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Past Issue
September, 2013

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

USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

Join us in Boston on October 21st for a Business Presentation and Networking Reception with a delegation that will include top management and business owners from a range of industries in Russia.

With the arrival of fall, a new season of business, conferences, and events is beginning! In addition to our reception announcement above, we have lots of news this month about cultural events in the Boston area, about professional conventions in which our members will be participating in Russia and America, and, of course, about business in Russia and Russian business abroad.

Find out about Russia's proposed unilateral three-day visa-free travel regime, about Russian-produced "eco-friendly gasoline," and about how individual businesses and markets are faring – including recent and promising expansions by Amazon and Krispy Kreme into the Russian market and Russian programming and IT services continued domestic and global expansion.

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

USRCCNE Business Presentation and Networking Reception
(October 21, 2013 - Boston, MA) Join USRCCNE for a Business Presentation and Networking Reception with a delegation from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Graduate School of International Business, Executive MBA program. This delegation includes top management and business owners from a range of industries in Russia. They will make short presentations, followed by Q&A about doing business in Russia.

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.

"The Way of Iconography:" Lecture and Book Signing with Debra Korluka
(October 5, 2013 - Clinton, MA) Debra Korluka will discuss her personal experience with iconography and her recently published book "Seeking the Face of Christ: The Way of an Iconographer."

Traditional Russian Tea
(October 12, 2013 - Clinton, MA) Join Russian hostess Larissa Dyan for a fun and educational program that celebrates the central role of tea in Russian culture. Learn about the history and social aspects of enjoying tea in Russia, and see examples of how it is depicted in Russian art. Experience tea service from a samovar, practice some Russian vocabulary, and engage in lively conversation while enjoying a variety of teas and traditional Russian accompaniments.

The Poems of Akhmatova: Readings in Russian and English
(October 17, 2013 - Clinton, MA) Co-sponsored with the Worcester County Poetry Association, this event will feature the poetry of Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) in their original Russian as well as in English, as translated by poet and Worcester native Stanley Kunitz.

The Salome Ball: to benefit the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership
(November 16, 2013 - Boston, MA) Take part in an unforgettable evening of performances, dining, dancing, and more, to mark a century since the Ballets Russes' premiere of the ballet La Tragédie de Salomé. Enjoy a feast for all the senses and help support the BRCP's mission of cultural exchange and understanding between the US and post-Soviet countries.

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USRCCNE and Member News

Post-Soviet Nationalism, Soviet Culture
This new, joint issue of The SRAS Newsletter and Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, presents new, extraordinary student research into nationalism and national identity in Russia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine, as well as research into the Soviet culture that preceded their independence.

SRAS at ASEEES National Convention
SRAS will be out in full force at ASEEES National Convention in Boston from Friday, November 22 to Sunday, November 24! SRAS Director Renee Stillings, University Relations Coordinator Lisa Horner, and SRAS Assistant Director Josh Wilson will all be in attendance.

Meet Auriga at Interop 2013 in New York
Between September 30 and October 4, meet Auriga face to face at Interop 2013. The conference and exhibition will bring together IT decision makers, technology providers, systems integrators, and IT press and analysts in an interactive forum.

Auriga at MobileCON 2013
Auriga invites you to join them at MobileCON 2013 in San Jose, California, October 16–18, 2013. MobileCON, a unique mobile and enterprise application development event, will take place at the San Jose Convention Center in Silicon Valley - the epicenter of global innovation in mobile technology.

TEDP Supports Technology Entrepreneurship in Ukraine and Russia
From April-May 2013, the Technology Entrepreneurship Development Program (TEDP) conducted two entrepreneurship development boot camps in Ukraine and Russia. After winning business pitch competitions at the boot camp, six emerging entrepreneurs (two from Ukraine and four from Russia) received an opportunity to travel to the U.S. from September 16 -26 to attend various networking events and to present their technologies to potential U.S. partners, investors and mentors.

