In a continuation of the political and legal troubles that have plagued it over the past few months, last week Skolkovo, the state-sponsored innovation hub nearing completion on the outskirts of Moscow, lost one of its senior managers as well as its main protector in the Kremlin.
With Russian lawmakers among the busiest in the world, keeping up with changes in legislation that can have far reaching impact on business is not always as easy as it may be in other places.
Salans, an international law firm with 20 offices across 17 countries, has complied a list of recent changes to Russian law in 2012 from which we have selected the most relevant material for any company considering doing business in Russia.
Kaspersky Lab, the Russian antivirus software maker, plans to open an office in the Washington area to spearhead sales to the U.S. government, a bid to offset slowing demand for its programs for consumers.
Twenty years ago, an American political scientist named Joseph Nye proposed the concept of soft power. “Soft power” is a set of cultural, economic and ideological values that allows states to influence other countries, or even the entire planet. Clear examples of soft power are jeans, Coca-Cola, rock and roll and Hollywood’s Dream Factory, which account for the cultural dominance of the United States throughout the world and even contributed to the collapse of the socialist bloc.
Deputy Minister of Communications Mark Shmulevich is responsible for the development of Russia’s IT industry. In an interview with CNews, he spoke about the results of his first half-year with the Ministry of Communications and planned measures to support Russian IT companies.