May 2021 | ISSUE No. 324 | USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Upcoming Events
The USRCC invites you to join the moderated Webinar which will address the current state of the commercial real estate markets. Industry experts representing a major international developer / landlord, a national commercial brokerage firm, an international architectural firm and a national construction company will cover the following topics:
  • Supply chain and construction challenges;
  • Post-COVID new design challenges from development to end-user;
  • Current real estate investment challenges;
  • Leveraging the buyers’ needs to get the best market deal; and
  • Advantages of the U.S. commercial real estate market and current projects.
This event is tailored to investors, developers, prospective tenants, industrial and manufacturing companies and others interested in the U.S. commercial real estate market.

Thursday, June 17th, 2021
9:00 am – 11:00 am CST
Cost: complimentary

Registration deadline: COB Wednesday, June 16th, 2021.
Webinar details will be provided upon registration.
C. Hastings (Hasty) Johnson

Vice Chairman,

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Jim Autenreith

Executive Vice President,
Industrial and Investment Services,
Moody Rambin

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Tom Ford

Vice President, 
Moody Rambin

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Bruce Walck

Powers Brown Architecture

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Gary Kelley

Tribble & Stephens

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The 11 Annual Welcome Reception Honoring Delegations 
from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan 
at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC 2021)
The USRCC's OTC Reception is attended by more than 300 international business professionals, including, leading experts from oil and gas/energy industry, investors, suppliers, and government officials.

The USRCC’s OTC Reception provides energy professionals the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm CST

Hotel ZAZA | Fountain Room 
5701 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
USRCC Members - $50 | Non-members - $100

"Pay at the Door" Option will be available at: 
USRCC Members - $55 | Non-Members - $110

Registration deadline: COB Monday, August 16, 2021
Refunds will not be issued after August 13, 2021
2900 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 133, Houston, TX 77042
P: (713) 429-4680
The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce is hosting this Webinar to discuss the long-term challenges facing the global supply chain. Energy, Shipping, Mining and Metals industries’ leaders will share their experiences as to what their respective industries are doing to combat the missing pieces that make the global economy move products smoothly.
  • How to handle supply chain disruptions?
  • How to decrease costs throughout the supply chain?
  • How to meet consumer demands and improve quality, speed and service?
  • What are the advantages of digitalization of supply chain management?
These and other related questions will be covered during this Webinar.

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

8:00 am – 9:30 am (CST) | 16:00 – 17:30 (MSK)

Registration deadline: COB Monday, October 4th, 2021.


2900 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 133, Houston, TX 77042 | +1 (713) 429-4680 |
Anton Posner

Chief Executive Officer,
The Mercury Group and Mercury Resources LLC;
North East Chapter Chair and 
New York Representative,
U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce

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C. Brian Hesse

President and CEO, 
Rusal America Corporation

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Scott Bergeron

Director of Business
Development & Strategy,
Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG

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Robin Martin

Head of Market Development,
London Metal Exchange

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Scott R. Evans


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The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce
invites you to the partner event -
Gastech Exhibition & Conference 2021 at Singapore EXPO,
September 13-16, 2021.

Gastech is a global platform that convenes industry leaders annually in their shared mandate towards a zero-carbon economy. A key enabler of engagement between policy makers, business leaders, disruptors and innovators, Gastech 2021 will drive the conversations, collaborations and connections to address the challenges and opportunities created by the energy transition. Lower and zero-carbon fuels will play a central role in the delivery of the new energy landscape, as global focus continues to move towards a decarbonised and sustainable environment. Gastech 2021 will take place in Singapore, an epicentre for trade across Asia, reflecting the rapid shift Asian economies are making towards Natural Gas and LNG to meet their energy demands. Gastech will help you shape the strategies that will enable your company to thrive, providing an opportunity to explore new markets, forge exciting new partnerships and generate new business across the gas, LNG, hydrogen and energy value chain.

