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December, 2013

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

USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

USRCCNE wishes you happy holidays and a happy, healthy, and successful new year ahead! Please join us for our annual holiday dinner - to be held this year in gala style at the Cafe St. Petersburg in Boston. Mark January 15th on your calendar - this one is not to be missed!

In this last newsletter before the New Year, we have lots of articles on Russia's changing travel and transportation sectors as well as articles looking at Russian innovation in cell phone technology, cancer diagnostics, and commercial satellite launches. You'll also find news of late-breaking stories that are sure to be remembered as some of the biggest for Eurasia in 2013 Russia's amnesty (the freeing of Mikhail Khoderkovsky, Pussy Riot, and many Russian businessmen), Ukraine's protests, and the reorganization of RIA Novosti. Also of note Russia is calling for a wide-ranging liberalized trade regime with the US. 

Thanks to everyone who has been following our newsletter this year and who has participated in the many events that USRCCNE has arranged and promoted. Thanks especially to our member companies who make our organization and work possible. We look forward to another year of promoting business and cultural ties between two of world's biggest countries. There is yet much to be achieved and much potential to be unlocked. ! 

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Upcoming Events

USRCCNE

USRCCNE Holiday Dinner
(January 15, 2014 - Boston, MA) Please join us for our annual celebration of the season at a gala holiday dinner! We have reserved Cafe St. Petersburg, one of the leading Russian restaurants in the Boston-area. This will be a great opportunity to satisfy your taste for real Russian food among congenial company.

2014 Global Technology Symposium
(March 24-26, 2014 - San Mateo, CA) The Global Technology Symposium is proud to announce the 11th annual installment of Silicon Valleys leading investment conference, covering venture capital, technology, and entrepreneurship in emerging markets.

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USRCCNE and Member News

SRAS: New Business Program in St. Petersburg
Russian Studies Abroad St. Petersburg provides specific insight into political economy and business, as viewed from Russia's "window on Europe." A program core of intensive language study and cultural immersion is combined with courses covering subjects ranging from culture and history to politics, economics, and especially business. This program is designed to bring an international element a wide range of topics and potential career paths and to fill varied credit requirements.

Alinga Hosted Seminar "Changes in Russian Legislation in 2013"
On November 27, 2013, Alinga Consulting organized a workshop to discuss changes in Russian legislation affecting businesses in 2013. The seminar addressed such issues as working with cost+ contracts, transfer pricing, changes in civil legislation, and issues involved with appealing the decisions of the Tax Authorities.

Auriga Celebrates Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics
In 2013, the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics in Nizhney Novgorod, the oldest in Russia, celebrated its 50th anniversary. The faculty works closely with the leading IT companies in Russia and abroad, including such companies as Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Cisco Systems, and of course, Auriga.

Travel and Transport

Moscow Worried by EU Actions that Delay Visa-free Travel with Russia
Moscow is worried by the European Unions actions that delay the introduction of a visa-free travel regime with Russia, Ambassador at Large Anvar Azimov said.

Russia Pushing for EU Visa-Free Travel Deal in January
Russia is pushing for a visa-free travel deal to be inked with the European Union as soon as January, but the Western bloc has yet to signal willingness to finalize any agreements and the project may be pushed back another year, a high-ranking Foreign Ministry official said Friday.

Special Visa Rules Announced for Sochi Games
A simplified visa regime for spectators of the upcoming XXII Olympic and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 has been established.

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Boeing to Expand Russian Aviation Training
Boeing is looking to bring its flight and aircraft maintenance training capabilities closer to Russian airlines, with a new training campus scheduled to open in the region in 2015, the airframe manufacturer said Monday, Dec. 16.

Ryanair Gets Green Light for Flights to Russian Cities
Ryanair Holdings Plc, Europes biggest discount airline, has been granted permission to fly to destinations in Russia from March next year by the countrys aviation authority.

Tatarstan Airways To Be Grounded in the Aftermath of Fatal Crush
The agency that monitors civil aviation has recommended grounding a local airline that operated the Boeing 737-500 that crashed last month killing all 50 on board.

Russian Premier Calls for Larger Airlines after Kazan Crash
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called on Thursday for Russian airlines to be enlarged in a bid to ensure the proper maintenance of their aircraft and the safety of their operations.

Domodedovo Airport first in Russia with SITA's WorldTracker Kiosks
The kiosks are linked to WorldTracer, the global tracing system for mishandled baggage which matches found bags with lost bag reports.

Moscow Region could get Fourth Airport
Moscow could soon have a fourth passenger airport if the city can find investors interested in putting up 7 billion rubles, or $214 million, to develop the Ramenskoe Test Airfield.

Fraport and Partners Begin Testing New Airport Terminal in Russia
Fraport and its partners in the Northern Capital Gateway (NCG) consortium which manages and develops Pulkovo Airport started test mode operations at the new passenger Terminal-1 on December 4 at Pulkovo Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Muscovite Thrill-Seekers Fined For High-Speed Train Surfing
A pair of thrill-seeking Muscovite youths have been fined 100 rubles ($3) for riding the roof of a high-speed train from the Russian capital to the northern city of St. Petersburg, police said Monday.

Russian Railways Opens First Duty-free Shop
Russian Railways subsidiary Federal Passenger Company (FPC) has opened its first duty-free shop at Zabaikalsk station on the border with China, according to local media reports.

