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September, 2015

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


USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

Thanks to everyone who came out to our last couple of networking events at the Harvard Club. The views were great, the food was excellent, but YOU are truly the reason that these events are always enjoyable and productive!

We hope to see you all again soon at our upcoming event "The Future of Commercialization for Russian Science." You'll get a chance to meet experts to learn more about where Russian science is headed.

This month's newsletter will bring you up-to-date on this month's news about the Russian economy and about some of the exciting things our members have been up to.

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!


Slavyanka Chorus Presents Russian Sacred Music
(October 3rd - Clinton, MA) Slavyanka Russian Chorus will present a special program of "Russian Liturgical Music from the 17th to the 20th century" – three centuries of sacred choral music from a thousand year old spiritual tradition, including 17th century chants, and compositions by Berezovsky, Bortniansky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Chesnokov, and Kedrov.

The Future of Commercialization for Russian Science
(October 5th - Boston, MA) This discussion will feature perspectives from Sergei Borisov, the Bauman Growth Lab’s Director, and a discussion on the long-term challenges and opportunities facing US-Russia cooperation for science, technology, and business with Ann Domorad, Senior Managing Director at the American Councils for International Education.

USRBC Annual Meeting 2015
(October 26-27 - New York, NY) The meeting will kick off with the Gala Dinner on October 26, this year to be held at the historic Morgan Library and Museum. The Annual Meeting's business sessions will take place at The Westin New York at Times Square on October 27 and will conclude with a cocktail reception.

Alinga Webinars
(Through August - Online) Alinga is hosting a series of Russian-language webinars on a range of issues affecting business in Russia today.

Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil Sung by Trinity Church Choir
(October 24, Boston, MA) Ballets Russes Arts Initiative presents the choir of Trinity Church of Boston in a special concert celebrating the centenary of Rachmaninoff's choral masterpiece, the All-Night Vigil.

The Midnight Sun Ball-Masquerade
(October 31, Boston, MA) Join the fall gala of the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, featuring performances by the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet and Dave Burdett band, cocktails, dinner, dancing and more.


Featured Member Articles

Storing Personal Data In Russia. Questions Without Answers.
A new law, which came into force on the first of September, 2015, will mandate that the personal data (PD) of Russian citizens be stored only in Russia. Or maybe it doesn't. Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update

Russian MiniLesson: The Russian Soul
For this month's Russian MiniLesson, SRAS asked its own Andrei Nesterov, a Russian scholar of Russian culture, to help us understand the Russian soul and Russian vocabulary related to it. Subscribe to the SRAS Newsletter

Minorities Abroad: Additional Resources
SRAS partnered with ADSEEES (the Association for Diversity in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies) to provide resources for minority students studying in Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Former Soviet Union. Subscribe to the SRAS Newsletter

What is the Hottest New Job Skill in Biotech?
Considering the globalization of the biotechnology industry what are the skills that perfect candidates are expected to have? You might be surprised.


Language Connections
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USRCCNE and Member News

Alinga Offers New Effective Accounting Services
Could the costs of maintaining your accounting department be lower?

Scientist Spotlight with Rod Nichols
Featured in the Federation for American Scientists Scientist Spotlight, CRDF Global board member, Rodney Nichols, discusses how to bring scientists together and how they can help solve the world's "grand challenges."

Language Connections Translates for MIT
Language Connections, a global language service provider based in Boston, recently partnered with MIT Sloan School of Management for the third consecutive year to facilitate communication during their global executive education program (GEA).

SRAS Releases 18th Edition of Student Academic Journal
VESTNIK was created by The School of Russian and Asian Studies in an effort to effectively encourage the study of Russia and those states formerly a part of the Soviet Union.


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Business and Economy

Rise of New Banks Helps Kremlin Keep Russia’s Economy Afloat
Four private banks with friendly ties with the Kremlin are emerging as big winners from Russia’s economic crisis, helping out dollar-starved companies at a time when large state lenders are hampered by Western sanctions.

Yandex Beats Out Uber for Taxi Market
The Yandex.Taxi fleet has more than 15,000 vehicles in Moscow compared to 10,000 for its Israeli competitor Gett and America’s Uber with 3,000.

McDonald's Signs Major Franchising Deal to Expand to Russia's Siberia
U.S. fast food giant McDonald's will significantly expand its chain in Russia's remote Siberian regions after the company signed the first big franchising deal in its 25-year history in the country.

Which Countries have Benefited from Russia's Food Embargo?
Not surprisingly, Belarus has been the main benificiary.

Russia Rewrites Growth Blueprint
Resources dragged Russia out of the 90s. Consumer spending feuled the boom of the late 2000's. What will be Russia's next economic driver now that both resources and consumers are tapped out?

Who Really Needs Social Assistance in Russia?
A suggestion for reforming Russia's welfare system.

Food Destruction Sees Results
Russian Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachyov said Russia had seen a 10-fold drop in the imports of embargoed food since the introduction of the Aug. 6 decree ordering the destruction of confiscated food.

Sales of Warehouse Property in Russia Boom as Prices Drop
Low cost retailers are building logistics networks in Russia while costs are low to do so.

Foreign Nationals’ Temporary Residence Quota Increased
Quotas from residency permits have been increased, a break from recent years of continual decreases.


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