For more information click here.
USRCC Membership
Are you taking advantage
of your USRCC Member Benefits?

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce provides a variety of Membership options to fit your business needs and goals. Renew your membership or join for the first time today!

For more information click here.
Member's News
Lukoil and Astrakhan Region Conclude Additional Cooperation Agreement, May 20, 2021: President of LUKOIL Vagit Alekperov and Governor of the Astrakhan region Igor Babushkin signed an additional agreement on cooperation between the company and the region for 2021 at the meeting held today in Astrakhan. LUKOIL will fund landscaping of the Zelenaya riverbank in the Kharabalinsky district, construction of an outdoors sports and recreation centre in the Ikryaninsky district and outfitting of the training grounds of the Oil and Gas Institute of Astrakhan State Technical University. Read more...
President of Lukoil Visits Kazakhstan, May 20, 2021: Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin ​held a meeting with President of LUKOIL Vagit Alekperov, who arrived in Nur-Sultan on a working visit. The parties discussed current operations and future prospects for LUKOIL projects in Kazakhstan. Vagit Alekperov also met Kazakhstan Minister of Energy Nurlan Nogayev, Chairman of the Management Board of the Samruk-Kazyn Sovereign Wealth Fund Almasadam Satkaliyev, and Chief Executive Officer of KazMunayGas National Company Alik Aidarbayev. Vagit Alekperov spoke of the ongoing projects where LUKOIL is involved. Read more...
Strategic Development. Investment Projects in Russia, May 18, 2021: Last year posed a severe challenge to the global economy and the global energy sector. Among other things, the pandemic caused a downturn in economic activity and lower demand for energy carriers, as well as a slowdown in the development of natural gas markets. Nevertheless, Gazprom managed to ensure high stability and reliability of its gas supplies in these circumstances. By early 2021, the Company’s key performance metrics went back to their pre-crisis levels. Thus, Gazprom got through this challenging period all the while adhering to its strategic goal and the Company’s development priorities. Read more...
USRCC Announcement
The USRCC Member is seeking
business representative in Russia

Here are the key requirements:

  • The company / individual should have the industry contacts in dealing with Sulphur plants, CO2 capture and/or academics;
  • The representative should have a working knowledge of the amine industry;
  • The representative should have the understanding of how business works in the Russian region;
  • The company / individual could have represented tray vendors, solvent suppliers, other software, or Engineering, Procurement and Construction company.

For more details please contact:
Please indicate in subject line "Russian Representative"

The USRCC is looking for new team members!

Volunteers play a key role and the contributions they make impact the day-to-day functions of the chamber and shape the future of the relationship between Russia and the U.S.

