) Experience the richness of Russian culture at Manchester Community Center from July 26 – August 4 at an exhibition showcasing fine art, Russian handicrafts, food, live music and some historical connections between Russia and New England!
Prosopon School of Iconology
(August 5-10, 2013 - Clinton, MA) The Prosopon School of Iconology will present an intensive six-day course on icon painting. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to iconology, iconic symbolism, and the theological and philosophical basis of each step. No previous artistic experience is required.
How do you prefer
If you have an ad to submit to this space, contact us! Free for members!
USRCCNE and Member News
SRAS Art Site Expands
Art in Russia was launched by SRAS to showcase Russia's rich artistic heritage and current artistic scene. See new entries there by two American scholars working on the ground in St. Petersburg, Russia!
Chet Bowling Interviewed in Moscow Expat Life
Chet Bowling, Managing Partner with Alinga Consulting Group, has been featured in a recent interview with Moscow Expat Life. Moscow Expat Life is a publication that seeks to inform English speakers in Moscow of the best that the local social and business scene has to offer. Read Chet's interview here.
2013 English for Specific Purposes Training in Russia
On August 3-17, 2013, CRDF Global will run an English for Specific Purposes (ESP) training for researchers and professors at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University in Moscow, Russia. The training – together with follow-on activities and additional training – is expected to enhance the university’s research capacity.
Return on Intelligence Announces Merger with Exigen Services
Philadelphia-area based Return on Intelligence, Inc., an IT management consulting firm with deep experience leveraging knowledge and technology to help clients plan and execute core system transformations, announced its merger with USRCCNE member Exigen Services, a global IT services company specializing in enterprise technology solutions, commercial software development and application outsourcing.
Russian-EU Visa-free Regime for Short Stays Possible by Yearend
Preparations for introducing visa-free formalities for short-term trips between Russia and the European Union can be completed by the yearend, Russian permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said.
Russia to Join the High-Speed Rail Club
International rail giants together with state and foreign investment banks are already eyeing the role they can play in one of the most expensive infrastructure projects in the world — the high-speed rail line to be built from Moscow to Kazan, 800 kilometers east of the capital.
Nizhny Novgorod to Become Part of High-speed Railway Project
Railway communication between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod will become the first project of a high-speed railway track in Russia. Trains will be able to develop the speed of 400 kilometers per hour on the new tracks.
Russia Could Get Rail Link with Japan
Investors from China and South Korea are interested in infrastructure projects in Russia, including the Trans-Siberian Railroad and Baikal-Amur Mainline, Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin said at a railway coordination council in Khabarovsk on Thursday.
New International Aeroflot Call-centers
Now, you can call to Aeroflot via local call-centers in Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, England, USA, China and in Ukraine. You can find numbers for call-centers here.
Aeroexpress Releases Windows Mobile App
The Aeroexpress App is now available for free download from the Windows Phone Store. It enables passengers to purchase Aeroexpress tickets directly from their mobile phones.
Aeroexpress Launches Virtual Lost & Found
Aeroexpress is pleased to announce that it will publish information in its social networks about things lost or found on its trains. The new Lost & Found service will soon be available on the company’s Instagram and Facebook accounts.
Domodedovo Airport: Most Punctual Airlines Contest
Moscow Domodedovo Airport reports monthly on its most punctual airlines. In June 2013, the winners of this contest in eight different categories (depending on the flights frequency and passenger traffic) are Transaero Airlines, NordStar, Saratov Airlines, Pskovavia, Lufthansa, Montenegro Airlines, Dniproavia, and Avia Traffic Company.
Articles - Business and Science
Nizhny University Researchers Create New Memory
A likely archrival to the widespread flash memory technology in a near future, the new storage device might one day win over markets with its speed of operation, packing density, and low cost. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service
Harmonization of Biologics Regulations in Russia
International regulatory authorities and representatives from the drug industry met in Moscow this past May in order to discuss how to harmonize Russia’s regulatory standards for biologic products and align them with international standards. Subscribe to the LanguageConnections Newsletter
Russia to Invest $13 Billion in Improving Data Speeds
Russian mobile carriers are gearing up for about $13 billion in spending to boost data speeds, creating the next major battleground for network suppliers.
Shaking Off That "Cheap for a Reason" Label
What is it about Russia in particular that dissuades most emerging market investors and pushes the investment risk premium higher than the other BRICS and other developing countries, including even coup-stricken Egypt?