Sheremetyevo Recommends Passengers Travel To The Airport by Aeroexpress
Due to traffic jams on Leningradskoye Shosse caused by weather conditions, Sheremetyevo International Airport recommends that passengers travel by Aeroexpress.

Aeroexpress Releases Updated App for iOS Devices
The new version of the Aeroexpress app for iOS-based mobile devices allows users to receive more detailed information about their upcoming trip. With the new application, users are able to receive push notifications about changes in the Aeroexpress timetable.

Never Too Many Books!

Red Fortress Red Fortress:
History and Illusion in the Kremlin

Musorgsky Musorgsky and His Circle: A Russian Musical Adventure

Women and Transformation in Russia Women and Transformation in Russia

Articles

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SRAS Newsletter on Ukraine
Those following the events in Ukraine (or concerning the dissolution of RIA Novosti) can read more about them in this month's newsletter from USRCCNE member The School of Russian and Asian Studies.

Putin Pardons Khodorkovsky
President Vladimir Putin pardoned one of his best known opponents, oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, after a decade in jail in what may be a gesture to critics of his human rights record before Russia hosts the Winter Olympics.

Pussy Riot Walks Free
Maria Alekhina has been released, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is expected to leave prison soon.

Russia Seeks Trade Talks with Washington
Russia on Wednesday proposed a series of bilateral trade negotiations with the United States under the umbrella of a hoped-for new trade agenda between the two countries, a senior Russian official said.

Russia Pulls Biggest Bank License of Year Over Dubious Transfers
Russias central bank revoked the license of OAO Master-Bank, a retail lender where President Vladimir Putins cousin serves on the board, after accusing it of repeatedly breaching money laundering laws.

Russian Regulator Shuts 3 More Banks in Clean-Up Drive
Russias financial regulator revoked the banking licenses of three mid-sized banks Friday as the authorities expand a banking sector crackdown.

Russia Narrowly Escapes Banking Crisis
Russia's banking sector had a narrow escape from another banking crisis in the last week of November following the closure of Master Bank, but the situation remains very fragile. The central bank has stepped into the breach by naming 25 banks that are "too big to fail."

Russia Introduces New Currency Symbol
On 11 December 2013, the Bank of Russia approved the graphic symbol of the rouble.

Introduction of the Rouble Sign
A history behind the new currency symbol.

Russia Readies to Take Shale Oil Lead
President of Russian energy company Rosneft, Igor Sechin, said he was eager to unlock the shale oil potential in the Samara region of western Russia. With forecasts warning the U.S. shale phenomenon wont last, Russia could be moving its pawns into play.

Law Ending Gazprom's Gas Export Monopoly Enters Into Force
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a landmark law breaking state-owned Gazproms monopoly on gas exports, according to a document published on a government site Monday.

How to Increase Awareness of Russian Markets
While investors often think investing in Russia carries a high political risk, it is often quite the opposite.

Android-Powered, Dual-Screen Russian Cell Phone Hits the Market
Smartphone aficionados in Russia, Austria, France, Spain and Germany who are itching for a device thats a bit off the beaten path can lay claim to their YotaPhones now, and Yota Devices is pushing to sell the devices in a total of 20 markets in Europe and the Middle East by the time Q1 2014 rolls around.

Russia's First Private Satellite Maker Readies for Lift-Off
Dumping his stakes Russian retailers selling domestic appliances and DIY hardware, Mikhail Kokorich founded the first private satellite manufacturer to emerge from Russia and is due to send his first devices into orbit next year.

WTO Panel to Rule on EU-Russia Auto Row
The World Trade Organization Monday set up a panel to settle a bitter dispute between Russia and the European Union over car import duties imposed by Moscow.

Putin Signs Bill Banning Abortion Advertisement
President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill which bans the advertisement of pregnancy termination by medical services or traditional practices into law.  

Russia to Spend $1.5Bln on Maternity Care Centers
Russia, facing a demographic crisis for about two decades, is spending $1.5 billion to build 32 maternity care centers across dozens of regions in dire need of support, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday.

Suburbs Await Transformation Into Hubs in a New Polycentric Moscow
Moscow will get a new master plan by 2015 to reflect its forthcoming transformation into a polycentric city, in which peripheral areas become alternative hubs for work and cultural activities, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said at the third annual Moscow Urban Forum.

Putin, Facing Sputtering Economy, Declares a Tax Crackdown
President Vladimir Putin capped off a year of aggressively seeking to fill the government's coffers by announcing Thursday that the government would begin to tax Russian offshore companies and no longer support foreign-registered enterprises.

Why Lego Succeeded While Jysk Failed in Russia
The starkly contrasting outcomes of bids by two major Danish companies to hit it big in Russia could offer a lesson to investors hoping to succeed in a country that, despite its currently sluggish economy, is widely regarded as one of the most promising consumer markets in the world.  

Winter Holidays Around the World
Winter holidays are celebrated around the world in many special and unique ways. Language Connections would like to share with you six different holiday celebrations. Subscribe to the LanguageConnections Newsletter

Nizhny Novgorod ROSE Complex Innovates Cancer Diagnostics
An interdepartmental team of local researchers claims to have come up with new early stage cancer diagnostics that features next gen biochips with at least 20 tumor markers per chip. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

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: Russian Holidays
A fully updated list of histories for all Russian holidays - with the offical Russian days off for 2014. Subscribe to the SRAS Newsletter


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