Auriga’s Experts in the CEE-SECR 2013 Program
For the sixth year in a row, Auriga’s experts are participating in the key annual software event in Central and Eastern Europe – the Software Engineering Conference in Russia. This event is one of the most remarkable platforms for leading IT experts from Russia and many other countries to exchange experiences, knowledge, and ideas. This year, the conference will take place October 23–25 in Moscow.

Technology Entrepreneurship Learning Journey: Facilitating U.S. – Russia Collaboration
CRDF Global has partnered with the Global Innovation Labs (GIL) to host a Technology Entrepreneurship Learning Journey (TELJ) Founders Bootcamp from September 9-17, 2013. The goal of this program, which is implemented under the auspices of the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, is to facilitate collaboration between emerging technology entrepreneurs from the Russian Federation and their counterparts from the United States.

Travel News

Russia’s Potential 3-Day No-Visa Policy Expected to Boost Tourism Up to 45%
The Russian government has formulated draft legislation that would allow foreign nationals in transit at Russian airports to remain in the country for 72 hours without visas.

Visa-free Russian Border "Would Create Thousands of Jobs"
A report out this week suggests that Finland could see thousands of new jobs if tourists from Russia are able to cross the border more easily. Researchers believe that a visa-free regime would increase spending and create opportunities in the retail and travel industries.

Night Buses to Run to Sheremetyevo Airport
The first four nighttime bus routes to Sheremetyevo will be launched on Sept. 1 in Moscow. Maxim Liksutov, head of the Transport and Road Infrastructure Department, explained that a bus will run regularly from Sheremetyevo Airport to Leninski Prospect in the southwest of Moscow.

Russian Airline Passengers to Kiss Free Meals Goodbye
In-flight meals and luggage transport could become optional extras for airline passengers as the authorities think up ways to create low-budget airlines in Russia.

Russian Aviation Suffers from State Interference – Report
Faced with state interference and a too-heavy focus on military production, Russia's aircraft manufacturing industry stands at a crossroads, when competitiveness can either be regained after its Soviet heyday or lost.

United Airlines Jet Makes Emergency Landing in Russia
Over 260 passengers on an American airline flight from New Delhi to Newark were stranded at an airport here today after the aircraft made an emergency landing because of a mechanical problem.

Russia Issues Travel Warning to Its Citizens About United States and Extradition
Countries often issue travel advisories warning citizens of danger abroad: war, for instance, or a terrorist threat or an outbreak of disease. The Russian Foreign Ministry posted advice of a somewhat different nature on Monday, cautioning people wanted by the United States not to visit nations that have an extradition treaty with it.

Never Too Many Books!

Holy_Russia The Orthodox Church and Russian Nationalism Before the Revolution

Russian_Foreign_Policy Russia's Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity

4th_Political_Theory Dugin, largely unknown in the West, is influential with Russian policy makers.

Why Communism Did Not Collapse
Ukrainian_textbook Ukrainian through its Living Culture: Advanced Level Language Texbook

Formaion_Soviet_Union The Formaion of the Soviet Union: Communism and Nationalism, 1917-1923


Intern Abroad
in Russia!


Russian Science Isn’t Dying, It’s Coming of Age
CRDF Global's Dr. Marilyn Pifer discusses the proposed changes to the Russian Academy of Sciences in a guest article for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Language in Azerbaijan
Find out more about Azerbaijani, one of the worlds’ one hundred most spoken languages with over 23 million native speakers. Mutually intelligible with modern Turkish in grammar, and to a large extent vocabulary, political divisions have resulted in varying influences. Subscribe to the LanguageConnections Newsletter

St. Pete Innovators Shooting for Disruption in Global Oil-refining Market
RRT, a St. Petersburg-based start-up, has developed a disruptive method of producing cost-effective and eco-friendly gasoline. According to the Skolkovo Foundation website, the project has "the potential to change the global oil-refining market as we know it." Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

Ex-Soviet Programmers Take On India in $48 Billion Market
When Arkadiy Dobkin emigrated to the US two decades ago, his first job was washing dishes. Now he employs 10,000 programmers in his native Belarus and elsewhere in eastern Europe, developing software for clients such as Barclays Plc and Expedia Inc.

