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August, 2013

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

USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

The first signs of fall are starting to show in Russia. Leaves are beginning to turn and the air is becoming cooler and wetter – ringing in what will be the start of a new business season after the extended summer slow period for most businesses.

We probably don't have to remind you that coverage of Russia continues to be predominantly negative. Most likely, with the upcoming Olympics placing the spotlight on Russia through 2014, the situation will probably not improve.

Our newsletter will continue to provide news that you might not be hearing otherwise – about advances in technology from Russia, about the cultures of Russia's diverse populations, and, of course, about business and travel news concerning Russia. The World Bank recently announced that Russia's economy is now the largest in Europe. Russia's Central Bank has also announced that it expects the Russian economy to enter stagnation this year. We expect the road ahead to be eventful. We hope you'll stay with us.

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Upcoming Events

Russian Innovation Week 2013 (Boston and Silicon Valley)
(September 17-20, 2013 - Boston, MA) RUSNANO, RVC and the Skolkovo Foundation - three technology and Russian innovation powerhouses - present the 2nd Annual Russian Innovation Week Conference. Join leading startup entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and successful business leaders from the U.S. and Russia at this exclusive, invite-only event.

Culinary Walking Tour of Brighton and Brookline
(August 31, 2013 - Clinton, 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 while tasting delicious authentic Russian specialties.

Darra Goldstein, "Russia, The Land and Its Food," Lecture and Book Signing
(September 26, 2013 - Clinton, MA) This talk will take the audience on a journey through a thousand years of Russian history as it explores Russia's culinary landscape, past and present.

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USRCCNE and Member News

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.

Art and Museums in Russia
See the Art and Museums in Russia summer program through the eyes of SRAS graduate Sara Deurell.

Language Connections Translates for Russian Playwright Joseph Goldman
Goldman’s success in Russia has led him to find a company suitable to translate his film scripts for global audience. As Goldman’s renown has grown, so has his relationship with Language Connections.

Travel News

Dual Citizens, Adoptees, and Heritage Speakers: Visa and Safety Issues
There has been a recent surge in interest for travel to Russia from heritage speakers who emigrated from Russia during the 1990s. Very often, these individuals are not aware that most are still considered Russian citizens by Russia. This can actually complicate travel. The following was written specifically for study abroad students - but can affect everyone in this situation.

Historic Reasons Underline Challenges to Visa-free Travel with Russia
The ongoing historic reconciliation between the Baltic states and Poland and Russia on the other hand interfere with achieving an EU-Russia agreement on visa-free travel, European Economic and Social Committee President Henri Malosse said.

No Delays of Trains Heading from Ukraine to Russia
Ukraine's State Railways Administration Ukrzaliznytsia has said all train services to Russia are departing according to schedule and there are currently no problems in the territory of Ukraine. 

Pay for Aeroexpress with Visa at the Turnstiles
With the help of the Visa payment system, Aeroexpress has implemented the very first innovative project in Russia, called Pay@Gate – a facility to pay fares with bank cards directly at turnstiles using contactless technology.

Aeroflot May Create Budget Airline
Russia’s national airline, Aeroflot, is looking to take on budget big guns like Ryanair and easyJet by creating its own low-cost carrier.

Never Too Many Books!
Nabokov The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov Kharms Notebooks, Diaries, and Letters of Daniil Kharms

Phantom_Holocaust Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe


Intern Abroad
in Russia!


How to Invest in Russia-2013
The AEB's Guide on investing in Russia.

Russian Economy Becomes Biggest in Europe
According to data from the World Bank, Russia's economy has jumped ahead of all the European nations, becoming the fifth largest worldwide in terms of GDP. Experts are confident that, in the future, the gap between the Russian Federation and the Old World will widen further. 

Central Bank Predicts Stagnation for Russian Economy
The Central Bank of Russia is pessimistic about prospects for economic growth, and expects the GDP growth to stall at around 2 percent by the end of the year. Experts concur and suggest a quick intervention to prevent a crisis.

Russia Takes First in Programming
The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure.

Russia's 25 Most Profitable Franchise Brands
This list from Russia's Forbes publication is in Russian, but most info is listed so that it's pretty obvious what its talking about.

Russian Man Outsmarts His Credit Card
Dmitry Argarkov, 42, scanned the agreement into his computer, changed the terms of the contract and returned it to the lender. By issuing him a card, a Russian court has ruled that the bank enacted the contract on Argarkov's very generous conditions.

Kremlin Warns Kiev Over 'Suicidal' Ukraine-EU Trade Deal
A senior Kremlin official has warned it would be “suicidal” for Ukraine to sign a free trade agreement with the European Union, adding such a step would trigger a permanent tightening of customs procedures for Ukrainian goods entering Russia.

It's Not Just Moscow: Saint Petersburg Is Also Booming
While Petersburg is still a lot smaller and poorer than Moscow, it’s now performing respectably both on a relative and absolute basis.

52 Convicts Released - Economic Crime Amnesty
52 convicts have already been released from Russian colonies in accordance with the recently passed economic crime amnesty, the Federal Penitentiary Service reported on Monday.

Problems in the Russian Post
Pochta Rossii’s mechanization renaissance occurred in 2010. Automatic Sorting Centers opened near Moscow and in St. Petersburg were hailed as a major improvement. But since, the other 31 planned ASCs have so far failed to materialize, all of Russia’s mail has since been sorted in the European part of Russia.

"Dying" Russia's Birth Rate Is Now Higher than the United States'
For the first time in a very long time, in 2012 Russia’s birth rate actually exceeded that of the United States. This is, to put it mildly, a significant reversal from the not too distant past when the US had a birth rate that was as much as 75% higher than Russia’s.

Avoidance: Symptom of Cracks in World Tax System
The international economic crisis has brought tax avoidance to unprecedented public scrutiny, with the media and taxpayers demanding attention to the issue, and politicians following suit.

Money to be Made for Small Businesses in Russia
Can foreigners start their own business in Russia? In what spheres is there more money to be made?

Russia Rising: Tips on Doing Business in World's Largest Country
Rapid change is thawing Russia's business climate, making it a good time to tap into demand for British trade.

Russia's Migration Head Seeks to Ease Rules for Skilled Workers 
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.

Marchmont's Focus on Innovation: Moscow Germs, Factory Nicotine Guzzlers
A collaborative team of Moscow-based academic and corporate researchers has developed biofilters capable of trapping nicotine and other harmful substances vomited daily from tobacco factory vents. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

Russian Corner: Important Changes to Russian Migration Legislation
The legislative changes apply to foreign citizens and stateless persons and to companies that are in violation of the migration and administrative legislation. The amendments expand the list of restrictions which includes barring a person from entering the Russian Federation. Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update

Just for Fun: Political Asylum - Ïîëèòè÷åñêîå óáåæèùå
Discuss Edward Snowden and other political asylum in Russian using this helpful vocabulary. Subscribe to the SRAS Newsletter


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