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January, 2012

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

USRCCNE Welcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE

Thank you to everyone who helped make our recent breakfast seminar with Alexander Galitsky and our annual USRCCNE Holiday Dinner such striking successes! Over eighty members and guests attended our breakfast seminar – making this a dynamic event not only to learn about entrepreneurial activities and investment in today's innovative Russia, but also for real networking afterwards. Thank you to everyone who helped make our holiday dinner festive, fun, and very Russian as well!

Our newsletter this month looks mostly at recapping 2011 and at what lies ahead in 2012. From new legislative efforts to political developments to developments in various economic fields, you'll find a little bit of everything here! 

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

The Marinsky Ballet will be in DC until the 27th!

Mariinsky Ballet: Les Saisons Russes
(January 17-27 - Washington, DC) Boasting an artistic legacy that spans more than 200 years, The Mariinsky Ballet returns to the DC area with Les Saisons Russes ("The Russian Seasons"), featuring three works by Mikhail Fokine: Chopiniana, Scheherazade, and The Firebird.

Ready, Set, Russian! Introduction to the Russian Language
(January 28; March 24, 2012 - Clinton, MA) Join us for a 90 minute workshop that will introduce some basics of Russian language and conversation with instructor Larissa Dyan. This drop-in class will introduce students to the Russian alphabet, some conversation starters, icon-related terms, and useful phrases. Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservation is required. Free with admission.

Take It To the Curator
(February 3, 2012 - Clinton, MA) Icon specialist Frank Ford will be available to provide visitors with information about the region, date, and subject matter of their icons.

EuraMedia Summit
(May 25-26, 2012 - Boston, MA) The first annual summit dedicated to development of Eurasian social media and application markets will bring together industry leaders and politicians to create and make deals, with the goal of expanding successful US social media and on-line retail operations into Russia and other Eurasian markets.

Russian-American Innovation Technology Week (RANIT-BIO)
(June 14-21, 2012 - Philadelphia, PA; Boston, MA) Held in Philadelphia and Boston, the 16th RANIT-BIO will highlight biotechnology, pharmaceutical industry, nanotechnology, chemical industry and the life sciences.

USRCCNE and Member News

Language Connections Takes on Unique Challenge of Translating Political Art
The Institute of Modern Russia recently sponsored a photographic portrait exhibition. The introductory texts were available in both the original Russian and in English – with the translations provided by Language Connections, a Boston-based translation firm with experience in translation in numerous fields.  Subscribe to Language Connection's Newsletter

USRCCNE Hosts Dr. Alexander Galitsky
On Monday, January 9th, the US-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England in conjunction with UFG Asset Management and the Harvard Club of Boston had the pleasure of hosting a breakfast presentation by a well-known international technology innovator, entrepreneur and investor, co‐founder and managing partner of Almaz Capital Partners, Dr. Alexander Galitsky, PhD. Over eighty members and guests attended this event. 

SRAS Announces New Program: Mass Movements - from Protest to Revolution
Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution is a unique summer seminar that will examine the Russian Revolution and the fall of Communism as case studies for understanding wider patterns of revolution and protest.

Travel News!

Study Abroad in Russia!
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US Customs Seizes Laptops and Cellphones
The American Civil Liberties Union has brought a suit against the US government over its seizure of the laptop of a computer security consultant - a seizure carried out at a Chicago airport about a year ago without a search warrant or any charges of crimes.  

US Visa Deal Hits a Snag in New Duma
The timeline for final ratification of the much-anticipated visa agreement with the United States has been put into doubt by new political realities in the State Duma, with the signing likely postponed for months, a senior legislator said Tuesday.

Megafon to Offer WiFi, Celluar Service on Russian Trains
Russian mobile operator Megafon signed a cooperation memorandum with Russian Railways on the development of mobile voice and wireless internet services for passengers on express and long-distance trains on all routes across the country.

Russian Railways Will Double Its Capacity for High-speed Trains
The Russian rail operator RZD has placed an order for another eight ‘Velaro RUS’ high speed trains plus a maintenance contract extending over 30 years.

Vnukovo Airport Considers Buying Domodedovo
Vitaly Vantsev, chairman of the board of directors of Vnukovo Airport, and his partners are considering the possibility of purchasing Domodedovo Airport.

Articles & Resources

2011: Mass Benefits from Russian Tech Modernization
During 2011 there were significant new developments in Russian involvement with the Massachusetts high tech sector, with more to come in 2012.

Russian Holidays, 2012
SRAS has a fully updated page for Russian holidays. Find out when the days off are - and why they are taken! 

Online Portal to Battle Russian Red Tape
An online database listing some of the more absurd examples of Russian red tape - and the officials responsible - is being launched as part of President Dmitry Medvedev’s Big Government project.

China, Russia Protest EU Carbon Tax
Several nations, including China, India, Canada and Russia have criticized the new EU tax. Last month, the European Court of Justice had rejected a legal challenge to the new EU carbon emission tax scheme by three US airlines backed by the governments of China and India.

European Investment in Russia: Patience Pays Off
Although some investors are pulling out of Russia in the face of political uncertainty, the past 15 years have shown that those businesses who are willing to look to the long-term can reap big dividends.

Putin’ It Businesslike
Russia's presidential front-runner Vladimir Putin gave interesting insight into his future economic program, promising to further the country’s modernization and technological development through sweeping tax reforms.

Marchmont CEO Kendrick White: “Maximizing Your Contribution and Your Return”
Russia today is at a crossroads. The value of wealth generation of this country comes down to the most important creative sources. Not the wealth lying in the ground; not timber. These are things that Russia has been blessed with by God, and there’s nothing wrong in that, but that’s not the way to maximize value creation. In the 21st century, what maximizes value creation is creativity.

VEB-Innovations will Support Skolkovo Projects with $32m
The fund VEB-Innovations, founded by the state corporation Vnesheconombank in the end of 2011, will allocate $32m on preparation of innovation projects in the Skolkovo fund, innovation and venture news source UNOVA reports. Subscribe to Marchmont News Service

Russian Corner: SMEs Investing in Russia: Things You Should Know
Peculiarities of operations of foreign SMEs on the Russian market. Subscribe to the Alinga Market Update

The SRAS Newsletter: 10 Issues to Watch this Year
This month, the SRAS Newsletter includes an "obzor" of the recent political events in Russia. Catch up on what the authorities, opposition, protestors, and even the Russian Orthodox Church has been up to. Subscribe to the SRAS newsletter

 Never Too Many Books!
The Most Extraordinary Language Learners
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An American Life
Reform of Russia's Conventional Forces


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