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Past Issue
January, 2015

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

USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

Everything about the future of the Russian economy and about US-Russian relations is currently up for debate. 2014 was a game changer across nearly all fields. To better understand what may lie ahead, USRCCNE has assembled a thoughtful and experienced panel of experts to discuss. We invite you to join us on February 3rd at the Harvard Club in Boston for what is sure to be an interesting and informative evening.

This month’s short newsletter is geared to provide food for thought for that event. You’ll find several articles below that discuss the changing economics in Russia as well as what it might mean for Russia politically.

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Business and Economy

Peak Inflation in Spring - Government Prediction
(Article in Russian) Russia's Ministry of Economic Development "hopes" that peak inflation this year will be under 20%, occurring in spring. It still forecasts overall inflation for 2015 to be 10.6%. Official inflation figure for 2014: 11.4%.

Real Estate Development Down 60%
(Article in Russian) Russian daily Kommersant reports that investment in Russian real estate fell by 60% in 2014. 2015 is not looking to improve on that much.

How Ikea, Apple, and Adidas Handle the Russian Crisis
(Article in Russian) A round-up on how the environment is changing in Russia for many foreign companies.

St. Petersburg Times Suspends Publication
The English-language newspaper The St. Petersburg Times has to suspended publication due to the difficult economic situation.

Real Estate Prices Up; Rental Prices Down
(Article in Russian) The cost of buying real estate in Moscow is going up - in some cases 20-40%. However, the cost of renting is going down.

Thousands of Guest Workers Leaving Russia
The influx of guest workers has dwindled by 70%.

Can Russia Steer Clear of Economic Crisis?
Some very specific predictions and recommendations for 2015.

Russians See Costlier Food as No Crisis
For consumers and retailers alike, Russia’s latest economic crisis has come in stages.

80 Percent of Russians Back Putin as Ruble Falls
From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.

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Why Hasn’t Russian Science Taken Over the World?
We should all worry about a great power’s failure to convert on its knowledge, says MIT’s Loren Graham

Russian Agriculture and Infrastructure Funds See Boost
Timchenko is not the only one who sees opportunities in a subsidized industry where some international competition has been banned.

Blimps Poised to Take Over Siberia
Giant airships seen as ideal way to transport heavy lifting equipment to remote mining locations.

2014 for Russia – Year in Review for Russia
The outgoing year will be remembered for Russia’s annexation of Crimea, President Vladimir Putin’s unprecedented high rating in public opinion polls and the beginning of a severe economic recession.

OPEC Cuts Into Russian Coffers in Expensive Strategy
Is Russia a petrostate for which increased energy revenues permits increased foreign policy aggression and expansionism, or is it responding to legitimate security threats?

Should You Believe The Numbers About Russia?
Many argue that one shouldn't believe numbers provided by Russia's government. Some argue you can't use numbers to understand Russia at all.

Will the Real Russia Please Stand Up?
The West has been unable to develop a coherent strategic policy toward Russia. Is it strong or weak? A bully or a buffoon? Leaders and media can't make up their minds.

Putin Goes
Political Scientist Alexander Morozov argues that the current economic crisis will cause political change in Russia.

Putin Stays
Economist Chris Weafer argues that the current economic crisis will not cause political change in Russia.

The Next Battle for Ukraine
Ukraine's new leaders are young. Many were trained abroad. Most are well off. They are from business and many have run complex organizations.

Just For Fun! 113 Free Russian Lessons
Over the last ten years, SRAS has accumulated 113 free language lessons on its site. These are geared to teach intermediate to advanced students additional vocabulary and to teach everyone a bit more about Russian culture and about modern life in Russia. Subscribe to the SRAS Newsletter

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