Russia to Freeze Gas, Power, Railway Tariffs in 2014
Russia will freeze tariffs on state-regulated services including gas, electricity and railways in 2014, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday after a budget meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

Amazon Makes Another Step to Conquer Russian Market
Amazon started shipping electronic devices to Russian customers, a move that’s seen as yet another step towards full-scale operations in Russia. The online retail behemoth started delivering home goods, shoes and clothes to Russian customers in June, significantly expanding its product offering.

Russian Beer Fest Goes Flat for Brewers
The Kremlin's campaign against alcoholism has created a flood of new regulations and taxes aimed at turning around dismal life expectancy rates for men has made the beer market go flat, brewers say.

Q&A: Akimov Provides Good Food While Building Trust
The return of the artichoke to Russia was a personal triumph for Boris Akimov, a former journalist who serendipitously turned his passion for eating well into a miniature food revolution and a business.

Doughnut Fan Revels in 22 Hour Wait
While some people line up outside stores for the release of the new iPhone or other new gadget, others feel the same desire for doughnuts.

Russian Consumer Demand Strengthens in Sign of Resilience
Russian consumer spending accelerated in July as unemployment unexpectedly fell and inflation eased to the slowest pace in eight months, boosting household purchasing power.

Russians Put Career Before Having a Family
A third of Russians think raising children gets in the way of having a successful career. People younger than 24 years of age are putting career before family, a poll by major recruiting web portal Superjob showed. Experts are not surprised and believe the trend is natural.

About 1 Mln Foreigners Registered in Moscow
About one million foreigners are officially registered with the migration authorities in Moscow and 1.5 million in surrounding areas as of Tuesday, a senior migration official said.

Russia Second Most Popular Spot for International Migration
The United Nations presented data Wednesday showing that in this time of unparalleled international migration, Russia retains the second largest number of such migrants in the world, after the US.

40 Percent of Russian Internet Users are Small-town
People in small towns and villages are quickly getting the hang of the Internet. They account for more than 40 percent of all Internet users in Russia — a total of 27.5 million — according to TNS Russia.

Mega Financial Regulator Created in Russia
A mega regulator of the entire financial market began work in Russia on Sept. 1. According to experts, this will have a positive impact on the economy as a whole and increase Russia’s investment attractiveness.

Tax Authorities Ban Siberian Artist from Practicing Art
Artem Loskutov, a designer and artist from Novosibirsk, has been officially forbidden to "practice art." As Loskutov wrote on his Facebook page, the "cease and desist" letter came from the local office of the Federal Tax Service.

High Russian Court to Hear "Foreign Agent" Law Complaint
A group of Russian human rights activists has filed a complaint with the country’s Constitutional Court over a controversial law that obliges some non-governmental organizations to register as “foreign agents.”

Russian Investors Flock to Virgin Islands After Cypriot Crisis
President Vladimir Putin's calls for domestic companies to repatriate their funds back home from offshore jurisdictions have fallen on deaf ears, with almost half of the $67 billion investment by Russian residents abroad in the first quarter of this year settling in the British Virgin Islands, according to figures released by the Central Bank on Friday.

Putin Nominates Aide to Head Russia's Audit Chamber
Presidential aide and former health minister Tatyana Golikova was nominated by President Vladimir Putin Monday to head Russia’s Audit Chamber, the Kremlin said.

Russia's "Gay Propaganda" Law
Russia's recent law on "homosexual propaganda" has been translated by SRAS graduate Erin Decker and has been published with an informative introduction.

Russian Corner: Legal Status of Foreign Nationals
The article prepared by the specialists of Alinga Consulting Group covers many aspects of foreign citizens in Russia, such as legal status, procedures for obtaining a work permit and necessary documentation, insurance payments and review of the Convention on legal status of migrant workers. Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update

Just for Fun: Moscow - New SRAS Video!
Moscow is Russia's Washington DC, New York, and Los Angeles. Students interested in business and politics will find the contacts they can make studying in Moscow to be invaluable to their future careers. Subscribe to the SRAS Newsletter


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