June 2021 | ISSUE No. 328 | USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Activities
Thursday, June 17, 2021: "Invest in USA Series: Part 2 - Commercial Real Estate Market: Challenges and Opportunities"
On Thursday, June 17th, the USRCC hosted "Invest in USA Series: Part 2 - Commercial Real Estate Market: Challenges and Opportunities" panel discussion in a webinar format. The event was sponsored by the USRCC's member Moody Rambin, the national commercial brokerage firm.

Over 80 registrants from USA, Russia and CIS were engaged in discussion of supply chain and construction challenges, post-COVID new design challenges from development to end-user, current real estate investment climate, and advantages of the U.S. commercial real estate market and current projects.

The pandemic added to the softening of the office market in USA and Houston specifically thus creating opportunities for office tenants to make better long term lease transactions on office space. Buyers are also looking for investment properties to take advantage of an office building market that is forecast to improve in 2022 and beyond.

The following industry experts have made their presentations during the Webinar:
  • C. Hastings (Hasty) Johnson, Vice Chairman, Hines;
  • Jim Autenreith, Executive Vice President, Industrial and Investment Services, Moody Rambin;
  • Tom Ford, Vice President, Moody Rambin;
  • Bruce Walck, President, Powers Brown Architecture;
  • Gary Kelley, President, Tribble & Stephens

The event was followed by a Q&A session moderated by Ross Ford, President and CEO, TCN Worldwide. Panelists ranging from major international developer / landlord, national commercial brokerage firm, an international architectural firm and national construction company answered questions related to using different materials in construction and design to shorten the timeline, decision making processes, challenges of major urban centers, changes of tenants' needs, foreign investors' demands, and many others.
USRCC Upcoming Events
The U.S. aerospace sector is considered the largest in the world and is the main supplier of both military and civil aerospace hardware to the rest of the world. Aviation is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, and it has increased yearly at the rate of at least 14% despite the challenges the industry faced the past years. The industry is also a world leader in advancing science and technology. Aerospace systems have a very high value per unit weight and are among the most complex, as measured by the number of components in finished products.
The U.S.- Russia Chamber of Commerce and its Technology and Innovation Committee invite you to attend the 2nd Aerospace Conference which will address the following Aerospace industry trends:
  • Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE);
  • Cost Control – how to use technologies to lower operational costs in the Aerospace industry;
  • 3D Printing - how to industrialize 3D printing; and
  • Digital Twin – how to use the Digital Twin to reduce development time.

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

11:00 am – 1:00 pm (CST)
Cost: complimentary

Registration deadline: COB Wednesday, July 14th, 2021.
Webinar details will be provided upon registration.


Senior Vice President of 
Engineering Services,
Saratech (Mission Viejo, CA)
 Chairman of Technology & Innovation Committee,
U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce

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Design Manager,
Northrop Grumman

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Vice President Aerospace,
Stratasys Systems

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Senior Vice President,

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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


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, and Agriculture 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.


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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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click here
Scott R. Evans


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click here
The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce
invites you to the partner event -
Gastech Exhibition & Conference at Dubai World Trade Center,
September 21-23, 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 decarbonized and sustainable environment. Gastech 2021 will take place in Singapore, an epicenter 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.

Gastech will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. Gastech is supported by the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates. H.E. Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure commented that “The UAE is delighted to be hosting Gastech, one of the world’s leading events for the gas, LNG, hydrogen, and energy industry. Gastech comes at an important time for the energy industry with a shared global mandate to lower carbon emissions and provide clean affordable energy for all. Gastech is a key enabler of conversations and connections that drive the energy transition agenda."
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
Mercury Resources, June 18, 2021: Catch Anton Posner on Bloomberg News TV today at 4:30pm New York time talking supply chain, and listen to comments from Anton Posner and Margo Brock on the Bloomberg Odd Lots podcast below: 

By this point, you're aware that shipping anything internationally is pretty tough right now. It turns out, it's getting worse. Earlier in the year, Tracy tried shipping a teddy bear from Hong Kong to the U.S. on a vessel, but, for a variety of reasons, it ended up not working out. At least she tried. Right now, she wouldn't even be able to try because international shipping has gotten that much more messed up. So what's behind this logistical nightmare? On this episode, we speak with Mercury Group CEO Anton Posner and President Margo Brock for a granular deep dive into the state of shipping and why it's so hard for Tracy (and even shippers with higher dollar value goods for sale) to get space on a vessel right now.
President of Lukoil and President of Kazakhstan Discuss Cooperation Prospects

Lukoil.com, June 15, 2021: President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev received President of LUKOIL Vagit Alekperov in Nur-Sultan. LUKOIL's leader presented an account of the Company's last year activities in Kazakhstan, including implementation of joint projects by LUKOIL and KazMunayGas. The parties discussed the current state and future prospects for Zhenis and Al-Farabi offshore projects, as well as possibilities to further cooperation. Read more...
Alexey Miller and Dmitry Rogozin Discuss Setting up Geotechnical Monitoring System for Industrial Facilities

Gazprom.com, June 17, 2021: A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of State Space Corporation Roscosmos, took place in St. Petersburg. The parties reviewed the current issues of cooperation, including the creation of a unified system for geotechnical monitoring of hazardous industrial facilities in Russia. The relevant Cooperation Agreement was signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021 by Alexey Miller, Dmitry Rogozin, and Alexey Likhachev, Director General of State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom. 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: info@usrussiacc.org
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 info@usrussiacc.org  
call 713.429.4680
This Week in Review
Russia’s Economy Hits Pre-Coronavirus Size – Central Bank