There are many ways you can get involved with the USRCC. Whether you are an experienced leader or a student, there is a place for you. By volunteering, you can be at the very center of our high-profile events held in Houston, Chicago and New York City and interact with influential leaders in the U.S.-Russia trade and investment.
To learn more about the position 
or contact us directly at  
call 713.429.4680
This Week in Review
U.S. Waives Sanctions against Nord Stream 2 Confirmed by Senator, May 20, 2021: On national security grounds, the U.S. administration has declined to enforce penalties against Nord Stream 2 AG, the pipeline’s operator, and its chief executive, Matthias Warnig. According to a written statement released on Wednesday by Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (New Jersey), TASS reports. Read more...
US Uses Russian Restrictions as Excuse to Suspend Consular Services, Senior Diplomat Says, May 18, 2021: The US uses the measures restricting the operations of diplomatic missions introduced by Russia as an excuse to suspend consular services, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in an interview with RBC published on Tuesday. Read more...
Gazprom Confirms Yuzhno-Kirinskoye Field Offshore Sakhalin to Go on Stream in 2023, May 18, 2021: Gazprom confirms the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye field offshore Sakhalin, development of which has been delayed by American sanctions, will go on stream in 2023. Read more...
Russia Has no Intention to Cede Space Tourism Market to US — Glavkosmos Company, May 18, 2021: Russia is capable of competing with the US on the market of space tourism in many respects, including safety, reliability and costs, the CEO of Glavkosmos company (an affiliate of Roscosmos), Dmitry Loskutov, told the round-the-clock television news channel Rossiya-24 in an interview. Read more...
Russia’s Better than Expected Recovery Continues in First Quarter, May 18, 2021: Russia’s economy suffered surprisingly little damage during last year’s annus horribilis, which is doubly surprising as the 3% of GDP the government spent on stimulus measures was also one of the most frugal in the world. According to Sber, the economy is now just a tad below the level it was at the end of 2019 and has almost made back all the ground it lost in 2020 to the multiple shocks. Read more...
Putin Said Russia is Not Following Path of Militarizing Economy, May 20, 2021: The Russian Federation is on the last lines in the top ten in terms of investments in defense, ahead of the United States and even Japan, there is no militarization of the economy in Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday at a meeting of the Victory organizing committee. Read more...
Houston-Tyumen Sister Cities
Rosseti Tyumen Will Invest Over 1 billion Rubles in Power Supply of the Promising Oil Fields of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra, May 20, 2021: More than a billion rubles will be invested in the modernization of the power grid infrastructure of Rosseti Tyumen. During the reconstruction of the Batovo substation, power engineers are updating the main electrical equipment. Read more...
CIS Business News
Belarus Keen to Boost Export of Construction Services to Russia, May 20, 2021: Belarus in eager to increase export of construction services to Russia, Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Sivak said as he met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin in Moscow, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian government.The parties discussed the development of the construction industries of the two countries. Russia is experiencing a shortage of workforce in the construction sector, Marat Khusnullin stressed. The country wants to attract workers for major projects, for example, to build theaters and culture centers in Vladivostok and Kaliningrad and the Vostochny Cosmodrome. Read more...
Kazakh Innovative E-Agricultural Platform Becomes Champion of WSIS Prize 2021, May 19, 2021: The Kazakh digital agricultural platform Supervision Technology Digital Land Monitoring became one of the 5 final champions of the World Summit on the Information Society Prizes in the e-agriculture category. Digital Land Monitoring platform’s goal is to “modernize the agricultural sector, increase productivity and control the rational use of agricultural land.” Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
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Россия Резко Сократила Вложения в Ценные Бумаги США, Май 20, 2021: Согласно данным Мин6фина США, Россия резко сократила вложения в американские государственные ценные бумаги. Так, в феврале страна владела гособлигациями на 5,7 млрд долларов, а в марте цифра сократилась до 3,9 млрд долларов.  Читать далее...
США Предложили Мировой Налог на Прибыль Корпораций не Менее 15%, Май 20, 2021: Минфин США предложил ввести мировой налог на прибыль корпораций не менее 15%, с возможностью позже увеличить ставку налога. Предложение было озвучено на переговорах по международной налоговой архитектуре, которые ведут G20 и Организация экономического сотрудничества и развития (ОЭСР). Читать далее...
Дан Прогноз о Возможности Резкого Взлета Курса Рубля, Май 19, 2021: Аналитик ГК "ФИНАМ" Андрей Маслов заявил, что укрепление рубля до значений 2019 года возможно к концу 2021 года, или, в крайнем случае, к началу 2022-го. Это произойдет в том случае, если коронавирус будет побежден, считает эксперт. Читать далее...
Счетная Палата РФ Назвала Риски для Экономики из-за Импорта Сырья, Май 20, 2021: Россия серьезно рискует, когда создает зависимость отраслей экономики от поставок стратегических видов минерального сырья в условиях санкций. Об этом сообщили специалисты Счетной палаты на сайте ведомства. Отмечается, что Россия за три последних года импортировала больше трети стратегически важных видов минерального сырья и больше 60% полезных ископаемых, находящихся в дефиците. Читать далее...
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