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October, 2014

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

USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

There are lots of great local events coming up!

Join WorldBoston on November 18 for a discussion of geopolitics and energy – led by the author of a new book on the subject. Make sure to check out the Ballet Russes for their annual ball. Also, learn more about Russian Christmas traditions and how to make Ukrainian snowflake eggs. It’s all happening the Boston area! See this month’s newsletter for more information.

In this month’s newsletter, you’ll also find information about Russia’s plans for more frequent high-speed rail access between Moscow and St. Petersburg, about the ruble’s new free-floating status, about major recent business deals in Russia, and much more.

We hope that you will continue to follow our newsletter and events. Please let us know if you have any comments, questions, or requests!

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Upcoming Events

Intern Abroad
in Russia!


Chat & Chowder Author Series
(November 18, 2014 - Boston, MA)
 Join WorldBoston and Marin Katusa, Chief Energy Investment Strategist at Casey Research, who will be presenting on his book The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America's Grasp. Marin will analyze recent trends in U.S. and Russian influences on global resources, and will discuss the countries’ geopolitical positions more broadly, especially in the wake of further tensions in Ukraine. USRCCNE Members get the WorldBoston member rate of just $15!

Russian Film Series: The Territory and Quiet in Odessa
(November 20, 2014 - NY, NY)
 The Territory is an unfiltered look into the lives of Israelis from the former Soviet Union who made their new home in the West Bank settlements.

Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs
(November 21-22, 2014 - Clinton, MA)
 Join us as we create Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs, or pysanky. Unlike traditional Easter eggs that are dipped multiple times, these one-dip eggs bring simple beauty to the season.

The Nightingale Ball to Benefit the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership
(November 22, 2014 - Boston, MA)
 The BRCP's annual ball is inspired this year by Igor Stravinsky's opera, The Nightingale, premiered a century ago by the Ballets Russes. Enjoy choreographic and voice performances, dancing to the hot jazz of the Jason Benjamin Jazz Quintet, and a gala dinner honoring philanthropist and collector Gordon Lankton.

Workplace Safety: New Regulations. Changes in Tax Legislation. Deoffshorization in Russia.
(November 26, 2014 - Moscow, Russia)
 Alinga Consulting, Podolsky & Klein and HSA Group will present an informative seminar to discuss the new regulations for workplace safety. We will also review the latest changes in tax legislation, and the introduction of Deoffshorization rules in Russia.

Holy Russia Celebrates the Festivals of Christmas
(December 4, 2014 - Clinton, MA)
 The spiritual culture of Russia is reflected in the beauty of churches and monasteries, and the icons and frescoes that adorn them. This video features cathedrals, monasteries and sacred places in Moscow, the Golden Ring, and New Jerusalem, and documents holiday traditions and services.


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15 Films Russians Can Be Proud Of
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What Harm is a Hostel?
On the current state of hostels in Moscow, a rapidly growing but legally "grey" market. Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update

Russian Mini-Lesson: Êðàæà - Theft
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Language Connections
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USRCCNE and Member News

Strengthening Scientific Collaborations with Ukraine
n September, CRDF Global welcomed Ukraine’s Minister of Education and Science, Serhiy Kvit, to its offices in Arlington, VA.

SRAS Expands to Poland, Offers Full Tuition Scholarship Abroad
SRAS is proud to announce it has expanded to Poland with three new programs - including one full-tuition scholarship


Travel and Transport

Russian Railways Adds Sapsan Trains (in Russian)
Starting next year, the Moscow - St. Pete Sapsan will run more often - perhaps as often as one leaving every hour.

Crimean Citizens get Schengen Visas in Moscow Despite EU Ban
Following Crimea’s reunification with Russia in March, the EU banned issue of all kinds of European visas, including Schengen, to Crimeans in the embassies and in the visa centers of EU countries on the Russian territory.

90 Days Visa-Free for Russians in Jamaica
A 300 per cent increase in visitor arrival from Russia has led to an extension for the visa waiver regime for Russians.

India to Allow Visa-on-arrival to Russia
India expects boosted investment from Russia in defence and infrastructure.

Russia Orders Airports to Combat Ebola
Airports in Russia will be equipped with extra facilities to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading.

Aeroflot Brands New Low-Cost Carrier “Pobeda”
Pobeda will make its maiden flight on 17 November from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport to Volgograd. Pobeda will adopt a classic low-cost carrier (LCC) model with the ambition of delivering low fares for price-sensitive passengers.

Russia Announces Simplified Customs for Crimean Ports
Customs procedures could be simplified as part of the free economic zone in Crimea’s ports in an effort to “boost business activity in the peninsula."

China and Russia Planning $230bn Moscow-Beijing High Speed Rail Link
The respective governments of China and Russia are seriously considering the idea of building a high-speed railway line between their two capital cities, according to reports.


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Business and Economy

Ruble Floats Free
In a move long-awaited from Russia's Central Bank, the ruble is now free-floating.

What's Next for the Ruble?
Here is a fairly nuanced report on what's happening to the ruble right now.

McDonald's to Open 40 New Restaurants in Siberia
Despite problems, McDonald's continue to invest in Russia.

How to Make an American Sitcom Work in Russia
On localization for Russian markets.

Russia's Labor Market is Still Healthy
Despite reports that Russia's economy is weak, its labor market remains strong.

Why Should We Worry about Russia’s Low Growth?
Russia’s economy will grow at an estimated 0.3-0.5 percent. This is the lowest growth rate since the global financial crisis but higher than the high-risk case scenario which was expected since the geopolitical tension started and the sanctions of the EU and the US took hold.

Putin's Nevsky-Stolypin Tandem
President Putin is trying to balance the achievements and aims of both of these historic leaders, a sort of Nevsky-Stolypin tandem.

Russia is World's Most Educated Country
Russia is the world's most educated country - according to the OECD.

Russian Agricultural Production Soars
When Russian President Vladimir Putin cut off European Union imports of agricultural products earlier this year, one of the rationales was to give a boost to the badly underdeveloped domestic sector – and it seems to working.

Shokoladnitsa Buys Kofe Khaus (in Russian)
Shokoladnitsa (Russia's largest coffee chain) has purchased Kofe Khaus (Russia's second largest coffee chain).

Russia's Most Creative Cities
Creativity often emerges from chaos.

Russia and China to Join Forces as Cyber Superpowers
China will provide hardware, Russia will provide software. Both agree to recognize areas of "soverign control" online.

Siberians Develop Next Generation Atomic Batteries
It may pave the way for the creation of the next generation of self-contained radio electronics and medical equipment. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

Russia Mulls Incentive for Social Entrepreneurship
Under the bill, social entrepreneurship could be used to promote the social adaptation and rehabilitation of people with disabilities, orphans, graduates of orphanages, senior citizens, drug addicts and alcoholics, psychoactive substance users, and people with socially significant diseases.

Russia Signs Second Huge Gas Deal with China
The deal means construction of a new 2,600 kilometre pipeline over the high mountains, including the Ukok Plateau, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Putin Named World's Most Powerful Person
Forbes magazine has again given Russian President Vladimir Putin the title of "World's Most Powerful Person."

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