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2013: The Year of the Snake   Leave a comment

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Happy Easter 2011!   1 comment

Христос воскресе!

Happy Easter!

Воистину воскресе!

2011 is one of the  years when Orthodox and “non Orthodox” Easter(s) fall on the same date. It will happen again in 2014 (April 20th) and again in 2017 (April 16th).

Russia and Belarus to Cooperate on Oil; Kazakhstan Joins in Formation of Customs Union   Leave a comment

December 9, 2010 [Minsk] Belarus says Russia has agreed to scrap duties on oil it supplies to the country from Jan. 1.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in televised comments Thursday that his government in turn has agreed to pass on to Russia the export duties it charges on products it makes from the imported Russian oil.

Moscow earlier insisted that it would scrap duties only for oil supplied to Minsk for its domestic needs, but has now agreed to broaden that to all oil exports to Belarus.

The agreement, thought to be worth up to $4 billion to the Belarusian economy, comes a week before presidential elections in which Lukashenko is a candidate. The authoritarian leader is unlikely to allow rivals a serious chance to end his 16-year reign as president.

Today’s deal was inked as Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan agreed to create a fully fledged customs union by 2012.

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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