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2013: The Year of the Snake   Leave a comment

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Russia Withdraws From NATO Meeting, Others Follow   Leave a comment

lavrov1Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has withdrawn NATO-Russia Council meeting planned for Brussels this month to protest the alliance’s upcoming military exercises in Georgia and the expulsion of two Russian diplomats from its headquarters.

Lavrov’s decision to withdraw from the May 19 meeting was based on concerns about the exercises that start Wednesday and over the expulsions last week, which were in apparent retaliation for a spy case dating back to February.

Russia is frustrated by what it sees as Western meddling in its traditional sphere of influence and opposes Georgia’s efforts to join NATO. NATO maintains the war games in Georgia, which fought a short war with Russia last August, are not directed at Russia.

The NATO exercises, which continue through June 1, were initially to include about 1,300 personnel from 19 NATO and partner nations.

Some former Soviet republics have decided not to participate.

Among the countries to back out was Armenia, which is dependent on Russia for its economic survival. Four other former Soviet republics — Estonia, Latvia, Kazakhstan and Moldova — and Serbia have also pulled out.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization   Leave a comment

lucky_dog_wA Russian-led bloc of post-Soviet nations has agreed to establish a rapid-reaction military force to combat terrorists and respond to regional emergencies.

The force, known as The Collective Security Treaty Organization will be made up of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Earlier in the week, Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced at a Moscow news conference that “all due procedures” were being initiated to close Manas Air Base, RIA-Novosti reported. The announcement was made after news reports of a multimillion-dollar aid package from Russia to Kyrgyzstan.

Russian: Maybe Difficult, Definitely Useful!   Leave a comment

russian_01Russian is the official language of the Russian Federation. In addition, it also one of the official languages of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. It is also spoken widely in Ukraine, and to varying extents in many of the former Soviet republics, particularly Moldova, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

Russian has the reputation of being a “difficult” language. What this really means is that it is quite different from English in many ways, some quite significant. A good knowledge of Russian will help in learning any other Slavic language, such as Czech or Polish, and the similarlties between the Slavic languages can make it possible to at least read certain things. Anyone knowing Russian, for example, will have no problem at all in knowing that the Czech sign “VYCHOD” is the exit!

A knowledge of Russian is essnential for conducting due diligence. The Moscow Metro has very nice signage, but it is all in Russian! Even though many professionals speak some English, most business and socializing is conducted in Russian, and this goes well beyond Moscow, into the majority of the former Soviet Republics.

Due Diligence and Business Intelligence   Leave a comment

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