Themoscowtimes.com, June 15, 2021: Russia’s economy has become one of the first in the world to reach its pre-coronavirus size, Russia’s Central Bank governor said Tuesday. In a speech to lawmakers, Elvira Nabiullina said the Russian economy had regained all its losses since the start of the coronavirus pandemic last spring. Read more...
Lukoil, Eni Begin Drilling Second Well at Block 10 of Mexican Shelf

Interfax.com, June 17, 2021: The joint venture of Italy's Eni (operator, 65%), Lukoil (20%) and British Cairn (15%) has begun drilling its second prospecting well - Sayulita-1EXP at Block 10 in the Gulf of Mexico at the beginning of June, the press service for the Russian oil company told Interfax. According to preliminary estimates, the initial geological reserves of the discovered Saasken field may be between 200 and 300 million barrels of oil. Read more...
Putin Orders Govt to Mull US Proposal to Raise International Firms’ Taxes

1prime.biz, June 17, 2021: Russian President Vladimir Putin will order Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin to study closely a U.S. offer to raise taxes on international corporations, he said on Thursday after a meeting with Director of the Federal Tax Service Daniil Yegorov. "I am asking you to pay attention to this. I will also ask chairman of the government, your economic colleagues to consider it and have our national interests in mind," he said. The president also said that Russia has to continue deoffshorization of the economy. Read more...
U.S. and Russian Ambassadors to Return to Their Posts after Summit

Politico.com, June 16, 2021: The U.S. and Russia will return their ambassadors to Moscow and D.C., respectively, following President Joe Biden’s summit with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. The ambassadors’ return was an anticipated topic of discussion at the summit in Geneva. Read more...
Russia’s State Duma Approves Bill on Foreign IT Giants Regulation

Tass.com, June 17, 2021: The State Duma, the lower house of the Russian legislature, passed in the third reading a draft law binding major foreign IT companies to open branches or representative offices in Russia. Owners of information resources with a daily audience of over 500,000 Russian users are to establish branches, open representative offices or found Russian legal entities "that should fully represent the interests of parent companies" from January 1 of next year. Read more...
Moscow Introduces Mandatory Coronavirus Vaccination

Intellinews.com, June 17, 2021: In what will be the most unpopular move since the state increased retirement ages, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced a mandatory vaccination scheme on June 16. The mayor’s decision comes as infection rates in the Russian capital soar to over 6,000 new cases a day, a level not seen since January last year, and infection rates in the country as a whole leap from around 8,000 new cases a day to over 13,000 again. Read more...
Houston-Tyumen Sister Cities
Tyumen State University Enters Ranking of the Best Universities in the World

Tass.com, June 9, 2021: Tyumen State University was included in the list of universities — participants in the international ranking QS World University Rankings 2022, taking the 801st place among thousands of selected educational organizations, the press service of Tyumen State University announced on Wednesday. Read more...
CIS Business News
American Companies Invest Nearly $54 Billion in Kazakhstan Over 30 Years

Astanatimes.com, June 16, 2021: Over 30 years, the United States has invested US$53.7 billion into the Kazakh economy. The two countries hosted a virtual business forum June 14-15 that marked 30 years of diplomatic relations, reports the Kazakh Foreign Ministry. The two-day event, which brought together more than 500 participants and was co-hosted by the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, explored ways to expand cooperation in agriculture, energy, green and digital technologies. Read more...
New Status of Azercosmos to Boost Azerbaijan's Space Industry Development - Minister

Azernews.az, June 15, 2021:  The new status of Azercosmos OJSC will give impetus to the development of Azerbaijan’s space industry, cooperation in the international arena, both with private and state enterprises, Azerbaijani Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies Rashad Nabiyev said. Read more...
Belarus-Russia Trade Up 18% in January-April 2021

Eng.belta.by, June 18, 2021: Belarus-Russia mutual trade increased by 18% in January-April 2021, Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei told the media after the talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on 18 June, BelTA has learned. Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
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Tass.ru, Июнь 18, 2021: Россия планирует в ближайшие дни возобновить пассажирское авиасообщение с рядом стран, включая США, и увеличить количество рейсов еще в несколько. Об этом сообщила на брифинге в пятницу вице-премьер РФ Татьяна Голикова. В первую очередь это решение коснется популярной среди туристов Турции - сообщение, резко ограниченное в середине апреля из-за вспышки коронавирусной инфекции в республике, планируется восстановить уже с 22 июня. Читать далее...
Американские Инвесторы Увеличили Вложения в Российский Бизнес

1prime.ru, Июнь 17, 2021: Инвестиции американских бизнесменов в Россию увеличились за санкционный период, заявил Валерий Гарбузов, директор Института США и Канады РАН. "Под санкции попали целые отрасли и крупные предприятия ключевых секторов российской экономики, но санкционный режим не тотальный: американские инвесторы перестали вкладывать в те отрасли, которые попали под санкции, и ищут предприятия не под санкциями..." Читать далее...
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Kommersant.ru, Июнь 17, 2021: Совет директоров «Газпром нефти» переизбрал своим председателем главу «Газпрома» Алексея Миллера, сообщила компания. Помимо господина Миллера в совет директоров «Газпром нефти» входят глава компании Александр Дюков, зампред «Газпрома» Олег Аксютин, начальник департамента «Газпрома» Елена Михайлова, замначальника юридического департамента «Газпрома» Владимир Алисов, генеральный директор ООО «РусХимАльянс» Кирилл Селезнев, независимый директор Валерий Сердюков, начальник департамента маркетинга «Газпрома» Геннадий Сухов, а также члены правления «Газпрома» Сергей Кузнец, Виталий Маркелов, Сергей Меньшиков и Фамил Садыгов. Читать далее...
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