Russian Analytical Digest: Arctic Urban Sustainability
This edition focuses on the issue of urban sustainability in the Russian Arctic.
Intellectual Property Court to Start Working on 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.
Russia's $43 Billion Bid to Jolt Economy
Faced with meager growth worldwide and a worrisome ebbing of Russia’s own oil and gas revenues, President Vladimir V. Putin announced an ambitious and risky economic stimulus program on Friday along with a novel amnesty plan for imprisoned white-collar criminals that was intended to improve investor confidence.
Price of Cigarettes in Russia to Jump 50% Next Year
The Russian Ministry of Finance plans to raise the tax on tobacco by 50% to bring it closer to European levels. The World Health Organization has suggested Russia needs a seven-fold increase by 2020.
Business Amnesty Bill Approved
The State Duma passed, in the third and final reading, the long-awaited economic crimes amnesty bill, which will free several thousand businessmen from the nation's prisons.
Russia Moves to High Income Bracket
The Russian Federation was ranked among the economies with the highest income, according to the World Bank classification, published this week. Last year the country only reached the upper middle group.
What to Expect from New Russia's Economic Leadership
The key issue for the new economic team is the challenges and risks currently facing the Russian economy.
EU Tells Russia to Scrap Car "Import Tax" or Face Trade Sanctions
America, Japan and the EU are taking on Russia over a trade dispute worth billions to the global economy.
Russia's Migration Head Seeks to Ease Rules for Skilled Workers
Federal Migration Service (FMS) head Konstantin Romodanovsky said Tuesday that the agency plans this year to present the government with a package of new amendments that would ease regulations for skilled laborers willing to work in Russia.
Russian Corner: Changes in Procedures for Registration of Legal Entities
New amendments to Russian legislation pertaining to state registration of new legal entities and alterations to registered data of existing legal entities in the Unified State Register of Legal Entities (USRLE) came into effect on July 4, 2013. Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update
Articles - Politics and Culture
10 Writing Tips to Overcome Language Barriers
The importance of good writing cannot be emphasized enough, especially when creating a text that will eventually be translated into various languages. Even if the translation is provided by an expert, the ending quality of your translation product will still be largely depended on the clarity of the original text. So what should a writer be most concerned about? Subscribe to the LanguageConnections Newsletter
Snowden Wants Russian Asylum, Ready to Meet Condition not to Damage US
NSA leaker & former CIA employee Edward Snowden has asked for political asylum in Russia, saying he could not fly to Latin America, according to human rights activists who met the whistleblower at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.
White House Coy on Obama's Russia Travel Plans
Edward Snowden's presence in Russia could wind up affecting President Obama's travel plans.
"Fast Diplomacy:" The Future of Foreign Policy?
Foreign policy is evolving and adapting in front of our eyes, not only to new technologies but also to the different personifications of power and influence.
Beyond Akhmatova and Pasternak: Discovering Soviet Poets
Translators celebrate “The Soviet Union’s Other Poets” as part of London’s Russian Poetry Week.
SRAS offers a range of programs in Irkutsk - from Russian as a second language, to environmental science courses, to hands-on internships.
Americans Cross Russia By Bike
And that’s how it went during our journey across Russia; in cities and small towns, locals often shared their meals and offered to take us in for the night.
Aleutian Islands to be Searched for Remains of Russian Culture
Russian researchers will start their ethnographic expedition to the Aleutian Islands, an arc of large and small volcanic islands stretching from Kamchatka to Alaska, the expedition’s head and director of the Ryazan branch of the Russian Geographic Society, Mikhail Malakhov, told reporters on Thursday.
Why is the Metro...
Two interesting entries from a series of short articles geared to answer the “strangest questions about city life."
Just for Fun: Mors - Russian Fruit Drink
Ìîðñ (Mors) is a traditional Russian drink typically made of fresh berries, sugar, and water. It is drunk and enjoyed across the post-Soviet space. Subscribe to the SRAS Newsletter
Joining the USRCCNE is Easy!
Members of the USRCCNE become a part of a vibrant network of individuals and firms dedicated to furthering business opportunities between the U.S. and Russia. We work with business organizations in the US, (specializing in the New England region) and in Russia to bring exposure to the USRCCNE, and ultimately, to our members. Join today!